Its purpose was to exploit the natural resources (primarily substances used by the pharmaceutical industry) of what would later become known as the Congo System and its inhabitable planet, Torch. The Mesans, who relied heavily on slave labor for the enterprise, referred to both the system and the planet as "Verdant Vista" as well.
In 1920 PD, the system was taken over by freed genetic slaves with help from several star nations, leading to the founding of the Kingdom of Torch. Verdant Vista was driven out, and its name, which was barely used outside Mesan circles anyway, was removed entirely. (CS1)