Location: Extreme south, on the outskirts of the Great Ice Cap
Imports: Nearly everything, little local manufacturing
Exports: Massive ice chunks, delivered planet-wide to water-starved locations via modified dropships on parabolic trajectories; limited rare ores
Ice Station Echo (ISE) began as a joint venture between multiple corporations. Differences and warfare have been suppressed to some extent due to the sheer necessity of supplying water to other settlements. Few corporations would want to risk being excluded from ice deliveries if an attempt to take over Ice Station Echo were to fail, but regular raids from "unsanctioned extremists" are regularly condemned by the various political factions. The managing director of Ice Station Echo navigates a difficult political path trying to maintain both strength and neutrality in the face of constant warfare among his constituents.
Ice Station Echo was built at the convergence point of several wastage glaciers, glaciers routed upward to dead ends by the pattern of the guiding rocks. This provides a constantly supplied replenishment of ice for farming while also bringing to the surface significant amounts of ore and rock from deep within the ice fields which could not otherwise be mined. Those ores include numerous rare and valuable raw materials.
Most of Ice Station Echo is within a series of metal domes and tunnels, although people and mechs often find reasons to venture outside as well. Radars and drilling machinery needs to be serviced, supplies must be moved, and the occasional rescue operation are all best performed from within the warm safety of a mech. Security patrols are also rigorously observed against the raiders who see the strategic potential of disrupting key ice deliveries to water-starved desert settlements. Outside the station one is presented on clear days with startling vistas of carved ice sheets and sinuous glacier trails. When the weather gets worse the scenery can be little more than blowing snow and one needs to rely on radar and navigation beacons.
(I have a whole bunch of pictures from a trip to Alaska that would be relevant, maybe I'll find a way to upload and link them at some point. Wastage Glaciers rule!)