Example: The space pirates barely escaped with their stolen beryllium ore.
Beryllium is the primary business focus and a huge political issue throughout the universe. Beryllium is used in everything related to spaceships and intergalactic space flight. Beryllium is to space, as Oil is to 20th Century Earth. It is the technological foundation of progress. It is destructive to extract. Its byproducts are hugely toxic and polluting, and everyone in the universe can’t get enough of it. Planets everywhere turn a blind eye to the destructive extraction and pollution because it brings them such exciting toys, ships, buildings, communications, convenience, and more.