This article is about the fictional Spacefaring World of the Jesse Millette franchise.
However, some elements of this article may be in reference to the non-fictional beliefs held
within Astronism which should be indicated wherever relevant.
A spacefarers' tax was a transgovernmental tax issued to all legally registered spacecraft every time they exited or returned to The Earth's atmosphere. The tax was extremely high as governments relied upon it for the majority of their income and they also purposefully raised the tax in order to regulate spacefaring activities leaving it difficult for those with less funds to leave the world.
However, this lead to a thriving illegal trade known as worldleaving which involved either leaving The Earth from a spaceport outside the jurisdiction of where the high tax was issued, or through bribing government officials to let spacecraft enter or leave the planet without issuing the tax.