How did most people come to be on Pandora?
Playing Borderlands 2 for a while, I've noticed something odd. There are clearly two human factions, one, the bandits, are uncivilized, wild, and will do anything for some "fresh meat". The other faction, the humans, live in Sanctuary, and they are normal people, considering the circumstances.
What I'm curious about is where most of these humans came from? Were they orginially in Pandora? In Borderlands 1, there were very few "real humans", besides the denizens of T-Bone Junction, New Haven, and some I have forgotten. In Borderlands 2, the only real humans (besides a handful of NPCs) are located in Sanctuary, Liar's Berg, and a few other places. The game does allude to some humans arriving on Pandora to work (ie, Jakobs Cove in Borderlands 1, where they turned into zombies under Dr. Ned (not Zed!))
Basically, where did most of these humans come from? Job prospects? Born on Pandora itself?
Tannis gives you some hints to this when she tells you the history of Dahl and Atlas and the like.
The bandits you fight out there used to be family men,
workers, scientists... We're all broken because of them.
These big corporations brought people in, then just abandoned them. It's easy to get to Pandora when your company deploys you there, and much harder to get off the place when you have to pay your own passage. Spaceships aren't cheap.