No surprises that for Trade it was the 5 Trade Hubs in the order we know: The Forge (i.e. Jita); Domain (i.e. Amarr); Sinq Laison (i.e. Dodixie); Heimatar (i.e. Rens); Metropolis (i.e. Hek).
Perhaps some surprises in the next 5: the expected Essence and Tash-Murkon are there. But also Lonetrek and Citadel (both Regions that are one jump out of Jita) and Providence (null sec space that borders Domain / Tash-Murkon / Devoid / Derelik) - more on Providence below.
For me, it was that Lonetrek is close on becoming a key secondary Trade Hub that caught my eye. I will need to investigate further what is driving the Trade - i also sell into Lonetrek and do ok business but nothing off the dials. Certainly not as much as i do in Metropolis (Hek).
The dominance of The Forge reigns supreme though.
For me, i find The Forge way too competitive hence i aim to sell very little there. Domain is also very competitive hence i tend to list less than my all the items i can sell. I find Sinq Laison, Heimatar and Metropolis make good hubs for my trading income. I also trade in The Citadel - nice income stream from low competition.
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Providence is null sec space but connected to a number of High Sec regions - also see below for more.
Deklein - more on that below though it seems clear why it is high up on the Production tables despite being null sec.
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I looked at how each Region ranked on Trade / Production / Mining and looked to see which region was at the bottom of each table.
The slowest, by a clear win, is Cloud Ring. Bottom of the pack for Trade and Production. Only 6bn ISK traded and 11bn ISK mined and 15bn ISK of production. (vs The Forge of 708 Trillion / 1.6 Trillion / 17 Trillion respectively).
Oddly, though, the Destroyed value was ranked about middle of the pack.
No NPC stations would be a hinderence, and the remote location also a deterence.
It is though only 13 jumps out of Jita hence i jumped into my Interceptor and took a look around. I met hardly anyone in there whilst i was flying around.
Non-Highsec Regions of note
One of the busiest non-highsec regions is Deklein (Providence is the busiest).
2.6 trillion ISK traded and 760bn ISK mined and 3.2 trillion ISK of production. It is in the top 10 for Production and Mining, and number 13 for Trade.
Now this demonstrates how little i am aware of the game outside of the Economy. I decided to take a look around. Passed through 2 battles no less to get there and discovered it is, more or less, the home region of the Goons.
Not an NPC station in sight (assuming i am reading the Dotlan Maps correctly).
In terms of Trade / Production / Mining outside of High Sec then Providence takes the top slot in every category.
In part because it is directly connected to the High Sec regions of Domain / Tash-Murkon / Devoid / Derelik.
There is no NPC station as far as i can tell hence there does seem to be more to it.
As far as i can tell, so far, there is an ethos / rules in the Region that are more neutral friendly than most. If that were the case, i can see how it would encourage / allow greater participation in trading, production and mining than other null / low sec regions.