Political factions on Heshtok, which has no unifying government or controlling interest, include the Shru'ii. Alliances between bloodlines are tenuous at best, and the short, violent lives of vorcha ensure that there are few lasting institutions.
Very little has changed on Heshtok since the end of the Reaper War, during which the planet was occupied. Fighting on the planet continues as if there had been no interruption, though small 'embassies' have been established by alien governments hoping to exploit the vorcha as cheap labour in post-war reconstruction efforts.
Lack of census data spreads population estimates at anywhere from 6.0-9.3 billion, pre-invasion.