With Expedition Juno missing and no indication of their survival apparent at the time, the second expedition was much less focused. Expedition Hermes was established to survey and scout surrounding territories. With House Roux making so many changes to government and infrastructure, resources were in high demand. The expedition, like Juno before it, was comprised of volunteers who would travel routinely in and out of Estoya's borders in search of mineral deposits, sites for potential settlements, fertile soil, as well as strategic locations for forts and guardposts. This led to a rapid but small expansion of national borders as groups were sent out to harvest what was found. Things such as minerals, lumber, precious stones, precious metals like silver and gold, and fields of lush and rare flora were claimed.