But *who* is managing it? An uber-orc? The men of Harad or Khand? Any remaining Black Numenoreans?
Or does Aragorn himself rule Mordor? I wouldn't envy its governor, that's for sure. But doesn't his vision of Middle-earth just before he finds the seedling of the White Tree show the Morgul Vale awash in gold, or something like that? Perhaps there's hope for Mordor after all.
"I had forgotten that. It is hard to be sure of anything among so many marvels. The world is all grown strange. Elf and Dwarf in company walk in our daily fields; and folk speak with the Lady of the Wood and yet live; and the Sword comes back to war that was broken in the long ages ere the fathers of our fathers rode into the Mark! How shall a man judge what to do in such times?"
"As he ever has judged. Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man's part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house."