The Yugumo Cluster has an important and complex history:
A group of star systems in the galactic southeast under the former flag of the United Outer Colonies. The region was settled in YE 29, by the Fifth Expeditionary Fleet after the Bard Cluster was lost to the Sfrarabla Mishhuvurthyar Xhrafuklurp (SMX). The Yugumo Cluster was quickly colonized by the Fifth Expeditionary Fleet and the Lorath Matriarchy.
For several years thereafter, Jiyuu System became the capital system of the region with the bustling capital city Tokyo, and the operational headquarters for the Fifth Expeditionary Fleet.The two Lorath Matriarchy controlled systems of Nyli System and Hici'emi System remained semi-autonomous under the terms of their treaty with the Yamatai Star Empire.
After the rise of the Motoyoshi Clan in YE 30 the importance of the Yugumo Cluster was elevated being the declared “homeworld” of Empress Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko. Jiyuu System and its capital, Tokyo, split from the Yamatai Star Empire and were declared the second Imperial Seat and the home of the Crowned Prince Motoyoshi Tio.
However, in YE 32, it all went to hell; a determined offensive during the Second Mishhuvurthyar War nearly completely destroyed the United Outer Colonies, forcing a surrender and placing the area firmly under NMX control. Task Force Torch was instructed to investigate the communications blackout that resulted, and thereafter the Yamatai Star Empire joined an extensive effort by the Lorath Matriarchy to rescue the citizenry of the former United Outer Colonies from death.
With the war winding down, the planets pillaged and the NMX largely withdrew from the area, space was only lightly policed by the Lorath Matriarchy, and except for the Asura system, which had been spared most of the war, was no man's land. In YE 34, as per the merger of the former UOC forces into the YSA, Task Force Lantern was dispatched to make a patrol of the region and take command of Leo Star Fortress.
Taisho Morioka Naoko relieved Acting-Taisho Mitsuya Ember, officially taking command of what remained of the United Outer Colonies Peacekeeping Forces which had re-integrated into the Empire and founding the Tenth Standard Fleet in the process.
In YE 41, the Motoyoshi Clan finally returned their seat of power to the Cluster. It marked the beginning of a new era of the former colonies under the leadership of Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko who took immediate action to bring economic stabilization and modernization to the region. Efforts included a massive merger of corporate assets under the Yugumo Corporation and the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs as the clan jump started manufacturing and production in the region including a vital contract involved in the Re-establishment of the First Expeditionary Fleet of the Star Army of Yamatai.
Corporate Entities operating in the region include: