The Eunomian Cluster is one of the largest asteroid families of the Asteroid Belt, home to a scattered collection of private and corporate mining operations, dissident redoubts, and pirate caches. The cluster's namesake is Eunomia, a large asteroid rich in both common silicates but also metals, particularly nickel and iron.
Colonized originally by State in 2185, Eunomia was intended to be State's launching point for an intended domination of the Asteroid Belt and hopefully beyond.
The first twenty years of Eunomia's colonization were rife with constant supply problems, forcing the mining operators to increasingly utilize smugglers and others to maintain supply, and the general level of cynicism and bitterness at the absentee landlords of State on Earth heightened.
State, frustrated by expenses and constant labor problems, attempted to solve "The Eunomian Problem" by importing in additional mining specialists from South Africa and Quebec, contracted out to "solve" the issues. Predictably, the infusion of a large number of specialists merely added to the strife. By 2215 the situation was a disaster, and so much money was being wasted or funneled away via graft that State washed its hands of its failed experiment.
Eight more years of back-and-forth vicious in-fighting, backstabbing, and attempts to forge a unified political coalition finally saw the formal creation of a nominally independent state of Eunomia, though in truth considerable economic support from the Oceanic League was being used as leverage to force all parties to the negotiating table. The resulting unsteady polity stumbled for the better part of the century, only to fall to bickering and sectarian conflict.
Since the collapse of the Eunomian polity, the asteroid has become the picture of a failed state. The mineral wealth of the asteroid is still valuable, but the corporate interests exploiting it have had to resort to extreme security measures, and in truth, even these are only sometimes successful. Every decade or so one faction or the other claims formation of a new Eunomian polity, but the vast majority of these efforts fail before they have even truly begun.
Today, Eunomia ironically represents not only a vibrant market for mercenary and security operations, but also one of the prime recruitment areas for mercenaries, as the near-constant strife has resulted in a population of brutal, ruthless, efficient men and women.