A huge Area in the Ninetiin Cluster, which was originally designated by the Nanloon Empire as a gateway to most of the areas in their empire, and also to other parts of the galaxy. Originally settled and built around 3350, during the Age of Empires by the Imperial Nanloon Defence Authority. The area was the main hub for a wormhole, which drove a huge amount of traffic. When the original wormhole could no longer sustain the amount quantity of craft wishing to use it , two more were built.
Gateway fast became a centre or meeting place for almost every empire and civilization. The Imperial Nanloon Gateway Defence Authority employed 1.3 million members and thousands of patrol ships and a sizable military fleet, capable of defending itself from invaders.
Unfortunately when the Version War broke out, Gateway was mostly destroyed, even with its large defence forces, and most of the trade and what Gateway had come to stand for was lost. While it was reopened in 5145, it never regained the status it had once enjoyed.
Text by Grant Thomas
Initially published on 01 November 2001.