The four islands of Hanahoshi are controlled by the Core, or “Council of Regional Elders”, a system of competing clans run similarly to companies, with each offering a specific benefit to the whole. The major clans are the Tachibana (Scholars), Koga (Military), Iga (Industry), and the leading clan Tokugawa (Politicians and Businessmen). Under these clans, several minor clans also operate. The Core is a group dedicated to the protection of the Hanahoshi Islands, the advancement of technology and the supervision of a free and open society. It’s controlled by the directors of the leading clans with the Tokugawa at the head; a seemingly stable system. However, despite the outward appearance of cooperation, it is no mystery to the population of the constant acts of espionage and sabotage which occur in the background as each clan vies for more prosperity, influence, and respect. On the Isles of Hanahoshi, a clan (or family) must go to great lengths for the smallest amount of honour, a delicate prize which can be instantly stripped from them at the slightest hint of shame.
The Core, once known as CAAI (Pronounced Kai; Citizens Against Artificial Intelligence), was a movement which began on mainland Japan in the year 2015 by a group critical of the transference of powers from a human government to an Artificial Intelligence, one which would come to be called Gaia. While they started small, CAAI soon attracted the attention of some of the larger families of Japan and, after several brushes with the law, decided to use their newfound wealth and influence to exile themselves in favour of creating a new and free society. Thus the islands of Hanahoshi were settled and developed in the year 2020. Since then CAAI has become “The Core”, a move that has left citizens sceptical. Many of the people of Hanahoshi feel that “The Core” has been twisted into nothing more than a means of maintaining control for a privileged elite.