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Short Name: YAK
Moniker(s): Yaki Syndicate, Beryll
The Yaki were an infamous organised crime syndicate operating mostly in Argon space, turning a profit by raiding traders and deliberately inciting chaos from which they then could benefit. They were well known for their professional and precise mode of operation, choosing their targets carefully and acting swiftly before any reinforcements could arrive. One branch of the Yaki Syndicate who were especially notorious were the Beryll, specialising in the theft and trade of advanced technologies. Their focus on near-AGI technology would inevitably put them at odds with the Terran government.
During the Jump Gate shutdown, things quietened down considerably. Over time, Yaki raids became a less common occurrence. It appeared that different clans were splintering off and disappearing into obscurity. Even after the gate network was re-established, the Yaki were not as significant a presence as before.
It is now quite rare to spot Yaki ships. To the Community of Planets, it is currently unclear whether the Yaki have a fixed base hidden away somewhere, or whether their remnants are purely nomadic people, as they seem to disappear without a trace after what few raids they do still conduct. In fact, it is not even clear whether there is a coordinated Yaki organisation at all, any more, as their ships have been observed displaying wildly varying and erratic behaviours. All attempts at re-establishing official contact have failed, and on the scant occasions when a pilot has actually managed to communicate with a Yaki, the Yaki pilots' behaviour could only be described as bizarre and their ramblings incoherent. It remains to be seen whether the Yaki pose a real threat to the law-abiding citizens of the network, or whether, in their current state, they are a mere shadow of their former selves.
The Yaki do not control any sectors and will not attempt to claim sectors. They do however, maintain a wharf in Savage Spur I which they use to dismantle stolen ships and build their raiding parties.
The Yaki produce two ship models only, the Moreya (fighter) and Kuraokami (corvette), they are the improved versions of the Pegasus (fighter) and Nemesis (corvette) respectively. The Kuraokami is especially unique among all ships in X4 as it is capable of holding 1,000m3 of solid, liquid and container goods each making it the best ship for pirating cargo from miners and refineries. All Yaki ships like the other pirate factions are capable of masking themselves as other factions vessels, this is most often employed with captured ships being brought back to their wharf for scrapping.