The Jihye Ecumene (glyph: ), known alternatively as the Forerunner Ecumene or simply the Ecumene, ws a colossal, dominated federation comprising the greater majority of the Jihye (Forerunner) species.
Formed around 164,000 BCE as a leftist dictatorship, the Ecumene controlled an area no larger than two 500,000 square kilometers during its early existence. After a defiant victory in the War of Caperai, it attained uncontested dominance over the Forerunner homeworld and began to rapidly spread its influence across the nearby worlds. Within a few hundred years, the Ecumene comprised well over two thousand worlds, a feat of fleetness other empires could only dream of.
Behind the Scenes
The Forerunner name for the Milky way galaxy, Nyumbani-Visiwa, is Swahili for "home islands," a reference to the galaxy's planets.