The NomadLands are the immediate lands between the outside of the Umbilical. These lands have no central government and has been at a basic "if you can keep it, you can keep it.
The Nomad lands are often barraged with asteroids and debris that bounce off the umbilical. It's a dangerous chaotic place and most Bound found refuge in large caves, and after the creation of Orange plasma and mining drones these caves became cities.
Because of their lax regulations the Nomad lands have become popular with young specialists who often borrow a mining drone and a few workers to dig himself a small lab. It's unknown how many labs there are around the Umbilical, most are now empty and forgotten.
Notable locations include Skylight City and The Passage.