The Corporation Conglomerate

The Three Sisters cover a vast expanse of space, many trips taking months or years to make. When various societies throughout the solar systems became advanced enough to employ space travel and explore the other worlds throughout the galaxies, it quickly became clear that each planet and/or solar system had their own governments and laws in place, and that to try and unite the whole of the Three Sisters would be impractical, and so for a great many years, as more and more societies took to the skies (often inspired by the ships of an already space-faring race landing on their planet to explore), they each passed their own laws regarding space territories and space travel etiquette, and before long, a flurry of confusing lawsuits and declarations of war plagued all three territories, as races accused each other of breaking laws on their turf that did not exist in the others’ culture, officials on both sides arguing about ignorance of the law and local traditions, eventually turning into massive meetings of the various governments, battering against each other to decide on universal rules to be followed by all cultures, and clearer understandings of individual regulations.

While the many governments bickered, someone else saw an opportunity to expand in a way that would benefit the whole of all the worlds. It began with J’Sepp Erusha, Visivy, Z’ho’simaja, Chama, Tachav, Nafan, Ecotapha Eldire, and Tukeer, the eight most widely-spread intergalactic corporations. Between them, they provided a wide variety of services and products to most of the solar systems throughout the Three Sisters, as well as a fairly comprehensive list of the local laws and processes for the areas where they performed business. While no one involved in the decision that was made for these eight powers to meet will confess who originally realized the vast amount of information resting between them, the end result was undeniably brilliant. After two weeks of negotiating in secret, the eight Corporations arranged to share both information and their markets with each other by performing the biggest merger in galactic history. Six members from each corporations’ board of directors were selected by whatever method each individual company chose to employ, and the 48 individuals, a blend of races, genders, ages that was previously unprecedented, became the Council of the Corporation Conglomerate.

Within 5 years, the goal of these organizations became clear, as it was blaring throughout the Three Sisters in advertisements for the new-and-improved services these old familiar names were bringing about with their new heading.

For an annual fee, of either straight currency or a trade of resources, a planet or even solar system can agree to adhere to the intergalactic and local regulations on trade and morality established by the council, and so long as they do so they will gain benefits such as having access to records on the laws and regulations of other markets, as well as to a digital library containing information on individual cultures’ customs and etiquette in order to improve trade and relations; additionally they can count on the Conglomerate to provide them with law enforcement or military support if they need it, and as long as the laws of the Conglomerate are being broken. These kinds of contracts can go on indefinitely, provided that the fees are always paid and the services are still desired. Varying degrees of involvement from the Corporations are available, with a range of prices, and a good many of planet and solar systems’ governments opt to contract with them at some level, if only because it makes regulations more universal, and provides them with much-needed bridges to new territories, both for trade and settlement.

These governments can also contract with the Corporation Conglomerate for smaller, less-significant agreements. For instance, when colonizing a planet, a government can request military support for clearing areas, or a supply of certain resources that are needed to build, in exchange for a fee, for a certain number of years. Once this contract is terminated, the government has no further obligation to continue their association with the Conglomerate.

On a smaller scale, the Corporation Conglomerate is still a present force. They offer a sort of union for merchants, ship operators, and other business owners who can afford the membership costs. Like their macro-services, any business or ship affiliated with the Corporations is required to follow a certain set of regulations regarding things like trade routes, business practice and standards, and ship conditions. In exchange for doing so, they are insured by the Conglomerate, be it against theft in a shop or an attack on a Corporation-sponsored ship, and also have greater connections for goods.

Despite their widespread advertising and the number of established locations for the Corporation Conglomerate to operate from, it took just over fifty years for the CC {I’m so fucking sick of typing both of these words, I’m being lazy now, okay?} to achieve their full range of power as seen today.

While some may automatically cringe at the idea of a corporation having so much power, it has been generally accepted that the CC is a good thing, as it is led by a diverse group with various opinions and objectives, arguing for the best balance of all things. They make their decisions based on facts garnered through studies performed of areas, and have thus far put no pressure on those places that would rather not contract with them to adhere to their laws. While admittedly there are always a few rogue Enforcers (the agents of the CC’s military force), overall the CC has lived up to it’s promises.

The Corporation Conglomerate

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