Syndicates are huge corporations not overseen
by the two governments.
Their headquarters are placed only in one,
Aerospace Hulls (Syndicate):
AeroHulls moved to the block
only three years after it was formed. They have made few designs
but often are ridiculed because their designs are unpopular. Actually,
AeroHulls makes quality, not quantity. Their designs for the Romo
revolutionized freighters but it fell upon deaf ears. They only ship
that keep them afloat is the Snark, the most popular and sought after mules
around. AeroHulls also makes private cruisers and yachts. This
is definitely a rich man's corp. There have been stories that, at
the beginning of the war, is almost economic ruin, AeroHulls picked up
a very controversial contract that has yet to be confirmed. It is
rumored that they picked up and created the most devastating weapon ever
made...the Tarantula. No one at AeroHulls is willing to admit it.
Alphatech is the only civilian
military contractor. It is not controlled by the Government but has
no link with the multi-nationals. It constructs few craft but it
does make ground vehicles and weapons. It designs many of the popular
ship weapon designs available. Alphatech is the largest non-Syndicate
and one of the oldest corporations of all time. The reason why they
have not expanded into Syndicate status remains a mystery.
Sonic controlled weapon systems, Railcannons.
Avery Astronautics (Syndicate):
The power this corporation
has sometimes confused many. They have a policy of not getting involved
in war-contracts. They concentrate on colony hardware. A major
scandal broke out sometime in the last cen-tury where it was discovered
that schematics for major ship designs were being smuggled out to other
corporate groups. It is ru-mored that the designs for the Nova, Penatrator
and Skybase were stolen from Avery. The most lucrative lost contract
was their only major military contribution, the Cutlass. Avery has
stopped making weapons of war and has concentrated completely on colony
ships. Avery has a very distinguished reputation for making the largest
ships for mankind. These include the huge Con-estogas and the monstrous
Colonials. They are also responsible for the smallest. They
constructed the popular Midget. Avery holds the contract on the Burners,
the most mass produced ship in history. The most respected ships
ever made was constructed by Avery...the Astrolab. When the Mule
project was put forward, Avery instantly put its long range Hornet on the
market. Avery, the oldest of the multi-nationals, is not the largest,
but it is the most respected. It was founded in 2075 by Richard Avery
III as the first corporation to make and operate spacecraft. It gave
Nasa a runs for its money and finally bankrupted the govern-ment group
in 2120. The remains were absorbed by Avery. The only embarrassment
ever encountered by Avery in its history was the Gourmet, which Avery continually
tries to forget.
Cutlass, Conestogas, Colonials, Midget, Burners, Astrolab, Penatrator,
Badger Engineering (Syndicate):
Badger started, as many cliched
corps did, in a basement. It was formed to com-pete with the other
two big multi-nationals, Avery and ConAer. It left with the Bloc
because many of its offices were on Bloc worlds and they also wished to
leave the cornered market of the Authority. In the Bloc, they grew
fast, but quickly became outmatched by RFE and Fastcore. AeroHulls
was completely outmatched. Badger was considered the Bloc equivalent
to Avery. They never picked up military contracts with the one exception
of the Viper, a design never accepted by the Bloc. They concentrated
on civilian projects like the Skymaster and the very first mule offshoot,
the Rock Gopher, which spiraled into its own lucrative business.
When the mule project went forward, Badger found new hope and instead of
making one de-sign, put out two. The Outrigger was first and is considered
the ultimate towing vehicle. Although initial sales were slim, they
shot through the roof when dock assist vehicles needed a successor.
The Crab, the second design from Badger, quickly became the best-selling
mules around. The universal design was popular for all groups and
many other corps have tried to duplicate its design, to no avail.
Their mules, above all others, keep Badger afloat.
Crab, Rock Gopher, Viper, Skymaster,
Consolidated Aerospace (Syndicate):
The most aggressive corporation
has also become the largest. ConAer was started up to compete with
the fledging Avery. They struggled but soon decided that any business
was business and picked up every contract the morally controlled Avery
wouldn't do. For the first few decades, ConAer was considered somewhat
of a hired gun. it was perhaps this reason, that they received the
contract to make the Deadalus. This was a large boost that vaulted
Co-nAer up with Avery. The race was on now. The only civilian
ships they made was also the most misdirected ship ever. ConAer stock
went through the roof when the constructed the Grav Drive and Pod.
They immediately decided to see how big they could make a ship that could
land. Their purpose was to construct a ship that was the Colonial
and Connestoga, put together. It was turned into the largest, landable
warship...the Birdnest. Most are surprised that ConAer never donated
a ship in the now lucra-tive Mule project. It was their only mistake.
Since then, they still have not entered in that business. ConAer
later picked up some very lucrative military contracts including the Gunship,
the Banshee and the Sentinel Majors. Avery, several centuries ago,
publicly bashed ConAer for the selfishness. It is rumored that ConAer
started the Avery scandal. There is more bad water be-tween Avery
and ConAer than there is between IBM and Mac or Pepsi and Coca-Cola.
Deadalus, Anti-Gravity Systems,
Birdnest, Gunship, Banshee, Sentinel Majors.
A once division Alphatech,
it broke away on friendly terms in order for the group to sell to groups
that find Alphatech too controversial. Hector is completing with
BAHAL in producing Artificial Intelligence. However, unlike BAHAL,
which has produced nothing, HM releases machines along a tradition evolutionary
path. Minor robotics at first, now they have moved onto perfecting
Mecktecks (which they now Monopolize with Lancaster) as well as supercomputers.
Their big achievements have been their military accomplishments.
They are producing computer targeting systems as well and AI combat systems
which may replace pilots by the next century. They have developed
the 3M technology which almost every group uses in their robotics.
They also work on military drones including the military Sentry gun and
the new, very popular, Hector Combat Drone, which stands on its own as
being the only mobile weapon. As a result, Hector has stood on its
own and commonly works with Aphatech on military projects. The HCD
is armed with Alphatech weapons for example.
Sentry Gun, Hector Combat Drone, 3MT technology.
This broad based, consumer
product corporation. William Lancaster wanted to make a cor-poration
that would make consumer products cheaply. As a result most of them
are of poor quality. LanCorp is on Pearl.
Mecktecks, Aircar, Swamper.
A long defunct corporation
that was the forerunner of small arms. They specialize is personal
weapons for the common user and seldom sold out to the larger contracts
to make heavy weapons. They eventually went out of business when
the Syndicates started selling directly to the government their own designs.
You can still find their weapons among the outer colonies. Militech
was a corporation that went under at a time where people were naive enough
to think that personal conflicts and war were a thing of the past, the
peak of the “Frontier Days.” If they were still around today, they
would have cornered the market in personal weapons. It is assumed
hundreds of private groups and organizations construct their familiar designs
because of their common occurrence, centuries after the last production
model rolled off the assembly line.
Guns, lots of ‘em.
The building for Phyrine is
a large featureless black glass building with an old fashioned statue of
the Icarus on the top. It is stationed on Tower. Phyrine products
are used by 20 million businesses. If a new prototype is in-vented,
no matter what the cost in preparation, 20 million businesses will benefit.
They work on creating newer computer sys-tems. They are willing to take
more risks than other groups. They are the only ones who do experiments
on Wetwear technology. Phyrine is also doing works on creating an
artificial life form.
Phyrine has one division:
BAHAL (Biomechanical, Artificially
intelligent, High performance, Auto-systems independent, Lifeform):
This is the only division
of Phyrine Biomechanics. Even though BAHAL is one of the newest
buildings created on Tower (only a few years old), it is very old fashioned,
almost like a converted church. There are no titles or
any form of identification at all on the complex. Very ominous.
It is 100 stories high. It specializes with creating
Wetwear computers and AIs.
R. Frost Engineering (Syndicate):
RFE separated from ConAer
after AeroHulls was formed. They followed them to the Bloc, centuries
later. Their first major contract was also known to be the first
great step in the advancement of man-kind. RFE designed and mass
produced the Beetle. It was criticized ant first since many were
endorsing the fast and dirty Gourmet. The Beetle's sales dropped
but RFE kept the contract. Their faith would soon be reassured. In
the meantime, they kept themselves busy to create landmark craft designs
like the superfast Kobyashi and enormous military freighter, Behe-moth.
After the war, the Authority and Bloc quickly put the Beetle top the bosom.
It was heralded in the new age. Those who stuck with the Gourmet
found themselves in a minority. Beetle sales went through the roof
securing RFE in the multi-national field.
Beetle, Kobyashi, Behemoth,
Sakarov Drive Systems:
This is a large dodecahedron
complex on Earth. Sakarov is the leader in the field of new power
systems. The Sakarov Drive (Cold Hydrogen Fusion Pulse) was Sakarov's
proudest achievement. They where the first corporation to make the
Mass Driver and it is assumed that they will be the first to develop Anti-Matter.
Oceana, Sakarov Drive, Particle Accelerators
A new group that has come
out to corner the ground vehicle market. Their first design is the
multi-purpose Sandstorm that the corporation was named after. It
has quickly become a very popular alternative design to the Crawler.
They are also working on designs for Air Cars, Swampers, and City Cars.
They definitely want to squeeze on a Market previ-ously run only by Lancaster.
Schiller Biological has developed
quite a controversy because its experiments in genetic engineer-ing and
biological technologies. This includes genetic mapping, species creation,
modifying genetic codes, adapting and acceler-ating evolution and rumored,
Hypercoagulin, Ascepaline Automedic.
This is a corporation that
makes Genetic Replacements and cybernetics. They do experiments with
psy-chological conditions of cybernetics. Splinter is slightly ahead
in the field of large bionic replacements and enhancements. It is a 95
level complex with the top 15 levels shaped like a wedge with one side
sloping greatly down fifteen levels on Ergo.
A minor mining conglomerate,
Sunzec is the largest corporate specializing exclusively in mining, something
virtually ever group touches on a bit. Sunzec’s total mining bases
around the Territory is still less that Avery Astronautics or ConAer, but
the size is still substantial figuring that’s all they do. They are
the only group still mining in the Terran Solar sys-tem and are pioneers
in the search to find usable materials on previously strip-mined worlds.
They were the first corporate to enlist Beetle but the last to prohibit
Trans-Galactic Spacelines (Syndicate):
Fatboy, Martian Princess, Interstellar Queen, Skyblade, Bee.
There once were hundred of
airliners in space. During the war, many were converted or absorbed
by, military groups. Only one was willing to pick up military contracts.
TGS acquired some many, they became the fastest growing multi-national.
They eventually absorbed all the smaller one, leaving them behind to corner
the mar-ket. TGS s too large, now, for smaller groups to compete.
TGS was the first and is now the last airliner in the territory.
They designed the now, mysterious Martian Princess and have dominated the
industry with the spectacular Interstellar Queen Series. They all
sell for public use, the only charter liner, the Fatboy. Their only
recent design was released after tensions settled after the war.
That was the luxurious Skyblade, which is also one of the only spaceship
designs ever released after the war concluded. It is the pinnacle
of modern spacecraft evolution. Everything wasn't perfect though,
and they took a bath when their Bee design was dropped in favor of the
Burner. They still manufactured several after the contract was dropped
but cost overruns forced the project down.