Der Konzern Imperial
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"Diversity is our power. Unity is our strength."
- His Serenity Michael Murdoch, the first High Serene Leader of Imperial Imagine a pebble.
It is a small thing really, almost beneath notice. In all likelihood,
it cannot cause harm, nor fill one with dread. But should that same
pebble find its way into a delicate area of machinery, its impact is
Should that same pebble join with tens of thousands of other pebbles,
then its size, weight and presence cannot be denied. And, unlike a mass
crafted from a solid source of similar size, the pebbles will disperse
any force used against it. Such is the nature of pebbles; sometimes the
seemingly harmless things are actually the most dangerous.
Imperial is like that pebble. Considering the size of Imperial, one
might believe they are a Corporation ready for plunder, a scattered
target for larger and more powerful opponents. This is hardly the case.
Imperial defends its values and colors with a passion and resolve born
from its harsh and oppressive beginnings. When attacked, the small
people of a Clan will suddenly draw in hundreds and thousands of other
people to aid it. Her Imperial Serenity Gloriana I said it best: “To
attack any Imperial Clan is to attack us all.”
As a people, they will fight to the last, never backing down from any
conflict, always seek to strike back with twice as the force they
receive. The same can be said of their business tactics, as well. Every
agreement is enforced to the very letter, and Imperial will fiercely
defend any contracts it enters. The troops of Imperial often best their
enemies through sheer will and unbridled tenacity; characteristics
infused with a near reverent devotion to the Clans that rule them.
The Imperial Spirit
The heart that beats within Imperial society is strong, exhibiting the
kind of resilience born from centuries of trial. Unlike Corporations
like Mishima, this pioneering spirit is actually stronger at the lower
levels of Imperial society, than among the nobility.
The loyalty among the military of Imperial is unprecedented, where both
soldiers and citizens place a high priority on sacrifice. The source of
this fanaticism is a blend of Clan pride and a tremendous sense of
honor. In a society where every person is almost equal–apart from the
unreachable nobility–only honor and glory separate the weak from the
strong, the true sons and daughters of Imperial from the rest of
humanity. There is no glory greater than doing the utmost in the
service of Imperial.
Even in civilian areas of work, the thirst for conquest and profit
dominates every facet of their lives. The citizens of Imperial are a
very proud and proficient people. One of the greatest compliments that
can be paid to an Imperial citizen is to say a person is “competent”.
Unfortunately, this term cannot be applied to all Imperial citizens;
particularly those entrenched within the Imperial bureaucracy.
The process of decision-making is complicated, as is everything within
the gigantic Imperial government bureaucracy. The demands for democracy
and justice are so important that nothing is permitted to go wrong, and
therefore every decision must be checked, re-checked, referred to
countless departments for consideration, re-developed, reviewed by the
High Court, checked and re-checked again before finally receiving
The Imperial Bureaucracy Factor (IBF) is a comparative count of the
number of bureaucrats per 1000 Imperial citizens. The current count is
155 and is a good indication of Imperial’s level of administrative red
tape. While the IBF hinders the speed in which the Corporation
operates, it also acts as a hindrance to the Cartel’s litigators. If,
or more appropriately when, Imperial comes under Investigation by the
Cartel, it can present a veritable mountain of paperwork and an
exhaustive paper trail to frustrate the Cartel and confound its Agents.
The great policy-making board was named after an ancient form of
government that it mimics fairly well. The Imperial Parliament is
broken up into two houses: the Chamber of Commons and the Chamber of
Lords. While Members of Parliament’s (MPs) memberships are acquired
differently, they pretty much both do the same thing, which is setting
the Corporation's policies.
Parliament is a dazzling body of colorful uniforms and ceremonial
swords; gold and silver rank insignias; expensive business suits and
briefcases. The Chamber of Lords is comprised of Nobles and
blue-blooded men and women, appointed by the leader of each Clan.
Currently, there are 62 Clans, and has one representative. Appointments
last as long as the appointee remains in his or her Clan's good graces.
The Chamber of Commons similarly features a single representative from
each Clan, but the people elect these officials. Anyone employed by a
Clan has the right to vote for their Clan's representative, thus making
their collective voice heard within the corporate government. Each
employee gets a single vote, no matter how many corporate shares they
own, making Imperial one of the most democratic organizations in the
entire Solar System next to Capitol.
Between these MPs are Parliament’s three untouchable
Advisors–representatives from the Brotherhood–perhaps the most
influential persons in the empire, despite the present Serenity.
While, in theory, this system results in a straightforward and fair
government partly representative of the will of the people, things are
rarely so simple. The larger Clans have amassed a lot of economic and
political clout over the centuries, and they hold sway over many of the
smaller Clans. The three most powerful families, the Bartholomews, the
MacGuires and the Murdochs, control over half the seats in both
chambers. In particular, the MPs who follow the Great Clan’s lead are
amongst the most powerful in the Chambers, heading up the most vital
and important ministries and committees in the entire Corporation.
Having some amount of control over a number of seats in the Parliament
is no useless thing, as it is the main policy-making body in Imperial.
Also, the Serenity is elected by the Parliament, usually from amongst
its own members, although not necessarily so. The position is held
until either Parliament or the Serenity calls for a vote of confidence
and fails to get a simple majority in both Chambers. To their credit,
the Paladine Clan has withstood a vote of confidence for over five
hundred years, passing its rule down through a heredity line of
The Chairman of the Board for the Imperial Corporation is known as the
Serenity. Those who hold this title have the right to veto any decision
made by the Parliament, but may not officially give them any
propositions on new laws or have influence on corporate strategies
beyond an advisory role.
The current Serenity, Victoria Paladine, is a strong woman and a
skilled diplomat who has close ties with the Brotherhood. Since
succeeding her Grandmother, Victoria has achieved amazing heights of
popularity between both Houses of Parliament and among the Imperial
Security Command (ISC). Since she spent so many years within the ISC
herself, she is seen as a people’s leader whose command goes beyond the
boundaries of her own Clan. Imperial’s current position of power and
solidarity has much to do with Victoria’s abilities, and it was through
her that the Clans were able to come together more effectively than
ever before and take Ganymede from Cybertronic.
During the ages since the founding of the Corporation, hundreds of
families have achieved the honorary title of Noble as a reward for
their services. Nowadays, although legally possible, no more titles are
awarded, even though it happens that extremely prominent persons are
adopted or married into a Clan and inherit the title.
The members of the noble Clans, without exception, hold high offices
within the Corporation. They attend their own academies and functions,
leading totally different lives than that of common men. This seclusion
from the real world gives them an elitist attitude and a somewhat
inaccurate view of the world. They adhere to a Code, else they are
quickly blacklisted and have their names and titles removed so not to
soil the reputation of the Clan.
There is an unofficial ranking among the Clans. The three most
prominent are Bartholomew, Murdoch and MacGuire, ages ago the Founders
of the Imperial business empire. They are referred to as the Great
Clans, and today, they are enormous, holding almost half of the top
positions in the Parliament's two chambers. Publicly, they work
together for the benefit of Imperial and the nobility, but their
differences in policies show through in their internal politics and
Since the Great Resentment, the Clans always stick together against
outer threats and when dealing with external matters, such as the
conquest of new colonies.
The Imperial Clans
At first, the individual companies that made up Imperial weren't
referred to as Clans. That came later, as each of the Corporations were
owned by a particular family that ruled over its own little kingdom in
the Imperial empire. Gradually, it became apparent that power in these
kingdoms were handed down from parents to children, with few
exceptions. The Kingsfields were the first to actually refer to
themselves as a Clan, but the term proved so fitting that each of the
other companies soon followed suit.
The Imperials place a great deal of importance upon their Clans. This
clannish pride is rooted in the fact that many still feel more a member
of their own Clan than they do Imperial as a whole. To be sure, there
is great pride in the accomplishments the Clans have done together
under the Imperial banner, but in the end, most people's loyalties lie
with their Clan, isolated from each other as they often are. In any
case, the Clan’s leadership recognizes the importance of Parliament's
continued existence and goes along with the decisions it makes, despite
personal feelings about them.
One reason why an Imperial citizen holds his or her Clan over the
Corporation is the simple fact that their Clan is filled with people
seen with on a daily basis. Interaction with other Clans is usually
only occurs at the Parliamentary level. Occasionally, Clans will work
together toward a common goal, but this is the exception, rather than
the rule. These delineations are so defined that even the bulk of the
Imperial military is divided up along Clan lines.
"Every man and officer will do his duty"
-Col. Francine Bartholomew, 4th Battalion
It would seen that Imperial’s main business motto is “It’s better to
ask for forgiveness than permission”, and this ethos is never more
prevalent than in their methods of acquiring new businesses, facilities
and raw materials. Conquistadors scout out “potential markets”, which
usually means another Corporation’s production facility, mining sight,
or R&D think-tank, before calling in the Clan Forces to “liberate”
the sight from the owner Corporation. After the Clan Forces eliminate
on-sight opposition, Imperial brings in the Defense Forces to hold the
sight until Imperial puts the proper “Hostile Takeover” paperwork
through the Cartel.
Battle zones where Imperial is involved are characterized by trenches,
defense towers, minefields, traps, and ambush sites. While other
Corporations practice the tactics of mobile combat, rapid assaults, or
air support, the Imperial soldier stands his ground and demonstrates
his unmatched proficiency in defensive fighting.
The Special Forces practice a drastically different tactic: charge,
assault, attack, and conquer. Surprise and swiftness are the key words
to a Special Forces soldier; he knows the best defense is a strong
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