Organizations and Corporations

This is information on various organizations and corporations that exist in Athas. Obviously there are waaayy more corporations than what is listed here, but this is the more or less “Forbes Fortune 100” corporations. But let’s begin with organizations.

The Gub’nent

Or the Government. There are no countries as we know them in Athas. Instead, everything is organized into City-States similar to Ancient Greece. Athas is obviously much larger than Greece (ancient or modern) and thus the City-States cover a bit more ground than just their actual city. Nonetheless there are two types of City-States: Free Cities and Absolutist Cities (or cities still controlled by a Sorcerer King).

Free Cities

There are 5 Free Cities: Tyr, New Urik, Raam, Gulg, and Balic. Though there are only slight variations on the theme, this is the theme. Technically, they are run by a City Council that has a representative for each burough or district in the City-State’s area meaning between 12 and 42 representatives on the Council (Tyr has the most with 42 and Raam has the least with 12). The Council is headed by a Mayor. This set up isn’t much different than we’re used to, i.e. the Council writes and makes the laws, the Mayor vetoes or approves it, and a Judicial branch of various courts interprets the law. The difference being there are no Federal, State, or Local level. There is only the city level.

You may have noticed I said “Technically, they are run by a City Council” and this is true, but each Mayor and Council representative are hand-chosen by the Various corporations in control of the city. The people still choose between a number of candidates for each voting cycle, but each candidate is chosen by a corporation and represents their interest first before the people’s. The people of the City-State have varying degrees of acceptance of this setup and this is because in return for their control, it is the corporations that must provide a constabulary and a defense force (army, air force, and for coastal cities a navy). This is where the Templars and Enforcers come in.

As explained in the class section and the timeline, Templars and Enforcers receive their power from their Templarate, or their corporation. The actual Templars, the class, are low to mid-level executives in charge of various day to day operations in the Corporation. Some of these operations may be running the security force of the corporation (every corporation has one). If you choose that route, your character will be the equivalent of a Lieutenant in that corporation’s security force. This is just one route for the Templar, however. Additionally, any other class can rise to the same level, but only Templars can go all the way to the top. Enforcers are similar, but they’re more the “enforcement” arm of the Templarate and are closer to the police in our world. Some Enforcers do work directly for the Defense Force of a corporation and are more military like, but they are not the only ones as they employ anyone with necessary skills (i.e. the other classes, but mostly Fighters, Rangers, and Rogues).

Absolutists Cities

There are only 3: Draj, Nibenay, and Bodach. The Absolutist Cities have a similar setup to the Free Cities, but there are no elections. The Sorcerer King is in absolute control and appoints all of his underlings for the day to day running. Because of this, most corporations shy away from Absolutist Cities because their interests aren’t has well represented. The Templarate of these cities are more like secret police and again are under the control of the Sorcerer King, who provides them with their power not the corporation. Think of the Absolutist Cities like North Korea.

The Corporations

Again, there are too many to list, but these are the main ones that pop up more often because they provide some of the most essential and/or popular services or goods. Each will be listed and in parentheses will be their real-world inspiration/equivalent.

Nicos Consolidated (None)

During and after the resource crisis, Nicos Produce Distribution, LTD. bought up several companies and became Nicos Consolidated. Previously, they just owned the entirety of the Forest Ridge and there grew and processed various foods for world wide distribution. Until recently, the Nicos Produce Distribution (NPD) had a monopoly on food production and distribution. They still own a majority of the large chain restaurants and the food distributed to them. Here are the list of sub-corporations that are now owned by Nicos Consolidated.

Nicos Produce Distibution, LTD. (None)

As mentioned, they own and control the Forest Ridge and produce about 60% of the worlds food.

Omni Palace (Like MacDonalds, Taco Bell, and KFC rolled into one)

This ubiquitous chain is a popular stop for all for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It has come under fire recently for its sub-par food quality and being exceedingly unhealthy and its advertising focusing on cheap food being geared more towards lower-income people. In response to this, they have had a revamp of their menu to include more healthy options.

Tyr Tech (Like Colt Defense or Smith and Wesson)

Tyr Tech is one of the premier arms manufacturers in Athas, making everything from personal sidearms to heavy artillery to air defense vehicles. They also have a cybernetics division that creates and develops some of the most advanced and popular cybernetic enhancements.

Pommu (Apple)

Makers of stylish and powerful electronic devices. Their flagship communicator is the C7, or the 7th generation of the C style communicator. Along with communicators, they also make tablets and laptop and desktop computers (their original products).

Noxxom (Like Exxon, Haliburton, and BP rolled into one)

Noxxom is Athas’ leading energy provider, innovating new ways to bring petroleum and natural gas products to you.

Lugh Tech (None)

Lugh Tech has been developing and manufacturing a variety of goods for hundreds of years. Anything from weapons, to computers, to bio-tech. More recently, they have acquired several other sub-corporations (like Nicos Consolidated) and Lugh Tech proper has realigned their focus towards bio-tech. They research and produce various bionics and GMO based foods for their sub-corporation Konsoti. Here is a list of other sub-corporations that are owned by Lugh Tech.

K.T Springm Hunt (J.P. Morgan-Chase)

For centuries, KT Sprignm Hunt (or just Hunt) has provided banking and credit services for the people of Athas.

Duotrigintillion (Google)

Duotrigintillion (or Duo for short) started out as an advanced search engine. Because of their advanced search algorithms, they quickly became the go-to search engine with all sorts of corporations and businesses lining up to give them money to put them at the top of their searches. Because of this, they’ve expanded into other IT areas and services. They created the free operating system, Dinux, as well as the most popular communicator OS (next to Pommu) DuoCyborg. Recently they have entered the world of internet and telecommunications provider and released the service DuoFree. It’s not “free”, but it provides phone, text, and data not to just communicators, but to business and households as well.

Konsoti (Monsanto)

Leading up to the Resource Crisis in FY 1580, several corporations that had seen a boom nearly fifty years earlier, were going bankrupt. They abandoned huge skyscrapers in the middle of cities. Konsoti bought these and converted them into huge hydroponic vertical farms. Because of this, they were able to provide fresh produce more quickly to people in the cities and have now rivaled Nicos Produce Distribution in food production. However, they still only provide about 40% of Athas’ food supply because they still only provide fruits and vegetables. NPD provides both, but has now shifted focus to providing fresh meat (insect, reptile, and fish).

Juamsi (Ford)

One of the major car manufacturers of Athas. Named after its founder Mamo Juamsi (brother of Hasto Jumasi, founder of Tyr Tech), the company has been producing quality vehicles for Athas since FY 1387.

Draj Motor Works, DMW (Daimler-Chrysler-BMW)

Though originally started in the City-State of Draj, they have since relocated to New Urik due to Draj’s increasingly tight restrictions and taxes. The company has seen some decline recently due to legal battles between them and the City State of Draj to keep the “D”, or Draj, in the DMW brand name. Nonetheless, they still produce and sell some of the worlds finest luxury cars and aerodynes.

Mussam (Nissan)

A relatively new upstart in the car manufacturing game (though they started in FY 1409 only about 20 years after the others), Mussam made a name for themselves by making inexpensive and fuel efficient vehicles for the “every man”. Over the years, though they still make some of the most reliable and fuel efficient cars, they have expanded to more Luxury cars as well as aerodynes.

Athas Telegraph and Telephone, ATT (yep! AT&T)

Originally started as a telegraph company, as the technology improved and expanded, they are now one of the world’s leading internet and telecommunication providers.

Horizon Telecommunications, LLC, or HT (Verizon)

A relatively new company, they are ATT’s major rival in internet service provider and telecommunications.

Haux Communications (Like Cox, but also like DirectTV)

Haux Communications, or Haux, is Athas’ premier cable and satellite TV provider. They also provide some of the fastest internet service to homes and business.

Chronos-Wenger (Time-Warner)

Chronos-Wenger is another major cable, satellite, and internet provider. Like their real world counterpart, they are notorious for bad service, but also like in the real world, they are sometimes the only provider available in an area.

Ranzya (Tesla/Tesla Motors)

One of the “green” companies that started during the Resource Crisis, Ranzya produced clean energy solutions such as solar and wind power and allowed many citizens of several city-states break free of the yolk of city-state power companies. After a great success with this, Ranzya has branched out into making electric cars. For the moment, they are at the higher end (Luxury Sedan and Aerodynes only), but they are working on more affordable electric cars.

Outer Expanse Agency (NASA/SpaceX)

This was once an organization funded by the city-state of Balic. It specialized in astronomy and space exploration. Though they never got further than a geosynchronous planetary orbit, they helped the various telecommunication corporations set up their satellite networks. However, once set up, the organization languished for several years until Selon Tusk (owner and CEO of Ranzya) purchase their assets and labs and brought them in as a subsidiary under Ranzya. With his vast fortune, he pumped new life into the dying OEA and has now reached the first of Athas’ moons. They are currently working on building a colony.

PayCal (PayPal/Bitcoin)

Originally started as a service for OTA (over the air, but internet mostly) transactions. PayCal has expanded into other areas of banking and finance and has also introduced a new currency, the Calcoin. It is an online currency only and amounts to roughly 350 c for a Calcoin (CC). The exchange rate varies, but it’s an alternative currency that many people are moving to.

The Vault (Amazon)

Originally started as an online bookstore, it has since expanded into selling everything…EVERYTHING. This includes the “BlackVault” which sells black market and illicit items. Of course, the executives of the Vault deny any affiliation with the “BlackVault”. Along with being able to buy or sell just about anything, they also started video streaming services and even offer a few tablets and communicators running a slightly modded version of the DuoCyborg OS. They are still not as popular as the Duo and Pommu tablets and communicators, but they are slowly emerging.

Caravan Express or CaravanEx (FedEx)

This company started strong in the previous century but fell on hard times during the Resource Crisis. As a result, they were bought up by The Vault and have now become a subsidiary. They were also revamped and restructured by The Vault and are now their main delivery service. They have since started delivery by drones for faster service.

Cyswap (Ebay/Craigslist)

Cyswap started as an online auction site. They soon expanded into offering “e-tail stalls”, or online retail stalls for small businesses to sell just about anything. As a result, their main competition is The Vault, but they’re still different enough that they don’t seem to steal much business from each other. More recently, they have expanded into a “classifieds” service connecting people looking for various things (perhaps even “side jobs” for players).

Pyramids (Walmart/Sams Club/Costco)

One of the few remaining “big-box” stores. Soon after the time of the Dragon Hunt games, though unrelated to either’s decline, there was a shift from big malls with several stores to more strip mall layouts where people didn’t have to go through the entire mall to find the store they wanted. They could go right to the store they wanted instead. Pyramids capitalized on this by being one of the first big-box stores to move to these strip malls. As a result, they outpaced their competition and now a Pyramids seems to be in just about every strip mall. Like their our world counterpart, they sell just about everything, in bulk, and also have a grocery store chain. There have been rumors that the chain will soon be bought by Nicos Consolidated, but there has been no buy-out or merger as of yet.

Kalak, Inc (Oracle)

This company is one of the main providers of database servers and solutions. Additionally, they also develop and manufacture various networking hardware such as modems, routers, switches, and relays.

Pathway (Microsoft)

For years, Pathway has supplied the main OS for business. Once they branched out into home computing, their stranglehold on the market just tightened. More recently, Pommu and Duo have been pushing open-source operating systems (though Pommu still charges through the nose for hardware) and Pathway has slipped, but only slightly. The Pathway OS 10 is still the main OS for business.

Qualiria (Intel)

Makers of the Pseudodragon processor, they have cornered the market in processor development and manufacturing. There are a few upstart corporations trying to edge in on the processor market, but Qualiria still dominates.

Athas Universal Shipping or AUS (UPS/Post)

Though originally an independent shipping and delivery company, when they edged out Caravan Express during the Resource Crisis, they also bought up all of the city-state run postal services, who were failing due to everyone moving to electronic and digital means of communication. Apart from The Vault using their subsidiary (CaravanEx) as their main means of shipping and distribution, AUS is the primary company for shipping and logistics.

Organizations

Like our world, Athas has its share of organizations that are usually outside government and corporate influence. Some of these are non-profit, some are secret societies hell-bent on ruling the world! (mwhahahahahah…cough…cough. sorry). Like the corporations, if there’s a real world equivalent, it will be in parentheses next to the name.

Obsidian Blades (none)

This is the organization that runs and trains the Monk class. Originally, they were very secretitive and were a guild of assassins for various Sorcerer Kings and Templars, practicing an ancient martial art that takes years to master (hence, the Monk class). Nowadays, they are more well known and usually act as arbitration lawyers. Each branch of the organization has a Law Firm front, and its “retired members”, or those that have retired from the more physical aspect of their jobs, act as arbitration or litigation lawyers. The players, or those who choose the class, will likely be Blade Errants, or their main investigative branch. Though their main function, and official, is investigation, their duties often drift into more dangerous territory, hence the reason they are still selected young and trained intensely for several years.

Brotherhood of the Mind (none)

Formerly an evil organization of Psions determined to rule the world, they’ve softened their image somewhat to be more an organization that protects the rights of psions and psionic-capable individuals. Since they really didn’t need that much protecting anyway, it’s more of a social club for psionic-capable people. There are, however, some splinter groups that have broken off and are returning to the “old ways”, but instead of just world domination, they are aggressively anti-magic.

Pseudonymous (Anonymous)

A hacker-protest group comprised mostly of Cybermages. Their main rival is the Brotherhood of the Mind. For the normal group, it’s mostly mischievous hacking, like putting penis drawings all over their recruitment website. For the anti-magic fringe groups of the Brotherhood, it’s a bit more war like. Again, it’s mostly comprised of Cybermages, but anyone with hacking skill can join.

Second Surge (Greenpeace)

This relatively new group absorbed the previous group started around the Resource Crisis of 1580. They are eco-activist (some say eco-terrorists) dedicated to bringing the Second Resurgence. Though most climate scientists and geologist agree that a Second Resurgence has begun, it’s minimal at best. Thus, the Second Surge has dedicated themselves to improving this Second Resurgence. It attracts not only the environmentally conscious, but also some pretty militant Druids and Clerics of Earth.

Center for Mul Progress (Center for Medical Progress)

Unlike the real world equivalent, Athas’ CMP is not anti-abortion. Instead, it is more concerned with reproductive rights of the Mul citizens of Athas…even though they biologically cannot reproduce. But like the real world equivalent, they’re not going to let a little “science” get in the way of their goals.

The Syndicate (various Mafia and Mob organizations)

The Syndicate officially doesn’t exist. However, they have several shell companies and business that are a front for their illicit and illegal trade. Like our real world counterpart, they go through major shifts in leadership and all of the sub-organizations and gangs usually get pretty bloody when trying to determine the new Chairman. Additionally, there are several sub-organizations that have branched off from the main but still call themselves Syndicates. And as you’d expect, they come in conflict often with the original Syndicate.

Housing and Urban Neutral Tenanting, or HAUNT (HUD, but eeevil)

In the guise of a social organization hoping to help the less fortunate find adequate housing, HAUNT provides low-income families with low-cost housing. However, because low-cost has come to equate itself with low-quality, it usually produces some of the worst slums and mega towers where the poor and undesirables are forced to live. The slums and mega towers are often referred to as “Haunts” both by inhabitants and outsiders.