CORPORATIONS FROM CYBER HERO
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AIZU-SHOTO CORPORATION

Main Office:New Hiroshima (a small artificial island off the Japanese coast)
Offices:Auckland, Beijing, Berlin, Cairo, Dallas, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Koshimiru, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Osaka, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington.
Worth/Assets:189 billion euro
Net ICON:A tall, neon-edged pagoda surrounded by a Japanese garden.
CEO:Harry Shoto, Chairman of the Board
Shareholders:Aizu Foundation, holding 13%
Darnell & Associates, holding 5%.
Troops:Unknown.
Total Employees:420,000
Covert Operatives:Unknown.

Corporate Overview -

A leading producer of personal cybernetic systems, A-S is especially known for their sensory systems. Aizu-Shoto eyes are famous for their beauty and quality. An old and respected firm, A-S tends to dominate the market due to its sheer size; its vast resources available for research and production enable it to continually outpace the competition. A-S rarely resorts to corporate espionage. Its biggest rival is Mikura Biolabs, another very large firm with a less-developed moral sense. While not overtly aggressive or antagonistic, Aizu-Shoto is rumored to have associations with the yakuza, and some have even suggested that Harry Shoto, the CEO, is an oyabun, but most reliable intelligence contradicts this claim.

Motto - None.

SERENDIPITY

Main Office:Crystal Palace.
2nd Main:Planetary HQ is Los Angeles, a sky-scraper looking like a vertically extruded version of the Net ICON, known among the execs as the Emerald City.
Offices:Athens, Auckland, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Bombay, Brazilia, Cairo, Chicago, Dallas, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Koshimiru, Leningrad, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manila, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Osaka, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, Seoul, Stockholm, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Toronto, Warsaw, Washington, Zurich.
Worth/Assets:401 billion euro
Net ICON:A glittering, green glass palace.
CEO:Trevor Bartok, President
Elyse Kendrick, Chairman of the Board
Shareholders:All stock is privately held.
Troops:Unknown.
Total Employees:450,000
Covert Operatives:Unknown.

Corporate Overview -

Serendipity has very recently arisen as a megacorporate power. Appearing in 2013, they began producing sophisticated software and remain a major supplier of programs and state-of-the-art Net Security. With its income, Serendipity quietly built its own massdriver in central Africa and spent the next ten years constructing and supplying dozens of orbital platforms, where it employs most of its programmers and maintains a good deal of its confidential data. Rumor has it that Serendipity plans to revolutionize the orbital Net., but no one knows quite how. The company's employees are infamously loyal, with the percentage of departures almost absurdly small. True, Serendipity treats its people very well, but the few that do leave never seem to find work elsewhere -- or even live long enough to complete a resume.

Motto - "Where good things just happen."

INTERPLANETARY GEOSCIECE, INC.

Main Office:Clavius Base (the Moon)
Offices:Athens, Auckland, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Bombay, Cairo, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Osaka, Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Seoul, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Warsaw, Washington, Zurich, Tycho Crater (Moon), Utopia Planitia Complex (Mars).
Worth/Assets:415 billion euro
Net ICON:A grey metallic globe of Earth, slowly turning in an elaborate art-deco building/stand. A moon hovers nearby.
CEO:Guy Wharton III, CEO
Shareholders:Marion Lockwood, holding 5%; Azimuth Becker, holding 3.6%.
Troops:Unknown.
Total Employees:210,000
Covert Operatives:Unknown.

Corporate Overview -

Interplanetary GeoScience is a leading producer of metals and other raw materials. It has bases on the Moon, Mars, and in Earth orbit, plus several large orbiting refineries in various locations. IG has considerable geophysical data on the entire solar system stored away in their databases (most at Clavius). Nobody knows more about the solar system than IG.

Motto - "Unearthing a Galaxy of Wealth."

HUMANADYNE

Main Office:San Francisco, CA
Offices:Athens, Auckland, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Bombay, Cairo, Chicago, Dallas, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Leningrad, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manila, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Osaka, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, Seoul, Stockholm, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Toronto, Warsaw, Washington, Zurich.
Worth/Assets:310 billion euro
Net ICON:A huge double helix.
CEO:Alison Shetterling, CEO
Shareholders:Johan R. Kashmir, holding 7%; Colvin Investment Group, holding 5%.
Troops:Unknown.
Total Employees:1,050,000
Covert Operatives:Unknown.

Corporate Overview -

Humanadyne is the largest health-service organization in the world, with hospitals in almost every major city and thousands of Valkryie Emergency Medical Service franchises, competing with other U.S.-based organizations like Trauma Team, Inc. and REO Meatwagon. The company maintains a massive orbital resort/hospital, the Valhalla, which contains exclusive mental and physical rehabilitation facilities (see below).

Motto - "Your Health is Our Business."

VALHALLA

The Valhalla is in a geosynchronous LEO over the Mediterranean. It is designed in the shape of a spoked wheel which rotates to provide 1g, with a large hexagonal shaft containing a zero-g clinic extending through the hub of the wheel. 300 medical and support staff man the station, which has a 1000 patient capacity. It is ostensibly a medical facility designed to handle those who require treatment in a weightless or near-weightless environment, but it also provides extremely expensive services to a great deal of those who work and live in space.

LEYLAND-CARLISLE

Main Office:Brazilia
Offices: Athens, Auckland, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Bombay, Cairo, Chicago, Dallas, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Leningrad, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, Munich, New York, Osaka, Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Warsaw, Washington.
Worth/Assets:345 billion euro
Net ICON:A gigantic Erlenmeyer flask with a rain forest growing in its bottom.
CEO:Kendra Addison-Stange Carlisle, CEO
Shareholders:Phillip Leyland Foundation, holding 4.5%; Borg-Skye Consortium, holding 3.2%
Troops:Unknown.
Total Employees:1,827,000
Covert Operatives:Unknown.

Corporate Overview -

Leyland-Carlisle won the long-fought battles for the South American rain forests and now controls much of the Amazon river basin. Many acres are slowly being returned to their natural state and have been a considerable aid to stabilizing gobal weather. Of course, L-C did not do this out of selfless generosity; the rain forest provides a vast supply of unique chemicals necessary for the production of many pharmaceuticals. These rare substances cannot be synthesized. L-C is one of the leading pharmaceutical manufacturers in the world.

Motto - None.

GRAVES-MASUDA

Main Office:London
Offices:Beijing, Berlin, Bombay, Cairo, Chicago, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Koshimiru, Leningrad, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manila, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Osaka, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Warsaw, Washington, Zurich.
Worth/Assets:145 billion euro
Net ICON:A perfect silver sphere.
CEO:Elyn Graves-Hartland, President.
Shareholders:All stocks are privately held.
Troops:Unknown.
Total Employees:224,000
Covert Operatives:Unknown.

Corporate Overview -

Graves-Masuda produces cyberdecks and related equipment, known for its quiet confidence and ability to come out with elegant, state-of-the-art products (with a correspondingly high price). Graves-Masuda is an old an honorable zaibatsu, formed by the unification of an English and a Japanese firm. They do not stoop to underhanded means to stay ahead, though their corporate police are terrifyingly efficient and deadly.

Motto - None.


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