Does anybody ever wonder what happens to retired generals, spies, special forces operators, trouble-shooter diplomats...? After all, neither they nor their skills, both results of staggering amounts of effort, blood, and money, simply vanish off the face of the earth. Some are headhunted over to private businesses for certain, but not all. The privatization of all facets of community life didn't fail to include the more risky, shady, and finally, ``kinetic`` enterprises. The Corporate Wars were a golden opportunity for those with firm purpose and ``special`` talents. Profits allowed the Holding to invest and branch out, but high-risk ventures and information brokering remain core interests. Top pilots, hackers, mercenaries, and spies dream of joining a Centurion team. The slogan, “Discover new worlds, meet new people, and bring them to heel,” gained a brand new meaning...
Naftoprom's power was built on two pillars: selling resources and creating an unquenchable need to use them. Carbohydrates, metals, energy, and the most sophisticated methods of influencing people's desires and inclinations imaginable. Naftoprom conducted no marketing campaigns, it waged information wars, inciting demand for its products through manipulation, fake news, and disinformation, all the while shaping consumer attitude of entire societies by means of well thought-out, long-term communication strategies. Naftoprom succeeded in quickly establishing a media empire through acquisition or founding of various companies to strengthen its reach. A vast legion of influencers and bots buzzing throughout infospace made it possible to magnify consumer wants and behavior, further fuelling the demand for energy and resources. The struggle for extrasolar colonies picked up in pace when Naftoprom realized it generates a virtually undying need for the corporation's products. Each and every one of its media assets was hastily realigned to fan the desire of discovering new worlds and the drive to colonize them.
The Chan Organics' position is founded on discoveries in nanotechnology and software design. In a short time, research on cutting-edge technologies allowed it to branch out into other fields and corner many an oversea market. Financial services, arms production, advanced economic advising are only some of the broad range of Chan Organics' interests. Early on, the company started its own space exploration and colonization program to get a lead on others in the race for influence. The Chan Organics' policy can be described as “aggressive”. The corporation seldom abandons once conquered markets and never owns up to its mistakes. The complex ownership structure is conducive to internal struggles for power within the board and individual departments. This has the unfortunate downside in fostering a tendency to spawn seemingly contradictory actions, a consequence of poor coordination. This sort of misstep is seldom publicized, however. The corporation deals with the losers among its ranks in a discreet yet often savage manner.
The corporation's inception is a result of a string of fusions of multiple IT and emerging technology companies at the tail end of the 21st century. The upstart entered the market at a rapid pace and began to take over the competition with astounding efficiency. Word on the street is the board are all straw men, and the corporation is controlled by a learner AI.