///From the author: this is a brief blog post, which I may expand upon down the road, that details the major megacorporations in existence during the future depicted in The Spacers Saga. These massive non-governmental entities have, in many cases, about the same influence and power as state governments in their own right, and are certainly powerful enough to sway elections, buy off politicians, and in general to be a nuisance to the everyday people of Solar Space. The entities are major players in Solar history, and as such they are an important background actor in most if not all stories set in the Spacers Saga lore
Interplanetary Dynamics (IPD)
Founded in 2122 during the so-called Golden Age of Space (2097-2229) by a trio of wealthy space mining magnates, IPD was intended to utilize the technology of plasmadyne magnetic sailing to establish an interplanetary trade network for the Interplanetary Cooperative Administration (ICA). The plasma magnet sail leverages the dynamics between a magnetic plasma field and the solar wind to sail between the many worlds of the outer solar system in only weeks or months, allowing for economical spaceflight.
This technology allowed IPD to corner the market on interplanetary shipping, and from the first flight of Magellan I, their first plasma sailer, on through the mid-23rd century the company’s wealth and power rose meteorically. Throughout much of the Golden Age of Space (2097-2229) and beyond, the company performed its duties with a high degree of efficiency.
By the 24th century, however, IPD had such power in the outer system that it was equal to any government therein, and its leaders even operated Europa as a sort of corporate fiefdom, in spite of the ongoing agitation of the Draconists. It is rumored that they are even able to sway elections on other worlds and in other sectors throughout the outer solar system.
As of 2351, the company operates a fleet of approximately three thousand plasma sailcraft in its capacity as the ICA’s primary interplanetary shipping organization (ISO). While at least a half dozen other major ISOs exist, none have quite the reach or prestige of IPD. Some pundits have compared them to early 21st century shipping giant Amazon, although IPD’s power has certainly cemented much more so than that organization thanks to its presence across a half dozen sectors of interplanetary space.
Founded: 3 May 2122 by Gregory Hallahan, Dirk Travers, and Ian Pruitt
Headquarters: Central Control Terminal offices, Port Midas, Europa
FY 2350 Revenue: $4.65 trillion (1.7% increase from FY 2349)
Estimated percentage of Solar transport business controlled: 53%
Number of employees: approximately 7.65 million (2349 estimate)
Current CEO: Andrew W. Hillenbeck (since 16 October 2347)
(Ad created circa 2348 as part of the "When it has to get from Mars to Mimas in two months or less..." campaign)
The Purimar Organization
Purimar merging during the late 21st century boom in interplanetary commerce that followed the adoption of the Brookenden Accords in 2061, and was originally just another competitor in the rapidly-expanding field of deep space water distribution. As the Golden Age of Space (2097-2229) continued and humanity expanded its presence through the rest of the solar system, Purimar grew to fill the new niche opened up by the necessity for clean drinking water, as well as water for use in the field of rocket fuel production.
Throughout the 22nd and 23rd centuries, Purimar's revenue stream grew like clockwork, as its corporate leaders bought up controlling interests in almost every new ice mining or hauling venture to kick off in the mid- or outer system. By 2250, it had a corporate office in virtually every settlement beyond Earth, and ruled the space lanes with as much influence over water transport as Interplanetary Dynamics had over standard shipping.
By the mid-24th century, Purimar has established a monopoly, which it maintains by deploying enforcers to harass water license holders and protect the Org's grip on H²0 resources. These bag men are given free reign to abuse the populations of non-paying settlements until such time as they become paying once more.
As of 2359, one of these mercenary fix-it agents is a former IDC commando named Moira Halleck, who is about to head to the Uranus sector to enforce a permit regulation on a helium mining platform which let its water payments lapse and has been out of contact with Purimar contact center agents on Ceres for nearly two months. What she discovers there, however, will prove much worse than a simple case of delinquent payment...
[More on this story in Last One Out, Hit the Lights, coming soon to the Divided by Zero blog]
Founded: 16 February 2094 by Peter Gregorovich and Daniyal Tamerin
Headquarters: Purimar Central Offices, Nereida, Ceres
FY 2358 Revenue: $3.14 trillion (0.9% increase from FY 2357)
Estimated percentage of Solar H²0 resources owned: 62%
Number of employees: approximately 2.12 million (2358 estimate)
Current CEO: Regina Schlotterbeck (since 23 June 2352)
Number of Corporate Enforcement Agents: unknown (estimate - 12,314)