Formal Name: Empresa Mercado Comum do Sul
Also Known as: The Empresa, Mercosul, Mercosur (in Spanish)
Major Corporations of Note:
Autonetica Alvarado – Robotics
Esperon Transglobal – Transportation and shipping
Armada Carmesim – Maritime security and naval defense
Geographic Regions: South America and some of Central America not claimed by the Pax, most notably Panama and the Panama Canal.
Chief Executive Officer: Isidora Ferro, CEO of Esperon Transglobal
Capital City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Empresa rules the sea trade, which even in the 22nd century is still a massive component of the bulk movement of goods around the world. Esperon Transglobal connects every major port on Earth, and the Armada Carmesim protects their ships from piracy, forming the most well-armed naval power in the world.
There is very little in the way of a working class or cybernetic labor in the Empresa. Most labor tasks are handled by robots manufactured by Alvarado, and those who are not wealthy syndicrats that run the businesses of the Empresa are generally the impoverished dependencies, defiant non-comps, and criminal anti-citizens who live in crowded favelas in between the towering arcologies of Rio.
The potential for social upheaval roils in the Empresa, especially in Brazil. Words like “Imperio” and “Communidade” lead to violent riots that are brutally suppressed. For now, the Empresa keeps the peace, its wealth steady on global trade power. But the future is murky, and voices shout downwards from the towers and upwards from the favelas.
The Crimson Armada of the Empresa Mercosul serves as its navy and its primary military power. It is highly trained, extremely well-armed, and fiercely loyal to the Empresa. Their primary function is to protect Empresa shipping lanes from piracy (a serious problem in the 22nd century), but they also act as a display of force in case the PAX or the Crown decide to be too bold in seizing shipping lanes or other territory for themselves.
Armada members are all heavily augmented with cybernetics, each individual capable of taking on entire squads of unaugmented soldiers by themselves. They tend to be deployed in small, specialized fire-teams dedicated to specific roles. From time to time, syndicrats within the Empresa will call upon specialists of the Armada to perform special tasks in the name of defending the Empresa as a whole (usually such as suppressing Imperio or Communidade anti-citizens), but the Armada largely resents such intrusions into its command structure, so most jobs of that nature fall to Freelancers.
Imperio and Communidade
Two ideas that are forbidden in civil society in the Empresa are that of “Imperio” and “Republica Communidade”; the Empire and the People’s Republic, respectively. Both are forms of nationalism, a gauche notion anywhere in the world in this day and age, but especially prevalent in the shocking disparity of wealth and power in the Empresa.
In the shining towers of Rio, the idea of Imperio is secretly whispered. There are some syndicrats who don’t understand why they must play this game of free marketing, why they might not have a strong state and a powerful army. They look at the Armada’s naval might and the Empresa’s stranglehold on global trade and they talk among themselves about strongman governments and fascist notions of state power.
Meanwhile, in the impoverished favelas, people look up at those shining towers and the syndicratic excess and it fills their hearts with sorrow and anger. They look to the socialist past of much of South America, and they think perhaps tearing down the class structures and corporate power might be the answer. They want a government of the people, for the people.
Both ideas are illegal, and are suppressed by the Empresa authorities, sometimes brutally at the hands of the Armada. But even among the Armada there are sympathizers (usually towards the Imperio line of thinking). It is unclear if syndicracy will last in South America.