The Subcontinental Commission
Formal Name: The Subcontinental Commission
Also Known As: The Subcontinent, Subcon, India, the Maze, the Commission (used only when referring to the Commission itself, rather than the region)
Major Corprations of Note:
Suresh Fabrications – Textiles
HySys Corporation – Computer software
Ashkani Agricultural – Agriculture
Most major corporations of other syndicracies operate in the Subcontinent due to its unique status
Geographic Regions: Complex. Technically the Commission’s mandate covers the entire Indian subcontinental region of geographic South Asia, but due to the interlocking nature of territorial claims and interdependencies within the Commission’s boundaries it is impossible to truly define what is actually within the Commission’s “jurisdiction”.
Chief Executive Officer: The Commission doesn’t have a CEO, it has a Chair, who leads the Commission and fulfills many of the same functions a CEO does in other syndicracies. The current Chair of the Subcontinental Commission is Kalia Darzi, who is also the CEO of Suresh Fabrications.
Capital City: Mumbai, India
The Subcontinental Commission is not a true syndicracy, but neither is it a nation-state. It is an attempt to do the impossible.
The Indian Subcontinent is an area that is 4.4 million square kilometers in size, and has a population of approximately 2.5 billion people. It is the most densely populated region on Earth, and accounts for the majority of the world’s population since C-Day. As a result, attempting to unify this ethnically diverse, religiously divided, intensely hostile population with a history of war within itself into one entity is functionally impossible.
Instead, the Subcontinent had been carved up piecemeal into thousands of tiny micronations and fiefdoms, most aligned with other larger syndicracies and some for brief moments making attempts to form their own smaller nation-states or syndicracies (which the larger, existing powers didn’t tolerate and embargo into oblivion). Living like this was utter chaos, where block to block the country you live in could change from Vostoka to Khaleeji to the Independent People’s Republic of Gurustan, which consisted of six houses and a supermarket.
The Subcontinental Commission was created twenty years ago as an attempt to bring order to this chaos. The Commission was not a syndicracy, but a governing body that created rules about which regions could belong to which syndicracies, who could exempt themselves and when, how annexation could operate, what the rules were on buy-outs and hostile take-overs. The other powers agreed to the Commission’s authority, and helped support them in asserting it.
The modern Subcontinent is still a complex labyrinth of micro-nations and embassies and enclaves, but at least things operate with some semblance of order. Corporations are able to conduct business, people are able to access services and get to work, and life can continue.
In the rural and industrial parts of the Subcontinent, the borders are less fractious and confusing. Large factory farms and industrial parks are staked out by specific corporate powers, and are clearly delineated. Inside the densely packed urban centers, however, it becomes a tangled nightmare of enclaves within exclaves within enclaves that many refer to simply as “the Maze”.
It’s easy to get lost on purpose in the Maze, because jurisdiction is so complex that any authority trying to track you down often can’t follow you more than a few blocks in any given direction before starting to run afoul of some border or another. That said, the Commission runs its own internal security to keep street crime, petty vandalism, and open anarchy from reigning. Commissionaires have no limitation on where they go, because they’re recognized by every authority except anti-citizens attempting to create their own micro-nations unlawfully, who are criminals in and of themselves.
But if you’ve committed crimes elsewhere, outside the Subcontinent, that is outside the concern of the Commissionaires and they won’t act as proxies for some other syndicracy to track you down.
As a result, the Subcontinent is enormously popular as a hiding place for criminals, and it is an extremely lucrative area of employment for Freelancers, who have no jurisdiction and are more than happy to bounty hunt on behalf of syndicrats who want a criminal lost in the Maze brought to justice.
The Himalayas serve as a geographic border of the Subcontinent, and also as a natural protection from winds carrying fallout from the Zone. They’re also a completely lawless region, not patrolled by Commissionaires and not officially claimed by any specific syndicracy. Because of this, the mountain range is sparsely populated with bandits, so-called “free folk”, anti-citizens, and other people looking to get away from syndicratic authority.
It’s also a reputed region for secret labs, research facilities, testing grounds, and other nefarious places run by syndicrats in blatant violation of their own laws.
From time to time, these sorts of sites are discovered and a great deal of scandal is created in their home syndicracy about whatever was being done there. Hands are wrung, people are arrested, trials are held, but in the end there are people who benefit from what happens in these places, which is why these amoral syndicrats keep taking the risk to do it.