Economic Community of African Interests
Formal Name: Economic Community of African Interests
Also Known As: Ecoai, the Giant, Africa
Major Corporations of Note:
Olabisi Agricultural – Agriculture
Nubari Mineral Rights Compact – Mining and mineral refinement
Chidera Corporation – Bulk manufacturing of consumer goods
Hardline Internal Security Contractors – Private military and police services
Geographic Regions: Africa, including Madagascar
Chief Executive Officer: Nkosi Ayize, CEO of Chidera Corporation
Capital City: Lagos, Nigeria
Nowhere has the syndicratic revolution been more successful than Africa. Emerging from the post-colonial nightmare of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the Economic Community of African Interests has united African corporations to profit for their own people instead of foreign masters. It has united the continent into a global power often referred to as “the Giant” for its agricultural and manufacturing might.
Largely eradicated are the horrors of poverty, famine, and disease that have plagued post-colonial Africa. Food is abundant, thanks to the efforts of Olabisi Agricultural, and Africa is now the world’s largest exporter of food. Africa’s abundant mineral wealth is mined by the NMRC, which grows exceedingly wealthy from it. An overwhelming majority of Africans are employed by the various subsidiaries of Chidera Corporation, who make almost every single conceivable consumer product, both domestically and for export.
Ecoai is not a paradise, however. Cultural and religious conflict is still a problem, and Hardline ISC sometimes has to step in to quell these conflicts. Africa has an ancient history, and no single unified culture, so there will always be those who wish to go their own way and seize power for themselves. Warlords and anti-citizen rebels attempt to break away from time to time, needing to be put down by Hardline or Freelancers brought in by Ecoai syndicrats.
In some ways, Ecoai is almost too successful. Olabisi farms cover much of the land, Nubari mines dot the hills, and Chidera factories are found in every city. Unemployment is near zero. This also leads to some ambitious syndicrats and other powerful figures coming to believe that perhaps they don’t need the rest of the Giant to survive, or that they have enough to be sustainable on their own. This is particularly common among cultural and ethnic lines, because Africa is extremely diverse and the people of the continent did not tie their heritage to the idea of nation-states, so when nation-states died off, their heritage and strong sense of individuality still remained.
As a result, Africa has some of the highest instances of breakaway attempts at new syndicracies or even potential nation-states. Such attempts get brutally suppressed each time with a combination of sanctions, economic repercussions, and sometimes military force from Hardline, but all it would really take is acknowledgement from other syndicracies of these breakaways and Ecoai would have harder time putting a stop to them.
Dominating the skyline of modern Lagos is a massive arcology that dwarfs any other on Earth; known officially as Lagos Internal City Structure One, or LICSO, it is also simply called “the Hive”. Nearly a kilometre high and several kilometres across, it was built by an army of machines over the course of thirty five years following the Scramble.
It is a city within the city. While many modern cities contain arcologies, none of them do so on the incredible scale of the Hive. It contains an internal lake and river system, and a stretch of farmland to feed its own population (many Licsons are proud of “eating locally”). It also serves at the headquarters and primary manufacturing hub for Chidera, and the corporation’s logo is displayed on the side of Licso in an ostentatious display of power.
It is, in some ways, a world apart from the rest of Africa. Hivers, which is what the residents of the mega-structure are sometimes called, are often disconnected from the events and affairs of larger Africa, and concern themselves largely with what happens only inside the arcology. It is a self-contained environment, literally and figuratively.