South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Cooperative
Formal Name: South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Cooperative
Also Known As: Sparteca, Oceania, the South Pacific, Australia
Major Corporations of Note: None. Sparteca isn’t a global leader in any specific field and none of its corporations are known brands outside of the region.
Regions: Australia, New Zealand, and various South Pacific islands not claimed by the Chaebol or the Zaibatsu
Chief Executive Officer: Kenneth Barstow, CEO of Hastings Mineral Rights
Capital City: Sydney, Australia
Sparteca is a 22nd century failed state. In a world of cutthroat capitalist governments, one nation inevitably ends up at the bottom of the heap, and that is Oceania. A latecomer to syndicracy, Australia and New Zealand’s governments only changed over in the wake of C-Day and found it difficult to allow their regulatory-heavy culture to acquiesce to corporate oligarchy.
This halted start, coupled with the resource limitations and lack of technological edge faced by the companies belonging to the nascent syndicracy, meant it was difficult for Sparteca to assert itself, and that gap only widened with time. As the region faced increasing difficulties due to global climate change and the shifting marketplace, no other syndicracy was interested in bailing them out. Instead, predatory loans were offered by foreign financial institutions which created impoverishing debt cycles.
Modern Sparteca now toils under a blasted sky and a harsh regime scrambling to keep power. The people cannot simply overthrow the syndicracy and form a nation-state, although attempts do come up from time to time and various islands do flirt with secession on occasion, but the Exclusion Policy practiced globally by other syndicracies keeps Sparteca itself the best of bad options.
Still, the further from major population centers like Sydney, Melbourne, or Auckland one gets, the more civilization itself decays and reliance on the syndicratic state evaporates.
There is no easy solution to the “Sparteca Problem”. No other syndicracy is simply willing to buy out the regions and acquire their debt and the responsibility of employing their citizenry, and the people there cannot simply unify and overcome what problems plague their nation. Most simply focus on survival.
Many syndicracies have regions that are wild and free of the control of corporate influence. Siberia, northern Canada, and the Himalayas are all effectively wilderness regions that are technically claimed by a syndicratic authority but are essentially ungoverned. But those regions also tend to have their own sense of stability, as warlords, tribes, micro-nations, and other communities assert some semblance of order.
The Australian Outback is immeasurably worse than those places. It is beset with banditry, small communities trying to eke out survival as roving warlord tribes roam the wastes stealing and pillaging wantonly. Sparteca is largely powerless to do anything about this, and living in the Outback is something one does largely at one’s own risk. But it is something many have no choice but to do, and others choose to do because they see no life for themselves anywhere else.
Yet somehow, black market goods still flow into the Outback, often from foreign arms dealers who keep the warlords well-stocked so that they can operate illegal and barbaric labor camps, selling resources at discounted rates to foreign markets and bypassing Spartecan corporations. This is something Sparteca actually tries to fight, but does so weakly. It is one of the contributing factors to the cycle of exploitation and poverty that afflicts Sparteca.
The South Pacific is an extremely important region for naval trade, but Sparteca is unable to capitalize on most of it because very little of what passes through is actually within their territorial waters. Most trade is going across the Pacific from places like the Empresa or the Pax to the Chaebol or Vostoka or the Zaibatsu, and is merely passing through the South Pacific.
However, the island residents have found their own way to acquire wealth from this trade; piracy. Piracy is dangerously common in the South Pacific, so much so that it is the primary area of operations for the Empresa’s Armada Carmesim.
It is considered something of a cost of doing business in the South Pacific. The area is simply too important and too massive to bypass, and piracy too large and complex a problem to fully stop, so combating pirates directly the best you can and accepting a certain degree of loss from piracy is just a reality of naval trade.
Important shipments, ones that cannot possibly be allowed to be in the hands of pirates, are sometimes guarded by outside contractors or even Freelancers.