Bauhaus Corporation Government – Mutant Chronicles
Bauhaus hierarchy is built around the four ancient families of Duke Electors. Each of these noble houses can trace their history back to before the Age of Catastrophe. Once the ancestors of the Duke Electors were prominent military advisors to corporate management, now they are in complete control of all Bauhaus’ business.
There is something of a secret struggle between the Duke Electors, for whilst they all stand visibly united against Bauhaus
corporate rivals and the horrors of the Dark Legion, they are wary of affording one of their number enough power to upset the status quo. The Elector Dukes look to the Brotherhood to mediate the impact of such disputes and take painstaking care to make sure that their efforts to undermine one another are subtle and untraceable.
Beneath these four great houses exist thousands of lesser noble families, each of whom is responsible for (at the very least) a particular industrial or agricultural concern. One of the principles that Bauhaus holds dear is that any child, no matter how low born, can someday become a noble if he or she works hard enough and conducts him or herself with honour and dignity.
Bauhaus commoners and unaffiliated thralls make up the majority of the populations of the corporation’s holdings. They lead humble but productive lives in the main. The Bauhaus media outlets are careful to feed them a steady diet of news informing them of how much more freedom they enjoy compared to citizens of Mishima, or how much safer they are from violent anarchy than the citizens of Capitol. On the whole this seems to satisfy those who work for Bauhaus, though seditious activity has been occurring with increasing frequency and violence in recent times.
The Four Elector Families
- Romanov is the Commodore of the Army. As General of Staff, Constance Romanov is the ultimate commander of the combined armed forces of Bauhaus and his house controls the Supreme Ministry of War. Constance Romanov’s spiritual advisor and closest confidant is Inquisitor Kline.
- Richthausen is the Director of Industry. The Richthausen family is the oldest and richest of the four ruling houses and its head, Grand Admiral Stanislav Richthausen, is in charge of the Supreme Ministry of Industry and is therefore responsible for Bauhaus’ economy. Stanislav’s chief advisor is the Mystic Constanzia Moran.
- Bernheim is the Servant of the Populace. Field Marshal Enzo Bernheim is responsible for the well-being of Bauhaus employees and the social services. The house is heavily invested in food production, and has a majority share in Bauhaus’ agricultural output. The Bernheim house also has extensive control over the publishing and media sectors. Enzo’s chief advisor is Inquisitor Terrino.
- Saglielli is the Keeper of the Faith. Supreme Air Marshal Vittorio Saglielli has a tough and important duty. He is in charge of internal security, counter-legion measures, and the justice system. Vittorio’s chief advisor is Inquisitor Tremonte.
The Noble Houses
There are 2,694 Noble Houses currently in existence, and more are created all the time. Noble Houses control anything from a small industrial fiefdom of a few factories to an estate cleared from the Venusian Jungles.
There are ten great houses with control over particularly important industrial fiefdoms. Although lacking the political power of the four Elector Houses, they are wealthy and prestigious. Fieldhausen Motors is Bauhaus’ primary producer of military equipment such as hovertanks and armoured cars. Kruger Steel controls most of the corporation’s steel production. House Salavator is famed for its industrial chemicals business. Bayer-Hrothgar controls the BHM Media and Bauhaus’ studio capacity for movies and television production. House Giraud manages Giraud Aerospace, who produce air and spacecraft. The secretive House Luther has numerous holdings and is known for philanthropic gestures. House Phillippe is Bauhaus’ chief producer of consumer electronics. House Rotherberg dominates the Bauhaus financial services industry. House Dante controls extensive wine and brewing interests. Finally House Matochek owns vast tracts of land and produces everything from grapes to livestock.
In Bauhaus, more than any other corporation, it is possible to describe an average guy; a “Bauhauser”. The level of education, wealth, and influence is fairly equal in all levels of society, leading to a common sense of identity.
The average Bauhaus employee works in industry as an engineer, operator, or fitter. He enjoys his work simply because he feels it is important for the corporation and, in a greater sense, the Brotherhood. He receives a good salary, which is more than enough to support a spouse and two children in a city apartment.
A Bauhauser receives eight years of state education. He doesn’t know much about the other corporations or, in fact, his own. He occasionally hears through BHM Media that Bauhaus has had a great military success somewhere, but whilst such news is welcome, it does not overly excite him. He is well satisfied with the city life as long as he doesn’t become a victim of crime or hardship.
Above all, what Bauhaus means for the average Bauhauser is security and protection against whatever might happen. Accidents, diseases, alien invasions. He is proud to be a part of what he believes to be the best of possible societies.
Corporate Culture And Philosopy
“When you need the best, buy Bauhaus,” boast the brochures and advertising jingles. They don’t boast unduly, for throughout the solar system the Bauhaus cogwheel is a trademark of assured quality. This is a deliberate policy of the corporation’s executives, which serves two main purposes. First and foremost they wish to provide for their own with the very
best. Secondly they believe they ought to be able to compete with their rivals regardless of product or market.
The demands placed on designers and employees to perform to the highest standard are very high. Only stringently tested products are approved to leave the factories bearing the seal of the Bauhaus cogwheel. It is often said that money is no object and the results speak for themselves, as all Bauhaus brand products are at least as good as the best their competitors offer.
The drawback is a premium price tag. Bauhaus products are regarded by most ordinary people as unaffordable luxuries. To provide cheaper alternatives Bauhaus sponsors a number of smaller subsidiary companies with apparent independence. Such front organisations exist in order to produce affordable items without weakening the reputation of the central Bauhaus brand.
As with the other corporations, Bauhaus’ market strategy relies on producing everything, thereby spreading the risks. The corporate empire includes just about every type of business, from crude oil refineries, gas fields, and copper mines to haute couture design studios, hospitals, bakeries, financial services, and fast-food chains. Whilst all of its business ventures have a deserved reputation for quality, if one area can be seen to truly embody the spirit of Bauhaus it would be heavy mechanical industry manufacturing heavy-duty construction vehicles, mining machinery, steel girders for skyscraper construction, and other such items. The Bauhaus military also benefits from the expertise the company demonstrates in this arena, with armoured vehicles exhibiting the height of durable and reliable design.
Occasionally a criminal enterprise will set up shop in a secret location, and produce goods bearing a forged cogwheel. A highly profitable venture, for those brave enough to attempt it, the typical response that Bauhaus has to such bootleggers
is simple: it shoots them. An entire ministry is dedicated to the location and execution of forgers – the Ministry of Fair Trade.
The System of Orders
If you want to be someone in Bauhaus society there are two requirements: military title and membership of an Order. To outsiders, this can make the Bauhaus appear to be strictly aristocratic, but in truth the corporation does recognise merit. If a humbly born – but skilled – individual performs well, they will be provided with the opportunity to face the challenges needed to win them the necessary acclaim. This may mean that poorer Bauhausers who wish to get on in life may find room made for them in the ranks of renowned military outfits or clandestine intelligence networks – provided they have attracted the attention of a patron who thinks they would be worthy of such challenges. In contrast, a person of high birth who fails to perform rarely becomes influential, even though they no doubt have a network of friends and family who could provide them with all the opportunities they need.
There are hundreds of illustrious Orders with more or less defined purposes. They all purport to embody and preserve the Bauhaus spirit to create a community and to lobby for their vested interests. They are strictly ranked, and within Bauhaus society an individual’s stack of membership cards says nearly as much about their status as their salary.
The most respected order of Bauhaus society is the High Order of Merit of Venus’ Knight Templars, otherwise known simply as the High Order. Membership requirements are the rank of either General or Admiral, monthly income of 250,000 crowns or more, and nomination by at least two members of the Order’s board of governors.
Another renowned order for deeds worthy of recognition is the Order of the Pauldron, whose members wear a chromed steel shoulder pad on the left shoulder. Although the bulk of the membership consists of officers, prominent scientists and diplomats have been initiated as well.
The order of Oxia Palus is a society for preventative actions against the Dark Legion. Many Inquisitors and Mystics are rumoured to be members, and the Order has earned itself a shadowy reputation for its secretive and bloody methods.
Rumours persist that there are several secret orders that operate within Bauhaus society, and wield undue and unaccountable influence over its operations. Whilst many view such rumours as unhinged conspiracy theories, the fact is that there are orders that have links to hidden parts of the government, organised crime, and cults dedicated to the understanding or worship of the Dark Symmetry.