Imperial Corporation – Mutant Chronicles
Growth Through Acquisition
Despite what its adverts tell you, Imperial has no ancient proud lineage – certainly not when compared to Capitol, Bauhaus, or Mishima. A relative latecomer to the corporate field, Imperial had to fight its way tooth and claw to the top of the pile.
Through a combination of driven ambition, ruthless acquisition, and more than its fair share of dirty tricks, the loose federation of smaller companies was forged into the corporation known today as ‘Imperial’.
Unlike the monolithic corporate cultures of Capitol, Bauhaus, or Mishima, the constantly shifting internal structure of Imperial leaves many outside observers confused and more than a little intimidated. It is impossible to understand the complex politics of Imperial without understanding the Clans.
If there is one thing that Imperial does better than any other Corporation, it is spotting talent. Unlike its larger rivals in
Bauhaus or Capitol, Imperial has mainly grown through aggressive – often military – investment and acquisition, and bringing the most outstanding independent corporations or undeveloped geographical resources into the fold.
Birth of the Imperial Corporation
The Imperial Corporation was born during the last days of the Exodus, when the great ships of Capitol, Bauhaus, and Mishima were leaving Earth and the remaining smaller corporations were fighting for their very survival.
The extreme circumstances forced the creation of a loose coalition of smaller corporations, most of which were family-run enterprises, for mutual survival. The greater of these second tier corporations were Murdoch Security, a freelance mercenary corporation; Bartholomew Aerospace; MacGuire Electronics Corporation; and Kingsfield-Fitch Financial, a merchant bank.
Under the measured leadership of Michael Murdoch, CEO of Murdoch Security, and his closest allies; savvy Rupert Bartholomew, brilliant Rowan MacGuire, and the logistical genius Dominic Kingsfield, what started as a temporary coalition of a handful of corporations to escape the chaos on Earth was forged into an alliance of over fifty corporations. Michael Murdoch was a man of prodigious ego, with a genius for promotion as well as ruthless business expertise. He named the coalition ‘Imperial’ in a direct challenge to the dominance of Capitol, Bauhaus, and Mishima.
With this act Murdoch announced that there was a new major player on the scene. Both Michael Murdoch and Rupert Bartholomew believed in the importance of family, and were quick to put their own relatives into key positions within their businesses. The other companies, took their lead. The process of transforming the Imperial businesses into Clans had begun. In fact, within five years of the Exodus, Kingsfield-Fitch Financial, had begun referring to itself as simply ‘the Kingsfield Clan’, and others quickly followed suit.
This process of transformation from corporation to aristocracy rapidly accelerated. The Imperial board meetings became unofficially known as the ‘Houses of Parliament’, and over time the moniker stuck. Due to his calm leadership style, Murdoch was given the formal title of ‘Serenity’ rather than Chairman, as it was felt that the title would be more reassuring to the corporate citizens of Imperial.
Over several generations the role of the Serenity was formalised into an honorary, presidential role, while real power rested with the Parliament. Modelled on the ancient British Houses of Parliament, the Imperial Parliament is divided into two chambers: the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Every public meeting of the two Houses is a dazzling display of pomp and ceremony, of ornate military uniforms and expensive three-piece pinstripe suits.
Membership of House of Lords is restricted to the sixty-two heads of the Clans, whilst the House of Commons is home to the 620 most eminent business men and women, academics, lawyers and diplomats. Although the Serenity does not have a vote, the position is incredibly influential and is able to break deadlocks with a few well-placed words.
The process of decision making within Imperial is thoroughly Byzantine and opaque to outsiders; something that was intentionally designed into the system by the founders to provide a measure of protection against external corporate lobbying.