Mishima Corporation Military – Mutant Chronicles
The Mishima Corporation Military
Like that of every corporation, the military of Mishima is a powerful elite that operates under a distinct set of rules and living conditions. Unlike those others, Mishima’s military corps is also its management class. Every executive is a samurai, and every samurai is, in theory, a trained warrior ready to take up arms, fight, and die for his daimyo when called upon. In practice, while samurai executives and corporate strategists may carry the daisho paired swords that are the privilege of their rank, the martial training of their youth is often long-forgotten. The full-time warriors of Mishima serve in the professional military units.
Each of the Lord Heirs maintains their own military force. On Mercury, the military enjoys a prime position in the court of Lord Heir Moya, who lavishes the best equipment and a sizable proportion of his annual budget on his soldiery. The militaries on Venus and Mars serve a largely defensive role – and the savings in expenditure are one of the factors that enable Lord Maru and Lady Mariko to remain in contention with their older brother.
The motto of Mishima strategy is “destroy or defend”. If a Mishima task force is unable to destroy the enemy in one fell swoop, they will hold fast where they are until reinforced – or until they die. Mishima soldiers are more than ready to die for a patch of ground; no greater glory is there than to die in the service of the corporation. Few deeds are considered more shameful than surrender to the enemy. This makes Mishima an enemy that one thinks twice about attacking.
Mishima troops are generally lightly armed and armoured, both the regular samurai forces and the ashigaru levies drawn from the commoner stock in times when greater manpower is needed. On Mercury in particular, travelling light is a necessity. In its treacherous underground terrain, soldiers must regularly contend with flooded tunnels, narrow passages barely wide enough to squeeze through, unexpected rockfalls, and other sudden dangers. Mishima has also developed two unique weapon systems.
Warheads are semi-autonomous robots used for what would otherwise be suicide missions. Programmed with decision-
making capabilities verging on true intelligence, these sophisticated machines are heavily armed and armoured, but also
very rare, expensive, and difficult to repair.
Kote armour is a full-body exoskeleton that protects the wearer and provides amplified strength and mobility. Each hydraulic-enhanced kote suit comes loaded with heavy weapons and can achieve speeds comparable to that of an average family car. Kote armour is the exclusive preserve of elite units, assault regiments and wealthy nobles with a collector’s sensibility for quality wargear.
The Mishima corporation has no uniform code of law. Tradition dictates that everybody must obey their superiors. The Lord
Heirs do have general requirements for how they wish their subordinate territories to be governed. Lord Maru, for example,
strongly discourages harsh treatment of the commoners. Lord Moya, in contrast, demands that his samurai keep the
common herd under strict control. That said, the Lord Heirs do not meddle in the internal management of the keiretsu. A
daimyo or lord has free rein to set rules and regulations, and to enforce them as he sees fit, within his domain.
Most lords rely on samurai patrols to keep order on their streets. This work is considered inglorious by the majority of samurai, so the quality of law enforcement is often low. A riot or mugging may attract the attention of a bored patrol, but non-violent criminals are often simply not pursued. A samurai will always be more interested in a case where he gets to try out his swordsmanship.
Checking up on breaches of regulations, such as health and safety codes or censorship laws, is the duty of inspectors appointed by the local lord. Investigating murders and other serious crimes falls to officials designated as magistrates. On Mercury, these functions are combined in the person of the inspector-magistrate, who is empowered to collect evidence, pass judgement, and carry out sentencing (often death) on the spot.
Officials frequently allow Triad organised crime outfits to operate, provided they keep unaffiliated criminals off their turf, make sure any violence stays in-house, and kick a percentage of their takings upstairs to the liege lord. The upshot of this situation is that Mishima areas are comparatively safe for the average person, but many outsiders see them as havens of vice.
The rulers of Mishima have little time for the insipid notions of foreign cultures, and the commoners are educated early and often on the unique merits of the corporation above all others. Of course, Mishima society also values politeness, so they try their best not to make these feelings obvious.
Mishima is Capitol’s biggest trading partner. For its part, Mishima respects the Capitolian emphasis on competition. But Capitol takes things too far – the way it abandons the elderly and poor is despicable.
Mishima and Bauhaus have common ground in their appreciation for the arts of war, the importance of honour, and the fundamental rightness of hereditary management. Both corporations are also notoriously fussy negotiators when making business deals.
The Imperials are, to Mishima eyes, somewhat uncouth. Despite that, Mishima can respect the Imperial martial spirits, love of competition, and the exaltation of clan loyalty. The status of Fukido is a major irritant for Lord Heir Moya but he does not take it personally. All divisions of Mishima trade extensively with Imperial. Politically, Imperial is kept at arm’s length – just like everyone else.
Mishima treats the newcomers with caution, though as another faction that distances itself from the Brotherhood, it feels there is a possibility of shared agendas.
Mishima has conflicting feelings about these strange survivors of a dead world. The upper management was against the Cartel’s return to Earth, preferring to leave the husk of the planet as a memorial to human folly. And then it turned out that these people were living there all along. For the time being, Mishima maintains the minimum of diplomatic relations that politeness and realpolitik demand.
Officially Mishima and the Brotherhood are in détente. Each respects the other’s unique culture and way of life and acknowledges its positive contributions to the solar system. Unofficially, the Brotherhood sees Mishima as a hotbed of heresy, while Mishima wishes the Brotherhood would back off and stop trying to meddle in its internal affairs. Mishima pays lip service to the idea of cooperating with the Brotherhood, and routinely diverts its observers on meaningless “fact-finding” trips to backwaters where nothing is happening.
Another organisation to be tolerated and sidestepped. As the Overlord’s power has declined, Mishima’s involvement with the
Cartel has become something of an embarrassment. The Overlord is the only representative allowed to make deals in Cartel sessions, but the Lord Heirs ignore these deals all the time, and everyone knows it. Only a deal brokered in secret with one of the Lord Heirs will mean that the contract counts for anything in that domain. Mishima is very willing to support Cartel military operations when its objectives coincide with Mishima’s interests – especially against the Dark Legion.