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14th Feb '18 4:32:05 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Andrey Livadny's ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'', the Galactic Cybersystems Corpotation used to be the primary provider of all cybernetics (from household robots to infantry droids and HumongousMecha) for most of the known worlds. However, they reached their limit, and the heads of the corporation were afraid of a crackdown if they attempt to step beyond the legal and ethical norms imposed by TheFederation. They decide to lay low for awhile, letting their competition make these steps and then come back when the laws and ethical norms have changed. It didn't quite work out this way, and Galactic Cybersystems disappeared virtually overnight due to over-consolidation (all R&D and production was done on a single planet known only to a few). The corporation was powerful enough to have its own HumongousMecha and a private fleet. Later novels have many smaller corporations that qualify as Mega Corps by owning several worlds each, many of them striving to free themselves from the "oppressive" laws of TheFederation (DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything). One of these, under threat from a (deserved) crackdown, decides to strike out against TheFederation and hold it hostage. In ''Blind Punch'', the first novel (according to the in-universe timeline), Earth is divided by the four largest corporations: Rimp Cybertronics (computer systems and robotics), Genesys (biotech and terraforming), Cryonics ([[HumanPopsicle cryogenics]]), and Megapool ([[MegaCity large-scale construction]]). In the later part of the novel, they start feuding over resources and building corporate fleets, although Cryonics chooses to sell its shipyards to the [[OneWorldOrder World Government]], which creates a non-corporate SpaceNavy as well. The most conflict comes from Genesys and Megapool vying for the control over Mars: the CEO of Genesys dreams of the red planet becoming a lush green paradise, while the CEO of Megapool cares only about space to build more and more [[MegaCity megacities]] in order to keep his company from stagnating. Ironically, the technology from all four corporations is necessary to build the first extrasolar colony ship ''Alpha''.

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* In Andrey Livadny's ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'', the Galactic Cybersystems Corpotation used to be the primary provider of all cybernetics (from household robots to infantry droids and HumongousMecha) for most of the known worlds. However, they reached their limit, and the heads of the corporation were afraid of a crackdown if they attempt to step beyond the legal and ethical norms imposed by TheFederation. They decide to lay low for awhile, letting their competition make these steps and then come back when the laws and ethical norms have changed. It didn't quite work out this way, and Galactic Cybersystems disappeared virtually overnight due to over-consolidation (all R&D and production was done on a single planet known only to a few). The corporation was powerful enough to have its own HumongousMecha and a private fleet. Later novels have many smaller corporations that qualify as Mega Corps by owning several worlds each, many of them striving to free themselves from the "oppressive" laws of TheFederation (DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything). One of these, under threat from a (deserved) crackdown, decides to strike out against TheFederation and hold it hostage. In ''Blind Punch'', the first novel (according to the in-universe timeline), Earth is divided by the four largest corporations: Rimp Cybertronics (computer systems and robotics), Genesys (biotech and terraforming), Cryonics ([[HumanPopsicle cryogenics]]), and Megapool ([[MegaCity large-scale construction]]). In the later part of the novel, they start feuding over resources and building corporate fleets, although Cryonics chooses to sell its shipyards to the [[OneWorldOrder World Government]], Government]] (the shipyards are run by a newly-created state-run corporation called New Age), which creates a non-corporate SpaceNavy as well. The most conflict comes from Genesys and Megapool vying for the control over Mars: the CEO of Genesys dreams of the red planet becoming a lush green paradise, while the CEO of Megapool cares only about space to build more and more [[MegaCity megacities]] in order to keep his company from stagnating. Ironically, the technology from all four corporations is necessary to build the first extrasolar colony ship ''Alpha''.
13th Feb '18 8:51:04 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Andrey Livadny's ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'', the Galactic Cybersystems Corpotation used to be the primary provider of all cybernetics (from household robots to infantry droids and HumongousMecha) for most of the known worlds. However, they reached their limit, and the heads of the corporation were afraid of a crackdown if they attempt to step beyond the legal and ethical norms imposed by TheFederation. They decide to lay low for awhile, letting their competition make these steps and then come back when the laws and ethical norms have changed. It didn't quite work out this way, and Galactic Cybersystems disappeared virtually overnight due to over-consolidation (all R&D and production was done on a single planet known only to a few). The corporation was powerful enough to have its own HumongousMecha and a private fleet. Later novels have many smaller corporations that qualify as Mega Corps by owning several worlds each, many of them striving to free themselves from the "oppressive" laws of TheFederation (DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything). One of these, under threat from a (deserved) crackdown, decides to strike out against TheFederation and hold it hostage. In ''Blind Punch'', the first novel (according to the in-universe timeline), Earth is divided by the four largest corporations: Rimp Cybertronics (computer systems and robotics), Genesys (biotech and terraforming), Cryonics ([[HumanPopsicle cryogenics]]), and Megapool ([[MegaCity large-scale construction]]). In the later part of the novel, they start feuding over resources and building corporate fleets, although Cryonics chooses to sell its shipyards to the [[OneWorldOrder World Government]], which creates a non-corporate SpaceNavy as well. The most conflict comes from Genesys and Megapool vying for the control over Mars: the CEO of Genesys dreams of the red planet becoming a lush green paradise, while the CEO of Megapool cares only about space to build more and more [[MegaCity megacities]] in order to keep his company from stagnating.

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* In Andrey Livadny's ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'', the Galactic Cybersystems Corpotation used to be the primary provider of all cybernetics (from household robots to infantry droids and HumongousMecha) for most of the known worlds. However, they reached their limit, and the heads of the corporation were afraid of a crackdown if they attempt to step beyond the legal and ethical norms imposed by TheFederation. They decide to lay low for awhile, letting their competition make these steps and then come back when the laws and ethical norms have changed. It didn't quite work out this way, and Galactic Cybersystems disappeared virtually overnight due to over-consolidation (all R&D and production was done on a single planet known only to a few). The corporation was powerful enough to have its own HumongousMecha and a private fleet. Later novels have many smaller corporations that qualify as Mega Corps by owning several worlds each, many of them striving to free themselves from the "oppressive" laws of TheFederation (DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything). One of these, under threat from a (deserved) crackdown, decides to strike out against TheFederation and hold it hostage. In ''Blind Punch'', the first novel (according to the in-universe timeline), Earth is divided by the four largest corporations: Rimp Cybertronics (computer systems and robotics), Genesys (biotech and terraforming), Cryonics ([[HumanPopsicle cryogenics]]), and Megapool ([[MegaCity large-scale construction]]). In the later part of the novel, they start feuding over resources and building corporate fleets, although Cryonics chooses to sell its shipyards to the [[OneWorldOrder World Government]], which creates a non-corporate SpaceNavy as well. The most conflict comes from Genesys and Megapool vying for the control over Mars: the CEO of Genesys dreams of the red planet becoming a lush green paradise, while the CEO of Megapool cares only about space to build more and more [[MegaCity megacities]] in order to keep his company from stagnating. Ironically, the technology from all four corporations is necessary to build the first extrasolar colony ship ''Alpha''.
13th Feb '18 8:49:00 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Andrey Livadny's ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'', the Galactic Cybersystems Corpotation used to be the primary provider of all cybernetics (from household robots to infantry droids and HumongousMecha) for most of the known worlds. However, they reached their limit, and the heads of the corporation were afraid of a crackdown if they attempt to step beyond the legal and ethical norms imposed by TheFederation. They decide to lay low for awhile, letting their competition make these steps and then come back when the laws and ethical norms have changed. It didn't quite work out this way, and Galactic Cybersystems disappeared virtually overnight due to over-consolidation (all R&D and production was done on a single planet known only to a few). The corporation was powerful enough to have its own HumongousMecha and a private fleet. Later novels have many smaller corporations that qualify as Mega Corps by owning several worlds each, many of them striving to free themselves from the "oppressive" laws of TheFederation (DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything). One of these, under threat from a (deserved) crackdown, decides to strike out against TheFederation and hold it hostage.

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* In Andrey Livadny's ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'', the Galactic Cybersystems Corpotation used to be the primary provider of all cybernetics (from household robots to infantry droids and HumongousMecha) for most of the known worlds. However, they reached their limit, and the heads of the corporation were afraid of a crackdown if they attempt to step beyond the legal and ethical norms imposed by TheFederation. They decide to lay low for awhile, letting their competition make these steps and then come back when the laws and ethical norms have changed. It didn't quite work out this way, and Galactic Cybersystems disappeared virtually overnight due to over-consolidation (all R&D and production was done on a single planet known only to a few). The corporation was powerful enough to have its own HumongousMecha and a private fleet. Later novels have many smaller corporations that qualify as Mega Corps by owning several worlds each, many of them striving to free themselves from the "oppressive" laws of TheFederation (DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything). One of these, under threat from a (deserved) crackdown, decides to strike out against TheFederation and hold it hostage. In ''Blind Punch'', the first novel (according to the in-universe timeline), Earth is divided by the four largest corporations: Rimp Cybertronics (computer systems and robotics), Genesys (biotech and terraforming), Cryonics ([[HumanPopsicle cryogenics]]), and Megapool ([[MegaCity large-scale construction]]). In the later part of the novel, they start feuding over resources and building corporate fleets, although Cryonics chooses to sell its shipyards to the [[OneWorldOrder World Government]], which creates a non-corporate SpaceNavy as well. The most conflict comes from Genesys and Megapool vying for the control over Mars: the CEO of Genesys dreams of the red planet becoming a lush green paradise, while the CEO of Megapool cares only about space to build more and more [[MegaCity megacities]] in order to keep his company from stagnating.
6th Feb '18 3:46:37 PM Discar
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** Played with in ''Film/{{Scanners}}'', where [=ConSec=] is given much the same role as TheKingdom would be in a standard fantasy, with a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and an EvilChancellor. Two evil chancellors, if you count [[spoiler: Dr. Ruth]].

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** Played with in ''Film/{{Scanners}}'', where [=ConSec=] is given much the same role as TheKingdom TheGoodKingdom would be in a standard fantasy, with a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and an EvilChancellor. Two evil chancellors, if you count [[spoiler: Dr. Ruth]].
28th Jan '18 7:49:40 PM nombretomado
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** [=AdsPlay=] is the player, a [[{{AFGNCAAP}} faceless]] [[YouBastard "small business" that was never]] a game-changing tech start-up, [[{{Hipster}} indie alternative]] or a "Mom and Pop" outfit; it was dedicated from the very beginning towards monopolising all forms of advertising as well as the real estate market and a holdings corporation. The closest thing the game has to an "ending" is when you've bought out all of the former megacoprs and become the ''de facto'' ruler of the city.[[labelnote:Rant on symbolism]] When you think about it, this is what happened with Google [[JustifiedTrope once they realised]] [[EnforcedTrope they needed to turn a profit]], and the rest of the internet followed their wake as a result... They monopolised online advertising, and it wasn't just the guy on the street that didn't see it coming, it was already-established big businesses and organisations like McDonalds, Friendster, Apple and Microsoft, [[OldMediaAreEvil Old Media]] such as newspapers and cable news networks, Blockbuster Video, [[VideoGames Nintendo and Sony]], various governmental and religious organisations and even a visible chunk of organised crime. These Mega Corps owned the world and thought they did so without any possibility of being successfully opposed... just like the cyberpunk setting already in place when [=AdsPlay=] starts out, in which the player is immediately locked into huge debt because loans only go through the "Happy Banking Corporation" and are hideously rigged, and for every ''other'' little company that tried to oppose the existing oligarchy that was their death, but [=AdsPlay=] was too fast for the interest rates. Too fast for the old guard of advertising like Blimpy Bros. and [=FriendFACE=] (which despite resembling social media is essentially the "Yahoo!" equivalent here). Too fast for criminals like the Narcotics Cooperative (Silk Road replacing drug rings), Secure Storage Syndicate (old-school mobsters) and even 256 Shades of Hats (Russian and Chinese hackers hacking into huge databases to steal money and identities). Too fast for the entirely-automated construction equipment HiveMind known as The Construct (Detroit and foreign auto manufacturers using robot assembly lines to build cars driven by people) and the Transhumanic League (the existing status quo of IT) and even $MUSIC$ (the "major labels" which are really just recruiting drives for whoever is profitable after iTunes, Google Play and Spotify killed physical media). So fast that, in real life, the companies that survived were the ones who realised they would have to play by Google's Rules, like Apple cultivating a loyal fanbase or Microsoft unifying everyone to Windows 10 and adding ad-services by default in the process. Google doesn't own the world and likely never will, but along with Apple and Microsoft they provide and control the one thing that the old guard can't operate without, ''information''. As Facebook certainly wants to exist, they play by those rules when it suits them and try to be the next one to upset the balance of power with tactics like funding VR devices or launching a casual gamer's Steam, but one illegal move by Google could be their death before it goes to court if too many people stop seeing it in Google.[[/labelnote]]

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** [=AdsPlay=] is the player, a [[{{AFGNCAAP}} faceless]] [[YouBastard "small business" that was never]] a game-changing tech start-up, [[{{Hipster}} indie alternative]] or a "Mom and Pop" outfit; it was dedicated from the very beginning towards monopolising all forms of advertising as well as the real estate market and a holdings corporation. The closest thing the game has to an "ending" is when you've bought out all of the former megacoprs and become the ''de facto'' ruler of the city.[[labelnote:Rant on symbolism]] When you think about it, this is what happened with Google [[JustifiedTrope once they realised]] [[EnforcedTrope they needed to turn a profit]], and the rest of the internet followed their wake as a result... They monopolised online advertising, and it wasn't just the guy on the street that didn't see it coming, it was already-established big businesses and organisations like McDonalds, UsefulNotes/McDonalds, Friendster, Apple and Microsoft, [[OldMediaAreEvil Old Media]] such as newspapers and cable news networks, Blockbuster Video, [[VideoGames Nintendo and Sony]], various governmental and religious organisations and even a visible chunk of organised crime. These Mega Corps owned the world and thought they did so without any possibility of being successfully opposed... just like the cyberpunk setting already in place when [=AdsPlay=] starts out, in which the player is immediately locked into huge debt because loans only go through the "Happy Banking Corporation" and are hideously rigged, and for every ''other'' little company that tried to oppose the existing oligarchy that was their death, but [=AdsPlay=] was too fast for the interest rates. Too fast for the old guard of advertising like Blimpy Bros. and [=FriendFACE=] (which despite resembling social media is essentially the "Yahoo!" equivalent here). Too fast for criminals like the Narcotics Cooperative (Silk Road replacing drug rings), Secure Storage Syndicate (old-school mobsters) and even 256 Shades of Hats (Russian and Chinese hackers hacking into huge databases to steal money and identities). Too fast for the entirely-automated construction equipment HiveMind known as The Construct (Detroit and foreign auto manufacturers using robot assembly lines to build cars driven by people) and the Transhumanic League (the existing status quo of IT) and even $MUSIC$ (the "major labels" which are really just recruiting drives for whoever is profitable after iTunes, Google Play and Spotify killed physical media). So fast that, in real life, the companies that survived were the ones who realised they would have to play by Google's Rules, like Apple cultivating a loyal fanbase or Microsoft unifying everyone to Windows 10 and adding ad-services by default in the process. Google doesn't own the world and likely never will, but along with Apple and Microsoft they provide and control the one thing that the old guard can't operate without, ''information''. As Facebook certainly wants to exist, they play by those rules when it suits them and try to be the next one to upset the balance of power with tactics like funding VR devices or launching a casual gamer's Steam, but one illegal move by Google could be their death before it goes to court if too many people stop seeing it in Google.[[/labelnote]]
7th Jan '18 3:28:01 PM Jubileus57
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* ''VideoGame/SunlessSkies'' has the Windward Company, which is the representant of New London's interests in the Reach.
31st Dec '17 11:02:10 AM nombretomado
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* ''GroundControl'':

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21st Dec '17 8:40:34 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'': Shinra Electric Power Company, which produces electric power, military hardware, [[GreenRocks Materia]], and automobiles, among other things. It also has its own elite police and military forces, and for all intents and purposes is more like a globe-spanning (and ''highly aggressive'') nation-state than "merely" a large corporation as we tend to think of them.

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* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'': ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'':
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Shinra Electric Power Company, which produces not only electric power, power but military hardware, [[GreenRocks Materia]], and automobiles, among other things. It also has its own elite police and military forces, and for all intents and purposes is more like a globe-spanning (and ''highly aggressive'') nation-state than "merely" a large corporation as we tend to think of them.
16th Dec '17 7:20:46 PM DustSnitch
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* G-Corp from ''Website/GaiaOnline''. Founded by death-fearing megalomaniac Johnny Gambino, and BadassGrandpa Edmund, G-Corp was responsible for a majority of Gaia's technological, scientific, and medical advances. Unfortunately, when Edmund left the company, things took a turn for the worse. Now everything G-Corp makes (from pet dinosaurs to hair growth formulas) has a penchant to [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly, horribly wrong]]. (To put this in perspective, G-Corp has caused the ZombieApocalypse ''twice''. In fact, zombies seem to be their chief product). Ironically, G-Corp is actually the ''good'' company. [[spoiler:The evil company is [=NeXus=], run by [[BigBad Labtech X]]. [=NeXus's=] sole purpose is to provide X with the means to take over the world. Their most famous achievement is using [[AppliedPhlebotinum G'hi]] to create a self-replicating, almost invincible army of [[EverythingTryingToKillYou Animated]]. They also build a cool UnderwaterBase, a HumongousMecha, and a ScarfOfAssKicking.]] G-Corp also has a copy in S-Corp, which consists of "Elftechs," and is owned by the Claus family.

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* G-Corp from ''Website/GaiaOnline''. Founded by death-fearing megalomaniac Johnny Gambino, and BadassGrandpa Edmund, G-Corp was responsible for a majority of Gaia's technological, scientific, and medical advances. Unfortunately, when Edmund left the company, things took a turn for the worse. Now everything G-Corp makes (from pet dinosaurs to hair growth formulas) has a penchant to [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly, horribly wrong]]. (To put this in perspective, G-Corp has caused the ZombieApocalypse ''twice''. In fact, zombies seem to be their chief product). Ironically, G-Corp is actually the ''good'' company. [[spoiler:The evil company is [=NeXus=], run by [[BigBad Labtech X]]. [=NeXus's=] sole purpose is to provide X with the means to take over the world. Their most famous achievement is using [[AppliedPhlebotinum G'hi]] to create a self-replicating, almost invincible army of [[EverythingTryingToKillYou Animated]]. They also build a cool UnderwaterBase, a HumongousMecha, and a ScarfOfAssKicking.]] G-Corp also has a copy in S-Corp, which consists of "Elftechs," and is owned by the Claus family.
14th Dec '17 8:27:14 AM dracogeorge
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* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'': The Umbrella Corporation. Their front is a pharmaceutical company, but their real business plan consists of "let's inject this [[TheVirus zombie potion]] [[TheMengele into an animal and see what happens]]" while giving [[NoOSHACompliance OSHA]] the finger. Notably, when the government finally had evidence of Umbrella's misdeeds in the TimeSkip before ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', they destroyed the company by applying a massive embargo to its activities, crashing their stock prices and eventually running Umbrella out of business. Years later, its SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, TRICELL, suffered much the same fate after the main people behind it were killed in the events of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' (it's heavily implied that the remainder of the company didn't survive the investigations prompted by the clues Chris and Sheva uncovered in Kijuju).

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* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'': The Umbrella Corporation. Their front is a pharmaceutical company, but their real business plan consists of "let's inject this [[TheVirus zombie potion]] [[TheMengele into an animal and see what happens]]" while giving [[NoOSHACompliance OSHA]] the finger. Notably, when the government finally had evidence of Umbrella's misdeeds in the TimeSkip before ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', [[RealityEnsues they destroyed the company company]] by applying a massive embargo to its activities, crashing their stock prices and eventually running Umbrella out of business. Years later, its SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, TRICELL, suffered much the same fate after the main people behind it were killed in the events of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' (it's heavily implied that the remainder of the company didn't survive the investigations prompted by the clues Chris and Sheva uncovered in Kijuju).
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