Together, the Traditions and Technocracy have seven kinds of mystic mage and seven kinds of technomage. If the Technocracy hadn't pissed off the Sons of Ether and Virtual Adepts, they'd be evenly matched.
The Technocracy is full of 1984 references because the book was based on them, canonically.
The Union is also implied to be full of people who enjoy black humor.
Why are the Cultists of Ecstasy the guys who study the Sphere of Time? Because time flies when you're having fun.