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The IMC - also known as the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation - is a conglomerate under the directive of the United Systems Government, acting as its law enforcement, healthcare provider, mainline manufacturer, and many, many more roles within the Core and Frontier Systems under its control. However, the IMC does have a large degree of independence from the USG, having its own government of sorts run by CEOs and shareholders of larger corporations within the IMC, with the chairman of the alliance being the great-great-grandson of the infamous Doctor Hammond, the man behind Hammond Robotics and the IMC as a whole.
Though seen by the public as mildly oppressive at best and downright tyrannical at worst, it is an indisuptable fact that the quality of life has improved tenfold in both the Core and Frontier systems since the IMC's formation, with new technologies and advanced healthcare being swiftly introduced to planets that are assimilated by the alliance. Their medical science divisions are responsible for the eradication and curing of most diseases known to man, including many genetic defects. They have also introduced a rigorous genetic screening program that is primarily designed to identify and resolve potentially life-altering disorders during the embryo stage of development, where the child is most affected by genetic stimuli. In more recent times, however, the screening program has also been used to find potential Pilot candidates for the war effort against the Militia, though this information has not been disclosed to the public.
The IMC's manufacturing divisions are very professional and almost utilitarian in nature, aiming to maximise efficiency in every new design or revision put forward. Heavy stress testing and precise quality control is an industry standard, and is what enables the IMC to colonise planets within weeks of their discovery and construct advanced facilities and residual complexes in that time. The more military-orientated divisions are responsible for ensuring that every IMC combatant sent to the front lines is equipped with only the most reliable and sturdy weapons and armour, though their output capacity is dwarfed in comparison the Militia's more haphazard procedures. The newest IMC innovation, the automated combat drone known as the Spectre, is becoming increasingly popular with military contractors for its strength and resilience in the field, and for negating the need for human troops - an ethical benefit that the IMC is both aware and supportive of.
Their generally negative reputation with the public is mainly due to their heavy-handed and improper applications of force where negotiation would have been more suitable, and it is general concensus that the IMC could have attempted a more peaceful assimilation of the Frontier when they were faced with strong resistance in the form of the Militia. Many others dislike the genetic screening programs put in place, believing it should be their right to choose whether or not they are examined in such a way.
Main Corporations In The IMCEdit
Hammond Robotics (Engineering)Edit
Originally, Hammond Robotics was a comparatively small business founded by Doctor Hammond, with the purpose of exploring the niche market of robotics design and engineering. At the time of its creation, only one competitor stood against Hammond - Hybrid Design - and the two rivals fought bitterly for dominance in the robotics industry for several years, with Hybrid slowly gaining over the edge over Hammond with its older and more recognised name.
In 2154, a well renowned mining organisation by the name of Deep Core Industries approached both companies with a challenge: the two were to design and construct an exoskeleton to assist with mining operations in hostile and unstable environments. Whereas Hybrid opted for a small-scale exosuit that responded to the user's movements through muscle twitches, Hammond created the Atlas Titan, which tapped directly into the pilot's nervous system through a small chip which involved a very simple and non-invasive surgery (though the chip was primarily designed by EvoTech and given to Hammond as a gift) that allowed the pilot to control the Titan through thought alone. Hammond's design was adopted by Deep Core, and Hyrbid was eventually assimilated into the company after going bankrupt.
Eventually, the company began branching out into many different areas, such as aerospace engineering and military applications. It was at this point that the USG took interest in Hammond Robotics and invited them to join what would eventually become the IMC, alongside many other major corporations (including Deep Core Industries). Hammond then became the driving force behind the conglomerate after a political campaign to mark its formation, dubbing it the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation, and the rest - as they say - is history.
EvoTech (Medical Science)Edit
EvoTech is the head of all medical science conducted within the IMC, though the corporation itself focuses mainly on genetic and cybernetic enhancement. The correction of genetic disorders is left to A&E Laboratories, and EvoTech instead operates a more shady business offering minor genetic modifications, normally hair and eye colour, though some of the highly restricted modifications such as bioelectricity production or magnifiable vision are sold on a black market of so by employees wishing for a boost to their salary. The same black market is also responsible for selling these restricted modifications to the Militia, and its highly covert nature has ensured it has survived for decades, constantly supplying the freedom fighters with top of the line genetic enhancements and many cybernetic ones as well.
Their cybernetics division is closely tied to Hammond Engineering, with the two often collaborating to create the newest implants for both the masses and the military. The most well-known of EvoTech's implant ranges is the Neural-Machine Interface, which has several different variants for sale, with larger ones generally being more invasive. The most basic edition which most USG citizens possess is the Spinal Chip, an improvement on the original implant used for the test pilot for the Atlas Exoskeleton.
EvoTech's induction into the IMC was by virtue of Hammond Engineering. The latter - still owing the former a debt - anonymously purchased a huge share in the company and began funding their research departments, pushing them into the USG's eye and ensuring their place in the conglomerate. The two corporations are now extremely closely tied, and collaborate on a great many projects to advance the war effort.
Deep Core Industries (Resources)Edit
Deep Core Industries is an extremely well-known corporation, having existed since the late 2000s after dominating the mining market with its ambitious deep planetary and asteroid excavations. Though the main extractor and processor of most materials, Deep Core specifically mines ores containing useful and pivotal metals in large construction projects, such as iron, titanium and aluminium, leaving more precious or specialised ores (gold and uranium are two notable examples) to the smaller companies in the Resources division.
In the past few decades, Deep Core has branched out from simple mining into the production of most vital materials used in the scientific and industrial divisions, as well as creating new ones from scratch with the aim of continuously improving almost every item imaginable on the civilian markets. More recently, their collaboration with EvoTech and many of the smaller Medical Science companies has yielded some spectacular results, the most notable dubbed 'Darwinium' due to its unique property to become resistance to vritually any form of damage by updating its molecular structure by a lattice of genetically engineered cells.
One of the very first corporations to join the IMC, Deep Core has been very solid and reliable, with most of the general public considering it the figurehead of the conglomerate. They have been extremely reliant on Hammond's Titan line, which was the reason for their rise to fame in the 2000s, and are very loyal to the corporation for their continued help and support. Deep Core was also partly involved in the movement against the Militia, due to concerns over resources running short in the Core Systems.
Core Intelligence and Security (Military)Edit
Though CIS is the head of Military Operations within the IMC as a Private Military Contractor, its main function is law enforcement within the Core Systems, with responsibility of the Frontier and the war effort against the Militia delegated to similar-sized corporations in the Military division. CIS was originally a small PMC firm that mostly worked as private security for companies, particularly of the trading kind, where goods where shipped between planets. Their extremely efficient methods soon caught their planetary government's attention, and the company signed a deal that put them in charge of law enforcement.
Their reputation steadily grew until they had expanded across several systems, all having signed contracts with CIS for law enforcement. It was not long before the USG took notice of the extremely low crime rates in these systems and were informed of CIS' presence in the sector, leading to CIS gaining its current position as the USG Law Enforcement. Though offered the deal to become a full-blown military corporation, the CEO of CIS turned it down, saying that he prefers matters to be resolved with as little violence as possible.
CIS has its own investigative departments and police force, both of which have seen criminal activity in the Core Systems drop to near zero. They do not have control over the courts of law, but have successfully decided the outcomes of many cases with their standard approach to gathering as much evidence as possible for both sides in order to create a near-perfect simulation of the scene. A standard police officer is often equipped with a variety of stun and shock weapons intended to force submission, sticking to the corporation's non-lethal mantra. Despite this, many have some form of sidearm - often a Hammond P20XX series - and some are issued military-grade R101 Compact Carbines or R97 Compact Submachine Guns should a situation get too out of hand.
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