Considering Commerce

In the cycles that followed the Catastrophe, it took every ounce of tenacity, ingenuity, and no small degree of luck for humanity to drag itself, tooth and nail, out of the debris filled avalanche of potential oblivion. Always scrappy as a species, we somehow managed to pull ourselves, gasping for collective air inexorably upwards, grasping at every chance for survival. Along the way, a number of principles from Before managed to cling onto us for the climb out of this metaphorical pit.

Capitalism, ever our most tenacious trait, was one such survivor. It has since born a number of systems that have helped us try to thrive in an otherwise untenable situation. In today’s future, the concept of Free Enterprise allows us to boldly go where we might otherwise have been wholly unable to. Engage with us below and we shall go into a little more detail.

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Benevolent Dynamics presents Quantum Telepheresis

The galaxy is truly a vast, mind-bogglingly large place to live, these days more than most! Humanity’s stations orbit planets, that in turn orbit stars. Solar systems dance in a complicated rumba around the galaxy and we strive to travel throughout it all! Benevolent Dynamics, through the new, old, and proudly reclaimed science of Quantum Telepheresis is extraordinarily pleased to announce that we have just brought all of that so much closer together! 

Accept this broadcast to learn more. Disclaimer – please note the broadcast includes sensory input. Please ensure your surroundings are safe and you are not operating heavy machinery during the presentation. 

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TauLife Holozene Issue 101

TauLife Holozene Issue 101 – First broadcast 202.89

Greetings listeners! Welcome to another edition of TauLife, the on-the-pulse holozene of all things Consortium.

Today’s special edition comes to you straight from Daedalus station, home of the Promethean Sect. Strap in citizens, or should I say ‘brothers and sisters’, as we talk all things ‘One Life’ with today’s special guest, Sister Nyx, a sect member for exactly 100 cycles!

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TauLife Holozene Issue 98

TauLife Holozene Issue 98 – First Broadcast on 202.87

Greetings Consortium Citizens! Welcome to another exciting broadcast of TauLife, the exciting holozene bringing you the best tidbits from the Sol system and beyond!

Today we talk with Fellie Norbush, a charming Harsene who works as a field technician for Benevolent Dynamics. You may have come across Fellie when visiting the port of Tau Station.

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Media focus: Introducing the Bodyguard’s Bulletin

Citizens, today’s post brings you something a little different! It’s the first of a new series focusing on the galaxy’s various media offerings. Every few tenspans, we’ll bring you extracts from a specially-selected guest content feed. This edition comes courtesy of the ‘Bodyguard’s Bulletin’, the galaxy’s most-read content feed for the private security sector. Written by ex-bodyguards (and brothers) Boson and Draco Packard, it provides insight into this booming sector.

In the future we’ll bring you similar highlights of content from popular feeds such as Tau Life, Consortium Cadet, Ice Trader Daily and more. But for now, enjoy this free extract from issue 202.74 of the Bodyguard’s Bulletin.

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Bonds explained: A virtual economy (part 2)

The credit may have only taken a few post-Catastrophe cycles to become humanity’s common currency. But its premium counterpart, the bond, was a much stranger discovery. It took far longer to find its place in the galaxy’s economic system.

Having been forged in the throes of the Catastrophe, this unusual technology fascinates many. Even today, debates rage about the true nature of bonds. What exactly are they? None can provide a full answer, but at least some things are agreed upon…

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Taking Credit: A Virtual Economy

In the time following the Catastrophe, almost all infrastructure had collapsed. Many networked systems had crashed and much that existed within the digital realm was erased as if a virtual wildfire had spread through the galaxy’s servers in one digitally-devastating wave. It resulted in a catastrophic loss of both life and data on an unfathomable scale. Isolated systems were, for the most part, the only element to survive and, due to the nature of its digital existence, the credit was one such system. Capitalism, always humanity’s most tenacious trait, had managed to survive the apocalypse.

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Galactic Destinations: Asimov Freehold

Dear reader, we hope you’re in the mood for ‘droids and bots! This latest issue comes to you from Asimov Freehold, where our writer Aung Yeoh recently interviewed one of the Consortium’s best brains on the subject; Kelly O’Denshire. Below you’ll find her intriguing dispatch from this Iron Quad oddity…

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Corps Run(down): Guns & Gastronomy

A number of corporations have risen to a degree of notoriety and acclaim since the Catastrophe, growing and stepping in to fill the void in needs and services created by the Catastrophe. Some are, perhaps inevitably, less reputable than others while others purport to having only humanity’s best interests at heart. In either case or anywhere in between, the current climate that puts survival of the species at the forefront of our list of priorities makes the perfect breeding ground for a handful of powerful organizations to end up with corporate control of various aspects of what is shaping into day to day life. 

Read on below and in future segments for our rundown of the major players out there!

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