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Grand Mercantile Guild
The GMG was founded 297 years ago by Aamei traders to protect their
interests. Since then it has been opened to all types of commercial
organisations, and virtually all companies with interstellar interests are
members. Its core functions are to provide security to its members, a
trade information network known as MEX, and to an intergalactic banking
service. The Bank is the central clearing bank of CivCore, and its
currency, the Talerion, is accepted throughout CivCore at least as a
second currency, and is often preferred, as it is very stable. Major
members are CivCoreTeleVision (CCTV), Galactic Enterprises and Mining
(GEM) and the Old and Glorious Interstellar Freight Company to name a few
of the largest companies in the CivCore: most interstellar companies are
The GMG is run by the Managing Director, who is elected every five years
by its members. It is a very powerful organisations, when its members can
agree about a certain matter, what extremely rarely happens.
StarMerc is the CivCore's largest single corporate entity. It split from
the GMG 128 years ago, and fought the GMG for three years in the so called
Corporate War, until both companies reached a sensitive status quo.
StarMerc is run by a giant bureaucracy, with many layers of management.
While it sells and produces everywhere, it suffers from the attempt to
always act alone and unaided: especially by members of the GMG.
Civ Core Forces
Around a hundred years ago Havena, a Helyan woman, convinced soldiers and
officers from all known planets to follow her to the destryed system of
Grangor, home of the ancient Oracle, where they constructed giant bases.
The CCF have since then been avoiding unwanted wars all over CivCore,
saving millions of lives. For over 60 years the CCF have seen it as their
duty to protect the HCPD. To this end, there are extensive covert and
Many soldiers are recruited at a young age from all over CivCore. The
radiation of the sun of Grangor affects their growth, transforming most
into pale, slightly reptilian humanoids about 2m in height.
The Game Worlds
The Algol game worlds use cutting edge technology to create almost any
gaming experience players may desire. Although most games are conducted
via the Matrix, the most prestigious are in the Muat-Tien Battlegrounds,
which are used as a relatively safe forum for the settling of differences,
and also for commercial gladiatorial combat. Regular winners of these
public tournaments become household names.
The Holy Church of Pure Data
Members of the HCPD worship information as the highest good. The Church is
the only religion spread widely across many species, and indeed has
members in most races. The Church has an organised information-gathering
network, and is often able to advise individual governments on what may be
the best course to take, but their political influence is limited due to
the wide range of interests of individual members.
One of the more - ahem - popular places in the universe, which seems at
the moment to be travelling around CivCore, is the gigantic spacefaring
brothel known as P5, the Party at the Palace of Perfect Penultimate
Pleasure. Claiming to be able to satisfy the sexual appetites of all
species with any preferences, and possibly add a little more spice to the
experience than the customer had anticipated, P5 can wreak a very
interesting variety of havoc in its frequent visits to CivCore space,
causing phenomenal increases in sexual activity and drops in financial
security in approximately equivalent amounts. Were it not for the apparent
lack of organizational structure and the luminous pink exterior of what is
presumably a ship, many planetary governments would be quite concerned by
what seems to be a massively beweaponed object about the size of a moon
entering their system. However, following the appearance of P5, most heads
of state seem to have other concerns.