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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 members.

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.

Star Merc

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 intelligence operations.

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.

The P5

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.