Imperial – The Clans of Damnation
Imperials organisational structure has more in common with a court from ancient myths than with any business conglomerate. Imperial is formed from a vast number of smaller, interconnected businesses that act together to form something greater than it’s individual parts. Many of these smaller companies owe an allegiance to one of the Noble families; these are the most powerful and influential families, many of which can trace their origins back to the founding of Imperial, that act to unify the smaller companies by business, and in many cases by marriage, to form Clans.
Above all sits the Imperial Serenity. In truth, the Serenity is little more than a figurehead elected by the Chamber of Lords to act as the face of Imperial. Nevertheless, she commands a great deal of respect and admiration in both Imperial, and across the Solar System, and many decisions on policy must first by given her approval before they can be enacted.
Thus is the political landscape of Imperial a complicated, bureaucratic nightmare formed from antiquated traditions of inheritance and birthright combined with democracy and economics; Imperial shares many of these traits with its market competitors and they may, in some way, contribute to their success.
Imperials military superiority is important given their method of business – hostile acquisitions. With land and resources across Mars, Mercury and Venus already in short supply, Imperials chances of settling somewhere new is limited. Instead the corporation chooses to entice, or buy out, small holdings from the other corporations from their base on Victoria, a large asteroid locked in orbit with Mars. This often brings them into competition with their rival corporations, with inevitable hostilities.