Pax Corporacana is a bastardized version of Latin modeled after Pax Romana, or Roman peace. That term referred to the Roman Empire in its prime from the accession of Augustus in 27 BC to the death of Marcus Aurelius in 180 AD. The modern term refers to the height of the corporate-controlled world where the majority of conflict had ended. It began in 2070 with the end of conflict in Africa and South America. Today, only two regions still remain mired in strife – parts of the middle east where sectarian violence in Islam rages and the Caucasus mountain region.
By and large, there are no armed conflicts between corporations in 2088. The last of the small corporate “wars” in Africa and South America ended when hostile takeovers and mergers finally yielded a winner in those conflicts. Disputes between corporations are now expected to be negotiated between the parties at the bargaining table, and if that is ineffective, will be subject to arbitration by the exchange.
Formal militaries do not exist in 2088. Under Pax Corporacana, there is no need for a standing army. Each corporation does maintain a version of security that is paramilitary in nature to respond to a crisis should it arise, however more resources and assets are devoted to investigative divisions and counter-espionage activities. Following the pirate wars, many maritime powers still patrol shipping lanes with former combat naval vessels to secure oceanic commerce and trade. Additionally, most corporations with ocean access maintain a coast guard to respond to emergencies and deal with severe weather.
Pax Corporacana does not refer to the patricians. The elites are not overtly hostile towards one another for fear of reprisals and consequences under the standards of conduct outlined in the Zurich Canon. Despite this accord being in place to discourage aberrant behavior, some families of patricians are amassing large amounts of security personnel, providing them advanced tactical combat training, and procuring military weaponry to outfit them with.
THE END OF WAR