© 2017 Mikael Carlson

PIRATE WARS (2051-2053 & 2055-2056)

AMERICA, INC.

CORPORATE PROPAGANDA OFFICIAL TEASER

America, Inc  -  Corporate Propaganda Book Teaser

PIRACY WAS NOT A NEW CONCEPT WHEN IT BEGAN AGAIN IN EARNEST IN THE 2040S. IT HAS A LONG AND STORIED HISTORY HARKENING BACK TO THE DAYS OF THE EAST INDIA TRADING COMPANY AND PIRACY IN THE CARIBBEAN. FROM THERE, PRIVATEERING IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL INTERESTS BECAME FASHIONABLE IN THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES AS NATION-STATES TRIED TO REAP THE BENEFITS OF PLUNDERING THEIR ADVERSARIES BY CONTRACTING PIRATES. THE PIRACY FOR RANSOM BY SOMALIS WHO CONDUCTED RAIDS OFF THE HORN OF AFRICA AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY WAS VERY LUCRATIVE DESPITE THE INTERVENTIONS OF POWERFUL NAVIES. THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MEN WILLING TO COMMIT THESE ACTS ON THE HIGH SEAS. DESPERATION AND THE RESURGENCE OF GLOBAL TRADE PROVIDED A NEW GENERATION OF PIRATES ALL THE MOTIVATION THEY WOULD NEED TO RESURRECT THIS AGE OLD TRADITION.

NOT EXACTLY RUM-DRINKING JACK SPARROW... CAPTAIN... CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW

WITH SPHERES OF INFLUENCE STABILIZING IN MANY AREAS ONCE HOME TO DEVELOPED NATIONS, THE EXPERIENCES IN AFRICA AND SOUTH AMERICA WERE VERY DIFFERENT. AFRICA WAS EMBROILED IN COUNTLESS CIVIL WARS AND ETHNIC STRIFE THAT MADE THE CREATION OF EFFECTIVE CORPORATIONS IMPOSSIBLE. FOR THEM, PIRACY BECAME A MEANS OF SURVIVAL. CARGO SHIPS LADEN WITH GOODS AND RESOURCES COULD BE SEIZED AND THEN AUCTIONED TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER. THOSE PROCEEDS COULD THEN BE USED TO PROCURE FOOD, WEAPONS, OR WHATEVER ELSE WAS REQUIRED. MUCH OF THIS PIRACY HAPPENED IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA, WHERE TRADE WITH CORPORATIONS LIKE THE SEU, FRANCE AND SPAIN WAS PLENTIFUL. THESE PIRATES FANCIED THEMSELVES AS MODERN DAY ROBIN HOODS AND EVEN TOOK ON THE NAMES AND PERSONAS OF FAMOUS PIRATES OF YORE. IT WAS ALMOST AN ALMOST ROMANTIC NOTION HAD IT NOT BEEN DEADLY AND COSTLY.

 

PIRACY EVOLVED FOR DIFFERENT REASONS IN SOUTH AMERICA. OUTSIDE OF BRAZIL, MUCH OF SOUTH AMERICA WAS EMBROILED IN CHAOS AS FLEDGLING COMPANIES FOUGHT FOR LEGITIMACY AND ENOUGH CLOUT TO APPLY FOR LISTING ON INTERCORPEX. TO DO THIS, AND PROVIDE FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES, THEY ENGAGED IN PIRACY TO ACQUIRE THE RESOURCES NEEDED FOR GROWTH. HERE, IT WAS THE CARIBBEAN SEA THAT ONCE AGAIN SAW THE RESURGENCE IN PIRATE ACTIVITY. FROM A PRACTICAL VIEWPOINT, WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN THE WATERS BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA WAS MORE AKIN TO PRIVATEERING ― IT WAS CORPORATE INTERESTS PROVIDING THE SHIP AND MANPOWER FOR PIRACY AND THEY WERE THE ONES TO REAP THE BENEFITS OF IT. MUCH OF THE PLUNDERING ON THE HIGH SEAS WAS TARGETED AT SHIPS BELONGING TO THE THRIVING AMERICA INCORPORATED. IT SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE THEN THAT THEY WOULD BE THE CORPORATION THAT LED THE CHARGE TO ERADICATE THE SCOURGE.

CORPORATE MALFEASANCE AND BLACKBEARD WANNABES

BY 2051, CORPORATIONS HAD ENOUGH. AFTER SEEKING THE PERMISSION OF INTERCORPEX TO TAKE ACTION WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING THEIR MEMBERSHIP IN THE EXCHANGE, AMERICA, UNITED KINGDOM, RUSSIA AND FRANCE WENT TO “WAR” TO COMBAT THE GROWING PIRATE THREAT. EACH OF THOSE CORPORATIONS SPRUNG FROM NATIONS WITH STRONG NAVAL TRADITIONS, SO IT BECAME A PRIORITY TO RESTORE THAT NAVAL MIGHT AND DEPLOY IT TO PROTECT THE WORLD’S NEW SHIPPING LANES.

 

IN ADDITION TO SURGING SIZABLE FLEETS, MERCHANT VESSELS WERE ALSO OUTFITTED WITH HEAVY ARMS TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AGAINST THE PIRATE THREAT. IT WAS A HEAVY-HANDED RESPONSE, BUT IT HAD THE DESIRED EFFECT. PIRATES ENJOYING A NEAR 80% SUCCESS RATE IN THE BEGINNING OF 2051 SAW THAT DECREASE TO UNDER 30% BY THE END OF THE YEAR. ONCE THESE NAVIES WERE ON PATROL (FOR AME, THEY WERE UNDER THE COMMAND OF THE BUREAU OF CORPORATE SECURITY IN A DIVISION KNOWN AS THE NAVAL AFFAIRS OFFICE), THEY WERE ABLE TO TRACK AND DESTROY PIRATE COMMAND POSTS AND LAUNCHED REPRISALS IN SOUTH AMERICA ON CORPORATIONS SUSPECTED OF ENCOURAGING THIS PRIVATEERING. BY THE SPRING OF 2053, PIRACY HAD ENDED IN THE REGION AROUND SOUTH AMERICA AND SAW A 95% DECREASE IN THE WATERS AROUND AFRICA.

 

A SECOND PIRATE WAR WOULD POP UP FIVE YEARS LATER AS DISPARATE GROUPS USED MORE GUERILLA-LIKE TACTICS TO COMMANDEER VESSELS. THIS THREAT WAS COUNTERED BY USING SPECIALLY-TRAINED ARMED AGENTS ON VESSELS (LARGER ONES, AT LEAST) AND MAKING THEM MORE IMPERVIOUS TO BOARDING PARTIES. THE SECOND PIRATE WAR WAS LARGELY FOUGHT IN THE WATERS AROUND SOMALIA, A HOTBED OF SUCH ACTIVITY SINCE DECADES BEFORE THE COLLAPSE.

DAMN THE TORPEDOS…

THE FIRST PIRATE WAR BROUGHT ANOTHER PROBLEM INTO SHARPER FOCUS: WITH GOLD BEING THE MEDIUM FOR TRANSACTIONS ON INTERCORPEX AND RESOURCES PLAYING A LARGER ROLE IN THE DETERMINING THE VALUE OF CORPORATE SHARES, A SIMPLER WAY TO PROMOTE COMMERCE WAS NEEDED. THERE WAS NO EAGERNESS TO RETURN TO CORPORATE FIAT CURRENCIES AND A CURRENCY EXCHANGE, KNOWING THAT THE REMOVAL OF THE US DOLLAR AS THE GLOBAL RESERVE CURRENCY SENT THE WORLD ON THE PATH OF ECONOMIC ARMAGEDDON. INSTEAD, CORPORATIONS MET WITH INTERCORPEX TO BEGIN DISCUSSIONS ON THE FORMATION OF A NEW GLOBAL CURRENCY. IT WAS A MOVE THAT WOULD HAVE LASTING RAMIFICATIONS AROUND THE WORLD.

 

 

A CALL TO ACTION