© 2016 Mikael Carlson

SPHERES OF INFLUENCE IN 2088

THE BLACK SWAN SAGA

IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT GEOPOLITICAL BORDERS. NO CUSTOMS OR IMMIGRATION OFFICERS TO CLEAR YOU INTO A COUNTRY. NO FENCES OR CHECKPOINTS TO PREVENT YOUR COMING AND GOING. THAT IS THE STATE OF AFFAIRS IN 2088. WITH THE END OF GOVERNMENT ALSO CAME THE END OF ARBITRARY LINES DRAWN ON A MAP. CONQUEST IS MEASURED IN MARKET SHARE, NOT SQUARE MILEAGE. POWER IS MEASURED IN PROFIT, NOT MILITARY MIGHT. EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD IS CENTERED AROUND COMMERCE. BUSINESS IS THE MEANING OF LIFE.

 

THE MAP ABOVE SHOWS THE SPHERES AS THEY EXIST IN 2088. LIKE POLITICAL MAPS IN THE 29TH CENTURY, THE INFLUENCE ONE CORPORATION OR ANOTHER HAS HAD OVER A PARTICULAR AREA HAS CHANGED CONSIDERABLE. ALTHOUGH CONSIDERABLE STABILIZATION HAS OCCURRED OVER THE PAST DECADE, THERE IS STILL SOME FLUX, ESPECIALLY AROUND THE EDGES OF EACH CORPORATION’S SPHERE.

 

IN FACT, MOST BORDER AREAS IDENTIFY WITH TWO OR MORE CORPORATIONS AND OTHERS WITH NONE AT ALL. THESE REGIONS ARE OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE '”WILD WEST” AFTER THE LAWLESSNESS OF THE AMERICAN WEST DURING THE EXPANSION IN THE 1800S. THESE REGIONS ARE OFTEN FIERCELY DIVIDED, HAVE LIMITED INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT, AND CAN BE VIOLENT. NOTABLE REGIONS OF FRICTION ARE BETWEEN AMERICA INCORPORATED AND LATIN AMERICA IN WHAT WAS ONCE NORTHERN MEXICO, THE EDGES OF THE SOUTH AMERICAN, BRAZIL, AND PATAGONIA COMPANIES, INDIA AND PERSIA, AND MOST OF AFRICA.

 

TOWNS AND VILLAGES WITH ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION, NATURAL RESOURCES, OR MANPOWER ARE MORE CONTESTED THAN ONES WITHOUT ANY STRATEGIC BUSINESS VALUE. ADDITIONALLY, CORPORATIONS WITH SMALLER NUMBERS OF EMPLOYEES ARE MORE PRONE TO INCREASE THE SIZE OF THEIR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE IN AN EFFORT TO DRAW MORE POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES INTO THE FOLD. NO RULES EXIST TO RESTRICT COMPETITION OVER THESE AREAS, NOR DOES INTERCORPEX INTERFERE WITH CORPORATIONS SEEKING TO EXPAND THEIR INFLUENCE SO LONG AS THERE ARE NO HOSTILE ACTIONS OR INSTANCES OF SABOTAGE INVOLVED IN THESE AREAS.