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What follows is a list of the largest hypercorporations. There are thousands of others that operate either in specialized niche markets, or only in local habitats.
Cognite – Pushing the cutting edges of psychosurgery and mental augmentation, Cognite has had many successes, but its reputation is still marred by the failure of the “Lost Generation”.
Comet Express – With a presence on almost every habitat, CE is the top name in inter-world shipping.
Direct Action – Founded by the remnants of several old Earth militaries, as a private security force they are known for professionalism and efficiency.
Ecologene – They are responsible for the design and maintenance of many habitats, as experts in living environments. They have a standing reward for genetic samples of Earth life they have not yet cataloged.
Exotech – Known for their unrestrained attitude towards AGI and mind emulation, this extropian hypercorp also makes some of the best electronics money can buy.
Experia – Experia is the voice that predominates the inner system media, with products spanning from meme implementation, to news broadcasts, to educational XPs. Very progressive on AGI rights.
Fa Jing – This manufacturing superpower is in some ways very conservative in its hierarchy, but very progressive in its relative embracing of new economic models.
Gatekeeper Corporation – Originally a Titanian microcorporation, they were the first to decode and operate a Pandora Gate. They produce most exoplanet XP recordings as well. They control the Pandora Gate.
Go-Nin Group – Made up of many subsidiaries, this relic of old capitalism has a presence in almost every industry due to bottom-line business ethics. They control the Discord Gate on Eris.
Gorgon Defense Systems – Primarily an arms manufacturer out of Extropia, they deal to the Consortium and Autonomists alike. They have a subsidiary mercenary group, which is rumored to carry out blacks ops as well.
Nimbus – The fathers of modern farcasting, this secretive group has broken ground on mesh infrastructure design and communications.
Omnicor – After stealing several assets and technologies during the fall, Omnicor pioneered the personal nanofabber as well as many of the blueprints. Is entrenched in a feud with Starware over these stolen assets.
Pathfinder – Pathfinder is making a name for themselves by pushing galactic expansion more than anyone else. They have a relatively few operations in Sol, but their anti-environmentalist attitude makes them notorious. They control the Martian Gate.
Prosperity Group – Already active across before the fall, they supply agricultural and pharmacological products to habitats across the system.
Skineasthesia – A major biomorph firm, Skineasthesia focuses their line on utilitarian designs and environmental adaptations.
Skinthetic – As opposed to Skineasthesia, this extropian biomorph manufacturer specializes in radical and experimental biomorphs. Their pushing of morphological science, combined with anarcho-capitalist business ethics, has made them infamous in the inner system.
Solaris – Solaris is involved in all things actuarial; insurance, loans, futures, you name it. Some conspiracy theorists hold Solaris to be the real masters of the Consortium.
Somatek – Somatek is the leader in the field of uplift science and biochemistry. Despite their high number of uplift employees and programs, they are often disliked by mercurials for “enforcing anthro-normative memeplexes”.
Starware – From robotics, to spaceships, to pre-fab habitats, Starware deals in everything you need in between planets. Between labor disputes, their war with Omnicor, and rumors of Factor dealings, they are growing increasingly unpopular both in the public eye, and within the Consortium.
Stellar Intelligence – Just as Direct Action grew out of the remnants of armies, Stellar Intelligence grew out of what remained of the intelligence community. They broker information, catalog exabites of surveillance daily, and engage in espionage for their clients.
Terragenesis – A worker-owned collective, Terragenesis is mainly involved with the Martian terraforming project, as well as all-but-explicit support of the reclamation. They control the Vulcanoid Gate.