Generating Power to Power a Generation
Apollo Gen – Global Power Generation Corporation
Headquarters: Los Angeles
Regional Offices: San Fransisco, Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, London, Seol, Johanesburg, Sao Paulo, Brazilia, Mexico City. Branch offices across the Americas and Africa.
Generation Facilities: Solar Stations: 16 Orbital, 2 Mexico, 6 North America (NE/AR), 4 Arabia (US Military Zone). Nuclear Stations: 1 South Africa, 6 North America, 12 South America, 1 Korea, 1 Antartica. OTEC Stations: 2 Indian Ocean, 4 Pacific.
Research Facilities: 2 North America (CA/NY), 3 Arabia (US Military Zone), 1 Pacific.
Name and Location of Major Shareholder: Daniel Joteq, Los Angeles (15.5% owned)
Employees: Worldwide; 1,250,000
Troops; 3,500 Covert; 100
Background: In 2007 when nuclear fusion first became a feasible source of power, Daniel Joteq was financial director for the research group that made the break throughs, a government funded team of top scientists and research technicians. Joteq, seeing the potential for domestic generation and the profits it would engender hired a team of freelance edgerunners, such as there were in those days, and, giving them security codes and facility blueprints had them steal the technical details of the research, stored in a single hard drive in the research dome. Almost instantly he patented the discoveries, the day before the team was to report its findings. The government threat of losing those patent licenses were met with a threat of losing the research data and Joteq set out to create his empire. Buying up the best of the research team members, placating them with indulgent salaries, he then began negotiating with the government. More than one attempt was made to steal the disk, but Joteq had had it destroyed, transfering all the data to a primitive wet-drive at the base of his skull. The government realised they’d, if only for a while, have to work with Joteq, and this proved very easy to do.
In a few years Apollo expanded into solar and OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion) generation and began to spread worldwide. While North America had a steady generation facility, the booming population and increased power demands of average citizens would require extra facilities. In South America the entire generation field needed completely revolutionising. In both fields Apollo proved up to the task, and began to pour money into research schemes designed to reduce waste, increase efficency and put nuclear and solar energy to more sinister purposes.
While the laboratory style research facilities in North America research waste reduction and effiency, the (government authorised) facilities in the nuclear wasteland of the old Arab states are involved in either less admirable or less safe, depending on whose view you take. Apollo claims to be minaturising current reactor technology to make it possible to build nuclear vechiles or homes. Media Jane Fellows thinks otherwise – should read ‘thought’ – having taken photographs (sadly undeveloped) of what appear to be bodies of victims used in advanced microwave weapon tests. Apollo disagrees – obviously in a nuclear wasteland such as Iraq 2020, you will come across corpses who died due to radiation, the bodies found were simply these. Government inspectors, having investigated, were pleased to announce that everything was above board.
Resources: Most of Apollo’s money is tied up in its facilities – both research and generation. It maintains enough haulage vechiles to maintain itself, 500 Toyota model 3 Heavy Haulage trucks, 200 AV9, 200 AV4, 100 Osprey II’s and 5 cargo subs. It currently has contracts with Orbital Air and TransCon to handle transport to the orbital facilities when necessary and heavy air freight. On the military side it maintains 18 Otec Shark fighter subs (3 at each of its OTEC facilities) and 38 AV6. Most security is handled by Arasaka, except at the Arabian research domes which are handled by the US Military who have troops stationed at the domes ‘their role being one of support and observation’.