Transcon – Transport at the Speed of Change
TransCon – Trans-Continental Transport Corporation
Headquarters: San Francisco
Regional Offices: New York, Night City, Washington, Los Angeles, Houston, Washington D.C, London, Rome, Toronto, Paris, Hamburg, Helsinki, Prague, Seol, Sub-offices throughout North America and Europe.
Name and Location of major shareholder: Jonathan Demark, San Francisco (11.2% owned)
Employees: Worldwide; 1,200,000
Troops: 5,000 Covert: 50
Background: In 2003 Jonathan Demark, the owner of a private east coast transport company called De-Haul saw that the world was lacking in a single company to transport cargo around the world. The managing of cargo had to be carried out by several small companies, so he formed TransCon. The corporation is dedicated to provide cargo transport efficiently and reliably.
It sells its services for any corporation, either on long-term contracts or individual assignments. It is used by other coporations extensively, even if they have the resources to move their own cargo, because TransCon has set up many connections and gets quick access through many state and national borders. The authorities know that TransCon will not be doing anything other than transporting and so they can give them an easier time.
TransCon guarantees delivery and offers complete client discretion. It also remains neutral in all corporate conflicts involving its clients. For theses reasons, TransCon is in a unique position; there exists an understanding with other corporations that competitors’ cargo carried by TransCon is not attacked or interfered with. This obviously means that TransCon gets huge business, particularly during times of corporate conflict, but no-one knows if the agreement would hold during a full corporate war. It also explains why TransCon can get away with a relatively small number of troops compared to its huge size; they are only needed to protect its headquarters and major offices, as well as certain high-security shipments. Any additional security is contracted from the Lazarus Group as needed.
The security is rarely needed however, as TransCon also has the favour of the US Provisional Government, giving huge power and stability to the company. This favour is what has allowed the company to expand so quickly (it monopolises independent transportation in North America, has few competitors in Europe and is now looking to expand into Asia). Recently, the government threatened to use the National Guard if a group of Aldecaldo nomads did not leave TransCon shipments through Utah alone. Those looking to interfere with TransCon now think twice, no-one wants to tempt the sleeping giant. On the other hand, there is no official arrangement and so it is unknown how far the Government will go to protect the company if in real need.
The reasons for this arrangment are unknown, but rumour abounds that in return for protection from the US, TransCon uses its easy access aound the world to insert and extract CIA agents and sensitive cargo realting to ‘national security’. There are also stories that TransCon vehicles facilitated the rapid withdrawal of military equipment after the SouthAm wars. This could mean that it was TransCon’s failure to move the soldiers themselves that led to The Long Walk.
Resources: TransCon maintains the largest fleet of vehicles on the planet. For standard transportation it owns 700,000 Toyota model 3 Heavy Haulage trucks, 20,000 AV’s of various sizes, 2,000 Boeing C-25 heavy cargo planes, 400 Osprey II’s, 100 coporate jets and 300 Seatech DELTA-class heavy transport ships. In addition, it owns some vehicles used for High-Security sevices. These vehicles are equiped with light weapons and are armoured to a military standard. They include 20,000 model 3 trucks, 1,000 AV’s, 100 C-25’s, 40 Seatech DELTA’s. For protection of very sensitive cargo, TransCon also has several vehicles designed for ‘riding shotgun’ with the previous armoured vehicles. These vehicles are all military, armed with heavy weapons and are incapable of carrying much cargo themselves. They include 200 assault AV’s, 50 F-27 Fighter jets and 30 M-23 Battle tanks.