The Shadows of Oz
World Headquarters: Tenochtitlán, Aztlan
If you’ve bought any kind of consumer goods recently, chances are
you’ve contributed to Aztechnology’s bottom line. This Aztlan-based
megacorp produces everything from snack foods (60 percent of the
goodies you find at your local Stuffer Shack come out of their factories)
to chemicals to trideo-game software to military goods and magical
supplies. They’ve got their fingers in more pies than just about any
other mega around (including the strategically important Nicaragua
Canal, which took up the slack when Winternight trashed the Panama
Canal), and their public relations campaigns are second to none.
They’ve got a great rep—everywhere except in the shadows, that is. Too
many years of association with nasty things like blood magic and evil
conspiracies have seen to that.
Aztechnology made an extremely poor judgement call when it ordered
Aztlan to nationalize all foreign-owned businesses in 2044. This act of
economic war prompted the Corporate Court to mandate the very
first “Omega Order”—essentially a green light for every other corp to
go after the offender with extreme prejudice. It took a few years for the
megacorps to respond to this, but they did so in style: in 2048, backed
by the Corporate Court, the joint Operation Reciprocity struck
Aztechnology’s Ensenada facilities. AZT couldn’t run to the bargaining
table fast enough, and the resulting Veracruz Settlement forced
the megacorp to pay direct compensation to all affected companies.
Somehow in the negotiation process, the megacorp managed to arrange
things so that other megas could only establish local subsidiaries
in Aztlan, and the major shareholders of those subsidiaries had to be
Aztlan citizens or majority-owned Aztlan corps. Devious, no? It simply
goes to show just how bloodthirsty they really are … pun intended.