Corporate Accords
One of the things we never considered when we first set out to
explore the universe was who, exactly, we were entrusting with
this vital mission.  The question we didn't think to ask became
even less important once our very existence was in jeopardy.  
Like most of the problems we've created throughout our history,
we only realized the question we should have been asking once
the answer was painfully clear, and by then, it was too late.
As humanity fought to make a new home for itself among the stars, there were
those among us to saw something else waiting among the myriad of new
worlds.  They saw profit.  

Corporations had long tried to poach our best and brightest from the public
sector.  Thanks to things like salaries commensurate with ability and training,
they were largely successful.  The corporations and their armies of scientists
and engineers did what they could to help humanity spread out among the
stars.  Most people niavely thought they were doing it out of some sense of
unity and the desire to acheive a common goal.  Instead, they were motivated
by the same thing that always drove them - greed.  New worlds meant new
resources and new markets.  The corporations were certainly not going to let
that go to waste in the name of something foolish like the survival of the human
race.

Armed with the latest technology and led by some of the greatest minds, the
corporations quickly made staked their claims on the new worlds.  By the time
the fledgling governments of the three systems got their act together, the
corporations were too big and too powerful to oppose.  The governments still
tried, sparking off the Corporate Wars.

For more than a century, private, corporate funded, armies tore across the three
systems, waging war on the governments and each others alike.   The toll in
lives was immense, but it was the expenditure of resources with no return that
ultimately brought the war to a close.  

The thirteen largest corporations got together and delivered their terms to the
governments of the three systems.  Faced with extermination by a
technologically and numerically superior foe, the governments had no choice
but to agree to the corporations' terms.

Use the links to the right to learn more about the sixteen largest corporations
active in the three systems.