Tennyson Delinoix Associates
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Tennyson Delinoix Associates was the first successful large-scale interplanetary corporation to utilize pergressors, and it remains the largest. Founded in Lyon, France, where it retains a sizable branch, the company now operates out of its main office in the heart of the major financial district of the city of Sanctuary. Major branch offices also exist in Nova Roma, Roma Exterra, on Denuo; Reaux, Mureure, on Novagallia; and Tkorra, Rhar-Da, on Mdorr. Thanks to its own private corps of pergressors and the freelance contractors it frequently hires, TDA exists in some form on most worlds.
|Headquarters||TDA Plaza, in Sanctuary|
|Leader||Camille Delinoix, CEO|
|Resources Types||magic, technology|
Originally involved in the manufacture, trade, and shipment of textiles, TDA expanded into other ventures thanks to lucrative government contracts during the first reign of Napoleon I. Today, TDA is primarily involved in textiles and technology, including magitech and psitech. Its textiles divisions provide everything from mass-produced casual wear to tailored suits and dresses to heavy combat armor. Its numerous technology divisions and subsidiaries delve into robotics, computer hardware and software, medical technology, magitech and psitech, and custom high-precision manufacturing. In the past several decades, TDA has acquired or created several new subsidiaries that provide high-end and designer luxury goods and services—jewelry and watches, super cars and motor carriages, yachts and private aircraft, and world-class hotels.
Despite its lack of overt connections with any nation’s military, rumors persist that TDA’s peaceful appearance is a well-crafted lie. Thanks to those rumors and the occasional disappearance of employees of rival firms, TDA suffers from a sinister reputation on most worlds. Popular opinion considers TDA a heartless (some say “evil”) multinational megacorporation. The corporation spends a great deal of effort combating this perception, from treating its employees better than competitors to providing extensive donations to charities. These efforts have helped bolster public opinion slightly, but even with these attempts few people consider TDA to be a force for “good.”
Thanks to its many and varied departments and subsidiaries, TDA employs a wide assortment of job titles, from entry-level factory workers to highly specialized engineers and scientists. Most employees are wage workers, and tend to make more than employees of equitable positions in other companies. Valued specialists earn huge salaries and gain numerous additional perks such as personal bodyguards, access to company resources on any world, a forgiving vacation policy, and advanced healthcare. The company employs numerous multimillionaires and thousands of people with advanced degrees.
TDA remains privately held and operated by House Delinoix, a French family that claims nobility within more than a dozen nations across numerous worlds (including modern-day democratic France). Only family members bearing the name Delinoix sit on the board of directors or act as CEO, leading many ambitious businessmen and businesswomen who marry into the family to adopt the name. Rumors persist, occasionally hinted at or repeated by directors and officers of the company, that despite the apparent personal power of Camille Delinoix, the current CEO, true control of the company belongs… elsewhere.
As a French company, TDA’s lingua franca is, indeed, French; its board meetings are always conducted in the language and all official documents of the company include a French translation. Those who wish to advance beyond minimal supervisory roles need to learn at least the basics of the language, and fluency is required for upper management and executive positions. A side effect of this policy is that French has become one of the more widespread languages of the Ingressa metasociety, trailing behind only Chinese and the ubiquitous Latin.
All other major factions and many smaller organizations make use of TDA in some capacity. TDA provides uniforms to all the other factions, as well as its full catalog of products to several of them.
While TDA gladly accepts the corps’s denarii, the increasingly frequent raids on the corporation’s offices and outlets has led it to file complaints with the Lord Mayor of Sanctuary. To date, these complaints have gone unanswered.
Although the syndicate applies a fee on its transactions with TDA, the corporation does not wish to jeopardize the income provided by the Janusites and thus does not reciprocate the practice. Rumors now circulating indicate that the corporation has stepped up its efforts at hiring more pergressors, perhaps as a bid to break its need of the Janusites for good.
Order of the Red Clover
The relationship of the Order of the Red Clover and TDA is utterly businesslike, although rumblings indicate the corporation might be working behind the scenes to fan the flames of rivalry between the Red Clover and Derinam Corps.
Even the manufacturing might of TDA cannot keep pace with the demands of the Roman Empire, but despite the corporation’s limitations, the empire remains its largest, steadiest customer.
Despite the union’s public denouncements of the corporation’s alleged business practices, like all other factions it too purchases a wide range of supplies from TDA. In fact, some of TDA’s largest luxury resorts and most outspoken fans of its line of supercars are in the wealthy empires of Nibiru that form the backbone of Wàiguó Liánméng.
For more information on TDA, see the Guidebook to Tennyson Delinoix Associates, by Mike McArtor, due for release on 17 August, 2011.