Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Dingo Brand Corporation
When first established, the “Dingo Brand Corporation” was a co-operative store in * Landhold : Garrison and was a novel concept. It consolidated the various local market services, most established some years earlier under Dingoes direction when they first took possession of the landhold, as a place for weekly market fairs in the Merctown portion of the local capital.
In early-3025, it was expanded with the idea of a co-operative “country store” to bring in outside goods cheaply, such as kerosene, soap, salt, and other “luxury” goods. Offering easy credit and low prices, it actually began paying the local farmers who used the facility in hard cash. This provided a means for marginal farmers to market their produce without having to bother with other third-party brokers, often based from the relatively distant capital at Ciudad Garcia. It was an instant success.
By late-3025, the co-operative opened an outlet in “The Factory”, and a second one in Ciudad Garcia, both depending a great deal on the logistics of Whippet Transport Lines to support its efforts. The agricultural produce from the Factory’s hydroponics facilities continued to play a key role in its orbital location, supplemented by meat and flour shipped to the station from the Dingoes own landholds around Garrison.
Long-term, the company is intended to bring all the various industrial and agricultural aspects of the unit into a single corporate entity, and thus legitimize its influence in the civilian sector of its chosen homeland.
The “Dingo Brand Co-Op” market has been nothing but a success in the months since its establishment, with all the unit’s landhold farmers choosing it for its immediate cash returns, ease of access, and relatively good selection of goods. Expansion of the local network has followed, with outlets opening in Ciudad Garcia and “The Factory” in late-3025. Plans are now in the works to establish a branch of the co-op in each remaining landhold under the Iron Dingoes umbrella.
Liberty Town HQ of the Dingo Brand Corporation
Since early-3025, the company has been building a headquarters located in the Liberty Town district of Ciudad Garcia, where land was inexpensive, and has become the centerpiece of an otherwise unremarkable part of the city. Another co-operative outlet has been established in an old grocery store across the street.
With its heavily armed security detachments, (mostly off-duty local police officers) the site is left alone by the community gangs, and has spurred an interest in small coffee shops and other upscale retail establishments and restaurants to be built in the nearby area. The facility, a state-of-the-art corporate holding with extensive computer connections and a small orbital communications grid, was completed in mid-3026, and houses * “The Iron Dingoes” efforts to legitimize its corporate holdings within the civilian sector.
Many of the civilian agricultural holdings of the Iron Dingoes bear the Dingoes Brand label, such as its corn and pork products from its small farmers, but also lumber from * Landhold : Miguel and palm oil from * Landhold : Izpek. Several other corporate interests, such as Blue Planet Utility Services, Cemex, and The Fuel Rats also fall under the management of this corporate holding, making it a true conglomerate and a force to be respected within the economy of The District of Garcia.
The corporation also began to import various cheap goods from its out-world holdings in System – Gollere, including * Manticora : Tharn Central Munitions and * Husky Heavy Industries, as well as processed seafood, coal, iron and lead ore from their own landhold. These goods, mostly received as taxation from their private holdings, were shipped under the Dingo Brand, and fell under the corporation once in-system.
In mid-3027, the corporation came fully under the control of Captain Massimo De Luca “Advocate” as its CEO, when he retired from the Iron DIngoes line force, and within a few weeks petitioned for entry into The Industrialist’s League, and with the backing of its oldest in-system ally, Mercado, it was accepted. Today it sits openly as an important economic pillar of the local district, and one of the quiet driving forces behind the development of the nation as a whole.