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.
The company formally folded the Iron Dingoes various commercial interests and brands under its umbrella through late-3027, and it now operates as a very diverse conglomerate across two worlds. In addition to the various landhold properties of the Iron Dingoes, which generally provide agricultural produce (corn, rice, pork, vegetables, timber, palm oil, and processed fish), and a few basic minerals (coal, iron, lead and some gold & silver), the company also manages the various other brands under the Dingo Brand banner. In addition, it holds share interests in a few other holdings, that it doesn’t directly control.
Commercial – Blue Planet Utility Services
Commercial – “Buenaventura”
Commercial – * Sierra Madre Casino & Villa
Commercial – Whippet Transport Lines
Light Industrial – Cemex
Light Industrial – The Fuel Rats
Light Industrial – * Manticora : Tharn Central Munitions
Heavy Industrial – * Husky Heavy Industries
The “Dingo Brand Co-Op” market has been nothing but a success in the years 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. The company has slowly expanded by establishing a co-op in each major settlement under the Iron Dingoes landhold banner, and each of these stores continues to be a center of local culture, with two smaller outlets opening in the rural portions of Garrison itself in early-3029.
In early-3028, with the company largely secure in its holdings in Terramatrix, the company began looking to expand off-world to * Duchy of Tharn, where it had extensive agricultural and mining holdings. This process is incredibly slow, but is intended to gradually develop and pay for itself from company profits.
Liberty Town HQ of the Dingo Brand Corporation
In early-3025, the company began building a headquarters located in the Liberty Town district of Ciudad Garcia, where land was inexpensive, and the building has become the centerpiece of an otherwise unremarkable part of the city. Another co-operative outlet was also 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 small conglomerate and a growing force to be respected within the economy of The District of Garcia.
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. It promptly folded its entire roster of company’s under its umbrella, to better streamline its logistics and services.
In early-3028, the corporation 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 on that planet. These raw resources, mostly received as taxation from their private holdings, are being shipped under the Dingo Brand, and fall under the corporation’s management once in-system.
Today the company 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.
Advocate took a break in early-3028, traveling with the Dingoes main line on one last contract as a sort of “Hoorah”, but intending to return in 3029 and continue operations as CEO.
In early-3029, “The Iron Vagabond” was released from line service, and began overseeing the unit’s increasing off-world trade to better connect the company’s holdings. Operating largely independent, Jericorp Trading oversees the small interstellar fleet under Whippet Transport Lines control, and streamlines its trade into the Inner Sphere; almost exclusively with House Davion, but also along the Candle Route, with speculative runs into Taurian Concordat space.