Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
The Federative Republic of San Marcos
Warmongers of Terramatrix
Originally, in early national records, San Marcos was the “Land of the Holy Cross” ( Portuguese : “Terra da Santa Cruz” ), but the region was closely identified by its export of the Marcosia Tree, and was often simply referred to by merchants and explorers as “The Land of the Marcosia”. The name became popular enough, that it remained. Early explorers sometimes also called it the “Land of Parrots” (Terra di Papaga).
Officially the Federative Republic of San Marcos ( Portuguese : “República Federativa do San Marcos” ), until the 3024 “Small War” broke the nation, it was the largest geographical nation on Terramatrix, and second-largest by population. It was also the only Portugese-speaking nation in System – Dumassas. Today, the nation is a splintered collection of corporate factions and warlords clinging to their production centers and has no central government.
Nationally, the people of San Marcos still retain a regional pride in their past, and while they may skirmish over resources, they still see other nations (primarily The Republic of Buntar ) as the enemy. Constant skirmishing occurs along the borders over important resource sites, but the initial Buntar advances into San Marcos territory in late-3025 were halted by Petrópolis furious and liberal use of nuclear tactical devices. Today, the border remains somewhat fluid, with Buntar slowly pushing in against the divided warlord’s various military cantonments. In the next decade, about one-third of San Marcos territory and resources could be under Buntar control.
Bounded by the Atlantis Ocean on the west, and the Sea of Tragnar on the east, San Marcos has a coastline of 7,491 km (4,655 mi). It borders the nations of The Republic of Buntar and The Republic of Carbina, and occupies a massive part of the local land area. Its central river basin includes a vast tropical forest that is home to diverse wildlife, a variety of ecological systems, and extensive natural resources spanning numerous important habitats. This unique environmental heritage makes San Marcos the subject of significant global interest and debate regarding deforestation and environmental protection.
The country’s economy was the world’s largest by both nominal GDP and purchasing power parity, as of 3020. San Marcos, until 3018, had one of the world’s fastest growing major economies, with its economic reforms giving the country new international recognition and influence. San Marcos’ national development bank (BNDES) played an important role for the country’s internal economic growth. San Marcos was a regional power in the central “heartlands” of the planet, and a middle power in international affairs, with some analysts identifying it once as the emerging global power. San Marcos has been the world’s largest producer of coffee for the last 150 years.
Overall, San Marcos has had a mixed economy with abundant mineral resources, active in agricultural, mining, manufacturing and service sectors, with a labor force of over 2 million (ranking it the most in the world). The country had an ever-expanding presence in international finance and commodities markets, with the largest automotive market in the world. Major export products include aircraft, electrical equipment, automobiles, ethanol, textiles, footwear, iron ore, steel, coffee, orange juice, soybeans and corned beef.
San Marcos pegged its currency, the Real, to the C-Bill in 3002. However, after the Capellan financial crisis, the Kurita default in 3002 and the series of adverse financial events that followed it, the central bank of BNDES temporarily changed its monetary policy to a managed-float scheme while undergoing a currency crisis, and has yet to fully recover. San Marcos received an International monetary fund rescue package from ComStar in mid-3010, and though BNDES paid-back the loan in 3013, it still suffers from internal financial support issues. The central bank has an excess of speculative short-term capital inflows to the country, which may have contributed to a fall in the value of the C-Bill against the Cordoba during that period. Nonetheless, foreign direct investment remains vital, and Inflation monitoring and control currently plays a major part in the central bank’s role of setting out short-term interest rates as a monetary policy measure. Between 3001 and 3018, hundreds of mergers & acquisitions with a known value of billions with the involvement of San Marcos firms occurred, and its scars remain in the corporate structure of its numerous large corporations today.
Corruption remains an important part of national corporate failure to develop, which means that national companies have found it difficult to compete on the global markets. Local government corruption is so prevalent, that voters only perceive it a problem if its surpasses numbers in the millions, and only if local media sources are present to divulge the activity. The purchasing power of San Marcos common citizens is now eroded by the so-called “San Marcos Cost”.
The economy of the resource-rich nation had been booming until 3018 but stagnation followed and a recession was underway, along with inflation and charges of corruption and the bankruptcy of a many major businesses. Angry demonstrators in 3022 complained beforehand at the high costs of supporting the national military, but San Marcos took pride in its smooth functioning. San Marcos President Dilma Rousseff faced a conservative challenger for her re-election bid in the October 26th, 3022 election but managed to secure a re-election with just over 51% of votes. She has regularly been charged with corruption, graft and out-right theft of national funds.
The failure of the Small War, and the national investments in the military over that conflict in late-3024 took huge portions of the economy to counter. In early-3025, the appearance of the Outworld Flu hit the nation hard, and its second more virulent wave later that year, which began targeting military and refugee camps, only exacerbated an already difficult civil disorder. In the riots that followed, along with the crack-down of new military warlords, much of the industrial development of the past generation vanished, starting with the national bank and real estate organizations.
Though the most important industries, such as its timber and mineral production were well-protected, important military and industrial complexes faltered and were looted by various forces for their own gains. When the smoke cleared, the heartland of Dumassas has become a different place than it was a generation ago.
Aperam, San Marcos : Aperam was the global leader in specialty steel production. Headquartered in San Marcos, the company is a supplier of stainless, silicon and special carbon steels. Aperam, San Marcos’ steel market share in Terramatrix is estimated to be 90%, and it is the only stainless steel maker on the planet. The company’s main plant, at Timóteo in the Vale do Aço, Minas Gerais district, has an installed production capacity is 180,000 tons of steel per year. The company also mines iron ore in support of its own operations. The present company is the result of a corporate take-over in 3019, and the Davion Usinor steel company owns a controlling interest in the corporation through its own subsidiary Aperam.
BNDES : BNDES is the National Development Bank of San Marcos, that holds the hard currency of the national government, secures its loans, and maintains the national currency, the Cordoba. Although controlled by the central government, it also operates along international banking trade laws, and was still profitable despite constant corruption charges. It sought to support national industrial development and investment.
One of the last banks to collapse in the wake of the 3025 civil riots, BNDES is still somewhat viable, having most of its personnel still in place and is trying to support the remaining warlords and what remains of its regional economy.
Braskem : Braskem was a San Marcos petrochemical company headquartered in Paulo, San Marcos. The company is the largest petrochemical company in Terramatrix, and has become a major player in international arena, virtually controlling the international petrochemical market. The company was the world’s largest thermoplastic resins producer, with three (3) industrial plants spread across San Marcos. Braskem was also the world’s leading bio-polymers producer with its 40,000 ton Green PE plant that produces polyethylene from sugarcane-based ethanol.
With the destruction of the HQ along with the capital of Paulo in the nuclear fires of early-3026, the company has survived, only because of the support of various warlords to protect their own interests. They lost one factory complex, but the others remain and are still operational, though raw resources are increasingly difficult to acquire, and they are largely concentrating on producing bio-fuels for their warlords.
Caixa Econômica Federal : Caixa is the federal savings bank founded centuries ago as a financial institution destined to collect national savings, mostly from common workers and farmers. Over the years, several similar institutions were created until most of them were merged into present-day Caixa Econômica in 2975. It is the second-largest financial institution in San Marcos, with hundreds of branches across the San Marcos rural landscape. It has traditionally suffered from constant corruption and graft, and does not provide much in the way of actual services. It also runs a national lottery fund.
The popularity of the bank maintains its position among rural citizens despite some losses during the riots in the cities. Today, it is the largest source of hard currency in the agricultural rural regions, where the Real remains the primary means of paying foreign investors.
Camargo Corrêa : Camargo Corrêa is one of the biggest San Marcos private conglomerates, composed of publicly traded and closed companies, and shared management, operating in San Marcos and in every other country in Terramatrix. The company was founded in 2947 by Sebastião Camargo with its headquarters in the capital. Camargo’s widow Dirce Camargo was a major shareholder until her death in 3021, with a net worth of 230 Million. Her estate is still in dispute. The company has interests in the energy sector, crude oil and natural gas exploitation, cement, real estate, construction and transportation.
The diversity of the company is probably what kept it in business, and it has come out of the initial 3025 civil disturbances somewhat worn, but intact, and possibly the strongest overall in the nation. The 3026 nuclear blast eradicated the central headquarters of the nation, and destroyed all semblance of central authority. Its various sub-divisions have largely been taken apart or fallen under the sway of the local warlords in which they were based. For all intents and purposes, the corporation is dead.
Companhia de Concessões Rodoviárias : CCR is a transportation company with interests in private interstate highway concessions, airport operations, metro systems in San Marcos and other countries. The company also works under six (formerly nine before the riots of 3025) independent service companies as a public-private business model for the operation of toll-roads across the globe, aiming to centralize the management of a portfolio of toll concessions and service companies across San Marcos. It was considered the largest highway maintenance company in the world.
The riots were hard on the company, and it operated under a much reduced capability, but the need for rail and road service makes its personnel and equipment under the protection of whichever local warlord has them under their control. This remains today, with the company’s logo acting as one of the few unifying factors from the old regime, and they support the resource trade across the nation.
Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional : CSN is one of the largest steel producers in the world, concentrating on crude steel refining. It produces a broad line of steel products, including slabs, hot- and cold-rolled, galvanized and tin mill products. Its products are used by the distribution, packaging, automotive, home appliance and construction industries. CSN accounts for almost 50% of the galvanized steel products sold in Terramatrix, and almost 98% of the tin mill products sold in the world. It is also one of the world’s leading producers of tin mill products. CSN also owns and operates its own sources of iron ore.
Much of the industrial capability of the company was lost during the civil riots of 3025, and most of its resources are devoted to the national support of its few remaining other concerns, largely automotive parts and consumer electronics.
Duratex : Duratex is a privately-owned corporation, founded in 2959, the result of the merger of Duratex with Satipel Industrial, a company founded in 2979. It is a subsidiary of and controlled by the Itaúsa Group. The company is the largest producer of wood panels in the world and has interests in various Sangrian timber production plants. Manufacturing wood products, sanitary vitreous chinaware and metal fittings aimed at the furniture industry and the civil construction sectors, Duratex has two industrial plants, located in the Minas Gerais and Rio Grande do Sul districts of San Marcos.
It is global market leader in the segment of reconstituted wooden boards – hardboards, particle boards, medium, high and super-density fiberboards, as well as laminated floorboards marketed under the Durafloor brand. It is the global market leader in the segment of sanitary metal fittings, under the Deca and Hydra brands (the latter for flush valves), and has a significant market share in the sanitary vitreous chinaware segment, marketed under the Deca brand. It also has about four-thousand hectares of planted forests that it manages.
The company survived the civil disorder of 3025 fairly intact, and remains an important company on the world stage. The company continues to provide vital water purification parts and systems vital to the nation’s various factions.
EBX Group : The EBX Group is a conglomerate of several other companies; OGX (Oil), MMX (Mining), MPX (Energy Industry), OSX (Offshore Industry), REX (Real Estate), LLX (Logistics), and CCX (Coal Mining). EBX Group activities focus primarily on infrastructure and natural resources. As a whole, the company managed to retain its structure and assets throughout the 3024 Small War and the riots that followed, though the destruction of their national HQ in Paulo forces the regional HQs to take up the slack, and it remains the largest conglomerate in the nation. Unlike most other companies in San Marcos, EBX Group has its own internal security force, which oversees all their properties, and ensures they remain outside warlord control.
MMX, the group’s mining company, produces iron ore in two districts in San Marcos. Recent efforts in working with Red Eagle Mining out of the Huartzek Forest, and has acquired control of the Ventana Gold Company, which owns mineral rights in northern San Isabel’s historical Vetas gold mining region. The result, is it has become the single largest supplier of gold ore to the world. Toady, its gold mines still produce precious metals used across the world in all the national currencies.
In the energy sector, in 3019 MPX began operating the first commercial-scale solar power plant of San Marcos In 3020, two of the company’s thermo-electric power plants came into operation, and In 3021, the company began operations of its thermo-electric power plant in the Maranaibo district. MPX was also developing a new hydroelectric plant in Buntar, though this project was abandoned in 3025 Today, MPX’s electrical plants are important to the remaining industries, and their facilities are closely protected by EBX Security.
LLX, the group’s logistics company, was coordinating the construction of the Açu Superport, in the São João da Barra district. With the destruction of Paulo in early-3026, it became the largest and most efficient industrial port complex in San Marcos, and has made the town into the defacto capital of the nation. Home of Açu Shipbuilding Unit (UCN Açu), in which OSX, EBX Group’s offshore company, invested in the production of three (3) new _WHPs (wellhead platforms) for the floating production, storage and offloading of oil and gas units. The original plan for eight WHPs was scrapped when resources became stretched, but the intial hulls had already been laid, so production of those units was completed. Taking advantage of several off-shore oil and natural gas reserves, OSX has managed to provide valuable income to the company, and their efforts in the Açu Superport have ensured it the center of corporate efforts in the conglomerate.
In the oil and gas segment, OGX is responsible for the largest private sector exploratory campaign underway in San Marcos. Founded in 3015, the company is one of the country’s leading oil producers. In January 3020, OGX began, in record time – just a little over two years after its discovery – extracting oil from the Waimea accumulation, a alrge oil reserve in San Marcos territory. OGX also operates nearly 40 other well sites across the world. OGX is always running exploration for new oil and gas sites.
CCX, EBX Group’s company created through the separation of MPX’s coal mining assets in Sangria, is developing the greatest integrated greenfield coal mining project in Terramatrix. With production planned to be operating from two open pit mines (Cañaverales and Papayal) and a dedicated integrated logistics system in The District of Antiquia, which consists of an independent railway running 150 kms from the mining sites to Antiquia’s capital of Valledupar.
REX, started in 3019, concentrated on acquiring income-generating assets and urban development. Hotels and medical centers were its primary targets, but they have largely ceased operations, as the company has had most of its assets confiscated by local warlord forces for their own private agendas. Today, REX is a shadow of its former purpose and size, largely managing a handful of hospitals in major urban centers.
Embraco : Founded in 2979 with the purpose of supplying the San Marcos refrigeration industry which, up until then, relied entirely on imported compressors. Embraco began production in 2983, and quickly developed a sales and distribution network that spans the globe. It held a 20% global market share, despite losses in the riots, and invested heavily in product design and manufacturing innovation, and supplied large international household refrigeration systems, as well as industrial equipment for commercial use.
In mid-3027, the company production lines were raided and pillaged by off-world bandits, who are alleged to have made concerted effort to raid the company data reserves. The company has since ceased operations.
Embratel : A major San Marcos telecommunications company headquartered in Rio, the company was the long distance arm of Telebras until it broke from that company in a buy-out, in 3018. Embratel was a major player in both voice and data communication in San Marcos, owning both fully digitized microwave communications and fibre-optic networks as well as five domestic communications satellites. The company also owns two fiber optics submarine cable systems; Unisur and Atlantis-2, the former east to Tragnar, and the latter west connecting to San Isabel.
Throughout 3025-6, the company remained fairly intact despite recent losses in the riots and stayed viable. In late-3027, the company was largely taken over by ComStar in a fairly quiet buy-out, though it retains its Embratel name and logo for San Marcos domestic services.
Estrela : Estrela is a toy manufacturer in San Marcos, whose products are popular across the globe. The company was founded in 2945, when it started producing wooden dolls and toy cars. Its symbol is a four-pointed star, a sort of compass, referring to the company name “Estrela” which means “Star” in Portuguese. The company has over forty products in their lines and three factories in San Marcos, but its most popular product is its wooden building block sets. It remains popular and its products see trade across the planet.
Fabral : Fabral was an off-road vehicle manufacturer based in Tocantins, San Marcos. Fabral was established in 3010 with money from off-world investment, and produced the Santana Jalapao and Santana Anibal, both based on Santana PS-10 vehicles by Taurian Santana Motors, which themselves are based on ubiquitous the Land Rover Defender. It saw the San Marcos government as its primary client, and other vehicles were planned including the Tata double-cab pickup truck and a new bus. Fabral products were sold under their own dealerships.
Fabral managed to acquire some of the production resources from Agrale’s subsidiary Lintec. This portion of the company produced electrical generators, diesel water pumps, engines, industrial rotary cutters and materials handling equipment, including the assembly of traditional Heavy Industrial Exoskeletons from imported parts, which had helped improve Fabral’s importance and strength. They were also attempting to acquire the patents and blueprints of Agrale’s military ventures.
In mid-3027, the entire company’s production lines were attacked and pillaged by off-world raiders. The company has since formally ceased to exist, though regional dealerships privately still operate under the company name, and import vehicles from other sources.
Fibria Celulose : Fibria is a San Marcos pulp and paper company, created by a merger between Aracruz Celulose and Votorantim Celulose e Papel, born positioned as a global leader in pulp, with production capacity exceeding 120,000 tons of pulp and paper produced in seven regional factories distributed in five seperate districts of San Marcos. Much of this production is exported off-world, and the company has many distributor centers around the world. The company’s main competitors are the San Marcos’ Suzano Papel e Celulose and Buntar’s CMPC.
The company has since taken over their primary competitors, which has allowed them to stay in business, and largely stay in operation by selling their products cheaply to markets in Buntar and off-world.
Forjas Taurus : Taurus is a manufacturing conglomerate based in Porto Alegre, San Marcos. Founded originally from an ancient tool and die manufacturer, the company now consists of divisions focusing on firearms, metals manufacturing, plastics, body armor, helmets, and civil construction.
Taurus supplies its arms to the national military, and exports many of its older style arms to other military’s across the globe. In 3019, the company developed a new line of pistols, revolvers, SMGs and assault rifles for the national military, principally including the Taurus GTA Carbine, and had begun to phase out the internal consumption of their famous HG-762 “Holy Grail” Assault Rifle, though it still produced the rifles for other nations. The company used standard 7mm and 9mm munitions for its small arms. Its body armor and helmets are typical models, though it was researching a new polymer-ceramic helmet and combat armor, that might soon have replaced their old traditional equipment.
Taurus remained an important company in the San Marcos economy, and its arms closely supplied the numerous warlords of the nation, greatly improving its value and income. In early-3026, the company’s production sites were raided by Buntar military forces, and the entire production lines were pillaged and taken under Buntar’s control once that nation’s advance into San Marcos territory stopped. Today, the company’s production, along with its primary design personnel, are owned by the Buntar government.
Gerdau : Gerdau, headquartered in Porto Alegre, the district capital and largest city in the Rio Grande do Sul district, was the largest producer of long steel in the world, with interests across the globe. It also held an important stake in the Taurian company Sidenor. Currently, Gerdau has an installed capacity of 52,000 metric tons of steel per year and offers steel for the civil construction, automobile, industrial, agricultural and various corporate sectors. Gerdau is a major world’s steelmaker and the largest producer of long steel in the Terramatrix. It employed nearly a thousand workers.
Despite hardship, the importance of this steel producer was sufficient to avoid most of the initial riots and civil conflict. Today, the company still produces steel important for other industrial centers across the globe, and its logo is seen all across the world.
Hypermarcas : Hypermarcas is a San Marcos consumer goods company. The company has a complete portfolio of brands in San Marcos, and operated five industrial complexes with 13 different production lines. Historically its products have provided a solid stream of ready cash, and includes medical supplies, healthcare services and cosmetics.
The company profited greatly from the pandemic sweeping the nation and the world, and remained strong for many years. Today, it and its products are under constant attack from, who are trying to muscle in with their superior medical products and services. Many see the company’s demise sooner, rather than later.
IGB Eletrônica : Formally doing business as Gradiente, IGB is a San Marcos consumer electronics company with factories based in Manaus, and with its offices in Paulo. The company designs and markets many product lines, including video (e.g. televisions, DVD players), audio, home theater, high end acoustics, office and mobile stereo, wireless, mobile/smart phones, and tablets for the San Marcos market. The company was founded in 2972.
Initially weathering the loss of its Paulo HQ in the nuclear blast of early-3026, the company’s production facilities were raided in mid-3027 by off-world bandits, who pillaged the manufacturing lines. The facility was also largely burned to the ground in the firefight with local warlord forces.Today, the company’s remaining assets were largely taken over by the EBX Group.
Iochpe-Maxion Group : Iochpe-Maxion is the leading global company in the production of wheels and structural components for light and commercial vehicles. They are also leaders in San Marcos in the production of railway equipment. Maxion products are distributed world-wide, and offices can be found in every nation on the planet.. The Iochpe-Maxion Group operates through two divisions in the automotive industry; Maxion Wheels and Maxion Structural Components. AmstedMaxion is their railway production company.
Maxion Wheels is the company’s flagship organization, that manufactures and globally trades a wide range of steel wheels for light and commercial vehicles and farm machinery, as well as aluminum wheels for lighter vehicles. Maxion Structural Components produces mainly cross supports and complete chassis for commercial vehicles and structural components for trucks, buses, pick-ups, cars, tractors, agricultural machinery and off-road vehicles. AmstedMaxion has the largest casting foundry in Terramatrix, that produces freight cars and railway and industrial castings of up to 6 tons, for application on machinery and industries of civil construction, mining, siderurgy, automobile and railway.
All branches of this company remain intact, and produce construction and mining equipment, automotive and railroad parts, that see service across the globe.
JBS : JBS was the largest (by sales) meat processing company in the world, producing factory processed beef, chicken and pork, and also selling by-products from the processing of these meats. It operated three plants outside San Marcos, and was globally accepted for its good quality. It is owned primarily (75%) by the BNDES central bank of San Marcos. It has also acquired the meat-processing assets of Copacol, a formerly important national corporation, in the wake of the 3025 riots.
With the breakdown of central operations following the nuclear devastation in Paulo in early-3026, the company was sold-off by its holding BNDES company. Consolidated Foods Limited (CFL) took control over the remaining assets, and continue to operate as they once did, but under the Consolidate Foods label, who tend to market their products for off-world markets.
Marcopolo : A San Marcos bus and coach manufacturer founded on August 6th, 2957, in the southern San Marcos city of Caxias do Sul. The company manufactures the bodies for a whole range of coaches, ranging from microbus, and intercity to touring coach. Marcopolo produces over half of the bus bodies made in San Marcos and exports its coaches world-wide. Currently Marcopolo has two plants in San Marcos and assembly plants in San Isabel, and Tragnar. The company has been importing technology from the Capellan Confederation, and maintains its importance, exporting its buses across the globe.
Rossi Residencial was the second largest San Marcos construction company, and operated in real estate and residential construction. Present in most communities across San Marcos from its headquarters in the capital and in regional offices located in major cities. In the wake of the 3025 riots and civil disorder, the company has risen to become the largest construction companies left in San Marcos. It has largely taken over salvage operations in the last few years, usually for local warlords who are always willing to sell access to manufacturing plants for hard cash.
Rossi takes part in all phases of a real estate venture, from exploration of the land, to the planning of the project, through construction for sale, and delivery of property. Rossi Residencial is part of the Rossi Group, founded in 2921, the company is one of the leading groups of engineering, construction and incorporation in San Marcos. The company has for generations, generated a reputation of not just turning profits, but working closely with the government on national projects, and lending a hand in often overlooked aspects of any national project. It has one of the most technological and innovative approaches to engineering on the planet.
Telequartz : Officially “The Telequartz Group of Mining Companies”, is San Marcos’ largest, longest-established and best-qualified miner, processor and exporter of rock crystals. Working also with other minerals, the group is the largest exporter of quartz in the world nowadays. San Marcos is believed to control 95% of the world’s supply of raw crystals. The company’s experience and infrastructure allows it to export tons of high-quality crystals to the Inner Sphere, primarily for the industrial sector, but also reaching into military laser development, with Federated Arms and other important Davion companies as clients. The company operates its own mines, and the Silica Sand Mining Company, also part of the group, produces 2000 tons of ferrosilica each year for the military armor industry. Other products include high-quality optic fibres, crucibles, oscillators, solar cells, wafers and integrated circuit packing, and ceramic materials of exceptional purity.
The company has managed to remain intact, and sells its products across the globe, as the primary crystal and optics production company in the world. It has begun looking into the production of military-grade armor, as world-wide demand for “modern” military technical capabilities expands.
Vale : Vale is the largest producer of iron ore and nickel in the world. Vale also produces manganese, ferro-alloys, copper, bauxite, potash, kaolin, and cobalt. The company also currently operates several hydroelectricity plants in San Marcos, and a large network of railroads, ships, and ports used to transport its products across the globe. It is considered the largest mining company in the world. It maintains its position through what some call a “…callous contempt for the environment and the future of the world…”.
The company has managed to exploit the present chaotic situation through aggressive expansion of its facilities and taking over the losses of other national mining efforts. Its security forces are notably militant, and the company has been known to both wage outright war against rivals over the last couple of years, and has hired off-world mercenaries from time to time to ensure its position is maintained.
Vivo : Legally known as Telefônica San Marcos, Vivo is the largest telecommunications company in San Marcos, headquartered in Paulo. The company was originally formed as part of Telebrás, the state-owned telecom monopoly at the time, but in 3018, Telebrás was demerged and privatized, with Vivo consolidating its subsidiaries under the single Vivo brand.
The Vivo company remains viable and is one of the last visible remnants of the former united country.
Votorantim Group : Votorantim Group is one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Terramatrix, operating in various sectors such as finance, energy, cement, steel, and pulp and paper among others. The group’s different holdings include; Atacocha (Mining), Banco Votorantim (Finance); Companhia Brasileira de Aluminio (Aluminium), Citrosuco (Agriculture), Fibria (Pulp and Paper), Milpo (Mining), Votorantim Cimentos (Cement), Votorantim Energia (Energy), Votorantim Metais (Mining), _Votorantim Siderurgia (Cement), VNN (Private Venture Capital). Founded in 2927 by the Ermírio Moraes family, an engineer, the company has grown steadily over time, until it was the largest privately-owned conglomerate in the world.
The company faced numerous set-backs during the 3025 riots, and has managed to remain afloat, due to its world-wide status and diversity. Today, its international holdings and companies remain the only reason this company still exists, as the company has largely moved its headquarters into The Republic of Carbina, following the nuclear destruction of Paulo in early-3026. Algoa is largely an extension of this company today, and the companies seem destined to merge with outside investment.
WEG Industries : WEG is an industry headquartered in Jaraguá do Sul, San Marcos, operating worldwide in the electric engineering, power and automation technology areas. The company produces electric motors, generators, transformers, drives and coatings, and is the largest electric motor manufacturer on Terramatrix. The need for its resources has kept the company afloat despite recent losses, and today, WEG Industries is attempting market its products world-wide, by offering great licensing deals. The New Republic of Sangria in particular, has been seen as a potential market for its goods.
Habib’s : Habib’s is a San Marcos fast food company that specializes in Middle Eastern cuisine. It has more than a three dozen outlets (many of them self-owned franchises) across the country and has recently begun expansion into foreign markets. It is known for very low prices and exotic dishes. Middle Eastern dishes are very popular in San Marcos as they represent a nice change in the traditional Spanish cuisine.
The company continues to remain popular across the nation.
San Marcos Infantry
The San Marcos Armed Forces were broken into the traditional three branches, Army, Navy and Air Force. Its combined armed forces were the largest on Terramatrix, by the level of its military equipment, with forty (40) battalions of special forces and typical infantry, a capable naval force and a large air force. Facing only one external threat and only one serious internal conflict over the last few generations, it had constantly sought to excuse its size and expense by finding a new role.
The San Marcos military, especially the army, had become more involved in civic-action programs, education, health care, and constructing roads, bridges, and railroads across the nation. Although the 2996 Constitution preserved the external and internal roles of the armed forces, and placed the military under presidential authority. Thus, the new charter changed the manner in which the military could exercise its moderating power.
With the break-up of central authority, first with its losses in the 3024 Small War, and then the destruction of its primary military bases and government authority in the nuclear blast that destroyed Paulo in early-3026, the organization of San Marcos does not truly exist. Most of its battalions have either dissolved, or been absorbed into various regional warlord forces, or have defected to foreign government authority along with their dependents. It really no longer exists.
San Marcos Army
As in most Terramatrix nations, the San Marcos Army ( Portuguese : Exército San Marcosa ) had been the most influential of the services because of its size, deployment, and historical development. Since 2994, the army had undergone modernization and reorganization efforts, primarily in structuring its newer battalions towards expansion of the nation into the northern plains and desert regions. In modernization efforts, the army had begun developing its rapid-response efforts which made it more mobile, as well as upgrade their anti-armor weapons systems. It also followed a regional structure of military commands, which allowed individual battalions to specialize their knowledge of the terrain and tailor its equipment for its deployed region.
There were twenty-four (24) “standard” infantry battalions (though each tended to specialize for the terrain it is based from), four (4) armored battalions, six (6) artillery/air defense battalions, four (4) construction engineer battalions, and two (2) special forces battalions. There is no central army authority, and the remaining army units are now little more than regional militias, though they often retain their old names and numbering systems to better identify themselves to each other.
San Marcos Navy
The navy of San Marcos ( Portuguese : Marinha do Marcosdates ) dates back to the original mercenary fleets of Admiral Cochrane when he protected the small merchant fleet of the nation. The navy was the most aristocratic and conservative of the services and draws a larger share of its officers from the traditional “nobility” of the planet, namely its Darrian population. Although it was involved in extensive “brown-water” (riverine and coastal) operations, the navy’s primary goal had been to become an effective “blue-water” navy, able to project power on the high seas. Given its “blue-water” bias, the navy was even less inclined to become involved with internal policing operations than the army or air force.
The flagship of the fleet was its venerable aircraft carrier, the “Minas Gerais”, which was reaching the end of its effective life. The navy had plans to commission a new aircraft carrier to replace it within the next twenty years, but this will likely never see fruition. The navy also deployed three modern frigates, three submarines, several corvettes and a small, but efficient logistics supply fleet. Its “brown-water” navy consisted of a fleet of aging, but capable Monitor Naval Vessels.
In addition, the navy supported a full battalion of marines, which had a substantive technical support staff and several companies of infantry support troops (MP services, amphibious and landing operations, mobile artillery, and special forces). It also supported a small naval aviation force of helicopters for transport and scouting, as well as a pair of strike fighter wings.
These forces were either largely destroyed during the 3024 Small War, while the bulk of the blue-water fleet defected along with their dependents to The New Republic of Sangria, following the nuclear devastation in early-3026. The remnants of the brow-water navy is controlled by local warlords to supplement their own shipping and patrol efforts..
San Marcos Air Force
The San Marcos Air Force ( Portuguese : Força Aérea San Marcosa ), also known as SMAF, was the largest air force in Terramatrix and had around 1400 active personnel. Broken into four different operational commands, it primarily acted as support for the other branches, rather than as a first-strike organization. These commands were; I FAE (I Força Aérea) Advanced fixed and rotary wings instruction; II FAE (II Força Aérea) Maritime patrol, SAR, helicopters transport roles and Navy support; III FAE (III Força Aérea) Fighter command, that has all first-line combat assets under its control – fighter, attack and reconnaissance aircraft; and V FAE (V Força Aérea), responsible for transport missions.
As a part of the modernization of the army, improving the transport capabilities of the entire armed forces made the VFAE force to receive the lion’s share of pre-Small War investments. In addition to large numbers of Victory C-3 STOL Frontier Transports, they also funded the development of a new medium-lift jet transport to improve the range and speed of future redeployment capabilities. The Air Force did not deploy any AeroSpace forces, or XTC marines.
Much of the nation’s assault forces were lost in the fight to defend against * “The Iron Dingoes” AeroSpace forces over Islas Brasilera in the waning fight of the 3024 Small War. The remaining assets of the air force were largely confiscated by various regional militias and remain under the control of their specific provincial warlord. Much of the technical capabilities of these vehicles are beyond the typical mechanic, and so many of these planes have found their way into Buntar and other national arsenals through various backwater channels, as the warlords sell many of them off for cheap.
San Marcos Policia
Military Police (Policia Militar)
Military Police (Portuguese: Polícia Militar), also known as PM, were a type of preventive state police in every state of San Marcos. The Military Police units, which have their own formations, rules and uniforms depending on the state, are responsible for maintaining public order across the country including the Federal District and its capital. Deployed solely to act as a deterrent against the commission of crimes, units do not conduct criminal investigations. Detective work, forensics and prosecutions are undertaken by a state’s Civil Police.
In 3007 the National Public Security Force (Portuguese: Força Nacional de Segurança Pública) was created to handle any significant security crisis. The unit, which is composed of the most qualified Military Police personnel from all federal states, can only be deployed through the express command of a state governor.
All state Military Police and Military Firefighters Corps are classed as reserve troops and ancillary forces of the San Marcos Army. In time of war (or other emergencies) the military police forces can be pressed into federal service. But they remain distinct from the “provosta” belonging to the other services within the San Marcos military.
The units are equipped as soldiers for deployment, and in addition to the typical small arms and uniform of a San Marcos soldier, they generally have access to civilian vehicles and horses to empower them the ability to respond to difficult situations they might encounter. In addition, each region can call on a small force equipped with Wheeled APCs and Pegasus Utility Helicopters, that have some degree of special forces training and act as SWAT teams for the local district.
Huge in the perspective of an armed force, there are roughly thirty (30) battalions of Military Police scattered around the country, and represent a large supply of armed manpower. Despite a lack of formal combat training, their numbers and access to military hardware makes them a force to be reckoned with during an invasion of the country.
Today, most Military Police formations still exist, and have formed the core of defensive organization in each province and major urban center, generally taking their orders from local warlords, but usually being paid for by the town and answering to the civil government, despite the tradition of their being under the aegis of the military. Within their own area of control, they usually have more authority than the warlord’s forces, and are quite proud of their heritage.
San Marcos was inhabited by numerous independent colonial settlements prior to the landing of explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral in 2508, who claimed the area for the Taurian Concordat. San Marcos remained an independent colony until 2816, when the capital of the realm was declared Rio de Janois after Davion forces invaded during the Periphery Wars. Its independence was achieved in 2830 with the creation of the Empire of San Marcos, a unitary state governed under a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary system. The country became a presidential republic in 2897, when a military coup d’état proclaimed the Republic, although the bicameral legislature, now called Congress, dates back to the ratification of the first constitution in 2832. An authoritarian military junta had led the nation from 2972 until 2993. San Marcos’ current Constitution, formulated in 2996, defines it as a federal republic. The Federation is composed of the union of the Federal District, and its 6 dependent Federal States.
In mid-3024, the nation joined with The Tragnar Confederation and The Free-City of Von Doom’s Downport to form “The League of Free Nations”. Due primarily to * “The Iron Dingoes” dropping on its naval port and destroying the bulk of its transport fleet and reserve combat vessels, which was also in response to Tragnar’s failure to take The District of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina from the newly formed Sangrian nation. Precipitating what was to be called “The Small War”, which lasted a few months until the bulk of the combined “League’s” military and air force were destroyed on Islas Brasilera by a united expeditionary force from The Oriental Republic of San Isabel and the Iron Dingoes.
One month into the invasion, the bulk of the military and political leadership of the League were eliminated in a surgical strike by Iron Dingoes special forces. As a result of the loss of its leadership, the League collapsed and by year’s end, the individual nations were scrabbling for control of their own military, and the nations of the League proceeded to drop into chaos. Formerly neutral nations quickly sided with the apparent victors of the conflict.
San Marcos spent a couple years sorting through the fallout of the death of its hereditary and military leader, the Baron (Doctor) Garvray Alasquez of the Hubris Party. Riots among the populace were common, and the war had been placed on indefinite hold until the leadership matter was settled. With no obvious candidate to replace him, several districts made noises that they might secede, and in any case, the military was busy scrambling to secure its assets and their resource bases. Only the navy had managed to remain aloof, declaring itself neutral, while the various army generals are busy securing their military and air force assets.
The sudden destruction of the capital on January 16th, 3026, brought matters quickly to a dangerous level. The military warlords who controlled most of the countryside and agricultural assets, made a final grab for whatever else was not nailed down, and the regional governors began gathering private armies to control everything in their territories. Some were quickly replaced by military commanders who had the guns and weren’t going to let them go easily. Central government collapsed, and even the navy, who had lost much of their support base in the capital, abandoned the nation to find their own way for their surviving dependents.
Today, the nation is a series of cantonments supported by various military leaders who either back local governors or have made themselves the governors (or Warlords) of San Marcos districts. Most corporate entities that remain, are backed by the guns of the local warlord they support, and otherwise conduct trade with whomever they can and are allowed, funneling much of their profits back into their local cantonments and regional corporate efforts.
Copper and steel ore (as well as some precious metals) are almost the only thing still being manufactured and exported in any great amount, though some consumer goods, generators and other industrial support equipment targets national consumption. Luxury goods are scarce, while fuel and electricity shortages are common, and typically favor the military and whatever industrial efforts are locally protected. Other nations are taking advantage of the opportunity for cheap resources to fuel their own economic development.