|Founded||13 Butterary 1549|
The Saint Andre Trading Company is semi-public corporate entity that administers various trading and resource extraction enterprises throughout the Natopian Empire. It is controlled by a board of directors, with a majority of ownership held by the Office of the Chancellor. Remaining shares are distributed to the leaders of the demesne to ensure all wealth generated is shared equally. Originally established 13 Butterary 1549 (22 Feb 2009), chartered on 13 Konil 1599 (24 April 2013).
It operates a fleet of specialty ships such as cargo vessels, oil tankers, cargo subs, and icebreakers, and can be considered the de facto merchant marine of the Natopian Navy. As the War of Lost Brothers continues the company is beginning to arm its merchant vessels and is organising an asset protection group. It's total fleet amounts to 1,986 SATCo owned and managed trading ships, totalling 47.7 million gross tons or 60.9 million deadweight tons.
Since the middle of the year 1655 AN, the company has been responsible for the organisation of Sxiro-Natopian merchant vessels into convoys for sea crossings under the protection of Coastal Command of the Imperial Navy.
SATCo sponsors the Natopia national football team.
Port Saint Andre Dockyards
The Port Saint Andre Dockyards have been the premier shipbuilding facilities of the Bovic Empire since the inception of SATCo, producing the majority of its merchant fleet, the backbone of the allied convoy system during the War of Lost Brothers.
It's shipbuilding capacity contributes to the Sxiro-Natopian Production Matrix, although its unfortunate positioning on the southern Apollonian continent means that alternative shipyards in Tapfer and the southern islands of Shireroth are being prepared under SATCo direction with the intention of shipbuilding commencing at these secondary sites commencing from 1657.
|Vessel Type||# in service||# Lost (1654-1655)||# Lost (1656)|
|Cargo and passenger vessel||661||14|
|Ice cargo and passenger||2||0|
Most losses incurred during the early phase of the war were due to unescorted ship movements continuing along peacetime routes. Of the reported losses to which causes can be attributed these broke down as:
|Torpedo (submarine)||Missile||Naval mine||Piracy||Misadventure||Unknown|
In a response to these early losses, and the attritional effect on coastal shipping by piracy, particularly in the Great Western Sea and around Talenore a convoy system was authorised by the allied Joint Military Council.
The corporation also has an extensive overseas network of agents involved in convoy planning and looking after its worldwide shipping business.
After the war reached an effective stalemate, the convoy system was overhauled to form the basis of a regular series of trade fleets connecting the Sxiro-Natopian Alliance with allies and trade partners the world over.
Whilst not a trade fleet in the strictest sense, the Caprine Code affords SATCo, by virtue of its part in the suppression of the Principality of Walstadt, the right to conduct whaling operations from the Viceroyalty of the Two Martyrs as sole proprietor in perpetuity.
|Trade Fleet||Departure Port||Destination Port||Usual Composition||Cargo Outbound||Cargo Return||Month of Sailing||Notes|
|Two Martyrs Whaling Fleet||Asara Eliana||Asara Eliana||.||empty||whale carcasses||.||.|
Exploration and Settlements
The Caprine Code allows the Frenzy to grant colonial charters to SATCo for the purpose of establishing new territories for the empire. These charters lay out the government of the new territory and various stipulations, goals, that the new territory requires to prove successful. If the colony proves to be a commercial success, proves itself to be self-sustaining, or becomes indispensable for the empire's wellbeeing or security and continues to be populated for ten years, then the new territory will be admitted to the empire as a demesne, which allows it to be represented in the Frenzy.
SATCo has recently funded the Golden Sunset Expedition under the command of retired Navy captain, Bernard Kayyk, with the intent of establishing Natopia's first colony since the Natopian Golden Age of Colonialism.