Octavian Import-Export Corporation
|Industry||Imports and Exports|
|Founded||161 AL; 1655 AN|
|Headquarters||Puerto Arcadio, Los Liberados|
|Products||Goods and services from Kalgachia|
The Octavian Import-Export Corporation (OIEC) is a consortium of private investors and the Kalgachi government, the latter wielding a controlling stake of the corporation and appointing its chairman. It is headquartered in Los Liberados, with satellite offices in Kalgachia and Nova England.
The corporation serves as a vehicle for trade between the Garden of Kalgachia and the wider world, adapting to perform this function as global conditions permit.
The OIEC was created in 1655 AN as a joint venture between the Kalgachi Directorate of Labour and Economic Planning and a syndicate of Nova English businessmen. It was established as a commercial vehicle to facilitate Kalgachi imports from the USSO Common Market (later the Port of Vines) through the Nova English Trading Company, in exchange for the plausibly deniable transfer of Kalgachi military technology to Nova England in the period immediately preceding the War of the Casks. Over time, and in addition to its commercial activities, work for the Corporation would serve as the standard cover for operatives of the Kalgachi government throughout the Eastern Hemisphere of Micras - a fact neither concealed by its employees nor protested by the nations in which it operated, it being a more approachable (and arguably more effective) alternative to the acquired taste that was Kalgachia's diplomatic corps.
As Kalgachia developed a marked preference for insulating its foreign trade activity against the interminable caprice of its larger neighbour Shireroth, the OIEC's experience of markets further afield led it to become the de facto foreign trade agent for all of Kalgachia, an economy whose otherwise-airtight customs regime put the Corporation in a lucrative position of monopolistic privilege.
Until 1668 AN the Corporation's shipping route lay between Port Neil and Gravelbottom via Kasterburg, firstly by chartered airfreight and after 1665 AN, by sea and rail. Changes in the territorial composition of Benacia in 1668 AN, however, removed Kalgachia's border with Kasterburg while introducing a border with a resurgent Batavia. Combined with damage to investor confidence in the Port of Vines arising from Bassarid actions during the collapse of Caputia, the OIEC was compelled to realign its logistical arrangements and diversify its source markets; negotiations through the Iron Company, who in 1665 AN had been the first foreign company contracted to deliver a Kalgachi public works project, resulted in a relocation of the OIEC's main headquarters to the island state of Los Liberados (retaining its Nova English estate as satellite offices) with the understanding that the Iron Company act as the OIEC's principal shipping agent throughout the Batavian Confederation.
Ownership and Administration
Ownership of the OIEC is shared as follows:
- 51% by the Directorate of Labour and Economic Planning (Kalgachia)
- 22% by Mr. Aelfred Tanner (Nova England)
- 11% by Señor Jacobo Castrigo Álvarez (Los Liberados)
- 11% by Mr. Hoderick Scilling (Nova England)
- 5% by miscellaneous investors (Nova England)
The OIEC Board of Directors is composed as follows:
- Zoryus Archonslayer (Kalgachia) Chairman
- Hoderick Scilling (Nova England) Director of Finance
- Nigel Noughscytt (Nova England) Director of Tax Planning and Legal Compliance
- Roger Godniht (Nova England) Director of Operations, Keltia
- Bobbert Shrubschild (Kalgachia) Director of Operations, Benacia
- Tobias Wulframberg (Kalgachia) Director of Operations, Apollonia & Southern Hemisphere
- Aaron Geltschnozzer (Kalgachia) Director of Analytics
- Clarence Snugg (Kalgachia) Director of Hospitality and Incentives
- Jacobo Castrigo Álvarez (Los Liberados) Non-Executive Director
Granite from Benacia's Octavian mountains, of a stern grey-black moderated by subtle golden hues. Shaped into such architectural features as pillar segments, sills and lintels, flooring and appliqué. Ideal for municipal venues or the homes of the affluent. Available rough hewn, smooth matte or polished.
The chosen spirit beverage of the Kalgachia's professional classes. Infused strongly with Litovine Juniper, Stalemate is equally capable of soothing the nervous and reviving the languid. In Kalgachia it is traditionally consumed neat, in small amounts due to its 57.5% alcohol content. It is also popular at table as a digestive aid for cutting through the excessive grease of Kalgachia's national dish, the mutton roast.
Resilient Electrical Components
For all the advantages of miniaturised circuitry and microchips, there will always remain a need for simple systems that are resistant to electrical surge and physical shock, particularly in vital infrastructure. Kalgachia's small but busy electronics industry, operating deep underground, specialises in hand-tunable and tube-based components, universally built to a scale which can be repaired by hand with a soldering iron without the need for excessive anti-static measures or air conditioning. The seamless integration of electrical components with mechanical elements such as clockwork is a Kalgachi speciality rarely seen anywhere else in the world, as are randomised data-generation systems based on irreducably complex physical forces, offering a crucial cryotographic advantage over algorithmic generation which, by its inherent determinism, can always be broken with sufficient supercomputing capacity regardless of complexity.
Kalgachia's gold industry is its most important, underpinning the very national currency itself. At the end of this industry's chain, after the miners and smelters and assayers, are Kalgachia's skilled retinue of goldsmiths; many of whom have a family tradition in the trade stretching back to their legendary ancestors in Shirerithian Goldshire. From these artisans come all manner of rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and other personal adornments, crafted in varying purities of gold to suit the demands of physical wear and the budget of the consumer.
The biomantic Deep Singer race of Benacian history left behind a veritable bounty of engineered flora and bacterial culture, much of which was cultivated for medicinal use. While much of the Deep Singers' expertise is now sadly passed, their Nezeni descendants in Kalgachia continue to utilise a whole host of valuable medicinal preparations - most notably those concerned with telomerase therapy which, although having lost the nuances of biomantic ritual which allowed it to confer biological immortality, nonetheless provide a considerable increase in the humanoid lifespan well into the century range. Anticarcinogens, healing accelerators, sensory enhancers, nervous system regulators and psychotropic elixirs are also available, subject to narcotics control laws in the jurisdiction of delivery.
Insulating garments made with the wool of mountain sheep from Kalgachia's upland pastures. Sweaters, socks, hats, gloves, tunics and greatcoats.
Workable Octavian Spruce, seasoned and sawn.
High quality for furnaces, forges and the discerning housekeeper.
For stationery, packaging or sanitary use.
The OIEC can arrange for the skilled consultants of Deep Services, a unitary enterprise in Kalgachia, to visit foreign customers and provide auditing, tax optimisation, management advice, actuarial and analytic services, data exploitation and a whole host of other professional tools to enhance the customer's commercial or bureaucratic edge.
The OIEC is authorised to sell instances of the DLEP Clearing Credit Facility - a regionally-denominated bridging instrument used by traders awaiting physical payment of Kalgarrand or gold bullion from the Kalgachi government, and a source of fees and interest guaranteed against default by the Reserve Bank of Kalgachia. In addition the Corporation is willing to sell on the rights to debt instruments acquired from any number of other issuers, traders or jurisdictions.
-Refined metals (primarily steel, tungsten, copper)
-Refined hydrocarbon fuels (primarily ATF)
-Recreational beverages (all types)
-Freelance journalistic services (for events outside Kalgachia)