Commerce of the Xheng Dynasty
The Commercial structure of the Xheng Dynasty is quite complex with a number of Government owned corporations and Dynastic Companies that have dominance over their capitalist market. For a Monarchy, the Arch-Imperium is extremely socialist which is shown by icons like the Red and Yellow Star.
The construction of the Xheng-Class Worldships was a breakthrough for manufacturing of large scale vessels and construction projects. The technology required to create such huge vessels was put to later use when the construction of cities took priority. At an astounding rate cities throughout the Arch-Imperium's territory were springing up with fully functional facilities. Hydroelectric, solar and wind power were used to make the entire region enviornmentally friendly. Geothermal energy sometimes was also exploited to be used for heat generation. The need for energy sources allowed the enviornment to be targetted but the government was adamant that the enviornment was a definate issue that could not be disputed. As a result the Arch-Imperium has some of the most strict laws regarding enviornmental protection.
Cities made of steel and glass seem to be the more popular but also other construction materials like concrete and wood and even bamboo are common place. A mixture of their ancient curved roof architecture and compacted earth may still be seen in the building of traditional gardens and temples. For the most part modern grey and glass structures are more common. To allow for beauty, asthetic appeal is of pivotal importance. Gardens and plantlife of various colour variations are highly favored.
The Xheng Dynasty itself owns many large corporations which are highly profitable. These companies are not under the jurisdiction of the government executive, rather under the royal family of the Xheng Dynasty.
Dynastic International has branched into many large scale companies funneling huge profits directly into the Xheng Dynastic Family. The Xheng Royal Family's since has contributed much to the Imperial Stategem's governing structure and charities as well as research institutions furthering the technological advances of the nation.
Due to the Government's influence on the companies, the Xheng Family owns 51% of all shares in the company, in addition the Imperial Stratagem holds another 24% shares earning significant income for the government in the methods of sales and product that Dynastic International offers abroad as well as domestically.
See main article, see Dynastic International
A larger corporate division that was recently granted some automony from Dynastic International. The strange aspect about Dynastic International is that one division can in fact buy out another division as the free market wills. Imperial Networks has thrived on its own branching into industry and high-tech involvement rather than raw-material production. As a result, Imperial Networks on its own has become a mega-company in its own right. Legislation to seperate Imperial Networks from Dynastic International brought on extreme protests from Dynastic International investors who feared that taking Imperial Networks out of Dynastic International, would cause their flourishing stock prices to plummet, however that never happened.
Imperial Networks has split from Dynastic International but still maintains close relationships, due to the fact that both companies were once linked. Exclusive contracts that existed before the division are still valid, so Imperial Networks still has many lucrative and exclusive contracts with Dynastic International.
See main article, see Imperial Networks
Royal Star Enterprises
Not to be confused with Dynastic International itself, Royal Star Enterprises was composed of the Entertainment and Tourist industrial conglomerates of Dynasty Oceanic and Cruise lines. Dynasty Enterprises seperated from Dynastic International as well, forming a more solid base on Entertainment from the Raw Material and Construction aspect of Dynastic International and the Technological and Industrial side of Imperial Networks.
|Royal Star Enterprises|
See main article, see Royal Star Enterprises
Where there is oil, there is always a market. PetroEnerGen is one of the best funded portion of Dynastic International in comparison to its size. Rich underwater and underground petroleum reserves throughout the Arch-Imperium are holding potential for PetroEnerGen to become a formidable player in the region's oil economy. In addition, PetroEnerGen heavily relies on more cleaner methods of energy production such as solar production, wind turbine farms and natural gas.
PetroEnerGen has recently attempted experimentation with Cold Fusion but those have yet to bear actual product to be usable for the market. PetroEnerGen acquired vast holdings on a near monopoly level on the production of Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Natural Gas hybrid automobile and aircraft technology. PetroEnerGen since has pattented this technology within the Arch-Imperium. This monopoly has guarenteed PetroEnergy's dominance in the massive population market of the Arch-Imperium itself.
PetroEnerGen itself has interests in offshore natural gas reserves that could be lucrative however the nation of Azores has yet to grant any drilling rights in that area since the reserves are well within Azore's national waters. PetroEnerGen is always interested in more offshore drilling but in addition it is also a construction company for masses of wind turbines for high altitude and offshore generation. Most of these turbines exist on massive artificial islands, designed to take advantage of constant winds that exist in open waters. The largest assembly of offshore wind turbines is currently directly off from Xi'an itself.
In addition to Wind and Petroleum, Natural Gas and Coal power plants, PetroEnerGen also focuses on solar energy which is widely used on the Dynastic-Class Worldships and other large buildings to improve efficiency for their energy supplies. Solar is one of the less common scenes as it is space accumulative and relatively expensive.
See main article, see PetroEnerGen
Other divisions don't necessarily belong under the banner of a particular Crown Corporation or State owned Enterprise. Such as the case with more specialized companies that are formed to maintain autonomy of a certain field or industry like military production or energy management of a nationstate's entire energy supply.
An international conglomerate of investors who pitched together their massive fortunes (or at least portions of their fortunes) to construct the world's tallest structure. Utilizing much of the construction techniques of Dynastic International, the goal was to build a tower that was nearly a mile tall. Euro-Tower is one of the largest international construction cooperative efforts for the year and it is chaired by many high ranking officials of many international companies as well as government officials to assure that funding is assured and maintained. Due to the massive influx of companies involved, Euro-Tower Inc. is also under enormous crutiny for effective spending.
The military manufacturing company for the Xheng Dynastic Military Defense Forces. The massive bulk of civilian contracts go to Dynastic-Link Companies, but Psionex is given military and defense agreements to produce naval, land based, and aircraft. Psionex is exclusive to the Imperial Stratagem. Psionex holds a massive inventory of goods that are used for military purposes from uniforms and parachute manufacturing to cruise missiles and even nuclear weaponry. From a standard humvee to a nuclear powered aircraft carrier, all are made and designed by Psionex. Psionex was split from Dynastic International as well after heated debates between Dynastic International's stockholders and the Government. Eventually the result was Psionex's independence from the meddling of other corporate entities.
The International Imperial Investment Bank
|The International Imperial Investment Bank|
The International Imperial Investment Bank is the largest banking establishment in the Arch-Imperium. Even for a bank, the IIIB has done surprisingly outstanding considering the "socialist" policies of the Arch-Imperium. At one time under Dynastic International, the IIIB has broken free with the Imperial Stratagem legislating it into independence.
The IIIB is responsible for massive loans and monitoring interest rates for the Arch-Imperium, working closely with the Ministry of Finance and the Treasury. The power that the IIIB holds is substantial which is why half of its board of directors is composed of half of Councilors, one quarter of Xheng Royal Officials and another, chief public shareholders.
The IIIB's shares are one of the more rare distributions, in which the Imperial Stratagem holds half of the shares, guarenteeing its control even outside of the Royal Family. Though the Royal Family has substantial influence over the runnings of the bank it is ultimately the Government that does the real work and holds the real power. This is a direct check on the Royal accounts as well which are monitored by the International Imperial Investment Bank.
In addition to the Government's own direct spending and loans as well as financial records, IIIB also handles the money for Dynastic International, Psionex, PetroEnerGen, Imperial Networks and Royal Star Enterprises, shooting up its liability insurance by nearly a hundred fold. But due to this massive increase in its responsibilities, IIIB has become one of Europe's largest banks, effectively surpassing all private banks such as the Keodian-Imperial International Commerce Bank. The KIICB and IIIB have had an intense rivalry with services which effectively puts a service check on the IIIB's seemingly huge monopoly on financial services.
At one time the International Imperial Investment Bank attempted to purchase 25% shares of the Keodian-Imperial International Commerce Bank but that deal didn't go through with the stock prices for KIICB nearly doubling in a single day when rumours of IIIC's purchase were leaked to the public. This accidential leak effectively kept KIICB from a hostile takeover.
See main article, see International Imperial Investment Bank
Keodian-Imperial International Commerce Bank
This is the second largest bank that serves not only the Arch-Imperium, but also the Confederation of Keodian as well. The Bank's headquarters are split between Xi'an and Keodian City. The bank handles the vast majority of transactions that occur in the two nations and has agreements with other banks all over the world. The KIIC Bank is a private bank, so its profits and transactions are entirely private which assists greatlely in offshore accounts and private transactions between organizations whether they be of questionable nature or not.
Criticism of the KIIC Bank include potential workings with illegal organizations but none of these suggestions have been proven untrue. However nontheless the state of KIIC's massive revenues suggest that there is in fact a great deal of investment that goes on making the owners of KIIC very wealthy.