British West India Company

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Foundation: Possibly in 1713
Capital: Mahair on Arawak
Religion: Roman Catholic

By Martin Helsdon


A Merchant House supported by the United Kingdoms of Britain and active in the Caribbean. Taken over by Aeronautical Research & Fabrication.

The History:

Seems to have originated from British mercantile operations in the Carribean.

NewsFax Entries

1675-1676 T174
Great Britain: The Protectors, inspired by the successes of Captain Drake in previous years, cracked down very hard on all foreigners, hunchbacks, witches, intellectuals, anabaptists and people with funny-sounding last names throughout the islands.

1681 - 1682 T177
Great Britain: Oliver continued to exercise more caution than was perhaps due, but then who could blame him? His captains in the Carribean, however, were exercising some caution and thus avoided an unfortunate death at the hands of an obscure religious sect that attacked Captain Drake and his party on one of the thoroughfares of Mahair. The purple-robed and bemasked ascetics were shot down by Drake's guards, but not before hacking several of the seamen to death with heavy machetes. Drake was troubled by the attack - "who are these men that hide their visage behind masks of amphibians?"

1691-1692 T182
Great Britain: In the new world, Drake and the Mahair continued to pick off independent principalities - landing some 7,000 men in Santee, which they crushed, capturing the coastal province for England!

1693-1694 T183
Great Britain: An incident of blue fever in Santee took the lives of both the famous Captain Drake and the Mahair Grandee; though Robert Cromwell, who was commanding a squadron in the Carribean, was able to evacuate the fleets to Arawak, along with thousands of Santee slaves and a great deal of gold. Health authorities annouced that their were no cases of Pernicious Anemia in Mahair. Preliminary reports to the contrary were, they announced, mistaken, and based on an outbreak of blue fever. In a related pronouncement, they stated that the quarantine on visiting merchants from Europe was not designed to halt the spread of Pernicious Anemia because there was not, in fact any Pernicious Anemia in Mahair.

1707 - 1708 T187
Great Britain: The English squadron stationed at Mahair on Arawak was woken from their peaceful sleep in late May of 1707 by the thunder of ships' cannons. For a moment, as they ran about in panic and shock, they thought that the Danes had struck at them, even here in the safety of the Americas. But no, it was merely a pirate raid, as was becoming all too common in these lawless times. Prince Robert, who had been yearning for action for years, immediately ordered his fleet to sea. Unfortunately for the raiders, their intial attack had only damaged or sunk thirty-two of the English ships. The remainder, once they had gotten to sea, chased the pirates down and smashed the pirates with their superior gunnery and seamanship. Many merchantmen were captured and thousands of pirate soldiers. Questioning of the raiders revealed that they were Franks from the Carib islands. Only their chief escaped.

1713 - 1714 T193
No entry.

1715 - 1716 T194
No entry.

1717 - 1718 T195
No entry.

1719 - 1720 T196
No entry.

1723 - 1724 T197
British West India Company: Diplomacy Huischol on Lucayo(mf), Qadara in Timuca(mf), Kusan on Taino(mf), Aser in Ulva(mf)
Captain Drake, keeping a weather eye to the future, signed various and diverse papers declaring his daughter Marguerite (who was only seven) his heir. His wife, Jessica[6], would stand as her guardian if something happened to the captain on his latest voyages.

[6] Previously Jessica Orozoco, a notable star of the Aztec stage and a priestess of the old temple of the Hummingbird On The Left. A beauty past compare, echoed fully in her daughter.

1725 - 1726 T198
British West India Company: Diplomacy Kasar (mf), Aser (bo)
Captain Drake, in the city of Kasar on company business, caught a touch of the scarlet fever and was dead within days. When word of his untimely death reached Mahair, there was a brief power struggle between Blake Henry (the only Company captain in port at the time) and Drake’s widow, the notorious actress Jessica Orozoco. Despite a well-known will made out by Drake three years ago, Blake managed to oust the Aztec woman from the board of directors.

Outraged and exiled from the company she had helped found with her husband, Jessica fled with her daughter Marguerite, seeking sanctuary amongst her cousins in the city of Huischol in the Lucayo islands. There, she was soon attempting to raise the capital to outfit a ship.

1727 - 1728 T199
British West India Company: Diplomacy None
Captain Blake did very little. Nothing really.

1729 - 1730 T200
British West India Company: Diplomacy: Ciguayo(mf), Kasar(bo)
The Company made a tidy profit shipping bananas, sugar, wheat, dried fish and firewood to the Shawnee cities. Go Ice!

1731 – 1732 T201
British West India Company: Diplomacy: Nanchao in Guayami(ma), Itza in Tamaulipec(ma), Tlacotalpan in Popoluca(ma)
The Indies Company continued to putter around the Carribean in their frigates and trading ships, making a modest living in cacao, bananas, dried fish, cut lumber and glasswares. Everyone in Mahair (the capital of the English possession of Arawak) was stunned to look up on day in the fall of ’32 to see a pair of airships approaching the city. After a huge panic that the city was about to be attacked by the Ice air-pirates, someone managed to get a telescope and see that the two ships (battered, patched, weathered) had Danish Air Corps markings. As it happened, Colonel Mason had managed to achieve the first trans-Atlantic airship voyage!

1733 - 1734 T202
British West India Company: Diplomacy:Nan Chao in Guyami(mf), Tlacotalpan in Popoluca(mf), Itza in Tamaulipec(mf)
Blake's effort to take economic control of the city of Kasar on Ciguayo failed, and he was forced to struggle just to hold onto the factories, warehouses and facilities that the Company already controlled there. Hollis' efforts in Aztec met with far more success. Welkh continued to patrol for pirates.

1735 - 1736 T203
Arapaho Texas: He also entertained a British West Indies Company factor, who arranged for all Arapaho / Aztec trade to be handled by that concern. Ugraima also ordered that some abandoned buildings be taken for use as a University. Books, students and teachers would come later.

Shawnee: The province retained its suspect religious status, at least for the moment. Even with her attentions turned to smashing the infidels, other projects were underway à a postal road was built from Cahokia to Ifni, the university was expanded, monopolies in timber and coal were awarded to the British West Indies Company, and students from Arapaho and Colorado were allowed to attend schools within the Empire.

British West India Company: Diplomacy: Kasar(ci), Itza(bo)
The Captain managed to dramatically improve the lot of his small, long-beleaguered company by securing control of the trade routes between Shawnee and Aztec, Arapaho and the Sisters, and Colorado and the Aztecs. All this and an end to the Ice, too!

1737 – 1738 T204
Great Britain: Otherwise, the Exchequer was very busy paying off the king’s loans, extending credit and supplies to the Aeronautical Research and Fabrication company, turning a blind eye at certain actions in the West Indies and generally keeping things on an even keel.

ARF (East): Operations in the Amerikas were also planned for the immediately future, and the cooperative acquisition of the British West India company was hoped to prove a boon to the bottom line and for the investing parties.

ARF (West): Blake Henry returned from Aztec lands in a fast ship, eager to rest a bit in the home office and see his children. Unfortunately, upon his arrival in Mahair port he was seized by the English authorities and dumped in a hole. By the time he managed to bribe his way free, he found the Company in the hands of no less a figure than Jessica herself (the daughter of the founder). Orozco took great delight in telling Blake he had been ‘bought out’.

The sea captain was furious, but the squads of ARF air-squad troopers occupying the warehouses and offices were hard to argue with. Then Blake was found dead in a particularly disreputable grog shop in the port a week later. Jessica had no regrets for the man who had stolen her father’s company from her. Despite the protests of a strong faction of Irish investors (who had recently bought into Blake’s enterprise), Jessica (and her new husband, Apada) took the company private. Within a week, the nameplates, stationary and ship registrations had been changed to reflect the new ‘owner’ of the Company.

With the heavy-handed support of the Swedish and English governments, the ARF moved into the western hemisphere, taking over the Company’s operations throughout the Carribean and adjoining territories.

1739 – 1740 T205
Aztecs: In the east, the Sword of Empire fleet scoured the Carribean for ARF shipping in Aztec waters and shoo’ed it away if found. The Emperor’s office made a statement on the matter:

“Whereas the current leaders of Aeronautical Research and Fabrication West have illegaly and violently siezed control of that company from its rightful owner, the late Blake Henry; and whereas said leaders are in collusion with remnants of the vile Frost Wolf and Inuit, who so recently wreaked untold havoc and suffering upon the world: it is hereby resolved by the undersigned that all agreements between our nations and the ARF are to be considered immediately null and void. The ARF factors at work in our cities will be identified and expelled, and their offices closed. Beginning in 1741 all foreign shipping carried by the ARF will be turned away from our ports. Further, after 1740 any ship flying the ARF flag in the New World will be considered fair game for privateers. In this way the ARF will begin to make some small reparations for the depravations of their (alleged) Frost Wolf allies."

A representative of the Company responded from offices in London:

Though some few employees of the Company may, at one time, have been in the employ of the notorious bandits called Frost Wolf, none currently employed are in the service of the <Others> or their minions.

At press-time, the matter was still unresolved.

Caquetio: Like numerous other nations in the trading block oriented around Aztec, Caquetio banned the ships, agents and activities of the ARF from their lands.

The Captains

  • Blake Henry 1725-1737
  • Malcom Drake 17xx-1724

The Players

  • Ken Ditto T203
  • open T200 - T202
  • Scott Hartman T197-T199
  • open T196
  • Skip Barton T193? - T195
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