Norsktrad

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Foundation: 1681-date (T219-date)
Headquarters:

Predominant Religion: Roman Catholic
Other Religions: Hussite and Lencolar Christian, as well as Orange Catholic and Shinto, and smaller numbers of Daoist and Moslem.
Mercenary Agent for Europe, Afriqa and North Amerika (Catholics only)

By Rob Pierce & Martin Helsdon

Description

Since its founding in the late 17th century, the Nordic Trading Company has grown from a regional Swedish trading house to one of the largest mercantile concerns in the world. Originally a family run operation known as the House of Procuré, the company achieved a state of semi-independence from the Swedish crown in the early 1680s, allowing them to expand into foreign markets. Over the next two and a half decades the House enjoyed rapid expansion throughout Russia, Northern Europe, and the Eastern Atlantic ports under the leadership of Bengt Procuré. Many of these markets struggled with recession after the recent wars that had ravaged the continent, making the influx of gold and the public works it built most welcome. Over the years, the House of Procurare absorbed many smaller trading houses, and so when Nikolas took over the operation he renamed it the Nordic Trading Company - or Nörsktrad, in the Norman tongue - to reflect the diverse background of the company. Nikolas allowed each of the component houses to maintain some measure of individuality, and the heads of these houses still have considerable influence within the company.

The 18th century has seen significant changes in the business. While the lumber, iron, and fur trade continue to be the bulwarks of the Nörsktrad fortune, the company now has considerable interest in the textile and agricultural markets. Continued commercial expansion led the company to establish a colony in the Amerikas. A long emphasis on education and innovation has catapulted Nörsktrad to the front of the technology race. Despite the occasional skirmish with their Albanian rivals, the Nörsk managed to maintain a neutral posture in the Catholic-Hussite conflicts of the first half of the 18th Century. With the worsening of the climate during the Ice War the Company relocated its north Amerikan colony to the south.

By the second half of the 18th Century Nörsktrad's business interests have expanded into shipbuilding (both airship and steamship) though the Great Lisbon Earthquake wrecked the large industrial site the Company had so laboriously built up. Despite this setback, Nörsktrad remains at the front of human technological progress.

For the future history of the Company in the time of the Sixth Sun see Nörsktrad Heavy Industries.

The History:

Over the years, the Nordic Trading Company had grown primarily by absorbing local and regional trading houses. Although part of the Company, these houses remained semi-autonomous as long as they operated within the Company's guidelines. Some of these houses were quite powerful in their own right, and these are referred to as the Major Houses. At the time of Nikolas’ reforms there were four Major Houses:

  • House Procuré -- The core upon which the Company was founded. House Procuré is by far the largest, most influential House of the Company. The Procuré are characterized by strong business sense and political savvy.
  • House Teugen - The Teugens were among the first to join the Company, and remained among its strongest members. The House is the most conservative of the Major Houses, characterized by great patience.
  • House Anders - Behind the Procuré, House Anders is probably the most widely known outside the Company. The House was famous for its adventurous captains, including the brothers Sven and Lars.
  • House Gurni - House Gurni is the smallest of the Major Houses. Much of their influence is attributed to the fact that they employ the best shipwrights and sailmakers in the Company.

Nikolas Procuré, having recognized the success that semi-autonomy had brought to the company, decided to take the policy a step further in 1719. He reformed the organization of the Company to give the other Houses more power, creating an Oligarchy.

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The basic organization was this:

  • A Council of Electors rules The Company. The head of each Major House sits on the Council, and each Elector receives an equal vote in determining policy. From the ranks of the Electors, the Mäklarevälde was originally chosen. He oversees the normal day-to-day operation of the Company. However, the votes on the Council are structured so that a unanimous vote by the Electors can overrule the Mäklarevälde. As the Mäklarevälde speaks for all Houses, a new Elector is also appointed to represent the House from which the Mäklarevälde was chosen.
  • A Council of Affarsmannen was formed. This body is made up of representatives from Company offices throughout the world, and is principally advisory in nature. It serves as a barometer for measuring the status of Company interests, but the Affarsmannen do have some regulatory power regarding internal Company matters. Representation is based on the relative influence of the office.

Succession amongst the Electors is handled internal to each House. The Mäklarevälde is chosen from the most senior of the Electors. Affarsmannen are appointed to their post by the local Company officers, and are usually chosen from amongst the most influential merchants and guilds in the area.

Since those early days, with the expansion of the Company during the 18th Century, the power and influence of the original Houses has slowly waned. Following the further reforms instituted by Johannes Teugen many of the directors and even the Mäklarevälde are likely to be appointed as much from the Houses as from the ranks of the Kompanimän. The role of the Biträdande once chosen by the Electors has fallen into disuse in the last decade following changes in the operation of the Company. The original Houses are still owners of major blocks of shares.

Despite being at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution, successive Mäklarevälden have adopted an enlightened technocratic philosophy. Schools and colleges are maintained for employees and the Company prides itself on providing good working environments, following early disasters with steam-based machinery.

Nörsktrad Subsidiaries

  • Norsk Atlancalli........Subsidiary trading in Lencolar territories
  • Norsk Visch.............Fisheries
  • NorskTek.................Fabrication and project development.
  • Norsk Trak...............Railroads
  • Norsktrad Light Arms Company
  • Norsk Aer................Airships and air transport
  • Norsk Boks..............Publishing
  • Norsk Konstruktion...Yard and megalithic construction
  • Norsk Ekonomen......Finance and accounting
  • Norskvarden.............The Nörsk Guard
  • Norsk Marinen..........The Nörsk Marines
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The Mäklarevälden

The Players

T206-date (1741-date) Martin Helsdon
T188-T205 (1703-1740) Ben Vincent
T186-T187 (1699-1702) (open)
T184-T185 (1695-1698) (unknown)
T177-T183 (1681-1694) Art Asfeld

© 2003 Rob Pierce
© 2004 Martin Helsdon

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