Pacific Mercenary & Trust

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Foundation: 1689-date (T180-date)
Headquarters:

  • Kryztn in Luzon (since 1739?)
  • Angkor Wat (1717-????)
  • Nagi in Yamaguchi (to 1717)

Religion: Shinto
Mercenary Agent for North Asia

By Rob Pierce and Kerry Harrison, updated by Martin Helsdon

Description

The company now known as Pacific Mercenary & Transport (previous to that Pacific Mercenary & Trust) had its origins in Japan as the Mitsubishi Zaibatsu, or the House of the Three Diamonds.

In 1715, (T194) the trading organization was renamed Mitsubishi Shouji Kabushikigaisha. In 1717 (T195), the home office moved from Nagi in Japan to Angkor Wat in Khemer, and was renamed yet again to Shikongou Dantai.

The company proved very successful in securing exclusive contracts with various countries whereby the company would handle all of their trade with greater profits sure to accrue to the countries thanks to the company's mercantile efficiencies. In exchange, the countries would transfer their entire merchant shipping fleets to the company so that the company could maintain the country's existing trade routes. Not long after the contracts were signed and the ships' ownership transferred to the company, it absconding with the entire mercantile fleets of these hoodwinked companies. Subsequent investigations revealed little trace of the thieving company's whereabouts.

In 1739 (T205), after various other Ice factions had been defeated in the Ice wars of north Asia, the company resurfaced as the Pacific Mercenary & Trust Corporation. Many of the employees of the corporation committed seppuku in contrition for the crimes they commited on behalf of the Shikongu Dantai. The successor management of the (presumably contrite) company has resumed commercial operations in east Asia.

The History:

Still to be written.

NewsFax Entries

1739-1740 (T205)
Tokugawa Japan: There was considerable confusion in Nagi, where a huge police operation to swoop down upon a secret cabal of Shikongou Dantai terrorists was spoiled by the suspects themselves reporting to the nearest civil watch house and turning themselves in. With rising dismay, the Tokugawa authorities then learned the "hidden company" had declared itself openly and - more was the pity - it's papers were in perfect order.

PM&T: Diplomacy: a lot
Quite unexpectedly, a large (previously shadowy) merchant house cautiously raised its head and opened entirely proper commercial offices throughout the Pacific and parts of the Americas. A number of letters were dispatched to various heads of state, and a staggering number of elderly men appeared in common town plazas and squares throughout Asia, each bearing a paper with a list of crimes committed against humanity and the proper gods. While bemused onlookers stared, they drew short bladed swords from their Japanese-style sashes, then committed ritual seppuku before the eyes of stunned crowds.

Investigation of the papers found they read: "In blind pursuit of power, gold and eternal life, we threatened the world with destruction. Only by the grace of the true gods were all men spared death by our folly. It is with great regret we offer a sincere apology to those we have harmed, and a faint hope our deaths will serve as small repayment for our crimes."

Ming: While Yongzheng waited in his camps among the green hills of Kienchou; all matter of business came to his attention and was adjudicated. Shipments of grain, cloth, oil and timber were dispatched to Japan, Persia and Java. (Java? What the...) Equally lavish gifts of gold and silver coin were sent to Nisei and Java (hey now wait a minute!) All this the regent did with great energy, for he surely intended to utterly destroy the invaders who had overwhelmed the southern provinces with their treacherous attack. But before he could begin his campaign, he waited for reinforcements - the veterans of the campaign in Alaska would soon join him. So he tarried among the lush fields.

At length, one of the juniormost of his aides, advisors, hot-drink-carriers and ministers approached the regent and asked the dubious question... "Lord of the World - if we are fighting the rascally Javans, why have you sent them so many gifts?"

Yongzheng looked down upon the boy with bristling brows and considered having his head lopped off. Yet, he thought, I am Ming now, and I am not merciless. "My son, we are not fighting the Javans. No, most surely not."

"We're not?" The boy looked around suspiciously, wondering if he could manage to run away before the great and powerful regent could snatch him up and lop off his head. "What about all the countless regiments of Javan Skull Soldiers, and their batteries of Skull Gunz and the evil, ferocious, baby-eating, iron-chewing, blood-drinking Skull Serferz? They've conquered many provinces..."

"Those invaders," the regent replied in a kindly voice, "are not the Javans. Those are the Shikongou Dantai, who are very sly and cruel and tricky. And soon..." Yongzheng's expression became fey and filled with fiendish delight. "...I will catches them and eats them, yes I will! Just like the... the Bagginses! I hates them!"

The boy did not stop running until he had reached the mountains of Guzhou, where he became a hermit and never spoke to living human being again.

A Letter Dispatched to Various and Diverse Mercenary Companies Operating on the fringes of the Middle Kingdom:
"It is the Regent's understanding that an organization called the 'Pacific Mercenary and Trust' has been making attempts to take over various Asian mercenary groups. You have heard of them? The Regent wishes for you to know that these men are very bad men who are in league with the force that brought us the plague of the Ice - a threat to us all, you included. They are also a front for the infamous Dantai who, you will recall, reneged on some very serious mercantile promises before vanishing. They are not to be trusted. The Regent would not presume to tell you what to do - nor would he make you a vassal unless such was your wish. However, we would offer you a unique business proposition. Ming China will pay to you and your men a sum of 50,000 cash every two years in return for you not pledging your loyalty to PM&T. You are free to take whatever contracts you wish and if Ming desires your services we will pay a fair price above what is being offered."

The appearance, therefore, of the PM&T as an open and registered business came as something of a shock. The Regent, fortunately for the PM&T stockholders, had finally gathered his armies (now numbering no less than forty thousand men) and launched a massive attack south along the highway into Lingtung.

The Javans (or could they be the nefarious Shikongou), it seemed, had ignored he demands to abandon the southern provinces and to go home. At the same time, an army composed of cavalrymen and mercenaries (under the joint command of Foo Liao and Bantag Yen) invaded Korat.

Hosogawa: Unlike nearly everywhere else near them, the Hosogawans trundled along about their own business, make a lot of banging and crashing sounds in their workshops outside Kozoronden and generally kept the peace. The 'unveiling' of the PM&T (with only two offices within their domain) was viewed with alarm by the government, but no jackbooted oppression had yet occurred.

Khemer: Some brisk police business in Krungthep saw the seizure of a half-dozen PM&T merchantmen and the closure of their newly-opened offices there. Dashing Captain Hansajya refused to answer any questions, waving off reporters with a brusque "government business."

Java: Admiral Falcon and the Judean navy came prowling south, looking for Shikongou Dantai pirates... immediately, lord Ito and his fleet scattered to the east, fleeing for the open ocean and escape. The Javans broke away, and Falcon ordered his fleet to give chase. N'dret's commanders sped away, satisified with the haphazard flight of the Japanese. The Judeans beat down, cramming on sail. The chase lasted six weeks, carrying both navies back into Hainan waters. Despite cunning efforts, N'dret failed to shake the Falcon, and was forced to give battle off Yu-Lin, despite being severely outnumbered[2] and out-gunned.

[long account of the Javan navy's exhausting of the Judean fleet, and the Javan repulse of the Ming in Lingnan]

While Yongzheng was licking his wounds in central China, a Ming fleet under the command of Yang Do was making good time down the Mallaca Strait, heading home from India. Though they had heard the Shikongou fleet might be nosing about, they were not prepared for the appearance of a powerful Javan Skull fleet off Singapore. Yang's captains tried to swerve towards the Sumatran side of the strait, whereupon the rest of the Javan squadrons sortied from Utaran estuaries. Suddenly the sea was black with Skull sails.

Poor Yang's fleet was smashed or captured within the day. The Javans crewed their prizes, piled their captives onto transports, and then slipped back into the mangroves, waiting for the next victims to come along...

Still determined to crush the Javans (for now even the Regent was forced to admit the Javan army was in the field against him, not some rabble of mercenaries the Shikongou had hired), Yongzheng left Yen Li to block the highway road with a force of cavalry and artillerists. Then the main army swung east into Nanling, and down into the plains. Unopposed in the their crossing of the mountains, the Ming stormed into Lingtung once more.

[account of the second Javan repulse of the Ming in Lingnan]

(2) Despite the addition of many captured Japanese warships.

Borang: Minor trouble flared in Aanx, where a Shikongou Dantai agent was killed in a gun battle with local militia, who had cornered the man (a Japanese) in a woodshed. Examination of his body revealed a variety of colorful tattoos depicting an octopus and a woman copulating. This sort of thing was apparently very common in Japan and other foreign parts.

This otherwise minor event reminded Kahin he needed to clean house, so in his usual style he hauled the entire army down to Sasaki, swamped the city with troops on every corner, in every house and under every privy - and seized the newly public offices of the Pacific Mercenary and Trust Corporation and had the lot of traitors executed.

1741-1742 (T206)
PM&T: Diplomacy: Amgar in Suifenhe(mf), Bahrau in Johor(mf), Yu-Lin on Hainan(mf), Okisaka in Penong(mf), Tempyo in Broome(mf), Sirivijaya in Palembang(mf), Na-Iki in Nullarbor(mf)

The Trustees scrambled around, all across the Pacific, trying to restore their trade networks and offices to some semblance of order and efficiency. Being ejected from the Amerikas hurt, and a spate of letters to the Aztecs and other powers there fell on deaf ears. The shadow of the Ice lay upon the company, and the board of directors despaired of ever shaking the tumults and disgraces of the past.

Ming: Aided by brokers from the Pacific Mercenary and Trust, Yongzheng mustered two new corps of Ming regulars, plus the various bands of mercenaries under the command of Saigo and Bantag Yen in Ganzhou, managing to gather thirty thousand men by early summer of '41. Having received certain news from his agents, the Regent then ordered his fresh army to storm south into Kwangsi!

Azteca: The Imperial Office of Trade announced that neither the Pacific Mercenary and Trust, nor the Aeronautical Research and Fabrication companies would be allowed to trade, negotiate, sell or buy within the Empire. So there!

Caquetio: An edict was promulgated, banning the activities of the Aeronautical Research and Fabrication and Pacific Mercenary and Trust companies within the kingdom.

1743-1744 (T207)
PM&T: Diplomacy: Sabang in Aceh(ma), Sunda in Pajajaran(ma), Singhasari in Kediri(ma), Port Kolos in Sakalava(ma), Medan in the Marianas Islands(ma)

The Trustees were quite busy - plying Javan waters for new trade opportunities and trying to swing some big deals. They leased out a sizable number of mercenaries to the Ming and lent a general or two to the Prester John. Juchen took a second wife, a Japanese lady named Fujiko Kima, whose family had fallen on hard times.

Luzon took a heavy blow from the tidal waves and burning rain flung down by Jehanantukul (Hell's Hammer), but the port of Kryztin was spared much of the destruction by the high mountain ranges across northern Luzon.

Captain Che'fu (who was sent into the southern seas) got into one scrape after another - entirely failed at his assigned missions - but escaped with his life and some whopper tales to tell. The entirely more sober Captain Shimura, on the other hand, made the long crossing of the Indian Ocean just in time to find himself in the middle of a ferocious siege. That was a tale to tell...

Ming: As soon as the winter weather lifted in '44, therefore, Yongzheng and his armies invaded Annam from Lingnan, Korat and Dai Viet. A massive force had been gathered, including mercenaries from all over Asia (and even beyond - a squadron of Aeronautical Research and Fabrication zeppelins was on hand to support the assault).

1745 – 1746 T208
PM&T: Rather stunned by the violence precipitated from the sky, the Trust Corporation moved swiftly to deploy their vast shipping interests in fishing and the transport of food. “Money to be made, my boys,” chortled Juchen, peering up at the thin haze between the earth and the sky. “People need to eat, and everyone loves fish!” Despite his bold words, even the Company crews suffered from want and many sailors died of malnutrition and starvation.

The company also marshaled a huge transport fleet and the Moro mercenary regiments under its employ. This force, under the command of Juchen himself, sailed for the Ming coast to take aboard a large number of Chinese troops and join the Japanese fleet for transit to the Persian Gulf. Young master Tagura (the eldest of Juchen’s sons) pleaded to go on this grand adventure, but was forbidden by his father. Unfortunately, staying home in Singhasari was no safer – the young man died in ’46 during a measles outbreak in the port.

War against the Daemon Sultan: December 1746: The Tokugawa Japanese fleet (carrying 30,000 men) arrives in Bandar in Ormuz. They are accompanied by a Pacific Mercenary and Trust squadron with 9,000 Moro mercenaries and the Ming Arabian Expedition.

Aztecs: At home, the city of Mexicalli in Boruca expanded and the Pacific Mercenary & Trust company was allowed to establish an office there. The PM&T also gained a special exemption regarding trade in the Empire and more extensive negotiations began. In turn, even more vigorous legislation was enacted against the ARF, who were regarded as nothing less than an enemy of the state in the Imperial Court.

1747 – 1748 T209
PM&T: Despite initial hostility between the Chinese court and the Corporation, the services provided by the PM&T apparently outweighed the danger of ‘cultic contamination.’ As a result, a large number of PM&T ships were gainfully employed in shipping an even larger number of Ming troops to holiday in the Persian Gulf and then back again.

Closer to home, the Corporation acquired leases to the ruined Ming cities of Luang in Fujian and Kwangchou in Kwangsi. In both places, a large number of Corporation workers, officers and their families were settled, restoring each city to 1 GPv.

The deaths of the captains Che-Fu and Senge in early 1747 threw a number plans for a loop, but Juchen (as it happened) was in position to carry through himself, though at his advanced age it was far more work than he would have liked.

Java: An Aztec trade delegation arrived in Sunda to see the Kahuna. They had crossed the Pacific on a PM&T cutter.

Aztecs: The merchants from PM&T were granted certain usages and rights to carry trade to distant Java, though there was little traffic with the Spice Islands as yet.

1749 – 1750 T210
PM&T: Gainfully employed by the Chinese and the Nisei alike, company shipping was quite busy in the North Pacific, though the sea-lanes to the east were still dangerous. Old Mata, who had been the matriarch of the clan for nearly fifty years, finally died. Lady Kima (who had played second fiddle for so long) breathed a sigh of relief the old witch was dead.

Manchu Mongol Empire: Though the Emperor eyed them with suspicion, the Pure Realm clergy continued to make steady, patient inroads into influencing and directing the religious life of his people. This was made slightly easier by the Jade-sect priests being involved in a massive missionary effort in the far north, on the Dzungur Coast, where the Manchu priests found – to their surprise – a huge number of Japanese and Ming and Pacific Trust troops, engineers, laborers and ships involved in tearing the old Frost Wolf city of Drakenroost apart and packing it into crates for shipment.

1751 - 1752 T211
PM&T: Agoi's ships traveled hither and yon, carrying cargoes vast distances. Otherwise, however, things were very quiet - bucolic even - in the humid, jungly islands.

Ming Chinese Empire: Very far to the north, Master Li and his army (still being carted about by the PM&T fleet) headed south to Holy Fusan and an unexpected date with destiny…

Java: Having gathered their strength for some time (what with being distracted by slapping the silly Ming around), the Javans decided to flex their muscles a little. Pedregon sent fleets into the Bay of Bengal to search merchant shipping for 'cultic' influences - and found, lo! That both the AEIC and PM&T ships were carrying all varieties of covert cargos - both odd statuettes, banned books, prohibited-for-export gamelans and monster hides. Many ships were seized and none returned to their owning companies.

1753 - 1754 T212
PM&T: A lucrative arrangement was struck between the Trust Company and the Thai government - one followed by a massive expansion of Company interests in that country. Large sums were disbursed to the Aztec and Ming governments, for PM&T was treading a fragile balance between the various Pacific powers. A massive effort was launched to investigate the allegations recently made by the Javan government about a prevalence of "cultic shipping" under PM&T flags.

"We have found no evidence," Juchen announced, while visiting cotton plantations in India, "of any Company shipping engaged in such nefarious and underhanded activities. Only a fool or a liar would say otherwise!"

Aztecs: On the other hand, the Pacific Mercenary and Trust paid quite an enormous amount of tribute to the Emperor, which helped even things out.

T213
PM&T: Still attempting to dig out of the public relations hole created by his youthful indiscretions, Agoi sent large sums to the Aztecs, Thai and Ming. Some of the payments were ill-disguised bribes, but what was an honest merchant to do in these troubled times? Still, his workers were very busy, particularly in the Ming city of Kwangchou, where they were building a huge complex of workshops, foundries, rolling mills and other infrastructure of modern industry.

The efforts in Kwangchou also occupied a fair portion of the Company fleet, but even more ships (previously deployed to India in an effort to evacuate phantom refugees from the trouble subcontinent) were sent east to the Amerikas. There was some trouble down in Iruka, where Captain Keiryaku was shot dead by hostile Afriqan merchants.

Ming Chinese Empire: Everyone in Kwangtung (Jewel of the South) was very excited by the busy industry of the PM&T crews building a maze of new factories on the outside of town. Something was in the offing! But what? A similar level of activity was making the sprawling metropolis of Wuhan even larger as the Imperial airship yards there expanded by leaps and bounds. The Ming! would not be made fools of by the Europeons!

Thai Empire: At home, the ships of the Pacific Mercenary and Trust continued to throng Thai ports, making a handsome profit from the thriving rice and yam trade.

Aztecs: A huge fleet of Pacific Mercenary and Trust ships limped into Mexicalli at the end of 1756, sails in tatters, many merchantmen lost in dreadful storms or their crews succumbed to disease.

1757 - 1758 T214
PM&T: While the president of the company was off gallivanting about in the Amerikas, trying toasted locust and grilled dog, his son Jugo was eating smoke in southern China, trying to keep the imported Tagalog workers laboring on the tracks. Captains Yashuhiro and Shimura, who were operating down in Thai lands, got a hot reception in Saigon – unidentified assailants shot their litters full of holes, sorely wounded captain Shimura, and killing six of their retainers. Undaunted, Yashuhiro continued on…

Thai Empire: Still trying to dig out of the financial mess inflicted on the Thai banks by the perfidious Yasarids, the “Red Hand” was forced to borrow large sums from the PM&T company, in exchange for granting them exclusive rights to any spare grain, rice, banana peels or elephant meat the empire could spare in perpetuity.

Nisei Republic: An effort by the representatives of the Pacific Mercenary and Trust corporation to round up the 15,000-odd Javanese, Malay and Moro mercenaries loitering in New Yedo failed miserably. In main part due to the failure of the company to pay the mercenaries their salaries – this made the piratical band very unhappy, and led to the PM&T officers being stripped naked, tarred, feathered and thrown into the bay. Two of the hapless fellows then perished of pneumonia.

The situation in the port then turned quite ugly … Axacayatl the Wolf managed to keep the angry troops from completely wrecking even the pitiful shacks and log-huts of New Yedo (the city had still not recovered from the Ice Lords attack). Instead, he sent his men out to patrol Chemakum province and collect taxes and began styling himself King of Amerika (or at least prince of Chemakum).

Upon hearing of the foreigner insurrection in New Yedo, Prime Minister Kiyotaka suffered a heart attack and keeled over at his desk, adding a parliamentary crisis to the military one. The Diet convened in a hurry and, after some bartering, elected Yeemi as the new PM. Tasho’s III Corps was dispatched to the north (after being reinforced with the fresh levies) to crush the ‘invasion.’

After a long march (much of it along the new road) Tasho and his regulars arrived in Chemakum and found the province held against them by 16,000 mercenaries. Though the III Corps numbered only 12,000 men, Tasho was not concerned. These rabble would soon learn the error of their ways… under brave banners and heralded by the peal of trumpets and the roar of drums, III Corps marched directly on New Yedo.

Axacayatl responded vigorously and the new armies met in open battle near Coquitlam. The mercenary captain was surprised to see his enemy deploy solely infantry and artillery, and was happy to unleash his Turks on their flanks… and then he found that a modern army didn’t necessary have cavalry with four feet…

The Nisei aerocorps pounced as soon as the mercenaries advanced into the open, sweeping up over the trees and unleashing a terrific barrage of gunpowder bombs, plunging napathene and the rattling roar of light cannon. Axacayatl’s force was stunned and seriously mauled. They withdrew in haste, setting the nearby woods on fire to gain smoke-cover. Tasho pressed them, chasing the foreigners back to New Yedo.

There, Axacayatl loaded his surviving troops onto the huge PM&T merchant fleet in port and they fled by night out into the strait and down to Budokan on Nootka island, where they once more set themselves for hire. Tasho was not impressed.

Aztecs: Despite unexpected trouble up north, the arrival of a Pacific Mercenary and Trust fleet at Mexicalli was met with a warm welcome, a parade and the Aztec governor having Juchen Agoi himself over for a small, intimate dinner for six hundred. With the latest fleet came a very large number of craftsmen, shipwrights, workers and sailors – all of which expanded the port of Mexicalli considerably.

1759 – 1760 T215
PM&T: The Agoi clan continued to exercise their letters of credit, sending vast sums of specie, coin and bags of gold dust to the Ming, the Aztecs, and the Thai. “So many masters,” whined Juchen, signing orders to decommission hundreds of smaller ships in the company fleet. “So little time...”

The vast numbers of discharged sailors found new homes in Kryztn on Luzon, swelling the city to size 6. Others were shipped overseas, to Nisei lands and to Iruka in Australia.

Qing Chinese Empire: Pacifican engineers continued to laze about in the south, directing thousands of coolies toiling on the newest section of the Kwangchou to Hupei rail-line, which was now inching northeast from Wuzhou towards the mountains of Kienchou province.

Borang Bakufu: Still further east and down the coast, the province of Tih-Ar-Dha grew to 2 GPv. Though arrangements had been made with the PM&T to develop new trade routes in the region, nothing seemed to have come of such grand plans.

Thai Empire: The generals looted the new north-western provinces and carved out vast estates for themselves, the Pacifican merchants controlled all shipping and grew wealthy as a result.

The Red Hand bestowed many favors upon the fawning Pacifican merchants, including the right to handle all trade between Mighty Thai and the pitiful domains of the Hosogawans on Borneo. The Emperor’s divine favor did not prevent two Pacifican captains – Yasuhiro and Shimura – from being murdered while they were on their way to meet with local businessmen in Monorom. The bodies were found decapitated and mutilated in a cheap hotel room. Rumors of ritual markings and a peculiar smell were discounted by the police.

Borang Bakufu: Pacifican ships arrived from the north, made landfall at Iruka in Aanx, and began building their own district (which eventually accounted for a full third of the city). In doing so they missed being deluged by terrible flooding which afflicted Camoweal in ’59, ruining hundreds of acres of crops and washing away at least two villages.

Islamic Union: Amid all of the trouble in the region, a small squadron of Pacifican merchantmen managed to reach Aqaba, where they unloaded a plentitude of locked iron boxes and took aboard a large number of substantial wooden crates covered with ‘Baghdad’ post stickers. Then the merchants fled, fearing they would be swept up in the wars raging around them.

Nisei Republic: Dozens more Pacifican ships arrived from the west, landed at Anataya in Tolowa and set to expanding the city with the crews (and families) of the ships. Many houses were built using the wood from the vessels themselves, which indicated that – like the Achaeans before Troy – they intended to stay. This time they did not bring a whole gang of mercenaries with them.

1761 – 1762 T216
PM&T: The Company coffers continued to spill endless streams of golden coin into Qing, Aztec and Thai hands. The Company had so many debts to pay! On the other hand, business was thriving, which led to Kryztin on Luzon and Iruka in Aanx both expanding a level. Shipping concerns picked up a bit, with the Thai government granting Agoi the right to handle their trade with the Nisei in Amerika and the Borang Bakufu in Austral. After some hemming and hawing, PM&T ships also began calling at Islamic Union ports.

Thai Empire: An enormous complex of steel-rolling mills, workshops and foundries were built in Angkor Wat by the Pacific Manufacturing and Transport company for a rumored railroad project spanning the Thai domains.

Tzompanctli: The economic life of the kingdom of the Skulls got a boost when a fleet of PM&T merchantmen arrived at the hardscrabble port of Azaton, unloaded an enormous amount of materials, furniture, tools, tents and so on and proceeded to expand the city a level by building a ‘merchant’s quarter’.

Aztecs: In an odd, non-cult related note, the Ministry of Trade rescinded their long-stated opposition to the activities of the Pacific Manufacturing and Transport company, as that worthy entity had repaid an enormous loan long owed by the criminals who had once controlled the concern.

1763 – 1764 T217
PM&T: The company continued to pay a heavy price for the patronage of the Qing and Aztec governments, but at the same time access to their markets yielded vast sums… money immediately put to use in southern China and in Khmer lands on railroad construction. The southern Company city of Iruka (recently expanded with a huge number of Company personnel) was the site for a sprawling new railroad manufacturing complex, complete with foundries, rolling-mills for track and thousands of ironworkers to build carriages, engines and all the other appurtenances of a modern railway.

A tidy trade in wheat, rice and sake between Thai, Mongolia and the Aztec realm kept the Company hulls busy, while efforts were also made to expand into the old Tatarsky realm in Alaska.

Manchu Mongol Empire: Manchurian wheat was exported to the PM&T for a goodly sum.

Thai Empire: The upriver town of Leakai, in Assam, expanded a level – and was graced with hundreds of new Japanese-style houses, public parks, baths, Shinto temples and bento-bars to serve the burgeoning population of PM&T workers living there. The Company was also busy back at the capital, where the establishment of a railroad yard and foundry complex in Angkor Wat two years ago bore fruit with work beginning on a railroad line to Mundripara in Siam. Laborers promised by the Thai government to clear the jungles, build bridges over the muddy rivers and generally dig, hoe and haul failed to show up, leading to very little progress.

Borang Bakufu: The Bakufu relegated a number of lucrative trade routes to the custody of the PM&T, doubtless never to see a coin in profit from them again…

1765 – 1766 T218
PM&T: Nearly a decade of effort paid off at last, with two railway projects pressing ahead in Thai and Qing (and a third was preparing to start in the Amerikas), and relations with the Aztecs were now very cordial (as certain unsecured loans had, at last, been repaid). The company settlements at Leakai in Assam and Kriztyn in Luzon both expanded a GPv. After a long absence, Agoi returned to the home office on Luzon and was sickened to see how huge, and dirty, and down-right poor the city of Kriztyn had become… “This is a disgrace,” he swore, wading through three inches of sewage in the street in front of the Company offices. “You can be sure the Norsktrad have flush toilets!”

Judah: In a matter of more interest to the foreign embassies in Pienching, the Judeans (apparently without any aid or assistance from other nations or even the glad-handing PM&T) rolled out two sections of railroad – both starting from Pienching, one heading south into Tangchou, the other east into Tsainan and the port of Xinpu.

Qing Chinese Empire: With Imperial Inspectors lashing their backs with leaded staves and subjecting their books to blistering scrutiny, the PM&T crews working on the Iron Road completed the section between Kienchou and Hunan in record time (for them). Even better, surveyors were hard at work marking right-of-way for track running north from Chaoyang to Wuhan in Hubei, including plans for a truly impressive bridge across the Yangtze.

Borang Bakufu: These costs were offset, in great proportion, by shiploads of gold and silver delivered by the Pacifican merchants.

Thai Empire: PM&T crews finished the first Thai railroad, connecting Angkor Wat in Khemer to Mundripara in Siam.

Nisei Republic: The PM&T imported a huge number of Chinese coolies to work on a sprawling complex of forges, foundries, rolling stock workshops and laundries in Anataya in Tolowa. A cross-continent railway was in the offing! In partial exchange, the Pacifican merchants took custody of nearly 10,000 Nisei criminals, malcontents, debtors and casteless men. A large number of Nisei merchantmen (with liens previously held by the government) were also sold off to private companies and fishing village communes.

1767 – 1768 T219
PM&T: The settlement of PM&T employees overseas continued apace – their quarter in the city of Leakai in Assam expanded. At home, Kriztyn grew as the company factories continued to employ more and more workers. Sadly, young Juchen Sado (at a lively thirteen) was thrown from a horse while riding on a family estate near Tagaytay and hemorrhaged to death soon afterwards.

Thai Empire: The railway to Nakhon, however, was completed as the PM&T overseers were beginning to get the hang of driving huge mobs of Khemer laborers and elephants to clear a path through the jungle.

1769 - 1770 T220
PM&T: Despite the growing threat in the south, company shipping continued to traverse the Pacific with alacrity, carrying vast amounts of trade between the Americas and Asia. Old Juchen was quite smug at the profitability of his enterprises. War, it seemed, was good for business. Captains Genki and Ashi returned from India with many tales of adventure, dissipation and having acquired a habit for opium they found hard to break…

President and Executive officers

Pacific Mercenary & Trust

  • Juchen Agoi 1737-date

Mitsubishi Zaibatsu

  • Mitsubishi Agoi 1689-????

Players

  • T206-date (1741-date) Drew Fentress
  •  ????-T205 (1739-1740) Jorge Chacón
  • T191-???? (1709-????) Kerry Harrison
  • T186-T190 (1699-1708) (open)
  • T182-T185 (1691-1698) Rick Stevens
  • T181 (1689-1690) (open)
  • T180 (1687-1688) Rick Stevens

Last updated: 22 December 2004

© 2002 Robert Pierce © 2004 Martin Helsdon

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