Charles Phipps wrote:SpartaCorp
The world breathed a sigh of relief when Kenneth Kane was removed from office. He had never been "proved" to be responsible the literally thousands of deaths and ruinations he perpetrated while CEO of SpartaCorp but just about everyone suspected their Boss of it towards the end. The secretaries were terrified of being terminated in the most literal manner possible, scientists were terrified of being blamed for unethical experiments, and employees flat out had their families held hostage.
Really, it takes a lot of EFFORT to make a corporation as evil as SpartaCorp. Oh sure, you can get them to be willfully negligent all too easily. God forbid, it's incredibly easy to get people to be greedy. However, it's a little harder to go the lengths Kenneth Kane did to just flat out make its employees willfully part of terrorist activities when he employed over twenty-million people worldwide. Even arms dealers and cigarette manufacturers have their standards after all.
Then Jack Washington III took over and the group got worse. No, seriously. No one knows how the hell he's managed to pull it off but combining the wealth of SpartaCorp with the influence of the House of Serpents has drastically raised the company's morale while actually taking to kicking dogs FASTER. Part of this is the terrifying fact that, insane sociopath that he is, JWIII believes what he's doing is for the greater good. Admittedly, it follows no greater good anyone rationally could believe in but he's one of those blissfully self-deluded dictators.
Simply put, SpartaCorp is out to more or less form the equivalent of the American East India Company world wide. It wants to be able to direct where the United States goes to war, where the United States influence spreads (everywhere), and intends to foster conditions worldwide so that interventionism is necessary on a constant basis. What's terrifying is he wants to rebuild America's global alliances for this and have the American Empire friendly with the majority of its conquests.
The scary thing is not that he's pretty close to that (he is) but this is only his PUBLIC plan. The plan he uses for all his ideological nutbar followers. Basically dictionary definition fascists who believe the government and corporations should walk hand-in-hand with a nationalist authoritarian military.
His real plans are quite a bit worse.
Pentex from the old Werewolf: The Apocalypse game was more or less ridiculous in its size and scope plus its aims but JWIII has managed to build something equally as huge. This is due to the fact that the presidents of countless companies are actually Citizen's Militia members who acquire the companies and take their orders directly from JWIII. He doesn't need to buy them or operate with them. They more or less agree to any of his demands and he is now fully capable of manipulating the stock market in bizarre and horrifying ways.
He's also branching out SpartaCorp vastly. It's no longer going to be "just" a gun manufacturer and arms dealer but is going to be pushing its resources across virtually every imaginable venue. People will breathe, eat, and defecate SpartaCorp products all with low-levels of brainwashing from JWIII. He's already purchased several major brands of fast food, shopping, and so on that are ubiquitous in American life. Hell, they're ubiquitous in other countries as well. He's even legitimized large portions of the HOV's military by creating the world's five largest PMCs, all working directly for the USA as a sort of American Foreign Legion.
This is fine, really. Rich supervillains aren't exactly new and he'd eventually run into the problem Dracula and Kenneth Kane did. It's not hard to be evil and rich. It's hard, however, to be EVIL and not have your very public assets seized. Jack Washington III is pushing the military, genetics, and so on tech for a very good reason. He's intending to get as big a hold on it as humanly possible, literally make it so that his resources are an integral part of human infrastructure.
Then he's going to blow it up.
As the cards fall, Jack figures as the only guy prepared for the end of humanity, he'll be the one in the best position to pick up the pieces. After all, really, CEOs are less restrained than the President in many ways but have less power. The President is much more restrained than CEOs.
So why settle for either when you can reign over hell as a god?
Wow, JWIII needs to die. And in a rather painful way too.