It was after the Silver Street Massacre that Justin Teng went to his fellow CEOs of the Havalynd corporations with his proposal. He had always known something like that was going to happen sooner or later. He was just waiting for the sight of bodybags being carried away from a cavalcade of burning limos to shock those that mattered into giving him what he was looking for.
Teng had a reputation as a blue sky thinker, a visionary who can see what's coming round the corner long before most others can even know there's a corner ahead. Teng made his fortune in stock market investments, leading the way for the Smart Money to follow on afterwards. Now he keeps the offshore accounts topped up with consultancy work for various global corporations, giving them the insider information - the stock markets, social trends, political developments - on what the future holds. His predictions aren't 100%, but they're close enough to justify the multi million dollar fees his services command.
Teng thinks outside the envelope; is prepared to think the unthinkable, unhampered - his critics say - by conventional concerns such as morality and social responsibility. Now Teng's seen the future of San Paro, and has told the rest of the corporate brotherhood what lies in store.
San Paro, as it stands at the moment, is fucked. The SPPD - under-manned, under-funded, under pressure - struggles to cope with the rising tide of crime and lawlessness. In a few short years, it won't be able to cope at all, and San Paro will descend into anarchy.
Anarchy isn't good. Anarchy is bad for business. Clearly, something has to be done about this.
The Havalynd corporations, from their point of view, already prop up the inefficient and malfunctioning SPPD with the corporate taxes they pay to the city government, and - frankly - aren't about to bail out that same malfunctioning and inefficient organisation with additional charity hand-outs any time soon. Teng's blue-sky thinking has come up with another answer, though, one provided by Mayor Derren's City Security Act. The city's police force can't deal with the problem, then perhaps a privately-funded alternative police force can. After all, San Paro's founding fathers were humble river traders following the principles of private enterprise, so why not allow private enterprise to succeed where public service is so clearly failing?
(Teng's critics are quick to point out that Teng volunteered his services to the mayoral think-tank committee that came up with the City Security Act solution to the city's crime problem. So is he merely taking advantage of events, or was this so-called 'visionary' manipulating them in his own favour all along, in order to achieve the circumstances he needed?)
And that's how the Praetorians were born, a corporate-funded private police force based in Havalynd, but already spreading out into the rest of the city. Critics say the corporations should stay out of law enforcement. Teng says that the corporations are just doing what any other civic-minded citizen is now empowered to do; actively contributing to the public good in San Paro.
Critics say it's big business fascism by stealth; the SPPD, for all its faults, is accountable to the people. Who are the Praetorians accountable to, and why is it only the wealthiest areas of the city the ones so far accorded the most Praetorian protection? Teng says the Praetorians are there to support the SPPD, not supplant it. By taking up the law enforcement burden in certain areas, it's allowing the brave men and women of the SPPD, with their limited resources but dedicated commitment to protect and serve, to concentrate where they're needed most, in some of the city's most troubled districts. In time, though, once the Praetorians have gained the necessary experience, he hopes they'll be able to work hand-in-hand with the SPPD in bringing order back to those same districts. Once that's done, the Praetorians will be disbanded, their purpose over.
Critics say that's it's all just one big vanity project for Teng; the skinny high school maths dweeb, commanding his own private army and posing for publicity shots with his own specially-chosen cadre of suspiciously photogenic Praetorian bodyguards. Teng just smiles, and tells his PA to confirm that latest interview request with Effigy magazine.
Teng is the public face of the Praetorians, descending from his ivory tower to sell himself as a man of the people. The kid from one of the rougher neighbourhoods of Midtown, whose parents owned a grocery store and who could only afford to send him to City College. The guy who fought his way up to the top using the kind of smarts and initiative that made San Paro what it is, and now the guy who just wants to give something back to his city in its hour of need.
That's what he says in public. And in private? Who knows what Justin Teng really thinks, or really wants?
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Subject MEMO - Justin Teng
Just a quick note to offer you my thanks for dealing with the recent situation I was forced to leave in your lap.
I just wish we had more people as capable as you are proving to be. Its unfortunate that situations like that have not been contained at a lower executive level. However it is left to me to make the decisions, and to you to pick up the pieces.
So, again, many thanks. I hope well be working together again soon.
President and CEO, Praetorian Security Corp.
A personal message from Justin Teng.
Many apologies for not being able to thank you in person for all your recent efforts on our behalf. Please rest assured that I continue to personally monitor the progress of all our organizations most valued employees and freelance contractors, and that your recent successes have not gone unnoticed.
With your help, the Praetorians are fast becoming this citys premier CSA-licensed private law enforcement agency, and are well on course to deal with San Paros current crime problems.
I extend to you my most sincere thanks.
President and CEO, Praetorian Security Corp.
From the desk of Justin Teng.
Wonderful to meet you recently, and as ever reassuring to know that there are so many of us within the ranks of the Praetorians dedicated to solving this citys problems, and to restoring order to the streets of San Paro.
This city needs us, now more than ever, and Im confident that the San Paro well leave to our children will be a far better place than the one that has been left for us to deal with.
Please be assured your continued efforts in the service of this organization do not go unnoticed.
President and CEO, Praetorian Security Corp.
Once again I call on your services, and once again I thank you your speedy and uncompromising resolution of the matter.
And, once again, I find myself wondering about the failings further down our chain of command that allowed this matter to have to come to my attention in the first place.
Its already trying enough, having to mediate in the daily bickering between the ex-military and ex-police factions in the organization, without having to deal with this too.
Naturally, I trust youll keep these remarks in the private confidence in which they were made.
Invitation from Justin Teng
I have a favor to ask you. Im hosting a private dinner at the Primo club soon. Nothing formal just a few Havalynd corporation CEOs, representatives from the Mayors Office and City Council and one or two interested parties from other senior CSA agencies and the media.
Our regular purpose is to discuss the citys crime problem, and it occurs to me that it would be useful to have a street-side view of the issues, from someone expertly qualified in dealing with them. Would you be interested in attending and giving the benefit of your experience to my friends and colleagues?
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Subject Biography: Midtown
Midtown is where it all gets messy. A slop-tray of immigrant cultures mixing and swirling in the crowded streets. This is where rich and poor collide, an access point for the upwardly mobile, and a rainbow diversion for the street bourgeoisie. The money here is wild; it plays dirty and it plays 'til dawn.
On the surface the whole district is a chaos of factions and fire fights, but underpinning this is a feudal map of courts and courtiers which can surprise with its sophistication. Diplomacy is the last thing you'd expect to find in these violent streets, but it's here, born from a patchwork history of co-habitation and co-dependence between different communities united in nothing else but the need to survive.
Up until the mid-nineteenth century, San Paro was still relatively compact, a colourful trading hub with a strong maritime tradition. It was only with the arrival of the machine age that the city started to distend and mutate and take on a darker shade. Factories rose on the banks of the Makoda, breathing in the rural populations from the agricultural heartlands, and exhaling gouts of foul smoke and ash. San Paro increased in size, fed by a burgeoning rail network and a constant supply of steamers and schooners bringing folks of all points and persuasions. The population spilled out across the plain. The new people had no money; they brought their strength and their hope, crammed into the cheap housing spreading like a stain south of the city centre.
By the early twentieth century, Midtown was soaking up some of the new middle-class overspill, families who could afford to live comparatively well, but for whom the Concession was a stretch too far. It was then that the old brownstones were built, the smart terrace apartments north of Derrick. The new money had a civilizing effect; there were restaurants and delicatessens, a cinema and the grandiose Vincenzi Opera House. The northern quarter is still a decent place to live, but it's duller now; the shine has worn off. Some of the community businesses remain, but many have folded or moved away, tired of paying protection, or victim to a death by slow bleeding.
South of Derrick, the atmosphere changes. There are conspicuous glints of gun-metal. No-one's smiling. The blocks south past Westin and Green are traditional gang turf. This is where the Rain started out all those years previous, hustling in the filthy backstreets, where the poor folks are crowded into battery blocks, piled on top of each other 'til they're ready to kill just for the quiet of it.
At the heart of the district lies the electronics enclave of Denkiba. By day it looks like any other ramshackle pitch of huckster alleys and emporia. Traders cast their nets, cheap parts spill out onto the street. Come sundown the place lights up like a fairground ride. Where there were rusted old shutters, there are suddenly arcades, and the streets emerge from afternoon grey in a kaleidoscope of bleeping colours.
Running south-east from there is what many consider Midtown proper. Green Street is a melting pot of hipsters, scumbags, anarchists, a weft to the warp of the law-abiding masses. Ostensibly controlled by Red Rain, but there's too much human flotsam running through here for them to police, so they content themselves with skimming the trade. A man can get anything he wants on these streets, if he knows the right people.
Continue east and you hit Bankside, site of the old hospital, but more famous for its shopping and for San Paro's largest concentration of nightclubs. Satori Strip is just another place to get shot, a grey stretch of cheap retail, fraying at the edges. But like Denkiba, it comes to life as the light drains from the evening sky. Its edges are scratched out in neon; the peacocks strut and the street hums with the sprung tension of a thousand cocked and loaded firearms.
There's still money in Midtown. The blocks overlooking Rotunda still carry some of the boho chic they did when the rich university kids were getting political back in '68. Outposts of suburban comfort lurk unexpectedly, away from the main drag, such as the Birches out by the campus or Letsby Court in Pocket. But even on the good streets, where the weapons are mostly concealed, there are protocols, and if you want to live, you'll learn to respect them.
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Segomo Defence Technologies (SDT) was as a defence contractor who diversified in the early eighties in an effort to shield themselves from the cyclical aerospace and defence markets. In 1981, SDT made various acquisitions and several new divisions were established as the company moved into securities, civilian aeronautics (designing corporate jets), and telecommunications. They also purchased the Patriot Motor Group. Patriot Auto-fabrication had been virtually hand-building Patriot muscle-cars since 1955 in Austin, Texas, combining very powerful engines with relative affordability, though fabrication was crude and lacking refinement. In a radical departure from anything Patriot had ever done before, SDT redesigned the vehicle from the ground up, applying much of their military-grade engineering to the vehicle's design. Their modifications, including a re-vamp of the Patriot "V11-Flashfire" engine, turned the Patriot from an enthusiast's collectable to a mainstream performance pinup. Recent generations of the Patriot, are widely seen as being a revolution of muscle-car design and a real competitor in world markets.
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Be MVP <col:yellow>Once.</col>
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Reach a Kill Streak of <col: Yellow>15.</col>
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Get MVP <col: Yellow>3</col> in a row.
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Win <col:yellow>5</col> missions in a row.
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More Praetorians are getting killed than are killing. Change that. <col: Yellow>hit a kill streak of 5.</col>
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