The Oltauris Consortium was a criminal network set up by Billig Oltauris. An organization of his associates, the Consortium generally represented one of the most feared criminal groups in the Borealis Galaxy, and generally represents total chaos, freedom and anarchy. As such, it was a successor to Falrik Zaarkhun's arm of the Borealis Consortium Network.
Following Billig's death, the Consortium effectively disbanded.
While they were technically formed in 2795, during the Ice Age, the beginnings of the Oltauris Consortium date back much longer, to the old Wranploer Legion before the Borealis Consortium Network. The organisation was set up by the members of the Oltauris family as a small mercenary group under various names. However, they really recieved no major recognition, and the other Wranploer merely saw them as second to soldiers. When it came to choosing soldiers, the Wranploer Legion would chose their own men first, then the slaves, and then the mercenaries. This was because the mercenaries, regardless of how effective they were, were expensive and the Wranploer were notoriously greedy. In addition, the general idea was that the best soldiers would join the Legion, and not a mercenary organisation.
It was Billig Oltauris Oltauris who set up the true Oltauris Consortium, long after the Wranploer Legion had merged with the Zaarkhun Consortium to become the Borealis Consortium Network, which had later disbanded and split into several splinter factions. It was Billig's desire to carry on the ideals of both his family, and of Falrik Zaarkhun, whom he felt had allowed his family to gain some true recognition. However, when Billig later took Zaarkhun's mind, he thought beyond simple aspirations of being a mercenary group. Billig wanted to create a criminal empire.
Throughout the Ice Age of Borealis, Billig began to work on his empire in secret. He kidnapped and murdered many individuals to recreate the mind of Zaarkhun as an AI, but kept one alive - that one being Yvomil, a famous businesswoman. His acts eventually led him to building Oltauris further as a criminal empire that would be feared around the galaxy. Billig's criminal network couldn't achieve everything that the BCN could, but its influence was great regardless.
The Consortium Network disbanded shortly after Time's Terminus. When Billig secured a perfect timeline for himself from a deal made through Zargoth, he had no interest in the future of the Oltauris Consortium's employees, most of whom were unable to function leaderless. Over time, remaining members were either taken in by the PCA, retired, or otherwise eliminated.
The Oltauris Consortium had effective territory in parts of the Ottzello Sector, but this was not even recognized as its own, as it was not considered a true state. The people of the Consortium needed to make a home themselves, but the only feasible options were paying rent to live in Consortium-owned habitats. The quality of living in those varied greatly, and the conditions only really improved among those rich enough (often by illegal means) to afford renovations. Consequently, many living quarters in Oltauris varied from lowly slums to grand metropolises that were viewed as magnificent by the rest of Borealis.
In the richer areas, the territories were dominated by more snobbish, higher class individuals. In the poorer areas, the streets were incredibly dangerous and should be traversed with extreme caution, as travelers would be robbed or killed at any moment. There were no real police in Oltauris worlds, aside from a company military that pursued Oltauris' own interests. There was effectively no one to uphold any law, because there was no law anyway. Society simply operated under a hierarchy wherein those with higher positions within the company dominated, and those in Oltauris-controlled planets who did not pay rent to live within the walls of its territories would find themselves with no safe or feasible options. Though the Consortium did collect records of its inhabitants, it did not care at all for their wellbeing.
The Oltauris Consortium consisted of both the old BCN's species and UNO's old species. From various backgrounds, the species of Oltauris tended to be a mix of brutish criminals, and richer, high society members. Generally, everyone in the Consortium-controlled territory was expected to live for themselves, and try to find a way to make a life in a capitalistic society. Those who failed would either starve to death, or likely get killed on the streets.
There were no real political organizations within the territory of the company that had any power, as most people served the hierarchy one way or the other. The Consortium effectively had the same role as a state government, serving as a corporatocracy. Any government of a planet, star system, or space station that fell too heavily under Oltauris' influence was either elimianted or reduced to being a puppet state, due to how highly dependent they become on Oltauris' resources, the trade routes toward the planet practically being controlled by Oltauris, and the resources of the worlds being supplied by them eventually.
The Consortium's main strength was as criminal network. With spies, black markets, and underground trafficking set up in all of the major trade routes and most major locations in Borealis, the Consortium's power extended well beyond its own territory. Their influence was everywhere, and a few small actions on their part could change internal planetary politics indirectly, to exert great power. Drug and weapon trades lined their pockets almost as much as pirate raids did.
The Consortium had a company military in that it employed its own troops (often among those with few other career prospects). In addition, it also employed external private military companies not affiliated with Oltauris.
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