Our Pals at Pan Galactic

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rattraveller
December 3, 2012 - 3:09pm
Let's see what we can do with this one. Pan Galactic is unique of all the megacorps in that it is the only one has downsized. They started as the only megacorp, if you needed or wanted anything (or anyone) you went to the Pan-Gal store and got. (The anyone was for service and get your minds out of the gutter).

Then the others came: Streel, CDC, II, NET, Capellan Free Merchants, even the power companies banded against them and formed AIPS.

We know Pan Galactic cut back and concentrated in only a few areas mostly financial and research and exploration the questions are:
1) What are their new goals and plans?
2) How does the public see this change from a part of everyday life to Lehman Brothers?
3) They got a planet what do they do there?
4) They still own numerous other companies and employ Galactic Task Force (sounds like something they created) to do things for them. What are all these subsidiaries, temps and shell companies for?
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?
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jedion357
December 3, 2012 - 5:34pm
I think that since the one Zeb Cook article that was in Polyhedron was encounter on Laco and detailed a PGC archaeological team, i forget the name right now. combine that with the fact that they fought a corporate war over possession of Laco i would say that PGC is on the cutting edge, latter in the time line, of reverse engineering xeno-tech and bringing it to market. The possession of the Tetrach pyramids is certainly a major point of pride with PGC especially since the corporate logo from Zebs has them incorporated into it- that is probably a post Laco War development.

they are still a major manufacturer of a plethora of goods with retail outlets across the Frontier. No doubt their is a holographic Sears Roebuck like catalog and orders can be placed via subspace from outpost worlds though "void mail" is probably slower than snail mail.

I would almost state that their robotics section of the catalog is probably Tachton robots sold under license after the abortive non corporate war those two never had on Lossend.

Planet- having their own system is a layer of insulation to guard against corporate espionage making that activity harder so the point of that system is probably first and foremost R&D.

Zebs lists subsidaries for all of the mega corps.
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jedion357
December 3, 2012 - 5:43pm
Speaking of PGC logo we should ask Terl obar if he'd work up a digital image of the pre Laco War PGC logo. I'm thinking it should be something along the lines of block letters PGC with a silver matalic sheen in a rectangle with rounded corners but that is just what first came to mind.

Is there any artwork anywhere with a pre Zebs PGC logo?
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TerlObar
December 3, 2012 - 6:46pm
I could definitely work something up if you guys have a solid idea of what you want.  As far as I know there is no PGC logo that predates Zeb's Guide but I'll poke around.
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iggy
December 3, 2012 - 7:39pm
A pre-Zeb's PGC logo would look good with the Star Frontiers font.
-iggy

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jedion357
December 3, 2012 - 7:54pm
iggy wrote:
A pre-Zeb's PGC logo would look good with the Star Frontiers font.

Dammit, how does this guy keep coming up with better ideas than mine!
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iggy
December 3, 2012 - 10:53pm
There was a popular song back in the '80s about watching.

Cool
-iggy

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TerlObar
December 4, 2012 - 12:33pm
How about this one:


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rattraveller
December 4, 2012 - 1:27pm
looks good to me
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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jedion357
December 4, 2012 - 8:58pm
TerlObar wrote:
How about this one:




Can you thicken the border a little and round the corners so it looks like a patch.
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TerlObar
December 4, 2012 - 9:06pm
Here you go.

PanGal Logo 1

Here's an alternate version with the text for Corporation smaller

PanGal logo 2
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jedion357
December 5, 2012 - 3:14am
I dunno about anyone else but I like the alternate. color schemes anyone?
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TerlObar
December 5, 2012 - 6:51am
I like the alternate better as well.

As for colors I was thinking of trying a black background, the galaxy in white and then the lettering in silver, gold, or possibly a rich blue.
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jedion357
December 5, 2012 - 11:13am
How well will the blue stand out against the black background?

Couple thoughts: black and silver with white galaxy is good. I remember the first time I saw a muted colored American Flag patch on a BDU how about an alternate muted color scheme of gray background and black letters for corporate security or mercs that dont want the patch to stand out.

Also I dont imagine that execs would wear the patch but a lapel pin? Metalic border, galaxy, and letters and matte dark gray background
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TerlObar
December 5, 2012 - 4:55pm
Here are a couple colored ones:

Black, blue and silver:

PGC Logo blue

And here's the gold one

PGC logo gold

And if you prefer a silver border on that last one:

PGC logo gold2
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jedion357
December 5, 2012 - 5:18pm
I like the blue and silver one. on the last one adding a silver border is just to many different colors.
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TerlObar
December 5, 2012 - 5:40pm
I like the blue and silver one best as well but thought I'd throw the others up there to get feedback.
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rattraveller
December 5, 2012 - 6:12pm
Blue would make it like the Blue Sun logo, which would be great.
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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jedion357
December 5, 2012 - 7:14pm
So what about a flag? Black field with silver galaxy. Perhaps a blue PGC on the flag somewhere?

Believe it or not I use to work for a corporation here in MA- owned a bunch of office parks, a handful of hotels (one with a golf course, and 7 nursing homes and rumor from coworkers was that there was a construction outfit in there too. It was limited to just MA but may have had one office park in NH. At any rate a small company like that had a flag flying at every property it owned.

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TerlObar
December 5, 2012 - 8:14pm
Possible options based on the logo:

PGC flag 1

or

PGC flag 2
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iggy
December 5, 2012 - 10:57pm
Vexillologists frown on putting letters on flags, they don't read well backwards.  I'd just go with the galaxy logo.
-iggy

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TerlObar
December 6, 2012 - 6:45am
Yeah, I thought about that as I was doing it.  I'll do one without the letters as well.
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rattraveller
December 9, 2012 - 5:20pm

Pan Galactic Corporation

This one will be done a little differently than the others. After all we are talking about PGC the first megacorp (although if you think about it they weren’t). Everyone knows their story, started small but acquired everything and just kept building. You could find better quality, you could find better prices but you could not find the quality for the price for a PGC product or service. Plus many times you could not find anything else. PGC was everywhere including many places others were not.

Then other megacorps began to rise, and they did so aggressively, leading up to a 10 year war between PGC and Streel. Think about that for a moment. The first corporate war was twice as long as both Sathar Wars combined. No one will ever know the total loss of life, starships and property except maybe the accounting departments of both megacorps and they ain’t talking. After the dust had settled one thing was certain. PGC changed and changed drastically.

Now instead of making and selling everything, PGC is now focused in a few areas; financial needs, industrial research, funding exploration, loans for business upstarts, investments and funding new governments. They still own hundreds of smaller companies and the mysterious Trojan Enterprises but what are they really up to? Conspiracy theorists across the Frontier stay up late in their spore parent’s basement posting the latest news, gossip, rumors and conjecture. Here are the top seven of those theories:

1)      The Laco War broke PGC and they were forced into a massive need to raise capital. The UPF secretly feared the entire Frontier economy would collapse. Declaring PGC “to big to fail” the UPF has been propping them up.

2)      PGC actually did fail and the UPF took over the megacorp. Now the UPF uses PGC as its secret bank and through Galactic Task Force secret muscle.

3)      PGC discovered something in the Tetrach ruins. Whatever it was it changed the entire direction of the megacorp and now they are perusing that against all other considerations.

4)      Through the use of controlled agents, the Sathar have taken over PGC. The Sathar have switched to an economic war and plan of first destroying the UPF economy and then moving in a new fleet.

5)      PGC has identified an even greater threat to the UPF than the Sathar and are preparing to defend against it. The threat is so unbelievable that they could not trust the UPF with it and are handling it in house.

6)      The board of the PGC has decided to take over the UPF. The Laco War showed them that they could get away with it and are now building up the resources to do it.

7)      This one is really a catch all for the truly weird theories out there. Things involving a return to the Yazirian homeworld, creating an android replacement for everyone in the UPF or something to do with a strange and obscure religion involving forces. Add your own here.

While all this may seem outlandish you must remember PGC went from the largest employer in the Frontier to the smallest employer among the megacorps (they hire Galactic Task Force for most of their workers now). They liquidated unknown trillions in assets so probably have the largest liquid capital of any megacorp plus their investments are paying more than most planets GDPs so what are they doing with all the credits? The conspiracy beings may be right or the truth could be even more frightening.

Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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jedion357
December 9, 2012 - 6:35pm
@ rattraveller: I Liked that some of the conspiracy theories were just illogical and its an excellent question as to what are they doing with all the credits.

I'd like to back up and add a comment on what PGC was pre Laco War. they were the first and I tried to tackle how they got that way and figured that they were instrumental in arming the newly raised army formations for the rapidly organized Ground Fleet. [think about the AD equipment list] they earned a lot of good public perception in their contribution to the First Sathar War and very naturally became a universal fixture after the war as all these veterans returned home to their individual planets they remembered using all that PGC equipment and that made it easy for PGC to establish their show rooms and trade in on that name recognition.

Clearly, PGC just didn't see the rise of the new megacorps and Laco's War took them by surprise and the shock of the cost of the war must have lead to some interesting board room meetings. And finally as Rat T intimates this lead to massive changes in the company.
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rattraveller
December 9, 2012 - 7:19pm
I agree with all the public perception of PGC which they probably supported. But the simple fact is,  and this is probably another time line screw up, while PGC was opening their first store to sell toasters Godco was terraforming four planets. Thinking that would make them the first megacorp.

Of course they were not dealing with the general public. Much like most people think Coca Cola is a big company because they buy drinks from them and have never heard of Serco. You haven't either?

Watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szNLMtgI7hU
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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jedion357
December 9, 2012 - 8:06pm
rattraveller wrote:
I agree with all the public perception of PGC which they probably supported. But the simple fact is,  and this is probably another time line screw up, while PGC was opening their first store to sell toasters Godco was terraforming four planets. Thinking that would make them the first megacorp.

Of course they were not dealing with the general public. Much like most people think Coca Cola is a big company because they buy drinks from them and have never heard of Serco. You haven't either?

Watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szNLMtgI7hU


Actually, GodCo didn't exist the Fo1 was terraforming 4 planets. Only later did the Fo1 decide to set up GODCo to distance themselves from the terraforming schtick due to some controversy - I interpret that as they got their eye blackened from using terraforming to strong arm three planets into following their agenda and probably got called on it and embarrassed publicaly. Yast would be a good candidate to do this to Fo1.  Couple that with environmental groups protesting over their destruction of prior existing ecosystems and they would be ready for a change and thus set up GODCo as Zebs suggests with funding and underwriting from CDC and CFM.

Reality is of course that Fo1 is all about control- witness the whole thing about inhabitants of Hentz having to wear uniforms that show positions and job- certainly a control measure. They no doubt installed key people in the key corporate positions and thus control GODCo by one step removed.

I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!