Shadows of Europe
Corporate Court Ranking (2075): #7 (Previously #6)
Corporate Slogan: “Evo is Acceptance”
Corporate Status: AAA, public corporation
Worlds Headquarters: Vladivostok, Russia
President: Yuri Shibanokuji
CEO: In Selection Process
Major Shareholders: Buttercup (30%), Yuri Shibanokuji (23%), Ren Iwano (8%), Hideo Yoshida (4%), Ramon Dizon (2%), Minor Shareholders (33%)
“EVOlve,” they say in all their ads. Let’s be fair, they are a megacorp that looks to the future. Their CEO is an ork and their largest stockholder is a free spirit. They focus a lot on transhumanist projects ranging from bioware cybernetics, anti-aging experiments, and other even more out-there projects designed to take metahumanity to the next stage of evolution. On top of that, they’re the first megacorp to successfully set up a base on Mars. Evo leads the megas in goods and services designed with orks, trolls, elves, dwarfs, changelings, and other nonhuman people in mind. Their corporate culture is pretty touchy-feely, but don’t freak —they can be as cold and calculating as any other mega.
Candidates for the next EVOlution:
- Strato Cumulus
- Taylor Dacopral
- Cynthia Bills
- Abhi Kala
|Major Divisions & Subsidiaries:|
|Evo Africa and Middle East|
|Evo North America|
|Evo South America|
CrashCart Medical Services (Medical Service Provider)
Lightning Brands (Food)
MetaErgonomics (Metahuman Consumer Goods)
MetaMatrix (Social Media)
Pensodyne (Biotech and Genetech)
Saotome Aquadomes (Aquaculture and Aquatic Mining)
Tsuruga International (Construction)
Yamatetsu Naval Technologies (Construction, Aquatech, & Miltech)
Yamatetsu Productions (Media)
Many years ago there was a Japanese megacorporation named Yamatetsu. Yamatetsu wasn’t like the other Japanese megacorporations. They saw the limits and strictures of the standard Japanese corporate culture as the ways of the past and chose to make a change. They opened their corporate doors to those who were considered unacceptable by the traditional culture. The move boosted their position in the megacorporate pool around the world, but their place within Japan and among the ranks of their fellow Japanese megacorporations plummeted. They took in the unwanted as workers, only to become unwanted themselves.
Another change was needed. Yamatetsu moved their headquarters across the Sea of Japan to Vladivostok, Russia. The move further deepened the rift between the company’s more traditional members and the majority shareholders, but appeasements were made to soothe sore egos. It was a time of great turmoil within the megacorporation as the reality of no longer being a Japanacorp set in for the traditionalists. Lashing out was common and often quite explosive. The rest of the corporation settled into their new Russian home and went about the business of becoming the most open and accepting of all the megacorporations when it came to the form of its employees. Yamatetsu welcomed all into the fold, no matter their form. It was a big opportunity, as the world added SURGE and AIs grew in number. Then the Crash of ’64 changed everything, again.
The Crash hit Yamatetsu hard and early. Their Vladivostok headquarters were cut off from the rest of the corporation, and havoc ensued. Various offices and divi- sions of the company suddenly took it upon themselves to try to take over several small countries throughout Asia. The efforts were not supported by the corporation as a whole, but that nonetheless created an image issue for the company.
The majority stockholders took a hard look at Yamatetsu and decided it was time for a change; an EVOlution as they put it. It was a solid PR winner, and Evo Corporation was born.
Evo was truly about evolution —the evolution of metahumanity into their ultimate self. The evolution of metahuman culture into metasapient culture where all free-willed, thinking beings should be allowed to participate in society without persecution. Evolution of the modern multinational megacorporation into the multi-planetary megacorporation.
Evo didn’t believe that metahumanity should be inhibited by its physical limitations. This was not simply about customizing and improving the metahuman form with cyberware, bioware, geneware, and nanoware. This was about allowing metahumanity to escape the limited confines of Earth’s surface and to seek a route for the metahuman soul to escape the physical cage and join the eternity of the electronic. They pushed limits in every aspect of metahuman augmentation and modification and set themselves apart from their counterparts by building metahumans who could work in extreme environments, both on and off Earth, without special gear.
Evo opened its citizenship to any being who could comprehend its own existence in relation to the existence of the other beings of the world. That meant metasapients of any species could gain citizenship as long as they were able to recognize the sapience of other sapient species. The method meant citizenship wasn’t universal within a species but was determined on a case-by-case basis. With the exception of metahumans, because they have never been expected to be universally accepting of other sapient species.
Evo traversed space like many other megacorpora-tions, but they are the only megacorporation with citizens inhabiting another planet. The citizens of Gagarin Mars base, who now number in the hundreds, did not go there to visit. They went there to explore and cultivate. The red planet is home to metahumans of all shapes and sizes, and even some of those specialized ones that were mentioned earlier, because Evo doesn’t think form should limit function. Besides Gagarin, Evo also has the Shibanokuji Free Fall space station where everyone can go to take a load off. And while those two may be the most well- known, Industry II is Evo’s ultimate space resource, where they precision-craft the cyberware that Evo is famous for.
All of these things add up within one principle that Evo brought to the forefront of minds around the world: transhumanism, the questioning of what it is to be human. Evo was the place to go to discover your own transhuman truth.
While these concepts are valuable to know to under- stand where Evo came from, I need to make sure I also express more on the regular history of the megacorporation. Within Russia the megacorporation thrived, and Russia thrived with it. A key player in the success of Evo in Russia was Anatoly Kirilenko. Kirilenko was a cosmonaut famous for the first manned mission to Mars and was appointed as CEO of Yamatetsu shortly after his re- turn from said trip. While early cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin may have been the namesake for the Mars base, Kirilenko did the groundbreaking. He was a hero to the people, and as CEO he made Yamatetsu, and shortly thereafter Evo, feel like a true Russian corporation.
The nation also influenced the attitudes and cultural mentality of the corporation. While accepting of all, the new megacorporation had a direct way about it that reflected the unforgiving and brutal side of Russian culture. This attitude (along with the open-mindedness of EvoCulture, as their universal acceptance expectations are called) also helped the megacorporation expand into many of the world’s Awakened nations. Thanks to their open and direct dealings and the fact they were considerate of a highly variant population, Evo became the primary megacorporation in many places that had before been off-limits to all corporations.
Recent history has not been kind to Evo. Their transhumanist philosophy and advanced augmentation technology made them suspects for all the tech and nanite issues that arose alongside cognitive fragmentation disorder. While public blame has not been laid, Evo has suffered in the court of public opinion.
Evo Johnsons have an interesting paranoid slant. They are very peculiar about maintaining top security and privacy for meets —every meet, any meet, no matter how big or little the job. They like wide-open spaces outside the city, with a particular fondness for meet- ing on boats in the middle of the ocean. Evo Johnsons are usually metahumans, and they try to play up their “friendliness” to metas. However, they’ll hire anyone. You don’t need to even have any metas. Heck, you can even be an overt racist. If you’ll take nuyen and do the job, they’ll just shrug and get on with it.
Evo Johnsons typically offer cash as payment but are well known to willingly switch to cyber or bioware payments, complete with access to medical facilities for installation.