Companies and corporations built the galactic community. Several super-rich and super-powerful mega corporations sustain the colossal demands of modern interstellar economies in the galaxy. These corporations control countless companies which farm, mine and use entire planets and star systems for resources and food. They produce basic goods which trillions of people rely on for their survival. The presence of mega-corporations is ubiquitous throughout civilised space. There are also corporations specialized in certain products and services.
After the Third World War, governments and military didn't have the ability to repair the damage done. The corporations of the era began the slow rebuild process. This gained the corporations a huge increase in dominance over Earth's political landscape and the ideologies would influence the Federation.
These are the mega corporations:
|Achilles Corporation||Consumer Discretionary, Industrials||Rapacious robotics and skimmer manufacturer.|
|Caine Massey||Materials||Fiercely competitive mining corporation.|
|Mastopolos Mining||Materials||Fiercely competitive mining corporation.|
|Neomedical Industries||Health Care||Pharmaceutical corporation that serves Alliance and independent systems.|
|Rockforth Corporation||Consumer Staples, Consumer Discretionary||Agricultural and tourism giant.|
|Sirius Corporation||Energy, Industrials, Utilities||The first and most powerful mega corporation.|
|Universal Cartographics||Information Technology, Telecommunication Services||Focused on mapping the universe.|
|Vandermeer Corporation||Health Care||Pharmaceutical corporation that serves Federation systems.|
|WorldCraft||Consumer Discretionary, Real Estate, Industrials||Terraforming and tourism/entertainment corporation.|
|Alliance Tribune||Consumer Discretionary||News feed which primarily covers Alliance related news.|
|Astrogator Tours||Consumer Discretionary||Specializes in deep space adventures holidays.|
|Bank of Zaonce||Financials||The most successful bank in the Milky Way galaxy.|
|BigSix||Financials||An auditing firm.|
|Blackshadow Productions||Consumer Discretionary||An independent entertainment production company that plans to remake the classic children's show Andromedaries.|
|Bonespire Publishing||Consumer Discretionary||Publisher of the Corsair King novel series written by celebrated author Olav Redcourt.|
|Brewer Corporation||Aerospace, Industrials||Manufacturer of stations, weapons platforms, and capital ships.|
|Brightlight Training||Consumer Discretionary||Offers a variety of educational services to corporations throughout the Federation.|
|Bureau of Galactic Legal Affairs||Consumer Discretionary||Provides legal services to pilots.|
|Cordova Group||Consumer Discretionary||A conglomerate that runs numerous small companies throughout the Sol system, including the Mars Tribune.|
|Core Dynamics||Aerospace||Manufacturer of ships and equipment, specialized in combat ships. The primary supplier of the Federal Navy.|
|Costada Voyager||Consumer Discretionary||Budget hotel chain renowned for its consistent quality across the Core Systems.|
|Darkwater Inc||Industrials||One of the largest private military forces in the galaxy.|
|Faulcon DeLacy||Aerospace||Manufacturer of ships and equipment, specialized in multipurpose and combat ships.|
|Federal Times||Consumer Discretionary||Popular news feed which primarily covers Federation related news.|
|Galactic Insurance Company||Financials||Provides insurance to pilots.|
|Galactic Logistics||Industrials, Transportation||Provides freight transportation services throughout the galaxy.|
|GalNet||Information Technology||A galactic data network and information aggregator.|
|Gutamaya||Aerospace||Manufacturer of ships and equipment, specialized in combat ships. The primary supplier of the Imperial Navy.|
|Herculean Machines||Information Technology||Manufacturer of the Duradrive personal computer.|
|Imperial Dynamics||Automotive||A wholly-owned subsidiary of Core Dynamics which produces rebranded versions of Skimmers for exclusive sale in Imperial space.|
|Imperial Herald||Consumer Discretionary||Popular news feed which primarily covers Empire related news.|
|Jick Nackson Enterprises||Information Technology||Producer of specialized software for ship modules, such as the Data Link Scanner.|
|Kavanagh Spaceframes Ltd||Industrials||Specialises in modifying Orbis starports.|
|Kinematic Armaments||Industrials||Armament manufacturer specialized in producing guns and other weapons.|
|Lakon Spaceways||Aerospace||Manufacturer of ships and equipment, specialized in large freighter and exploration vessels.|
|Lycan Moon Mining||Materials||Federal mining corporation.|
|LXE - Xavier from Parriz||Industrials, Transportation||Operates terminals in megacities.|
|MacArthur Mining Ltd||Industrials||Manufacturer of mining robots, including the autonomous DG090.|
|Manticore||Industrials||Manufacturer of cannons, missiles and drones.|
|Mars Tribune||Consumer Discretionary||News feed which primarily covers Mars related news.|
|MetaDrive Inc.||Industrials||Developed new drive technologies.|
|Money Matters||Consumer Discretionary||A business-focused news feed.|
|Mosher||Consumer Discretionary||Not much is known about it.|
|Pathfinder Solutions||Industrials||Provided officers and crews for Drake-Class Carriers.|
|Rackham Capital Investments||Financials||Investment company owned by billionaire Zachary Rackham.|
|Remlok||Consumer Discretionary||Manufacturer and main provider of outfitting for pilots.|
|Rewired||Consumer Discretionary||Newsfeed known for its prodigious output of stories.|
|Reynhardt Intellisys||Consumer Discretionary||Entertainment, CQC.|
|Ross Projectiles||Industrials||Manufacturer of Seeker Missile Rack munitions.|
|Saud Kruger||Aerospace, Luxury Goods||Luxury brand, manufacturer of ships and equipment, specialized in passenger vessels.|
|Space Lanes Cargo||Freight Transport||Provides freight transportation services throughout the galaxy.|
|Steel Castle Inc||Industrials||Specialises in modifying Coriolis starports.|
|Supratech||Information Technology||Manufacturer of the Torc personal computer.|
|Trouble Banking and Welfare Investments||Financials||Investment company based in Andceeth. Provides loans and saving opportunities for individuals and businesses, and known as the best gemstone traders in human space.|
|Utopixx Entertainment||Consumer Discretionary||Produces top virtual reality experiences in the galaxy, such as the CQC franchise.|
|Vespine Transport Systems||Industrials||Manufactures cargo canisters.|
|Vitadyne Labs||Health Care||Produces nanomedicine.|
|Vodel||Automotive||Manufactures Surface Recon Vehicles.|
|Vox Galactica||Consumer Discretionary||Independent news feed.|
|Wallglass Investigations Agency||Industrials||Private investigation contractor.|
|Woods Haulage||Industrials, Transportation||Logistics corporation.|
|Wreaken Corporation||Materials, Industrials||Conducts mining and construction operations.|
|Zorgon Peterson||Industrials||Manufacturer of ships and equipment, specialized in small freighter and exploration vessels.|
LoreThe colossal requirements of modern interstellar economies can only be met by super-rich and super-powerful corporations, whose innumerable companies gouge entire worlds for minerals and foods, and whose factories churn out the basic goods trillions of people need to survive. Without them and their continual drive for ever higher growth, people would starve, choke or become isolated on worlds surrounded by technology they cannot use or maintain.
The EDRPG lore book examines the great corporations of the Elite: Dangerous galaxy, including Sirius Corp, the rapacious Achilles Corporation, the WorldCraft tourist company, the agricultural giant Rockforth Corporation, and the fiercely competitive mining corporations Caine Massey and Mastopolos Mining. Companies built the galactic community, and their in-fighting might tear it down.
World War III (2044-2055 AD) was the worst war ever waged across planet Earth. It brought much destruction and loss of life. Eventually after over one decade of war the fight was gradually abandoned. The dominant power after the Third World War was the United States of the Americas. The remaining other countries joined it over the next few decades and it was renamed to "The Federation." Civilization had taken a massive hit and the governments and military alone no longer had the ability to repair the damage done. The corporations of the era stepped in and began the slow rebuild process. This gained the corporations a huge increase in dominance over Earth's political landscape. In many ways this was perhaps the birth of the ideologies that would ultimately influence the Federation. The decade of 2070 saw the first man on Mars and the first permanent moon base was constructed. This allowed humans far easier access to space and soon many orbital cities were constructed around Earth. This was followed by the launch of interstellar probes, the heavy industrialization of the Moon and the first base construction on Mars.
The 22nd century was a time of massive change. Fossils were discovered on Mars proving that life once existed there. Human expansion slowly progressed throughout the solar system. Perhaps the biggest discovery of all time was hyperspace. The ability to travel faster than light allowed humanity to escape the confines of the solar system. By 2200 corporations had a stranglehold on a great many aspects of life, and this didn't stop during colonisation, though there was quite a delay before the first wholly corporate system was settled.
In 2210 the first signals of probes at Alpha Centauri confirmed a habitable planet existing outside our solar system. From this point on, probes continued to arrive in neighboring star systems and soon life is discovered on Tau Ceti 3. Thus begins a new path of exploration and discovery. With the knowledge that Tau Ceti could support life, a colony ship was sent there. Before long the first colony to exist outside our star system Sol was formed. With the proof that life could exist outside Earth, a mass exodus began. Massive ships were constructed to establish human colonies anywhere that may support human life. The expansion of humanity rapidly moved apace crossing the void between star systems. New colonies and ultimately cities were formed.
The rise of the largest Mega Corporation in history started in 2339 when the Sirius Corporation launched the first completely corporate colonial mission which arrived in the Sirius star system. There they utilized vast amounts of cheap energy available on Lucifer to supply fuel and later drives and other technologies to the Federation and Empire.
The companies built the galactic community and Mega Corporations are ubiquitous throughout civilized space. Due to these historic events, the Federation became dominated by corporations. They control many aspects of life, politics and business within Federation space. Most aspects of life is focused on profit. Whilst corporations are not above the law, they hold a very wide remit as far as what they're permitted to do in the name of profit concerns. Corruption and even murder happens as well. That said, the Federation does respect human life in its own way and much more so than the Empire. Although the Federation doesn't respect freedom as much as the Alliance.
Factions and Corporations
Minor factions have different government types. Star systems and stations inherit it of the controlling minor faction. These are descriptions of minor factions with corporation governments that are shown in the status screen on the right-hand panel:
Corporation - Independent
An independent business organisation that has incorporated with its respective home government.
Corporation - Federation
A business orientated organisation that has been incorporated as per the Federation Charter of Free Commerce. Members of this faction are representatives of a Corporate Entity and are seen as such in the eyes of the law. 
Corporation - Empire
An organisation that has been granted the rights of an Imperial Corporation. They are likely to have business interests that extend beyond a single station or planet.
Corporation - Alliance
An interstellar business organisation that has incorporated in accordance with the terms laid out by the Alliance of Independent Systems.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Elite Dangerous Role Playing Game, Corporate Guide book
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Sirius Corporation – The First of the Mega-corporations
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Elite: Dangerous - Epic History of The Federation
- ↑ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Industry_Classification_Standard
- ↑ Tourist Spot 0165 beacon near Earth
- ↑ Tourist Beacon 0179
- ↑ The Sirius Corporation – The First of the Mega-corporations
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 In-game description