|Pueblo Corporate Council|
The Pueblo Corporate Council is a corporate nation, a country organized in a similar manner as a corporation, with its citizens becoming shareholders. Occupying most of the American Southwest and southern California, the Pueblo are one of the most technologically advanced nations on the planet. Furthermore, of all the Native American Nations, it is also notable as the most friendly towards Anglos, even to the point of establishing an alliance with the CAS.
At the end of the last century, as the economic boom leading up to the Resource Rush transformed Albuquerque and Phoenix into technological oases, tribal members quickly learned the technical and professional skills so insatiably in demand by business. These skills would serve them in good stead many years later.
When Garrety condemned Native Americans to the re-education camps, even the skilled and professional tribals of the Southwest were not immune from deportation, despite the minimal role they played in the SAIM. Local business leaders, however, resisted this directive; some simply “forgot” about hearing the order, while others actively hid members from the feds.
When Daniel Coleman overthrew the re-education camp systems, many of the Pueblo joined with him in rebellion against the United States government. Leading the Pueblo contingent was a group called the Kachina Society. Originally the Kachina Society was a heritage foundation dedicated to preserving the culture and traditions of the Hopi tribe. Apparently they kept alive some of the Hopi’s more mystical secrets, as the society provided shamans, utilizing the newly-returned powers of magic to assist Coleman in the Great Ghost Dance and other war rituals across the Southwest.
For the Kachina Society’s assistance in bringing about the Great Ghost Dance, the Pueblo people received the right to form their own nation during the Treaty of Denver. After some debate, they decided not to return to outdated tribal government methods, but instead chose a more progressive form, imitating the new extraterritorial megacorporations. The Kachina Society, meanwhile, retired from its role in the forefront and returned to its traditional home in the Cibola forests, exercising only moral leadership as spiritual counselors for the Hopi and Zuñi tribes, or so it seemed.
Though the Kachina Society professed complete disinterest in Council affairs, it soon became apparent many Board decisions tended to agree with the Society’s opinions. Moreover, several of the minority tribes accused the Board of slanting its opinions in favor of the Hopi and Zuñi. In 2053, an exposé in the Albuquerque press claimed that a secret Kachina inner circle, called the Soyoko, were pulling the Boards’ strings behind the scenes. With both the Kachina Society and the Board of Directors under their thumb, the Soyoko used its covert influence to manipulate the Corporate Council, usually to the benefit of the Hopi and the Zuñi. Furthermore, the mastermind behind the Soyoko, according to the story, was none other than Carlos Estefan, then Chairman of the Board!
But the grip the Soyoko held on the Board would eventually come to an end. In 2057, President Maria Alonzo retired, citing ailing health. Everyone expected Antonio Popé, a protégé of Estefan, to succeed Alonzo, but the Board surprised everyone by voting for Emilio Cajeme, at that time a minor executive from the Acoma tribe.
After Cajeme’s surprise elevation, relations between the Board of Directors and the Kachina Society worsened, as the Society routinely criticized and denounced most of President Cajeme’s decisions. But things escalated to crisis in 2061, during a ritual ceremony late in November. The Kachina Society was holding one of its more prominent ceremonial dances in Gallup, when four masked dancers threw off their robes, drew automatic weapons, gunned down several lead dancers, and fled into the dark of night. As the victims were later identified, one of them turned out to be Chairman Estefan.
All this soon became forgotten, because two weeks after Estefan’s murder, Pueblo forces rolled into Los Angeles, under the pretense of restoring order and protecting SoCal from invaders such as Aztlan and Saito. With attention diverted from the murder, Miguel Lusie’dzil was quietly appointed as the new Chairman of the Board during a shareholders meeting. Carlos Pomodre was also elected to fill the vacant directorship left by Estefan.
Update to 2070
Some time between 2065 and 2070, the Pueblo Corporate Council absorbed most of the Ute Nation. Pueblo and Ute once had cordial relations, but those deteriorated over time, due to territorial disputes, as well as their difference of opinion towards Anglos (Pueblo was generally tolerant of them, while Ute hated Anglos with a passion). Additionally disputes over the magical phenomenon at Chaco Canyon exacerbated the situation even more.
It was rumored that Antonio Popé had developed secret relations with the Ute government after being ostracized from the Board of Directors. However, it has not been determined whether or not Antonio was planning to betray Pueblo to the Utes, or vice versa.
So far there are no details as to how Pueblo absorbed Ute, or when.
- 2014 - The Kachina Society makes its first public appearance, advocating the position of Daniel Howling Coyote against the US. (sona.86)
- 2014 - Redondo Peak erupts, burying most of Los Alamos. (sona.86)
- 2017 - Shamans from the Kachina Society assist in the Great Ghost Dance. (sona.86)
- 2033 - Tablelands Software, a Pueblo-based software company, releases its Dreamcatcher Matrix-based operating system, establishing Pueblo as a presence on the Matrix. (sona.86)
- 2053 - An expose reveals an inner circle in the Kachina Society called the Soyoka, who were conspiring to manipulate the Pueblo Board of Directors. The reporter is later indicted on a stock fraud scheme. (sona.86)
- 2057 - President Maria Alonzo suddenly retires. The Pueblo Board of Directors elects Emilio Cajeme as the next president. (sona.86)
- 2061 - November 20, four masked terrorists gun down several dancers at a Kachina Society ceremony. One of the victims is Carlos Estefan, the Chairman of the Board.
- 2061 - December 8, Pueblo marches forces across the California border, claiming Los Angeles and the surrounding area.
- 2062 - April 18, Miguel Lusie'dzil is formally appointed as the new Chairman of the Board during a shareholders meeting. Carlos Pomodre is elected to fill the vacant directorship left by Estefan.
- 2067 - Pueblo Corporate Council absorbs the Ute Nation lands. (SR4.34)
Pueblo is both a sovereign state and a for-profit corporation. The PCC offers two types of stock, preferred and residential. Preferred stock can be purchased and claimed by anyone, but have no voting rights. An owner of preferred stock instead has the ability to enter and live in Council territory, similar to an entry visa. Residential stock is only granted to Pueblo citizens and carry full voting rights. Pueblo does not allow dual citizenship, so a person must claim Pueblo citizenship exclusively in order to possess residential stock shares. While a citizen can buy or sell more residential shares, they may not sell their original citizenship share without becoming a non-resident alien. (sona.88)
The Board of Directors consists of twelve people responsible for governing the PCC. The board selects the president and various staff, departmental, and regional vice presidents, as well as develop major governmental policies.
The two major tribes of the PCC are the Zuni and Hopi. Other minority tribes include the Acoma, Laguna, Yaqui, and the Zia.
Pueblo covers much of southern Colorado, most of New Mexico, a strip of Arizona, and a thin stretch of land across Southern California. The Arkansas and Rio Grande Rivers run through the PCC.
The Trinity test site, where the first nuclear bomb was dropped, is in the PCC.
PCC functions as one large extraterritorial corporation. The annual rate of return on Pueblo stocks has consistently exceeded 16 percent for the past eight years since 2063, and Pueblo stock funds have consistently outperformed the Standard and Poor 500 index since 2031. (sona.89) The Corporate Council acts as a large financial company specializing in venture capital, banking, and insurance. This venture capital in turn supports and finances many of Pueblo startups in e-business and information technology, strengthening Pueblo's presence on the Matrix. The offerings of state-subsidized insurance policies and business loans to Pueblo industry at reduced rates provides the industrial base to sustain its economic development.
As far as other corporations, Pueblo has several restrictions preventing major megacorporations from running amok. First, all residents and employees must have at least one preferred share to do business on Pueblo property. All corporations need an operating license to function on Pueblo land, and submit themselves to two audits a year by fair-trade auditors. Failure to meet the audit requirements can have the license of the delinquent corporation revoked.
As of 2062, Aztechnology had its operating license revoked in the PCC, and were told to vacate all facilities and pack up their operations in the PCC. They have been slow to comply, as to be expected.
- gdp=¥357.3 billions
- gdp_per_capita=29,300 (sona.86)
- Pueblo Corporate Council (nan1.109)
- Novatech (cd.69)
- Phoenix Biotechnologies (HQ: Phoenix) (poad.66)
- Shadows of North America, s. 85-99
- Native American Nations Volume One, s. 105-115.
- Controls a Denver sector (den s.116-127).
- Relacje z U.C.A.S. (ucas s.20-21).
- Relacje z Germany (ger.43).
- The End Run (tsh.87-88) and the Big Dance (tsh.84-87) smuggling routes pass through the P.C.C.
- Very little Mafia influence (und.37).
- Native American "Re-education Centers" have a background count of 5 (mits.84).
- Well known Matrix grids (tm.16-17).
- The Nexus is physically located in the abandoned U.S. Air Force Academy site. (tm.32)
- December 8, 2061: Pueblo Corporate Council forces occupy Los Angeles (yotc.113, yotc.154-155).
This page forked from Wordman's The Sixth World: A geographical index to the world of Shadowrun
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