Solar Engineering

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Solar Engineering was merged with EFL and IDF in 822 A.S.

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This is an NPC faction. For the affiliated player group, see Solar Engineering (player group). For the rules for this particular faction, see Solar Engineering ID.


Solar Engineering
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Origin Flag-gallia.png Gallia
Alignment Lawful
Profile
Date of founding January 1st, 500 AGS. A.S.
Founder(s) unknown
Base of operations Compiegne Space Colony, Ile-de-France
Primary role
Providing and expanding technology in the Gallic market.
Secondary role
Shipping of goods and travellers across Gallia.


History

Solar Engineering S.A. (Solar) was formed by several young economists and lawyers on New Paris on January 1st, 500 AGS. The company aimed to become an alternative space construction supplier in Gallic space, something that was considered virtually impossible in the Gallic space industry market, already extensively controlled by the government and large corporations. Solar succeeded in obtaining the much needed connections with the Royal Navy, which secured several high profile construction contracts that helped to build a strong foundation for the company. The company played a significant role in the final stages of the First Gallic War when some of their corporate representatives were spotted in negotiations with Normandy leaders, posing as civilians. After the First Gallic War was over, the company operated as a contracted builder of civilian space stations ordered by various parties. In recent times, it also operates a large number of its own space stations, making it one of the most versatile space-based companies in Gallia, in some ways similar to EFL Oil & Machinery.

Solar Engineering appears to have unexpected inside sources of information within groups that don't usually affiliate themselves with any corporations. For example, in 686 AGS, Solar announced the cessation of all its operations in the Gallic Border Worlds. In less than 30 years, the Second Gallic War caused huge losses for all shippers and station operators working in the area. Solar used this situation for its own benefit, broadening its services in Gallia's core systems. Still, Solar is significantly smaller than the dominant space-based corporations, mostly due to the much smaller size of its land-based operations. Solar's market capitalization is eight times less than that of EFL, five times less than the value of GMS, and one and a half times less than the value of IDF Shipping.

While Solar has largely chosen not to attempt to compete directly with GMS and EFL in manufacturing for heavy industrial markets, it has developed several highly lucrative product lines in advanced technology fields, catering to both popular consumer tastes as well as industrial applications. GMS and EFL are Solar's largest customers for several technologicaly advanced products. This technological expertise enabled Solar to obtain an exclusive license from EFL to manufacture Jump Gate and Trade Lane components in Gallia after the invasion of Sirius began. Since Gallia's jump gates and trade lanes are substantially completed, new components are only needed for maintenance purposes, as well as preparing stockpiles for a small number of future construction projects. Nevertheless, gate and lane component manufacturing is a highly profitable and reliable source of revenue.

Solar has developed its own cargo fleet that allows it to supply its transportation needs without being forced to rely solely on contracts with IDF, GMS, and EFL. Solar also operates a fledgling luxury liner division, with its flagship resort liner stationed in Provence.

While the larger Gallic corporations are wary of Solar's rising corporate stature, its avoidance of direct competitive threats to their business interests has allowed Solar to prosper without attracting the hostility of other companies or their Royal supporters.

The planet side headquarters of Solar are located on New Paris, while Compiegne Space Colony serves as its space-based headquarters.

Diplomacy

Faction Relationship
Gallic Royal Navy
Allied
Gallic Royal Police
Allied
Gallic Metal Service
Friendly
EFL Oil & Machinery
Friendly
Ile-de-France Shipping
Friendly
Gallic Junkers
Neutral
Kusari Naval Forces
Neutral
Kusari State Police
Neutral
The Council
Unfriendly
Bretonia Armed Forces
Hostile
Outcasts
Hostile
Gallic Brigands
At War
Maquis
At War
Unione Corse
At War


Known Bases

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