Aetherine Ex Machina
The Sprawl of Big-Brotherly Love
Philadelphia has rebuilt itself from the crash bigger, better, and more corrupt than ever. Following a series of highly public corruption charges, Philadelphia PD was fired en-mass, and LoneStar Corp was hired to come and fill in temporarily until the city council could come up with something more permanent. 30 years and several elections later, LoneStar is still “temporarily filling in”, and the council is still fielding proposals for a new police force.
Ares Macrotechnology has a great deal of influence in the city, in manufacturing and with their subsidiary Knight Errant running security for several private businesses that don’t quite trust LoneStar for all their needs. They also have a partnership with Pennsylvania University, granting many of their students internships and having research agreements with a few of the leading scientists there. Neonet has similar deals with both Drexel University and Pennsylvania University, and maintains a satellite headquarters within the city limits. Renraku and Wuxing have similarly made inroads within the sprawl, opening up large offices and slowly building their marketshare within the lucrative shipping that moves through the city.