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Lipton Tea and Steel I. On the Company Harkening back to the early Terrestrial Era, Lipton Tea and Steel Corp. began in earnest when a royal grant for a 15 year monopoly on the East Indies spice trade was bestowed upon a humble tea brewery in Northern England. Henry Lipton, the owner of the brewery, couldn’t even read most of the writing, with all its flares and flourishes and swirly whirly things and so he took it to the governor. The governor couldn’t read it either. A calligrapher was brought in after a three week’s journey and it turned out that it didn’t matter for much since at the king’s various titles took up a majority of the document anyways. No less confused after the whole affair and thinking himself completely unqualified for the task that had been demanded of him, Lipton scrounged up the little savings he had and went to the capital for a royal audience. It turned out that the king really liked Lipton’s tea. Lipton was reassured by the compliment. Then, with great favor from the Crown, and the full might of the Navy under its beckon and call, Lipton’s small tea shop set itself to the high and noble task of extracting as much tea as possible from whatever lands it could capture and hold by force. Taking a mere ten years and half the royal treasury, Lipton swiftly and deftly led the company towards commercial and military dominance in the region, peaking in the destruction of the Chinese Grand Sea Fleet in the battle of Changliang Bay. The company did hold the largest standing army and navy in the region, but that wasn’t the point. The tea was the point and they made good on that point. The tea must flow. Nine currencies and the security of a good quarter billion people were staked upon Lipton, and even pirates and smugglers observed the sanctity the tea trade, out of fear for their own fortunes. Indeed, the company enjoyed a lucrative two centuries of glorious tea harvesting and brewing prosperity, (and even made some money along the way) but fell into a deep decline, for still uncertain reasons. The key events surrounding its founding and early operation, including all one hundred and thirty-eight of Lipton’s own tea recipes, have been preserved with an almost religious zeal, yet much of the rest has been lost to the millenia. Thus, the health of the company across its life as well as the timeline and extent of the decline is difficult to determine. Research is further muddled by the complete and unintentional destruction of company ledgers in a fire set by the mole people, or as the footnote in recipe 67 for Orange Pekoe states… Historians still debate the exact causes, but the leading consensus of the moment is that people simply got tired of tea. Lipton tea was forced to diversify or face insolvency and nationalization and turned towards the budding Industrial Revolution in its home country. Heavy industry proved a logical leap from tea, with the next being taking to the stars. [more to come] II. On Organization Lipton Tea and Steel Corp. is organized as any other company. The company is ultimately beholden to its shareholders, yet manages to hold a high degree of autonomy due to its considerable size. Perhaps in reference to its organization and efficiency, the company has at times throughout its history been referred to as a mercenary or paramilitary group.
Announcements, Claims, etc. Lipton Tea and Steel Corp. hereby declares sovereignty in and mining rights to Systems 19, 30, and 33. In the spirit of trade and mutual prosperity, visitors are welcome and lease can be negotiated. Efforts will be made to paint the map accordingly. Have a nice day!