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Message no. 1
From: Geoff Skellams <geoff.skellams@*********.COM.AU>
Subject: Corporate entry for the Australian side of things
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 10:18:01 +1000
I don't quite know what the normal procedure for sending things in is,
but I'll just follow the lead I have already seen on this before.

Here is a corporation I worked up last night for the Australian Section
of the NAGTTW. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

SII Finance, Inc.
President/CEO: Owen Karney
Headquarters: Sydney, Australia

Business Profile:
SII Finance has been making a name for itself in the Pacific
Region for the past couple of years. A minor corporation, it seems to =
making a considerable profit from the stock market. Its primary role is
providing financial and investment advice for a wide range of clients,
including the Australian Government and several members of the Pacific
Prosperity Group.

(>) SII has had some interesting clients in the past 10 years. Several
of the larger corps in Australia and the PPG have all sought investment
advice from SII at different times. This is despite the fact that most
of them have good financial departments as part of their own
organisations. What gives?
(>) VicBetter

(>) SII's main revenue earner is not financial advice, but something
completely different. The advice is merely a convenient spin off.
(>) Eynowd

(>) If an investment company doesn't get most of its money from
financial information, what the frag does it do then?
(>) Sideswipe

(>) SII actually stands for "Strategic Intelligence Investment". SII is
really a very well concealed private intelligence agency, which is
willing to work for who ever pays the bills. Basically, they spy on
other corporations. The information they collect is pretty fragging =
and lets them know what is and isn't a good thing to keep an eye on.
They pass the information back to the client and if it is good enough,
invest some of their own money in the target, usually before the client
has a chance to act on it. That way, when the client makes their moves,
SII sells the stock it has just bought at a higher price that it paid
and makes a tidy little profit.
(>) Eynowd

(>) Surely the client corps must have wised up to this move by now? =
can't be THAT fragging stupid!
(>) Incredulouse

(>) Most of them know it goes on, but the profit margin that SII makes
on each share is not all that high. Besides, SII usually buys up all =
shares that investors wouldn't sell to big corps and it quite often =
it through a series of holding companies with no obvious links back to
SII. When the client starts buying up the target stocks, SII sells and
quite often helps complete the takeover a lot quicker and simpler than
would have normally been the case.
(>) Eynowd

SII is purely a financial company. It has no resources or
interest in manufacturing of any description.

(>) This is not strictly true either. SII owns, operates and maintains =
fleet of high altitude strategic recon drones, all based out of a =
facility in the far north west of NSW. From what I hear, the drone R&D
department is world class - their gear is very stealthy, nigh on
impossible to track, fragging fast and carries some of the best sensor
packages money can buy.
(>) Eynowd

(>) Oh, bull fragging drek. What the hell makes you think this outfit =
some clone of the CIA?
(>) Skeptical

(>) Eynowd's right. I know because I've flown some of those birds.
They're some very sweet pieces of work. SII does a lot of high altitude
recon work, using photo and radar sensors and it has a hell of a range
of ELINT and SIGINT packages as well.
(>) Adler
"Keeping an eye out"

(>) That might explain some of their Matrix Security. I had a poke
around their hosts a while back, but gave up when I discovered the
gateway machine had a Rating of Red-8 as a starting point.
(>) RAMmer

The CEO, Owen Karney, started the company in 2052, from almost
nothing. A pilot in the RAAF before studying economics at the =
of Sydney, Karney seems to have a native intelligence for the stock
market. Many smaller investors have made considerable profits =
by following Karney's lead.

(>) Karney was a recon pilot for the RAAF in his younger days and cut
his teeth keeping an eye on the Indonesians. On one of his later
missions, he had some time to kill and took some happy snaps of a
corporate compound in East Timor or someplace like that. The analysts
spotted some really interesting drek in those pics. Karney found out =
owned the compound, bought up a whole drekload of stock and made a
killing when the research from the compound hit the market.
(>) Inslider

(>) Karney wasn't the only one who made a killing. The analyst, Paul
Lennox, also went in with Karney. They withheld the information from =
RAAF for a while and quit the service not long after to start SII.
Since then they've added a whole swag of weird and wonderful
people to the payroll. Like riggers and a drekload of analysts from
places like the Australian Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO) and
Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), the CIA, the GRU and even an
ex-Mossad guy.
(>) Eynowd

(>) They've also got a pretty good network of agents and shadowrunners
gathering information from all over the world. Not all their
intelligence comes from pretty pictures. Some of it is gathered the old
fashioned way, by people on the ground.
(>) Spyglass

(>) Sounds a lot like insider trading to me.
(>) Grenvious

(>) It's not, but at times, it's not far off.
(>) Eynowd

Geoff Skellams R&D - Tower Software
Email Address: geoff.skellams@*********
ICQ Number: 2815165

"That rates about a 9.5 on my weird-shit-o-meter"
- Will Smith in "Men in Black"

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