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Simeon by VoughtVindicator Simeon by VoughtVindicator
While technological development has been largely stunted in the postmodern era for the lenght of the corporations' rule, financial growth hasn't, resulting in the economies of the corporations being worth hundreds of trillions of dollars. This economy is, most of the time, based on several fiat currencies with no backing issued by the corporations or by blocks of corporations. Money issued by one company could be completely worthless when buying products made by another company, and consumers had to keep dozens of different currencies on their wallets to function effectively. Currency was tied to the entities that issued it: if a corporation suffered financial problems, all currency issued by it would undergo a massive loss of liquidity due to people switching to other less risky currencies.

Such a complicated, hermetic system cut heavily into consumption and gridlocked the global financial trade. It was thus decided that corporate money needed at least some partial backing to standarize currency..

The problem was that the sum of gold in the world accounted for little more than 1.8 trillion dollars. Even for the standards of corporate backing and fractional reserve lending, that sum was trivial to the point where it would not be an effective backer. Thus the corporations needed something more valuable to set prices, and turned on to the most valuable thing in existence: antimatter. At 25 billion per gram, a spoonful could back up the currency issued by entire corporations and manage to standarize prices. Now currency system at least had a stepping stone and corporations had a safe haven to invest in in times of trouble. Of course, given the potential explosive yield of antimatter, the reserves are taken care of zealously.

The biggest of such reserves, totaling almost 3 kilograms of antihydrogen, is located on the largest ship ever constructed, The Simeon, belonging to a corporation of the same name hailing from the lands of former Israel. It is a floating mobile city exceeding two and a half kilometers in lenght filled with condominium housing for 80,000 people alongside a similar number of passengers. Inside are some of the most luxurious malls and entertainment values available, alongside hotels, schools, hospitals and even a rapit transit system of monorails. Its residents are all of Israeli origin and have established a highly folklorical, mysterious microculture away from the corporations based on obscure pseudo-judeochristian traditions. The passegers, crew and tourists are of all races and creeds, however.

It acts as a diplomatically neutral self-contained city where people may negotiate free of corporate territorial conflict or tariffs, and as such it has gained a reputation as a safe haven of stability. The ship posesses a long slightly angled runway allowing passengers and supplies to arrive by air, though noise levels and the hard landing procedure mean that the airstrip is rarely used and the ship is instead supplied from its three well decks, as it is too large to be able to dock in any port of the world. For this same reason, maintenance isn't carried out in repair yards but in-situ by specialized ships and an unique engineering submarine. The Simeon is propelled by sixteen pumpjets powered by eight molten lead reactors, and it continuously circumnavigates the world.

While the ship is largely assumed to risk no attack by any corporate military (as doing so would benefit no corporation), the ship is nevertheless always escorted by two vessels, Khazar and Chaldea - a Forrestal-class aircraft carrier and a Ticonderoga-class cruiser, both modified with compact pressurized water nuclear powerplants; tasked with keeping lesser attackers such as pirates and mercenaries away. Both ships are also owned by the Simeon corporation, giving it the distinction of being one of the few companies that operates aircraft carriers. As part of its defensive complement, the Simeon has an AEGIS suite directing several discrete naval artillery mountings and VLS tubes. The ship also generally holds two or more fast attack craft on its well decks.

In addition to the antimatter, which despite passengers and crew being told over and over again is completely safe, adds up to more than 60 megatons of energy were it to detonate; the ship contains many valuables and relics in its gigantic vaults, considered to be the safest of the world. Anything that the corporations want either completely safe or completely hidden away is entrusted upon The Simeon, making the ship the centerpiece of sinister rumors telling of the secrets and horrors sealed away in the ship beneath its faccade of luxury and commerce.

Only one of those rumors has been confirmed: one of the vaults of the ship contains the dismantled Western Wall, an important site in Jewish religion previously thought to have been demolished and paved over to make way to several corporate arcologies.
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LJ-ATCTION-360 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
I like it
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menapia Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Brilliant ship, Noah would be drooling in envy
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JazzLizard Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I like it. I like it's scale and overall concept, and the world you've created to go along with it, but it's so long it would have to avoid any turbulent water at all, or else I'd be worried it might break its back. Research ships have measured waves in the ocean measuring upwards of 100 feet, and not just on occasion.

It's cool none the less.
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F4Ucorsair Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
"corporations issuing fiat currencies"  hahahah what are you smoking. 
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's no state, so corporations are the only macroeconomic entities left. Do you expect multinationals to use bartering?
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F4Ucorsair Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, actually.  Commodities, stocks, bonds and other things with value based in the real world.  Trading on fiat currency is just too economically unsound.  Other alternatives are going back to precious metals, or one of the emerging group of cryptocurrencies like dogecoin and Coinye West. 

If you intend to write about an anarchic society, I really encourage you to read current anarchist theory, instead of just making assumptions that it'll be worse without governments. 
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The writeup explains why they don't trade with precious metals; there is simply not enough precious metals on the globe to meaningfully back or keep up with the speed and magnitude at which their net worth increases. To a point their fiat currencies are backed by the assets of a corporation itself, but that's just as bad a backer given how market fluctuations and trade operations can make that change rather unpredictably even in medium term. Why express the value of each and every one of those (hundreds of trillions of dollars worth of) indivisible stocks, bonds, assets and whatnot merely in caveman-like terms of their value relative to one another rather than standarizing prices in terms of a mediator currency that facilitates their quantification?

If you had bothered to read the description past the part about fiat currencies you would have noticed that I wrote that the corporations did find a way not to have completely baseless currency and partially anchored it to an antimatter bullion.

How did I imply that things are worse because governments are gone? How is a society with enormous structured privately-owned corporations that own private militaries and have territorial jurisdiction and law even close to an anarchy?
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HeinzHoerler Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014

a true Capital ship 



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canuleyo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I have the same concept but for a sea ship fortress that totally replaces a fleet, and even hold aircrafts and ships inside her.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting. This one holds ships within it too, though it's mostly "small" stuff like patrol/rescue/firefighting boats and superyachts, as well as some civilian and utility aircraft. Certainly doesn't replace a fleet though
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canuleyo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Mine was like bewteen 7 or 12 kilometers long :D It holds actual warships like cruisers, etc. An aircarrier looks small :D
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds familiar, did you ever draw it?
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canuleyo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Nah, but it's a very popular concept nowadays. I dreamt with it, but I guess I wasn't the only one XD
But there was a concept for a 20 km spaceship. Kinda like the guild starcruiser from Dune.
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SoFDMC Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great concept. It will need to be wary of stormy seas, a ship that long will need to flex on stormy oceans with waves like moving mountains.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, it needs to flex a lot given its lenght like tanker ships, it's probably too slow to outrun or go around any storm that might approach, it just slowly crawls towards whatever the sea throws at it.
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Chief-Darunia Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Holy crap, this is amazing!! Have you thought about where it would pull in (if necessary) for stores and repairs and whatnot? Also, why go with a Forrestal class? I love this!
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's too big to fit anywhere, so it has to be repaired by ships while at sea. It's ressupplied both by cargo ships and by aircraft landing on the big runway on top of it.

The carrier is a Forrestal given that bigger carriers like Nimitzes and Fords are already operated by other, larger corporations, and comissioning a new carrier would be monstrously expensive. So they simply got their hands on a remotorized nuclear Forrestal, seeing how it was good enough for what they wanted to do anyways.

Thanks a lot for the comment :D
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Chief-Darunia Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Ah, ok! I would think that with spending so much money on such a big vessel, they wouldn't be too bothered with the cost of good escort vessels.
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MTT3008 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Wow, your corporation universe is quite disturbing I must admit, but also very well thought through. ;-)
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Disturbing in what sense? Just curious. Thanks for the feedback tho :D
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MTT3008 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Well, you know, I don't really like the 'Profit above everything' attitude most big companies have nowawdays. I see it as something horrible if they would take over the world.

Just curious, what did trigger the collapse of the nations in your universe? And what coorporations dominate Europe? Guess Volkswagen or what developed from it is a big player. ^^
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The fall of nations is intentionally left vague to kinda emphatize the distance that the corporate regime has put between itself and the nations of old; they've pretty much erased them from history. Though it's certain that the corporations themselves didn't do it, they merely filled the power void left after a global chemical for unknown causes pretty much eradicated the old regime. Multinational corporations, being descentralized and posessing huge logistical and communications networks, managed the crisis much better than the governments, who had suffered such horrific casualties that they effectively ceased to function. Ever since, the world has been handed down from corporations to corporations.

So much time has passed that none of our current corporations remain, having long been driven out of business or acquired by bigger corporations. Europe is one of the four biggest corporate power bastions on the world (alongside the Pearl River Delta, the Great Lakes, Japan and the Korean peninsula), controlled by thousands of different corporations. The biggest one and the one that generally sways the smaller groups is a gigantic aerospace/software/precision manufacture conglomerate simply known as "Neuropa".
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MTT3008 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
So, is this world then an Orwellian one, with little freedom to the individual, and lots of opression and people disappearing that try to establish a more fair system, if it is remembered at all? I guess many corporations are in a permanent state of war against each other to gain the upper hand. :fear:

And how could a chemical erradicate all governments of thw world, I could guess maybe of one continent but not an entire planet. Is there maybe a little Mars-colony of America and Russia left, the last remnants of democracy in the Sol-System? ;-)

Which year by our time count is the world of your pics in, somwhere in the 26th century? :p
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It isn't really Orwellian, in fact if anything it's a very anarchistic world. The corporations don't have one single unified government type and most of them lack the capacity (or the will) to monitor or oppress their citizens' individually. The "government" of any given place is merely the sum of all administrative clauses of the corporations that operate in the area, so it can be anything. Given the lack of national borders or any kind of regulation on travel, you can pretty much go anywhere you like. Also given the lack of governments, pretty much everything is legal. Do drugs, drive at 200mph on a highway, have relations with whoever you want, walk on the middle of the street in the nude, make shock art, open a gambling den on your house, carry out human pharmaceutical testing, do anything that doesn't threaten corporate rule and they won't care. Now, if you start going off about how you're gonna bring the corporations down and establish democracy, you will sooner or later disappear without a trace.

Alternatively you could go to a place the corporations haven't established their rule in; territories that are either so inhospitable or so devoid of resources that no one has any interest in there, and corporations generally don't care about what goes on there. So those underdevelopped, disease-ridden areas may be rife with fugitives, warlords, gunmen and terrorist organizations but it's also home to many short-lived countries and empires of many different forms, which usually end up being bombed by corporate armies when they become a threat.

War between corporations isn't what you'd expect despite their large ammounts of firepower. It isn't massive all-out confrontations between organized armies like in the 20th and 21st centuries, but rather descentralized, completely irregular wars without any fronts or major positions, where you never know where will enemy fire come from. Corporations will focus on subterfuge, hiding and asymmetric tactics; and their goal is as much to destroy enemy materiel as it is to keep a positive public opinion, so they bring in lots of press agencies alongside their forces and try to have the least impact possible on the civilian population. They will also hide reconaissance and ambush elements admist the civilian population, so corporate war is a slow, grinding effort. Every now and then, they carry out conventional operations like armored offensives or air campaigns, especially on large open areas not inhabited by many civilians, but those are few compared to the large ammounts of irregular operations. While wars usually don't last more than a month, there's many of them going on at any given moment. Compare that to the 1984 perpetual war whose goal was the creation of a foreign enemy and dstruction of the countries' own materiel.

As for the chemicals, it was a war, so the chemical agents were directly delivered to the major population centers of all major warring factions. The resulting mass death and contamination made the food supply of the world collapse. The corporations then came in and began the restructuring efforts.

There's no enclaves or colonies or any type outside of Earth, the reasons are explained in this deviation [link]

As to how long have the corporations ruled over Earth, it's left vague since the corporations themselves cover that fact up, though it's well in the millenia.
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MTT3008 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Would you say that it is a better world with most parts of the world in an utter state of anarchy? I mean, every society needs rules and government that works for the people, if even just halfhearted like today or otherwise they would destroy themselves, that is my opinion.

But when the agents where sprayed over all major population centers weren't the corporations affected too, with their leadership wiped out just like the political elite?

It somehow saddens me that people wouldn't know anything about their past, it sounds that people are just living an ignorant life, just living day by day.

It is an interesting scenario, but I hope it will never come true.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hm, I wouldn't say it is necesarily better or worse than the current state of affairs; just different for good or bad. Granted, there's still a modicum of law in the form of the corporations, after all they don't want people randomly murdering their consumer base and making their domains unsafe. As far as large structures of power, though, the citizens are free to do whatever except threaten the corporations.

And yeah, the corporate leadership was also wiped out alongside the political elite, but the logistical networks of the corporations and lower echelons of the chain of command did survive due to either isolation or being on hardened sites, and quickly linked up with one another again, after all that's what they were designed for. Like real multinational corporations, they can easily survive the deaths of its individual members.
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diasmon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
OMFG!!!
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty much
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TheAstronomicon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Did you OD doing this? Excellent, just excellent.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nah, I just switched to horse
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Dude! You've been unstoppable with this stuff! They just keep getting better! :D
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, really appreciate it coming from you
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Pixel-pencil Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
You're too kind :)
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Lord-Inu-Hanyou Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
-throws money at screen- NOTHING IS HAPPENING! I WANT!
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
=P
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Lord-Inu-Hanyou Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
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Airrider1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't do THAT, there's ANTIMATTER on there!
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Lord-Inu-Hanyou Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
lol.
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RDFAF Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
My God.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Needless to say the FA carrier ideas left me with a bit of an urge for more naval maximalism
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RDFAF Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Thought you hated it.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hated what?
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RDFAF Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
The carrier being bigger than it should.
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This isn't a carrier or even a warship, it actually has a reason to be that big. Not to mention not even this ship would be able to dispatch the aircraft that operated off of that carrier, whatever its name was. I just liked the idea of huge ships.
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arenafighter Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Cool,Exotic,and Superb!
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VoughtVindicator Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks
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arenafighter Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
No Problem.
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