Sol Economic Organization
The Sol Economic Organization is the smallest of the four major parties, having lost much of its base to the Galactic Autonomy Party. Their support of the Shadow Coalition-backed government coalition keeps what remains in power. The SEO is no longer backed by every major Trans-Stellar Corporation, with most having shifted to the more corporatist GAP, though some of the less dominant corporations such as Einstein Engines and Zeng-Hu continue to support the SEO for its pro-competition policies. In order to survive the party's split, it has adopted increasingly anti-corporatist stances and has focused on their appeal to those businesses which remain independent of the major TSCs. They continue to support the development of new transformative technologies, though are critical of the predatory patents by the likes of Kaleidoscope Cosmetics and Ward-Takahashi General Manufacturing. The party remains in support of a strong central SCG military, placing it in direct opposition to the GAP's localized, often heavily corporate-influenced defense forces.
The SEO formed in the wake of the SolGov-Hegemony war, and the unpopular peace settlement that rattled many warhawks outraged by Moghes' blatant imperialism. These warhawks found funding, allies, and support in the major TSCs, who saw a chance to involve themselves in politics to an unprecedented extent. The Sol Economic Organization was thus formed, with an outpouring of billions of thalers of support from corporate entities.
The SEO's greatest stratagem to date was claiming the Free Trade Union and Multinational Movement from the Shadow Coalition. This lent the consortium legitimacy and power enough to make it a serious contender for the Assembly majority. When Icarus lost the majority, the SEO joined with the Shadow Coalition as a kingmaker, and that involved a significant furthering of their aims, a massive return on investment.
Following the Skathari Incursion, the pro-independence wing of the party split into the Galactic Autonomy Party, taking much of the pro-corporate base with it with promises of local deregulation. This led to an increased focus on the party's pro-military stance, and a shift towards anti-trust policy in an effort to counteract the influence of many TSCs towards independent states where they would hold even greater sway.
Who Supports Them?
- People from humanity's rimworlds who oppose corporate hegemony.
- Moderate futurists.
- Non-TSC business owners and employees, particularly beneficiaries of the SCG trade alliance.
- People who support a strong SCG military.
- People on the Human-Unathi border
The SEO is not a coalition, unlike the other two major parties. It is, literally, a business consortium run as a private corporation. Decisions are made according to proportional voting by the shareholders, who are overwhelmingly large Trans-Stellar Corporations. The largest shareholder is NanoTrasen, followed closely by Ward-Takahashi GMC.
The corporate nature of the SEO allows them to use the already existing advertising infrastructure employed by its membership in the creation of propaganda. Furthermore, as by far the richest party, the SEO is able to literally manufacture voters, spurring a new wave of positronic creation in corporate towns throughout the galaxy. While these positronics are free to vote as they please (and tampering with their imprinting in such a way to promote party loyalty is illegal), they are overwhelmingly raised in an environment that will lead to them voting for the SEO. It is the creation of positronic worker-voters, and the existence of corporate oligarchies as SolGov member states, that gives the SEO such a wide reach.