The History Channel: Inter-Solar Corporation Special
The Inter-Solar Corporation. One of Earth's largest Mega-Corporations. Founded in 1782 as a humble English trade guild, Deveraux & Son within the Borough of Liverpool. They were a transport company, shipping Ceramics, Textiles, Construction Goods, Timber, Utensils and even Food from Liverpool's Docks to various other trade ports across England, eventually moving across Scotland, Ireland, France and most of Europe by 1845, eventually the guild had built it's own, respectable and sizeable Trade Fleet. (One of the largest in Europe) and over the next several years by 1852 it had become the main guild in the British Empire, providing much of the UK's much needed exotic and luxury goods from the far corners of said empire with Operations in China, India and Canada. This vast income of Wealth promoted the group to start expanding itself greatly and spent multiple years until 1870 expanding it's operations, 10 years later in 1880, when it's home of Liverpool was officially given the status of City the group had hundreds of factories churning out goods produced from it's own imports, an act that saw great backlash from other guilds whom had hired the group to import them for themselves, an act that eventually was taken to the courts in what would be the biggest court proceeding in the history of British guilds.
Known as the Deveraux Incident, over 40 Guilds took to the courts in an attempt to stop Deveraux & Son from using goods they don't own to produce higher value goods, meaning the company was making more profit than loss. The courts were unable to fathom why these groups simply did not just cancel their contracts and stop loading Deveraux ships with goods, all of the guilds gave the same answer, Deveraux & Son's ships were armed and were taking the money and goods by force, and had amassed their own private force which occupied many of the other guilds operations, extorting money from the guilds in the process.
The Courts were not happy and all indications pointed that Deveraux & Son would be fined heavily and it's assets seized for it's practices. However when no evidence could be found of these forces, or armed ships. The ultimate blow to the proceedings came when for reasons unknown, each and every court ruled in Deveraux's favour. While the other guilds cried corruption, documentation states the courts came to the same conclusion that these guilds were working together to take down a competitor to cover up their failing business's due to a lack of adaptation to a modern world.
And thus Deveraux and Son continued to use it's imports to churn out jewellery, clothes, tools, weapons etc. And eventually by 1900, they had already bought out many of these would be contenders. And used much of it's new found power to massively expand it's production capacity across Great Britain.
In 1904 the company was re-branded Deveraux Good's, going by the slogan "Everything is good, if it's a Deveraux". Producing great sums of Luxury Goods such as Fine clothes made of the best silks from China, beautiful jewellery made of Welsh Gold and the best gems India has to offer, and of course the beautiful and popular Jade of China. Devereux saw a growing market and it was a market for Women, Much to their success.
Women across Canada, the USA and the British Empire wanted the dresses and jewels made by Deveraux Goods, and their husbands were more than happy to provide them with their affordable price tags and appealing offers.
This gave the company ample financial resources to yet again expand itself and founded factories across Canada, America and Europe. And for World War 1 and 2, they were the main producer of much of the UK's weapons when it retrofitted a number of it's pre-existing factories in the UK to produce ammunition, vehicle parts, protective gear, uniforms, torches, batteries and other vital goods needed by the Empire's Navy and Regular Army, as well as the Territorial Army. Something they continued to do after the war ended, earning the company a very safe source of income via government contracts, allowing them to build more factories to further produce consumer, tradesman and military products. This stable income from government contracts was ample food for a new demand for goods following the great wars.
Deveraux Goods was able to provide affordable goods for a poverty stricken post-war Europe. While not as glamorous as it's pre-war goods, they were enough to help many families recover, and the group eventually chose to start producing medical goods and pharmaceuticals. In a Post-War world, the most popular product from the group was it's Nutrient rich Baby Milk and Formula, cheap and easy to mass produce and filled with all the nutrients and minerals needed by babies and toddlers. Reducing the financial strain on families, allowing them to ensure they themselves are fed well.
Come the age of the Computer in the 1980's and 1990's and the company was slow to change and struggled against larger American rivals such as Microsoft and Apple, but also a local business, Amstrad. To pick up the pace, the group started developing consumer electronics, starting with the EZ-Player in 1986. This Cassette Tape player and came in 9 Colours, making it highly popular amongst teenagers and children, and even more popular with music lovers and students because of it's unique ability to hold two different tapes and read either Side A or B without the need to flip the tape around.
This unprecedented popularity allowed the company to regain it's position as the UK's Number 1 company, a title that did falter over the years.
The slump lasted until 2005, when the company released it's first Cellular Phone, the Deveraux TC-0001/A, commonly sold by it's range name of "Deveraux Astra". This proved to be the companies much needed pick me up after it was met with critical acclaim, positive reviews and large fan base that continued many years after it was no longer being sold. People primarily enjoyed it's range of colours and customization options at point of order online, but also the options available in the phones settings menu that allowed users to change the colour of the LCD Screen and the phones avatar appearance (By default a regular smiling face, but this could be changed to cat, dog, girl, boy, robot with special edition Panda and Tiger).
By 2015 the company was producing so many goods they could be condensed into 3 categories.
Consumer, Military, Scientific. A Trinity. Thus being adapted into the companies logo that is still used even today. The following graphic displays what the company was producing at the time and still does today.
Apollo, Ares and Atena.
Apollo was the groups Consumer Goods division with the motto of, Excellent Goods yet at Reasonable Prices
Tablet Computers, Smart Phones, Wearable Devices (SmartWatches, SmartGlasses etc), All-in-One Personal Computers, Laptops, Computer Hardware (CPU's, Soundcards, Motherboards), Consumer Robotics, Electronic Toys, Data Storage Devices, Washing Machines, Dryers, Refrigerators/Freezers, Televisions (3D, Smart, 4K, OLED), Monitors (Touch, OLED, 4K, 3D), Vehicle Parts. Pharmaceutical Goods (Anti-Biotics, Anti-Fungals, Pain Killers, Anti-Inflammatories, Anti-Allergens, Anti-Depressants and Multivitamins), Cosmetics, Jewellery. Advertising, Computer Software.
Ares - The Best Defence is a Good Offence.
Military Robotics (Bomb Disposal), Ammunition, Vehicle Parts, APT's, Automatic Rifles, Pistols, Body Armour, Atmospheric Engines, LIDAR and RADAR Systems. Meals Ready-to-Eat, Distress Beacons, Emergency Escape Vehicles, Space Vehicle Parts, Radiation Shielding, Megnetic Coils, ECM Systems.
Athena - A Brighter Future, Today
Satellite Parts, Commercial and Military Satellites, Supercomputers, Laser Communication Systems, Mass-Spectrometers, Forensic Lab Equipment, Generic Laboratory Equipment, Particle Detection Hardware, Magnetic Field Detection Hardware, Scientific robotics (Probes). Multiple Scientific Laboratories covering multiple fields (Mostly based out of universities for cooperative ventures)
Deveraux Good's did not become The Inter-Solar Corporation until it had acquired a lucrative contract from the British government to mine valuable Helium-3 from the Moon and set up some of the earliest Luna colonies. By the end of the 21st century, the Inter-Solar Corporation, or SolCorp as we often call it, was now one of the largest Mega-Corporations on Earth, One so strong that it is estimated that 1 in every 7 households across Europe have at the very least 4 or more of their products. While not the largest of them all, it's size, influence and power has allowed it to set up Tourism, Science and Mining operations in Orbit of Earth, On Luna and now on Mars. With plans to expand to Venus, Jupiter and Beyond.