TriOptimum

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The TriOptimum Corporation is a business that was responsible for the creation of SHODAN, Citadel Station, the Von Braun, and much more.

It is considered a megacorporation due to the fact that it has influence in its nation's government, and is a major supplier for both the military and civilian consumers. Although the company created SHODAN, which led to the Citadel Station incident, TriOptimum is considered just a bystander, and since the incident, they have done everything they can to restore their reputation.

In System Shock, members of the TriOptimum board are either with or against the player character and in this case, the company was helping the Hacker, while Edward Diego is the supporting villain.

TriOp saw its golden age thanks to the Hays-Bishop Bill, as in 2059, TriOp absorbed what remained of the United States, and later it purchased the rights to orbit Saturn, where the Citadel Station was constructed.

TriOp competed with a similar company called TetraCorp. although this rivalry has not be expanded upon so far in the System Shock universe.

History

System Shock

During the events of System Shock, TriOptimum was at its peak, being both a megacorporation, and a geopolitical government, as there was nothing in the world that TriOptimum could not provide.

On April 7, 2072, the arrest of the Hacker would unknowingly set the company down a destructive path. TriOptimum executive Edward Diego, who was secretly funding illegal experiments, offers the Hacker both a chance to drop the charges against then, as well as a military grade interface, so long as he disables SHODAN's ethical restraints while on board Citadel Station.

During the Hacker's subsequent stasis, all TriOptimum workers aboard Citadel Station were either mutated or converted into cyborgs by SHODAN. It was the Hacker, with the help of Rebecca Lansing, a TriOptimum counter terror consultant, who managed to stop SHODAN and save humanity. Upon returning back, the company offered the Hacker a job, but he refused and went back to his own life.

Death and rebirth

Once news spread of how humanity was very nearly destroyed by SHODAN, TriOptimum's stock plummeted, smaller corporations that had contracts with it withdrew, employees resigned en masse, workers whistle-blew, reporting massive labor and ethics violations, and the public was outraged.

Lawsuits flew in every direction from families who lost loved ones on the station and from work violations. At first TriOptimum would pay the lawsuits directly out of pocket, but soon the money began drying up. With no investors wanting to put money into the company and no new business contracts, TriOptimum became a shadow of its former glory. The creation of the UNN was the final nail on the coffin; as TriOptimum could not function other than paying lawsuit settlements.

But TriOp had thousands of patents, trademarks and copyrights, and hundreds of consumer brand names which were still held in good esteem, even 30 years later, when the SHODAN incident began to be forgotten. It was not until the arrival of the shrewd Russian ex-gangster, Anatoly Korenchkin, who bought 51% of the Corporation with his millions of black market gains. Korenchkin rebuilt the company by exploiting the brands, and brought TriOptimum back to its feet.

Although the UNN is the official government body, Korenchkin also leaned on his UNN contacts to relax technology restrictions even further. The newly re-licensed TriOptimum reestablished itself, and the company became the sole supplier of wares from military hardware to consumer goods. Soon, the company's hold on the UNN was well known, as neither could live without each other.

Korenchkin's major asset was the employment of Marie Delacroix, who worked on the first FTL starship prototype, in which Korenchkin saw in interstellar travel a new market that would consolidate TriOp's monopoly.

System Shock 2

By this time, TriOptimum had grown back to the giant megacoporation it was before. Virtually everything in the world had TriOptimum logos on it, from small lighter matches, to military hardware. Even the mighty UNN was powerless to oppose TriOptimum interests; many of its members were stockholders and had deep connections.

When the faster than light engine was proposed to the TriOptimum board, the company would become not only the biggest consumer corporation, but a monopoly in interstellar space travel as well. Soon, construction of the Von Braun was underway. By the time the Soldier awakes from stasis, almost all TriOptimum workers have been consumed by The Many.

Products Developed

System Shock

Weapons

Hand-to-Hand
Pistols and rifles
Energy Weapons
Explosives

Items

Hardware attachment
Dermal patch
Programs
Other
Robots

System Shock 2

Weapons

Standard weapons
Energy weapons
Heavy weapons
Other

Items

Armor
Tools
Implants
Robots
Other