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Interplanetary Trade Commission by YNot1989 Interplanetary Trade Commission by YNot1989

The Interplanetary Trade Commission (ITC) was an NGO and later Government Agency established from the great conglomerates that led the settlement of the Solar System. The ITC was created to manage the flow of raw materials throughout the system, and operate as a pseudo-central bank for colonists and former affiliates of the Mars Corporation. The ITC eventually came to finance the Planetary Guards of the solar system, act as the financial and monetary apparatus of the system, and served as a diplomatic apparatus to the governments of Earth. To many it was the legitimate government of colonies for over 50 years until the ITC was rolled into the duties of the US Department of Commerce, always pushing to fully integrate the colonies into Union as full member states and defend their interests until such a time.

In the 2070s the unemployment crisis on Earth was driving support for a radical reversal in US immigration policy, with many Presidential candidates going so far as to suggest closing the country off to immigrants all together. This would have been disastrous to the Mars Corporation, who's entire long-term existence was predicated on profits generated from incoming colonists. At the time, MarsCorp was generating record low profits as Martian companies and individuals continued to press for an end of their "profit-sharing," policies by going on Business Strikes that sold company apparatuses to temporary trusts in the Jovian system outside of MarsCorps control. In 2078, the New Richmond Delegation even went so far as to stage a massive sit in around the base of the New Richmond Elevator, grinding the Martian economy to a halt. On Earth this action, in concert with speculator concerns about the political climate sent MarsCorp stocks plummeting. The crash of the space economy reverberated across the system and to Earth, indirectly causing the Collapse of 2079, and dooming the Fadel Administration's chances in the election of 2080. It was at this moment that Galileo Development's CEO, Adrian Hayer, approached the leaders of the other great conglomerates of the outer colonies to seize the opportunity that was now presenting itself to the colonies. Its important to note that the outer colonies seldom benefited from US immigration policies, but Hayer believed that the present political climate presented an opportunity to the colonies that had never previously been available. At a meeting between the heads of Trident Industries, Galileo Development, Titan Corp, and the Venusian Working Group a plan was orchestrated to take control of the Mars Corporation and separate the colonial economy from dependence on Earth. The heads of these companies, Adrian Hayer, Lionel Halvidar, Arya Kanzaki, and Liza Maheswaran respectively, all agreed to organize massive hostile takeover of MarsCorp, with their interests controlling 35%, if Lunar Energy Ltd, a high ranking member company of MarsCorp, would agree to the plan. LE was open to the idea ONLY if the government on Earth would not close immigration to the colonies, thus guaranteeing their investments in Mars. Hayer and Halvidar brokered a deal with the incoming administration which assured that Mars would be open for colonization regardless of the government's policies on Earth, and that Helium-3 from Neptune and Uranus would reach Earth at a reasonable price. MarsCorp's stocks were already plummeting with the crisis on Earth and the Mars Revolution's protests against the regime. With a controlling interest established over MarsCorp, the company was dissolved and the Interplanetary Trade Commission was formed to assure that the economy of the colonies would become a truly post-scarcity regime. The heads of the founding companies of this coup formed the first executive council of the ITC, and Hayer became the first Commissioner. In 2081, the new Lachman Administration signed an immigration reform bill that included the historic Rosiland Amendment, which exempted the colonies from any limits on immigration. 

The ITC would go onto formalize the Quantum Economic Model (QEM) as the primary method for organizing the flow of resources to the colonials. The Quantum Economic Model (QEM) is an economic system in which the economy is planned, simulated, and managed by both ITC quantum computer netwroks, which work in concert with smaller networks across the system, running simulations trillions of times a second on virtually every economic scenario to insure a stable, prosperous economy for the system. Essential services and basic resources, largely already under the control of the founding companies of the ITC (which were themselves little more than individual trade commissions with their own QEM networks) are all controlled by the ITC through the QEM. Resources are distributed to people based on need, as determined by the analysis of the computer networks, and essential services are created and managed to keep the economy operating at peak efficiency. Quantum economics was gradually introduced in the colonies during the early days of space colonization, when people's consumption of resources and basic needs were strictly regulated due to rationing. As time went on and the resources of the solar system became readily available to the point that any world with sufficient space access could enjoy a post scarcity economy, quantum economic theory continued to grow and evolve, becoming the primary means of managing post-scarcity resources in a planetary system, territory, or even township. Automation (far more prevalent in the colonies earlier in history due to the settlers initial lack of manpower), drove the QEM into full swing as the post scarcity economy no longer required large portions of the population to support it. Market-based economics exist within the QEM to promote entrepreneurial activity, but are not beyond the control of the QEM because private enterprise ultimately depends on the price of raw materials. Thus recessions and depressions can be avoided by simultaneously controlling prices, interest rates, and credit availability through quantum economic management. Additionally, quantum economics solves unemployment problems through its management of basic services. An economically inactive person (unemployed) receives the bare minimum resources required to keep them from endangering the rest of the economy, but the QEM takes advantage of any inflation in the inactive pool of the populace to offer socially-beneficial opportunities to individuals. These are essentially community service jobs that are HIGHLY targeted to those who request them, not just based on skill, but everything from personal history, psychology, pathology, interrelationships, etc. For most though, the QEM enables people to live comfortable lives that let them seek personal fulfillment, be they industrious, entrepreneurial, artistic, etc.


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PPPerist Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016
I love it!
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PerroChuck Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016
This is really cool dude, 4 real :D
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Lynx-Arc Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
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RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015
So, this is a system where a group of Quantum Computers literally controls...everything. From commodities prices, to interest rates, to even how the basic services are distributed? Is there even a human element here at all? I mean, I get that certain jobs, like acting, artists, and musicians are still well outside the realm of control of this system, but what about every other job? How do major corporations survive in a world such as this? Does the control extend to utilities, like power and water? Does it extend to telecommunications like phones (assuming those still exist) and the internet? is there still a stock market, or are the capital markets also controlled? What is there to do in a world with few jobs, and little to do?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Raw resources, utilities, and food prices are controlled, not all commodities (though they are indirectly controlled by the QEMs management of interest rates and resource distribution). There are private businesses under the ITC, and while they are extremely regulated by today's standards, they hardly notice it during company activities. Since basic resources and utilities are all controlled by the QEM/Commerce Department, they simply operate within the constraints imposed by the quantum market. There is a stock market, but its like the Japanese market now, totally AI controlled. A Quantum marketplace looks more like one giant Etsy shop than what you and I know as a capital market. Cooperatives and working groups exist as the current incarnation of corporations, enabling artisans and "makers" to collaborate in specific industries, while others have private individual storefronts and shops. There's not that many retail chains anymore and those that are left are quite a bit different. McDonalds does all their work through vending machines, same with Coca-cola. Levis, Armani, and Nike all have gone back to being design studios and licence their brands to private retailers (you can get spray on or printed cloths, but tailored cloth is still really popular). Mercedes, Ford, Toyota, and Chevy are all design studios producing basically 22nd Century Coach-built craft. A corporation is more like a guild in this era than a top down business.
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RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
I imagine the retail sector is non-existent at this point? Department stores like Dillard's, Macy's, and JCPenney's went out of business or are online only I suppose? And the Media Conglomerates must also be nonexistent, or are the Disney's of the world still chugging in reduced form? Though I can see there are probably still grocery stores like Albertson's; got to get Fresh Fruits and Veggies somehow. Though what became of the Walmart's, Target's, and Costco's of the world?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Retail chains like those are gone, but Disney and some of the other studios have endured. Walmart and Target went belly up when cheap crap could be produced with 3d printers at home, and grocery stores still exist, but you're more likely to find more smaller vendors across a larger area than one big center.
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gatemonger Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
Is there any big difference between this and Mondragon in 2312, which I recall you saying you drew a lot of inspiration from?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Mondragon was vague as hell in 2312, but basically established co-operatives as the primary means of industrial production. While those exist in the ITC, automation is what does most of the actual production and heavy lifting. That's the chief difference.
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snarfevs Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For your amusement (PDF warning): Paul Krugman - The Theory of Interstellar Trade (albeit chiefly dealing with interest + relativistic time dilation)
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theone1super Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Nice! What software do you use?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GIMP
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theone1super Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015
Was this inspired by the Interstellar Commerce Commission from the Alie franchise universe ?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never heard of it.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015
Sorry I typo there, the Alien franchise. It's mentioned in Aliens and is presumably some sort of force that deals with commerce and regulations between Earths Colonial Marines and the Big Five interstellar corporations that dominate outer space colonization.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know the franchise well enough to know of that agency. I based its logo loosely on that of the International Trade Commission. But the organization isn't actually a federal entity for most of its 50 year history.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015
Ahh sorry then for asking.

An impressive amount of work at any rate :)
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