Friday, 11 January 2013

Day Eleven: The Dead Man’s Workplace

I worked on some smaller aspects of the world today: focusing on organizations and locations that play into the narrative, but that we don’t necessarily spend a whole lot of time with. One of them is our dead man, Kerensky’s, employer…the Dennison-Holt Lunar Preservation Commission, which I have mentioned before. I’ve also changed the dead man’s name from Miles Kerensky to Warren Cole, mostly because there are starting to be a few too many Slavic and Slavic-sounding names in this thing.

So, Dennison-Holt. A non-profit organization, bankrolled by private investors and organized by a collective of conservationists, astronauts, and ex-space agency staffers. The group was originally put together to evaluate, acquire, and preserve select lunar sites (manned & unmanned landing sites, scenic points, disused habitats, etc.). Dennison-Holt was also selected by the UN to handle surveying when it was ruled that all corporate petitions and lobbying for site acquisition required comprehensive mineral, structural, and historical surveys—which explains the existence of Cole and the other surveyor teams.

The corporations, eager to grab up all of the corporate real-estate that they can, often attempt to circumnavigate the survey process on emergency claims, stating that site exploitation should begin immediately on the grounds of “company and public security, and ease of access to natural materials deemed vital to the continuation of human industry.” Which is melodramatic crap, obviously, but it doesn’t stop them from using it…or from contesting virtually all of Dennison-Holt’s claims for natural or historic preservation. As such, the organization spends a lot of time fighting the corpos in UN hearings concerning the validity of their results.

As a non-profit, they don’t have the sheer lobbying power to pressure the UN into amending the laws concerning lunar exploitation, but they hold public opinion and still manage to get most of their sites confirmed and established as internationally recognized public park-land. All of Dennison-Holt’s data becomes a matter of public record as soon as it is submitted to the UN, though, and all of that material reaches the corporate orbitals well before it hits Earth and gets read. Preliminary results that indicate a D-H find on a major site that the corporations would be just a little too afraid of losing is plenty of motive to murder someone like Cole and stop him following up on his data or appearing at a hearing.



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