Uggh that Pondsmith video does worry me. I really don’t think that CD Projekt should be adhering to any canonical ideas from the P&P RPG in truth Vs using the name, paying the man his royalties and doing their own thing. Most people aren’t going to give a damn about the ‘4th Corporate war’ let alone the first three. From the Cyberpunk V3 entry: -
The 4th Corporate War
In the 1980’s, British Petroleum may have been the first to see the advantage in establishing a military arm of its corporate power; in this case, by subcontracting the protection of its South American oil holdings to the local right wing paramilitaries, but it wouldn’t be the last. As more and more Megacorps grew to immense sizes and worldwide operations, many of them soon became equal to small nations in their own right; establishing their own military forces and the will to use them. And use them they did:
• The First Corporate War (2004-06), took place when electronics giant Eurobusiness Machines and rival spaceplane manufacturer Orbital Air went to the mats over floundering Transworld Air. Most of conflict took place via stock manipulation and boardroom maneuvers, with only occasional m i l i t a ry strikes against each other’s holdings.
• The Second Corporate War (2007-08) p i t t e d bio-fuel manufacturer PetroChem against its massive Russian rival SovOil. Fighting over drilling rights in the South China Sea, this corpwar was far more deadly, since with the collapse of the Soviet
Union a decade earlier, SovOil had gained military technology previously only accessible to major nations. From the destruction of a PetroChem oil platform to the bitter end in the Spratley Archipelago, this conflict was as savage as any national war, ending with PetroChem driven out of Asia and the idea of open corporate warfare firmly established.
• While The Third Corp War was primarily fought via computer attacks in the Net, most Megacorps soon chose to protect operations with their own p a r a m i l i t a ry forces, or to subcontract security to specialized corporations. One such corporation
was Arasaka Security , a multinat founded by a megalomanical genius with the goal of restoring Japan to its pre-WWII glory. With legions of blackclad bodyguards, security troops and covert ops teams, Arasaka soon was the most potent paramili
t a ry group in the world. Its counterpart was U.S.- based Militech, specializing in military hardware and “armies for hire.” There was no love lost between these two corporations—all they lacked was an excuse—and by 2021, they had it.
• The 4th Corporate War started as a hostile takeover squabble between aquatech company OTEC and submarine transport firm CINO. To acquire the assets of bankrupt shipping firm I H A G , both corps brought in their security contractors (Militech and Arasaka respectively). At first, conflict was limited to attacks on sea-based facilities, but soon Arasaka and Militech, sensing a chance to get rid of a long-hated rival, raised the stakes. Attacks on sea farms and sub bases gave way to attacks and sabotage of onshore facilities; by the summer of 2022, it was open war in the streets with tanks, troops, aircraft and orbital artillery all in play. Pitched battles raged around the world until the final blow in late 2022, when Arasaka detonated a nuke in the center of the first Night City, killing over 500,000 people. To end the fighting, U.S. President Elizabeth Kress nationalized Militech
under the command of the U.S. Joint Military Command, and the EU Government followed suit on both sides throughout the European Union. Withdrawing back to Japan, Arasaka staged a coup to overthrow the government. With nuclear missiles supplied from ally North Korea, Arasaka held Japan (and the rest of the world) hostage until the Japanese Self Defense Fleet finally crushed the Arasaka “shoganate” and delivered Saburo Arasaka’s head to a vengeful United States. The Fourth Corporate War was finally over, at a cost of millions of lives and immense destruction. The survivors have sworn never to let the Megacorps rebuild their private armies again. But without the threat of a powerful national military to hold them in check, it’s only going to be a matter of time till the corporate warlords are back to their old tricks.
Is all such daft nonsensical horseshit. It’s like Pondsmith has no real perception as to what a corporation is in the literal sense. Envisaging them as private concerns with no accountability to anyone and a willingness to seemingly commit genocide, Vs do what corporations do in reality …namely chase profit for shareholders and minimize overheads. Standing armies? Whose paying for this shit? Shit can his ass.
Where’s the futuristic version of Michael Clayton where in some suit knows too much and another suit arranges for them to be bumped off via hired third parties, and another suit cottons on to the whole thing?