A massive conglomerate responsible for all technological infrastructure in Europe.
Their main tasks are to host and maintain the:
- European Internet,
- Telecommunication Services,
- Driver-less Transportation,
- The infrastructure for the:
- Bank of Europe,
- National Health Services
- Democratic Decisions*
- Supply and Distribution Chains
In order to maintain all the facilities Maximo developed humanoid robots reducing the cost of their workforce and increasing the companies productivity.
These robots have gradually grown in their sophistication, their latest models being test run in a rural city in South West England, Greyton. The robots are rumored to be so advanced they are closer to clones than humanoids. This new workforce is trained to do the menial task of humans (office jobs), but is this just the first steps of research to a personal army?
Structure of Organisation:
There is a governing body which oversees all operations, with lots of management in between the people doing the ground work. In other words the head doesn’t always know what it’s hands and feet are doing but tries to steer the whole ship gently forwards.
*Democratic decisions has replaced government leadership where there is one front man/woman. This system works by providing every citizen with a voting device, decisions which would normally be passed to vote in parliament are instead presented to the general public. If less than 50% of the country voted the motion is dropped but if more than 50% of the population vote and again more than half agree, the motion is passed. There is of course still a governing body who selects which motions they want to raise, but the officials are replaced when 3 of their motions don’t receive a 50% vote margin.
I based Maximo on IBM, as I have worked for them and I wanted to write from my own experiences keep the narrative with an element of realism. I also added in some new history for England, guessing at what could come in the future, keeping it extremely optimistic as sci-fi’s have a habit of being very pessimistic about the future atm.