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The Mekong Dominion is the economic stronghold of the South. While many of the AST’s factories are located in the Emirates or the Republic, most are owned wholly or partly by Mekong corporations and are dependent on raw materials from Mekong’s rich Yung An basin and lowlands. Mekong itself is ruled by the CEOs of those same corporations, called Taipans and only those who own stock in a Taipan’s corporation are considered citizens. Regular stock gifts to loyal employees keep most of the population in line, but the Dominion’s large underclass has few rights.
The Dominion is minimally armed. The Mekongese prefer canny economical and social manipulation to gross force and people who exercise good business sense, especially at the expense of the less clever,are widely well-regarded. This attitude has given the Dominion considerable behind-the-scenes influence over the AST. Taipan Aaron Logan has been using this power to push for a more aggressive foreign policy, demanding more direct authority over the MILICIA to protect Dominion business interests. Speaker Miyako Sogabe, his chief opponent, has taken a less confrontational route, advocating greater justice in internal policies and benevolence in foreign relations. She seeks to use the MILICIA and the Peacekeepers– the Dominion’s dual-purpose law enforcement and security organization – to protect others from their enemies without directly controlling them, placing them in the Dominion’s debt.