The Syndicate could be one of two things, in my mind. Either it’s another small independent faction, similar to Nova Roma, or it’s a legendary group that may or may not exist. A little like the Illuminati or the Bilderberg Group. They are in control.
To be honest, it sounds more fun to me to have a conspiracy theory floating around. It further drives the aspect of cultural diversity in the Unknown Universe. So, let’s go with that.
Here’s a snippet from something that internationally-renowned crazy person David Icke said about the Bilderberg Group.
In May 1954 came the first official meeting of the next organization in the Round Table web, the Bilderberg Group (Bil), which was named after the Bilderberg Hotel in Oosterbeek, the Netherlands, where that opening meeting took place. Or that’s the official story, anyway. Bil or Bel was also the Sun God of the Phoenicians. Bilderberg translates as ‘Bel of the rock’ or ‘Bel of the mountain’.
(Please tell me how this relates to the conspiracy, by the way.)
Between 120 and 150 members of the social elite, chiefly from the West, meet up and talk about…well, who knows what? It’s common knowledge that they have these meetings. What isn’t known are the where and the what. (Note: the where is only published after the horse has bolted.) They could be talking about anything! They could be discussing how to put chemicals into jet engines without anyone knowing, or they could just be talking about films and the best place to go for a chocolate fudge cake and a cuppa tea on a Tuesday afternoon.
Speaking of which…
We all know about the Illuminati. Well…we kinda know. They’re supposedly this shadowy organisation, the invisible hand, guiding humanity in such a way that we don’t even know it’s happening. A bit like a confidence trick, but on a global scale. Not really much more to say in that regard.
There’s also this Trilateral Commission. I don’t know much about that one. Amongst all the shoddily-designed conspiracy websites, there’s probably a ton of useful research to be found. Apparently it’s the secret government, or the shadow government (which sounds even spookier). It was initially financed by John D. Rockefeller and his merry band. I think this one’s all about how the banking establishments are all evil – which is probably quite true, to be honest.
So, with all this in mind, what can this Syndicate be all about? We know that the ECP was funded in secret by Earth’s governments. Could it be that the Trilateral Commission also had a stake in this venture? Hard to say. We’ll try not to focus on Earth too much – that’s the Project’s job, after all. The Syndicate could have come about from that stake that [pick some conspiracy group] put in. Say, 30% of the Project’s assets? They grew and grew and grew, split off and became a far larger faction than anyone could anticipate.
And here’s the kicker: despite its size and apparent power/influence, only the top 1% of the ECP social elite know that it exists. It’s likely they’re part of it, too. The Futurists, on the other hand? Not a clue. None of those aforementioned elites have left the ECP, or if they have, then they probably “never existed”. Catch my drift?
After looking at a bunch of translations because that’s just the way I roll, the first draft of the name is Le Syndicat Torpiller. It’s French for ‘Torpedo Syndicate’, named for two reasons. The first is because we’re in space, and they use ships in space, so they probably use(d) torpedoes at some stage. The second is because torpedoes, despite being high explosives, are generally used in stealth. You don’t know they’re there until they go boom in your face.
Maybe I’ll think of a better name later. Right now, that’s what we’re going with.
EDIT THE FIRST: The slogan for the Syndicate is ‘space is ours’. This comes from a Russian T-shirt, made by a student during the Space Race. Seems a shame that it’s become so corrupted…
Anyway, the Russian for ‘Torpedo Syndicate’ transliterates to ‘Torpednyy sindikat’. Not very fetching, is it? I’ll keep trying.