Let's Put the Future Behind Us
The most densely populated region on the planet, Hong Kong-Macau separated from the People’s Republic of China in 2097, when Hong Kong was to once again be subject to Chinese domestic policy. With the support of Taiwan and Australasia, the two special administrative regions successfully seceded from the PRC in 2112 and joined the Pacific Commonwealth in 2173. Unhappy with the Summit imposition of trade tariffs between the states of the Pacific Commonwealth and the rest of the globe, Hong-Kong Macau itself left the Commonwealth in 2249, and is now an entirely independent, self-governing state.
Since that period, Hong-Kong Macau has unequivocally solidified its position as the financial hub of the solar system. Trillions of dollars pass through the electronic gates of Hong Kong-Macau banks, hedge funds and brokers every day, a dizzying silver flood of currency and information.
Straddling this vast nexus of commerce are the zaibatsu, the most powerful of which is Zhongguo Yinhang. Although the Hong Kong-Macau government places very few legal strictures on commerce, trade generally occurs via the brokerage firm of Blackthorne L.L.C., as many of the zaibatsu refuse to trade privately due to pressure from their shareholders. That is not to say that all trade in Hong-Kong Macau is white market; some of the largest corporate buyouts in history have occurred in the shadowy recesses of Hong Kong-Macau’s back rooms, and there is nothing to suggest that the practise does not continue in earnest.