Protostar Corporation

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Protostar: making dreams come true! For money! (Protostar corporation is not responsible for making actual dreams come true.)

--Phineas T. Rotostar

The Protostar Corporation is the largest privately held and most successful company specializing in any and all aspects of trade, defense, exploration, real estate, and nutritional simulation sciences in the known universe. Founded by noted entrepreneur and employee source clone Phineas T. Rotostar, Protostar's profit-seeking army of templatized clones and reprogrammable bots offers goods and services guaranteed to provide a legally reasonable percentage of value when compared to their actual price. Seeing in the legendary planet Nexus limitless opportunity for profit, Protostar has been a permanent presence there since its discovery. Protostar is available to handle almost any job that needs doing with their armies of bots and their ostensibly efficient corporate culture - but their efforts often fall victim to managerial incompetence, internal power struggles, and crushing corporate bureaucracy.[1]

Protostar seems poised to make the most off of the resettlement of Nexus, having already rolled out a promotion for products to make both the trip and the settlement as easy as possible.[2]

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Protostar Clones

Protostar employees are a race of diminutive green Corporixian clones, all male, based on the DNA of Protostar CEO Phineas T. Rotostar. These clones come with all of Rotostar's personality quirks, especially his arrogance and obsessions with profit and efficiency, but are ready to receive Protostar-designed personality templates that would make them the perfect corporate employees. Clones do not possess individual names, but are instead identified by their titles in most situations. If a specific clone ever needs to be identified, an ID number can always be found imprinted under the left armpit.

Fortunately such specific identification is rarely required.

Disposability

Mocking stereotypical corporate culture's treatment of employees as disposable assets, easily chopped off or replaced as necessary, Protostar clones are killed and/or horribly injured on a frequent basis thanks to the often unsafe working conditions; any disaster is oftentimes evaluated on how much money is/will be lost, before the lives of the employees or the effect it will have on the immediate environment. Any mistakes on the part of a defective clone also has severe consequences, as Protostar has very little room for error and will happily order a recycle and replacement on the dot.

Any employee that meets an untimely demise, or under-performs, is quickly replaced with an almost identical clone, save for the ID number, or any improvements made to the template.

Operations

A Protostar operation is any site at which Protostar has established a long-term or temporary facility (no matter how small) to accomplish a specific goal. Protostar operations are usually specific to a primary goal - resource collection, marketing, and research are three common subjects - and often features that espouse the glories of profit such as Prosperity Station.

Bureaucracy

Protostar follows an extremely strict bureaucracy mired in red tape, with express approval of all superiors and forms required for almost everything, including the most routine of tasks like getting a hot, caffeinated beverage. (The wait is even several weeks long, and requires a reservation.)

The chain-of-command is also unsurprisingly muddied and littered with unnecessary positions, with a "Junior," "Senior," "Assistant," or any combination thereof prefix to most every job. Panicked employees are often stuck in disastrous situations, unable to do anything, because they can not properly file the forms necessary or have yet to hear back from upper management.

Quality Assurance

The quality of Protostar products is oftentimes called into question. While undoubtedly one of the largest suppliers of goods on Nexus, they are also quite possibly the worst. From their ongoing practice of taking land for housing from ancient burial grounds (typically leaving the homeowner to deal with their new supernatural infestation) to the fact that many of their products that not only don't work, but also do the exact opposite of their intended effect (their infamous Cure-All for their injured employees in the Protostar Honeyworks in Auroria comes to mind), exercising caution when purchasing anything from the Protostar Corporation is advised.

There was also the questionable practice of taking honey that has been spilled onto the ground and littered with chunks of dirt and building debris, repackaging it, then selling it as new Protostar "Crunchy Honey."

Social Responsibility

Does Protostar seem like a heartless corporation that will do anything in the name of profit to you? ... Wait, don't answer that.

--Protostar Employee

Protostar has very little care for the effects their operations have on the local environment, so long as they profit. The most infamous example of this would be their operations in Area 77, Malgrave, where the Sandthorne Eco-Terrorists disrupted their operations for both mining the Loftite deposits of the valley, and recklessly powering their operations with fossil fuels recently dug up from beneath the sands.

Though Protostar mentions that their operations are always in compliance to their company's environmental preservation standards, one has to wonder what those standards are in the first place.

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