Siege wrote: ↑
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:42 pm
Perhaps the only thing such large firms respect are the agents of the Mayor's Office Contravention Section (Contra), who investigate serious contraventions of contract and in ultimo even have the power to suspend an Enforcement License.
'Contra' ended up not sounding quite right. So instead:
One of the most obscure but also formidable and scary offices in the city of San Dorado is the Bureau of Reckoning and Procuration
. Its operatives are Reckoners
, a title that goes back to the anti-anarchist secret police of the 19th century and the city's public executioners of late medieval times. Today their formal function is 'integrity compliance' -- they enforce observance of San Dorado's Code of Competition and ensure that no person or company undermines the mayor's office or other vital city interests. It is their task, in essence, to enforce some sense of honesty from even the city's most powerful corporations. To this end the Reckoners have carte blanche
authority to go where they want and investigate what they deem necessary, a stupendous power reigned in only by the diplomatic sensibilities of the Mayor, who knows his Reckoners' every move will be intensely scrutinized by the Chamber of Councilmen and the Boards of Inside and Outside Regents.
In order to do their job Reckoners have to be spectacularly multi-talented. Depending on the needs of the day and the hour they have to be either brusquely direct or delicately diplomatic. They have to be the mayor's ambassadors, investigators and enforcers, her auditors, attorneys and assassins, sometimes all at the same time. Reckoners need to be proficient with weapons, charters and numbers, feel at home in the loftiest board rooms and dirtiest back alleys both. Their numbers are always limited, because the Chamber of Councilmen naturally fears their overbroad authority. At the same time it is the spectre of that same nigh-unlimited authority that is the only thing keeping megacorporations from simply wiping them out with their vastly numerically superior PMCs.
Reckoners are typically recruited from the Counties of the Palmaran Grace. This is a deliberate effort to prevent infiltration of the Bureau by agents from San Dorado's megacorporations. It is also felt that the typical Palmaran disdain for the pretensions of San Dorado's high and mighty are a welcome attribute for Reckoners to have.
Day to day operations of the Bureau of Reckoning and Procuration are overseen by the Superintendent for the General Actuary
, a position that is always held by the seniormost Deputy Mayor. This ensures a clear chain of command but still affords some room for diplomatic wiggle within the Most Esteemed Office of the Mayor of San Dorado
. Whilst the Superintendent has an office in in an annex in the Mayor's mansion in Grange Park, the Bureau itself is headquartered on Rook Hill in West Ward, in a foreboding old fortresslike manor nicknamed The Candle