Our last cargo planes were barely wheels up when the coup really got rolling. We’re not sure how much is a coup, how much is persuasion, and how much is straight up governments rolling over and playing dead. After seeing democratic norms breakdown in the rest of the world, it’s no surprise Africa took it to 11.
In a surprise move the nations of Angola, Congo, Tanzania, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Guineau walked out of the United Nations. Instead a single representative took her place and raised a flag right on the UN floor. ORMEC. The Organization of Rare Metal Exporting Countries. One voice sought to speak for all of Africa. Much like OPEC did for the Middle East and oil in the 20th century, ORMEC seeks to do it for Africa in the 21st.
And in a move that surprised no one, those dependent on the lithiums, cobalts, iridiums, and niobiums of the world just let it happen. Politicians denounced the move, but were committed to a “diplomatic” solution. Read that as “don’t stop our shipments.” Interestingly enough corporate assets were seized including half a Squadron of Tesla F-22’s, the Zumwalt, and a pack of Facebook Rafale’s.
While the flag is one of pan-africanism, this shit started to fall apart after about 24 hours. ORMEC claimed to speak for all of Africa. Until South Africa spoke up and gave them a giant middle finger. Then came Kenya and the neighboring states. This was followed by Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco. Then came reports of Congo seizing some Angolan mining assets.
Then the phone calls started. Namibia inquired about a retainer. This was followed by an escort request from Gabon. Next came Kenya asking for airstrikes against Tanzanian mining infrastructure. Corporate took over negotiations but this is going to be big. With the UN out of the picture many of our restrictions on aircraft and weaponry has been rescinded or isn’t valid.
All of the tech companies are publicly denouncing and privately grovelling. Further vindication came when the CEO of a certain un-named tech company stated that “Unless these minerals flow our stock prices will fall to single digits.” The stock market took note and it was the worst single day of trading since 2008. 24 hours later ORMEC released a statement comitting to the shipments, but not before buying huge quantities of shares and making 20% profits in a day.
Corporate has said to get ready. This is the greatest money making opportunity since Angola.
I’m not sure what’s on the table yet. Representatives are flying in from K&P, BFLM, and Ivanov. Corporate is keeping it under wraps while they negotiate for numbers. We can assume the need for a multi-purpose airframe capable of a wide range of missions. Africa is big. But the potential for profits is even bigger.
HR is handing out a pamphlet on bonus, retention, and how to respond when other PMC’s attempt to recruit you. The job market is scorching hot right now and we’d really like to keep this team together.