Instellarms is a specialty supplier of all sizes and types of mercenary units. It manufactures, buys, and sells military equipment. Agents of the firm can often be found on a battlefield, negotiating the purchase of the equipment of the losing side before the battle is completely over. The company does not deal in interstellar vessels, or in chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons.
Instellarms was founded in 626, shortly after the end of the Civil War, by Axel Murdoch, a retired mercenary colonel. Taking advantage of inside contacts in the Imperial military, Murdoch was able to obtain large quantities of surplus military equipment at very low prices - but which still cost billions of credits. Where he got his financing is unknown.
Murdoch's connections with various mercenary unit commanders, coupled with a willingness to ignore the Imperial Rules of War and other regulations on mercenary warfare (when the profits were large enough), gave Instellarms a decisive edge over its competition. Instellarms grew to dominate the mercenary arms trade in the Imperium's coreward sectors within 90 years, and in the whole Imperium within two centuries.
Interests: Military hardware, military units, strategic planning.
Stock Ownership: Murdoch Holdings LIC , 32%; Hortalez et Cie, 30%; Sternmetal Horizons LIC , 8%; Ling Standard Products, 6%; Ichiban Interstellar LIC , 5%; GSbAG, 5%; Noble families, 8%; Other, 6%.
(SUPP-8, 1107; MT-REFCOMP, 1120)
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