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Pueblo Corporate Council
The Pueblo Corporate Council is a corporate nation, a country organized in a similar manner as a corporation, with its citizens becoming shareholders. Occupying most of the American Southwest, the Pueblo are one of the most technologically advanced nations on the planet. Furthermore, of all the Native American Nations, it is also notable as the most friendly towards Anglos, even to the point of establishing an alliance with the CAS.
At the end of the last century, as the economic boom leading up to the Resource Rush transformed Albuquerque and Phoenix into technological oases, tribal members quickly learned the technical and professional skills so insatiably in demand by business. These skills would serve them in good stead many years later.
When Garrety condemned Native Americans to the re-education camps, even the skilled and professional tribals of the Southwest were not immune from deportation, despite the minimal role they played in the SAIM. Local business leaders, however, resisted this directive; some simply “forgot?” about hearing the order, while others actively hid members from the feds.
When Daniel Coleman overthrew the re-education camp systems, many of the Pueblo joined with him in rebellion against the United States government. Leading the Pueblo contingent was a group called the Kachina Society. Originally the Kachina Society was a heritage foundation dedicated to preserving the culture and traditions of the Hopi tribe. Apparently they kept alive some of the Hopi’s more mystical secrets, as the society provided shamans, utilizing the newly-returned powers of magic to assist Coleman in the Great Ghost Dance and other war rituals across the Southwest.
For the Kachina Society’s assistance in bringing about the Great Ghost Dance, the Pueblo people received the right to form their own nation during the Treaty of Denver. After some debate, they decided not to return to outdated tribal government methods, but instead chose a more progressive form, imitating the new extraterritorial megacorporations. The Kachina Society, meanwhile, retired from its role in the forefront and returned to its traditional home in the Cibola forests, exercising only moral leadership as spiritual counselors for the Hopi and Zuñi tribes, or so it seemed.
Though the Kachina Society professed complete disinterest in Council affairs, it soon became apparent many Board decisions tended to agree with the Society’s opinions. Moreover, several of the minority tribes accused the Board of slanting its opinions in favor of the Hopi and Zuñi. In 2053, an exposé in the Albuquerque press claimed that a secret Kachina inner circle, called the Soyoko, were pulling the Boards’ strings behind the scenes. With both the Kachina Society and the Board of Directors under their thumb, the Soyoko used its covert influence to manipulate the Corporate Council, usually to the benefit of the Hopi and the Zuñi. Furthermore, the mastermind behind the Soyoko, according to the story, was none other than Carlos Estefan, then Chairman of the Board!
But the grip the Soyoko held on the Board would eventually come to an end. In 2057, President Maria Alonzo retired, citing ailing health. Everyone expected Antonio Popé, a protégé of Estefan, to succeed Alonzo, but the Board surprised everyone by voting for Emilio Cajeme, at that time a minor executive from the Acoma tribe.
After Cajeme’s surprise elevation, relations between the Board of Directors and the Kachina Society worsened, as the Society routinely criticized and denounced most of President Cajeme’s decisions. But things escalated to crisis in 2061, during a ritual ceremony late in November. The Kachina Society was holding one of its more prominent ceremonial dances in Gallup, when four masked dancers threw off their robes, drew automatic weapons, gunned down several lead dancers, and fled into the dark of night. As the victims were later identified, one of them turned out to be Chairman Estefan.
All this soon became forgotten, because two weeks after Estefan’s murder, Pueblo forces rolled into Los Angeles, under the pretense of restoring order and protecting SoCal from invaders such as Aztlan and Saito. With attention diverted from the murder, Miguel Lusie’dzil was quietly appointed as the new Chairman of the Board during a shareholders meeting. Carlos Pomodre was also elected to fill the vacant directorship left by Estefan.