The Cripplegate Reclamation Project
Istanopolis Salvage Company
The Istanopolis Salvage Company is an umbrella trade group, overseeing the licensing, chartering, and broad-scope operations of individually funded salvage houses. Each chapter house, or ‘ISC section’ in the official lingo, operates as a semi-autonomous, separately funded, and independently run vendor. The parent company oversees all licensing, chartering, and tariff mediation with the Grand Municipality Council. Individual sections are required to operate under the Unified Code of Operations, and maintain a Rate of Royalties on all ‘primary licenses’ they hold. The parent company is responsible, and ultimately in charge of, the disbursement of contracts across numerous city boroughs, wards, and districts to the relevantly licensed vendor for that area.
In practice, the sections act as semi-autonomous mercenary outfits, providing a range of urban reclamation, recovery, security, and military operations within the city limits. Quality of personnel, range of cost, and professional competence vary widely. The ISC is most widely known for their employment contracts; every ISC contractor is required to sign a Ratification of Indenture, by which they officially write off all claims to ’....life, liberty, and the pursuit of individual will, unless and expressly for the benefit and direction of the guarantor of contract’. Every Ratification has a credit limit – that number, usually in gold, at which a employee is considered released from contract and free. The last published ‘rate of conversion’ on these contracts was 30%, with %50 released due to ‘non-recoverable fatality’, %10 released due to ‘crippling injury resulting in inability to perform’, and %10 exercising the ‘buy in’ option to become vested corporation members.