THE UNIVERSAL CORPORATE PROFILE (UCP)
The Universal Corporate Profile (UCP) is a compact way of describing a Traveller corporation. lt is similar in many ways to the Universal World Profile. Here are the kinds of data that are used to describe a Traveller corporation:
Corporation Name: Though a corporation may actually have several names, as well as subsidiaries, it should have one name to which all operations are ultimately subservient,
Headquarters: The headquarters (HQ) of a corporation is the mainworld from which it is governed. It is denoted by the sector or subsector hex position, the world name, and the sector name. For example, a Regina corporation would have the code (1910 Regina/Spinward Marches).
Number of Employees: This digit functions as an exponent of ten, and can be viewed as the number of zeroes following a 1.
Range: This digit represents the area of land and space that the corporation serves:
0 1-9 km village
1 10-99 km town
2 100-999 km city
3 1000-9999 km province
4 10,000-99,999 km world
5 100,000-999,999 km moons
6 1-9 million km trojan points
7 10-99 million km asteroid belt service
8 1-9 AU inner solar system
9 10-99 AU central solar system
A 100-999 AU whole solar system
B 1000-9999 AU local interstellar
C 1-9 parsecs subsector
D 10-99 parsecs sector
E 100-999 parsecs multisector or Imperial
F 1000-9999 parsecs absolutely huge
Influence: This digit represents the influence the corporation has on politics. It uses the same table as the Range digit. Roll this number or less for the corporation to successfully pressure an entity (within the corporation's range) toward a particular course of action.
Public Image: This digit represents the company's public image. It corresponds to Traveller's reaction roll, detailed in the NPC encounter section. It ranges from 0 to F (15), Roll this number or less each week to have some kind of negative publicity (protests, sabotage, a strike, etc).
R&D: This digit represents the percentage of the corporate budget that is plowed into research and development.
Turnover: This represents the corporation's turnover, in Cr. The digit functions as an exponent of ten.
Profit: This digit also functions as an exponent of ten, and represents the corporation's yearly profit, in Cr.
Nature of Corporation: These codes represent the ownership of the corporation. The codes are:
Emp Employee trust.
Fam A family business.
Mut A mutual company/friendly society. NL Private non limited liability. Part A partnership.
Priv Private trust.
Pub Publicly listed company.
SS State sponsored.
SO State owned enterprise.
Sole A sole proprietorship.
WOS Wholly-Owned Subsidiary
Areas of Operations: These codes represent the corporation's areas of operations. A corporation may have more than one main operation, and so may have many of these codes. These codes may be further detailed by adding a digit, for tens of percents, representing the percentage of the company devoted to that area of operation.
Util Transport, comms, utilities, wholesale trade
Ret Retail trade
Fin Finance, insurance, real estate
Pub Public administrative
Tradition: This measures the degree of power needed (or the roll required) to implement any changes whatsoever into the corporate style. The value ranges from 0 to F (15).
Corporate Politics: This measures the degree of power necessary (or the roll required) to make decisions which affect the company. The value ranges from 0 to F (15).
Corporate Paranoia: This measures the degree of paranoia within the company. It ranges from 0 to F (15). Roll this number or less per week to have security examine employee records, history, and workplace -- including, of course, the employee's personal effects and possibly the employee's home.
Nationality: This field represents the company's major nation of registry, the first nation the company registered with, the current location of its headquarters, or the largest nation the company is registered with. Nationalities include:
Hu Other human
Nh Other non-human
Ownership: Large corporations tend to have large blocks of shares owned by families, other companies, banks, governments, etc. If this is the case for this company, you may elect to add a paragraph listing each major stockholder with the rough percentage of stock owned.
Nathler is the sole owner of Kulgera Lines, a small interstellar transport operation. The company moves people and freight between Rhylanor and Porozlo in the Spinward Marches. He owns 3 liners, and employs under 100 people. The UCP would look like this:
Kulgera (2716 Rhylanor/Spinward) 1-C44-087 Sole Svc5 Ret5 A00 Im
The UCP's breakdown is as follows:
1: 10s of employees
C: 1 parsec range
4: not much influence
4: generally favorable public opinion
0: no research or development goes on here
8: turnover in hundreds of millions of credits per year 7: profit of tens of millions of credits per year
Sole: a sole proprietorship
Svc5: 500/0 of its business is in the service sector (a passenger transport company) Ret5: 50% of its business is in the retail sector (a trading company)
A: not a very tradition-minded company (probably a young company) 0: corporate power is entrenched at the top.
0: this company is extremely trusting of its employees.
Im: operates under an Imperial license.