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How can a company maintain control over its clandestine monopoly while avoiding anti-trust laws?

Discussion in 'World Building' started by Erebus, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. Erebus

    Erebus Minstrel

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    The elder god Mickeyruth seeks to enter our reality and dominate humankind. To accomplish this, he has used his loyal cult of followers to found a company called Disney. throughout the decades, this company has used disreputable business practices to achieve power in the world. Through its business acquisitions, such as Fox entertainment, and its practice of wage slavery among its workers, it has managed to gain a foothold in society, all the while maintaining its image as a kid-firendly coporation. Its good-guy image, maintained by its putting out of subpar comic book films, to its excessive theme parks, has lulled idiotic parents into a fall sense of security, blinding them from the evil of the entity while it takes pleasure in our suffering.

    However, there are flaws in Disney's plans that prevent it from achieving the domination that it desires, such as the anti-trust laws in the U.S. Officials in Washington grow concerned that the Mouse is becoming too powerful, and took action. These laws were put in place to prevent companies from gaining too large a foothold in an industry. These laws protect the consume from exorbitant prices and encourage healthy competition between companies. They help prevent actions such as:

    1. Market allocation- a scheme devised by two entities to keep their business activities to specific geographic territories or types of customers.

    2. Bid Rigging- The illegal practice between two or more parties who collude to choose who will win a contract

    3. Price fixing- when the price of a product or service is set by a business intentionally rather than letting market forces determine it naturally
    Hefty fines and jail time result from the violation of these laws, putting a kink in the Mouse's plans. To avoid this, Disney has established seemingly separate corporations that remain under its control. Companies, such as Apple, Amazon, and Mickey Ds (sometimes known as "Mcdonalds") operate in different industries to avoid suspicion in order to present the image to the world of competing with each other. However, the executives of each entity are loyal followers of Disney, operating under its umbrella. Soon, the Mouse will cross over into our reality and enslave us all.

    How can these separate companies continue to support each other while avoiding the anti-trust laws that would ultimately expose them? Would operating in different industries be enough to protect them or is more effort needed?
     
  2. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    If Disney bought McDonald's nobody would bat an eye. But Apple and Amazon are direct competitors and everything they do with regards to the other (or Google, Microsoft and Facebook) is heavily watched. But neither of them compete with Disney, so hypothetically Disney could grab one of them.

    IRL, companies fall into a core competency that prevents them from spreading too large. Any given industry is pretty different from the others, and the interworkings of each can be hard to manage. Disney is pretty large with media, comics, amusement parks, merchandise, and so on, but they still wrap up together. Their core is really in managing character brands.

    I don't think anti-trust laws are the issue here. Price fixing? Bid rigging? Market allocation? These are companies that sell things cheap and even free, and are ubiquitous in the market. There's nothing to even be gained with that level of collusion.

    But I'm more curious about how what these companies are doing is supposed to be devious. What are they trying to gain?
     
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