Quicksilver Industries' corporate headquarters in Venceia, 2030
|Founded||04 April 1934|
|Founder||Alexandus Laelias Venio|
|Headquarters||Silver Park, Venceia, Caphiria|
|Alexandus Venio II |
(Chief of Operations)
|Revenue||$3.1 trillion (2030)|
|$415 billion (2030)|
|Total assets||$14 trillion (2030)|
Number of employees
Quicksilver Industries is a Caphiravian global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies conglomerate with worldwide interests. It provides other logistics and operations support, as well as operates in numerous non-military fields such as real estate, financial services, software development, vehicle manufacturing and more. Founded in 1934 to meet the manufacturing demand as a result of the Great War, Quicksilver Industries rapidly expanded and extended its reach worldwide. By the end of the Great War, Quicksilver had become one of the largest defense contractors in the world. due to shifting markets, defense consolidation, and globalism, Quicksilver Industries began to operate in more diverse sectors and industries.
Quicksilver Industries has grown to become one of the largest companies in the world; it is the largest publicly traded company by market capitalization, annual revenue, and workforce both nationally and globally. It is also the largest defense contractor in the world; 68% of Quicksilver's revenues came from military sales; it topped the list of Caphiravian government contractors and received nearly 45% of the funds paid out by the Ministry of Defense. The company employs close to 2.5 million employees worldwide and has offices in every major country on earth.
Quicksilver Industries operates in three main business sectors: Manufacturing, Defense Solutions, and Operations Security. Additionally, it has a dedicated research and technological development sector - called Quicksilver Labs - and more recently a sector dedicated to the company's holdings and interests in a wide and diverse range of companies that aren't necessarily a part of the main sectors - called QS Innovations. Each business sector may contain multiple subsidiaries and companies, each with its own unique subculture and organization that functions in semi-autonomy.
In addition to its own domestic defense operations, Quicksilver is able to execute international operations on a large scale, varying from simple manufacturing plants to extensive extra-governmental contracts. While not officially acknowledged, Quicksilver can also function as its own private military company that provides integrated security, mission support and risk management services to corporate, government and for-profit clients. Quicksilver Industries has received significant criticism regarding the legality of the practices of its contractors, its environmental and business practices, including anti-competitive behavior, privacy concerns, tax avoidance, antitrust, censorship, and corruption.
Quicksilver Industries is headquartered in Venceia, Caphiria, and plans to build a second headquarters in the future. The current Chief Executive is Alexandus Venio II, who has been leading the company since 1988. He is a third-generation member of the Venio family; his grandfather founded the company and his father helped grow it to an international company.
- 1 History
- 2 Organization
- 2.1 Business divisions
- 2.2 Subsidiaries and equity holdings
- 3 Contracts and Operations
- 4 Corporate governance
- 5 Criticism and controversies
1934: Founding and incorporation
Quicksilver Industries was formed as Venio Company Limited in 1934 by Alexandus Venio Sr as a result of a nationwide effort to meet the increasing demand for the defense industry in Caphiria during the Great War. The Imperium was giving out $250 million in low-interest loans to spur research and development across all sectors of the defense industry and Venio Company Limited received $15 million to focus on aircraft production. Between 1934 and 1938, VCL developed brake systems for automobiles and aircraft, licensing out the technology to its competitors and used the profits to go on an acquisition spree.
The most notable acquisition was Savin Corporation, who at the time was one of the most influential defense companies in Caphiria. Savin was responsible for the development and creation of the Vega X3 series of aircraft, and had produced over 80 aircraft and employed more than 300 workers. After the acquisition, production increased threefold and by 1940 VCL was producing 5 different types of vehicles and employed more than a thousand workers.
Production continued to ramp up prior to the war, and VCL continued to release new and improved models of aircraft throughout the years. The Imperium commissioned a radical new design, a fighter aircraft with a twin-engined, twin-boom design, and VCL won all but one contract from the government during the entirety of the war. In early 1941, VCL formally incorporated as a corporation, raising $50 million. Less than three months after incorporating, the company bought a massive plot of land to start construction on its manufacturing facilities. During the war, the entire area was camouflaged to fool enemy aerial reconnaissance. The factory was hidden beneath a huge burlap tarpaulin painted to depict a peaceful semi-rural neighborhood, replete with rubber automobiles. Hundreds of fake trees, shrubs, buildings, and even fire hydrants were positioned to give a three-dimensional appearance. The trees and shrubs were created from chicken wire treated with an adhesive and covered with feathers to provide a leafy texture.
By the time the war ended, VCL was second in Caphirian corporations in the value of wartime production contracts, accounting for 26% of wartime production. In total, it was estimated that VCL produced 26,423 aircraft during the Great War.
1940-60: Postwar expansion
1961-66: International success and diversification
1966-88: Decline and restructuring
1988-present: Return to success and corporate hegemonism
Quicksilver Industries currently employs 5,431,615 people across its five divisions.
- Shockwave Integrated Defense Technologies (SID Tech) - SID Tech produces and manufactures fighter aircraft, airlifters, aerial refuelling tankers, helicopters, and airborne warfare systems, firearms and a variety of items related to firearms including its own custom variants of the AR-15 rifle, advanced rail systems, custom upper receivers, and advanced barrels among others. It also designs and manufactures naval ships and submarines, and armoured fighting vehicles such as tanks, armoured cars, reconnaissance vehicles, internal security vehicles, APCs, infantry fighting vehicles, and anti-aircraft vehicles.
- Lansing-Mitchell Weaponeering (LMW) - LMW is a wholly-owned subsidiary global weapons manufacturing company specializing in handguns; it is headquartered in Burgundie and more than half of its revenue comes from there.
- Shockwave Global Solutions (SGS) - SGS is responsible for development, building, hardening, securing, testing and integrating complex communications systems, networks and products and provide the highest level of support solutions for the public and private sector. They are capable of networking and platform integration; cyber security, defense products, and operational support; satellite communications; protected radio communications products; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors, systems and space electronics; mission planning and management systems, weapon control systems and platform computing systems and open architecture information systems.
- Vepr Defense - Creates military radar, sensors and related products including C4I radar systems for air defense, Airspace Management radar systems such as AMASS, and battlefield surveillance systems like the Airborne Reconnaissance Low (ARL).
- Atlas Tech - Manages QSI's current and future portfolio of fixed-wing military and surveillance aircraft, including fighters and commercial derivative platforms, and support of key platforms such as the executive transport fleet, which is used to transport the Imperator of Caphiria.
- Chromeria Military Solutions - Provides integrated security, mission support and risk management services to corporate, government and nonprofit clients. It operates the Chromeria Training Center (CTC) where it offers tactics and weapons training to military, government, and law enforcement agencies, as well as tactical training for maritime force protection units.
- Omega Systems - Formerly a competitor of Quicksilver, was purchased through a hostile takeover in July 2026. Omega developed the Raven UAV and is currently developing new UAV platforms and control systems. Omega Systems is headquartered in South Tryhstia.
- O'Shea Heavy Industrial Systems - Wholly owned subsidiary Burgundian military shipbuilding company. It specializes in building, remodeling, and repairing naval ships. The primary shipyard is located in Burgundie and has depots across the world.
- BDS Solutions - Designs, develops, produces, supports, maintains, modernises and upgrades armoured combat vehicles, wheeled vehicles, naval guns, surface ship combatants, commercial vessels, missile launchers, artillery systems, military ordnance, and protective wear and armour.
- Ladestro Dynamics - Specializes in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; advanced cybersecurity solutions; weather and environmental solutions, and information-based solutions for homeland security. The company also provides training, logistics, engineering, product support, and operational support services and solutions for the mission support, homeland security, space, civil aviation, counter-proliferation and counter-terrorism markets
- O'Shea Operation Management Services - Offers large scale operations management and critical infrastructure maintenance
- Quicksilver Space Systems - Specializes in airborne radars and processors, electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensors, electronic warfare (EW) and precision guidance systems, active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars, space and missile defense technology, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems. It has significant engineering and manufacturing facilities in Burgundie and Kiravia.
- SIX Developmental - The main research and development firm which operates in virtually every sector. There are 10 major R&D facilities spread across the world that work on an array of advanced technological projects.
- Redsun - The official name for the 'Advanced Development Program' and has high degree of autonomy, with the task of working on advanced or secret projects.
- QV Properties - The holding company for all of QSI's corporate real estate holdings. It is also used to lease real estate to other corporations.
- Venio Enterprise Services - Provides shared capabilities and support services, principally to internal customers.
- Venio Finance Solutions - The financial services holding company of QSI. It operates a private equity fund, a multinational insurance company, and customer-oriented, financial products and services to individual customers and businesses.
- Caphiria Architects & Engineers - A wholly owned subsidiary which is one of the largest architectural firms in the world, having worked on some of the most iconic buildings in Caphiria and internationally.
- Silver Lineworks - An engineering and robotics design holding company. It produces machines of varying degrees of autonomy under contract from military drones to advanced artificial intelligence for tech companies and 3D simulations. The company is a pioneer in the field of robotics and it is one of the most advanced in its domain.
Subsidiaries and equity holdings
Shockwave Industrial is a global defense, security, weapons manufacturer, and advanced technology company. It is the largest subsidiary of Quicksilver Industries and is one of the world's largest defense contractors, with 82% of its annual revenue coming from direct military sales. Before it was acquired by QSI in 1997, Shockwave Industrial was a pioneer during the Great War, becoming the first company in Caphiria to successfully test nuclear weaponry as well as going on to be the first and only user of a nuclear bomb on another country.
Today, Shockwave Industrial is responsible for the development, building, hardening, securing, testing and integrating complex communications systems, networks and products through its Shockwave Global Solutions (SGS) division and is responsible for advanced defense and security-related systems, products and services through its Shockwave Integrated Defense Technologies (SID Tech) division.
Shockwave Industrial employs over 150,000 people and has an additional 100,000 individual contractors. In addition to its massive headquarters in Arzercavalli, it also has over 150 research and development facilities across the world that allows for extremely efficient development and production cycles.
Lansing-Mitchell Weaponeering is a Burgundian weapons manufacturing company, although since 1992 it has become primarily a pistol manufatory, with worldwide interests. It is headquartered in NordHalle, Burgundie and employs 20,000 people. The majority of manufacturing and sales still originates from Burgundie.
It currently produces ten different firearms with seven of them being handguns. Lansing-Mitchell has reported $24 billion in revenue and is estimated to have $2.1 billion in assets. Today, it is primarily a niche weapons manufacturer that focuses on low volume and high quality and custom solutions for its clients. Its most recent handgun, the LM-Snauzer 2021 uses a 7.92x33mm Kurz cartridge that was designed to replace a lot of the outdated handguns being used in law enforcement. It was the first product from Lansing-Mitchell to be mass-produced and it is currently one of the world's most popular handguns being used in law enforcement.
Lansing-Mitchell Weaponeering was acquired by Quicksilver Industries in 2002 for $35.7 billion in an attempt for Lansing-Mitchell to have access to new markets outside of Burgundie. Approximately 80% of Lansing-Mitchell's business is from the Burgundian Armed Forces and Police Services.
The O'Shea Corporation
The O'Shea Corporation is a Burgundian shipbuilding and logistics holding company with global interests. Its origins can be traced back to the 19th century where a Gaelic Kuhlfrosian immigrated to Burgundie and founded O'Shea Hull Design in 1873. By the beginning of the 20th century, O'Shea Hull Design had become the O'Shea Shipping Company and it was the largest naval architecture firm in Burgundie. The company continued to diversify its assets across the maritime realm, establishing other companies such as O’Shea Container Shipping, O'Shea Infrastructure and Design, O'Shea Operation Management Services, O'Shea International Services, the O'Shea Maritime Academy-, and the O'Shea Chemical Research Facility.
In 2007, Quicksilver Industries acquired O'Shea Shipping Company along with all of its sister companies under the name O’Shea Heavy Industrial Systems. In 2025, a corporate restructuring occurred and all of O'Shea's assets were moved into a new entity called The O'Shea Corporation.
The O'Shea Corporation employs close to 100,000 people across all of its companies and operates over 1,500 ships and has a capacity of 6.1 million TEU.
Petalstone is a multinational corporation that produces consumer entertainment, electronics, home appliances, and semiconductors. It is engaged in business through its three operating components: electronics (AV, IT & communication products, semiconductors, video games, network services and medical business), motion pictures (movies and TV shows), and through music (record labels and music publishing). Petalstone operates the third-largest entertainment business (forming The Big Three), is among the semiconductor sales leaders and since 2020, the fifth-largest television manufacturer in the world.
Petalstone was acquired by Quicksilver Industries in 2010 for $289 billion, the largest ever acquisition in the world. It has 110,000 employees worldwide across its three divisions. Since the acquisition, Petalstone has launched numerous environmental practices and initiatives, such as committing to ending its use of coal and shifting to 100% renewable clean energy and being the first electronics manufacturer to fully eliminate all polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in its complete product line.
While Quicksilver Industries is primarily known for its defense and military related companies, Petalstone is the second-most profitable business within the entire QSI portfolio behind Shockwave Industrial, generating almost a quarter of its annual revenue alone.
Investments and minority holdings
As well as owning companies outright, Quicksilver Industries maintains a concentrated portfolio of equities and investments which has historically been managed personally by Alexandus Venio II. Since the second major corporate restructure in 2011, this has been done through Venio Finance Solutions. VFS acts as the financial services holding company of QSI. It operates a private equity fund, a multinational insurance company, and customer-oriented, financial products and services to individual customers and businesses. VFS currently has $4.5 trillion AUM and $400 billion in assets.
As of March 2035, VFS's largest investments were:
- Premiere Airways - $19.3 billion
- Royal Aqualife - $16.6 billion
- Mercure Industries - $11.4 billion
- Caelen Eilean Financial Services - $8.5 billion
- Alterion Group - $8 billion
- Bank of Valēka - $5 billion
- Grael Financial Group - $2.5 billion
- Soleil Automobili S/A - $2.1 billion
- Nerivas Nitro - $2 billion
- Pan-Punth Free Press - $1.6 billion
- Baiereal Petrochemical - $1.4 billion
- Diamante Oil Group - $1.4 billion
- Compor Mining - $1.2 billion
- Imperial Beverage - $1 billion
- Saeger Vineyards - $1 billion
- Glaskow Refrigerated Storage - $1 billion
- InterCronz - $1 billion
Contracts and Operations
Quicksilver Industries maintains numerous contracts spanning the aerospace, defense, security, and technologies industry. The company makes the bulk of its revenue in what is called contracts and operations.
Contracts typically revolve around the arms industry: manufacturing and selling weapons and military technology and equipment, as well as research and development, engineering, production, and the servicing of military material, equipment, and facilities. Contracts are almost always awarded by governments and military agencies though there has been a growing trend in the market for privatised military corporations. Quicksilver Industries has contracts with virtually every country on earth.
33% of total global revenue ($105 billion) accounts for long-term contracts with domestic and international governments, agencies, and militaries. Of that, 15% ($15.7 billion) accounts for local contracts with the Imperial Armed Forces of Caphiria, making it the largest defense contractor of the Imperium. General contracts with the Imperium make up 10% ($10.5 billion), with 6% ($6.3 billion) going towards foreign government contracts and 2% ($2.1 billion) accounting for commercial and other contracts.
Operations revolve around Quicksilver Industries acting as a private military corporation, providing integrated security, mission support and risk management services to corporate, government and non-profit clients. QSI owns and operates the Chromeria Training center (CTC), a training facility located on 7,000 acres, comprised of several ranges, indoor, outdoor, urban reproductions, a man-made lake, and two driving tracks. QSTC offers tactics and weapons training to military, government, and law enforcement agencies. The CTC also offers several open-enrollment courses periodically throughout the year, from hand to hand combat (executive course) to precision rifle marksmanship. They also offer courses in tactical and off-road driving. Unlike Quicksilver Contracts, any public or private institution that meets the prerequisites may request to hire QSI.
Board of directors
The board of directors consists of 11 members:
- Alexandus Venio II, (chairman and CEO)
- Vinntan Valuassius, (executive director)
- Felicitas Galarius (non-executive director)
- Cario Iustus (non-executive director)
- Lonnar Gelrani, (non-executive director)
- Darvin Susarmi, (non-executive director)
- Hostraius Decmussa, (CEO of Lanxor)
- Natalie Charbonneau, (chairwoman and CEO of Premiere Airways)
- Liviratur Konsoleridon, (CEO of Trans-Oceanic Investment Banking Group)
- Steven Mitchell, (CEO of Imperial Beverages)
- Oiksi Iivostner, (chairman of Pantheon Industries)
The current executive structure is as follows:
- Alexandus Venio II, (Chief Executive)
- Alera Panianstina (Principal Executive of Operations)
- Civius Macerius (Principal Executive of Finance)
- Acastus Logos (Principal Executive of Legal Counsel)
- Salmoneus Logos (Principal Executive of Security)
- Christian Barbas (Principal Executive of Risk Management)
- Christiano Petrous (Principal Executive of Marketing)
- Tivadar Matthias (Principal Executive of Research)
- Evangelina Petracca (Principal Executive of Investment)
- Cyrek Loris (Principal Executive of Human Resources)
- Bastiaan Patras (Principal Executive of Data)
- Jeroenr Xenos (Principal Executive of Compliance)
- Nicolas Demos (Principal Executive of Communications)
- Tareo Levotus (Vice Executive of Manufacturing)
- Dano Calavaculus (Vice Executive of Defense Solutions)
- Camulatia Contranti (Vice Executive of Operations Security)
- Revir Samognatius (Vice Executive of Quicksilver Labs)
- Cacurio Manatus (Vice Executive of QS Innovations)
Criticism and controversies
Throughout its existence, Quicksilver Industries has received significant criticism regarding the legality of the practices of its contractors, its environmental and business practices, including anti-competitive behavior, privacy concerns, tax avoidance, antitrust, censorship, and corruption.
As the largest defense contractor in the world, QSI has come under intense scrutiny for violations of international law and war. On July 3rd, 1997, the Urcean Ministry of Commerce issued the Guidelines on Quicksilver International, concluding that "the difficulty separating private from public troops means that legal proceedings against these non-state violent actors can be complicated. The corporate nature of PMSCs (Private Military and Security Contractors) is a barrier to their accountability for violations of international law. No international court has jurisdiction over these corporations and there is no preexisting mechanism in place bound by international law to account and manage for PMSCs use of force. If the world's use of PMSCs increases without any international accountability, this creates a situation that the world may not be able to return from."