The Great Masquerade
DETC (Drelan-Elsus Trade Corporation)
The Drelan-Elsus Trade Corporation (or DETC) is the main group responsibile for the economic management of the Drelan Empire, they are effectively a combination of groups responsibile for International trade, trade within the country, taxation, tariffs, and other functions like that. Basically every economic function for the Drelan Empire is run by the company, though the more important aspects of the country’s economy are handled by the empire. Basically the company is divided into two parts, the economy within the empire, as well as any other states that have alliegence towards the empire is handled by imperial employees. International economic management is handled by those who have been employed by James Elsus, though the decisions of the ‘Elsus Branch’ can be overruled by those of sufficient rank in the ‘Imperial Branch’. There is one caveat to this division though, as the Elsus Branch handles the collection of taxes within the empire, so that public opinions of the empire are kept relatively higher, as blame for taxation is placed on the Elsus Branch of the company.
Due to the company being partially run by the Imperial government itself, the company is very closely related to the Drelan Empire’s diplomatic relations. If other nations support boycotts of the DETC, it is regarded by the Empire as an inexusable act, and grounds for the declaration of warfare. The recent Drelan-Kovarian War was partially caused by the Kovarian government supported boycott.
The DETC was originally founded by Elizabeth Elsus, in the beginning of the empire in the Second Era. The Elsus family has remained as the main group in control of the company since it’s inception, the integration of this company into the Imperial government is a much more recent occurance.