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Union Merchant
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Union Merchant
Difficulty: Hard
Superior: Your Wallet, Captain
Duties: Represent the Free Trade Union to the best of your ability on the Northern Light, and maximize profits.
Guides: The Agreement, Guide to Profiteering, FTU Lore
Quote: Best I can do is 50 credits for the RPG.

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Description

You are the head of the local branch of Free Trade Union, and the NEV "Northern Light's" Union representatives A staunch entrepreneur, you are motivated by profit; for the Junior Partner, and especially for yourself. You are here first to make as much money as you can, and second, to keep the crew supplied. You can order things at cargo using the local Union funds, these will not magically replenish so you will run out of money quickly if you don't charge. Take payments by card or cash, and deposit them into the Union account to enable more purchases.

The Union also operates all the vendors on the ship, every credit paid into them goes to your Union account. Naturally operating is a two-way street, you are expected to ensure they stay stocked

The Merchant is the role you pick when you are interested in cargo roles, but more specifically in dealing with customers and customer service. If you like setting up a storefront, buying odds and ends from vagabonds, and haggling over and fulfilling orders for profit; this is the job for you.

Guide

You and your fellow merchants are the only FTU members aboard this vessel. This means your second loyalty (after profits, of course) is to them. Those under you are not members of the FTU, but are contracted to help you earn profit, and you should direct them accordingly.

You are free to conduct your business any way you see fit. Aegis security is there to quell any revolts or unhappy(entitled) customers. Feel free to treat customers unjustly and do as you see fit. Just remember that it might be better to practice ethics and discretion in your dealings.

You do not receive a salary, but the local Union funds are yours to use. You may pay yourself as much as you like from that account, take the funds and use them for any purpose. Bribery is a good one, you can get people to do a lot of things if you flash some cash, and it’s a good idea to keep a few thousand credits on hand in-cash to bribe your way through potentially difficult situations.

Merchants are the fingers that the Junior Partner have in any given area of work and who they report their earnings to. All merchants that are picked from the Senior Partner or The Board are themselves a member of the Union via their contract agreement but have no real power within the union.

Office

In your office, you will have available to you: a shotgun, some bean bag shells, an export scanner, a supply console and regular console, and an EFTPOS scanner. There is also a Cargo Lockdown button which will shutter the windows and doors to the department with reinforced blast shutters in case of emergency. You will have a full view of the cargo lobby below you, to spot any trouble. Feel free to download the Command app on the console, or on your PDA which will let you make ship wide announcements. You are a department head, after all.

Cargo Department Bank Account

In the Notes section of your IC tab, you will find your personal bank account number and pin; there you will also find the departments bank information. You are the only one that has this information. The only way to deposit and withdraw money(directly) from the department account IS IN YOUR HEAD! This is very important to note if you are leaving the round. If you are going to cryogenic sleep, please write down the information on a piece of paper or divulge it to the person you trust most in your department. They can get promoted to merchant after you are gone, and will require this information.

Exports and Imports

You can use the ATM in the cargo lobby to withdraw some capital to use for purchases; Use the supply console to use the money in the cargo account to order crates of goodies. Once you order and authorize something(type your signature when it asks for reason), you will need to request the cargo shuttle to come to the Eris. This will take approximately 2 minutes. Once the shuttle has arrived, it will be at the bottom floor of the Cargo Bay. You can load up crates full of cargo that you want to export for profit onto the cargo shuttle and send it off.

To use the Cargo Export scanner found in your locker, just click on the Cargo Supply console to link it. Then you can use the scanner on goods and materials to find out how much money you will receive for its export on the shuttle. The money for the items will be deposited into the Departments Account 2 minutes after the shuttle leaves.

Tips

  • Nobody has a right to free stuff. You are well within your rights to charge for anything you distribute, and you won't make a penny if you don't.
  • NEV Northern Light has few laws on contraband. If someone wants something and they can afford it, you get it for them. Don't try to play moral guardian and don't ask questions. You are not responsible for whatever they do with your products.
  • Loyalty is a priceless resource, yet cheap to maintain. Don't screw over the miners and technicians working under you.
  • Charity is a weapon. Used correctly, it can do wonders for your public image. A few gifts spread around makes for good returning customers.
  • You are there to make money for your Junior Partner who in turn makes money for the Union. Do a good job and you will go far, fail to deliver and you will be replaced with someone who will.

Further Reading



List of Roles
Positions on NEV Northern Light
Captain's Crew Aegis Lazarus Sci Lazarus Med Engineering Free Trade Union Children of Mekhane
Captain Aegis
Commander
Chief
Science Officer
Chief
Medical Officer
Chief
Engineer
Union
Merchant
Preacher
First
Officer
Aegis
Gunnery Sergeant
Lazarus
Scientist
Lazarus
Doctor
Engineer Union
Technician
Acolyte
Bridge Officer Aegis
Inspector
Lazarus
Roboticist
Lazarus
Paramedic
Union
Miner
Agrolyte
Club
Manager
Aegis
Medical Specialist
Lazarus
Chemist
Union
Artist
Custodian
Club
Worker
Aegis
Operative
Lazarus
Psychiatrist
Vagabond