Ares Macrotechnology, run by Damien Knight and headquartered on lifeboat Detroit, is the seventh largest corporation, and the current leader in the defense and aerospace industries. Its five main divisions are AresSpace, Ares Global Entertainment, Ares Arms, Knight Errant Security Services, and General Motors.
Nicholas "Old Nick" Aurelius was an industry giant at the end of the 20th century. He sat on the board of General Motors and owned (outright) countless other companies. When the Shiawase Decision was handed down, Old Nick had to give some serious thought into incorporating all his various assets into one single mega-corporation.
Old Nick was CEO and Chairman of the Board for Ares Industries from its inception in 2002 until 2023. These two decades were ones of extreme growth and profitability for the mega corporation. Old Nick had a knack for reorganizing the company for maximum profits, and to minimize losses.
As the US government began to sell off their assets, Ares Industries was right there to pick up the pieces.When NASA was being sold off to the highest bidder, Old Nick made sure that would be Ares. With this acquisition they were able to; turn NASA into a highly profitable satellite recovery service, refurbish the space station Freedom (now renamed the Zurich-Orbital Habitat and sell it to the Corporate Court… Which they also helped form.)
Everything was coming up roses for Ares. After his two decades of service, Old Nick stepped down as CEO. He left the position to his son, Leonard Aurelius. And Leonard ran things fairly competently (if a bit more hesitant than his father) for the next six years.
On Feb. 8, 2029, computer systems all over the world were attacked at random by an unknown virus. This brought about the toppling of governments, uncounted casualties, unknown billions of dollars of damages, and the world on the brink of chaos. Ares Industries somehow managed to make it through this turmoil, in part by rebranding themselves as the new and improved Ares Macrotechnology.
They slowly rebuilt, and re-established themselves in this brave new world. Leonard oversaw a few key buyouts and mergers that strengthened Ares Macrotech's position in the corporate court. Ares Arms, however, brought in the most profits during this time, with the EuroWars beginning in 2031. Ares Arms was just about the sole arms manufacturer for all sides of the conflict. With moves such as this, Leonard Aurelius, generally established himself as a competent (if careful) heir to Old Nick's corporate empire.
As Leonard corporate star began to rise, tragedy struck at home. In the late months of 2032, Old Nick Aurelius succumbed to a fatal heart attack.
Then, just three short months later on Jan. 24th 2033 at 11:42:08 EST a blitzkrieg of computerized buying and selling orders from Stockholm Sweden hit the Boston East Coast Stock Exchange . Over the next sixty-four seconds, these trades caused three corporations to dissolve, two multi-millionaires to lose their fortunes, three other people became multi-millionaires, and ( the then unknown financier) Damien Knight to gain 22% stock in Ares Macrotechnology. This attack became known as the Nanosecond Buyout and has been the source of much speculation.
Knight and Aurelius did not see eye to eye from the very beginning and butted heads off and on for control over the next few years. Mostly these years were dominated by Knight's control, with the exception of a few months during 2049, when Leonard managed to wrest control away from Knight with the help of Gavilan Investments. Gavilan Investments owned 12% of Ares' stock and was just enough to swing the voting block behind Leonard's power bid. But it seems that Gavilan Investments (and it's owner, the Big D) were quite capricious and helped reinstate Knight by the middle of 2050.
Ares Macrotech, under Knight's leadership, began to flourish. He expanded the role of AresSpace in the public and private sectors, expanded Ares Global Entertainment, and forged Knight Errant Securities.