Megacorporations: Bauhaus

Diameter - 12,104km
Mean Distance from the Sun -108,200,000km
Day Length - 243 days (retrograde)
Orbital Period in Earth Days - 225


Even before the Exodus of Mankind the Bauhaus Corporation had a well-deserved reputation for engineering excellence and now, nearly 1400 years later, the reputation still holds true. During the colonization of the solar system all the corporations employed their skills in the construction of ships, atmospheric processing plants and gravity regulators. In addition to this they were recognized for their honorable business ethics. They rarely offered the most appealing deals and they were never the cheapest but agreements signed with them were always honored.

Bauhaus was quick to realize that of all the planets available for colonization Venus would yield the greatest return and they established themselves so firmly that they have dominated the planet ever since. Their inclination to consolidation has limited their expansion throughout the solar system. However, it would be foolish not to have some presence on the other worlds and with customary efficiency they have set up cities and bases on all the larger inhabited worlds.

Nowhere in the solar system has the struggle against the Dark Legion been so fierce as on Venus. It was on Venus that Algeroth the Apostle of War first appeared. Today the fighting is as fierce as ever and while Bauhaus still holds the dominant position, victory for any of the warring sides seems an eternity away.

Corporate Structure

The Bauhaus Corporation is based around the hierarchy of the four Duke Electors, a tradition of family descendancy that has endured for nearly a hundred generations. The Duke Electors retain complete control over every aspect of the corporation whether industrial, social or military.

The four great families have always maintained strong links with the military and as a result it is rare for someone without a military background to achieve a position of authority within the corporation. However, it is not uncommon for an official of civilian background to be raised to military status if their achievements merit the promotion. In this way new blood is drawn into the four Duke Elector families to sustain their dominance by absorbing prominent and talented members of society into their ranks. It is a well-established and well-respected system that makes for a very stable seat of government. However, the same elements that provide stability also limit the scope of what Bauhaus might achieve, for the Duke Electors tend to err on the side of caution. And yet this serves to strengthen their reputation for efficiency as they rarely embark on a campaign that ends in failure.


In addition to the myriad of islands on Venus there are two main landmasses, the huge equatorial continent of Aphrodite Terra and the smaller continent of Ishtar Terra in the Northern Hemisphere. Bauhaus made as wise decision when they founded their capitol city of Heimburg on the smaller northern continent rather than the larger and richer continent of Aphrodite.

The equatorial continent with its vast resources has become the archetypal warzone, one huge battlefield from its rigged coastline to the dense jungles of the interior. Indeed, surviving the jungles alone can prove to be a nightmare. During the long Venusian day when the heat is sweltering and the leviathan beasts are roaming abroad, and equally during the cold, humid nights when the semi-carnivorous plants seek out the flesh of living things in the absence of the sun's nourishing rays.

The city of Heimburg is one of the grandest in the solar system with a Brotherhood Cathedral of imposing Bauhaus design. The city sprawls across a meandering river, near the Ishtar Terra coast, and like every inch of Venus, it bears the scars of the conflict that threaten to tear the planet apart. The continents provide the ideal arena for prolonged campaigns, while the expansive oceans and countless islands make it very difficult to eradicate an enemy's presence altogether as they can simply retreat and set up their defenses on yet another island stronghold. A strategy clearly illustrated by the prolonged Sub-Wars between Bauhaus and Mishima, which raged across the Thousand Islands of the Graveton Archipelago for many years.


The upper tiers of Bauhaus society are dominated by the maneuvering for power between the four Duke Elector families. This internal struggle handicaps a corporation that many believe could be the most powerful in the solar system, as the internal conflict between families prevents them from coordinating a concerted strategy. The Bauhaus Throne Wars of the 4th century Y.C. illustrate how internal strife led to the loss of a great deal of Bauhaus territory throughout the inhabited worlds.

This sense of division stands in stark contrast to the main body of the population, which is entirely committed to the corporation. The majority of citizens aspire to nothing more than a distinguished career in the armed forces. Such a career can bring rich rewards and social achievement.


As one might expect the Bauhaus reputation for excellence extends onto the battlefield. Their military hardware is generally of a higher standard and their mechanical and vehicular support is notably superior to that of the other corporations. Combined with good discipline and highly trained troops, the Bauhaus army is one of the most effective in the solar system. Following the culture of military service the troops themselves are also well motivated and follow a code of honor that has earned them respect throughout the corporations.

Unlike the other corporations Bauhaus is not reliant on special forces units. The training and equipment of their regular army puts it almost on a par with many of the other corporations special units. This gives Bauhaus a solid and versatile albeit somewhat less dynamic than that of a corporation like Capitol for instance.

One step up from the regular infantry of the Bauhaus corporation are the Hussars. Even with their basic training and relatively light equipment they are still a match for any of the other corporation's regular troops.

Formed in answer to the first Cardinal's call to arms during the Venusian Crusade, the Venusian Rangers form the elite force of the Bauhaus army. They are well equipped and well trained, constantly adapting their tactics and equipment to accommodate the ever increasingly diversity of terrain in which they're required to fight.

The reemergence of the Dark Legion on Venus has led to the formation of a small special forces unit known as the Etoiles Mortant, the "Dying Stars". An all-female unit, consisting of volunteers from the Venusian Rangers, these warriors are more lightly armored than their comrades and given additional training. Stars that burn the brightest, also die most quickly, a fact that is not lost on the volunteers of the Etoiles Mortant.