The Dibarro are a powerful, independent, and
highly secretive trade group that has seemingly been
around since the beginnings of time. They deal honestly but
aggressively as money lenders and speculators, selling trade notes
providing high risk financial capital. They are aggressive
sponsors of exploration and discovery, though they often
ask a high price in return for their support. Beyond
seeking simple principal-plus-interest rewards, they will often work to gain
political clout, long-term income, or resource streams that can be leveraged
In addition to being investment and venture
capitalists, they will issue trade notes to corporation and individuals. Trade
notes allow money to carried in physical form, to places where Intellignet
currency may be inaccessible or in question. Large amounts of money to be
moved without observation, outside official databases and records. Trade notes
are often used between UTP worlds and in trade between
empires who don't trust each others' databases to update appropriately.
While the Dibarro are heavy into speculative investments,
they tend to stay away from
shady or illegal activity. They invest in high-risk exploratory missions and
research but often send their own personal representatives and find ways to exploit the findings.
Participating in the next big scientific discovery before the markets can
respond is exceptionally profitable, as is becoming co-owner of new
technologies or settlements.
The Dibarro invest to develop or control critical
infrastructure like Intellignet hubs and refuelling ports. Their "charity" gives
them access to information and resources as well as the ability to
strategically cut off others' access to them. Close control of such resources
allow them to use
communications assets to relay news to themselves before others and exploit the results
financially and for power.
The Dibarro are controlled at the top by a mysterious and exceptionally
powerful cartel of individuals. Many are involved in the upper layers of
various corporations and governments.
They maintain publicly accessible local outlets
where individuals can approach the organization for smaller scale business.
Larger deals are organized through private meetings arranged on an individual
basis, strictly out of the public eye. Much of the real dealings of the
Dibarro are handled quietly and through direct contact between members.
The organization is informally stratified, with
members being familiar with their own local affairs and having knowledge of
only a layer or two of membership above their own.