Imperial Ship Builders Association
The Imperial Ship Builders Association is an association of ship-builders which aims to benefit all its members by sharing information and resources and co-ordinating political lobbying. It also has a social function, including an annual dinner on Capital at which awards for innovation and design excellence are presented.
Founder ShipWorks and X-TEK formed the ISBA in year 22 as a joint project to strengthen their position against Cleon’s Zhunastu Corporation. Sir Josphanoer Cailfor, FSW’s lead negotiator, became the first Project Co-ordinator. Over the following 600 years, the association grew to represent the interests of many diverse entities concerned with manufacturing starships. However, the organisation was destroyed by the Civil War in the 7th century as members found themselves supporting opposing sides. The ISBA has subsequently been resurrected several times in various parts of the Imperium but has remained a much smaller affair and has never regained its earlier strength. The Project Co-ordinator is the elected head of the ISBA and serves for four years unless a vote of no confidence is passed. The association has always been a hotbed of barely concealed strife, from political struggles between members to disagreements with the Imperial government. If a contract for a faulty ship design is accepted, or a truly good design is shelved, it is frequently attributed to the machinations of the ISBA.
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