A central entity in Project: OBSIDIAN is SEEC, the Corporation that rules the Yggdrasil System in place of government. How the planets came to be ruled by a corporation is never explained within the story, and neither is the meaning of the acronym “SEEC”. It was a decision I made early on that I’m now questioning: the company is only ever referred to as SEEC or the Corporation so far.
On the side of mystery, we have the fact that the company has its own interests closest to heart. This leads them to keep many of their activities hidden for fear of evoking outrage in the people. Their true name would just be another thing to hide; though not necessarily incriminating, the executives of the Corporation may have come to enjoy this part of the mystique.
On the side of transparency, SEEC nominally exists to serve the people. They have provided the organization that allows the planets to best work together, the security that keeps most spacecraft safe from attacks by pirates, and advances in medical technology to prolong the lives of the people. Their name is a bone they can easily throw to the populace in the name of transparency.
Then again, perhaps the name was once well-known in the early years of the Corporation, but has now faded into obscurity like that of Nabisco; some people know what it is, but most can’t be bothered to care.
I’m interested in hearing some opinions on the matter. Please let me know what you think in the comments.
2 thoughts on “Mystery or explanation?”
Part of me kind of likes the mystery. I really like the last idea, that it was well-known and just faded. That it stays a mystery to the reader, but everyone knows it and it doesn’t matter.
That’s what I’m leaning toward as well. I’m curious, does the presence of an unexplained acronym in a story bother you? Or is it something you can readily accept since our world is already so full of them?