This is a continuation of the question asked here: How long would it take for nuclear energy to become adopted in a world on the brink of collapse?

So, with my current timeline, nuclear energy (and ZenCorp, the corporation behind it) has a headstart of 8-9 years before other alternatives come along. According to one of the answers, this should be enough time to see some changes in things like carts and buses.

But... then a new challenger approaches: another corporation begins pushing for other energy sources, such as solar, hydroelectric and tidal power, an alternative to ZenCorp's "nuclear solution".

Things to take into consideration:

  • The corporations are actively trying to undermine each other, like in the "nuclear solution" example above, meant to spread fear and unwillingness to adopt the competition's solutions.
  • There's a constant state of flux across the world. Places that were relatively peaceful/safe a few weeks/months ago may not be so anymore. The flipside is also true: places that were being torn apart by war may reach a tense truce or one faction may ultimately rise victorious. Which leads us to...
  • They are willing and able to set up shop in places were riots and crime are widespread (their security forces are essentially private armies), but wouldn't (knowingly and willingly) go into an active warzone.
  • Despite their main clients being governments, the corporations have no qualms about working with those that overthrow them, so long as the feeling is mutual.
  • Despite their militarized security forces, they don't engage in open armed conflict with each other. They're not above underhanded methods, such as sabotage or industrial espionage, though. If the agents sent on these missions are caught, well... they're far away from the public eye, so they'll mysteriously go missing or show up the day after as tragic victims of crime.

This leads to a situation in which one or another corporation holds the most power in a given area, even if the other eventually tries to expand there. This would be decided by the first one to strike a deal or whose propaganda was best internalized by the government/population.

So, considering the information above, how would this not-so-friendly competition (and the unstable state of the world) affect the adoption of their products and services, particularly the implementation of alternative energy sources?


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  • $\begingroup$ With current dynamics in place (power stations take years to build and decades to pay off), this will be a very slow moving process. $\endgroup$ – Alexander Jan 14 at 22:51
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, @Alexander! There's a solution to the power stations taking years to be built (they would still take a while, though), but the "decades to pay off" does make me wonder. Could you tell me a little more about this, or point me in the right direction to investigate further? $\endgroup$ – Cuervo77 Jan 14 at 23:00
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    $\begingroup$ I apologize, but what rule of your world are you asking about? We build worlds here, not stories. The actions of two corporations is entirely story-based. A worldbuilding question about corporations would be a rule that would apply to all corporations - not just one or two. VTC OT:TSB. $\endgroup$ – JBH Jan 14 at 23:01
  • $\begingroup$ Hi, @JBH! Thank you for your clarification! My question is geared towards the reaction of the world to said corporations (adoption of their products and services), rather than their actions. I can write their actions, but I'm unsure as to how that would affect the world they inhabit. Should I post this in the Writing Stack Exchange, then? $\endgroup$ – Cuervo77 Jan 14 at 23:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Cuervo77 One suggestion I might make is to do some research into the War of the Currents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_the_currents $\endgroup$ – Arkenstein XII Jan 14 at 23:15