So I have a company that currently makes about as much as like... say Apple, but is expanding in multiple markets. It's probably going to have a monopoly on several product types in the next couple years. Good for me.
Here's the thing, I want to take over the world. How can I do it in a way that won't make people hate me (i.e. no military stuff, and they can't know that it's actually my goal here.)
Also, by the end of the plan no other government should exist, so bribing every single senator/beuracrat/head of state/etc won't work.
I do have a small black ops force and am completely willing to go for assassinations or destabilizing smaller countries and dictatorships a la what America does all the time, but nuking DC, London and Beijing is a no-go.
To recap: The tools are approx. 300B dollars of profit a year (plus whatever else the company makes that it plugs back into itself) and more on the way, a lot of influence in social media and the news, a small black ops team, and some white hat hackers plus whoever else you can think to hire in our regular modern world. Your goal is a peaceful takeover that results in a corporate hegemony that people don't want to violently overthrow.(i.e. you need good press)
How might a corporate hegemony be achieved by a company with these circumstances(i.e. realistic ones)?
Cheers, and all hail our corporate overlord.