Welcome to Madripoor
Madripoor is a democracy. The president is elected along with seven provisional governors that function both as of their territories and as a sort of congress. They along with the general of the army, each have one of eight equal votes on the affairs of state. The president breaks any ties.
The system has worked so far. In general, every section of the island feels it is getting fair representation and while the entire island is not yet booming with wealth, there is progress being made.
The government welcomes visitors and tourists, but does not appreciate outsiders meddling in its affairs. It has rejected offers of aid from the United States and China and remains on friendly to neutral terms with both. There are no embassies on the island, though there are citizens of almost all nationalities scattered across the island.
Nor does Madripoor appreciate being used as a “playground” for espionage.
Due to its strategic location in an area that is rife with political intrigue, drug deals and various smuggling operations, Dharmawijaya has created an Intelligence service. The Ministry of Intelligence’s main job is to keep spies and foreign operatives out of the country and make sure that the government is not in danger from outside subversive forces.
The Ministry has very little to do internally. They check on visitors and are regularly sent reports from the police around the island. They gather and analyze the information and investigate when they feel a pattern of foreign influence emerges. Their aim at that point is to diffuse the influence as quickly as possible and remove it from the island.
The Ministry of Intelligence is not naïve, however. The Ministry knows that the major powers are interested in keeping an eye on what goes on on the island. So the government does tolerate a low level of activity on the island, agents who maintain a very low profile and just report back to their respective agencies as to what’s going on.
Benny Dharmawijaya, President
Native Language: Indonesian
12th-level pointman (NPC); CR 12. SZ M; v/wp 78/12; Init +5 (+5 class); Spd 30 ft.; Def 15 (+5 class); Atk: punch/kick +8 (1d3-1); Face 1 square; Reach 1 square; SA None; SQ Generous, versatility (10 skills), assistance (1/4 time), lead 5/session, tactics 3/session (+2 bonus), linguist +2, cold read 1/session, serendipity 1/session, intuition 1/session, SV Fort +7, Ref +6, Wil +13; Str 9, Dex 10, Con 12, Int 18, Wis 17, Cha 16; Skills: Bluff +22, Bureaucracy +18, Concentration +18, Diplomacy +22, Intimidate +22, Knowledge (Politics) +21, Knowledge (Philosophy) +21, Knowledge (Business) +21, Profession (Politician) +18, Sense Motive +18. Feats: Iron Will, Scholarly, Persuasive, Adv. Skill Mastery (Persuasive), Grand Skill Mastery (Persuasive). Gear: Any, if he wants (91 BP). Gadgets & Vehicles: Any, if he wants (9 GP).
Background: Much of Dharmawijaya’s background was covered in the history of Madripoor, above. He is a self-made, self-educated man with one fierce passion and loyalty: Madripoor.
His mother and sister live in a comfortable but unostentatious house outside of the capital and Dharmawijaya visits them frequently. (The mother and sister are given round-the-clock protection by the orders of the Ministry of Intelligence.)
There is no girlfriend or fiancÃ©e in Dharmawijaya’s life. He attends most state functions alone or with his advisors. He does not hate women by any stretch of the imagination. It is just that his obsession is the growth and well being of his country and that has no time for any romantic entanglements. Many of his countrymen do wish, though, that there were someone. General consensus is that it would make him a happier man.
Reactions: As he is very interested in the development of his country, Dharmawijaya will welcome anyone who promises to bring jobs and/or another source of income to Madripoor. But he is no fool. He does not want some huge conglomerate to come in and strip the island of its resources and then discard the empty shell.
He will enter into hard shrewd negotiations in order to get past the polite words into the actual intent of the business.
As far as spies go, he is passionate about not having them on the island, unless they have contacted his government and are working in cooperation with his own intelligence people. Otherwise, he views them as interlopers who are using his island because they think it is a quaint little backyard country whose sanctity and laws can be largely ignored.
Dharmawijaya holds the laws of his country sacred. He would turn any spies over to his courts for trial and deportation. He will also make sure that any spy gets the maximum local newspaper and wire service, negating their effectiveness as undercover agents.
Penelope Clavell, Minister of Intelligence
Native Language: French
14th-level faceman (NPC); CR 14. SZ M; v/wp 91/12; Init +13 (+11 class, +2 Dex); Spd 30 ft.; Def 20 (+8 class, +2 Dex); Atk: punch/kick +12 (1d6), Colt Defender +12 (1d12); Face 1 square; Reach 1 square; SA None; SQ Adaptable, linguist +5, cold read 2/session, quick change 6/session, backup 3/session, fake it 3/session, 1,000 faces 1/session, bald-faced lie 1/session; SV Fort +7, Ref +6, Wil +8; Str 10, Dex 14, Con 12, Int 16, Wis 14, Cha 16; Skills: Bluff +13, Cultures +12, Diplomacy +15, Driver +10, Forgery +13, Gather Information +17, Innuendo +14, Knowledge (Madripoor) +15, Read Lips +15, Search +13, Sense Motive +16, Spot +12. Feats: Traceless, Field Operative, Martial Arts, Expertise, Sidestep, Weapon Finesse (Unarmed). Gear: Any (97 BP). Gadgets & Vehicles: Any (7 GP).
Background: Clavell was “deactivated” from the Security division of the SDECE (Societe de Documentation Exterieure et de Contre-Espionage), the French secret service, because she wouldn’t follow what she felt were questionable orders. She refused to lend aid to sabotaging a Greenpeace sailing ship. By some strange coincidence, just a few short weeks after the termination of her employment, information that led to exposure of the operation was leaked and hit the international media.
Since that time, Clavell has led a three-fold career. She has made a living as a legitimate bonded courier, delivering valuable items around the world. She has also simultaneously been an undercover intelligence courier, delivering computer disks and papers to remote, desolate corners of the world. Finally, she has acted as a freelance agent handling delicate missions that the hiring government would rather not have its name attached to.
Just prior to her coming to Madripoor, she had finished a mission in the Laos area of the Golden Triangle and was looking for a safe way out of the country. Like most missions in the Golden Triangle, it did not make her very popular with anyone and her life was in danger.
A representative of Dharmawijaya locate her and offered her diplomatic protection out of the country. Just the opportunity to pass unscathed past the Druglords agents made the offer appealing enough to Clavell at the time.
Dharmawijaya had done some investigating and was impressed with Clavell’s moral stand with the French. The post of Minister of Intelligence was open, and he was under great pressure to appoint a minister from within. His supporters felt he needed a loyal person in such an important post. Others, like the remaining supporters of Prince Baran, wanted their man in.
Dharmawijaya offered the post to Clavell. After the initial rounds of shock, outrage and yelling were over, Dharmawijaya calmly explained that he wanted someone without any loyalties in Indonesia except to the job. To Dharmawijaya, Clavell had proven herself incorruptible and “that, gentlemen, is that.”
There was some grumbling, but Clavell got the post. She has done such a splendid job it would be nearly impossible to maneuver her removal.
The Intelligence service is not very large. There are only about 12 field agents and they are sent out periodically to see what information they can gather. The real heart of the service is its role as a communications center. Though Madripoor does not actively seek relations with other countries, the intelligence service has linked up with every other country it could. There is a constant feed from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States (although, most of the 400 sheets of information can be distilled to one page). There is also a link with Interpol (known as the European Filing Cabinet since it is only good for reference and not action). There are many other services linked to the island, plus news feeds from Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Tass and, of course, CNN. These are gone over carefully for the express purpose of cutting off any operations that might involve or affect Madripoor.
Reactions: Clavell has a very suspicious nature. When a new company or individual expresses interest in opening a factory or operation in Madripoor, it is her job to do an extensive background check and report to the president. She is ruthless and shameless when she is doing a check. She will go into the person’s history, likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses … everything she can find from news clippings, covert interviews, and even eavesdropping on neighbors. She is so thorough and exacting because she has been infected with Dharmawijaya’s desire to keep Madripoor safe from outside influences, So she will often sound like a interrogator, even in polite conversation.
She will even test the moral fiber of a person by initiating sting operations and setting temptations (money, drugs, sex) out to see if the person takes the bait. She is credited (or blamed, depending on whom you talk to) with stopping the infiltration of American organized crime into the resorts by having one of her female operatives feign interest in a man who claimed to be representing a large hotel chain. Over a quiet dinner with lots of wine, the man tried to impress Clavell’s agent with tales of power and corruption. The entire conversation was played back for Dharmawijaya who had the man declared persona non grata and deported back to the United States.
Clavell will do the same (or worse) to discover everything about the PCs if they raise her suspicions so much as a millimeter.