It is considered a megacorporation due to the fact it has influence in the government and is the major supplier for the military and the consumer. Although the company created SHODAN that led to the Citadel incident, TriOptimum is considered just a bystander.
System Shock Edit
During the event of System Shock, TriOptimum was at its peak. Being a megacorporation and government, there was nothing in the world that TriOptimum could not provide.
On April 7, 2072, the arrest of the Hacker would unknowingly set the company down a destructive path. TriOptimum executive Edward Diego, who was secretly funding illegal experiment, offers the Hacker a chance to drop the charges and a military grade interface if he disables SHODAN's ethical restraints.
During the Hacker's coma all TriOptimum workers aboard Citadel Station were either mutated or converted into cyborgs by SHODAN. It was the Hacker with the help of Rebecca Lansing, a TriOptimum counter terror consultant, managed to stop SHODAN and save humanity. Upon returning back, the company offered the Hacker a job, but refused and went back to his own ways.
Death and RebirthEdit
Once when news of how humanity was very nearly destroyed by SHODAN, TriOptimum's stock plummeted, smaller corporations that had contracts with it withdrew, employees resigned in enmass, workers whistleblew, reporting massive labor and ethic violation, and the public was outraged.
Lawsuits flew in every directions from families who lost loved ones on the station and from work violations. At first TriOptimum would pay the lawsuits directly out of pocket, but soon the money began drying up. With no investors wanting to put money into the company and no new business contracts, TriOptimum became a shadow of its former glory. The creation of the UNN was the final nail on the coffin; as TriOptimum could not function other than paying lawsuit settlements. It was not until the arrivial of the shrewd Russian businessman Anatoly Korenchkin, who would rebuilt the company, could TriOptimum get back to its feet.
Although the United Nations Nominate is the official government body, the newly relicensed TriOptimum restablished itself, as the company became the sole supplier from military hardware to consumer goods. Soon, the company's hold on the UNN was well known, as neither could live without each other.
By this time, TriOptimum had grown back to the giant megacoporation it was before. Virtually everything in the world had TriOptimum logos on it, from small lighter matches to military hardware. Even the mighty UNN was powerless to opposed TriOptimum interests; many of its members were stockholders and had deep connections.
When the Faster than Light engine was proposed to the TriOptimum board, the company would become not only the biggest consumer corporation, but a monopoly in interstellar space travel as well. Soon, construction of the Von Braun was underway. By the time the player awakes from stasis almost all TriOptimum workers have been consumed by The Many.