Vrana Industries, Incorporated, alternately known as the Vrana Corporation (and stylised as VRANA or shortened to Vrana Corp.) is a Canada-based conglomerate.
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Headquartered in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Vrana is a privately-owned and extremely influential corporation that has a majority stake with subsidiaries throughout the globe; namely private security consultation firms.
Vrana is the primary sponsor of the annually-run ARMEX international military tradeshow, but is better known for being the main shareholder of the U.S-based ION Services private military company.
Although the conglomerate is predominately focused on the military sector, in recent years it has begun to branch out into the civilian market, running a variety of utility services and sponsoring racing teams as well. In addition, this focus has also been shifted onto establishing a stronger foothold in Chinese shipping markets and trade infrastructure.
However, the departure of its senior management officials in the late 2030s appears to have reversed the conglomerate's fortunes. Uncertainty continues to surround Vrana's future as thousands of jobs are left hanging in doubt.
Vrana was first established in 1986 and was founded by a shipping industrialist named Raymond John St. Pierre along with several other key investors.
Early in 2010, Vrana's list of subsidiaries would be expanded with the acquisition of the South Carolina-based ION Services PMC (then-known as Black Element).
After public outrage over the involvement of Black Element PMCs following a protest at the Elektrozavodsk Power Plant, Vrana was forced to scale down and revoke all of its contracts in Chernarus and throughout the rest of the Green Sea region. Several civilians were killed after the contractors opened fire on the gathered crowd of protesters, with many more being seriously wounded.
Soon after, the PMC is renamed by the company to ION Services instead in order to avoid further association with the incident.
Keen to boost its corporate image in the wake of its past controversies, the company renews its calls to governments over the necessity for PMCs in Takistan after a team of weapons inspectors from the UN are killed in a supposed ambush by Takistani militants.
In the wake of the rapidly deteriorating security situation, Vrana's contracts in the country are greatly expanded as NATO forces gradually pull out of the country, and PMCs from ION are hired to fill the void.
By August 2013, the position of CEO was now held by William R. J. Haydon. An unknown catastrophe resulted in one of Vrana's ships being heavily damaged and partially sunk in Seattle. The incident sparked much controversy and public outrage over its potentially dangerous cargo.
At this time a small, privately-owned civil aviation company named Larkin Aviation, had begun to attract the attention of Vrana's executives. The company was suffering from financial difficulties but the owners - two brothers by the name of Tom and Joe Larkin, had earned the interest of Vrana's CEO.
Haydon purchased a medium-lift utility helicopter for the ailing company, and opted to personally supervise demonstration flights with the brothers. Haydon continued to hire their services for several more charter flights before finally offering to acquire Larkin Aviation. As part of the acquisition, Vrana dispatched one of its managers to oversee the activities of Larkin Aviation. Additional equipment was also supplied to further assist in the company's revitalisation, which included a heavy-lift helicopter - courtesy of Haydon himself.
Larkin Aviation continued to take up contracts from Vrana and another of their subsidiaries, ION Services. Aside from cargo transport, they also assisted in ongoing training exercises. However as time went on, Larkin Aviation's crews were hired to perform increasingly dangerous contracts.
One particular contract tasked the Larkin brothers with flying one of Vrana's specially customised heavy-lift utility helicopters; their objective, to retrieve a "strange" container from the partially sunk ship in the middle of Seattle.
The cargo was especially heavy and made flying difficult for the brothers. After unloading the cargo, the helicopter suffered an engine failure but was able to auto-rotate to the ground safely. In the aftermath of the ordeal, Vrana officially severed its ties with Larkin Aviation, leaving the former subsidiary independent once again.
The supervising manager sent by Vrana ultimately left their position, and opted to stay with Larkin Aviation instead.
As of 2035, Vrana still exists and has continued to expand its lead in the technology market with the development of a highly advanced VR training simulator for military forces. However, it remains unclear as to whether Haydon continues to remain on as CEO or has been succeeded.
Prior to the outbreak of hostilities between the Altis Armed Forces and the U.S.-led Task Force Aegis, the company also ran competitive shooting and obstacle courses on the island of Stratis in the Republic of Altis and Stratis. ION contractors had also been initially hired to assist in the dismantling of NATO equipment and other installations on the island.
The conglomerate appears to be in dire straits as of mid 2039 following the departure of its CEO, though the exact cause is still unclear.
Thousands of jobs and the ownership of subsidiaries acquired by Vrana have been left in question with the conglomerate's lack of leadership. The value of its share price on stock exchange markets has also plummeted, with the company being left on the brink of possible fragmentation.