Odessan Armament Kartel
|Purpose||Marketing and Sales|
|Head Offices||Firston, Odessa|
|Budget||¶ Not disclosed|
The Odessan Armament Kartel or OAK is an association of firms involved in the armament business in Odessa. The primary purpose of OAK is to facilitate overseas marketing of arms and weapons made in Odessa and to represent its members.
The Odessan government buys directly from individual armament manufacturers. Individuals, private companies, and foreign entities are prohibited from doing the same, but may buy from authorized representatives. This is a holdover from former colonial days when the occupying power severely restricted sales of arms in an effort to maintain control over the populace. In fact, OAK's predecessor, the Odessan Arms Commission, was established as a means to circumvent the restrictions by certifying anyone who asked as having a bonafide firearms need for hunting purposes–even if they lived in middle of the city. Nowadays, gunsmiths obtain licenses from OAK in order to sell its members' small arms.
By arrangement with the Odessan government, OAK sells armaments overseas with very little regulatory interference. It is, thus, common to find opposite sides in the same conflict buying Odessan-made weapons through OAK. On more than one occasion, the Odessan military has taken steps, including naval escorts and blockade-running, to ensure delivery.
In Odessa, the Commodity Organization and Resource Economics (CORE) Commission allocates economic and natural resources according to the government's priorities. This body also grants export and import licenses and sets production quotas. Although the CORE Commission does not typically hold audiences, OAK routinely represents its members' interests with Commission staffers.