The High Council of Earth is stationed on the Olympus orbital station. Fundamentally, High Council is a crisis management body that possesses the means to influence change in global situations. Among its ranks are prominent scientists and engineers, as well as military and political figures. Their primary goal is to ensure humanity's survival. The council enjoys a sizable budget but has no military force of its own. When in need of muscle, it hires trusted mercs from private military corporations. High Council's orders almost always come through a chain of intermediaries. The only time a private contractor gets to speak with one of the members of the Council is when the information is too sensitive to entrust middle men with it. Naturally, the privilege of directly contacting the Earth's High Council is reserved only for mercenaries of the highest repute.