So, a fiction which was one of my earliest experiences of long-form storytelling, Final Fantasy VII. A main strand of the story is the fight against an organisation named Shin-Ra, who are quite literally draining the life of the planet to create electrical power, but it seems they have a long history of gaining power of all kinds.
Here's a few known facts about Shin-Ra:
- They appear to be a private company, but taking the role of a government.
- They control a massive army, as the game starts they have no major enemies, so their soldiers are for law-enforcement/authoritarian rule.
- They once had a war with the people of Wutai, which they won.
- They have a global presence, there doesn't seem to be any part of the planet which is not controlled by Shin-Ra.
- They seem to have a driving ambition to find more power, literally electric power and/or political power.
- Their increasing production of 'mako' energy is visibly and obviously damaging the planet. (For instance, the area around Midgar and Junon is lifeless rock, no plant life).
- They spend a lot of the story chasing a 'promised land' where they believe there will be even more mako engergy.
There's no shortage of energy, no more people to conquer and they can see the environmental damage of their actions, which can only harm their own empire.
So what is driving them? Why does Shin-Ra want the promised land? More mako? What do they actually want?