The Consortium, officially known as the World Energy Consortium, is a syndicate and a violent non-state actor formed sometime in the Vil'oon Earth, in opposition to the hegemony of the United States of America and are bent on creating an oil monopoly in order to install a global corporatocracy. Their membership consists of private military contractors, oil companies and terrorists. The Consortium is led by Yegor Zakharov during the Oil Crisis, who was later succeeded by Josh Cardiff during the Day of the Consortium. Very little is known about the Consortium and the people behind it. What is known is that through various means of bribes and infiltration, they have managed to gain control over a large number of armed groups around the world. The Consortium operates in two dramatically different modes: undercover and revealed. While undercover, they rely on large numbers of inexpensive infantry and lightly armored vehicles. Once revealed, however, the Consortium is a formidable opponent. But it must rely on capturing large numbers of POWs to finance its high-tech operations. The Consortium is a member of the Axis of Empires and was disbanded after the Corporation Wars.