De'Medici Banking Consortium & Accounting
This powerful family has stood for four hundred years as the name in banking and money accounting they are professional in all things
The De’Medici Banking Consortium & Accounting is the largest financial institution in Europe, Africa, Russia, and the United States. It maintains the accounts of almost every major organization on those continents. As a company they are responsible for the security and storage of several nations wealth including France, Germany, and Italy. They are also the exclusive bank of the Papal State. They do carry some accounts with the British Empire but the Crown prefers to use it’s own banking system and this has lead to some friction between the two.
The Medici Bank holds itself to the highest standards of professionalism and keeps themselves far and away from any politics, a legacy of the re-founders of the bank, Giano, Matilda, and Marco De’Medici. They also pride themselves on the level of security of their facilities and vaults being one of the first organizations to incorporate magical security and to encourage and pay for steamlimb enhanced guards. They maintain a private military force rivaling any other in size, training, and funding. These troops are only used for the defense of their holdings and have never been deployed against any nation, company, Great Company, or even primitive aborigines. The Medici Bank is probably one of the few truly neutral Companies on Earth.
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The House of Medici or de’ Medici (pronounced /ˈmɛdɨtʃi/ MEH-di-chee) was a political dynasty, banking family and later royal house that first began to gather prominence under Cosimo de’ Medici in the Republic of Florence during the late 14th century. The family originated in the Mugello region of the Tuscan countryside, gradually rising until they were able to found the Medici Bank. The bank was the largest in Europe during the 15th century, seeing the Medici gain political power in Florence — though officially they remained simply citizens, rather than monarchs. The Medici produced four Popes of the Catholic Church and in 1531 the family became hereditary Dukes of Florence. In 1569, the duchy was elevated to a grand duchy after territorial expansion. They ruled the Grand Duchy of Tuscany from its inception until 1737, with the death of Gian Gastone de’ Medici. At which time his three children, Giano, Matilda, and Marco returned to the family roots of banking, selling the Grand Duchy to fund the transition. The grand duchy witnessed degrees of economic growth under the earlier grand dukes, but by the time of Cosimo III de’ Medici, Tuscany was both morally and fiscally bankrupt.
Their wealth and influence initially derived from the textile trade guided by the guild of the Arte della Lana. Like other signore families they dominated their city’s government. They were able to bring Florence under their family’s power, allowing for an environment where art and humanism could flourish. They fostered and inspired the birth of the Italian Renaissance along with other families of Italy, such as the Visconti and Sforza of Milan, the Este of Ferrara, and the Gonzaga of Mantua.
The De’Medici Bank has risen to become again one of the most prosperous and most respected institutions in Europe. There are some estimates that the Medici family is the wealthiest in Europe outstripping Emperors and Presidents alike.