Eclipse Phase | AUSTIN, TEXAS | 2015-2019 A.D.
Tessier-Ashpool is a both a HyperElite family and a HyprCorp. The family owned Freeside, a space station shaped like a spindle Bernal sphere constructed in high Earth orbit. The family resides in the Villa Straylight, which occupies one end of the spindle.
The family is organized and run as a corporation, Tessier-Ashpool S.A.. Family members are kept under cryogenic stasis and thawed out periodically so that governance of the family is cycled between members. According to Planetary Consortium “orbital law” which they helped lobby to get enacted, they are legally dead while cryogenically preserved.
The Tessier-Ashpool family owns the mainframe in which one of their two artificial intelligences, Wintermute, is housed. As the computer hardware is located in an undisclosed Extropian Outer-Rim habitat, its resident AI thereby has limited citizenship “under their equivalent of the Act of ’53”. The other AI, Neuromancer, is housed within another family-owned mainframe located in New Rio Habitat.