Weyland Yutani Corp
Weyland-Yutani is a large mysterious company from the ALIEN franchise, that seeks to obtain a Xenomorph for their Bio-Weapons Division. It is one of the corporations that runs the human colonies outside the solar system through the Extrasolar Colonization Administration. Weyland-Yutani apparently had its antecedents in two twenty-first century companies: Weyland Industries and another company linked to a Ms. Yutani. The two compaines finally merged in the year 2030, after buying out Borgia Industries and obtaining the rights to their “Prometheus” weaponry, which was in reality stolen Yautja technology. The original spelling of the Company’s name was Weylan Yutani (note that there was no D in the name). At no time in Alien nor in the portfolio was the name of the Company spelled with a D. This was changed to “Weyland-Yutani” in Aliens. When James Cameron was assigned to write and direct the sequel, the role and significance of Weyland-Yutani increased greatly, becoming an indispensable element in Alien lore.
Weyland-Yutani is consistently portrayed as exhibiting the worst aspects of corporate profiteering, willing to sacrifice decency and life in the endless pursuit of profits. As such, it is a modern example of the longstanding trope of the evil mega-corporation in science fiction. In various portrayals within the Alien universe, the corporation has its hands in all aspects of space colonization and research. By 2179, Weyland-Yutani was heavily involved in the colonization of extrasolar planets, including the terraforming of suitable bodies with inhospitable atmospheres through the construction of Atmosphere Processors. Over its history, the corporation constructed and administrated numerous colonies across the galaxy, including Hadley’s Hope on LV-426 and Freya’s Prospect on BG-386. Weyland-Yutani was also involved in non-civilian colonies, notably overseeing the Class C Work Correctional Unit and the associated industrial penal lead foundry on Fiorina “Fury” 161.
From the start, even the lowliest of Weyland-Yutani’s employees were aware of the corrupt nature of the conglomerate. It was common knowledge amongst the company’s commercial haulage fleet that senior management routinely bribed and paid off inspectors rather than submit to thorough safety inspections and reviews of their vessels.
The company also operated numerous research and development facilities throughout the galaxy, often pursuing top-secret research into illegal or dangerous fields, focussing in particular on the study of the Xenomorph species. Although all attempts to harness the beast’s abilities have ended in appalling bloodshed, the acquisition of the Xenomorph remains a priority.