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Ryan - given a Bum Rap :

Ryan got Rapture built and ran it for over a decade, and also he had built an industrial empire starting from nothing previous.  The City could not have been just 'thrown together', it would have had to be carefully planned and executed and cohesively run. To do all that, Ryan would not be ignorant of how things really worked in the modern world.

With the instability ADAM brought (largely helped along by Fontaine who intentionally sought to disrupt Rapture), it was actually amazing that Ryan kept things running with his City under such attack.  One wonders how long our own lives would last and things hold together, IF our outside world was subjected to such damage.

Of course, Ryan was made "the bad guy" for fighting to keep his City from destruction.  What he was shown to have done was far short of what our democracy did during WW2 in our own countries. The developers are exploiting the Players ignorance.  They have today had lives so easy and safe for so long, that somehow they think things would be somehow different if THEY were faced with such a threat.  The people represented in the game came out of WW2 and the Great Depression, and would KNOW better -- unfortunately they aren't really portrayed that way -- the few which you ever hear from (the developers on the other hand obviously haven't a clue).

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It is probably not a coincidence that Andrew Ryan looks alot like Howard Hughes.

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Ryan's Earlier History - How he became an Industrial Magnate :

This all would be fiction, as someone as rich/influential as Ryan was portrayed would be known, but he could be modeled after various archetypes (Howard Hughes building his Aerospace/Transportation/Entertainment businesses... though Hughes did start out with his father's substantial business fortune in the mid 20s, which Ryan didn't have in the BioShock backstory).

Ryan came to America in the early 20s .. The Roaring 20s

People who played the upward Stock Market and then got out before The Crash ('29) did very well, and money during the Depression actually deflated, making it worth even more. The Depression decade did offer big opportunities to those who had money. Business may have suffered because of that overall economic slowdown, but if Ryan's industrial venture were in an expanding business like electrical power systems (stated as his specialty), then losses could be minimal and the potential expansion great.

Big government building/construction projects likewise were happening at that time (another appropriate industry which fit Ryan's required knowhow for Rapture later).

Likewise if a business was involved-in/associated-with War Production, it could grow off government money in the war boom years. Ryan may have detested the wars of the "Ant Men", but it wouldn't have stopped him from taking advantage of the business opportunities.

It would be important at the time of Rapture's building that Ryan's accumulated wealth was not shrunk by a 'Firesale' as he left the Surface world. So a gradual selloff of his empire during the first period while Rapture was built (upto '52), and even afterward as further resources were expended for Rapture's adjustments and modifications. Even upto (and after) the time of Ryan's "death", his Surface Empire may have continue in part, and even regrew as part of the 50s boom times.

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Alternate Realities without that Multiverse BS

" And so, I asked myself, in what country was there a place for men like me?  Men who refused to say yes  to the parasites and the doubters. Men who believed that work was sacred and property rights inviolate.  And then one day the happy answer came to me, my friends: there was NO country for people like me. And  THAT was the moment I decided... to build one. " - Andrew Ryan

It would be interesting to see what other alternatives Ryan had been investigating.   When he finally made  his decision, the "North Atlantic Project" started happening very rapidly.  Many resources must have already seen a great deal of work to get going so fast.  With the MMORPG's open system, all kinds of background things can be created to hint at this part of Rapture's story.


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Puttering Around

Proof Ryan was not killed. While on fire 'he' continues to blithely play golf. Obvious Animatronic Ryan still playing golf while burning. Ryan caught Fontaine within his own trap.


SPOILER ALERT - RYAN MIGHT STILL BE ALIVE


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Money makes Rapture go round...

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WARNING - YES, This whole Wiki is a 'Thought Experiment', and YOU are the Test Subjects !!!!! (So are you Alive or Dead as per this whole Concept ???)


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*WARNING* - This MMORPG contains blood and gore, intense violence, mild sexual themes, strong language and use of alcohol and tobacco.


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