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Novasant is an American-Dutch multinational mass media conglomerate headquartered in New York City (formerly Amsterdam, Netherlands).

It was established on March 20, 1602 (as a Dutch East Indian Company), as a chartered company to trade with Mughal India during the period of proto-industrialization, from which 50% of textiles and 80% of silks were imported, chiefly from its most developed region known as Bengal Subah.

In addition, the company traded with Indianised Southeast Asian countries when the Dutch government granted it a 21-year monopoly on the Dutch spice trade. It has been often labeled a trading company (i.e. a company of merchants who buy and sell goods produced by other people) or sometimes a shipping company. However, VOC was, in fact, a proto-conglomerate company, diversifying into multiple commercial and industrial activities such as international trade (especially intra-Asian trade), shipbuilding, and both production and trade of East Indian spices, Formosan sugarcane, and South African wine.

The Company was a transcontinental employer and an early pioneer of outward foreign direct investment. The Company's investment projects helped raise the commercial and industrial potential of many underdeveloped or undeveloped regions of the world in the early modern period. In the early 1600s, by widely issuing bonds and shares of stock to the general public, VOC became the world's first formally listed public company.[b] In other words, it was the first corporation to be listed on an official stock exchange, It was influential in the rise of corporate-led globalization in the early modern period.

With its pioneering institutional innovations and powerful roles in global business history, the Company is often considered by many to be the forerunner of modern corporations. In many respects, modern-day corporations are all the 'direct descendants' of the VOC model.

It was their 17th-century institutional innovations and business practices that laid the foundations for the rise of giant global corporations in subsequent centuries – as a highly significant and formidable socio-politico-economic force of the modern-day world – to become the dominant factor in almost all economic systems today. They also served as the direct model for the organizational reconstruction of the English/British East India Company in 1657.

The Company, for nearly 200 years of its existence (1602–1800), had effectively transformed itself from a corporate entity into a state or an empire in its own right.

One of the most influential and best expertly researched business enterprises in history, the VOC's world has been the subject of a vast amount of literature that includes both fiction and nonfiction works.

The company was historically an exemplary company-state rather than a pure for-profit corporation. Originally a government-backed military-commercial enterprise, the VOC was the wartime brainchild of leading Dutch republican statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt and the States-General. From its inception in 1602, the Company was not only a commercial enterprise but also effectively an instrument of war in the young Dutch Republic's revolutionary global war against the powerful Spanish Empire and Iberian Union (1579–1648). In 1619, the Company forcibly established a central position in the Indonesian city of Jayakarta, changing the name to Batavia (modern-day Jakarta). Over the next two centuries, the Company acquired additional ports as trading bases and safeguarded their interests by taking over surrounding territory.

To guarantee its supply, the Company established positions in many countries and became an early pioneer of outward foreign direct investment.

In its foreign colonies, the VOC possessed quasi-governmental powers, including the ability to wage war, imprison and execute convicts, negotiate treaties, strike its own coins, and establish colonies.

With the increasing importance of foreign posts, the Company is often considered the world's first true transnational corporation.

Along with the Dutch West India Company(WIC/GWIC), the VOC was seen as the international arm of the Dutch Republic and the symbolic power of the Dutch Empire. To further its trade routes, the VOC-funded exploratory voyages, such as those led by Willem Janszoon (Duyfken), Henry Hudson (Halve Maen), and Abel Tasman, revealed largely unknown landmasses to the western world. In the Golden Age of Netherlandish cartography (c. the 1570s–1670s), VOC navigators and cartographers helped shape geographical knowledge of the world as we know it today.

In 1797, Novasant-VOC War begins, Novasant says ''Slavery will be banned'' while Dutch East Indian Company says ''Slavery will stay'' and In 1800, Novasant wins the war and the Dutch East Indian Company collapsed.

In 1800, Novasant starts to make televisions, stores, cinemas, schools, hospitals, cars, churches, and more things and in 1905, Novasant has moved from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to New York in the United States.

List of Novasant's International companies

  • Canada
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Russia
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Baltic
  • Poland
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