The CHOAM Company was the universal development that controlled the economy of the Known Universe in the year 10,191. CHOAM was an acronym for Combine Honnete Ober Advancer Mercantiles: CHOAM.

The CHOAM Company Head Quarters.


The CHOAM Company, through contracts and directorships, determined the incomes and wealth of the Great Houses of the Known Universe. CHOAM was controlled by Emperor and the Great Houses, with the Guild and the Bene Gesserit as silent partners.


In the Universe, few products escape the CHOAM touch. On the Imperial market, the Company's products were anything that the Spacing Guild would transport. Products were...

  • logs
  • donkeys
  • horses
  • cows
  • lumber
  • dung
  • sharks
  • whale fur
  • pundi rice
  • art forms from the planet Ecaz
  • machines from the planets Richese and Ix

But most important of all, The CHOAM Company controlled the mining of the spice, Melange, on Arrakis. On the Imperial market, melange would go as high as 620,000 solaris for one decagram.