The data governance program is set on a world called Westeros where projects can last for years at a time. The main setting is the area of the Brussels head office, which was home to seven feuding departments until they were united by the Targaryen family (using dragons) some decades ago. The dragons died out and the Targaryan Mad Chief Data Officer (CDO) was unseated in an infighting led by Lords Robert Baratheon and Eddard Stark, 3 years before the program launches.
Robert has ruled as CDO a.i. ever since, but when the data governance program starts his rule is increasingly undermined by other factions. At the same time, two surviving Targaryen successors, having grown to adulthood in exile on the eastern continent of ICT, are now planning to return and retake the Iron Throne of data, and to this end are seeking a strategic alliance with other factions.
As both hidden conflicts and external takeovers threaten Westeros, another danger arises in the business lands to the far north, beyond the vast Wall that forms the realm’s northern border, where a supernatural threat of big data believed to be mythical seems to be stirring after millennia of sleep. The only defense lies with the Night’s Watch, an under-manned, under-funded order of data governance soldiers once held in honor but now used as a dumping ground for consultants, bastards and exiles.