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Overview: The Authority must deal with many and varied Entities involved with the anomalous; for the most part these are fringe groups, much like the Authority themselves. However, some Entities operate within the framework of the non-anomalous world, as agencies for nations and international organizations. Dealing with the population-control cult of Malthus is very different form negotiating with the legitimate representatives of China; whether hostile or cooperative, the power dynamics and threat that the latter may pose is radically different. Such Groups are registered within the Authority Global Information Database, colloquially known as the Agencies of Interest. The Database contains entries on these Groups as well as government programs related to the anomalous.

Threat Code

Affiliations
Proxy The Agency is under direct control by the Authority.
Allied The Agency is consistently cooperative with and/or helpful to the Authority.
Neutral The Agency has little or no affiliation with the Authority.
Ambiguous The Agency displays varying or contradictory affiliation with the Authority.
Hostile The Agency is motivated to harm or destroy humanity and/or the Authority.
Unknown The Agency has unknown motives in relation to the Authority.
Attributes
Authority-Aware The Agency is aware of the existence of the Authority.
Veiled The Agency is unaware of the existence of the anomalous.
Unveiled The Agency is aware of the existence of the amomalous.
Seeker The Agency actively collects anomalies.
Sculptor The Agency is capable of creating anomalies.
Multinational The Agency spans multiple nations.
National The Agency exists within a single nation.

People's Committee for the Acquisition of Anomalous Objects (China) - Ambiguous

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Overview: A paramilitary giant in the present day, the PCAAO has its roots in a bureaucratic collection office. Created in the wake of the Communist victory in the Chinese Civil War, the People's Committee was tasked with securing objects, locations, and persons inherited from China's long history with the anomalous. Operational use of these anomalies was the responsibility of the powerful People's Liberation Army (PLA) Special Directorate. However, after China's flawed and disappointing use of the anomalous in the Korean War (provoking the most violent and effective response in the history of the typically impotent United Nations Anomalous Activities Committee), the PLA's Special Directorate was castigated, its leader arrested, and its methods shamed. Shortly thereafter the PCAAO rose to prominence and gradually replaced the PLA as China's premier anomalous agency.

Backed by the enormous strength and growing confidence of the People's Republic of China, the PCAAO is a valuable ally and formidable opponent. The rise of China has coincided with the PCAAO's expanded influence in Asia and Africa, bringing the organization into the global anomalous community. And yet, the PCAAO is just as likely to cooperate with the ASF in Nigeria as it is to violently assault an Authority dig team in Mongolia; often, it perpetrates friendly and hostile acts in the same hour. Fundamentally, the PCAAO of the 21st century is torn between opposite impulses; the international agency that works for the good of mankind, and the government force that protects China and her people from the anomalous at all costs, often at others' expense. Authority personnel are warned to treat the PCAAO with significant caution; it's often difficult to predict whether the PCAAO will act with cooperation or violent self-interest.

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Military Intelligence Section XIII (UK) - Allied

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Overview: Military Intelligence Section XIII, or Monarch Security, was formed after the conclusion of a decades-long government investigation; its conclusion was that anomalous occurrences throughout Great Britain might pose a significant threat towards the British government and monarchy. This lead to the establishment of a special department under the Directorate of Military Intelligence, with the designation MI13. Its assigned responsibilities are the security and protection of Great Britain and British Overseas Territories against anomalies of all kind.

MI13 is overseen by a committee based at Westminster, known as the Defense Anomalies and Security Committee. However, the rest of the agency's administrative structure and personnel management are currently unknown, though it is clear that the agency receives significantly greater funding than any other intelligence body in the United Kingdom. Military Intelligence Section XIII is currently a member of the United Nations Anomalous Activities Committee, though the extent of their activities as part of that body is unclear.

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United Nations Anomalous Activities Committee - Ambiguous

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The United Nations Anomalous Activities Committee (UNAAC) is a global regulatory body for "official" anomalous agencies, usually those operating with the backing of a national government (PCAAO, MI13, etc). Established in 1945 with the signing of the International Anomalous Accords, UNAAC's charter directs it to restrict and police the actions of anomalous agencies; actual enforcement of the Accords is weak and mostly left to the collective pressure of UNAAC member organizations during particularly outrageous rule breaking, such as national governments using the anomalous in wartime.

In practical terms, UNAAC is a negotiating table where the Authority carries the most weight. Relatively impotent by itself, UNAAC is valuable as a forum to redress grievances and smooth over competing interests between anomalous agencies in an established, diplomatic setting; conflict between these agencies amounts to fratricide, only benefiting the extreme groups that lurk below. To that end, as well, UNAAC facilitates the coordination of agencies and governments against dangerous anomalous GOIs.

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Bundesokkultabteilung (Busoka/FOA) - Neutral

Overview: The Bundesokkultabteilung (Federal Occult Agency, frequently shortened to Busoka or FOA), is a governmental department of the Federal Republic of Germany charged with the investigation, containment and elimination of anomalous objects, persons, entities and organizations that threaten the German nation and its people. The FOA answers directly to the German Chancellor, and is afforded substantial independence in its operations, with the natural exception of consistent UNAAC oversight.

The FOA traces a direct descent from several semi-organized groups of witch-hunters operating in the central and northeastern Holy Roman Empire during the 15th and 16th century, many of which regularly cooperated with or worked against agents of the Papal Auctoritas Impertus. However, these groups were never formalized or actively recognized by any of the German princely states, and their powers and influence declined over the course of the 17th and 18th centuries. During the reign of Frederick the Great, several unsuccessful attempts were made to organize groups of experienced witch-hunters to operate alongside the Prussian army, which were foiled by intense sectarianism and internal conflicts within the witch-hunting groups themselves. Nonetheless, small groups of such experts would continue to be covertly employed by the various monarchies of Germany on an ad hoc basis for the next century.

The FOA, under the original title Reichsokkultabteilung (Imperial Occult Agency) was formally founded in 1878, by order of Kaiser Wilhelm I, and remained Germany's official government-sanctioned anti-anomaly organization until the end of the First World War. The heavily monarchist and conservative FOA broke ties with the newly-founded Weimar government, operating under the auspices of several different military-backed Freikorps. Through 1919-1924, the FOA was involved in heavy fighting with the Communist forces in Germany who also sought to acquire the country's remaining anomalous resources. These conflicts led to the growth of an increasingly radical movement within the FOA, who sought the restoration of the German monarchy. A secret clause of the Dawes Plan integrated the FOA with the German branch of the Authority in 1924.

Many FOA radicals aligned closely with the goals of the German National Socialist Worker's Party, and in 1934 supported the German branch of the Authority in its bid for independence. This hardline splinter would eventually form the founding basis for GARD/DAFA, the NSDAP anti-anomaly agency. FOA moderates remained semi-integrated with Authority branches in Switzerland and Sweden. The organization was restored, using its present name, under the auspices of the UNAAC and the West German government in 1949.

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