Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Majestic 20

Majestic-20 is a covert organization that originated as a clandestine tool of the United States to safeguard the country against alien invasionafter the Red Scare in 1947. USAF Captain John Parker Lincoln was tapped to lead the new organization and prepare them for the task of defending the United States (and the Earth) from extraterrestrial invasions.

Early in the organization’s existence, key members began spreading disinformation to fringe elements and other easily-dismissible parties regarding Majestic-20 itself. Within a matter of years, people who attempted to disclose valid information about Majestic-20 were routinely ignored, discredited, or otherwise deemed unreliable as everyone knew the nonsense they were presenting was the stuff
of irrational conspiracy theorists and UFO-chasing kooks. Which was exactly the way Majestic-20 wanted it.

Acting from the shadows, Majestic-20 had its share of successes and failures over its first few decades of existence. Only select members of other intelligence agencies (such as AEGIS and the original Chessmen) were made aware of its existence, usually only to facilitate using those agencies as cover for its own actions in the field. As the years passed, the times changed. Lincoln and his peers grew troubled with the growing number of extraterrestrial incursions stopped by metahuman “heroes” over the years. The politicians who did know of Majestic-20’s existence, and who were responsible for paying its bills, began to see Lincoln and his people as relics of bygone age.

Then came the Moore Act in 1983 and overnight the heroes that had replaced Majestic-20 in the eyes of certain politicians became enemies of the state themselves. With this came a heightened period of alien activity not felt since the Red Scare in the 1950s. Majestic-20 was forced to abandon its shadowy existence. Unmarked helicopters, men in black and alien abductions became common sights in 1980s America. The headquarters of Majestic-20 was revealed to be a transdimensional facility beneath Council Island in the middle of Malory Bay conspiracy theorists took to calling the Isolation Chamber.

Two of it's most seasoned field operatives, Wendy Foaly and Somber Quinn became media darlings after them stopped an assassination attempt on the president by Farsiders from the Moon. The sudden attention did not sit well with Director Lincoln. He did everything in his power to keep an air of mystery around Majestic-20 even after its existence was revealed to the world.

With the return of true 'heroes' in the 1990s public attention moved away from Majestic-20, but by then the damage had been done. After a decade operating in the daylight John Parker Lincoln retired as soon as he was given the opportunity. Officially, Majestic-20 still operates within the intelligence network of the United States government although its scope and mission have been drastically diminished over the past ten years. Now Majestic-20 operates out of a small federal building in Bridgepoint across the Bay from Emerald City.  The modern Majestic-20 is run by now Director Wendy Foaly who oversees a small division of astronomers, medical specialists and data miners tasked primarily with monitoring alien traffic and communication for potential threats. The days of ray gun slinging men in black piloting stealth helicopters are long over.

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