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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2004 10:29 pm    Post subject: Agency : Structure / OHQ Location Reply with quote

Was thinking more about the structure of Agencies. Where they are, more specifically.

Seeing as the website that will act as a linchpin for all of this is to be called LIBRAnet I thought, why not stick with the Zodiac naming theme. Better still, give each Agency a particular region in the world to house their OHQ...

Aquarius - South Pacific
Pisces - Scandinavia
Aries - Europe
Scorpio - Eastern Europe
Taurus - USA
Capricorn - UK
Virgo - Central & South America
Gemini - Asia
Cancer - South Asia
Leo - Arabia
Sagittarius - Far East
Ophiuchus - Africa
Libra - LIBRAnet

Seeing as the World News Teletype (on LIBRAnet)is going to act as a clue as to what could be coming up Operation-wise (plus a general update on the actions of certain organisations, regimes and governments) the location of your Agency's OHQ suddenly becomes important.

Then the question begs; could the above regions of the world have Advantages over the rest of the world that the Agency could benefit from? Maybe even Disadvantages as well. Something like (just as an exmaple);

SCORPIO
+ All starting Agents can have one free pick. During the 1980s Eastern Europe was the scene for constant acts of espionage and intrigue. As such, the cream of professionals hired from this region of the world are naturally more suspicious, inclined to a life in covert organisations.
- All facility builds cost +1C. Recovering from the crippling effects of the last few decades placed a tremendous strain on local economies. Guvernments are less willing to part with funds seeing as the Wolf is now sleeping.

We would be talking only one player group per region. Somehow, accounting for 3 to 4 Agents per Agency (maximum), twelve Agencies seems like more than enough. Should the numbers explode (unlikely but you never know) then perhaps we could subdivide into Divisions.

I thought a little bit about inter-Agency relations as well. Perhaps work from the real world standpoint. Never bedfellows, but certainly willing to 'exchange favours'. For example;

TAURUS and CAPRICORN could be regarded as having a close relationship where SCORPIO and GEMINI would be deeply opposed. VIRGO would be suspicious of everyone and OPHIUCHUS would be cautiously friendly to the world over.

The above is a dramatic over-simplification. If OHQs were placed in specific Countries then the inter-relationships would be much easier to define.

Thoughts anyone?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

--UPDATED (06/08/04)--

Concept
No more than one Agency per Region.
Region chosen determines Codename of the Agency.
Agency chooses Host Country within the region and a location for the OHQ is decided (choosing a major settlement within that country).
Regional aspects, as described below, are in effect for that Agency.
Nation chosen will be subject to what is going on in World News (embelished real world news).

GEMINI - ASIA
+ Among the most paranoid, security conscious people on earth. Almost nothing escapes the Security Guards eye. Regular OHQ security sweeps take place even if there are no Security Certificates in the Agency. There is also a 50% chance that any Infiltration is immediately detected and foiled.
- The Russian Federation is painted red with bureaucratic tape. Mountains of paperwork and countless corrupt officials threaten to clog the machine solid. Only ONE R&D or Engineering blueprint can be researched at any one time and a detailed report explaining the benefits of the project must be submitted by the Director to an official assembly for authorisation (10% chance hearing is not conducted before the next game).

SCORPIO - EASTERN EUROPE
+ During the 1980s Eastern Europe was the scene for constant acts of espionage and intrigue. As such, the cream of professionals hired from this region of the world are more suspicious and have an almost natural lean toward a life in covert organisations. Per operation, ONE Agent can go on TWO Crash Courses (paying for both) instead of the usual limit of one.
- Recovering from the crippling effects of the last few decades placed a tremendous strain on local economies. Governments are less willing to part with funds seeing as the Wolf is now sleeping. There is a 75% chance that each facility build costs +1C. In times of national crisis this penalty will be waived.

AQUARIUS - SOUTH PACIFIC
+ There is no shortage of real estate in this region of the world. Expansion can be undertaken with impunity and geographic security. The chances of damage to your OHQ as a result of National Events are all halved (round up).
- Population levels (per square mile) are lower than anywhere else in the world. This presents a problem with staffing often forcing Agencies to recruit from overseas. When an Agent dies a replacement cannot be found unless the Agency can pay +1C (this also affects the cost of the in-field Emergency Agent Replacement cost).

PISCES - SCANDINAVIA
+ This region enjoys comparable world economic and international influence whilst managing to remain in the wings and appear unassuming. Per operation halve the DR penalty of the first offence for each Agent.
- There can be a heavy price to retaining this unassuming fa├žade; if ever an Agent is identified in World News that Agent is forced to retire (considered an Early Retirement event).

ARIES - CONTINENTAL EUROPE
+ Due to the general stability of the region, both financially and politically, in addition to numerous well rehearsed contingency plans, natural disasters can be recovered from quickly and efficiently. Ignore the effects of all but the most severe natural disasters.
- Seen as the centre of the United Nations all states in this region have to maintain a spotless reputation in the eyes of the rest of the world. Gung-ho and careless operations are simply not tolerated and the Director is held to account. If the Agency racks up more than 30DR during an operation the Director must explain his Agencys actions to a review board. If the explanation is not satisfactory there is a 25% chance that they force the Director to resign.
- No OHQs are permitted to be based in Switzerland.

TAURUS - USA
+ US Administrations are well known for throwing money at almost any program. Reduce all facility build costs by 1C.
- As the only remaining superpower in the world today TUARUS Agencies are afforded a little more leniency than others when it comes to world accountability. Altho, when things go wrong, responsibility has to be enforced in order to retain world credibility as a developed nation. If the Agency racks up more than 40DR during an operation the Director must explain his Agencys actions to the Senate. If the explanation is not satisfactory there is a 50% chance that they force the Director to resign and a 90% chance that all Commendations awarded for the operation (if any) are rescinded.
NOTE: if the operation was a success HALVE the above percentages.

OPHIUCHUS - AFRICA
+ This is a deeply superstitious region of the world with entire cultures founded on supernatural beliefs. Not an entirely unusual fact but some nations in this region have official government departments that investigate paranormal ongoings. It's also not uncommon for the population to be driven frantic by public information announcements issued by said departments. OPHIUCHUS Agents can learn all of the 'supernatural' Certificates without the need for any facility perquisites, i.e., do not need the PKE Evaluation Lab to be able to obtain Psychic Block 2 Certificate.
- This region of the world is particularly unstable. Coups and Civil Wars often rampage across the continent unchecked, threatening to inflame tensions in neighbouring countries. If any Coup or Civil War National Event takes place in a neighbouring country there is a 50% chance that your host nation succumbs to the same effects. Should a friendly neighbouring nation suffer from a natural disaster there is a 50% chance that your host nation will succumb to an Economic Crisis. Both of these effects are cumulative if such a situation is unfortunate enough to occur.

SAGITTARIUS - FAR EAST
+ This region houses the lions share of electronics and manufacturing. The capacity for technical development in this region is staggering. SAGITTARIUS Agencies begin with one additional OHQ build pick, and have one Permanent Support Contract that can be applied to a facility (can be filed until needed ? need not be spent straight away).
- Industrial espionage is a real problem and secret project information can find itself on rival CEO desks the world over. Any successful Infiltration against your Agency will offer +1 picks. Also, governments keep a tight rein on what goes on in their country insisting that all developments by investigated thoroughly before approval. The Director must put forward a detailed report for each Blueprint justifying the time and effort and explaining how the work will benefit the nation.

LEO - ARABIA
+ Nations within this part of the world are insular and somewhat distrusting of outsiders (and even their neighbours) which, coupled with a strong sense of nationalism, makes infiltration by outsiders rather tricky. There is a 30% chance that any successful Infiltration by external forces is detected and neutralised before it is effective.
- Distrust is a two-way street. Any Infiltration attempt made by the Agency has a 30% chance of failing.

CANCER - SOUTH ASIA
+ This is an unstable part of the world and no mistake. Like a rumbling volcano it threatens to erupt engulfing the world in its cloud of devastation. This can make other nations edgy when dealing with these governments. An effect that can be well exploited by canny Directors. At the end of an operation decrease the total DR penalty count by 10%. Also, there is a 50% chance that any unfavourable World News stories never actually make it to the surface (will appear on World News as nothing more than a Headline and ?CENSORED?), but the Director of the Agency will still receive the full story via internal sources.
- Most nations in this part of the world are ill-equipped to deal with natural disasters often relying on the help of other nations. Other governments will simply try to hide the real impact of the disaster from the outside world entirely. After any natural disaster National Event there is a 50% chance that economic crisis will follow for at least one period.

VIRGO - CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA
+ Many nations in this part of the world are not concerned with international opinion and try to keep all matters of state within their boarders. There is a 75% chance that any unfavourable World News stories never actually make it to the surface (will appear on World News as nothing more than a Headline with ?CENSORED?), but the Director of the Agency will still receive the full story via internal sources. Corruption is also a mainstay of the way things are done in this region; pay 1C (a 'bribe') to negate 5DR after an operation, once.
- Regions in this part of the world are considered to have reduced access to high technology equipment. For important government/regime organisations however, this is not the problem it may first appear to be (often at the cost of the people ? but what they never had isnt missed, right?) although, sometimes, dangerous corners are cut or the required facilities are just harder to find. Whenever a Level 2 or greater build is undertaken there is a 25% chance that subcontractors leak information (a random rival Agency gains a random Infiltration pick against the Agency).

CAPRICORN - UK
+ Excellence is expected and regarded as business as usual but exceptional success is rewarded handsomely. If three operations in a row are successful all Agents are given a bonus of 2C (added to the commendations earned at the end of the third successful operation).
- As one of the leading nations in the world with regard to covert activity great efforts are made to retain this reputation. Failure in secret, e.g., assassinating the wrong diplomat, is unacceptable and met with stern words from the man in the nice office. Failure in public, e.g., forgetting to put the milk out, is utterly deplorable and heads will roll. Coupled with an investigative free press examples are often made of the culprits (aka. Scapegoats). If the Agency fails an operation by more than 20DR the Director must explain his actions to a select committee. If the explanation is not satisfactory there is a 75% chance that they force the Director to resign.

--UPDATED--

Comments? Additions? Subtractions? Alteration? Crap idea?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the moment none of the above Aspects affect the type of Certificates available. Not sure they should do as there are not that many, and they all cost one Training Oportunity to advance (so upping the cost doesn't really work). Can't think of a way to reflect this by region. Ideas?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2004 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not something that would see immediate use (given the currently small number of psychic/wierd ass s&$t type certificates), but some countries may have better resources in the paranormal research field - either due to long tradition or just really good researchers.

Otherwise, the listing of regional bonuses and penalties looks good, and should work. Very Happy

Excellent, we are both clearly very well adjusted in our mental attitudes today! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2004 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, Tim came up with a corker in the department of paranormal bonuses. Check out the blue bits above for Ophiuchus (yes, updated yet again).
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