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Map of Laos, 1964. Bombing areas in red. Most of the area in white is now part of SCP-XXXX.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: An armed perimeter has been erected around SCP-XXXX.

Confrontation with SCP-XXXX-1 instances is to be avoided if possible. Lethal force remains the only known means of subduing SCP-XXXX-1 instances. 51 specimens are stored for research at Site-41 in Indonesia.

The governments of the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics have agreed to doctor satellite images of Southeast Asia released to the public to conceal the existence of SCP-XXXX.

Description: SCP-XXXX is an approximately 200,000 km2 area in Southeast Asia. SCP-XXXX occupies most of the land formerly claimed by the Kingdom of Laos as well as small portions of the neighboring Kingdom of Cambodia and Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). SCP-XXXX exhibits numerous biological, spatial, temporal, and cognitohazardous anomalies. Direct observation of the inside of SCP-XXXX is limited due to an omnipresent haze enveloping the area. Analysis of the gas reveals high concentrations of dioxins and several unidentified benzene derivatives. Radar imaging reveals a significant amount of damage to manmade structures and the absence of all plant life.

The formation of SCP-XXXX has caused significant disruption in the region. The geopolitical entity of Laos has effectively ceased to exist due to immense loss of life; it is believed that no more than 10% of Laotians survived the SCP-XXXX event. Of these survivors, the vast majority exhibit an anomalous condition designated SCP-XXXX-A, believed to have been caused by exposure to the SCP-XXXX event. The principal symptom of SCP-XXXX-A is severe disfiguration: an abnormal number of orifices, malformation of limbs, and tumorous growths on the skin are typical of the condition. Intellectual disability is also common. The significant number of survivors displaced by the SCP-XXXX event has resulted in a refugee crisis in the region, exacerbated by the nature of their anomalous condition, further straining the already-weakened infrastructure of neighboring Southeast Asian countries.

All land within the boundaries SCP-XXXX is inhospitable; decontamination of extant anomalies is considered unfeasible at the present moment. As a result of SCP-XXXX, the nation of Cambodia has also experienced significant damage to its infrastructure: an estimated 30% of Cambodians have no access to fresh water. The crisis has resulted in the destabilization of the current government: as of 1968, reports of violent communist insurgencies in the region have come to the Foundation's attention. As of 1969, the situation in Cambodia continues to escalate; the United Nations believes civil war and subsequent state collapse is imminent.

Addendum XXXX-1: Due to the current global geopolitical situation, information on the circumstances of the formation of SCP-XXXX is limited. The SCP Foundation has had no presence in Laos since 1959.

It is believed that SCP-XXXX came into existence between 1966 to 1968, and that the event was a gradual process. During this time period, the United States established a significant military presence in Southeast Asia during the ongoing intervention in the Second Indochina War1. Since 1964, the U.S has conducted extensive bombing campaigns on Laos as a response to the North Vietnamese logistical system2 located there.

It is of note that the U.S is one of five states recognized by the SCP Foundation to have in possession anomalous weapons of mass destruction (AWMDs).

Incident XXXX-D9423: On 1968-07-19, at 12:00 AM GMT, agents stationed near the border of SCP-XXXX reported an anomalous event A transcript of the event recovered from the body camera of Agent M. Schultz is provided below.

BEGIN LOG

[00:00:00] Camera feed goes live. Agent Schultz is stationed on a guard tower at the perimeter of SCP-XXXX. The inside of the post is shaking, indicative of tremors.

[00:00:12] Agent Schultz exits the tower. The ground below is undergoing significant distortion akin to rippling.

[00:00:36] The tremors become more and more intense. Agent Schultz is seen struggling to stand. The ground below is violently quivering as if made of a viscous liquid.

[00:00:45] Bulbous growths approximately 20 cm in diameter emerge from the ground. The sound of murmuring from an unknown source can be heard.

[00:00:51] Murmuring intensifies. External orifices can be identified on the growths, which now appear as human faces. Agent Schultz clings onto the railing for support.

[00:01:06] Murmuring coalesces into a melody. The faces in the ground continue to sing for three minutes and thirty seconds.3

[00:04:36] Singing begins to degenerate into weeping. Hands and feet can be seen emerging from the ground.

[00:04:46] Weeping grows louder. Tremors intensify in severity. Agent Schultz falls to the ground of the observation deck. A cracking sound is heard.

[00:04:52] An area of ground within the perimeter of SCP-XXXX gives way, exposing a hole approximately forty meters in diameter. Weeping is overpoweringly loud.

[00:05:00] Camera focuses on the inside of the newly-formed hole. Movement is seen.

[00:05:05] A spotlight illuminates the inside, revealing a vast number of writhing human-like growths congealed into a single confluent growth lining the inside of the hole. Faces can be seen, contorted into expressions of intense grief. Arms and legs attempt to claw out of the ground. The outline of human torsos can be seen rising from the dirt.

[00:05:07] The writhing mass jerks. Weeping degenerates into screaming. The humanoid growths outside the hole begin sinking back into the ground in sudden movements as if being pulled by an unseen force.

[00:05:11] Screaming is intolerably loud. Agent Schultz cowers in fear, raising his hands to cover his ears. The hand-like growths claw at the ground with renewed fervor as if in protest of the unseen force pulling them below. Hundreds of arms emerge inside the hole, frantically waving in the air, but are pulled back into the dirt.

[00:05:15] The faces are fully engulfed by the ground, their screams muffled by the dirt. The mass within the hole recedes back into the ground.

[00:05:20] Several arms continue to claw at the ground until they are yanked back into the ground.

END LOG

In light of this event, the border surrounding SCP-XXXX was pushed back by fifty meters. Since then, similar events have been reported on a yearly basis.

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