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NC-CLASS "GLOBAL BLACKOUT" EVENT SCENARIO

IMPENDICITY1: MEDIUM | ABORTIVITY2: HIGH

PERSONNEL DEBRIEF FILE | FURTHER EDITS DISALLOWED


Introduction

The following document is a detailed write-up on the NC-Class "Global Blackout" scenario: what exactly it is, what to do in case of one, and how to prevent one. Note that some details may be inaccurate or outdated; this is of course due to the fact that all updates to this document must be downloaded on each and every Foundation terminal worldwide. This is one of those documents you don't want to have to find on the database.


What is an NC-Class Event?

The Internet is a global network of computational devices, used non-stop across the world for information transfer of all kinds (as you probably knew). The modern world couldn't function as it does today without the Internet, and we have it to thank for a vast majority of worldwide communication, education, monetary transactions, and news updates. In other words, the Internet is a significant component of normalcy; and if it were to disappear, we'd have a lot worse on our hands than boring bathroom breaks.

An NC-Class Scenario, A.K.A. "Global Blackout", is an event wherein the Internet or similar worldwide communicative networks, are unable to function as they normally would, or fail completely, due to anomalous influence or interference. This distinction includes radio communication and cellular networks.


NC and You (1): How to Prevent It

IMPENDICITY: MEDIUM

It is safe to say that a collapse of all wireless signals worldwide is rather unlikely; however, the reason for the Global Blackout's high impendicity is the possibility of localized scenarios. The bounds for a localized scenario are, in general terms, between 700,000 and 20,000,000 square kilometers; in other words, between a country and a continent, (so your bad signal at work doesn't count). A few anomalies that have the potential to cause an NC-class scenario are listed below:

Many of these anomalies are at a medium to high risk of breaching containment. MTF Mu-4 is tasked with prevention and clean-up of these events.


NC and You (2): How to Abort It

ABORTIVITY: HIGH

The NC-Class Scenario is ranked high on its abortivity meter due to the inherent complexity of the Internet. The multiple servers that comprise the Internet are spread out across a very large area, and require a similarly large-scale maintenance effort. If a large amount, or even all of them were to suffer anomalous damages, the restoration effort could potentially take years; and that's assuming it's a physical problem, and not a code-based one. The poorly understood nature of digital anomalies makes the NC-Class event even harder to abort. The Foundation itself will also be heavily affected, with no method of contact between Sites aside from manually delivered messages.

In the case of such a scenario, this document (along with Site-specific instructions) have been stored on every Foundation terminal.


NC and You (3): Risks and Challenges

Many Foundation operations rely on external networking. With all the worldwide anomalies we have to deal with, it's no secret that an ill-prepared for NC-Class scenario would very quickly lead to a great deal of problems. One such challenge in an NC-Class scenario is the handling of international branches. The North American branches of the Foundation are significantly higher-funded than most, despite the highest concentration of dangerous anomalies being within the Middle East. Now, there is a good reason for this: namely, anomalous humanoids are far more concentrated within North America (which require far higher budgets), but this still doesn't account for all the potential dangers in the Middle East.

Gathering intelligence is also going to be a difficulty. All the research and effort the Foundation puts into tracking communication channels for monitoring GoI activity or tracking anomalies will be gone in an instant. Sleeper agents will have no method of contacting the Foundation.


NC and You (4): What to Do About It


Frequently Asked Questions!

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Q: Why is it called an NC-Class Event?

A: NC stands for "No Contact." Or perhaps "No Connection." Who knows?

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Q: Has there ever been a recorded instance of a NC-Class event?

A: No. Or at least, none large enough to be deemed a localized event.

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Q: Could an NC-Class scenario result in other K-Class scenarios?

A: Cultural and social effects from the lack of connectivity may constitute an IK-Class Global Civilisation Collapse scenario. An EC-Class Economical Collapse scenario is also possible.

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Q: Could <insert SCP here> cause an NC-Class Event?

A: If the SCP is a digital anomaly that can disrupt the function of a wireless network over a large scale, then the answer is "most likely."

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Q: "The Internet" is a nebulous term. What exactly is meant by it?

A: Electronic wireless networks of all kind, and though this isn't included under the typical definition of "The Internet," radio transmissions. Remember: while the line for such things is blurry for us, concepts such as the Internet tend to have very specific semantic meanings for anomalies.

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Q: When does the Foundation recognize we are in an NC-Class Event?

A: The Foundation officially recognizes an NC-Class Event Scenario under an executive O5 Council order or a consensus of at least 60% of the Site Directors within a localized scenario area.


Conclusion

This concludes the training/debrief file on the NC-Class Scenario. Any additional questions can be answered by your local Site Director, or by a sufficiently cleared Mu-4 member. Thanks for reading, and remember: there's always snail mail!


AUTHORED BY: Agent Darryl Kingston

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