What's a fun government agency for a Delta Green agent to be from that isn't the cliche FBI/CIA/NSA route?
Also general Delta Green thread.
NASA's newly formed planetary defense force.
They watch for asteroids in space that are capable of wiping out all life on the planet. Just have it do your guy saw something that wasn't really an asteroid and was brought in Delta Green's fold
The National Park Service.
The DEA, can investigate some new drug craze that turns out to be alium mind control/gubmint conspiracy.
The bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms. Someone has been supplying gangs with ray guns.
Could probably have some fun with a CDC or FEMA thing if you wanted, too.
Mr. President, I've laid out 5 options for dealing with this crisis
This my nigger.
Check out David Paulides' stuff. He collects and collates a bunch of weird missing person cases from national parks.
Stuff like kids walking behind a tree and ending up dead in a berry bush 50 miles away after 4 hours.
People hiking well known trails, a storm coming in, and them being found alive in fugue states weeks later, only remembering some vaguely fae shit.
Little kids going missing, being found in a spot that had been searched many times before and saying shit like "The dog-man took me away and we played but im back now"
Who knows how legit this shit is but your character could totally have investigated a weird missing person's case and found it to be Mi-Go related, or hiked very deep into the woods and come across some Black Young or cultists.
Don't forget to put them in a lonely, isolated fire tower or ranger's station too.
You know, that puts me in mind of a game in which the party, a group of forest rangers, work up the courage to go out and investigate some paranormal happening like you suggest, but find themselves running afoul of both the paranormal and the overzealous and trigger-happy Green Team sent to deal with it.
Bureau of Land Management. The whole reason the Bundy clan hasn't been shit-kicked out of that national park yet is that they're cultists and they're threatening to use a dangerous Paiute artifact to summon an Elder God unless their demands are met.
Plus, BLM polices Burning Man. And with that much druggy hippie rave going on, you know some occult shit isn't far behind.
The IRS was actually the ones responsible for taking down mobsters like al capone. The al capone.
National Endowment for the Arts.
Ostensibly their job is to inspect up and coming art projects to assign government grants.
Their secret mission is to identify psychic disturbances manifesting in artists, which is a known precursor to Mythos shit, as well as destroying/containing potentially mentally disruptive artistic objects (such as soapstone statues with squid faces)
I've got no animosity toward those guys. Would you have any links or clues as to what should I should search for?
My last character was a U.S. Postal Investigator. They were founded by Benjamin Franklin. They are the primary investigators for mail related crimes. So they deal with a lot of terrorism, like Anthrax and stuff. they also used to deal a lot with child pornography rings in the pre-internet age when it was sent by mail. They still do a lot of investigation on things like that.
I admit, when I first heard about it I thought they were derpy but doing some research, the actually don't fuck around.
Here you go, anon. I think there are about four or five in this same series at this point. It's just full of potential adventure seeds
Yeah, some of the boring shit agencies have the longest histories and are connected into some surprisingly cool stuff. Like, the Secret Service protect the President (and are part of the fucking Treasury). Or, Isaac Newton worked for the Royal Mint - as a fraud and counter-forgery investigator.
>*BAMBAMBAM* OPEN UP, IRS!
>take it down! *his door with police ram*
>Sir! you're being arrested on tax evasion
>LOOK OUT! He's armed!
>TAKE HIM DOWN BOYS! *Shots fired*
That's how I imagine it going down. Because lets face it, even if you're a semi-immortal tentacled horror that eats the souls of the lost and damned, you still have to do your taxes.
Them fuckers are scary though. The IRS I mean.
The space gribbly probably paid his 3% debt to society until after WWI they decided to keep global warfare tax levels forever, diverting the funds into legislators' pet domestic programs instead of returning to peacetime tax policy. Then progressively increase those taxes.
Even Cthulhu sees that shit is fucked up.
PETA's not a government agency. They're an NGO.
Now, there are plenty of government wildlife, environmental and animal protection agencies you could draw on in that regard. Maybe someone was turning their puppy into a shoggoth.
>I see you have part of the atlantic ocean as a tax claim here, Mr... Miss... um. Cthullhu?
>*garbled* yes, that's right. Please, call me sir.
>I'm sorry, sir, but I'm afraid that's classified as being in international waters. I'm afraid you can't make it as a tax claim.
>*angry garbled noises* what? why not?
>Well, it is international waters. You can only make a tax claim if it's a property or if it's a part of your occupation. Speaking of which, it says here that you're an elder god?
>*Grumpy tentacle waving* Yes. I rule over the deep ones and lay sleeping until the end of the world until I can devour your primative civilization. And for your information, that part of the atlantic is where I'm sleeping at the moment.
>Well, I'm sorry sir, but it's considered to be part of the public domain. Also, I'm afraid that being an Elder god isn't considered an occupation as it is a religious organization.
>*Confused tentacle waving* What do you mean?
>Well, according to this and for how long you've been alive... you owe us the GDP of the world... twice.
The thing that tickles me the most about that is the fact that a solid lawyer could tear that argument apart.
>"Officer, the nightmare corpse-city of R'lyeh is located in international waters, and therefore my client's nascent physical form, a long-time resident of the area, isn't governed by US tax codes. Furthermore, as a religious organization, as you note, he isn't an occupation: he's a full exemption. Church and State, Mr Williams."
>"The psychic manifestation currently filing taxes is actually a dependent of the aforementioned extra-territorial religious organization, and therefore has no tax burden to the United States beyond any income taxes accrued from current incomes of the manifestation that are NOT tithes to the religion of the Elder Gods, for whom he serves as High Priest and Conduit of the Star-signs."
>"The US is entitled to...$4015 by these calculations, due to my client's annual income from the use of his image in various media."
> "Should you wish to tax the true Beast That Sleeps Beyond Death, you will have to produce evidence that his homewaters fall within US territorial control, and serve him notice."
Heh, now I'm imagining a two-fold shadow war between the Government agencies attempting to control these paranormal events, and the Illuminati, who aren't actually trying to rule the world, they're just the support staff of Alien Beings.
I got bored, and reverse-engineered my own numbers.
Assuming this argument is occurring right now, and Cthulu had 0 withholding and standard deductions, he made $34,658.33 in taxable income.
Poor fellow's moderately broke, if not for the perks of his ecclesiastical position.
OP I know you said no FBI but they're pretty much their own branch at this point.
Our CoC/WoD campaign that has been running for 6 years has seen us form a Delta Green esque organization that grew from a Buffy the Vampire Scooby-Doo Gang type crew to a group that sacrificed the lives of thousands to seal away an eldritch evil. Our name, is Firewatch.
"Three Letter Acronym."
The TLA exists as a quasi governement agency that does all the conspiracy grunt work. They don't start shit, they just do all the legwork for the legitimate agencies.
To sum up this pasta:
>people go missing in parks a lot, especially kids
>many are never found
>corpses are found months later as if they had just died in places they could not have gotten to
>survivors report of a bear man and a fuzzy man respectively, threatening but benign
>SAR personnel report being lost dumbstruck for days without realizing it, and coming to ready to murder a colleague
>no one is supposed to talk about the out of place random stair cases regularly discovered in the wilderness
>if someone goes near one of them, bad things happen, like sudden aneurysm, hand cleanly cut off and disappeared mid air, or search objective found dead
>hierarchy suppresses discussion or warning of the public.
Ihad one character from the National Park Service. He tried to convince everyone that he was there to deal with... bears.
There is some virtue to having an investigator with the National Weather Service, especially asking about weather balloons and the like.
ATF, CDC, and FEMA make for decent beginnings.
to be honest, he's right. So much of it is just godawful
>>lol u fell into my devious trap! now u DIEEEE
>>XD evil gurl
>>lol everyone around him thinks he's crazy but he's not crazy
but some of it is good
>>dat mississipi river one
The Milk Marketing Board!
>The Milk Marketing Board was a producer-run product marketing board, established by statute in 1933 to control milk production and distribution in the United Kingdom. It functioned as buyer of last resort in the British milk market, thereby guaranteeing a minimum price for milk producers. It also participated in the development of milk products, introducing 'Lymeswold cheese.'
Different anon here, all I know is that the NRO are the guys that do all the actual spy satellite stuff, and that their very existence is kept a secret for decades until someone starting asking about mysterious government funding.
Anyone more knowledgable about it care to share some more info?
If you're from up nort, you know how disliked they are, and their mundane but surprisingly long armed reach that circumvents issues you would expect police or FBI to have troubles with.
They can just straight up enter your home and search it without a warrant. TO LOOK FOR FISH!
NGA or NRO
>Federal Railroad Administration
Back in the 60s, a string of grisly occult murders were connected by the use of railroads across America. a Delta Green team was dispatched and dealt with the perpetrator and left a single agent behind in the administraton to continue to monitor for suspicious activities.
However circumstances occurred where his partners were killed before anyone could inform A Cell that an agent had moved positions.
This lone dude has been sitting by himself collecting a shit ton of evidence that no one replies to.
Either you play as a plucky group of railway employees strung along for an operation with a crazed loner or a DG team attempts to recontact him.
In every democracy all over the world police powers remain with the police. If the post office, the military, or the tax people need police powers they call the police. In the US every little agency runs its own SWAT teams. And the US model is being exported. Hard to tell which secret police to be scared of when there's 50.
One strategy for selecting an agency for a DG PC could be too go through the 'emergency' legislation since 9/11 and look which obscure tiny outfit got the most ridiculous amount of civil liberties removed from their limitations. A likely candidate is customs.
>United States Mint
Basically one of the vaults contain a treasure trove of shit too dangerous to use but are either too potentially useful to throw away or literally indestructible.
Characters "accidentally" stumble onto one of these vaults and gets recruited. Now you, the janitor must now deal with the near nightly break in attempts without any real weapons.
>NASA has formalized its ongoing program for detecting and tracking near-Earth objects (NEOs) as the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO).
>"Asteroid detection, tracking and defense of our planet is something that NASA, its interagency partners, and the global community take very seriously," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.
Office of Inspector General (OIG), for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
>charged with identifying and combating waste, fraud, and abuse in the HHS’s more than 300 programs, including Medicare and programs conducted by agencies within HHS, such as the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health.
>What the fuck is an NRO agent gonna do on a field op? This isn't Eclipse Phase, we don't have man-portable satellites.
So Firewall was created by the remnants of Delta Green and it was NRO members of Delta Green who made the killsats that orbit earth? It all makes sense now.
U.S Postal Inspection Service is pretty good OP. Also they have jurisdiction and reason to go anywhere in the country which is useful. Coast Guard might be fun but there would be a lot of places they'd have no reason to go to.
>FUNDED! "REDACTED: FUSION CENTERS": Detailed player-facing write-ups of organizations that are only summarized in the core rules: the ATF, the Secret Service, ICE, Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard, and FEMA.
>FUNDED! “REDACTED: THE COLLECTORS": Detailed player-facing write-ups of organizations that were only summarized in the core rules: DIA, NSA/CSS, NRO, ONI, NGA, NCTC.
>FUNDED! "REDACTED: BIG DATA": Detailed player-facing write-ups of organizations that were only mentioned or summarized in the core rules: DARPA, Nuclear Security Administration (NEST), NASA (Dryden AFRC).
>FUNDED! "REDACTED: BELTWAY BANDITS": Detailed player-facing write-ups of organizations that were only mentioned or summarized in the Agent’s Handbook: Constellis Group, CACI, RAND, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin.
>Ctrl + F FAA; Aviation
Federal Aviation Admin.
National Transportation Safety Board
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (although that asshole Cussler, probably fucked it up for everyone)
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Anon who studied aerospace engineering here (and who now does internship wprk at a telescope manufacturer). I suspect this may have more to do with the fact that right now sattelites, especially high end sattelites with fancy gizmos, are just that stupidly expensive. Last I checked it cost somewhere in the region of 20,000 USD just to get one kilo into orbit, and that is without accounting for the design and construction of the sattelite. You could easily run into over a billion for a single sat.
It may also have to do with the fact that if something is about intelligence it is secret and if something is secret its budget will inevitably only increase over the fiscal cycles.
But the work of DG in that field could become vastly more challenging now that nano cubesats allow any university department with a few ten thousand petrodollars to spare to have their tech lifted into LEO with most oversight only concerned with safety of the vehicle during launch.
Satellites do not last 45 years in orbit, anon. Not even NRO satellites. Think 10 years, maybe 15 with an unreliable extension. But the propellant to maintain orbit alone is prohibitively heavy.
Source? Wikipedia article about 2012 transfer if I recall right.
NASA had to change lenses - because they had lenses for terrestrial observation.
If you dig slightly deeper you can find name of satellite series - and on wiki it is stated that this series was launched from mid-70 to 80s or so - typing from memory though.
What I'm hearing is that some intelligence office still had spare spy cameras from the 70s in a box somewhere and finally budget won out over classification.
Give NASA a budget and they will make a better sensor.
You wouldn't launch a satellite from the 70s. Shit's heavy! Maybe you could salvage some parts, like the camera sensor. But everything else has gotten so much better since then: solar panels, batteries, microelectronics, ... hell, even reusing the image sensor must be a compromise.
They took everything down after the KS. I'm sure there will be a quickstart to download once the books come out. For now, there's piracy. And good luck, most of the scans are abysmal, xerox of a xerox. TOO was released clean iirc.
Not sure if it's already been mentioned, but I'd imagine that there are definitely agents operating within the Library of Congress, taking advantage of the Library's funding and mission of collection and preservation to obtain rare and dangerous media, secreting them away to basement vaults and isolated storage facilities where they can do no harm.
>Special Collection Service
Shit, that's NSA too. Everything's NSA.
>Not the Intelligence Support Activity, motherfucker!
>ISA The Activity, they caught Saddam and helped catch bin Laden
>Oh, yeah, they're US Army...but they work very closely with the NSA. Fuck.
Department of Natural Resources - the name for most of the state-level agencies that enforce hunting, fishing, and farming regulations.
The closest thing to the national version is the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, under the USDA. Though really, you'd need the entire USDA umbrella of services to cover the same range of regulations as the state DNRs do.
The Secret Service never did work for the IRS - the IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agents do (nobody knows they're a thing until they kick in the doors), or they just call up the FBI or local LEOs with a warrant and ask for the individual to be arrested.
The Secret Service worked for the Mint, to investigate counterfeit money and occasionally take a bullet for the president. They still do that, along with investigating financial cybercrime, but the Treasury no longer has administrative or operations control.
On a side note, I find it fucking hysterical that the Secret Service lost its shit and fell into scandal after scandal the second the Treasury stopped overseeing it.
>take a bullet for the president
Has this ever been in the actual job description?
I mean provide security, block sight lines, I get it. But actually catching a bullet? You'd need a religion for that, not a nation state.
And considering religions... The Vatican has traditionally been outsourcing security.
Homeland Security in general kind of strikes me, a layman, as a shitshow. Seems like a lot of stuff went to shit once it was formed. I guess the shakeup in oversight responsibilities and jurisdictional stuff post-9/11 is responsible for at least some of that.
JFK was eliminated by his security detail. They switched out any loyal SS at the airport. Just watch the reactions of the guys around the car on the Zapruder film fragments. They knew exactly where the shooters would be and when they would fire. If they hadn't one might have stumbled into a bullet in reaction to hearing the first shots.
I've never seen the presidential detail job description, so I couldn't say for certain. It's probably an unofficial one, and I know it's happened 12 times in the past. Most famously, Tim McCarthy took a bullet for Reagan, and as far as I know it was the last time an attempted assassin got close enough with a gun to a sitting president to even line up the shot.
You're not the only one. They've got too much funding and not enough oversight, and the oversight they do have isn't entrenched enough to do the job right.
I would not be surprised to learn one of their still classified patches actually has "Novo Ordo Seculorum" as a motto
Social Security Administration.
They have a budget that dwarfs all other agencies combined, including the military. They have offices in every city in the country. They have vast underground facilities that extend for miles under parts of the American midwest built from the Cold War black budget. They have an archive of every detail about the life of every living soul in America for the last century, from births and deaths to every job you've ever had, every marriage, every address you've lived, and increasingly your medical history as well.
If anyone could detect spooky shit, it would be them.
>implying they aren't the baddies, dominating the minds of generations with their bread-and-circuses handouts, silently pulling the strings as the puppets dance to the tune of the King in Yellow
Why do you think they are the only agency whose budget is considered non-discretionary and continues to operate even during government shutdowns?
Fun fact: There's actually a group that managed to beat the IRS. Who? Scientology, of course. They went after every IRS employee they could get a hold of, threatening them with physical violence on them and their families.
The IRS is a huge, inhuman, unflinching organization, yes. But it's still make up of people. And as it turns out, if you scare enough of them shitless they won't fuck with you.
Xenu is obvíous BS. If you want to maintain that crutch you have to invent a history which the Xenu story as told today is a lie about.
But Scientology works great. Plug in whatever creature seems most fitting, I'm thinking Nyarly.
But be aware that this will initiate a larger campaign. You can't just deal with a huge and influential cult in just a couple of sessions.
>Roadside Picnic Delta Green
>Players are just glorified alium garbage collectors
I have absolutely no idea how this would play out but I'm open for any interpretations.
Speaking of gods who are real and hate you, consider Kek, the Egyptian frog god of darkness and primordial chaos.
Yeah, he;s basically the Pepe meme, and /pol/ has started worshiping him.