Some more background to the world of Shadowforce: Archer.
The Archer Pact carved the world into eight shadow communities- pools of spies,soldiers, informants, specialists, political figures, criminals and others whom the Foundation periodically calls upon in times of need. Each shadow community is administered by a Chamber, or branch of Archer operations. One thing is important to notice: there are alot of redundancy in the Conspiracy. Each chamber is capable of handling the other chambersís specialeties to a lesser degree.
The Archer Foundation is the Conspiracyís central Chamber. Itís responsibilities are: Global surveillance and analysis; supervision of all Chambers and direction for all missions; financing the Conspiracy. They are also supposed to be involved with some kind of super soldier/agent program, however, this is just a rumor. You are not sure if you should believe it or not, it sounds a bit unlikely.
The Foundation oversees Austrailia, New Zeeland and all surrounding water bodies.
The African Alliance oversees, just as their name implies, the African continent. This is the ďyoungestĒ Chamber, and it shows in the optemistical outlook of their agents. Itís in the AA you are most likely to find larger than life, tuxedo wearing and jetpack flying agents of James Bondís caliber (not suggesting that the other chambers doesnít have their fair share of those also). The AA focus their attention on special operations and agent training. Most agents of the Conspiracy has at one time or another trained at the AAís headquarters at Comoro Islands.
The Company has one focus: enforcment. Be it military or paramilitary action, strategic reconnaissance, sabotage or propaganda, the Company get it done. The Company is deeply entrenched in the American intelligence agencies, that is itís strength but also itís weakness. The Company has suffered greatly from the many scandals involving the US agencies Ėespecially the CIA- and the Chamber has come close to being discovered and destroyed on many occasions.
The Company watch over South and North America (including Canada, of course) and Greenland.
The Europen Commonwealth is almost a schizophrenic Chamber, itís more or less two Chambers baked into one. You have the Gemeinschafft Consortium, run by a group of bankers, media moguls, commercial tsars and political analysts who is hidden behind a veil of industrial discretion and polite distance. Yes, there really are groups like the Illuminati out there.
The other part of the Chamber is the street level criminal empire run by the mysterious figure called Fade. Fade recruits his agents from the streets and prisons of Europe.
The EC is mostly involved in economic and industrial espionage and political levering and lobbying. It oversees all of Europe west of Russia, with the exception of the UK and Ireland.
The Guardians of the Whispering Knife is the Chamber that safeguards the middle east, including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Egypt. Not much is known about this mysterious group, or rather, you donít know much of them, except that they excell at infiltration and wetworks.
The Pan-Asian Collective oversee the greater parts of Asia. They are responsible for the Conspiracyís interrogation, psychological warfare, ultra hightech research and general espionage. They are famous for their deep cover sleeper agents, who can infiltrate the opposition for decades before making their move.
Room 39 can trace itís roots back to WWII, but now itís firmly under the control of the Conspiracy. It has two branches. Ultracorps are in charge of the Conspiracyís counterterrorism efforts. Alongside the commandos of Ultracorps works the other half of Room 39, the Broaken Seal. Almost entirely composed of hacker rebels from Generations X and Y, the Broken Sealís mission is one of cryptography and electronical warfare.
The Room is responsible for the UK and Ireland.
The Russian Confederation provide counterespionage, military counsel and equipment and munitions supply for the Conspiracy. Well, they do on paper at least. Embarrassingly enough, when the Iron Curtain fell in 91, the Archer Conspiracy discovered that their Russian Chamber had been just as infiltrated as the rest of the world had been by the rest of the Conspiracy. The organization responsible, P.E.R.I.L (the Project for Expansion, Retribution, Iniquity and Lies), was well prepared for Archer when the Curtain fell, and it still has the Russian Chamber firmly in itís claws. There are now three kinds of agents in the Russian chamber, those who know something is rotten in Russia and tries to pry the chamber from P.E.R.I.Lís grasp, those who knows about the shift in power but just donít care, and those who still think they are working for the Archer Conspiracy. A shadow war now rages across Russia, and the country has become a hotbed for hidden conflict and intrigue.
But there are even worse things than the infiltration of the Russian Confederation. In 2001, without warning, a large portion of the Archer Conspiracyís top scientists- all members of the Research and Development department known as the Shop- broke away, forming their own, rival agency.
Why they did this is not known. They donít seem to intend to go public or they had done so already. The Shop has no compunction about fighting and even killing their former allies, and has even left behind some nasty suprises for Conspiracy agents- from sabotaged gadgets to disloyal agents and specialists.
The Conspiracy now scrambles to replace the data lost from the Shopís defection, and several chambers, foremost Room 39, the Archer Foundation and the Pan-Asian Collective tries to take over the Shops role as R&D deprtment for the Conspiracy. After all, what would an agent be without all her wonderfull gadgets?