History Main / CovertGroupWithMundaneFront

10th Feb '17 3:37:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''AnotherCaseOfMiltonJones''. Inevitably, Milton suspects the National Trust of being a front. For the National Front. (They aren't, but they are sinister.)
* In ''{{Nebulous}}'', K.E.N.T.'s cover is that they're a laundry. Much to Professor Nebulous's annoyance, their sponsors in the Government seem more inclined to buy equipment for the laundry than for eco-troubleshooting operations.

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* ''AnotherCaseOfMiltonJones''.''Radio/AnotherCaseOfMiltonJones''. Inevitably, Milton suspects the National Trust of being a front. For the National Front. (They aren't, but they are sinister.)
* In ''{{Nebulous}}'', ''Radio/{{Nebulous}}'', K.E.N.T.'s cover is that they're a laundry. Much to Professor Nebulous's annoyance, their sponsors in the Government seem more inclined to buy equipment for the laundry than for eco-troubleshooting operations.
20th Jan '17 3:48:55 PM margdean56
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* In Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/{{Kim}}'', Colonel Creighton, the head of the Ethnological Survey of British India, also directs the secret service. There is an overlap between the two organisation, for instance both Creighton and one of his top agents, Hurree Chunder Mookerjee, write and publish legitimate ethnological papers and share the ambition of being admitted to the Royal Society. Apparently this was TruthInTelevision.

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* In Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/{{Kim}}'', Colonel Creighton, the head of the Ethnological Survey of British India, also directs the secret service. There is an overlap between the two organisation, organisations; for instance both Creighton and one of his top agents, Hurree Chunder Mookerjee, write and publish legitimate ethnological papers and share the ambition of being admitted to the Royal Society. Apparently this was TruthInTelevision.
19th Jan '17 9:34:00 PM Yozzy
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* The Bumani Exchange Corporation in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' is a poorly-concealed front for the Exchange.

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* The Bumani Exchange Corporation in In ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' II'', the Bumani Exchange Corporation in the space station above Telos is a poorly-concealed front for [[TheSyndicate the Exchange.Exchange]]. It's poorly concealed in part because of, and for, being an OpenSecret among the station's leadership for when they need a friend in extralegal business; and the Exchange has worked with enough discretion to avoid an investigation by the authorities.



* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' has the United Liberty Paper which is a cover for a unrevealed government agency, headed by [[TheSpook a mysterious man]] [[ShoutOut wearing]] [[Series/{{Heroes}} horn-rimmed glasses]]. They appartently are a black-ops organisation judging by the type of assassinations they blackmail Niko into making.

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' has the United Liberty Paper which is a cover for a unrevealed government agency, headed by [[TheSpook a mysterious man]] [[ShoutOut wearing]] [[Series/{{Heroes}} horn-rimmed glasses]]. They appartently apparently are a black-ops organisation judging by the type of assassinations they blackmail Niko into making.
19th Jan '17 9:21:44 PM Yozzy
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* In Daniel Suarez's ''Influx'', the secretive [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction Bureau of Techniology Control]] has been tasked with suppressing and controlling [[ScaleOfScientificSins disruptive technology]] to make sure rapid change brought about by certain technologies doesn't disrupt world order. Over time they've grown into a hyptertechnological society unto itself complete with paramilitary forces, hereditary citizenship/employment, and at least one superweapon. They're stationed under their old government office building, which is practically abandoned, turning dilapidated, and is filled with technology that hasn't been updated since the 70's.
18th Jan '17 6:53:29 PM maxwellsilver
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One problem with being a member of the GovernmentAgencyOfFiction or of a CovertGroup is that, at some point, you need to interact with the public or non-covert governmental agencies. This is where being a CovertGroupWithMundaneFront comes in. A covert group has a highly mundane front and it will sometimes be commented that their funding is hidden from the public within the low funding the front group officially receives. Sometimes this will be played for laughs, as characters will either make fun of the official organ the spies are supposed to come from, or else see the front for the PaperThinDisguise that it is. As a general note, it is very common for a cultural attache to be one of these ("travel to interesting places; [[BreadEggsMilkSquick kill interesting people]]").

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One problem with being a member of the GovernmentAgencyOfFiction or of a CovertGroup is that, at some point, you need to interact with the public or non-covert governmental agencies. This is where being a CovertGroupWithMundaneFront covert group with a mundane front comes in. A covert group has a highly mundane front and it will sometimes be commented that their funding is hidden from the public within the low funding the front group officially receives. Sometimes this will be played for laughs, as characters will either make fun of the official organ the spies are supposed to come from, or else see the front for the PaperThinDisguise that it is. As a general note, it is very common for a cultural attache to be one of these ("travel to interesting places; [[BreadEggsMilkSquick kill interesting people]]").
28th Dec '16 8:39:50 PM Xtifr
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* In Creator/CharlesStross's TheLaundrySeries, starting with ''The Atrocity Archives'', the supernatural math-magician enforcement/spy agency is fronted as, and always referred to as, "The Laundry", as it was at one time situated above (or behind) a Chinese laundry.

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* In Creator/CharlesStross's TheLaundrySeries, starting with ''The Atrocity Archives'', ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' series, the supernatural math-magician enforcement/spy agency is fronted as, and always referred to as, "The Laundry", as it was at one time situated above (or behind) a Chinese laundry.
7th Dec '16 4:35:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* In RudyardKipling's ''{{Kim}}'', Colonel Creighton, the head of the Ethnological Survey of British India, also directs the secret service. There is an overlap between the two organisation, for instance both Creighton and one of his top agents, Hurree Chunder Mookerjee, write and publish legitimate ethnological papers and share the ambition of being admitted to the Royal Society. Apparently this was TruthInTelevision.

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* In RudyardKipling's ''{{Kim}}'', Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/{{Kim}}'', Colonel Creighton, the head of the Ethnological Survey of British India, also directs the secret service. There is an overlap between the two organisation, for instance both Creighton and one of his top agents, Hurree Chunder Mookerjee, write and publish legitimate ethnological papers and share the ambition of being admitted to the Royal Society. Apparently this was TruthInTelevision.
20th Nov '16 8:51:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''AubreyMaturin'' series Stephen Maturin is one of Britain's most effective spies, but uses his status as a respected natural philosopher and physician to travel in wartime.

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* In the ''AubreyMaturin'' ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series Stephen Maturin is one of Britain's most effective spies, but uses his status as a respected natural philosopher and physician to travel in wartime.
1st Nov '16 7:11:09 PM epoxy
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* ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' plays this [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]] in Season 4 with the ATF. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms exists in RealLife; it is a organization within UsefulNotes/AmericanLawEnforcement with a focused scope of authority. In the show, the bureau operates ''vastly'' beyond this scope. Among other things it negotiates FirstContact with the crew of the Lexx, it forcibly maintains the {{Masquerade}}, and even PresidentEvil is merely the puppet of its [[SatanicArchetype director]].

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* ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' plays this [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]] in Season 4 with the ATF. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms exists in RealLife; it is a an organization within UsefulNotes/AmericanLawEnforcement with a focused scope of authority. In the show, the bureau operates ''vastly'' beyond this scope. Among other things it negotiates FirstContact with the crew of the Lexx, it forcibly maintains the {{Masquerade}}, and even PresidentEvil is merely the puppet of its [[SatanicArchetype director]].
1st Nov '16 7:08:58 PM epoxy
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* ''Series/Lexx'' plays this [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]] in Season 4 with the ATF. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms exists in RealLife; it is a organization within UsefulNotes/AmericanLawEnforcement with a focused scope of authority. In the show, the bureau operates ''vastly'' beyond this scope. Among other things it negotiates FirstContact with the crew of the Lexx, it forcibly maintains the {{Masquerade}}, and PresidentEvil is merely the puppet of its [[Satan director]].

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* ''Series/Lexx'' ''Series/{{Lexx}}'' plays this [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]] in Season 4 with the ATF. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms exists in RealLife; it is a organization within UsefulNotes/AmericanLawEnforcement with a focused scope of authority. In the show, the bureau operates ''vastly'' beyond this scope. Among other things it negotiates FirstContact with the crew of the Lexx, it forcibly maintains the {{Masquerade}}, and even PresidentEvil is merely the puppet of its [[Satan [[SatanicArchetype director]].
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