The History of the FBI
After the long death of industrial civilization, America was plunged into chaos as governors declared war against Washington and each other in their own quests for power. In the midst of this, the Federal Bureau of Investigations quickly fell into disarray as their offices across America came under siege by rival factions. However, the ascension of President George Washington II and the drafting of the Articles of Emergence would allow the FBI to experience a massive resurgence. Agents would rally around the Non-Denominational Church to become the shadowy enforcers of the Chief Justice, utilizing disreputable methods such as blackmail, kidnapping, or outright assassination.
It was said that the agents of the FBI shot an arrow into the back of George Dinwiddie as he marched across the James River and poured Charlie Coleman a glass of poisoned wine during his Siege of Dallas. It was the FBI, clad in long black frocks that terrorized the countryside, seizing land from nobles who dared speak against the Chief Justice, even behind closed doors. Eventually, the agency would reach its peak of infamy during the Tchaktaw Investigations, as the agency rounded up and massacred thousands of Evangelist heretics across Dixie. While the Southron nobles first welcomed these strange men in black, the FBI would link several knightly orders to the Evangelist heresy, in an apparent attempt to destroy institutions which threatened the President in Baltimore.
The FBI’s investigations into the noble defenders of Dixie quickly drew the ire of Grand Wizard Earl Schexnayder, who argued that the agency had damaged the ability of Southron warriors to defend the heartland against Cowboy savages. This grand feud between the White Knights of the Klan and the Men in Black would force the Non-Denominational Church to put an end the Tchaktaw Investigations. However, earning the ire of Dixie would not be enough to destroy the FBI as three centuries of enforcing the Church’s will had left them nigh untouchable. This would all change after the rise of John Kennedy III, a former Mayor of Boston before his election to the Presidency. Kennedy’s relationship with FBI Director Harold Dillinger was reportedly difficult as the agency had been openly hostile to the growing influence of New England before Kennedy’s election.
Eventually, Director Dillinger would release a dossier regarding the Esoteric Order of Lovecraft, an occult heresy amongst New Englanders which worshipped dark tentacle gods and committed carnal acts with sea life in the name of the “Deep Ones”. Dillinger requested Chief Justice Caldwell that the FBI be allowed to investigate this diabolical blasphemy and put an end to the dark practices of the Esoteric Order. After briefly skimming the dossier, Caldwell decided these outrageous claims were clearly fabricated by the Director himself and formally denied his request. Eventually, the Supreme Court would be forced to disband the FBI after being pressured by the forces of Dixie, New England, Chesapeake, and New Jersey (who had always hated the agency for cracking down on their gambling operations).
After Director Dillinger was burned at the stake for treason, chroniclers of the Non-Denominational Church revealed the dark and terrible practices common amongst the Men in Black. It was written that agents grew strains of ergot in secret laboratories and fed the drug to political prisoners in an attempt to make them more susceptible to brainwashing. Other times, executives of the FBI would ritually dress as women while participating in disturbing sexual orgies with other men. However, many of these claims are rather doubtful and many scholars see them as fanciful propaganda written to tarnish the reputation of the FBI, just as the agency attempted to tarnish President Kennedy’s name.
Despite the sheer oddity of these accusations, this propaganda proved to be highly effective as thousands turned against the valiant protectors of the faith overnight. As the years passed, the FBI would soon be remembered as a dark society of spies and assassins who sought to corrupt the holiest of institutions under the shadow of secrecy. However, the Great Midwestern War has seen the rapid ascendance of Ohio and fears that the President in Cincinnati may be building his own Supreme Court to rival the influence of Baltimore. With shadowy plots threatening the unity of the Church, a few anxious judges have begun advocating for a revival of the FBI to put an end to the apostates of the Midwest.