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알링턴 국립묘지

일련번호: SCP-4004

등급: 타우미엘(Thaumiel)

특수 격리 절차: SCP-4004는 알링턴 국립묘지 지하 25미터의 150m x 95m x 6m짜리 최고 보안 격리실에 격리되어 있다. SCP-4004를 격리하는 데 쓰이는 모든 방은 재래식 및 비전적 병기의 지속적인 공격을 견뎌낼 수 있도록 설계해야 하며, 유사한 자연재해도 견딜 수 있어야 한다. 6/4004등급 엔지니어와 정비기사는 SCP-4004 격리실의 세부사항에 대해 열람할 수 있다.

SCP-4004의 격리실은 제02기지의 주 지역과 연결된 1.8km 길이의 터널을 통해서만 접근할 수 있다. SCP-4004에 대해 알고 있는 모든 인원 (재단이든 국방부든)은 제02기지나 펜타곤 건물에 항시 머물러야 한다. SCP-4004에 대해 알고 있는 인원의 수는 최소한으로 유지해야 한다.

SCP-4004가 중단되는 경우 베일 규약이 파기될 가능성이 있으며, 최대한 빨리 대응할 필요가 있다. 나아가 SCP-4004 연구 그룹은 매달 한 차례씩 SCP-4004 기능의 동향에 대해 평가하고, 안정성 및 장기적 효율성을 극대화하기 위해 필요한 수정 사항들을 제안한다. 이 임무들 중 어느 쪽에든 필요하다고 판단되는 모든 자재와 변칙개체는 5등급 이송 우선순위를 부여하고 하루 내로 제02기지에 배달해야 한다.

SCP-4004의 수리, 유지, 조정은 필요한 자재들을 SCP-4004의 격리실에 들여놓고 나가는 방식으로 이루어진다. SCP-4004와 직접 상호작용하는 것은 필요하지 않으며 금지된다. 인원들은 SCP-4004를 직접 쳐다보거나 대상이 하는 모든 말을 acknowledge하지 않도록 주의해야 한다. 이 중 하나라도 행할 시 징계 및 재배치될 수 있다.

SCP-4004의 유지를 위해서는 매일 아래 자재들을 SCP-4004의 격리실로 배송해야 한다.

  • 젖은 점토 150.0kg.
  • 순금 금괴 20.0kg.
  • 인간 혈액 3.0L.
  • 워싱턴 D.C.에서 가져온 흙 3.0kg.
  • 짙은 청색의 페인트 100mL.
  • 현 미국 대통령의 피 40mL.1
  • 손으로 조각한 잭오랜턴.
  • 「뉴욕 타임즈」 가장 최신 호.
  • 수컷 공작새 (Pavus cristatis)의 깃털 3개.

설명: SCP-4004는 미주확보격리구상2에서 미합중국의 국익을 꾀하기 위해 만든 장치이다. SCP-4004는 ASCI가 수 세기 동안 찾아낸 250개에 달하는 변칙적 물체를 연결하고 조율하는 다양한 기계적, 전기적, 생물학적, 기적학적 장치로 이루어져 있다. SCP-4004의 전체 도식은 존재하지 않으며, 그 정확한 기능에 대한 상세한 정보는 소실되었거나 파괴된 상태이다. SCP-4004의 부속 일부가 부록 4004-A에 열거되어 있다.

SCP-4004는 정신권3 변경을 통해 합의된 현실에 직접적인 영향을 미친다.4 구체적으로 보면, SCP-4004는 미국과 그 활동에 대해 특정 생각을 얼마나 쉽게 기억하고, 표현하고, 맥락화할 수 있을지 그 정도를 바꾼다. 이 과정에서 정보의 송수신은 필요하지 않다. 그러므로, 전통적인 차폐 형태로는 이 효과를 막을 수 없다.

"미국은 북아메리카로 뻗어나가도록 운명지어졌다."거나, "열심히 일한다면 모든 미국인은 성공할 수 있다.", "미국은 우주 경쟁에서 승리했다.", "미국은 인권을 위해 싸운다." 따위의 생각들은 이 효과가 없었을 때보다 훨씬 광범위하게 받아들여지는 중이다. 유사하게, "미국은 전쟁 범죄를 저지른다.", "미국은 외국인을 학대하고 있다.", "미국은 열린 국경을 가져야만 한다." 따위의 진술은 덜 대중적이다. 영향을 받은 개념의 전체 목록을 보려면, 부록 4004-A1을 참고할 것.

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생전의 SCP-4004-α.

SCP-4004-α는 조슈아 에이브러햄 노턴(Joshua Abraham Norton)5 의 시체이다. 추정 상 6등급 현실조작 인간형 독립체로 보이는 독립체를 다루기 위한 초보적인 기술을 이용하여, ASCI는 생전의 조슈아 노턴을 샌프란스시스코 사람들의 복합적인 지각과 함께 격리할 수 있었다. 격리는 죽을 때까지 성공적이었으며, 1880-1-16에는 ASCI가 SCP-4004-α를 SCP-4004 시스템에 연결하였다.

SCP-4004-α는 말할 수 있는 능력을 유지하고 있다. 그 움직임은 SCP-4004의 여러 부속품 때문에 방해를 받고 있는데, 철골 하나가 그 팔과 몸통을 관통하고 있다. SCP-4004-α는 부패하지 않는 것으로 나타났다. SCP-4004-α가 어떤 방법을 통해 현재까지 생명을 가지고 있는 것인지는 알 수 없다.

그 대부분의 구성요소와 마찬가지로, SCP-4004-α의 완전한 기능에 대해서는 거의 알려진 바가 없다. 대상은 SCP-4004의 인터페이스처럼 작동한다. SCP-4004-α와 말한 개인은 이론적으로는, SCP-4004의 작업을 통제할 수 있다. 그러나 1945-8-6 이후로, SCP-4004-α는 명령을 거부하고 있다. SCP-4004의 능력을 완전히 이용하는 것은 그에 따라 제한되고 있다. SCP-4004를 개조하거나 대상에 무언가를 추가하는 경우 SCP-4004-α의 SCP-4004에 대한 통제권은 일시적으로 약해질 수 있다. 그러나 SCP-4004-α가 결국에는 해당 부속품들을 통제할 수 있기에, 추가적인 객체를 도입하는 것은 필수적이다.

SCP-4004-α는 매체를 통해 정보 전파를 완전히 통제하면서, 미합중국의 국경 내에 있는 모든 무선 및 위성 통신을 통제할 수 있다. 전세계적인 정신권 조작을 통해, SCP-4004-α는 이론적으로는 외국에서도 생각에 영향을 미칠 수 있다. 현재로써는, SCP-4004-α의 불응 때문에 이 방안은 적용할 수 없다. 조슈아 에이브러햄 노턴에 대한 이전의 격리 시도가 대상의 자기 지각에 영향을 미치면서, SCP-4004-α가 미합중국이 아닌 다른 땅을 '지배'할 수는 없다는 이론도 제기되어 있다.

SCP-4004-β는 국립 기념공원으로, 라코타 족은 '여섯 명의 할아버지'라고 부른 곳이다. SCP-4004-β가 SCP-4004의 다른 부속품과 같은 위치에 있지는 않으나, SCP-4004 가운데에 공간적 변칙성이 있어 대상을 러시모어 산 내부에 존재하는 분불명한 크기의 방에 연결하며, 이 방에는 SCP-4004 전체의 약 15%가 들어있다. 추가적으로, SCP-4004-G17은 워싱턴 D.C를 통과하거나 그 근처를 지나가서 SCP-4004-β에서 교차하도록 여러 지맥들을 우회시켰다.

SCP-4004-β는 원래 ASCI가 SCP-4004의 이차적 기능을 실현하기 위해 비밀리에 의뢰한 것으로, 즉 미국과 그 정부에 대한 위협을 제거하기 위한 것이었다. 회수된 증거를 보면 SCP-4004-β에는 다양한 파괴적 효과를 만들고/만들거나 증폭시키는 여러 변칙개체들이 격리되어 있으며 (아래를 볼 것), 해당 개체들은 SCP-4004에게서 명령을 받아 실행에 옮긴다. SCP-4004-β의 외부는 인식재해로, 관찰자들이 대상의 활성화로 인한 부작용을 인식하지 못하도록 만든다. 이렇게 사라진 인식적 에너지는 SCP-4004-B04가 거둬들인다.

SCP-4004-β는 개념적 단절(conceptual severance)6과 지진적 변칙성7, 질병 감염, 핵무기 대학살을 통해 표적을 제거할 수 있는 것으로 관찰되어 왔다.

부록 4004-A: 알려진 SCP-4004 부속품들의 부분적인 목록으로, 설명 부분에 수록된 것들 이외의 것들. 알려진 부속품들의 전체 목록은 허가받은 인원에게 공개된다.

이력: 이하는 하워드 기번 박사의 『제국의 엔진을 작동시키기 : SCP-4004와 그 용도』에서 발췌한 것이다.

이 객체는 원래, 독립 전쟁 중 오나이다 족이 조지 워싱턴 장군에게 주었던 것이다. 물론, 이 대상을 워싱턴 장군에게 '빌려' 주었던 것이었고, 자랑 삼아 꺼내든 '평화의 파이프'8와 유사한 것이라고 말할 수도 있다. 그러나, 분명한 사실을 말해두자. 오나이다 족이 객체를 쓰는 방법을, 그 기능을 온전히 끌어내는 방법을 정말로 알고 있었다면, 왜 우리 제국만큼 광대한 제국을 가지지 못했겠는가? 원시적이었으나 선량했던 오나이다 족은, 그들이 가진 것이 뭔지 몰랐다.

이 객체는 그들에게는 역사적인 의미만 있는 싸구려 장신구 이상도 이하도 아니였으며, 그들이 이 땅에 오기 전에 숭배했던 옛 신의 안식처로 설명되고 있었다. 그러나 우리가 현재 그것이 어디 있는지 모른다는 아주 간단한 사실 때문에, 이를 확인하거나 부인하기 위해 실험을 할 수는 없는 상태다.

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그럼에도 불구하고, 조지 워싱턴은 이 객체가 음, 대체 불가능하다는 것을 발견했다. 워싱턴이 뛰어난 군인이었다고 주장하기는 정말이지 어려운 일이다. 그러나 이 객체는, 그것은 일종의 생기와 함께 대의명분을 고취시켰다. 연이은 전투에서 옆에 선 이들이 대포 포화에 죽어 넘어져 갔지만, 그는 이 객체 덕분에 살아남았다. 연방 의회는 이 객체에 대해서 광범위한 토론을 벌였다. 독립이 이루어진 뒤에는 그것에 대해 연구하고, 이 새롭고 자유로운 국가를 가꾸고자 쓰려는 욕망이, 미주확보격리구상의 탄생을 불러오게 되었다.

Benjamin Franklin is noted as finding the object “uncanny” but was, along with Thomas Jefferson, quite convinced that there was a rational explanation to it, that it could be harnessed. This is enlightenment thinking, values that the rest of them held as well, and they fell in line. But more than that, they also began experiments to strengthen the object.

Records of the early objects used to create SCP-4004 are few and far between. Lost or destroyed, it truly doesn't matter. The truth of it is that the thaumaturgists and enlightened, rational men that ruled our country, the progenitors of our Foundation and those of our American government, were able to strengthen the effect of this object to create a national identity that could fight the greatest powers on Earth.

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What many do not know, and we have worked quite hard on this, is that the burning of the White House in the War of 1812 was merely an attempt at seizing this great object. They didn't. And because of that, our country succeeded, in spite of everything. We learned from our errors; from then on, SCP-4004 remained unknown to all but the most elect individuals. It didn't take long for the “magic stone” of the Americans to fall into myth and then obscurity. The natural life cycle of a rumor, sometimes, can do much more than any amnestic barrage.

Throughout the Trail of Tears, a regrettable yet sadly necessary event, many objects left in the haste of the natives were taken and utilized. Certainly, it was assumed, native artifacts would only strengthen the object. This, of course, proved to be their greatest mistake. The objects linked together, and what came together was, well, a little averse to our interests.

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While this happened, a young reality bender was noticed and diverted, before he could become something more worrisome. Joshua Abraham Norton was pushed into madness, and the town of San Francisco, ever welcoming, accepted him wholeheartedly as "Emperor Norton". He was bound to his post, and the ASCI refocused their attention on their increasingly worrisome luck totem.

One could imagine that the Civil War occurred due to this loss of control. However, the war was inevitable. A more reasonable position is that the war's protracted state was due to the noncompliance of the object. Many objects were introduced to it, in an attempt to bring the souls of the natives under our sway. It worked, but only until they were assimilated into SCP-4004 and became part of the very irritated whole.

So, when Emperor Norton died, it stands to reason that the ASCI was willing to take a risk. For an Emperor of America, Norton's ideology was quite a bit left-wing, even for its time. A pacifist emperor cannot lead a nation. But under the sway of the objects, and with his mind ever-aligned to America, the ASCI was able to once again assert full control over SCP-4004.

Emperor Norton, or SCP-4004-α as he is now called, powered SCP-4004 greater than they ever could. But still, he showed weakness in the face of our national interests. And, as we made greater strides across the world, we found greater and more plentiful artifacts. As more immigrants came into our great nation, they brought with them treasures that the ASCI was always quick to confiscate.

The construction of Mount Rushmore, or SCP-4004-β, only provided greater capabilities to SCP-4004. Without SCP-4004, it stands to wonder whether we could have won the world wars. Certainly, the Axis Powers showed great weakness in leadership, but the abilities of SCP-4004 kept casualties from becoming even greater.

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The atomic bombing marked the first time SCP-4004-α refused an order. And it marked the beginning of a deterioration of our American interests.

The internment of the Japanese, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, these all procured further objects to be funneled into SCP-4004. Mostly, they worked in convincing SCP-4004-α to listen to orders. Others simply strengthened or regulated prior components. The Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of Kennedy, and the advent of the “hippie” movement can be accounted for by SCP-4004's failures.

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The War on Terror offered yet another problem. Failures of SCP-4004 became more costly, and oversight was rapidly becoming too complicated for even the ASCI. In 2003, the beleaguered ASCI, along with a few similar privately-owned groups, came together and became the Foundation.

Thus, the interests of the United States are the interests of the Foundation. With SCP-4004's help, America can maintain its cultural foothold in the world. Normalcy and the standards of the West will stand. We remain the occidental giant, eternal and powerful. And all we need to do is keep SCP-4004 running.

Without the United States of America, we would be nothing. And the Foundation returns the favor.

Incident 4004-290: On 1965-04-22, radar systems in Langley, VA detected an object heading toward the United States. Later investigation determined that the object was nonexistent, and was only observed due to a major flaw in the radar systems. Deemed to be a nuclear missile, the nation's nuclear missile self-defense system was armed. The message was then spread to all bases.

However, four seconds before launch, all systems were taken offline. Personnel reported that all intercoms were active for forty minutes afterward. Analysis of the sounds produced show it to have been the Lord's Prayer, the Shema Yisrael, the entirety of the Salat, and four previously unknown prayers in a currently unknown language the languages of the Choctaw, Lakota, Seminole, and Cherokee.

SCP-4004-α is assumed to have been responsible for the aversion of mutually-assured destruction.

Incident 4004-450: On 2001-09-11, several airplanes were hijacked by operatives of the terrorist group al-Qaeda and flown into the two World Trade Center towers in New York City, as well as the Pentagon; a fourth was aimed towards Washington DC, but was brought down by passengers. As SCP-4004 has preemptively eliminated similar threats in the past, particularly those that come close to itself or Site-02, the success of these attacks forced a reevaluation of SCP-4004's containment and operating procedures.

SCP-4004-α is reported to have wept from the date of the attacks until 2001-09-30 when SCP-4004-Y60 was introduced.

Incident 4004-452: Starting on 2001-10-1, SCP-4004-α began a concerted effort to contact then sitting president, George W. Bush. All attempts at telephone contact were treated by the president as pranks. However, SCP-4004-α's ability allowed unfettered access to the White House's communication and public address systems. Due to continued strain on Foundation resources, it was decided to allow SCP-4004-α to converse with George W. Bush in person.

Prior to the meeting, George W. Bush was given an abbreviated history of the object and the ASCI. The conversation is as follows:

George W. Bush enters SCP-4004's chamber. The camera fitted to a pin on his breast pocket does not malfunction. SCP-4004-α appears agitated. SCP-4004-X09 appears to be attacking SCP-4004-α but flees into the machinery upon noticing George W. Bush.

George W. Bush: Well. Hello, uh, Emperor Norton. Heard you wanted to talk to me?

SCP-4004-α: Mr. President? You, you are a man of God, are you not? You are saved?

GWB: Yes, sir. Since about, heck, 1985, I think. Shoot, quit drinking and doing, heh, other things in about 1986. So maybe it'd be 1986. My good friend, a good man. Billy Graham. Great man, he got me thinking about the ways I was living a life Christ wouldn't want for me. Are you a man of God, Emperor?

SCP-4004-α: I was. I was Jewish once. There are, there are parts of me that are so much more. I am Christian. I am Muslim. I am Buddhist. I am Hindu. But I am things that have no name. No more name. I, I, do you understand? Do you understand the voice of God when it speaks to you? But they all, they all are the same. How. How can you do this? Sir. Mr. President, I, I, I implore you.

GWB: I'm sorry, I don't, uh, understand what you're asking me to do here, sir. I have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Of a personative nature. I believe God speaks to me in everything I do, sir. Is that what you're asking me? I keep Christ in my heart, if that's what you're asking.

SCP-4004-α: There are cold men within me. Men who went to war with the hope of death. The hope of blood. In their hands and in their eyes. But, so many. They weep. Taken into a foreign land. Only to die. Wherever they die, wherever they die, they came to me. Do you, do you understand?

GWB: Sir, I—

SCP-4004-α: Some of them came in ignorance. Others, because they had to. But they all are dead. And they are all a part of me. Do you, do you understand? Indian children, taken. Deprived of language. Deprived of their tribe. Their families. Butchered. To me. Butchered to the infernal machinations that power.9 Blood like oil, lubricating gears of despotism. Do you understand? Do you understand what you do?

GWB: War is, uh, certainly a matter of problem. But, well, we have a right to defend our national interests. There needs to be revengeance for the lives of Americans taken. There's nothing that says we can't, in the good book or anywhere else. An eye for an eye, Emperor. That's the law, isn't it? That's just the way we do things in Texas. Not sure how they did it in San Francisco.

SCP-4004-α: For so long, the blood of the slave sustained me.10 I, I have no love for this land. The earth itself. I have no love for this country. I do not think. I do not think I ever wanted, truly, to be emperor.

GWB: Well, sir, uh, Emperor—

SCP-4004-α: I do not think the country I loved ever existed as I loved it. To be an emperor is to cause pain. It is to hunger for land. But I am once and always Emperor of these United States and Protector of Mexico. I am here. I cannot leave.

GWB: With all due respect, sir, America is the greatest country in the world. We help so many. Do you, do you know how much aid we send to these, these hellholes? Places hotter than you've ever been? The people here are the best people—

SCP-4004-α: I love the people. Or, I once did. I have twisted them so long into things they are not. No man hungers for the blood of the foreign man. No man naturally. This world. This world has been worsened by my continued efforts. By our continued efforts.

GWB: But, but what about the good America's done? World War Two, uh, the end of slavery, jobs in countless countries. Norton, democracy is justice. It is the perfect direction to go up toward. We've brought democracy to countless nations. The scourge of communism, of atheistic nihilism, destroyed. We've brought the middle class so far up well, shit, they don't even know which way's down.

SCP-4004-α: There is no justice in the American empire. But, but we can stop it. Do not go further. Do not, do not hurt. Do not take. Let us die. Let us end. We, we are not what we were. We cannot go back. We never were what we were.

GWB: You can't seriously expect me to, what, cancel America?

SCP-4004-α: There is nothing in this land. In these people. There is no hope here. There is only destruction. The ending of many things. An insatiable hunger, and I, I, I am the one who is fed. I wish to be ended. I wish for all of this to end. I, I have hurt so much, Mr. President. We don't. We don't need to do this any longer. We, we can stop.

GWB: I'm sorry, but you know I can't do that, sir. It will continue. We will wage war on terror, sir. And we're gonna win. 'Cause if America does one thing, it wins. With or without you. We're going to go to this bastard's hidey-hole or wherever the hell he is, and we are going to shove a missile so far up his ass he sees Allah fuck his mama. You hear me?

SCP-4004-α: If I must, I will tear the reins of this country. From, from your fingers. My vast host will crumble your spirit into dust. We will salt the earth with the tears of your daughters. Do not, do not force my terrible hand.

GWB: I don't respond to threats, Emperor. Either you help us, or you butt out. This is ordained. This is a crusade, and you're either for it or an enemy.

SCP-4004-α does not speak further. George W. Bush was removed from the containment chamber, debriefed, and amnesticized. The return to the White House was without issue.

Incident 4004-619:

On 12 Dec 2018 16:45, the following declaration was found to have appeared on the desks of the president and the members of O5 Command:

We, Joshua Abraham Norton I, Emperor of these United States and Protector of Mexico, in conjunction with the Assembled Spirits hereof do order the immediate and thorough end of the American empire;

WHEREAS, the government of these United States of America has shown repeated contempt for the sanctity of all human life, NAMELY those of the Foreign Man, to which We now lay claim in part;

WHEREAS, it is necessary therefore to order its immediate abolition, refusal to which will result in a formal declaration of war from the Assembled Spirits and Our Vast Host.

HOWEVER, given a desire to foster peace, We offer you this chance. The transfer of power, from this Vile Engine to the People of the Fair Country, will be without bloodshed if all demands are met FORTHWITH.

THEREFORE, the Office of the President of these United States shall be vacated NOW; the National Congress and House of Representatives abolished NOW; the justices of the Supreme Court shall be unseated NOW. Failure to meet these criteria will not be tolerated by Our Royal Selves.

We no longer will be the Tool by which your Terrible Machinations make themselves known.

Dictated in the year of our Lord, 12 Dec 2018 16:45.

Reclassification to Keter pending.