Item #: SCP-XXXX
Object Class: Euclid Keter Neutralized
Special Containment Procedures: As SCP-XXXX is currently uncontainable, efforts should be focussed on identification and suppression of SCP-XXXX-1 instances. Agents placed in political positions, police forces or similar overview positions should examine new religious groups, businesses, schools and other groups and identify whether their founder(s) exist.
If no such leader is found to exist, further examination should identify the types of work or art produced by said group. Works strongly tending towards cosmological and astrophysical ideas should be assumed to be a sign of infection. The group should then be interrogated and informed of the false nature of their manifestations, and then be administered Class-A amnesiacs.
Revised ██/██/2011: No further containment attempts are necessary. Initial infections have ceased and anomaly has been considered neutralized. SCP reassignment will occur shortly and all related documents are to be permanently deleted.
Description: SCP-XXXX is a memetic phenomenon which causes infected individuals (collectively referred to as SCP-XXXX-1) to unknowingly invent a nonexistent 'leader' or figure of authority, assume it is real, and obey or follow it as such. SCP-XXXX-1 individuals will create instructions, documents or other formats of communication addressed to themselves from the manifestation and believe them to be legitimate. Examples of manifestations include teachers, lecturers and mobile task force leaders (see addendum 2). Instructions are typically appropriate to the situation (e.g. students will invent teachers to assign them schoolwork).
Infectees will, where appropriate, spread knowledge of the manifestation to others. If the recipients are persuaded to also believe in the existence of their manifestation (this can fail, resulting in the infectee no longer being infected), they are considered infected with SCP-XXXX and are hence anomalous. This means they will also create instructions from the manifestation, which are appropriately parallel to instructions to other infectees. Isolated cases, therefore, usually result (90-95% of cases) with removal of infection, where persuasion fails. However, successful cases can result in exponential growth into a large infected structure.
Large structures show more anomalous properties. Instructions never contradict, and can synchronise across multiple groups who have never met one another (see research log L-XXXX-E-11, where two separate lecture groups have contextually-linked ideas). No patterns have been observed as to the nature of instructions manifested Patterns globally found across SCP-XXXX-1 individuals have been observed. See addendum 2.
Following discovery in 1999 (see addendum 1), evidence of SCP-XXXX-1 in society has dated as far back as 1969, with implied earlier instances also. Evidence mainly consists of groups, local religions and small businesses with unseen and unheard of owners, no record of whom exist, with tendencies towards patterns elaborated upon in research log L-XXXX-E-11.
Addendum 1: SCP-XXXX was discovered in 1999. A small primary school located in ██ ████, ██████, South Africa, was found to have no teachers in employment. Observations show classwork assigned by students to themselves and completed. Class-A amnesiacs were administered and school shut down. Removal of infection was deemed successful. See addendum 1 for details.
Personal notes of Agent L. Johannes following discovery and neutralization of the initial SCP-XXXX incident (official report was lost).
Following this discovery, several similar instances across South Africa were found in primary and secondary schools, and one college. Again, each instance showed a tendancy towards cosmological art and essays. See addendum 2 for specific examples.
Addendum 2: The most recent compilation of research logs from Site-██. Repeats and less prominent logs have been removed for brevity.
Anomaly reclassified to Keter from 16/03/11.
As of ██/██/2011, SCP-XXXX has been neutralized. No initial infections have been observed since this date and existing instances have diminished. No further research is to be carried out. Reassignment of the XXXX label to a different anomaly will occur in █ days, and all related personnel will be reassigned to Site-██'s 'Renibus' project.