Jazstar

Iteration One

Item #: SCP-4000

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: Foundation web crawlers are to monitor the internet for reports of inconsistencies between documented events and human memories. Any documentation determined to be a SCP-4000-2 instance is to be immediately removed from circulation. Depending on the extent of the presence of SCP-4000-1 in each SCP-4000-2 instance, and how widely spread it has been, a new copy of the documentation without content of SCP-4000-1 instances may be created to replace the SCP-4000-2 instances.

If any previously unrecorded SCP-4000-1 instances are detected, any potentially affected documentation is to be examined in order to determine whether they have become SCP-4000-2. Any individuals who witness a SCP-4000-2 instance are to be amnesticised, and/or publicly discredited, depending on the circumstances.

Description: SCP-4000 is a phenomenon in which previously unrecorded events simultaneously appear in a large number of various forms of documentation. These include but are not limited to journal articles, news reports, documentaries, some fiction, and textbooks. SCP-4000-1-X refers to each unrecorded event. SCP-4000-2-X-X refers to each piece of documentation affected.

The Foundation became aware of this situation due to a sudden exponential increase in reports of documentation not supported by human memory. Further examination has found that a number of previously unrecorded events have suddenly appeared in various forms of documentation.

Based on the type of information appearing in documentation, it is the Foundation’s belief that this anomaly is being directed by an individual or group of people attempting to increase global tension. As a result, groups such as the Chaos Insurgency, the Organisation for the Reclamation of Islamic Artifacts and the Imperial Japanese Anomalous Matters Examination Agency are to be investigated.


Iteration Two

Item #: SCP-4000

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: Foundation web crawlers are to monitor the internet for reports of inconsistencies between documented events and human memory. Any documentation which mentions a SCP-4000-1 instance is to be immediately removed from circulation. Depending on the extent of the presence of SCP-4000-1 in each affected documentation, and how widely spread it has been, a new copy of the documentation may be created to replace the SCP-4000-2 instances.

A new task group called WHATEVER has been formed, comprising of several hundred individuals with extremely high scores on memory tests. The members of this group are not to be allowed any unsupervised contact with any other individual. They are not to be given access to any communication device. This position is strictly voluntary. Each member is to be assigned a selection of documentation for all known SCPs, sites, MTF groups, GoIs, ongoing operations, and any other Foundation information. Each day, they are to check their documentation to ensure that no information has been lost. Any discrepancy between memory and documentation is to be immediately reported to all involved personnel.

Description: SCP-4000 is a phenomenon in which events simultaneously disappear from the memories of the entire human population. While individuals can reacquire memories of the events through reading documentation, there appears to be a moderate disposition towards considering the documentation untrustworthy. This has resulted in significant changes in reality even when documentation contradicting human memory is wide-spread and readily available.

SCP-4000-1 refers to the events that have been expunged from human memory. While these events initially tended to be concerned with political situations, they have become increasingly random over time.

SCP-4000-2 refers to The Anti-Recall System, the computer program by which this phenomenon was initially created. Each event inputted into the program is instantly and simultaneously removed from the memories of all human beings. Although this was initially the sole method of which memories could be removed, SCP-4000 has since become an unstable and unpredictable phenomenon, with events being removed from memory seemingly at complete random.

While the Manna Charitable Foundation has ceased using SCP-4000-2 since becoming aware of this, SCP-4000-1 have continues to occur at a steadily increasing rate. It is predicted that all human memories will be completely removed within approximately thirty years. However, the Foundation is currently unable to confidently identify the exact number of SCP-4000-1 events are occurring. This, combined with the unpredictability of which memories will be removed, makes it extremely likely that the maximum span of time is less than this. This is particularly the case if memories vital to survival are removed from human knowledge.

Interview 4000-1:

Interviewed: Mrs Laura Wessex, Executive Director of the Manna Charitable Foundation

Interviewer: Agent Mary Fields

Foreword: Mrs Wessex approached Foundation personnel claiming that they had vital knowledge of an SCP currently causing an CK-class restructuring scenario.

<Begin Log>

Agent Fields: I’m Agent Mary Fields. I’ve been informed that you have something important that you believe that the Foundation needs to be aware of..

Mrs Wessex: Yes. Normally we – I – wouldn’t approach the Foundation, but this has gotten bigger than we can handle.

Agent Fields: “We?” Could you please tell me who you are, and who else you are referring to?

Mrs Wessex: Right, yes. I’m Mrs Laura Wessex. I’m the Executive Director of the Manna Charitable Foundation.

Agent Fields: And what is this CK-class restructuring scenario that you wanted to inform the Foundation about?

Mrs Wessex: History as we know it is being removed from the memory of every human being on this earth.

Agent Fields: That’s… Quite a claim. How is it that this is happening?

Mrs Wessex: A few months ago, we were approached by an individual offering us a donation. It was a computer. The only thing on this computer was a program called The Anti-Recall System. We were that it would allow us to remove the memories of any event we chose from every human being on earth.

Agent Fields: I assume that your group saw this opportunity and leapt at it?

Mrs Wessex: [Laughs bitterly] Of course we did! This could end every instance of conflict simply by inputting information into a computer program.. From grudges between countries right down to the individual level, if need be. We were suddenly able to make the world a safer place. Of course we used it.

Agent Fields: I take it this is why there’s recently been a discrepancy between documentation and human memory?

Mrs Wessex: Yes. We didn’t think… We didn’t realise that this only affected memory, nothing else. But even when we did, it was still worth it, especially since we knew that you would clean up after us.

Agent Fields: Well then. If everything is going to your plan, why are you here, then?

Mrs Wessex: That’s just it. For the first month or so, it was all fine. With each event we removed, people put down their weapons, and corruption seemed to vanish overnight. Sure, there were a few bumps along the way, but even so, the world was getting better. However, we soon realised that events we hadn’t selected were also being removed.

Agent Fields: Like what?

Mrs Wessex: There was no rhyme and reason to them! Some of them were trivial, like a monarch being crowned centuries ago, while others were devastating, like the construction of a residential skyscraper!

Agent Fields: So that’s when you decided to come to us, huh? Weeks after you realised that you’d instigated an CK-class restructuring scenario?

Mrs Wessex: You know why we couldn’t come to you. The Foundation would have taken it away from us, tried to reverse all the good we did. So instead we stopped using it. For a while we thought it had worked… But soon we realised the extent of our problems, and, well, here I am.

Agent Fields: Do you have anything else to add?

Mrs Wessex: No. Yes. Please, don’t undo the good we did. We screwed up, but we also ended a lot of long-standing conflict. Please…

Agent Fields: You know that’s not possible.

Mrs Wessex: We only wanted to help. It’s up to you to decide whether our efforts will make the world a better place, or whether they were all for nothing.

<End Log>

Closing Statement: Mrs Wessex was able to provide detailed records of every SCP-4000-1 event that the Manna Charitable Foundation caused, confirming her story.

Addendum 4000-2

The following is a list of events that Mrs Wessex has confirmed that have been intentionally removed from human memory by the Manna Charitable Foundation.

Designation: SCP-4000-0000001 to SCP-4000-0005034
Date of event: 09/07/2018
Description of event: The events both preceding and following the division of Korea into the Republic of Korea, or South Korea, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea.
Changes in human behaviour:

  • South Korea and North Korea have merged into one country named Korea, and elected a new government.
  • The Korean government immediately ordered that the Korean Wall along the demilitarized zone be dismantled.
  • An outpouring of aid from ex-South Korea into ex-North Korea has taken place, both from individual citizens and the new government of Korea.
  • Ex-North Korean citizens have begun to be introduced to life outside their country, such as Western culture that has not been tainted by propaganda.
  • There are some indications of growing resentment in Korea. Ex-South Koreans are unhappy at the sudden increase in welfare which has raised taxes. Ex-North Koreans are unhappy at the disparity in wealth between themselves and ex-South Koreans.


Designation: SCP-4000-1-0009511 to SCP-4000-1-0010760
Date of event: 06/08/2018
Description of event: The events both preceding and following the election of Emomali Rahmon as President of Tajikistan
Changes in human behaviour:

  • There are no significant changes in the corruption index of the Tajiki government.
  • The position of President has been amended to be that of President for Life.
  • Non-Islamic individuals have been forced to flee the country or face prosecution.
  • Reports of child labour have dramatically increased.
  • The number of individuals being smuggled out of the country for the sex trade is highest on record, and rising.


Designation: SCP-4000-1-0005035 to SCP-4000-1-0007986
Date of event: 09/07/2018
Description of event: The events both preceding and during the Syrian Civil War.
Changes in human behaviour:

  • All military groups in the Syrian Arab Republic immediately disband.
  • The Manna Charitable Foundation and other similar organisations provide aid in the form of food, water, medical care, rebuilding destroyed buildings, and care for orphaned children.
  • The US and Russia attempt to aid in a new election in Syria. Both countries accuse the other of interfering in Syrian interests for their own gain.
  • The new Syrian president is declared to have Russian interests at heart by the US, sparking concerns of another civil war.


Designation: SCP-4000-1-0007987 to SCP-4000-1-0009510
Date of event: 09/07/2018
Description of event: The events both preceding and during the South Sudanese Civil War.
Changes in human behaviour:

  • All military groups in the South Sudan immediately disband.
  • The Manna Charitable Foundation and other similar organisations provide aid, with a particular focus on rehabilitation programs for ex-child soldiers.
  • Many former adult soldiers are faced with no work, no pay, and no experience outside of fighting in a militia. As a result, there is a massive outbreak of violent crime in South Sudan.
  • A proposal to create a new police force from ex-militia members is rejected in favour of international military soldiers from the USA, Britain and Australia.
  • Deep unrest is growing in South Sudan due to the sudden influx of foreign soldiers.


Designation: SCP-4000-1-0011403 to SCP-4000-1-0012948
Date of event: 20/08/2018
Description of event: The events preceding, during, and following the presidency of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela.
Changes in human behaviour:

  • The suspension of constitutional rights in Venezuela has been lifted.
  • New elections have been held.
  • Living conditions in Venezuela have slowly begun to rise.
  • Due to the incredibly high crime rate, particularly in regards to murder and kidnapping, the military has been redeployed as a peace-keeping force in Venezuela.
  • The new president was overthrown by a military coup. The country is now under military rule.
  • Living conditions return to pre-SCP-4000 levels.
  • The border of Venezuela has been closed. This has ostensibly been done in order to protect the citizens from foreign invasion. However, many countries and organisations believe that it has been implemented in order to give the military time to consolidate power.


Designation: SCP-4000-1-0012949 to SCP-4000-1-0013277
Date of event: 27/08/2018
Description of event: The events preceding and during the Yemeni Civil War.
Changes in human behaviour:

  • After several weeks, Yemen is once more embroiled in a civil war, albeit one that appears to be less widespread and vicious than it was prior to SCP-4000.


Designation: SCP-4000-1-0019822 to SCP-4000-1-0027444
Date of event: 10/09/2018
Description of event: The events preceding and following the creation of the Taliban and ISIS.
Changes in human behaviour:

  • Foreign troops are slowly but surely decreased in Afghanistan as the country becomes increasingly stable.
  • Countries reduce their foreign aid expenses as the demand lessens, but this does leave some particularly vulnerable individuals without aid.
  • The drug trade increases as people previously involved in war turn to other profitable avenues.
  • A proposal to allow all girls to attend school has been introduced, and will likely pass.


Designation: SCP-4000-1-0028010 to SCP-4000-1-0028975
Date of event: 24/09/2018
Description of event: The events preceding and following the election of every politician in the Republic of Haiti.
Changes in human behaviour:

  • The country is initially thrown into chaos. The US attempts to help facilitate a new election, but the local populace’s outrage is such that they withdraw.
  • The government is reorganised into a direct democracy.1
  • A complex system of electronic voting systems is set up in order to allow Haiti’s citizens to vote on a single common issue each day.

Addendum 4000-3

The following is a list of selected events have either been suspected or confirmed to have been spontaneously removed from human memory.

Designation: SCP-4000-1-0038006
Date of event: Unknown
Description of event: The Lord of the Rings series having been filmed in New Zealand.
Changes in human behaviour:

  • The tourism industry in New Zealand experiences a moderate drop, particularly in American tourists.


Designation: SCP-4000-1-0054747
Date of event: Approximately 13/09/2018
Description of event: The decision to name Canberra the capital of Australia.
Changes in human behaviour:

  • After several weeks of deliberation and confusion, Sydney is named the new capital of Australia.
  • The approval rating of Sydney decreases significantly in Melbourne’s citizens.


Designation: SCP-4000-1-0063061
Date of event: Unknown
Description of event: The birth of the actor Johnny Depp.
Changes in human behaviour:

  • Ratings for Depp movies plunge significantly.
  • Depp is hospitalised for acute amnesia.


Designation: SCP-4000-1-007966
Date of event: Approximately 09/10/2018
Description of event: The invention of the Xbox
Changes in human behaviour:

  • Microsoft undergoes moderate profit losses.
  • Sales for Playstations increase, as does Sony’s profits.
  • Without this competition, Sony begins to charge higher prices.


Designation: SCP-4000-1-0093573
Date of event: Approximately 11/10/2018
Description of event: The publishing of the Harry Potter series.
Changes in human behaviour:

  • Sales for both the books and the movies drop drastically.
  • J.K. Rowling’s donations to charity are subsequently dramatically reduced.
  • Many of the actors who gained fame in the movies become effectively unhirable in the movie industry, such as Daniel Radcliff.


Designation: SCP-4000-1-0133899
Date of event: 29/10/2018
Description of event: The construction of 900 Biscayne Bay in Miami.
Changes in human behaviour:

  • Five hundred and sixteen families renting condominiums in this building experience serious confusion about their place of living.
  • Due to paranoia, every resident moves out within a month.
  • The owner of the building is forced into bankruptcy.


Designation: SCP-4000-1-0156999
Date of event: Approximately 03/11/2018
Description of event: Cocaine being made illegal in America.
Changes in human behaviour:

  • Cocaine is made illegal once more.


Designation: SCP-4000-1-0173571
Date of event: Unknown
Description of event: Alfonso IV’s ascension to the throne of León.
Changes in human behaviour:

  • A very small number of historians go out of work.


Designation: SCP-4000-1-1005699
Date of event: Unknown
Description of event: The discovery of Russian doping
Changes in human behaviour:

  • Russian athletes are allowed to participate in sporting events representing Russia.
  • Approval ratings for Russia slightly improve.

Addendum 4000-4

To whom it may concern,

As per our decision to keep all information on SCP-4000 in writing in case of a SCP-4000-1 instance removing important knowledge, I am sending this update via email as well as in person.

As we all know, SCP-4000 is a CK-class restructuring scenario which, if we don’t act to prevent, will eventually turn into an XK-class end-of-the-world scenario. As a result, we have numerous people working around the clock to attempt to engineer a way to reverse SCP-4000, or at least halt the emergence of new SCP-4000-1 instances.

Currently, the most promising avenue is an imagery-based countermeme that the Memetics and Infohazards Division is working on. The aim of this countermeme is to make people completely immune to new SCP-4000-1 instances. Ideally, it would also allow individuals to regain memories that SCP-4000 has caused them to lose. However, we believe that it will require direct exposure to an individual in order for it to be effective. If this countermeme does prove successful, we should expect a logistical nightmare to expose the global population to this countermeme.

Indeed, even if the countermeme is successful, the Foundation will still have a considerable task on its hands in order to return the world to baseline history. We need to start considering a how to achieve this. The current proposal is for the Foundation, in collaboration with many other organisations and governments, to remove all traces of the past several months. Once this has been achieved, we would amesticise the global population to match this. Once we find an effective countermeme, we will begin to formulate more in-depth plans. Until then, we can only hope that nothing important becomes an SCP-4000-1 instance.

Regards,
Dr Michael Pearson
Head of the SCP-4000 Department


Iteration Three

Item #: SCP-4000

Object Class: Neutralised

Special Containment Procedures: Foundation web crawlers are to monitor the internet for reports of inconsistencies between documented events and human memory. Any potential SCP-4000-1 instances are to immediately be reported to Dr Michael Person, head of the SCP-4000 Department.

Any documentation which mentions a SCP-4000-1 instance is to be immediately removed from circulation. Depending on the extent of the presence of SCP-4000-1 in each affected documentation, and how widely spread it has been, a new copy of the documentation may be created to replace the SCP-4000-2 instances.

The Foundation is to also monitor news outlets and similar sources of information for reports of individuals or groups of people with significant gaps in their knowledge of past events, with a particular emphasis on those who have been in remote areas. Foundation agents are to immediately proceed to their vicinity and expose them to the countermeme for SCP-4000. If the countermeme does not reverse this discrepancy between memory and history, they are to be taken into Foundation custody to determine whether they are being affected by SCP-4000. If they are determined to be affected by SCP-4000, the Foundation is to immediately begin work on a new countermeme.

Description: SCP-4000 is a phenomenon in which events simultaneously disappear from common memory. SCP-4000-1 refers to the events that have been expunged from memory. As of the time of writing, SCP-4000 is believed to be neutralised, with 97.83% of the human population having been successfully exposed to the countermeme.

For a number of months after the successful development of the countermeme, the Foundation, a number of governments, and several organisations began working to reverse the physical effects on the world that occurred while SCP-4000 was active. Documentation created in that time was destroyed, and that which was edited or destroyed by the Foundation was replaced by copies of the original text. Any physical changes such as construction work, natural disasters and moving homes have been reverted. On 04/07/2019, exactly one year minus a day after the first SCP-4000-1 instance was created, the global population was amnesticised, and the past year effectively erased.