SCP-1434 Backup
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█████████'s iteration of SCP-1434.

Item #: SCP-1434

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: As SCP-1434 is already extant in every known code of jurisprudence, containment is limited to management of press coverage, lobbying and other forms of pressure on political actors, and appropriate legal action in cases likely to create new precedent. Following the incident in ███████/████████████, every effort is to be made to ensure that SCP-1434 remains in effect in its entirety. In the event that Foundation needs would be better met by a suspension of SCP-1434 in any locality, the pursuit of "paper bag" policies aimed at limiting enforcement are preferable; under no circumstances are attempts to be made at repeal or nullification of SCP-1434 without O5 authorization. Mobile Task Force Nu-7 (aka "Legal Eagles") are tasked with monitoring instances of SCP-1434.

Description: SCP-1434 is an ordinance, regulation, tribal code, convention, statute, rule, agreement, contract, edict or law (depending on iteration) that mandates sentencing guidelines for the crimes of ███████, ████, ██████, and ████, as well as █████████ if it is not a first offense. (Since ██/██/██, SCP-1434 also proscribes ████████ ████ █████ ██████ ████, and institutes similar penalties for its perpetration; see Document 1434-0121.) Its original version was signed into law in the United States on ██/██/██, following standard lobbying efforts in cooperation with the National Correctional Employees Union. No anomalous properties were detected until a week later, when Foundation assets in ████████ reported protest marches aimed against an almost identically-worded act. Subsequent investigation determined that the law had spread to over ██ countries in the time since the original's passage; a cursory legal review by Foundation attorneys confirmed the law to be unconstitutional under ████████'s civil code, and a task force was formed to identify the source of the legislation and to track the passage of similar laws worldwide. Within a month the law was in force globally, both in recognized national bodies and in subsidiary and non-governmental justice systems.

With the exception of the original version, every instance of SCP-1434 appears to have been implemented spontaneously, either by an impromptu legislative vote, a governmental edict, an unscheduled popular referendum, or by a number of other legally appropriate means. Interviews with contributing politicians, inasmuch as they have been possible, reveal a variety of justifications for supporting the measure, ranging from sincere belief in "Tough on Crime" policies to begrudging assent at the behest of major party figures or popular polling. No corroboration could be found for claims of the latter variety, though numbers and officials cited by afflicted politicians in the same locality are uniform. (See Document 1434-0053.) In all instances where SCP-1434 was implemented following a popular vote, exit polling revealed support in over 75% of those voting. Localities where public resistance to the measure remains intense reported significant anomalies in voter turnout and several allegations of ballot fraud. A full analysis of polling data broken down by demographic is available in Document 1434-0078. A full analysis of vote distribution for instances of SCP-1434 passed legislatively, as well as financial, physiological and psychological analyses of legislators voting for and against, is available in [REDACTED].

Though its transmission appears to be mimetic in nature,Though the mechanism of its transmission is only partially understood, SCP-1434's purview seems limited to the establishment of the relevant law and its force in legal proceedings; apart from its apparent capacity to alter voting patterns, it does not appear to impact the ability or desire of individuals to commit the enumerated crimes, or the ability or desire of law enforcement officials to apprehend and prosecute perpetrators thereof. No consistently measurable change in crime rates has been detected, and all typical means of eluding capture or preventing a successful conviction have proven effective. MTF Nu-7 have reported plea bargaining to lesser offenses to be sufficient for preventing SCP-1434 from triggering. The ████████ ████ █████ ██████ ████ portion of the statute remains effectively inert; almost all known jurisdictions ignore it as a matter of course, comparable to many "blue laws" in the United States and Canada, with one notable exception. (See Document 1434-0121.) In the solitary instance it was brought to court in █████ it was swiftly dismissed for lack of evidence.

The conditions for triggering the manifestation of SCP-1434 are not clear. Though its presence in national political bodies is uniform, infections in other classes of organization (clearly identifiable by the ████████ ████ █████ ██████ ████ provision) are inconsistent. Several organizations without the authority to enforce the statute, including the █████████████, █████████████████████████, and the Boy Scouts of America, have it written into their charters, while organizations of seemingly comparable nature and scale (such as Wells Fargo & Company and the GSUSA) do not. Several militia and paramilitary forces in █████████ and the region of ██████████████ recognize it according to equally opaque criteria: The ███ and ████ have both instituted policies to its effect, while ███████, despite an identical political structure and an overlapping membership population, has not. Over ██ tribes have adopted the law in ███████████ since its appearance there, even in communities where ████████ ████ █████ does not exist. The instance of SCP-1434 with the lowest population and structural requirements appears to have manifested among a group of children in ██████████, where interviews with the survivors indicate that the 3 deceased members of the group were being punished according to the rules of "a game" they were playing with friends. Investigation into SCP-1434's application in active warzones is ongoing.

At the present time, neutralization of SCP-1434 is considered to be extremely low priority for Foundation assets.

Addendum ██/██/██: All personnel assigned to Site ███ are forbidden from bringing written materials not immediately related to their tasks on-site, are forbidden from removing any paperwork or otherwise transmitting any written materials off-site, and are to keep their reports and all other written correspondence succinct, professional, precise and non-speculative. All administrative work not directly pertaining to SCP-███ is to be performed at a separate facility at least 100 miles from any active containment site. SCP-███ upgraded to Keter class; containment procedures are to be updated accordingly.

Addendum ██/██/██: Based on its distinctive nature, and particularly with an eye to the means of its creation, I am requesting SCP-███-1 be given a separate designation. — Dr. ███████

Addendum ██/██/██: Am I the only person to actually look at this spread pattern? Did somebody just accidentally put a slide from a CDC powerpoint in this file? I am requesting an epidemiologist be assigned to my staff. — Dr. █████

Addendum ██/██/██: Site ███ is hereafter classified as a 5-Scale Biohazard Site; containment procedures are to be updated accordingly.

Addendum ██/██/██: Even if the trigger itself is purely biological-which isn't proven-it's of such complexity that the social dimension should be clear. Response in afflicted subjects appears to be motivated purely by the political influence of the individual, and that doesn't say "weird flu" to me. I don't even know what to call this anymore; at what point does something stop being a virus and start being a very effective lobbying technique? I am requesting an anthropologist be assigned to my staff, for lack of anything better. Maybe a meta-ethicist. Have we got one of those? — Dr. █████