Cooperative Drafting Page


Listed below is a quick catalog of Insurgency terminology and words that have popped up from time to time on the wiki. The definitions of the following words are generally accepted, but may not necessarily represent the opinion of all site members. As this list is not yet complete, feel free to add terms to this list for the benefit of the wiki.


Abortion: To terminate a mission for any reason other than enemy action. It may occur at any point after the beginning of the mission and prior to its completion.

Authorization: The ability and opportunity to obtain knowledge of classified information. Persons have access to classified information if they are permitted to gain knowledge of the information or if they are in a place where they would be expected to gain such knowledge. Persons do not have access to classified information by being in a place where classified information is kept if security
measures prevent them from gaining knowledge of the information.

Acoustical surveillance: Employment of electronic devices, including sound-recording, info-receiving, or info-transmitting equipment, for the collection of intel.

Action Agent: In intelligence usage, one who has access to, and performs actions against,
the target.

Action Deferred: Tactical action on a specific track is being withheld for better tactical
advantage. Weapons are available and commitment is pending.

Addendum: Not to be confused with appendix, an addendum is a correction to prior information in a work which acts as an update of information.

Alpha: See Personnel Designations

Anomaly: Something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected; an unexpected, unusual, or strange condition, situation, or quality.

ATE (Appeal to Emotion): An attempt to manipulate an emotional response in place of a valid or compelling argument. Appeals to emotion include appeals to fear, envy, hatred, pity, pride, and more. A logically coherent argument may inspire emotion or have an emotional aspect, but the problem and fallacy occurs when emotion is used instead of a logical argument, or to obscure the fact that no compelling rational reason exists for one’s position. Appeals to emotion are a very common and effective argument tactic, but they’re ultimately flawed.

ATT (Appeal to Tradition): The belief that a point of view, situation, or action is right, proper and correct simply because it has "always" been that way, because people have "always" thought that way, or because it continues to serve one particular group very well.

Audio Pareidolia: The act of hearing words that are not actually there. This can occur by misinterpreting words that are being said, or by hearing words in random noise. The phenomenon is similar to visual pareidolia in that the brain, in searching for a recognized pattern, finds the closest match, and then processes the incoming sensory information to enhance the apparent match.


Canon: A list of works by one or more authors portraying a general law, rule or principle.

Chaos Insurgency, The: The Chaos Insurgency is a splinter group of the SCP-Foundation, created by a rogue cell that went A.W.O.L. with several highly useful SCPs in 1924. Since then, the Chaos Insurgency has become a major player on the world stage, obtaining objects and organisms with anomalous properties that may be used to their advantage.

Corollary Radiation: Nuclear/ionizing radiations arising from within the body and from the surroundings to which individuals are exposed.

Cognitive Dissonance: Mental conflict that occurs when beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information.

Confabulation: A memory disturbance, defined as the production of fabricated, distorted or misinterpreted memories about oneself or the world, without the conscious intention to deceive.

Closed Room Anomaly: An item which is notably more efficient when selected subjects/targets are located within a closed environment, i.e. interview, interrogation, and torture rooms, etc., usually with the primary purpose of extorting something from the subject through its usage.


Data: Representation of facts, concepts, or instructions in a formalized manner suitable for communication, interpretation, or processing by humans or by automatic means. Any representations such as characters or analog quantities to which meaning is or might be assigned.

Database: Information that is normally structured and indexed for user access and review. Databases may exist in the form of physical files (folders, documents, etc.) or formatted automated data processing system data files.

Deception: Those measures designed to mislead the enemy by manipulation, distortion, or falsification of evidence to induce the enemy to react in a manner prejudicial to the enemy’s interests.

Declassification: The determination that, in the interests of security, classified
information no longer requires any degree of protection against unauthorized
disclosure, coupled with removal or cancellation of the classification designation.

Designation: The rankings of personnel that determine the amount/form of information and data each person is allowed access to. Also see Personnel Designations.


Echelon: A subdivision of a headquarters, i.e., Northern Sector, Base Four. Separate level of command.


Foundation, The: An enigmatic and powerful private entity backed by most of the world's governments to contain anomalous items and preserve normalcy. The original members of the Chaos Insurgency defected from the Foundation in a worldwide power struggle lasting for four months, known as the Splinter Incident of 1924. Also see Groups of Interest.

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License