Their Own Devices
Established in 1951 between the emergent post-war sovereign nations of the developed world, the Protocols On Weaponised Energy Reserves is an international treaty designed to constrain and control the excesses of technomantic combat during World War 2.
The POWER act establishes a basic understanding that all signatories will act to suppress public awareness of technomantic magic in the world, and control access to technomantic devices. It also establishes basic principles of co-ordination and co-operation in maintaining control over the presence of technomantic devices in the world.
The aims of the POWER Act were to control the growing influence of technological development on the balance of power across the world, and to minimise the occurrence of dangerous public exposure to technomantic devices.
The POWER Act only relates to weaponised energy reserves, but DMG and other enforcement agencies suppress all dangerous devices ruthlessly.
Key statements of the Act
‘That the agreed nations will create enforcement agencies capable of controlling the spread of weaponised and dangerous devices leveraging the technology referred to as energy reserves; that these enforcement agencies will act in the interests of and in co-operation with the agreed nations in suppressing public awareness of weaponised and dangerous energy reserves; that the agreed nations will allow enforcement agencies free remit to pursue the most effective means of control of weaponised and dangerous energy reserves within their territories.’
The various agencies have in the time since the signing of the Act argued that the phrase “weaponised and dangerous” implies control of both weaponised devices and dangerous devices, not simply dangerously weaponised devices.
This has led to a gradual increase in the scope of enforcement agency activities, with definitions of ‘dangerous’ expanding significantly since the end of the cold war, and even moreso since the events of September 2001.
There is an unstated and yet clearly communicated desire for absolute technological stasis from the governments involved, which some elements of enforcement agencies have been active in attempting to enable.