FRIENDSHIP was the ironic Laundry codename for its historical campaign to stabilise the post-war European OCCINTEL environment. As one of only two states armed with Turing technology, the Laundry was the preeminent body in the Europe after QUARTET withdrew in the late 1940s, enabling Britain to dominate OCCINTEL in Europe for the next thirty years. British influence in the field also extended to Africa, the Middle East and southern Asia.1 Among other priorities, they used this power to rigorously maintain Germany as a sorcery-free zone, to guide the Dutch role as guardians of the Atrocity Archives, and to deal as they saw fit with threats and cults that emerged after the chaos of the war. Laundry officers operating under FRIENDSHIP worked with the Allied Commission for the Return of Stolen and Looted Artifacts, although their main priority was to screen items collected by the defeated Axis for potentially dangerous tomes and artifacts, and to keep those items out of the wrong hands. (QV: Operation SCALPEL). The First Treaty of the Azores was concluded under the auspices of FRIENDSHIP.

Despite the name, many FRIENDSHIP operations are regarded as arrogant and monumentally self-serving by our current partner organisations. It’s probably best not to bring it up…

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