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The Federal Bureau of Control is a clandestine United States government organization that investigates "paranatural" phenomena which violate the natural laws of physics. The Director of the Federal Bureau of Control as of 2019 is Jesse Faden.

The Federal Bureau of Control is believed to have been written into existence by Alan Wake, as part of a larger effort to escape from the Dark Place. The FBC is central to the events of the Remedy Entertainment video game Control, a spinoff of the Alan Wake universe.

History

The FBC's origins are not definitively known. In Expansion 2: AWE of Control, Alan Wake strongly implies that he created the FBC as an aspect of the Return manuscript, as one of many "springs" meant to ultimately facilitate his escape from the Dark Place.

The FBC has possibly existed for centuries, dedicated to investigating paranatural "Altered World Events" around the world. In 1964, the FBC discovered the Oldest House, a paranatural skyscraper in New York City, which they converted into their headquarters. The FBC eventually discovered a paranatural object, the Slide Projector Object of Power, in the town of Ordinary, Wisconsin. The Slide Projector proved capable of opening doorways to other dimensions. FBC Director Zachariah Trench and Head of Research Casper Darling organized expeditions into one of these dimensions, Slidescape-36, where they recovered Hedron, a paranatural entity. Additionally, these expeditions led to Trench being corrupted by the Hiss, a monstrous paranatural force.

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