I realize that. But I saw the false flag operation as a stroke of genius, so it'll take me a little time to change my mindframe away from this.
It's not about false flag so much as wolves in sheep's clothing and devils you know.
I agree with most of what you write, but the unleashing of demons to protect against them is very nearly the definition of a false flag operation
That's a reasonable timeline. It still leave QS a good six months to get stuff done about it. Having that black site in Australian shut down (or at least freeing the non-terrorist FoS folks in it) would certainly be on his "to do right now" list. I could see him personally reaching out to the head of FoS for a face-to-face meeting. Recall that in the Day One adventures QS personally showed up to say "Hi." after most of them.
I can definitely see the latter. That kind of thing takes time to organize, so let's say day 200 for a first meeting. After this, QS will have a communication channel to the Federation.
As for the former, it's not even certain that QS knows about the black site. Remember when I wrote that the Delphi Council is complete chaos? Well, it is. Operatives are pretty good at what they do and QS tries to read every single field report, but the bureaucracy itself is madness. It's in a permanent state of panic, with many agencies that just can't agree who has the right to read what information, with many subdivisions who find themselves without a director because that person has been lost to the Invasion and nobody has realized that they needed to be replaced, with many people stepping up to replace missing decision-makers but without having the rights, the codebooks or the passwords and without being in the right mailing-lists, with many people who find themselves out of the loop simply because their name was misplaced and there is no process to fix such errors anymore, and of course a number of people who take advantage of this for personal ambition.
In fact, QS might learn of the black site from the Federation.
Now, that story doesn't end there. We have people who have been drilled into the GWoT and truly believe that the Federation is evil, or have an agenda. Digging deeper, I'm sure that Mobius has found a way to plant a few moles within the Delphi Council's administration. Since the Federation is a thorn on his side, these moles are going to actively do their best to ensure that the Delphi Council remains at war against them. Mobius' spymaster is more than able to organize her own false flag operations for this purpose.
For my part, I'd suggest dropping Doctors Without Borders. They're a nice bunch of people doing really good work, but they don't really have a "Storm Knighty" feel to them. Ditto the CDC (which should probably just be folded into the Delphi Council). Opus Mariae seems to cover a lot of the same ground as the Silent Order. I like the idea of the smaller organizations within the invading realm. I suggest dropping DWB, CDC (making it part of the DC) and OM. Use that space to put something together on Storm Breaker as being something like the evil rapechild of the DC, FoS and Atlas.
I actually like DWB and CDC, if only as backgrounds for new characters. If they're lacking personality, though, it probably means that they need to be rewritten. If Opus Mariae and the Silent Orders cover the same ground, I did something wrong. The former is basically a mix of the "Vatican Secret Services" mentioned in the Cyberpapacy Sourcebook and the Mafia while the latter is kind of the Witches the Cyberpapacy.
On the upside, I don't really need to remove stuff to add stuff. It's not as if the book was ever going to end up printed, the Infiniverse Exchange license forbids it
Storm Breaker is where the terrorists unwelcome in the FoS, the "burn the village to save it" folks in Delphi and the people too full-on sociopathic for Atlas went. But it should have links to everyone. And a lot of nations/agencies should be reluctant to go hard against them because they think they might really have to burn a few villages to save them. Most of them time you want a smart, heroic person who can go after the bad guys but cares more about saving the good/innocent people. But occasionally you have a use for the "kill every mother-fucker in the room to get the one I need to get" guys.
I was thinking of QS starting what is effectively a purge to get rid of "congenital stupidity" (his words) within the Delphi Council. Of course, a number of them would find their way to either Atlas or Storm Breakers.