Given all the talk about the EPF and PSA lately, I thought it’d be a little fun to use this Mountains Monday to consider the history of the two agencies! Neither were actually formed specifically to combat Herbert; he arrived to the island a few years early, having floated on an iceberg seeking a warm and peaceful land. Instead, after a perilous journey, he found Club Penguin! Much to his disappointment, it was cold and noisy; this became a grievance which made him resort to evil…
However, the Elite Penguin’s Force first mission was not to combat Herbert! In 2008, the organisation was formed under orders from the Director. They became involved in rescuing Gary after his mysterious disappearance, and defeating the villainous Ultimate Proto-Bot 10000. It’s never been known for certain what prompted this decision to split the organisations, even though they remained closely linked together. Some theories suggest it was a “back-up”, but that prompts the idea that the Director was familiar with an active plot against the PSA. Other fan theories suggest it was necessary due to avoid corruption and leaks orchestrated from within the PSA.
In May 2010, Herbert successfully managed to achieve his aim: Rookie had accidentally provided him with a PSA spy phone, and Herbert used the phone’s teleportation technology to plant a popcorn bomb in the PSA HQ. It would become the last event which the PSA would be involved in. The popcorn bomb exploded a few minutes later, irreversibly damaging all technology. It was following this explosion that the Director ordered the PSA and the EPF to be merged; all PSA agents were transferred to the EPF, and the PSA was effectively abolished.
There was never any inquiry into how the Popcorn Explosion could’ve been prevented, and it was largely forgotten about until Herbert struck again as part of Operation Blackout in 2012. His ability to destroy the EPF then resulted in the Command Room being destroyed for several years! But by then, the EPF and the PSA had already been irreversibly split.
This post was a little different, even for Mountains Monday, but I hope that you still enjoyed it!