As per Master Sima Yi's recommendations, I have taken the liberty of rewriting the History section of Abstergo Industries. Among the key changes include more background into Abstergo's founding, expansion on more recent events in the company's history, and condensing the history section from ten sections to three. I have included the draft below, and welcome recommendations and useful comments.
Abstergo History Draft Edit
The Plan Edit
Officially founded in 1937, Abstergo Industries was actually one small part of the Templar scheme to control the world through capitalism and scientific progress. Abstergo's origins lie in the perfection of the assembly line by Templar leaders Henry Ford and Ransom "Ranny" Olds at the turn of the 20th century. The assembly line was an early means to control both workers and the capitalists who employed them, and it represented the first step in the Templar goal to subjugate the world through economics.
In 1910, Templar leaders, including Ford and Olds, formulated the "Plan." This Plan combined economics, politics, and military conflict as a means to make the world safe for Templar rule. The defeat of Communism was a key part of the Plan, as it represented both an ideological and economic threat to the success of the Templar world vision.
In 1937, the formulators of the Plan, as well as fellow Templar and President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt, established Abstergo Industries as a front for their activities, and as a means to accumulate wealth and accelerate scientific progress. Largely anonymous, Abstergo leadership claimed their duty was to "shepherd those beneath us through life, even if force is required."
During World War II, Abstergo remained quiet, but kept track of the progress made abroad by Templar members "H" and "S" (Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin). At home, Abstergo and other Templar-controlled corporations ceded rights to its workers and their labor unions, but only as a means to tie the people closer to the Templar capitalist vision. By 1944, Abstergo and the Templars were prepared for the inevitable postwar era, an era where they would "ensure the development continues in the proper direction."
Postwar Domination Edit
Following the war, Abstergo controlled global economic and technological development, though it always remained behind the scenes. In 1948, Abstergo eliminated former Templar and renowned economist Harry Dexter White. White helped organize the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, two organizations that allowed the Templars to spread their capitalist world vision. However, White was also passing information to the Communists, and for this betrayal, Abstergo killed White and made it look like a heart attack.
Abstergo was also responsible for British mathematician Alan Turing's criminal prosecution and possibly his death. In a phone recording dating to June 1954, two Templars known only by the initials "V" and "N" mentioned the need for Turing to be killed. They feared "mass unemployment" if the mathematician successfully developed robots, and such an invention would threaten the progress of the Plan.
Abroad, Abstergo involved itself in foreign governments to insure the spread of capitalism and Templar control. In 1953, Abstergo agents backed monarch Shah Pahlavi, Tehran strongman Sha'baan Ja'fari, and the National Intelligence and Security Organization, otherwise known as SAVAK, against the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh. Abstergo and the Shah removed Mosaddegh from power and placed him under house arrest. Mosaddegh died in his home in 1967.
Internal memos stolen from Abstergo in 2012 implicated the corporation's involvement in the 1954 overthrow of Guatemala's socialist President Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán and installation of Carlos Castillo Armas as his replacement. In both instances, Abstergo worked through the CIA, a branch of the U.S. intelligence community it had controlled since its inception.
Abstergo's influence spread beyond the bounds of the Earth, as it helped establish and fund the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1958. Ostensibly, NASA was a civilian branch of the U.S. government, but in reality it was tasked with producing new space-going technologies for Abstergo and Templar use. When the Templars became aware of the existence of a Fifth Apple on the Moon, it tasked NASA with working towards a mission to land on the Moon and retrieve the artifact. When President John F. Kennedy planned a joint lunar landing with the Soviet Union, the Templars decided to remove Kennedy from power. Kennedy's successors, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon (both Templars), continued the push towards the Moon. In July 1969, Templar agents Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on Moon and retrieved the Piece of Eden.
Firmly in control of the United States government, Abstergo continued its interference in other nations. In the 1970s, Abstergo focused on Argentina and Chile out of a recognized need "to ensure company's success" and allow their agents "to move freely from country to country and maintain power within all of them." In Argentina, Abstergo promised leading capitalists that they would pass their corporate debt to the Argentinian public in return for support of the ruling Junta and the elimination of the Argentinian trade unions. Consequently, the Junta remained in power, and at least 30,000 Argentinians disappeared over the course of the decade.
In Chile, Abstergo planned to open up the markets and force the sale of all public companies to the private sector. They thwarted President Salvador Allende's efforts to socialize Chile's industries, and may have played some role in his 1973 suicide. In the aftermath, Augusto Pinochet seized power as a dictator. In both Latin American cases, Abstergo successfully hid its involvement and instead left evidence that implicated the U.S. government.
The Endgame Edit
By the final decades of the 20th century, Abstergo emerged from the shadows as a powerful corporation leading the way in pharmaceuticals, though it also engaged in research in other fields, such as communications. For example, in 1985, Abstergo's research division was secretly working on a device capable of imitating the mind-controlling properties of a Piece of Eden across a network.. In the same year, Abstergo developed its first fully-functional Animus device and began to seek out appropriate test subjects..
In 1991, Abstergo helped Boris Yeltsin to overthrow Mikhail Gorbachev, the legitimate head of the state and reformer of the Soviet Union. Yeltsin introduced privatization of the massive state-owned industries. These industries were quickly taken over by oligarchs, and by 1993 Yeltsin disbanded the Russian Parliament and Constitutional Court. After nearly 80 years fighting against Communism, Abstergo and the Templars finally eliminated the largest obstacle to the global spread of capitalism.
At the end of the 20th century, the Animus Program's Subject 4, given the codename “Daniel Cross,” infiltrated the Assassin Order as a sleeper agent and successfully attacked and killed their head, the Mentor. Subject 4 returned to an Abstergo facility in Philadelphia and provided the location of Assassin training camps across the world. Templar agents eliminated the majority of these camps in what they called the Great Purge.
In the same year, Justice of the Supreme Court and Templar Antonin Scalia convinced Sandra O'Connor to retire. Scalia sent a letter to "S" in which he mentioned that "W" (George W. Bush) would restart animosities with Iraq, which in turn would give "C"'s (Dick Cheney) contractors more work. From there, the Supreme Court could dissolve standing campaign finance laws, which would allow Abstergo to effectively place anyone it chose in the Senate, House, and the Presidency.
In November 2004, an author known only as Gary was writing a book on the CIA, and through his research he had discovered evidence that Abstergo had interests in every large company across the planet. Thanks to Templar intervention, Gary's book never saw the light of day.
By 2011, Abstergo employed its considerable communications division to use closed circuit television to spy on civilians. In April, an individual named Mr. Jameson accidentally discovered this closed circuit on his set, between channels 172 and 173. This hidden channel displayed the names of his family members, their credit card numbers, medical information, and their personal preferences. Mr. Jameson contacted his cable company, Comstatic, to complain. In response, Abstergo sent agents to “deal with” Mr. Jameson and his 12-year-old son, Paul.
In early 2012, the head of Abstergo ceded control of the company to an unknown person. In a phone call, he warned his successor that if the free market failed, the civilian populace would turn against capitalism and Abstergo. Abstergo also suffered a major setback in their Eye-Abstergo Project when an incident took place in Denver that led to a large loss of civilian life and key Abstergo equipment. A great success in Abstergo's Animus Project offset the Denver catastrophe. In September, the Lineage Discovery and Acquisition Department captured a new Animus subject, Subject 17 to replace the deceased Subject 16. Subject 17 successfully survived the rigors of the Animus and was able to provide Abstergo with the locations of the remaining Pieces of Eden, though he escaped soon after.
Repeated attempts to reacquire Subject 17 have to date remained unsuccessful. Recently, Abstergo sent its top recruits and Daniel Cross to eliminate Subject 17 and the de facto head of the Assassin Order, William Miles.