Shining Way is one of 26 Criminal Organizations you may encounter, and appears in only the American Theatre of Operation. The name is a reference to the Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso), a Peruvian Communist guerrilla terrorist group.

In the GameEdit

Shining Way is regarded as a Criminal Organization.

As such, Shining Way may participate or even instigate Criminal Plots, deploying agents around the world and maintaining Hideouts in many Cities.

Shining Way appears in only the American Theatre of Operations. In this Theatre, it will have a Hideout in almost every City, though the location of each Hideout may not be known at the start of each Mission.

You may occasionally encounter Shining Way agents Participating in Criminal Plots. It is also possible for the Shining Way Mastermind to be the head of such a Plot, and if so that Mastermind must be Arrested - as with all 26 other Masterminds - in order to complete the entire game.

There is no fundamental difference between any Criminal Organization in Covert Action, and the Shining Way is no exception.

Historical BackgroundEdit

Full article from Wikipedia: Shining Path

The Communist Party of Peru (Spanish: Partido Comunista del Perú), more commonly known as the Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso), is a Maoist guerrilla terrorist organization with the stated intent of using violence to topple the democratically elected government of Peru and replace it with a Maoist-Marxist "dictatorship of the proletariat".

The organization rose to prominence in 1980 during Peru's first democratic election since the military junta of 1968, burning rural ballot boxes and harassing candidates. Shining Path's increasing influence and willingness to use violent terrorist tactics against elected officials and the general public began a bloody internal conflict that would last for over a decade and cost thousands of Peruvian lives.

The leader (or Mastermind, if you will) of the Shining Path, Abimael Guzmán, was captured in 1992 and sentenced to life in prison. The Shining Path has since declined in activity and influence, but remains active in rural Peru.

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