A place for friends
Symbol: A ream of fabric folded over itself twice to create three folds, with a thread stitching up the middle.
Members: There are thousands of members. Any given major city in the western world probably has a thousand members. There are usually one or two in the smaller towns that comprise suburbia, as well. The difficulty in putting a label on members is that membership is not public. Any person, even someone's spouse, could be a member, without anyone ever knowing. What is known is that its members come from literally all walks of life. There are multi-millionaire businessmen, lonely housewives, homeless street thugs, Islamic Imams, Catholic Priests, dock workers, bounty hunters, cops, judges, doctors, teens, senior citizens, Americans, Serbians, Germans, Japanese, rappers, rodeo riders. Something about The Fold appeals to them. They do not call it a religious experience, but instead say that it has opened their eyes to their true potential. And indeed, it seems the few suspected members have done better with family, in business, their fitness has usually increased.
History of The Fold: Founded in 1991, The Fold appeared almost overnight. It seemed like it was on everyone's lips, but no one knew anyone that was a member. What little was known (by reports from family members that have gotten trickles of information, or law enforcement that was able to glean some small knowledge) was that it was taking wayward people and making them successful, in all aspects of life. Quickly it seemed like everyone wanted in. However, as there was no public recruitment, only those that would move on to membership really sought them out. By 1992 there were branches in New York, L.A. Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, London, Dublin, Paris, Berlin, Oslo, Rome, Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo, Kyoto, spread all over the Third World in smaller pockets, almost every region had at least a few members.
It was around this time that it started getting press, and people started asking who was in charge. The F.B.I. attempted a sting operation, but turned up little-to-no information. This was when Rene surfaced as the leader. He waltzed into the court room, all smiles and compliments, and walked out after the end of the hearing to give a brief, but memorable press conference in which he was quoted as stating, "We are here for you, in all we do. You will always have a place in The Fold." Since that time, law enforcement has never ceased trying to find dirt on this organization, but has always come up empty handed. Members continue to flood in, and suspicion is always present; but, with a man like Rene at the helm, they don't seem to be in any danger.
Figurehead: Rene De La Greve is a strange figure. He has been interviewed by Jay Leno, Conan O'Brian, Bill O'Reilly, and any other number of people. He has been on MTV, CNN, Fox News; there have been documentaries and specials on 60 Minutes, PBS, and several other programs. His face has appeared on the cover of Time and People, the Wall Street Journal even recently ran an article about him (Who You Don't Know, But Wish You Did, an examination of how being on good terms with The Fold could do wonders for your business). Despite all of this, he always wears simple clothing (plain white wool, and sandals), and seems to be a very down-to-earth, charming young man. He hails from French Guiana, but has his American Citizenship. Nobody seems to know terribly much about him except that he was born to a French woman and a Guyanese man, and that when they passed away, he was raised by his Guyanese grandmother.
Involvement in Miami: Recently, a large piece of property has been purchased in the farther outskirts of Miami. A small gathering of Fold members have gathered, building a small farm community on the property. Not much is known, but it is believed that Miami will be the next city to see a wave of new members, as Rene himself has moved to the area to oversee its development.