The Council consists of a group of 16 countries that fund and support the XCOM Project. The Council, represented by its mysterious shadowy spokesman, will make regular contact with the Commander (the player) via the Situation Room.
The Council has three primary reasons to contact XCOM:
- Propose a new Council Mission.
- Present a special request from a member nation asking that XCOM supply them with certain items in exchange for a generous reward (Credits, engineers, scientists, or a new, highly ranked soldier). This request will remain available for fulfillment for 20 days.
- Deliver the monthly report that evaluates and rewards the XCOM Project's actions.
|Africa||Asia||Europe||North America||South America|
At the end of each month, The Council issues a report that details the XCOM Project's successes, failures and the global panic levels. Each council member nation has a 5 bar panic level scale which increases if alien activity occurs in that country or parent continent that the player ignored or failed to contain. This scale can never go below 1 bar or go beyond 5 bars.
Once the panic level of a Council Nation reaches 5 bars, the player will be warned that her panic is at a critical level. Council Nations with critical panic levels for at least 14 consecutive days including the end of the month will pull out from the XCOM Project permanently upon the Council Report. Losing any Council Nation is detrimental to the XCOM Project. Aside from the loss of potential income, losing any nation disqualifies the player from the continental bonus of the continent the nation was part of; the host continent the XCOM Project is based in being the exception, as all Council Nations in the host continent need to pull out before its continental bonus is lost. If at least eight Council Nations pull out of the XCOM Project, the game ends in a defeat.
Launching a satellite over a Council Nation will lower its panic level by two. A satellite already deployed over a Council Nation has a chance (depending on game Game difficulty) of reducing her panic level by 1 at the end of each month, if her panic level is at least 4 bars. Once a continent has full satellite coverage, abduction missions will no longer spawn for that continent. Current panic levels and satellite coverage can be monitored via the Situation Room.
Coinciding with the monthly Council report and letter grade, the Council distributes funding to XCOM; these rewards are based primarily on which Council nations have satellite coverage and have not left the Project.
Doom Tracker (Spoilers)Edit
If you allow eight countries to leave the XCOM project, the game will end, and you will see a cutscene; the council spokesman will call this entire endeavor ill-conceived and will terminate the project by pressing a button while Vahlen, Shen, and Bradford look at the Situation Room screen turning off, defeated. It is revealed the spokesman is under Mind Control by a Sectoid Commander before the scene ends.
- The Council spokesman is voiced by Jon Bailey.
- Evidence found in the DefaultGameCore.ini file indicates that at some point during the game's development there were 36 Council members. The countries that were cut are: Belgium, Colombia, Greece, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, and Venezuela.