| "I once thought I could save the world... now look at it"
— Spoilers for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided follow!
|"Tandis qu'ils dorment, nous gagnerons. (While they sleep, we shall win)."|
|- Motto of Silhouette|
Founded in 2029 by members of the underground newspaper Samizdat who were on the run from the law and hiding out in Paris, Silhouette is the resistance movement against the French government, led by Chad Dumier (who is known to the public as "The Minister of True Lies"). They have discovered that the United Nations and the French government are deliberately restricting poor people from accessing Ambrosia (the vaccine for the Gray Death disease), and are under the control of a secret organization called Majestic 12 that wants absolute control over global governments. They are allied with the National Secessionist Forces (NSF), the resistance movement against the US government, the Luminous Path Triad (a triad group in Hong Kong), and X-51 (a group of former Area 51 scientists). They focus their efforts on subversion of media outlets to attract citizens to their cause. The philosophy and approach of Silhouette is similar to the real-life French Situationist International. By 2052, Silhouette has suffered a leak that led to the exposure of one source of their funding, the wealthy French heiress Beth DuClare. After a brief but torrid scandal, she was assassinated by Majestic 12.
During the same year, an attack on the Statue of Liberty was the most-cited reason for the establishment of a standing UNATCO force on American soil. Many throughout the world suspected Silhouette, which had several months before released statements on world cultural monuments, among them a claim that the Statue ought not have been given to America. However, it is discovered that UNATCO had perpetrated the bombings to reduce support for Silhouette and its allies.
Through their leader's close relationship with Nicolette DuClare, Silhouette benefit from the financial, social and intelligence support of the French faction of the Illuminati. Dumier claims that he doubts the Illuminati would continue to assist Silhouette were MJ12 not a threat, but the younger DuClare sympathizes more with Silhouette. The Illuminati find Silhouette to be useful allies in their struggle with MJ12.
- ↑ Datacube from Paul Denton: "I also managed to document some of UNATCO's less than shining operations, including their role in the Statue bombing."
- ↑ Chad Dumier: "We publicize certain things, like the Statue of Liberty bombing. It's just so fitting that the American government would destroy the gift of freedom we gave your country almost 200 years ago -- and then try to blame it on us!"