Secret Masters of Fenspace

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<Deidre Griest> Besides, who the hell called me a SMOF? I'm... just not really interested in the politics on how everything is going to shake out you know?
<Cathy> The importance of the SMOFs where at a peak during the war against the Boskones, the Fen were in need of a quick and strong response. Since the war is over, their influence is declining with the increasing number of Fen and independent groups of Fen. But their influence through reputation and social contacts can still be astonishing.
<Yayoi Fujisawa> True - nowadays, the most important use of SMOF-ML is as a back-channel between factions that would normally have nothing to do with each other. Everybody on it either is in a position of power or has the ear of somebody in power, and nobody ignores it because we all want to know what other people are saying about our friends.
<Noah Scott> Or what other people are saying about us.

—chatlog excerpt

The Secret Masters of Fenspace are the "movers and shakers" in the society above Earth's ionosphere - or, at least, that's what the SMOFs say. One becomes a SMOF by subscribing and posting to the SMOF Mailing List... which is not as easy as it sounds, since the mailing list itself is not widely known outside of the SMOF. (Usually, an established SMOF subscribes a new SMOF to the list; this has become a "rite of passage" in some SMOF circles.)

Known faction leaders were added to the SMOF-ML as they became known until mid-2012, when everyone assumed someone else would add Haruhi Suzumiya to the mailing list. When the SMOF realized they'd forgotten to add her, they had also realized it would be a mistake to let her anywhere near the SMOF-ML, so they signed up her apparent XO Kyon instead.

Known SMOF are listed here.