According to the beliefs of the Church of Scientology, the Marcab Confederacy is said to be one of the most powerful galactic civilizations still active. Church founder L. Ron Hubbard describes it as:
Various planets united into a very vast civilization which has come forward up through the last 200,000 years, formed out of the fragments of earlier civilizations. In the last 10,000 years they have gone on with a sort of decadent kicked-in-the-head civilization that contains automobiles, business suits, fedora hats, telephones, spaceships — a civilization which looks almost an exact duplicate but is worse off than the current US civilization.
The capital of the Confederacy is said to be "one of the tail stars of the Big Dipper", probably Alkaid, a star 108 light years distant from Earth. The Marcabians used to rule Earth at some point in the past but lost control of it due to "losses in war and other things".
The Marcabians had an oppressive political system: "if [a person] was considered to be in contempt of court or anything like that, [he was] simply fried since there was a curtain of radioactive material which went clear across the front of the bench anywhere that a witness or anybody would stand, and so on."
Hubbard said that the Marcab Confederacy invented income tax as a means of punishment, with the death penalty imposed for making even the slightest mistake in returns — "one comma wrong and it's 'dead forever'." The Marcabians also appear to have been distinctly socialistic, having "had plan balanced economies" (presumably some form of planned economy).
They were also keen on motor racing and every once in a while Scientologists undergoing auditing "will run into [memories of] race tracks and race-track drivers". Hubbard described this in some detail in a 1960 lecture:
They had turbine-generated cars that went about 275 miles an hour (443 km/h). They ran with a high whine. I notice they've just now invented the motor again. And they had tracks that were booby-trapped with atom bombs, and they had side bypasses. The tracks were mined, and the grandstands were leaded-paned.
The tracks were deliberately designed to be as dangerous as possible, with "a mountain that you went up to the top of and fell off", and death was commonplace; but participants in the races, and any other citizen, might be revived by the civilization's medical ability. According to author Russell Miller, Hubbard liked to reminisce to his followers about "how he was a race-car driver in the Marcab civilization". One of the people who accompanied him aboard his private fleet in the late 1960s described Hubbard's stories of life with the Marcabians:
LRH said he was a race driver called the Green Dragon who set a speed record before he was killed in an accident. He came back in another lifetime as the Red Devil and beat his own record, then came back and did it again as the Blue Streak. Finally he realized all he was doing was breaking his own records and it was no game any more.
Hubbard describes this in his lecture Create and Confront, describing multiple lives as a Marcabian racing driver, with color-themed names including 'The Green Rocket', 'The Red Comet', 'The Silver Streak', 'The Gold Bomb', et al.
Hubbard stated that the Marcab Confederacy was now using Earth as a "prison planet". When a person dies or "drops the body", his thetan is pulled into a Marcab-established "implant station" or "report station", where they are subject to brainwashing and reincarnation. Only Scientologists who reach the status of "Operating Thetan" are said to avoid this fate.
The report area for most has been Mars. Some women report to stations elsewhere in the Solar System. There are occasional incidents about Earth report stations. The report stations are protected by screens. The last report station on Earth was established in the Pyrenees.
Described in secondary works
- Russell Miller described Hubbard's ideas regarding the Marcab Confederacy, in his critical book on the man, entitled: Bare-faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard.
- The Washington Post cited "an invasion fleet deployed from the Marcab Confederacy", in a report on John Travolta.
- A 2006 article in Rolling Stone called "Inside Scientology", described the Marcab Confederacy as an "invader force". Rolling Stone said that it was explained as a vast galactic civilization over 200,000 years old, but appears as a duplicate of the United States civilization.
- An alleged OT8 document, part of the Fishman Affidavit, describes a mass Marcab invasion of Earth as coinciding with the appearance of the Anti-Christ. The Church denies the authenticity of this document, and it does not appear in the Operating Thetan documents leaked in March 2008.
- Based on this, internet group Anonymous has been creating Marcab-based art as part of its Project Chanology activism. For instance the Germany-based Marcab e.V..
- An alien race, the Markab exists in the fictional Babylon 5 universe. Although the name is based on the same star name (Markab) and the government of that species is the Markab Confederacy, the creator of Babylon 5 J. Michael Straczynski has explicitly denied any Scientology connection.
- The Marcab Confederacy appear as the titular antagonists of "The Sun Stealers", the first story of the Alien Worlds radio drama. Straczynski also worked as a co-writer on this series.
- There is a race of aliens known as the Marcabians featured in "The Secret of Easter Island", an original story created for the 1997 Blake and Mortimer cartoon show.
Note: HCOB refers to "Hubbard Communications Office Bulletins", HCOPL refers to "Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letters", and SHSBC refers to "Saint Hill Special Briefing Courses". All have been made publicly available by the Church of Scientology in the past, both as individual documents or in bound volumes.
- Hubbard, SHSBC 291, Auditing Comm Cycles, August 6, 1963
- Hubbard, Dianetics and Scientology Technical Dictionary, 1st edition, pg. 243.
- Hubbard, History and development of processes: question and answer period, December 17, 1954
- Hubbard, SHSBC 12, E-Meter Actions, Errors in Auditing, June 12, 1961
- Hubbard, HCOB Create and Confront, January 3, 1960
- Miller, Russell (1987). Bare-faced Messiah. Michael Joseph books. p. 280. ISBN 0-7181-2764-1.
- Hubbard, Scientology: A History of Man, 1st edition, 1952.
- Leiby, Richard (November 28, 1999). "John Travolta's Alien Notion: He Plays a Strange Creature In a New Sci-Fi Film, but That's Not the Only Curious Thing About This Project". The Washington Post. The Washington Post Company.
- Reitman, Janet (February 23, 2006). "Inside Scientology". Rolling Stone. 2007 Rolling Stone. pp. 8 Pps.
- "Karin Spaink – The Fishman Affidavit, OT VIII B".
- "Church of Scientology collected Operating Thetan documents".
- News release in German http://vlad.code-1.de/marcab_pressemitteilung.pdf