The story told in ALFA-ARKIV
began in 2009 with a different alternate reality game called Junko Junsui
. That game was ended early because of various obstacles the developers found themselves facing: doxxing, harassment, and stress from running such a complex game in real time. They decided to expand their team and retool the concept into an interactive novel.
As part of the story, the developers created a "propaganda" video claiming that one of their characters, Oksana Kareyeva, is a terrorist. A private security analyst who saw the video, unaware that it was a work of fiction, added information on Kareyeva and the Junsui to the Terrorist Research & Analysis Consortium database. As of September 2018, this information still remains on the TRAC website.