The Council of Venice is composed of members of all three main factions, the Illuminati, Dragon, and Templars, as well as a fourth faction, the Phoenicians. Other factions, such at the Orochi Group or the faction currently only referred to as 'The Rising Tide of Change' may be members of The Council of Venice, but that is not yet known. The Council of Venice is like the United Nations, a watch-group that makes sure all of the factions are abiding by the "gentleman's agreement" that allows for the Dragon, Illuminati, and Templars to carry out their secret war by designating both the locations and rules for where fighting can occur and to keep the Secret World from the public.