Most scientologists do not know anything having to do with Xenu that is revealed at “OT III.” However, “OT III” is certainly not a scientologist’s first introduction to the “space opera” aspect of scientology. Hubbard wrote some material about this, but most of it is in his lectures.
I have listened to some of the lectures on this and have been told quite a bit. Contrary to the ‘no verbal data’ policy most scientologists cannot contain themselves in telling others what ‘Ron’ has said or written. I’ll stick my neck out and say that every scientologist has given ‘verbal data’ to someone else at least one time.
Here’s the pre “OT III” story as best I can remember it. I may get some of the nuts and bolts details wrong. There are enough former scientologists out there to correct me where needed.
There is an interplanetary organization called the Marcab Confederacy. Hubbard said he used the name, Marcab, for convenience and that the confederacy really has another name. There’s more detail on the name and an article on the Marcab Confederacy at these links:
A person who had completed “OT III” told me that Hubbard used to tell his stories to the crew of the Apollo and that he told them we were from Epsilon Orionis, (Alnilam), the middle star in Orion’s belt. This is complete “verbal data.”
The Marcab Confederacy uses Earth as a prison planet. All the “thetans” on this planet are prisoners here. Within the Marcab Confederacy the location of this “prison” and its existence is kept secret. The people on this planet have been implanted to forget that they are here from an off world civilization and that they are prisoners.
The type of people sent here consists of artists, scientists, managers, the very intelligent, criminals, perverts, degraded beings, and the very stupid. Essentially there is no middle ground or average type of people on this planet.
There is an implant station on Mars that is used to maintain the implant on people here. When a person dies, the “thetan” “reports” in to this station or another like it to be implanted again before picking up a new body.
Hubbard said there are three stages to a civilization or that a civilization goes through. They are “frontier,” “electronic,” and “space opera.” (He omitted “steam punk” but what did he know?) He talks much about “space opera” in his lectures.
By the time a person reaches “OT III” he or she has effectively been set up to buy into it with all the previous material on “space opera” that they have been exposed to on the way. A person going into scientology who already knows about Xenu and that story will buy into it when they get to “OT III” because there is so much “set up” material that they will get prior to arriving at “OT III.”