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What Is Scientology's Gold Base? An Explainer on The Religion's Key Orgs


If you're just a casual watcher of Leah Remini's Scientology and the Aftermath and not obsessed with the cult-like religion like yours truly, it can get a little confusing when Leah, co-host Mike Rinder, and their ex-Scientologist guests talk about their experiences. 

They often use a lot of the "church" jargon, which includes abbreviations for concepts, terms, and locations important to parishioners.

Tonight's episode revolves around Gold Base, which is referred to quite often on the show. If you're scratching your head wondering what that means, here is a brief explainer on the key "orgs" in L. Ron Hubbard's religion.

What is Gold Base and where is it?

Gold Base, which is sometimes just called Gold, refers to the international headquarters for the Church of Scientology. What gets confusing is that there is another org called "Flag," which is called the "worldwide spiritual headquarters" of Scientology. More on that later.