Okay just for fun I tried to give the three examples a little treatment. Really interesting how unique the Mind one felt and how cool it was at the top (though I didn't like the bottom illustrations as much). I could see all three of these stories work.
OS Physics/Learning (Greg)
When the FBI accelerates its efforts to arrest a suspected foreign agent, the agent’s government enacts a plan to attack the Eastern Interconnection and black out the half of the United States. Before the plan can take effect, however, it’s discovered by a team of burglars who have been hacking into electric utility servers to determine when wealthy homeowners are on vacation so they can rob their homes.
The burglars realize they’re in over their heads.
Determining what the foreign agents are doing and what they might do to the burglars if they get caught has the burglars fighting with each other over whether to continue their own schemes and leave the foreign agents alone or to incriminate themselves in order to protect the country.
Both the agents and the burglars are driven to kill each other to stop the other and protect themselves. As the lights go out, the burglars must do anything they can to escape through the city, even though it means creating lots of additional chaos, committing more crimes, being in more danger.
OS Psychology/Conceiving/Permission/Acceptance (whitepaws)
A team of burglars hacks into a city's electric utility servers and gets data that allows them to determine when wealthy homeowners are on vacation so they can rob their homes.
When they accidentally uncover a foreign government plan to also hack the utility, they consider going to the police; before they can, however, the foreign agents devise a way to control the burglars by labelling them as terrorists who are enacting a plan to attack the city (false flag).
The burglars catch onto the agents' plan to paint them as terrorists when the burglars stumble into the foreign agents' plot to shut down the grid and cross paths with secret agents.
One burglar is blackmailed to be a double agent; he injects confusion into the group of burglars and this causes the other burglars to struggle with what how to do next--go public, incriminate themselves or let the foreign agents shut down the grid.
Most of the burglars and agents accept that violence is inevitable no matter what which causes the burglars and foreign agents to leave a trail of chaos as they chase each other through the blacked out city.
OS Mind/Preconscious/Confidence/Test (Greg)
As the U.S. government considers placing heavy sanctions on an already overburdened foreign nation, that nation decides to execute a pre-emptive strike by bringing down the Eastern Interconnection and blacking out half of the United States.
Meanwhile a team of burglars that’s been hacking into a city's electric utility servers to determine when wealthy homeowners are on vacation so they can rob their homes gets spooked when they stumble onto some unusual activity. They decide they must shut down their operations and flee, but trying to cover their tracks actually gets them noticed by the foreign agents that were also hacking into the servers.
Having the (plucky) confidence that they will have free reign to burglarize in a blacked out city has the burglars struggling with whether to stop the agents-thus incriminating themselves but also possibly saving them from the agents who are no doubt out to kill them-or let the agents do their thing until they’ve had a chance to hit all the best houses.
Most of the burglars decide to take their chances and keep stealing in the blacked out city. The leader though, is driven by his failure to show his ex wife that he can be a good person so he tires to catch the foreign agents at the same time that the foreign agents are trying to kill them. These attempts leave a trail of chaos, etc.