Fiction: Freemasonry is a Global Organization

While it's true that almost every country in the world has a Grand Lodge of its own, there is not any globally coordinated organization that oversees all of them.

Even within the United States, there is no national governing Masonic body; each state has its own Grand Lodge, which oversees all of the local lodges within its jurisdiction.

While the basic tenets of Freemasonry are universal, some customs and details vary from state to state, which is sometimes a cause of confusion when reading about Freemasonry online.