Office of Strategic Reconnaissance

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Office of Strategic Reconnaissance
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Logo of the OSR.
Department overview
Formed 1994
Employees 8,500-22,000 (estimated)
Annual budget $5-7 billion (estimated)
Department executive
  • Brian French, Executive Commander
Parent department Office of Combined Operations

The Office of Strategic Reconnaissance (OSR) is a department of Combined Operations responsible for technical intelligence and direct action, in the form of espionage, sabotage, assassination and reconnaissance[1] Strategic Reconnaissance was established in May 1991 by the Emergency Security Act. Section 7 authorised the Government to create a "secret agency for ultra-clandestine operations abroad."[2]

Although protected by plausible deniability and general operational security, the Office has been implicated in illegal activities overseas, including political assassinations and technology theft[3]. The Questarian government refers to Strategic Reconnaissance as a human intelligence gathering agency and denies it carries out illegal activities[4].


There is no oversight and no civilian control over Strategic Reconnaissance. Its activities are directed by its Executive Command and the Director-General for Strategic Services. The Questarian government does not publish any information officially regarding Special Reconnaissance other than a brief description of its activities and the legal basis for its existence and organisation as part of the Emergency Security Act and the Intelligence Community Reforms Act.

Although Strategic Reconnaissance has had fewer defectors than other intelligence branches, both Morivaine and Gallan intelligence agencies have been able to turn a small number of Strategic Reconnaissance agents, and have captured several others in major counter-intelligence operations. Public information about the OSR is mainly from published sources from both defectors and captured agents. One of these defectors, Peter McAlister, was assassinated by Strategic Reconnaissance in 2016.



Strategic Reconnaissance recruits from a wide variety of sources. The majority of personnel stationed at home come from prestigious university programs, and the majority of personnel deployed overseas come from Army or Navy special forces. Both must pass rigorous vetting and be loyal to the Communist Party. Other than these two groups (which are not mutually exclusive), foreign sources who work for Special Reconnaissance are usually paid large sums of hard cash or are themselves dedicated Communists.[5]

According to most defectors and from information gained on captured agents, the average Strategic Reconnaissance agent is a firm believer in Communism, is physically fit, and above average intelligence. Both Peter McAlister and David Gilchrist, defectors who published books on Strategic Reconnaissance, attested to the much higher level of loyalty to the system found in Strategic Reconnaissance operatives. McAlister wrote that Strategic Reconnaissance is only open to dedicated Communists[6], whereas Gilchrist wrote that "the most serious Communists" were encouraged to join Strategic Reconnaissance out of University[7].

Any Strategic Reconnaissance agent posted overseas is trained in survival and resistance techniques, the use of weapons and explosives, and receives crash courses in both the language and culture of the country they are posted to[8]. Strategic Reconnaissance agents are rarely cross-posted to more than one country and those in Unofficial Cover may spend more than ten years living in the host country illegally.[9] Agents are trained by Strategic Reconnaissance itself, but also by Army and Navy special forces and receive language instruction from the best Universities and schools in the country.[10]


Specific operations are headed by an Operational Committee, which reports directly to the Executive Commander. Each Operational Committee receives support and assistance from all of Strategic Reconnaissance's sub-departments; Operational Committees form the nucleus of command and control for individual operations.

  • Operation Cypress is the name for Strategic Reconnaissance's operations in Karaman. After the Questarian invasion of Karaman in 2013, significant funding and personnel were devoted to OSR's operations inside the country. At first, Strategic Reconnaissance provided special operations support to the invasion force, but afterwards focused on recruitment and infiltration inside Islamist organisations. During the 2015 Karaman War Special Reconnaissance directly supported Alexander Stafford by providing reconnaissance and direct support from its cells inside North Karaman. After the Questarian military withdrawal from that country, Strategic Reconnaissance is alleged to remain active inside Karaman, using human intelligence, psychological operations and active measures to support the Questarian-backed Karamish Nationalist Party.


The Integrally Suppressed Pistol (ISP-32), a .32 ACP bolt-action pistol, the quietest firearm in the world.
Strategic Reconnaissance uses both off the shelf equipment, military equipment sourced from the Questarian armed forces, and special equipment developed for particular needs . Among the latter include the Integrally Suppressed Pistol, the quietest pistol in the world, special plastic explosives and other various weapons. The Office also allegedly uses poisons, including polonium poisons, allegedly used against two former members of the Questarian government in exile in Galla in 2012. Decryption and network attack software is provided by the Secret Operations Executive.


The Office is rumoured to support its operatives via three methods:



See also

  1. Exporting the Revolution, John Sargent
  2. Emergency Security Act, TUC Archives
  3. Sondstead News Network
  4. Sondstead News Network
  5. Exporting the Revolution, John Sargent
  6. Enemy in the Blanket, Peter McAlister
  7. Special Reconnaissance, David Gilchrist
  8. Strategic Reconnaissance, David Gilchrist
  9. Enemy in the Blanket, Peter McAlister
  10. Exporting the Revolution, John Sargent