Questarian intelligence community

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The Questarian intelligence community is an informal term for the Questarian intelligence and security agencies. Although the Office of Combined Operations commands joint operations, there is not presently one unified command structure for Questarian intelligence agencies[1], who report to different Ministers and committees. There is reported to be significant inter-service rivalry between agencies. Questers has one of the largest and best funded intelligence and counter-intelligence systems in the world.[2] The Maredoratic Strategic Studies Institute reported in 2017 that Questers spent the most on intelligence, both nominally and per capita.[3]

International human rights organisations regularly condemn Questarian intelligence[4][5][6][7]: Questarian intelligence is rumoured to widely use torture and enhanced interrogation[8]. Internationally, external intelligence agencies have been accused of terrorism and widespread use of sleeper agents. According to a report by the Maredoratic Centre for Cyber Security, Questers is the largest recipient of stolen technology in the world.

Approximately 355,000 individuals are employed in some manner by Questarian intelligence, not including informants in Questers or in other countries. Even civilian agencies are extremely secretive and the Questarian state does not release official numbers or statements regarding the activities of its intelligence agencies, other than to issue denials. Foreign observers claim Questers is a counterintelligence state[9].

Background

The first formal intelligence activities can be dated back to the Office of the Spymaster-General, an appointed figure who ran official spy rings in Pollona. The first mention of a Spymaster-General on government pay rolls is dated to 1781 but it is likely that the Spymaster-General existed before then. The first Questarian Spymaster-General was Richard Burke. By the War of the Three Counties, the Office had become a permanent government ministry, and the Spymaster-General was conducting surveillance on internal dissenters. It was not until the Maredoratic Great War that the armed forces had a unified military intelligence; the Office of General Reconnaissance was responsible for army, navy, foreign intelligence, and counter-intelligence between 1912-1921. The OGR's codebreaking section, based in Beaufort, was established in 1915.

In 1922 the Royal Security Office (Royal Security) was founded both for counter-espionage and to act as a secret police. Royal Security co-operated closely with the intelligence branch of the Royal Marshalcy (Marechaussee), the Questarian gendarmerie. Between 1920-1946, Royal Security's primary task was to destroy the Questarian Communist Party, but its attempts were mostly met with failure: the Office of General Reconnaissance had been heavily compromised by Communists who helped the Party. In 1946, the OGR was merged into the Royal Security Office and Communists inside the former OGR were purged. This purge took up the bulk of Royal Security's attention during the 1950s and the Communist Party was able to survive this period until it became a mass movement. The Communist Party's internal intelligence branch, Party Intelligence, ran counter-counter intelligence operations against Royal Security, staging assassinations of both Royal Security figures and informants. Royal Security responded with campaigns of mass arrests, torture, and extrajudicial killings.

The 1991 Constitution disestablished the Royal Security Office. Instead, the Emergency Security Act (ESA) 1991 established the Secret Operations Executive for foreign intelligence and analysis; the Sheriff-General took over the former offices of the Royal Security. The ESA was followed in 1993 by the Public Order and Emergency Regulations Act (POERA) which established the Republican Homeland Security Office. The Office acts as a secret police and a law enforcement agency with domestic intelligence duties, mainly in counterintelligence.

Activities

Agencies

Service Agency code Logo Type Tasks Head
Strategic Intelligence Service
SIS
Retina Civilian/
Military
Foreign intelligence, cyber-warfare, signals intelligence, other Director-General Strategic Services
Republican Homeland Security Office
RHSO
Timeline Civilian Counter-intelligence, counter-espionage, police intelligence Director-General Homeland Security
Sheriff-General's Office
SGO
Anagram Civilian Police intelligence Sheriff-General
Military Intelligence and Reconnaissance Office
MIRO
Harbour Military Defence intelligence Director-General of Military Intelligence and Reconnaissance

Rivalry

Combined Operations

See also

  1. Questarian Intelligence, Janes Security Publishing
  2. Questarian Intelligence, Janes Security Publishing
  3. World Security Expenditures, Maredoratic Strategic Studies Institute
  4. Amnesty International
  5. Maredoratic Commission on the Rule of Law
  6. Human Rights in Alisna, the Freedom Institute
  7. Questarian Intelligence, Janes Security Publishing
  8. Amnesty International
  9. Human Rights in Alisna, the Freedom Institute