Operating in secrecy, Imperial Intelligence is a highly professional civilian branch of the Galactic Empire that is responsible for the identification, analysis and mitigation of threats to the Empire originating from external sources. Imperial Intelligence’s chief duty is to concentrate on analysis of strategic, operational and tactical data streams through a variety of methods and advising the Galactic Empire on perceived and actual threats and opportunities.
The mission of Imperial Intelligence is to support The Throne, Imperial High Command, and all Imperial officials who make and execute Imperial policy through:
- Providing accurate, comprehensive, and timely foreign intelligence on all security topics.
- Conducting counter-intelligence, espionage, assassination and other activities designed to maintain galactic security, as directed by The Throne.
- Providing timely and expert advice to all branches of the Galactic Empire on foreign intelligence matters.
To achieve its mission Imperial Intelligence is authorized by The Throne to execute operations of strategic value using espionage, the use of deniable assets, overt and covert actions and the use of methods inappropriate for the military and other civilian agencies to use. Subsequently, Imperial Intelligence engages in research, development, and deployment of high-leverage technology and assets for intelligence purposes.
As an independent branch, Imperial Intelligence serves as a source of analysis on topics of concern, working closely with the other branches and departments of the Galactic Empire to ensure that the intelligence consumer - whether a Sector Moff or battlefield commander - receives the best intelligence possible, as quickly as possible.
The constant political turmoil and open war throughout the galaxy has required constant adaptation and new methods of conducting intelligence work. Imperial Intelligence has met these new challenges through:
- Creating special, multidisciplinary centres to address high-priority issues such as non-proliferation, counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence, intergalactic organized crime, narcotics trafficking, environmental and arms control intelligence.
- Forging stronger partnerships between several intelligence collection disciplines, and establishing systems for source analysis.
- Taking an active part in the intelligence community analytical efforts, and producing analysis on the full range of topics that affect galactic security.
- Contributing to the effectiveness of the overall intelligence community by managing services of common concern in imagery analysis and open-source collection and participating in partnerships with other intelligence agencies in the areas of research and development, source validation and technical collection.
By emphasizing adaptability in its approach to intelligence collection, Imperial Intelligence can tailor its support to key intelligence consumers and help them meet their needs as they face the issues of the galaxy.
Imperial Intelligence, as a branch of the Galactic Empire is structured in a way as to maintain flexibility to meet the requirements of an evolving galaxy, whilst maintaining compartmentalization to assist in the enforcement of security procedures and discipline to increase the effectiveness of counter-intelligence operations, and reduce the impact and chances of enemy infiltration of Imperial Intelligence.
Imperial Intelligence is composed of two Bureaus which are responsible for all intelligence gathering, analysis and operations undertaken by II personnel and operatives; the Bureau of Analysis and the Bureau of Operations. Overseeing the activities of the two bureaus, determining strategic objectives and directing the efforts of Imperial Intelligence throughout the galaxy are the Ubiqtorate; a cadre of II personnel appointed by the Director of Intelligence and wielding vast authority and power.
For the most part, Imperial Intelligence's organisational structure remains classified, however within the two Bureau's of Imperial Intelligence exist a series of departments concerned with the application of specialist skills and/or target concerns, of which the only publicly disclosed departments are the Department of Military Intelligence (DMI), responsible for liaising with operational and tactical field commanders and support staff, Imperial Special Operations Command (ISOC), responsible for the coordination of covert and claret operations undertaken by the military at the direction of Imperial Intelligence, and the Imperial Office of Criminal Investigations (IOCI), responsible for the investigation, tracking and execution of Imperial bounties.
II was formed in Year -2 through the centralisation of the Galactic Empire's agencies responsible for disparate intelligence collection and assessment, Naval Intelligence, Army Intelligence and portions of the Ministry of Diplomacy. The need for a centralised intelligence agency arose from the gaps in communication and analysis that the three different departments experienced, and continued conflict over jurisdiction between them. The first Director of Imperial Intelligence was the highly respected and feared Kiie, previously the Chief of Army Intelligence.
With the disbanding of Naval Intelligence, Army Intelligence and a small department of the Ministry of Diplomacy, Imperial Intelligence cemented itself as the sole authority and agency responsible for the gathering of information and production of intelligence for the military and government branches of the Empire. Originally mandated to maintain internal security for the Empire as well, this aspect of Imperial Intelligence's mission was removed with the founding of COMPNOR by Emperor Connel and the creation of the Imperial Security Bureau, which was appointed the responsibility of internal security. The formation of the Imperial Security Bureau somewhat reduced the influence and power of Imperial Intelligence, and it was not long before questions of jurisdiction brought the two security agencies into conflict with each other, souring relations between the two agencies with suspicion and competitiveness that still persist today.
Maintaining a good relationship with the wider Empire under Director Kiie's reign, this stable and productive relationship was continued and strengthened by Director Naal Soven, however inter-branch relations began to take setbacks with the appointment of Director Robert Voor in Year 3. Director Voor, widely known for his arrogance, secrecy and capabilities as an intelligence agent came into sharp conflict with military commanders and quickly erode standing relationships with the view that the Navy and Army commanders were both incompetent. With a deteriorating relationship between Imperial Intelligence and the other branches, it was felt prudent to establish a new department within Imperial Intelligence that could provide an active, trusted and diplomatic link with the military forces throughout the Empire; the result was the formation of the Department of Military Intelligence that would liaise with the military and foster better relationships, rather than the traditional approach of the Director being the sole point of contact. Seele, a recent Imperial Army Special Operations officer was appointed as the Chief of Military Intelligence to repair the broken relationship with the military.
Whilst effective lines of communication were established with field commanders and the Imperial Army, the Imperial Navy under the command of Rear Admiral Overmind became increasingly paranoid of the potential for Director Voor to perform a coup against Emperor Charon, unknown to Overmind that Director Voor had been approached by the Sith to conduct a coup but had refused, staying loyal to the Emperor. With growing tensions between Voor and Overmind, the situation came to a boiling point when the Admiral sent general orders to the Imperial Navy demanding that any part-time Imperial Intelligence Agent report their secret involvement in Imperial Intelligence to Naval High Command, or be executed. Armed with a leaked partial part-time Agent roster from the Bureau Chief of Analysis Varn Atesca who had been convinced by Overmind that Director Voor was a threat, Overmind had the time to order the execution of a sole Imperial Intelligence Trainee Agent before the Emperor stepped in to order Overmind to stand down from his paranoid and illegal witch-hunt. For compromising the security of Imperial Intelligence, Varn Atesca was executed.
With the merger of the Galactic Empire and the Dark Empire in Year 3, Imperial Intelligence was to absorb the Dark Empire's intelligence agencies including Majestic-12 (MJ-12), and appointed head of the Dark Empire's Intelligence, Quaxo, as Deputy Director of Imperial Intelligence in an effort to integrate the agencies smoothly. Refusing to integrate the agencies, Quaxo never reported for duty and was dismissed within a month and no members of the Dark Empire's intelligence agencies submit for reassignment. It did not take long for the Imperial Security Bureau to identify that Majestic 12 was operating as Warlord Bonias's personal intelligence agency, and conflicts quickly arose between the Galactic Empire's security agencies, and Majestic 12. Tensions rose to their highest levels with the attempted plagarism of issued Imperial Intelligence reports under the guise of Majestic 12 reports, the abduction and torture of an ISB-Lieutenant Colonel Banquo Knox, and the discovery of attempted recruitment of Imperial servicemen into Majestic 12 as it posed as a legitimate but secret intelligence organisation of the Empire. With escalating aggression and refusal to cooperate with authorised security agencies of the Empire, Majestic 12 was declared an outlaw organisation and 'kill on sight' orders were issued by Emperor Charon to both the Imperial Security Bureau and Imperial Intelligence, marking the first time Imperial Intelligence had been authorised to conduct internal security operations since the formation of COMPNOR.
In Year 4, Director Voor, acting without authorisation from The Throne began to plot the assassination of the widely perceived incompetent Army Commanding Officer, Major General Kaylene SyberJedi. It is unclear what exactly happened, but it is known that Director Voor intended to undertake the assassination himself with the assistance of a member of the Ubiqtorate Guard, and that after leaving to execute the mission, Voor was never seen or heard from again. Following the mysterious disappearance of Director Voor, Emperor Charon recalled Seele from a mission deep undercover in the Rebel Alliance, and appointed him the new Director of Imperial Intelligence. Director Seele then worked once again on mending the broken ties between Imperial Intelligence and the military by providing a willingness to provide timely and accurate intelligence reports upon request, giving Imperial High Command a greater knowledge of Imperial Intelligence's operational capabilities, and clarifying communication methods to ensure efficient and accurate communication. Despite his efforts and large successes in strengthening the relationship between the Empire and Imperial Intelligence, Military High Command paid little notice to Intelligence Reports and vulnerability identifications provided by Imperial Intelligence which is exemplified with the Alderaan Crisis and Attack on Berchest.
Later in Year 4, with the disappearance of Emperor Charon and the ascension of Emperor Uebles and the Sith to The Throne, the Director of Imperial Intelligence, Seele, signalled the first defection of a member of the Ubiqtorate in the history of the Empire. Joining a full third of the Empire's ranks, many of Imperial Intelligence's staff resigned their appointments within the Empire in protest of the new violent regime, and for fear of Sith retribution which had been in conflict with Imperial Intelligence for some time. During the Sith regime, Imperial Intelligence suffered an extremely high rate of turnover and defections, including the execution of a Director for treason. This instability in the branch would continue until Imperial Intelligence was put under the auspices of Zee Wolf, who promptly made many organisational structure changes, including the downsizing and reduction from an independent branch to a department of the Ministry of Truth, and renamed it to the Directorate of Imperial Intelligence.
With Zee Wolf's retirement in Year 8, the Directorate of Imperial Intelligence was next lead by Alexander Fel who once again enacted widespread changes throughout the agency, but did not manage to achieve any greater efficiency or awareness than previous Directors, with Fel's reign marked by increased conflict with other branches, a penchant for self-aggrandizing, and for the revitalisation of Majestic 12, albeit under the control of the Directorate of Imperial Intelligence this time. It is Alexander Fel that perpetuated the urban legend of the "Director's Curse" which claimed that no Director of Imperial Intelligence had ever resigned on good terms with The Throne, an incorrect myth as it was not until the fourth Director, Seele, that a Director had ever resigned on bad terms at the beginning of Emperor Uebles' reign, and a common trend throughout both Emperor Uebles' and Vodo's leadership.
In Year 10 the Galactic Empire and the New Imperial Order merged, heralding a change in attitude and operating structure of the Empire where many aspects of the Empire were changed, and the Directorate of Imperial Intelligence was no exception. Reinstated as an independent branch, and the Directorship returned to a High Command position, Vincent Lytear, Director of the New Imperial Order's Imperial Intelligence was appointed as the Director of the restructured branch, with Brigadier General Romulus Lupine, former Director of the Directorate of Imperial Intelligence pre-merger appointed as the Deputy Director. Attempting to reforge a new Imperial Intelligence, Lytear met resistance from Deputy Director Lupine and was forced to dismiss the Deputy Director in order to maintain progress.
Director Lytear retired later in Year 10, to be replaced by Director Inwe Ventidius, a fresh face to Imperial Intelligence and the first Director appointed that did not possess an intelligence or security background. Quickly picking up from where Lytear left off, Director Ventidius has continued reforms across the branch that have reinforced Imperial Intelligence's re-emergence as a highly capable and valuable branch within the Empire.
Recruitment & Selection
Imperial Intelligence maintains a notoriously stringent selection process which the majority of applicants do not pass. Requiring an exemplary record, high levels of activity and commitment to the Empire, and the completion of a battery of tests including verbal and non-verbal reasoning, galactic knowledge and personality assessments, few candidates make it to the intensive training program, making Imperial Intelligence the hardest branch within the Empire to gain entry to.
Imperial Intelligence Director's Curse
A limited misconception amongst some beings of the galaxy, formed from the misbelief that no single Director of Imperial Intelligence has ever retired on good terms with the Imperial throne until Alexander Fel. This is an incorrect rumour as the first three Directors of Imperial Intelligence resigned on good terms with The Throne, with Naal Soven later serving as Emperor Charon's second Grand Vizier. Director Seele was the first to resign on bad terms with The Throne; resigning in protest of the removal of Emperor Charon. It is after Director Seele that the high rate of turn-over began with Imperial Intelligence staff, which was a trend with all branches and departments the Galactic Empire under the reign of Emperor's Greyson Uebles and Vodo Bonias. It is during this period of low morale that resulted in a number of Directors assuming the position for short periods of time to either resign in protest of Imperial leadership or to be removed for gross incompetence. An alternative explanation for the misconception is that at the time of Zee Wolf tenure as Director of Imperial Intelligence none of his predecessors were on good terms with Emperor Vodo Bonias; indeed most of them were wanted for High Treason.
Directors of Imperial Intelligence
- Kiie (Year -2 to Year 1)
- Naal Soven (Year 1 to Year 2)
- Voor (Year 3 to Year 4)
- Seele (Year 4)
- Cyrus Cloudwalker (Year 4)
- Zaketh Atesca (Year 4)
- Wilhelm von Ismay (Year 4)
- Matrel Byden (Year 5)
- Tala Stalak (Year 5)
- Owen von Ismay (Year 5 to Year 6)
- James Turner (Year 6)
- Kolace Jorgensen (Year 6)
- Cyrus Cloudwalker
- Zee Wolf the Younger
- Alexander Fel (De Facto)
- Machkhit (Year 9)
- Romolus Lupine (Year 9 to Year 10)
- Vincent Lytear (Year 10)
- Inwe Ventidius (Year 10 to Present)