They say they protect the 'cultural heritage' of the Empire. Basically by that they just mean don't bad-talk the Empire or we will kick your ass.
—Anonymous Coruscant citizen
The Imperial State Security Committee, also called the State Security, Security Committee, ImpStaSeCom, or more commonly the SSC, was the secret police of the Galactic Empire. It was widely regarded as an improved version or combination of the Imperial Intelligence and the Security Bureau. Founded shortly after the Great Jedi Purge, the organization continued service for over a century before splitting into splinter factions of those supporting Darth Krayt and Roan Fel during the Imperial Civil War of 130 ABY. The organization was made up of five directorates: Operations, Analysis, Intelligence, Counterintelligence, and Investigation. They were trained for their individual tasks, but worked jointly with each other for the common goal. The ISB and Intelligence had rivalries with the SSC, as they did with each other; each wanting to be the Empire's most trusted agency. Up until 3 ABY, it was smaller than both Imperial Intelligence and Security Bureau, who did not view the Committee as a threat due to its lower member count. They were the nemesis of the Rebel Alliance Intelligence Agency, whose personnel gave them the nickname "guard dogs".
The personnel of the State Security were regarded by those aware of the SSC's existence to be one of the best agencies serving under the Emperor's banner. Normally given a three year training regime, agents were all trained in advanced combat, sabatoge, and espionage. They received other different courses depending on what directorate they were assigned to after their first year, which was known as basic training. They rivaled the Rebel Alliance Intelligence and Special Forces, a feat which not many organizations could boast about. However, the organization had suffered defeats as well. They were disgraced for allowing Rebel agents to steal the Death Star plans over Toprawa, a dark memory that haunted the agency for several years after the Death Star's destruction at Yavin IV.
The Intelligence and Security Bureau are literally trying to kill each other; their rivalry is that intense. Action must be taken!
—Emperor Palpatine to Darth Vader
In 19 BBY, the Clone Wars came to a close with the execution of Order 66 and the slaughter of Jedi during Operation: Knightfall. The self-appointed Galactic Emperor Palpatine announced the reorganization of the many millennia old Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire. The Republic Intelligence was restored as the Imperial Intelligence, and the large Security Bureau was created to defend Imperial interests without the use of the Imperial Armed Forces. However, about nine or ten months into their creation and the reign of the Empire, the twin agencies become such rivals that they went as far as assassinating each others members. Palpatine, realizing something must be done, took action.
He understood their natural rivalry but did not know it would go that far. Deeming the members of those agencies "incompetents", he decided to create a whole new organization all together, before something even worse could happen, such as an attempted coup. Rallying the Imperial High Council, Army Command, and Naval Command, he announced a non-corrupt, non-rivalrous State Security Committee, which would take on the role of being the secret police, and would also be responsible for taking down rebellions on various planets, being in charge of the Empire's domestic security. Specifically, the Committee was responsible for assassinations, counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, and policing. Unlike the minor Imperial Bureau of Investigation, a small agency responsible for general law enforcement, they would take a quicker and more direct approach at enforcing the Empire's many laws, not requiring warrants or clearing from judicial authorities as the IBI did and being able to arrest suspected criminals, attack enemy installations, and assassinate enemies without approval.
The creation was reluctantly approved by the High Council and Commands, not that they had much of a choice. However, they were all well aware of the corruption and rivalry of the Intelligence and ISB. Palpatine decided to appoint Colonel General Vladimir Koslov, a veteran of the Clone Wars and the Grand Army of the Republic, to be the Director of the SSC. He agreed, being an official of the Republic Cheka, the Republic's secret police, for about a year, during the Separatist Crisis. Palpatine left the work to him. He began to appoint his own officers, laying out organizational plans, and started recruitment.
The organization took months of work to set up. Various candidates for training were picked put from Storm Commandos, Imperial Internal Troops, Imperial Special Forces, and other already elite units. They were trained on various planets across the galaxy, having no official academy set up. In fact, part of the cadets' training was to help Imperial work crews construct the Zaadja State Security Committee Academy, on the world of Zaadja in the Colonies. More recruits were enrolled in the Academy after it was finished and the first batch of trainees was fully trained and assigned to one of the five directorates.
Imperial Period CampaignsEdit
My agents report that Gizor Dellso is currently hiding out with his droid army at an abandoned CIS factory on Mustafar.
—Colonel General Koslov in a report to the Moff Council
In the years leading up to the Battle of Yavin IV, the agency engaged in aiding the Imperial Armed Forces in eliminating planetary resistances and active remnants of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The State Security was small at the time, so their efforts were limited. However, they did engage in at least one assault on Separatist forces, when their spies managed to infiltrate Geonosian Gizor Dellso's remnant, which was hiding out on the volcanic world of Mustafar. When the 501st Legion attacked the planet with the Imperial Navy, the infiltrators on the surface sabotaged several areas of the battle droid factories, halting production and reducing the number of enemy troops the 501st would have to face. They were credited by the Emperor for their actions and the State Security received its first major success.
As an internal security agency, the Committee was tasked in 17 BBY to work in unison with the Imperial Ministry of Defense, Imperial Customs & Immigration, and the Imperial Drug Control Agency to halt the flow of contraband, Outer Rim Territories war refugees, poor beggars, criminals, and enemy spies to the Core Worlds and the Deep Core. The assignment went on over several years and was met with semi-success. It was nearly impossible to end the illegal smuggling and immigration entirely, though the levels of it dropped significantly over the years.
Around 15 BBY, the State Security was responsible for guarding important facilities, such as the Coruscant Spaceport. At one point, it was attacked by Black Sun hit men posing as Hutt Cartel terrorists; Prince Xizor wishing to frame the Hutts for the attack and turning the Empire against them. The terrorists easily overpowered the lightly armed Coruscant Spaceport Security personnel and started firing on civilians. The Intelligence Service, aware of Xizor's plan via sources in his inner circle, reported it before the emergency forces did, and so a strike team of Operations Service commandos was sent in to stop them. After an hour, the terrorists were dead, but the Committee was highly criticized because of the high hostage death toll.
In 12 BBY, Committee troopers, acting on orders of Homeworld Security Command, broke up a riot near the Emperor's palace in Imperial City with the assistance of the Coruscant Guard. They used lethal force, killing nearly one hundred protestors. Palpatine simply commented later on HoloNet news that they did what was justified; the protestors would have reached the palace and killed him. The Galactic Senate reluctantly listened to the lie.
By 2 BBY, there was much hatred towards the Emperor and Imperial rule in general. Darth Vader, plotting to secretly rally up dissidents and have them eliminated, recruited a secret apprentice, Galen Marek, codenamed Starkiller, to do it for him covertly. The State Security ran into him several times, but failed to stop him. First, he killed Committee personnel, when Rahm Kota's militia attacked a the TIE fighter construction facility, which ended up being destroyed. Later, Security personnel part of the Felucia garrison were mowed down by him in his mission to kill Maris Brood. On Kashyyyk, several State Security officials were observing the subjugation of the Wookiees, and were killed by Marek when he went after the base commander.
Galactic Civil WarEdit
You Rebel scum!
Around 1 BBY, the declaration of rebellion was announced by Senator Bail Prestor Organa, marking the start of the Rebellion and the formation of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. The Committee's first major operation, taking place in the early days of the Galactic Civil War, was to find the location of the Rebel base. After months of endless, delicate work, they were able to uncover that the base was Dantooine. When Imperial scouts arrived, however, they found the base had been long abandoned.
The agency's great failure came later in 0 BBY. When a Rebel strike team took over a communications outpost on Toprawa, they managed to transmit the stolen Death Star plans to a Rebel Navy blockade runner. As the data was transmitting, the joint forces of State Security and Galactic Empire Special Operations Command attempted to break into the outpost to stop the transmission, but were held up and did not make it in time, thus Princess Leia Organa Solo was able to get away with them to Tatooine. After the defeat, the whole agency held their breath to see what the Rebels would do with the plans. When the Death Star was destroyed in the legendary Battle of Yavin IV, they were disgraced.
At about 1 ABY the Committee sent an expeditionary force to aid Death Squadron with their subjugation of the aquatic world of Mon Calamari. The State Security troops there ended up preforming counterinsurgency operations across the planet, against Mon Cal rangers. They were stationed on the world until the Alliance liberated the planet much later.
During the Battle of Hoth, State Security personnel were present aboard several Death Squadron Star Destroyers. Some SSC investigators later were sent down to the Hoth surface to scout the base for any possible information of where the Rebel fleet would rally after their defeat. They came up with no results. The scientists of the SSC came up with an astounding discovery in 3 ABY. The ones observing other galaxies through incredibly powerful telescopes on Moorja found a Hypermassive black hole that was slowly edging towards the known galaxy. It was scheduled to reach the galaxy around 40 ABY. This discovery alarmed many Committee officers, and ordered the scientists to keep it secret. Palpatine was informed, but for some reason he did not seem concerned by it and said no action would be taken.
After the Battle of Endor in 5 ABY, resulting in the deaths of Palpatine and Vader, the State Security remained loyal to Grand Vizier Sate Pestage for the six months he held the throne. During that time, knowing he was the rightful heir, the Committee announced they were fully backing him and went out of their way to assassinate traitors such as Grand Admiral Zsinj, who didn't recognize Pestage as the new Emperor. However, after Pestage was overthrown, the Committee just served whoever had the best claim, such as Natasi Daala.
Operation Shadow HandEdit
When Palpatine returned in a clone body around 10 ABY, the State Security flocked to his side as he ordered the Imperial Navy to retreat to the Deep Core. As the New Republic spread out further and more thinly into abandoned Imperial territory in the Outer Rim Territories, the State Security was used to assassinate Republic leaders on Coruscant and other Core Worlds, which were left virtually undefended. When Palpatine and the Empire reemerged from the Deep Core to reclaim the Core Worlds, SSC personnel provided security to newly occupied worlds, allowing the Imperial Army to focus more on fighting the Republic instead of domestic affairs.
After the death of the Emperor at Da Soocha, it was found that they failed to prevent the weakening of the clone bodies by former Royal Guard Carnor Jax. However, the Emperor died again at his throne world of Byss in 11 ABY, and the Empire fell apart again. The SSC split up for the first, but not last, time between various warlords. They were reunited later by Admiral Pelleon of the Imperial Remnant.
Yuuzhan Vong InvasionEdit
Around 25 ABY, the Yuuzhan Vong invaded the galaxy. During the war, State Security carried out assassinations of many Yuuzhan Vong government and military officials. After the New Republic lost their capital, the SSC fought in the Liberation of Coruscant and ended up freeing the world from the Vong oppressors. Commandos stormed the Vong operation command centre in the Imperial Palace and massacred their high command, leaving the Yuuzhan troops with no direct leadership. At the end of the war, the SSC was commended for its efforts.
Imperial Civil WarEdit
In 130 ABY, Darth Krayt and his Sith followers committed a coup against Roan Fel, the rightful emperor, and thus began the Imperial Civil War. During the war, the SSC splintered for the second time; one faction, the large main one, supported the Fel Empire, and a smaller one supported the New Imperium of Darth Krayt.
During the War, the SSC actively engaged in offensive operations. The battles of Sarapin, Geonosis, and Bastion were Fel victories thanks to the SSC. They worked closely with the Imperial Knights during the War.
The Committee was formed from five directorates, or branches, that were each responsible for carrying out different types of operations. They were trained in separate tasks, though different directorates constantly worked together and occasionally relied on each other during operations, eliminating and preventing any sort of rivalries that members of the Intelligence and the Security Bureau had. The State Security was usually used to preform the tasks that those two agencies were intended for, but also carried out Palpatine's wishes, including taking out incompetent Moffs and other officials/officers.
Operations Service (First Directorate)Edit
Imperial commandos have breached the lower level! Second Level Security, they're coming your way!
—Rebel officer at Echo Base
The Operations Service, also called Ops, was the largest and most active directorate within State Security. They carried out general operations, and constantly worked jointly with the other directorates on a variety of missions across the galaxy. They were known as the least trained branch of the Committee, but was also the oldest. It's operatives were drawn from the best stormtroopers, shadowtroopers, and Imperial Commandos. Operations used some of the most advanced technology in the Empire.
Analysis Service (Second Directorate)Edit
Reliable… unreliable… reliable… unreliable…
—An analyst checking data
The Analysis Service, nicknamed the Overseers, was the directorate responsible for analyzing, decoding, and organizing information collected by the Intelligence Service and the outer network of spies. Their basic job was to determine wether the data collected was reliable, decoding it, and find out what it says. It was notorious for being the most boring directorate, but was one of the most important and high-paying. They usually did not work in the field, but examined the information in labs and other locations.
Intelligence Service (Third Directorate)Edit
The Empirical cannot be tracked by even the Emperor's own spy network.
—Darth Vader referring to the Third Directorate
The Intelligence Service, also called Intel, was the directorate responsible for espionage on behalf of the State Security. It was created mainly due to the fact that the Imperial Intelligence was corrupt and it was no guarantee that the information provided was accurate. The Service was made up of spies, placed deep under cover, as well as infiltrators who were sent onto quicker, more straightforward assignments. The data provided by them was reviewed by the Analysis Service before it was given to the Armed Forces. As analysts recalled, the Intelligence Service's data was not always accurate either.
Counterintelligence Service (Fourth Directorate)Edit
They feed you lies like you would feed a dog.
—A Sith agent, circa 135 ABY
The Counterintelligence Service, nicknamed the Manipulators, was the organization that eliminated any spies in the State Security and other Imperial agencies, but not before loading them with false information, something they were notorious for. They were regarded as some of the best hackers in the galaxy by several factions, including the Rebel Alliance Intelligence Agency. As a result, anyone wanting to join the directorate had to have a great knowledge of computers and had to go through advanced training in holoprogramming.
Investigation Service (Fifth Directorate)Edit
Freeze! Imperial secret police!
The Investigative Service was the directorate that specialized specifically in law enforcement and criminal investigation. They were known to do background checks on top Imperial officials as well. It was the only directorate that worked for the safety of civilians, and was also trained for the occasional Search and Rescue. The Investigation Service had much presence in the Core, but also in the Expansion Region, Inner Rim Territories and Mid Rim.
The Committee used a mixture of ranks, most of them being army-type ranks.
|Committee Rank||Roles and Responsibilities|
|Agent Trainee||Enrolled in the SSC academy through a contract. Rank is held until graduation, though afterwards, different ranks are usually given to graduates depending on their performance.|
|Junior Agent||A rank given by default to graduates of the academy, hold the rank for six months after graduation until next promotion.|
|Agent||A rank given by default to Junior Agents six months after their graduation, considered as the 'standard rank' of the Committee.|
|Senior Agent||A rank awarded either after preforming notably well in an operation or by default six months after promotion to Agent.|
|Special Agent||An honorary rank awarded to those who preform very well in an operation.|
|Lance Corporal||One of the senior enlisted ranks.|
|Corporal||One of the senior enlisted ranks, usually leads a number of agents during operations.|
|Staff Corporal||The last enlisted rank, awarded by default after one and a half years of service.|
|Specialist||An honorary rank for personnel who preform outstanding tasks.|
|Junior Sergeant||The first non-commissioned officer rank.|
|Sergeant||The second NCO rank, considered the first "non-noob" NCO rank.|
|Staff Sergeant||The third NCO rank, given by default after three years of service.|
|Senior Sergeant||Another NCO rank, considered the first rank with authority.|
|Gunnery Sergeant||The fifth NCO rank.|
|Advanced Sergeant||Honorary rank awarded to lower ranking personnel who complete 20 missions.|
|Master Sergeant||The first "high" NCO rank.|
|Command Sergeant||The last regular NCO rank.|
|Sergeant Major||An honorary rank given to sergeants who showed incredible leadership ability.|
|Sub-Lieutenant||The first commissioned officer rank.|
|Junior Lieutenant||A rank given to Sub-Lieutenants when the show acceptable leadership ability.|
|Lieutenant||A rank given after one successful mission as a Jr. Lt.|
|Senior Lieutenant||The last lieutenant rank.|
|Lieutenant Captain||The junior captain rank.|
|Captain Grade One||The first regular captain rank.|
|Captain Grade Two||The second regular captain rank.|
|Captain Grade Three||The last captain rank.|
|Lieutenant Colonel||The junior colonel rank, many get their careers frozen at this one.|
|Colonel||A senior officer rank, considered as the first high command rank.|
|Senior Colonel||An honorary rank given after being a colonel for two years.|
|Brigadier||A rank held by candidates for general.|
|Brigadier General||A sort of junior general rank.|
|Major General||The first regular general rank.|
|Lieutenant General||The second in commands of the Committee.|
|Colonel General||The director of the State Security Committee.|
The State Security had presence on thousands of worlds around the galaxy, mainly in the Core Worlds, Deep Core, and Colonies. Every major Imperial world had local SSC office, with agents from all five directorates present.
- Anaxes - The planet was the site of a major Imperial academy, so the SSC had an office here.
- Coruscant - As the galactic Capitol, the State Security Committee Headquarters was located on the planet. Countless smaller offices were in every section of the city.
- Balmorra - Since the planet was very rebellious in the early days of the Empire, the SSC kept several offices on the planet.
- Fondor - It was the site of a major shipyard, so the SSC had a heavy presence on the world for security reasons.
- Byss - As one of Palpatine's favorite planets, and a Deep Core world, it had a heavy SSC presence.
- Vulpter - Another Deep Core world with an SSC office.
- Kuat - The site of the famous Kuat Drive Yards, it had several offices and space stations for security purposes.
- Moorja - A small planet with a base on it.
- Murkhana - The location of a temporary training camp used by the SSC.
- Felucia - An office was made here after Maris Brood's attempt to take over the Felucians with the Dark Side of the Force.
- Zaadja - The site of the Zaadja State Security Committee Academy, the SSC's largest institution.
- Nal Hutta - Had an office here to deal with Hutt-related affairs.
- Utapau - The Emperor kept a secret storehouse on the planet, and SSC agents were part of the protection detail.
- Haruun Kal - A small world with a monitoring base.
- Hoth - The organization made a small outpost not far from the ruins of Echo Base.
- Mygeeto - After a Rebel presence was discovered, the SSC established an office there.
- 47 Ursae Majoris - The world had the largest spaceport in the galaxy, with millions of tons of cargo landing and departing the spaceport. SSC had a security base there.
- Nar Shaddaa - An outpost was made here in a frail attempt to end the high crime rate.
- Centax 2 - The moon of Coruscant, several laboratories were located here for dark experiments.
Behind the ScenesEdit
The author is of Russian origin, and decided to make a KGB-based organization in Star Wars. State Security Committee was what the abbreviation KGB stood for. Currently, the KGB has been replaced by different intelligence agencies, such as the FSB of Russia and the SZRU of Ukraine. However, the Republic of Belarus is the only country that kept its intelligence agency name KGB.