Protecting the Republic, from within
The Ruusan Reformation brought great change to the Republic. The armies and navies of the galaxy were reduced dramatically, and the remaining Republic defenses—mostly the remnants of the Republic Navy—were absorbed into the newly created Judicial Forces. On more local levels, systems and sectors were allowed to possess minor defense fleets or guards, but each of these organizations were subject to the Judicial Forces. For better organization, the Judicial Forces were divided into numerous groups.
The largest organization in the Judicial Forces was the Republic Defense Force. This organization was responsible for basic defense of planets or systems that came under attack from outside the Republic. Most of these units were stationed at key strategic systems along hyperspace routes and near outposts along the Outer Rim. As a result, members of this organization were not highly visible to the public.
Another one of the largest, but most important organizations was the Republic Protectorate. Also called the Republic Investigative Bureau, it served as an organization that monitored and policed galaxy-wide criminal activity. This organization was created, in part, by the various special forces units that were policing the galaxy prior to the Ruusan Reformation. Under the reformed Republic law, the organization was centralized and organized under a leader who was appointed by the Senate.
Keeping the Government honest
While the Republic Protectorate was designed to monitor and investigate civilians, the Government Investigative Network, commonly known as GIN, was created to investigate criminal activity that was undertaken by or effected Republic governmental personnel. If a government official is believed to be involved in a crime, for example, the GIN would have jurisdiction over the case unless it originated with the Protectorate. In those instances, the GIN and Protectorate would work jointly, with the Protectorate as the lead team. Should the investigation involve a crime against a government official, the GIN was responsible for this investigation.
Due to the nature of the organization, the GIN primarily investigates crimes against members in the Judicial Forces, the largest branch of the Republic government. If the case is deemed non-consequential, it can be turned over to local authorities. Should a crime arise against an official in the Senate, the GIN has immediate jurisdiction. The case can be delegated to local authorities or the Protectorate, should it the other organization be better equipped.
The GIN employs about 3,700 beings, in all. The organization is run by a director, who oversees operations and reports directly to the head of the Judicial Forces. At times, the director may even be asked to report directly to the Supreme Chancellor. Under the director are around one hundred teams of three-to-seven beings who investigate crimes. About forty of these teams are stationed on Coruscant, the remainder stationed throughout the Republic.
A fearless leader
After working as a lead investigator in the Government Investigative Network and the Republic Protectorate for nearly twenty years, Pelmar Aiden was selected by then-Director Ula Rekovivnav to be her Assistant Director. Following Rekovivnav's retirement, one year later, Aiden was chosen by the Senate to be her replacement. He took the position in 711 BBY and continued Rekovivnav's focus of investigating an alarming number of Senate corruption allegations.
Over time, Aiden would develop a reputation of being an off-beat, aloof person who was not afraid to face politicians. There were at least three accounts of Aiden publicly scolding the Senate in the Senate chambers for not addressing corruption within their ranks. Most Senators, however, found his abrasive and aggressive nature a welcome change to the soft-spoken Rekovivnav. Nevertheless, Aiden was a quiet individual, outside of those rare instances, and often thought through extreme details, never leaving a stone unturned.