UEN Spec Ops
“The attack was brutal, merciless and quick.” One of the hostages saved reported. “UEN forces knew where to strike and what to do. They seemed to know exactly where we were kept and I am also fairly certain that most of the defensive systems of the station were taken down just minutes before the attack. And it is not like the pirates were sloppy, in fact for the first few months after they took us hostage they seemed to be running a very tight operation, but it just seemed like once the UEN realized where they are, everything just fell to pieces. Sabotage, if you ask me.”
News report from 1165, interview with one of the rescued fringe colonists after UEN forces broke up the Perseus Sindicate, a notorious pirate gang that has been a scourge of fringe space for over 10 years.
While the bulk of the UEN armed forces relies on strict discipline and hierarchy, partially due to their massive numbers, there is an element within it that is not a typical division in both structure and function. Known as UEN Special Operations Division, or just Spec Ops, the official definition of the branch is “Gathering, interpreting and relaying intelligence to other divisions of the Armed Forces.”
The Spec Ops are considered a force to be reckoned with by most. Since their inception, the branch has relentlessly innovated and refined their methods and technology. Many innovations that are now common place in the entire UEN were prototyped or sometimes even designed from the ground up by the Spec Ops. While their field operatives are perhaps the most notorious and well known members of the branch, they employ a wide field of data analysts, tacticians, engineers and more to provide top-to-bottom coverage of anything that requires covert or overt action related to intelligence or counter intelligence.
The Spec Ops also exist in the public of both UEN and GHA through various works of fiction, featuring them as both honorable heroes and despicable villains. While their capabilities tend to be greatly exaggerated most of the time (typically focusing on near super human abilities of the Field Operatives, disregarding the fact that most covert operations are a highly coordinated team effort) the results of their actions as known by the public speak for themselves and the actual success rate of operations ran by the division are pretty much the same in both fiction and reality – around 95% of all operations ran by the Spec Ops ends with partial or complete success.
Special Operations are split to two major groups:
- Coordinated Intelligence, which operates mostly within the UEN itself and due to the stalemate and lack of contact between the two major human faction, currently mostly traces contraband and organized crime through the UEN itself.
- Field Intelligence, which operates in border and fringe territories and is often what most people from both factions refer to when they mention UEN Spec Ops. Field Intelligence is typically small, decentralized operative cells put in place for a specific goal and operating mostly outside of official jurisdiction or supervision (they are handled by Armed Forces officials and if they cross the line, recalled or eliminated however,) in the years following the Sigma War their operations are mostly targeted at pirates or other criminals threatening UEN fringe and border colonies.
Information for player Spec Op Characters:
All Spec Op characters must be UEN born and raised and must have been members of the UEN military beforehand, unless they are data analysts or handlers, in which case recruitment from outside the military is possible though relatively unusual.
All Spec Op operatives, no matter the position, need to be physically fit and have weapons training. Both need to be at an slightly above average level for operatives that typically do not see much field action. Field Operatives need to be in peak physical condition. It is possible that a non-field specialty would be used as a field operative if a given assignment would call for it or it would be needed for their cover.
Spec Op operatives would obviously not declare themselves as such unless it was clear form the get go that they are part of intelligence. They are highly scrutinized by their higher ups and usually have much less leeway in breaking the few rules that they actually have.
In exchange, Spec Op characters have access to specialized interrogation, data analysis, infiltration and deception techniques and training along with equipment. Spec Op characters can also access the vast database the the division has as long as they can maintain a secure subspace link or establish a drop/pickup location to post their queries.