Crown Intelligence and Security Agency

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His Imperial Majesty's

Crown Intelligence and Security Agency





Legal Status:

Answerable to the Crown only




Carolus XIII Vasa


Albaros Vasa, Duke of Vurgos



The Crown Intelligence Security Agency (CISA) is the preeminent intelligence organization of New Sarovia. Established in 2016, it traces its origins back to the early days of the New Sarovian Empire when it operated under the moniker Sarovian Intelligence Service (SIS) during the reign of Emperor Constantine III. CISA has since evolved into a formidable entity with a covert mandate, wielding significant influence both domestically and internationally.

The Crown Intelligence Security Agency operates as an integral component of the Privy Council Intelligence Committee, maintaining a distinct independence from the elected government, specifically the Imperial Parliament. This autonomy is a deliberate design to ensure that intelligence operations are shielded from the ebbs and flows of political shifts, safeguarding the agency's continuity and focus on its overarching mission, and safeguarding the powers directly in the Crown.

Mandate[edit | edit source]

The Crown Intelligence Security Agency is a dual-faceted intelligence agency, responsible for both foreign and domestic intelligence operations. Its allegiance lies solely with the reigning Emperor, operating beyond the direct purview of elected officials. This unique positioning grants the Crown Intelligence Security Agency unparalleled authority in executing intelligence activities without the encumbrance of political interference.

History[edit | edit source]

One of the earliest chapters in the annals of the Crown Intelligence Security Agency (then known as SIS) unfolded during the Aurean Crisis of 2016-2017. As the Sarovian Empire faced external threats from Aurea, SIS emerged as the safeguard of the realm. Tasked with protecting the Empire, SIS' operatives demonstrated prowess in thwarting Aurean attempts to destabilize the Sarovian regime and performing counterintelligence missions. In a covert operation of unprecedented scale, SIS orchestrated a series of clandestine missions to steal the closely guarded secrets of nuclear weapons from Aurea. The agency's operatives not only successfully absconded with invaluable intelligence but also executed a bold move by "disappearing" the Aurean nuclear chief, plunging the enemy into disarray. Subsequently, SIS took control of Sarovian nuclear weapons, orchestrating strategic strikes on key enemy nations, thereby reshaping the geopolitical landscape.

During the reign of Carolus XII Vasa, the agency underwent a significant transformation, transitioning from the Sarovian Intelligence Service (SIS) to the Crown Intelligence Security Agency (CISA). This rebranding symbolized a shift in the agency's scope, strategy, and operational capabilities, marking the beginning of a new era for CISA. The New Sarovian Empire engaged in a war against Imperia and their intelligence agencies. Operating in the shadows, CISA's counterintelligence efforts included targeted assassinations, mysterious disappearances, and the strategic dissemination of information to turn the public against the enemy. The agency effectively neutralized Imperian intelligence threats, ensuring the protection of Sarovian interests and preserving the empire's sovereignty, but at a great cost.

The Crown Intelligence Security Agency played a pivotal yet elusive role during the Jacobite Rebellion. The exact nature of the agency's involvement remains obscured, but the Intelligence Committee has announced over thirty-two Intelligence Reports were written for the Crown, near a quarter of all known Intelligence Reports since 2016. Unsubstantiated reports suggest that CISA's covert operations influenced the rebellion's downfall, but the agency's true impact remains veiled in secrecy.

Organisation[edit | edit source]

One of the defining characteristics of CISA is the shroud of secrecy that envelops its operations. Persistent rumors and speculation surround CISA, suggesting involvement in covert activities such as government changes, regime shifts, and clandestine operations involving assassinations and disappearances. These allegations, however, remain largely unconfirmed, contributing to the enigma that surrounds the agency.

Legally, CISA is considered a military unit with its own Standing Orders, but explicitly separate from the Minister of Defence. It is known that the unit has exactly one battle honour - Çiotte - High Sarovian for "everywhere". The unit does not have an official motto but unofficially, the motto of the Agency is "everything is legal and anything goes."

CISA is known to routinely have 5-10 members at a minimum at all times, and outsource much of its work to other organisations and individuals for protection. Under the reign of Constantine IX Vasa, CISA was expanded and some information was published for the first time. It is known that the Crown Intelligence and Security Agency consists of six departments:

  • Section No.1 - Administrative
  • Section No.2 - Cartography
  • Section No.3 - Logistics
  • Section No.4 - Counterintelligence
  • Section No.5 - Operations
  • Section No.6 - Research & Development

As of 312 AS, Carolus XIII Vasa has created a brand new organisation known as the Royal & Imperial Executive Director - otherwise known as the Rosecuizo. The position wields extreme power, unrestricted by any government agency. The title of Rosecuizo is a viceregal position, equal in status to a Governor-General on a table of precedence, and serves as a direct representative of the Emperor's will on the intelligence scene, and is addressed as Your Excellency.

Controversy and Legality[edit | edit source]

The Crown Intelligence Security Agency (CISA) is not without its share of controversy, stemming primarily from the secretive nature of its operations and the absence of formal legal frameworks governing its existence. The clandestine maneuvers executed by CISA, while often successful, have raised ethical and legal questions that continue to linger in the public consciousness. One of the primary sources of controversy surrounding CISA is the absence of explicit legal guidelines defining the scope of its authority and the limits of its actions. Critics argue that the lack of legal formalization leaves the agency unchecked, potentially enabling abuses of power and undermining the principles of transparency and accountability that are integral to democratic governance.

The covert operations undertaken by CISA, such as the alleged theft of nuclear secrets from Aurea and subsequent strategic strikes, have stirred ethical debates. Critics question the moral standing of such actions, arguing that extra-judicial operations and targeted disappearances raise serious concerns by other countries and entities.

A source of controversy came in early 2022 when it was revealed CISA agents informally referred to themselves as "ASIO" - the Australian intelligence agency, based off the following song. Constantine IX, while a fan of the song, considered the reference unprofessional and sacked six members of the Agency.