Beyond the Stars
Galactic Information Service
The Galactic Information Service, colloquially GaInServ, has a fair innocuous name that suggests that it is a publicity arm of the Federation or perhaps a news reporting agency. What GaInServ actually represents is something vastly more powerful than that.
GaInServ is the intelligence gathering arm of the Federation. To be put more plainly, they are spies. The mission of GaInServ is to serve as the “early warning” system for potential threats to the stability of the Federation. How GaInServ accomplishes this mission is not known; in fact, beyond the existence of this agency, not much else is public record. Even within Federation government and military circles, GaInServ is regarded as a “black box” with opaque inner workings. Not even the full budget or staff size of the agency is known outside of a few beings. What is known is that the intelligence shared by the agency is usually of immensely high quality and disquietingly extensive.
The secretive nature of the agency ensures that speculation regarding the agency runs wild among those who are even aware of its existence. Some claim that the agency has detailed files on every being in the known galaxy in its databases. Other rumors claim that GaInServ is a shadow government within the government, using its immense information gathering network to ensure that members of Parliament legislate in ways that advance its own agenda. Others whisper darker rumors that GaInServ goes beyond intelligence gathering when it comes to protecting the interests of the Federation and that it uses extortion, blackmail, assault, kidnapping, torture and even assassination to ensure galactic stability. No substantive proof of these rumors has been given but the conspiracy theorists note that if GaInServ is the organization it is rumored to be, there wouldn’t be much evidence that couldn’t be “cleaned up” to preserve its reputation.