“Most of the intelligence services in Europe and America are staffed by amateurs and talented dilettantes. It makes them interesting and oftimes entertaining, but seldom effective. Some, like the Okhrana, spend more time killing their own men than gathering intelligence. The British Empire is served by men and women with cold hearts and sharp minds. This is why we are feared, this is why we shall prevail.”
Lady Grey, induction speech to new recruits.
The greatest Empire the world has ever known did not become so by force of arms alone. Nor did its ruthless mercantile houses like the ‘Honourable’ East India Company make it so. It became an empire because it trained its elite to lead in all fields. It educated them in the halls of Eton and Harrow to understand the minds of great men such as Julius Caesar, Pompey, Crassus, Socrates and Machiavelli. It made them pitiless to their inferiors and willing to take all such steps as are considered necessary and expedient for the greater glory of the Empire.
Beneath the veneer of military glory and commercial success is an organisation that takes imperial diplomacy one step further, the Secret Service Bureau. This is the cutting edge of the British Imperial razor and woe be to those whose names enter their files as a threat. As such threats that are eliminated by the Grey Section of the SSB, by any means necessary.
You will find the complete description and details of the SSB in the bonus materials section. This was originally published in Issue 70 of Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy magazine.