While specifics of our activities on Earth are for the most part highly classified, the following will bring the reader up to date on the basics of the ongoing Project Terra program.
Alliance field operatives
As would be expected, our operatives are concentrated in the nations that are "major players" in world affairs.
As of 12 June 2008, the number of operatives in those countries are as follows (1000+ only):
38 other countries have operatives at work, but the counts range from 812 to 177. Those countries are being monitored, but they play little or no active role in matters that Project Terra is addressing. The ones listed above are all involved in Omegan-related activities.
At one time, there were as many as 22,800 Alliance operatives in the US alone. However, your technological progress over the last 20 years (with a little "help"), especially in communications and computers, has provided us with the ability to combat the Omegan forces far more efficiently with far fewer field ops. The primary reason is that the Omegans have embraced it to make their activities less taxing on their comparatively limited resources.
In doing so, they provided us with a way to "wiretap" their operations. By using data and communication systems that are compatible with those of Earth, they have exposed a weak spot in their armor. To be sure, their encryption methods are superlative, but the 140 Alliance cryptologists assigned to Earth are up to the challenge. One section of the CalComp computer facility has been devoted to the sole function of dealing with Omegan encryption methods.
They are aware that given time, we can crack any encryption that they can create. And they in turn are playing the game by constantly altering their codes. It has become a contest. One method that they employ is sending portions of communications over numerous routes. We can monitor all those routes and accumulate the parts, but the challenge is assembling them in the correct sequence and then decrypting the whole.
To say that it is time-consuming is to grossly understate it. Even with our computers, it involves many hours, There is a considerable respect in our cryptology group for their Omegan peers, and it is most likely shared on the Omegans' side. They are scientists. In a different reality, they would spend long hours in lively discussions and camaraderie.
Omegan field operatives
Since the topic of this portion is operatives, it is reasonable to provide an overview of the Omegan counterpart.
In terms of headcount, they vastly outnumber us. We of course have no reliable figures, but our analysts estimate no less than 500,000 of them worldwide, with at least a third of them in the United States. Unlike the Alliance team, which is primarily devoted to covert action within your society, the majority of Omegan field ops are what you would call "enforcers", with some estimates placing their numbers as high as 70%. They are engaged in deep-cover activity within your governments, militaries and scientific fields, but the Omegan SOP is to deal with their opponents swiftly, violently and without mercy.
This is alien to Alliance practices, and we are at a distinct disadvantage. The Omegans' routine murdering of anyone whom they capture keeps our ops in a constant state of alertness and caution. After a time, that can take a heavy psychological toll on them. For that reason, field ops are assigned on a rotating basis, with an average of two months in the front lines and one month in non-confrontational activities. There are some with higher levels of resistance and stamina, but we ask no more of them.
We find that there is a considerably higher percentage of enforcers in military fields than in government or science. One supposes that it is reasonable to expect it, given the nature of the occupation. That knowledge does not make our task easier, and Alliance ops have been killed in university and corporate settings.
At this point, we must introduce another group into the equation. The following information was provided to Bob in 1988 and updated on 1 January 2007. We have asked him to quote it here.
In a letter to Gabriel Green dated 23 October 1983, this info was provided by us:
The Alliance has had informal contact with the Syndicate since that was written, and they have indirectly confirmed our analysis of almost 25 years ago. They are not interested in a military encounter with the Alliance, which has grown far more powerful since then.
The elision in the quoted text above is due to a reference that later proved to be grossly in error. We asked Bob to delete it.
Despite the setbacks and handicaps, the Alliance is confident of eventual victory. We have on our side the fact that the Omegan program on Earth is over two centuries old, and they have invested vast resources here. Thus they are zealously avoiding any action that would expose them to your people or merit direct Alliance action against them. That would of course wipe out their centuries of work and result in massive, possibly unrecoverable damage to their operations on other worlds. An Alliance response here would be extended to them as well. The result would be a bloody war that would ultimately result in their destruction as a military force if not as a whole.
One other factor dominates their thinking: if the Syndicate abandons them, they are lost. They are many things, but the Omegans are not fools.
This is not by any means a soon-to-be-resolved situation. Both sides are in it for the "long haul". It will take years and perhaps decades to achieve the release of Earth from the Omegan death-grip. However, the stakes are so high that it must be brought to a definitive conclusion. Compromises and truces are not options. This is a winner-takes-all situation, and the Alliance does not accept defeat.
The Omegan influence on your world will be felt for years to come. They will if anything grow bolder and more dangerous as you develop new technologies that will aid their program to create a mighty fighting force for the conquest of peaceful worlds.
Expect to see militarism increase as you are steered in the direction that your Omegan masters want you to travel. As we pointed out, their program relies on maintaining worldwide tension and unrest while you are pressed into their evil mold. A world at peace is a poor candidate for becoming an interstellar army.
That concludes this report. No further communications of this type will occur unless the situation changes sufficiently to merit updates. Suffice it to say that the people of Earth are incapable of direct opposition to the Omegans. Any attempt to confront them will be a fatal error. They need you, but they don't like or respect you. If you annoy them, they will kill you. Let us fight the battle. Be content with knowing what is going on.
Va i luce eno nol si unir.
Elder Master KALEN-LI RETAN
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