The Iraqi Republican Guard and Special Republican Guard. Also here . Note that the Iraqi leadership recruited from areas that were loyal to him through blood ties and the flow of resources to them from him. This pattern is repeated throughout history. The Republican Guard, an elite unto itself, did not commingle with SRG. The SRG was paid better than RG, divisions were actively fomented between RG and SRG formations.
|This is from a public CIA report on iraqi Intelligence & Security forces. Mukhabarat is Arab for "Intelligence"|
The GESTAPO and Schutzstaffel is too easy, so we go German with the Stasi. The Stasi represented perhaps the apex of the modern surveillance state before the digital age fully engulfed the world. It is estimated that 1 in 7 East Germans worked for Stasi either as payroll or as informants. It was a supremely effective and terrifying force, but even it could not stay the hands of time. Its headquarters in Berlin is now a museum of remembrance and research. They will be the subject of a future article, as it is this model that America seems most likely to pursue in my opinion. It is less direct than the over the top Iraqi SRG and similar forces, what it lacked in massed military firepower it more than made up for in social pervasiveness.
|Old school, analog social network analysis: https://www.propublica.org/documents/item/624275-stasi-page-5|
The Oprichniki ->NKVD -> KGB ->SVR... seems the Russians just can't get enough of this. Ivan the Terrible formed the Oprichniki as a force to sniff out and sweep away subversion. The symbols of that office were a dog's head and a broom. They were such sweethearts, they ran half of his empire as Ivan's personal property. They decimated the city of Novgorod. The follow on iterations are all effectively interchangeable, they all were brutal, had large military components separate from the regular forces and were utterly ruthless in carrying out duties. If America fails with a digital Stasi model, they will take this as the next option. Less subtle, but more certain if the population is "uppity".
|Felix says, "Be watchful and alert!"... shades of DHS "See Something, Say Something" campaign||.|
|Any Russian linguists interested in translating that?|
A brief thought... if you changed DHS title to "People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs", would its function change? What of those regional fusion centers?
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In The Dictator's Handbook, Bueno de Mesquita and Smith state five rules that leaders should use to stay in power: (1) The smaller the winning coalition the less people to satisfy to remain in control. (2) Having a large nominal selectorate gives a pool of potential people to replace deserters in coalition. (3) Maintain control of revenue flows to redistribute to your friends. (4) But only pay friends enough that they will not consider overthrowing you and at the same time little enough so that they depend on you. (5) Don't take your friends' money and redistribute it to the masses.-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selectorate_theory
In closing, tyrannical regimes have several different but similar paths to trod upon when they create regime protection/survival units. I suggest to you that you take your own observations from within your own sphere and ask, "is only a certain group getting promoted?" "Why?" That may be an issue of performance, or it may be driven by something less wholesome. They will often create rival units that will vie for the attention and resources of the Dear Leader. Anyone who has been through an airport recognizes the TSA arm of DHS as largely a jobs program for various streaks of cretins who can be assumed loyal to the regime (it gave them a job, meaning, a uniform and power... of course they'll vote for it in lockstep).
Candidates for Regime survival unit status are several. Look to the D.C. area, take your pick. Regime survival units by necessity must be essentially co-located. Marine barracks, 8th & I? CBIRF in Maryland? HMX-1 in Quantico? D.C. National Guard is probably the most ethnically homogeneous, politically monolithic military force in Washington, D.C. I frankly don't cheer this on, it makes the pit in my stomach howl.
Look inside your own units, your hierarchies of who and what happens. Look for the personal connections between the Officers and the politicians... it may be as simple as knowing they are both from the same city/town and have more than a passing history. Look for the hand picked proteges to pop up in PR photos at various progressive organizations and events. You will be surprised at who you will see with whom, and the steep rank gradient involved. Those operate as coded public declarations of "hands off". Go take a look at some various association web pages and newsletters and tell me I'm off base.
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