Shadowrun: Remnants of the Red State
Troops are used according to the Security Protocol, which determines the involvement of several government sanctioned security troops.
- Petrovsky Security
Petrovsky Security is known as a subsidiary of Mitsuhama. They focus on small business and keeping order among the public. They are manpower heavy, trying to keep a presence where the taxpayers live. They are armed to maintain order, not fight trained professionals. The have full police authorization.
- Knight Errant
Knight Errant are the elite corps among the multiple security firms in Moscow. While most corporations have their own personal high threat response unit, Knight Errant fill the role of law enforcement, when Petrovsky Security can’t handle it on their own. Gang wars or worse, you can expect Knight Errant to enforce the law. They too have the right to act as police, with full authorization, with a few exceptions that are private grounds (megacorporations, government institutions and Petrovsky Security).
- Winter System
Winter System provides most, if not all of the security devices implemented in public areas as well as a multitude of government owned sites and locations. Winterfox devices play a key role in the checkpoints between Moscow and the rest of the world, as well as the boundaries between upper and lower Moscow.
- Military Army (Federal Guard)
The Federal Guard is the name of the Russian military machine. It consists of the three branches Suhoputnye voyska Rossiyskoy Federatsii (army), Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily Rossii (air force) and Voyenno-Мorskoy Flot Rossiyskoy Federatsii (navy). According to the disarmament treaties of 2041 the Federal Guard is a pure defense force limited to a strength of 1 000 000 soldiers. The army is well-trained and -equipped, cyberware is common among officers.
- Red Quard
The Red Quard is the countries military and secret police. It’s the section of the military solely responsible for policing the areas of responsibility of the armed forces (referred to as provosts) against all criminal activity by Military or Civilian personnel. Instead of transparently enforcing the rule of law and being subject to public scrutiny as ordinary police agencies do, secret police organizations are specifically intended to operate beyond and above the law in order to suppress political dissent through clandestine acts of terror and intimidation (such as kidnapping, coercive interrogation, torture, internal exile, forced disappearance, and assassination) targeted against political enemies of the ruling authority.
- Federal State Commissariat
The FSC, an initialism for Federal State Commissariat is the main security agency for the Federal Russian State. Formed in 2035, as a direct successor of such preceding agencies as the Cheka, NKGB, MGB and KGB, the committee was attached to the Council of Three. It was the chief government agency of “union-republican jurisdiction”, acting as internal security, intelligence, and secret police. The FSC was a military service and was governed by army laws and regulations, similar to the Federal Guard. Its main functions were foreign intelligence, counterintelligence, operative-investigatory activities, guarding the State Border of the FRS, guarding the leadership of the Central Committee and the Russian Government, organization and ensuring of government communications as well as combating nationalism, dissent, and anti-Russian activities.
- Matrix Authority’s Grid Overwatch Division (GOD)
The Grid Overwatch Division of the Corporate Court Matrix Authority is responsible for hands-on policing of the international Matrix. Individual officers of GOD, called G-Men, are highly-skilled deckers drawn from the ranks of the AAA Corporate Court members. GOD’s primary function is to investigate matrix crimes that impact multiple megacorporations, including claims of intercorporate sabotage. They are reported to have a great deal of autonomy and often patrol public nodes when not investigating a specific crime.
- The Right Hand
The Right Hand is a rumored elite black-ops division of GOD that tracks threats to the matrix and is tasked with preventing another crash.
- Vector Matrix Services (VMS)
A few changes in the new Matrix was that to get on to the Matrix a user has to use a Matrix Service Provider’s Grid. For low income users, there is still the free Public Grid which is much more unreliable and is said to be the “barrens” of the Matrix.
Each Grid now had a demiGOD, an agent of GOD whose sole purpose is to monitor illegal Matrix activity. All illegal activity will now flag a user with OS (Overwatch Score). Once a user’s OS hits a certain threshold the demiGOD begins a process called convergence, which reboots a user’s persona (dumping them from the Matrix) and reports their physical location to the grid’s authorities.
- Mitsuhama Research Unit 13
Mitsuhama Research Unit 13 is one of Mitsuhama’s foremost magical security wagemage groups. They are part of MCT’s internal security operations, and serve as a “magical SWAT team” when the corporation’s assets are threatened by magical activity. Unit 13 often uses spot checks of mind probes and control manipulations to “validate” potentially vulnerable employees, and maintains astral overwatch of sensitive MCT research. They are wholly loyal to MCT, with success being the greatest measure of status.
These initiate magicians have seen it all and act as premier magical research and security forces for MCT. Very few people outside of MCT have seen them in operation, and even fewer have lived to talk about it.
- Tugarin Zmeyevich Department, 54th Division
The Federal Guards personal magic users. They are made up of magical able prisoners. The division is named after the myth of Tugarin Zmeyevich. Tugarin Zmey is a mythical creature in East European bylinas and fairy tales, which personifies evil and cruelty and appears in the form of a bogatyr of a dragon-like nature. The Tugarin Zmeyevich capture and torture magical users until they are obedient to every demand that can be made. The Tugarin Zmeyevich hunt for every kind of magical source that they believe to be valuable. The Tugarin Zmeyevich teps up when Mitsuhama Research Unit 13 fails to achieve results.