Statistics and Data Collection Group
|Tlapepexoniliztli Coyahualiztlimeh Olochtli|
Official Emblem of the TCLO
|Formed||February 10, 1969|
|Headquarters||Secretariat of Intelligence, Tequitinitlan|
|Employees||Classified (estimated around 8,700)|
|Parent department||Secretariat of Intelligence|
The Statistics and Data Collection Group, also known as the Tlapepexoniliztli Coyahualiztlimeh Olochtli or TCLO, is the main civilian intelligence agency of Zacapican and the sole component of the Secretariat of Intelligence. The positions of Director of the TCLO and the Secretary of Intelligence are frequently held by the same person, leading to control of the diverse operations of the TCLO to be delegated to high ranking deputies of the Secretary-Director. Together, the heads of each of the seven subdivisions of the TCLO form a de facto governing body of the agency informally known as the Teuctlatoa Chicomotequihuaque (lit. "Court of Seven Councilors") which oversees the TCLO and advises the their Director on new developments on a daily basis, as he or she will often be preoccupied with their duties as Secretary of Intelligence to maintain direct oversight personally. This also serves as a device for counter-espionage, as this unusual organizational structure creates a compartmentalized environment in which it can be difficult even for officers high in the ranks to access information not pertaining to their section within the TCLO, frustrating attempts at espionage by infiltration.
Rather unusually for an agency of its type and function, a majority of TCLO resources and indeed six of its seven sections are dedicated towards the gathering of statistics and other useful information that is not relevant to military operations or national security and is expressly collected in service of benign civilian elements and economic interests, occasionally as local as the Calpolli tier of the government. Only Section Seven of the TCLO preforms what could be described as normal or typical functions of an intelligence agency including espionage and covert actions. The TCLO and its parent organization the Zacapitec Secretariat of Intelligence are often highly interconnected with other organs of the government and even non-governmental organizations or groups through which they may gather information to suit their purposes, which is particularly prevalent among the civically oriented sections of the TCLO. Section Seven works closely with Zacapitec law enforcement on a national and local level, often doubling as a security agency as it maintains criminal databases and attempts to identify and track criminal suspects as well as known and suspected foreign agents alike, as these functions relate closely with the infrastructure that division already possesses.
TCLO Section One serves primarily as a cartographical organization which compiles extensive information regarding the physical geography of Zacapican and other areas of interest. This often involves a degree of geological expertise, and it is often remarked that a disproportionate number of Zacapitec geologists have a degree of security clearance by virtue of having at one point worked for the TCLO under Section One. This is regarded as one of the most "direct" divisions of the TCLO, as it commissions and conducts geographical surveys internally. Consequently, maps and other cartographical resources used in Zacapican, even regarding foreign countries and regions, are typically marked as originating from TCLO Tlaxolochtli Ce. The collection of highly detailed maps and charts describing the lands and seas within and without Zacapican are also of relatively obvious military interest and their centralized compilation within Section One makes them readily accessible for any purposes government officers may have for them.
Often working in concert with Sections One and Three, Section Two is the division of the TCLO tasked with monitoring land use and the exploitation of various natural resources. Section Two must preform analysis and gather information from a myriad of sources involved in local planning, economic development, and community management. This quality extends to urban environments as well, frequently putting Section Two TCLO officers in contact with city planners all across Zacapican. Information travels in both directions across this link, as Section Two is uniquely well positioned to advise local planners using the wealth of information at their disposal pertaining to successful and failed projects and plans employed by other developers and planners elsewhere in Zacapican and even abroad. Section Two is one of the least relevant TCLO divisions when it comes to national security and typical intelligence gathering.
Section Three is concerned with demographics and the movement and composition of groups within the population. It is one of the smallest TCLO sections as it primarily piggybacks off of the national census and often finds itself in the position of completing minor clerical tasks on behalf of local officials, namely cross referencing and verifying population data.
Section Four TCLO officers are again one of those which are more directly involved in the surveys and the gathering of data which they are to compile and analyze, although their task is not as wide reaching as that of Section One. Indeed Section Four focuses on infrastructure and transportation across Zacapican, conducting inspections of roads, rails and other pieces of transportation and physical communication infrastructure. Besides recording the state of these, they also record their level of usage as well as the flow of people through the available means of transportation. For example, Section Four monitors the daily commute across the transportation networks of major cities which proves useful for the relevant municipal transportation authorities. There is some controversy attached to Section Four operations, as it is found that some local governments shirk their responsivities to inspect their local infrastructure because they know or presume that Section Four will simply conduct an equivalent or better degree of inspection on their own, which they can then access and use to pass off that particular area of their duty. In a similar vein to the utility of Section One, the disposition and status of various means of transportation and transit infrastructure across the country is also of use to the military and national security apparatus.
Section Five is the only body of the TCLO besides Section Seven which preforms a specific intelligence gathering task comparable to the services of other intelligence agencies found in foreign countries. Specifically, Section Five specializes in signals intelligence as it monitors and intercepts communications of various types. While Section Four is involved with the inspection of physical communications infrastructure like radio towers, telephone lines and fiber-optic cables, it is Section Five that inspects the intangible contents of those lines of communication. In this, Section Five is limited in its practical scope by stringent Zacapitec privacy laws, yet is often instrumental in preforming surveillance on individuals to whom these protections do not apply, namely suspected criminals or foreign agents. Sections Five and Seven both have needs for decryption and cryptanalysis, to which end they share usage and custodianship over the TCLO Cryptanalysis Office, which has been nicknamed "TCLO Section 5-7" although it is not a full TCLO Section in its own right.
Section Six is another relatively small division of the TCLO which is primarily concerned with the Zacapitec biosphere, essentially all that within Zacapican which is alive and non-human. It possesses a well developed panel of epidemiologists and biologists which it uses to monitor for animal diseases in populations of domesticated livestock such as mad cow disease, also working with Zacapitec health authorities in monitoring potential jumps of animal diseases to humans. TCLO Section Six is one of the worlds premier authorities on colony collapse disorder and assists the significant state and local level programs to preserve the population of domesticated bees in Zacapican.
Typically referred to by its nahuatl name Tlaxolochtli Chicome, Section Seven is the premier espionage wing of the Zacapitec civilian government and is one of the largest Sections of the TCLO by virtue of the extensive responsibilities levied on the organization. Relived of the responsibility of signals intelligence by TCLO Section Five, Section Seven is focused on human intelligence and espionage, although it also operates the necessary organs for other types of intelligence gathering such as measurement and signature intelligence. In general, Section Seven benefits immensely from the vast network of surveyors, inspectors and well places sources available to the other divisions of the TCLO as well as the wealth of information already compiled by these divisions, which Section Seven officers may analyze or refer to during the course of their investigations.