Why are the analyst/supervisory grades in the agency referred to as the “proxy adhoc“?
‘Adhoc’ should be clear enough: due to their adhocratic structure, as is common in all areas of the Imperial Service.
As for the former, individual title applied to its members: it is by ancient custom, dating back to Istar Sargas, Alphas I’s left-hand man and the spiritual ancestor of the agency, that those responsible for initiating and carrying through operations bear this title. It was his little joke that those he served – the “Clean Hands” in ISS jargon – should never be personally troubled with the details of the ugly, yet necessary actions which were his and are our remit, nor have to engage in giving orders for them directly.
Rather, such matters should always be handled by proxy.
– “ISS Structure and Terminology” introductory memeplex