- Abduct Operatives
This assignment will capture one spy on the target planet and steal 1 cargo class ship and use it to send the captured spy back to your spy's home planet. This mission does require that a cargo class ship be available on the target planet and that an agent be assigned to defense.
- Appropriate Resources
Steal ships carrying resources from this planet. "Appropriate" is just bureaucrat speak for stealing something.
- Appropriate Technology
Steal buildings and plans from a planet. "Appropriate" is just bureaucrat speak for stealing something.
- Assasinate Operatives
This assignment if successful will kill 1 defending spy on the planet. This mission also has a high chance, if the attempt fails, of getting your own agent killed.
- Counter Espionage
When you give your spies the assignment to Counter Espionage, what you're doing is telling them to foil plots far and wide. If possible, not only will the plot be foiled, but the opposing spies will be captured and imprisoned. It's also possible that they might be killed in the process, but spying is a dangerous game.
- Espionage Ministry
The Espionage Ministry allows the construction of spy pods, or, at level 15, spy shuttles, at the shipyard. It also allows better offensive training of your spies. The higher the building level, the more effective your spies will be applying their trade.
- Gather Intelligence
Gather Intelligence is a group of three distinct spy assignments that can deliver detailed information about a remote colony/its empire to your inbox.
- Gratch's Gauntlet
Thought to be one way the Great Race protected themselves from enemy agents.
- Hack Network 19
The spy assignment Hack Network 19 is used to cost a planet happiness, and if succesful results in an insulting message about the empire being posted on Network 19.
- How Spying Works
Here's everything you need to know about spying if you want to get into the nitty gritty details of everything about spying.
- Incite Insurrection
Incite Insurrection is a spy assignment that can transfer the ownership of a colony.
- Incite Mutiny
Spy Mission: Incite Mutiny
- Incite Rebellion
Incite Rebellion is a spy assignment that can deduct happiness from the target colony (works on non-alliance colonies and allied colonies).
- Incite Tea Time
"Incite Tea Time is a spy assignment that causes build times to increase, hence can be used to slow down growth of colonies." in-game description
- Intelligence Ministry
The Intelligence Ministry is where you train and manage your new spies.
- Police Station
The police station manages security on a Space Station. It can help defend the Station against spies as well as detect incoming ships.
- Political Propaganda
Political Propaganda is used to boost happiness production on your own planets.
- Rescue Comrades
When successful this mission will allow you to free one captured spy upon success, the freed spy could be one of your own or a spy belonging to another player. Failure though has an exceptionally high chance of getting your own spy caught
- Sabotage Probes
Sabotage Probes is a Spy Assignment that if successful will destroy 1 probe currently in the Observatory of the target planet.
- Sabotage Resources
This assignment can cause damage to a number of resources on a target planet. Resources that can be destroyed include:
- Security Ministry
The Security Ministry increases the effectiveness of your defensive spies. The higher the building level the more training your spies receive. It is also required to build defensive drone ships.
- Security Sweep
The Security Sweep assignment is used to capture enemy agents who are:
Spies are entities that can affect colonies and space stations in many different ways, be it for defensive or offensive purposes. Spies are created in Intelligence Ministries where their initial offensive and defensive potential is determined by the level of Espionage and Security Ministries on the same colony. Producing spies deducts resources and queues them up if multiple spies are to be created. Spies can be moved to other colonies with spy ships and spy pods.
- Spy Assignments
There are three main categories of assignments or missions for spies.