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The coat of arms of the Time-Space Administrative Bureau

The Time-Space Administrative Bureau (時空管理局 Jikū Kanri Kyoku, officially Administrative Bureau[1]), commonly abbreviated as TSAB or the Bureau (管理局 Kanri Kyoku), is an interdimensional security force[2] formed jointly by a union of several worlds, including Mid-Childa, where it is based. They also monitor cultural growth and provide disaster relief to each world,[3] especially when it involves magic and Lost Logia.

In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and A's, TSAB is only scarcely represented by the Arthra but StrikerS reveals that the Time-Space Administrative Bureau is a full-out military-like force. The TSAB Headquarters are located in the deep dimension space, and the TSAB Mid-Childan Main Office, in Cranagan. While it is mainly there to provide support for Nanoha Takamachi in the first two seasons, in the third series, Nanoha has enlisted in the organization herself and become one of the most powerful mages there, earning the nickname "Ace of Aces".

PresenceEdit

TSAB categorizes known inhabited dimensions into administrated worlds (管理世界 kanri sekai) and non-administrated worlds (管理外世界 kanrigai sekai, officially "non-management worlds"). It is present substantially on its administrated planets, where its agents act as the supreme administrative and peacekeeping power. These worlds include:

  • Mid-Childa (TSAB-administrated world #1)
  • Vaizen (TSAB-administrated world #3)
  • Karnarog (TSAB-administrated world #4)
  • Alzus (TSAB-administrated world #6)
  • Fedikia (TSAB-administrated world #12)
  • Liberta (TSAB-administrated world #16)
  • Ruwella (TSAB-administrated world #23)
  • Supools (TSAB-administrated world #61)

The Bureau agents are also active in non-administrated dimensions. However, they avoid interfering with local politics and have to keep low profiles on non-magical worlds like Earth. Such worlds include:

  • Easter (Non-administrated world #18)
  • Earth (Non-administrated world #97)

Besides, the Bureau uses separate indices for uninhabited worlds (無人世界 mujin sekai), since the 6th world Alzus (administrated) has the same number as the unnamed uninhabited world No.6 (where Tre and Quattro were imprisoned after the JS Incident).[4]

Additionally, the "designated observation world (観測指定世界 kansoku shitei sekai) No.162" is visited in the StrikerS manga, but there is no further explanation on such category.

StructureEdit

Uniforms

Main characters wearing branch-specific Bureau uniforms: Ground Forces (Erio, Caro), Enforcers (Fate, Teana), Tactical Instructors (Nanoha, Vita), Navy (Hayate, Rein), Special Rescue Unit (Subaru)

See also the full semantic list of the Bureau's subdivisions.
  • High Council were the secret masterminds behind the Bureau until 0075. Very few of the TSAB members even knew about their existence.
  • Main Office (本局 Honkyoku), located presumably in the TSAB Headquarters, coordinates the activities of various TSAB branches, as well as of Enforcers, Investigators, and Inspectors. The director of the Main Office is believed to be Midget Crowbel.
    • Dimensional Navy,[5] officially Dimensional Space-Time Navigation Units,[6] is the TSAB branch in charge of trans-dimensional warships, such as Arthra, Claudia, and Wolfram. They have access to the most destructive technologies available to the Bureau, such as the Arc-en-ciel. Its members around 0075 included Enforcer Fate Testarossa and Admiral Chrono Harlaown.
    • Armaments Service (武装隊 Busō Tai, lit. Armed Forces)
      • Air Armaments Service, official abbreviation AAS,[7] is the aerial branch of the TSAB armed forces managed by the Main Office. It is considered one of the more challenging and demanding branches of service and the requirements are very high.
        • Midchilda Capital Air Force (首都航空隊 Shuto Kōkūtai)[7] is the air force unit stationed in and around Cranagan, Midchilda. Tiida Lanster was a Captain of the Capital Air Force until his death.
        • Administrative Bureau Air Force 1039 (1039航空隊)[8] is the unit Signum, Vice Granscenic, and Alto Krauetta were assigned to before transferring to Riot Force 6.
        • Administrative Bureau Air Force 1321[1] (1321航空隊)[9] is the unit Vita was assigned to before transferring to Riot Force 6.
        • Midchilda Air Force 2038 (2038航空隊)[10] is the unit Griffith Lowran was assigned to before transferring to Riot Force 6.
      • Aerial Tactical Instructor Corps,[11] officially Supreme Air Force "Aggressor" with abbreviation SAFA,[1]) consists of the elite combat instructors who provide additional training to the Bureau's armed forces in combat strategy and techniques and commonly act as OPFOR in exercises. Additionally, their responsibilities include reviewing new spells, technologies, and tactics. Nanoha Takamachi is a member of the fifth team of SAFA seconded to Riot Force 6 during StrikerS. Vita is invited by Nanoha to SAFA after the dismission of Riot Force 6.
      • Public Relations Department (広報部 Kōhō Bu) apparently handles the public relations of the Main Office armed force. Serena Earls is its only known member thus far.
    • Infinity Library is the intelligence archive of the Bureau. Yuuno Scrya has been its librarian (later a chief librarian) since 0066.
    • Training Corps (教育隊 Kyōiku Tai)[12] is the division responsible for regular training of TSAB employees. Vita is a qualified instructor of the Training Corps.
    • Threat Countermeasure Department (脅威対策室 Kyōi Taisaku Shitsu)
      • Special Duty Section 6, an Extra Force (特務機動隊(エクストラフォース) Ekusutora Fōsu) set up for special mission, is a successor organization to Riot Force 6, formed in 0081 to counter the Eclipse incident and the Hückebein family. It is once again commanded by Hayate Yagami.
    • Special Shelter (特別保護施設 Tokubetsu Hogo Shisetsu) is an institution under the Main Office that takes care and educates children with rare magical talents. Erio Mondial spent five years there before joining the Riot Force 6.
    • Orbital Prisons (軌道拘置所 Kidō Kōchisho) are high-security detention facilities orbiting uninhabited worlds where the most dangerous criminals (such as Jail Scaglietti, Uno, Tre, Quattro, and Sette) are incarcerated.
  • Midchilda Ground Headquarters (地上本部 Chijō Honbu, also translated as Midchilda Central Office in StrikerS website), official abbreviation Mid-GH.[1]
    • Ground Armaments Service (陸上警備隊 Rikujō Keibitai, official abbreviation GAS)[13] can be seen as the ground branch of the TSAB Armed Forces. Different subdivision names will be printed on the ribbon part of the GAS emblem.
    • Disaster Prevention Department (防災課), formerly Disaster Response Department (災害担当課)
      • Special Rescue Units (特別救助隊)[17] are the Bureau divisions specializing in rapid deployment disaster relief and search-and-rescue operations. Of particular note is the Gulf Special Rescue Unit, where Subaru Nakajima was transferred to after Riot Force 6. It is commanded by Captain Voltz Stan and is in charge of the port areas in Southern Mid-Childa.
    • Maritime Detention Center (海上隔離施設) is a detention facility build far out in the oceans of Mid-Childa, dedicated to rehabilitation of young criminals (e.g. most Numbers, as well as Agito and Lutecia Alpine). Before being admitted to rehab, all magical abilities of the detainees are sealed (presumably with a powerful limiter).[18]
  • Wildlife Preservation Corps (自然保護隊)[19] is the branch of TSAB responsible for protection of nature in frontier worlds. Caro Ru Lushe was assigned to it before Riot Force 6 and returned to it after the JS Incident was resolved, bringing her partner Erio Mondial with her.

MembershipEdit

RanksEdit

The bulk of the Bureau membership consists of the Armed Forces (武装隊 Busō Tai), complete with military ranks not unlike those on Earth.[20] Ranks lower than Major General are further subdivided into Ground ( Riku) and Air ( ) ranks, according to the service branch of the holder.

Bold font indicates the most recent/senior rank known to have been held by the character:
Rank Holder Unit
Honorary Marshal
(栄誉元帥)
Largo Kiel N/A
General Officers
Lieutenant-General
(中将)
Regius Gaiz Capital Defense Corps
Major General
(少将)
Carim Gracia N/A
Field/Senior Officers
Lieutenant-Colonel
(二等佐)
Hayate Yagami (0075) Riot Force 6 (Ground)
Major
(三等佐)
Genya Nakajima Battalion 108 (Ground)
Auris Gaiz Capital Defense Corps
Fern Corrado (0072) Fourth Ground Forces Academy
Company/Junior Officers
Captain
(一等尉 officially "1st Captain")
Nanoha Takamachi (0075) Aerial Tactical Instructor Corps, 5th Group
Riot Force 6 (Ground, on loan)
Fate Testarossa (0075) Riot Force 6 (Ground, on loan)
Hayate Yagami (0071) Battalion 104 (Ground)
Tiida Lanster Capital Air Force
Voltz Stan Gulf Special Rescue Unit (Ground)
First Lieutenant
(二等尉 officially "2nd Captain")
Signum (0075) Riot Force 6 (Air)
Lat Cartos Battalion 108 (Ground)
Nanoha Takamachi (0071) Aerial Tactical Instructor Corps
Second Lieutenant
(三等尉 officially "3rd Captain")
Vita (0075) Riot Force 6 (Air)
Warrant officers
Warrant Officer
(准尉)
Griffith Lowran (0075) Riot Force 6 (Ground)
Quint Nakajima Ground Headquarters (Ground)
Non-Commissioned Officers
Sergeant Major
(曹長)
Reinforce Zwei (0075) Riot Force 6 (Ground)
Vice Granscenic (0076) Ground Headquarters (Ground)
Master Sergeant
()
Vice Granscenic (0075) Riot Force 6 (Ground)
Ginga Nakajima (0075) Battalion 108 (Ground)
Riot Force 6 (Ground, on loan)
Other enlisted ranks
Corporal
(一等士)
Shario Finieno (0075) Riot Force 6 (Ground)
Alto Krauetta (0076) Ground Headquarters (Ground)
Subaru Nakajima (0076) Gulf Special Rescue Unit (Ground)
Private First Class
(二等士)
Alto Krauetta (0075) Riot Force 6 (Ground)
Lucino Lilie (0075) Riot Force 6 (Ground)
Subaru Nakajima (0075) Battalion 386 (Ground)
Riot Force 6 (Ground, on loan)
Teana Lanster (0075) Battalion 386 (Ground)
Riot Force 6 (Ground, on loan)
Ginga Nakajima (0072) Battalion 108 (Ground)
Erio Mondial (0076) Wildlife Preservation Corps (Ground)
Caro Ru Lushe (0076) Wildlife Preservation Corps (Ground)
Private
(三等士)
Erio Mondial (0075) Riot Force 6 (Ground)
Caro Ru Lushe (0075) Wildlife Preservation Corps (Ground)
Riot Force 6 (Ground, on loan)
Agito (0076) Ground Headquarters (Ground)
Trainee
(研修生)
Subaru Nakajima (0072) Ground Forces cadet
Teana Lanster (0072) Ground Forces cadet
Ginga Nakajima (0071) Ground Forces cadet
Nanoha Takamachi (0066) Armed Forces cadet
Fate Testarossa (0066) Enforcer cadet
Hayate Yagami (0066) Special Investigations cadet

The term Admiral (提督 Teitoku) was used extensively in the original series and A's for the top commanding officers of the TSAB (e.g. Lindy Harlaown, Gil Graham, Leti Lowran, and much later, Chrono Harlaown), however, it is unknown whether this is just an alternative form of addressing a general-rank officer, or a navy-specific rank, or just an appropriate form of address for someone commanding a TSAB warship.

PositionsEdit

In addition to the Armed Forces' ranks, the Bureau has a number of official positions outside the standard ladder that, nevertheless, possess considerable authority.

Enforcer (執務官 Shitsumukan)
The Enforcers are the elite agents of the Bureau, counting among both its top investigators and its most powerful or skilled mages. The requirements to become an Enforcer are extremely high because Enforcers carry large personal responsibility both in legal matters and in terms of assisting personnel.
Notable Enforcers include: Chrono Harlaown (0065), Fate Testarossa (0075), Teana Lanster (post-0076)
Investigator (捜査官 Sōsakan)[21]
Investigators lead most criminal investigations within the Bureau's jurisdiction. The title "Special Investigator" (特別捜査官/特別検査官 Tokubetsu Sōsakan/Tokubetsu Kensakan) is given to Rare Skill users working as Investigators.
Notable Investigators include: Quint Nakajima, Megane Alpine (before 0068), Hayate Yagami (Special Investigator, before 0071), Ginga Nakajima
Inspector (査察官 Sasatsukan)[22]
Inspectors handle the internal affairs within the Bureau itself, investigating cases of possible frauds and professional misconduct among its employees. There are Inspectors assigned to each TSAB department, sub-organization, and administrated world.
Notable Inspectors include: Verossa Acous
Contract Mage (嘱託魔導師 Shokutaku Madōshi)[23]
Contract Mages are trained magic users outside of the Bureau's ranks who are hired by the TSAB temporarily. Despite that, a mage has to pass a multi-staged exam (cf. "Fate Testarossa Takes Examination") to gain the position but if successful, may enjoy a considerable lenience from the Bureau.
Notable Contract Mages include: Fate Testarossa (0065), Nanoha Takamachi (post-0065), Vita (post-0065)

Mage ranksEdit

Main article: Mage rank

The Time-Space Administrative Bureau ranks its mages depending on how many exams they have passed. At the beginning of StrikerS, Subaru and Teana attend (and fail) their B rank exam. It seems to be the case that most exams are somewhat similar to that. It is implied that most powerful mages are assigned to the Dimensional Navy, which is why it is unusual that Nanoha Takamachi, Fate Testarossa, and Hayate Yagami managed to be placed into the same Ground Forces unit.

Genya Nakajima also mentions that high-ranked mages tend to advance along the armed forces rank ladder much faster than officers with modest magical talents, explaining why a much younger but SS-ranked Hayate outranked him in StrikerS.

Notable employeesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS DVD, TSAB ID Cards.
  2. ^ "It's a sort of combined judiciary and police force that governs the dimensional worlds." Nanoha, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Sound Stage 02.
  3. ^ Fate, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Sound Stage 02.
  4. ^ Uninhabited World No.6 at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  5. ^ Dimensional Navy at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  6. ^ Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 1st, Chrono's TSAB ID Card.
  7. ^ a b Air Armaments Service at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  8. ^ 1039th Squadron at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  9. ^ 1321st Squadron at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  10. ^ 2038th Squadron at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  11. ^ Tactical Instructor Corps at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  12. ^ Tactical Instructor Corps at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  13. ^ Ground Armaments Service at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  14. ^ Ground Forces Academy at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  15. ^ Battalion 104 at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  16. ^ Battalion 386 at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  17. ^ Rescue Corps at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  18. ^ Maritime Detention Center at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  19. ^ Wildlife Preservation Corps at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  20. ^ TSAB Ranks at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  21. ^ Investigator at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  22. ^ Inspector at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.
  23. ^ Contract Mage at the Japanese Nanoha wiki.

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