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This need for a unit controlled solely by the Boundary Republic government was done in secret, for fear of revolt at the idea being mentioned to the general population, who were even wary of their local militias, despite them being relatively removed from any central government control. The new unit, known as the Independence Brigade, was formed in , mostly from the middle to upper class of Republic society, who had more to lose, and therefore more reason to fight, against the .
While under central government control, the Independence Brigade was disguised as another militia unit acting under Republic charter, just like all other militias on the colony. While the Brigade did not perform many overt activities, fromto , it was involved in the brutal executions of discovered agents, and most infamously, the rounding up of and placing in camps or executing those designated as "fascists", "Koslovics", and "United Nations Space Command planted subversives".
After the fall of the Boundary Republic in , many members of the Independence Brigade were hunted down and imprisoned or executed for war crimes, although several escaped justice, and went on to create and head other terrorist groups.