Pretty much everything. The civil service practically is the state, sorting out everything from welfare, health, pensions, defence, etc. the politicians make the policies, but its the civil service that implements all of them and keeps the country going.
I'm not actually sure how much the civil service covers. Again, it seems an odd group of people for them to want to piss off.
A civil servant or public servant is a person in the public sector employed for a government department or agency. The term explicitly excludes the armed services, although civilian officials can work at "Defence Ministry" headquarters. The extent of civil servants of a state as part of the "Civil Service" varies from country to country. In the United Kingdom, for instance, only Crown employees are referred to as civil servants, county or city employees are not.
Many consider the study of civil service to be a part of the field of public administration. Workers in "non-departmental public bodies" (sometimes called "QUANGOs") may also be classed as civil servants for the purpose of statistics and possibly for their terms and conditions. Collectively a state's civil servants form its Civil Service or Public Service
Edited by darkmorgado at 16:59:38 19-06-2012