Obvious reasons against
Going by the other place the earliest 'states' emerged some 6 000 years ago (with a nod at Bishop Ussher - were Adam and Eve the first monarchs?). It would have been in the interests of these first states (and also the communities which existed for millennia before) to be able to call up intelligence on other states at faster than the speed of a galloping horse... but from then until the present, across many communities, a number of which have been sufficiently literate to record such things all that has been produced are the Delphic Oracles.
This time 30 years ago would anyone have predicted what happened by the end of the year - and that within three years the USSR would have vanished like a holed balloon?
Soviets had something similar, yes. Currently cannot find the link, it was just mentioned in discussion with a person that brushed briefly on this during the time. But it quickly degenerated into blatant scams with a touch of new-age cults. I'll try to dig up the details later, maybe.