Although Superhumans were known to the world before the founding of the United Nations in 1946, it wasn't until the increasing spread of Superpowers in the early 1950's that it became a cause for concern for the general public. Several nations were worried about the use of superhumans in national armies, and this was an issue debated frequently over the next decade.
Secretary-General Trygve Lie appointed Drake Wilson (the costumed hero Optimus) in 1950 to become the first Advisor of Superhuman Affairs. By the end of the 50's (a decade that saw the first openly acknowledged superhuman military units), Drake Wilson had proposed an official UN institute to study 'the social effects of superhuman powers on society, specifically focussing on superhuman crime'. However this never made it to the General Assembly for a vote.
Teaming with another supporter of the idea, Major Juan Martinez, it took until January 12, 1963 for the General Assembly to authorize the creation of a superhuman commission - the United Nations Tribunal on International Law. Their primary responsibility was to study how superhumans affect society and world security, and how the world should respond to the challenges they presented.
The Tribunal began with a hugely controversial goal: that the UN should establish a global police force that would have the authority to enter the territory of any UN member who signed up, for the purposes of dealing with superhuman crime and related matters of global security.
This task force would not employ superhumans, but instead relied on highly trained agents equipped with cutting-edge technology.
Martinez, Wilson, and other members of the fledgling Tribunal presented their case with such passion and conviction, and one by one the nations of the world became convinced the idea would work.
On November 27, 1965 the Tibunal Treaty was approved 15-0 and signed by over 100 UN member nations.
1960s-present day: UNTIL played a key role in many events over the next decades, coordinating and working with established superhero teams on many occasions. In the 60's, they fought back invasions from Lemurians, Sirians, and Atlanteans. With the increasing rate of superhuman crime in the 70's, UNTIL came into direct conflict with such infamous names and events as Plague, the Griffin, Dark Seraph, a Gadroon invasion and the debut of Doctor Destroyer.
The 80's were a bad time for UNTIL, with scandals and information leaks lowering their reputation with the public and politicians, and a change in leadership at the UN lead to large scale budget cuts. They remained a global presence however, and the superhuman problem was one that no country could afford to ignore.
UNTIL's resurgence began in the early 90's with the Battle of Detroit, and their acceptance by the United States. Planetary threats such as the invasion by Istvatha V'Han, Gravitar, and a renewed Dark Seraph with the Crowns of Krim gave them wins and losses that further formed to shape the organization.
The United States, Soviet Union, and China refused to sign the UNTIL charter, and thereby refused UNTIL forces access to their territory without prior permission. Between 1965 and 1979 UNTIL was only allowed to operate on US soil twice. China was determined to rely solely on it's own state superteam, the Tiger Squad, and the Soviet Union refused to discuss any superhuman activity within their borders.
These exceptions came to a tragic conclusion in July 1992, when Dr Destroyer attacked the city of Detroit. UNTIL was denied permission to enter the United States, despite being the leading authority on, and having an entire research division dedicated to, Doctor Destroyer.
Public anger at the ineffective actions of PRIMUS, and the subsequent help UNTIL forces gave in the aftermath lead to the United States signing the treaty in 1993.
UNTIL high command consists of three people:
- Secretary-Marshall Wilhelm Carl Eckhardt (the overall leader of the organization)
- Under-Secretary Jeffrey Bristol (the Secretary-Marshall's chief assistant)
- Field Marshall David Ben-Israel (the commander of UNTILs field agents)
Sub Divisions Edit
UNICRI - UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute. A sub organization for criminology research and related activities.
UNITY - UNTILs superteam.
UNTIL Special Projects Edit
Project Snakecharmer - UNTILs largest operation, Snakecharmer keeps watch and combats VIPER.
Project Shiva - UNTILs Dr. Destroyer research division. Also developed numerous anti-Destroyer technologies. Based on a large hovership codenamed Ragnarok.
Project Mind Game - UNTILs experimental process to imbue agents with psionic powers.
Project Hermes - UNTILs occult R&D division.
Project Stargazer - Deep space observation and monitoring.
Project Clockwork - Set up to monitor and oppose the robotic villain Mechanon.
Vehicles and Equipment Edit
The Aegir - the worlds largest most advanced submarine, UNTIL's mobile command base.
NAUTILUS - undersea base built in 1993.