Post-Cold War Champions 2016
Historical Timeline (1900 to 2015)
- 1915 (January 31) – First German use of chemical weapons. First recorded (though classified until the 1990s) appearance of an SPB. German Codename: Gift.
- 1915 (June 20) – First Super-Powered Being (SPB) that revealed his powers to the world was an American named Harold Garland. Garland was mostly a curiosity for the next decade, joining the Ringling Brothers Circus and touring the nation.
- 1920s (mid) – Harold Garland recruited into the Bureau of Investigation to help stop the rising tide of gang violence in Chicago and New York.
- 1926 (October 31) – Erik Weisz (aka Harry Houdini) makes what doctors called a “miraculous recovery” having been on the brink of death for almost a week. After leaving the hospital, he went home and wasn’t seen or heard from for nearly a year. Announcements were made for a show to be performed on October 31, 1927, where Houdini performed supernatural feats his fellow “debunkers” could not explain. Audience members and his friends shift from excited and amazed to frightened as he continues to use what witnesses describe as “real magic” and even “sorcery.” The normally jovial Weisz tries to reassure his fleeing audience that there’s nothing to be afraid of, but when a group of men charge him, he vanishes from sight, never to be seen in public again.
- 1939 – Garland was recruited into the War Department, where he was first given the codename Legion. He fought for the British in World War II prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, at which point he transferred to the Army. A special unit called S Company was formed within the 1st Cavalry Division, comprised of Legion and the other American SPBs that enlisted after Pearl Harbor.
- 1941 (June) – Germany unleashed its Nazi Ubermensch on the world in concert with Operation Barbarossa (the invasion of the Soviet Union). The Ubermensch were a group of fourteen SPBs. Each was less powerful than Legion, and therefore the German army generally kept them separate where they could not be easily countered by Legion. Over the course of the war, additional SPBs revealed themselves to join in the fighting. By the end of the war, the Allies had twenty-three (Legion and four other Americans, three from the United Kingdom, four from France, four Soviets, three Chinese, two Indians, one Australian, and one Ethiopian) and the Axis seventeen (the fourteen Ubermensch, two Italians, and Kuro Daimyo from Japan).
- 1945 (August 6) – Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Over a dozen Quantums emerge, most of whom successfully use their new powers to save lives and avert further catastrophe.
- 1945 (August 8) – Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki. Kuro Daimyo died in the blast; he is believed to have been the reason Nagasaki was selected as a target. More than two dozen Quantums emerge, most of whom went completely berserk and needed to be neutralized by the military and Quantums who emerged two days earlier.
- 1956 – Superhuman Registration Act passed into law by Congress. The new law created the Superhuman Abilities Registry (SAR), a catalog of every US citizen with superhuman abilities, including name, address, and a description of his or her powers. This list is not publicly available, but is available to most government agencies. There is a classified portion that is only accessible at a very high clearance level that includes all JASOC SPBs.
- 1958 – Joint Agency Special Operations Act created the Joint Agency Special Operations Command (JASOC, commonly pronounced JAY-sock), a team of SPBs and related support structure made up of the Army, CIA, FBI, and NSA.
- 1977 (August 24) – Legion (Harold Garland) dies under mysterious circumstance in Virginia. Police rule his death a homicide, but no suspects were ever identified or charged.
- 1979 (March 28) – Three-Mile Island accident spawns five Quantums at a single event, the largest number since Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
- 1982 (December 7, 1982) – Charles Brooks, Jr. (age 40) was the first man to be executed by lethal injection in Texas. Rather than end his life, it triggered his latent powers.
- 1986 – Return of Halley’s Comet. Attempts by several world powers to launch probes to study the contents of its tail. One probe is seen returning to Earth, a feat of engineering thought impossible. Based on its trajectory, it was expected to crash in the ocean, southeast of Florida. However, it is not recovered and no government claims ownership.
- 1989 – Fall of the Berlin Wall; 1989 revolution and collapse of the Soviet Bloc in Europe. Tiananmen Square Massacre in China. The June 4 Massacre resulted in 3 to 5 Quantums, the survivors will go on to form the Green Dragons; their base is known as the Summer Palace. The Exxon Valdez oil spill (March 24).
- 1991 – Dissolution of the Soviet Union and independence of 15 former Soviet republics. The first website is put online and made available to the public. Generally considered the beginning of the end of the Cold War.
- 1992 – Channel Tunnel opens 2 years earlier than expected, thanks largely to the help of Quantums by the British and French. The Maastricht Treaty creates the European Union. Los Angeles riots; non-stop media coverage and the use of Army SPBs (S Company) to quell the riots brings the organization the forefront of public consciousness and turns public opinion against the Superhuman Registration Act.
- 1993 (February 26) – Word Trade Center bombing. Six people were killed, 1,042 were injured and 5 Quantums, having been closest to the bomb, emerged from the blast. The perpetrator escaped to Pakistan hours after the bombing. The FBI and Port Authority were viewed by many as legally responsible for not preventing the bombing based on information from their informant and the Port Authority for not tightening security quickly enough and allowing him to escape.
- 1993 (February 28 – April 19) – Waco siege. Rumors persist that David Koresh was a SPB who refused to register with SAR and simply wanted to live life according to his ideals. However, the involvement of the ATF and the FBI coupled with the death toll and footage of JASOC’s SPBs in action (though no deaths were attributed to them) creates a huge public backlash.
- 1994 – Civil suits filed against the ATF and FBI by surviving members of the Branch Davidians turn into a media circus and further turn public opinion against JASOC and the idea of the government having control (direct or indirect) of SPBs.
- 1996 (January) – Superhuman Registration Act repealed. Joint Agency Special Operations Act is amended; Responsibility for SAR to be transferred to the new Department of Superhuman Affairs (DOSA, formerly JASOC). DOSA is formed from the combination of 22 departments and agencies, and works to improve the security of the United States. The Department’s work includes customs, border, and immigration enforcement; emergency response to natural and (superhu)manmade disasters; anti-terrorism work; and cybersecurity. It specifically works with SPB-controlled businesses, communities, and the Nation’s workers to promote job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved standards of living for all Americans.
- 1996 (February) – The Governor of Texas writes an open letter, inviting Charles Brooks (aka Nasir) to meet with him and his staff. After a 2-hour meeting, the Governor officially pardons him.
- 2001 – Massive earthquake in Gujarat, India.
- 2003 – Human Genome Project completed.
- 2010 – A 7.0 magnitude earthquake kills 230,000 in Haiti.
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