The Force of July
World War Two
When the U.S. became actively involved in the second world war an effort was made to conserve resources and make the nation into an efficient factory for producing soldiers and weapons. One step in this program was the reorganization of the armed forces. Another was the formation of a superhero team. While the mystery men had been around for some time, they had never really been organised. The government saw their exploits as well meaning but uncoordinated. To that end the Office of Strategic Services was established in June 1942 with a mandate to collect and analyze strategic information required by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and to conduct special operations not assigned to other agencies. Next President Roosevelt sent out a direct request by radio to America's mystery men asking them to band together in helping oppose the axis menace both at home and abroad. Thus the Force of July was created, organised loosely along the lines of the armed forces with a special liaison officer and answering solely to FDR and the war department.
In 1944 a German scientist Dr Volkmann defected to the U.S. with information on the Uberman supersoldier program he was working on. This was then used to start up Project Sentinel. A few months later Michael Johnson a major in the army, is the only volunteer to survive the supersolider transformation. However the project is abandoned after Dr Volkmann is killed by a Blitzkrieg, who also then destroy his lab and all his notes. Johnson spends the next several months training to become the costumed hero Major Victory. The U.S. military issues press releases that Major Victory is intended to be a hope and shield against those who would oppress the helpless. He spends most of the year breaking up Nazi spy rings in America.
In 1945 the Force of July joined up with the Liberty Squadron and Allied forces for the final assault on Germany. Neither group however was used against Japan with the Allies opting to use the bomb instead.
In January 1946 President Harry S. Truman established the Central Intelligence Group, directing it to coordinate existing departmental intelligence, supplementing but not supplanting their services. This was all to be done under the direction of a National Intelligence Authority composed of a Presidential representative and the Secretaries of State, War and Navy.
In 1947 these bodies were replaced with the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency. They were charged with coordinating the nation's intelligence activities and correlating, evaluating and disseminating intelligence which affects national security. The Force of July also came under their control. But then in 1954 the communist witchhunts began. Eventually as a result of this and in the wake of police strikes and public antimeta sentiment, all heroes in the U.S. were forced to abandon their activities. This included the Force of July.
This era saw a change in government attitude. In 1960 the CIA was tasked with secretly resurrected Project Sentinel to try to recreate the supersoldier program. The crash of a UFO a few months later led to the creation of Project Prometheus for the purpose of retrieving and studying extraterrestrial technology and lifeforms. 1961 saw a sudden growth in metahumans appearing around the world. In response Project Ego was created in 1962 to study the meta gene and the powers it bestows. In 1965 Project Armour was established to create robotic power armours for use in the Vietnam war.
1970 saw this Project Armour expanded to include bionics. In 1972 Congress decreed that an American security group be established immediately, so that there would be no need for Legion's services in the U.S. Several hundred recruits were selected for their right thinking attitudes. The result was an intensely proud, overly patriotic organisation which prided itself as the best America has. The Force of July was recreated. 1975 saw the formation of Project Arcane for magical research. Then 1977 saw two things happen. First Project Sentinel was finally successful in recreating the supersoldier program. The initial recipient was Timothy Johnson, the son of Major Victory. Second, many in the military began to fear the potential future threat of superhumans. To that end Project Genocide was formed for the express purpose of researching on how to exterminate anyone with a meta gene. Eventually in 1978 Johnson now calling himself Super Patriot became the head of the Force of July.
1980 saw the start of the Iran Iraq war. The CIA supplied Iraq much in the way of equipment and research on metahumans. In the same year the new Force of July launched an assault on M.S.I. New York headquarters in an attempt to kill a renegade Patriot who had fled with information on Project Genocide. They are repulsed and publicly humiliated by the intervention of the local Legion branch. The same year Project Armour built Cyber One, the first true self aware android. A year later it decided that humanity was a disease that must be eliminated. To that end it slew most of the staff of Project Armour, ran away, built a nuclear bomb and detonated it in Fresno. 1981 was not a good year for the Force.
In 1983 Force of July agent Eternal Warrior (Giladís new name) rescued Dragoon from a Siberian military lab while on a covert mission there. He kills Red Doomís Crimson Avenger during their escape.
1984 saw the CIA attempt to introduce the metahuman registration act but it was defeated by congress. Soon after one of the Force's Patriots defected to Russia after finding out about Project Genocide and became the Crimson Avenger II.
In 1985 the Stronghold prison for metahumans was finally completed. Also the final two sections of the Force were launched; Project Factory tasked with retrieving mystical artifacts and Project Occult with studying mythical races. The same year the Legion publicly humiliated the CIA by providing evidence that the organisation had been operating outside of the United States to further American interests. In retaliation the Legion is banned from U.S. soil.
1986 saw Project Genocide publicly exposed in Oliver Stoneís first movie. The public backlash forced the president to disband it despite CIA protests. Geomancer destroyed Cyber One in Scotland.
In 1988 the CIA entered into an alliance with the Tong. The Tong sent Redblood to the U.S. as their representative in the Force of July.
1991 saw the release of Oliver Stoneís JFK movie exposing the CIAís involvement in his assassination. Stone flees to Italy to escape the CIAís vengeance, he takes refuge with the recently moved Parliament of Nature now residing in Rome.
In 1993 a Force of July strike team sent to Italy to kill Stone was defeated by visiting Excalibur Agents. This led Super Patriot to put forward a proposal for a special covert meta assault team separate to the public face of the Force. 12 more supersoldiers survived the new process to become Patriot section leaders. Finally 1995 saw the creation of the new Crisis Intervention Unit section of the Force of July.
|The Force of July uses the rank structure of the army.|
|Agent||1st-5th level; Includes only those recently introduced to the Force. These are the support troops who aid the regular Force. Although similarly equipped to an Officer, Agents have less training. Non metas serve as Lawgivers or Lawmasters.|
|Officer||6th-17th level; Those who have proven their loyalty and worth. The higher their level the more duties they are allowed. Each is well trained in all forms of armed and unarmed combat.|
|Patriot||18th-19th level; There are 12 of these, each in charge of a part of the United States and have the same powers as Super Patriot within his own jurisdiction.|
|Super Patriot||20th level; In charge of the entire Force, answerable only to the President of the U.S.|
|United States President||Is kept constantly up to date by Super Patriot (more or less) on the Force's activities and any problems. He also decides on the funding for the Force and can arrange additional assistance as required.|
|What follows are the top secret sections of the CIA. Only the Force of July was publicly acknowledged.|
|Crisis Intervention Unit||The black ops side of the Force of July.|
|Force of July||This is the official public face of the organisation using well known American heroes.|
|Lawgiver||These are the Force's standard troops, among the best trained combatants America has to offer. All are equipped with modern weaponry and if necessary backed by Lawmasters.|
|Lawmaster||Named for the heavy suits of battle armour they wear the Lawmasters are heavily armed and armoured, equipped with the latest in military technology.|
|Project Arcane||Magical research; attempting to understand how spells and mana work.|
|Project Armour||Bionics and Robotics research; developing the latest in cutting edge military hardware.|
|Project Ego||Meta gene research; discovering how powers work. This section also keeps an active catalogue of every metahuman out there and their abilities.|
|Project Factory||Artifacts research; mystical weapons.|
|Project Genocide||Research into the extermination of paranormals, extraterrestrials and those with the meta gene.|
|Project Occult||Mythical races research; their life cycle and of course how to kill them.|
|Project Prometheus||Alien section; dissecting extraterrestrials and determining how their technology works.|
|Project Sentinel||The Supersoldier project; ongoing research into creating the perfect super infantry.|
|The Force of
July is the United States government's answer to all super powered
threats. With superior training and hardware on the cutting edge of
technology this elite force stands ready to defeat super menaces of all
kinds. The Force is a government organisation which is designed to
monitor and counter paranormal activities.
The Force is an agency of last resort. Only if the civil police are unable to handle the situation will the Force be called in.
The Force of July is also responsible for investigating unsolved crimes in which supervillains may have been involved. It is the job of each Patriot and his division to try and prevent an emergency before it occurs. As part of this the Force actively and often invasively keeps track of all known meta humans.
The Force is often used as a field testing facility. Usually their agents will be equipped with weaponry that has never been seen before, much less used.
In a worst case scenario campaign the Force will also eventually try to take over the United States. They will then attempt to recruit all suitable meta humans, any who refuse will be eliminated.