Expanded Membership Details:
Superhuman Task Force Agents
Special Agents (200 points)
Base of Operations:
|Ever since World War II with the appearance of regular enemy superhumans, national governments have strived to create government-controlled means to stop superhumans and supersoldiers. Germany (Ubermensch), Italy (Praetorian Guard), and Japan (Kami-musha), all employed superhuman teams on their military offensives and to carry out espionage missions abroad. While Britain and Russia built national superhuman teams, Knightwatch and Rodinia, respectively, the United States turned to its weapons labs. By the time of the Battle of Guadalcanal, the newest navy destroyers were outfitted with anti-uber weapons and a single platoon of marines was outfitted with man portable anti-uber weapons. By the time that the allies landed on Sicily, each battalion in the American army had an anti-uber platoon equipped with special weapons and trained in anti-uber tactics. They prove effective en masse against the ubers of that age.|
Superhuman Task Force Agents were developed originally by the BfV of Germany in conjunction with the FBI of the United States shortly after World War II. Several national law enforcement and intelligence agencies have modeled specially equipped, highly trained agents after those two programs. Although they vary slightly from nation to nation, they are generally equally effective. The numbers of trained STF agents do vary by country and agency depending upon budget and need. Note also that some nations use government-sponsored superhuman teams either in lieu of or supplemented by STF agents for the purpose of controlling superhuman problems.
Australia: Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO)
France: Direction Generale de la Securite Exterieure (DGSE)
Germany: Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND)
Israel: ha-Mossad le-Modiin ule-Tafkidim Meyuhadim (Mossad)
Russia: Komitet Gosudarstvennoi Bezopasnoti (KGB), Glavnoye Razvedovatelnoye Upravlenie (GRU; military)
United Kingdom: MI6 Secret Intelligence Service (SIS)
United States: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA; military)
Canada: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
These agencies as well as other law enforcement and intelligence agencies from other developed nations have Special Agents who are equipped with more standard equipment, but are still highly trained. Local law enforcement of such nations also typically have teams of Special Agents trained to deal with superhuman threats. Special Agents are still capable at handling superhuman threats, but with less efficacy than STF Agents. Often these types of agents will work in conjunction with superhumans. If friendly superhumans are unavailable, many times Special Agents will work with the S.A.G.E. Field Team for especially problematic supervillains.
Developing nations are hampered with the inability to purchase expensive advanced weapons, sensory gear, and defenses. At the same time, sophisticated training techniques and equipment are also unavailable to law enforcement agencies of these nations. Typically they will have teams of Special Police whose task it is to deal with superhuman threats. The Special Police can handle lower powered threats or even moderately powered individual superhumans, but are woefully inadequate to take on superhuman teams or strong individual superhumans. Local superhumans are often relied upon for support in the latter situations. Again, the S.A.G.E. Field Team can be called upon for problematic supervillains.
|Area of Operations|
|Intelligence agencies will typically operate both within the home country and internationally. Law enforcement agencies will almost always operate within the home country. Sometimes, however, such agents will pursue their quarry beyond their borders.|
|The mission of intelligence agencies are to promote the goals of the government. Thus, this can vary widely. Law enforcement's major mission is to enforce the laws of the country. In more oppressive nations, this even will mean the arrest or killing of political groups that oppose the political group that currently runs the country.|
|As may be expected, no country likes to have foreign intelligence operatives on their soil (or in their government electronic fileservers, for that matter). The sole exception to this is if they are cooperating and acting as liaisons. For the most part, common people generally know little about intelligence operations and don't worry about them much aside from the rare event that is published in the news media.
The interaction of high level law enforcement agents is more closely watched by the population as a whole. Open, democratic countries expect such agents to treat its citizens within the laws and with dignity. The typical citizen is made to feel safe by these agents except for those in higher stress communities where there are more likely to be negative interactions. In other countries, law enforcement agents are viewed as 'secret police' who are a tool for the government to oppress the people. Thus, most of the citizens will react with fear - even if it is masked - and those who are in favor of overthrowing the regime are likely to be actively or passively uncooperative.