Super humans have had some significant effects of the flow of history as we know it, especially in the past fifty years. Starting with clashes between metahumans of the Axis and Allied forces in World War II, superpowers have changed the flow of history in several key ways.
In 1952, a psychic is discovered to have corrupted key members of Britain's courts, resulting in twenty years of debate and violence surrounding the ethics (or lack thereof) of those with mental powers.
In 1957, aided by metahuman protesters marching beside Blacks and concerned white citizens, the Civil Rights Act is passed in the United States.
In 1961, the Bay of Pigs invasion, aided by US and Cuban exile metahumans, is successful and a pro-US government is seated.
In 1962, a UN resolution forces the US to withdraw from Cuba, and Castro's guerrillas collapse the government and seize power.
In 1963, JFK is assassinated. One of the US's first supers, a psychic named X, commits suicide over his inability to precog the event. In this same year, the Native American hero Thunderbird becomes the first super to sponsor a product, leading to the creation of an independent Metahuman Ethics Committee in the US.
In 1968, assassination attempts on Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy are both thwarted by metahuman bodyguards, though Bobby is seriously injured and retires from politics.
In 1969, the metahuman lobbying organisation, POWER (Paranormals Only Want Equal Rights) is founded to counter Nixon administration attempts at a draft and registration for all metahumans.
In 1970, two metahumans assigned to the National Guard (Whipsaw and Slammer) jump in the path of the bullets when the Guard opens fires on the students. Two are killed, eleven are wounded. In anger, Whipsaw kills two guardsmen who fired, and is arrested for murder.
In 1972, Whipsaw becomes the first hero convicted of a crime, sentenced to two consecutive 15-year sentences. In the same year, Martin Luther King, Jr. wins a seat in the US Senate on the Democratic ticket.
In 1973 and 1974, Right to Privacy laws, pushed by the Bonded Telepaths' Organisation, are passed in most Western nations, outlawing unwelcome telepathic invasion.
In 1979, the Soviets "invade" Afghanistan against UN protest; UN superteam is secretly recruited to oppose their action.
In 1980, 55 hostages are seized at the US Embassy in Iran. Quick action by the US Superteam rescues most hostages, though five are killed before the supers could intervene. In the same year, the US Supreme Court finds that the 1974 Personal Privacy Act outweighs the government's "need to know". Mental search warrants are outlawed. The UN deploys their secret superteam against Soviet forces in Afghanistan. Carter re-elected.
1982, the first bionic limb is constructed. UN bans national superteams and strategic nuclear weapons, unveiling their own metahuman forces to enforce the ban. First IST forces deployed (in the US, Britain, France, China, and the USSR). Libya, Iran, and North Korea, among other nations, withdraw from the UN in protest.
In 1984, Ronald Reagan wins the US Presidency.
In 1985, African metahumans form an "impromptu" superteam and attempt to overthrown the South African government, and the subsequent slaughter by the South African superteam shocks the world. An incursion into Angola almost plunges all of southern Africa into war. The UN intervenes, but its African IST forces are barely sufficient to push back the South African team. South Africa suffers years of sanctions following this action.
In 1986, the genes for superpowers were discovered, as well as the genes for human intelligence - and both are entangled in the same portions of DNA, inextricably mixed. Philosophical, ethical, and theological debates explode around the implications of this. South Africa begins genetic screening of all newborns.
In 1988, in an attempt to foster glasnost and goodwill, Premier Gorbachev offers to disband "unofficial" Soviet military superteams if the US does likewise; President Reagan initially rebuffs the overture in an attempt to win patriotic votes in the upcoming election. A King/Dukakis Democratic ticket defeats the Reagan re-election bid; King's first official act as President is to accept Premier Gorbachev's overtures.
In 1989, an assassination attempt against Senator King on inauguration day is thwarted by Secret Service Metahumans. The White Wizard, long metahuman champion of the KKK, is killed in the attempt. In the same year, US scientists announce successful development of cold (room-temperature) fusion power. The technology quickly sweeps across the globe, forever changing economic realities and consequences. Later that year, IST Vancouver contains an oil spill in Alaskan waters by a crippled Texxon tanker.
In 1990, first contact of aliens is made public, as an Earth-Myrr trading route is established using Meeranar ships. The PLO deploys tacnukes against the West Bank in retaliation against the murder of eight Palestinians by a crazed Israeli militiaman. Saddam Hussein's Iraq invades Kuwait and, after a quick UN vote and months of sanctions with no troop withdrawal, international forces are deployed to expel Iraqi forces. IST Baghdad arrests Hussein and holds him for war crimes tribunals.
In 1991, a Shiite-led militia stabilises a chaotic Iraq and a Mullah-led coalition takes control of the Government. Saddam Hussein is tried at the Hague and found guilty of war crimes. He and his sons are imprisoned for life.
In 1992, De Klerk orders the seizure of the South African superteam to stand trial for their involvement in the 1986 Angola invasion. IST forces are established in all member nations, with new chapters opening in most major nations.
In 1993, Apartheid ends in South Africa after the sentencing of the former South African superteam. De Klerk and Nelson Mandela share Nobel Prize.
In 1994, Mandela is elected President of South Africa.
By 1995, fusion power has spread throughout the world. Cheap, efficient energy is now the norm, and only the most backwards and paranoid of countries are without at least a single fusion generator. World energy markets crash as the cost of energy approaches zero.
In 1997, radical Islamic priests take control of the Iraqi Parliament. Dozens of supers are killed in the ensuing riots, branded as demons and tools of the devil. Late that year, IST Baghdad is struck by multiple tacnukes, resulting in the loss of the entire IST force stationed there. Iraq withdraws from the UN.
In 1998, Democrats lose fifty years of control in the US Congress as a wave of Republicans elected on the back of anti-metahuman sentiment sweep into control.
In 2000, G.W. Bush narrowly defeats President Clinton's bid for re-election, running on a platform of metahuman control and registration.
In 2001, after a long two-year war against its neighbour Iraq over minor points of religious doctrine and metahuman theology, Iran rejoins the UN. IST Tehran is quickly established as democratic reforms spread in the country. The Iran-Iraq border is patrolled heavily by IST forces.
In 2003, the Super Powers Registration Act is signed by President Bush, forcing the unmasking and registration of all American supers. Several prominent heroes go vigiliante, thwarting the law and attempts of capture by both normal and metahuman police forces.
In 2004, President Bush wins re-election after a rash of supposed domestic terrorism committed by vigilante supers.
In 2005, the Super Powers Registration Act is struck down by the Supreme Court as Unconstitutional, citing twenty-five year old precedent. Public apologies are issued to many vigilante supers by Congress, but President Bush refuses to issue pardons.
In 2006, a new Democratic Congress impeaches President Bush. During the trial, it is revealed that the President was really a low-level telepath whose folksy charm was a byproduct of his super-ability. Vice President Cheney is sworn in, and impeached three days later, as further investigations show his involvement in staging the domestic terrorism incidents in 2004. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is sworn in as President; her first official action is to issue Presidential pardons for all vigilantes of the past four years.
In 2007, The UN issues a resolution to intervene in Iraq after reports of its decade long fatwa against Arabic and especially Kurdish metahumans makes global headlines. UN-backed US forces invade the country.
In 2008, a new coalition government, formed primarily of Kurds, Sunni, and moderate Shiite Muslims, is established in Iraq. Sirwan al Swabi, a Kurd, is elected President of Iraq. President Pelosi declines re-election, returning to her seat in Congress. Speaker Kucinich wins a close primary and goes on to win the largest electoral victory in US history.
In 2009, IST Baghdad reopens.