On Earth-K the Nazi assault on Soviet Russia succeeded. The Nazis marched triumphantly into the heart of Russia unopposed, dismissing the efficacy of the British and American military offensive. If this had been a “normal” world…One without men who could lift a tank as though it were a branch and punch through steel like a knife through paper…The Allies would have failed. But thanks to superheroes, and most especially The Power Society, the Allies pushed forward.
In 1946, the combined Anglo-American army pushed into Berlin. The city had been reinforced with the veterans of the Russian expedition, as well as experimental super-soldiers and battle-suits. For four months, the battle raged. The Siege of Berlin ended with Hitler and most high-ranking Nazis killed in action.
In the aftermath, Britain and America set up bases in Germany to monitor its progress and to keep the Nazi remnants wandering Russia from returning. Devastated by the war and still threatened by Nazis, the remains of the USSR adopted a more isolationist and defensive position. The staggering loss of Americans meant that the US military’s ability to act in a significant way would be diminished for generations. Due to these two things, the Cold War never had a chance to sprout and the “Red Scare” never took hold among the American Public.
In 1961, a rift formed in the superhero community: The younger generation pushed for openness, the abandonment of harsher interrogation methods, and the adoption of a “no-kill rule”. The older generation insisted that just like with the police, the use of lethal force by superheroes was justified and that secrecy inspired more fear in criminal elements than parading around and declaring that you’d adopted a city as your jurisdiction.
Now, in 1962, Max Atom has filled two of The Power Society’s spots with “legacy heroes,” individuals that he chose to take up the mantles of his fallen comrades, ignoring the fact that the children of the founding members have a right to the parents’ seats. This led Red Lightning, a senior member of The Society, to quit in protest. Two weeks later, a press conference heralded the foundation of The International Justice and Liberty Association, jointly chaired by Anna Atom and Red Lightning, and including the two super-heirs that Max had neglected.
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