Monday, April 6, 2009

History Lesson

February 1959, Fidel Castro becomes prime minister of Cuba. In its first year, the new revolutionary government expropriated private property with little or no compensation, nationalized public utilities, tightened controls on the private sector and closed down the gambling industry. The government also evicted many US citizens from the island. The regime nationalized of private property totaling about $25 billion U.S. dollars, out of which American property made up only over US $1.0 billions.

1960, President Eisenhower stated that it would be US government policy to assist and train Cuban exiles for action against the new Cuban government of Fidel Castro. In President Eisenhower’s final State of the Union Address to Congress, he warns of the increasing power of a "military-industrial complex".

The failed, April 1961, Bay of Pigs Invasion severely embarrassed the Kennedy Administration and made Castro wary of future US intervention in Cuba. Later that year, Kennedy engaged Operation Mongoose, a series of covert operations against Castro's government. They were largely unsuccessful but resulted in a United States economic embargo against Cuba.

In September 1962, the Cuban government saw significant evidence that the U.S. would invade. Castro and Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to secretly place strategic nuclear missiles in Cuba. In October 1962, the Communist Bloc nations began their campaign to intensify assets in the Caribbean, and began to modernize Cuba's armed forces using direct Soviet funding.

In 1963; Castro militants attempted to have President Kennedy assassinated while simultaneously beginning a intensive military campaign where by 1965 Fidel Castro and his generals, with Russian assistance, possessed military control of the islands of Haiti, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico.

In 1969, before John F. Kennedy finished his second term, the United States and Canada joined scientific ventures into new alternate Nuclear Power uses, Bionic applications and united Economic policies to combat the growing communist movement. The Energy Sciences Network act was passed.

1971, during the Apollo 14 mission- NASA discovers what could be an earth-like atmosphere on the Saturn moon Titan. Later that year, President Nixon signs the Nuclear Nation act that clears the way for private companies and inventors to conceive new applications and uses for nuclear power.

In 1973, the first successful bionic man was developed, tested and implemented as a covert government agent. He died in action a year later in Vietnam. Another test case was designed but may not have ever been implemented.

Fast forward to December 1987; after twenty years of military coalitions, espionage, weapons development, invasions, propaganda, and competitive technological development- the Cold War could be at an end. President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev have initiated talks to pursue significant nuclear weapons reduction. With the belief that Gorbachev and Reagan can come to diplomatic terms; four summit conferences have been established- with the third such meeting to take place this week in Washington DC.


James said...

Some campaign flavor for a Mutants and Masterminds game. Leave your character concept as a comment.

robm1171 said...

I'm thinking of a "Mr Fantastic", stretchy guy

Russ said...

I would like to try a Paragon.

Gordzilla said...

I'm not sure yet, let me think on it

James said...

We can also roll for random powers. Like one major, a medium and a minor; and base your concept around that.

Gordzilla said...

My powers are going to be super smart, telekinetic, telepathic, with some magnetic force control as well. With the points we have I'll probably end up doing an array.

My background:
He is 23 years old but had finished college by the age of 17, last year finishing a Post Doctorate in Physics. Thats when the agents of HERO caught up to him. He'll never know how they had discovered his talents, but he was soon incorporated into HERO and put secretly to work for the US government.

Couple things: as smart as he is the real reason he did so well was that he could read other students minds and was smart enough to recognize correct answers or thier thoughts would springboard his.

He wasn't very well liked as many of his fellow students felt like he was merely a step ahead of step ahead.

James said...

Rob asked me about how much of a background to come up with. I leave it up to you; the only thing I would ask is that you have a 'real-world' profession in mind for your hero.