I. The Rise of General North
Canadian Special Forces Colonel Chanteau had achieved a remarkable service record. He and his troops had been engaged in every single major national and international terrorist situation, as well as one of the most powerful military forces that opposed the Soltan Empire during their invasion of Earth in 2000. At the age of 35, Colonel Chanteau was loved by thousands of his existing and former troops, as well as their families and kin. He was an affable yet intense man who enjoyed being the father figure for many of his troops. His politics about his dislike for the United States and his conspiratorial belief the Soltan Invasion was ‘allowed’ to happen because the United States’ wanted it to happen so they could take over the rest of the world, all resulted in keeping him from obtaining the rank of Brigadier. Nonetheless to say, he was quite vocal about the United States and the ‘upper echelon’ for preventing his advancement. His troops strongly believed in him and usually got themselves in trouble for daring to challenge the upper echelon regarding Chanteau’s promotion. Some of Chanteau’s unit even got jailed over the over zealousness in supporting Chanteau.
In 2005, Chanteau was ordered to retire early or face courts martial for creating a ‘cult of personality’ amongst his troops. Chanteau became extremely irate and angry in front of the upper echelon board and told them of they value their own lives they ‘will’ reconsider the offer and grant him Brigadier immediately. The upper echelon instead scoffed at Chanteau and ordered him arrested on the spot.
For the next three days, Chanteau awaited his trial, but that day never came. On his third night of incarceration, Chanteau escaped jail thanks to over 200 of his troops, as well as the few others that had been jailed for demanding Chanteau’s promotion. Knowing full well they’d committed treason, the troops, led by Colonel Malcolm McGuiness, codenamed “Enforcer Alpha”, made off with Chanteau to a remote island base of operations that only Chanteau and his troops knew about on Wolfe Island, between the Canadian New Brunswick and United States’ Maine border. There, years before, Chanteau had accumulated tons of weapons, ordnance, food stores and equipment during the Soltan Invasion as a back-up plan. Little did Chanteau know that his ‘back-up’ plan would become his new home for years to come.
II. Wolfe Island
Wolfe Island and its surrounding smaller islands was an old fishing and farming region. During the Soltan Invasion, nearly everyone left the island for safety or were killed outright by the Soltans. A secretive series of caves, old mines and a secretive and abandoned underground warehouse existed from back in the 1960s when the threat of nuclear annihilation was a predominant issue. The Canadian military and government had the saves and cavernous underground area dug out and made into a 9,000 square metric storage bay for military equipment and a place for the government to ‘operate’ from, much like the US military’s bunkers at NORAD. Although the equipment, generators, lighting and cabling were all rotting and substandard, a “UCE Miracle” (a term Chanteau loves to use now and then) happened.
They met Dr. Phlebotinum, or, more to the fact, he met them.
Dr. Phlebotinum was a genius is engineering, design and power applications. His problem – he was a mad hatter…and enjoyed anything Steampunk. His designs and applications were limitless and futuristic, but he always put a ‘steampunk’ flair into everything he built; it was his version of aesthetics. Although leery of Phlebotinum’s motivations, Chanteau needed such a man as Phlebotinum to get the base up to the 21st Century and then some. In mere months, Phlebotinum was able to update and modify everything in the base to a powerful steam and solar powered system, creating enough power to light up the US East Coast, yet remain invisible to any form of heat bloom or satellite detection. When asked why that much power was needed by Chanteau, Phlebotinum simply told him “I have plans that will meet those power needs as well as protect us from any form of attack…ever”. Left to his work, Phlebotinum continued his sleepless work on new weapons and this ‘secret’ project.
Chanteau’s #2 guy, Enforcer Alpha, completely agreed with Chanteau about his conspiratorial views of the United States and Canada’s government and believed that what the region needed was an emperor. Playing to Chanteau’s megalomaniacal mentality worked. Within days, sat down with Chanteau and worked out the design and structure of that which would become the new “United Canadian Empire”. 700 pages of their own Emperor’s declarations, laws, government structure, military structure, rights, and their ‘manifest destiny’ to take over all of North America and become the pinnacle of the new world order, with Chanteau as the Emperor.
After Chanteau read the “United Canadian Empire Manifesto” to his two hundred troops, they all agreed to sign the manifesto and pledge their lives to their new empire and emperor. Enforcer Alpha initiated a propaganda campaign that resonated the world over. Using social media, posters, flyers, pirate radio broadcasts, a recruiting drive soon brought several thousand more to their ranks and to Wolfe Island as well. New recruits would meet with some of the 200 “Imperial Captains” (the initial 200) and be interviewed, scanned, and vetted. After the meeting, if the recruit was found to be true, they’d send them on an elaborate “treasure hunt” for clues to their next leg of the journey to Wolfe Island. Chanteau and Enforcer Alpha believed this would ‘weed out’ the ignorant and bring in problem-solving troops, allowing for a greater quality military force. Throughout this recruitment period, Wolfe Island remained undiscovered by the Canadian and United States governments. Most considered the ‘UCE’, Chanteau and his followers as mere fanatics, however, Chanteau and his 200 ‘captains’ were still being hunted throughout Canada for treason and various other breaches of military law. As such, each of the Imperial Captains, including Enforcer Alpha and Chanteau changed their names and created forged documents so they could get around without detection. Chanteau changed his last name to North. After a few weeks, “North” truly enjoyed his new last name, taking on an even more imperious demeanor with his new last name as well as proclaiming himself as the UCE’s first Emperor, Emperor North, with Enforcer Alpha as his 2nd in command.
As recruitment continued, a couple of super-powered individuals came forward and joined. One of these unique people was a ghostly spirit of a woman later codenamed “Netherbride”. One of her incredible powers was teleportation using dark energies. As such, she was able to make teleportation portals that could encompass an entire army. Emperor North soon took her under his wing and started his own super-powered group that would later be known as the UCE’s “Enforcer” Division, later renamed the “UCE Enforcers” and led by Enforcer Alpha himself.
The die was cast, the movement was gaining new recruits and propaganda, but in order for the UCE to have ‘teeth’ to its bite, they needed more materials, armor, firearms…and nuclear weapons.
III. The New Empire and Its Buildup
It didn’t take long before Dr. Phlebotinum created a list of equipment, unique materials and resources for building up the base and weapons of the UCE, as well as his ‘secret’ project. In order to ‘obtain’ these items, as well as more food stores for his troops, he knew he’d have to start raiding civilian and military sites to get what he wanted. His ultimate goal, however, was something even more ambitious – nuclear weapons. Emperor North truly believed that nuclear weapons were the ultimate deterrence weapon that he could use in his arsenal. With nuclear weapons, he knew that other nations would pause before attacking him and his troops, so long as the world knew that he was fully capable of exploding said weapons.
Over the next few years, Emperor North and his new ever-growing army started raiding along the US/Canadian borders from east coast to west coast. Vital rare elements, uranium, specialized science equipment, containment units, rifles, tanks, aircraft and even helicopters were stolen from both the US and Canada sites. Each raid had THE UCE Enforcer’s Netherbride provide instantaneous teleportation for the raiders exactly where they wanted to go. Within minutes, the raid was done and only a few died as a result on both sides (usually). As the raids continued, the United States and Canada agreed to send in special forces to stop them, but were unable to determine the next raid location, thus making their special forces always arriving way too late to do anything. Eventually, the Canadian government sent in two of their super-powered agents to stop him, Bonne Fyre and her sister, Emily, both of which had fire-based powers. As if to drive the point home, the UCE’s propaganda and influential abilities were so powerful that when Bonne Fyre and her sister finally came face-to-face with the UCE and Emperor North (who led raids most of the time), that both sisters ‘volunteered’ to join Emperor North and his UCE. Bonne Fyre's sister Emily even took on a new codename to emulate her desire to be with the UCE by calling herself "Emme Pyre". Nonetheless to say, this was the final straw for the Canadian government. Within days, they implemented a new dictatorial “Identity Check Stations” all across Canada, demanding that if you did not have one of their new government IDs, they’d be arrested. This was designed to find UCE members and jail them, but instead, innocent Canadians, tourists and those in Canada on work visas (and even those that held dual citizenship) were jailed throughout the nation. This created a firestorm of rhetoric, angry citizens and fuel for the UCE’s propaganda machine, thus bringing in more and more troops. Eventually, the Canadian government rescinded the ID Check Stations, after only bagging a total of 3 UCE troops, and upsetting the whole of the nation. As a result the UCE won a major social victory in showing ‘how Canada treats its people when the chips were down’.
The final straw finally broke between the US and the UCE when Emperor North raided two US military bunkers in Montana that housed over five dozen nuclear weapons. Thanks to Netherbride’s pinpoint teleportation, Emperor North stole over 15 nuclear weapons without a shot fired. The nukes weren’t even discovered missing until the guard change and later security video analysis. The United States and Canadian politicians got into heated arguments of how to deal with the UCE. The CIA eventually discovered the UCE was operating off of Wolfe Island. The US Joint Chiefs of Staff demanded the US "right" to conduct a military raid on the island, since they didn’t trust the Canadian military to carry out the operation without, as was quoted by the Chief of Staff, "Canadian troops ‘mass defecting’ to the UCE during the battle". Nontheless to say, the Canadian government and military leaders were not amused over this statement and implication. Negotiations went on for weeks thereafter, mostly ending in more arguments and strained relations. After weeks of intense discussions between the two governments, the US decided to ignore Canada's sovereignty and conduct the massive US military attack on Wolfe Island regardless of Canada’s objections. The United States' overstepped and internationally unauthorized attack, as can be guessed, was a complete international political debacle...as well as that which was to come for the United States' military attack on the UCE's Wolfe Island.
As US special forces attempted to land on the shores of Wolfe Island, Netherbride teleported UCE troops directly to their location courtesy of Dr. Phlebotinum’s all-encompassing security alert system. Nearly all of the US special forces were stopped in their tracks or forced to retreat. Minutes later, the US Navy, the US Air Force and US Army commended a multi-pronged attack using shore bombardment, Tactical attack aircraft and attack helicopters, respectively.
That’s when Dr. Phlebotinum engage his ‘secret’ project with the pull of an overly large lever.
A massive opaque series of overlapping force fields engaged from the neighboring small islands as well as Wolfe Island, creating a massive barrier from all forms of attack. The kinetic energy of the attacks were rechanneled into strengthening the fields’ strengths, thus, the more powerful the attack, the more powerful the force fields became. His “Kinetic Force Fields” stopped every single attack. Thanks to the Doctor’s power control and containment system, he was easily able to allow the troops to open and close various sections to allow missiles, troops and drones to exit the force field dome and attack the US invaders. In the end, over 350 US military airmen, sailors and soldiers were killed in the attack, with only 4 UCE troops killed. Dozens of aircraft were destroyed, 27 Army helicopters were obliterated, and 2 US Destroyers and 1 Cruiser were sunk. The US retreated from the attack, licking their wounds on the way back to their base of operations in Maine.
Although the United States military was summarily defeated, Wolfe Island was under constant observation from then on. US military reconnaissance aerial drones, US Coast Guard vessels and at least 2 US Navy Cruisers maintained a blockade of Wolfe Island in Canadian waters, again, at the indignation of the Canadian government. Since Netherbride was still able to teleport the UCE anywhere at anytime, the blockade had little to now effect on the UCE, however, the opaque Kinetic Force Field that was now terminally raised, had a side effect to Wolfe Island – it blocked out the sun...and the air.
So long as the Kinetic Force Fields remained operational, Wolfe Island would remain covered in darkness. Plants died, fish starved and the atmospherics grew thin. Dr. Phlebotinum created and engaged a massive Oxygen Generator and atmospheric processing machines to alleviate the conditions, but the results of the darkness prevented growing crops and harvesting fish for food. The few remaining hundreds of civilians on the islands were considered “prisoners of war”, as were several other captured US troops and were forced into labor under harsh conditions. Over time, a unique hydroponics farm system was created underground enough to feed the troops, however, once again, proteins from eggs (no chickens), beef (no cows), and other essential foods were instead supplemented through ‘meal pills’, another Dr. Phlebotinum creation.
Another side effect of the Kinetic Force Field and the atmospheric equipment was the creation of a large fog bank that surrounded the island extending for miles outside the force field overlapping domes.
As expected, more and more recruits came to the island. Now, amassing over 10,000 troops, the UCE was starting to winnow its food resources and space. It needed to expand. As per the Emperor’s doctrine, New England was going to be their first ‘expansion’ for the formation of their “UCE” nation. According to the Emperor, he had a plan that would make New England his new territory renamed to be “New Canada”. The repercussions of this plan would catapult the UCE from a simple terrorist group to a global terrorist organization overnight.
IV. The New England Nuclear Gambit
Just a few years ago, Emperor North and the UCE planned to enact “Project: Gambit”. The plan had a grandiose set of goals and a very dangerous and destructive means of getting what they wanted. The plan was four-fold:
· Emplace nuclear weapons and UCE troops at critical locations in each of the New England states
· Emplace mobile versions of Dr. Phlebotinum’s Kinetic Force Fields all around New England, thus cutting off New England from the United States completely and protecting his forces in New England from being attacked by outside aggressors.
· Use aggressive negotiations to politically ‘win’ New England and claim the region for the UCE as “New Canada”.
· If, for any reason, aggressors got into New England from outside the shields or anyone attempted to subvert, sabotage or defused the nuclear weapons or his plans from inside the force field, he’d activate the nuclear weapons (teleporting himself and his troops out in time of course) and leave New England a radioactive wasteland.
After months of planning and training, the plan was a go. Netherbride once again was used to plant the nuclear weapons, equipment and troops at certain locations throughout New England, as well as move Portable Kinetic Force Field Generators (“FF Gens” as they were called) troops and support teams to critical and strategic locations. In less than ½ hour, all the troops and equipment were emplaced in the middle of the night. Within an hour of the plan’s implementation, the FF Gens were activated, creating a series of overlapping Kinetic Force Fields from Maine to Connecticut, covering all of New England. The nukes were armed and set to be fired off by one of two switches: one held by the Emperor himself and a backup switch held by Enforcer Alpha. As soon as the FF Gens were activated, all US and Canadian communications and media satellites were taken over providing a pre-recorded video from Emperor North on Project Gambit and what their conditions were over nuclear devastation. He said they had 2 weeks to agree on his conditions or he’d light off the nukes and/or let everything in the region die from a lack of oxygen (estimates were generated that the domed region’s oxygen would run in as little as 2 weeks, killing everything under the dome). Project: Gambit went off without a hitch; New England and its millions of people were now held for ransom demanding the US to take action against an enemy they couldn’t even get to.
Emperor North was very thorough in his plans. US military sites in New England were gassed, making the soldiers, sailors and airmen sick for days on end; superheroes that were in the region (that were known about) were either immobilized, captured and/or ‘sent away’ on a bogus mission (courtesy of UCE creating the situation to draw the heroes away from New England). Once again, like Wolfe Island, the opaque nature of the force fields resulted in drowning New England in darkness, with a light fog emanating from the outer edges of the force fields once again.
As Congress debated and roiled, the citizens of New England suffered. Riots started, lootings became common, law and order fell the wayside. Simple civility was sparse, yet many normal everyday ‘heroes’ were created in those dark days. Doctors saved hundreds of lives; scientists and engineers devised means of artificial light for growing plants and crops; citizens banded together in attempts to take on UCE troops, but all to no avail.
As the death tolls rose inside the dome over New England, a band of relatively unknown or secretive heroes and vigilantes banded together to battle the UCE and disarm the nukes and turnoff the FF Gens. That group, led by a vigilante known as “Minuteman”, devised a dangerous, yet detailed plan to stop the UCE. With only hours left of air in New England and a mere two hours before Congress’ decision was required, Minuteman and his “Yankee Minutemen” engaged the UCE and the UCE’s villainous super-group, the UCE Enforcers, performing pin-point tactical attacks at the sites discovered to be the locations of the nukes and the FF Gens and engaging in battle with the UCE Troops and super-powered Enforcers. The fighting was fierce. Many of the Yankee Minutemen died during the fighting, yet in the end, the UCE’s nukes were disarmed and the FF Gens were destroyed. The UCE was able to teleport what and who they could back to Wolfe Island, however, as a result, they lost over 2,000 troops including the disarmed nukes. Emperor North was furious. He was ready to toss nukes at the United States when instead, after the emperor's return to Wolfe Island, one of his own followers stabbed the emperor in the heart once the follower found out about the New England gambit, where he'd had family there that would've been killed. Although he was immediately killed by Enforcer Alpha, the Emperor lived to rant another day. The follower's attack on the Emperor, however, was crippling. As a result, the Emperor was severely weakened and has remained incapable of his standard exertions he once performed as a special forces commander. After his recovery, the emperor spent most of his time at his throne and instead now has his #2, Enforcer Alpha, lead raids, plan missions and lead the UCE Enforcers.
New England eventually recovered from the horrific event that was the UCE’s Project: Gambit. Order was restored, medals were given, and a new superhero group, the Yankee Minutemen was formed. The UCE was now considered a global terrorist organization, however, without any means of piercing or being able to infiltrate the UCE’s ranks or Wolfe Island location, the UCE instead continued to be a danger that the world would have to react against rather than stop up front.
On a side note, although considered as hearsay, it was rumored that Congress had actually voted to give New England to the UCE, but after the unsanctioned victory of the Yankee Minutemen, is was said that those records were shredded and a new vote was cast with 100% of the votes placed in defiance of the Emperor and the UCE.
V. UCE Today
The UCE now retains about 8,000 troops and over 3000 dissidents, family members and supporters on Wolfe Island. They are their own microcosm of a militant society. The operate not much different than the rest of the world; they are friendly to one another, go to one of the three ‘theaters’ they have on the island (all that start with UCE propaganda videos before the main movie), their own television station and radio station, hydroponic farms, factories, labs, schools and housing. Since Project: Gambit, the UCE has amassed even more weapons and resources from additional raids that continue to this day.
Emperor North does a weekly broadcast and/or film about their plans, while motivating and acknowledging the best of the UCE’s troops, scientists and family members. His cult of personality is still in high gear amongst those that follow him, and even in his more frail condition, he has since donned a battle armor that not only has many incredible Dr. Phlebotinum-created weapons, but is also acting as his life support for his heart, which on several troops and doctors know of his debilitating condition and are forced to secrecy about his new weakness.
G.U.A.R.D.'s Mystiguard Division has since worked with several other magical heroes to create wards and barriers at most Canadian and American military bases as well as around Wolfe Island preventing or diminishing Netherbride's dark energy teleportation powers. Some locations even performed blessings to counter the basis of her ability to teleport. As a result the UCE has been caught several times trying to leave Wolfe Island by conventional means resulting in some captures, but mostly brazen attempts at others having to resort to other methods to leaving the island.
It seems that the UCE is building up for something even bigger. The question is; what is it and where will they attack this time?
Wolfe Island is the base of operations for the UCE and is considered to be the first territory in their "New Canada" province. Amongst its 9,000 square metric underground chambers, over 2,500 metric volumes of new tunnels, caves, entrances, exits and utility conduits and shafts have been forged by UCE workers and slave labor.
Wolfe Island is located off the United States' Maine and Canada's New Brunswick coasts to the bottom right of the white national border line in the image above (not the bigger island at the bottom of the white line, but the smaller island north-by-northeast of it). Wolfe Island is in Canadian waters.
The site was an old abandoned Canadian military and government command center used for nuclear attacks. The facility was abandoned in the 1990s. During the Soltan Invasion of 2000, Colonel Chanteau (Emperor North) stored tons of equipment, weapons and equipment there as a back-up base and plan. After Chanteau/North was broken out of a military prison, he and his 200 of his loyal troops housed up on Wolfe Island.
Wolfe Island and its adjacent islands
Since then, Dr. Phlebotinum and his engineers and scientists have created numerous 21st century and futuristic (yet steampunkish) modifications to the island to include several Kinetic Force Field Generators on adjacent islands as well as Wolfe Island proper. He's also forged an arsenal of missiles, drones, robots, scanners and impressive security systems to protect the island. He's also created powerful oxygen generators, atmospheric scrubbers and other environmental systems to sustain life on the island with the resultant darkness and restriction of outside air under the force field's opaque dome.
Aerial view of Wolfe Island showing the force field barrier and the outlying fog bank
Currently, nearly 11, 000 people live on the self-sufficient island, protected by the Kinetic Force Fields from any form of outside attacks.
UCE Troops make up the largest group of the militant UCE's organization. Each are well trained in special forces tactics, weapons, tactical techniques and hand-to-hand combat. They are good fighters, with typical strengths, a good endurance, with a typical accuracy, but coupled with their marksmanship training, makes them good rather than typical. Most have a low psyche (follow orders),however, most are typically smart and resourceful.
A standard loadout for a typical UCE trooper consists of:
Clarence (Chanteau) North
Born in Calgary, Ontario, Canada, Clarence was the son of disgraced Canadian Air Force Captain Chanteau, a pilot who died after crashing his plane in a residential area while flying drunk, killing over a dozen civilians in the process. The mother, noted for her mental instability, did the best she could to raise Clarence, however, with her lies and exaggerations that she was a distinguished ex-Canadian congresswoman (which she wasn't) and had a lineage of royalty (again, she didn't), Clarence's mother, Lucy, soon found herself ostracized from any all she tried to make her friends. Growing up, Clarence took on the same traits exaggerating his father's 'superior' pilot status and his mother's ties to royalty, resulting in his friends becoming agitated and alienated with Clarence's claims.
At the age of 17, Clarence's mother was committed to a psychiatric hospital after she tried to take charge of a Parliamentary proceeding in Ontario's House of Commons. Clarence with no where else to go, joined the military as an enlisted special forces soldier. During his time there, he was able to quickly make friends and strong connections through his dutiful and eccentric means of signing up for every dangerous mission. As a result, he was quickly picked up for an officer program and quickly moved up the ranks in special forces as an officer and a leader. During that time, he learned to take care of his troops and ensure that they knew he was taking care of them. This endeared his troops to his kindness, creating a cult of personality in his ranks. Chanteau's upper echelon was painfully aware of his actions, however, Chanteau's endearment to his troops made them work harder and more effectively, garnering citations and awards for their units. In 2000, when the Soltan Star Empire invaded Earth, Chanteau found the opportunity to make himself legendary, and ensuingly, a greater threat to those above him.
During the Soltan Invasion of 2000, most of the world's military forces took a severe hit from the invading Soltans. The Canadian military was hit just as hard, however, through Chanteau's luck and the Soltan's belief that the Canadian military was not worth their effort, Chanteau's unit was able to win battle after battle, spouting rhetoric and propaganda to his troops, all while using fear as a tool to motivate his men. Remarkably, Chanteau's unit not only 'claimed' over 2000 Soltan kills, but only 70 of Chanteau's 350-strong unit died in combat against the Soltans, an admirable rate against the Soltans anywhere on Earth.
During the war, Chanteau enacted as a packrat, squirreling away equipment, weapons, food and munitions in various locations across Canada, sometimes at the expense of his unit's troops. In all truth, the Soltans tried to understand the logic behind Chanteau's military practices, applying militant and psychological assessment techniques including highly successful cognizant enemy anticipation computer models in repeated attempt to thwart and defeat Chanteau's unit, however, Chanteau was so 'off the wall' with his tactics, the Soltans couldn't get a read on how to learn to defeat him. Eventually, a special weapon was discovered to be used against the Soltans. After printing the designs, Chanteau made his entire unit build these weapons from spare parts and junk from scratch. As a result, Chanteau's unit was the first full regiment to be armed with the Soltan-Killer weapons in the North American theater. His strange tactics and 'outside the box thinking' were the only things that prevented his unit's massacre dozens of times over. Most of his men considered Chanteau's tactics as 'military brilliance' when instead, it was Chanteau coming up with some crazy idea and making his troops do it. Regardless, his efforts helped drive the Soltans back into space and was one of the predominant leaders (again, subtly leaked to others) that helped drive off the Soltans.
After the invasion, Chanteau was promoted to Colonel and awarded many citations and medals for his actions. Chanteau didn't pass up the opportunity to impress his men, demanding some of the highest awards and medals for his men, unconditionally. One such individual was his Executive Offcer, Lt. Colonel Malcolm McGuiness, whom Chanteau had codenamed "Enforcer Alpha". In the end, Chanteau's troops considered him one of the greatest military minds in Canada, writing and singing songs about him and their unit's victories over the Soltans. Chanteau's cult of personality continued to permeate his unit's ranks, however, his excessive self-promotion would lead to his undoing...and the start of a greater evil building up within Chanteau's soul.
As Chanteau continued his demand for praise of his ‘legendary’ status, the United States and Canadian military echelons finished a post-Soltan Invasion combat analysis of all their units. In the final assessment, Colonel Chanteau was given a grade of ‘D minus” for his leadership, strategy, combat effectiveness and resource utilization. Eventually, the news media leaked this evaluation, making Chanteau a laughing stock. More reports came in about how Chanteau’s hastily-made Soltan-Killer weapons would break after being fired several times and only through the kit-bashing skills of several other super-groups and United States military contractors and manufacturers did the baseline weapon the Exterminators devised actually get build to meet the combat standards the weapons were expected to operate in. Although deemed ‘useful’ in battling the Soltans, Chanteau was now considered an impetuous Canadian clown that was more hype than substance.
Chanteau went on a tirade against the United States and even against his own Canadian military leaders, stating over and over again that he saved the world. Over time, the media forgot about him, but Canada’s military leaders and politicians, who tried to get Chanteau to retire quietly, were forced to remove him from service the hard way.
In 2005, Chanteau was ordered to retire early or face courts martial for creating a ‘cult of personality’ amongst his troops. Chanteau became extremely irate and angry in front of the upper echelon board and told the board if they ‘value their own lives’ they would immediately grant him Brigadier, drop the ‘retirement’ issue and award him Canada’s highest military award, the Victoria Cross. The upper echelon incensed at Chanteau’s threats and ordered him arrested on the spot. For the next three days, Chanteau awaited his trial, but that day never came. On his third night of incarceration, Chanteau was broken out of jail thanks to over 200 of his devoted unit troops (several others who’d been jailed for protesting for Chanteau were also broken out). Knowing full well they’d committed treason, the troops that performed the jail break, all led by Colonel Malcolm McGuiness, codenamed “Enforcer Alpha”, made off with Chanteau to a remote island base of operations that only Chanteau and his troops knew about on Wolfe Island, located between the Canadian New Brunswick and United States’ Maine border. There, years before, Chanteau had accumulated tons of weapons, ordnance, food stores and equipment during the Soltan Invasion as one of his ‘pack rat’ storage locations. Little did Chanteau know that Wolfe Island would become his new home in the forecoming years.
Over the next few years, Chanteau and his 200+ expatriated troops built up Wolfe Island and started their own militaristic nation called the “United Canadian Empire”. There, he met and recruited thousands more new troops and several super-powered beings. One such person was Dr. Phlebotinum, a brilliant engineering physicist and a highly disturbed man. Under Chanteau’s leadership, the new “UCE” created a powerful military base and devised their own UCE Manifesto to highlight their new empire’s primary strategic goal taking over the North American continent and claiming it as the new UCE. As a result of his cult of personality and the hype about the Canadian government trying to ‘take down’ the great war hero Colonel Chanteau, the UCE was able to recruit thousands of new troops and even several super-powered people, of which three were previous Canadian super heroes. Over the same period of time, the UCE performed raids along the U.S./Canadian border, stealing more supplies, weapons, equipment and materials for their burgeoning military movement. Most of the raids, usually led by Chanteau himself, involved using a new super-powered recruit, Netherbride, to teleport the troops and raid teams into the raid locations, sometimes without the military even knowing they were there. During this time, Chanteau also had new identities made up for his main commanders and supporters, including himself, to help prevent capture and aid in their covert operations. As such, even Chanteau changed his last name to North. His troops “voted” Chanteau to hold a new title as well, and thus Colonel Chanteau has since become “Emperor North”.
As the raids continued, the United States and the Canadian military finally took the initiative and attacked him and his troops on Wolfe Island. Thanks to Doctor Phlebotinum’s powerful force field array he’d devised, the island was protected from any and all attacks, all the while the US and Canadian ships and airplanes were able to be destroyed with missiles, torpedoes, mines and defense turrets from Wolfe Island. Eventually, the U.S. and Canadian military retreated leaving reconnaissance drones and a Coast Guard/U.S. Navy naval blockade around the island. The UCE won a major victory, but their manifesto was far from being fulfilled. Over the next year, Emperor North and the UCE prepared for their grandest plan yet: the UCE’s annexation of all of New England into a new UCE province to be called “New Canada”.
Emperor North was now set to implement Project: Gambit; a plan North had devised to take over all of New England and make it a new province of the UCE. To do so, the UCE required several nuclear weapons, the use of larger, portable force field generators, the use of all of his now highly-trained UCE troops and the implementation of his new super-powered UCE team, the UCE Enforcers. After raiding two of the United States’ nuclear bunkers, the Emperor had the last pieces needed to initiate Project: Gambit. A few years ago, he did just that (see the United Canadian Empire webpage section, “IV. The New England Nuclear Gambit”). With mere hours from achieving his goal, he was stopped by a band of heroes that disarmed the nukes and forced the UCE to retreat back to Wolfe Island (the heroes would eventually form a new super-group, the Yankee Minutemen).
Although Project: Gambit failed, it did make the UCE as one of the most dangerous paramilitary terrorist organizations on Earth overnight, but also roiled the Emperor so badly that he insisted on setting off another nuclear weapon in New York City to ‘make them pay for what they did’. When Emperor North ensured his remaining UCE troops were all back on Wolfe Island, he initiated the nuclear weapon’s countdown. During the countdown, a low-level UCE trooper attacked the Emperor and stabbed him through the heart. The UCE trooper attacked the emperor to prevent his family and relatives who lived in New York City from being killed. In a brazen effort, the same trooper locked himself in a communications booth and broadcast across on all frequencies the location of the bomb to anyone listening. Within mere minutes left, the nuclear weapon in New York City was disabled before it could go off. The rogue UCE trooper was summarily executed in front of the troops. Even though the emperor died on the operating table twice, he miraculously survived his lethal attack, but was physically the worse for wear after that incident from there out.
Over the years since Project: Gambit’s failure, Emperor North has bequeathed leadership of the UCE Enforcers to his #2, Enforcer Alpha, as well as a majority of the day-to-day operations of the UCE. Emperor North, on the other hand, has become more bitter and angry over his defeat. His disgust of the United States and Canada has metastasized into an ever greater cancerous hate. He continues to plot and plan for other actions to take over North America, but no longer ‘leads from the front’, due to his injuries. Instead, Emperor North sits in his throne room, devising his next plan to not only have the UCE take over North America, but to destroy the super-groups that have thusfar dared to oppose him and the UCE. His next project may be even deadlier than his New England gambit…
Emperor North is a normal human, however, due to him being stabbed in the heart by one of his own troops, he now has an artificial heart. It is designed (by Doctor Phlebotinum) to run as a normal artificial heart or to go into ‘overdrive’, allowing the emperor to double his strength, stamina, speed, agility and fighting for up to 5 minutes. At the end of the five minutes, he will be exhausted and more than likely will collapse from the stress of the overdrive, putting him out of action for at least an entire day. He wears excellent body armor, able to protect him from all forms of attacks, heat, cold and radiation. His helmet contains a full array of communications, visual enhancements (not X-ray), audio enhancements (megaphone), and a self-contained breathing system that can provide him oxygen for up to 15 minutes.
He carries a wide variety of weaponry, specifically a large UCE-built ‘Empire” rifle that can shoot grenades, 50 caliber rounds, act as a flamethrower and even has a remarkable laser energy beam system capable of up to 20 shots up to a range of 600 yards.
His suit also contains an incredibly compact, personal force field generation system than he can use to protect himself, expand it to protect others within 5 meters radius of his location, or can create ‘force bubble’ expandable repulsion fields.
He also carries two typical sidearms, several typical/excellent type of frag, explosive and smoke grenades, two remarkably strong combat knives, a 500-yard amazingly strong ECM (and teleporter) jamming device, a monstrously strong 5-mile radius EMP blast device, three 50-mile range tracking devices, 2 red flares, several magazines of 50 caliber bullets (40 rounds/magazine), two additional laser energy packs for his Empire rifle, a personal handheld UCE computer/internet pad, a holographic telecom/sitcom image transmitter/receiver device on gauntlet and several other control buttons on his gauntlet including a self-destruct button for destroying all of Wolfe Island.
The emperor also had a 100-mile range signal device capable of remotely injecting the Archduke of Ontario with implanted materials that can be used to control or kill the Archduke. He also has a homing beacon/automation controller with a 100-mile range allowing for automated UCE air, sea or land craft to drive to his location for him to be extracted in a critical situation.