History and Origins:
In the wake of the Cuban missile crisis, the United Nations Security Council
unanimously decided that the world had come far to close to
global thermonuclear war, and that it was the duty of the United
Nations to do something about it. The Security Council
authorized the creation of two special enforcement bodies:
Checkmate and the Global Guardians. Checkmate's purpose was to
act as peacekeepers and enforcers of international law. The
Guardians were there to put a stop to things that normal law
enforcement couldn't handle.
Area of Operation:
Goals: Defend the
Earth from all threats, internal and external.
Prevent catastrophe and disaster when possible.
Inter-Group Relations: On an individual basis, the Global
Guardians get along pretty well with one another, though during
off-hours the team does tend to split into a few distinct groups.
Achilles, Gunmetal, and Guardsman, all being former military men
with similar attitudes, tend to enjoy each other's company and will
generally spend more time together in their off hours than with the
others playing golf or fishing. Los Hermanos, Bungie, and
Nordkapp Man, being less straight-laced and easy going than the
others, and can often be seen bar-hopping in various cities around
the world during their off hours.
Arachne, Tachyon, and
Ultra-Man tend to be a bit stand-offish regarding their teammates.
It isn't that they are unfriendly or unwilling to spend time with
the others; rather, each of the "loners" has a completely different
personal perspective that separates them. Arachne is dedicated
to the task given her by Athena, and thus feels uncomfortable when
she's not working on it, even though she knows Athena would not
begrudge her a personal life (Bungie is constantly trying to get
Arachne to join her, Hermanos, and Nordkapp Man on one of their
party excursions, and is on the brink of actually succeeding.)
Ultra-Man has the tastes and attitudes you might expect from a man
born in 1914, and thus has little in common with his teammates.
His downtime is generally spent helping farmers in the mid-west, or
staying at home and watching old movies from the 30s and 40s on DVD.
And Tachyon, being a Mangani gorilla, simply has trouble relating to
her human companions. He's trying to fix that, though.
The Global Guardians are respected by nearly every law enforcement body
on the planet as an effective team of crime-fighters. There are
occasionally hard feelings and resistance regarding the Guardians mandate to fight
crime everywhere, regardless of jurisdiction, but in general full
cooperation is given by the national and local governments.