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  • At the height of the Second World War, the Allied powers began encountering terrifying

  • new technology and weapons under the command of an autonomous division of the Schutzstaffel

  • known as HYDRA.

  • In response, the Allies turned to the Strategic Scientific Reserve to counter HYDRA's ambitions

  • and develop secret weapons of their own.

  • The end of the war brought with it new insights as to the nature of the universe and humanity's

  • place within it.

  • To protect mankind from whatever threats yet undiscovered, the Strategic Scientific Reserve

  • was restructured into the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Divisions,

  • better known as S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • At its inception, S.H.I.E.L.D. was an American led organization based solely in the United States.

  • By the modern age, it had become critical enough to the defense of the Earth to warrant

  • international oversight.

  • The World Security Council, formed from politicians and specialists from the Earth's most powerful

  • nations, functioned as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s highest authority.

  • Its status as a wholly independent and autonomous committee however, meant that its goals often

  • clashed with those of the organization it was intended to oversee.

  • The Word Security Council was often misled or even outright ignored by S.H.I.E.L.D.'s

  • internal Director who, in practice, was the person most responsible for guiding the entire

  • organization.

  • Directors could fundamentally alter S.H.I.E.L.D.'s priorities as the situation dictated and had

  • access to the most technologically advanced equipment on the planet.

  • The largest and most powerful assets available to S.H.I.E.L.D. were its Helicarriers, enormous

  • aircraft carriers capable of sustained independently powered flight.

  • Various classes of Helicarrier were introduced over S.H.I.E.L.D.'s history, each serving

  • as mobile bases which could support and direct a variety of operations and mission types.

  • Modern variants have been equipped with retro-reflective panels across their hulls, making them invisible

  • to the human eye when necessary.

  • Conventional F-35 “Lightning 2” multirole fighters and other military aircraft were

  • assigned to Helicarriers, supplementing more advanced designs exclusive to S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • The Quinjet was first among these, combining the functionality of a conventional helicopter

  • with the long-range high-speed cruise performance of a jet aircraft.

  • Quinjets were capable of unprecedented maneuverability and typically used to transport and then extract

  • S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and teams.

  • Larger aircraft based elsewhere included modified C-17 Globemasters and the Zephyr One, which

  • served as mobile headquarters for smaller S.H.I.E.L.D. units.

  • On the ground, teams were further outfitted with a wide variety of S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • designed or enhanced vehicles, weapons, or more specialized equipment.

  • So far reaching was S.H.I.E.L.D.'s mission, and so critical that it succeed, that the

  • organization operated everything from highly advanced drones, requisitioned Naval ships,

  • and even orbital satellites with the accompanying support facilities.

  • S.H.I.E.L.D. bases operated on every continent, providing safehouses, research labs, containment

  • cells, and any other facilities that might be required.

  • Many of these were formerly operated by the Strategic Scientific Reserve or other elements

  • of the Armed Forces, while a select few were purpose built with S.H.I.E.L.D. in mind.

  • Triskelion was one such facility, built on the Potomac River between Washington, D.C.

  • and Virginia.

  • Triskelion would serve as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s primary headquarters for most of its modern

  • history, and home to some of its most secretive projects.

  • In 2012, S.H.I.E.L.D. was finally revealed to the public in the wake of the Battle of

  • New York, in which an invasion by the alien Chitauri was successfully and dramatically

  • repulsed by a S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • affiliated team known as the Avengers.

  • Composed of some of the most powerful individuals located on Earth and elsewhere, the Avengers

  • had been secretly assembled by Director Nick Fury in the weeks prior, to fight the battles

  • that S.H.I.E.L.D. never could.

  • Just two years later however, Steve Rogers, known to the world as Captain America, discovered

  • that HYDRA had not been completely destroyed during World War Two and instead had infiltrated

  • S.H.I.E.L.D. at nearly every level.

  • With S.H.I.E.L.D. granted renewed resources following the Battle of New York,

  • HYDRA intended to take command

  • of a new generation of Helicarriers and use them to kill over 20 million individuals deemed

  • a threat to their future plans.

  • Together with Director Fury and others, Steve Rogers was able to prevent HYDRA from enacting

  • its plans, but the effort destroyed S.H.I.E.L.D.'s headquarters and their most sensitive information

  • was leaked to the public.

  • With the full extent of HYDRA's manipulations still unknown, S.H.I.E.L.D. was disavowed

  • by its sponsor governments and its remaining agents were subject to a worldwide manhunt.

  • Scattered groups still loyal to the ideals of S.H.I.E.L.D. continued their work from

  • an assortment of secret bases, slowly gathering their resources with the aim of eventually

  • re-establishing the organization.

  • Agent Coulson, a long-time associate of Nick Fury, was most responsible for this effort,

  • recruiting mercenaries, former agents, and others to help fill his ranks.

  • Together with these S.H.I.E.L.D. loyalists,

  • Coulson continued the fight against HYDRA, rival S.H.I.E.L.D. factions,

  • and far more dangerous threats that loomed on the edges of time and space.

  • Eventually, Coulson was appointed as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s new Director by Nick Fury and legitimized

  • again following the signing of the Sokovia Accords which regulated the activities of

  • enhanced individuals.

  • S.H.I.E.L.D.'s return cost Coulson his position who resigned to keep his existence secret.

  • S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded with a simple mission: to protect mankind.

  • Across its history that mission has expanded to include superhuman powers, extra dimensional

  • forces and alien empires.

  • It has been destroyed, restored, and destroyed again, but S.H.I.E.L.D. is more than just

  • a name or an emblem, like the Avengers, it is an idea.

  • So long as men and women remain loyal to that idea, S.H.I.E.L.D. will remain.

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