There have always been exceptional people, with powers beyond normal humans.
- One person in several million has minor abilities, knacks, or slightly beyond normal human strength, endurance, agility or intelligence.
- One person in tens of millions has powers that could reasonably be called superhuman.
- One person in hundreds of millions is a “paragon,” possessing world-shaking powers.
In prehistory and ancient times, metahumans with exceptional powers only appeared once every few generations. Many become legends, folk tales, heroes, prophets, kings, even gods of myth.
Around the turn of the 20th century the number of metahumans worldwide had reached into the hundreds, with scores of supers and a handful of paragons. As a result of the increasing meta population and improving communication technology, the world at large began to become aware of supers. Supers fought openly on both sides in WW I and WW II.
After the end of WW II, it was decided that the development of the atomic bomb and the growing number of metahumans made it necessary to create an organization that would channel their powers for the benefit of humanity. The International Metahuman Foundation was charted as an arm of the United Nations.
Currently it is estimated that there are 2000-3000 metahumans in the world. The IMF has identified 1305, (190 are classified as superhuman, and 21 are paragons). Of these 512 are determined to be non-hazardous, live normal lives, but are required to register with the IMF. The other identified metahumans have powers that are considered too dangerous or potentially disruptive to be unregulated, this includes all known superhumans and paragons. 436 have been recruited and work for the IMF (133 superhuman, 12 paragons). 222 are in “The Village,” a maximum security facility in Antarctica, where potentially dangerous metahumans who refuse to work with the IMF are housed (26 are superhuman, one paragon). 135 are rogue (31 superhuman, 8 paragons), either in hiding, or taking refuge in nations that are not signatories to the Metahuman Accords. There could be as many as a thousand or more metahumans not yet identified by IMF, including scores of supers and perhaps a handful of paragons.