UNITED. stands for the United Nations Integrated Task-Force for Extraordinary Defense. It was established by the UN in the early fifties to investigate and counter super-normal threats to peace. UNITED is a massive organization with an international mandate.
UNITED is comprised of numerous divisions. Chief among these are the DEFENDERS, and AEGIS.
DEFENDERS stands for Duty Equality Freedom Extra-National Defenders of Earth Region Super-heroic. DEFENDERS is an organized network of super-powered agents. DEFENDERS is the modern descendant of the legendary Liberty Defenders of World War II.
DEFENDERS has chapters in most major cities. Each chapter consists of 5-6 super-powered beings. Each chapter reports to an administrator assigned to coordinate the activities of all affiliated super-powered beings within that theater of operations. Each chapter is given a numerical designation. For example, the Pacific City Chapter is known as DEFENDERS-5. DEFENDERS-6 is located in Portland and DEFENDERS-28 is headquartered in San Francisco.
DEFENDERS-5 currently consists of Bolter, Arclight, El Montana, Typhoon, and Myst. An earlier roster included Cosmic Storm, the Kyle, Shield Maiden, String Theory, and Wounded Knee, all of whom have either been reassigned or have retired from service.