By Tyrus_ 9 Comments
Taking it's founding idea from The Force, the International Meta-Human Court has been created by members of the UN to deal with meta-human crimes and organizations that either exceed the powers of national governments to deal with or are outside the jurisdiction of other organizations such as STRIKE. The IMHC is supported by Interpol and the International Criminal Court as well as key members of the United Nations. This new organization is behold to international public opinion and is divided into 196 Districts, one for each of the active countries in the world.
Each District is represented by a High Judge that presides over all cases brought before them from their district. They have the power to assign "Street Judges' to investigate crimes, execute judgments and otherwise do the footwork involved. These street judges are appointed by the High Judges and are given wide powers to deal with the criminals in question. Judgement by both the High Judges and the Street Judges are often harsh and swift.
Each High Judge is elected by local elections in their District, arranged and setup by the national government in question and policed by UN inspectors who ensure the validity of the voting process. A High Judge serves one four year term before going up for election again and can serve no more than three such terms before they are no longer eligible for election. It is important to note that these elections are arranged by national governments but the appointment of the High Judge is NOT done by the national government, but rather by the full vote of its population. Thus the people in charge of electing these Judges are the same people most effected by them.
National governments ARE capable of restricting Judge access to their territory and the court is required to present national governments with information pertaining to the case before initiating their investigation within national borders. This is done to prevent accusations that the court ignores national sovereignty and though it can restrict access they cannot prevent the arrest or investigation of an individual or organization wanted by the court once they step outside of the national boundaries.
In an effort to secure further international cooperation the IMHC does not have a centralized building but instead requests buildings within the various 196 Districts with the promise of extensive cooperation should their aide be necessary. The Court is taking every possible precaution and step to ensure cooperation with major governments, it wishes to avoid the perception STRIKE suffered that it operates as a rogue organization and wants to work with governments, rather than create fear that they will supplant governments or arrest elected officials without the cooperation of the government involved.
As a part of this, the IMHC has sent all available information to the leader of every national government along with a request for aide and cooperation.
Street Judges and their equipment:
The Law can be fired in single shot, semi-automatic, burst fire or rapid fire modes. It fires a brand new form of Semi-Sentient Ammunition. Each round is equipped with a tiny computer and sensory device that scans its target on approach and adapts its material and makeup for the intended target. Thus, a standard bullet would adjust to meta-human penetrating rounds, electrical rounds, etc...whatever is determined necessary by the sensor at the tip of the bullet. The bullets are configured by fast moving nano-machines but generally only have time to adjust once before impact.
Armor is left up to the individual Street Judge but they are asked to keep a uniform style.
Like armor, Judges may use any variation of equipment they choose, so long as they carry at least one of the standard issued side arms. This allows Street Judges to operate with equipment that is particularly useful in their Jurisdiction depending upon the sort of meta humans they often encounter. If a Street Judge requires new equipment they submit a request for resources to the Court and the Court then provides the necessary funds to procure said equipment.
(probably adding more later)