The United Planets (or "UP" in abbreviated form) is a governing body that spans large portions of the known universe.
Founding and Modern History
On Prime Earth, The United Planets was first founded during the early 21st century in the wake of the discovery of roles Rogol Zaar and The Circle played in the destruction of the planet Krypton. A great meeting of galatic leaders was called on Thanagar Prime by the House of El and the House of Zod, where they revealed the Circle's complicity in the destruction of Krypton. The young Jon Kent proposed the creation of the United Planets, and with the arrival of the Legion of Super-Heroes from the future to celebrate the momentous occasion, the creation of the United Planets proceeded despite some initial uncertainty. In the centuries to come, this would be celebrated as 'Unity Day'.
Tragically, one of their first actions was to sentence the time-displaced Jor-El for his actions as a member of the Circle. As his punishment, they returned him to his correct position in the timeline, allowing him to be killed during Krypton's destruction. In an action that would prove controversial amongst his fellow citizens of Earth, Superman volunteered to act as Earth's provisonary representative on the council. Their first official proclamation would be to establish a formal New Krypton outpost, administrated by the House of Zod.
An early United Planets meeting, one to determine the location of the United Planets' regular meeting place, was interrupted violently by the arrival of Mongul MDCCXCI, who found the very concept of the United Planets offensive and sought to destroy out in its infancy. Though the members were able to unite against Mongul, he quickly decimated their forces and killed several representatives, despite the best efforts of Superman. However, the United Planets' collective fleets then turned their full force on Mongul, and Mongul just barely survived through the intervention of Superman. Without their leaders, many of the United Planets-aligned ships turned on one another before the fight was split up by Superman.
The Superwatch and United Order
However, the Superwatch soon became a catastrophe; it became clear that two of its members were in secret murders. Later, the a new team was formed, seemingly replacing the Superwatch: The United Order. The United Order's diverse membership included:
- Dominator QQ
- Prince Zerep
Conclave on Oa
After the restoration of relative normacy following the end of the Metal Wars, a great meeting was called on the planet Oa to determine the future of galactic peacekeeping in the new galactic status quo that came into being following the founding of the United Planets. The first matter of business was simply to determine whether or not Oa should be allowed membership into the United Planets at all, in view of the many catastrophes that some viewed as coming from the Guardians.
The meeting eventually lead to Oa’s acception into the United Planets but was then unfortunately interrupted by mystic terrorists from the Sorceror's World, Zerox. Subsequent attacks from various sources resulted in the death of a Guardian and the destruction of the Central Power Battery of Oa, throwing much of the galaxy into disarray.
Soon afterwards, the Durlan Thaaros was selected as the new leader of the United Planets, taking the title of Lord Premiere. He would soon be informed that Superman and his new team were travelling to Warworld Prime, seeking to dethrone Mongul MDCCXCII and free the slaves of Warworld, including Superman's kin, the Kryptonian diaspora Phaelosians. Mysteriously, despite the protests of his fellow councilors, Thaaros counseled that the United Planets should not intervene, opining that to do so could risk the wrath of Mongul should Superman fail. When Superman was apparently killed in the fighting, Thaaros convinced the council that the correct course of action was to remain silent.
By 2050 in the Future State Timeline, the United Planets had recently established a new headquarters in Metropolis, on Earth. Part of its charter at the time required all member worlds to transition away from the use of biofuels, resulting in energy shortages as its members restructured their economies and infrastructures. By this time, Lois Lane had become Earth's representative.
Lex Luthor took control of an alien world and rechristened it Lexor, becoming its absolute ruler and building a cult of personality around himself. On behalf of Lexor, Luthor petitioned the United Planets for membership. As his world had also been suffering from shortages, he built an army of machines, called 'Reticulants', which would strip resources from nearby worlds. As it so often did, Lex's hubris led to his downfall, and he was deposed by the citizens of Lexor and taken into United Planets custody by Superman and Lois Lane.
By 2070, the United Planets and the Justice League had become fundamentally linked, to the extent that Yara Flor refused to rejoin the Justice League on ideological grounds until it disconnected itself from the United Planets. Despite this, Yara helped defeat an attack by the tyrant sun Solaris alongside Leaguer Superman.
Invasion by the Red King
In the 3000s, the United Planet's military forces are overrun by invading armies of the Red King Pyrrhos, a bastard son of Superman born through the sorcery of the witch Circe who had since conquered Apokalips and New Genesis, bringing their might to bear on his enemies. Eventually, however, the Red King was defeated by the efforts of the House of El and the return of the original Superman, and the United Planets was able to rebuild.
Across many timelines and worlds, the United Planets eventually comes to be protected by the Legion of Super-Heroes. Though the circumstances differ, their origin nearly always springs forth from the prominent galactic citizen R.J. Brande.
In one potential timeline, by the year 3000, the United Planets had apparently since fallen, with rulership of the galaxy being taken over by The Five.
Composition and Scope
It was originally composed of Earth and a large number of other planets in the Milky Way Galaxy. Its jurisdiction has never been determined, as at times, it seems to extend beyond the Milky Way and into other galaxies.
The governing body, called the United Planets Inner Council, appears to have five members: the President of Earth and the heads of government of four other planets. One of those members serves as the president of the United Planets.
The capital of the United Planets is Superman's hometown of Metropolis, on the North American continent on Earth. The population of the United Planets was 300 billion but this later recanonized to be a population of 1.2 trillion by the time the legion first formed and many more quadrillion's of sentients outside sol. Later, much of the government and bureaucracy of the United Planets moved to Weber's World, an artificial world constructed for this purpose.
United Planets Members
- Sol (Star)
- Artificial planet-sized satellites
- Buffer Planets: (Planet's seeded by Mon-El)
- Bismoll is the home of Bismollians such as Matter-Eater Lad.
- Braal is the home of Braalians such as Cosmic Boy.
- Cargg is the home of Carggites such as Triplicate Girl.
- Geequo is the home of Geequoans such as Apollo.
- Janus is the home of Janusians such as Double-Header.
- Lallor is the home of Lallorians and the Heroes of Lallor.
- Mlain - (Unknown)
- Myrnah is the home planet of Braino.
- Somahtur is the home of Infectious Lass.
- Thanar - (Unknown)
- Tharr is the home of Tharrians such as Polar Boy.
- Zwen is the home of Zwenians such as Stone Boy.
- Winath is the home of Winathians such as Lightning Lad and Lightning Lass, as well as Lightning Lord.
- Other Planets
- Starhaven (settled by Native Americans)
- Teall (other dimension)
- New Tortuga (Space Priate, Asteroid base)
- Zerox (Sorcerers' World)
- Tharn (New Sorcerers' World)
- New Shanghai Colony
- Quarantine (Medical Planet)
- Procyon II
- Altair V
- Toomey VI
- Nullport, (planetoid famed for the construction of spacecraft)
- Erkenhom (Gas Giant)
- Paradise Planet
- Asteroid X52
- Corvan IV
- Demros II
- Doll World
- Hydra World
- Kar Zagas
- Lost World
- Monster World
- Puppet Planetoid
- Thieves Planet
- Vuruna - an ocean world
- Wondil IX
- Khundian Empire
- Dark Circle
- Arane II
- The United Planets appears in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Far From Home" when the Fatal Five have the brainwashed Legionnaires attack the United Planets.
- The United Planets appeared in the Legion of Super-Heroes TV series.
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