The United States government funded Project Citizen with the intention of mass producing an elite force of super-soldiers for the military. However there were massive setbacks in the early years of development. Project Citizen suffered from extremely high failure rate, and the program was deemed unsuitable for use on active duty service members. The project was moved to black ops, and authorized the recruitment of a platoon sized element of soldiers to undergo the super-soldier development procedures.
The nature of the failure rate was a problem, and since the military refused to allow perfectly fit soldiers to be selected for the program, they had to look elsewhere. It was decided to target disabled service members who displayed a fervent desire to return to active duty. James Rodgers was one of three dozen service men and women recruited for the program.
Phase One began with compatibility testing, making sure each candidate met the physical and mental health standards to maximize success rates. From there, the candidates all signed waivers of consent and nondisclosure agreements, after which the procedure was revealed to them. All of the candidates agreed to proceed.
Phase Two was the most crucial phase, and the entire process took over a year to complete. Bioengineered organs that were designed to be superior to their counterparts were to replace existing organs in candidates, beginning with the heart. A month would pass to ensure that the heart was not rejected, after which the candidate would be able to recover much faster from series of surgeries to follow, thanks to this new heart. However, about half of the recipients experienced transplant rejection, and while they were able to receive their normal heart again, they would be released from the program otherwise.
Following the heart, the remaining candidates would receive new kidneys, liver, and adrenal glands, all with added benefits to their recipients. After six months the candidate’s body would become malleable, easily adapting to new organs that were foreign in nature to the normal human body, but necessary in creating the perfect soldier. These new organs each had a specific role to play in the new anatomy of the soldiers, granting them additional attributes to improve their combat prowess.
Phase Three began after the first set of organ transplants were successful and the candidates were able to recover from surgeries at a much faster rate. Cybernetic reinforcements would be grafted onto the recipient’s skeletal structure and fused with the nervous system, and top of the line cybernetic appendages would be given to those who had previously suffered a loss of limb. Ultimately these cybernetics were stronger than the already enhanced strength of these super soldiers.
The men and women who made it through these phases were then tagged as ‘Citizens’. Each Citizen experienced different results of the bioengineering and cybernetic augmentations, but ultimately they could expect massive improvements to strength, speed and endurance, along with a faster recovery time from injuries sustained in the field. Improved immune systems protected them against most known viral and bacterial infection, and harmful toxins could be purged in seconds as adrenaline enters the bloodstream and is dispersed throughout the body. In combat, reaction times were shown to be at a near precognitive level as they performed with absolute precision while utilizing firearms and engaging targets in record speeds.
Project Citizen operated in the shadows, protecting the United States from threats known and unknown. Espionage, sabotage, assassinations, Rescue operations, intelligence raids, acquiring persons of interest, the Citizens did it all. Often working hand in hand with the CIA, their job was a thankless one, and they would never receive acknowledgment of their deeds, not even in death.
In 2015, Project Citizen was retired and replaced by new and improved super soldier programs. The surviving members were given proper military retirement benefits, and introduced back into civilian life.