The United States government funded Project Citizen, along with dozens of other super soldier programs, with the intention of mass producing an elite force of super-soldiers to counter the ever growing involvement of meta humans in the military. There were massive setbacks in the early development of Project Citizen however. The program suffered from an extremely high failure rate, and was deemed unsuitable for use on active duty service members. The project was moved to black ops, where it was then authorized recruitment of a platoon sized element of soldiers despite the risks involved. Since the military refused to allow perfectly fit soldiers to be selected for the program, they had to look elsewhere. It was decided that selecting disabled service members who displayed a fervent desire to return to active duty would be the best course of action. Nearly a hundred candidates were selected, but only three dozen made it through the process of becoming a "Citizen".
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 candidates involved agreed to proceed onto the next phase.
Phase Two was the most crucial phase, and the entire process took over a year to complete. The candidates underwent extensive gene therapy to increase bone density, muscle mass, and capacity to heal. This process also increased the oxygen carrying capacity of red blood cells. The idea was to not only make the candidates stronger and more resilient for combat purposes, but also more malleable for the next phase of the program.
Phase Three involved heavy bioaugmentation, bioengineered organs designed to be superior in every way to their human counterparts. Beginning with the heart, designed to help facilitate the more oxygenated blood they produced, followed by lungs, liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands. The improved lungs filtered out toxic gases, while the liver and kidneys will filter out any other dangerous toxins that entered the body. And while the engineers designed the organs to not be overly sensitive to medical grade drugs or painkillers, activation of the adrenal gland will immediately cause a full purge of all toxins to the body.
Phase Four would take place a few months after Phase Three was completed, ensuring that the transplants were successful and giving the candidates time to balance out. Once sure that the Citizens were ready to continue, cybernetic reinforcements would be grafted onto the recipient’s skeletal structure and fused with the nervous system and spinal column. Top of the line cybernetic appendages were given then to candidates with previous amputations. Ultimately these cybernetics would be stronger than the already enhanced strength of these super soldiers, but they were still calibrated for proper balance.
The men and women who made it through these phases were then officially tagged as ‘Citizens’. Each Citizen experienced slightly different results from the bio and cybernetic augmentations, but ultimately they received 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 for just over a decade, 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 as new and improved super soldier programs continued to produce better and better products. The surviving members of Project Citizen were given proper military retirement benefits, and introduced back into civilian life.