Religion: Royalist Forces of America
Name: The Imperial Forces of America
Other Names: The Royalist Forces of America; The Imperial Forces
Number of appearances: 12
Teams/Affiliations: Royalist Forces of America
Foe of: The Thunderbolts
Worked for: Baron Zemo
Note: secretly funded by then-evil Helmut Zemo
The Royalist Forces of America (later renamed "The Imperial Forces of America") was organized by a small group of very wealthy, powerful, privileged individuals known as The Elite. Member of the Elite, who were the leaders of the much larger Royalist Forces, included William Taurey, Cheer Chadwick, Hesperus Chadwick, and Gloucester.
The Royalist Forces of America sought to overthrow the United States government so that they could replace it with leaders drawn from the ranks of wealthy, elite individuals of British ancestry or British birth. They wanted to establish a government based on pre-Revolutionary War British aristocracy.
In addition to ruling members, the Royalist Forces also included large numbers of troops, as well as slaves and genetically engineered monsters or monstrously deformed individuals.
Some explanation should be made regarding the first appearance of The Imperial Forces of America, which was called the "Royalist Forces of America" when it first appeared. The Royalist Forces are featured prominently throughout Captain America (vol. 1) #194, but the first appearance of this group really is Captain America (vol. 1) #193. Panel 4 on page 18 in Captain America (vol. 1) #193 features a photograph that Secretary of State Henry Kissinger shows Captain America. The photo shows a massive ICBM-sized Madbomb identified as "Big Daddy" -- a bomb large enough to incite the entire United States to violence. The photo also shows five scientists or technicians working on the bomb. This photo was taken inside the Royalist Forces headquarters, and these scientists or technicians are members of the Royal Forces of America.
Moreover, the Royalist Forces of America's presence in issue #193 is far more prominent than simply appearing in a one-panel cameo. The entire issue focuses on this group's campaign against America. The first 9 pages focus on a Madbomb attack on New York City, an attack that Captain America and the Falcon find themselves in the middle of. On page 10, in the aftermath of this attack, a SHIELD agent contacts Captain America and Falcon and escorts them to a specially-created SHIELD base in the American West, a base the accompanying SHIELD agent identifies as "Madbomb Control." Clearly the Royalist Forces are important in this story - so important that SHIELD set up a remote base just to deal with them. Agents at the base are hard at work looking for the hidden Royalist Forces base, which is where they believe the Madbombs are being created.
After a few pages in which SHIELD forces put Captain America and the Falcon through a dangerous sort of obstacle course to test their readiness and verify their identities, the heroes are introduced to the United States Secretary of State himself: Henry Kissinger. This is not just a cameo appearance by this real-life Secretary of State. Kissinger is featured throughout four pages, delivering explanations and exposition about the Madbombs and the plans of the Royalist Forces of America to detonate a huge Madbomb on the first day of the country's Bicentennial year (1976).
The fact that the Secretary of State himself would be on location at the "Madbomb Control" base underscores how dire this threat is, and how important the mission is. Captain America and the Falcon are definitely not the only people working on this mission. SHIELD and other federal forces are focused on trying to find the Royalist Forces and stop them. The SHIELD agent who accompanies Captain America and the Falcon to the Madbomb Control base tells the heroes that "every available SHIELD agent is on this cae, but we're still batting zero..."
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