The Version We Use
The Sokovia Accords were ratified by 117 countries in the United Nations in 2017, as a response to the events of 2016 involving terrorists and the Avengers in Lagos, Nigeria, which resulted in the deaths of 26 people, including 11 relief workers from Wakanda. However, they were named for the larger 2015 incident in Novi Grad, Sokovia, between the Avengers and Ultron's forces, which resulted in hundreds of deaths and casualties as well as hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of damage and the destruction of Novi Grad. The international community realized that, between these two events alone, there was a need for some regulation of international incidents involving the high profile team of superheroes based in the United States: the Avengers.
The purpose of the Accords is to regulate the involvement of Avengers and similar teams in international affairs, to provide oversight for such actions, and to force accountability for collateral damage caused by those actions.
The following terms were established:
- The Avengers will not be a private organization and will operate under the supervision of a United Nations panel.
- Enhanced individuals will not have authorization to cross international boundaries at will.
- Enhanced individuals require clearance from a nation's government or UN subcommittee before they can take action in that country, whether alone or as part of a team.
- Enhanced individuals who have not signed the Sokovia Accords may not participate in any national or global conflicts.
- Any enhanced individuals who take unauthorized actions or obstruct the actions of those operating in compliance with the Sokovia Accords will be arrested.
The Sokovia Accords should not be confused with a registration act
(see below). The Accords do not cover actions taken by enhanced individuals domestically
, only internationally
. Enhanced individuals are still subject to all applicable local laws. They are not required to sign any documentation if they do not intend to cross national boundaries, and cannot currently be arrested for having or using their powers unless they violate existing laws.
What You Need to Know About Potential Upcoming Legislation
Note that this is still being debated by politicians and citizens alike, and has not been passed yet.
The Superhuman Registration Act, as proposed by President Richard Carpenter, would expand on the purview of the Sokovia Accords. It would affect individuals living or operating in the United States. Under this law, all individuals possessing superpowers or advanced technology would be required to register with the federal government in order to use those powers or tech. To register, an individual must provide:
- their full name
- whatever aliases they might go by
- their permanent address
- a clear photograph taken at registration
- a detailed list of what they are able to do, and
- a DNA sample.