National (US)

While a number of states have laws on the books concerning the alien population, the growing clamor is that a national registry for the full spectrum of the non-human population is they wisest thing to do in the changing environment. It is a frequent subject of debate in the national theatre, and there are very few people who don't have an opinion about it one way or the other.


The state of Delaware holds high its state motto of Liberty and Independence. The state legislative body has publicly frowned on efforts like those enacted in its neighboring states of New Jersey and New York, having some of the laxest laws in the country concerning the aliens, mutants, and metahumans in their midst. It has abided by national laws, but even its Senators and Representatives have spoken loudly against any talk of national registration efforts on the floors of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Proponents of harsher restrictions on these populations say that the state has gotten blinded by Superman's proximity in the city of Metropolis, but the laws seem to be in no danger of changing any time soon.

New Jersey

New Jersey's laws sit somewhere between Delaware and New York with regards to attempts to identify the non-human members of its population. Prisons require testing and declarations, and testing is sometimes required for sensitive positions.

Of more interest is the tremendous amount of state funding that it provides for the running of facilities like the infamous Arkham Asylum in Gotham City, and recent anti-vigilante laws that impose harsh restrictions for anyone—human or otherwise—attempting to pursue and falsely imprison private citizens without proper authority.

New York

New York's harsh stance on metahumans has been a source of national conversation. Mutants in particular are singled out as commercial tests for the X-Gene are readily available, and the mandatory registration laws recently enacted, in the form of the Metahuman Registration and Public Safety Act, have been hotly contested. Some say it's a reasonable part of protecting public health and public security. Some say it's an intrusion of privacy, discriminatory, and a violation of HIPAA to maintain a public registry of this type. Other metahumans are subject to registration if they're caught using their abilities in public, but this is much harder to enforce.

Additionally, in the wake of the Chitauri attack that devastated large swaths of New York, aliens have been the subject of discrimination and false accusations for years.

The issues are prevalent enough that some new political candidates have built their entire careers around these pillars.

Read the actual text of the Registration Act at the page for New York City!

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