The Dauntless is an academy for super powered humans. It was set in place almost 30 years ago to help protect against threats the military couldn't handle. With that kind of power the government decided to take control over The Dauntless and how it operated to ensure the peoples safety from the supers as well. This meant keeping no secrets as to who all the supers were. This meant that the President would set a council to head The Dauntless a group of 4 of the most powerful supers that would watch over The Dauntless and ensure it was moving in the right direction. That wasn't enough for the people of the world to feel save. They wanted The Dauntless to take the supers when they were little so they could be trained and the ones that didn't follow the program would be eliminated to make sure no further threats would grow.