Tala-El was a respected member of the noble House of El on the planet Krypton. In the Kryptonian year 9852, Tala-El and several other dignitaries met to discuss the formation of an international federation to unite all of Krypton's disparate nations. Tala-El suggested following Kandor's system of government and forging the new federation as a technocracy. His colleagues however, desired a more democratic system of government rather than a society ruled strictly by the laws of science.