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"Mankind's ingenuity made the blimp, the lamp and the machine gun last century, now we have the spacecraft, the microchip and the nuclear weapons. I wonder what comes next if we live past this troubled year to come." -1968-
The period between the First and the Second Great War (03/15/1920-10/29/1975) was one marked by a surge of imperialistic expansionism and several technological breakthroughs.
The New World Order
After the end of the First Great War and the Russian Civil War which caused unprecedented destruction the most pre-eminent powers of the world were overcome with fear that another direct confrontation among them would bring an end to civilization and thus secretly forged a pact that none would try to claim territorial possessions that were to be held by another.
Thus without the threat of sparking another conflict over colonial possessions the Commonwealth of Entente, the Rhine-Volga Confederation, the Ottoman Republic and the Empire of Japan set their sights on acquiring every piece of explorable territory unclaimed by another power deflagrating an unprecedented imperialistic expansion.
A decade of innovation, the 30's
The invention of the transistor
Early works on the development of transistors date back to 1925 with concepts made by Austrian-Hungarian physicist Julius Edgar Lilienfeld but the first build field-effect transistor was credited to German physicist Dr. Oskar Heil in 1933 at the University of Georg-August University of Göttingen.
The work of the two didn't go unnoticed by the German government which contracted both to work in the development of an industrially applicable transistor based machine and the results couldn't have proven more satisfactory.
In 1935 at the anniversary of Kaiser-Wilhelm Institute their finished work was unveiled to the public, the world's first transistor based programmable computer Sprung I.
By the end of the decade, automatization in the industry began to raise production dramatically.
Airships, the bigger the better
In the wake of German victory in the Great War the blimps have shown their value by conducting several bomb raids against Britain and giving forward reconnaissance on the seas to spot enemy subs and mine emplacements.
Sure there was an uncanny vulnerability to incendiary munition when they were filled with Hydrogen but with the newly gained resources of the Rhine-Volga Confederation Helium became abundant to the Zeppelin manufacturing complexes.
There was also the problem of newer heavier-than-air aircraft reaching top ceilings comparable to that of Zeppelins which would undermine the out of reach advantage they previously held against fighters and land defences.
To make up for this the engineers of military models came up with the idea of changing the Zeppelin from an high altitude bomber to that of a flying battleship that could carry defensive aircraft of it's own and carry a small contingent of troops across the skies.
The main advantage of the airships was their far greater weight carrying capacity that coupled with new more resistant polymers and armor plates could transform the once light blimps in virtual flying bases that would serve as contingency deployment across seas and conduct command and control operations.
Civilian blimps while nowhere near as fast as the rapid emerging civilian airplanes turned to luxurious flying hotels that would lead cruises across several paradisical spots much like their naval counterparts.