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January 12th, 1839: Reginald Hayes is born in London, England.
Around this time, Hayes begins designing inventions, but has yet to act on them
August, 1854: Earliest known date of Hayes' apprenticeship under Henry Bessemer.
1855: The Bessemer process for steel manufacturing is patented.
1857: Hayes designs the first drafts of the Prometheus engine, a steam-powered device used to automate objects, something unheard of at the time.
April 13th, 1860: Point of Divergence; Reginald Hayes shows designs of the Prometheus engine to Bessemer. Hayes is subsequently fired for designing 'a foolish contraption'
November 12th, 1860: Hayes, scrounging for money, finally patents the Prometheus engine. Working with advertiser John Gellum, the Prometheus engine is released to the public.
March 5th, 1861: The Prometheus engine becomes more widely known. Reginald Hayes and John Gellum found Hayes Automotive Company.
April 12th, 1861: The American Civil War begins.
September 29th, 1862: Reginald Hayes marries Marie Fairchild.
January 23rd, 1863: A newer, smaller version of the Prometheus engine is designed by Hayes. By now, crank-operated machines are being replaced with Prometheus engines.
May 30th, 1864: Hayes Automotive Company continues to grow in funds and employees. Hayes enacts several policies to handle the rapid expansion of the company. One of the results is several more factories being built around England.
May 9th, 1865: End of the American Civil War
October 14th, 1865: The Prometheus engine sees another upgrade; this time, the engine is more durable and compact.
April 14th, 1866: The London Small Arms Company is founded by former members of the London Armoury company.
December 22nd, 1866: Reginald Hayes and Marie Fairchild produce a child named Henry Hayes.
1867: Hayes Automotive Company begins producing devices to work with the Prometheus engine. Hayes, taking an interest in trains, begins work on designing a train to be compatible with a Prometheus engine. National militaries begin upgrading with automatic weapons. The use of the Prometheus engine begins to spread to other nations.
January 10th, 1868: Reginald Hayes and Marie Fairchild produce a second child. Unfortunately, the baby is stillborn and Marie Fairchild dies.
February 2nd, 1868: Hayes, distraught at his wife and daughter's deaths, names the train he's been working on the 'Fairchild Locomotive'. The Fairchild Locomotive is taken for its first public display. Observers are amazed as the first non-coal powered train moves across the tracks.
October 10th, 1868: A revolt in Cuba sparks Spanish response.
June 18th, 1869: The Prometheus engine is renovated yet again. Several inventors use the Prometheus engine to power their own devices.
March 13th, 1870: The Cuban revolt ends in the Two Years' war.
January 18th, 1871: The German Empire is created. The Prometheus Engine starts becoming more popular in Germany.
June 30th, 1871: The Prometheus Engine, cheap and, as Hayes has shown, relatively easy to make, has become popular in western nations, especially the United States and Mexico. Outlaws begin using Prometheus engine powered devices.
February 8th, 1872: Marzhin Cabal creates the Justification Class airship known to be safer and easier to produce.
September 16th, 1872: The Fairchild Locomotive is replicated and put on several more railroads.
November 30th, 1872: The Reconstruction-era in the United States ends.
March 3rd, 1873: The Prometheus engine continues to revolutionize everyday life. A poll reports that most people in Britain, France, Germany, and the United States own at least one Prometheus engine powered device. A worldwide Gilded Age begins.
August 12th, 1874: Santros Heist. Outlaws in the American west use a Prometheus-powered device to rob a bank in the small town of Santros, California. The device, nicknamed the Boomer, destroys portions of the town. Santros is abandoned shortly thereafter.
November 4th, 1874: An outlaw by the name of James claims that he created the Boomer. A massive hunt begins for James as he threatens to use the Boomer on another town.
April 2nd, 1875: James uses the Boomer on Belleville, California, destroying much of the town. A massive search for James begins. Copycat crimes begin, marking the start of the Outlaw Era. Everyday men work to create gadgets of their own.
July 17th, 1876: The University of Oxford begins offering courses involving engineering with the Prometheus Engine. Engineers around Europe begin attending these classes, encouraging a new wave of gadget-builders.
November 7th, 1876: President Samuel J Tilden is elected into office as the President of the United States.
January 10th, 1878: Work on the Fairchild Locomotive by Karl Kraufman, a German engineer results in the creation of a train that can run without tracks, provided the ground is hard. The train, dubbed the Kraufman Locomotive, is replicated throughout the year.
December 2nd, 1879: The first Kraufman Locomotive comes to Britain. The Karl Kraufman Company is officially founded.
1880: Many railways are built around the UK and the US as the Kraufman Locomotive revolutionizes the way people travel. These new railways are easily built and quickly constructed, allowing for fewer deaths and worker strikes.
April 20th, 1881: James attacks Columbia, California. The town's bank is robbed and all refined gold is seized. Due to their compliance, the Boomer isn't used. The rich gold mine allows for the town to recover, albeit slowly.
May 23rd, 1881: The Royal Institution of Promethian Engineering is founded in London.
March 11th, 1882: A Kraufman Locomotive is attacked and captured by James and a gang of 8 other men.
May 15th, 1883: The brakes on the Kraufman Locomotive are improved, allowing for the locomotive to stop 50% faster than most other locomotives.
June 3rd, 1884: George F Edmunds wins the nomination for Republican Presidential Candidate.
August 23rd, 1884: James attempts to attack San Bernardino, California. The plan, supposedly eight years in the making, results in the destruction of portions of the city before James is shot and killed by a citizen. The Boomer is recovered by the United States.
January 8th, 1885: The Prometheus Engine undergoes a revolutionary breakthrough, allowing it to become cheaper, more reliable, and easily repaired. Dubbed the 'Prometheus 2.0', it is compatible with devices already using Prometheus technology. Sales of the Prometheus Engine jump drastically.
November 11th, 1886: The Prometheus Engine, by now, has revolutionized life in Western Europe, especially in Germany and Britain. London Times coins the term 'Clockwork Age' for the first time. The name grows in popularity quickly, resulting in November 11th being known as the beginning of the Clockwork Age.
February 21st, 1887: The Prometheus Automobile is unveiled by Hayes Automotive Company. It is seen as Hayes' response to the Kraufman Locomotive. Hayes Automotive Company and the Karl Kraufman Company enter into an economic duel.
June 3rd, 1887: Standard Oil goes bankrupt. John D. Rockefeller sells the company to Hayes Automotive Company, expanding his business in the United States.
March 9th, 1888: Wilhelm I of Germany dies, leaving Frederick III in charge of the German Empire.
June 15th, 1888: Wilhelm II assumes the throne after Frederick III dies prematurely. 1888 becomes known as the Year of Three Emperors.
January 31st, 1889: The Eiffel Tower is inaugurated.
October 21st, 1890: The Karl Kraufman Company begins making machines for the German military. A split-off occurs, resulting in 70% of the company becoming a state-funded entity. It exists, for all intents and purposes, in name only. The other 30% merges with Benz Patent-Motorwagen to become Kraufman-Benz.
December 29th, 1890: The Wounded Knee Massacre. The Boomer, replicated by the US government, is utilized. About 320 Native Americans are killed while the US death toll is about 12.
June 6th, 1891: The Jupiter-model Airship is developed by Newton Airships in Britain. The Germans plan to develop a better airship. This air of competition leads to the official start of the British-German Arms race.
September 23rd, 1892: Luftshiffbau Zeppelin by Count von Zeppelin creates the LZ 2 in an attempt to best the Jupiter-model.
December 25th, 1892: The December Purchase. Hayes Automotive Company purchases thirteen companies on Christmas, expanding its operations evermore.
May 12th, 1893: The Colombian Exposition begins in Chicago. Reginald Hayes arrives at the World's Fair and unveils the Behemoth Airship to the world.
February 7th, 1894: The Automobile, popularized by Benz Patent, surpasses the Kraufman locomotive as the most-used motor vehicle.
June 2nd, 1894: The term 'Aerosmith' is coined in the novel 'The Smoke Sky' by George Gissing and gains popular usage. It is defined by the author as: "a craftsman skilled in the construction, repair and upkeep of balloons, airships and other flying devices".
October 31st, 1895: An earthquake in the central United States occurs. The 6.7 earthquake damages most buildings in Charleston, Missouri.
January 12th, 1900: Reginald Hayes buys Audley End House in Cambridgeshire for a significant sum of money from the Howard family to mark his 61st birthday.
January 22nd, 1901: Queen Victoria the Magnificent dies at the age of 81.
February 2nd, 1901: The Funeral of Queen Victoria the Magnificent at Westminster Abbey. Her coffin is taken via a specially commissioned Benz car (a gift by Kaiser Wilhelm II) from Trafalgar Square to the Abbey. Thousands line the streets. A flypast of Jupiter and Behemoth airships takes place, releasing 63 eagles from the side hatches and trailing smoke coloured red white and blue. Along with the many state delegations, from almost every nation on earth, Reginald Hayes attends the service personally.
March 1st, 1901: Coronation of King Edward the VII.
16th November, 1904: Compañía Aérea Halcón is founded in Ibiza, Spain by a Mr. Alfonso Juan Ibáñez.
11th November, 1906: Reginald Hayes is knighted at Buckingham Palace.
25th May, 1905: Compañía Aérea Halcón brings out the AZ25, a small gunship. The Spanish, Ottoman and Danish governments order 50, 12 and three respectively.
June 9th, 1907: The Tōkyō hikōsen-tai (Tokyo Airship Squadron) is formed by Imperial decree.
19th March, 1908: The Spanish Royal family buys a 90% stake in Compañía Aérea Halcón.
January 17th, 1909: The Provisional Military Balloon Research Association (PMBRA) is founded in Tokyo by the Japanese government.
September, 4th 1910: Yamada Industries launches the Yamada-shiki No.1, which is a massive success, though it suffers from high fuel consumption.
November 11th, 1911: The Panama Canal is completed and opened to shipping, the use of modified Boomers having cut an estimated three years off the construction time. Celebrations are held in Britain to mark the 25th anniversary of the dawn of the Clockwork age.
July 28th, 1914: Austria-Hungary invades Serbia. The start of The Great War.
August 5th 1914: German airships bomb Paris for the first time, destroying the Eiffel Tower.
October 1st 1914: Germans reach Calais and are stalled by the British Expeditionary Force. The Battle of Calais begins.
October 7th 1914: German troops reach Paris. Chaotic fighting ensues.
October 18th 1914 The battle of Paris stabilizes somewhat, with the front line running along the Seine.
December 25th, 1914: All over the Western Front men stop fighting. In Paris men gather at the ruins of Notre Dame Cathedral (since the island is no-mans land) and hold a trilingual service.
1915: A stalemate develops across the western front of the Great War. The front line runs from Calais in the north to Bourg-en-Bresse in the south, passing through Abberville, Amies, Paris, Sens, Dijon and Mâcon. Air warfare becomes more popular as both sides attempt to break the deadlock.
March 13th, 1916: The first 'Thor' is deployed by the Germans to repel an allied attack. An armoured machine designed and manufactured by Benz, with all-terrain tracks and a machine gun turret. Though slow and liable to break down, it strikes fear into the hearts of the allied troops.
May 15th, 1916: The British issue an order to several companies to begin designing a British 'Thor'.
May 29th, 1916: Plans for the Thor designed by Armstrong Whitworth are ordered into production by the British government.
September 1st, 1920: The end of the Great War. The Armistice of Geneva is signed by all combatants.
October 1920: Widespread outrage in Russia at their treatment in the Armistice of Geneva. Protests and rioting occurs and government buildings are burnt. Joseph Stalin is convicted of inciting revolution and executed.
November 5th 1920: Nikolai Nikolaevich Yudenich makes a speech in Moscow calling for order. He blames all the problems on the Armistice of Geneva and claims that the Russian peoples were stabbed in the back by the other allies.
September 1st 1921: The Great War Remembrance Society is founded in Great Britain, taking a bronze cog as their symbol.
1922: The Year of Six Sultans. Civil war in the Ottoman Empire. A war-weary Europe does not involve itself. The Empire breaks up and many regions become lawless, with no clear ruler.
December 12th 1924: Nikolai Nikolaevich Yudenich marries Natalya Romanova and takes her name, becoming Heir-Apparent to the Russian throne.
September 19th 1925: Natalya Romanova gives birth to a son, Alexei.
October 17th, 1925: Sir Reginald Hayes dies at Audley End House in Cambridgeshire.
1926: The Zionist movement begins to advocate for a return to Israel now that the Ottoman Empire has collapsed.
April 24th, 1928: A resurgent Greece invades Anatolia (via Constantinople) and former Ottoman islands in the Mediterranean in a plan code named Operation Zeus. Their stated intention is "To bring order to the former Ottoman Empire."
May 7th, 1928: Constantinople 'stabilised' and in Greek hands along with Crete. The invasion of the Aegean islands is progressing well.
May 13th, 1928: Greek landings at Rhodes lead to an immediate surrender of remnant Ottoman soldiers.
May 20th, 1928: With all former Ottoman holdings in the Mediterranean taken, Greek landings on the Anatolian coast commence.
May 22nd 1928: Greek beachheads established at Antalya, Fethiye, Izmir and Cannakale. Little resistance is encountered. Many Turks flee to the mountains.
September 1928: The Greek advance stalls when it meets the mountains. The government calls an end to the offensive and annexes its conquests into Greece. The international community reacts favourably, despite protests in Egypt.
March 3rd 1929: Tsar Nicholas II of Russia dies peacefully in his sleep at Anichkov Palace. Nikolai Nikolaevich Romanov succeeds him, known to the west as Tsar Nicholas III.
March 29th 1929: Coronation of Tsar Nicholas III and his wife Queen Natalya. During his address to the nation Nicholas promises to "Make Russia great again"
May 27th, 1930: Newton Airships release the 'Elephant'. Originally commissioned as an armoured troop transport by the British army in 1918, a number of problems saw development stall in favour of the Remert-Cabal Duohulls. With the war over the design was shelved, but with the world economy recovering, there is a gap in the market for a long distance cargo hauler.
July 4th, 1931: Independence day. A vast festival is held in San Francisco.
August 17th 1931: The great war poet Pascal Dubois publishes his works in a volume entitled 'Nuages orageux au-dessus Paradis'(Storm clouds over Paradise).
October 1st 1932: The foundation of the State of Israel at the Zionist Conference in London. Greece and Great Britain back the existence and territorial claims of the new state, which are defined by the land mentioned in the Torah as promised to the Jews by God. The international community reacts well with the American President stating that "... the existence of the state is better than the chaos that has followed the collapse of the Ottoman nation."
June 16th, 1934: The 'Airchair' is released by Newton Airships. It is a floating chair, with the gasbag underneath the seat and miniature thrusters on the arms. Sales are huge.
November 11th, 1936: Massive celebrations are held throughout Europe marking the 50th anniversary of the dawn of the Clockwork age.
January 1st, 1937: Panama becomes a state of the United States of America.
February 14th, 1938: Gerald Sinclare holds a Valentines Day party in the Green House, New York. Costing around $1,000,000 the party goes down in legend for its scale and spectacle. Over a thousand guests are in attendance.
February 15th, 1938: New York street cleaners take one look at the remains of the party and go on strike.
September 29th, 1939: Compañía Aérea Halcón brings out the AZ30 at the request of the Spanish government. Spain orders 50.
December 30th 1940: Kaiser Wilhelm the Pacifier dies of pneumonia in Nymphenburg Palace.
April 30th, 1941: Wall Street Crash. Black Wednesday. Many investment bankers commit suicide.
1942: After years of anarchy the Arabian peninsula stabilises somewhat under the control of a great multitude of pirate regimes, most of whom are vassals of one of the ten largest. Concerted attacks on shipping and air routes begin.
May 16th, 1942: Yamada airships unveil the Chō, proving that Japan has not been adversely affected by the Crash.
August 14th 1942: Tsar Nicholas III dies of a stroke whilst inspecting the Pacific naval fleet at Vladivostok. News is sent at once by the fast courier airship TKD Baloban.
August 21st 1942: The Baloban arrives in St Petersburg and the news is delivered to the royal family.
September 1st 1942: Alexei is crowned Tsar of all the Russians.
September 18th, 1942: The Red Sons of the East Wind (أبناء الأحمر من الرياح شرقية) attack the GBA Goldrush over Farasan Island, making off with cargo estimated to be worth £500,000.
October 1st, 1942: The Lions of the Southern Sun (ليونز من الشمس الجنوبية) attack a convoy of ships bound for Calcutta and make off with loot worth £30,000. All six ships are sunk and over 100 are feared dead.
October 2nd 1942: Shares in Indian companies drop sharply.
March 12th,1943: Rioting begins in David, Panama over the price of food.
August 19th, 1943: Panama declares itself independent from the USA. Start of the Canal War.
September 2nd, 1943: The Sunset Sultan (غروب الشمس سلطان) attacks a passenger ship and seizes 300 hostages.
September 5th, 1943: A message is delivered to the British Governor of Egypt in Cairo, demanding £1,000,000 and three tons of helium in return for the hostages. A month is given to have them ready.
September 30th, 1943: Paulino Franco is made governor of Cuba by Spain. He is known as a staunch imperial monarchist. Protests begin in Havana at his appointment.
October 5th, 1943: British troops (The Earl of Abbingdon's Own Promethean Division) storm the base of the Sunset Sultan, in the hills to the north of Wadi Addawasir, managing to rescue 50 of the 300 hostages. The Sunset Sultan is killed and his band disperses.
October 7th 1943: News of the massacre reaches London. The Lions of the Southern Sun (ليونز من الشمس الجنوبية) establish themselves in the area formerly held by The Sunset Sultan. Many in London question why a garrison was not left behind.
October 17th, 1943: Franco arrives in Havana by his official AZ30 the águila de sangre. He starts his government with the declaration of martial law and the public execution of 100 Cubans. There is worldwide condemnation but no action by any power. However, back in Spain protests are held by left wing parties.
October 24th 1943: After a week of protests the Spanish King sends a message to Franco politely requesting he stop. It is obvious that the King agrees with Franco's actions.
December 20th, 1943: A group of Pro-Panama rebels threaten to blow up the canal and the US government agrees to talk.
December 30th, 1943: The David Accords are signed. End of the Canal War. Panama gains independence.
February 14th 1944: There is an assassination attempt on Governor Franco. The bullet strikes his chest, but glances off a concealed suit of armour, leaving him bruised but otherwise unhurt. He orders the killing of a Cuban every day until the would be killer hands themselves in.
February 24th, 1944: A Mr Antonio Castellanos hands himself in to the Governors Guard in Havana. He also hands in a BSA manufactured PR17 pistol, which matches the bullet fired. He is burned at the stake and all his possessions confiscated.
July 14th, 1944: The beginning of the Second French Revolution in Dijon.
November 13th, 1944: The Rembert-Cabal works in St Malo are blown up. The Rembert-Cabal family flee to London, where they are granted Asylum by the King.
December 1st, 1944: The People's Republic of France is proclaimed in Paris.
December 25th 1944: Newton Airships buys a large plot of land in Quebec, Canada and gifts it to the Rembert-Cabal family. Mr. Newton comments that without Rembert-Cabal Aeronautics the advance in Airship technology would be greatly decreased.
March 1st, 1945: Start of the Spanish Civil War between the Communist, Nationalist and Monarchist factions.
'May 3rd, 1945:The People's Republic of France declares war on Nationalist Spain and Monarchist Spain and invades the north of the country.
May 12th, 1945: Russia declares support for Nationalist Spain and begins sending aid.
June 15th, 1945: Portugal declares support for Monarchist Spain and invades after the Spanish King promises land in return.
June 20th, 1945: The Spanish King is assassinated by his own generals. The Monarchist and Nationalist factions unite. The heir to the throne flees to Cuba.
June 25th, 1945: Prince Alfonso arrives in Havana incognito.
June 29th, 1945: Governor Franco receives intelligence reports that the prince is likely to be in Cuba. He sends out spies to locate the royal.
July 4th, 1945: Portuguese forces are smashed at Seville. Portugal withdraws from the conflict and discontent begins to grow.
August 1945: Stalemate begins in the Spanish civil war between French-supported Communists in the north and Russian supported Nationalists in the south. Portugal experiences riots.
November 15th, 1945: British generals meet with nationalist leaders in great secrecy at the Governor's House in Gibraltar. The Nationalists promise to respect the existence of Gibraltar if Britain will aid them.
November 19th, 1945: The British Parliament votes to interfere in the Spanish Civil War to aid the Nationalists by a slim margin, the vote largely being influenced by the Prime Minister Winston Churchill, a strong supporter of imperialistic nationalism.
December 1945: The Christmas campaign. Nationalists defeat the Communists with British aid. France withdraws its troops after several defeats and problems keeping law and order in France proper due to the Depression
January 1st, 1946: The Spanish civil war is declared over and the nation of Greater Imperial Spain is declared in Madrid. The People's Republic of France refuses recognition.
September 26th, 1947: Spanish troops besiege Gibraltar. Start of the Gibraltar Crisis. Protests throughout Britain.
September 30th, 1947: Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of Great Britain and head of the Conservative Party. The elderly Sir Charles Howard (a retired Captain in the Royal Guard) takes the post temporarily. With supplies in Gibraltar nearly running out and discontent festering throughout Britain he devises a cunning plan. A number of Newton Elephants lift off, each carrying enough supplies to feed the town for a week. Supported by a large number of WW1 era Rembert-Cabal Verdun Class, they make it past the blockade and relieve the town.
October 12th, 1947: After several days of successful airlifts by the RFC Spain backs down and lifts the Siege of Gibraltar.
October 25th, 1947: Labour wins the general election in Britain, with James Battersea becoming Prime Minister.
November 24th, 1947: Andorra is annexed into the People's Republic of France.
1948: Economic measures begin to have an impact on the global economy. The beginnings of a recovery start to appear. Globally, inventors apply for more patents than ever before, some completely preposterous, such as an idea for an 'electrical photo viewer'.
April 1st, 1949: US economy is declared out of the depression. George Aleman gives his famous "Arise America" speech at the White House.
January 2nd, 1950: Treaty of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky between Russia and Japan. Japanese territory reverts to that stated in 1855 Treaty of Shimoda, and an unending military alliance is formed between the two nations. Formation of the Kamchatka Pact.
May 1st 1950: Japan claims the Aleutian Islands. America states that they are part of the USA and it will retaliate if they are attacked. They launch the Pacific fleet in a series of maneuvers.
May 3rd 1950: Britain sends its Canadian air fleet to Vancouver.
June 16th, 1950: Russia promises to support a Japanese Alaska.
August 1st, 1950: Spain signs the Barcelona Agreement with Japan, agreeing to aid them in the event of war.
June 3rd, 1951: Date at which the world's most eminent historians mark the beginning of World War 2, with the merger of the Pacific War and several other conflicts into global warfare.
September 1st 1951: Japan launches the vast IJNS Kyoto, the world's first purposely built airship carrier capable of carrying 25 Raimei bombers.
December 20th 1951: IJNS Kyoto provides the base for a bombing raid on Sydney (Codenamed Operation Blood Dawn) catching the Australian forces completely off guard, killing hundreds and leveling much of the city, with damage focused around Port Jackson, the defences of which proved to be utterly useless.
October 19th 1952: British forces in Australia are told to surrender.
June 12th 1953: A joint Chinese/American offensive is smashed into retreat when the Japanese unveil the Samurai - large armored exoskeletons, armed with a Type 97 aircraft machine gun and 2.5m sword.
December 25th 1955: Russian Special operatives blow up the City Palace, Berlin. The German Kaiser, along much of the royal family and many major aristocrats die. Princess Cecilie of Prussia survives by luck of being in America, and is declared Kaiserin.
January 2nd 1956: Kaiserin Cecilie returns to Berlin.
June 2nd 1962: Kaiserin Cecilie of Germany and King Edward IX of Great Britain marry, and the path to union begins.
January 1st 1970: The Anglo-German Union officially takes effect, with the empires of Great Britain and Germany becoming one nation.