Historical Timeline

 

1648    Thomas Savery creates a steam driven engine to pump water out of coal mines.  As a military inventor he also sets about investigating other uses for his pressure cooker inspired creation.

 

1650    The English Navy start tests on paddle ships based on Savery’s design.  Savery’s odometers are fitted to all ships as an aid to navigation.

 

1662    Newcomen improves the efficiency of the steam engine.

 

1688    Watt instigates further improvements to the steam engine, and submits plans to use a steam engine to power a ships oars.

 

1689    Watt’s plans are adjusted to power the Savery paddle ships.  This is a partial success, and a fleet is ordered.  The fleet proves very useful in calm weather, but no match for traditional ships in high winds.  However they cannot venture far from port due to the large amounts of fuel needed.  Some of the space previously taken up by oarsmen allows for vast amounts of weaponry to be mounted.

 

1701    A colonist, John Fitch develops the screw propeller, which increases the speed of the steam powered ships.  A new model called the Screwdriver is made.

 

1707    Act of union between England and Scotland.

 

1708    Robert Fulton, another colonist creates a submarine called the Nautilus.  The British Navy quickly see possible applications for this and persuade him to work for them.  Whilst doing so he also improves upon the Screwdriver design.

 

1712    The first British submarine model, the Siren, is launched.  However despite being almost as fast as surface vessels there is no weaponry available to arm it.  Fulton turns to this problem next.

 

1722    Richard Trevithick uses the Watt engine to power a vehicle that runs on tracks.

 

1723    John Fitch invents the ‘Pressurepult’, a small steam engine that builds up pressure to launch a projectile.  He adapts a screw design into the projectile to help it fly through the air, but it proves to be capable of little destruction.

 

1725    Fitch and Fulton develop the Pressurepult for use on the Siren’s.  It proves a success, the projectile being perfect to bore through wooden hulls.  However it is difficult to aim as water currents affect the trajectory.

 

1741    Benjamin Franklin Tibbits vastly increases the efficiency of the steam engine, making long distance travel possible.  The fleet is retrofitted, and a trial run of a single Screwdriver attempts to cross the Atlantic without refuelling.  It succeeds, finally making the steam ships a completely practical fleet.

            George Stephenson adopts Tibbits’ new engine to pulling trains along tracks.  He calls his prototype locomotive device the Rocket. The British Army, quickly set about supporting Trevithick and Stephenson, hoping to revolutionise troop deployment and the ability to supply a fighting force.

 

1742-   The British fleet of Screwdrivers, supported by Sirens engage in skirmishes with the French and Spanish fleets.  The manoeuvrability of the

1775     Screwdrivers even windless, coupled with their firepower and the invisible and deadly Sirens establish the force as rulers of the sea.  Meanwhile on land a   

            series of tracks is laid throughout the colonies, and the ‘Locomotives’, the evolution of Stephenson’s Rocket, are dispatched throughout the Empire.  The

            Golden age of the Empire begins.  Admiral Nelson is placed in command of the British Steam Fleet (BSF).  Britain itself goes on to beat the French in North

            America, and the Spanish in the Caribbean, Cuba and Havana.

 

1756    Edward Alexander Crowley is born.  He would later change his name to Aleister Crowley to disassociate himself from his father.

 

1768    Cook’s voyage to Australia and New Zealand.

 

1769    A famine is narrowly avoided in Bengal thanks to the ability of the steamships to travel at a constant speed, making journey times almost constant.  Food is sent to India by ship, then by locomotives straight to Bengal.  This results in support of the British by the locals in India, and France is pushed out.

            In France Nicholas Cugnot creates a steam driven vehicle which doesn’t use tracks.  The design flaws of this are noted when he drives it into a brick wall.  It is obvious to the British that this accident could not have occurred if the vehicle ran on tracks.  Cugnot is ridiculed and his design scrapped.

 

1776    Uprising quelled in the American colonies.  This is in part due to having support from France and Spain curtailed by Admiral Nelson’s fleet.

 

1781    Aleister Crowley writes a book called The Book of the Law, dictated to him by Aiwass his Holy Guardian Angel.  Crowley forms the Argenteum Astrum, Order of the Silver Star, an organisation focused on his Book of the Law.

 

1788    The first convicts are sent to Botany Bay.

 

1793    England declares war on France.  The fleet allows the British Army to quickly make land, but here they are hampered without the locomotives they have become used to.

            Crowley supports France in the war.  The police raid the lodge of the Argenteum Astrum claiming charges of "fortune telling".  Crowley is sent to Botany Bay and magic is outlawed in the Empire as ‘Acts unbecoming of a gentleman.’  The punishment was exile.

 

1797    In danger of losing the war in France the British Army unveil a trackless automotive.  This gives the army the helping hand it needs and the tide of battle turns in their favour.

 

1801    Irish act of union.

            France surrenders and joins Britain under the Treaty of Versailles.

 

1803    Marc Brunel develops a shield that allows for subaqueous tunnelling.  Together with his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel they do a test tunnel under the Thames.

 

1806    Crowley leads a successful revolt in Australia and New Zealand.  This is not discovered for some time, the sailors going there reporting nothing was wrong when they came back.

 

1807    Prohibition of slaves to travel on British ships, or to British colonies.

            The army stops the Chinese exporting opium from Bengal.  In doing so they discover tea growing wild in India, in one blow crippling China’s two biggest exports.

            The Brunel’s set about building a tunnel from Dover to Calaise.

            Australia and New Zealand disappear.

 

1814    The Channel Tunnel is completed.

 

1816    Zulu king Shaka comes to power.

 

1818    Shaka forms the Zulu kingdom.  This is quickly crushed by the British.

 

1823    Britain declares war on Spain, and uses it’s system of tracked and untracked locomotives in France swiftly take the border towns.

            Isambard Kingdom Brunel reveals plans for an iron steamship and a working model.  The construction of a prototype begins.

 

1825    The SS Great Britain is completed.  An iron hulled steam ship and first of the Kingdom class of frigate.  Whilst slower than the Screwdrivers it was far more resilient.  The class of ship goes into production at Plymouth and Liverpool, though this is hampered by the war.

 

1826    Thomas Edison, an American, demonstrates how he can harness the power of lightening to create light.  This is quickly ruled in the courts as magic, and Edison deported.  He is given sanctuary by the Russian Tsar, and patronage to continue his experiments.

 

1827    Spain is completely over-run.  The Spanish officials retreat to Mexico leaving their people under British rule.  A brief revolt in France is overthrown.  The French ruled themselves again for 54 minutes.

 

1831    Faraday demonstrates how electricity can be produced by mechanical methods.  Like Edison before him he is deported for using magic, and what’s worse subverting the great achievements of British engineers.  Disgraced he commits suicide.

 

1833    Abolition of slavery throughout the Empire.  The Dutch retreat from the Americas in accordance with a peace treaty with the Empire.

            Charles Parsons patents a new steam turbine, which drives an electric generator.  He dies mysteriously, and his designs vanish.

 

1834    Babbage creates his analytical device.

            Nikola Tesla builds a prototype induction engine.  This interests Edison and he becomes Edison’s pupil.  However he disagrees with Edison about the most efficient nature of ‘electricity’.

 

1836    Tesla convinces the Tsar that Alternating Current is superior to Edison’s Direct Current.  To his specification wires are string throughout Russia and the world’s first hydroelectric plant built on the Dneiper River.  This leads to a rapid industrialisation of Russia.  The Tsar is hailed as a visionary.

 

1837    Reign of Victoria begins.  She immediately makes plans to expand the Empire.

            James Maxwell, one of the vanished scientist is found when he unveils to the Tsar his theory of electromagnetic waves.  He like many other scientists in the Empire feared persecution from superstition and had gone to Russia after hearing of how Edison had been taken in.

            Tesla creates the Tesla coil.  He also develops ideas for laser beams, wireless transmission of electrical energy, bladeless steam turbines working on a spiral flow theory and vertical take off aircraft.

 

1839-   The British Empire begins it’s take over of Europe.  It’s sends messengers with a simple choice “Join by choice, or beneath our iron wheels.”  Of

1847    the countries taken into the Empire, only Italy and Germany resist.  Neither country is successful, even with support from Mexico, but they do slow down the conquest of Europe several years.  Certain influential men of science begin to disappear, to destinations unknown.

 

1839    Tesla supervises a secret test.  He lights 25 lamps from 25 miles away without any wires after discovering terrestrial stationary waves.

            Herz successfully proves Maxwell’s theories, leading to wireless transmission.

 

1840    Marconi expands upon the work of Herz, and ideas by Tesla to establish wireless communication throughout Russia.

 

1841-   Tesla sets about creating the Wardenclyffe laboratory at the top of Mt Elbrus, designed to transmit messages and electricity anywhere on the planet, and

1857    even Tesla theorized, beyond.  The Tsar funds this research willingly, believing it his best hope of stopping the British Empire.

 

1848    Siemens-Martin open hearth method makes steel available in bulk.  Designs are made for the Great Western, a larger ship than the Great Britain, and made of steel it was designed to carry the firepower of 3 Kingdom class frigates, and over twice the resilience.

 

1852    The Great Western is completed, and in its first battle single-handedly destroys 7 Dutch frigates whilst sustaining no damage.  This ends the Dutch peace treaty.  More of this ‘Invincible’ class of ship are ordered, but Britain has now complete dominance of the waves.

 

1855    Steel is now incorporated into locomotive design.  A battle locomotive is created, whose role is to act like a mobile artilary.  This large locomotive is well armoured, and armed with a large cannon.  It is dubbed the ‘Tank’.

 

1857    An Indian mutiny occurs.  It is quoshed, but to do so advance in Europe is halted.  Nethertheless it is deemed necessary as it would be unseemly for England to continue without it’s tea.  Whilst there the army continues into Asia, into which it quickly disperses governors.

            The Wright brothers emmigrate to Russia for reasons unknown.

 

1858    The Russian Tsar broadcasts a statement that “Russia shall never fall under the iron wheel of the British Empire.  Britain no longer leads the way in technology.  The iron wheel has rusted!”  Many adjoining nations still independent sign a mutual defence pact with Russia, and factories are set up in each of them, though it is unknown at that time what is being constructed.

 

1859    Ettiene Lenoir develops the first working gasoline engine.  Isambard Kingdom Brunel claims that despite theoretical evidence to the contrary, current steam engines are superior.  A test is set up with two identical ships, one with a steam engine, the other a gasoline engine.  These two race down the Thames.  It is shown that the steam engine is faster and more economical, although rumours persisted that Brunel had cheated.

 

1863    Maxim develops the machine gun in Russia.  It is quickly mass produced, and given to the Russian and her protectorates armies.

            At the same time the Russians demonstrate an ability to move troops about extremely quickly, though no-one outside of Russia seems to know how.

 

1864    The British Empire reaches the borders of Croatia, the first of the so called Russian Alliance nations.  Initial assaults prove the effectiveness of the machine gun upon troops, but they have trouble piercing the hide of the Tanks.

 

1865    The Empire launches a full scale offensive into Croatia.  However using wireless transmission the Croatian army is extremely successful with gorilla tactics.

 

1866    Just when Croatia is about to fall the Russian army appears, from the air.  In winged shells made of wood they fire explosives upon the British tanks.  The tanks are unable to aim their weapons at the Russain devices, and the troops are too slow to shoot down the Un-identified Flying Objects.  The British retreat, and the Russian Alliance rejoices.

 

1867    The British Empire attempt invasions of the Russian Alliance several times, but are beaten back each time.  They have some success at adjusting their tanks to attack the UFO’s, now known as Faradays, but they are still too slow to fire to destroy one.

            There is general unrest in most of the British Colonies, particularly Germany and Italy.  The Empire halts its invasion plans to regain an iron grip on its existing territories.  The Golden Age is over.

 

1870    The German inventor Hermann Gunst creates the Zeppelin, a huge balloon filled with hydrogen, powered by steam engines and turbines that can carry passengers, troops or materials through the air.  The idea is adopted quickly by the Empire in the hopes that some military adaptation of this will wrest air superiority from the Russians.

 

1882    Australia and New Zealand reappear, still under the control of Crowley, who has not aged.  He claims that he and his associates moved the countries to another world, until they had learnt how to protect themselves.  Many people are lured to Australia under the promise of drugs and sex.  A British exploratory force finds itself unable to approach either country, claiming that both its compass’ and odometers spun strangely, and when approaching by eyesight alone it turned out they were seeing reflection in the waves and nothing more.

 

1884    The Russian Alliance state aims to “free their allies from their unwilling servitude.”.  Their forces set out slowly from their home countries, advancing using both their Faradays and the hitherto unseen electric automobile known as ‘Parsons’.  The British Army retreat before them rather than face attacks from both in front and revolts from behind.

 

1887    The slow Russian advance is stopped when the Faradays and Parsons stop working near Italy.  The Empire takes advantage and beats the Alliance back to their original border, but by then the Alliance has regrouped.  A stalemate ensues, whilst the Russians try to increase the power to the Wardenclyffe laboratory, and the British try to develop a Zeppelin to match the UFO’s.

 

1894    The British return to their investigation of Australia, in the hopes that Crowley might have the technology to help them.  This time it appears that an invisible barrier protects the country, from both cannon shots and ships passing, although it was noted by one ship that “a small wooden vessel was seen to pass through the barrier without any problems, but any indication that the barrier merely repels steel and iron were disregarded when our own rowing boats could not pass.  It seems some intellect is controlling this barrier.”

 

1899    In the Empire it is rumoured that some scientist may have developed a new type of air ship, using designs found in the works of Da Vinci.  If so it would be timely since spies report the Alliance is close to solving their power problems.  At the stroke of midnight December 31st 1898 China announced its wish to join the Wiccan Nation, and immediately a barrier was erected around that country.