Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Airship Legacy - Part 1

Okay folks, so here as the second half of the Airship President story. It runs from 1954 up until 2002. I will clarify that this part I'm not as happy with. Some of it may not flow as well, and I wasn't 100% thrilled with how I ended it. But so far, it is what it is. I hope you enjoy it. It should be noted also that this is a work of fiction and in no way really reflects my personal opinions or politics (except of course my love for airships). So without further adieu, part 1 of the Airship Legacy. 


            1954 was a busy time of year for Germany. With the Polish War finally over, it was time to settle down and create a peace with the now fraying Soviet Union. Delegates from the Ruling Council met with the German Foreign Minister and Chancellor, along with delegates from Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and several from the German-occupied territories of the Soviet Union. The Russians new they were in a tight spot, and were willing to give concessions that many would have found unthinkable prior to Stalin’s death in 1953.
            What ultimately occurred was the signing of the Treaty of Leningrad on August 19, 1954. The treaty ceeded all Soviet territory occupied by the Germans over to the locals, to be administered by the Germans no later than 1960. The Russians had to destory a third of their airplanes and battleships, and had to reduce their military to 75% of it’s current strength.
            After this treaty was signed, the Confrence of Tallinn was held on October 1, 1954, with the leaders of all the occupied territories attending to discuss what to do with the lands formerly held by the Soviet Union. At the suggestion of the German Empress, one of the German delegates suggested that the three Baltic States, Belarussia, Northern Ukraine, and the Territory of Leningrad/Petrograd be unified as the “Imperial Baltic Federation”. Under the Proposal, each of the territories would have local autonomy, but would support a single “federal” government headed by a restored Russian Czar that would be limited by a consitution similar to that of Germany. They would have a common currency, common military, and common foreign policy, and free trade, but almost all other local issues would be handled by parliaments/councils of each territory. After much debate, the delegates signed the Tallin Accord, which set a date for a constitutional convention to start on January 2, 1955. It also created a regency council to pick the new Czar.
- Hammon, Dr. Andrew. Modern History of Germany. New York City, NY: Colombia Univiersity Press, 2001

BERLIN, OCT 1- The German Science Ministry announced today that the Imperial Rocket Force at Peenemünde launched an A-8 Rocket that carried the first man-made satellite into space. The U.S. Army Air Corp confirmed that they received a repeating transmission from the satellite, and there have been sitings of the craft by the Navy.
The American Rocket Agency in Huntsville, which was only formed five years ago, has stated that they are still years away from being able to match this feat of engineering. President Rogers has stated that he believes that America should put more empahsis on it’s rocket program. “Our country could benifite greatly from the use of space exploration, and it must be a priority of this government to see that America goes to space!”
The IRF has stated that it plans to send up more A-8 rockets with satelites soon, and that today the Kaiser extolled on the radio that “Today’s feat of rocketry and science is just the begninning of great things to come for the German Empire. It is the goal of Dr. von Braun and others at Peenemünde that within a decade, man will go to space, and hopefully to the Moon.” This speech was given to the Reichstag an hour after the launch, and was met with a thunderous applause from the delegates.
-“Gremans Launch First Satellite,” The New York Times, October 1, 1954.

PETROGRAD, FEB 3- The Russian Regency Council announced today that Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich has been selected by the council to become the new Czar of Russia and the greater Imperial Baltic Federation. A date for the coronation has not yet been set, but it is expected to occur sometime in mid summer here in the city of Petrograd. It is the hope of the Regency Coucnil that the Constitutiotnal Convention going on in Tallin will conclude before the new Czar is crowned.
-“New Czar Chosen,” The Times (London), February 3, 1955.

BERLIN, APR 14- Scientists at Humboldt University have announced that they have been able to create a sustained atomic reaction at a research facility outside of the Imperial Capital. These researchers say that it is their hope to have these types of reactions more stable and better understood by 1960, and to focus on using these reactions as a source of untold energey to power the cities of the world. Discussion is also occuring about applying this new science to powering man-made craft, mainly naval vessels, although some have suggested using these types of reactions to power airships as well. The allure behind atomic energy is that it can provide huge amounts of power and can allow ships to stay at sea (or in the air) indefinitly, at least in theory.
-“Atomic Power,” Popular Science, April 21, 1955.

WASHINGTON, MAY 19- President Rogers announced today that he will not seek reelection in 1956, bowing to the two-term tradition that has been in place since President George Washington. As of yet, the Democrats have no clear replacement for Rogers, but there are a few possibile candidates that Washington political analysts have been eyeing for some time.
            The Republicas are looking to rally behind Secretary of State Dwight D. Eisenhower, who has said he was considering a run, only if Rogers did not run in the election. Since this is the case, pundits here in the capital expect Eisenhower to make a formal announcement soon.
-“Rogers Will Not Run in 1956,” Washington Post, May 20, 1955.

WASHINGTON, JUNE 9- Secretary of State Dwight D. Eisenhower today announced that he would seek the Republican nomination for the 1956 Presidential race. “Ike for Ameirca” is the slogan that will be used for the campaign, and Eisenhower is expected to start serious campaigning in September.
            President Rogers stated that he thinks Eisenhower would make “as good a president as any man who has ever held the office, and probably better than some.” The Democrats still have yet to have any real clear choice come forward for this election.
-“Eisenhower to Run in ’56,”  The New York Times, June 10, 1955.

TALLIN, JUNE 1-  The Constitutional Convention for the so-called “Imperial Baltic Federation,” has today announced that they have approved a constitution for the new state, which is being forged from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarusia, North Ukraine, and North West Russia (also refferd to as Free Russia). The Constitution, which sets the restored Russian monarchy as the official Head of State, will function as a mix of the US and UK governments. The Central government will be a Parliamentary Monarchy, with a strong bicameral legislature called the Duma (which will contain a House of Nobels and a House of Commons). The Head of Government shall be the Prime Minister, elected from the members of the House of Commons. Each member state in the Federation will have a large degree of internal autonomy, and the national government shall handle defense, foreign policy, international trade, and economic issues. The new government system will take effect on August 1, 1955, the date that has recently been set as the Corontation Day for Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich, who is to become the new Czar of Russia.
-“Imperial Russian Constitution Approved,” The Times (London), June 1, 1955

BERLIN, JUNE 17- The German Government today announced that the LZ-135 Kronprinz Wilhelm to the Free Russia as a gift to soon-to-be Czar Vladimir Kirillovich, who will be crowned on August 1. Right now, the ship, which served as the Imperial Air Yatch from 1942 until the completion of the LZ-168 Kaiser Wilhelm III last year, is now being refitted to serve as the Imperial Air Yatch of the new Russian Czar. The artwork is being redone, the furniture being changed and modernized, and the Lutheran and Orthodox chalpels are being converted into one large Orthodox Chaple for the Russian Imperial Family. The airship is due to be ready for the Coronation Ceremony in Petrograd, and Grand Duke Vladimir has stated that he intends to take an air-tour of the newly formed Imperial Baltic Federation aboad the LZ-135 sometime in September of this year.
-“Germans to Gift Kronprinz Wilhelm to Free Russia,” The Times (London), June 17, 1955.

            The Coronation of Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich as the new Czar of “Free Russia and the Imperial Baltic Federation” was a grand affair, and really helped spur the rebuilding and redevlopment of Petrograd after suffering from years of neglect under Soviet rule. It was decided to hold the celebration on the grounds of the Winter Palace, because none of the local Churches were in good enough shape to hold the ceremony. And the palace itself was still under repair as well, so the ceremony was held outdoors. Nearly 2,000 people crowded onto the lawn of the Palace as the Grand Duke was crowned Czar Vladimir I, Emperor of Russia and the Baltic Federation. The service was conducted by the newly installed Patriarch of Petrograd, formerly the Patriarch of Berlin and the head of the newly instituted Imperial Baltich Orthodox Church. In attendance were the German Imperial Family, the British Royal Family, the President of France, the President of Poland, the heads of all the Federation territories, and the U.S. Vice President and Secretary of State.
            On August 2, 1955,  Czar Vladimir called for the election of the 1st Imperial Duma, and set the election date for October 10, 1955.  The two main parties were the Imperialist Party and the Trans-Baltic Liberal Party, both competeing agaisnt each other throughout the Federation. When the rerturns came in, the TBLP had a slight majority in both houses of the Duma, and a TBLP member became the first Prime Minister.
- Plaks, Dr. Jeffry, History of the Baltic Empire, Cambrigde, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991.

BOSTON, NOV 19- Joseph P. Kennedy has announced today that he will run in the 1956 election against Eisenhower. Kennedy promises to increase funding to the American Rocket Agency, so that American can catch up with the German Empire in space exploration. He is also wanting to establish a new national transportation network of interstate highways and railroads. Eisenhower wants to turn America’s focus away from railways and towards the automobile, and promsises that if elected, the government will gradually stop using trains to ship cargo where it would be more efficient to do so.
-“Kennedy to Run Against Eisenhower,” The Washington Post,  November 19, 1955.

PETROGRAD, MARCH 5- The Imperial Baltic Federation is reporting high numbers of refugees crossing the boarder into the Federation, seeking to escape the Soviet Union. Under an Imperial law passed last November, any Soviet citizen that arrives in the Federation is automatically granted Imperial citizenship and support from the Empire is given until they are on their own two feet. Some in the new Russia fear that the support of these refugees might be a drain on the Imperial eceonomy, but Czar Vladimir and the Prime Minister both have stated that helping these people escape communism is a high priority of this country. In Berlin, Kaiser Louis Ferdinand stated that he would send support to the Baltic for this endeavour, and the British have also offered support.
            The refugees coming in from the USSR say that the Soviet empire is teetering on the edge of collapse. The Communist Party has a new General Secretary, but he does not control the country the way Josef Stalin did. Instead, the 4 senior generals of the Red Army’s Ruling Council are calling the shots, and they aren’t getting along very well, which has paralyzed the country’s ability to recover from the Polish War. In Moscow, factories still lie in ruin, and there are reported to still be holes in the Kremlin itself.
-“Wave of Refugees from USSR,” Berliner Morgenpost, March 5. 1956.

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