The Society of Odin
Society of Odin Timeline
DATE and SIGNIFICANT EVENTS
NOVEMBER, 1854 – Russian Forces consolidate in the port city of Sevastopol. Led by Eduard Totleben and aided by the Russian Mystic Nikolai Matyshenko, construction begins on the “Dragon” of Sevastopol, a huge mobile war machine.
SEPTEMBER, 1855 – Under heavy bombardment, “The Dragon” is completed and used to counter the Allied assault on the city. No match for the technological wonder, the Allied forces are sent into retreat, the siege being lifted and the Russian military winning decisively.
LATE 1855 – EARLY 1857 – The Crimean War continues, turning into a bloody and costly stalemate. Technological growth rapidly accelerates to keep pace with the hostilities. First use of large, steam-powered airships for transport and combat.
MARCH 1857 – Congress of Paris – England, France, Russia and the Ottoman Empire all come to terms and end the Crimean War. Russia, having gained a decisive technological edge, is given territorial control over the Black Sea and a free hand to deal with the Turks in the future. Britain and France, both unhappy with the outcome but unable to muster the resources to argue concede to the Treaty.
MAY 1857 – JUNE 1858 – Rebellion in British East India Company territory. Russian mercenaries, paid by the Tsar, assist and train the Indian rebels, further taxing the British military. Once the rebellion is quelled, power of India is transferred to Queen Victoria and the British Raj is formed.
APRIL – JULY 1859 – A beleaguered France assists the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia in the Second Italian War of Independence. France, still reeling from losses in the Crimea and fearing involvement from the German states, signs an armistice with Austria, ending the war.
APRIL 1861 – American Civil War begins.
JULY 1861 – Mexican President Benito Juarez suspends loan payments to Spain, Britain and France.
OCTOBER 1861 – Treaty of London signed. France, Spain and Britain (fearing the growing strength of both Russia and the Austro-Germanic states) agree to collectively invade and exploit Mexico. France and Britain begin secret talks on how best to capitalize on the American Civil War.
MARCH 1862 – Following a harsh winter, European wheat production plummets as industrial material prices (particularly cotton) soar due to the Union blockade of the Confederate States. Britain and France Formally declare themselves Allies of the Confederate States of America. Britain begins to secretly move troops into the Canadian Provinces via airship fleets over Greenland. Heavily armed French Foreign Legion units begin the practice of blockade running in the Gulf of Mexico, landing in New Orleans and begin bolstering Confederate armies under the command of Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
MAY 1863 – French Foreign Legion medics save “Stonewall” Jackson from death due a friendly fire incident. Jackson loses his natural left arm but is fitted with a revolutionary yet crude hydraulic prosthetic, developed by Florence Nightingale and Louis Pasteur.
JUNE 1863 – French and Spanish Troops Defeat the Mexican Army and Enter Mexico City – Catholic Empire of Mexico established.
JULY 1863 – The Battle of Gettysburg – Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, supported by the French Foreign Legion Shock Troops and British Airships-of-the-Line crush the Union Army of the Potomac. “Stonewall” Jackson begins his March toward Washington DC. British Airships support amphibious landings for British soldiers across the St. Lawrence river and Lake Erie. These troops join with Jackson’s Army. French troops begin utilizing airships to move troops from Mexico to the Confederate States.
SEPTEMBER 1863 – Maximilian I proclaimed Emperor of Mexico and immediately launches a campaign to recapture territory lost in the Mexican – American War.
OCTOBER 1863 – The city of Philadelphia is invaded by British and Confederate troops. The Liberty Bell is captured and secretly sent to London as a gift to Queen Victoria. British Naval bombardments of Boston and New York begins.
DECEMBER 1863 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his cabinet assassinated in Alabama by “Union Spies” (actually Legionnaires). Napoleon III takes advantage of the power vacuum and institutes martial law in major Southern cities. French Abolitionist Victor Schoelcher placed in “temporary” control of the Southern presidency under the mocking alias of Victor le Guerrier d’ Blanc, (the White Warrior).
JANUARY 1864 – Russia, seeking to capitalize on the weakening hold of the Union states, launches a massive coastal invasion from the Alaskan territories, utilizing its own massive airship armada and steam-driven navy to land troops in the Washington and Oregon Territories. The Russian Navy bombardment of Post Cape Disappointment lasts one week before the Columbia River is left undefended.
FEBRUARY 1864 – Washington and Oregon territories claimed by Russia. American rufugees start heading South and east into Idaho and California. Mexican and Spanish forces enter San Francisco and claim all territory south of the bay for the Catholic Empire.
APRIL 1864 – Russian and Mexico sign a non-aggression pact in regards to their shared territorial boundaries and establish a trade agreement allowing both nations to operate within the San Francisco Bay. New York City occupied by British troops.
MAY – JUNE 1864 – Samuel Houston is informed of French intentions in the South by Brigadier General Camille de Polignac. All soldiers loyal to Texas abandon the Confederate cause and begin heading back home. Houston declares Texas to be a sovereign state, backed by the Spanish and French. Samuel Houston given the title of Grand Duke of Texas, with de Polignac named Prime Minister.
JULY 1864 – On July 4th, the Defense of Boston fails and the city is taken by British and Confederate troops. Battle sees first use of paratroops. All remaining major Union forces are ordered by President Abraham Lincoln to fight retreating actions toward Washington D.C. General Ulysses S. Grant appointed Supreme Commander of the Defense of Washington. General William T. Sherman defies the order and begins his “scorched earth” assault toward Atlanta. French forces are conspicuously absent in all defensive actions against Sherman’s army.
SEPTEMBER 1864 – The Siege of Washington DC begins. Sherman captures the city of Atlanta, only to find plague has broken out and killed the majority of the civilians still living there. Within a month, the majority of Sherman’s army is either dead or dying from disease. It is later discovered that the plague was the result of a Foreign Legion experiment gone awry.
NOVEMBER 1864 – The remnants of Sherman’s army set fire to Atlanta in order to prevent the spread of the plague. Once the city is destroyed, Sherman disbands his army. Five hundred troops loyal to Sherman remain with him as he begins a guerilla campaign throughout the South, targeting Legionnaires units.
DECEMBER 1864 – On Christmas Eve, President Abraham Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grant officially surrender to the British Field Marshal Prince George, Duke of Cambridge and Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The following morning, interim CSA President Victor le Guerrier d’ Blanc announces that all slaves in the south are free and that the Confederacy is no longer a valid or recognized political state.
JANUARY – MARCH 1865 – The United States of America is officially disbanded. The former Union states become British America under control of Queen Victoria. The remaining Confederate armies are placed under French control and then disbanded. Former troops either head home to the South or head east toward the new nation of Texas. A small minority, in denial of the truth of French occupational rule, seek out and join General Sherman’s guerilla force. The French establish a provisional government in New Orleans for the new nation of Grande Liberté.
MAY 1865 – “Sherman’s Raiders" take credit for the Mobile magazine explosion which kills 300 Legionnaire troops and civilians. Sherman is officially listed as being “Wanted” by the government of Grande Liberté. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are given command of Foreign Legion troops throughout Grande Liberté.
JUNE 1865 – The Americas are given semi-autonomous rule and restructured as a constitutional monarchy. Abraham Lincoln is installed as Prime Minister of British America, overseen by Queen Victoria. Former Union troops are merged into the structure of the British Military and resume their pre-war duties.
SEPTEMBER 1865 – Huge oil reserves are discovered in the Kingdom of Texas by French and British geologist. The two nations quickly establish exclusive trade agreements with Duke Houston, allowing Western Europe to begin catching up to Russian steam-technology.
JANUARY 1866 – Royal Aeronautical Society formed in London. First commercial use of airships outside of Russia begins.
APRIL 1866 – Failed assassination attempt of Tsar Alexander II by British Agent Dmitry Karakozov. Eye witness accounts claim that while the assassin fired directly at the Tsar from point blank range, he was compelled from the scene my some unknown force and was quickly apprehended.
JUNE 1866 – Canadian Parliament meets for the first time. The Austro-Prussian War begins. Both the British and Russian militaries unveil prototype two-man War Combines, smaller bipedal variants of the famed “Dragon of Sevastopol.”
JULY 1866 – Ulysses S. Grant promoted to the rank of Field Marshal and assumes control of all native and British troops in British America Grande Liberté establishes formal diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Texas, The Catholic Empire of Mexico, and the British Empire.
AUGUST 1866 – The Treaty of Prague ends the Austro-Prussian War. Otto von Bismarck, realizing both Kingdoms have been considerably weakened by the conflict and recognizing the growing strength of France and Britain, strongly emphasis’ the concept of Realpolitik and exploits German nationalism, resulting in the unification of the German and Austrian nations, forming the Austro-German Empire.
NOVEMBER 1866 – A group of Sherman’s Raiders steal six Airships from the Port of New Orleans after successfully detonating dynamite and destroying two Foreign Legion barracks. Thirteen raiders are captured and summarily executed.
MARCH 1867 – Dominion of Canada formed. Sherman’s Raiders, having expanded their stolen airship fleet but facing mounting Foreign Legion pressure, relocate to the Western regions of Missouri and begin functioning as the first organized band of airship pirates.
MAY 1867 – The Austro-German Empire under Otto von Bismarck merges with the Hungarian Empire under the terms of Ausgleich, forming the German-Hungarian Empire. Emperor Francis Joesph is crowned King of Hungary. “Tobias,” a completely autonomous clockwork servant, is gifted to Queen Victoria by Dr. Richard Gatling.
JULY 1867 – Russian Imperial troops march into and claim Turkestan, expanding the Russian Empire in Central Asia.
OCTOBER 1867 – Medicine Lodge Treaty signed by all the leaders of the Great Plains Nations. The treaty is signed by emissaries of British America and recognizes the Great Plains Nation as an autonomous collective government. A yellow fever outbreak in New Orleans causes the death of over 3,000, including Stonewall Jackson. It is widely believed to be the work of Sherman’s Raiders.
APRIL 1868 – British Expedition to Abyssinia – Battle of Magdala sees the death of Emperor Tewodros II after he massacred a British diplomatic mission.
AUGUST 1868 – The Yangzhou riot, started by Russian agents, occurs. The riot strains Anglo-Chinese relations, but fails to create the schism the Russian Empire desired.
SEPTEMBER 1868 – The Glorious Revolution succeeds in Spain, ousting Queen Isabella II and the First Spanish Republic is formed. This results in growing tension between Napoleon III’s Second French Empire and the newly established German-Hungarian Empire.
JANUARY 1869 – The new nation of Grande Liberté holds it’s first formal election. Frederick Douglass elected President in a crushing victory over his opponent, former general Robert E. Lee. Following the election, Lee resigns as head of the Foreign Legion and retires from public service.
OCTOBER 1869 – “Cardiff Giant” discovered in Cardiff, New York. Three days after being discovered, the Giant disappears. All living things within a quarter mile are found dead the morning after it’s disappearance.
NOVEMBER 1869- The Suez Canal is opened. During the ceremony, French Agents capture Egyptian nationalists attempting to sabotage the canal gates. It is widely suspected that the Egyptians were unknowing Russian Agents.
FEBRUARY 1870 – Pneumatic Subways open in New York City operated by Gatling’s Clockwork Conductors.
JULY 1870 – France declares war on the German-Hungarian Empire. Conflict witnesses the first air battles between opposing airships and the introduction of the Maxim Machine Gun, used by France and purchased from the British.
SEPTEMBER 1870 – The Battle of Sedan – Field Marshal Helmuth von Multke, accompanied by Emperor Wilhelm I and Otto von Bismarck, defeats the French Army of Châlons led by Marshal Patrice MacMahon who is accompanied by Napoleon III. The capture of the French Emperor results in the downfall of the Second French Empire and the establishment of a new provisional government. Napoleon III is set free by the his German captors and goes into exile at the request of Queen Victoria. Multke’s army moves on to Paris and begins to lay siege to the city, using captured French airships and selling Maxim technology to Russian agents. Unification of Italy completed with the entering of Rome by Bersaglieri soldiers.
OCTOBER 1870 – Rome declared the Capital of newly unified Italy. Newly elected French Prime Minister Léon Gambetta flees Paris in a daring airship chase. Gambetta’s airship, the Armand-Barbès is much smaller and quicker than the military airships employed by the Germans. It gains it’s quickness from an experimental Tesla-Engine which is capable of outperforming the steam-driven military engines. Unfortunately, the prototype Tesla-Engine is destroyed when Gambetta crash lands in Tours.
JANUARY 1871 – Amadeus I crowned King of Spain by the Cortes Generales. French and Italian volunteer troops under command of Giuseppe Garibaldi secure a victory over German Imperial troops at Dijon, due primarily to a Legionnaire unit operating in second generation British War Combines and prototype single-man clockwork war-suits.
MARCH 1871 – The Royal Albert Hall, staffed completely by autonomous clockwork men, is opened in London by Queen Victoria. The Paris Commune, made up of anarchists and Marxists, exploit the power vacuum in the city and take control.
MAY 1871 – The French Third Republic surrenders to the German-Hungarian Empire, ending the Franco-Germanic War. Recalled Foreign Legion battalions enter Paris and viciously suppresses the Paris Commune, restoring political authority in Paris to the French Third Republic. The provinces of Alsace and Lorraine are transferred from France to the newly named German Empire.
JUNE 1871 – British American expedition of Korea – Royal Marines under the command of Captain McLane Tilton assault the Han River forts. Although this stands as a British military victory, it also strengthens the isolationist stance of the Joseon Dynasty.
OCTOBER 1871 – Utilizing their stolen airships and being secretly funded by Russia, Sherman’s Raiders fire-bomb the city of Chicago, killing hundreds and destroying approximately four square miles of the city. Sherman is publicly decried as a domestic terrorist and becomes a top priority for Agents in British America and for the Legionnaires as well.
NOVEMBER 1871 – Henry Morton Stanley locates the missing explorer and missionary Dr. David Livingstone in Ujiji, near Lake Tanganyika, and greets him by saying “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”
FEBRUARY 1872 – Grand Duke Alexei Mikhailovich of Russia visits New Orleans and President Frederick Douglass. Russia begins to establish diplomatic ties with Grande Liberté, much to the chagrin of the British Empire.
MARCH 1872 – The British Aeronautical Society opens the Seven Sisters Colliery with financial assistance from the British government. The coal deposit is the largest in Britain and a large airship commerce hub quickly grows around the mine.
JULY 1872 – Society of Jesus (Jesuits) proclaimed illegal in the German Empire. The organization goes underground and begins making contact with Agents of the British Empire. Austrian Count Johann Nepomuk Wilczek and Hungarian Count Ödön Zichy finance an expedition to find the North-East Passage. Russian Agents accompany the expedition, but their reasons are closely guarded.
NOVEMBER 1872 – The Mary Celeste sets sail from New York bound for Genoa Italy. The ship carries a classified cargo and is crewed by a joint Foreign Legion and Royal Marine task force. Sherman’s Raiders launch another successful firebomb attack on the City of Boston. The fire destroys 65 acres of the city and over 700 buildings. The attack, however comes at a steep price as an estimated 50% of the remaining Raiders are killed or captured. Over France, a 6 hour meteor shower is witnessed over France. For weeks following the event, over 1,000 people are reported missing in and around the city of Paris.
DECEMBER 1872 – The Mary Celeste is found adrift at sea, crewless and cargoless by the British brig, Dei Gratia. The HMS Challenger sets sail from Portsmouth on it’s oceanographic expedition. The Challenger is escorted by long-range support airships and a prototype four-man Tesla Submarine.
FEBRUARY 1873 – King Amadeus I of Spain deposed and the First Spanish Republic is proclaimed by the Spanish Cortes. Ulysses S. Grant resigns his post as Field Marshal and assumes the role of Prime Minister of British America due to the failing health of Abraham Lincoln.
APRIL 1873 – The British Steamer RMS Atlantic sinks off the coast of Nova Scotia. Among the 547 killed are Abraham Lincoln and his wife. It is speculated that the ship was sunk by either by Russian Agent’s or Sherman’s Raiders operating in a sophisticated combat submarine. The British declare war on Ghana’s King Kofi KariKari over the issue of slave trading.
JUNE 1873 – Alexandra Palace, recently opened in London, is destroyed by fire, likely the work of Russian Agents.
JULY 1873 – After achieving victory in Ghana, the British establish the Gold Coast Colony and use the colony to begin exploiting the resources of the region.
AUGUST 1873 – Imperial Russia and the Khanate of Khiva sign a peace treaty, making the Khanate a Russian protectorate. British Agents observe the Russian mystic Nikolai Matyshenko numerous times leading large contingents of Russian academics and archaeologists moving throughout the region.
SEPTEMBER 1873 – The last German Imperial troops leave French soil upon completion of repayment for the Franco-Germanic War.
JANUARY 1874 – In a secret ceremony, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and second son of Queen Victoria marries Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia, the only daughter of Tsar Alexander III. Upon learning of the marriage, Queen Victoria strips Alfred of his titles and banishes him from the whole of the British Empire, upon pain of death. Additionally, British Agents confirm Alfred to be a spy, having provided naval secrets to the Russian Empire.
APRIL 1874 – German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann begins Russian financed excavations at Mycenae. Schliemann and his team discover the Shaft Graves as well as the Death Mask of Agamemnon. Numerous reports place Matyshenko at the excavation site.
JUNE 1874 – The island nation of Haiti and Grand Liberté successfully negotiate Haiti’s becoming a protectorate of the young nation.
SEPTEMBER 1874 – Karl Weyprecht, second-in-command of Austrian Polar Expedition is found wandering the streets of London. He has no recollection of how he arrived in the city, and tells incredible and horrific tales of his expedition. Believing him to be mad, British authorities have him committed to the Manchester Royal Lunatic Asylum.
OCTOBER 1874 – Heinrich Schliemann is discovered adrift in a small boat in Aegean Sea by the British frigate HMS Arkham. He babbles incoherently and in gibberish, both eyes having been seared from their sockets. Reports confirm all members of his expedition missing, his base camp destroyed and all recovered artifacts, particularly the Death Mask of Agamemnon, missing.
FEBRUARY 1875 – The SS Gothenburg sinks off the eastern coast of Australia. While official reports list running aground as the cause of sinking, many eye-witness accounts claim the ship was attacked by a huge, shadowy sea-borne creature. These initial reports could not be corroborated, as the men who made them vanished shortly after rescue.
MAY 1875 – The Empires of Japan and Russia sign the Treaty of St. Petersburg, settling a border dispute. An additional clause of the treaty creates a trade agreement between the two imperial powers.
OCTOBER 1875 – The Utah territory becomes the sovereign Mormon nation of Deseret. The new government, headed by President Edward Shepherd, cuts all existing ties with Grande Liberté and British America. The Theosophical Society is founded in New York by Helena Blavatsky, H. S. Olcott, W.Q. Judge and others.
APRIL 1876 – The Bulgarian April uprising against Ottoman rule begins, stoked by British Agents and members of the Foreign Legion.
MAY 1876 – Queen Victoria crowned Empress of India. Ottoman troops massacre the entire town of Batak using Russian made War Combines. The entire town is destroyed by subsequent fires set by Ottoman troops. Thirteen undercover British Agents are among those killed.
JUNE 1876 – Ignoring orders, British American Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer mounts an attack at Little Big Horn, believing to have located the elusive General Sherman. In doing so he violates aspects of the Medicine Lodge Treaty. His entire 7th Royal Cavalry is annihilated by the heavily armed warriors of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse.
JULY 1876 – Serbia and Montenegro declare war on the Ottoman Empire. In British America, the Sons of the American Revolution form in Boston as an anti-Imperial movement.
SEPTEMBER 1876 – King Leopold II of Belgium hosts the Brussels Geographic Conference on the subject of colonizing and exploring central Africa. Numerous dignitaries from Central and Western Europe attend. Rumors circulate that Russian Agents may have infiltrated the conference.
OCTOBER 1876 – A massive cyclone off the coast of India kills nearly 200,000 people. Reports from survivors claim that the cyclone appeared without warning and many claim to have seen strange shapes moving about in the clouds of the violent storm.
DECEMBER 1876 – Members of the Sons of the American Revolution set off explosives in The Brooklyn Theater, killing more than 300 in attendance. Most of the victims are members of the Royal Marines and Royal Airship Corps.
MARCH 1877 – Samuel J. Tilden elected Prime Minister of British America. Ulysses S. Grant retires from public service and is knighted by Queen Victoria.
APRIL 1877 – Russia declares war on the Ottoman Empire, backing the principalities of Serbia and Montenegro. Ottoman Emperor Abdul Hamid II sends emissaries to the court of Queen Victoria asking for aid, but the group is intercepted by Russian Agents and neutralized.
JULY 1877 – Railroad workers throughout British America strike due to poor economic policies of Prime Minister Tilden. The strike, engineered by the Sons of the American Revolution, disrupts rail service throughout major regions of British America. The strike is ended with the intervention of Royal American troops and the arrest of numerous Sons leaders. Grande Liberté proclaims Voodoo the national religion.
DECEMBER 1877 – Russian and Romanian forces under the command of Grand Duke Nicholas break the Siege of Plevna. British Agents, operating with the Ottoman forces during the siege, are unable to use their War Combines to bring down the newly refurbished Dragon, operated by its creator, General Eduard Totleben.
FEBRUARY 1878 – The British Fleet, under orders of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, anchors off the coast of Istanbul to ostensibly dissuade Russian forces from entering the city. The fleet is actually there to help secretly extract valuable British Agents and their War Combines from the war zone.
MARCH 1878 – Treaty of San Stefano signed, ending the Russo-Turkish War. The treaty establishes Bulgaria as an autonomous power and expands Imperial Russian authority into the Balkans. Russia subsequently refuses to have the terms reviewed by the European Congress, causing British forces in India to be mobilized and troops amassed in Malta.
MAY 1878 – Sherman’s Raiders join forces with the Sons of the American Revolution and set off explosives in the Washburn “A” Mill in Minneapolis. The explosion kills over a hundred workers and causes widespread destruction. The region suffers from near famine-like conditions throughout the summer due to the attack.
JULY 1878 – Russian emissaries arrive unannounced at the court of Kabul to attempt establish a protectorate of the Russian Empire. In response, delegates from British India attempt to enter the city to establish a level of equal representation in the court. Once the delegation is denied entry, the British issue an ultimatum.
AUGUST 1878 – A deadly tornado strikes the town of Wallingford, Connecticut, destroying the town, killing 34 people and injuring more than 70. Eyewitness reports state a large figure lurking in the woods on the edge of town a few days prior to the freak storm. A strange plague ravages the Mississippi River Valley, claiming the lives of over 13,000. Stories of the dead rising and walking the valley are investigated but unfounded.
SEPTEMBER 1878 – The crowded SS Princess Alice and is rammed by the collier Bywell Castle on the River Thames. The collier, commandeered by Sons of the American Revolution agents and rigged with explosives, detonates, sinking both ships. Over 600 people are killed in the attack, including the perpetrators. Cleopatra’s Needle, delivered to London earlier in the year at the personal expense of the Queen’s personal surgeon Sir Erasmus Wilson, is erected on the Victoria Embankment in the city of Westminster. The night it is erected, it is struck by lightning, subsequently causing all the hieroglyphs to glow with a soft purplish light. The same effect occurs on the two sister obelisks in New York and Paris.
NOVEMBER 1878 – Due to the ignoring of the British Ultimatum, the Second Afghan War commences when the British attack Ali Masjid in the Khyber Pass.
JANUARY 1879 – Anglo-Zulu War begins. British troops are massacred by the Zulus at the Battle of Isandlwana, but are victorious at the battle of Rorke’s Drift.
MARCH 1879 – British forces are again defeated by the Zulus at the Battle of Intombe and the Battle of Hlobane. However, the British victory over the Zulus at the Battle of Kambula proves to be the turning point of the war.
APRIL 1879 – Alexander Soloviev (a Legionnaire agent) attempts a second assassination of Tsar Alexander II, but fails to hit the Tsar from point-blank range after five shots. The would-be assassin was then killed by the Tsar’s own hand.
MAY 1879 – British India signs the Treaty of Gandamak, ending the first phase of the Second Anglo-Afghan War. The treaty effectively establishes an Afghan state, but cedes territory to the British Empire in order to stop further invasion.
JULY 1879 – The British victory at the Battle of Ulundi ends the Anglo-Zulu War. The Zulu capital of Ulundi is put to the torch and burns for days.
SEPTEMBER 1879 – In Deadwood, South Dakota, Royal American Cavalry and Legionnaire units, believing the town to be a stronghold for members of Sherman’s Raiders, set fire to structures in an attempt to capture Sherman and his top aides. Sherman escapes via airship while over 300 buildings are destroyed, leaving thousands homeless.
APRIL 1880 – The British Cape Colony enters open conflict with rebellious Basotho chiefs after they refuse to turn over their weapons for the benefit and safety of white colonials. Russia begins secretly arming the rebels in order to put further strain on the colonial government.
OCTOBER 1880 – Extended snowfalls begin across North America, reaching record levels. Countless numbers of people go missing during the harsh blizzard conditions. In New York, numerous reports of large hulking shapes moving throughout the snowstorms are investigated, but cannot be fully corroborated.
NOVEMBER 1880 – James Garfield elected Prime Minister of British America. Australian outlaw Ned Kelly makes a daring escape from the gallows at Melbourne Gaol and disappears into the outskirts of Melbourne.
DECEMBER 1880 – Transvaal declares independence from the British United Kingdom leading to the action at Bronkhorstspruit and the beginning of the Boer War. The surprise attack on the British 94th Regiment leaves 156 dead and wounded and 112 captured within 15 minutes. Transvaal becomes a republic and elects Paul Kruger president.
FEBRUARY 1881 – British troops are out-maneuvered and out-skilled by Boer commandos and sharpshooters at the Battle of Mujaba Hill. The defeat reveals to the British the power of fire and movement tactics, which are quickly adopted by the British high command. The defeat effectively ends the Boer War.
MARCH 1881 – The Narodnaya Volya (People’s Will), a radical movement in Russia secretly orchestrated and funded by the British, successfully assassinates Tsar Alexander II. In the confusion of the bombing attack, a well-dressed man successfully steals the Tsar’s walking stick from his armored coach, but dissipates into a cloud of black smoke before he can be apprehended.
APRIL 1881 – Following Alexander II’s assassination and the installment of his son Alexander III as the new Tsar, anti-Jewish pogroms begin sweeping through Imperial Russia. The pogroms are a by-product of Russian media and long standing social problems, and are only partly incited by British Agents.
JUNE 1881 – The HMS Pandora sets sail from the neutral port of San Francisco on an expeditionary mission to discover the North East Passage. The ship is never seen again and believed to have been either lost at sea or destroyed by the Russians. Followers of the Muslim Cleric Muhammad Ahmad revolt in the British Sudan, beginning the Mahdist War.
JULY 1881 – British American Prime Minister James Garfield is shot by Charles Julius Guiteau, believed to be a Russian Agent. Interrogation by Royal agents reveals that Guiteau is most likely mad and suffers from partial amnesia.
SEPTEMBER 1881 – Prime Minister Garfield succumbs to his wounds and dies. Chester A. Arthur is made interim Prime Minister of British America. The Thumb Fire sweeps through deforested areas of Michigan, killing more than 200 people. Airships are used to drop water on the fire from above, but the revolutionary technique fails to hold back the flames which consumes over 1 million acres in a single day.
NOVEMBER 1881 – A meteorite strikes near the village of Großliebenthal, outside of the city of Odessa in the Ukraine region of the Russian Empire. Within hours, Russian soldiers quarantine the village and reports confirm Nikolai Matyshenko as head of the Russian detachment sent to the village. By morning, the soldiers and Matyshenko are gone, as are all 600 inhabitants of the village.
MARCH 1882 – Roderick Maclean fails in an attempt to assassinate Queen Victoria with a pistol in Windsor Castle. The bullet is stopped by Tobias, the Queen’s clockwork servant, saving her but permanently disabling the venerable automaton. Queen Victoria orders a funeral with full military and royal honors be held for Tobias, an act which begins the British government to begin serious discussions on the legal status of clockwork citizens.
MAY 1882 – Lord Frederick Cavendish, Chief Secretary of Ireland, is assassinated by the “Invincibles,” a group of militant Irish republicans. The Triple Alliance between the German Empire, Italy and the Russian Empire is signed. The treaty promises mutual support in the event of an attack by any other great powers, or for Germany and Italy, an attack by France alone.
JULY 1882 – British troops, responding to riots which kill European citizens, bombard and enter Alexandria and the Suez Canal region of Egypt, starting the Anglo-Egyptian War. Mass production of military-grade Tesla Alternating-Current Airship Engines begins in London.
SEPTEMBER 1882 – Thomas Edison’s first commercial power-plant provides electricity to one square mile of Lower Manhattan. For a period of two weeks, a Great Comet is observed in the sky of the Northern Hemisphere. During this period, there are numerous accounts of entire flocks of birds being found dead as well a marked increase in missing person reports in major cities.
JANUARY 1883 – Agents of the Sons of the American Revolution detonate explosives in the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee, killing 73 people. Their target, Prime Minister Chester A. Arthur, escapes without harm.
JUNE 1883 – During a performance for children at Victoria Hall in Sunderland, England, 183 children die of asphyxiation when they are crushed rushing for treats given by the performers. Further investigation reveals five children found dead in their seats in the upper gallery, looks of sheer terror on their faces.
JULY 1883 – The SS Daphne, a Tesla-Powered Warship, sinks immediately after its naming ceremony and launching in Glasgow, resulting in 124 fatalities. An official inquiry reveals the launch had been sabotaged by unknown parties.
AUGUST 1883 – The volcano at Krakatoa erupts, destroying 163 villages and killing more than 36,000 people. Reports state that a “great darkness” opened in the sky above the volcano minutes before the eruption.
OCTOBER 1883 – Clan na Gael, an Irish republican movement in British America, joins with the Sons of the American Revolution and detonates a large bomb in the London Underground. The bombing results in numerous casualties, forcing Home Secretary Vernon Harcourt to place all of London under Martial Law.
NOVEMBER 1883 – British Parliament hears the first arguments over the legal and social status of Clockwork individuals in the Empire. Those opposed to granting allowing members of the Clockwork community prove to be victorious.
JANUARY 1884 – The Fabian Society, a socialist movement, is founded in London. Royal agents monitor the society closely, believing the society is either directed by or funded by Russian Marxists.
MARCH 1884 – Mahdist forces begin the siege of Khartoum in the Sudan, trapping 7,000 loyal Sudanese and Egyptian troops. British high command refuses to utilize airships to assist in the defense, citing the dangerous environment the desert poses for the aircraft.
EARLY APRIL 1884 – Start of Campaign.