R505: the Flying Cloud

The Flying Cloud, R-505
Airships, adventure, gallant gentlemen, and sultry island maidens

The Flying Cloud, R505

It is a world much like our own, except that the Great War ended in 1916. As the Powers recoiled, exhausted, from the tragedies of Verdun and the Sommes, Woodrow Wilson was able to negotiate an Armistice that returned Europe to its pre-War borders. (For this accomplishment, he was honored with the Nobel Prize, though this was later tarnished by the failure of his long-sought League of Nations.) With the forcing ground of military need removed, aircraft development took a different path from the one it followed in our world, and effort that might have been wasted on developing glamorous but impractical aeroplanes was spent perfecting the far more capable airships. As the 1920's drew to a close, the world was peaceful and prosperous, linked by fleets of mighty lighter-than-air vessels from many nations.

The Flying Cloud is published once a week, on or around Monday, because 'week' is 'keew' spelled backwards and Keew was an important diety of the clans of New Grunswitch. Be sure to check the mouse-overs.

Season One

Season Two

Season Three

Season Four

Season Five (A quick summary)

Season Six (A quick summary)

Season Seven

Season Eight

Season Nine

Season Ten

Season Eleven

Season Twelve

Most recent episode: 14 December 2020

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