Great Britain is a noble nation that prides itself on its industry and ingenuity. In the race to be better, faster, newer and more modern, therefore, the UK Alliance opts for sound mechanics over style. They do hope to eventually have an end result that is more up to the spit-spot standards of the empire. An outsider might note that with all the engineering and chemical advancements of their Scottish citizens that are then…modified to fit with the mechanical work of the British factories, that some of their mechanical advancements do appear a bit…cobbled. No matter, they are solid dependable mechanized components of the highest caliber using only the best materials in the empire. If this was all they had they would be a force to be reckoned with, but this also doesn’t take into account the history of leadership in Great Britain.
After the Great Blight while all European countries were recovering from their losses, Great Britain, with the help of Parliament forced the government to take use new tactics in establishing and maintaining their other colonies. Rather than use military might to have a presence in lands as far as India and as close to home as Ireland, the Brits used a combination of trade agreements as well as a healthy military presence to negotiate “the Empire on which the sun never sets”. They are known far and wide as having a tough but fair attitude towards their colonies, and have given more authority and voice to those principalities, having learned from those poor dead tea-dumpers across the Atlantic. Some feel they still have too little say and Great Britain behaves as an older brother, watching over all in judgment, but most are thankful for the security and prosperity the great nation has afforded their lands.
The Central European Trust (C.E.T.)
In an age know for pragmatism and style, the French chose to err on the side of decadence. Their work was lovely to the point of ridicule for ages, despite some great scientific advancement in chemistry and aeronautics. Because the King insisted on enough gilding and embellishments to make his Zephyrs look like Faberge Eggs, they were unable to make it off the ground. This lead to the great rebellion which overthrew the monarchy and lead to the Republic. In the run for power, these deficits almost cost them Algeria and their holdings in Asia, were it not for their academies. Though the quest for enlightenment through beauty and art may have been a national obsession, French universities produced the finest chemists in the world. Their research into the compound zenjin made the most efficient fuel and later, the deadliest chemical weapons. It was for this skill alone that Germany approached the newly appointed French Prime Minister Jones, to form the Europe Alliance.
Germany, for its part, was newly formed as well. The Hapsburg Empire debacle against Prussia at the end of the 18th century had left the land, harsher and more chaotic than its neighbors to the south. It might have be years and years before the Germans united were it not for the Great Blight. However, the darkness that lasted two years over all the world, the darkness that plunged most other countries into chaos was the unifying factor that formed the German nation. Some historians say the independent states had already hit bottom and were forced to change. Others defend that the great leader Anderson magnetic personality and determination dragged the country out of the darkness and into a unified nation of purpose and industry. Whatever the catalyst, by the mid-century the Germans were already starting to implement mass production.
What they lacked was creativity…and resources, especially fuel. While their constructs were of a solidly durable build, it took a lot of material and zenjin to keep them powered. France, with colonies in Asia, and a flair for whimsy may not have looked like a natural ally, but you know what they say about opposites…