The calendar read 5 July 1948, Monday. It had been a year since the Thalassan War had ended, when the Gioktons had surrendered and the @Sunset Sea Islands liberated from its oppressive leadership. It was a bloody war that saw the deaths of millions — military and civilian alike. It was not unusual that the Commonwealth had not yet recovered; yet despite this, the economy was, as a matter of fact, growing. People were looking for new ideas. And where else could they find new ideas other than Europa, the political, ideological, cultural, economical and technological center of the world? The opportunities were very promising. Yet despite all the possibilities, though, Europa was undeniably far — a trip across to Europa by sea could take up to three weeks, and in an increasingly competitive and fast-paced world, time was of the essence. People had to get there quicker, cheaper, and more efficiently.
A few years back, while Thalassa was still caught within the tight grip of the menace it had created itself, the Saeb S.100 had begun production. At that time, Andalla was too preoccupied to even take notice its new creation, the same creation that would soon carry thousands of passengers across Argis and Europa each week — all in the name of Andalla. The S.100 was a ground-based aircraft, which at the time was not as attractive as the large, powerful flying boats of @Fleur de Lys. What it did have to boast about, however, was its impressive range - over 6,000 kilometers. And as it was a land-based aircraft, it could reach important inland cities such as Toledo, O'polis, Saipuo, Moskovo, New Halsham, Girk, Bogd Gioro, Delta, Novumcastrum, and Centridge City. It had the power to end the era of flying boats, yet nobody bothered to take notice... except the airlines.
One could never really explain properly what was going on with airlines during the war. While there were those who wanted to flee the violence, others chose to stay. Their trained employees were drafted into the military, leaving many positions empty — some airlines choosing to temporarily fill these positions with untrained workers, or leaving them unoccupied altogether for the sake of safety. Mismanagement and inexperience quickly became one of the leading causes of incidents and accidents of Andallan carriers during the war. There also loomed in the air the threat of Giokton fighters; upon discovering an airliner during routine patrols over the Tiauhai Sea, they would often harass or even shoot down the unprotected airliner. Patched-up bullet holes on the wings, tail and fuselage became a common sight on Andallan airliners, if the aircraft had not already been downed without purpose. But as the war went on and Giokton air force numbers slowly dwindled, more airlines became confident to resume operations, while a handful of airlines had also been founded in hopes of exploiting a new-found source of profit. And when they finally had the chance to begin operating their shiny new S.100s, they put them to work as soon as possible.
This was the "Northern Route", one of the most heavily-traveled air routes during the late 1940's to the mid-1960's. It ran from Andalla to Central Europa or @Orioni, with stops at @Iverica, @Prymont (Ostport), Deltannia and finally to wherever in Europa the passenger was destined for. It remained that way until 1964, when the trans-Oriental SK-3-200 jet airliner entered service and the airport at Burkini opened, allowing medium-haul aircraft to cross the Oriental Ocean via Burkini instead
But for now, the Northern Route was their only choice. Airlines could make it through in under 5 days, with many competing against each other for the fastest passage. But for passengers, it was heaven. Their wildest dreams had come true; no longer would they have to take 3 weeks by ocean liner just to reach Europa. Weeks became days, ships became planes, and seas became skies.
From the corner of his window, Daniel Arvesson could see another S.100 take off. This one belonged to Tårnfalk Airlines, one of the several airlines created solely on the hopes of exploiting this new Silk Road. To him, these airlines were naive and ignorant. It took more than just a startup to be able to travel the Northern Route, because flying was expensive, not only for the passengers but even for the airline itself. In a way, every country charged flyover fees — that is, if they even allowed foreign aircraft to pass through. And though Andalla had been able to at least negotiate discounted fees with Iverica, Ostport and Deltannia, aircraft had to land. And once they were on the ground, airport fees entered the question. Combined with several other fees, taxes and administrative issues made operating an airline an extremely difficult task — one that could drive these "start-up airlines" into bankruptcy within a mere few years. It was a disaster. And somehow, it was Arvesson's duty to fix it.
In the background, Arvesson heard the faint sound of a phone's sharp ring. His secretary, Mirjam Byström, came in the office.
"Sir, Minister Holme's on the phone. He wants to speak to you."
"Why didn't he call me in my office..? Ah, never mind, hold on."
"Director-General, you have been reading the news regarding our Northern Route, have you?"
"Ah, yes, of course Minister Holme. Daily."
"Then, surely, you have heard of what happened in Delta?"
"Definitely, Minister. I believe we must act on it as soon as possible."
"Exactly. And what would you propose in order to fix it?"
"Perhaps a bilateral agreement standardizing aviation regulations could help... But we may not be able to accomplish such a thing anytime soon."
"Not at all, Director, that is possible. You may want to contact the Deltannian aviation authority... What was the name again? Uh... anyway. I was trying to say, you should contact them and arrange for a bilateral meeting setting the foundations for standardized regulations... I'll bet you they're just as willing as we are to standardize them, especially since the perpetrators only did it for the money. I'm sure we both know that Deltannia is an important stop on the Northern Route, and we can't afford to lose it... Am I understood, Director-General?
"Yes, sir. I'll arrange a meeting as soon as possible."
Arvesson wasn't amused; Minister Holme was crazy. It wasn't like Andalla and Deltannia could organize a bilateral meeting in a flash. But that was what Minister Holme wanted — Arvesson could not let him down, lest he lose his job as Director-General of the Andallan Aviation Authority. After all, the problem was quite significant — though it was a scandal by a small band of Deltannian airport officials, it did highlight an important flaw in their aviation regulations...
Delta was, undoubtedly, the most important stop along the journey. Much like a busy bus terminal, it was where passengers would disembark and board another plane for wherever they wished to go. When one traveled the Northern Route, landing at Delta signified the final leg of the journey... and that the aircraft did not crash somewhere in the endless sea of ice surrounding it. Icing was definitely not uncommon when flying in the extreme cold of the Argic Circle. When ice crept up to the wings or vertical stabilizer, the pilot could lose control of the aircraft. When ice got into the engine, there would be nothing moving the aircraft forward. And when ice got into both, you'd know where exactly you were — in the middle of a frozen hell.
A few days ago, several Deltannian airport officials found a difference between Andallan and Deltannian aviation regulations — one that could, if properly implemented, restrict the passage of any Andallan aircraft within Deltannian airspace. But they weren't going for the safety — instead they only increased flyover fees, airport fees and other taxes for all Andallan aircraft. And through their network of shady deals and accomplices, those extra fees went to... them.
Once their plot became known, there was nothing the government could do — aviation regulations were aviation regulations, implemented only to ensure the safety of anyone flying within Deltannian airspace. So instead they halted the increase in taxes and prohibited any Andallan aircraft from entering or exiting Deltannian airspace, effectively grounding all Andallan aircraft in Deltannia, Ostport, and elsewhere in Europa. Being the most important stop along the Northern Route, the entire future of the Andallan airline industry was placed in jeopardy...
— TO BE CONTINUED —
This topic was formerly disputed by Vocenae. As a result, all mentions of Vocenae have been replaced with Deltannia. The discussion is located here.
OOC: Prelude to the establishment of an ICAO for Europa. I believe @Gallambria and @Orioni is working on a version of the UN, so we could say this organization evolved into whatever ICAO's counterpart in the Europa UN is.
A very special thanks to ORIONI for fixing some issues while I was away. Tak!
The following is a list of prominent Andallan arms manufacturers. Until the 1950s, most of Andalla's arms manufacturing was controlled by the government. In 1949, the Arms Industry Privatization Act was ratified, granting more leeway for privately-owned arms manufacturers. The present Andallan arms industry is dominated by Skandinavisk, Faerfrisk Arms and Kungsborg Land Systems.
Skandinavisk FP (Officially Skandinavisk Flygproducent A/S) is the largest manufacturer of aircraft in Andalla and the Andallan Commonwealth Air Force's primary supplier of both combat and transport aircraft.
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The Saeb Group is a largely-defunct defense conglomerate and Andalla's largest arms manufacturer during the Thalassan War. It was established by Anton Bergqvist Saeb in 1931 as Saeb Aeronautik (Saeb Aeronautics), following the commercial success of the Skandinavisk Model 1. Bergqvist envisioned Saeb to become the leading military aircraft manufacturer in Thalassa. Saeb soon became the dominant manufacturer of military aircraft in Andalla, supplying significant numbers of Commonwealth Army Air Command (Samväldet Haer Luftkommando) aircraft. In 1936, Bergqvist began to venture into the production of military vehicles, developing the P.1 armored car and establishing Saeb Dynamik (Saeb Dynamics). It was followed by Saeb Armen (Saeb Arms) in 1939, which was highly successful and would continue on to produce most of the Andallan military's small arms. Saeb Aeronautik was highly successful during the Thalassan War, as demand for new military equipment hit a record high. As the Thalassan War came to a close, it was decided that Saeb would begin development of a civil aircraft. In 1946, the Saeb S.100 began production. However, as Andalla began recovering from wartime, demand for military equipment fell. It was then decided that Saeb Aeronautik would focus production on the S.100, which had become a focal component of the famed "Northern Route". Unable to continue development, Saeb Aeronautik was forced to sell its jet fighter project to Skandinavisk, which had expressed its desire to begin a combat aircraft program after the success of the N-1 Kondor. In 1965, the Saeb Group was forced to sell Saeb Armen to rival Faerfrisk, cementing its position as the leading small arms manufacturer in Andalla.
Today, Saeb Aeronautik continues to retain its prominence and is currently the second largest aircraft manufacturer in Andalla next to Skandinavisk. No longer having a foothold in the military aircraft market, Saeb Aeronautik rules the turboprop and regional jet market in Andalla. Saeb Dynamik continues to produce military vehicles in small numbers, with most of its business lost to Kungsborg Land Systems.
Faerfrisk Arms (Faerfrisk Armen A/S) is the primary manufacturer of small arms in Andalla, and one of the largest in Thalassa. It started out in 1939 as a factory producing bullets for the ACA, and later Saeb Arms. As demand rose, Faerfrisk (Then Faerfrisk Munitions or Faerfrisk Krigsmateriel A/S) began to produce parts for military vehicles. As demand for military equipment fell following the end of the Thalassan War, Faerfrisk entered into a period of stagnation and recovery; Faerfrisk's military vehicle business went into liquidation in 1953. With massive amounts of surplus arms available at cheap prices after the Thalassan War, it was decided that Faerfrisk would begin development of more advanced, more capable guns to be released when demand for the surplus arms fell. Following the rise of the assault rifle in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Faerfrisk enjoyed a period of success. In 1965, Faerfrisk purchased its largest rival, Saeb Armen, leaving it as the sole major small arms manufacturer in the country.
KUNGSBORG LAND SYSTEMS
Kungsborg Land Systems (Kungsborg Jordsystem A/S) is a subsidiary of Kungsborg Heavy Industries (Kungsborg Storindustrigren A/S) responsible for the production of military land vehicles including tanks, rocket artillery and trucks. Formerly Christensen Defense Engineering, a subsidiary of Christensen Automotive, Kungsborg Heavy Industries acquired the company in 1992.
ASKANGER STEEL YARD
Askanger Steel Yard (Askanger Stålvaerft A/S) is the largest Andallan shipbuilding company. Established in 1754 as the Royal Askanger Naval Dockyard (Kongeligen Askanger Flottvaerfter) and also encompassed the artillery factories surrounding it. After the kingdom was replaced with a Commonwealth in [YEAR], the Royal Askanger Naval Dockyard was renamed to the Askanger Steel Yard (Askanger Stålvaerft) and its surrounding factories were sold to the private sector. Since then, the Askanger Steel Yard has constructed many of the largest Andallan-made vessels. The company also operates several other shipyards on the island of Himøy.
Boforsen is a manufacturer of heavy machine guns and heavy weaponry including autocannons and naval guns. Among its well-known products include the 40 mm M36 anti-aircraft/multi-purpose gun, the 51 mm Mk.20 dual-purpose naval gun, and the Skytten 155 mm self-propelled gun.
Gripen Artilerieselskab A/S is a manufacturer of heavy guns and artillery, including naval artillery, field artillery and tank guns. It has been the dominant manufacturer of naval guns in Andalla since the early 1800s. Its headquarters are located in Askanger, near the Askanger Steel Yard. The company was founded in 1788 after businessman Gjermund Hatlestad purchased one of the artillery factories in the Askanger Steel Yard. Though it was unsuccessful, Hatlestad acquired more factories with the money he was earning from his other businesses and eventually grew the company to become a major producer of naval artillery.
@Iverica @Prymont @Poland-Lithuania @Derthalen @Astriedan @The Eurofuhrer @Girkmand @Cavunia @Morheim @St Francoisbourg @Kaitaine @Sunset Sea Islands @Selayar @Little Flau @Variota @Cashar @Lusotropia @Synturia @Orioni @Afropa @Great Burlington @Miiros @Adaptus @Tagmatium Rules @Fleur de Lys @Cristina @Magnaeus @Youtabonia @Suverina @Gallambria (Phew, that has got to be the longest line of mentions this forum has seen!)
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According to my foreign relations factbook, Andalla has retrospectively established foreign relations with your country. Do not worry, in most cases it's just a consulate in the capital, not an embassy. I'm just trying to be a friendly little hippie island guy and also to strengthen my foreign trade, as Andalla's economy is focused on exports.
If you have any objections, kindly reply in this thread. I'm okay if you wish for foreign relations to be established in the present instead of retrospectively, but do note that would sort of mean you and I have not done much in the past. If you're friendly enough and wish to establish embassies (In most cases I'll accept), then just tell me here. Thanks!
Lys, if you're okay with it then I am maintaining foreign relations with all your countries. Unless some of them are against you, then I won't keep them in the list.