Hive, Queen and Country Timeline
|Time||Births||Deaths||Scientific Discoveries||Timeline Events and Comments|
|1794||Lavoisier Escapes French Revolution and escapes to the United States of
America. He quickly becomes partners with Du Pont and other French
expatriates. He invents such items as nitrocellulose double and triple based
|1799||Walter HancockJohn Stringfellow|
|1801||Sir George Biddell Airy Immanuel Nobel|
|1802||Lavoisier and DuPont form a company (Du Pont Lavoisier) in the United States of America to produce gunpowder. Over the ensuing decades this company becomes the largest producer of gun powder in North America. Over half of the gunpowder used by the Union Army was made by DPL.|
|1804||Sir Richard Owen|
|1806||I.K. BrunelSolomon Andrews|
|1808||Lavoisier develops nitrocellulose based compounds. These are initially used primarily for rockets, although within ten years high quality sporting rifles are being produced with the use of slow burning smokeless powders.|
|1809||Charles Robert Darwin|
|Cayley publishes “On Aerial Navigation”|
|1812||W S Henson|
|1815||Ada LovelaceGeorge Boole||The Congress of Vienna redraws the borders of Europe.
Napoleon returns from Elba for the 100 days campaign and is defeated at
|1818||Eduard TotlebenJames Prescott Joule|
|1819||Queen VictoriaPrince AlbertJohn Couch Adams||Settlement of Singapore founded by British East India Company|
|1820||James B Eads|
|1822||Sir Francis Galton||Charles Babbage begins work on mechanical analog computer, which he calls a Difference Engine|
|1825||Thomas Henry HuxleyHenri GiffardAlexandr Mozhaiskii|
|1827||Sir Frederick Augustus Abel||Karl Baedeker publishes first travel guide|
|1830||Steam road omnibus||Gurney and others begin building and operating commercially successful steam road transports. Efforts by both railroads and horse and carriage interests to restrict the development of this technology included legal action in the House of Lords. These efforts were brought to nothing with the public outrage over sabotage against a steam wagon in Edinburgh that resulted in several deaths. The criminal proceeding against the men responsible resulted in loss of support in parliament and defeat of several bills restricting the use of steam road engines. The railways were able to maintain successful competition over long distance
intercity routes but increasingly intracity transport was steam powered.
|1831||A Nobel||Archibald Cochrane||Difference Engine||First commercial Difference Engine is available in London. Over a dozen are purchased that year|
|1833||G. WolseleyG Rendel|
|1838||Graf Zeppelin||Victoria Crowned Queen of England|
|1842||Sir James DewarPeter [Pyotr Alekseievich] KropotkinEdward Frost||Thomas Cook travel company founded|
|1843||Victor Tatin||Aerial Transit Company||Hansen and Stringfellow form the Aerial Transit Company.
The enterprise folds quickly since they are unable to develop a practical
aircraft rapidly enough.
|1844||Computer Programming||Ada Lovelace in a series of articles develops the concepts of a “Language” for machines. She works very closely with her idol Babbage as he develops a machine sophisticated enough to use the concepts she has evolved.|
|1846||John Mackenzie BaconWestinghouse||Gauge Act passed in England makes the Brunel Braod Gauge the standard gauge in England|
|1847||N ZhukovskiThomas Edison|
|1848||Analytical Engine||First of the more complex and programmable mechanical computers becomes commercially available. They use the language developed by Ada Lovelace.|
|1849||Marc Brunel||Cayley builds first man lifting glider. First flight is followed up with a series of increasingly long glides. Interest from the Press results in large public reaction. Other engineers and researchers become involved in gliding flight activities.
Within 18 months over 150 gliding flights by a dozen inventors have been
conducted. November 18th sees the first air fatality.
Kovalevskaya Lawrence Hargrave
|1851||London Expo||Opening of The Exposition at the Crystal Palace|
|1852||Louis Brennan Leonardo
|Ada LovelaceWalter Hancock|
|1855||Sir Charles Vernon Boys||“Scientific Artillery”Powered Controlled Heavier Than
|The Russian War ends after the reduction of several fortresses. In the Baltic gun, mortar and rocket boats using new gunnery techniques and improved Hale rockets with DPL propellants to destroy fortifications, shipyards and armouries. In the Crimean Sevastapol was bombarded by “scientific artillery” finally ending the siege.Offers of balloons for use in the siege are refused initially, when finally sent they arrive too late for action.Henson and Stringfellow complete aerial steamer. Using steam engines developed for use in steam road vehicles the aircraft, a monoplane with twin pusher screws is capable of short hops. Sustained long range flight still eludes designers as even the improved steam engines have extremely low endurance. Flights of up to 2 minutes are possible.|
|1856||Nikola Tesla||First British Aerial Navigation Company
|Hanson and Stringfellow form aerial navigation company. Cayley supports them in Parliament and they are issued a charter|
|1859||John Jellico||Due to needs of was and losses in Crimea and India during the mutiny and increase use of mechanical transport in urbanized areas of the Empire the shortage of horses for artillery and supply haulage becomes noticeable. Horses for the Mutiny must be purchased from overseas sources.|
|1861||Prince Albert||“Scientific Artillery”||Rebel forces attack Federal Fort Sumter in Charleston using four pieces of scientific artillery bought from Great Britain. The battery has an advanced fire direction computer built by Babbage and Co.|
|1862||Smokeless powder for small arms
|With the removal of General Ripley DPL is able to convince the Union Army to purchase brass cartridge arms using their smokeless powder. By the middle of 1863 all front line infantry and cavalry units of the Union Army have either single shot or repeating cartridge rifles and carbines. The Confederacy is unable to produce cartridges in quantity and the blockade prevents their importation from
France or England. Rebel forces suffer tremendous casualties from the rapid
fire of Union forces.
Union forces also use Scientific Artillery. In a number of sieges high angle fire from long range Union rifled artillery is extremely telling. The Union is able to out duel Confederate batteries at Charleston
|1863||Rapid Fire Steam cannon (Perkin’s
|Confederate forces attack the Union Army under Grant at Pittsburg Landing. A pair of timberclad Union gunboats recently equipped with rapid firing steam cannons support the Union flank and their fire causes tremendous casualties in the Confederate infantry. Combined with the new firepower of the recently issued
breech-loading rifles the Rebel forces cannot face the Union Army and are
forced back with horrific losses.
Vicksburg Falls to a combined Union Army and Riverine assault. After the success of the steam cannons at Pittsburg’s Landing early in the month several of the City Class ironclads are rearmed with these rapid firing weapons. The volume of fire allows the river batteries at Vicksburg to be suppressed. The defenders are unable to resist the attacks from both land and river and surrender on April 30th.
U. S. Grant, arrived from the fall of Vicksburg and takes charge of the Army of the Potomac on the eve of its confrontation with Lee’s forces near Gettysburg. He traps the outnumbered rebels before they can cross the rain swollen river and ends the American Civil War.
|1864||George Boole||Formation of Aerial Navigation Company in New Jersey||Dr Solomon Andrews demonstrates Aereon controllable balloons to US Government. He is awarded a contract to build military airships for the Union but the war ends before they are used in action. ANC begins civilian air service between East Coast cities soon after the War ends.First powered HTA flight across English Channel.|
|1865||Aerolyth Discovered||During a thunderstorm the anti-gravitational properties of certain types of dolerite are discovered by John Lubbock|
|1866||Formation of Aerial Steam Navigation Company in California||Aerolyth prospecting begins across the globe. Aerolyth “rushes” are seen in the Missouri Ozarks, Upstate New York and California in the USA, Wales and Scotland in the United Kingdom. Additional strikes are recorded in Carpathian Mountains, Switzerland and South Africa|
|1867||Percy Pilcher||Formation of several additional
aerial navigation companies
|Sofia Kovalevskaya begins experiments with aerolyth. These will lead to the
development of the aerolyth rocket
|1868||First Commercial Aerolyth Flyers
|Cross Channel aerial service opened between Dover and Calais|
|1869||Super Oxidizer||Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleeff discovers multi atomic oxygen, “septaoxygen” a stable, storable super oxidizer.|
|1870||William Hale||Lunar SpacecraftAerolyth Fireboat||War of the Four Empires between France and the Triple Empire begins.
Imperial Russian Spacecraft Land on Luna. Czar claims the entire Moon for the Russian Empire. Vessels used aerolyth rockets to achieve velocity for direct lunar mission. Four vessels are launched. One is destroyed in boost phase by a rocket engine failure, a second hard-lands on the moon and explodes, the third suffers a critical failure during engine restart for lunar ascent. Only the fourth vessel safely returns to Earth. It is enough though. The Great Powers enter the Space Age.
Aerial Fire Engine Targee completed at James Eads’ Union Aerial Works south of St. Louis Missouri.
|1871||David Beatty||Charles Babbage||Great Chicago FireWar of the Four Empires between France and the Triple Empire continues. France takes the Philippine Islands, but Forces from Brazil occupy French Guiana. War rages on at sea and in various colonies, as well as on the French Spanish border.|
|1872||Immanuel NobelSolomon Andrews||Geosynchronous Orbital Space
|Great powers begin exploitation of space, Using combinations of solid fuel/liquid oxidizer rockets and aerolyth boosters the Great Powers begin construction of orbital platformsWar of the Four Empires ends, France forces Triple Empire to cede territories along former Franco-Spanish border. To raise money to pay for War Reparations the Triple Empire sells some holdings in Mediterranean and Equatorial Africa to Russian Empire. They also sell Puerto Rico to the United States of America.|
|1874||First Treaty High Port is opened above Ascension Island. Within the following five years there will be seven additional High Ports in Geosynchronous Orbit|
|1875||G Gurney||Lunar Colonies||Five Lunar Outposts are started by Great Britain, France, Russia, Prussia and The Triple Empire.Existence of extensive Lunar mining and other alien activities on Earth’s Moon are discovered. This leads to a Moonrush as prospectors seek to mine the remaining rare ores found on Luna. Other explorers begin to map the thousands of miles of alien tunnels and subsurface cities. Archeologists search for information about the race that lived on the Moon and attempt to uncover the amazing technologies that allowed such extensive operations on Earth’s lifeless companion. Even though it is obvious that Luna has not hosted life for thousands of years it is without a doubt that Mankind is not alone in the solar system, let alone in the Universe.|
|1876||Race to Mars Begins. Fifteen vessels are building in orbital yards.|
|1877||I.K. Brunel||Ewing and Stewart Drive||Royal Albert first effective interplanetary vessel leaves Earth orbit and arrives in Martian orbit. First landing on MarsContact with Zuktesazri|
|1878||First landing attempts on Venus. Two missions fail to return to orbitFrench Imperial Navy forms Squadron of Aerial Experimentation to develop aerial vessels and warfare.|
|1879||Sir Richard Burton makes Contact with La Selpurdi
War between British Empire and Zulu nation breaks out. The initial British Invasion results in the near total destruction of the Central Column and a pitched battle at Rorke’s Drift. War continues for several months and ends with the complete destruction of the Zulu nation.
Three more missions to Venus fail to successfully return from the surface.
|1880||Another mission to Venus disappears without a trace.
Royal Navy forms an aerial squadron. The intent was to provide vessels for use in South Africa.
|1881||First mission succeeds in reaching the Venusian surface and returning. By the end of the year over two dozen ships have landed.|
|1882||Charles DarwinHenri Giffard||Louis Napoleon Weds Spanish Princess Donna Maria del PilarThe International Settlement is founded on Equatoria on Venus.|
|1883||John Stringfellow||Krakatoa EruptionImproved Spring Powered Technology||Large scale importation of Venusian springs. Clockwork manufacturers on Earth now begin production of improved and increasingly powerful spring powered mechanisms.Venusian international settlement is besieged by Venusian tribesmen.
British Army forms first experimental unit for fighting machines
|1884||Eduard TotlebenFrederick Marriott||British Army in Sudan forms aerial company using experimental vessel Crusader and two requisitioned merchant vessels. This ad hoc squadron is ordered by General Wolseley to support the desert column and provide communications with the river column. Due to specific directions from the Prime Minister it is not allowed to operate independently or to attempt communications with Khartoum.
First Child, a son, is born to the Prince Imperial Louis Napleon and his wife Donna Maria.
|1885||British Army Aerial Company is finally released to attempt rescue of Gordon. The three vessels arrive just as the Mahdist forces are storming the city. The vessels are able to force back the desert warriors long enough for the majority of the town’s surviving garrison and civilians to board the ships. A Mahdist ambush strikes the convoy while the ships are pumping feed water for their boilers from the Nile. One of the ships is destroyed the other two are badly damaged. General
Charles Gordon is killed during aerial retirement from the Sudan.French Panama Canal Company fails and plunges Europe into an economic crisis. Emperor Napoleon III dies and a revolution breaks out across the realm.British Channel Squadron is attacked by French revolutionary vessels. Large scale naval action develops off the coast of England. Royal Navy is victorious. The British Army and Royal Navy use flyers to attack a number of French flyer stations held by revolutionaries. Several ships are captured, others destroyed.
|1886||Siege of Paris ends with suborbital strike by anarchists. Empress is killed but Napoleon IV is able to rally the rest of France behind his cause. Most European Powers accept a continuation of the Bonepartists dynasty as the lesser of two evils|
|1887||Nicola TeslaRichard Burton James B Eads||Loss of Etheria||Interplanetary vessel Etheria is loss with all hands in a tremendous explosion when she attempted to leave Earth orbit. She had been outfitted with a new drive system designed by Nicola Tesla
Royal Marines begin experimentation with amphibious steam powered landing boats.
|1888||International Settlement on Venus is attacked by Natives. Settlement is besieged for several months. Relief forces arrive from Earth and friendly Venusian cultures assist to break the siege.|
|1889||James Prescott Joule||Johnstown FloodParis Expo||Hive arrives in England
Worlds’ Fair Opens in Paris. This is the first major Expo since the discovery of spaceflight and contact with other planets. Napoleon IV uses the fair to showcase French recovery from the revolution and aerospace adventures and off world colonization efforts
|1891||Duke of Cambridge||Hive begins active operations in local area
Fall of Exeter. The Duke of Cambridge leading a large field force is cut off while conducting a holding action against the Hive. He and his body guard as well as a company of Canadian female soldiers are trapped in the centre of Exeter and annihilated.
Lord Chlemsford is appointed acting commander and chief of the British Army. Hive stopped at Taunton LineLord Chlemsford leads unsuccessful Christmas day Assault on Devon Hive. British Army takes sever casualties to several infantry regiments and Royal Engineer companies
|1892||General Garnet Wolseley is appointed Commander and Chief of the British Army|
|1893||Worlds’ Columbian Expo||Highlighting the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the New World as well as the 15th of the landings on other worlds the Chicago exposition was designed to show the United States as entering the realm of the Great Powers in terms of industrial might and off world involvement.|