Polytechnic League

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Foundation: 1753-1764
Capital: Athens in Attica
Religion: Supposedly Hussite Christian

By Martin Helsdon


Mercantile company in Greece later determined to be a front for the Assassins of Alamut. The Advanced Airships sold by the company were found to use Ice powers to enhance their engines.

Editor's Note: Information supplied by a Polytechnic League customer from the Polytechnic League airship catalogue:
zi: 2.0 supt, 5.0 cmbt, 5.0 sige, 12 AP, (1) cargo
zsi: 1.0 supt, 1.0 cmbt, 1.0 sige, 12 AP, (0) cargo
zti: 1.5 supt, 1.0 cmbt, 0.0 sige, 12 AP, (2) cargo
All require 1 nfp to crew.
The 'i' appears to stand for Ithaqua.

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1753-1754, T212
The Polytechnic League, Diplomacy: Athens in Attica(ho)
With the blessing of the Empire, an enterprising group of Hussite scholars, craftsmen, technicians and chemists gathered in the ruins of old Athens (so long ago destroyed by the perfidious Swedes) and began rebuilding the city and the port of Piraeus. They hoped to form nothing less than a collegial town, devoted to the sciences and the study of natural law.

Of course, it was clear from the demeanor of the founders that no Catholics need apply, and in the back rooms of gentlemen's clubs, inns and kaffehaus across the Mediterranean, everyone whispered slyly that the Empire (and the little mentioned Hussite League) had taken such a drastic step to counter the growing partnership between the Swedes and the Aeronautical Research and Fabrication corporation.

In any case, the Polytechnics promised a new generation of airships - faster than the ARF Raptor-class, with greater range and more powerful weapons - within four years.

1755-1756, T213
The Polytechnic League, Diplomacy: None
Minded their own business.

Norsktrad: “All Company offices are to be on guard for another strike by this detestable Secret Extra-governmental agency. Furthermore, I forbid any trade with the Polytechnic League. Their attitudes contrast with the free trade stance of the Nörsktrad. And their antecedents are questionable at best. You have all seen the confidential reports."

1757-1758, T214
The Polytechnic League, Diplomacy: None
Some very surly Albanians arrived in Athens to take delivery of several specially-built airships the League had promised them. “Unaccountable delays,” answered the League project manager, when pressed about the two year delay in completion of the contract. “Beyond our control.”

Athens expanded as more students, technicians, craftsmen and managers flocked to work for the League. Business was good, what with the airship yards expanding at such a unprecedented rate.

Norsktrad:“There is no news of the Baron. Our own investigations, and those of other parties confirm what we have suspected: The Black Watch, formally the Assassins of Alamut are merely an arm of the Polytechnic League."

1759-1760, T215
The Polytechnic League, Diplomacy: None
Under the stewardship of the League, Athens expanded a level. Many instructors were dispatched to the Danish university at Thessalonika to ‘beef up’ the curriculum. Continued rumors of ‘dark influence’ upon the League led to the arrival of the Hussite bishops Johner and Grunfeld in Athens to audit the organization.

Maasai:The nascent aerocorps was finally provided with a commander (lord G’kar) and a mixture of home-built zeppelins and airships provided by the Polytechnic League of Athens.

Honorable Afriqa Company:The acquisition of transport airships from the Islamic Union and Belisarius-class ‘fast’ zeppelins from the Polytechnic League allowed Company technicians and overseers to tear the example craft apart and being laying plans to build their own versions.

1761-1762, T216
The Polytechnic League, Diplomacy: None
Lazed away the days in the hot Grecian sun.

1763-1764, T217
Qing: In the uttermost west, the small Qing squadron operating in the Mediterranean managed to make it back to the outpost of Mei-guo, where there was a great deal of squabbling over the provisioning and crewing for a pair of Polytechnic League airships which the Chinese had managed to acquire. “What do you mean, they need crews!” Blustered the lord Han Tzang, glaring at the vast gray shapes. “Well, find me some!” Eventually most of the garrison was drafted to become airmen and Han could set out for Persia.

Jesuits: The Vicar-Lieutenant had taken ship to Iusalem in the Republic to oversee the careful destrction of a Polytechnic League airship which had been acquired by the Republican air force – and it had been discovered to be powered by the entrapped souls of those sacrificed to the heathen gods worshipped by the Athenians. Unfortunately, in the course of exorcising the entire vessel, a large bolt plunged from a gas-cell girder and struck Redfox down. He was some time recovering from his wounds.

Danish Empire:Moving in secrecy, the First Minister departed Thessaloniki under the cover of night aboard the steam cruiser Salamis, accompanied by a large fleet and essentially the entire Republic army (which wasn’t scattered across the Balkans and Germany, building roads or clearing debris) and descended upon Athens like a thunderbolt.

The free city, home as it was of the Polytechnic League, and devoted to the sciences, was undefended. Republican troops stormed the factories and warehouses, dormitories and libraries, rounding up Polytechnic students, savants and workers. Mass arrests were made, lists posted, properties confiscated… the huge complex of airship sheds, workshops, foundries, hydrogen separation plants and machining factories which filled the districts between the city proper and the harbor of Piraeus were garrisoned by the Empress’ Own Guard.

Despite this, Venizelos was troubled. Hasselhof was dead of an apparent heart-attack, and most of his advisors in prison… but the First Minister suffered a nagging sensation of having seized only the feathers of the pheasant, while the creature itself escaped.

Duchy of the Isles: Similar – though far more violent – efforts were made to drive cultic influences out of Sicily. Namia led a powerful fleet and army to the sometimes-rebellious island and obliterated a recently discovered Polytechnic League secret base, as well as invading and slaughtering the inhabitants of a Black Hand order estate in the western end of the island. The Empress was in no mood to allow foreigners in her lands without her leave.

Carthage: Within a few weeks of the Emir leading an attack against the secret Polytechnic League enclaves in Egypt, General Hanno had launched his own purge in Ad’diffah and Lybia itself. A number of criminal gangs were broken up as a result and many arrests made – all part of a much greater pan-Hussite effort against the despicable cults infesting the Mediterranean ports. None of the fighting cost as dearly as that in Faiyum, though part of Al’Hasan in Thebes was burned down amid panicky rioting as a result.

Honorable Afriqa Company: Back in Iusalem, representatives of the Republic, the Danish Empire (no one in Afriqa could quite stomach calling it a ‘Republic’ yet), and the Jesuit Order attended a ceremony devoted to the ritual cleansing, exorcism and destruction of a zeppelin recently acquired by the Honorable Company from the decredited (and destroyed) Polytechnic League. Though the Jesuit emissary was wounded in the processed, the cursed airship was completely destroyed – and hopefully the souls imprisoned therein were loosed from infernal bondage.

1765-1766, T218
Danish Empire: Venizelos, having set most of the affairs of state aright, now turned his attention to rooting out any remaining Polytechnic League sympathizers or agents within the Republican ministries; which took the form of a through house-cleaning, forced retirements and general reorganization. Most notable among those arrested was Lord Trifunovic, a notable Republican loyalist. At the same time, policies were launched to break down the large trade guilds.

1767-1768, T219
Danish Empire: Similar efforts were undertaken in Athens, where the Polytechnic League university (which had continued to operate, despite the seizure of the company offices and its dissolution) was packed up and moved to Thessalonika.

Chief Technologist

  • Harold Hasselhoff 1755 - 1763


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