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Zeppelin Airship Technologies GmbH

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Zeppelin Airship Technology GmbH

In 1994, an enterprising financial banker and investor for the EVIL Corporation, Baron Engel von Emmerich, set about purchasing Zeppelin Airship Technologies GmbH. The Baron revived the old airship company Zeppelin, planning to engage once more in airship construction. A man of great business savvy, Baron von Emmerich was ridiculed for purchasing a company with a mind towards designing obsolete vessels, and became a worldwide joke in the business industry. However, things changed for Zeppelin in 1995, when fusion reactors became viable, and soon replaced most existing fission reactors worldwide. A convenient product of these fusion reactors was helium, abundant supplies of it, which had been predicted by von Emmerich at the time he purchased Zeppelin, in a stroke of genius foresight.

Another little bit of forethought by von Emmerich came true in late 1997, with oil supplies starting to run lower. Cleaner, easily produced replacements for oil became commonplace, the most common of these being biodiesel. However, biodiesel was shown to increase chances of engine failure slightly, and for most machines, this was of little concern, since it was far cheaper than regular fuel. However, for airplanes, any increase in the likelihood of engine failure would be disastrous. Because of this, airports had to continue to buy fuel, which was steadily increasing in price. Zeppelins, on the other hand, were quite readily able to function on biodiesel, and far less of it than planes would ever require.

The first Zeppelin NT (Neue Technologie) was produced in 1999, just as two major issues became worldwide. Climate change and Y2K. The first issue had a major impact on aerial transport, as overall, aerial vessels of the late 20th century were contributing to climate change with carbon emissions quite heavily. Running on biodiesel and helium, the Zeppelin would not contribute to global warming at all, and environmental politicians quickly became proponents of the zeppelin, as the EVIL Corporation began a major scare campaign about global warming for the Baron. In addition, modern planes relied on complex computer systems and the like, and fears of Y2K meant that aerial computer systems would have to be overhauled, and planes grounded over the New Year’s period for the very least, costing many millions, or even billions of dollars to big companies. Zeppelins, being simpler than planes, didn’t face these issues. In the end, it was probably the EVIL Corporation who pushed the fear of Y2K as well, at least partially for the benefit of the Baron.

Because of these facts, sales for Zeppelins took off. Though never going to replace airplanes for quick long-distance transport, Zeppelins were far cheaper, more aesthetically and romantically appealing, more luxurious and could be used to conveniently transport cargo and the like, and so soon found a reasonably sized sector of the aerial vessel market to expand into. Zeppelin went into construction of multiple types of NTs, from small semi-rigids to massive 400 meter long rigid carriers. With the advent of lighter, more durable materials and better technology, zeppelins soon became quite the popular air vessel, and entirely monopolized by the Baron.

In 2003, the next big thing for zeppelins came with the invention of nano-monitored solar paint. By painting the vast envelopes of the zeppelins in such paints, energy costs of the zeppelins could be reduced even further, making them even more environmental and cheap to operate. Further, with the new magnesser technology available, zeppelins could hold far greater weights than those giants of old, and could hover quite easily. With thrust vectoring engines, zeppelins became quite maneuverable, in a slow, ponderous sort of way, and the fastest of them was able to achieve speeds of 250 km/h.

Zeppelin has since continued to grow, expanding the range and size of its airships, as well as currently negotiating for a lucrative contract with the British Empire in the construction and maintenance of new military airships. By combining the Cavorite armoring of the traditional British airbattleship with the latest technologies and advancements developed by Zeppelin the most modern of the military air dreadnoughts would be something to be feared even in the world of supersonic jets. The mere knowledge that Zeppelin is in negotiation for contracts with the British Empire have boosted the share value of Zeppelin GmbH noticeably, and it has gained a larger slice of the aeronautical market. Additionally, it is believed that given the Baron's own nationality it is only a matter of time before intense negotiations begin with Germany for contracting of the airships its own military controls. In fact, Zeppelin has done remarkably well and intends to produce a special 10th Anniversary Zeppelin NT to commemorate the decade since the production of the first true next-generation Zeppelin airship.

Zeppelin now has construction and research facilities about the world, and has produced several thousand zeppelins for various purposes. Security around the Zeppelin Airship Technology facilities tends to be maintained by EVIL hirelings who are very competent and well-trained, and Zeppelin maintains good relations with the EVIL Corporation on the whole.
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Re: Zeppelin Airship Technologies GmbH

Post by Shroom Man 777 » Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:00 am

You know I've always liked Zeppelin (SOKOLOV!), though upon re-reading it (and noticing that particularly nothing has changed, sans the additional mentions of the new aerial battleships) I just realized just how goddamn recent the whole Zeppelin renaissance is. I always took it for granted that zeppelins and dirigibles and stuff were everywhere, from projecting advertisements about "off-world colonies" to ferrying the rich and affluent in leisurely hotels in the sky.

Those truly HUEG zeppelins should be, like, goddamn hotels in the sky - complete with swimming pools and spas and private suites shit. SKY-CATAMARANS.

South America and Africa could use zeppelins for transportation, since landing strips and actual airports would be relatively few and far between. North Sea City could make prodigious use of them too, since aside from derelict aircraft carriers turned into miniature airports, that place probably doesn't get much traditional air traffic and probably relies more on sea ships and oversized Typhoon submarine transports.

Ze Baron!
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Re: Zeppelin Airship Technologies GmbH

Post by Vagrant Orpheus » Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:05 am

Didn't need to be revamped very much. Not too much that has come since GmbH would really affect its history a great deal.
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