Greeting Citizens and Welcome to the ethernet birth of the IAAC-The Imperial Amerikan Air Corp!
For centuries man has gazed into the sky and watched those bright multi-colored circles hanging just below the clouds. Early man named these mysterious circles the "eyes of the gods", "the gates of heaven" and "the rainbow bridges". Many cultures thought these were indead gateways to paradise, but early hunters notice something else...birds flying though these sky circles on their seasonal migrations. Man was driven by his all consuming curiosity to reach these "gates", to follow the birds and see what lay on the other side. Egyptians built pyramids to try and reach them, greeks built wings from wood and cloth and finally the Romans discovered balloon flight. As ancient Rome crumble it was the emporer Nero who boarded the first balloon, lifted by special vapors from burning red rocks, and flew though the sky gate above the Roman hills to flee from an angry mob. His escape lead the way and the story of his flight was retold throughout every corner of the world, driving explorers and adventurers to look...up.
Now is the year 189?...or is it 190? North Amerika is home to a glorious nation founded by viking air-sailors, and molded in the image of that same mightly Roman Republic. "Norse Amerika" has had over 700 years to build their empire, and now competes toe to toe with the other colonial powers and empire building nations of the world as they explore the "sky locks"- those mystical holes in sky that lead to not only points on our world but points on other worlds as well. Whether flying diamonds through the Capetown/Caribbean lock, gold through the Metztecca/Madrid lock or even spices through the Mississippi/Martian lock the path to riches and glory is up, up and through! Standing guard over these wonderous portals, ensuring that our nation is first through, and planting our banner on all lands, unclaimed or not...is the IAAC, and at the fore is the crew of that mighty airship The Irracasible Wind commanded by our loyal son of the Empire, Major Girth!
It is a time of empire building, steam powered progress, fantastical science and incredible new worlds! This is the time of Steampowered Awsomeness!