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Old 10-27-2022, 05:20 PM   #25
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Default Re: New Reality Seeds

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Originally Posted by johndallman View Post
The things that need to be added to have practical airships in the 1860s include:
  • Internal combustion engines.
  • Fuel for those engines.
  • Suitable materials for the structure of rigid airships. That means aluminium or magnesium, available in bulk and with decent quality.
Refining aluminium or magnesium needs industrial-scale electricity supplies, which have all kinds of other uses. So do internal combustion engines. This world will continue to diverge, quite quickly.
Well the technology situation is anomalous by definition on an Aero world.
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