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The Sparrow Avengers Universe

Allohistorical setting inspired by Jordan Weisman's and Dave McCoy's Crimson Skies, but set mainly in Europe. Created by Petike. Years in the making (since 2008), some glimpses into it have been posted in various parts of the board. For now, this page serves primarily as a repository for canon elements of this alternate universe.

Master threads

1. National insignia

COUNTRY FLAG FLAG (TEXTURED) COAT OF ARMS
Czech-Moravian-Silesian Republic LINK LINK LINK
Pressburg (Bratislava) City State LINK LINK LINK
Danubian Federative Republic LINK LINK LINK
Republic of Free Záhorie LINK LINK LINK
Littlecarpathia-Trnavia LINK LINK LINK
Sovereign Republic of Ponitrie LINK LINK LINK
Považie Commonwealth / United Republic of Považie LINK LINK LINK
Democratic Republic of Orava and Kysuce LINK LINK LINK
Confederation of Liptov and Turiec
(Republic of Turiec)
LINK LINK LINK
Confederation of Liptov and Turiec
(Liptov Republic)
LINK LINK LINK
Horehronie League LINK LINK LINK
The Miner State LINK LINK LINK
People's Farmer Republic of Hont LINK LINK LINK
Novohrad Captaincy LINK LINK LINK
Kingdom of Gemer LINK LINK LINK
Košice City State LINK LINK LINK
Abov-Turňa Domain LINK LINK LINK
Spiš Republic LINK LINK LINK
Šariš Free State LINK LINK LINK
Zemplín Federation LINK LINK LINK
Transcarpathian Republic LINK LINK LINK

2. National currencies

Pressburg (Bratislava) City State

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Republic of Free Záhorie

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Commonwealth of Považie

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Democratic Republic of Orava and Kysuce

COIN / BANKNOTE MATERIAL OBVERSE FACE REVERSE FACE
1 taller bronze Veľká Rača DROK National Coat of Arms
2 tallers bronze Babia hora DROK National Coat of Arms
5 tallers bronze DROK National Coat of Arms
10 tallers gold DROK National Coat of Arms
15 tallers gold Orava Castle DROK National Coat of Arms
20 tallers gold Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav DROK National Coat of Arms

Confederation of Liptov and Turiec

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Sovereign Republic of Ponitrie

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The Miner State

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Košice City State

COIN / BANKNOTE MATERIAL OBVERSE FACE REVERSE FACE
5 florins silver Francis II. Rákóczi St. Elisabeth's Cathedral (which is also Rákoczi's resting place)
10 florins gold Sigismund I. of Luxembourg Main street's Gothic “Levoča House” from the 15th century
20 florins gold Charles I. of Hungary (Charles Robert of Anjou) Depiction of The Battle of Rozhanovce/Rozgony from the Chronicum Pictum
50 florins gold Louis I. of Hungary (Louis the Great) 14th century charter showing the first version of Košice's coat of arms, the first municipal coat of arms in Europe, granted by Louis I. in 1369

Spiš Republic

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Šariš Free State

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Zemplín Federation

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Transcarpathian Republic

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3. Aircraft insignia

The roundels, markings and air force emblems of the timeline's various past and present polities.

1900s-1950s

COUNTRY ROUNDEL OLDER ROUNDEL(S) or VARIANT ROUNDEL(S) AIR FORCE EMBLEM
Polish Republic 1930-1950s Historical (1910s-1930s) LINK
Kingdom of Lesser Poland & Galicia LINK LINK LINK
Silesia 1940s-1950s (post-war) Historical (interwar monarchy, 1920s-1930s)
Historical (falangist regime, 1930s-1940s)
LINK
Czech-Moravian-Silesian Republic Late 1920s-1950s Historical (late 1910s and early 1920s) LINK
Pressburg (Bratislava) City State 1920s-1950s LINK LINK
Danubian Federative Republic LINK LINK LINK
Republic of Free Záhorie LINK LINK LINK
Littlecarpathia-Trnavia LINK LINK LINK
Sovereign Republic of Ponitrie LINK LINK LINK
Považie Commonwealth
/ United Republic of Považie
1920s-1950s LINK LINK
Democratic Republic
of Orava and Kysuce
1920s-1950s LINK LINK
Confederation of Liptov and Turiec
(Republic of Turiec)
LINK LINK LINK
Confederation of Liptov and Turiec
(Liptov Republic)
LINK LINK LINK
Horehronie League LINK LINK LINK
The Miner State 1920s-1950s LINK LINK
People's Farmer Republic
of Hont
LINK LINK LINK
Novohrad Captaincy LINK LINK LINK
Kingdom of Gemer LINK LINK LINK
Košice City State LINK LINK LINK
Abov-Turňa Domain LINK LINK LINK
Spiš Republic 1920s-1950s Variant 1 Variant 2 LINK
Šariš Free State 1920s-1950s Simplified (1920s-1950s) LINK
Zemplín Federation 1920s-1950s Simplified (1920s-1950s) LINK
Transcarpathian Republic 1920s-1950s Simplified (1920s-1950s) LINK

1950s-2020s

COUNTRY ROUNDEL OLDER ROUNDEL(S) or VARIANT ROUNDEL(S) AIR FORCE EMBLEM
VISEGRAD UNION CURRENT CURRENT (low-visibility) LINK
Visegrad Defence Pact air force anthem
Polish Republic (1) Current (2) (4) (5) Current (low-visibility) LINK
Czech-Moravian-Silesian
Republic
Current (5) Current (low-visibility) LINK
Kingdom of Lesser Poland
& Galicia
(1)
Current (unofficial)
(3)
N/A N/A
Silesia (1) Current (unofficial)
(3)
N/A N/A
Republic of Hungary Current (4) Current (low-visibility) LINK
Slovak Republic Current (4) Current (low-visibility) LINK
Transcarpathian Republic Current (5) Current (low-visibility) LINK

Notes:
(1) - a constituent country of the Confederation of Polish Peoples, i.e. modern post-war Poland
(2) - the post-WWII Polish roundel represents the entirety of post-war Poland, i.e. the Confederation of Polish Peoples (CoPP). Silesia and Lesser Poland-Galicia do not have their own armed forces or air forces, and their roundels are no longer in official use.
(3) - the Polish national aerobatic team still uses the Silesian and Galician roundels from the first half of the 20th century in a symbolic capacity.
(4) - based on an OTL aircraft insignia of the country (Slovakia 1944 (insurgent), Hungary 1990-1991)
(5) - continuation of a pre-WWII aircraft insignia

The Visegrad Union is listed at the top, as each of the countries below is a member state of that political block.


4. National military inventories and OOBs

In general

Democratic Republic of Orava and Kysuce

Zemplín Federation

Visegrad Union / Visegrad Defence Pact (since the 1950s)

5. Media and propaganda

Various media and propaganda from different time periods of the timeline (mostly from the interwar years).

a.) Advertisements

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b.) Election posters

Elections posters from various polities throughout the history of the timeline.

Commonwealth of Považie

Confederation of Liptov and Turiec

Slovak Republic (post-WWII)

c.) Military posters

Czech-Moravian-Silesian Republic

Democratic Republic of Orava and Kysuce

Confederation of Liptov and Turiec

Košice City State

Zemplín Federation

Visegrad Union (since the 1950s)

6. Civilian Infrastructure and Technology

a.) Automobiles

b.) Spaceflight

WN-12 "Zodiac" launch vehicle of the Visegrad Union Space Programme (1960s) - Among other things, involved in Projekt Aport, the first succesful set of manned spaceflight missions, including reentry.

Patria spacecraft programme spacesuit - the first flight suit and spacesuit of the VUSP, used by stellonauts in the pioneering manned flights of the Patria class capsules.

First stellonauts of the VUSP - The “Patria Five” and the first female stellonaut.

Early space station of the VUSP - serviced by the Concord class of manned capsules, a long-standing orbital workhorse of the VUSP.

Later type of VUSP spacesuit - used during the first VUSP spaceplane missions of the late 20th century, a joint development effort with France (main developer) and Germany.


7. Cultural Stuff

a.) Famous quotations

b.) Everyday life

See the scrapbook thread for more details.

Music

"Snap" and "Pop music" - Equivalents of OTL pop music and OTL esotheric or world music.

"Hook & Hoodlum" and "Hooligan" ("Hool" for short) - Equivalents of OTL rock and roll music and rock music, plus associated genres.

"Rubble" - Equivalent of OTL punk music and associated genres, evolved from “hooligan music”.

"Debris" - Equivalent of OTL ska music and folk-rock, evolved from “hooligan music” and jazz music.

"Goth" and "Vandal" - Equivalents of OTL hard rock and metal music, evolved from both “hooligan” and “rubble” music.

"Drone" - Rough equivalent of OTL techno music and associated styles and genres.

"GW" (Gramowrangler) - ATL term for disk jockey (DJ).

Cinema

"Easterns" & "Pierogi easterns" - The alternate geopolitical and cultural developments of much of the 20th century spawned a unique spin on the genre of film Westerns. Pierogi Easterns are a subgenre of Eastern set in central Europe and Ruthenia, mostly during WWI and the period of the Disunion Wars in the late 1910s and early 1920s. (Russian and Central Asian Easterns also tackle that same period very often, though from their own geographic and historical perspective.) (Link to be added.) Easterns and their Pierogi Eastern subset have also created genre crossovers with science fiction. EastWar is a science fiction thriller series (and semi-official sequel to Čapek's R.U.R.) with Pierogi Eastern elements, examining robotics, humanity and the entertainment industry. The Visegrad Space Guard franchise spinoffs Outpost Delta 7 and Terra Nova are partly considered Space Easterns, equivalent to OTL Space Westerns.

Television

Visegrad Space Guard - A primarily televisual media franchise, has run since the early 1960s or so, though it has been somewhat dormat since the first half of the 2000s. Consists of four television series - VSG 2145, VSG 2185: The Mission Continues, VSG: Outpost Delta 7, VSG 2215: Terra Nova - and loads of various related works, including novelisations, comics, various model kits and toys, some feature-length films, and so on.

EastWar - A science fiction detective thriller series from the early 2000s, and a sequel to Karel Čapek's 1920 science fiction play, R.U.R. A rebranded Rossum's Universal Robots corporation, fallen on harder times, creates an entertainment industry division that oversees the creation and management of three historically inspired robotic theme parks: HussiteWar (15th century, medieval intrigue), With Fire and Sword (17th century, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth swashbuckling) and EastWar (early 1900s, the Eastern genre).


8. International Organisations

League of Nations (LoN) - Reconstituted and reformed after the second world war and continued since then.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent - Same organisations as in OTL, just with a different century of history since WWI.

Visegrad Union (VU) - Formed in the early 1950s, as an economic, political, cultural and military integration effort of five central European countries (Confederation of Polish Peoples, Czech-Moravian-Silesian Republic, Slovak Republic, Republic of Hungary, Transcarpathian Republic).

Western European Community (WEC) - Western Europe's own multi-faceted European integration effort, started in the late 1940s and early 1950s.


9. Writing the setting / Behind the scenes

On "translation convention"

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Impromptu backdrop soundtrack (to interwar air pirate shenanigans):
Hrdza - Chvastúňska, Zbojnícka, Na horách býva (remix version)
Čechomor - Súsedovi koně, Slunéčko, Větříček
Zuzana Mojžišová & Jej Družina - Ta vypimo, Pije, pije
F. K. Veselý - Ja som optimista (urban settings)

Thematically, I wanted to have a bit of order in it. The jazzy or swing stuff is all period, 1930s central European stuff. But the stuff with a folk music motif is all by contemporary bands and artists who play folk music in more modern arrangements. Most of that setting's air pirate narratives take place in more rural areas, and I want to reflect that by not using a traditional rendition of folk music associated with the countryside. As the setting understandably has a bit of a “dieselpunk” undertone, the more modern sound is intended to be a nod at that.

I want the choice of music to symbolise that these interwar air pirates, often from actually humble backgrounds, are sort of “at home” in two different worlds. The then-contemporary rural landscape, which generally serves as their hideout (less infrastructure, harder to get defence forces out there and down them, by FLAK or planes) and the bleeding edge of aviation tech, at least for the period. Traditional songs, with an updated outer shell, to demonstrate that stuck-halfway-between-two-realities situation these modern outlaws find themselves in. A strange, out-of-place, somewhat anachronistic situation - similarly anachronistic as the music that serves as its backdrop.

Speaking of outlaws, the content of several of those selected traditional songs (or songs done in the style of traditionals) touches upon thievery or outlaws. Súsedovi koně (“The Neighbour's Horses”) is a Moravian folk song, interpreted here by Čechomor, about a guy unfairly charged with theft of horses and threatened with hanging at the gallows. The Zbojnícka and Chvastúňska songs by Hrdza are, in turn, a general send-up of various romanticised “outlaw tropes”. I found it a good fit.

Weirdly, beyond writing and worldbuilding, “finding a sound” to a particular fictional setting I'm working on has always been surprisingly helpful to me. Not necessary at all, but it does give you that extra “kick” as a creator, and it can even help the tone of the setting “really click” in your mind. At least that's my own creative experience with this.


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