Aviator World News _________________________________________________________________________
Dateline: The Daily Telegraph London England.   July 1937.                                     10 cents.   



On July 9th, Edinburgh citizens awoke to the sound of rocketfire and machine guns.    It was then, that a reported four Erikson Confederation zeppelins and accompanying fighters attacked the peaceful town of Edinburgh, Scotland.

At roughly seven AM, Viking fighters attacked the RAF patrol flight, and then proceeded to demolish RAF Musselbergh, which houses RAF Squadrons NO. 44, and NO. 56  catching all but a handful of fighters on the ground.  The fighters that did launch were quickly shot down by the Norwegian fighters.

After the naval cannons protecting the city were destroyed, the four Viking zeppelins dropped to cover just above the town and began providing covering fire for the landing raiders and helping silence ground-based AA fire with pinpoint attacks from their heavy cannons.

Two zeppelins remained at altitude and recovered fighters (Editors Note: Due to the relatively lengthy cover provided by the Raider aircraft, we can assume they were re-fueling and re-arming), while the remaining two and a handful of fighters remained as covering elements.

It was then that the zeppelins took up positions above the city and began blossoming autogyros and landing lines.      The vikings landed roughly 400 ground personal and began looting the city. While the fighters provided cover with machine gun fire and rockets, the raiders systematically looted several targets within the city, the autogyros and lines hauling the loot up to the zeppelin, while the ground soldiers kept the military and Edinburgh police forces well away from the operations.

The Bank of Scotland, two of the large breweries and several of the aerodrome warehouses were looted, in addition to the aerodrome itself.     Initial reports seem to indicate that nearly half a million Pounds from the Bank of Scotland, in both banknotes, Gold and Silver Bullion were taken (Editors Note: It also seems to indicate that the pirates knew of the recent arrival of a large quantity of silver and gold from the America's soon to be transferred to London for coinage).   

Also taken were several hundred casks of scotch whiskey, a number of weapons, ammunition and artillery that had been stored in Edinburgh for emplacement on the two Royal Navy destroyers currently in construction in the Edinburgh shipyards.     Also looted was the RAF ammunition dump, in which the raiders secured several hundred rockets and a large store of machine gun and cannon ammunition.

With the acquisition of those items, the zeppelins pulled up the landing lines, the autogyros returned to the launch bays and the small flotilla began taking altitude and speeding in a westerly course.

 The covering RAF Zeppelin HMAS Irresistible, a Formidable class battle zeppelin, was already en route to Edinburgh on routine patrol from Glasgow when reports of the Viking raid came in.     It immediately set on a intercept course with the raiders, while RAF Squadrons NO. 18 and NO. 36 quickly launched from the Glasgow RAF airbase, and the zeppelin HMAS Implacable, a Ark Royal class air carrier on patrol over the north atlantic was quickly re-routed to the raiders last known heading.

In the ensuing hours, a squadron from the Implacable spotted one of the raider zeppelins (The group having split to divide and avoid pursuers).     The battle that came about ended in a stalemate, with the Confederation zeppelin (Later confirmed to be the Beowulf a former RAF King Edward class zeppelin, captured and now in service with the Fenrir Olsen clan) escaping, albeit with loss of half of it's fighters, and the RAF losing 8 aircraft.

The remaining zeppelins avoided confrontation with the RAF forces, their high speed, coupled with an incoming storm, allowed them to escape all detection.

With this attack on Scottish soil, there has been an uproar around the Isles, being the first major attack by the "New Vikings" of Norway.    Patrol patterns have been replanned, and the centralization of units, having five zeppelins and twelve fighter squadrons station in Glasgow has been reduced to two zeppelins and four squadrons, while the remainder have been employed in blocs across Scotland.   (Editors Note: This of course does not include several private militias and security companies that exist in Scotland).

In addition, there is now calls for offensive actions against the Erikson Confederation, which actively endorses pirate actions.     Thus far, raids had been small, and infrequent on the British Isles, primarily concentrating on zeppelins, however this may have signalled a shift in emphasis, which is not being taken lightly by the RAF.

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The Erikson Confederation.        
A threat to the British Isles?

The Erikson Confederation's recent raid       
on Edinburgh has brought the "Nation"
to the attention of the British Crown.  A
Pirate nation to the foremost.  Originally
a rag-tag group of Norwegians
disenfranchised with King Haakon's
one-minded rule, in the years since, they
have grown into a formidable force. 

With a small fleet of zeppelins, some
even formerly RAF, converted for
high speed, they have made an
impressive string of attacks, across the
North Atlantic, ranging from Ontario,
to the Maritime Provinces, across the
ocean, to England, and even as far south
as Brazil.  

With their nation now organizing itself
and the clans having settled their initial
growing pains, the Erikson Confederation
has potential to become a threat,
especially as it's leaders condone the raids
as a necessary evil.

As such, the RAF has formally announced
a crackdown on Erikson Confederation
raids.  The fast battle zeppelin HMAS
Renown has been pulled from it's South
Pacific station and is currently on patrol
north of Scotland.   It is the fastest combat
capable zeppelin the RAF has at the
moment.  In addition, they have announced
a deal with the Denmark government, to
base a number of long-range fighters from
Iceland, in an attempt to counter-act the
Vikings fast zeppelins.

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          The Erikson Confederation. Just who are they?

The Erikson Confederation is rapidly entering the minds of every person bordering the Atlantic. But, what do we really know of them?   "They are New Vikings", or "Raiders" as we hear them

Their beginnings came as early as prior to the Great War.  Norway's economy had never been particularly booming, relying much on it's large merchant marine, and after the Great War, the economic downturn even more hurt the nation, as the naval marine had been supplanted by the rapidly rising zeppelin trade, while the worldwide economic pinch slowed heavy transport by marine vessels.   Emmigrants moved from Norway to the United States in droves and finally, the final nail was driven.

The era followed the Great War was slow, first sail, and then even steam being supplanted by the zeppelin, which Norway lagged behind in building, and then the crash causing heavy transport cargoes to decline even farther.  

In 1929 arose a nationalist movement, "new viking" age, was meant to be brought forward as a means to boost national unity and morale.   By 1930 there were many communities of Ting, translated as "thing", the equivalent of regional ruling councils.  1931 saw a formal Erickson Confederation formed, and under pressure, King Haakon signed an agreement recognizing the Confederation as a "political party", in exchange the Confderation supported the Haakon government, lending it's support, both financially and militarily, and in exchange, having their own rule "within certain limits".

A basic foundation of an earlier age, modernized with new laws and foundations, the "thing" emphasized personal honor and obligation.   The Confederation's principles were on personal honor and obligation, in a modernized Feudal fashion of sorts.    Individual clans and communities formed larger districts and those districts made up the Confederation, pathworked in with towns and villages still loyal to the Crown.      Many of the Clans quickly came to the decision that with the lack of Industry, Norway needed more.    At any cost, which the Confederation council agreed with.    While Haakon publicly denounced the decree, the move shocked nations around the world at the nationally-backed piracy, however it served only to fan the flames of nationalism as the first raid captured a zeppelin bound from the Atlantic Coalition with holds full of machinary for yard use.

 In the years since, the Confederation grew in size and power, to the point they successfully beat off a counter raid by the British RAF.      Their raids have targeted every and all, from zeppelins to factories, to even towns.   Their reputation has increased amongst those they have not attacked, as their lack of brutality is exemplary, as is their hatred and fierce attitude towards "other" pirates, having destroyed a good dozen raiders across the North Atlantic.    This is both to boost their standing amongst neutral observers, they have not attacked much German or North American industry, and to reduce competition and danger to their own homeland.

The Confederation numbers a dozen zeppelins, the same number as the "official" Norwegian Navy, although only two are true combat zeppelins, the rest being converted merchant zeppelins.