*dusts off necromancer's robe*
WOW... I really missed a good one here.
Because of the reliance on zeps and the amount of money built on them, I see the nations of North America having smaller and more affordable naval carriers. Think ships like the Zuiho
classes... ships that would have airgroups more on par with the size of the zep carriers.
Additionally, the slow dissolution of the British Empire and the breakup of the United States mean that the 'economic muscle' to maintain large groups of fleet carriers is not going to be as present in the world of Crimson Skies. This means that big carriers like the Essex
class are going to be a lot fewer and farther between... if they ever appear at all!
I see the Confederacy building up a decent-sized fleet of naval vessels (for a nation her size, anyway) because of the dependance on overseas trade. These vessels will include some of the ships 'acquired' through the seizure of Norfolk/Newport News, but many will be smaller and less expensive designs that come about after 1930.
I had actually designed several vessels for the CoD way back when... might be fun for me to get back into it.
To those who wish to design naval vessels for their nation, I point you to these locations:Springsharp Ship Design ProgramWesworld Design Rules for GentlemenWesworld Carrier and Submarine Design Rules