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SMS Viribus Unitis by Kaiser-Conti SMS Viribus Unitis by Kaiser-Conti
hi there folks! welcome again in the Victorian Age Space Colonisation :D

this time an Austro-Hungarian space battleship "Viribus Unitis" -THe Imperial Fleet flagship (latin: With United Forces) name of the ship is also an official motto of the Habsburg monarchy... this vessel is one of the four battleships of her class (Tegetthoff-Klasse) :
SMS Prinz Eugen
SMS Szent Istvan (Hungarian:Saint Stephen)
SMS Tegetthoff
and SMS Viribus Unitis of course :P


the Austro Hungarian Imperial Fleet is the fifth Space fleet as regards the size...(after the Royal Navy, German Kaiserliche Marine, Franch Fleet and Russian Imperial Fleet) but still can't be a real threat to the other powers(their fleet makes up a 1/5 of the British Royal Navy)...

The beginning of the Austrian adventure with Space colonies was the "Phobos crisis" in 1886 (earlier the Empire had only few lunar bases which were also the navy space harbours ) ...The German II Reich announced that one of the Martian moons -Phobos is for sale since it doesn't present any value for the German economy... Two sides declared their interest: USA and the Austro-Hungary( the U.K was involved in colonising Mars and later in suppressing the Martian Revolt )...The Germans finally sold Phobos to their Austro-Hungarian allies in 1885...one year later a leader of the scientific expedition on Phobos - Czech Frantisek Shveyk ( :P ) suddenly announced that he found a tremedously big layers of tungsten ore (hidden deeply under the surface) on Phobos...

the whole Earth was shocked...at first the German Kaiser Wilhelm II wanted to get back that Martian moon, but fortunately Bismarck convinced him to call off his claims...but the USA weren't so calm...in 1886 a 10 cruisers of the US Navy were heading towards Phobos simply to conquer it since the Congress claimed that the USA were cheated by the Germans...

the Austro Hungarian response was quick, Kaiser Franz Joseph sent four Erzherzog Karl (archduke Charles) class space battleships to defend Phobos...a Fight between the K.u.K. Kriegsmarine and the U.S. Navy commenced...one of the Austrian battleships -SMS Kaiserin Elizabeth was seriously damaged while the USA lost 2 cruisers...America soon sent their own battleships -USS Virginia, USS Arizona and USS Nevada...Now the situation was very unfavourable for the Austrians...American ships had a serious advantage over them...

Fortunately for Franz Joseph, German Emperor gave full diplomatic and military support to the Austro-Hungary ..Soon the whole German Weltraumflotte (former Hochseeflotte since it served on Earth :P ) - the strongest German navy located on Deimos moon set off to destroy the US vessels...the situation was really hot...everybody thought that soon the War will break out...Fortunately France and the British Empire (the Martian revolt was coming to the end) also set off their fleets to stop Germany and prevent the war... the USA was forced by the U.K. to relinquish their claims (in exchange the Austro-Hungarian war reparations ) ...

is there anybody out there or are you asleep lads? :D

PS_PL mam nadzieje że mnie nie zabijesz Boruciu :P jakoś tak wyszło z tym pancernikiem :(
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RD-DD1843 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
They did not take a motion picture film of the accidental sinkng of the Austrian Szent Istvan when it landed (accidentally) in one of the few still remaining Martian lakes. It was rumored that the pilot landing the craft, of Italian ancestry, may have done so intentionally.
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Tilnaor Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Nice concept! But the unarmoured propulsion is a big mistake. And the engine is obstacle for the lower turret aiming. My fav parts: the two side turret, and the aft platform over the engine.
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Tilnaor Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Maybe I draw the sister ship of her. The SMS Szent Istvan in alternate past :)
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nov1design Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
beautiful work
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
thanks ;)
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Doomsday-Device Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why would a spaceship have rigging for sails, and why does it also have an anchor?
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
because it was cheaper to convert ordinary sea battleships than projecting and building space ships of a new type...also the action takesa place in the second half of the XIX century ;) some victorian spirit is needed ;)
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Doomsday-Device Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suppose you could just say that the masts were converted to broadcast/recieving towers. :plotting: But you'd think it'd be better to reduce the profile of a warship and just remove them altogether?


Forgive me, I tend to get way too litteral and logical when it comes to sci-fi technology.
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Kaiser-Conti Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
nah..there's no need to remove the masts...it's almost impossible to hit such a thin and slender object ...
and this is steampunk...there's no place for logical thinking here :D...it is supposed to look good :D
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Doomsday-Device Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Steam punk can be logical. All it takes is more intricate mechanics and a realization of the limits of the power source.
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