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THE WORLD OF DELLA MORTIKA

The year is 1888. The place is Melbourne, Australia, not the Melbourne we know today but an alternate one in an alternate universe. 

In this world the industrial revolution occurred 150 years earlier than in ours; early efforts at developing electricity were thwarted so that there is no electricity; and machines are powered by steam. 

Technical advances have been made – mechanical computers, super-spring technology and flight. On the other hand, this world is not socially or culturally advanced. 

Poverty and danger abound; the environment is polluted; ruthless captains of industry flout the law; and children are neglected and exploited.

Della Mortika City

 

 

 

 

AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF THE WORLD

The Della Mortika world has diverged from the common view at two important points in history:

 
 

i.  The Italian Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution started in the early 1600s, 150 years before it did in our world. It started in Italy where Giovanni Baptista della Porta from Naples first invented the steam pressure cooker, was heavily influenced by Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions and was funded by the de Medicis, which led to an earlier, more diverse, steam-powered revolution. Thus by the 1880s steam was powering not only industrial machines, but also a variety of other machines, notably flying contraptions and calculating engines. Accompanying this was a more Italian influence on design, particularly in the transport and fashion areas. Thus the world of the Della Mortika Sisters resulted from a divergence that happened because of intelligence (Della Porta), invention (Da Vinci) and philanthropy (de Medici) all set off with a touch of Italian design.

 
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