The Year is 1937. The United States you know is gone. Broken apart by ideology, religion, and distrust of the Federal Government, even as the Markets crashed, sending thousands into the poorhouses. As the States split apart, militias formed, barricading roads and rail lines at state lines, trying to isolate themselves. Within a year, the New lines had been drawn; over twenty nations now existed where, before there had been two.
Slowly, trade began to be reestablished, however, due to the damage to the original infrastructure, it soon became apparent that only air travel and transportation would be able to sustain the fractured nations of America. Zepplins begin to reappear, trading cargo and passengers between major cities. As trade began to boom, soon, Pirates appeared. Some attacked the ships for the purpose of spreading mayhem, some for ransoms, and some disenfranchised souls attacked to spread the wealth.
In response, Militas again formed, using high-powered planes loaded with guns and rockets to battle the pirates in the air. The newsreels crackle with the news, declaring the exploits of legendary pirates, and their heroic counterparts.
Pirates like Jonathan 'Ghenghis' Khan, The Black Swan, 'Marshall' Bill Redmann, and Nathan Zachary, the 'Gentleman Pirate' are lords of the skies, roaming as they please, yet they're countered by the brave men and women who protect precious cargoes and people from their depredations. Lyle 'Showstopper' Crawford, Paladin Blake, Founder of Blake Aviation Security, and Charlotte 'Charlie' Steele are all heroes of the skies.
You, men and women, may encounter any of these legendary pilots, either fighting with, or against, them. Do you have the Moxie, the Skill, and the Daring to take to the skies and make a name for yourself?
(Okay, now that I hopefully have your attention; Trying to set up a free-form Roleplay based on the Crimson Skies universe; Pilots are wanted, questions need to be answered, and, at the end of the day, will you salute your opponent, or load incindieary ammo and try to touch off his fuel tanks? The choices are up to you.)