- Role: Miltary Aerospace Transport Vehicle
- Legnth: 90 Meters
- Wingspan: 95 Meters
- Country of origin: Conseil of Workers' Systems
- Users: Communist International
When the Conseil Systems began developing heavier armor to counter Coalition and United Technocracies advances in the mid-2600s, it sparked a chain reaction of new developments throughout the Conseil military. The Red Armada's floating fortresses needed to be expanded to account for greater ammunition and fuel cell reserves.
The Red Army's infamously unreliable logistical capabilities were reworked from the ground up, copying Coalition developments that would be obsolete with the development of the Swallowtail. However, a most obvious issue was brought to attention when Conseil military commanders saw the blueprints of their engineers' new pet projects: their aerospace transports were too small and weak to carry the massive new tank models in substantial numbers. The push to develop a new transport was also spurred on by famine striking the Conseil Systems' larger cities, as the state could not transport foodstuffs from farming worlds quickly enough with its aging transport fleet.
The Type-225, nicknamed "Floraison," was designed to handle both the military and domestic issues in one blow. The engineers who designed the Floraison only had one thing in mind: make it big. It could easily be said that every other design feature of the Floraison was made to account for its size, from its powerful thruster system to the eight pairs of wheels it uses to land.
A critical moment in the Floraison's history is the famine on Duglace IV, which cost the local commissars hundreds of millions of peasant lives. Because of this increasing urgency, government impatience with the Floraison's development skyrocketed and the state engineers were ordered to have the ship developed by 2688. If they failed to do so, they would be executed and their families shipped to a bioweapons testing facility.
This quickly forced the Floraison through development; the first prototype rolled out of the factory in 2686 and production was in full speed by 2688.
Naturally, the rushed design and corner-cutting factory managers caused many problems with the Floraison's performance. The heat-resistant ceramic underbelly of the Floraison was composed of individual tiles fitted together, as opposed to one big pre-molded underbelly that is common in Coalition designs.
The Floraison's electronic systems were mostly placed in the underbelly to save room elsewhere on the vehicle, which when combined with cheap ceramic that sometimes had sand and dirt mixed in by manufacturers that wanted to sell some ceramic material on the black market, caused many accidents. A tile could come off or break during re-entry and cut off all electronic control from the cockpit, leaving the pilot powerless to stop his craft from descending into atmosphere.
In combat, enemy EMSEL batteries did not help matters. However, the Floraison performed well enough to please many in the government; so long as the people are fed and the Red Army can deploy its new tanks, who cares? However, others in the government had a different take and were less than impressed with the engineer's job, but couldn't replace the Floraison because of the cost of developing a new transport craft and refitting the factories to manufacture a new model.
Many engineers and factory managers were purged along with their families, while the government gave out orders to manufacture more Floraisons to make up for the ones that would inevitably fail.