Well, since I make maps and I like posting works in progress, I thought I may as well not clog up the actual Map Thread and post things here instead.
That Kazakh border though.I've been interested in World War I for quite a while. A short time ago, I made a map of a Central Powers Victory, where a German victory in the Battle of the Marne led to the war being skewed in the CP's favor early on. Italy enters on the CP's side; while America, despite declaring war on Germany (only Germany), doesn't actually help the Entente and spends the war stamping out the Mexican Revolution. I thought it was a pretty good map, but I also thought I could do better. Here's what I have as of now:
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Mexico's better than it looks: the revolution's over and America's occupation zones are stable and supported by the Mexican government. When they'll pull out, though, is a little vague.
Outside of carving a wall of puppet states out of western Russia (not started yet), Germany spent most of its political capital in the peace treaty restarting its colonial empire from scratch and pissing on France's. They take French Central Africa (minus Northern Chad because it's worth literally less than nothing), Dahomey, Upper Volta, and Morocco (and getting economic control of the Belgian Congo and Madagascar, as well as the cities of Tomatave and Diego Suarez from the latter); in exchange, they sell East Africa and Southwest Africa to Britain and concede Kaiser-Wilhelmsland to Australia (keeping the most economically viable part of German New Guinea).
Italy gets Savoy and Nice because they invaded France and did surprisingly all right (seems like an easier Alpine crossing than the one into Austria), and western Egypt because it was pretty much empty anyway.
I've already planned most of this out, but I'm not working on it anymore for a bit because it's almost Christmas. Feel free to ask questions though! And criticism is welcome, as always.
1. The rebellions in *Sonara* and Northern India
Infinite Worlds mentions "endless rebellions in Latin America, Africa, and India". As of now, it's mostly extreme civil unrest. The various nationalists, autonomists, and gangs are fighting each other as much as France. That situation probably won't last for long; the French Empire is on its last legs.
2. The Independent Crimea
Crimea, among others, seceded from Russia during the Revolution of 1905. Initially a Turkish puppet, it was one of several states disarmed and neutralized following the Great War (1937-1942).
3. Israel (or Palestine?)
Another neutral state, Palestine was created along with Hejaz after the Great War. There are some complicated politics in play to prevent interfaith violence, which doesn't always work out.
4. That failed state-looking Iran
Persia's doing a little better than it looks. The more serious revolts in Balochistan and Turkmenistan are in very thinly populated areas. Sure, the rebels may control large amounts of territory, but there aren't that many people living there. Meanwhile, were you to walk around Tehran you wouldn't notice anything out of the ordinary outside of a spike in gas prices (oh, and violence towards Turkmens, Azeris, and Arabs). Unfortunately for Persia, the rebels are putting up a serious fight, and the Turkmen revolt is supplied and trained by the Turkistan Federation.
5. The British ally/protectorate in California
That color's actually for United States allies, and if you'll look closer you'll see that it isn't that color at all but a bright orange. California was in nearly constant revolt against France before formally gaining their independence with American help in the 1850s. It's at least cordial to both the American-Russian and Brazilian-Japanese alliance systems, and has retained its primarily Mexican culture and radical republican government.
6. Japan's Siberian territories
Taken during the Russian Revolution, with Russia dropping their claims to them at the end of the Great War.
7. Why Siam is the UK-in-exiles largest directly administered territory.
It's an American protectorate; the United Kingdom is well and truly gone. Though maybe I'll have the Royal Family live on in Brazil or something; I'll have to think about that.
Anyway, Siam. The USA convinced them to sign a protection treaty in the late 19th century to defend Siamese sovereignty and culture from French and Japanese expansion. (No, it didn't have anything to do with opium. And no, that American fleet in the Bay of Bangkok had nothing to do with the decision.)
8. Those *Boer* states in southern africa
As in many timelines, the Boers left the Cape to escape a central government. The heavy-handed French policies of centralization only sped it up. Brazil decided to prop them up to prevent French expansion in Southern Africa. Unfortunately, their own efforts at expansion were stopped by the Boers themselves using the weapons and tactics they had given them.
9. And last but not least, the situation in australia
The Confederation of Australia has a similar history to the Boer states. The French concentrated their efforts to settle Australia on the western coast; the chaos of the British Empire's sudden collapse meant that the settlers on the eastern coast were cut off from much of civilization. They initially developed into a multitude of tiny republics that eventually coalesced into a few large states, which then united to keep out the French (with American support). The French didn't care much until they realized the implications of an American-armed nation peopled by the descendants of British criminals, and by that point they were already fighting the Americans (and Russians, and Brazilians, and Japanese) on multiple fronts across the world.
1. The Orthodox (or, perhaps Islamic run) Ottoman puppets in the Balkans
The Ottomans and French weren't always the close friends they are today. They came close to war several times over the 19th century, in fact. Finally, in the 1890s, in the wake of the Third Franco-American War and the Spanish Revolt, France and Turkey reached a compromise for the Balkan states: Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Greece, Wallachia, and Moldavia (the last two later uniting as Romania) were given full de jure independence from the Ottoman Empire. Ottoman citizens still have the right to freely travel and settle in these states, and most of the states are still diplomatically and economically tied to Istanbul. The exception is Serbia, a fiercely anti-Ottoman state who refused any lasting association with their former overlords.
2. Neutral Georgia
Another post-Russian neutral state.
3. The Zhuang state (British backed?)
China didn't last long after the Japonese invasion. Several southern provinces broke off, initially under warlords but then as full states to some degree. Japon's given up on most of it, already controlling Fujian directly and much of northern China Proper as a protectorate. The southern Chinese states are mostly neutral and ignored. Canton is also neutral but a rich banking and trade center: think Switzerland meets Venice. Guangxi and Yunnan are the only states that are allied to any major power: the former with the United States and the latter with France. It's entirely for power projection; the Americans and French could care less what happens in China unless it's another major power doing it.
4. Danish Burma
Denmark managed to gain southern Burma as a colony mainly through luck. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands were almost continuously in debt and only useful as a French naval base and occasional penal colony. However, some merchants were in the right place at the right time and through some twists of fate Rangoon and Mon are now Danish protectorates.
5. Ottoman Libya
What is there to say? The Ottomans held onto Tripolitania to the modern day, extending it south and east in the late 19th century.
6. French England/7. Scotland/8. Ireland
9. Whatever is going on in Brazilian Ceylon
10. French Uganda
11. French Greater Haiti
12. French New Orleans
13. French Falklands
14. Danish Svalbard
Works in progress, sorry for an unnecessary notification.French Egypt and how it developed economically, as well as how Egyptology differed.