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An alternate uniform for a Serbian royal guardsman (just a normal enlisted man, not an officer), for a TL where the first Serbian revolt succeeded. This uniform is essentially a modernization of the revolutionary-era Vožd's Guard that served Karađorđe IOTL (shown below).


The design is meant to fit in around the 1890s-1900 era and is inspired primarily by Austrian uniforms of the time, as I imagine the Serbs would be importing a fair amount of their gear from there or at least that a lot of the industrial mass production of uniforms would be led by Serbs from the Habsburg empire if not even actually done in the empire. These dudes would basically guard royal/princely residences (not 100% decided on whether Serbia would be declared a kingdom by that point ITTL), coronation ceremonies, royal weddings, and the like and generally parade around Belgrade on occasion. They'd probably have a height requirement as well, which shouldn't be terribly difficult for a country with a relatively tall population to supply men for.

To be clear the light color is meant to be white on the actual uniform but is made rendered in a more brownish beige tone to mimic the color palette of illustrations from the time.

Of course I don't imagine Serbia, even with the relatively better position it would be in without the post-1st-revolt Turkish reprisals and with an army stemming from the Austrian-trained Freikorps of Koča's Revolt rather than from peasant militias raised for the second revolt, would be able to make most enlisted mens' uniforms this fancy (granted this itself is far from the fanciest uniform as far as that time period goes). I picture the regular army giving professional soldiers something akin to the simplest US civil war uniform but with a šajkača hat, with a good chunk of conscripts in wartime still serving in peasant clothes and an army jacket. Common soldiers in opanci rather than leather boots would probably be unheard of in the standing army but common in wartime.

And a bit of mood music to go with this image: an old Serbian marching song
Crossposting from another thread, might fit in here as well, check the quote for context.

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The Infantry Division was the most widely-used tactical formation in the National Revolutionary Army throughout the war. With around 12-13,000 personnel allocated, the division was capable of holding its own against equivalently sized IJA and CNA formations, while still nimble enough to maneuver around the battlefield.

Prior to the Second Sino-Japanese War, NRA divisions were variable in size, structure, and capability. Some divisions had merely a few hundred soldiers, while others were the size of regiments. No divisions were at full strength, Most lacked artillery and armor, and many were tied to regional warlords. Attempts at reform were undertaken during and immediately after the war, but those were piecemeal and the New Divisions were lacking in combined arms capability. It was only in the 1960s and 70s did the NRA undergo a dramatic, widespread, and thorough reform as the Chongqing government got back on its feet. Buoyed by combat experience gained from the 1960 Chinese Crisis, the NRA underwent a sweeping reform. All divisions were to restructured following a standard, triangular structure, with three maneuver regiments supported by an artillery regiment and smaller supporting assets like armor and engineers. Personnel were assigned from across the country to break regionalist and personal loyalties, but retained their names in an effort to appeal to unit histories.

While the military reform was far more dramatic and effective compared to prior reforms, there still existed differences in equipment between divisions. For example, when the 49th Infantry Division was redirected from the 12th Military Region to participate in the Southern Guangdong Offensive, it had just 28 of the 40 tanks authorized in its tank battalion. Additionally, the division had to use World War 2 era 76mm field guns to bring its artillery complement to full strength.

The introduction of armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, and more capable main battle tanks led to some infantry divisions being converted in Mechanized Infantry Divisions. But that's a story for a different day...

Made with Order of Battle Generator

Italo-Somali space mission patch - part of the ASI (Italian Space Agency) mission "Caligula II". I've not quite thought up the lore for it, but someone suggested it and I thought it was really cool.

Geography Now! SOVIET UNION

From a timeline where the Soviet Union never fell, and is covered on the Geography Now series as a contemporary nation. Though I don't why Germany is "Dusselstein". Shouldn't there be episodes of East Germany and West Germany?


Geography Now! SOVIET UNION

From a timeline where the Soviet Union never fell, and is covered on the Geography Now series as a contemporary nation. Though I don't why Germany is "Dusselstein". Shouldn't there be episodes of East Germany and West Germany?

Judging by Serbia and the Tchaikovsky title, this is definitely a shitpost.

Geography Now! SOVIET UNION

From a timeline where the Soviet Union never fell, and is covered on the Geography Now series as a contemporary nation. Though I don't why Germany is "Dusselstein". Shouldn't there be episodes of East Germany and West Germany?
Clearly Dr Doofenshmirtz must be responsible, somehow.
Some ai art from Me. A modern day French empire of sorts. Along with a Palace of a Byzantine empire that still stands.


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Empress of All Anglos
Empress of India
Empress of Guantanamo
Protector of the Russo-Ukranian-Belarusian-Caucasus Confederatio
Inspired by @Augenis post. The image is inspired by François Gérard's portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte's coronation.
Well, here's a map i made for a 2050s world. Probably a bit ASB. Forgot what map i used as the base. PS: The Subcontinent is balkanized because of an Indo-Pak war
Crossposted from my recent update to my TL.

Anthena Petronia (among the halians, family name comes first), born 2396, Chairwoman of the Federation of Solar Soviet Republics from 2438 to 2458. She was the daughter of halian exiles who had fled the initial government crackdowns in the 2390s. Ironically, the Halian Republic experienced a brief cultural revolution when a communist faction led a coalition in the Governing Senate, and began instituting land reform and collectivization in the mid-2410s, before the Terran Federation blockaded its worlds and jump gates, and forced capitulation as a Terran protectorate. By that point, the Anthenae were well-established in the Soviet Federation as a notable bureaucratic family. Petronia gained early recognition as a diplomat and scholar, publishing a monograph on Halian naval politics. She served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2430 to 2438, and was one of the architects of the peace treaty with the Terrans in 2432. Her experiences in diplomacy convinced her of the necessity of peaceful coexistence with rival nations if the Soviet experiment was going to endure.

She came to lead a populist reform faction in the Communist Party of the Federation, and in the 2438 Party Congress, she made her move. They compelled the ailing general Taz ra Layra, chariman of the State Committee and the military council, to step down from effective power; he was elected as Precentor, the formal head of state, but this was largely a symbolic role. She was elected First Secretary of the Communist Party and Chairwoman of the Federation in his stead, and began a series of reforms. While certainly the ideological guide of the next era in Soviet politics, she refused dictatorial control and instead restored the civilian collective leadership after decades of military rule. Demonstrating her commitment to socialist pluralism, she invited ideologues of previously-repressed factions into the Central State Committee. For the first time in a century, the committee included Trotskyists, Orthodox Marxists, Anarchist Syndicalists, Traditional Leninists, and varying democratic socialists, alongside Mackenists and her own partisans. Notably, she directed political assignments among the ministers in accordance to their ideological commitment to that area of expertise-- nominating, for instance, a Syndicalist to the position of Minister for Trade Unions, and an eco-socialist as Minister for Environmental Protection, and so on. She did act to limit the influence of more belligerent factions, however, believing that ceding too much power to Trotskyists or Maoists would bring her ideals of peaceful coexistence crashing down as they hungered for conflict with the capitalist Terran and "old alien" states. It was largely by their influence that the Soviets backed the viridian rebels in their civil war that erupted in 2448, over her strenuous protests, though she managed to effect restraint to avoid a full-blown proxy war. Her primary foreign policy concern was the theory of peaceful coexistence with the capitalist and feudalist states of the galaxy, provided that Soviet territorial integrity allowed for appropriate time and space to develop socialism within the federation; much of her contributions to theory would be to justify this détente. For the most part, she succeeded, and while the Soviet defense forces assisted in joint peacekeeping operations, they avoided direct conflict with rival nations; this proved controversial among communists within the capitalist "first galaxy" nations, many of whom saw her policies as revisionist betrayal of Connor Mackenzie's ideals.

In domestic politics, she espoused a "Third Way to Socialism", liberalizing local government so that each member world of the federation may pursue the form of socialism that best suited their material conditions and demography. A moderate degree of government control at the federal level, mainly for the military and core industries and trade, would be combined with a hands-off approach to the Soviet Republics as "laboratories of socialism", believing that scientific socialism required room to experiment to find the best path. Thus crafting a system that was neither authoritarian nor libertarian, and devolving economic planning horizontally to the member worlds. Part of this was the transformation of the Federative Communist Party into a federation of parties, rather than a single party, composed of affiliates unique to each world; some planets may have multiparty elections between different socialist factions, while others might be led by a vanguard party of varying ideologies, from Leninism to Trotskyism to Maoism, depending on the planetary demographics. This reduced the power of the military and bureaucracy, which previously dominated the Federation under the ideology of Mackenzism, though they still were represented in the state and military committees and plenty of worlds still were governed as Mackenzist one-party republics.

She retired after the Party Congress in 2458, after amending the Soviet Charter to place fixed term limits on the main offices of state and the collective leadership. This would force the state to have "new blood" enter politics and ideally prevent stagnation. She died peacefully in 2489 soon after acting as diplomatic backchannel to broker peace in a proxy war between the Terrans and Soviets in the Perseus Arm.