Graphic Thread

I tried my hands at map making on inkscape for the first time, and made a map of an alternate timeline where italy is split in two after the election following ww2, because of more soviet investment in the PCI. all criticism welcome (please do give me tips)
 

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  • These are 2 posters were entirely made by me, but based on OTL designs (I figure the parties would have a lot of the same graphic designers as their OTL analogues and it makes my job a bit easier).
  • The other posters on the graphic you will find in the thread, I wouldn't consider my work. The SK-PJ one is an unmodified image of an OTL one, the Vuk Drašković one and SNO graffiti just have modified logos replacing that of the SPO, while the Liberal Party one has replaced Democratic with Liberal. That last one was a pain to do but not fully original work.
  • They say:
    • SDA; Fikret Abdić; The Bosniak Party.
      • ITTL, without Zulfikarpašić leaving the party over disagreements with Alija, the SDA adopt the ethnonym Bosniak rather than Muslim much sooner.
    • League of Social Democrats of Serbia; Forward to a Better Future; Freedom, Peace, Success; So that the Serbian People can Choose Their Own Path.

Full Post & TL
(The posters are in the background and in a spoiler at the bottom)
 
Geography Now! in an extended Cold War TL:
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"Hey Geograpeeps! Today’s episode is going to be a bit different because we're covering the big one—yes, the Soviet Union!

This is going to be a... uh... very interesting episode. I'll try to make it the least polarizing as possible to all the freedom-loving Americans and Western Europeans out there, and maintain the most objective point of view possible while covering the absolutely complex, multifaceted, colossal communist superpower that is the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

It wasn't easy, but I have contacted as many Soviet Geograpeeps as I could from all different republics and walks of life, and I wanted a real Soviet to co-host with me, so please say hello to... Mr. Mike.

Without further ado... let's begin."

It's time to learn Geography
NOW!

I actually had someone make this for me. Kudos to khostdesigns for making it possible!
 
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A bumper sticker for Jeb Bush's presidential campaign in an alternate 2004.

You may notice that he chose to include his last name ITTL, and doesn't have the now-infamous exclamation mark from his gubernorial and OTL presidential campaigns.
 
So, there aren't any 100% JEB! memes in TTL?

No but there may be W memes.

Rather than Jeb being the lovable but insufficiently confident, moderate, and in hindsight perhaps better, alternative to Dubya, if it’s Jeb running in the 2000s Dubya may simply be seen as a lovable oaf, a dumb but good-natured Christian cowboy sort. Who knows, if Jeb pisses people off enough, they may dream of W, at least in memes.
 
Anyone know good, versatile, free tools for parliament charts?

I know of Flourish studio but anything else?

I'm hoping to make something that has the usual arc but also a few seats off to the side like Wikipedia's depiction of the Croatian Sabor (below) and as far as I know Flourish doesn't allow that.

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The best thing to do (and likely how this was made) is to use the Parliament Diagram Tool to generate the main arch layout in an SVG format, and then edit it using Inkscape.

In the case of this image, I imagine the workflow was as follows (or at least this is how I would've done it):

1. Create a diagram with a single party and mess around with the number of seats until you get the desired number of rows and more than the actual seats you need

2. Open the file in Inkscape.

3. Create the aisles either by symmetrically removing seats from where the aisles should go (this will preserve the circular nature of the arch as has been done here), or by selecting symmetric sets of outer seats and moving them left and right and then down a bit (which will result in an oval arch).

If you take the latter approach, use the arrow keys rather than the mouse to move the sears so you can count how many times you've moved one side and can replicate it exactly on the other side, otherwise it'll end up asymmetrical. Alternatively, you could group each set of seats and then use Inkscape's alignment tools to align the groups, but that's probably more work.

4. Now delete any extraneous outer seats so that your arch is no longer a full semicircle (or semi-oval), until you have the number of seats you actually want (minus any extras you intend to add, like that straight back row and what I assume is the speaker in the centre)

Edit: Oh yeah and then...

5. Change the colours of the seats as appropriate for each of your parties, obviously, unless it's a diagram for a one party state x'D
 
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The best thing to do (and likely how this was made) is to use the Parliament Diagram Tool to generate the main arch layout in an SVG format, and then edit it using Inkscape.

In the case of this image, I imagine the workflow was as follows (or at least this is how I would've done it):

1. Create a diagram with a single party and mess around with the number of seats until you get the desired number of rows and more than the actual seats you need

2. Open the file in Inkscape.

3. Create the aisles either by symmetrically removing seats from where the aisles should go (this will preserve the circular nature of the arch as has been done here), or by selecting symmetric sets of outer seats and moving them left and right and then down a bit (which will result in an oval arch).

If you take the latter approach, use the arrow keys rather than the mouse to move the sears so you can count how many times you've moved one side and can replicate it exactly on the other side, otherwise it'll end up asymmetrical. Alternatively, you could group each set of seats and then use Inkscape's alignment tools to align the groups, but that's probably more work.

4. Now delete any extraneous outer seats so that your arch is no longer a full semicircle (or semi-oval), until you have the number of seats you actually want (minus any extras you intend to add, like that straight back row and what I assume is the speaker in the centre)

Edit: Oh yeah and then...

5. Change the colours of the seats as appropriate for each of your parties, obviously, unless it's a diagram for a one party state x'D

Thanks for the comprehensive, detailed reply!
 
(this absolutelly does not reflect what I realistically think would happen, the New England dominion failed in our own timeline, all the colonies would probably becouse independent states eventually like Canada or Australia, no lore, just done to fool arround during 4th of July lol, so sorry)
 
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Historical development of the main left-wing internationals in my project. Though it openly omits anarchist organisations and there is no doubt various minor internationals that are also not included.
Most of these have direct equilavents in OTL and are roughly similar with the main difference being that the Comintern is formed later and continues until 1991 rather than being dissolved in 1943.
Another change is that Progressive Alliance doesn't exist in this timeline and as such the modern Socialist International is undivided.

Now, a more unique part is the four main successors of the Communist International.
0. The connection from the Communist International to the Socialist International represents a number communist parties re-inventing themselves as social democratic or democratic socialist parties as they transitioned away from being one party states, which proceeded to join the Socialist International.
1. Global Worker's Socialist Alternative (GWSA) is a relatively recent collection of some more minor parties. The members include a number of syndicalist parties, some anti-revisionist (akin to OTL Stalinism and Hoxhaism), some left-communists as well as a number of independent Chenist (OTL Trostskyite) parties which did not join or left the Fourth International. Essentielly it serves as an international united front of communist parties that do not fit in well with the other internationals.
2. International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties (IMCWP) is much like the OTL version, though somewhat smaller. It is very much a grouping of more moderate and "mainstream" communist parties, especially reformist ones like OTL Eurocommunists. Member parties by and large embrace participation in multiparty democratic elections and see themselves as the main communist opposition to the more controlling and militant IUSSRCWP.
3. The Fourth International or the Social Revolutionary International, sometimes called the Beijing International is the project of the Chinese Communist Party which leads the Chinese Social Republic as the international union of Chenist parties. It was founded after the death of Deng Xiaoping in China and rise of Wang Fanxi (Chenist traditionalist hard liner/old guard) to leadership of China as Chenist parties (or communist parties willing to rebrand themselves as Chenist in exchange for gaining a powerful sponsor) were unified into this organisation, seeing some defections from ICMIPO as well. CCP extends great influence over other parties in the organisation, some of which are recognized as terrorist organisations in a number of states (or were until Peace agreements were signed recognising the parties as legitimate political parties in exchange for disarming. Though many of the parties that reached such an agreement left the 4th International in favour of the IMCWP).
4. International Conference of Marxist-Inkpinist Parties and Organisations (ICMIPO) is home to anti-revisionist hardliner parties and is lead by the Communist Party of America (formerly Communist Party of the United Socialist States of America, formerly Communist Party of the United States of America). It split from the Third International before it was dissolved in 1986, as a reaction by hardliners and traditionaly against reformists taking over the Communist Party of the Britannic Union and leadership of the Comintern. With the fall of the Britannic Union ICMIPO has lost members to the Fourth International and IMCWP as traditionalism is less popular than Chenism or "democratic communism". As well as a few members leaving for the GWSA to avoid control and domination by the American Socialist Federation and Communist Party of America.
4.5. The rather exhaustively named International Union of Socialist, Social, Revolutionary, Communist and Workers' Parties (IUSSRCWP) is a collabration between the 4th International/Social Revolutionary International and the International Conference of Marxist-Inkpinist Parties and Organisations, as well as a handful of parties that are members of IUSSRCWP directly without being members of the two internationals below it. The Union claims to be the home for true home for militant revolutionary vanguard parties. Both the component international remain in existence and operate autonomously from the coordinating comitee functions of the IUSSRCWP as neither CPA nor CCP wish to be nominally or actually subservient to the other. Though both parties and the internationals they lead have agreed to create this to cooperate in their opposition against the dominant capitalist world system.

5. A Fifth International is proposed by many and there are some organisations advocating for it as well. What this 5th International would entail is a matter of disagreement. IUSSRCWP wishes to extend its reach to cover all communist parties as well as be a tighter and more disciplined organisation. However neither GWSA nor IMCWP has any interest in this. There are also proposals for full left unity, creating an all-encompassing international that covers both the Socialist International and all the communist parties in all the communist internationals. When proposed by more principled, progressive and democratic people this is usually limited to the Socialist International and IMCWP.

Various retcons will/may happen and not necessarily be reflected in the posts or this index
Maps:
Partition of Laos
WW1 and WW2
WW1 and WW2, earlier version with small write up
WW2 ATL-1-1
WW2 ATL-1-2
WW2 ATL-2
WW2 ATL-3
WW1 ATL-1
International Concord
Commonwealth of Nations and International Concord Regional Groups
Evolution of the European Council and predecessor organisations
Political/Military Alliances
Political/Military Alliances 1975
Economic Blocs
Human Development Index
Forms of Government (Darfur retconned to being a Monarchy)
(Older map) Nuclear Powers, with nuclear umbrellas
Democracy Index
Most Popular Sports by Nation
PSA/Pacific Federation/California Elections
USA Elections (some retcons, noted in the test thread)
USSA/ASF Elections
Territorial Evolution of Malaysia(-Pacifica) (with CoA sketches and notes)
3rd Carrier Division World Tour
British Referendums
Timezones
Military spending as share of GDP
Currencies

Flags:
3 Malaysian blue ensigns (Ones with supporters canon)
Ensign of the Britannic Revolutionary Navy
Updated East South Sudan, Socialist Australia, Socialist New Zealand (this South Sudan retconned, the other one is still canon)
Malaysian and Pacifican Blue Ensigns
South Sudanese Flags
Latest Flags of USSA and ASF
Flag of the International Concord
Rio de la Platan and Sudamerican Flags
Second Flag of Pacific Federation
PSA Flags (Pacific Federation Flag retconned)
Algerian Flag (the bottom one)
Flag of Ghana (the bottom one)
Flag of Chinese Social Republic
Flags of Sudan
Flag of the Republic of Nyasaland
Flag of Sri Lanka
Flag of Chad
Flags of the Baltic Kingdom
Flag of the Socialist Union of Central America
Flags of the Britannic Union and subdivisions
Flag of the United States Liberal Party
Royal Standard of the United Kingdom

Non-Map and Non-Flag Graphics:
Britannic Union Air Force Roundel
West French, Ottoman and Russian Roundels
Istanbul Pact Roundels
South Africa, Malaysia(-Pacifica), New England Roundels
PSA/Pacific Federation/California Roundels
Ghana Roundel
Indian and Sri Lankan Roundels
Roundels of the Baltic Kingdom
Warspite, under Britannic command, bombing the French
Coat of Arms of the Dominion of Pacifica (shark outdated)
Coat of Arms of the Dominion of Malaysia-Pacifica (1992-2008)
Malaysian CoAs, a blue ensign for Malaysia
Air Force roundels of DR Australia and Bohemia (New Zealand changed)
Air Force roundels of PR New Zealand/Aotearoa and Brittany
Appropiation/Distribution of the Senate of the UAS
Organisational scheme of European Council and predecessor organisations

Text:
Commonwealth Roundels
List of the Leaders of Britannic Union (political parties and leaders mentioned in note 7 can be disregarded)
List of the Presidents of USSA/ASF (partially retconned check map for updated version)
List of the Presidents of USA (some retcons made, edited version can be seen in the test thread)
List of the Presidents of PSA/Pacific Federation/California
List of the Prime Ministers of the UK
List of Political and Military Leaders of the European Council and predecessor organisations
Rulers of the Romanov Realms
Political Parties of the Russian Empire
Political Parties of the Turkestani Federation
Political Parties of the PSA/Pacific Federation/California
List of Sovereign States
List of Dreadnought Battleships, Fast Battleships and Battlecruisers
List of Aircraft Carriers
List of Ballistic Missile Submarines
Primary Subdivisions of UBSC at its height (1972-1976)
Subdivisions of the British Empire in Exile and successor states
Basic organization of the Union of Arab States
Constitution of the Union of Arab States
IC Great Powers
International Concord regional groups, institutions and notes on the Commonwealth of Nations
Notes and Ideas
Ideas and Thoughts on Britain
Socialist Symbols ITTL
Basic Historical Overview of Iran
Broad history of Balkan states
Monarchies and the titles of their rulers
History Exam: Japan from WW2 to 1970
Misconception of USSA Dictatorship
Treaty of Chicago, 1970 (Chicago could be District of Lincoln instead of Jefferson)
Rise and Fall of the Britannic Union
Revolutionary Armed Forces
Indian Battleships
Marine Royale Capital Ships
The Upper Houses of Britain, Malaysia and American Socialist Federation
Some writing on parliaments of UK in exile, Malaysia-Pacifica, Restored UK and UAS
Musings/Thoughts on the evolution of the Japanese political system, parties and governments
Ottoman political system evolution, political parties, list of Ottoman Grand Viziers (systems and parties include Arab states that gained independence from Ottomans)
Ottoman/Turkish Navy ships trough the years
Ottoman Battleships
Some writing on professional sports (mostly football/soccer)
Armoured Fighting Vehicles of the German Empire
 
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As already showing their flag in the flag thread, here's one of the logos used by my personal Weimar TL's "National Socialist Party of Germany". Just to clarify again. This party has nothing to do with OTL Hitlerite Nazism, but instead is based upon the OTL interwar Czechoslovak National Socialist Party. It has very similar economic views of the SPD (outside Euroscepticism), but has social views more aligned with the CDU/CSU (Or CVP in my TL).
They use the blue cornflower used by OTL's pan German Austrians. The logo itself is based on one used by the SPD since 2019.
The NSPD would form coalitions with sometimes the SPD and sometimes the CVP.
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I tried my hands at map making on inkscape for the first time, and made a map of an alternate timeline where italy is split in two after the election following ww2, because of more soviet investment in the PCI. all criticism welcome (please do give me tips)
*Generally* speaking, using flags on maps tends to be dislike by vexilollogists as they only show bits of a given flag so that they might make "reading" the map harder than needed. It might be better to just use two different colours for the 2 Italies.
 
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