Graphic Thread

Been a while since I made one of these, but I wanna start adding artwork around the maps I make and I figured I make some scenes because I got some time to kill
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Here's one of the Bolshevik's Red Guards encountering a flag from the Makhno Free Territory left behind by partisans in Southern Ukraine circa 1921
That’s just, wow...

You have talent! That’s for sure!
 
Been experimenting with making election night graphics; this is what I'm using for my alt-Ireland timeline I posted infoboxes for ages and ages ago:
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Alternate 2016 Meme of the Month calendar in my Train to Busan fanfiction timeline. Original post here.

So, what you're saying is "SpongeBob Squarepants singing We Are Number One whilst deus vulting the post-apocalyptic zombie gorilla sith unicycle mannequin future president frogs in an anime battle at the Rio 2016 Olympics, whilst Pacha looks on in approval"?
 
So, what you're saying is "SpongeBob Squarepants singing We Are Number One whilst deus vulting the post-apocalyptic zombie gorilla sith unicycle mannequin future president frogs in an anime battle at the Rio 2016 Olympics, whilst Pacha looks on in approval"?
In a way yes and no. Meme culture in 2016 OTL was strange so it will be even stranger ITTL. In my timeline, the virus only breaks out in the Korean Peninsula and is contained. However, North Korea invades trying to take advantage of the situation. They nuke the South Korean town of Paju to prevent a horde of infected from reaching their borders.
 
I didn't make the photo, I just got the idea, credits go to my friend here :

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USA President Eisenhower with Cuban President Fidel Castro.
Despite initial disagreements the two started liking each other, after mediation with VP Richard Nixon despite, being each other political opposite, the prudent approach of Ike avoided an all out war and a full embargo that ended the with the Conspiracy of the Pure which overthrew Batista and restored democracy. The two countries would enjoy good relations until the end of Nixon 4th Term.
 
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Will probably fix the edges and use this on a map, but figured I'd put this up here
Nice work. My only slight criticisms are that (1) the font looks quite modern - something more 'typewriter-like' might be better - and (2) 'extreme prejudice' wasn't a term used until the late 1960's, iirc, so seems a little jarring - maybe try 'maximum force' or 'any force (or measures) necessary' instead.
Just my opinion, though.
 

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Nice work. My only slight criticisms are that (1) the font looks quite modern - something more 'typewriter-like' might be better - and (2) 'extreme prejudice' wasn't a term used until the late 1960's, iirc, so seems a little jarring - maybe try 'maximum force' or 'any force (or measures) necessary' instead.
Just my opinion, though.
Thanks, I'll fix these!
 
Will probably fix the edges and use this on a map, but figured I'd put this up here
Nice work :) I'm curious though - the salutation text in cyrillic is in Russian, so Google Translate tells me, but the place names are in Ukrainian (e.g. Kyiv not Kiev, Chernihiv not Chernigov and the -hrad ending (not -grad) on Kutepovehrad). Having looked up who Kutepov was, I can easily believe he rules/ruled (or is iconic for) a state located mainly in Ukraine, but it still seems odd to me that government agents in that state would switch to Ukrainian place names while still speaking in Russian. It's not intended as a criticism, I'm just curious and a bit confused!
 

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Nice work :) I'm curious though - the salutation text in cyrillic is in Russian, so Google Translate tells me, but the place names are in Ukrainian (e.g. Kyiv not Kiev, Chernihiv not Chernigov and the -hrad ending (not -grad) on Kutepovehrad). Having looked up who Kutepov was, I can easily believe he rules/ruled (or is iconic for) a state located mainly in Ukraine, but it still seems odd to me that government agents in that state would switch to Ukrainian place names while still speaking in Russian. It's not intended as a criticism, I'm just curious and a bit confused!
The idea was that, even though this telegram takes place in a hypothetical White Russian regime encompassing the larger part of the former Russian Empire, when the Civil War was still raging and the White Movement hoped to utilize the Ukraine for it's ambitions, it allowed some small exceptions of Ukrainian proto-nationalism including the language to be used in inter-Ukrainian affairs provided a translated Russian document was sent alongside it (roughly similar to the Soviet Korenizatsiya period where national languages like Ukrainian were mandated to learn and used in the bureaucracy at some levels). I was thinking these practices would roughly continue as a way of keeping a lid on a prosperous but potentially rebellious region in a time where the hold on power is shaky, hence the Ukrainian place names used by officials within Ukraine. The reason for the text at the end of the transmission is that the first part (Съ нами Богъ) is Church Slavonic (although intelligible from the Russian С нами Бог) and so used widely by the clergy in the Ukraine and other Orthodox regions, and the Слава ВСН/Вождь bits both technically do also work in Ukrainian in the same form as it is in Russian since the languages are fairly similar. The phrase at the end I was thinking is a sort of standard slogan of the regime and would be used widely in government circles during formal communication. I'm considering scrapping the idea of Ukrainian place names in the next iteration though, given that a Korenizatsiya like period is probably unlikely to happen under a White Guard regime given their fierce Russonationalism and paternalism towards the national minorities of the former Empire.
 
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The idea was that, even though this telegram takes place in a hypothetical White Russian regime encompassing the larger part of the former Russian Empire, when the Civil War was still raging and the White Movement hoped to utilize the Ukraine for it's ambitions, it allowed some small exceptions of Ukrainian proto-nationalism including the language to be used in inter-Ukrainian affairs provided a translated Russian document was sent alongside it (roughly similar to the Soviet Korenizatsiya period where national languages like Ukrainian were mandated to learn and used in the bureaucracy at some levels). I was thinking these practices would roughly continue as a way of keeping a lid on a prosperous but potentially rebellious region in a time where the hold on power is shaky, hence the Ukrainian place names used by officials within Ukraine. The reason for the text at the end of the transmission is that the first part (Съ нами Богъ) is Church Slavonic (although intelligible from the Russian С нами Бог) and so used widely by the clergy in the Ukraine and other Orthodox regions, and the Слава ВСН/Вождь bits both technically do also work in Ukrainian in the same form as it is in Russian since the languages are fairly similar. The phrase at the end I was thinking is a sort of standard slogan of the regime and would be used widely in government circles during formal communication. I'm considering scrapping the idea of Ukrainian place names in the next iteration though, given that a Korenizatsiya like period is probably unlikely to happen under a White Guard regime given their fierce Russonationalism and paternalism towards the national minorities of the former Empire.
Thanks! That makes a great deal of sense. I suppose the likelihood of Korenizatsiya could depend on how successful the White Guard regime is - I could imagine that (up to a point) the less successful they are, especially if they're geographically restricted, the more likely that someone would come up with the idea as a propaganda measure. While if they're rather more successful and widespread then I can imagine the paternalism rising to the top and pushing full Russification.
 
Alternate History Levant by David Daniel Boninsegni AKA Coffeebreakcigarette.jpg

2020 ( From not yet here TL : "The Penisula Ablaze" Alpha Stage)

Israel Federation of Arab Republics Syrian Arab Republic
SITUATION

  1. Adolf Hitler kept his idea of Madagaskar Plan, when it was too late they tried to eliminate European Jewry and managed to only kill half a million. More European Jews moved to Israel as a result, Yiddish is the "national" language but Arabic is wildly used too as a lingua franca together with a long list of European languages.
  2. While the UAR failed, the FAR didn't and was joined by Sudan instead of Syria, who had already enlarged itself to her "natural borders" (Kuwait, Golan, Lebannon, Iraq,Hatay,Jordan and Syria proper)
  3. A country where "minorities" (Druze, Christians,Yazidis, Shiites, Kurds and others) form the backbone of the Assadite support, surpassing by a very large number Sunni integralists, most of which have left the country after the Hama Uprising and have gone into Saudi Arabia after both the USSR Anatolian puppet/buffer states (Kurdistan and Turkey) and the Empire of Iran "directed" them there. The Saudi-Syrian border afterwards became of the most tight controlled and watched.
If you are Muslim, Arab, both or other, don't use it for propaganda. This is my personal speculation of an alternate past and then present.
 
“Socialism will become reality when the Fatherland is free.”
- Joseph Goebbels

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When the European War finally concluded with a resounding German victory, Adolf Hitler was able to realize his wildest dreams. He had crippled the Soviet Union, Germany’s greatest enemy, and now he was able to realize the ambitions he had laid out in his book, Mein Kampf. This, however, proved easier said than done. Knowledge of Germany’s heinous crimes spread to the outside world and the United States and the British Empire soon imposed an expansive embargo on the German Reich and its sphere. The Reich was not deterred, and the Soviet Union began to receive millions of refugees expelled from the newly-conquered Eastern territories of the Kaukasus, Moskowien, and Ural. This marked the beginning of what Germans dubbed “the Isolation”- a period of intense international ostracization for what would later be admitted by the German regime- the removal of groups deemed too inferior to live.

The Isolation, however, did not hinder the Reich’s continued internal development. It had the industry of the Russian heartland at its disposal as well as the breadbasket of the Ukraine. But the main task was the wholesale depopulation of the native Slavs and replacement by Germans, as outlined in Generalplan Ost. The plan was simple- a mass starvation campaign whereby food intended for the people of the area would instead be used for domestic consumption or sold to the Reich’s sphere of influence. This was supposed to starve over 60 million Slavs, and any survivors would be deported to the Soviet remnant in Siberia. The rest would be either enslaved or, if the Slavs in question had desirable racial features, “Germanized.”

All seemed well within the Reich. At least, well for the German citizenry. The Slavs were starving to death. The Jews had been mostly annihilated. More undesirables would follow them to the gas chambers. Everything went according to the timetables, spreadsheets, and calculations of apathetic bureaucrats and psychotic ideologues.

Except when it didn’t.

In 1948, Adolf Hitler, Germany’s Führer, died from health complications coupled with a disastrous medical regime prescribed by Theodor Morell, the Führer’s personal physician. Hitler’s death was a traumatic blow for the millions of people who had given up everything to fight for his cause. His funeral lasted for two weeks and was attended by the leaders of Germany’s closest allies, as well as four million grieving German citizens. No Allied leaders were invited to the festivities.

The funeral was grandiose, with processions conducted throughout the capital. However, there was an exception; Joseph Goebbels gave an impassioned speech about Hitler’s life, from the days in the Great War to the Beer Hall Putsch. All the struggles he and the nation experienced, from the days of Weimar to the Judeo-Bolshevik War, said Goebbels, were for Germany. Hitler was portrayed as the national personification of the German people, bringing them to glory. Germany grieved for the man who had brought them from Weimar to Empire.

But even as the processions went on and on, Hitler’s inner circle began to jockey for power. Whoever won this struggle would become the next Führer- a position that in the shadowy world of the Reich, meant absolute power.

Three men emerged as likely candidates for the title- Hermann Göring, the Luftwaffe commander and Reichsmarshall, Heinrich Himmler, the SS leader, and Joseph Goebbels, the propaganda minister.

Immediately after Hitler’s death, Goebbels began to organize the ranks of the National Socialists and draw their support for a provisional election. As a result, opposition to this grew and many senior figures within the Party threatened to not recognize this. Both the Luftwaffe and the SS began to actively place their candidates into office- either by vote or by force. Göring in particular was infuriated, since he was Hitler’s designated successor. Goebbels, however, made use of his oratory skills to denounce Göring and Heinrich Himmler’s claims to office. The German Heer surprisingly sided with Goebbels, while the Luftwaffe was divided between Hitler loyalists (and thus Goebbels loyalists) and Göring’s men. The SS remained unquestionably loyal to Himmler.

Battles immediately commenced throughout the Reich. The Heer fought the Luftwaffe, the Luftwaffe fought the SS, etc. Eventually, Goebbels gained the upper hand due to innovations in air defense, and defeated Göring’s faction. Rather than be captured and executed, Göring committed suicide by ingesting a cyanide pill.

With the Luftwaffe taken care of, Goebbels turned his attention towards the SS. Using the Heer’s size and the newly-formed Volkssturm’s fanaticism, he began pushing them from their holdings in the East, slowly but surely wiping them out. By the end of the Moskowien Crisis, Gotenland was the last major seat of SS power, and Goebbels made sure Himmler’s dream army would be a relic of the past. He gave out a simple directive, reminiscent of the Commando Order- surrender and return to the nation, or face immediate death once captured. By the end of it all, Theodorichshafen- the heart of the SS- became a pile of rubble, with Himmler fleeing the scene. Eventually, he was found attempting to sneak into Iran, and committed suicide in Baku via cyanide, like Göring.

In eight months and at the cost of 50,000 dead, Goebbels had mastered the Reich.

Soon afterwards, Goebbels introduced his own vision of National Socialism, although he was careful to maintain outward loyalty to the Hitler mythos. As his first decree, he proclaimed Hitler "the Eternal Führer," of the German nation. All succeeding leaders of Germany were to use the newly-created position of “Leading Minister”.

Next came the 25 point program- which was ignored for the most part of Hitler’s reign. It was restructured into a new, simpler, 15 point program. Titled “The National Socialist Program for the Greater Germanic Reich,” the program emphasized the socialist elements of National Socialism, while also codifying expanding upon the racialist-eugenicist concepts espoused during Hitler’s reign. Some of its most important points were:
  • The German nation is an indivisible nation, it’s people will be united under the common ideals of National Socialism and the principles of the volk.​
  • The Eternal Führer, Adolf Hitler, is a man that saved the country from international Bolshevism, and shall be remembered in history as the greatest savior.​
  • Only a member of the German race (or a Germanic) can become a citizen. This is to preserve the integrity of the German people from outside impurities. Consequently, no Jew can ever become a German citizen.​
  • The citizenry of the Greater German Reich must be equal to one another, as hierarchy is the bane of socialism.​
  • The German nation spans wherever the German race is. It is not confined to a mere nation. It is a community, a volk, and that volk will never die out.​
One of the major keystones of Goebbels’ policy was creating continued conflict between the Allies and the Reich. Goebbels believed that continued conflict would keep the German people unified and strong. He therefore began to support African liberation movements within the British Empire and the Free French remnant. The Congolese Liberation Front, led by Patrice Lumumba, and the Mau Mau uprising were only the beginning, as the Reich and the United States fought a series of proxy conflicts through Africa, Asia and Latin America known as the Blind War.

Goebbels also sought to expand the German people’s economic productivity. Through the “People’s Economy” program, the German Labor Front was given more bargaining power with the national industries- provided the unions under it met the productivity quotas and standards of loyalty. In addition, German workers who filled productivity quotas were given hefty bonuses and time off to spend on state-funded leisure activities. That way, they could feel that their work was being rewarded with more than just acknowledgement by the State.

Goebbelism’s greatest cultural triumph was the Aryanization of German culture, creating a uniform ethos that demanded loyalty to the German state and the superiority of collective work over American individuality. The long-dead Neoclassical art style was revived and soon came to shape many of the Reich’s greatest buildings, such as the Great Hall of the German People.

The symbol of Joseph Goebbels Thought is commonly used in international textbooks to discern it from traditional Hitlerism. This contrasts to the official symbology of Joseph Goebbels Thought, which is a simple black swastika on a white field; however, there have been reports of the Leading Minister taking the international symbol well due to its syncretism of socialist and National Socialist elements.

The symbol is so- a golden bushel of wheat and a hammer surrounded by a black-and-white circle against a black-and-red swastika. The swastika is the symbol of Aryan supremacy and the circle of life, of which Germany is a part of. The gear represents the industrious, hardworking nature of the German people. The wheel represents the movement of time towards a Thousand Year Reich. Meanwhile the wheat represents the agrarian origins of Germany and the hammer represents the workers of the nation. The red, white, and black are the colors of the German Reich, while the gold is meant to show the value of the agrarian and working class.
 
Logo for an NBA expansion team into Tampa, inspired by the OTL Cleveland Spiders baseball franchise that existed in the late 19th Century, in two variations (white and off-yellow):

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And some accompanying graphics:

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