Great Big Worlda Collaborative Project

Discussion in 'Alternate History Maps and Graphics' started by Bicentius, Nov 9, 2019.

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What should the premise be?

Poll closed Nov 20, 2019.
  1. Technology Equalization - Centers of Power Are Spread Equally Through World + Space- See Threadmark

    47.4%
  2. Post Apocalypse - Earth Backwater, Orbitals/Mars in Power - See Threadmark

    28.9%
  3. Native Wank - Americas, Siberia, Oceania, Sub Saharan Africa are Powers - See Threadmark

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  1. Pen A lot more down to earth now, I suppose.

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    Yeah, that was what the puppet outlines were. Germany is probably gonna get split up a bit and I might make some of the non- represented indo-European groups independent. (Yes, I am saying Occitania is basque and Italy is Etruscan)
     
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  2. Bicentius Well-Known Member

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    Here's an update on India:
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    1. Dravidia
    2. Maratha (Maharashtra)
    3. Satavahana Dynasty (Andhra)
    4. Kalinga/Odisha
    5. Bengal
    6. Maurya (Magadha)
    7. Rajputana
    8. Delhi
    9. Punjab
    10. Kashmir
    11. Gujarat
     
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  3. Bicentius Well-Known Member

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    Just a quick ping for updates:
    East Asia - @Fred Guo - WIP Posted
    South Asia - @Bicentius - WIP Posted
    Southeast Asia/Oceania - @XFE - Update Needed (Take your Time)
    Australasia - @CannedTech - WIP Posted
    North America - @mikroraptor - WIP Posted
    Central America -@mikroraptor - Update Given (In Progress)
    South America - @Fox-Fire - WIP Posted
    North Africa/Middle East/Central Asia - @Pax Americana - Update Needed (Take your Time)
    Sub-Saharan Africa - @Baconheimer - Update Given (In Progress)
    Europe - @APeninSpace - WIP Posted
    Eastern Europe/Siberia (Russia) - @Cantra - WIP Posted

    Also, is everyone using paint.net?
     
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  4. Fred Guo Heir of the great Victozon in Etheria

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    Nope, using MS Paint, which I'm very very familiar with.
    I might need a bit of help with East Asia on a side note, struggling on how to even out power on all sides and developing little desc blurbs for countries...
     
  5. Bicentius Well-Known Member

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    Here's a another update.
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    I did want to ask about layouts here. the orbiting Microworldas will all have specific functions. The Alliance map will represent the membership and makeup of the multinational orgs in the world congress, the religion and population maps are self-explanatory, the Government map will represent the various political ideologies, The megastructure maps will represent huge feats of engineering (space elevators, skyhooks, solar arrays, fusion generators, world wonders, etc.)

    To maintain symmetry, we'll need one more map in the middle right. I was out of ideas for that one, and I wanted to put that up for debate.'

    We can always discard the orbiting layout entirely if multiple people have concerns.
     
  6. mikroraptor Well-Known Member

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    For the one map on the side, I'd suggest maybe
    The distribution of extraterrestrial immigrants
    Or perhaps something like a democracy index
     
  7. Pax Americana Gamer Extraordinaire

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    Arabia is WIP
     
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  8. Bicentius Well-Known Member

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    Can we split up those big Persian, North African, and Central Asian states? Egypt may be okay, but we want to try and make states for each ethnic group. So maybe a Kurdish state, Mesopotamian state, Iranian state, etc.
     
  9. XFE Formerly Xianfeng Emperor

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    A little something to show I'm making progress.

    Indochina is a storied region home to ancient civilizations and soaring, golden pagodas. In both our history and the world of GBWCP, Hinduism, spread by Indian merchants (though popular imagination prefers to call them venerable Indian monks), dominated the social, religious and poltical life of the land; only to be replaced by Buddhism, patronized by the great Emperor Ashoka. Indochinese politics revolved around Khmer, until a series of unfortunate events brought down this ancient civilization, cumilating in a devestating Thai invasion. The vacumn left by Khmer sparked an interethnic free for all, with the Thais, Viets and Bamars emerging victorious after centuries of conflict.

    In this world, a less domineering China left some breathing room for the Thais of OTL's Guangxi province. The Thai migrations were delayed (but not cancelled), and Khmer recovered from the string of military defeats that preceded its dark age. Khmer's restored hegemony dissuaded potential rivals. There was no great war between the powers of Southeast Asia, for none could challenge Khmer's sheer inertia. The lack of competitors ironically led to the decline of Imperial power, as there was no need to rally behind a singular monarch. Thus ended the Imperial Era, and thus behan the Age of Princes.

    During the Age of Princes (~1200-1650), a more mercentile Southeast Asia (all things will be explained in due time) accelerated urbanization and technological development. Local plutocratic elites could now stand on their own, oftentimes ignoring Imperial borders. The basic political unit in Southeast Asia devolved from the proto nation-state to a series of wealthy city states, dominated by merchant familes, whom we refer to as "Princes". Some would organize themselves into trade leagues like the OTL Hansa, dealing with Nusataran and Chinese merchants.

    Buddhism encouraged (and encourages) fantastic displays of piety through wealth, which led many a prince to build ever greater pagodas--leaving later generations with an abundance of dick jokes. It was also common practice to invite and patronize Indian monks of various creeds, which created a vibrantly syncretic religious environment. In many ways, Indochina in the Age of Princes mirrored the developmental pattern of India.

    This all came to an end in the Second Imperial Era (~1650-), sparked by China's periodical expansions and contractions. An expansionist Emperor conquered and expelled the Thai peoples, leading to an ovedue Thai migration into Khmer. Khmer's cities were amongst the most advanced in the world; but the country was impoverished and underpopulated. Rural aristocrats welcomed Thai migrants with open arms, often employing them as tenant farmers in Sambhupura (OTL Isan) and Lan Xang (OTL Laos). The Thais soon outpopulated the Khmer natives, sparking a series of low-intensity clan-based conflicts. The Khmer Emperors pointed at the foreign threat, and took the chance to reassert themselves over the militarily incompetent, divided Princes.

    As the Emperor reasserted himself over the Princes; the city also reasserted itself over the country. Khmer centralized, and her friendemies in Campa, Dai Viet and Hariphunchai followed its lead. Clan conflicts gave way to cataclysmic wars, which led to militarization, centraliation and the establishment of borders. By the 1700s, the Thais had been pushed West of the Sham Plateau, where they allied with the Mon people to crush the nascent Bamars.

    Culturally and religiously, the Second Imperial Era meant the death of pluralism. Tariffs were introduced, foreigners were expelled, and militant Therevada Buddhism was the name of the game in the many kingdoms of the subcontinent. These historical developments permantly divorced Buddhist Indochina from syncretic India. At some point--no one knows when, Indochina's flirtation with nationalism came to an end. Some attribute this to globalization, but it is too early to be sure.
     
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  10. Baconheimer Berserker of Chaos

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    Does someone have a version of the basemap with rivers?
     
  11. Baconheimer Berserker of Chaos

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    I'll wait until I have rivers to add internal divisions.

    Third Eternal and Holy Empire of Ethopia and its Possessions - The ruling Solomonic Dynasty claims descent from the Queen of Sheba and Solomon, King of Israel. Ethiopia has lasted in varying forms for many centuries. Its religion is a mixture of Messianic Judaism and Coptic Christianity. A 4000th birthday parade was held for Ethiopia in the capital of Aksum where Dawit VIII led the procession on a genetically engineered lion.
    The country goes by the Greek-descended name of Ethiopia. Probably has considerable extraterrestrial territories.

    The League of Punt - Ethiopian satellite states along the East African coast.

    Bantu League - A collection of many small Bantu-speaking states from Cameroon to the Indian Ocean. Halfway between the US and EU in terms of centralization.

    Empire of the Zulus - A relatively new state. Surprisingly nationalistic and warlike in this peaceful world.
    Has Antarctic territories

    East Austronesian Autonomy - An anarcho-capitalist in Madagascar.

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  12. Nucleep Multidimensional Reality Breaker/Honorary ASB

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    I tried my best to add them to the map.
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  13. Baconheimer Berserker of Chaos

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    Thanks. That should be very helpful with creating internal divisions, especially in the rather ethnically-divided Bantu League.
     
  14. Baconheimer Berserker of Chaos

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    A little more. Should I outline important internal divisions of the Bantu League? The blue one is Great Zimbabwe and the red one is Mpemba Kasi.

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    How does it look?
     
  15. Fox-Fire I've jumped into the fire.

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    Great! Maybe you should change the colour of the subdivisions to make them more prominent or change the general colour to be an outline.
     
  16. Pen A lot more down to earth now, I suppose.

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  17. Baconheimer Berserker of Chaos

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    That second idea sounds great. Then I could show spheres of influence within the League.
     
  18. XFE Formerly Xianfeng Emperor

    I think it looks pretty good, though the Bantu superstar does feel like a bit of a space filling empire...
     
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  19. Pen A lot more down to earth now, I suppose.

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    I think that's a running theme here honestly
     
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  20. Fred Guo Heir of the great Victozon in Etheria

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    Is it? For what I know, every single other region is rather horrifically Balkanized (save Europe or Indochina perhaps)
     
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