Map Contest III: Round III

Discussion in 'Alternate History Maps and Graphics' started by Shadow Knight, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. EdT Member

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    Here's my effort...

    PoD: Charles the Bold lives a full life, and as a result Burgundy becomes a major European Power. Butterflies mean that the Americas are discovered by the English, who soon colonise the Caribbean and Mexico. North America (or 'Brazil' ITTL) is heavily colonised by many nations, most notably France and Burgundy. When the latter undergoes upheaval in the late 18th century the majority of her colonial possessions break away to form an independent republic; other interesting divergences in the *North America of 1900 include a Basque microstate on OTL's Isle of Anticosti, Danish rule in OTL's Canada and surviving Native states amongst the Iroqois and the Sioux (who have intermingled with Danish and Burgundian settlers similar to the Metis of OTL)

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  2. Lord Grattan consigned to OTL

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    Map Date 1815:

    Infante Miguel da Paz, grandson of Ferdinand & Isabella does not die in 1500, but lives to the age of 73. He unites the crowns of his ancestors into one and is crowned King Miguel I of Iberia on December 25, 1532. Almost 200 years later, King Miguel IV of Iberia and his wife, Anna Sophia of Bavaria have twin boys. Thus in 1755, upon his death, Iberia is divided between the two. John becomes John V of Portugal and Ferdinand becomes Ferdinand III of Aragon. Iberian colonial possessions are divided: from 90E Longitude westward to 90W Longitude to Aragon and 90E Longitude eastward to 90W Longitude to Portugal. For North America this means that Aragon gets the New Zaragoza region, and Portugal gets the Honduras, Labrador, Corte-Real, and West Indies regions (in addition to the Leon and Lusitania regions of South America).

    Great Britain is the largest colonial land holder in North America. In addition to its vast Arctic territory, Canada has dominion over Hawaii, Bermuda and the Bahamas Archipelago. Prior to 1791, the Republic of Canatucka was part of the British Empire. Each of its states was a royal colony. Though its importance has diminished sine Canatuckan independence, Great Britain still has joint sovereignty over the Island of Newfoundland with Portugal.

    Sweden has cultivated a successful colony on the peninsula between the Chessapeeke Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s called by its anglicized name, Gothenburg. The Dutch have also built a successful colony on North American soil. It’s called New Amsterdam. Additionally, Holland has sovereignty over several islands in the West Indies, as do Portugal and Denmark.

    The presence of Iberian conquistadors, missionaries and explorers during the early to mid 1700’s prompted several inner-mountain and Plains Indian tribes to band together to protect their land and sovereignty. They proved to be fierce warriors, and, unlike most natives on the continent, practically immune to small pox and various other devastating diseases. In 1776 Aragon recognized the Shoshonean Nation as independent.

    In 1814, the union between Denmark and Norway was dissolved. The Danes, who had previously reduced its naval presence in Greenland due to its war with Great Britain, removed all but a small contingent of soldiers from the island. That proved to be a mistake, for two months later a revolt began. The Republic of Kalaallit Nunnat was declared on August 8.

    The Russian Empire possesses a large (and largely unexplored) piece of North American real estate at the continent’s NW corner. It is called Alaxsaq.

    Two small islands just of the northeastern South American coast compose the Kuhrland colony of the Kingdom of Saxony. In 1680 the Polish-Lithuanian Duchy of Courland successfully (on its 4th attempt) established a colony in the New World. When the Kingdom of Poland was partitioned in 1795, the Duke of Courland, Carl Christian Joseph of Saxony claimed the duchy for Saxony (and it was so).
     
  3. Lord Grattan consigned to OTL

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    North America on Canvas:

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  4. LightInfa Feldmarschall

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    Here is my map, short description to follow.

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  5. LightInfa Feldmarschall

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    My map represents India in the year 1900. The world is in the midst of a world war as an alliance of Germany, Russia, and Japan conquer the world. All around the globe, the world is locked in combat. Slowly but surely, the Three Emperors' Alliance has conquered Asia, Persia and Egypt, and China have all fallen to their inexorable advance. Now the remaining free colonies on India must unite to fight back.

    These colonies and nations are the British West Indian Raj, the French Indian Dependencies, the lands of the Hanoverian East India Company, the Dutch Crown Lands of India, the Maratha Empire, and Danish Ceylon.

    The British West Indian Raj is like a home away from home for the British nation. Half the population is British immigrants, while the other half is Indians. It is superbly loyal to the crown, and it makes extensive use of elephant cavalry. Its capital is Jodhpur, which is massive fort capable to resisting a 10 year long siege. The British governor-general resides there, as well as the Royal Family when it is present.

    The second most important area is the French Indian Dependencies. These areas are much more decentralized than the British lands, being little more than a collection of Indian princes and leaders who owe fealty to the French Prime Minister. A few areas are under direct rule, but for the most part, the princes have quite a bit of self government. The French maintain standing armies acumented by the prince's personal armies, which are incorporated into the French army in war.

    Then we have the Hanoverian East India Company. It was originally the British East India Company, but when Hanoverian businessmen purchased a majority stake, they changed the name. Most its original lands were gobbled up over the centuries, and their current holdings are all that is left of this empire. While the ruler of Hanover has nominal oversight over the company, it has quite a bit of freedom in how it runs its lands. The Company is heavily aligned with the British.

    Then we have the Dutch Crown Lands in India. These lands were originally Dutch East India Company lands, but when the Prince of Orange was overthrown by French revolutionary forces, he fled to India where he turned the company lands into effectively a Netherlands in Exile. He was never restored to the throne, so his descendents have ruled here ever since. The national language is officially Dutch, but among most people, a strange mix of local languages and Dutch is developing into a new language. Militarily wise, the Prince has four dreadnoughts he purchased from Great Britain.

    The Maratha Confederacy has been the only uncolonized area of the Indian subcontinent. They were able to fight several wars to maintain their independence, and now they are a fairly isolationist nation, seeking to preserve their independence at all costs. Only the threat of the Three Emperors' Alliance has spurred them into action. They are now forming new armies out of every able bodied male to throw back the invaders.

    Danish Ceylon is quite a backwater area. It is the only significant Danish overseas possession, initially colonized by seafaring Vikings in the 1000s. Oftentimes, the Danish government barely has enough money to support the colony, so the colony has achieved a degree of self-government due to the inability of the Danes to project their authority to the wayward colony. The Danes here generally lean pro-German, even though the Danish king in exile is calling all Danes to fight the emperors. It will remain to be seen if the Danes will provide support to either side.
     
  6. freodhoric the Ignored

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    I based this map heavily off of Dale Cozort's "Spain Colonize South Carolina, 1526".

    Ayallon's attempt to settle South Carolina in 1526 succeeds. Disease kills most of the Indians that DeSoto traded with on his expedition, which leads to failure of same. Thus, DeSoto doesn't meet and kill Tuscaloosa, who goes on to found a kingdom. The Ayallon colony supplies the Appalachee as a buffer against Tuscaloosa. The DeLuna colony succeeds because there are Indians to trade with because DeSoto didn't come through and kill them all. Huguenots settle in Virginia. The English focus on Canada in rivalry with the French.

    My stuff:

    New England: The English king grants Nova Scotia (more-or-less Massachusetts) to a Scottish nobleman as a reward and in hopes that that will get rid of some rebellious Scots. The Scottish nobleman strikes a deal with some Welshmen to allow them separate courts and limited self-government (something similar almost happened in Pennsylvania OTL) if they will settle and develop the area around Narragansett Bay. Many of the Welsh that OTL settled in Patagonia, settle in Nova Scotia instead. The area now has de facto independence.

    California: Date Masumune is much more successful courting European powers. By the time he is ousted from power in Japan, he has built a small fleet. He takes this fleet and sails east. He makes land-fall in OTL California and claims most of the Long Valley. Naval power is deemed a necessity by the young colony, and Hawaii is discovered several years later. Through a policy of intermarriage, the Hawaiian royalty is almost Japanese and the two realms are nigh united.

    Or, Date lands on Hawaii and conquers the Islands, but realizes his people need more land so he sends out explorers. One finds the California coast (hard to miss?), Date realizes that this is ideal, and moves most of his people there. That would explain the wannabe-pseudo-Japanese name i gave Hawaii better. Wikipedia says that Yoshi was Date's mom.

    South America: Doesn't count for the challenge, but somehow or another, the Welsers keep Venezuela. Federmann lives, perhaps.


    oops, almost forgot Dinetah. All the men New Spain has in DeLuna aren't available when needed to fight the Chichemics. Still, they're defeated and retreat north. Most are absorbed into the Navajo, who are thus much stronger than OTL. Louisiana supports the native nations on it's borders (Dinetah, Tuscaloosa, Iroquois) as buffers.

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  7. Shadow Knight Grand Master of the BAM Order

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    Round III is closed.
     
  8. Shadow Knight Grand Master of the BAM Order

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    After a contentious voting round due to the number and quality of maps in this round the judges have come to a conclusion...you all suck and have shamed AH.com...just kidding.


    First off in a first in AH.com Map Contest we award in 'the best in under six years old' category to The Gonzo for his imaginative piece of...artwork.

    So a round of applause for The Gonzo.

    :a one armed bum claps:

    Now for the moment you've all been waiting for, drum roll please...

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    ...and the winner is EdT!!!

    And the runners-up goes to euio!

    A big congrats to EdT. :)

    A few notable mentions go to Imperator and LordKraken who were also mentioned in the voting.

    Chief Judge SK