Map of the Month 6: By Any Other Pen

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  1. Kaiphranos Hydraulic Despot Donor

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    MotM 6 - By Any Other Pen

    The Challenge

    Make a map that is a cover of, based on, a sequel to, or otherwise inspired by, a map previously created by another poster on alternatehistory.com.

    The Restrictions - These are Important. Please Read Them.
    1. For this contest, you absolutely must obtain permission from the original creator. You must message me with written proof that you have done so before submitting your entry. (I would recommend doing this before you start work on your entry.)
    2. When posting, please include a link to the original work that your entry is based on.​

    If you have any questions, please feel free to PM me or comment in the main thread.
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    Entries will end for this round when the voting thread is posted on Sunday, January 6th, 2019.
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    PLEASE KEEP ALL DISCUSSION ON THE CONTEST OR ITS ENTRIES TO THE MAIN THREAD.
    Any discussion must take place in the main thread. If you post anything other than a map entry (or a description accompanying a map entry) in this thread then you will be asked to delete the post.
     
  2. Reagent Cartography's Reactionary

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    Joint Entry; Map by myself, Description by @Flashman

    Inspired by this post in the Map Thread depicting an Austrian-unified Germany:

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    Stille Nacht
    One of the most remarked upon aspects of the Christmas Armistice of 1919 was its sudden appearance. Seemingly all at once across the trenches of Silesia, Prussians and Germans spontaneously put down their arms and crossed no man’s land, embracing each other as brothers despite the fact that they were shooting at each other not hours earlier, forcing their governments to come to the table for peace. Of course, in actuality, this process was not quite so simple.



    Mutterings of all sorts are recorded between the enlisted men of both armies in the weeks and months leading up to the truce as fighting grew bloodier and bloodier while the trench lines remained essentially unchanged. By late 1919, most soldiers on both sides decried the conflict. Most did so from a nationalist perspective; after all, this war was really only about France’s annexation of Belgium, a matter of no concern to the Germans or Prussians - why should fellow German-speaking people fight and kill one another to solidify France’s territorial ambitions (as in the case of the Germans themselves) or for the sake of Britain’s geopolitical obsession with maintaining Belgium’s sovereignty (as in the case of the Prussians)? Of course there were also socialist and communist agitators who decried the war, but they cast opposition to the conflict in class rather then national terms.



    Surviving records from both Berlin and Vienna show acute awareness of these trends, and divided opinion as to what actions should be undertaken. In Prussia such defeatist talk was readily punished until it became clear in November that more men were entertaining such defeatist ideas then there would be to carry out punishments. The Germans, while not quite so draconian as the Prussians, ran into similar problems.



    Both governments had begun to ratchet down the number of offensives in December if only to keep their men from mutinying. The Prussians noted this trend, and thought that Christmas would be the ideal time to launch an offensive that could finally break the Silesian stalemate, as the Germans would not expect it. When the Prussians attempted to order their men over the top on Christmas Eve, however, they were met with plain refusal. One soldier is famously quoted as telling his commander officer that “I would sooner shoot King Wilhelm than another Bavarian”. Officers who attempted to force their men were met with actual mutiny.



    The truce itself can perhaps be laid at the feet of one man, Commander Helmut Maschka, an officer who joined his men in mutiny. At the stroke of midnight, Maschka led his men across the field singing “Silent Night”. The Germans were at first confused and unsure what to do. Officers ordered their men to shoot, but the order was flatly ignored. One soldier, Adolf Hiedler, threw down his weapon and leapt over the top, joining the Prussians in their song. Within minutes, hundreds of Germans were walking across No man’s Land to meet their opponents. News of this event (and other spontaneous actions like it) quickly spread up and down the Prussian and German lines. Soon, a general truce was declared by the soldiers.



    When news of the mutiny reached Berlin and Vienna, both governments were deeply terrified that their own militaries would turn around and attack them, and rightly so; millions of troops on what was formerly the bloodiest battlefield in the Globe War were now poised to strike at the hearts of their own empires. While both governments contemplated how to contend with the growing mutiny, Prussian and German pro-truce officers met in Breslau where they signed the Breslau Declaration demanding an immediate end to Prussian and German participation in the Globe War. In support of the truce, Socialist agitators in Prussia and Germany called a general strike until the Breslau Declaration was adopted. Both governments were in little position to disagree. An armistice was reluctantly signed, ending fighting between Prussia and Germany.



    Within weeks, the French and the English were forced to the peace table with their most important allies simply refusing to fight. This of course would lead into the French "Stabbed in the back" myth and the coming Revolutionary Wave...



    (Below is a period map of the German Empire and Kingdom of Prussia right before the Globe War)

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    Bundesstaaten Deutsches Reich:
    01. Kronländer
    a. Erzherzogtum Österreich (Ober und Nieder)
    b. Königreich Böhmen
    c. Markgrafschaft Mähren
    d. Herzogtum Schlesien
    e. Herzogtum Salzburg
    f. Herzogtum Steiermark
    g. Herzogtum Kärnten
    h. Herzogtum Krain
    i. Herzogtum Magdeburg
    j. Herzogtum Holstein
    k. Herzogtum Schleswig
    l. Grafschaft Tirol
    m. Küstenland
    n. Vorarlberg
    02. Königreich Bayern
    03. Königreich Hannover
    04. Königreich Sachsen
    05. Königreich Württemberg
    06. Kurfürstentum Hessen
    07. Großherzogtum Baden
    08. Großherzogtum Hessen
    09. Großherzogtum Mecklenburg-Schwerin
    10. Großherzogtum Mecklenburg-Strelitz
    11. Großherzogtum Niederrhein
    12. Großherzogtum Oldenburg
    13. Großherzogtum Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach
    14. Großherzogtum Westfalen
    15. Herzogtum Anhalt
    16. Herzogtum Nassau
    17. Herzogtum Sachsen-Altenburg
    18. Herzogtum Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha
    19. Herzogtum Sachsen-Meiningen
    20. Fürstentum Liechtenstein
    21. Fürstentum Lippe
    22. Fürstentum Reuß ältere Linie
    23. Fürstentum Reuß jüngere Linie
    24. Fürstentum Schaumburg-Lippe
    25. Fürstentum Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
    26. Fürstentum Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
    27. Fürstentum Waldeck und Pyrmont
    28. Freie und Hansestadt Bremen
    29. Freie Stadt Frankfurt
    30. Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg
    31. Freie und Hansestadt Lübeck
    --. Neutral-Moresnet (Kondominium gemeinsam vom Belgien und Deutschen Reich)

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    (Due to image host issues, the full-sized map can be found here)
     
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  3. SpazzReflex Induce vomiting if contacted

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    The longhouse was crowded, with throngs of chiefs and their loyal warriors. A fire roared in the center, illuminating a massive man, cloaked in a hodgepodge of furs and skins over mail. His helmet was adorned with elk antlers[1] and red tailed hawk feathers. Woven braids descended from his chin, down onto his Halpatter[2] breast cover. A falcon perched on his shoulder, eyeing the room with caution.

    When the pipe had passed to every person in attendance, a gruff voice echoed through the hall, calling silence.

    "In ages long past, the Wikenlaw and Great Masibowe were the greatest allies, and the Great Haughall was adorned in gold, iron, and wampum. The World Tree was ruled by the guiding light of the Sun, and peace reigned. Midgard was wealthy, a suitable prize for the covetous peoples of the Great Grass Sea. Seepwira and Waldur the Foolish invited the Wiksaritary by turning their back upon the Sun. The Underdragon is now worshipped on the banks of the Mother River[3], The Lord of the Horde feasts on the corn our Great Mother had provided us. For a hundred years, Michiginibeck occupies the halls where the Red Horned Tyr[4] was worshipped. He and the Wogerujk [5] believe they can rule the Masibowe with impunity.

    They know not what we will bring. I have parleyed at Nachihaldfort, and seen their strength, but they know not what we can bring to bear.

    The Norsemen, brothers and sisters of the Masibowe, children of Mannaheim are born from stock across the icy seas. Centuries ago we came, and entered this world, eventually forgetting our ancestral home. Now, it is time we remember. I have found ruddy haired peoples from the Solarupgangland [6], where the sun rises. Far to the East, where they eat their God and cower like sheep. There are fields filled with grain and horses, ours for the taking. There is a land of gold, a land of slaves, waiting there for us to conquer. We will enter the Halls of the Sun and gain riches.

    Fat and well-supplied, we may return to drive back the Wiksaritary from the Great Haughall. The World will once again worship the Great Goddess Sunna, and the Wikenlaw will unite Midgard under the Falcon of War."

    The longhouse roared, and spears and bows were raised. The men from Tainsau cheered the hardest. They had first hand seen the falconer before them rise, from slave of the Wiksaritary to King of Wikenlaw. Many had marched with him from Engiland to the gates of Onigaminsingarðr, raising the banner of the wolf chasing the sun wherever they went. They were his first subjects, and he was their chosen Sun-chief. They knew this young man could restore the glory of the Masibowe.

    He was Yráekvaiðá, The Wolf who eats the Sun, and his iron fist was stretching to the East, the land of the Sun.


    [1] Elk referring to Moose, seeing as the Norse were more familiar with the Moose than the early European explorers of OTL were.
    [2] Alligator, from the Muskogean word halpatter
    [3] Mishiginibek and Jormungandr/Níðhöggr have sort of morphed together in the Wikenlaw-Masibowe cultural exchange area. The Mother River of course, refers to the Mississippi
    [4] Due to the mutual exchange of cultures, some figures have intermingled, with Tyr being identified with Red Horn, Frejya and the Corn Mother, etc.
    [5] A Race of giant cannibals in Ho-Chunk mythology
    [6] lit. Sunrise Land


    Based on the scenario by Sregan in Rememberences of Map Contests Past


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  4. TheKutKu Well-Known Member

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    Hello!

    Kanan's timeline Our Fair Country has inspired many users on this server to start their own graphic timeline, and with the current contest i wanted to make a tribute to the wonderful world she created.
    This is the result of way more time than i'm willing to admit, and i'm quite proud of it even if it didn't reach the quality i hoped it would, i'll likely continue (slowly) working on it to improve the shading and other details, but a deadline is a deadline.
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    This map was also inspired by the late Richard Edes Harrison's works, they are really diverse and show data in unexpected ways, i encourage people to check out his maps!
     
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