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(@ Blacklister, mainly)
I love the idea of a 'cultural map'. Although I agree with one person's comment that it is subjective - that is definitely true - it is still an interesting idea. What is the key to colours, which cultures do they represent?
Key?... Mostly THICC
 
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The situation in the Berlin Pact in 1959 emerging from WWII (1936-1944). Turkey and Spain became communist during the war, in the case of Spain due to the Republicans winning the civil war, and in the case of Turkey due to a coup after Ataturk's death. The non-red-shaded countries are part of the Soviet sphere of influence, but not part of the Comintern, either because (in the cases of the Baathist Republics) they are not communist or (like the Chinese Soviet Republic) they are not recognized as states). At the end of the war, when China left to form its own sphere, Kamenev and Zinoviev restricted Comintern membership to states with a communist party holding the highest offices. Inside the Berlin Pact, India and Pakistan oppose each other, but China claims parts of Pakistan and India claims all the territory of the Oceanic Treaty Organization's client states of Dravidia and Hyderabad. Another arm of the Berlin Pact is the Cominform, which is an informational network for communist and socialist parties across both Berlin Pact and unaligned countries. Within the Berlin Pact, Germany, the USSR, and Turkey are armed with nuclear weapons.

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This is the situation in the world more broadly as of 1959. The leading blocs are:
Berlin Pact: See above.
OTO: The Oceanic Treaty Organization was created by the remaining members of the defeated Anti-Comintern Pact (Britain, France, Portugal, and the British Dominions) and the United States after the war to contain the USSR and its allies. It includes its founding members, all of Hispanophone Latin America (except Bolivia), East Africa, the British protectorates in Africa, Katanga, the Malayan Federation, and South Arabia.
Trans-Pacific Alliance: Originally a bilateral agreement between China and the U.S., other states have joined since, including Japan, Korea, the Southeast Asian countries, and Canada. Its purpose is to prevent Soviet expansion into Asia.
Non-Aligned Movement: Founded by Brazil as a deterrent to European and Soviet imperialism, the Non-Aligned Movement includes all of West Africa aside from Liberia and Senegambia, Bolivia, Switzerland, Denmark, and the Quebecois separatist movement. The members are committed to collective security and armed neutrality toward the other blocs.

The complete list of nuclear armed countries in chronological order is:
Workers' Republic of Germany, around 1500 warheads (First successful test 1942)*
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, around 1900 warheads (First successful test June 1944)*
United States of America, around 2200 warheads (First successful test November 1944)*
Republic of China, around 370 warheads (Received nuclear technology from United States 1948)
Japan, 40 warheads (Received nuclear technology from United States 1951)
United Kingdom, 250 warheads (First successful test 1951)
Socialist Republic of Turkey, 79 warheads (Received nuclear technology from the USSR 1956)
*Indicates full nuclear triad capabilities.
 
After a long absence, behold: the first proper RDNA-verse map entry in a long, long time. The original version can be found here.

Although I try to retain consistency with what had been made previously, this map's also a great opportunity to do some considerable retconning and revisions. That there wasn't as much focus on the RDNA!Americans previously certainly helped matters, though it's been long overdue. And in so doing, I've expounded considerably on the American Federation (who may or may not have a personified being resembling a blond young man but I digress). As well as how it sees itself, in-universe.

And just to be on the safe side, this is a work of fiction. While the map itself is framed as something from within the setting (including references to politically incorrect terms in our reality), this is not meant to be an ideological or propagandizing work.

At any rate, I hope you all enjoy this return to form! As the old saying goes, God Bless America.

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A Brief History of the American Federation.

The American Federation's origins go back to the 16th and 17th Centuries. Whether it was in the name of the English Crown, finding sanctuary from religious persecution or simply seeking a better life, people from across the British Isles crossed the Atlantic to the New World. More specifically, the portions of North America not already being explored or claimed by Spain and, eventually, the Austrian Habsburgs. These settlers weren't alone, however. Contact with the Native Indians grew, even as their numbers dwindled from unforeseen disease; whether violent or peaceful, this soon led to more frequent dealings with the likes of the Iroquois and Cherokee. Other colonial ventures also emerged, such as those of the French (in what would become Louisiana and the Canadian Province of Quebec) and the Dutch (in New Netherland), which led to myriad skirmishes. By the time the Franco-Indian Conflicts came to an end in 1714, the nascent United Kingdom wound up consolidating much of the patchwork that comprised the Eastern Seaboard, which by 1740 had come to be known as the Thirteen Colonies. Though in contrast to those further north, their destiny proved to be rather different.

Despite a considerable degree of self-rule, ties with the British Crown grew increasingly strained. The long-standing rivalries with France translated into the imposition of myriad unpopular taxes as the 18th Century progressed. A perceived sense that the Canadians and even the Indians (some like the Cherokee openly siding with the British) were being given more preferential treatment over the settlers also fueled animosity. Distance from London, the spread of republican ideas and growing bonds (trade or otherwise) among the Colonies both fostered a national consciousness rather than being subjects of the Old World. Calls for seeking representation in Parliament, only to be rejected, soon turned to more treasonous sentiments. Then, in 1773, a disgruntled polymath from Sylvania named Benjamin Franklin joined the likes of John Adams of Massachusetts, Christopher Gadsden of South Carolina and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia (known later as among the Founding Fathers) in convening the Continental Congress (predecessor to the Federal Congress) as a response to growing hostility. What followed was the Revolutionary War, a grueling struggle between "Continentals" on the one hand, and "Loyalists" (backed by British reinforcements) on the other. Yet amidst this conflict, which over generations has taken a nigh mythic status, the rebels found even more common cause. No longer apart, the sovereign States (as the Colonies declared themselves) would fight and die together. So thus, was this reflected in their Declaration of Independence in 1775. Though the guns would fall silent with the defeated Loyalists signing the Treaty of Philadelphia six years later, the American Federation had already arrived into the world.

Even before the Founding Fathers could finish ratifying the Constitution, or the aging Franklin could be inaugurated as the first President, the fledgling republic faced its share of birth pains. The 19th Century would see American frontiers expand beyond the original Colonies in pursuit of a "Continental Destiny" (thanks in part to acquiring the sparsely settled Louisiana Territory from the French in 1800 and Alyaska from the Russians in 1854), more immigrants flocking from the Old World, new industries emerging and the rise of new States. It also saw growing competition between the A.F. and Canada, resulting in myriad squabbles that in time barred British expansion towards the Pacific; alongside similar tensions with the New Austrians and their Habsburg rulers, culminating in the War of the Western Frontiers (also known as the "President's Crusade" in reference to then-President Rutherford Lee) from 1859-66, it helped fuel a disdain for monarchy. Meanwhile, the haphazard, if at times hostile efforts to deal with tensions between Native Indians and pioneers (including the forced relocation of the Cherokee and Choctaw over the 1820s-30s) led to heated debates in Franklinton, F.D.C. (founded in 1795) over a more lasting solution, many hearkening to the sympathetic commentaries of Franklin and a Shawnee leader named Tecumseh; within a few generations, these would result in more amicable relations, the prominence of tribes in certain States (such as the Sioux in North and South Lakotah), and them being increasingly assimilated into wider society as citizens. The most trying of these issues, however, involved the power of the Federal Government itself and the "Slavery Question." The ensuing Civil War of 1842-48 (fought between "Federalists" and Southern "Unionists"), however, saw not only the abolition of that institution and the stirrings of equal rights for Blacks. But from the crucible of battle, the country would emerge more united than ever, where freedom would be the sovereign right of every American. Together with the republicans of Gran Patagonia, Americans welcomed an age of new opportunities for those willing to seize them.

By the dawn of the 20th Century, the A.F. had come into its own as a major, vibrant beacon of democracy. Despite lingering issues like robber barons and debates over universal suffrage, the sky seemed to be the limit. Then, the Terror came. Even as Americans found themselves increasingly in common cause with the Canadians and New Austrians, the blights of Collectivism tended to be seen as an "Old World problem" at first. Such sentiments changed quickly as the 1920s went on, whether through the increasingly harrowing reports from across the Atlantic, the loss of Panama to those adhering to the Will of the Workers, or the growing number of refugees escaping their dying countries. All the while, fringe parties adhering to Reactionarism tried appealing to the frightened citizenry, only to be rejected. Thus, while America wasn't directly impacted in the same way as its neighbors, the socioeconomic strain put the nation to the test. Liberty and order prevailed, even if meant annexing portions of the British Imperial Commonwealth (such as with Loyalist Canada's "Lost Provinces"). But it was the Liberation of Britain in 1944, however, that would instill a peculiar sense of heroism and a fervor against the Collectivist Internationale in the public consciousness, both of which have grown more pronounced over the years.

In its efforts to combat the "Red Menace," a state of constant readiness came to pervade all corners of society. This helped spur an increasing emphasis on military and research funding, on top of cultivating a need to remain prosperous and innovative. At the same time, however, from the halls of power down to the local malt shop and saloon, it also encouraged a subdued sense of paranoia against anything (and anyone) deemed Collectivist or simply "un-American"; one consequence of this is the paradoxical static tendencies in certain aspects of culture. Nonetheless, they refused to succumb to madness, not only upholding their position alongside Gran Patagonia as the leading bastion of liberty and Republican Democracy in the Free World. But also, alongside their Canadian and New Austrian neighbors, stand at the forefront against the Reds.

The American Federation Today.


Striding across the New World from sea to shining sea, the American Federation is one of the leading powers of the Free World. With President Bruce H. Fitzgerald as the present head of state, it continues to hold true to a commitment to life, liberty, solidarity and fraternity. Which these help in making Americans stand apart from their Loyalist Canadian and New Austrian neighbors, they nonetheless offer much to the wider globe. Be it in their industry, culture or the "melting pot" that makes them possible.


Similarly to the Loyalist Dominion of Canada, the Americans bear the legacy of British law and governance, including the Magna Carta. What makes them stand out, however, is how they had taken that inheritance, transformed it, and through their Constitution, created a form of "Republican Democracy." The A.F. is largely comprised of 48 States and a number of special Territories united under one flag, as well as a network of Protectorates and allies. The oldest States could be traced back to the original Thirteen Colonies that rebelled against the British, with many of the subsequent ones being founded by either Anglophone colonists, rugged frontiersmen or immigrant settlers. The Federal Congress in Franklinton, F.D.C. serves as the legislature (split between the Senate and House of Representatives), which is counterbalanced by the executive and judiciary. The head of state is the President, who is elected every four years through an Electoral College, whereas other political figures such as Senators and Governors are voted in through direct, popular means. The system is not without its flaws, which Revivalists and myriad lobbyists have used to exert growing influence, to say nothing of the extents made to curb any potential Collectivist threat. Nonetheless, it's proven itself resilient time and again, even in the face of the Liberty Party and more extreme New American Party breaking the previous informal dominance of the two Federalist offshoots (the "Whigs" and "Republicans"). This extends to a firm commitment in upholding the Constitution, its timeless words and assorted Amendments keeping it a living icon as relevant now as in the days of the Founding Fathers. Thus, its claims of being the prime bastion of democracy, alongside Gran Patagonia in South America, are far from hollow.

Its posturing as an industrial and economic power are nothing to scoff at, either. A combination of bountiful natural resources, rugged frontier-influenced individualism, a work ethic derived from Protestant virtues and a pervasive mindset championing technical innovation have made the A.F. among the most self-sufficient of the Free Nations. Americans by and large take pride in their industries and specialties, be the bustling coal mines of Virginia and Appalachia, the "Factory Belt" stretching from Ohio to Superior-Wisconsin, the vast farmlands throughout the Great Plains, or the media companies that call New York and Cascadia home to name a few. Then, there is America's ambitious space program, a joint production between its National Aerospace Agency and various private enterprises that has allowed it to establish an orbital presence and even traverse the Lunar surface.

Then, there are the over 309 Million people who call America home. Owing to history, it's undeniably a nation of immigrants and settlers similar to yet unique from its Canadian counterpart. The majority of the population is classified as White, albeit split between "Anglo" (those who could trace their lineage back to either the original Colonies or the British Isles in some form) and "Non-Anglo" Europeans (whether descended from earlier colonists or refugees after the Terror). The remainder, meanwhile, is comprised of indigenous "Native Indians/American Indians" (the equivalent of Loyalist Canada's First Nations), Blacks (whether descended from slaves or freemen) and other "Coloreds" like the Orientals in Cascadia. Resolving tensions and discrimination among such a variety of ethnic backgrounds took generations of at times sporadic reform, be it granting equal rights to Blacks or overcoming long-held hostility against the tribes. This isn't to ignore how informal stigma still persists to some degree, especially with regards to mixed-race and Non-Anglo Whites like the "Slavics" (be it over their Revivalist tendencies or reluctance to fully assimilate), as well as overt discrimination certain foreigners (with New Austrians still having derisive monikers like "Mongrel Krauts"). Americans, however, have gone far in making the melting pot ideal of "Out of many, one" closer to reality, be it through equality of opportunity and the unifying use of English in its myriad "American Standard" variations. All bound together by a sense of patriotism, religiosity (primarily of the Judaeo-Christian variety), common culture and an opposition to the spread of Collectivism.

Even with the clear and present danger posed by the Reds, it is little surprise that one of the nation's traditional Latin mottoes, Per aspera ad astra ("Through adversity, to the stars"), has taken more relevance than the Founding Fathers ever imagined.


- "The Westinghouse Atlas of the New World." American Federation. 2023 Edition.

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As a bit of trivia, on top of trying to retcon the American Federation's backstory and internal borders, I also made a point to highlight how some constants persist in one form or another. Whether it's real-life historical figures like Benjamin Franklin (who's the Washington analogue in the RDNA-verse), or the existence of certain cities (e.g. Boston being where it is in our world and "Clarkson City" founded where Seattle would be) and families (e.g. the Lees, Roosevelts, etc.), this is in part due to how New Austria's presence in place of Mexico wouldn't change some events across the New World. Or at least, not have an immediate or obvious effect until further down the line.

The flag and coat of arms used are all based of various historical US symbols and flags. Though their design is deliberately meant to invoke how in some respects, the America of that timeline bears in some respects more than a passing semblance to the Pre-War USA in Fallout.

Some of the place-names (such as Sylvania for Pennsylvania and New Archangel for the Alaskan city of Sitka) are alternate or proposed ones that were never used in reality.

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Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace.

POD: The Taiping Rebellion succeeds, due to the failure of the Qing to stop the Northern Expedition. By may 1854 Beijing is taken, this leads to a massive domino effect leading to the Han Chinese defecting to Hong Xiuquan's cause. The Manchurian Court flees to Manchuria, but would eventually be conquered by the Heavenly Army. By 1857 the last vestiges of Qing loyalties were crushed, bring forth a new era, the Hong Dynasty.

Under the Hong dynasty, China started to reform, land reforms were passed, the great estates of Manchu Lords were split up, millions of peasant families were granted 25 acres of land. Manchuria a place were Han Chinese were once forbidden to settle was opened up. Between 1860-1875 over 20 million Han Chinese moved into the region, setting up farms and cities. Between 1858 and his death on 1880 Xiuquan started China down the path of industrialisation, hiring many German and American experts to help start up industries.

After Xiuquan's death his son Hong Tianguifu, sped up the nations reforms. China by the end of the 19th century was a nation that was industrialising at an alarming rate. It had quickly retaken it's spot as the largest economy in the world by the time. Under Tianguifu China would start to reassert itself in foreign affairs. It Would fight a war with France kicking them out of East Asia and free Vietnam and another with Spain taking much of it's colonial possessions in the Pacific, while liberating the Philippines at the same time. China would annex Korea in 1905 after the later was deemed to have strayed too close to France.

Treaties with Britain, would end foreign occupation of Chinese land and lead to border adjustments between both Empires in return for trade deals and an alliance, Japan was pulled deep with the Chinese sphere and was able to industrialise with massive Chinese loans and expertise. When war broke out between the European Empires, China honoured their alliance with the British, given them vital naval support against the combined German and Italian navies at Jutland and Malta. With over 2 million Chinese fighting in the battlefields of Northern France, Ukraine and Sicily. It would be because of China that the Russian Empire would hold on against the might of the Germans and Austrians. But in the end the Central powers would be defeated.

China would receive the German possessions in the pacific along with massive reparations from Germany and Italy, but also a permanent seat within the league of nations.

The year is 1928, with the war having concluded over a decade ago and a new Emperor recently enthroned. The World is changing rapidly, old allies in the north are turning into new enemies due to their fears and inadequacy. And across the ocean fearful eyes gaze Westward.

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The situation in the Berlin Pact in 1959 emerging from WWII (1936-1944). Turkey and Spain became communist during the war, in the case of Spain due to the Republicans winning the civil war, and in the case of Turkey due to a coup after Ataturk's death. The non-red-shaded countries are part of the Soviet sphere of influence, but not part of the Comintern, either because (in the cases of the Baathist Republics) they are not communist or (like the Chinese Soviet Republic) they are not recognized as states). At the end of the war, when China left to form its own sphere, Kamenev and Zinoviev restricted Comintern membership to states with a communist party holding the highest offices. Inside the Berlin Pact, India and Pakistan oppose each other, but China claims parts of Pakistan and India claims all the territory of the Oceanic Treaty Organization's client states of Dravidia and Hyderabad. Another arm of the Berlin Pact is the Cominform, which is an informational network for communist and socialist parties across both Berlin Pact and unaligned countries. Within the Berlin Pact, Germany, the USSR, and Turkey are armed with nuclear weapons.

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This is the situation in the world more broadly as of 1959. The leading blocs are:
Berlin Pact: See above.
OTO: The Oceanic Treaty Organization was created by the remaining members of the defeated Anti-Comintern Pact (Britain, France, Portugal, and the British Dominions) and the United States after the war to contain the USSR and its allies. It includes its founding members, all of Hispanophone Latin America (except Bolivia), East Africa, the British protectorates in Africa, Katanga, the Malayan Federation, and South Arabia.
Trans-Pacific Alliance: Originally a bilateral agreement between China and the U.S., other states have joined since, including Japan, Korea, the Southeast Asian countries, and Canada. Its purpose is to prevent Soviet expansion into Asia.
Non-Aligned Movement: Founded by Brazil as a deterrent to European and Soviet imperialism, the Non-Aligned Movement includes all of West Africa aside from Liberia and Senegambia, Bolivia, Switzerland, Denmark, and the Quebecois separatist movement. The members are committed to collective security and armed neutrality toward the other blocs.

The complete list of nuclear armed countries in chronological order is:
Workers' Republic of Germany, around 1500 warheads (First successful test 1942)*
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, around 1900 warheads (First successful test June 1944)*
United States of America, around 2200 warheads (First successful test November 1944)*
Republic of China, around 370 warheads (Received nuclear technology from United States 1948)
Japan, 40 warheads (Received nuclear technology from United States 1951)
United Kingdom, 250 warheads (First successful test 1951)
Socialist Republic of Turkey, 79 warheads (Received nuclear technology from the USSR 1956)
*Indicates full nuclear triad capabilities.

What does the lighter red for Germany and Spain mean? More ideological leeway?
 
What does the lighter red for Germany and Spain mean? More ideological leeway?

Spain, Germany, and Turkey are not puppet governments of the USSR, but are allied to it. They have some more ideological leeway, multiple political parties are allowed in Spain for example, and more control over their foreign affairs than the satellite states.
 
Spain, Germany, and Turkey are not puppet governments of the USSR, but are allied to it. They have some more ideological leeway, multiple political parties are allowed in Spain for example, and more control over their foreign affairs than the satellite states.

Sounds good. In fact, probably excellent for the comintern's ability to last past whatever dumb plans the USSR has. When their inflexible crap starts falling, I imagine they'll get a chance to look at what their allies are doing better rather than collapse.
 
I'm actually wondering if I will update my Russia map so only Poland, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, and Finland become independent. Mostly because I was hoping to use the Russian Empire in Central Asia as the springboard for an alternate war or two.
 
The Regions and Regional Capitals of the Union of Britain (1976)

On their victory in the brief if bloody Second Civil War following the violent suppression of the 1926 General Strike, the British People's Revolutionary Council attempted to do away with reactionary and bourgeois attachments to the pre-Revolutionary British counties by establishing new administrative regions on the French Revolutionary model, named after the principal rivers that flowed through each.


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I see the UoB ends in 1976. Whst comes after it?

(Same for the matter of France, Germany, Canada, and America.)
 
Oh, hi. It's a bit confusing much of the 'South being in confederate colours. I know the south is the successor to the cSA, but surely a lot of South erners wouldn't consider confederate culture to be synonymous to Southern culture??
 
Oh, hi. It's a bit confusing much of the 'South being in confederate colours. I know the south is the successor to the cSA, but surely a lot of South erners wouldn't consider confederate culture to be synonymous to Southern culture??
I mean the CSA is rather strongly associated with the South, although yes there is another colour for non CSA South, but the CSA colour is often used so more recognisable
 
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