Map Thread XIX

The Benedict Option



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Barnaby,

This is an underutilized muscle. I don’t much write, much less letters. Most I do is itemizing repairs. They appreciate me, you know, their mechanics were well outdated. They were still using cobalt batteries! Imagine that! But I digress.

They don’t want us to think we’re imprisoned, so they’ve got us writing to outsiders. Could be spreading propa I figured I’d write you. They chose letters because it’s more personal, less clinical than an email. They eschew all sorts of modern tech here. Public data centers and the like are always available and censorship isn’t as bad as down south, but it’s pretty ‘going up to country’. No personal computers unless its work related, which is fine for my work, but Lily missed her online orders. My boys play outside, something they couldn’t do in Canton lest they get eaten by streetsweepers. I’m surprised it’s not on the poster, would’ve thought there’d be some appeal in dedigitizing.

I’ve got so much to talk about.

The poster didn’t lie, it didn’t even much overstate itself. The healthcare is good, they treated Owen’s bronchitis, and it is so different to live among trees and farmland. I ate actual beef just a week ago! None of that vat-grown shit junk. I thought it was an ‘every man a king’ sorta thing, but that’s just not the case. Everything’s communal aside your personal affects, and that does go too far in my opinion. I had a long argument with Father da Costa about people borrowing my truck, ended up getting it personalized. Lily wasn’t happy with me, and I got some foul looks from the more ‘enthusiastic’ congregants, but just because I brought the damn thing into the conclave doesn’t mean it’s a carousel! Trying to get off the swearing. It’s not a good look among Catholics.

I should order my thoughts better, this is a messy letter. Guess I’ll go over the differences between the two. It’s nice to feel the sun leering at you from a blue sky, rather than a cartoon rat projected against aerosol-smog. Food grown in the Earth, rather than synthesized in some lab. It’s good to be able to feel truly valued by the community, even if I’m not yet adjusted to this ‘yours is mine’ attitude, rather than a literal number in one of those automated chop shops. And the space! 500 square feet is big in Canton, but it’s like a car trunk compared to what we have in St. Benedict. Guess there’s more real estate when your numbers drop under 10 mil

I mentioned Owen’s bronchitis… Look Barnaby, takes a lot for me to cry, but I never knew he could sing until I saw him in the church choir post-treatment. I wasn’t keen on the mandatory Sunday service, but that voice unlocked something in me I didn’t know existed.

There are negatives. Food’s less varied even if it is healthier and more interesting food is all at community events. That’s how they get us new congregants involved, I suppose, dangling a hot dog on a string. Sport is all local stuff, I know Canada’s a weird place, but cricket? Rather put my head in a vise. There are no TVs. None. It’s all books or radio, though on the positive side it’s given me that much needed kick to actually read my damn Bible. Damn next to Bible, that’s awful.

Literature’s weird, and you’ll find this interesting. They don’t like how media digitizes the dead right? They reacted hard against that, so all their new writing is abstract. Characters are tree-centaurs and eyed wheels, talky animals and grain ghouls. I’m currently reading an epic about a stellar migration of the faithful through a Bok globule, called The Miracle of M

Father da Costa just visited. Knew he would, he does with all the new congregants. He’s only around my age, young for a priest and very young to be running a whole conclave. He’s a relaxed guy, had a beer. We talked about a lot. My boys, Lily, my work, the truck which we patched things up over, even you and this letter. You’re allowed to visit, you know. Da Costa suggested you go to their branch office in Canton, could arrange a flight up here. Don’t worry, they’re not gonna keep you here with pitchfo I’d like you to visit, Barnaby. If not, I can come down, though to be honest I don’t really care to go back to that slum. Just give it some thought.

Anyway, I best bring this letter to a close. How are you? Did you get your lungs checked? What happened to that girl you were messing around with? What are you watching? Tell me everything, Barnaby.

With love, your brother,
Rob.

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This is based on the Benedict Option, a peculiar proposal by Rod Dreher that Christian communities should form what essentially amount to self-segregating international communes away from an ‘increasingly hateful, post-Obergefell world’. I did debate for a long time whether this belongs in the map thread or the graphics thread, but it does depict a map with relevant visual information and frankly there have been less orthodox maps in here than this, so why not? I was quite careful to not make a utopia, though on the other hand it’s not difficult to beat Disney’s megacity dystopia. Hope you enjoy it!
What's with the www. restriction post-2089?
 
What's with the www. restriction post-2089?
That act gave a collection of megacorporations an oligopoly on new servers, on the not entirely spurious basis that they’d be more capable of protecting them from endemic cyberattacks. This has had the affect of creating a feudalistic dependency on different server providers; it’s not uncommon for an entire city to have its servers owned by one megacorporation. They engage in a lot of censorship, making it difficult to gain a platform for groups such as the St. Benedict Society, charities and other subversives.
 
That act gave a collection of megacorporations an oligopoly on new servers, on the not entirely spurious basis that they’d be more capable of protecting them from endemic cyberattacks. This has had the affect of creating a feudalistic dependency on different server providers; it’s not uncommon for an entire city to have its servers owned by one megacorporation. They engage in a lot of censorship, making it difficult to gain a platform for groups such as the St. Benedict Society, charities and other subversives.
I hope we get to see more of this dystopic world because it sounds interesting.
 
Oh yeah, for those curious, this is how the map I posted earlier would look like compared to the borders of neighboring countries. This kind of ruins the borders of neighboring countries.

 
Getting back into map making, so I thought I'd make a GIF of the Second American Civil War. Perhaps some more maps of this TL soon.



October 1913: Beginning of the Second American Civil War after months of riots and strikes in Chicago.

December 1913: Revolution begins in Seattle, Communist victory in Milwaukee

May 1914: Revolution begins in Detroit

August 1914: People's Republic of Wisconsin declared, Communist victory in Portland.

November 1914: Great Leaks Commune and People's Republic of Washington declared, Siege of St. Louis begins. Confederate States declare independence.

July 1915: Commune-Confederate Non-Aggression Pact signed. Communist victories in St. Louis and New York. Sieges of Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. begin. U.S. capital moved to Denver. New England declares independence.

December 1915: Canada annexes Alaska. Communist victory in San Francisco.

June 1916: Sieges of Denver and Salt Lake City begin. Fall of Philadelphia. People's Republic of America declared.

November 1916: Treaty of Denver. Temporary peace?
 
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I decided to fix a few mistakes I made in the previous version of this map - I replaced the tricolor with red and gold coloured banner symbolising Rome. I also replaced Sicily on coat of arms with Genoa and labeled both Monaco and San Marino.
 
So after putting a few more hours of work into it, I have a tentative finished project for my "Rise" TL, based on a catastrophic and sudden increase in temperatures at the poles that results in the rapid melting of the polar ice caps and a sea level rise (hence the name, "Rise"). The ensuing chaos and destruction results in colossal loss of life, on the order of billions. Civilization is thrown back centuries as cities and entire regions are completely wiped off the map, and society collapses in many places. Several months later, humanity has managed to regain some semblance of civilization in many parts of the world, as some governments successfully clung to power, and in other places the people simply banded together to avoid facing extinction. In North America, Canada is indisputably the dominant power, after tens of thousands of Americans have migrated North and the former USA has suffered the loss of over half its population and much of their industry. The Union, the shell of the former USA, is another formidable power in North America, but after failed negotiations with Texas and the Rocky Mountain Republic they've failed to reunite the USA, and are stuck living in the shadow of Canada. Mexico has the largest military force in North America- and possibly the world, a factor that has contributed heavily to their stability after the catastrophe. Unfortunately, however, their stability is being tested now as food supplies begin to run short and cartels are seizing power in some of the outer territories. South America suffered catastrophic loss in the Rise, though along the West coast several nations have managed to cling to stability. Chile and Peru are the most prominent, with Argentina only being separate from the Chilean Republic because nationalist elements there refused unification, and Chileans not wanting to risk the kind of population drop that would be sure to occur in any conflict. Chile and Peru have fairly friendly relations, both nations being fairly stable and currently attempting to reestablish relations with the rest of the world in order to determine just how bad humanity has suffered. Europe has stabilized, though their populations have been utterly devastated by the Rise. Scandinavia is the undisputed dominant power on the continent, controlling everything from Karelia to Greenland. After the collapse of England, they swept in and brought stability to what was left of the British Isles. The rest of Europe is just barely clinging to life- the huge population hit has reduced most them to subsistence farming to survive, however, they managed to preserve more technology than most nations everywhere else. Germany, Russia, and Poland are the most dominant, while Italy was the only European power that hasn't been able to pull itself back together following the Rise. In Asia, most nations collapsed- from Israel to China, the entire continent is in a state of utter chaos an anarchy. India, hard-hit in the Rise, fell apart completely, while the Chinese- though hard-hit- were able to restore some semblance of order in the wake of the Rise, excepting their Western territories, where revolt placed that area in anarchy. Japan and Arabia are the two most powerful states in Asia at the moment, Japan having unified the parts of East Asia that survived the Rise, while Arabia suffered a lot in the disaster but still controls much of the world's oil supply, lending them the strategic significance necessary to maintain stability. In Africa, several states of varying stability came out of the disaster, though truthfully only the South African Federation is as stable as other surviving governments around the world. As such, refugees from across Africa are fleeing to the Federation.

The world is emerging from this catastrophe with a radically different power dynamic than the world did before... with powers like Canada, Mexico, South Africa, and Peru appearing to be dominant, as Europe, China, and the former United States can barely maintain a semblance of stability.

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Quick question, how do you show joint government for 2 entities in the same nation? like if 1's autonomous and one's the federal gov, do you use both the normal color and the autonomous color?
 
Quick question, how do you show joint government for 2 entities in the same nation? like if 1's autonomous and one's the federal gov, do you use both the normal color and the autonomous color?
I'd probably do that with diagonal lines. But there isn't really any convention on it.
 
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The first stage (mostly) done of a long project for myself; it had humble (and laughably terrible) origins wayy back in 2016 on something I never finished. It's now been spruced up, roughed the edges, and I plan to do a lot with it - biomes, population, squabbling post-post apocalyptic nation states, even a far-future ecumenopolis. (What's Stahlvelka? Well it's the eventual capital world of the Empire of the same name from my probably forever-WIP scifi setting).
 
This is pretty cool, what was your process for coming up with the alternate country/city names?
It's part of the larger TL172: DACIA project, so the country names were all given to me, as well as a lot of the city names in the British Isles. However, most of the city names I had to trace back to their origins, either Roman or native, and then find similar names in OTL languages to apply to the city. For example, TTL Paris is called Lukjanov, which is a Slavicization of the city's Roman name, Lutetia, combined with elements of names common to Slavic names in OTL.

Wait, are there no surviving Germanic or Romance languages?
There are. Germanic languages and culture can be found in OTL Italy, Balkans, Ireland, and Scandinavia. OTL Romance languages can be found in OTL Spain.
 
It's part of the larger TL172: DACIA project, so the country names were all given to me, as well as a lot of the city names in the British Isles. However, most of the city names I had to trace back to their origins, either Roman or native, and then find similar names in OTL languages to apply to the city. For example, TTL Paris is called Lukjanov, which is a Slavicization of the city's Roman name, Lutetia, combined with elements of names common to Slavic names in OTL.


There are. Germanic languages and culture can be found in OTL Italy, Balkans, Ireland, and Scandinavia. OTL Romance languages can be found in OTL Spain.
What, no Dacians in the Dacia timeline? :)
 
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