The Heartland of Humanity
While browsing through some of the older map threads, I found TheScottishMongol's "Oh, What A Mess" scenario (original map here
, and there was also a second part set in Australia, but unfortunately I wasn't able to find the post again) and was inspired to make a map with a similar premise to try to get my creative juices flowing again, since I'm still having trouble focusing on my existing WIPs. Thus, areas from around the world with similar enough climates to areas in Africa are ISOTed to those spots on a virgin Earth. I couldn't find a pre-existing map to work from and had to run all the numbers myself, so some places aren't going to be perfect matches. The map is set fifty years after the ISOT.
- Brazil is the dominant power in Africa, having comparatively lucked out both with the amount of territory it got and with almost all of the country being brought along. It quickly became the major power in subsaharan Africa (attempts to expand its influence farther north met with little luck) and is arguably the most powerful country on the planet nowadays. It's a right-leaning republic that has managed to get rid of most of its government corruption, though there are now problems with political polarization similar to the old United States. Due to its large industrial base, Brazil makes a lot of the world's technology, and it also makes a lot of money off of all the resources it's sitting on, especially considering that they were all replenished in the Event.
- With parts of the Indian interior being displaced into former western Sudan, India quickly started having problems with overpopulation. The sparsely-populated pieces of Mauritania next door provided some relief, as did immigration into the surrounding countries, but it still wasn't enough, and when Mali's economy crashed India seized its chance and moved into its farthest-east territories. Since its newly-occupied territories were fairly sparsely-populated as well, Indian settlers were able to quickly overwhelm them, but terrorism by the remaining West African populations quickly became an issue. Desperate for aid and not really liking the way the Sudanese bloc was looking at it, India turned to Brazil and has been one of its closest allies ever since. Modern India is a paranoid right-wing state, and while it doesn't explicitly persecute Muslims, they don't tend to be treated that well. India also hasn't apologized for committing what much of the rest of the world considers to be war crimes during the occupation of Mauritania and eastern Mali and likely never will. India is also notable for being the only majority-Hindu state in the world.
- The East African Federation was assembled by Kenya after it moved into the squabbling mess of disjointed pieces of East Africa and ended up integrating them. It initially tried to assemble its own regional bloc with Mexico and the Central African Republic before joining the Brazilians.
- The French Fifth Republic initially consisted of a bunch of Polynesian islands that had been sent to parts of coastal West Africa by the Event, but the remaining French forces quickly tried to move back into France proper and invited in Francophone people from around the world to help the process of resettling. Secessionist sentiment in its African territories is picking up now, as the islanders (or rather, ex-islanders) feel as if they're being neglected by France.
- Sudan grew in size considerably thanks to the Event, as it was spread across a big piece of western Africa (even if a lot of it was desert). Additionally, none of the major secessionist groups were brought with, which made it a lot easier for Sudan to hold itself together. Though most of the earlier years were spent stabilizing itself and reconnecting all of its territory due to how stretched-out it was, by eight years in it started to rise as a regional power and overtook Mali after a market crash killed its economy. Modern Sudan is more rich and powerful than it used to be and has embraced a sort of ethnic nationalism that favors Islamic countries but isn't explicitly pro-Muslim, as realpolitik dictated that Sudan align with a few non-Muslim countries. Sudan has taken some steps towards democratization due to internal and external pressure, though mostly on the local or regional level, and it remains a rather authoritarian state. Much of western Africa has joined the Sudanese-dominated West African Union, an economic and political organization that bears some resemblance to the old world's European Union. Sudan has been very active in colonizing the Americas for all their untapped resources despite concerns from many that the country is overstretching itself, which aren't unfounded.
- Israel, which was displaced across most of the Libyan coast by the Event, has formed an alliance in northern Africa mostly consisting of conservative republics that oppose both Sudan and Brazil. Israel is pretty much the premier power in the eastern Mediterranean, and though its democracy is a little flawed, it's a decently free country nonetheless. Some of the more unhinged nationalists took over in Israel's colonies in the Levant a few years back, claiming that Israel wasn't "responding appropriately" to the threat of Sudan, and managed to get ahold of a few old nuclear weapons in an attempt to threaten the rest of the country into joining them, but after Mossad verified that they were duds, Israel sent troops to the Levant and successfully put down the revolt. The nationalists' defeat was enough to drive the more extreme politicians out of power and make outright nationalism unpopular, which helped moderate the political scene a little. Israel is rather apologetic about kicking the Palestinians out in the early years post-Event now and has been tentatively sending diplomats north to the Palestinian colonies, most of which have been turned back.
- The Republic of China was the result of parts of southeast China appearing in Libya and Egypt. The People's Republic just barely managed to hold itself together as a totalitarian rogue state for a few years before it collapsed, at which point a group backed by Israel and Texas took power and instated a corrupt right-wing republic. It's a notable member of the Israeli bloc now, and political analysts predict that it may become a decent regional power within the next decade, even overshadowing Israel if it plays its cards right. The capital is in Guangzhou now, which is very close to the Nile.
- Italy was reestablished by Sicily and parts of southern Italy and is currently focused on recolonizing the Italian peninsula. It's been a dominant-party state under the Five Star Movement for much of its time in this world, and it's only recently that other parties have started to regain some control in government. The Pope wasn't brought along in the Event, and though the new one now lives in (new) Rome, there are two antipopes in Argentina and South Mexico.
- Texas was initially just New Orleans and parts of southern Texas, both of which were displaced to eastern Egypt. Once it became clear that the United States wouldn't be pulling itself back together, the Republic of Texas was declared, with New Orleans becoming part of it as an autonomous region. Other parts of southern Texas had also ended up in Egypt, albeit on the other side of Bushehr and Saudi Arabia, and they became an enclave of Texas. The parts of Arizona in the Sahara that weren't integrated into the new Israel-aligned Republic of Dinetah eventually became another enclave of Texas, which was quite the headache to deal with. Eventually, the Texans bought some territory off of China to have a corridor to the other parts of south Texas and annexed the sparsely-populated parts of Sonora in the Sahara for the same reason. Texas is rather more Hispanic than it'd like to admit these days, and some of the white population has left for Queensland as a result.
- The United Cities of Southern California was formed from parts of southern California that were displaced into northern Morocco, as its name implies. It initially tried to reestablish the United States with Hawaii, but Hawaii later broke off as an independent republic, feeling like it was being dragged around by the interests of the Californians. The modern UCSC is a leftist, increasingly Hispanic-dominated republic that has quickly become a regional power due to it controlling the Strait of Gibraltar. It's the richest, most technologically-advanced state in northwestern Africa and is the leader of the Northwest African Economic Union, with the NAEU headquarters located in Los Angeles.
- The United Republic of Valencia and Majorca is the UCSC's right-hand man and was formed from, as its name implies, most of Valencia and Majorca, which found themselves displaced into northwestern Algeria by the Event. Valencia-Majorca ditched the title of Spain a few years in once it became clear that there was no Spain anymore. Due to a sizable amount of the Spanish-speaking population moving into the interior of the Iberian peninsula in an attempt to reestablish Spain, Catalan is now the majority language.
- The Commonwealth of Australia is a weakened left-wing regional power friendly to the NAEU and is still very bitter about most of Queensland splitting off.
- Lebanon is a surprisingly functional and moderate neutral republic that has established several small colonies around the Mediterranean, which has resulted in some people calling it the new Venice.
- Myanmar is a batshit insane rogue state and pretty much the only country everyone can agree on hating. Myanmar's dictatorship is well aware of this and is currently in the process of shuttling its population across the Indian Ocean to its "proper" territory in order to get away from a continent that wants it destroyed.
- Argentina used to be aligned with the Brazilians, but split with them over economics and became a neutral state.
- Queensland (or the parts of it that ended up in Mozambique, anyway) cut ties with the rest of Australia a decade post-Event, and it's now a rich, right-libertarian state and a major trading hub in southeast Africa. Though it's officially neutral, it's friendly to Brazil and has been contemplating joining the Brazilian bloc. Its economy may be thriving now, but economists worry that Queensland's practically-unregulated hypercapitalism will only lead to disaster.
- Since the Event shifted Jerusalem, Mecca, and Medina out of their former positions, the Abrahamic religions became rather divided over what this meant for the locations of their holy cities. Though the major religious leaders have since then agreed that their displacement was a divine act and that this is where they are meant to be now, there are large minorities who refused to accept this and began attempting to rebuild the cities on their former locations.
- Technology fell back quite a bit in the early days, but has since recovered. Most places have gotten back up to early 2000s tech and standards of living, while the countries that got to keep decent amounts of infrastructure, such as Brazil and the UCSC, have managed to pull ahead of pre-Event tech by about a decade.