Map Thread XIX

Pod: An Ice Age began between the 18th and 19th centuries and wiped out the societies we know.
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I hope you'll like this universe and the accompanying map (I still have trouble with pixel art in decorum) If you wonder what the distorted names mean, don't hesitate (they're distorted with French phonetics). If enough people are interested I could do the rest of the world in other maps like this. :)
Now, I'm normally not a big fan of pixel maps and worldas, but this is just too beautiful. Amazing work on the illuminated frame!

Russian Colonization of the Americas - (1673)


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Ivan’s Dream (1591-1631)

Russia stands tall as Ivan V took the throne in 1591 after his father’s death. The fringes of its western flanks been secured as the Commonwealth was driven back from Russia and an alliance with the Ottomans has solidified their presence in Europe as the valiant powers in their realm. But while the Turks sail across the Indian Ocean and determine to shatter the hegemony of the Habsburgs, Ivan took his kingdom into the world of the unknown, an alien land beyond the Siberias.

Determine to seize it for his empire before his European rivals could, he invested greatly in sending expeditions and settlers into the fold. More lenient compared to his father, he offered the Sibir tribes and khanates a greater sense of autonomy in exchange for recognizing his suzerainty over their lands and offering military service. In 1629, a year before his passing, one of his retinues; accompanied by their Turkic auxiliary, recounts his journey into the edge of the world. He encountered distance tribes living on the edge of the faraway peninsula, awed by the fact that it’s not a mere island. The man requested a large resource enough to sustain themselves during the exploration and while Ivan’s inner circle tried to discourage the idea, he eventually agrees and provided him with enough men and coffers to organize the expedition.

The expedition found discovered tribes they’ve never encountered and exotic wildlife beyond their wildest thoughts. Some thought that it might the mythical land that the Europeans colonized. They were ready to send the accounts to the Tsar, but it was too late for them to realize that Ivan V passed away, eventually succeeded by his son.
To the land of the Unknown (1631-1651)

Ivan V’s son, Feodor I, continued his father’s policy on the subject of colonization. Uninterested with local politics of Europe and set his eyes on the riches of the Far East, he constructed a series of ports around the coast and an elaborate road system, eventually forming a fleet large enough to sustain and protect their settlers.

The Russians begin to settle on land the local tribes called Alyaska, building settlements and forts around the coast for further plans for exploration. Feodor, with diplomacy and coercion, convinced the native tribes to supply them with an ample supply of fur in exchange for service and autonomy. Despite their cold demeanor, the Russians usually left them to their affairs and usually return to collect their tribute. This piqued the interest of their Chinese neighbors. The Ming Dynasty and the Jurchens, after hearing reports of an exotic land, offered the Russians support in exchange for their own trading post around the new lands and an embassy to keep in touch over the endeavor.

The Tsar agreed to the proposal, albeit with some concerns flying over his head. But despite this, he needs a warm port for his fleet to settle and a populated center to support his colonization efforts. His explorers eventually discovered another region, a land with the warm sea for them to settle extensively. The land is eventually named Chavychia, a named after the tribes that settled around the area
New Neighbors (1651-1673)

Feodor I eventually dies after the recent discovery of Chavychia and succeeded by her daughter, Helena I. Despite her disinterested over the Far East and seemed to be more cordial the Europeans compared to her predecessors, she continued the colonization in hopes of establishing a greater presence in Asia to solidify her empire’s prestige and might.

With the help of their Chinese neighbors, they were able to settle the newly-discovered regions with many worries. The lands present an abundant amount of arable soil and it expanded their network of fur-trading as they meet new people around it. A creole language begins to form after years of helping one another, a combination between Chinese and Russian has become a unique form of communication for the folks living in Alyeska and Chavychia.

But as they eventually colonize the entire coast and pusher further into the mainland, they discover that they’re not the only ones who are settling in the new world. Pushing further south, they made contact with the Acehnese; people from the southern archipelago, and the familiar face; the Spanish and the British. Skirmished ensued as they begin to fight over their lands that they claimed to be theirs.

But eventually, the conflict waned and a treaty was formed to respect their boundaries. The Russians are now claimants of the northwestern region while they stay away from the deeper landscapes of the east for the Acehnese and Spaniards to bicker over.

The settlements ruled by Russia can be described as diverse, filled with folks ranging from the Chinese, Jurchens, Turks, and the Native population. Despite the challenges presented by the first few decades, it eventually becomes a profitable landscape due to the extensive fur trade and agricultural output that is produced. The Ming Dynasty has become more open to the world and Russia has become a melting of many ideas from the East and West.
Bruh. Amazing map. Then again, I shouldn't expect any less from you after your top-tier work on your Libyan TL.
 
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Just trying to have some fun with a Russian victory in WW1... I haven't really gotten around to South America and bits of Africa and the Middle East yet, so disregard those, but I am looking for some input in other areas.

Russia undergoes a string of reforms after the Russo-Japanese War, and begins to rapidly industrialize and modernize. By the onset of the Great War, it not only has a colossal population, but also booming industry and boasts one of the most stable governments in continental Europe. Austria, its neighbor, had been forced to reform and modernize somewhat as well but had failed to keep pace with the Russians. The Great War in the West proceeds as in OTL, and both France and Britain nearly buckle under the pressure of German troops, however, the Russian tide in the East rapidly overwhelms both the Germans and Austrians, and before long has routed the main forces of both nations. Germany is forced to quickly redeploy numerous forces from the West to counter the Russian assault, while Austria begins to collapse. Britain and France manage to regroup and counterattack in the West, keeping the Germans spread thin. Russian numbers eventually overwhelm the Germans and take Berlin, while the Royal Navy executes landings in Hamburg and Holstein that enable the British and French to occupy Western Germany. Austria had dissolved into civil war months earlier. Bulgaria, Romania, and Italy had all sided with Germany and Austria (Romanian fears of Russian expansion pushed them to align with Germany, while Italy sided with them after seeing the initial German success in France and the Austrian conquest of Serbia, which was quite rapid ITTL), and so suffered the consequences in the Treaty of Berlin. Bulgaria lost nearly half her territory, while Romania was annexed fully by the Russians. Italy, like Germany, had lost her colonies, though the Italian colonies went to the British while Russia negotiated for control of the German colonies. Germany was divided back into several princedoms- Bavaria, Prussia, Brandenburg, and Hannover, to name a few- and Austria was broken up, with Hungary, Austria, Bohemia, and Slovakia obtaining independence while the rest of the former Austrian Empire was absorbed into the new Yugoslavian Federation. Poland was formed in the east, a Russian concession to British and French pressures in exchange for the German colonies.

Later wars would be fought in China and Japan, the former between a Franco-British bloc and a Russian bloc, and the latter between Japan and the Russians, both of which would result in expanding Russian global influence. A second Great War would be fought between the Franco-American-Italian axis and the Russo-British alliance, which would ultimately result in the map here, in the year 1942. Britain had clung to her many colonies, while claiming several new ones, and had liberalized to a degree by establishing Commonwealth dominions in India, Egypt, Southern China, and the Sandwich Islands, with greater degrees of self-governance. Russia had simply claimed more and more territory around the world, while also backing several other small republics and kingdoms within their sphere of influence. The world approaches a state analogous to the Cold War of OTL, as the British Commonwealth seeks to add more nations to their global empire, and the Russian Tsar fights to contain the growth of the Commonwealth.
 
Russia undergoes a string of reforms after the Russo-Japanese War, and begins to rapidly industrialize and modernize.
I wonder why they didn’t OTL.
The Great War in the West proceeds as in OTL
Forgive me, but I’ve forgotten the chronology of the various alliances leading up thereto. Wouldn’t the social, governmental, and economic changes made to Russia result in a differing set of alliances, perhaps changing the entire nature of “the war” resulting from the collapse of the succession of Austria-Hungary? If there’s even one at all and not just a civil war, that is.
the Russian tide in the East rapidly overwhelms both the Germans and Austrians
I’m not sure I can see that. Fighting Germany to a standstill, sure.
A second Great War would be fought between the Franco-American-Italian axis
1. Why would the US give a shit, given that it didn’t get involved in WWI and would be fiercely isolationist TO THIS DAY if not for a series of unfortunate events?
2. How could the US have possibly lost, resulting in the loss of Alaska?
 
I wonder why they didn’t OTL.

Forgive me, but I’ve forgotten the chronology of the various alliances leading up thereto. Wouldn’t the social, governmental, and economic changes made to Russia result in a differing set of alliances, perhaps changing the entire nature of “the war” resulting from the collapse of the succession of Austria-Hungary? If there’s even one at all and not just a civil war, that is.

I’m not sure I can see that. Fighting Germany to a standstill, sure.

1. Why would the US give a shit, given that it didn’t get involved in WWI and would be fiercely isolationist TO THIS DAY if not for a series of unfortunate events?
2. How could the US have possibly lost, resulting in the loss of Alaska?
Why didn't they reform? Well aside from many historians considering that Tsar Nicholas II dealt poorly with the revolutionary movements and was a relatively weak ruler, I would hazard a guess that it was the general "people resist change" kinda deal. POD here, of course, is that Nicholas II is hit a little harder by his defeat at the hands of a non-European power and realizes he needs to be a little bolder and shake things up a little.

Well, I figured an increasingly liberal/democratic Russia would appear a far more appealing an ally to the British and French, not to mention a greater threat in German eyes. The reforms and development in Austria-Hungary were enough to keep Germany from ditching their southern ally entirely and looking to repair relations with the British. Regardless, by the time of the POD, all of the major alliances were already in place, so this would have little effect.

The initial Russian force ready to attack East Prussia in 1914 was nearly 6 times the size of the German force. It was defeated by the Germans OTL only because the troops were poorly supplied and not as well-led as the Germans. Additionally, the Germans were able to move their troops around the region by rail rapidly to counterattack Russian forces. In this instance, where Russia has experienced some degree of industrial growth and general reform, their military is better-equipped and better-trained, perfectly capable of taking on the Germans.

Sorry, I didn't want to put the entire TL on here so I didn't fully describe how exactly the second war came about. The US transitioned from a very isolationist state to a more nationalist state- still not really caring about Europe, except for a bit of trade here and there, but was very invested in becoming the undisputed dominant power in the Americas and eastern Pacific. When they saw the Russians and British infringing on what the Americans saw as their sphere of influence, they aligned themselves with the French- who already had little investment in the Pacific and were growing increasingly focused on European affairs and furthering their pseudo-fascist goals there. I envisioned a sort of Japan-analogue here.

How did they lose? Like you said, they would still be pretty isolationist. The government is largely made up of two factions, a strongly isolationist party and a more aggressive nationalist party. The nationalist party gained power after failure to intervene in the Mexican Civil War resulted in numerous casualties on the border, though there was still a large segment of the population that was opposed to the conflict. Many of these would refuse to go when drafted or would desert. Additionally, the American military hadn't experienced any sort of buildup, and had also never really been involved in any large-scale international war, and so the Americans came into the war rather unprepared (the leaders of the government vastly underestimated the brutal realities of warfare, thinking that Canada would easily be taken and then they could take a mostly defensive position). Ultimately, after several defeats, and losses of many overseas territories, the government shifts hands as the population loses faith in the nationalist party, and the isolationist party desperately negotiates peace, as France and Italy have already fallen and the full Russian and British industry is turned on the Americans. Nonetheless, the Russian Alaska is very unlikely and I was planning on putting it back to the Americans.

Thanks for the input! Sorry my answers are all so long, hopefully they're satisfactory 🤷🏻‍♂️
 

Continuing the latest map in my German victory series. I present the Free State of the Varangians. In this timeline Hitler decides to use the Ukrainian partisans to his advantage arming them and using them primarily in the Battle of the Caucasus. Hitler popularizes the myth that the Ukrainians are descendants of the vikings. After the war the Varangian Freestate is established. Those Ukranians of sufficiently German appearance, and willing to settle in the region are moved the the Dneiper-Don basin. Initially Hitler wants to use these 'Varangians' as the Wehrbauern in the region as a bulwark against Bolshevism. Hitler viewed them as the lowest of the germans in his eyes, and likely would have eventually seeked to Germanize the region further had he lived another 20 years. The government was made up primarily of Black Sea and Volga Germans in the beginning, with the Varangians mainly serving as the rank and file members of the military and local government. The establishment of SS Krimgau, Hitler's first colony outside of Germany, saw many of the Volksdeutsche move to Krimgau. With Hitler's and more importantly Himmler's attention primarily on Crimea the Varangians were allowed to take over most aspects of the government. After Hitler's death in 1955 President Goering paid even less attention to the region, as in his view they were fully pacified. This made the region the only state in the former USSR to have some sort of home rule. While the government was brutally anti-communist, fortunately it was not very anti-Slavic, and as a result millions of pieces of Slavic, art, culture and books were smuggled into the country and hidden underground. The SS deployed to the region would periodically destroy Slavic architecture and sometimes happen upon an underground cache but much of it was thankfully able to survive Hitler's generalplan ost. It was for these reasons this region would be the genesis for the re-birth of Slavic culture after the Nazi government was dissolved.

Varangia would be ruled by president Petro Dyachenko, first as a puppet, but later as a dictator in his own right until his death in 1965. After Petro's death most of his dictatorial powers reverted to the National Diet and all subsequent presidents served 4 year terms.
 
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Now, I'm normally not a big fan of pixel maps and worldas, but this is just too beautiful. Amazing work on the illuminated frame!
Thank you for your comment. Without wishing to boast too much, I'm quite happy with the result. I would like to start creating other types of maps but I only know how to use Paint (not paint.net) so it becomes limited very quickly. Have you got any advice to give me on how to create a map?
 
I started to imagine North America, but I still need to learn more about the America of the time and its potential for change, not to mention the emergence of a whole new climate.
I started numbering publications. The next one will probably be on Sahelian Africa. With the migrations coming from Europe this last one is likely to change a lo
Edit: Also what I may not have specified enough, this climatic cooling was progressive between 1700 and 1800, becoming more pronounced after this date. Even if for individuals a thousand years later the nuance is irrelevant, it will explain some things in my future maps.
So would the farmland emerging from the oceans be usable for human activities (I think the salt in the ocean must be a problem for agriculture)? If not, after how long are they usable?
Also someone would have the biomes of this map?
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While it's not a normal map per-say, I would recommend checking out Climate Reanalyzer's Environmental change model. It'll at least give you a vague idea of where civs could work out.
 
Thank you for your comment. Without wishing to boast too much, I'm quite happy with the result. I would like to start creating other types of maps but I only know how to use Paint (not paint.net) so it becomes limited very quickly. Have you got any advice to give me on how to create a map?
I mean, I use Photoshop exclusively, so I can't really give you much advice. I feel like a good solid base map is an important starting point. A good resolution/high visual quality is important too. You don't want a blurry map. Your is pretty cleanly drawn and the image is clear, so I'd say you have got that down. Beyond that, a lot of the stylistic stuff is really up to you. You seem to be quite good at decorating a map. I tend to go with a simple style, but that doesn't matter much as long as the map is easily legible (as yours is, one can immediately see what words say, roughly where borders are, and there is a more or less clear distinction between core nations and their protectorates/allies/claims or whatever. The gradation between these dependencies could be clearer but it seems to me that it's not super important for that particular map, so again, a lot of things vary from map to map. If it can be easily read and the general idea can quickly be understood, it has served its purpose well. Labels and a legend explaining what's what can be useful, though they can also clutter the map too much, so it's up to your discretion how much of that you want to add, if you want any at all, it also depends on the context that the map is in (ie. is it on a tapestry or in a magazine or newspaper?) so I really can't advise you much.

Sorry about that.
 
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Federation of Kornikaama
Short: Kornikaama
Kornikaama, known as Kornikaama u Fedrossion in the native language of Kornikan, Is a large (Almost) Island nation, Roughly the size of Finnoscandinavia. Found on the edge of Aaronita, is an economic wonderland, with fast growing urban areas. The Nation is relatively flat, with the Palar, Atoga and the Azur mountains Disecting the Nation, but not completely. Kornikaama is a liberitarian nation, with legal use of Marujuana, an almost perfect democratic scale, Almost Perfectly unblocked use of internet: (Even some parts of the dark web). And other examples. The Nation is Economically Right and Culturally Left. Being a Progressivist Nation. Kornikaama launched their first Space Program on 2009, as a satellite. Although most focus has been on Transportation and Health.

Kornikaama has 4 Major cities. Largest one being Palar, right next to the capital of Cobar. Azurus is the Cultural capital of Azuria, and Elpi is the Cultural Capital of Korina. Other important cities include: Parabol (Largest cheese factory in the world), Cornika (5th Longest Beach length), Qwaresma (National Mud Wrestling Championships) and Corealis (Cat Island).
Kornikaama was a holding of the Pyrus Kingdom in Artoia. Established in 1923, It was a recent colony. The original tribes living there weren't hurt, but now had to share the land with Artorians. And close to OTL South America, a sort of mixture occured. In 1956, The Nations set ways, Kornika, Aamila and Kalais. These nations were mostly peaceful. And decided to unify. The date is quite amusingly April 1st. A joke in the Kornkiaans People is "You are just like Kornikaama, a joke!". The Nation was ruled by a dictator between 1993 and 2003. He died of old age. The Dictator of Larus Puram was replaced with a Liberitarian called Markus Larima, Who reshaped the nation and Got it to new heights. He rules now longer than Larus, but people vote him.
Kornikaama has an overall temperate climate becuase of being close to the equator. Northern sides have more rainfall, but are less humid on non-rainy days and are colder. Southern Kornikaama is very humid and Rains only happen in December, as heavy rain or hailstones.
A very deadly event in Kornikaama is "Punaskep", which translates into "Death Spike". These are ice spikes as hailstorms that have very sharp ends. The Island is also very tectonically active. Which leads to Magnitude 6 earthquakes being a yearly event in every city.
Overall, Kornikaama is a Great nation to live in, with great standards of living.
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Federation of Kornikaama
Short: Kornikaama
Kornikaama, known as Kornikaama u Fedrossion in the native language of Kornikan, Is a large (Almost) Island nation, Roughly the size of Finnoscandinavia. Found on the edge of Aaronita, is an economic wonderland, with fast growing urban areas. The Nation is relatively flat, with the Palar, Atoga and the Azur mountains Disecting the Nation, but not completely. Kornikaama is a liberitarian nation, with legal use of Marujuana, an almost perfect democratic scale, Almost Perfectly unblocked use of internet: (Even some parts of the dark web). And other examples. The Nation is Economically Right and Culturally Left. Being a Progressivist Nation. Kornikaama launched their first Space Program on 2009, as a satellite. Although most focus has been on Transportation and Health.

Kornikaama has 4 Major cities. Largest one being Palar, right next to the capital of Cobar. Azurus is the Cultural capital of Azuria, and Elpi is the Cultural Capital of Korina. Other important cities include: Parabol (Largest cheese factory in the world), Cornika (5th Longest Beach length), Qwaresma (National Mud Wrestling Championships) and Corealis (Cat Island).
Kornikaama was a holding of the Pyrus Kingdom in Artoia. Established in 1923, It was a recent colony. The original tribes living there weren't hurt, but now had to share the land with Artorians. And close to OTL South America, a sort of mixture occured. In 1956, The Nations set ways, Kornika, Aamila and Kalais. These nations were mostly peaceful. And decided to unify. The date is quite amusingly April 1st. A joke in the Kornkiaans People is "You are just like Kornikaama, a joke!". The Nation was ruled by a dictator between 1993 and 2003. He died of old age. The Dictator of Larus Puram was replaced with a Liberitarian called Markus Larima, Who reshaped the nation and Got it to new heights. He rules now longer than Larus, but people vote him.
Kornikaama has an overall temperate climate becuase of being close to the equator. Northern sides have more rainfall, but are less humid on non-rainy days and are colder. Southern Kornikaama is very humid and Rains only happen in December, as heavy rain or hailstones.
A very deadly event in Kornikaama is "Punaskep", which translates into "Death Spike". These are ice spikes as hailstorms that have very sharp ends. The Island is also very tectonically active. Which leads to Magnitude 6 earthquakes being a yearly event in every city.
Overall, Kornikaama is a Great nation to live in, with great standards of living.
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Love it! Where did you get the height from?
 
Thanks! I do plan to update later with this timeline in later years of history. I was not thinking about diving into the details of it however even if I had some ideas about the British Religion (which is intended to be similar to Japanese Shinto) and some historical events. Oh and also planned to add a Confucianism/Taoism (yeah I know they are different) style philosophical religion/belief system in the European Empire. Another plan for the far future of the timeline is to have one of the sides in Cold War equivalent to be "Meritocratic" sort of Confucian Bureaucracy/Technocracy thing. Will probably use Plato's Republic as an inspiration for the European Imperial philosophical belief system.
I can already forsee the TL in the 20th Century
 
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