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After a stalemate in the far eastern front in the civil war and pressures from both the Japanese, Central and American forces, an uneasy peace was signed between the Whites and the Red forces. While losing their male heir and both the Empress and the Emperor to the Reds, all three Romanov Sisters are alive and well in the newly fortified settlement of Olgograd (formerly Petropavlovsk). Olga reigns as Queen regent until she brings up a son to mature age.

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This reminds me of a Map Game which had a much larger Russian Empire ruled by an depressed Olga who wanted to die to see her family again.

Still an great map, and I do love the style.

Who are the rump Russian Empire allies?
 
So, I updated a lot of the ol' Layers of Irredentism maps.

Chile

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Added real OTL territorial claims.

Russia

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Added additional Soviet territorial claims and ambitions, and an area of Scandinavia once partly controlled by Russia.

Germany

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Added the most extreme/absurd territorial claims from the World Wars.

Brazil

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Added WWII expansion plans to one of the layers.

South Africa

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/479106378724540417/667698387906330637/LOI_South_Africa.png

Added more extreme WWII expansion plans.

Serbia

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Added other historical plans for Yugoslav expansion.

Japan

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/479106378724540417/668430000961224709/LOI_Japan.png

Updated the last two layers.

Venezuela

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachme...36708794171402/LOI_Northern_South_America.png

Added the rest of Guyana.

Colombia

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/479106378724540417/669519116801015838/LOI_Colombia.png

Added the 1798 proposal for a pan-hispanic-american Colombian empire.

France

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/479106378724540417/669525856368197633/LOI_France.png

Since Crazy-Boris and Dinospain both made LOI maps for France, I just added the extra stuff on CB’s to DS’.

Poland

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/479106378724540417/669887089919393792/LOI_Poland.png

The final layer now also includes the colonies Intermarium would’ve had prior to WWII.

India

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/479106378724540417/672089671307886592/LOI_India.png

Added one final layer showing Aden Colony (which was at one point owned by British India), Australia (which was colonised by ancient India around four thousand years ago) and the rest of the Indian Ocean.

China

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/479106378724540417/672088778185375765/LOI_China.png

This one has gone through the most changes. First, the layer with Taiwan now also shows PRC claims in India and Bhutan. Second, the layer showing historical Chinese territory now instead shows all the PRC’s historical territorial claims and ambitions. Third, the layer with the US West Coast also includes Alaska, since a Washington Post article in 2012 suggested selling it to China or Russia. Finally, the last layer also includes parts of South Asia sometimes included in Chinese “national humiliation” maps.
How is Utah a PRC claim, yet Vancouver is not? Also, you might wanna add a Yenisey River border, i did that for a megachina once plus Qing borders and Vietnam and it looks good.
 
Finished the American Diaspora map. Was going to do footnotes to give some sense of the rest of the world, but honestly I got too lazy. Feel free to ask about it though.

The American Diaspora

"Diaspora refers to the development of a population that, for whatever reason(s) has moved from its homeland in search of better conditions. In Greek, the root word comes from a verb that means "I scatter". It is perhaps this connotation that is more accurate in referring to the American Diaspora. For in the wake of the American Revolution, millions of individuals and families were forced to leave their homes. There is a perverse irony in fleeing from what was once dubbed 'The Land of Opportunity', of the New Colossus sending out hordes of poor, tired, huddled masses yearning for freedom. But it is not unjustified.

The Revolution, formed from the contradictions of a promise of freedom and wealth clashing with the reality of the worst excess of industrial capitalism metastasized in a bloody, brutal, overthrow of the previous regime. The opulence that so characterized the immediate Postwar period masked the grossest inequities of the modern world. There is no one cause for the revolution. Some have claimed the death of the Progressive movement in its cradle, others in the billions lost from financially supporting but not engaging in the First World War after the Entente suspended their wartime debts, several instead refer to the bloody suppression of labor, and even a few have laid blame on the refusal of the prewar regime for restricting immigration.

Whatever the reason, the Revolution came. The people rose up, challenging capital and bourgeoise liberalism for equity and dignity. That began 5 years of brutal war before the confirmation of the American Socialist Republic. That alone was enough for the upper and middle classes, alongside much of the navy to leave. But then came the fear. The Revolutionary Terror. The Purges. Forced assimilation. The Enlightenment. And finally, the pacification campaigns."

What percent of Canada's and Mexico's populations are now American? What is their political relationship with the good ol' ASC?

There doesn't seem to be a country-in-exile anywhere, so who got the Navy?
 
This reminds me of a Map Game which had a much larger Russian Empire ruled by an depressed Olga who wanted to die to see her family again.

Still an great map, and I do love the style.

Who are the rump Russian Empire allies?

Initially, most were on the side of the Romanovs, even Germany. Emperor Wilhelms's childhood love and cousin, Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine, lived in Russia and was captured and murdered by the Soviets so he naturally put a lot of pressure on the Soviets. Though the Russian Empire and the reorganized German state do not have many political connections with each other anymore. The US and Japan are far more relevant to the Empire's continued existence. At its peak, the white army had about 2 million men, even a third of that moving to this rump state with their wives and children caused a giant food shortage which was relieved by the US and Japan in aim to exert influence and leverage over them. In addition, the relations between the Russian and British royal family is of course not forgotten by either party.
 

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So from the map i can guess this TL' s version of WW1 ended in a stalemate?
Pretty much, with a German victory in the east.
What percent of Canada's and Mexico's populations are now American? What is their political relationship with the good ol' ASC?

There doesn't seem to be a country-in-exile anywhere, so who got the Navy?
Canada- at least a quarter to a third. Much of the refuges in Canada are being resettled across the British Empire due to fear of being fifth columns.

Mexico I'd wager around 15%-20% or so. Less as time goes on due to the massive rebound in population that occured in 1920s Mexico as the Revolution implemented reforms in agriculture and finished reconstruction. This might actually be speed up compared to OTL as the capital brought by Americans is put to work in industrialization and agricultural efficiency.

The Navy was split and was brought to whichever country could get it. Venezuela, Britain, Germany, etc. Lots of options.
 
The American Diaspora
Hmmm, I would have expected more exiles in Britain or Germnay. What's with the high concentration of exiles in, of all places, Austria Hungary and Portugal?

Is the Amero-Ottoman population solely due to a Zionist movement? How have the Ottomans reacted? And did the Ottomans reform to hold together better?

Are there other Marxist states out in the world? Is any one of the centres of American exiles a moderate Marxist state which houses exiles from the Purges?

And I feel like Rhodesia has a story to tell...
 

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Hmmm, I would have expected more exiles in Britain or Germnay. What's with the high concentration of exiles in, of all places, Austria Hungary and Portugal?

Is the Amero-Ottoman population solely due to a Zionist movement? How have the Ottomans reacted? And did the Ottomans reform to hold together better?

Are there other Marxist states out in the world? Is any one of the centres of American exiles a moderate Marxist state which houses exiles from the Purges?

And I feel like Rhodesia has a story to tell...
A major reason why many haven't come to Britain/France/Germany is because it was far easier for many to go to "frontline states", i.e states that are closer to the country. Like Syrians in Jordan or Turkey.

But another major reason is much of postwar Europe doesn't want American refugees (unless they're rich) so the Europeans often resettle them into the colonies. Britain especially, which is seeing another major round of people leaving the metropole as food prices have spiked since the American Civil War.

Portgual is actually, Angola and Mozambique that are getting these migrants. European govts have subsidized travel towards them, giving land grants and generous tax incentives to further settle the colonies.

Austria is mostly taking in recent immigrants who feel safer back home, especially Jews.

Re: the Ottomans, a huge chunk of it is. Same with Austria. The ASR is a very antisemitic state, as is Russia and so many American Jews have undergone Aliyah. The Ottoman state is pensive, but appreciates them coming in as a means to counterbalance Arab nationalists, obtain much needed tax paying citizens and a knowledge base. The American Jews coming in are heavily developing the Levant. There are also many middle class Americans who have come to the Ottoman empire and become successful there. Migrations tend to have chain movements like that.

The Ottomans area very shaky right now, but are improving due to needed military reforms, oil money, and being an important breadbasket in a Europe that is exhausted by war.

The only other Marxist state is in Centroamerica, where without the support of the US populist and leftist movements have overthrown the old order. The ASR eagerly supports this new brother nation. Moderate rebels usually just end up in any other place they flee to, like Venezuela or Cuba or Argentina.

Oh Rhodesia is for settlers who wanted to go further from South Africa. What better way to bolster the European population there than with desperate farmers?
 
Here's a brand new map for the RDNA-verse! This one focuses on Reactionary Levant, centered around what would have been Jordan, Israel-Palestine in our world. The dA version can be found here.

The Middle East has never really been explored before in the setting. Admittedly the early versions of the TL only gave a cursory, almost nonexistent mention of the region as being either under the House of Osman or a vague "Arab League." Not anymore. While much more recent material has given tantalizing hints, now the country itself is explored in full: shaped both by historical constants and the madness surrounding it. Adhering to a peculiar, if not unholy blend of various ideologies (including Zionism, Nasserism and Ba'athism), this should hopefully shed light on what became of the Arab World before and after the Terror. With more than a hint of Fascist and Orwellian undertones, to boot, while showing what could have been.

And just to be on the safe side, this is a work of fiction. This is not a political or ideological screed. The politically incorrect details in the map and text as deliberately meant to be in-universe. In addition, depiction is not endorsement.

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Reactionary Levant: General Introduction

Situated at what had been the crossroads of the Old World, the Hashemite Kingdom of the Levant, more commonly known as Reactionary Levant, holds sway over the last territories of the Fertile Crescent not under Collectivist control. Although not as powerful or large as the likes of Reactionary Australia, this country has long since emerged from the chaos of the Terror to live up to being the last true bastion of the Middle East. While much of what's known publicly about it is often tinged with propaganda, whether through the machinations of the ruling Alnahdists and its supporters or their erstwhile allies in the so-called "League of Neutral Defiance," there remains enough in the way of facts to discern truth from falsehood.

Nominally, the Levant is under the reign of King Hassan II of the House of Hashim (or Hashemites), whose lineage could be traced back to the Prophet Mohammed himself. In practice, however, the realm has been under the "Alnahdist" form of Reactionarism since 1939, the term itself being derived from an Arabic word meaning "Rebirth." It is formally divided into two Constituent Territories (Palestine and Transjordan), three Autonomous Territories, the National Capital District around Jerusalem, and the heavily fortified Levantine Canal Zone, with claims over the former Hejaz (including the lost Holy Cities of Makkah and Madinah). Compared to other Reactionary regimes, there are some superficial trappings of a constitutional democracy, complete with the right to assembly (thus the existence of political parties). Religious liberties are also highly valued, with Jewish, Muslim and Christian clerics having a voice in the Royal Parliament through the Abrahamic Covenant. Although much like its peers, the ruling Alnahdist Party (through Prime Minister Mustafa al-Rasheed) wields nigh-absolute authority, with even the National Reformist Alliance serving more as a kind of controlled opposition. Its ideology permeates most aspects of everyday life, where the average citizen is encouraged to follow the great heroes of yesteryear, such as the legendary Saladin, for the good their hard-forged society. For they would allow themselves ot succumb to either imperialist designs or the degeneracy that, in the regime's view, allowed the Terror to nearly consume everything.

Of the 25.6 million people who inhabit the nation, at least according to official records, 93% are considered Levantine citizens. Religious affiliation and, to a degree, intermixing, are not strictly noted, but it's clear that the majority is wholly (or largely) either "Arab" or of "Jewish" lineage, their bonds forged through both fire and ideology. Although English is widely understood, a leftover from the days of British influence that's pragmatically carried over due to its utility, Arabic and Hebrew are given precedence in common use. Even after generations of technological and cultural change resulting in a peculiar Western-Islamic blend, where citizens could raise their lot regardless of faith or gender, they still hold fast to their traditions and customs with a zeal surpassing nationalist fervor. Those considered "Non-Citizens," meanwhile, are considered a caste apart, yet integral to the social order. Comprised largely of those descended from European and even Turkish refugees, as well as "unperson" defectors from the Internationale deemed too "corrupted" to join their erstwhile compatriots, they are often seen as perpetually indebted to the regime, if not indentured servants in all but name. On the other hand, they are nonetheless given many of the same benefits and rights as any citizen of similar stature. In exchange, they're also expected to an even greater degree to prove their worth, even in death through service in the Royal Levantine Army (Al-Quwat Al-Jaysh Al-Shaamia/צבא לבנטין המלכותי).

Despite being practically surrounded by Collectivists, Reactionary Levant has done to much maximize its political situation. The realm's control over the Levantine Canal Zone (formerly the Ismailia Canal Territory) have given it considerable economic leverage, as the regime could potentially hinder crucial shipping lanes around the Mediterranean Sea if it deems it necessary. Said Canal has likewise allowed the Levant to exercise its hegemony over the remnants of the Arab League, further keeping the Internationale's Middle East designs at bay through its backing of the United Arab Republics. It has also benefited from its membership in the League of Neutral Defiance, with Australian arms having played a crucial role in helping bolster the nation's already potent military capabilities. Thus, it is not without reason that, as much as the rest of the Free World may be reluctant to admit, the Alnahdists serve as an impromptu yet vital component to the so-called Red Curtain.

Compared to the relative isolationism of most regimes of its kind, however, the nation feigns a degree of guarded openness. The ancient city of Jerusalem in particular, serving as both the realm's secular and religious heart due to its hosting relics from all Abrahamic faiths, is a major destination for travelers and pilgrims alike. Though past the landmarks and resorts, access to the rest of nation is much more restricted to outsiders. Though a foreigner enterprising or fortunate enough to see past the propaganda and security checkpoints would find a landscape heavily transformed in the name of self-sufficiency and survival. Be it the largely state-owned industrial facilities of Transjordan, the vast agricultural settlements of Palestine, the ever-busy shipping lanes that traverse the Canal or the similarly sleepless patrols around the fortified borders, Reactionary Levant is anything but unprepared.

In the face of enemies in every corner, Collectivist or not, the Alnahdists see their actions as out of necessity. For there could never be peace against those who wronged them.

Basic History of Reactionary Levant

The lands of the Levant have been contested since Antiquity. Be it the Hittites, Assyians, Egyptians, Romans, Arabs or Crusaders, much blood has been spilled over this corner of the world. Eventually, the feuding fiefdoms and clans were brought under the Ottoman Empire, ushering in lasting peace for the first time in centuries, oppressive as it was. In 1883, a wave of reforms, intended in part to stabilize the Sultan's vast domains, had led to the granting of greater freedoms and rights to many of its remaining Arab-predominant "vilayets" in Northern Africa and the Middle East. While the so-called "Arab League" that emerged was largely theoretical at first, this provided an crucial opportunity for the Hashemites in the Hejaz to assert themselves after centuries of Turkish rule. Abiding by a form of Sunni Islam more open to change, they also represented an unbroken line of continuity over Makkah. Combined with a blend of diplomacy and British aid with modernization, these helped give the ancient royal house growing hegemony over its neighbors.

By the turn of the 20th Century, it had all but incorporated the former vilayets of what had been called Syria (reorganized into Palestine and Transjordan), including unquestioned control over the Holy City of Jerusalem itself. It comes as little surprise, then, that the Hashemite territories were seen as the leading power behind the bloc. It came as little surprise, then, that they were given greater autonomy from Constantinople in 1903, with Sharif Ali of Mecca appointed as Emir of the Levant. Believing that gradual yet continuous progress was needed to survive in the face of the great powers, the leadership wasted little time in further developing their nascent nation. A blend of Islamic and Western influences was encouraged, with the emergence of joint companies, European-style institutions and provisions for a parliament. To the surprise of other Muslims, there were even efforts to welcome advocates for a Jewish homeland, both out of financial pragmatism and a growing notion that it was about time to overcome old grievances with the Jews. While not without controversy or tension, the first tentative steps were made on a path that, given enough time, would have made the fledging state a beacon of civilization in the Middle East, for others in the region to emulate.

The Terror, however, changed its destiny forever. Declaring itself free from the terminally weakened Sublime Porte in 1926, the self-proclaimed Hashemite Kingdom of the Levant found itself in a trial by fire. Much of the Middle East was caught off-guard, many regions unable to cope with escalating breakdown of the established order. Even as King Ali I (as the monarch came to be known) tried to rally what remained of the Arab League, as well as welcomed the growing influx of Jewish and European refugees, it became rapidly clear that there would no going back to the way things were. Under the auspice of ensuring the safety of the nation, Levantine forces seized the territories now known as Mount Lebanon and Assyria from Turkish officers-turned-warlords, while the Sinai and Ismailia Canal Territory (renamed the Levantine Canal Zone in 1945) were claimed from the growing anarchy in Egypt. As Crown Prince (later King) Hassan I proclaimed in 1928 along the fortified frontiers, the realm would not yield to either barbarism or Collectivism. What should have been a grand rallying cry, however, turned into a curse. A series of crushing defeats to militias affiliated to the nascent Collectivist Internationale in the Hejaz forced both the monarchy and clerics in the Holy Cities of Makkah and Madinah to do the unthinkable: the evacuation of as much of Islam's most sacred relics as was possible, including the contents of the Kaaba. This almost Herculean feat was accomplished by the slimmest of margins, the "Black Stone" only managing to reach sanctuary in Jerusalem as the Hejaz burned in 1931.

Despite the crushing blow to morale brought about by that loss, the heroic if costly efforts in stopping the enemy from breaching the remaining defenses allowed the monarchy to survive. Yet while some semblance of stability persisted, it was clear to all that this state of affairs could not last indefinitely. Into this conundrum rose an academic-turned-politician named Gamal Ibrahim al-Bitar. Seeing the mounting discord in Levantine society, whether it was disgruntled soldiers, mounting clashes between Jews and Muslims or a system seen increasingly as detached from reality, he and many others realized that the realm had to be reborn. Together with peers and political firebrands, notably including Jewish delegates such as Yisrael Livni and even political dissidents from the Internationale like Salah Umran al-Rasheed, he founded the Alnahdist Party in 1933. While his movement grew in influence, it wouldn't until 1939, following the ascension of Hassan I to the throne that he and his supporters marched into Jerusalem itself in what came to be called the Alnahdist Renaissance. Within months, any remaining foreign assets were seized and a new constitution was drafted, which while still preserving the Hashemites as sovereign monarchs, all but granted al-Bitar a blank slate with which to remake the Levant.

To an even greater degree than their predecessors, the new government wasted little time in pushing its plans forward. Reframing society around a sense of mutual cause among Muslims, Jews and Christians on the one hand (laying the groundwork for the Abrahamic Covenant), and a secular interpretation of Arab consciousness on the other, the Alnahdists redefined what it meant to be "free" and part of the Levant. This also meant, however, that anyone who didn't meet those standards, whether they were Europeans or even those so-called "unpersons" who fled Collectivist rule that were deemed "corrupted" by the system could not have citizenship. To further unify the populace, Prime Minister al-Bitar bestowed greater powers to the Royal Arab Legion (predecessor of the Royal Levantine Army), the upper echelons of which being among the initial supporters during the takeover, to do whatever was deemed necessary for defending the realm. On top of turning the military into a loyal extension of the regime, this also led to various intermittent skirmishes throughout the 1940s-50s with the enemy militias across the frontiers. While the Internationale eventually sent in reinforcements and more organized forces to deter future attacks, these not only allowed the Levantines to claim additional territory, however small. For these also bought them enough time, echoing Saladin's efforts against the Crusaders, to raze and mine the frontlines to such an extent that any further advance would be at best costly. It's for this reason that the "No Man's Land" surrounding the nation is, to this day, even more desolate than those around Southern Italy or British Gibraltar-Andalusia.

Such exploits attracted the remaining free emirates along the Gulf (which had coalesced around the Sultanate of Oman), leading to an Alnahdist uprising in 1962 and the subsequent founding of the United Arab Republics. More than giving al-Bitar's successors an opportunity to recreate the Arab League in their image, it also caught the attention of other Reactionary regimes, notably the Australian and Afrikaner heirs of Sir Oswald Mosley's dream. While there were initially some misgivings, with fears that this might be an European imperialist ploy, many nonetheless saw mutual benefit and enough commonalities that the Levant's membership into the League of Neutral Defiance in 1968 was all but assured. Although this inevitably caused even more friction with the rest of the Free World, which has not truly dissipated with the passing of time, these haven't stopped diplomatic pushes for more democratic reforms. The realm's stability, along with it control over the Levantine Canal and Jerusalem itself, have nonetheless ensured that the Alnahdists would not meet any serious reprisal from without. While widespread loyalty, the ever-present Collectivist threat and effective co-opting of the storied Hashemite legacy have made it indispensable.

- "The World Almanac of Nations." American Federation. 2023 Edition.
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The Levantine flag is an amalgamation of the Jordanian, United Arab Republic, Egyptian and Palestinian flags, with the predominant colors based on the Pan-Arab colors used by various Middle Eastern countries in real life. While the coat of arms are derived from the Eagle of Saladin, with elements of the initial post-independence Egyptian CoA.

The Hashemites/House of Hashim, in real life, are the current sovereign dynasty of Jordan and had historically ruled over Mecca (Makkah) and Medina (Madinah) for several generations, losing the entirety of the Hejaz to the House of Saud and its Wahhabi followers in 1925. Given that their lineage goes back to the Prophet Muhammed, they're also one of the oldest royal houses still in existence. Their reputation as moderates and reformers is also based on historical records, as well.

The events the brought about the Alnahdist Rennaisance and the subsequent aftermath are based on both the rise of Fascist Italy, the emergence of Nasserism, Zionism and Ba'athism. As a consequence, the Alnahdists themselves are an unholy blend of these influences, be it in their worldview being more secular than religious, a sense of nationalism derived from both Pan-Arab and Zionist sentiment, or its rather socialist bent compared to other Reactionary regimes. Coincidentally, many of the names used are references to various figures in those real life movements, with the first head of Alnahdist Party being a reference to both Nasser himself and Salah al-Din al-Bitar, one of the founders of the original Ba'ath Party.

The Levantine/Ismailia Canal is the in-universe version of the Suez Canal, albeit built with British rather than French aid. While the "original" name for said Canal is nod to Ismail Pasha.
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Here's a brand new map for the RDNA-verse! This one focuses on Reactionary Levant, centered around what would have been Jordan, Israel-Palestine in our world. The dA version can be found here.

It's a very cool idea, but it's hard for me to believe that a reactionary Arab state - especially one that actively excluded Europeans - would be able to come to terms with the Zionists. Maybe it could be cool with Jews so long as they shed that identity to be Arabs that just happened to have Jewish religion, but as a distinct group seems weird.
 
Here's a brand new map for the RDNA-verse! This one focuses on Reactionary Levant, centered around what would have been Jordan, Israel-Palestine in our world. The dA version can be found here.

The Middle East has never really been explored before in the setting. Admittedly the early versions of the TL only gave a cursory, almost nonexistent mention of the region as being either under the House of Osman or a vague "Arab League." Not anymore. While much more recent material has given tantalizing hints, now the country itself is explored in full: shaped both by historical constants and the madness surrounding it. Adhering to a peculiar, if not unholy blend of various ideologies (including Zionism, Nasserism and Ba'athism), this should hopefully shed light on what became of the Arab World before and after the Terror. With more than a hint of Fascist and Orwellian undertones, to boot, while showing what could have been.

And just to be on the safe side, this is a work of fiction. This is not a political or ideological screed. The politically incorrect details in the map and text as deliberately meant to be in-universe. In addition, depiction is not endorsement.

The Levantine flag is an amalgamation of the Jordanian, United Arab Republic, Egyptian and Palestinian flags, with the predominant colors based on the Pan-Arab colors used by various Middle Eastern countries in real life. While the coat of arms are derived from the Eagle of Saladin, with elements of the initial post-independence Egyptian CoA.

The Hashemites/House of Hashim, in real life, are the current sovereign dynasty of Jordan and had historically ruled over Mecca (Makkah) and Medina (Madinah) for several generations, losing the entirety of the Hejaz to the House of Saud and its Wahhabi followers in 1925. Given that their lineage goes back to the Prophet Muhammed, they're also one of the oldest royal houses still in existence. Their reputation as moderates and reformers is also based on historical records, as well.

The events the brought about the Alnahdist Rennaisance and the subsequent aftermath are based on both the rise of Fascist Italy, the emergence of Nasserism, Zionism and Ba'athism. As a consequence, the Alnahdists themselves are an unholy blend of these influences, be it in their worldview being more secular than religious, a sense of nationalism derived from both Pan-Arab and Zionist sentiment, or its rather socialist bent compared to other Reactionary regimes. Coincidentally, many of the names used are references to various figures in those real life movements, with the first head of Alnahdist Party being a reference to both Nasser himself and Salah al-Din al-Bitar, one of the founders of the original Ba'ath Party.

The Levantine/Ismailia Canal is the in-universe version of the Suez Canal, albeit built with British rather than French aid. While the "original" name for said Canal is nod to Ismail Pasha.
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Thank you for this. I went to Israel last February with a Church group, and I absolutely loved it, and want nothing more then to go back. So thank you for the Reactionary Levant. (IE: Saving the Holy Land from being razed to the ground by the Terror/Collectivists. My heart would have break if Jerusalem, or even Galilee, and the Golan had been destroyed. Even Jordan and Lebanon being saved is nice.)

For issues like Non-Citizens, and One-Party rule, Reactionary Levant ins't that bad between the unity of Muslims, Jews and Christians, and blend of Islamic and Western influences before and after.

The Hashemites is nice, I always liked them, and feel in OTL, they got screw out of a good deal in the Middle, East, and the Middle East in turn lost an good deal from Hashemite rule.
 
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My usual cross-posting from the MotF. Hope you like it!

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This is an idea that I would actually like making into a TL, if I actually have the time for it. Although it started as research to see how the idea could hold up, it turns out I actually came up with a rather decent basic timeline to go with this map. The basic POD is along the lines of no Joan of Arc, meaning that the English take hold of Orleans and eventually take down the Valois tide during the Regency of Henry VI, eventually leading to a Congress of Arras that results in the establishment of a truce between the English, French and Burgundians, with each party accepting the other call themselves 'King of France' (not recognising it, of course, but nevertheless not contesting their common border).

This is not the end of problems for the victorious Double Monarchy, however: the madness of King Henry and the rising power of York still drive the country towards the War of the Roses, with the Yorkists taking over England while the Lancastrians, backed by French family ties, take over France, aligning themselves with the House of Burgundy, to whom the King's daughter is married, binding the two lines together. Eventually, as the Yorkist powerhouse begins to disassemble, prompted by the break between the Monarchy and the Nevilles, an invasion by the Lancastrian and Burgundian alliance suceeds in restoring Henry VI to his throne, only to have him die the following year, his throne being inherited by his two-year-old grandson Henry, the first monarch of the House of Valois-Burgundy. The Regency is taken over by his father, Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, a rather peaceful transition as, before, the Duke was aleady serving as commander of the Lancastrian forces and Lord Protector during the late King's madness.

Despite the Peace of Arras, and the dynastic kinship between the French and English dynasties, the borders between the two domains are not stable at all; already the last Aquitainian domains have been lost to the Valois and the northern border changes hands quite often. As the War of the Roses ends and the Burgundian Dynasty rises, murmurs claim that the King of France and the Holy Roman Emperor are speaking of an alliance to jointly combat the ascension of the Burgundian menace to both their realms.

There are a few details I'm leaving out, and a few others I'm still looking into. If I ever get through actually writing something around this setting, this particular map would probably not come as it is, But in any case, I found it an interesting idea, a pretty map and a scenario that surprised me with how plausible it became as I began fleshing it out. I was very surprised when things actually starting to add up.

And, like always, I hope you like the map!
 
@Prince di Corsica a reasonably common, but still nice take on the dual monarchy,
How were you intending for Edward of Woodstock to survive Shrewsbury (if indeed Henrí III de France/Henry VII of England is Edward's son ITTL).
Are you feeling that in this time line, that it would become a triple bloc. monarchy (of those shown here) of England, France and Burgundy, or would Burgundy get split off to another son e.g.?
 
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