A second version of a map I previously made, a bit more grounded, I was thinking an initial pod in the Polish-Saxon crisis.
Later conflicts lead to Prussia forming Germany much like otl, a second conflict involving France and Austria leads further french losses, the dissolution of Belgium (being replaced in part by a wallonian puppet state which is also given french lands) the Netherlands is gifted Flanders and Italy gains Savoy, Nice, Corsica and much of France's North African possessions. While the Habsburg empire is dissolved, Germany annexes Austria proper and bohemia (which later gains nominal independence with reduced borders), Italy gains the dalmatian coast, a Slovene-croatian state is created from Austria's south Slavic lands, and Hungary is made a buffer state inbetween Russia and Germany and Russia annexes the Austrian partition.
A later war with Russia sees Germany carve out many buffer states.
Later ethnic tensions in Hungary saw Germany enforce border alterations to Hungary, expanding Romania, Czechia and Poland.