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Jeeves has this difficult habit of biffing in with the morning tea at the ungodly hour of eleven. I mean to say, I’m hardly asleep before there he is, waking me up again.
‘A Prime Minister must catch his eight hours too, Jeeves.’
‘Quite, sir.’
‘And if he’s doubling up as Regent, he must catch his sixteen.’
‘As you say, sir.’
‘Just thought I’d mention it. Ooh, what’s that in your hand?’
‘A telegram for you, sir.’
‘Really? I thought it was the Mona Lisa. Come on, give it here.’
‘Sir,’ Jeeves dispensed the slip gracefully, and I took a gander.
‘Those French provisional wotsits really are raising hell, aren’t they?’
‘Indeed, sir, Monsieur Mitterand’s tactical deviation from Moscow Thought rather appears to have had unforeseen consequences.’
‘Unforeseen like billy-o. Soviet Empire rather bursting at the seams, what?’
‘Very much so, sir.’
‘And this is only the tip of the … Jeeves?’
‘Sir?’
‘What’s that thing fellows talk about? You’re sailing along, you run into the tip of it and that looks pretty monstrous, but beneath the water there’s an even bigger whacking thing tucked just out of sight.’
‘I believe you are looking for “iceberg”, sir?’
‘Oh, yes of course! Like the Titanic!’
‘Indeed, sir.’
‘Yes, well, like I was saying, these French shenanigans are only the tip of the iceberg. And Mr. Romanov’s Kremlin is very much the Titanic. Unsinkable, until it isn’t. You heard about what happened in Hamburg?’
‘No, sir?’
‘Of course, that was one of those “your-eyes-only” thingummies. But hold on – I thought you read all of those!’
‘I have been rather too preoccupied with the situation that has arisen regarding our oil supply lines to the Persian Gulf, to keep entirely abreast of events in Hamburg. My apologies, sir.’
‘No need to apologise, Jeeves, the gist is this. So, after the last war Russia took a big bite out of what was once Germany. You follow me so far?’
‘You have been lucidity epitomised, sir.’
‘Good, good. Well, old Uncle Joe had a mind for taking all eight hundred zillion Germans or whatever-it-was he’d inherited and send them on a backpacking holiday to Kazakhstan, but cooler heads prevailed and he was just really beastly to them at home instead. Made them learn Russian, that sort of thing.’
‘The Russification Policies in Soviet Germany were notorious for their stringency in the annihilation of Teutonic culture, sir.’
‘You’re telling me. I haven’t had Apple Strudel since about 1936. Anyway, once Kruschev and his merry men were on the scene they clocked that old Stalin’s ideas verged a bit on the psychotic, so they changed tack and decided to stress the eternal friendship between Russians and Germans, and all that bilge. I mean to say, one can talk all you like about eternal friendship between Russians and Germans, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’ve been more than content to pillage one anothers’ cities and ravage one anothers’ countryside for time immemorial. Goes back to Ghengis Khan, you know. I doubt he had much to say on the eternal fraternity between Russians and Germans!’
‘I am much inclined to agree, sir.’
‘Anyway, they chucked out Stalin’s compulsory Cyrillic curricula and decided to be all lovey-dovey for a while. Rather like Tuppy Glossop and cousin Angela when they were a thing. You remember what happened to Tuppy Glossop in re cousin Angela? Or, indeed, vice-versa?’
‘I’m afraid the intricacies of our foreign secretary’s personal life have rather slipped my mind, sir.’
‘But dash it, Jeeves, you were there! I mean, I know you’re sprouted a few white-whiskers recently, but I never thought I’d see the days you turned into a codger! All right, let me tell you. Tuppy was all over cousin Angela until a minor faux pas viz. her story of a shark attack in Cannes. Oh, Jeeves, remember when we could take holidays in Cannes?’
‘I do indeed, sir.’
‘Maybe if these provisional wotsits do their job, we can make a return trip. I can be like – what was that fellow’s name? Oh, never mind. Anyway, Tuppy, as base a fathead as ever broke biscuit, decided to dismiss the bally story by telling Angela the shark was a flatfish, which prompted her to criticise his incipient double-chin, which given the look of him these days seems a telling prophecy. Still, not everyone can maintain the Wooster physique, eh Jeeves?’
‘Indeed not, sir.’
‘I wouldn’t have a double-chin if you gave me a million quid. Anyway, where was I? Oh, of course, so Angela gave Tuppy the push, though they did effect a brief reconciliation over shared glee at my miserable bike ride to Kingham Manor’
Jeeves’ lip curled, ‘Oh, yes, sir, I believe that was part of my plan to–’
‘I know it was part of your bally plan, Jeeves. It worked fine for Aunt Dahlia’s £500, and worked a treat for Gussie’s chances with Madeline – but I’m afraid even you couldn’t keep Tuppy and Angela together. They broke up permanently a short while after the Kingham episode. Much the same for Russia and Germany. Their eternal friendship could only last so long – once this Romanov pill had come to office, its writing couldn’t be more on the wall if it were written in magic marker.’
‘Most ominous, sir.’
‘Well, for Romanov, perhaps. Quite the treat for us, watching his hare-brained schemes collapse all around him. He tried to get a bit bossier as regards the Germans, the Germans said “oh, yeah?” and now you have all these student demonstrations where, so far as I can tell, the whole gang gets utterly plastered and are so confident in their abilities that they overrun their local tank battalion by sheer force of character. Rather like, actually, our first plan to get old Fink-Nottle and Madeline together. Or it might have been our second …’
‘These students fight the Red Army with nought but their own intoxication, sir?’
‘Well what do you think I should make of these “Romanov Cocktails”? Actually, Jeeves, on the subject of cocktails …’
‘Sir?’
‘Well, if I recall correctly, I have a meeting with President Rumsfeld today. Am I right?’
‘You are correct, sir. I have it on good authority that Air Force One shall be landing at Croydon Airport in two hours’ time.’
‘Then I shall need to be braced. And quickly! Jeeves, get me something bracing, will you? A Romanov Cocktail might be just the ticket!’
‘Perhaps a simple scotch-and-soda would be better, sir.’
‘Whatever you say, Jeeves. Just bring it quick!’



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Sides in the First World War in my timeline-to-be "the Tsar, the Kaiser and a Springtime Revolution" or maybe just "A Springtime Revolution" not sure about the name yet. Anyways borders shown in this map are of 1915, just before the start of WW1. The Colours are as follows: Green; the victorious Allied Powers, Blue; pro Allied neutrals; Grey; neutrals, Yellow; pro Entente neutrals and finally Orange; the defeated Entente. This defeat led to the March Revolution in Britain and formation of the Union of Britannic Syndicalist Commonwealths and the Indian War of Independence. Another effect was the rise of the Actionist French State.
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And the more complex than OTL Second World War in the same Timeline. As for how the war went it begun with the Entente invading Italy/Switzerland/Germany/the Netherlands. At basically the same time The Empire-in-Exile and the Communists/Socialists went to war. India would also join the Socialists in their war against the British Empire to finally throw them off of India. Ottomans also conquered Egypt in 1939. Peace between Commie!Britain and Empire!Britain would be established in a year, which also saw South Africa becoming a republic and a Boer Peoples Republic being created. 1940 would also see a change in Japan as they would sign a separate peace with France gaining Indochina and joining the Entente. UK in Exile would join Japan in invading the Dutch East Indies. Japan would also invade Siberia. In 1941 Argentina and Bolivia would partition socialist Paraguay between themselves. Argentina would also invade Socialist Uruguay. Uruguay would be saved and would be united with Argentina and Paraguay to create the Federal Republic of Rio de la Plata. Brazil and Ottoman Empire would also join the war in this year (on opposite sides). USA and Mexico would also get into a war against socialists. Start of 1942 could be considered a high mark for the Entente. As French had occupied Saxony and were entering Brandenburg. All of Italy proper was also under French occupation. Ottomans would begin pushing French back in Africa. 1942 also saw socialist victories with Venezuelan, Colombian and Ecuadoran governments being overthrown by socialists, Bolivia was invaded and Britannic Union (Soviet!Brits) would push the US out of annexed parts of Canada back into New England. Almost entirety of the Ottoman Armies were focused on liberating Africa from the French in this time period as Russians, battered German and Italian forces were fighting hard across Europe. By late 1942 Japan would sign an armistice with Allies, entering the war against the US. As 1943 ended Socialists were on the Mississippi and Japan was landing on the West Coast. In Europe Germans and Russians were in France while Ottoman troops were taking Spain from the south, having almost finished getting rid of the French in Africa. Next year socialists would enter the war against the Entente, invading France from the West and entering Brazil. US and France would both surrender towards end of 1944. The war would end next year with the second nuclear explosion ever (first one was a test in Britannic held Greenland) in Salvador from a Britannic Atomic Bomb (Brazilian government was there as they feared that the la Platan army was getting too close to Rio de Janerio) and the subsequent surrender of Brazil to Russia. Brazil would be divided into a north and south, with South Brazil uniting with la Plata to form the Socialist Federative Republic of Sudamerica. Pacific States and United Socialist States of America were created and the International Concord was founded.
 
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What a beautiful map TheKutku :love:
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I'm collapsing the description in Spoilers
Bengal, the Paradise of Nations
Bengal, In the north east of the sub continent, is probably the most industrious and resourceful of all the Indian nations. A former Mughal subah,Bengal gained significant power following the collapse of Mughal authority, the region became the wealthiest of India and was well integrated in the world economy, however Maratha plunder and european intervention would nearly jeopardise this prosperity by 1750. It wasn’t until the reign of Nawab Siraj ud-Daulah that Bengal would rise again and assert total independence, under his rule, The Maratha rulers of Nagpur were overthrown, rescinding the costly tribute Bengal had to pay, he evicted the British from Calcutta and later forced the french out, and he waged a war against the Afghans after their victory at panipat and their action against the Jats and Oudh while the later war would prove inconclusive, it allowed Siraj ud-Daulah to cut ties with the now Afghan-dominated Mughal emperor in Delhi, and restyled his title as sultan of an independent Bengal.

Siraj ud-Daulah had liberated Bengal from old threats, yet he found himself at odd with new ones, first the Afghan under Ahmad Shah would not retreat from the Penjab and Upper Ganges, and after the first inconclusive war with them, a true battle of influence started, first in Oudh where the Bengali struck a geopolitical victory by ensuring the succession of the Pro-Afghan Nawab of Oudh (whose participation at Panipat was improtant in ensuring the Afghan''s victory), Shuja-ud-daula, with his pro-Bengali son Saadat Ali against his mother and adopted older brother, the crisis would spark a short war with the Afghan which allowed the Bengali to take control of the strategic fort of Allahabad from the Bengash Afghan warlords, who like the Rohillas of Rohilkhand had quickly sided with Ahmad Shah before or shortly after Panipat, the battle of influence over the Gangetic plains was crucial as they were the source of many crop for export, one of the most important being opium which the British would trade across asia. The battle of influence also extended to the Bhundelkhand, were Dacca and Dehli fought for influence over the various sons of the great conquerer Chhatrasal, as well as the Himalayas, Ahmad Shah managed to ease tensions between Rohillas and the Sirmour and Kemaon Kingdom, forcing the later to side with them eventually, west of it, the newly united Gurkha kingdom under Prithvi Narayan was initially thought to be a threat to northern Bengal, but his succession by his incompetent son Pratap Singh who had a much less offensive policy eased relations between the two, Dacca however did manage to influence the dozens of small principalties east of Nepal and supported the Kaski kingdom to take over its neighbors, giving Bengal direct commercial access to Tibet, in the middle, the various Baise petty states, stuck between Bengali and Afghan sphere of influence, decided to confederate and stay neutral, becoming in a way a Switzerland in the Himalaya. To the west of Bengal lies a plethora of small states who have been subdued into the Bengali sphere of influence, with various hill people in between regularly raiding them, of these Tipora, Dimasi and Meckley (Manipur) are the most important as they allow a direct commercial link with the Ava Konbaung kingdom of upper Burma. North of it lies Ashem (Assam), or what's left of it after the terrible 1790s Moamoria revolt of Moamoria Sattra followers against the oppressive Ashemi rule and the Paik forced labour system, the rump Ashem has been subdued into Dacca's sphere of influence, but upper Ashem is still outside of most political rivalries, and only occasionaly trades tea with Bengal.

The Alliance between Bengal and the British started as a way for the Sultan of Bengal to counter French influence in the Bengal bay, who had by the late 19th century started to tax and inspect various merchant ships, and who also, were a constant military threat through their army in Orisha, the French support to the Mon kingdom of Burma against the konbaung kingdom was also one of the reason for this re-allignement, eventually in the 1780s the Bengali accepted back british traders, although they were forbidden to occupy the fort of Calcutta.

The reassertion of Bengal’s power would be a boon for its economy, the end of the Marathi tribute which amounted for a third of the revenue of the nawab filled the sultan’s coffer, while export of sugar and rice, principally oversea, would increase the prosperity of the zamindars landowner, but it was really the boom in Bengali textile - cotton and silk mostly - which changed everything, Tighter control of European factories once they were allowed back gave more advantageous trade for most rural textile producer , but more importantly, the introduction of more advanced weaving machines and looms by european investors dramatically increased productivity, concentrated in cities these new machineries would start a large exodus of rural weavers, which would be followed by other adjacent workers, The city of Dakka , among others, thus grew from 1 millions inhabitant by the the mid 18th century to over 2 millions by the 1830s, the much larger textile production would come to dominate much of the Asian textile trade, and both European investors and traders and Urban Bengali nouveaux riche would make fortunes, many of the later would reinvest their wealth in lavish estate taking from both Bengali and European style, , the finest Jamdani fabric, and most importantly in arts and literature, with the goal of giving a widepread reputation to Bengali culture and nationhood. European ideas entered the Bengali high society While British investor were introducing more and more complex machinery, including railways and steam powered loom, fuelled by the first Bengali coal mine By 1840, Bengal had truly become the most prosperous region of Asia, however it wasn’t without problems, the millions of new urban workers would have trouble living, and overcrowded bungalows would multiply in them with terrible sanitary conditions, crime and unlawness would rise while Various cities were unable to police their new neighbor hood, child workers would also become more and more common with little attempts made at forbidding it. In rural areas, the situation wasn’t better, ignored by the various zamindar (who were more invested in influence battle and rivalries with the urban nouveaux riches) or by the Sultan’s administration, traditional rural communities of mixed Weaver and farmers would struggle to keep up with the increased productivity of urban weavers, while they found it harder and harder to export their rice to the traditional buying regions in the Carnatic and circars as France was in deep local rivalry with both Bengal and the British

While the latter would occasionally come up with new markets for the cheap Bengali rice they as a result used predatory practices with Bengali farmers. In this context a new movement appeared, traditional tanti weavers, in a similar fashion yet separate from the British luddites, would start to target new machineries and destroy them, as well as trying to prevent and shame worker who had gone to cities. While by 1840 this movement was not threatening the authority of the sultan through the zamindar, it would only grow and become more turbulent in the following decades, and eventually have a large influence, as many subsequent social movements of the Indian continent would take inspiration from it.

Despite these challenges, Bengal in 1840 is still without a doubt the most stable and industrious nation of the Indies, and it seems like its economic advantage over the continent will only grow in the next decade, yet recent disagreement with britain are making many reconsider their relations, the permanent british military presence in Alahabad, while useful against the Afghan, make many wonder about Bengal's military dependency on Britain in such a strategic location, other don't exactly understand some of the misplaced priorities of the british and their lobby, for exemple their ongoing pressure for Bengal to subdue the isolationist Upper Ashem, which does not produce much except tea. Many are cautious of the growing british commercial presence in Dacca, but for the moment it seems the two nations are too economically intertwined to break relations.
The Pathani Realm, the last of the great empires
To the west lies the mighty Pathani Empire, founded by the great Ahmad Shah Durrani who united Afghan tribes, he expensed into the penjab and Kashmir and after decisively defeating Maratha forces in Panipat (a blow the Maratha would never recover from) , was able to create a vast region of influence over north India and get recognition from the effectively powerless yet still legitimate Mughal emperor , however in the decade following that victory, Ahmad Shad faced a variety of challenges that forced him to consolidate his empire, Jats warriors and the Gwalior at the eastern edge of his empire, a short, inconsclusjve conflict with Bengal over the latter’s refusal to recognise the Diwani, the right of revenues to Dehli, and more importantly many severe uprising by the Sikhs of Penjab. The empire he consolidated, ruled seasonally from either Qandahar and Delhi, took much from its predecessor, effectively a warrior state, much like the Marathas before, it took over previous Mughal tax base, and imposed their own taxes over previous Maratha Chauth, local administration was oftne kept with little changes, Already largely independent Subahs became Vilayats with little effective changes, The Pathani empire managed to strike a successful symbiosis of military power and revenue ressources. While the religion of the rulers changed, Ahmad Shah would prove relatively tolerant toward Hindus, and the army, below the permanent upper class of Pathan warriors and riders, was composed nearly equal of Hindus and local Muslims, Socially, Ahmad shah’s rule can be noted for the uniformisation of marriage laws, which would particular bring to the favour divorced and widowed women.

Yet in contrast to these unassuming changes, the Sikh warriors stayed the largest threat to the young empire, Ahmad Shah would spend most of the rest of his rule until 1790 fighting them, early on, the Sikh often managed to take over provincial capitals and other large cities, it was only after costly campaign that they would be defeated on the battlefield in the 1770s, but it wouldn’t mark the end of the fight, most Sikh went underground, fighting as insurgent for decades, Ahmad Shah had to significantly overhaul the bureaucracy and military of the penjab to slowly and painfully fight them, yet in the end it worked, at the cost of a genocide of hundreds of thousand of penjabi Sikh, these campaigns would later be considered as one of the main reason for Ahmad Shah’s inability to expend his empire in the second half of his reign.


For the Sikh who escaped death, escape was the only option, many fled to the south and east, to Bengal or to British coastal ports, a large number also fled into Cashmere, one of the first region conquered by the Pathani, its isolation allowed the Sikh to suddenly take over it in the 1770s, they evicted as many local Muslims and persecuted the rest like the Afghan was persecuting them before, and as fierce warriors they consolidated the cashmere valley into a true fortress,appealing European help, many french and British advisors reached out to them and helped them establish defences, and so far, these are holding, nearly 60 years after their exile they have managed to create a self sufficient stage, constantly besieged by the Pathani and manages to push back all previous invasions
A colonial state on its last stand: The French Indies
On the western coast of the Bengal sea is the French Indian State, the crown jewel of the French global empire, but behind the wonders of the bountiful land and the great jewels exports lies a decrepit state close to breakdown

The French Indian state owes its existence virtually entirely to one man: Joseph François Dupleix, a general and governor in the french army in India, he first showed his skills in the first carnatic war in the 1740s, where he and naval officier Mahe de la bourdonais (with whom he had rocky relations) decisively beat the English near the Carnatic coast, a few years later he would help the french gain large influence on the indies' eastern coast by suppoting a puppet nawab for the throne of arcot - Chanda Sahib - against the claimant supported by the british, while at the same time ensuring the nizam claimant Salabat Jung a seat on Hyderabad's throne, for which he was awarded large area in the circars region. In possession of the circars and with the carnatic under his puppet's rule, he would kickstart a new colonial state where the French would directly collect taxes from the land - bypassing many intermediaries - and raise a local army instead of using mercenaries, ths novel rule would prove extremely effective against the british in the third carnatic war, where the french gained near total control on the eastern coast. Once free of british rivalry on the coast, Dupleix continued his scheme of creating a great indian empire, extending his rule to the Arcot Nawab's teritory, he turned the fertile coastal land into a money earner, replacing traditional agriculture with commercial plantations, many would horribly fail resulting in famines causing the deaths of millions, aggravated by the ban on bengal rice import. He also ordered the expension of gem mining, which would give the french crown jewels rivalling the Tarvernier Blue Diamond. He also started further expension, taking advantage of the collapse of the Bhonsle rule in nagpur to snatch the Orisha region.

He and his successors to the seat of governor of french india would continue to support the Nizam of Hyderabad in his crusade against the maratha, which would become more linked in european rivalry once the Maratha capital Poona became an effective british puppet. In Burma, he would support the mon ruled Hanthawaddy Kingdom and defend it against Alaungpaya's invasions, giving france influence on the whole lower Irrawaddy and pupetting Arakan, which gave France control of most of the bengal sea, directly threatening Benga


Yet French India would fall to its own excesses, its successive greedy governors would lack Dupleix's governing and military skills and would be further pressured by the King's ever increasing demands in the oversea empire, which had become an important source of pride for Louis XVI and XVII as a way to distract from the insufficient reforms in the metropole at the end of the 18th century. As decades went by, more and more uprising would start which would be put down with increasing difficulty, finally in the 1830 the first succesful one, an uprising of the Khand people in inner Orisha with support from the Bengali and English, threatened the whole French indian state, ever since the state has been on the brink of collapse and with the English navy imposing itself more and more in the Bengal sea, the french Indian state's days are numbered.
Land of Broken Dreams: the divided Post-Maratha west.
In the Center-west, north of the Malabar coast once stood the Maratha Empire, by the 1750s its tributaries reached from coast to coast but it would quickly collapse mere decades later. Everything changed after the third battle of Panipat against the Afghans in 1761, the defeat was terrible for the Peshwa of Poona, Baji Rao whose eldest son Vishwas Rao was killed at the battle, along with most of the great maratha generals and tributary warlords like the Shinde and Gaikwad, while the Afghan ruler Ahmad Shah could not deal a decisive blow against the Maratha, his army managed to take control of the penjab and much of the part of the north indies that had fallen under Maratha tribute a decade before, while Sikhs would fight for decades after the battle, the various Rajput states were disorganised and quickly fell under Afghan rule, and while the Jats warriors managed to briefly hold on against the Afghan onslaught thanks to Suraj Mal, his capital at Bharatpur would eventually fall, forcing him to flee first first to Gwalior, and then south of it, in the land previously held by the Shinde Familly, where Jat warriors still manage to hold on decades later.

South of Rajputana the Marathi Empire quickly unraveled, both in its periphery and in its center, the Gaekwad led state of Baroda was the first to collapse, virtually beheaded by the death of his leader, Damaji Rao. Revolts and attacks by Koli warriors rocked the former Baroda state, and managed to hold onto the coastal port of Cambay, while in Gujarath the dozens of petty state along with the kingdom of Junagadh would free themselves from Baroda's rule, Ironically, Pindari mercenaries under gaekwad's army who fled before the battle of Panipat would move south, devastating the land before settling in the city of Azmer.
Similarly to the Gaekwad collapse, the Bhonsle dynasty in Nagpur would fall, while Janoji Bhonsle did not take fight at Panipat the ongoing Maratha collapse severly weakned his legitimacy, furthermore as he was exacting the equivalent of four millions pound to Bengal on Behalf of the Maratha, the latter decided to take advantage of the Bhonsle's weakness and invaded Nagpur, the Bengali armies never had to reach the city as loyalist to the Gond line, the former rulers of Nagpur before the Bhonsle, decided to overthrow Janoji and quickly made peace with Bengal and recinded Nagpur's link with the Maratha and the tribute.

Out of all the Peripherical Maratha Generals, only the Holkar managed to survive the crisis intact and even thrive, Malhar Rao Holkar avoided much fo the post Panipat struggle after returning from the Battle alive, he would be succeeded by his daughter in law, Ahilyabai, who would rule for nearly 40 years until 1806, women ruler were rare in 18th century Indies, and she only took power because she had been trained and selected by her father in law and after her own son, the heir after Malhar Rao's death, went insane. Skilled in Diplomacy and Administration, she managed to Stay at peace with both Hyderabad and the Afghan, while making her domain thrive, particularly in the Kandesh region, while the rest of the Indian west was struggling, she still tried to expend her influence, snatching the upper Nurbudda valley from Nagpur after the Bhonsle Dynasty's downfall. In the last decade of her regin she took a more agressive stance, creating the basis of an alliance centered around her domain which claimed to be the last true Hindu led state of India and the successor of the Maratha, she gained influence over part of Rajputana and the Bhundelkhan, and at the time of her death it seemed that her realm and vassals could almost elevate themselves as one of the major indian alliance, like the Afghan's or the Bengali's.

At Poona a succession crisis quickly happened as Both Peshwa Baji Rao (who died weeks after his son) and Vishwas Rao had died, Baji Rao's second son Madhav Rao ascended to the throne but quickly found himself in conflict with his Uncle Raghunat Rao, the struggle ended with Raghunat sidelining for a time his nephew, but this would be for nothing as the Nizam of Hyderabad soon declared war to the weakened Marathas, he quickly managed to reach Poona, forcing Raghunat to hold over several forts the Maratha had taken from the Nizam a decade before. This defeat would be the first of many as each neighboring state tried to gain independence from Poona, soon the Kandesh valley would fall out of Poona's grasp, followed by the Konkan coast, effectively controlled by the Angria familly of former Maratha admirals, and then the south ruled by the Pathwarda dinasty.... The 1760s and 1770s would see the near total collapse of Maratha power, and only the British' arrival, after keeping away form India for nearly 20 years after their defeat in the seven years war and the bankrupcy of the East India Company, would save Poona, the British signed treaty which effectively turned the former Mighty Maratha into nothing more than a vassal. The British intervention would be decisive in countering a French-Supported Hyderabadi invasion attempt, which would bring India's west coast definitely within the realm of european rivalries. While the British lacked the logistic capability to send expeditions deep in the Ghats, their navy allowed them to gradually subdue the coast, they subdued the Angria of the Konkan, signed protectorate agreement with the Koli rulers of Cambay, and the booming port city of Broach, which they used to project influence of the remnant of Gaekwar rule in Baroda,they negotiated the purchase of portuguese Thasa and Baçaim (the latter which they had retaken after the Maratha collapse) and took over Dutch Surat in the Fourth Anglo Dutch war.

in 1840, British influence over western india extends over hundreds of thousands of square miles and dozens of tributary states of various size, simultaneously the british rule over 3 separate states, the Bombay Hinterland, the Concan coast and former Dutch Surat, These territories saw british experimentation of the methods used by the French in their own colonial state, although with a lighter hand, they however did not manage to turn them into profitable hinterlands, as while the first decades of british rule saw generally favourable climate, the devastation caused by the successive war of Maratha collapse had damaged much of the pre existing farming.

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GLORY TO ARSTOZKA!
(Wait… What do you mean by “Papers, Please is almost seven years old already"?)
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Obristan=Germany. Obristan's motto “Obristan above all” is an obvious reference to “Deutschland über alles.”
United Federation=Yugoslavia. It has access to advanced western technologies and its polio outbreak is similar to the 1972 Yugoslav smallpox outbreak.
Arstotzka=Ukraine. The country's motto is “Glory to Arstotzka.” Ukrainian national salute is “Glory to Ukraine.”
Impor=Bulgaria. Todor Zhivkov’s desire to make Bulgaria the "Japan of the Balkans" has gone too far.
Antegria=Hungaria, but after Trianon it lost only Slavic lands.
Kolechia=Greater Moldova.
Republia=Wallachia.
Also, according to the resulting map, Greshtin is Tiraspol. Which makes sense, given the frozen conflict in Transnistria.
 
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This map of writing systems of the world. A cartographic representation of the colour scheme shown below. The scripts marked with an *asterisk* are those that did not come to being in OTL, but in ATL their emergence may be probable. Atlhough incomplete, enjoy
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GLORY TO ARSTOZKA!
(Wait… What do you mean by “Papers, Please is almost seven years old already"?)
nyurctNzy_Y.jpg
Obristan=Germany. Obristan's motto “Obristan above all” is an obvious reference to “Deutschland über alles.”
United Federation=Yugoslavia. It has access to advanced western technologies and its polio outbreak is similar to the 1972 Yugoslav smallpox outbreak.
Arstotzka=Ukraine. The country's motto is “Glory to Arstotzka.” Ukrainian national salute is “Glory to Ukraine.”
Impor=Bulgaria. Todor Zhivkov’s desire to make Bulgaria the "Japan of the Balkans" has gone too far.
Antegria=Hungaria, but after Trianon it lost only Slavic lands.
Kolechia=Greater Moldova.
Republia=Wallachia.
Also, according to the resulting map, Greshtin is Tiraspol. Which makes sense, given the frozen conflict in Transnistria.
Capital of Arstotzka/Ukraine is Dnipropetrovsk?
 
"FROM THE Icy Aleutians to the north to the ends of New Zealand, the Pacific Ocean is one treacherous but rewarding area to control. A culmination of great effort done by the Emperor of Dai Nippon (Great Japan) has successfully wrenched most of the Pacific from native lands illegitimately. No one had truly noticed that Japan was a prowling force slowly extending reaching across the eastern Hemisphere, and by the time the rich sultanates of Indonesia and French and Spanish Indochina have fallen, the red gleam of the Japanese sun had risen across most of Southeast Asia and many Pacific islands. But this was not to last, for its rays are only now beginning to crumble. As we speak, the Reds are battling their ways through Sumatra, the precious Jewel of Southeast Asia is falling into the hands of brave freedom fighters, and the Japanese territory of Arasuka teeters on the verge of collapse.
The best bet of defeating Japan is through the alliance between Leader Stalin and Chairman Mao. Though having suffered an ideological schism, the two are the likely hope for defeating the Japanese juggernaut. Mao has done critical blows to offenses descending down north and is bearing a majority of the brunt the pact has. Meanwhile, Soviet Russia has done greatly in influence, rallying, and supplying ; China has the men, but the men need arms. Difficult would have been the retaking of Southeast Asia, but Red troops have marched down south and warmed the hearts of many.
Of now, time is against Japan."

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https://www.deviantart.com/marsandcadmium/art/The-Folly-of-the-Sun-HM-834549951


So here is a newspaper-esque map from the game Historiae Mutetur, detailing the happenings of the first Soviet-Japanese War and the first glimpses of Pan-Americanism.
Map to the game is here
 
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The first-level divisions (kephalatikioi) of the Anatolian Empire, 1295. The kephalatikioi governors (kephaloi) report only to the Basileus and are responsible for the transfer of taxes from the Merisioi, the second-level provinces. As such, they are responsible for making sure that all of the kephalatikioi's revenue reach Smyrne. The logothete ton genikos are often....less than genial....towards embezzling kephaloi or merisiarkhs, so they are often considered to be less desirable positions than foreign diplomatic postings.
What basemap did you use?
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This map answers the question, "What if Spain was more imperially active in the 19th and 20th centuries?" Depicted here is the second Spanish colonial empire in 1920.
1. A more vigilant Spain responded to German and Italian unification by stepping up its game, industrializing earlier, and investing heavily in the navy.
2. Morocco is becoming a dumping ground for white Spanish settlers, and although in theory a protectorate, in reality is experiencing gradual native genocide and repopulation.
3. Germany had much more colonies, including Gabon, Congo, CAR, South Sudan, Uganda, and Kenya. Gabon and Congo became LoN mandates under Spanish administration.
4. Iraq and Kuwait were transferred to Spain in the aftermath of WWI, in the Sykes-Picot-Rubio Agreement regarding the plans for the Ottoman Empire.
5. In the Treaty of Sevres, Spain was granted access to territories not controlled by the Italians, Russians, British or French (Turkey was to be partitioned entirely).
6. Socotra was acquired for the sake of acting as a strategic pit-stop for Spanish ships, with its proximity to Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.
7. When Oman became a British protectorate in 1892, the exclave of Gwadar in modern-day Pakistan was transferred to Spain.
8. Xuwen was renamed San Juan del Oriente and was one of many treaty ports leased to the Europeans. The Spanish sphere of influence extended into Hainan.
9. Tianjin was an international city, and in ATL, the Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch had their shares of the city along with the other European powers.
10. A much longer Spanish-American War lasted into 1900, and, while the Spanish did keep their Pacific holdings, they were forced to grant considerable autonomy.
11. The Spanish, with a larger and more formidable navy, successfully pressured the Dutch into selling West Timor, securing a border with Portuguese East Timor.
12. The Spanish acquired German New Guinea as a LoN mandate following the Great War, and Kaiser-Wilhelmsland was renamed Tierra del Rey Alfonso.
Spain gets Northeastern New Guinea, but not Northeastern Borneo with a roughly 1875 POD?
 
"FROM THE Icy Aleutians to the north to the ends of New Zealand, the Pacific Ocean is one treacherous but rewarding area to control. A culmination of great effort done by the Emperor of Dai Nippon (Great Japan) has successfully wrenched most of the Pacific from native lands illegitimately. No one had truly noticed that Japan was a prowling force slowly extending reaching across the eastern Hemisphere, and by the time the rich sultanates of Indonesia and French and Spanish Indochina have fallen, the red gleam of the Japanese sun had risen across most of Southeast Asia and many Pacific islands. But this was not to last, for its rays are only now beginning to crumble. As we speak, the Reds are battling their ways through Sumatra, the precious Jewel of Southeast Asia is falling into the hands of brave freedom fighters, and the Japanese territory of Arasuka teeters on the verge of collapse.
The best bet of defeating Japan is through the alliance between Leader Stalin and Chairman Mao. Though having suffered an ideological schism, the two are the likely hope for defeating the Japanese juggernaut. Mao has done critical blows to offenses descending down north and is bearing a majority of the brunt the pact has. Meanwhile, Soviet Russia has done greatly in influence, rallying, and supplying ; China has the men, but the men need arms. Difficult would have been the retaking of Southeast Asia, but Red troops have marched down south and warmed the hearts of many.
Of now, time is against Japan."

~
the_folly_of_the_sun___hm____by_marsandcadmium_ddsvav3-fullview.jpg

https://www.deviantart.com/marsandcadmium/art/The-Folly-of-the-Sun-HM-834549951


So here is a newspaper-esque map from the game Historiae Mutetur, detailing the happenings of the first Soviet-Japanese War and the first glimpses of Pan-Americanism.
Map to the game is here

I like it! You copied the texture very well! I just think the font could be a bit better.

Well fellas wrap it up. No new maps for 2020, we can't compete.

Don’t underestimate the community, especially with the containment
 
I've never figured out how to download fonts, this will be the downfall of me :confounded:

It really isn't that complicated. Usually, you can download them from sites, and put them into wherever your computer stores fonts.

For instance, this is how you do it in MS Office 365:


Also, there is this site:

 
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