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King Hussein sought to take control of the Arabian Peninsula. The main troublemaker in the region was the Emirate of Najd, ruled by a Wahhabi sect. Wahhabi squads known as ikhvans (brothers in Arabic) attacked neighboring states. By 1922, a coalition had emerged from Hijaz, Kuwait, Qatar and the countries of Treaty of Oman, which, with British support, wanted to destroy the source of the raids. During the campaigns of 1923-1925, the Wahhabis were defeated, the emir Muhammad was killed, and Nedzh himself was annexed to Hijaz. The neighbors were happy to accept the replacement of the Saudi scumbags with the capable Hashimites.
In 1924, the caliphate was abolished in Turkey. Only one person claimed the vacant title of Caliph of the Faithful - King of Arabia Hussein. He substantiated his claims with the possession of two sacred mosques - the Great Mosque of Mecca and Al-Masjid al-Nabawi, which was a prerequisite for possession, and descent from the Prophet. The proclamation of the Caliphate initially found little support in the still colonial Muslim world. The Caliphate movement that existed in British India and opposed the abolition of the Ottoman caliphate generally perceived this act negatively at first. The Hashemite Caliphate achieved wide recognition only in the 1940s thanks to the active diplomacy of the dynasty.
After the subjugation of Nejd, Hussein drew attention to the southern borders. In 1923, after the death of Muhammad bin Ali, a feud between the son and brother of the late emir began in Asira in Asir. The power in Asira passed to the son of Muhammad Ali, who was too young and did not have the authority of his father, and therefore could not hold power in his hands. In early 1926, Ali was overthrown by uncle al-Hassan, who considered himself more worthy of the throne.
In addition, the rulers of Yemen and Hejaz claimed for the possession of Idrisides. In April 1925, Imam Yahya annexed Hodeida and occupied part of the Idrisid emirate. Fearing the absorption of the emirate by the Yemenis, the emir al-Hasan signed an agreement with the Caliph king in October 1926, which actually incorporated Asir into the Hashemite kingdom. During the transient war, the Arabians managed to push the Yemenis south. Hodeida and Najran remained in the hands of Yemen. The situation continued until the death of Hussein I in December 1931.
Caliph King Ali bin Hussein, who inherited the throne, clashed with the opposition. In the next three years, he repressed the unhappy centralization of the nobility and crushed the Wahhabi revolt in Nejd. Al-Hassan al-Idrisi also tried to take advantage of the change of king and restore his power in Asira. His rebellion was quickly crushed, and al-Hassan fled to Yemen.
The second Arabian-Yemeni war lasted two years and ended in an unconvincing victory for the Hashemites. They regained Najran, but Yahya bin Muhammad Hamid ad-Din retained the royal title and power in Yemen.
In 1933, the Hashemite government granted a concession to the oil company Standard Oil of California for oil production in the eastern regions of the kingdom. In 1938, the first oil was produced in Darkhan. This largely determined the fate of Arabia and was the beginning of the ARAMCO company.
The British mandates, ruled by representatives of the house of al-Hashimi, sought independence. Iraq, where Abdullah bin Hussein ruled, was more peaceful. The King of Iraq successfully built the institutions of the Kingdom of Iraq, maneuvering between the ruling Sunni Arab minority, Shiite Arabs and Kurds. In relations with the Shiites, King Abdullah used the fact that he is a descendant of the Prophet. The legislative assembly of Iraq was convened in 1928, but the king continued to rule by authoritarian methods. In 1936, the Anglo-Iraqi treaty was concluded, according to which the Mandate ceased on January 1, 1939. Abdullah formed the Armed Forces of Iraq on the model of the British Army. In general, Iraq continued to operate in the wake of Britain, strengthening relations with fraternal Arab peoples.
The political situation in Syria ruled by King Faisal was less stable. Although the country was a Sunni minority, there were problems with minorities, the main ones being Druze and Kurds. Another destabilizing factor was the emigration of Sunnis driven out of the Levant. First of all, it affected Palestine, which was supposed to become a Jewish national center. This caused unrest, anti-colonial and anti-Semitic sentiments. The British mandate ended in 1932, but this did not help Faisal to strengthen its position in the country. In 1933 he prepared and died. Rumors circulated about the violent death of the king. The new king of Syria was Gazi bin Faisal. He decided to keep up and died in a car accident in 1939. Faisal II at the age of four became his heir. The uncle of King Zeid bin Hussein became the regent.
The Sunni population in the French mandate has come under oppression. France feared pro-Syrian sentiment and supported non-Sunni groups - Alawites, Lebanese Maronites and Palestinian Jews. In the Alexandretta Sanjak, the French were unable to find support. The local Turkish population sought to reunite with their homeland and in 1938 the independence of the Republic of Hatay was proclaimed, which the next year became part of Turkey.
The French encouraged Jewish immigration to Palestine, intensified after the Nazis came to power in 1933. By 1939, the Jewish population of Palestine exceeded two million people, as a result of which their share in the population reached 70%. The Arabs, led by the Mufti of Jerusalem, amin al-Husseini, were in opposition to the local government and sought allies overseas.
On August 31, 1939, Germany attacked Poland. The Second World War began. Abdullah bin Ali, who became king after the death of Ali bin Hussein, had to respond to a new problem.

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Sequel to my my previous post current year is 1995


1. A hardliner coup in 1991 after the fall of the Warsaw pact now sees the Soviet Union following Socialism with "Soviet characteristics" . Improving relations with China have seen fears of a future Sino-Soviet axis in western circles.

2. Czechoslovakia has survived the fall of communism

3. Yugoslavia is broken . Serbia and Montenegro have united and is currently invading Albania to gain Kosovo along with intervening on the side of Serbian separatists in Bosnia and Croatia

4. Estado Novo has come falling down due to democratic protests.

5. Withdraw of Soviet and Cuban support saw a successfully Biafran invasion on the side of Yorubaland separatists

6. The various Portuguese colonies have gained independence with the exception of Macau and East Timor which has been annexed by Indonesia. UNITA has come to power in Angola thanks to Zairian and South African support . While FRELIMO has come to power in Mozambique.

7. An invasion of Rwanda by Tutsi rebels as sparked a regional war pitting the French backed Hutus, Zaire and Uganda against Tutsi rebels and Tanzania.

8. The collapse of the Dreg saw the independence of Eritrea and a Somalian conquest of the Ogaden.

9. The fall of the Shah in the early 1990s led to a short lived Socialist-Islamist coalition government before the latter took total control. Currently facing an invasion by the Soviet Backed United Arab Republic.

10. A successfully coup by the Khalq faction in 1990 sparked the collapse of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. The Soviets have launched a limited intervention to prop up the Northern Alliance against the Taliban.
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Insane Afrikaner dictatorship? (I note that every border is a DMZ.)

(But if something like that is happening here, the why are some of the province names still in English? 'Cape' should then be 'Kaap', 'Lower Orange' should be 'Neder-Oranje', 'Upper Orange' should be 'Opper-Oranje', 'Lower Rivierland' should be 'Neder-Rivierland' and 'Upper Rivierland' should be 'Opper-Rivierland'. Maybe I'm just way off-base.)

Primary reason is it's an entry of some alt-CIA World Factbook.
Yeah, but that was post-colonial nostalgic calling back to former African greatness. However that doesn't matter: it does look to me, according to this map, that it might be a bit too far south and east, but it's not west of where it should be.
You're right. This is like me screwing up the New Guinea/Borneo thing the other day. I said West because at first I was going to word it differently.
The Kingdom of Great Croatia
The Kingdom of Great Croatia was established in 1527 by the personal union between the kingdoms of Poland, Bohemia, and New Raska, and lasted until the year 1792, when the death of Casimir VII ended the Knezevic Dynasty. Great Croatia was succeeded by Bohemia, Galicia-Volhynia, the Lechitic Kingdom, and the short-lived Second Croatian Kingdom. Today its territory is part of Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Livonia, Moravia, Poland and Wendland, Rusynia, and Serbia.

Great Croatia at its greatest extent, in the year 1697. States joined to Great Croatia by personal union or otherwise under Great Croatian control, but not officially part of Great Croatia (i.e. Moldavia, Hungary, Lithuania, and the Duchy of Kiev) are not shown.
In addition to its constituent kingdoms and the Duchy of Pomerania, Great Croatia also held the Wendic States: the part of the Holy Roman Empire east of the Elbe, between Bohemia and Pomerania, which remained ethnically Slavic. The Wendic States were all either vassals of Poland or of Bohemia, or occasionally Free States. The Saxon Free State, with its Polabian Saxon majority, remained a Free State for the longest time. Because the Wendic States, Pomerania, and Bohemia were all within the Holy Roman Empire, Great Croatia was the most powerful state within that empire aside from Gallic Francia, and this was part of the reason why the two often took opposite sides in Holy Roman civil wars, most notably the Fifty-Two Years' War (1644-1696).
Great Croatian leaders portrayed the country as the successor to White Croatia: the confederation of Slavic tribes which existed from around 430 CE to 571 CE and was ruled by the Rodimirid Dynasty; supposedly, Lech and Czech were White Croatian nobility, which is consistent with kolomlot inscriptions referring to both brothers by the Belohorvat epithet and their own accounts of their homeland. However, the Belohorvat Dynasties of the early Lechites and Czechs are long gone and the
Great Croatia was one of the most influential states in Europe during its time, and its influence still affects Europe to this day. Great Crotian religious tolerance meant that a substantial Jewish community grew in the country, and allowed the pagan revival of the late 1700s and early 1800s to take place, and both of these remain strong influences on its modern successors' cultures. This tolerance also led to increased freedom of thought, and Great Croatia became known for its advances in astronomy, biology, mathematics, and alchemy, all of which contributed to the Industrial Revolutions of the 1700s. With the Age of Discovery connecting the peoples of the world, Great Croatian universities attracted students from such places as Mali, Delhi, and Tsenacommacah, which not only helped these advances spread, but also helped many of them be made in the first place, and contributed to Great Croatia's ethnic diversity. Great Croatia was also the second country in Europe in which the Longhouse Model of government was adopted - the Krakow Voivodeship was reorganised according to this model in 1651 - and its successors were among the earliest European countries to adopt the Constitutional Model which was based on the Longhouse Model.
Great Croatia's participation in the Russian-Cuman War turned the tide of the conflict in the Russian principalities' favour, and it is widely agreed that without this victory, the Russian Unification of the 1800s would not have been possible. In addition, the Russian-Cuman War directly led to the independence of Kipchakstan and Qasaqstan from Cumania. Great Croatia also played a key role in the War of Swedish Aggression (1701-1717), which led to the disintegration of the Swedish Empire and consequently the formation of the United Kingdom of Scandinavia and the Finnish Empire, as well as in the Second Great War (1771-1783), when Croatian forces formed a united front against Rumelian aggression in the Balkans, leading to the border between the Rumelian Sultanate and European countries being formally defined in the 1785 Treaty of Budapest.

This is a map from a world which is different from ours in several ways, with no singular POD (it's a separate universe altogether, not just an alternate timeline), but the differences relevant here are:
  1. White Croatia existed, as did Lech and Czech of legend.
  2. The early Slavs developed a writing system of their own, a system of runes known as kolomlot (kolo was the first letter and mlot was the last) which means historians in this world have evidence for White Croatia existing.
  3. The Polabian Slavs didn't assimilate into the ethnic Germans, instead they remained the majority east of the Elbe up until the modern day.
  4. Temujin died years before he could become Genghis Khan, butterflying away the Mongol conquests.
  5. Colonialism still happened but a combination of factors meant it didn't get as far in this world. A more significant effect of this world's Age of Discovery was the trade and exchange of ideas between previously distant places and peoples.


This is something completely different, but I've been posting updates on the ASB thread (the confederation, not ASB stuff in general) and I figured it was time for me to reveal my progress to the rest of you, (still a WIP btw, but a more substantial one). Props to @False Dmitri for creating his wonderfully weird (or weirdly wonderful) confederation:

Thanks for posting this graphic in high resolution, I remember looking for it some time ago but could only find it in low res

That flight approach always made me think about an AH scenario where a 747 crashes on Kowloon Walled city. That would have been a disaster
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For mock government, a friend and I are doing a bill that will propose all the New England states merge into one, inviting part of upstate New York and the Maritime provinces join us. I finished this a couple weeks ago since the event was supposed to be in mid-late March (it's been delayed to August) but never got around to posting this.
Caesar's Empire at his death.

Don't you just hate it when you both start and finish a project when you have two or three other things currently on your to-do list?
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This is something completely different, but I've been posting updates on the ASB thread (the confederation, not ASB stuff in general) and I figured it was time for me to reveal my progress to the rest of you, (still a WIP btw, but a more substantial one). Props to @False Dmitri for creating his wonderfully weird (or weirdly wonderful) confederation:
This is really cool someone's process in map making. For example for me I do all the outline of the region before doing all the rivers. Working in sections vertically instead of horizontal is unthinkable for me.

This seriously looks so nice and well made. One complaint I have is maybe make the states name a little transparent and on top of the city names. That small state on the southern coast of Lake Erie is kinda hard to read with so many cities clustered together.
Just another cross-posting from the MoTF, involving everyone's favorite happy little accident of History. If anyone has any questions or comments I'd be delighted to hear them. Cheers

The Confederation of the Equator


So I decided to go with what is possibly History's happiest little accident (or no accident at all, depending on who you ask): Brazil!

Brazil exists as a consequence of the Treaty of Tordesillas: a treaty accorded in 1493, after the first Columbian expedition, made to replace the old system that placed the newly-discovered Caribbean lands under the Portuguese zone of influence, which would set the zones of influence between Castile and Portugal at a meridian that was supposed to leave the Western Hemisphere to Castile and the Eastern to Portugal. Interestingly, the original proposal by Pope Alexander VI, the line would run 100 miles to the west of the Azores or the Cape Verde Islands, upon which the Portuguese insisted on shifting them further west, 270 leagues from Cape Verde, giving Portugal the lands that would later become Brazil.

To further accentuate the accidental nature of this event, I decide that, for whatever reason, the Portuguese don't insist on moving the line, which would leave but the very tip of Brazil in their hands, a tip they would take anyway, as it was quite wealthy in brazilwood, the earliest trade product in the region that would prompt settlements, and afterwards it would also be the center for the Brazilian sugar industry, meaning the colony, despite being considerably smaller, would still be quite profitable.

So very tiny Brazil will have a very different life - I took the opportunity to vastly increase the Dutch territories in South America and allow some life into the Huguenot colony of Antarctique, because Protestant South America is always delightful. And I decided, for some reason, that Dutch Amazon would follow the path of Belgian Congo (Netherlander, big tropical river basin) and go weirdly nativist with renaming everything, but I wasn't quite able to express that in the map, sadly. One day I may revisit the horrible hell I can only imagine the DRAM must be.

Now, I know the flag is awful. Then again, having an awful flag can certainly be a sign of realism in this world of ours, so there's that. It is inspired by the OTL flag of the Confederation of the Equador, so the colour scheme really isn't my fault.

It's a small map, but then again, this is a happy little accident. And it gave me the opportunity to try a book-style map, although that is a art that I still need perfecting.
This map shows an alternate timeline where the Munich Agreement goes south and Germany collapses three years earlier. Italy ascends as the leader of the nationalist countries of Europe and invades the Balkans. Other maps in the timeline are found in my reddit acct at the link in my signature.

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