Map Thread XIX

Domino Effect
The West has Fallen and the East Stands Tall


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"From Copenhagen in the North to Genoa in the Ligurian a steel curtain has descended across the continent."
- Konrad Adenauer, Former Chancellor of Germany

"Madame Ferraro, tear down this wall!"
- Andrei Gromyko, President of the Russian Federation

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The story of the Twentieth Century begins with a tale of two revolutions.

The United States of America prided itself on its ideals, its beliefs that all men were created equal and that anyone could make it to the top with enough grit and gumption. Unfortunately, though these concepts held partly true, they weren't adhered to as much as one would like. The Gilded Age was a time of great injustice, as monopolizing moguls with endless streams of gold seized control of America's economy and the average peasant's life descended further into squalor. Though the Civil War, fought over the enslavement of blacks, was but thirty years old, it seemed the lessons it had taught were already forgotten, as tensions rose between white and black. Democracy itself had been weaponized against the people, as political machines methodically dismantled the very system that had brought them in power and as Congress devolved into nothing more than a millionaire's club. People wanted change, they wanted reform, but no such thing came. After the assassination of Theodore Roosevelt at his presidential inauguration in 1912, the first truly progressive candidate America had seen since Grant, and with him, the country, were lost.

The Russian Empire was a mess. Ethnic conflagrations rocked the country, the government's authority was degrading, and though serfdom was decades dead by that point, the lasting effects of that most unjust institution could easily be seen in Russian society even then. The people, the citizens, demanded change, but the tsar remained in his palace, counting his billions and shielding himself from the world outside those walls.

In 1914, a man was shot in the head. But this was not just any man. This was German Kaiser Wilhelm II, shot by a French nationalist while on a visit to the border territory of Elsass-Lothringen. Though the German people mourned and Kaiser Wilhelm III was crowned, they were soon enraged, and war was declared on the French Republic. Things spiraled out of control. Alliances were forged and broken. Tsar Nikolai II balked at the audacity of the French to defend someone who had slaughtered royalty, and severed his ties with them, realigning his views with Germany. At the same time, when Britain and the Benelux announced their support for the French, the Italians, Spaniards, and Portuguese were swift to jump to their defense, and Austria-Hungary, classically neutral, was coaxed into engaging in a suicide mission against the twin titans of Germany and Russia. In America, Roosevelt's vice president of fifteen minutes Woodrow Wilson, who had only been selected to show a solidarity between the progressives to the conservatives, had turned rabidly Anglophobic in his imperialist quest and, against his population's better wishes, declared war on the Entente Powers. By the next day, soldiers were already streaming across the border and into Canada.

The Great War was not kind to any side, as trenches and earthworks became the graves of millions of young men the world over. Some nations were better equipped to handle such a blow, such as the persevering Germans or the radical French, but America and Russia were soon in dire straits. The war in Canada had not gone as smoothly as Wilson had desired--indeed, nothing like the "mere matter of marching" Thomas Jefferson had predicted--and the demonstrations in Washington protesting the government and the conflict grew daily. Russia, meanwhile, was under pressure fighting a war on three fronts, as the Austro-Hungarians turned out to be more trouble than thought possible, as the British invaded Central Asia, and as the Japanese swallowed Siberia. Labor struggles were, however, quickly addressed, as the war effort demanded Russian industry work like never before. The same could not be said in the United States, where strikes and their breaking up by police and strongmen became a daily occurrence.

Things finally came to a head in 1917. The governments of Russia, overextending itself, and America, bogged down in Canada, were overthrown. In Petrograd, the tsar and his family were removed from the Winter Palace by revolutionaries and sent into exile in London, before civil war erupted between the democratic and autocratic factions. In Washington, D.C., a horde of livid men and women marched into the White House, dragged Woodrow Wilson and his wife to the foot of the Lincoln Memorial, and brutally executed them. Wilson's liberated head would remain on a pike in the center of the National Mall for months. Both nations became consumed by revolution and infighting, though America was far worse off than Russia, as all order dissolved and chaos ensued. Still, in both countries, two men and their ideologies would rise to the top. In the United States, this was the aging communist Eugene V. Debs, a man who had been imprisoned by Wilson for his radicalism but freed by rebels when the revolution came to Chicago. Debs united the various socialist, anarchist, syndicalist, and communist factions in the Union under his banner, and against all odds defeated the Whites and established the United Socialist States of America in 1918, with its capital in Revolution, the name that had rechristened New York City. Across the seas, one Alexander Kerensky became the angel of democracy for the Russian people, stabilizing the country and installing a new government with free and fair elections and a relaxed grip on the populace. Debs and Kerensky both pulled out of the Great War, though Germany, who by that point had conquered Austria-Hungary, broken France, and enticed Italy to its side easily won the day.

The 1920s were a time of great social upheaval in the USSA and the Russian Federation. The former saw the consolidation of power by Debs, and later his death, which resulted in the paranoid, powerful, and tyrannical Franklin Delano Roosevelt rising to power after ejecting his rival, Herbert Hoover, and later having him assassinated in Beijing, where he had sought refuge. Roosevelt initiated the Great Purge soon after, citing the need to eliminate the enemies of the working class that lay hidden in America, and went on to falsely accuse tens of thousands of people of crimes they did not commit, usually resulting in their death. The People's Bureau of Investigation under J. Edgar Hoover was FDR's main strongarm when it came to cracking down, as was the People's Army of the Revolution under Dwight D. Eisenhower. Russia was undergoing the exact opposite, as democracy and regulated capitalism showed just how fruitful the nation could be. The Roaring Twenties soon passed over the Russians, as economic prosperity reigned across Europe. But it was not to be. When the Berlin Stock Market Crash occurred in 1929, the world was plunged into the utter devastation of the Great Depression.

The Depression was a trying time, straining Russia's new democratic systems, though they held true to the end. The Americans, who had been cut off from the global economy since 1919, were unfazed by the Depression and instead began to export their most powerful commodity: Revolution. Latin America struggled under the weight of the panic, so much so that communism looked very appealing to the average citizen. Harnessing this sentiment, the United Socialist States of America began its decades-long crusade against capitalism by invading nations like Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil to bring the Revolution to them. By the end of the 1930s, communism reigned supreme in the Americas in everywhere but Canada and the Cone. Russia, in stark contrast, turned isolationist, looking inward and rebuking a place on the global stage. During this time, a new, reform-minded president was elected, one Joseph Stalin, whose astoundingly popular New Deal alleviated some of the weight of the downturn.

Eventually, the Great Depression came to an end, but not with a whimper, but a bang. The Entente Powers, losers of the Great War, had been festering over the course of the 1930s, and the right-wing had arisen in their governments, most notably Oswald Mosley in the British Imperial Union and Philippe Pétain in the French State. On October 31, 1939 France began its invasion of Germany. Thus began the World War, a conflict of far greater magnitude than any that had come before it. The Entente swept across Europe, though Russia slumbered. The USSA was invaded through New England, and was soon engaged in the fight for its life, but still, Russia slept on. Finally, when the Empire of Japan launched a surprise bombing raid over Vladivostok, Stalin's Russian bear awoke. With the might of both the American and Russian juggernauts on their side, the Axis Powers soon defeated the Entente through the German's offensive through the Rhineland and on the part of Operation Flood and Operation Downfall for the Americans, who conquered Western Europe in one blow and Japan with the second. All was not well, however, and before the dust had settled and the ink had even dried on the treaties and peace accords, the Axis split in two: the communist sphere, and the "free world." The Cold War had begun.

The Russians and Germans had developed the nuclear bomb first, and it had been dropped on Algiers as a show of power to persuade the French to surrender, something it certainly contributed to. But the Americans, through spy rings and double agents, had developed their own atom bombs as well. Diametrically opposed, the world was divided with Europe split in two, communist to the west and democratic to the east. As technology developed, things became scarier and scarier. The Paris Blockade of 1949 characterized what the next few decades would be like, when the USSA refused to allow EURASEC, the new Eurasian military alliance, into East Paris, and Russia instead merely airlifted in supplies. The American Counter-Revolution of the 1950s, led by Joseph McCarthy and Barry Goldwater against Premier Lyndon B. Johnson, was an utter failure, but Russian support for the rebels heightened tensions immeasurably. By the 1960s, when the Japanese Missile Crisis became inflamed, mutually assured destruction--the doctrine of M.A.D.--was the only thing that kept anyone from pressing the big red button, though the Russian's failed Bay of Mutsu invasion was an international embarrassment in EURASEC's fight against the Dubhlinn Pact. Proxy wars and rebellions became the battlegrounds in which the two sides went head to head, most infamously the Bolivarian War, which ended up being a horrific quagmire for the Russian Federation.

In 1985, a new American premier rose to power: Geraldine Ferraro. For the first time since Abraham Lincoln, an American politician was dedicated to democracy. Much to the chagrin of the People's Congress, Ferraro has, in recent years, moved to reform the USSA, something wildly popular Russian President Andrei Gromyko has urged. But how far can reform go before people taste too much liberty? How free can a totalitarian state become and still remain together? Already, the screws are loosening and the seams are bursting. Perhaps the dream of democracy in the West is not so fleeting after all...

 
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The Principality of Tuscany c.1550
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A map of the Principality of Tuscany under the rule of the House of Medici. The Principality is a strong regional power in Italy asserting its economic hegemony in Italy and in Europe proper. During the Italian Wars between the Habsburg Holy Roman Emperors, and Valois Kings of France, Tuscany leveraged its position to play both sides against each other. The then Duke of Florence fought valiantly against the Holy Roman Emperor when his armies tried marching on Rome. And for these actions Tuscan was elevated to a Principality by the Pope. Another boon from this settlement was that following the devastation inflicted by Northern Italy by the Habsburg and Valois armies, there was little resistance to Tuscany as its armies began annexing territories gaining direct sea access to the Adriatic greatly enlarging its power. Following this stunning military victory, Tuscany experienced another Golden Age with it now dominating trade in the Mediterranean with it overshadowing old players like the Republic of Venice and Republic of Genoa. The Medici Bank which experience another renewal concurrent with Tuscany's newfound prosperity, maintained Italy's economic might despite the shift towards the Atlantic following the discoveries in the New World. This prosperity would later allow it to unify Italy in the later 17th Century permanently changing the European balance of power forever.
 
This started as the "Radical Centrist" map of a political compass Worlda series I'm making where every *ideology* in the popular Political Compass test -Authoritarian Left, Libertarian Right, etc.- gets its own ASB world. (dunno if I will finish it, I have so so so many projects). It ended up as a United Nations wank but it's not meant to be entirely serious. Enjoy.

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The United Nations of Earth!

Still officially named the United Nations Organization, because calling it the UNE is considered too dramatic of a step, it's the result of (ASB) efforts after the fall of the USSR and Communist China to build a democratic, prosperous world. The UN Security Council and to a lesser extent the General Assembly and the General Secretary have ultimate authority over most international matters, but every nation is very autonomous, like a very weak European Union. Every UN member is democratic, though how much varies. Extremist ideologies like nazism, revolutionary communism, and religious fundamentalism are banned; bans are even stronger in individual countries. Nations who don't comply to UN standards might face sanctions and even peacekeeping interventions. International trade is very much free and trade blocs are stronger than ever, but not to the point of further integration, with the EU as an exception; critics say this has a negative effect in poorer economies, but supporters say it's regulated enough. In fact, the mainline economic systems go from regulated capitalism to market socialism; worldwide corporations are very strong, but monopolies are few and most countries have at least basic worker's rights. There have been efforts to protect the enviroment and fight against climate change, and with international support they have been more successful than our world, though they're often undermined by the UN ruling's lack of ambition and lack of interest by individual countries. Biodiversity degradation, land misuse and pollutive industries are very common outside of the developed nations, and economic concerns prevent further action many times. There's also an international space program, but it's perpetually underfunded and hasn't gone farther than an larger ISS and the prospect of an international Moon base and Mars mission in the future. Popular culture is very much family friendly and marketing oriented; there are few really controversial art pieces in worldwide media, but plenty of remakes and feel-good pieces; Hollywood and Bollywood are kings and there's plenty of consumerism and corporatism, though at least the internet has a lot to offer like OTL; piracy is much controlled though. Widespread poverty and crime, as well as prejudice is still around, and indeed, the fact that the Security Council and developed economies have virtual unilateral authority over international trade and economics have made some nations resentful. Worldwide debt, inequality, economic crises... all still happen, especially in Third World nations, despite the stronger efforts of the FAO, WHO, and other UN agencies. Still, it's balanced by being a more peaceful, democratic world, where UN rulings are -mostly- followed, international conflicts are solved diplomatically, and the UN Security Council promotes and guarantees worldwide democracy, human rights, and freedom of trade.

Or else.

Color key:

UN Blue: Security Council Members
Light Blue: Full UN Members
Dark Blue: Under direct UN administration pending referendums or resolution of the conflicts; also the Antartic Treaty Administration.
Lighter Blue: UN observer nations (there are a couple around!)
 
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This started as the "Radical Centrist" map of a political compass Worlda series I'm making where every *ideology* in the popular Political Compass test -Authoritarian Left, Libertarian Right, etc.- gets its own ASB world. (dunno if I will finish it, I have so so so many projects). It ended up as a United Nations wank but it's not meant to be entirely serious. Enjoy.

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The United Nations of Earth!

Still officially named the United Nations Organization, because calling it the UNE is considered too dramatic of a step, it's the result of (ASB) efforts after the fall of the USSR and Communist China to build a democratic, prosperous world. The UN Security Council and to a lesser extent the General Assembly and the General Secretary have ultimate authority over most international matters, but every nation is very autonomous, like a very weak European Union. Every UN member is democratic, though how much varies. Extremist ideologies like nazism, revolutionary communism, and religious fundamentalism are banned; bans are even stronger in individual countries. Nations who don't comply to UN standards might face sanctions and even peacekeeping interventions. International trade is very much free and trade blocs are stronger than ever, but not to the point of further integration, with the EU as an exception; critics say this has a negative effect in poorer economies, but supporters say it's regulated enough. In fact, the mainline economic systems go from regulated capitalism to market socialism; worldwide corporations are very strong, but monopolies are few and most countries have at least basic worker's rights. There have been efforts to protect the enviroment and fight against climate change, and with international support they have been more successful than our world, though they're often undermined by the UN ruling's lack of ambition and lack of interest by individual countries. Biodiversity degradation, land misuse and pollutive industries are very common outside of the developed nations, and economic concerns prevent further action many times. There's also an international space program, but it's perpetually underfunded and hasn't gone farther than an larger ISS and the prospect of an international Moon base and Mars mission in the future. Popular culture is very much family friendly and marketing oriented; there are few really controversial art pieces in worldwide media, but plenty of remakes and feel-good pieces; Hollywood and Bollywood are kings and there's plenty of consumerism and corporatism, though at least the internet has a lot to offer like OTL; piracy is much controlled though. Widespread poverty and crime, as well as prejudice is still around, and indeed, the fact that the Security Council and developed economies have virtual unilateral authority over international trade and economics have made some nations resentful. Worldwide debt, inequality, economic crises... all still happen, especially in Third World nations, despite the stronger efforts of the FAO, WHO, and other UN agencies. Still, it's balanced by being a more peaceful, democratic world, where UN rulings are -mostly- followed, international conflicts are solved diplomatically, and the UN Security Council promotes and guarantees worldwide democracy, human rights, and freedom of trade.

Or else.

Color key:

UN Blue: Security Council Members
Light Blue: Full UN Members
Dark Blue: Under direct UN administration pending referendums or resolution of the conflicts; also the Antartic Treaty Administration.
Lighter Blue: UN observer nations (there are a couple around!)
I like it very much! I'd love to see a 2100 map of that world, including Moon and Mars bases, and if by that time there is a democratic World Parliament.

This project yours goes hand to hand with already done global British Empire maps. Maybe this trend deserves its own thread: "World government maps".
 
Lighter Blue: UN observer nations (there are a couple around!)
I see:

Switzerland
Bhutan
The Vatican (but San Marino, Monaco, Andorra, and Lichtenstein are full members)
Gaza and some of the West Bank (perhaps Palestine, with Jerusalem under UN direct adminstration?)
One or possibly Kurdistans

Did I get them all?
 
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View attachment 550056i got a lot of influence from this, this and this so

basic premise is...
Africa rolls all sixes, and Europe is forced into multiple wars and is unable to be able to colonize Africa, paired with pressure from america, Britain and Brazil and the billing of the reservation of Africa. the remaining nations, Britain and america included, both have port cities along the coasts for trading and economic purposes.

-Ethiopia, morocco, and Egypt especially have all industrialized for the most part.
-communism is a rapidly growing ideology in west Africa
-a ideology called "social mahdism"also is flourishing, basically combining traditional Islam with political and economic socialism.
-this world's nasserism is especially popular in north Africa and Egypt
-Africa has become the worlds testing ground for new ideologies in a sense, with technocracy being implemented as well as European company interests going into deep Africa.
-a war between the old rulers of Africa, mainly monarchies and empires, against the new rulers, nationalists, communists, and republics has recently ended, and traditional monarchism has all but stayed.
-the Egyptian military has recently took power in Egypt after a coup d'eat and unauthorized invasion of Hejaz, similar to the Japanese empire's military government.
-both Africanism and apartheid like systems are being propped up by European powers

there will definitely be more then just a green world, trust me.
A nice idea and one of my favourite concepts generally but everything being in green is a little odd TBH. Unless there is a point to it that I've missed, I would suggest giving each nation their own colour.
 
A teaser for a Mass Effect Project I am working on.

In the year 2148, explorers on Mars discovered the remains of an ancient spacefaring civilization. In the decades that followed, these mysterious artifacts revealed startling new technologies, enabling travel to the furthest stars. The basis for this incredible technology was a force that controlled the very fabric of space and time.

They called it the greatest discovery in human history.

The civilizations of the galaxy call it...

MASS EFFECT


Earth, the homeworld and spiritual capital of humanity is currently in the midst of a golden age. The resource wealth of dozens of settled clusters and their hundreds of worlds flows back to Earth, fueling great works of industry, commerce, and art. The great cities are greening as arcology skyscrapers and telecommuting allow more efficient use of land. The effects of climate change have also been reversed, and rewilding projects also made the planet more pristine than it was hundreds of years ago.

The regions of Earth are relatively equal economically on a per capita basis. Africa, India, and China unsurprisingly hold the chunk of the planetary economy due to their large populations (sometimes outnumbering entire star clusters).

The galaxy as a whole is divided into clusters due to the Mass Relay Network, each cluster is a large area of the galaxy centered around a mass relay. The Systems Alliance based its administrative divisions into these clusters. A well-known human-controlled cluster would be the Local Cluster centered around the Sol Relay. A cluster can have nearly a dozen garden worlds or in the case of the Local Cluster, only six including Earth. Admitted clusters into the Systems Alliance act like states of the old United States. These clusters also have a devolved unicameral parliament known as a Cluster Assembly.

While Earth is astronomically located in the Local Cluster, it is given a separate cluster government due to its special status as a homeworld and sheer population size of seventeen billion that comprises nearly eight percent of the total human population. The individual nations of Earth are also the administrative equivalent of entire planets.

Earth holds 89 of the 1100 seats of the House of the People, the lower house of the Systems Alliance parliament. Politically, Earth leans to the Progressive Coalition of Democratic Socialists (or Progressive Party in short). While the Systems Alliance as a whole is currently ruled by a Conservative-Terra Firma Coalition Government, Earth’s devolved parliament is led by a sole Progressive Majority Government.
 
A WIP that I have been doing for over 2 years in extremely intermittent periods of time, for an alternate world of ASOIAF


(and here is the extremely older and crappier 1.0 version:


If anyone wants to know more about the map, ask, I haven't defined the lore completely but I have managed to make a rough delineation of the map's world in my head
Good lord that is horrifying.

Please keep up the good work, I'd like to see what the finished project looks like.
 
OK, this is a silly one done purely for my own amusement: a multiple superpowers world, each power being a wanky creation from existing AH by members or others. (Except one I did myself because I couldn't find a preexisting one that really fit.) In most cases there has been some folding, spindling, or mutilation to make them fit, sadly enough, although one was so absurdly over-wanked to start with that I don't feel too bad about the savage cuts administered.


 
I like it very much! I'd love to see a 2100 map of that world, including Moon and Mars bases, and if by that time there is a democratic World Parliament.

This project yours goes hand to hand with already done global British Empire maps. Maybe this trend deserves its own thread: "World government maps".
Well, since this is a "radical centrist" wank, it all depends on your ideological beliefs. Maybe a combination of regulated free trade and slow-moving UN bureucracy trudges along solving humanity's problems and eventually we go into space in a unified democratic goverment with prosperity for all. Or maybe rising inequality and lack of action provokes extremists and populists into abandoning the UN project and a new order emerges. But if you want to see a cool united Earth map, look no further than @BrentiusAtticus map above in this same thread!

Long ago I started -and abandoned- some 'goverment type' wanks (republic, monarchies, theocracies, technocracies) but I think these ideology wanks are more fun. If I do more or if other users have similar maps to contribute maybe I could open a thread.

I see:

Switzerland
Bhutan
The Vatican (but San Marino, Monaco, Andorra, and Lichtenstein are full members)
Gaza and some of the West Bank (perhaps Palestine, with Jerusalem under UN direct adminstration?)
One or possibly Kurdistans

Did I get them all?
Yep, you caught them all! Bhutan is a fanciful idea of mine, actually, they always seem so distant from world affairs. Switzerland actually wasn't a UN member until 1992 IIRC (despite having UN offices on its territory). As for Israel/Palestine, that is indeed International Jerusalem. In fact, I've should've had shown everything under UN peacekeeping until it's sorted out.
 

Hey looks it's another giant Q-Bam that I had to upload to reddit first because it's too damn large for AH.com's image attachment to handle.

This is the sequel to and set later in the timeline of a map I made about 7-8 months ago. The primary (given the fact that I am a complete hack, my TL obviously has multiple PoDs) point of divergence is the Arab/Muslim forces losing the Battle of Yarmouk, followed by the Romans and Muslims splitting Persia down the middle as the latter continues to invade eastward. Hence, islamic India, China, etc. I wrote like 1700 words on the image (which actually isn't as much as previously), so I'm not gonna write much here. Ask away if there are questions.

I also just posted this map over on r/IM like seven minutes ago. There's a link to the previous map in the TL over there.
This is one of the first world maps in this style that I actually enjoy looking at, great job
 
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Here's a quick sketch of an alternate modern India, wherein the ascendant Sikh Empire crashes against the British in seven Anglo-Sikh Wars. A world war against the Russians goes disastrously for the British, and soon a pacifist government rises to power. As the Sikhs, Indian rebels, and mutinying soldiers pick off the last of the British forces on the subcontinent, Britain decides to submit to the demands of the rebels and evacuate. This map depicts the new Indian states a few years post-evacuation.
The three powerhouses are the expansionist SIKH EMPIRE, HINDUSTAN, and HYDERABAD, who soon stumble into war over RAJASTHAN. The Sikh Empire will likely succeed, though the continent is vast and will unlikely submit easily. Meanwhile, European meddling is far from over.
Other states of note include the reborn
Maratha Confederacy, Orissa, the Bengalese Empire, the Burmese Empire, Dravidistan, Ceylon, the Assamese Empire, the Central Indian Republic, and Gujarat.

inspired by this Victoria II aar: https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/the-sikh-men-of-punjab-a-sikh-empire-aar-nnm.650635/
 
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A nice idea and one of my favourite concepts generally but everything being in green is a little odd TBH. Unless there is a point to it that I've missed, I would suggest giving each nation their own colour.
It was more or less just a placer until i decided the colors for them, thank you though
 
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i finished Africa, and i decided to make Brazil basically a mulatto dominated republic, which, along with a radically anti slavery and anti colonial USA, were able to save Africa. As a result, these two nations have both major and minor influences in Africa.
 
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i finished Africa, and i decided to make Brazil basically a mulatto dominated republic, which, along with a radically anti slavery and anti South America, were able to save Africa. As a result, these two nations have both major and minor influences in Africa.
Why doesn't Tunisia and the rest of North Africa have major states? Given how they're part of the Mediterranean world, I'd expect them to have centralized, or at least not be on the same level as the Sahara Desert.
 
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