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Ronald Reagan wasn't president in 1979. Jimmy Carter was. Reagan was elected in November of 1980 and inaugurated January 20, 1981. I'd suggest you change the president it was changed under (Reagan to Carter), though, because I can see America in the 1970s looking at the Electoral College after the dueling shitstorms of Nixon and Carter's presidencies and thinking, "Dang, this thing never works! We should get rid of it!" Meanwhile, no one's going to really support abolishing the Electoral College in the 1980s, when Reagan won both elections in landslide victories and America saw the EC as doing its job perfectly. Even better, have Gerald Ford win the popular vote in '76, but Carter clinches the electoral votes and is elected president. When all the crap like the Energy Crisis and Iranian Hostage Crisis break out, America will only have the Electoral College to blame.
The PoD is in 1916, this is a very different Reagan. He's a hawkish liberal Democrat whose Vice President was Jimmy Carter.
Cross-posting from MotF 201:
On the Fields of Kosovo

In 1841, the Principality of Serbia moved its capital from Kragujevac to Belgrade. 100 years later, the Kingdom of Serbia again moved its capital - this time from Belgrade to Kosovo. The decision to relocate the capital arose from many causes - but primarily stemmed from two threats to Serbia. An external threat in the form of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and an internal threat in the form of a restless Albanian minority.

Relations with the Austro-Hungarian Empire had been worsening since the 1910s. On three separate occasions, incidents involving the Serbian minority in Austria-Hungary had nearly brought the Empire and Serbia to war - if not for mediation by the other great powers of Europe. The Serbian capital of Belgrade was only separated from Austro-Hungarian territory by the Danube River, which made it impossible to defend the city - a fact Serbian military planners were all too aware of. In case of war, the Serbian government would have to relocate into the interior of the country. Given the general pessimistic attitude that war with Austria-Hungary was inevitable at some point in the near future, many in the Serbian government believed it made sense to move the capital before the start of hostilities.

Serbia's hold of Albanian territories had been tenuous since the Albanian Vilayets of the Ottoman Empire were partitioned between the members of the Balkan League during the Balkan War. As Serbian began to colonize Albanian territories, it faced armed resistance from the locals - including two widespread revolts, which Serbia managed to put down before the Great Powers could get involved. If Serbia were to relocate its capital to a location inside the territories annexed in 1912, that action would send a clear message across Europe that Serbia did not intend to relinquish its recently won holdings (which crucially gave it an outlet to the sea). Furthermore, moving the capital could also impact the ethnic balance of the location where the new capital was to be - as many Serbians would be enticed to move to the new location in pursuit of civil service jobs.

With the looming threat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the desire to suppress the rebellious tendencies of the Albanians in the minds of every Serbian politician, it was decided to build a purpose built capital at Kosovo field, just outside of the town of Pristina. Kosovo as a location made sense for a number of reasons. First, Kosovo was centrally located, with the closest foreign country being friendly Montenegro. Second, Kosovo was located in ethnically mixed territory - and relocating the capital here would act as a magnet to attract additional Serbs to the ongoing effort to colonize Albania. Finally, Kosovo was the site of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo - a particularly important event in the annals of Serbian History.

Work on the new capital began in 1935, with 1941 selected as the transfer date to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Belgrade as the Serbian capital. The new capital grew quickly, and absorbed nearby Pristina in 1952. While the war with Austria-Hungary never came to fruition, the colonization of Albanian territories intensified as anticipated after the capital was moved. Repatriated Serbs from the Austro-Hungarian Empire joined other Serbs (who were attracted by economic prospects) in relocating to the Albanian territories of Serbia. There has been continued Albanian resistance to this colonization effort till this day (notably including a spree of terrorist bombings in the 1990s) - but so far, the ethnic Albanians have not been able to eject Serbia from its southern territories. Compounding the effect of the migration of ethnic Serbs southward, ethnic Albanians make up a disproportionate share of emigrants from Serbia, meaning that the share of the population that is ethnically Serb has slowly, but consistently risen in the southern territories - and at the present shows no signs of stopping.

While the decision to relocate the capital has always had its opponents in Serbia (particularly in Belgrade) - today, the majority of Serbs hold the view that relocating the capital was a prudent move to preserve the integrity of Serbia. A common trope among Alternate History enthusiasts in Serbia is that if Serbia had kept the capital at Belgrade, all or some of the Albanian territories would have broke away at some point in the future (though a vocal minority bitterly cling to the idea that Serbia would not have relinquished a square inch of territory, regardless of where the capital was). It's impossible to say what would have happened either way if the Serbian capital had stayed at Belgrade - but it undoubtedly remains one of the important moments in Serbian history.

A map for Harry Turtledove's Through Darkest Europe.

Thanks for doing this. I got the feeling I wasn't going to enjoy the book enough to warrant digging through it for the actual AH references.

Related, but every time someone makes a TL where Muslims colonize the New World and they don't include an Al-Abamas reference is a missed opportunity.
Also cross posting from MOTF 201


This day in history August 12th, 1944 : Chinese Nationalists move capital to Hainan

As they quickly lose ground to the communist forces of Mao Tse-Tung, Chinese Nationalist leader depart for the island of Hainan, where they establish their capital, previously in Chengtu, in Haikou on the northern coast of the island, Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek left for the island the following day.

This relocation marks the effective end of the main operations of the Chinese Civil War, which was fought nearly continuously for 18 years with the notable exception of the United Front against the Japanese Invasion which was struck in 1937, but collapsed following the Japanese declaration of war against the Soviet Union in October 1939 and the subsequent Soviet invasion of Japanese Manchuria and Korea, the civil war resumed with greater intensity, as the Communist forces were handed over the industrial regions of Manchuria and received direct Soviet help in the war. Although the latters would pull back from china after the German invasion of Russia in 1941 the advantages the Communists had in equipment and manpower were too great, and the Kuomingtang systematically lost ground on all fronts. The only territory they gained was the Island of Hainan, formerly under Japanese Occupation but by 1942 only a token force was on it as most troops had been recalled to pacify the unstable and starving home islands and Formosa, which were abrubtly cut off from agricultural regions of Korea and where the complete failure of the Japanese Army threatened a civil war.

The Nationalist forces would be definitely evicted from the Guangdong less than a month later, by the time nearly 2 millions troops had managed to flee to the island, overwhelming the established population of 3 millions. The Kuomingtang would brutally supress all communist sympathy, particularly the insurgency of the native Li people of the center and west of the island. Many regions of the islands were starved to feed the troops in preparation of the Communist landing on the island, although several naval battle and bombing occured in the years after the relocation, a full scale invasion never came, partially thanks to American help which came subsquently to their intervention in the Pacification of Japan in 1946. Sporadic fighting would continue until 1950 across China. In the following 20 years the Republic of China on Hainan, under the dictatorship of Chiang Kai-shek, would be one of the pillar of American projection and Anti Communism in the far east, along with Japan and Formosa, the latter becoming independent after American occupation and a referendum, becoming a model thriving democracy, by opposition of the dictatorships in Hainan and Japan.
Here's a CSA victory map in 1939, so original and inspired.

The actual pod is pretty nebulous, What actually matters is that the CSA pulled out a successful victory in the war that allowed them to keep the border states(WV notwithstanding) but also relatively late in the game so that resentment by the CSA military towards the civilian government starts to show. This is really hard to find an actual pod to do it with so I just kept it vague.

Of course, a decade or so later, things go down the shitter for Dixie and the US/Britain intervenes to both protect the new balance of power in Britain's case and take back what was lost in America's case. The Treaty of Toronto signed in 1875, lets the US annex the New Mexico and Arizona Territory, much of northern Missouri, and a part of Kentucky while the Confederacy has to release Texas as an "fully sovereign and independent" state as well as releasing the Indian Territory which in the coming decades, becomes defacto a 'Native Homeland' as the United States deports thousands of native Americans to the territory itself.

The CSA undergoes a severe economic recession and deep anger against the government intensifies culminating in the August Coup of 1876 by several confederate Generals including James Longstreet, John Hunt Morgan, and PGT Beauregard being the most prominent and public faces of the new military junta. Not everyone in the CSA is peachy keen with this and South Carolina erupts in a short-lived rebellion that is ultimately crushed by the Junta. the Triumvirate's main goals are to stabilize the confederate economy, establish strong foreign alliances, and perhaps most importantly for them, make the confederate military the permanent centerpiece of the nation. the Junta manages to achieve 2/3 goals at least over the course of over the next decade, beefing up the confederate army and dragging the CSA out of the economic hole, but that was achieved mainly through the "Abolition" of slavery in name only to secure British investment.

The CSA has invested so heavily into the military that the main legacy of the Junta is creating the reputation for the CSA military as being the "Poor Man's Prussia" with the army being now the main nucleus of Southern Nationalism. With this army, the CSA engages in two main wars; the Texan war, and the Spanish-Confederate War, winning both and annexing Cuba while turning Puerto Rico into a friendly independent country and Texas to become a satellite state.

I also added a 3-way Mexican Civil War since I felt the map needed more stuff going on.

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That really is a novel way of approaching a CSA Victory: "An Army with a Nation" in the Americas!
The remainder of the USSR after the Third World War:


The constituent republics of the USSR are the Volgarossiyan SSR, the East Ukrainian SSR, the Crimean SSR, the Khazarian SSR, the Kalmyk SSR, the Circassian SSR, the Abkhazian SSR, the Ossetian SSR, the Ingush SSR, the Chechen SSR, the Dagestan SSR, the Georgian SSR, the Armenian SSR, and the Azeri SSR.

North of the USSR is a radioactive wasteland - the major cities, such as Moscow and Stalingrad, have been wiped off the face of the earth, and winds have swept the radioactive matter over a much larger area. Aside from separatist states in the Urals, and the military state of Kazakhrossiya, the closest thing to civilization in the area are armed militias extracting tribute from anyone unlucky enough to be in their territory. The Balkans and the Carpathians have also been spared the nuclear onslaught, but order has still collapsed and the official borders no longer matter. In the Middle East, Turkey's armies are slowly bringing the Arabian Peninsula under control, while Iran has collapsed after the nuclear bombing of Tehran. To the east, the Republic of Turkestan is dominating Central Asia.


Gone Fishin'

Why look, another Historiae Mutetur map that no one asked for i'm considering this my last inkscape testing for awhile now, school's about to start

We have here the British Isles, proudly boasting Muslim Irish, Roman/Gaelic/French/Danish England, Greater Wales, and a whole shitton of Celtics and the Norse on the itty-bitty top. This ought to be good.

(For a larger version of the image, please visit the original at deviantArt here:

A project which I've had going on and off for more than a year and couldn't seem to finish is finally at an end (and you can thank zalezsky who hounded me for ages).

This is a remake of my old old Zapadoslavia map ( which I hinted at here last December.

Once again, there is no detailed or thought-through timeline to go with this map, it was rather me exploring a concept and seeing if I could make the map better. Thus I'm copy-pasting the description of the old map here with some minor changes:

The alt. history that leads up to this is vague and full of holes at best. The Germans launch a later, spring offensive on the Soviets and, though the resistance is tougher, reach Moscow before the winter hits. The fighting on the outskirts of Moscow is tough and bloody but the Germans still make headway and take Moscow. They take vital Soviet industry which was too slow in evacuating east. This same push caught much of the same industry in Leningrad and Stalingrad. When the Russians finally manage to push the Germans back, it is only thanks to the ever-increasing pressure in Italy and the subsequent invasion of Normandy occupying more of the German forces. By the time the Russians establish a slowly advancing front, the Allies are racing eastwards through France and the Benelux. The two fronts meet in eastern pre-WWI Poland, crushing the retreating Germans between them. Due to a lack of Soviet soldiers, no violent exodus of Germans takes place. Instead, combined with economic sanctions and expropriations, many Germans begin leaving for Germany themselves though a large population remains. The Soviets, heavily weakened from the bloody battles far in the east and much of their industry west of the Ural in rubble, they're glad to leave Deutschland to the allies as they try to quell all the various nationalist uprisings evoked thanks to previous German support. They are mostly successful except for Lithuania. Poland immediately organises a flow of arms to the ex-commonwealth nation and their rebellion is successful.

Establishment of the federation
As the Soviets lick their wounds, the peace talks in in west Europe begin. The talks of federalisation come into play with support from the allies and the countries are united with a temporary seat of government in Warsaw and a temporary name as the Polish-Czechoslovak Federal State. While the individual flags of both nations are used on their respective territories, when abroad both flags are hoisted together to represent them. As one of the victorious nations, the federation gains their own occupation zone in Germany, more or less the part which the Soviets got in OTL (the USSR itself only holds symbolic sectors in Berlin and Vienna). They immediately carve out a separate Sorbian state and annex it and Gdansk into the federation. The city of Stettin, a major port connected to Czechoslovakia by the Oder river, is spun out into an autonomous free city within Germany where Zapadoslavia will hold special economic and military rights for 100 years. Port areas in Hamburg and Lübeck are also "rented" to Zapadoslavia for free for a century much like OTL.

Due to its secluded and strategic location, the newly-founded UN concedes Silesia as a mandate to the federation. Small territorial changes establish a more secure Czech-German and Czech-Austrian border while Poland annexes southern East Prussia and minor concessions are made to Lithuania. The northern areas of East Prussia, with a major German population, are also separated from Germany as a Trust Territory. In the east, weak Russian positions result in a reduced Polish border, in some places according to where the fronts met, in others negotiated.

The current situation
After the initial euphoria passed, the Czechoslovak side began to put pressure on the Poles and Těšínsko is split from the two states as an autonomous region. The next question on the table was the capital. Neither side could accept the other's capital as their own. The Poles saw danger of Czech atheist tendencies influencing the government administration from Prague while the Czechoslovaks were wary of Polish expansionist influence invading Czechoslovakia and of attempts to "Polify" the country. Soon a compromise is found. While the two national capitals retain vast cultural and economic autonomy, diplomacy is conducted from the perfect middle ground and when Těšín-Cieszin becomes the official capital of the federation, the biggest dividing factor indeed becomes their greatest unifying bond. The town experiences a large influx of finances and an enormous building boom to provide the facilities required of the capital of a large country.

The country undergoes a political and administrative reform. A federation of five states, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Sorbia, Gdansk, and the special Teschen (Těšín-Cieszin) Capital Territory. The internal divisions of the country are more or less retained for now, creating a complex multi-level system of government, especially in Czechoslovakia. The federation has two autonomous regions, Subcarpatian Ruthenia in Czechoslovakia and the Vilnius Region on the border with Lithuania. The country is still significantly multi-ethnic, even within individual member-states, with Germans forming a large minority in several states and a majority in Gdansk. The city becomes one of the major hubs of German emigration from Poland and Czechoslovakia. The federation also seeks to find a compromise regarding the name of the country to something shorter and more inclusive. In the end, the name "Federation of Zapadoslavia" is chosen in the style of Yugoslavia.

The future
The federation is a growing power with the industrial sector of Czechoslovakia quickly growing while the Polish plains become the granary of the federation. Gdansk, with an ever increasing German, but also Czech and Polish population, is set to become a major economic and trade hub for central Europe. Two states are expected to join the federation soon. The first being Lithuania, already a candidate, it is under increasing pressure from the Soviet forces looming in the east and international pressure to join to prevent another Baltic annexation by the USSR. On the other hand the Federation promises security . . . and potential unification with the Vilnius Region into one state. Poland hopes to achieve large-scale influence in this new state through the large Polish population in the autonomous region while Czechoslovakia seeks to dilute Polish power in the federation with the admission of a Lithuanian population. Integration has already begun as a customs and currency union between the two states has been established and Lithuania is bringing its foreign and economic policy into line with that of Zapadoslavia. The latest step to show their move to integrate was the change of the formal name of the state to "Associated Republic", de facto in a confederate relationship with Zapadoslavia.

The second potential state is Silesia. Their eventual joining was expected since the creation of the mandate. Everybody realised this including the German population in Silesia who didn't like the idea of living in a unified west-Slavic state. An exodus happens and increases as the date of the plebiscite and almost certain accession to the federation nears. The population is instead slowly being replaced by Czechs and Poles who see Silesia joining as it returning to Bohemia/Poland and wish to see it secured with a population friendly to their own part of the country. The subsequent territory would be ethnically diverse enough (between Czechs, Poles and Germans) that it would become a separate state rather than integrate into one of the current member states. The possibility of a new start, basically settling Silesia, is also a significant incentive. The Poles are winning in numbers while the Czech half is bringing industry and finances into the region.

Lastly remains the question of former East Prussia. The strongly reduced territory is split into three occupation zones which are also seeing an exodus of Germans, to be replaced primarily by Poles. In the planned plebiscite on the region's future, it is almost certain that the regions of Nadruvia and Warmia, already majority Polish, will demand direct annexation to Poland. Uncertainty remains around the status of Königsberg which, as the major regional city, retains a German majority, boosted by a lesser influx of Czechs and Czech capital. It is possible that this segment of Prussia may vote to join the federation as a separate city-state akin to Gdansk.

Meanwhile the situation in Russia is still not settled. And with the eastern nations slowly recovering from the war, they slowly eye the economically and industrially-ruined USSR as almost ripe for a nationalist counter-revolution who's seeds the Germans planted during the war. Romania seeks reunification with Bessarabia while the federation eyes potential influence in the Baltics, Belarus or Ukraine.
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The Mediterranean islands ISOT to 117 AD discussion a while back got me thinking about how that would work out and seemed to be a minor enough task that I could take on trying to map it. In the past, any attempt I made at mapping would inevitably end up with my lost in the weeds of relatively unimportant details and I tried to be a bit less of a perfectionist this time around. It didn't quite work out - I still spent way too much time going over small details - but I managed to finish, making this the second map I've completed. The only qualm I have is with the pixel font I downloaded for GIMP; I'm definitely choosing a different font for my next map.

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This map is meant to capture the world 100 years after the ISOT. The destruction, confusion, tragedy, and unprecedented technological development that follows ISOTs can be found in all the affected regions of this new Mediterranean order but, by and large, this world has weathered the storm quite well and the possibility of a better tomorrow looms large on the horizon. That having been said, tensions exist between uptimers, downtimers, and everybody in-between, and though cooler heads prevailed in the early years of the crisis, new ideologies are springing up: nationalism, metanationalism, protonationalism, regressivism, neoimperialism... under a charismatic new generation of leaders, living free of the fear of starvation and death that faced their grandparents, these ideas have the potential to be the death knell for Mediterranean unity and stir the waters of the world's most active sea once more. If nothing else, the democracies of the sea have an active (if at times turbulent) body politic, one that brings its citizens to reflect on their nations' pasts and look to the future in earnest...

Mediterranean Community

The Mediterranean Community, commonly referred to as simply the CM, is the spiritual successor to either the EU or the Roman Empire, depending on who you ask. Despite the initial chaos following the ISOT, the affected nations were able to quickly establish lines of communication, naval coordination, disaster relief, and eventually common markets owing to the fact that the affected islands, with the exception of Djerba, a few Turkish islands, and an Albanian monastery, all belonged to the European Union. Continued faith in the value of the Euro managed to hold until the Palermo Conference, with representatives from each of the affected countries (bar Cyprus), was held in order to better understand what the priorities of the islands should be regarding mutual survival, development, and relations with the inhabitants of mainland Eurasia and Africa. The conference was not universally a success; news continued to trickle in regarding the developing Cypriot Civil War, the Siege of Veneto had the Italian delegates foaming at the mouth for repercussions, and the Turkish delegates raised hell every opportunity they received in their demands for continued Turkish independence and rights to Anatolia. The conference would fail to reach satisfactory conclusions for any of these issues but would succeed in creating the Islands Group; a supranational body designed to coordinate mutual resource allocation for each island's survival and transparency in foreign policy until a unified uptimer agenda regarding the outside world could be organized and implemented. The Islands Group would go through several iterations until it would finally become the Mediterranean Community, a union comprised of uptimer and downtimer nations alike with a unified currency (though a shaky one), democratically elected legislature (for citizens), and development agenda ("empire-building in the guise of aid", cry CM critics). Though eventually complete integration is hoped for by many, the diversity of its constituent nations, both in culture and national priorities, remains a very persistent obstacle.


The Baleares were essentially all that remained of Spain following the ISOT. Though the economies were heavily reliant on tourism (and inundated with tourists) at the time of the change, local agriculture and the arrival of confused fishing boats from the Spanish coast allowed the local governments on the islands to survive with minimal deaths from chaos and starvation until connection could be made with Sicily. The democratic council model of governance proved useful against the challenges faced by the sudden loss of the central government and would be exported to the growing settlements on the coast of the Iberian peninsula and North Africa. Despite its small size, Espanya's bilingual society, relaxed attitude toward politics, and success in downtimer relations and mainland development has given the small country a reputation of perseverance and success that rivals that of the Tunisian Project.


Food, electrical, and infrastructural aid from Sardinia helped Corsica to keep anarchy from breaking out on the island. Ironically, the resulting closeness to Italy caused a cultural shift whereby Corsicans would emphasize their history as a part of France as part of their independence. Though starting off with a much smaller population than Italy, Corsica has taken on the mantle of France's successor. This is not to say that the French identity and the Corsican identity no longer conflict; particularly in the development zones, the linguistic divide has proved self-perpetuating; Gallic and Germanic tribes have taken more readily to French as a language of communication while the Roman administrative class and integrated tribes have shown more fondness toward Corsican. This continuing divide is perhaps the most pressing internal issue facing Francian society today, particularly as the mainland citizen population grows ever closer to the island one.

Despite this, the outward pressures facing Francia are enough to keep the nation united. Though differences persist, Corsicans and French understand that they face the difficulties of the times together and as one nation, though the character of that nation is at times unclear. More ominous is the outward threat presented by the growing power of Britannia as the island nation's meddling in the affairs of Armorican tribes becomes evident...


With a population of over 7 million at the time of the event, Italy quickly found herself in the dominant role of post-ISOT organization and rebuilding. Of equal significance, the question of what was to be done with Rome found itself in Italian hands. Records show that initial visits were rather peaceful, with Italians managing to procure translators sufficiently able to mimic Classical Latin to communicate with representatives of the Senate and with Romans recognizing that the strange people inhabiting the islands, though certainly not Roman, were not ordinary barbarians either. This all changed with the Siege of Veneto. Before sense could be made of the situation, Roman garrisons in what would eventually be Veneto would find themselves in conflict with the local governments of some Italian islands in the Adriatic Sea, both sides believing that some hostile power had invaded and occupied Roman/Italian territory. Though considerably more advanced technologically, the isolated nature of the Italian islands resulted in their eventual surrender to Roman forces when food supplies began running low. The subsequent Roman occupation saw the enslavement of some Italian citizens, an action which prompted Italy, supported by Greece, to threaten military action against Rome and demand certain concessions. Thus began the First Roman-Mediterranean War. Though Rome would survive this war, it would not survive the conflicts to come, as the pressure from newly dominant Christianity, repeated humiliation at the hands of its new neighbors, and inability to adapt to the technological shock would eventually cause the empire to crumble and fall into chaos.

Italia today remains the premier power in the Mediterranean Community, though it is significantly more decentralized than its counterparts. Where Hellas managed to unite its constituent islands in governance and structure, Sicily and Sardinia, by virtue of their great population and different locations, are all but independent in their internal affairs. This is not to say that relations are bad between the two; foreign policy and development initiatives are pursued in tandem, there are no barriers to trade, and an Italian identity persists alongside the powerful regional identities of the islands. Stereotypes, sports rivalries, and cultural difference exist, but these are understood locally to be sources of Italia's strength. A popular political cartoon caricature of the relationship is often used to help foreigners understand how Italians understand their country. In it, a handsome man and a beautiful woman hold each other and gaze at each other lovingly. "Saccente" says the man (Sicily) lovingly. "Bruto" the woman (Sardinia) replies, with adoration in kind.

Malta, Croatia, Cyprus, and Ifriqiya

When the Turkish islands were brought under the control of the Greek government and the prospect of an independent Turkish nation looking increasingly unlikely, the question of what would happen to the smaller island nations inevitably came under scrutiny. Though the level of independence each enjoys is varied, each have persisted in their own way.

The continued existence of Malta seemed the most unlikely following the ISOT, being unable to sustain its population initially and faced with a massive exodus soon after Italian ships reached the island. Despite these conditions, Malta managed to secure independence as a state and the uniqueness of the Maltese language combined with the linguistic variety of Maltese society were revealed to give Maltese citizens an advantage in learning and recording downtimer languages. Though heavily reliant on Italia and Hellas for its survival, Maltese today can be found at the fore of many diplomatic missions establishing relations with downtimer tribes and coordinating development and integration plans

Whether Croatia is an independent country or an autonomous region of Italia is an awkward question that most care not to ask out of politeness. Though Italia took the role of protecting the Croatian islands and ensuring autonomy for the Croatian people, few on the islands took much personal interest in resettling the mainland, preferring to stay on their comparatively developed islands. A close referendum saw Croatia vote in favor of providing docking rights to Italian ships and material support to Italian development efforts at home and abroad, in lieu of pursuing their own development program - a tax by any other name.

Cyprus exploded into civil war shortly after the ISOT, with the Turks and Greeks on the island coming to blows against one another over increasingly limited resources. Ultimately, the Turks in North Cyprus were forced off the island, resulting in massive casualties. The rather fascistic emergency government would eventually cave to pressure from an angry Hellas to democratize and provide sanctuary to Turks that sought to relocate to the island. Though tensions remain, divisions between the two communities have largely been papered over as the economic conditions on the island began to improve.

By far one of the strangest states to come out of the ISOT, Ifriqiya is considered one of the greatest diplomatic successes of the Mediterranean Community. The only nation born out of a union between uptimer and downtimer nations, Ifriqiya is the product of a Tunisia fearing for its (and by extension, any Islamic state's) chances of survival and an Africa province that experienced a renaissance of Punic culture after an Italian embargo forced independence from Rome and new technology prompted dramatic changes in society. Africa province saw cooperation with the Mediterranean states as vital to its survival and prosperity and after a series of conferences and negotiations, the creation of a secular union state between Carthage and the Tunisian remnants, aided by development aid from Italia in exchange for development and extraction rights around certain oil wells, came to pass. At the moment, the Tunisian government is based in Djerba and the Punic one in Carthage, though a city is being constructed on what-would-become Tunis that will serve as the capital of the future state. Sweet, sweet Italian money is helping to construct schools where students are taught both Arabic and Punic and the construction of further wells over the oil-rich Sahara, access to a new and increasingly vital resource ensures that the future looks bright for the young Dual Republic of Ifriqiya.


The second-most populated state to come out of the ISOT, and with much more developed land, Hellas is the Byzantium to Italia's Rome. In the chaotic yet formative early years, Hellas and Italia seemed on a collision course toward bitter rivalry, as nationalistic Greek parties made the argument that the ISOT was a gift from God to take the mantle of the old Byzantine Empire and fulfill Greece's destiny as Mediterranean hegemon. While this argument seemed compelling to some at first, a string of embarrassments and debacles as Greek nationalists and fascists tried to make contact with proto-Greeks made this argument begin to seem silly and fantastical. The failure of the nationalists' narratives and the harsh reality of uptimer isolation in this new world helped carry SYRIZA back into power in the first elections after the ISOT, on a platform of Mediterranean cooperation and pragmatic caution toward interfering in downtimer areas.

Today, Hellas is the backbone of uptimer development and diplomacy in the east. Though tensions with Italia are sometimes heated (no one has forgotten the Dacian Debacle), cooperation and friendship are strong, with Hellas mostly content to leave Italia in the leadership role in interactions with Roma and post-Roman states in the west while Hellas continues assisting Aigyptos in integrating into the Mediterranean economy and enforces the Closed Gate policy of slow detente with Parthia.


This writeup started looking rather long and I was a bit worried that it would take forever if I tried to write out a description of every single state or every single policy initiative of the Mediterranean Community, so I'm cutting it short here. That said, I have thought out a lot more details about the map (again, I have a bit of a perfectionist streak when it comes to worldbuilding) so feel free to ask me any questions you might have! I'd love to answer them!
Brilliant, couldn’t have done it better myself. Thanks for continuing the Mediterranean island isot timeline in this way, really appreciate it.
I have understood: the German occupied Belgium should be dark grey, and probably Belgium should (and probably shall) be dissolved.
Them keeping the remains of Belgium as is, or expanding it slightly into France, might be better. Means there would be a Flemish state hostile to the French trying to regain land. I also see you have combined the Thuringian and Meklenburger areas together. I don't know if the Princes would be happy with it. I'll check your thread again and see if I can find further details.

Why look, another Historiae Mutetur map that no one asked for i'm considering this my last inkscape testing for awhile now, school's about to start

We have here the British Isles, proudly boasting Muslim Irish, Roman/Gaelic/French/Danish England, Greater Wales, and a whole shitton of Celtics and the Norse on the itty-bitty top. This ought to be good.
looks like the Celtic Crosses are going to find their curves into another style of art. I expect people might claim in this world that Celtic Knots were just the Irish using the styles of Arabs, Berbers, and the others who I assume will be most likely to reach Ireland. I am unsure about the naming you give for York, though. Looking up the etymologies, I don't see a reason they would specify it as 'The Yorc'. Using The Hague as inspiration? It also reminds me of how the Fens and other areas used to be underwater, though it didn't the sort of thing that shows up on basemaps, and much of Louisnia is underwater but shown on maps as land anyways. Still, part of why the Norse started taking over York was because they could sail to it on the marshes. Said marshes might make some changes to the border here. Seems a lot of places here are claiming to be kingdoms. You see them as mostly being petty kingdoms or do they manage to stick around down the line? And any significance on them calling themselves Kingdoms of lands, rather than of peoples? I forget when it became common to move from one to the other. Suppose there aren't too many examples in the British Isles really. So, which of the Irish are Muslim?

Why look, another Historiae Mutetur map that no one asked for i'm considering this my last inkscape testing for awhile now, school's about to start

We have here the British Isles, proudly boasting Muslim Irish, Roman/Gaelic/French/Danish England, Greater Wales, and a whole shitton of Celtics and the Norse on the itty-bitty top. This ought to be good.
9/10, needs independent Strathclyde
Yay, finally some alternate map based on comic book fictional countries! But what about other DC-countries like Markovia or Bialya? Are they exist?

Yep! For Bialya, I'm thinking of making roughly equivalent to Kurdistan in terms of territory and demographics. I'm not sure where the name would come from, but I'm thinking it would have been independent some time before the Ottoman Empire, then gained independence again after World War 1. I've got ideas for Markovia too - I'm thinking it would be where Lusetia is IOTL, and would have started as a German principality with a Slavic majority before becoming part of the German Empire in 1871, then gaining independence in 1918 or 1919. There are also a few other countries I have ideas for - like making Modora/Pokolistan a Turkic country between Kazakhstan and the Ural republics of the Russian Federation
Thanks for asking!
From the UARverse, the 11 provincial seats of the Church of Columbia in Transylvania.

The Church of Columbia is a dominant denomination of Christianity in the Union being the most practiced denomination, just ahead of the Catholic Church. The Church owes its origins to the 18th Century, but really rose to prominence in the early 19th Century as part of the Great Awakening. The Church is a quasi-nationalist institution and exists almost entirely in the UAR. Throughout the history of the UAR, the Church has been extremely influential in social and political life - none the less, it is rather decentralized in modern times as a result of the Schisms of Policy that occurred in the early 20th Century. The Church was influential both in the rise of Christian socialism in the Union, as well as Christian nationalism.

The Church oversees provinces in every realm, with each provinces having a High Seat. Beyond the high seats of the provinces, the church structure is decentralized and largely local, with little oversight from the head leadership. Much of the Union aristocracy/nobility are members of the Church, as is the royal family.

In Transylvania, for example, the Church has 11 provinces, as shown below.

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I am unsure about the naming you give for York, though.

Yeah, I definitely had inspiration from places like the Hague, the Palatinate, etc.

Seems a lot of places here are claiming to be kingdoms.

So the thing is, this is based off of a WorldA map, which for me has a lot of limited stuff to go off of. Of course, there can be even more minor petty kingdoms that were in existence on Eire that didn't warrant enough space to be shown on the map, but I would imagine by the 1400s they would all be vanquished by the bigger powers.

I forget when it became common to move from one to the other.

In ITTL, Ireland was unified into one single Caliphate (very different from a Middle Eastern Caliphate, but the name still holds) (see more below), so I would think that the Eirish would have developed a much more interconnected kinship than OTL, which were really a cluster of fractured states and clans all vying for power. So really, it wasn't a regional peoples thing, but more of a national Eirish identity.

So, which of the Irish are Muslim?
As of the 1440s, Fechmoiri (Irish Islam) is being pushed to the west and are gradually being reduced to only communities in the western frontier (and whose disappearence will be made even faster with some Cultural Revolution-lite-esque reforms passed by later Ireland) as Ireland gradually becomes Catholic, but during Roman times all of Ireland (and Brittania) is solidly Muslim.
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