Map Thread XVI

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So my take on the Confederate banwagon that's been rolling along. The Confederates, of course, win the Civil War with predominantly French assistance. This will lead to a backlash against Europeans (particularly Western Europeans) on the part of the Americans, and later an alliance with Germany in this world's Great War. The Confederacy of course does not last long, having a boom period of a decade and a half before Boll Weevil and the Cotton Crash bankrupt their economy, and they predictably fall apart in the 1880s. A Mexican-American Alliance takes advantage of this, sweeping up many of the territories they had previously lost and bringing several of the resulting states into their sphere of influence. Meanwhile, Texas and Louisiana secedes, and the heart of the Confederacy falls to a nascent Communard Uprising that becomes a solidified state in the 1890s.
Meanwhile, the Germans sweep through France whilst the combined arms of the US, Germany and -surprisingly- Spain defeat the British at sea in the early 1900s, made possible by an extended naval arms race between America, Germany and Britain. The Russians are also pushed to the brink as they crash against the armies of Germany, Austria and Romania, but are later lucky in that their revolution is democratic and reflects the American Revolution in it's results, leading to the Russian Republic. Their defeat in the Great War leads to a Communard uprising in both Britain and France, though France's is unsuccessful due to the German presence in OTL Grand Est. The British monarchy flees to Canada, which remained relatively untouched during the Great War due to a ceasefire with the US signed towards the beginning of the war. They will later descend into Monarchic fascism and launch a campaign to retake the homeland in the 1940s.
The People's Confederated Socialist Republics (PCSR) is severely undermined by the American and Texan presence on their borders, who are none too happy with a Communard nation on their doorstep, and infighting, terrorism and economic sanctions lead to a democratic revolution in the 1960s. The Southron Republic is the result.

This map is about four decades later, after Canada has mellowed out and the reality in the South has crystallised. Briefly, Europe is undergoing a silent revolution as the combined forces of Romania, Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland undermine Germany's dominance of the Mitteleuropan system; Asia is under a less extreme Japanese purview, the navy having never come to dominate society, though they too have since been superseded by a resurgent Chinese Confederation. India is split into a Communard north stretching from Islamabad to Kolkata whilst the south is a collection of republics and constitutional monarchies. Africa is rather more nativist and as such colonial borders have broken down, as the Germans proved frankly far worse administrators than the British and French. South America is much like OTL, though Brazil is less of a mess and Venezuela is fascist rather than communist.

It's a bit silly, the whole thing. If some of this is a wee bit incoherent it's because I've written it in the middle of a lecture about the Chinese of San Francisco :coldsweat:, so I'm rather of two minds.

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I don't suppose there is a version of this map with state/province borders? That could be handy for me.
Reposting this ASB map from the second to last page of the last thread.

Third Rome

The point of divergence is a successful Ottoman siege of Vienna in 1529. Forging an alliance with Lutherans and Germans opposed to the Habsburgs, the Ottomans conquer all of the eastern Habsburg lands. Hungary is soon subjugated and the Turks slowly move towards their goal of Rome. Rome falls to the Turks in 1595 and Sultan Mehmed IV declares himself head of a reformed, third Roman Empire. Muslim religious leaders soon adopt the view that Rome is a caliphate, and most Muslims within its borders support it. The Ottomans/Romans continue to expand and manage to conquer all France by 1675 and Persia by 1715. The rump Holy Roman Empire (officially called the German Empire after 1595) existed until 1752 when it was dissolved in favor of a new alliance, the League of Jena. The League is comprised of staunchly Protestant states united in their opposition to Catholicism as a greater evil than Islam.

Rome remains stable over 300 years after its declaration. That said, it has been technologically stagnant for the last half century and suffers from internal corruption and lack of any meaningful progress in solving infrastructure’s decay. Turkish is the language of administration throughout the empire, and has even begun to replace Arabic as the language of Islam. Much of the empire is thoroughly Sunni, though Christians still populate much of France, the Alps, and Austria while the Shia make up a majority in the Persian vilayets.

With Rome in the hands of the Turks, the Pope attempted to flee to Toledo. However, the Pope at the time died in a storm at sea and a bitter dispute between factions claiming allegiance to a Pope in Canterbury and one in Toledo began. This split has remained to the present day. Doctrine-wise, the competing Catholic churches have very little in the way of differences though the Pope in Toledo has very little political power of his own as the countries that follow him are all aligned politically.

It would be hard to pin down a single state as the premier Christian one as Rome is for the Muslims. Hispania, a union of the kingdoms of Aragon, Castile, and Portugal under an imperial Habsburg Crown is very strong. Its colonies in the Americas are loyal and relatively developed compared to OTL. The Spanish military is perhaps the best in the world, having fought numerous wars to keep the Turks north of the Pyrenees and east of the Straits of Gibraltar. New Castile, the other major Toledo Catholic power, is a former Hispanian colony. The Hispanians split the Viceroyalty of New Castile (South America) off from the Empire proper under a brother of the current Emperor. New Castile has since developed a life of its own, amassing quite an empire in the Pacific. However, both nations are run as sister kingdoms, cooperating heavily and having divided the world into spheres of influence so as not to come into conflict.

As in OTL, the Habsburgs have split into two branches. After the fall of the Austrian branch, they were invited to take control of the Low Countries by their Spanish cousins. Like the Spanish branch, the Dutch branch has retained power (though they are technically the House of Habsburg-Tudor) but, unlike them, the Dutch branch now follows the Pope in Canterbury. A family of Canterbury Catholics ruling over a mixed population of Canterburians, Toledans, Martinists (a form of Protestantism), and Lutherans sounds at first glance like a recipe for instability, but the Kingdom of Dutchland has colonies throughout the world and is a first-rate mercantile power. Like Hispania, Dutchland spun off the heavily-populated, agrarian colonies of OTL New England as an independent, but cooperative state. A state largely populated by Dutch settlers, almost all Canterbury Catholics and Martinists, New Holland was hard to govern (pesky colonials wanting the same privileges as metropolitans!) and, to avoid any sort of revolution, it was cut off from Dutchland. New Holland has, since independence, drifted apart from their former masters. Heavily populated and content to remain distant from world affairs, New Holland is a bit of a wildcard.

Poland-Lithuania was forced, by the fall of Hungary and collapse of the Holy Roman Empire, to be the preemeninant Christian power in Eastern Europe. The elective monarchy was replaced in favaor of a hereditary one. Eventually, the ruling Jagiellon dynasty took the thrones of Bohemia and Sweden and have held power there since their ascension. The current empire is colloquially reerred to as the Polish-Swedish Empire, as Krakow and Stockholm are the two seats of power in the empire. The Polish sphere includes puppet states in Norway, Saxony, Estonia, and Novgorod while maintaining considerable influence in both the Kingdom of Sibir (Catholic but still Tatar) and Wschoziemi. However, Poland-Sweden remains the only major Christian power without overseas colonies because the constant threat of war with the Turks makes any military expenditures outside Europe untenable. Despite this, there is a significant Italian émigré community in Warsaw and Krakow, many of whom are involved in international trade.

Britain was relatively unaffected by the Ottoman conquest of Rome and subsequent domination of Europe. England eventually conquered its islandic neighbors and began to establish colonies in the New World, Africa, and Asia. England was forced to absorb more than a handful of refugees from the mainland, most notably French and Swiss Protestants. Later, Protestants (most of whom had continental ancestry) settled along the Cartier River in southern Africa. In 1850, administration of the colony was handed over to local authorities. There is some concern at the theocratic, secretive tendencies of the Archduchy of New Belgia. In 1801, citing historic affiliation and fear of the non-Canturburian Hispanians, the Kingdom of Aquitaine (a bit of a French successor state, still ruled by the House of Orleans) petitioned for English protection, which it received. Succeeding Kings and Parliaments have often debated the viability of and English protectorate on the continent and wonder if Aquitaine is worth the pounds poured into its defense. England is powerful, but tries to remain above the squabbles of the rest of the world (but will not hesitate to fight a colonial war if the safety of some port or province is threatened).

While Protestants attempted to force the Danish monarchy into the League of Jena and the Ottoman sphere, devout Catholic members of the ruling house managed to forge alliances with the Hispanians and Polish to keep Denmark Catholic and free. For nearly one-hundred years after the cataclysmic Dano-Turkish War, Hispanian-backed and Polish-backed Hohenzollerns fought each other for control in a political/religious proxy war. Interestingly, the second phase of the war, from 1715-19 saw both sides backing a Toledo Catholic Hohenzollerns. Spain won in 1722, and retained tight control over Denmark until fairly recently.

West Africa is a jumble of colonies of various European states and Rome, while the Sahel is the battleground for wars between colonial powers and their native allies. East Africa managed to avoid being gobbled up by foreign powers, and the Swahili statelets and Sultanate of Mogadishu are considered respectable trading partners by Indian Ocean merchants. Ethiopia, suffered a worse fate, and, from its exile on Lake Nyanza, it has fought a religious war to liberate its homeland from the Romans. The front lines in the Ethiopian Highlands have bogged down recently, and it seems possible the Romans will simply withdraw from the occupied provinces.

Though Rome claims to be the premier Islamic state, not all Muslims follow the commands of the Sultan Mahmud VI. The most powerful among these Islamic powers is the Combined Hosts of the Celestial Jihad. The Combined Hosts appeared on the world stage roughly twelve years ago. Its origins lie in the Siberian plains, where Khazak, Tatar, Chinese, Polish, English, and New Spanish merchants and missionaries have long vied for influence. Though guns and churches proliferated from the Bering Strait to the Urals, no large organized states existed. In the Christian Year AD 1908 a meteor hit the earth in the Tunguska River, coinciding with the prophecy of an imam in the region (there is some dispute over the validity of the prophecy). The imam quickly became a venerated figure, and found himself at the center of a holy army that believed him to be a prophet, possibly one to equal Mohammed. Soon, this Ali (a surname is not known) was referred to as the “Simian Imam” (similarly, the impact, believed to be a meteor is called the Simian Fist) because of the sign of the Chinese year the impact occurred in, and his armies have conquered far and wide. The imam himself, now a priest-king, sits on a throne in a city located at the center of the impact while his armies are led by loyal deputies. The momentum of these conquerors has fizzled out in recent years as various hosts have come in contact with well-armed Polish and New Spanish troops. Theologians in Rome and Baghdad currently debate whether the Simian Imam and his followers are truly Muslims or followers of a new religion.

To the south of the Celestial Jihad is China, which has seen better days. As with OTL, China has been beat up by European states and their merchants. The current emperor is a modernizer, but faces a conservative bureaucracy and his attempts to update infrastructure has been foiled by that group in collaboration with the military. There is talk within the Three Beijing Brigades of deposing the Nun Dynasty and placing a new one on the throne. In areas along the Huang He and Yangtze where New Spanish merchants exert control, there is active resistance supported by hardliner military elements. China has good reason for fearing Europe, as the Emperor of Japan has his policies dictated by the Admiral of the New Spanish West Pacific Fleet and Bishop of Kyoto and the various Vietnamese kings have been deposed by the Dutchlanders. Only the Siamese have effectively held out European influence. The Third Uthong Dynasty has chosen gradual modernization, offending neither traditionalists nor reformists.

Much of India has suffered the same fate as East Asia, becoming protectorates of crown colonies of various European kings. The English Hindooland Company achieved dominance of the mountainous west, profiting from agreements with the Turks to secure the passes while the southern half of the subcontinent fell into the hands of a mixture of powers. Levels of Europeanization vary throughout the colonies ranging from New Cork north of Goa, where most of the population is of Irish descent to Savanur, where a Hindu king reigns. Though the Afghans and various rebels provide opposition to the colonizers, the principal opponents are the Rajput Empire. The Rajput Empire is dominated by the caste that holds that name, who provide military leadership and who forged the empire after serving as mercenaries.

The islands of OTL Indonesia were colonized early and are a jumble of protectorates and crown colonies. Nunesia (Australia) is a primarily settler colony. The New Spanish east was established primarily to search for gold. The English settled second in the quest for gold while the Dutchlanders came last and dropped convicts and a fair number of religious dissenters.

Technologically, this timeline is about ten to twenty years behind OTL, though airships are still rather popular. Europe, the Americas, and parts of Africa are all equally developed.



Why is the Philippines not under American influence?

China's put a good bit of effort into making sure that regionally, it's dominant. The Philippines seesawed between American and Chinese influence for a while, and eventually, Beijing won out.
This is a cyberpunk OTL Cold War map, sometime in the year 198X. Feel free to use it as a base map (though credit would be nice). It likely has several errors in the islands, and unfortunately my basemap did not distinguish between coastlines and borders, but it should be useful for that cyberpunk feel. With a little tweaking it could represent modern day borders too.

Shows NATO and allies, Warsaw Pact and Allies, China and ally (Albania), India and Mercosur.

Comes in Matrix Green and Megacorp White.

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That would be just perfect for the Moontrap Timeline, or any Moontrappish world!
I haven't seen any statistical maps yet on the new thread, so I'll post an oldie but a goodie from last summer since I don't have anything new:
To hail the new thread:

A Monument to Man's Arrogance: Arizona ISOT to Virgin Earth


It was a close thing. Food supplies were being requisitioned, new agricultural lands were being scouted, preparations were made to move people out of the cities. However, the system was a house of cards, and the slightest amount of social unrest or infighting would destabilize the tenuous Emergency Government. Far-right militias tried to seize supply depots and carve their own way in the wilderness, the far-left came out against them, the military mutinied when asked to fire on civilians, and within the year the Emergency Government was being airlifted to the Pacific Coast while Phoenix burned behind them.

Now, everything from Prescott to the old Mexican border is a wind-scoured wasteland. Scavengers, cultists, and cannibals pick through the ruins, and every day is a struggle for survival. Outside the Dead Zone, the few pockets of stable government, hardened by the triage methods needed to ensure a viable population size, crack down even harder on what are less citizens and more subjects.

Raiders dart back and forth across the deserts, riding in battered, souped-up war rigs and clutching everything from improvised melee weapons to old military hardware. Hitting isolated settlements and retreating into the wastes, they grind down what few free pockets of civilization exist.

But it's been five years, and the oil is starting to run out.

1: "Legitimate" Arizona State Government-in-Exile - Commonly called "Those bastards who left us to die." The few refugees who made it on the last planes out of Sky Harbor wound up working the fields.
2: "The Northern Government" - Very little die-off north of the Mogollon Rim, but they told the Emergency Government to get bent about six months before everything went tits up. Plurality Native American, currently struggling to bring some of the western regions to heel.

3: Stubbornly independent ranchers.

4: Crapsacky FLDS theocracy, being on the North Rim means it's hard to establish permanent contact, and the government's agents often get "lost" on the way.

5: Bullhead City - The Arizona branch of the KKK had plans to turn the workers on the Fort Mojave Reservation into their serfs. They, and the Mexican migrant workers, disagreed. Strongly. Now a bit of a rowdy free city.

6: "Safford Government" - Enough people pulled through that they were able to break away from Flagstaff. It was a soft enough divorce that they were later able to work out a border treaty and send joint salvage parties into the Death Zone.

7: "Cochise Government" - "Encouraged" the migrant workers to try and resettle Mexico, if only to expand their agricultural base.

8: "Yuma Government" - A military dictatorship, has been massively expanding their agricultural base, fighting back against the nomads, and expanding the military to every aspect of life.

9: Some Tohono O'odham ranchers, nomads, survived by being just far out of the way.

10: The Dead Zones - Thirst. Sun-bleached bones. Ashes and dust.

11: Raider-controlled territories. Sick electric guitar riff.
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Sub-Saharan African states partially adopted from @theman7777 ’s Worlda for an uncolonized Africa; pixel art format inspired by @ToixStory ’s excellent Winter Period map, which was a great source of inspiration for this map.
So I’ve been watching Caspian Report’s Science and Islam videos series, which have given me inspiration to make a scenario on a more successful Mu’tazila movement. I am by no means an expert in Mu’tazila theology, nor am I by any means well-versed in Middle Eastern history, so bear with me.
Pixel art: Clockwise from top left
1)The Tehran skyline
2)The Yi'si'tan'bu skyline
3)The Kaaba. I know it was built much later on, but it looks cool, so I'm keeping it.

From the reign of the Caliph Harun Al-Rashid onwards, the Abbasid Caliphate had reigned unchallenged. Its achievements in the sciences and arts were unparalleled in the world as the Translation Movement brought texts from a million different languages to fill the libraries of the House of Wisdom, pushing the Islamic world to ever greater heights.
From Cathay to Ireland, the Abbasid Caliphate was the place to be for one to freely pursue the sciences or arts and Baghdad was a great metropolis at the center of it where people from all over the world met. As the point of convergence for the East and the West, the Islamic World absorbed Indian mathematics, Rhoman classics and Chinese thought, combining them into something greater. It was the Islamic Golden Age, and it was in this period that a school of philosophers who had adopted ancient Greek philosophy into Islamic thought—the Mu’tazilites emerged. The Mu’tazilites believed that first, it was necessary to give a rational explanation to matters both of the physical world and Islamic belief; and second that humans enjoyed absolute free will. This doctrine spread quickly across the Muslim world, eventually growing so influential that the Abbasid Dynasty would officially enforce it as the official creed of the Caliphate and led to the dominance of Mu’tazila creed as well as the state over the Ulema scholars of the Caliphate, a policy often enforced by a ruthless inquisiton.
Yet this era would also be the period in which cracks began to emerge in the Abbasid Caliphate. Although the Abbasid Caliphate began as a Persian revolt, the Abbasids had begun to alienate her Persian bureaucrats on which matters of state were so reliant on. The Abbasid Caliphate also found herself severely overextended, and was forced to cede control of the Western provinces to smaller, more local states.
As the Abbasids declined, challenges to the official Mu’tazila creed emerged, one of them being the scholar Ibn Hanbal. Ibn Hanbal rejected the ruthless imposing of the Mu’tazila doctrine, and for that he was banished first from the House of Wisdom, then Baghdad and finally the Caliphate. Having sought refuge in Cordoba, Ibn Hanbal plotted his revenge, but was found dead one day in a café that he frequented in Damascus with 13 dagger-inflicted wounds on his back and his murderer nowhere to be found.
Despite his ultimate defeat, the defiant scholar found more power in death than life. Rebellions broke out across the Levant at the news of the assassination. Revolts that shook the foundations of the Caliphate to the very core. In the end though, the Abbasid Caliphate stood strong, and just like so many that had went before him, Ibn Hanbal disappeared into the pages of history, courtesy of the Caliph’s inquisition.
That was not to say that the Abbasid Caliphate was out of the woods yet. Yes, theologically, the Mu’tazila doctrine had proved herself victorious, but this had no effect on the Caliphate’s political woes. With Egypt and Persia, the Caliphate’s wealthiest provinces declaring their independence, the Caliph was humiliated and absolutely lacking in any authority over the state. Eventually, the Mamluks, or the Turkish slave soldiers of the Abbasid military seized power, striking the greatest blow to the Caliphate, eventually founding the Tulunid Caliphate centered on Damascus. Even worse, the Samanid Dynasty that had arisen in Persia was a Shia Dynasty that now threatened Baghdad herself.
Mesopotamia broke away from the newborn Tulunid Caliphate at an early time, and would see great turmoil in the coming centuries, with Caliphates rolling in and out virtually each year. Intellectual development too, ground to a halt in Mesopotamia and relocated to Tulunid Egypt or Umayyad Al-Andalus. This did not mean that intellectual development was in any way, stopping. Quite the contrary, it speeded up. Given how the Abbasid inquisition was extremely effective at protecting the rationalist ideology of the Mu’tazilites, many scholars were sent to the gallows for their Orthodox views on Islam. The Tulunids had learnt from the mistakes of the Abbasids that had preceded, and thus took a lighter stance on opposing philosophies, which allowed scientific thought to progress much more quickly. No longer did the Muslim world rely on the importing of foreign schools of thought—it was now the greatest hub of science, culture and art on the face of Earth.
Academic affairs aside, the fall of the Abbasids had brought forth a vacuum of power in the Middle East, and that vacuum was too big for the Tulunids to fill on their own.

In came the Rhomans.
The Rhoman Empire had been in decline since the age of Justinian, and Nikephoros III “the Pious” sought to reclaim the long-lost Levant for Rome once more—with perhaps the reclamation of Jerusalem from the hands of the Saracens. From 520 AH (505 SH; 1126 AD) to 524 AH (509 SH; 1130 AD), the Tulunids and the Rhomans duked it out—a conflict supported by even the Pope in Rome who called for a Crusade for the Holy Land.
Heading wast of the Levant, one would find himself in Al-Andalus, where the Ummayads too began their conquests. With reforms that accommodated the native Christian populations in government and society alike, the now strengthened Ummayads inched once more towards the heartlands of Christendom in the French Kingdom.
In the Far East, a similar story was playing out in China. Ever since the destruction of the Tang Dynasty in the Anshi Rebellion, China had fell into civil war after civil war in the Southern Exile Period (偏安). To the North lay the splintered successors to An Lushan’s short-lived Qi Dynasty, many of these kingdoms ruled by Turks, Khitans, Jurchens or the Xianbei Tribes. To the South lay what remained of the Chinese Empire, countries now ruled the land south of the Huai River. These two states would go on to form the Empires of Cathay(華契) and Huainan(華夏) respectively, but for the moment they battled for influence over China.
The single most important event of the Middle Ages for what remained of China—if not all of Asia would be the unification, and thus Islamicization of Cathay. In centuries prior, Islam had steadily grown in Central Asia, the prestige of such a booming civilization pushing forward Islamicization in Inner Eurasia, and with the rise of the Khitan Li(黎) Dynasty, a Muslim ruler finally ascended to the Chinese throne.
Contrary to what had was seen in the Islamicization of India, Kilwa or Rus’, this wave of Islamicization took a notably…localized turn. The Khitan Emperor Naihe Nalan was, while a Muslim, the ruler of a nation that claimed to be a successor to China of old. And thus, he had been exposed to Confucian teachings from a young age. It was soon evident that as much as this was an Islamicization of China, it was too, a Sinicization of Islam in China. Very quickly, Islam would become the foremost amongst the “Four Teachings”—Islam, Confucianism, Mahayana Buddhism and Taoism.
Back in the Middle East, the Crusades ended with a catastrophic defeat for Christendom. Instead of renewed glory for Christendom and the Rhoman Empire, Nikephoros III had brought forth a new low for Rhome. Instead, Tulunid armies were at the gates of Constantinople and Ummayad forces had seized Occitania for themselves.
By 726 AH (704 SH; 1326 AD), both Rome and Constantinople were under Muslim rule and Christendom was being pushed ever northwards.

It was in this period that Islam made what was perhaps her single greatest discovery—the continents of ‘Amriktan. The discovery of two new continents by one Bakr Jinan meant riches and wonders beyond imagination, and opportunities for the ever-growing Islamic empires.
The settlement of ‘Amriktan not only brought forth riches from an alien continent, it also kicked off the Age of Colonialism. In this era, powers such as Al-Andalus, Al-Maghrib, Italyia or Rum settled the new continents. Foremost in this struggle would be Al-Andalus, which by 957 AH (929 SH; 1550 AD) controlled the lion’s share of the new world.
However, this Age of Colonialism had the natives holding the short end of the stick. From the Incans in the South to the Aztecs of the North, Andalusian conquerors subjected the native populace to great massacres and looting. The Andalusians, who had been historically less exposed to Mu’tazila thought viewed, through their Orthodox Muslim lens the largely Bronze-age civilizations as mere primitives that were, for lack of a better term, livestock. Disease also played a major role in the destruction of the native populace, and a few decades since the first Muslim set foot on the New World, 80% of the native population had been destroyed.
Andulsia’s increasing dominance of the new world would, however not go unnoticed by the great powers of Dar-al-Islam. In 1101 AH (1068 SH; 1689 AD), Al-Andalus began what Cordoba trumpeted as the last great religious war between Dar-al-Islam and Christendom. The reality was, however that the Alpine War, as it came to be known, was as much a war between Al-Andalus and Christendom as it was between Al-Andalus and the vast array of Mu’tazila-aligned forces arrayed against her.
Al-Andalus remained very much unscathed after all this. Unlike France, Germany or to an extent, the Sultanate of Rum, Al-Andalus’ core was very much intact, as were her colonies. In fact, this war alerted Al-Andalus of her diplomatic isolation. The answer to this was twofold—first, Al-Andalus would mend relations between her and the prime Mu’tazila power of the time—Ghazid Syria and focus efforts instead on the Shi’a Persians. Second, Al-Andalus would build up her mastery of the new world as a fallback option if anything were to go wrong.
The Huainan states were previously based on the Huai River. However, they were now pushed ever southwards by the Muslim Khitans and found themselves lacking in resources or raw manpower that the north offered. They and other East Asian states such as Nihon or Xiamlo would too make inroads towards the new world as well as the southern continent of Sazau. Their colonies were small in size though, given the size of the Pacific and transport across it. And thus, Huainan colonizers took a page from their Buddhist and Shintoist religions and mostly adopted a diplomatic approach to colonization by focusing on the integration of natives. While unable to alleviate the rampant diseases that ravaged the locals, they nevertheless attempted to cure natives with whatever resources they had and encouraged interbreeding to speed up the growth of their colonies.
In Africa, the Islamic powers were unable to dominate the continent on the same scale as they did in ‘Amriktan. Instead, the Islamic powers would encourage local Jihads and the establishment of Islamic powerhouses in Africa that served as pawns for their Northerly liege-lords. By the end of the Age of Colonialism in the 1290s AH (1250s SH 1870s AD), Islamic forces never did manage to dominate Africa completely, however, their influence was permanently etched on the continent.

The advent of industrialization in the 1160s AH (1130s SH; 1750s AD) pushed the ridiculously dominant Islamic world further up the “food chain” of civilizations, widening the gap between the urbanized Islamic world and it’s at times mediaeval neighbor to the North.
But following this rapid growth was an age of Liberalism. The Islamic states (and the Nordic Empire), for the most part had trended towards authoritarian forms of centralized government to finance the incessant wars of recent years. While there were of course ideas of the Rebirth Era, change was happening far too slowly for the people to be satisfied with their governments.
Across the Middle East, revolutions began with the aim of toppling governments and the decaying institutions that they held onto. And it would be now that Egypt, in the wake of reversals in recent decades would suffer the consequences of being by far the most forward in the Islamic World. Ruling over a highly educated populace that knew they had alternatives to a monarchy that had failed them so, the Sultan awoke to riots across his empire one scorching Egyptian morning, and by the end of the month, the Sultanate had fallen and a Republic was put in place.
The Egyptian Republic would bring great discord to the Middle East of the time at a delicate moment. Under one Amil Karim, the Egyptian Republic pulled itself together from the discord and utter mayhem that the revolution had brought forth and marshaled the Republic’s armies to take advantage of Egypt’s distracted and fearful neighbors.
Amil Karim’s Republic was eventually brought down by an ill-advised invasion of Persia and an equally foolish trek across the Empty Quarter which decimated the Egyptian Grand Army. However, his legacy would last on forever. Despite the best efforts of both Persia and Al-Andalus—the greatest winners of this period of discord—Republican rebels as well as bandits plagued the Levant. This eventually settled into a myriad of independent statelets perpetually out of reach of any of the great powers by virtue of sheer unruliness.
The progress train, no matter the situation would continue to charge forwards. What started out as mere steam power blossomed into a world covered from one end to another in railways, factories, electric cables and more, all of this infrastructure linking Baghdad to Delhi; Delhi to Yi’si’tan’bu; and Yi’si’tan’bu to New Tunis. Inventions kept rolling out by the week and wealth poured into the coffers of nations like never before.

Al-Andalus was, without a doubt the greatest victor of the Industrial Age. From the times of the long-gone Ummayads, the Andalusians had cleverly prevented any of the powers to her East from forming a concrete alliance. Not Rum, not Arabia, not Egypt and definitely not Persia. All the while, her influence had only spread across the continents. Trade systems and railway networks grew to their apex and by the 1370s AH (1330s SH; 1950s AD), even space ports were organized around the Caliph in Al-Andalus.
The Great War was a bid to finally bring Al-Andalus’ greatest rival in Persia to bend the knee after some 4 centuries of defiance, and it was, to many, the last war the world would ever see, as it would be where Al-Andalus finally secured her mastery of the world. From the beaches of Syria to the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, Al-Andalus and her vast host of tributaries faced off against the world for 2 decades of grueling conflict.
Just as it seemed that Persia was spent and Konstantiyee was doomed to fall, the Great War ended with the use of the world’s first atomic weapon. The Andalusian homeland was demolished by weapons of unmatched force, obliterating millions and bringing an end to a 4-century long golden age.
The new world order that was ushered in following the Great War was centered on the strict neo-Mu’tazila Tehran-Yi’si’tan’bu Axis. Behind the scenes of a prosperous planet, the inquisitors of the Abbasid era have been reborn to hunt down opposition against progress with ruthless efficiency.
1438 years following the death of the prophet, this enforcement of a strictly neo-Mu’tazila doctrine has brought about a new golden age--an age of progress, prosperity and growth as humanity inches ever closer to the stars.
But at what cost?
I live this ! The only thing that would make it better is if you had write ups for more countries, going into detail about their cultures and histories. Oh, and showing borders, etc.
Ah new thread!


Jared Diamond once wrote,

"These Austronesians, with their Austronesian language and modified Austronesian culture, were already established on Madagascar by the time it was first visited by Europeans, in 1500. This strikes me as the single most astonishing fact of human geography for the entire world. It's as if Columbus, on reaching Cuba, had found it occupied by blue-eyed, blonde-haired Scandinavians speaking a language close to Swedish, even though the nearby North American continent was inhabited by Native Americans speaking Amerindian languages. How on earth could prehistoric people from Borneo, presumably voyaging on boats without maps or compasses, end up in Madagascar?"

So I was inspired.

When, on the morning land is sighted by his crew in 1492, Columbus lands in the New World he is less surprised by what he sees than perhaps he was in our world. The people of the island, despite being mostly illiterate (save for some proto-writing rune-like inscriptions used by the Priestly caste) are significant walled cities and ample supplies of goats, pigs, and horses. Farming is widespread, and although skin colors range wildly blonde hair is close to unanimous, and Colombus (correctly) theorizes that this island's inhabitants are related to the peoples of far Northern Europe. Unfortunately for his sake, Columbus ends up being sold as a slave by his crew in exchange for supplies to return to Spain.
So I was inspired.

Fun idea!

I wonder: did the Austronesians bring any of their agricultural package to Madagascar with them? If so, did any of it spread to East Africa?

Because those pigs and goats, at least, are definitely going to spread to the American mainland by way of the islands.



POD: The *Wu Zetian crisis occurs later, at the peak of the Tibetan empire. The usurper is backed by Tibetan lamas and is used as a tool to spread the Tibetan Buddhist message throughout the world. By 850 AD, Asia is locked in a bloody war between two aggressively expansionist theocracies. On the one side, various Islamic states are nibbling away at India and have recently begun a campaign into northeastern China; however, General Winter (the harsh and cold climate of far western China) is holding them back.

On the other hand, Tibet is rebuilding China along religious lines; new "banners", with arbitrary borders to foment unity within the sangha, have been cut from coast to mountain, and areas where Vajrayana doctrine is dominant have been elevated to Provinces; most state officials must be drawn either from the Provinces or must have proof of their Buddhist practice. The Tian dynasty is quite strict and puritanical. Alcohol is banned as contrary to the precepts of Buddhism, for instance, and those found with booze either are enslaved or are cloistered in monasteries. Excessive sexuality and disrespecting lamas are capital crimes.

Meanwhile, a rump Tang Dynasty has managed to stake out a foothold in far northeast Asia and has retained the loyalty of most of its Northeast Asian vassals, as well as Taiwan, which was settled by refugees from the Tibetan uprising. The Tian Dynasty is not currently focused on these guys because it is primarily oriented towards enlightening China, although the Tang are reported to be colluding with the Muslim states as well as with Theravada Buddhists via the Malacca trade route. Tian-supporting warlords are aggressively pushing Tibetan doctrine in Southeast Asia, to the point of slaughtering Hindus and Theravada Buddhists en masse.
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