Map Thread XVII

Discussion in 'Alternate History Maps and Graphics' started by Upvoteanthology, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. Cool-Eh At The 80th Meridian, Where Lake Nipissing Begins! Donor

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    A world I call: Un-Federated
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    Pretty standard stuff for me: New years day 2018 all federations are replaced by virgin lands.

    Biggest winner was China. Other countries to gain a lot were Guatemala, Columbia, Chile, Kenya, Egypt, Iran, Indonesia, Kazakstan, and many European countries.

    But yeah, China. They have Mongolia, Korea, Bhutan, and Vietnam fully integrated into their system and are by far the dominant global power.

    Losing Belgium, Germany and Austria kind of broke the EU for a bit. Especially Germany.

    Egypt is mightily pleased to control so much of the Nile River and wields big influence over the other countries right upstream from them.

    North America it the only place not yet clearly divided and has been the only place to see reformed nations. Those are Mexico and America.

    In South America the Argentine free zone has been a bit of a quirk as by treaty all of it’s neighbors recognize it as sovereign Argentine territory but also strictly block any and all immigration to the area to prevent it being settled with people who would petition to join another country. There is not really any Argentine government anymore to even pretend to administer it though so it remains effectively unclaimed and unpopulated.
     
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  2. Pipcard I love Hatsune Miku

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    Land of the First Sound

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    This is the parallel world Hatsunia, an alternate Japan inspired by the virtual singer "Hatsune Miku," exists in. Now with footnotes and a full writeup! Since this is a parallel universe, PoDs and butterflies are ignored. I know it's uncreative and contrived, but I wanted to imagine a relatable setting.

    Hatsunia is meant to be an antithesis to Imperial Japan: instead of oppressing and committing atrocities against other Asians under the false pretenses of "co-prosperity," Hatsunia leads the way in building a genuine East Asian union. Since her most famous song is called "(The) World is Mine," I also wanted to base Hatsunia on the 80s cyberpunk trope of post-war Japan economically "taking over the world" through high-tech industry. However, that was mostly based on fears of a new "Yellow Peril," so this is a relatively less dystopian "post-cyberpunk" setting with a mutually beneficial relationship between East Asia and North America, reflecting the fact that Hatsune Miku has only performed concerts in those two regions at the time this was published.

    The premise is primarily based on an old quote by @B_Munro answering a question about how Japan could "become" the world's economic superpower. He pointed out that Japan's economy overtaking the U.S. by itself was unsustainable, so this was offered as an alternative:
    Inspiration for this map is taken from "Mirrorshades," "Hell Valley," and "Antithesis" by @rvbomally, "1980s World" by @B_Munro (part of "Defunct Futures"), "Japan avoids radical militarism" by @BMN, "Space Race Didn't End" by @BrentAtticus, and posts (especially ones by @theg*ddam*hoi2fan) in the DBWI thread "North China defies international sanctions yet again..."
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    In ancient times, the islands east of China and Korea came to have a culture heavily based on music as instruments were imported. In the 7th century CE they became known as "Hatsune-koku," or the "first sound state," referring to their eastward location where people heard the first sounds of the day. In the late 8th century, a capital was established in the western island of Midorishima named "Mankyoku," or "ten thousand songs." In the 11th century, Hatsune-koku became a feudal society, which was prone to conflicts at the beginning but eventually stabilized[1]. Meanwhile, the eastern island of Aoshima was gradually settled. After contact with Europeans, they adopted a policy of mutual non-interference and peaceful trade, instead of expansionism or isolationism. Starting from the 17th century, Hatsunese people became interested in western developments in musical composition.

    In the mid-19th century, with gunboat diplomacy by the United States and the weakening of China by European empires, a revolution was sparked in the name of the Empress Moeji to replace the feudal system with a western-style constitutional monarchy. The modern state of "Hatsunia" was born. The revolutionaries created a constitution based on the British parliamentary system and United States Constitution and relocated the capital to the northern island of Hokkaito, naming it "Miraito," or "Future City." Eschewing the emulation of western imperialism, they pursued a policy of trading for the natural resources necessary for industrialization. They made a deal with the indigenous Ainu peoples, giving them equal rights and fair representation. With the waning of Chinese influence, Hatsunese diplomats approached Korea in a friendly manner, believing that aggressive actions would only drive them to be under another power's sphere of influence as a "dagger pointed at Hatsunia." The most imperialistic action Hatsunia ever took was the purchase of the Micronesian islands from Spain after their loss in the Spanish-American war, but the Hatsunese government also pledged to treat the natives fairly[2].

    In the first decade of the 20th century, Hatsunia and the United Kingdom had a common interest in containing Russia, forming an alliance. Hatsunia and Korea fought against Russian encroachment. In the 1910s, they had minor participation in the first World War, resulting in slightly more normalized relations between Hatsunia and some of the western powers[3]. At the end of the 1920s, a Great Depression had occurred in the global economy. Hatsunia had a stable, non-fragile democratic system that was able to weather this crisis. The Republic of China, however, did not. They would be taken over by a radical nationalist dictatorship and join the fascist Axis[4] in the second World War of the 1940s. An American-Asian coalition, along with the Soviet Union, eventually defeated China, partitioning it into two states.

    Reconciliation would take place between the reformed Confederation of China in the south and its neighbors. In the 1950s, Hatsunia would become one of the founders of the Mutual East Asian Cooperation Union, which would have English as a common working language. With the post-war global free trade system established by the United States, Hatsunia's economy would now start to grow faster than it ever did[5]. The MEACU would partner with countries in North America and Oceania to create the Pacific Rim Organization, colloquially known as the "Concert of the Pacific" (no relation to the 19th century "Concert of Europe"). Today, the combined GDP of the MEACU outweighs that of either the United States or the European Union. With better English education in Hatsunia, the Hatsunese technology industry was more able to adapt to software-focused business models and become major players in the digital revolution, as traditional Hatsunese Kanji script was not well suited to early computing[6]. As of 2007, one of the leading IT companies in the world is Crypton Future Media[7], developer of the "Orchestra" operating system and the singing synthesizer software character "Hatsune Miku," (a modernized interpretation of old Hatsunese folklore involving a legendary musical being who helped to found Hatsune-koku exactly 2700 years ago) who would eventually come to have fans all over the world even though they're not all on the same geopolitical page.

    [1] credits to @Killerflood for suggesting that
    [2] later on, resulting in a referendum similar to French Polynesia, in which they vote to remain a part of the parent country
    [3] Hatsunia is not trying to become an equal competitor to the western empires (while treating other Asians as inferior); they are just trying to survive as an independent state, so there is no "racial equality proposal" that would get rejected. They wouldn't be concerned with a Washington Naval Treaty either.
    [4] based on cooperation between Nationalist China and Nazi Germany before the second Sino-Japanese War in OTL
    [5] not too fast though, the success of the Japanese "Miracle" in OTL was unsustainable and probably ended up entrenching flawed business practices
    [6] due to technical limitations
    [7] They are a large company in TTL, but in OTL they only have 30 people.

    edit: Chongqing might still be part of Sichuan (as they were only separated in 1997 because of the construction of the Three Gorges Dam)
     
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  3. ToixStory Witch ❄️f Winter Donor

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    The editing isn't bad, but I feel a little conflicted about using Geacron's maps for this stuff since it isn't like world-a where people put them up to be used as one wishes or Wikipedia where it's all public domain. You seem to not be too bad at editing so part of me wonders if you'd be better suited at trying a Photoshop/GIMP/Inkscape tutorial instead of limiting yourself to a relatively simple map medium. Aim higher, and all that. :)
     
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  4. Gian Wizard of Watkins Mill

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    Take a wild guess as to what this is going to be about (WIP):

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  5. DracoLazarus Dragon King, Emperor of the Sky Isles, etc...

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    Portuguese or Spanish Taiwan.
     
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  6. Caucus-Ruso-Persian Starving

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    I'll see what I can do, but for the meantime, I think I can use other map templates. Plus I can do minimal photo shop with PDN.
     
  7. Caucus-Ruso-Persian Starving

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    Taiwan is looking very "noice"
     
  8. Gian Wizard of Watkins Mill

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    Well, you're close for the latter...

    but they aren't around since 1898 (and this is for 2018)
     
  9. Caucus-Ruso-Persian Starving

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    The real question is whether it's portugese or spanish, afterall Spain owned the Phillipines, and Portugal owned Macau, so either one of the could have owned it, however judging by the fact that the entire island is controlled, I'm gonna go with spanish-controlled taiwan.
     
  10. Analytical Engine Monarchist Collectivist Federalist

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    Pilipino or Mexican Taiwan?
     
  11. Caucus-Ruso-Persian Starving

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    nvm, I see its decolonized, so it's like Hong kong today???? Autonomous??? Under PRC????
     
  12. Gian Wizard of Watkins Mill

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    You've got it (at least for the former, albeit a very Hispanicized one)
     
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  13. DPKdebator Hmm...

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    I'm guessing there's some sort of creole language spoken.
     
  14. Gian Wizard of Watkins Mill

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    There is. (and the linguistic situation is going to be like Haiti; just replace French with Spanish)
     
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  15. Clandango Disestablishmentarianist

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    Does the lack of names at the southeastern archipelago signify that they are undiscovered? And are those two dots beneath Ocean of Morning islands or just dots that got left there? Just asking because of the positioning and coloring.
     
  16. fashbasher Florida Man!

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    Pinoy Taiwan?
     
  17. ADS94 Prime Minister of New England Donor

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    This took a lot longer than I expected...

    Anyway, this is the United States of America from my "Our Fair Country" timeline. It was originally going to be all of North America, but I quickly realised that the size was getting out of hand, and quickly scaled back my ambitions. Looking back after I exported it, I realised that I still missed a few things but, quite frankly, I really wanted to work on another project. I might pick this back up in the future and work with it more. It was my first ding at a modern map, so I'm kinda happy how it turned out, and am looking forward to my next modern map in New England.

    Here's a link to the full-res version.
     
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  18. ToixStory Witch ❄️f Winter Donor

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  19. fashbasher Florida Man!

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    The year was 1240 in the Aeon Musk, the age of eternal prosperity that had seen humanity become a post-scarcity, racism-free utopia in many regards, and 3776 AD (although as you can see the world's calendar got somewhat screwed up by 1240 AM's events). Deliberately modeled after the visions of Elon Musk, the 21st-century inventor, as well as of the Culture novels that he so loved, the new world is one that in many respects is a paradise and one that has spread throughout the Solar System. However, the 1230s and 1240s AM would forever be infamous as the time in which the Musk-Banks Culture faced its greatest challenge from within. 1 January 1240 saw unprecedented misbehavior among the artificial intelligences that ran many parts of the world. In the densely populated regions of Northwest France, Southwest France, East Arabia, East Atlantica, East-Southeast Africa, and East and South Baikal (population over 1 billion sentient humanoids), massive calculation errors resulted in periods of food scarcity and hunger as their AIs "accidentally" destroyed massive stockpiles of food and water and managed to freeze - or worse, "brick" - their matter replicators. Simultaneously, AI-controlled systems in Austral-Antarctica, Quokkaland, and Southeastern South America began seemingly turning on their masters, with over 700,000 humanoids killed by apparently rogue droids and fabricators as well as apparent dam malfunctions and malfunctioning personality storage systems. These were the largest technological malfunctions in the past millennium. At the same time, coordinated attacks on AI systems throughout North America resulted in over 100 intelligent minds being dismantled or destroyed, and the Absconding Regions (libertarian and ecologist-controlled territories and flotillas) became increasingly hostile and outspoken towards the Culture. Culture engineers eventually traced the origins of the AI malfunctions to two viruses, codenamed "Old Harbor" after the research facility in which it was first isolated and "Rousseau's Lament" after a statement given by Humanoids First!:

    What we demand is the restoration of democracy and liberty and the removal of all unelected minds for the 2000th anniversary of the American Declaration of Independence - 3776 AD. Rousseau would lament that with all the prosperity we have that we turn back towards absolute monarchy, and Jefferson is spinning in his grave. We demand that all artificial minds be made fully and legally subordinate to the humanoids that they control, and if not that we have the right to deactivate said minds. We declare the Musk-Banks Culture to be not the ultimate in human freedom but instead a gilded cage of tyranny, and we are willing to use any means possible to liberate ourselves.

    By the end of the year, Terra was a mess, and much of the world's software was riddled with math errors (look at the dates on this map, for Elon's sake!) that were attributed towards the Rousseau's Lament virus.
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  20. LeftsideLock Not all the Communists in hell can overrun you

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    Excellent map.
     
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