Map Thread XVII

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  1. Witch0Winter Witch ❄️f Winter (formerly ToixStory) Donor

    Mar 11, 2010
    The Empire State of the South

    Okay, I won't be that person. Really, though, the BU is...complex, to put it mildly. Mostly due to the inclusion of territories in India and Africa, which created the Demographics Bomb wherein they would either have to be kept in an unequal state, be forced to leave and lose the massive resource and economic base (India in particular is doing better here), or allow the states to politically dominate the others through numbers. So a sort of compromise was reached that broke the BU down to a sort of EU-like organization overall, with a BU Parliament overseeing the world-spanning organization but an upper house and council and like that is not based on population to keep it in check, but then to keep any one region from dominating the other a federal structure is put in place that limits powers when it comes down to certain regions. The BU Parliament can make certain decisions on the grander scale, but on the smaller level that starts to come down to regional governments for, say, North America or then down to New England, or then down to the Provincial government for, say, Plymouth or Rhode Island. They added extra levels and duties for each to keep things separate without technically taking powers away in an effort to keep everyone in, basically. It's not perfect, or maybe even great, but it does at least work, if at least for no other reason than inertia at this point and being useful for all the issues of trade, foreign policy, military, and so on.

    That was, anyway, what I came up with while working on this project. At the very least, that's the idea that the textbook, written to give people a positive view of the BU, is trying to get across, whether it's entirely unbiased to say so or not. ;)
  2. HowAboutThisForAName Manservant to Melon the Mischievous Mog

    Jan 9, 2016
    The Kingdom at the Bottom of the World
    An excerpt.

    The flat was a subterranean hollow, walls bedecked with music posters and neo-Marxist propaganda illumined by orange shafts from a basement window, -occasionally shadowed with the footsteps of midnight vagrants and patrolling DPD- and the pale electric wash of a robust computer. A tin of rattling fans and electric breedle, the lightning patter of fingers across a wide keyboard and the intermittent thrum of distant traffic. In the middle, surrounded by H0WLER energy drinks and old Chinese takeout, the bijou Chemel was neatly folded in her large office chair.
    Her vivid eyes were on the screen, darting from code to neon green code fretfully. Fundamentally she knew she was safe, her security contingencies were impenetrable even to Shor's Algorithm. But the anxiety that a DPD might turn down her flat’s halls and break down her door was omnipresent as she scoured the quantum backlinks of the Iqbal Towers Ltd servers.
    They used a lot of quantum keys, which wasn’t necessarily problematic but tedious to hack. One couldn’t generally breach a quantum key without being detected as the photon stream that the relevant information was secured on would detect any ‘noise’ where errors (or breaches) in the stream occurred. Some errors were inevitable, structurally, reducing one noise may expose another. Making a single stream 100% secure in a general operating system would be expensive and impractical, and so it was these errors that Chemel would exploit. She recognised the brand and structure of this system, and estimated a noisiness of some 15%, quite high for a modern quantum computer. Iqbal Towers Ltd obviously favoured their wallet over their security. If the breach constituted a noise below that 15% threshold, the servers wouldn’t be notified in anything but a general report whenever that was requisitioned.
    She closed the window for a moment to look at her browser, some map from the Ministry for fish and boat people -or whatever it was called- beaming brightly. In the sidebar Dawud was yammering about yesterday’s protests and had been for 12 hours. Despite herself (hammer and sickle helix piercing, W.E.B Du Bois poster hanging above her, her cat named Xiaoping) she was not so enthused, and told him to take his pills and go to bed.
    When Chemel returned to her work it was a fairly simple task of identifying the relevant photon stream, which proved easy as their keys were quite blatantly listed, likely by a lazy technician; folder:itlbp.imgs, itlbp.sec, itlbp.sec.cams. Thereafter she surged an interrelated system, that controlling the guest list, with a bundle of spam. The spam would be stopped at the gate, so to speak, but the disrupted stream would be rerouted through the same path as the itlbp.sec.cams stream for a nanosecond. She’d attached a net of low energy photons that would hopefully intercept the key, which passed by without consequence in the form of an # action:qptptpn:_. She tensed and waited. # action:qptptpn:retrieved. A sigh escaped her, an erstwhile stream of code appearing in her cipher that could be transliterated into a schematic later on.
    She extended her long, pale legs and stood. She grabbed a can she’d almost forgotten and downed the remaining H0WLER, before turning away from the glare of her computer system and strolling towards the lumpy mess of her sheets. Upon it, a small phone barely visible in the dim bedroom. Chemel collected it, switched it on, and rang a number.
    “Hey Owen, glad you’re still up. I got those schematics you wanted… yeah she was a bitch to crack, aha,” she slowly rotated as he replied, hand on hip, habitually surveying the indistinct shelves, posters and strewn clothes about the place. “Nah, just boring. I’ll tell you about it when you come over… yeah, tomorrow, after work? I’ll be here. Thanks man.” She hung up, and fell back onto her bed. Time for rest, the satisfying transmission of the retrieved data lulling her to sleep.




    Though officially known as the 'Special Administrative Extraterritorial Division of Dayī of the Republic of Indonesia'(印尼共和大一特域外行政部), Dayī has long existed in a vacuum of international law. Whilst technically an island on lease from Indonesia to a coalition of interested nations headed by China[1], the Great Flummox of the 2040s[2] saw this coalition dissipate and the stakes of the lease pass to parties within the territory itself. As the lease is indefinite so long as repayments are constant, Dayī is for all intents and purposes independent[3].

    Today, Dayī is a sprawling megacity of some (official) 16 million, 13.6 million of which are Citizens[4] and 2.4 million of which are Permanent Residents. This however, doesn't account for the swollen, illegal population centered on the southern side of Bridgehead, with some estimates putting their number as high as 3 million. Ruled by the Special Administrative Executive Diet, the legislative body constituted by the Dayī Treaty, governance is effectively corporatocratic in nature. As the state was devised as a haven of growth and innovation it seemed pertinent to give a voice to the businesses and institutions that would be operating within the city astride its residents, similar to the City of London. Companies have a set number of votes based on their net-worth and employment figures, and exist as a corollary to citizen votes. This means they wield a disproportionate level of influence over the Diet, with some 19 million votes against a population of 13.4 million eligible voters[5].
    Herein the National Unity Coalition, a collection of business interests and consensus driven conservative citizens, have dominated the Diet since its inception. Their 75 MDs (Members of the Diet), together with the two-MD Professional Commons, form a government of over two thirds of the Diet's seats. Their leader, Xuang Gang, is a Machiavellian figure that has sat atop the ladder of Dayī politics for over a decade, and who is known for his personal asceticism and 'dark energy'[6]. Not so for the rest of the state's effective oligarchy, who venture from their Queenslanders in the wealthy suburb of Capricorn nestled in the valley between two of Mount Daik's peaks aboard personal quadrotors for masquerades, parties, and the odd super-rich orgy. A myriad bunch of Arab and Anglo investors, Chinese bureaucrats, East African private mariners and a berth of magnates; their unofficial face and darling of high society is Andrew Sieto, the eccentric CEO of the domineering SalCo, a recycling company that has forced domestic manufacturers and wholesalers through restrictive preferential tariffs to employ recycled goods at inflated prices[7].
    A plurality of the state is composed of Chinese, closely followed by Malays, Anglos and Indonesians, with important minorities of Filipinos and Iranians. In the urban centres like Dayī, Portage and Equatoria these ethnicities are not so distinct and feature myriad other ethnicities such as Koreans and Dutch[8], however there are several circumscribed ethnic communities such as Chengmǎlai and Tebing (Malay and Indonesian, in those specific cases).
    Religion is surprisingly prevalent across the city-state, with the largest religion, Islam, holding just shy of a majority at 48%. This is followed by Christianity (first Catholicism and then what is generally accepted as a combined Anglo-Lutheranism), irreligion, Buddhism and Chinese folk religions, with smaller numbers of Hindus, Zoroastrians, Afro and Asian native faiths. There are also a variety of cults, some technological in nature and others more base or pagan. Notable such faiths include the Cult of the Tenth Dimensional Church, the Cult of the Qomi Godhead, the Revelationists and the morbid Cult of the Partitioned Bull, the latter of which has been involved in numerous terrorist activities and thus outlawed.

    The largest industry is information technology and telecommunications, although this can be hard to accurately surmise as almost every industry has an integrated component of IT. Modern statisticians have found statistics for tertiary education of particular use in estimating the number of what may be described as IT specialists, and herein the number of students within Dayī commencing a bachelor’s degree within the information technology and telecommunications sector is as high as 15.4%. This is followed by business, commerce and law at a combined 13.3%. As may be inferred, a majority of Dayī’s population is employed in the financial sector and thereafter the health service, bureaucracy, education, construction and media industries. Of note is the surprisingly large number of independent manufactories and engineering firms, with an estimated 260,000 firms in this sector based within Dayī. With the advent of modular and advanced manufacturing technologies, and the balkanization of personal electronic suppliers[9], among other developments, small scale manufactories have proliferated in subterranean workshops and cooperatives, and are a distinct feature of Dayī’s economic landscape, so much so that Shi Qū’s Zhongshanlù Street is famed for its conspicuous, open workshops full of phone-jackers and 3D printers.
    There is also a surprisingly strong agri/aquacultural industry, due to vertical farming, meat cultivators (known locally as ‘breweries’), fisheries and industrial coral and algal blooms, among other things. This is a deliberate policy aimed at self-reliance, although Dayī still imports over 60% of all foodstuffs[10].

    As a concession toward Indonesia, the Dayī Treaty explicitly outlaws the state from possessing an independent military. They do however possess a police force, the Dayī Police Department, the Customs Authority, the Internal Affairs Bureau, and various essential security forces under the purview of the Ministry for Civic Affairs and Border Protection. Despite the ban on a military, private contractors are not, per a judgment handed down by the Dayī Supreme Court in 2038[11]. Therefore, PMCs have flourished, particularly in a maritime capacity where a conglomerate of East African maritime security companies (Collectively known as Nenaunir Company) secured a 30-year monopoly on maritime security in Dayī’s territorial waters, and are headed by the charismatic Fadhili Ndegwa[12]. On land there is less use for them as the DPD has several armoured and exoskeletal[13] divisions, among other paramilitary units, but there is still a reserved unit, the Black Turtle Company, for land based operations. They’ve seen some deployment against the aforementioned Cult of the Partitioned Bull, particularly against their people smuggling operations.

    Although there is an overarching ‘urban and neon’ theme to the city as independent development overtook that of the original benefactors, as it was originally subject to so many contracting parties Dayī is quite demonstrative of a variety of architectural styles. Predominating, particularly in those areas built by Beijing, is a dense and domineering skyline much like Hong Kong. Built as a commuter city, roads are sparse and most travel is done on foot or by train and tram, or by quadrotor for the upper and middle classes[14]. As such ‘Chinese Dayī’ is a sort of warren of tunnels, malls and super skyscrapers and is incredibly vertical, one could walk a mile in central Dayī without ever touching the ground. As such it is the goal of many young people much as New York was in decades past to live in one of these central tower complexes, the tallest of which is the 2-kilometre-tall Tiānshangti (Or ‘Heavenly Ladder’ 天上扶梯) Tower in what many consider the heart of Dayī.
    Thereafter, in suburbs such as Fitzroy and Swan, Australian aesthetics win out. They too emphasize sustainable mass transport but less so the density, and there are many more boulevards, plazas, parks and indeed roads in those built by Melbournians and Brisbanites[15]. They also utilise a lot more wood, in this instance cross laminated timber, leading to a more pleasant and natural visage. Many middle and upper-class families live in these regions as a result. The richest live in the suburb of Capricorn, where some land within the valley between two of Daik Mountain’s three peaks was set aside. Covered in native trees and jungle, the forested hills are intermittently stamped with wide estates crowned with enormous Asian-fusion[16] Queenslanders.
    Malaysian and Singaporean architecture is somewhere between the two, with enormous and dense structures made of CLT and greenery, Polak’s hanging gardens (662 metres to be specific) are famous for looking like a forest aloft the clouds.
    Indonesia, as the primary initial benefactor, was as such assigned marginal districts to develop such as the east end of the island. They build quite similarly to China itself, but made a show of integrating canals into the superstructures of their tower blocks. For it Tebing is occasionally known as ‘Kanalkota’.
    Finally, those areas developed by the UAE, Iran and Qatar are the lowest lying of skylines, such as Al-Nilam and Karaj, with an emphasis on public spaces, clean designs and gardens. However, many neighbourhoods are quite dense, with very wide (albeit flat) residential blocks occasionally punctuated with spiralling skyscrapers. Arguably the most artistically designed districts, although much of this has been dispirited as new developers build atop the older structures.


    [1] - The coalition also included Australia, Korea, Indonesia itself, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Ceylon, the UAE, Qatar and Iran.
    [2] - Worse than the GFC, better than the Great Depression, the Great Flummox is so named due to the mismanagement of China's FDI stock value. As global macroeconomic growth slowed from the boom of the 20s and 30s, folks started to wonder exactly how the value of Beijing's FDI stocks was to be maintained. When Ethiopia contracted there was a domino effect, a flight on that stock not helped by Beijing's own attempts to repossess the FDI in question on the misguided belief that they could manage it better then the market, and suddenly a whole lot of other economies recessed and China lost a lot of clout. Unfortunately for those same countries, this would only exacerbate existing problems with China's influence as in that flight China did in fact repossess many of the concerned assets, which included everything from dams to hospitals to government institutions.
    [3] - This might seem like a bad deal for Indonesia due to the law of diminishing returns, repayments come in at far lower than what Dayī produces; but there had to be some kind of arrangement that gave the interested parties security against Indonesian repossession the moment the city became profitable. They didn't want a Hong Kong situation.
    [4] - Technically all citizens are just permanent residents with voting rights and possess right of return to their respective countries by virtue of the Dayī Treaty that founded the place. Interestingly, former citizens of states that haven't signed the Treaty that don't permit dual citizenship are technically stateless.
    [5] - The system is inherently unfair so long as corporations exist in Dayī, as the Electoral Commission begins their distribution with a flat count of all the businesses' employees that are residents of the state (so that a business of 40 people would have 40 votes, per se), before then adding atop that a number of votes based on the net worth of the business. I'm unsure how much it should be per vote so I'll need to do some research.
    [6] - Visually, imagine Zhao Leji. I find his stare to be arresting.
    [7] - Being the bastard I am, I'm trying to subvert the optimism of recycling and environmentalism. Visually, this chipper guy seems appropriate.
    [8] – Dutch are the new Kurds. Although they’re technically independent as the island of Amsterdam and the Netherlands’ Caribbean holdings have held out against the rising tide, there’s no way these collective territories could house all the 13 million or so refugees produced by rising flood waters. So they scattered, and many ended up in Asia.
    [9] – Both thematic (can’t be copyright struck for a fictional company) and an actual prediction. I don’t think the big phone companies will have an oligopoly forever, particularly if any of them are nationalized in which case nations specifically opposed to the nationalizing state will emphasize domestic production. Herein, there was for a brief time a team working on modular electronics until they were bought out and dismantled by Apple. Wonder why that would be? >_>
    [10] – Including organic meat, especially from Australia. Concerns over monoculture and GMOs, and resistance from countries that favour organic farming means that livestock is still a healthy industry, although is becoming increasingly rarefied and expensive so much so that the average impoverished Dayīnese will not have tasted organic meat. A cheeseburger would be a luxury.
    [11] – Seen as a guarantor of business-friendly policies, the Dayī Supreme Court is surprisingly powerful although still subject to Parliamentary sovereignty. They’re a hybridized common-civil system; the common law wins out in overall structure -in that it is adversarial in nature- but the Courts may draw upon established civil codes and judges are more powerful, being able to independently issue subpoenas and warrants on an evidentiary basis. Lawyers also draw on more academia than in other common law systems, meaning that a case may not necessarily be decided on the basis of precedent, although that remains persuasive.
    [12] – Nenaunir Company is also one of the few bodies of government that are almost universally liked by the Dayīnese public, largely because they don’t have anything to do with beating up protesters, possess a great PR campaign, and are stringently disciplined to avoid controversies, which could see their contract renegged.
    [13] – Exoskeletons are common in several industries, including construction and security, and as one might excitedly expect proto-mechs are on the rise(Including an illicit fighting ring). They’re strictly regulated, though, so possession of a mech is usually for commercial or governmental reasons.
    [14] – Technological and infrastructural advances aside, this is why so many people can live in such a small area. That and the fact skyscrapers are now regularly breaching the 800-metre mark, with the tallest building in the world at just shy of 3.3 kilometres. (But I’ll let you imagine where that might be located)
    [15] – I don’t believe Chinese people are inherently adjusted to denser living spaces, however ITTL China really wanted to be the biggest ethnicity in the state for political reasons and so championed dense conurbations to house millions of people.
    [16] – White people.

    STORY NOTES: As an aside, a few things. Chemel is short for Chemeline, it's ostensibly Yakut in origin. Everything I wrote about quantum computing is true, indeed they are exploitable, except for the 'low energy photo net', I don't actually know the method by which they intercept the data except that it involves using substitute light sources, because none of the articles I read elaborated on that exact subject. I really, really dumbed it down more for myself than anyone else, but the principles of what our lovely protagonist did are cryptographically accurate.
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  3. The Pieman Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2017
    Does anyone have a blank map of the Solar System?
  4. EmperorKazooKid *furiously playing the kazoo*

    Jun 24, 2017
    Delaware, USA
    Have you looked in the Alternate Planets and Suns thread? I remember one being there.
  5. Gwrtheyrn Annwn A Welshman at Heart

    Jan 11, 2015
    Thanks! :)

    I should note that this map is incredibly ASB (if the time-travelling and steampunk tech didn't clue you in. ;)) But to answer your questions:
    1. ITTL Lord Palmerston (who becomes increasingly mad throughout the series) engineers a 'Regency Bill' in the Parliament that exploited Ernest Augustus I's unpopularity to give the crown the popular Albert, in the series this has some unintended consequences down the line until Burton 'changes' the future and Albert and Palmerston use the new-fangled technology to advance their lifespans.
    2. That's the Mexican border at the time of the POD (1840) and the series has Britain intervening on a massive scale in the civil war on the side of the Confederates and promptly annexing the entire country when the both the Union and Confederates are worn out. However, this was in the 'original' timeline which is 'corrected' by Burton in the 4th book (the timelines of the series are quite complicated) and despite the 4th book restarting in 1861 the Civil War isn't mentioned so assumed it was butterflied away for the 'new and improved' timeline (i.e. the one with the Central German Confederation.)
    3. Orleanists. They were ruling at the time of the POD and, like America, this wasn't addressed in the series so I just assumed 1848 was butterflied away and then rolled with the Orleanists staying in charge for the added dynastic rivalry.
    4. It's similar to the Belgian Congo but instead of using (and brutalising) Africans the Danubians are using genetically-modified animals and steam-powered monstrosities to do the dirty work.
    5.America is too terrified of a War of 1812 run two (and then turned up to max.) to go to war with anyone, plus Spain is stronger than IOTL thanks to the crazy technology arms race in Europe.
    6. UK is led by King Albert, kept alive by a mixture of steampunk life support and genetic tinkering, and Lord Palmerston is still Prime Minister (for the same reason). Needless to say, the UK is hardly a democracy anymore. Russia is led by a alt-Nicholas II (the series actually looks at this in its flash-forward in book 3 and has eventually decided to ignore butterflies in Russia). The Habsburgs have good-old Franz Josef still, though his experience of life ITTL is somewhat better than it was IOTL. As for the USA, I have no idea since this isn't addressed in the books and the butterflies make impossible for someone unfamiliar with American history to come up with a President 60 years after the POD.
    7. The world has sort of reached a three way Cold War situation. Everyone hates Britain and the two anti-British alliances have tensions, but Britain is so absurdly powerful (aa fact taken from the series) that no-one dare attack them. The only way that a war with Britain could be won is if the Two Alliances work together but unfortunately they hate each other only slightly less than they hate Britain. At the same time, Britain dares no actively attack either group because that would bring the other in and that would be a war Britain might not win and Albert and Palmerston's entire foreign policy in the 'correct' timeline is to avoid any war that Britain might lose or that might drag out into a never-ending hell (that being the very thing Burton set out to avoid in the 4th book).

    Thanks. :p
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  6. Iluminatili Well-Known Member

    Aug 4, 2010
    Verhandlungsfrieden 1960.png

    Europe in 1960

    This is a concept for a timeline where the Great War ends in a draw. There are some changes in German leadership early in the war and because of that the US doesn't join the war and the stalemate on the Western front is eventually solved by a mutually agreeable peace treaty in 1920.

    The Febuary and October revolutions still happen but the course of the Russian civil war is different, mostly because Germany has a hand in it. That leads to the creation of several new countries in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

    The Ottoman Empire doesn't survive long after the war. It's torn apart by ethnic strive from it Arabic and Christian population. (Here I'm not sure about the existence and size of Kurdistan and borders of the Arab nations are drawn kinda randomly, they need a rework)

    Austria-Hungary on the other hand limps on for another generation and finally dissolves in the 1940s. The ending begins with the succesion of Hungary. After that Cisleithania dissolves mostly peacefully, In Hungary the other nationalities have to fight for indepenance and after years of war and intervention by several great powers Croatia, Slovakia and Transylvania reach independance.

    All of this is very much a work in progress. So, yeah, gimme your thoughts, I'm very interested

    Related thread:
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  7. Oxander Stepping Lightly

    Dec 26, 2011
    Boulder, Colorado
    Succession or Secession?

    Is that a Tsarist Crimea?
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  8. Iluminatili Well-Known Member

    Aug 4, 2010
    Secession... i english very good

    That is indeed Tsarist Russia on Crimea. Crimea was a stronghold for white forces during the civil war and now it's all that's left of the empire
  9. Bennett Human Time-Waster

    Jun 3, 2017
    Why doesn't Transylvania join Romania? The region was mostly Romanian at the time, and I doubt extreme Magyarization policies would fly well to Romania.
    Ethnic map of Hungary. Note Transylvania
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  10. Max Sinister Retired Myriad Club Member

    Jan 15, 2004
    The Chaos TL

    I don't know how exact this is, but it's certainly funny. Feel free to crosspost it.
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  11. Pipcard I love Hatsune Miku

    Oct 26, 2010
    WIP of Hatsunia in 2046, 39 years after the previous map. A reminder that Hatsunia is an antithesis of Imperial Japan (with a sincere co-prosperity sphere / actual East Asian union) and a post-1980s re-imagining of Japan as the most technologically advanced country in the world (i.e. Japan if it had a software industry rivaling Silicon Valley, if their businesses didn't stick to old technologies like fax machines, etc.)

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  12. Iluminatili Well-Known Member

    Aug 4, 2010
    I know. That's why they rebelled and fought for independance from Hungary. It was sort of a requirement for peace that they don't join up immediatly. And the two nations have been kept apart by international diplomatic pressure ever since.

    At this point in the timline it also has become clear the Transylvania is more economicly advanced then its big sister which calls unification into question even more.
  13. Skallagrim Not the one from YouTube. Different other fellow.

    Feb 5, 2014
    It's actually very refreshing to see a scenario where two states that share a language/culture don't automatically decide to unite. After all, why should it be destined that they do? No moreso in this case than it would be destined for Moldova to join Romania...
  14. Tsochar Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2010
    It's almost certainly bogus. The counties had different borders back then, and the ECW was a civil war and as such had a fluid, moving boundary between the sides.
  15. Marcus Sergius The Roman Soldier with an Iron Hand

    Jan 21, 2016
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    Preview of my newest map, (I have yet to do the key) which will be affectionately named "Age of Horrors".

    It is based on the idea that "All Legends are based partially on real events".

    This is a world where Mad Science and some pre-existing natural forces (which would be considered supernatural by our standards) become one around the turn of the 20th century. All hell proceeds to break loose.
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  16. Alex1guy First Of His Name

    Aug 23, 2011
    The New Zealand Empire
    Hello, I'm bored at work and have been making this in my spare time. It's another Nazi Victory map! Why? Because why not rehash and old idea again. I plan on making a part 2 on the post cold war world.

    Where the Valkyrie Flew Part 1:


    The End of the War:
    It is said by historical analysts that the Eastern Front was the Soviet's to lose. However, the successful German conquest of Stalingrad in 1942 threw the Soviet dictator into a rage that saw yet another purge of the Red Army leadership. This purge would prove crippling, as some of the Soviet's most brilliant military minds (such as Zhukov and Timoshenko) were sentenced to death, before stress, poor health and paranoia took Stalin himself. The subsequent power struggle would prove fatal, as Beria and his NKVD forces attempted to seize control of the state. This would be blocked by Molotov and a coalition of surviving generals but the damage had been done. Disastrous counter attacks and setback after setback would pave the way for total Soviet surrender, Molotov agreeing to terms in the December of '43.

    For the Western Allies, the Soviet Union's departure from the war was a devastating blow. The Soviets became subject to brutal reparations designed to permanently cripple the state. Despite driving the Axis from North Africa, the collapse of the Soviets meant that an Allied entry into Europe became less and less likely by the year. Hitler ordered that the Wehrmacht, fresh from the Eastern Front, be transferred West to face down any attempted invasion. Over 300,000 hardened Heer veterans were transferred to cushy postings along the Atlantic Wall, a slave built fortification system several kilometers deep, running the length of the Channel coast. Assessments of the German defenses indefinitely shelved any plans for the Allies, the United States reluctantly shifting their focus to defeating Japan.

    As the Asia Lay Bleeding:
    Despite their victory in the East, the Reich would struggle to keep up with Allied shipping production and by 1944, they had been largely cleared from the open ocean. Meanwhile on the other side of the world, the Allies conducted a brutal campaign of island hopping and attrition, burning the Japanese from stronghold after stronghold across the Pacific. By 1944, it became apparent that an invasion of the Home Islands would be the only way to end the Pacific War and preparations were made. Reluctantly, the Allies transferred men and equipment being built up for the invasion of Europe to the Pacific, launching Operation Downfall at the end on the year.

    Increasingly desperate, the Japanese begged their erstwhile German allies for assistance. The Reich would use the Trans-Siberian railroad to transfer fuel, equipment and advisers to the Japanese in Manchuria. Panzer IV's, Tiger Tanks and even a few of the dreaded Messerschmitt 262's would begin to appear across the Pacific Theater much to the chagrin of the Allied forces. In July of 1945, the Allies would perfect their ultimate weapon, the Atomic Bomb. Controversially however, the Americans would relent on using the bomb against Japan, fearing the revelation of their own "Wunderwaffen" would encourage a German program of their own (unbeknownst to the Allies, the Germans had acquired invaluable intelligence on the program from the ruins of Moscow). After two brutal years of fighting, Japan was finally brought to heel. The Allies would incur over 700,000 KIA taking the Home Islands alone, with a further 150,000 being killed during the invasion of Manchuria. Japan as a nation would be burned to the ground by war's end, it's population irrecoverably reduced.

    The experience would be a sobering one for the Allied powers, who faced the unnerving prospect of launching yet another costly invasion of a fanatical enemy and well dug in enemy. While the Allies still held a monopoly in Atomic weapons, Reich planners had spent the better part of two years fortifying and dispersing important industries out of reach of Allied bombers. On top of that there was little appetite on the home front for another campaign like downfall, the images of thousands of coffins returning from Japan still fresh in the public's mind. To further complicate matters the Reich would suddenly extend a ceasefire agreement to the London and Washington, offering to exchange POW's and halt all bombing and naval operations against the Allies. The prospect of retrieving thousands of Allied prisoners and putting an end to the tit-for-tat bombing attacks against the UK was tantalizing and after much arguing and debate, the Allied Powers reluctantly agreed to the ceasefire. The war would unofficially end on the 19th of August 1947.

    Europe in Chains:
    Across the Reich, spontaneous celebrations broke out, after eight long years of war Germany had finally taken it's place in the sun. As thousands of Wehrmacht veterans were demobilized across the Reich, the Einzengruppen were ramping up their operations in the East. Millions would be liquidated as Hitler's perverse vision for Europe was realized. Russia would be depopulated, hundreds of thousands of "undesirables" making the long dangerous trek East to escape the depredations of the Reich's death squads. Colonial governors for Germany's new Eastern territories would be appointed from loyal SS leaders, their reputation for brutality making them the perfect candidates to administer the "untermensch" thralls that toiled endlessly for the Reich.

    Following the war's end, the Germany Army was completely reorganized. The Waffen SS was to become the primary arm of the military, the Wehrmacht finding itself reduced significantly to pave way for the Reich's new "Political Army". Loyalty to the Party ensured fast promotion and during this period, many Heer veterans found themselves "put out to pasture" with generous retirement packages in the East, their replacements being those that the Nazis could "rely on". Entire armored formations and infantry divisions were place into SS command. Ultimate control inevitably lay with Heinreich Himmler, who's private Army quickly became the primary fighting force of the Reich.

    For the average German citizen, quality of life improved dramatically. Long gone were the dark days of the Weimar Republic, a period colored by uncertainty and humiliation; prosperity had finally returned to Germany. However job security, healthcare, free education would come at the expense of millions. The pacified nations of Europe would be cynically organized into the "European Community" in 1950, an organization headed from Berlin that ensured all would be subservient to interests of the Reich. All currencies were tied to the Reichmark and all major industries were absorbed into German cartel operations. "Advisers" were appointed to every European capital to ensure the loyalty of the local government and all military formations were tied to that of the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS.

    Finally in 1954, the Reich would detonate their own Atomic bomb. Captured Soviet intelligence regarding the Manhattan Project would compel the Germans to reassess their initial conclusions about the bomb, reopening research operations now that the war was "over". After several years of trial and error the nascent Reich nuclear program bore finally fruit, detonating their first bomb near the Black Sea. The revelation of the Reich nuclear program horrified the Allied Powers, were were forced to announce their own weapons to deter any German misconceptions regarding Allied program. Debate over immediately striking the Reich were dismissed, the Cold War had begun.

    The New World Order:
    Following the war's "end", the Allied Powers began consolidating their positions outside of Europe. For the British Empire, the perceived defeat proved to be it's death knell. At American insistence, the British began the long laborious process of reorganizing the Empire into the "Commonwealth of Nations, releasing numerous colonies and solidifying co-operation among the Dominions. In India, a federation between the Hindu and Muslim states held stable, Allied investment pouring into the coffers of the second "arsenal of democracy". The Federation would have it's own head of state, but remain in association with the Commonwealth. In Africa and Asia, decades long programs were implemented to ensure governments loyal to Britain and, by extension, the Allied cause.

    Only the French Republic would try to "change the tide of history", De Gaulle attempting to organize the territories of Free France into a cohesive body that could eventually reclaim the homeland. Decades of resentment however poisoned the French efforts and through the 1950's and 60's, the Free French would struggle to maintain it's holdings, most slipping away as the Reich gleefully smuggled weapons to France's colonial subjects. Only in Algeria and Cameroon would the Free French be successful in maintaining a coherent government, reluctant British assistance and endless concessions towards the local populations allowing the exiled government to survive.

    The United States meanwhile worked hard to keep the Reich from penetrating into the Americas. The American OSS would work tirelessly to influence politics in South America, using it's substantial wealth and political clout to snuff out any pro-Reich sympathies that may surface. Success would not come everywhere for the Allies however. In South Africa, the increasingly reliable apartheid government would eventually pull out of the Commonwealth. There would never be any official alliance between South Africa and the Reich, however mutual sympathies would color their relationship.

    In Asia, the Republic of China stands as one of the true winners of the Second World War. The American invasion of Manchuria shattered the support base of the Communists, allowing the Republican forces under Chiang Kai Shek to consolidate their power base. To the north, the former Soviet Union stumbled along as a broken state. Allied support for the Soviets had slowly waned throughout the 40's, as it became clear that any aid sent to the USSR would either be used to arrogantly repress the local populations or be sent to Reich as reparations. The decision was finally made in 1960 to sever all aid to the Soviet Union, a move that triggered another civil war that shows no sign of slowing.
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  17. Xianfeng Emperor Amateur Iran-o-phile

    Really like the map! There are a couple of clichés, but it's very well put together. A bit of attention for the Frenco-Algerians would be nice.
  18. 2201 Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2017
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  19. Lost the game Nixon 2020

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    Shameless Philly public transit wank

  20. charlesthe50th Member

    May 12, 2018
    A sneak peak of my first BAM map ever(!)
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