Map Thread XVII

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Another map from my TWR 'realistic Nazi victory timeline' (and accidentally reminiscent of anglo-american Nazi war, which I actually didn't copy, coming up with this independently). Operation Flood, the western intervention in Nazi controlled Europe during the closing stages of the German Civil War.
Full explanation and reddit post:
I assume France jumped in as soon as the Anglo-Americans arrived? Things are looking good, it's a shame that the threat of Germany's nuclear arsenal will be enough to preserve a rump-Nazi regime, but let's hope that the Allies will be able to get back the French pre-war borders (or at least the French borders minus Alsace-Lorraine) and restore Belgium and the Netherlands to independence.
I assume France jumped in as soon as the Anglo-Americans arrived? Things are looking good, it's a shame that the threat of Germany's nuclear arsenal will be enough to preserve a rump-Nazi regime, but let's hope that the Allies will be able to get back the French pre-war borders (or at least the French borders minus Alsace-Lorraine) and restore Belgium and the Netherlands to independence.
Yeah, the idea is when Nazi Germany collapsed into civil war, a revolution and fast civil war in France (2nd French Revolution I guess) overthrew the now dead Petain's regime, and without German support a republican coalition took power. Now, with allied help, they've pushed a little bit into German territory, but their weak army can't do much even with US-UK air support and weapons.
So this is my first post on Alternatehistory Map Thread, but this map is NOT mine. I am not that skilled enough to make a map as good as this one.

This map is made by AztlanHistorian, really good cartographer and historian, you can find his DeviantArt here:

Anyway, here is a map that I think is really good in telling and good quality to add into the conversation, so here it is:

Here is a description by, once again, AztlanHistorian:

Anahuac Tlatocayotl - Imperio del Anáhuac (Empire of the Anahuac)
Established: 1545 AD

Capital: Tetzcuco
- Official: Nahuatl/ Spanish (court language)
- Regional: Hñähu (Otomi), Diidxazá (Zapotec) and Tachiwin (Totonac)
- Minority languages: P'urhepecha (Tarascan), Dzaha Dzahui (Mixtec), Tzeltal, Tzotzil and Ayüük (Mixe)

After the Spanish invasion of 1519 and the fall of the Aztec Triple Alliance in 1521, the Anahuac region came under effective Hispanic rule for 17 years, until the Spanish Crown recalled most of its forces to fight against the Ottomans in the Mediterranean during the Great Turkish War (1536-1544).

As the bulk of the Spanish forces withdrew, the Hispanic dominance over the region weakened, allowing some native leaders to arise and expel the invaders, especially those of Tlaxcallan which felt that their opportunity to rule the region had finally come. The Tlaxcallan Rebellion of 1538 effectivelly ended the Spanish rule of the former Aztec territories and in January 1539, Tlaxcaltec forces entered Mexico City, the former Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan; but their triumph would be brief as many other indigenous nations refused to recognize their claim to the former Spanish dominions; this beginning a series of conflicts known as the Tlaxcaltec Wars (1539-1541). In the middle of a campaign against the recently resurrected Mixtec Kingdom of Tututepec, a major revolt began in Mexico City. This revolt was led by some members of the former ruling house of the Acolhua city-state of Tetzcuco and the remaining Spanish settlers in the Valley of Mexico. The revolt, later known as the Tozoztontli Revolution of 1541, overthrew the Tlaxcaltec regime and pushed them back to their homeland; and established a new state in the Central Anahuac. this new kingdom would be known as the Kingdom of Acolman, as its capital would located in the city of Tetzcuco, rather than in the former Aztec capital.

The new rulers began to develop their contry both economically and militarily, further adopting European tactics and policies (like the use of cavalry and coinage) to improve their own. This allowed the kingdom to become stable and powerful enough to fend off the Tlaxcaltec until 1544, when they instead invaded and conquered Tlaxcallan. After defeating their enemies, the Acolhua decided to expel those who didn't accept their defeat, so a major migration of Tlaxcaltec refugees was escorted northwards beyond the Tepeji River (OTL Pánuco River). Those refugees and their descendants would later establish a new state, the Kingdom of Yaoyotlan, which later would become a major threat to the stability of the Anahuacan regime.

With the Tlaxcaltec under control or exiled, the Acolhua rulers decided to restructure their kingdom in order to better integrate their new dominions and avoid further rebellions. In 1545, the last king of Acolman and first Anahuacan emperor, Cacamatzin, would declare his goal: to expand his country's rule over all the nations of the Anahuac. Therefore, their nation would no longer be known as Kingdom of Acolman, but as Empire of the Anahuac (Anahuac Tlatocayotl). With that said, Emperor Cacamatzin didn't begin the empire's expansion by force, but by diplomacy, negotiating with the leaders of the most powerful Otomi state, Xilotepec. He convinced their ruler to join the Empire in exchange of support in his wars against the other Otomi petty kingdoms and with that union the annexation of the Otomi lands was achieved in 1547.

A similar process was followed with the Totonac city-states between 1546 and 1551, and eventually the kingdom of Teotitlan and the Zapotec kingdom of Tehuantepec agreed to join the Empire in 1550 and 1553 respectively. With new troops and resources, the Empire, now under a new ruler, Itzcuauhtzin, began its campaigns against the Kingdom of Tututepec and the Huastec realms. By 1563, both the Mixtec and the Huastec were under Anahuacan rule, thus allowing the empire to focus more on diplomacy again, making easier to convince the small Amuzgo, Matlatzinca, Mazahua and Tlapanec city-states and kingdoms to join the Empire without resistance.

The rapid expansion of the Anahuac was momentarily halted by the return of a ghost from the nearby past. In 1571 the Spaniards returned trying to capture their former domains in a brief campaign; this in order to get funding for reconstruction after their wars in Europe and northern Africa against the Ottomans. The expedition, led by Epigmenio Barrales, was defeated less than a month after its landing near Cempohualan; but despite its brief duration, this expedition would be crucial for the future of the Empire, as it reminded it of the very real threat of the Spaniards (which still controlled the island of Cuba and constantly launched raids on the Maya kingdoms of Ekab and Ah Canul) leading the emperor to establish a national navy for the first time; said navy would be headquartered in Cempohualan.

The 1571 Spanish invasion would also have another major consequence. Because they had planned to overtake the region in a swift campaign, the expedition was terribly expensive for the Spanish government, so it discouraged further actions in the region for years; and also, the reason why it was so expensive is because it was equiped with heavy artillery, which ended up in Anahuacan hands. This new weaponry allowed to improve their own military and reach a completely new level in combat; a fact that was best illustrated in the empire's greatest conquest to the date, the annexation of the P'urhepecha Empire.

Hostilities with the P'urhepecha dated back to the union with Xilotepec, as the Otomi often threatened the Empire's borders. The P'urehpecha had a particularly hard time recovering from the smallpox epidemics, so they didn't act against their enemies with much energy until 1569, when the Empire invaded the Cuitlatec realms. The war spilled to the recently conquered province of Cihuatlan and brought the tension between the two powers to its height. The Anahuacan emperor demanded the immediate withdrawal of the P'urhepecha forces from the province and the recognition of the Cuitlatec nation as a sovereign state; this was intolerable for the prideful cazonci Hiripan, who declared war in 1572.

The Anahuacan diplomacy acted again, gaining support not only from the Cuitlatec, but also from the small Cora, Huichol, and Tecuexe polities (altepetl), and more importantly, from the succesor states of the former Kingdom of Colima. With this new allies and new weaponry, the Anahuacan forces were able to push back the P'urhepecha back to their borders in four months, and by the winter on 1573, they were able to push into the Empire's territory. After expelling the P'urepecha from the Cuitlatec lands, the Anahuacan emperor, Maxixcatzin, invited the allied polities to join the Anahuacan state; this reunion would be essential as one of the original allies of the Anahuacan Empire was the Kingdom of Amollan, which vehemently opposed the union. This would led other states to leave the meeting and the alliance, drastictly reducing the size of the army and creating potential new enemies.

Fortunately for the Anahuacan Empire, most of the allies agreed to join in exchange of generous spoils of war after the campaign against the P'urhepecha, also the imperial workshops had just finished the first locally-produced cannon; everything was ready. The Anahuacan invasion of the P'urhepecha was conducted in two fronts, one from the Otomi lands (the Otompan) and one from the new provinces (the Metlan). The campaign lasted for two years, but finally, at the battle of Ihuatzio (1575), Hiripan, cazonci of the P'urhepecha, was captured.

The fallen P'urhepecha Empire was annexed to the Anahuacan domains and reorganized in order to avoid further rebellions. After this annexation, the Anahuacan Empire centered itself in improving the administration and organization of the state. Institutions from the Aztec and Spanish past were reformed, creating a better tributary system, and establishing a nobility more similar to that of Spain, also, Spanish became a prestige language among the imperial elites and was taught along with Nahuatl in the Empire's universities, which fused traditions from both the European colleges and the Aztec calmecac. The telpochcalli, the old school of the Aztec commoners, was resurrected and adapted to teach the youth of the Empire the basics in order to serve the growing state. Hospitals, zoos, public gardens, docks, bridges and new roads appeared all over the country, and also new fortresses were built in the borders of the Empire.

In 1581, a new Hueyi Tlatoani of Anahuac was elected; his name was Moquihuixtli. He would restart the Empire's expansion by bringing the nearby Guamare Confederacy under Anahuacan rule in 1587. Later, in 1588, he would launch his campaign against the Mixe petty kingdoms. This people had stopped both the Aztec and the Spaniards' attempts to conquer them, and indeed they became a worthy opponent for the Anahuacan Army. Between 1588 and 1591, the Anahuacan state launched a series of brutal campaigns against the Mixe resistance, while at the same time tried to gain new allies in the region. In 1590, the small Nahua kingdoms of Xoconochco and Xicalango joined the Empire, and together with reinforcements from the province of Tehuantepec, began to bring the former Socton territory under imperial rule, effectively conquering the Tzeltal and Tzotzil Maya nations along with other peoples like the Zoque and the Ch'ol Maya.

By 1597, with the Zoque and the western Maya nations under imperial rule, the Mixe were effectively surrounded by the Anahuacan forces; also they had long lost the access to the sea and the constant raids during planting seasons had made almost imposible to feed the people. Finally after years of war and starvation, during the winter of 1597, some Mixe leaders met with the Anahuacan commander Luis Tezozomoc and agreed to surrender and pay tribute to the Empire, but in exchange they wanted to remain independent and be able to trade with the Empire. Tezozomoc refused and stated that only inconditional surrender was acceptable. The Mixe leaders refused and returned to fight, but three months later they returned to surrender themselves to the Empire in order to save their people. With the surrender of the Mixe, the new province of Mixistlan was created and the Empire ended its campaign in the spring of 1598.

Since the conquest of the Mixistlan, the Empire has focused on integrating its new southern dominions by both eliminating any dissidence and allowing Nahua, Cora and Otomi settlers into the new territories. At the same time the Anahuacan diplomats have been working in establishing and strenghtening relationships with the Nahua states south of the Anahuac like Cuzcatlan and Tezoatega, this in order to neutralize the threat of the powerful K'iche' Maya kingdom of Q'umarkaj, which has become stronger since its re-establishment in 1538. Meanwhile in the northern borders, the Tlaxcaltec kingdom of Yaoyotlan has evolved into an empire and has begun to threaten the imperial domains, and in the west the kingdoms of Xalisco and Xecora have engulfed all the surrounding petty kingdoms and become powers of their own, which has made the task of integrating the western provinces more relevant than ever.
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The Rumelian Federation (1908-Present):
By the way here is the (last) flag:
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The Flag for this nation. White Cross over blue for Greeks, white crescent on a red field for Turks, red and blue along with the white cross for the Slavs while the stars represent the peoples living in the Federation. the current ten stand for the Turks, the Greeks, the Kurdish, the Bulgarians, the Serbians, the Bosnians, the Croatians, the Albanians and the Arabs.
Is there a thread for the full TL? Because this is really interesting.
Here's a thread

Linked there is the original reddit thread which has all the maps I've made collected together there:

As explained there, it's being turned into a HOI4 mod in collaboration with the Darkest Hour mod team
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