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No, the communists are defeated, by liberals, pariahs in the world for suggesting things like "democratic elections" and "one man, one vote". This would result in the infamous "Liberal Scare" era of international Politics. West Russia is still communist, only east Russia isn't.

So: Liberals are pariahs ITTL? And how do they - as pariahs - defeat the communists?
And: The blue part of Russia is communist, while the red part of Russia is not?
 
Legions of men garrison Formosa and the liberated areas of mainland China. They are armed with the finest American-made weapons, straight out from the factories that line the Great Lakes. They are the popularly named "Andrew Jackson" Rockets, Sun Yatsen-class Warships, and of course the mighty atomic bomb. Formosa is America’s greatest nuclear weapons base, and the people of the island smite masses of Communist enemies with this mighty weapon gifted unto us by the White man’s great intellect. The Army of the Republic of China, the Army of General Chiang is the greatest force in the Orient,or so says the American Advisor, General Westmoreland.

Getting some real Fallout vibes from this. I like it.
 
So: Liberals are pariahs ITTL? And how do they - as pariahs - defeat the communists?
And: The blue part of Russia is communist, while the red part of Russia is not?
Opposite: Red Russia is communist, blue is technocratic. Also, the liberals are popular in China with their radical talk of free elections, they also ally the monarchists by promising to allow the emperor to survive as a figurehead of the new republic.
 
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The year is 38 BG. The Earth Kingdom is beginning its slow rot from within. Local provinces have been gaining more autonomy with each passing decades. Meanwhile the Earth King has not done a public tour outside Bah Sing Se in more than 20 years. Most of the southern kingdoms are for the most part independent in all ways yet still claim to be under the Earth King. The Gaoling Republic is one of the wealthiest of these autonomous areas. Serving as a trade hub between the Southern Air Temples ,Southern Water Tribe, and Northern Earth Kingdom has led to an almost proto globalism culture. Arctic furs are currently in high demand for fashion purpose of the upper class. While having republic in its name, in practice is much more controlled by several wealthy families. In Omashu the kings adviser is revamping the delivery chute service. While the chutes have been in use on the main hill for almost as long as the city has been settled; the King is expanding the idea to be used in the secondary hills of the city. The Si Wong Protectorates have become a haven for criminals and most trading parties traveling the Jade Road need armed protection to pass. Once considered the pristine trade route of the Kingdom has been reduced to small outposts in the desert The small kingdom of Taku also lies on strong trade routes on the Beipan River that connects the Mo Ce Sea to Western Lake. While the Kyoshi islands are the one Earth nation that can claim the Earth King has zero authority over. While the nations relations have been hostile in the past both moved to a neutral stance. With Kyoshi islands being culturally isolationist has led to a growing nationalism and elitism on the island.

The Fire Nation has been unified and centralizing over the past couple centuries. The regional Fire Chiefs now have little power. They go to a yearly assembly lead by the Fire Lord yet even now there are talks of doing away with this practice. Fire Lord Sozin has seen his nation grow strong and is wanting to "share" this greatness with the rest of the world. The Fire Lord is at Avatar Roku's wedding and plans to tell him of his great plan. Wanting to unite the nations under his banner he is confident that with Avatar Roku he will be able to achieve this.

Meanwhile the Air Nomad Confederation has been a great success for the past 320 years. Set up by Avatar Yangchen as a way to bridge the growing cultural divide between the 4 Air Temples. The confederation began to take on new responsibilities such as unifying the law system and curve the regional variance on beliefs. In the past the differences between the temples have led to minor skirmishes between the Northern and Southern temples but for the past ~100 years pacifism has been a uniting force for the Air Nomad Confederation. Some Air Nomads travel around the Earth Kingdoms doing charitable work and helping the needy. They used to travel to the Fire Nation but hostile attitudes in the Fire nation has been growing leading to only the brave traveling to the archipelago.

In the poles of the world both water tribes go about their business mostly oblivious to world politics. In the Northern Water Tribe, people are beginning to flock to the capital as it begins a process of urbanization. With fishing boats, and trade with the Earth Kingdom allowing enough surplus food to allow it. In the Southern Water Tribe it is the opposite with people starting to move to smaller but more numerous regional cities. The Southern tribe has always had a culture of independence and this shows in its population density which is more spread out than its Northern sibling. This along with minor battles between the smaller tribes leads to an overall dislike of a unifying government and more localized autonomy. The tribes are making great wealth selling local furs and skins of Arctic Hippos, Tiger Seals, and Otter Penguins to Goaling Republic. With Goaling trying to buy the lowest sellers have led to much innovation in hunting techniques as each tribe tries to out compete for one another.
 
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's Q-BAM!

The POD is 1696 in the southern Indian Ocean; my Tasmania map is from this universe. The rest you have to guess. It’s probably a bit unlikely, but it’s a setting that I would definitely like to explore further - and maybe even (with some modifications) turn into a fully-fledged TL, if the good folks of AH.com are as interested as I am. I've already worked out disturbing levels of detail for the history of the Eastern hemisphere, so I may as well put it to some use.

So I posted that map and said it had a POD, then left you to guess the rest. I think I should do some more explaining…

The premise of this map is one that’s been floating around in my head since I discovered alternate history; a divided Australia. So after a lot of research and many, many hours spent trawling through threads here, I’ve developed a scenario in which this occurs. It’s a bit long for a map thread, so I’ve spoilered it.

The POD is 1696 in the South Indian Ocean, where Willem de Vlamingh’s ship suffers some misadventure and needs repairs. Sighting land, assumed to be the previously discovered land of New Holland, he brings his ship into the Swan River and repairs begin. At the same time, knowing they’ll be there for a while, explorers set out to find out more about this strange land. They find some land that looks good for agriculture, but more importantly, sandalwood. De Vlamingh sails on to Batavia with a far more favourable report of the Swan River region. Eventually the outpost of Utrecht is established there, primarily as a port of call for ships travelling to the East Indies. (This is the single most unlikely part of the timeline.)

From there, further settlements are established, by both the Dutch, and later the Portuguese. Captain Cook’s 1770 voyage still occurs, and despite finding some good land for settlement on the eastern coast of New Holland, his voyage is mostly considered a failure and consigned to the footnotes of history. However, after the American Revolution, Great Britain needs somewhere to dump their convicts; and so Captain Arthur Phillip sails to the great southern land and established the settlement of New Albion. Things still proceed mostly as IOTL, until the Napoleonic Wars, when Britain seizes Western Australia (as the continent is now known) along with the Cape and the East Indies. A flow of migrants from the Netherlands, as well as the (now-British) Cape and New Holland, eventually settle in Tasmania, hoping to escape foreign domination (which they don’t).

The Napoleonic Wars end and both the East Indies and New Holland are returned to the Netherlands. Facing significant resistance to their rule, they deport the worst troublemakers to northern Australia. In the late 1820s, the Bourbons, seeking a quick and easy way to improve their popularity, decide to occupy a bit of the southern continent, thinking that a quick and easy defeat of the “savages”, followed by deportation of some republicans and Bonapartists, would result in a stronger hold on France. (The other powers agree to give France a little bit of the continent – the second most unlikely bit of the timeline.) The French invasion of Algeria is butterflied away, but Charles X is still deposed. Things then go on as OTL for the most part, with some butterflies changing a few things, especially in the borders of American states, until the Scramble for Africa, where the only difference is an Italian Tunisia (because the French are still trying to subdue Algeria.) and a British Katanga. The end of the Second Boer War sees many of the Boers leave British South Africa and migrate to New Holland. The British Australian and New Zealand colonies federate to form the Commonwealth of Australasia. Tasmania politely refuses to join.

WW1 is where big changes happen. A series of butterflies result in a better-planned and hence successful Gallipoli campaign, resulting in the early fall of the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria joining the Allies. With increased pressure on the only two remaining Central Powers, Austria-Hungary disintegrates and surrenders, leaving Germany all alone. Putting up a valiant fight, they have no hope against replenished and refocused Russians, more careful Brits, and the Serbo-Greco-Bulgarian alliance pushing up from the south through revolution-torn Austria. Without Wilsonian intervention, self-determination is less of a thing, so Russian Poland only gets Poznan and remains tied to Russia.

In the aftermath of the war, a three-sided civil war breaks out (expect a map of this soon), resulting in a victory for a traditionalist nationalist military junta. A young soldier named Adolf is killed while fighting for them. Beginning to remilitarise and take back their former losses, Germany becomes a significant concern to the Allies, who make negotiations (including an alt-Anschluss) to appease the Germans. This means that a ferociously nationalist government in Turkey (as defined by Sevres borders; Mustafa Kemal is killed in the Battle of Constantinople and does not lead a Turkish war of Independence) with some worrying ideas is mostly ignored as it builds up its military and demands territory from its neighbours, including Fascist Italy. The three nations eventually form a Pact of Steel, and each nation prepares for a round two. Turkey’s leader eventually demands the Straits back from its joint Greco-Russian control, and the Western powers acquiesce, after receiving a promise that they definitely will keep the straits open to all traffic.

Then.

Seeking to secure a Black Sea Empire and the superiority of the Turkic race (sound familiar?), Turkey launches a full-on invasion of Russia, who has only just begun to move its troops away from the German border after the signing of a non-aggression pact. The reason why that pact was signed? Because Germany launches their lightning attack on France, smashing through the Ardennes and eventually reaching Paris. The French refuse to surrender for many many weeks, but eventually the force of the attack wears them down and they concede Alsace-Lorraine to Germany in exchange for a ceasefire. The reason why? Turkey is now occupying Crimea and Russia needs help. France and Britain reason that seeing as the Germans tried the same thing again and it worked, they may as well try it too. To their surprise, the Turks had properly fortified the Gallipoli Peninsula after their last failure, and the Allies were pushed back. But while evacuating the peninsula, the Germans take advantage of the situation to attack Russia as well, in the hope of regaining their 1914 borders. Suddenly a Second World War has begun. China takes advantage of this to join the Pact in their war against Japan, who joins the Allies.

The war continues, and following the full-on destruction of much of Russia, Turkey, Italy and Northern France, it ends with the unconditional surrender of the Pact. Germany loses Silesia and West Prussia, China loses Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, the New Territories of Hong Kong, and Manchukuo’s independence is recognised. Turkey is dismembered, with full-on deportation of ethnic Turks back to the various occupation zones. The Armenian people were given their own state, to compensate for the genocide they experienced during the war (known as the Aghet) reaching such horrific proportions it shocked even their allies. No Turkish state would exist until 1985, when the Republic of Anatolia returned to a very humble position in international affairs. Russia, practically obliterated from the war, rose from the ashes as a reactionary Orthodox dictatorship. With the last of the Kuomintang’s forces disbanded, the Communists rose to power in China. Britain ended the war as one of the world’s superpowers, rivalled only in strength by the United States, who had established a strong tradition of neutrality. Their greatest threat now came from within.

There were many different approaches to decolonisation. France took the view that their largest colonies could be given some level of self-governance, nothing more, and fought multiple conflicts to retain control. Many of their former colonies remain poor to the present day. The exception was Auralia, which became independent democratically, following many of the ideals of French republicanism. The Kingdom of France retained Baudin Island, as well as many other small possessions in the Caribbean and Pacific. Portugal tried to integrate them into metropolitan Portugal, failing miserably, and following the demise of the Estado Novo, all but Costa Norte (Portuguese Australia) fell to some form of socialism. The few Spanish colonies were granted independence early, in order for Franco to focus his efforts at home. The Dutch gave independence on a case-by-case basis. New Holland had been independent for many years, but the East Indies especially suffered from more frequent and more intense revolts against Dutch rule. Eventually Indonesia was granted independence, and although they wanted the colony of Tanamerah, it was held by the Dutch for another 10 years before being made independent as a biracial Indigenous/Indonesian democracy, albeit a fragile one. The Netherlands still retains some overseas territories, mostly in the Caribbean. Japan let Korea become an independent, Japanese-allied state similar to Manchukuo, while Japanese Micronesia became a self-governing territory.

Britain had given her white-majority dominions – Australasia, Tasmania, Canada and Patagonia – independence as Commonwealths, and she took the same approach with most of her colonies, often federating nearby colonies together to create stronger independent nations with government systems fully-formed before the British retreat. Like many other European powers, she retains some overseas territories, most notably Gibraltar, Malta, Sinai, Singapore and Hong Kong. Her biggest issue at the present is the status of Northern Ireland, often facing terror attacks until the Belfast Declaration in 2002, where each state recognised the right to Northern Ireland’s self-determination. The election of the separatist Sinn Fein in 2017 prompted them to declare independence and apply to join the Irish Republic, citing their election as a mandate for independence. The Democratic State of Ulster remains unrecognised, and Britain has been forced to declare martial law until order is returned.

The Orthodox regime in Russia fell in 1998, and communism was replaced by democracy in China in 1989. The past two decades have been unusually peaceful; but now Ulster is boiling over, China is sliding towards dictatorship again, and India is collapsing under the ethnic tension. The question now is, how much longer can the peace last?

TL;DR: Australia is colonised by various different nations, including the Dutch, Portuguese and French as well as the English, and mayhem ensues, with butterflies running rampant to create a world that looks similar, but different. I told you I had a lot of backstory...

And now for another version of the map: a map of the nations of the British Commonwealth of Nations.

Most nations were part of the British Empire, except for Arabia (which, admittedly, was basically a British puppet for over 40 years). Japan’s application for membership is still pending, and is incredibly controversial in both Japan and the Commonwealth.

So…

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Any questions?
 
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Been a while since I've posted, but better late than never. Either way, the DeviantArt version can be found here.

Here's a bit of a surprise map made on the side: a map-profile of an alternate Japan where the renowned Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto not only managed to avoid his death in 1944, but was also more active in politics, and for much longer.

This seemingly small point is crucial, as though he was the mastermind behind Pearl Harbor, he ardently if quietly opposed war against the United States and the militarists running Japan; though doing his duty, by and large, he tried to conduct himself and the Imperial Japanese Navy as being more dignified and pacifist when compared to the atrocious actions done by the Imperial Japanese Army (especially the Kwantung Army) under Hideki Tojo's command.

The timeline "designation" of KOK-0094 is a reference to the Japanese alternate history series Konpeki no Kantai, which follows a similar but much more exagerrated premise of Yamamoto being much more involved with politics and having mental time travel. Though the map doesn't go close to the same tech-wankery in the novels and OVAs (with the Japanese having more Cold War-tier fighter jets by the late '40s), it'd still be interesting to see what might have happened had the Admiral gotten something of an inkling of what's to come, or some opportunity to avoid some of the mistakes committed that led to Japan's fall.

And yes, the title is a deliberate nod to Operation Valkyrie (or Unternehmen Walküre), as the map was originally inspired by being curious to see how a similar scenario could play out in another Axis Power. Warukyure being a Japanese transliteration of "Valkyrie" through German.

Also, as an aside, this is a work of fiction. This is not meant to be a political or ideological screed.

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Warukyure Jiken
The Long Shadow of the Rising Sun

While the life and career of the man known to history as Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is fairly straightforward enough for the casual observer, no one knows for certain when he first perceived his destiny, or even why. Some would say that it was his being restationed from the Imperial Japanese Navy cruiser Nisshin shortly before the Battle of Tsushima amidst the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05, eventually leading to him taking part in the invasion (and conquest) of Sakhalin Island, now Karafuto Prefecture. Some would point to his growing interest in politics leading up to and during his time in the Japanese Naval Staff College, which eventually culminated in his being adopted into the Yamamoto family in 1916. Others still would suggest that it was what he experienced and the people he met during his tour of the United States in the 1920s. While the man himself, in memoirs published after his death in 1966, mused that it was a series of dreams during his days as an ensign that ultimately changed his life. Dreams of events to come yet not quite, and eventually leading to a vision of a plane crash and the ignoble humiliation of his homeland.

Whatever the reason, what is certain is that by the late 1920s, he had grown prominent enough in the I.J.N. for him to influence not only its naval doctrines, but also the prevalent mindset of more than a few officers and personnel. He had encouraged greater risk-taking (perhaps an off-shoot of his penchant for gambling) as well as a strong emphasis on the potential of air power, among others. But he also cultivated, particularly among those who worked directly under him, a more honor-bound yet martial pacifist mindset, which drew some suspicion from the Imperial Japanese Army, and General Hideki Tojo of the Kwantung Army in particular. Yamamoto's competence, popularity in I.J.N. and eventual appointment as Vice-Minister of the Navy in 1936 prevented any overt repercussions against him, however. Yet even with his rising clout, neither he nor his supporters were able to stop the unchecked authoritarianism that had swept Japan by then, nor were they in a position to prevent the likes of Tojo or more radical militarists from going to war against the Chinese, a bloody path that would eventually help set the stage for the Second World War. Thus, he began plotting a long game that would guarantee both the survival of his homeland and preservation of its noble integrity.

By the time Yamamoto was promoted to a proper Admiral in 1940 by then-Prime Minister Tojo, he had already established connections with various sympathisers outside his naval circle, including pacifist politicians, dissident writers, disgruntled I.J.A. officers and even members of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To keep the Kempeitai (the feared military and secret police) at bay, he and his compatriots disguised their plotting with German codewords and terms, the clandestine group calling itself either Walküre or Warukyure. Still, realizing the precariousness of it all and despite knowing how ill-advised prolonged conflict with the Americans was, he forced down his objections and dutifully did his grim task in the name of the Emperor. A grim task that, if all went as planned, would not only buy Japan time ("About a year, two at most," he once said) but would put him and his burgeoning faction into a much more central position to change the course of their country. And so before the dawn of December 7, 1941, he set into motion the first of many great gambles: a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and a discreet declaration of war sent to Washington through his connections before said attack took place. Utilizing doctrines, aircraft and tactics that he encouraged over the years, the I.J.N. dealt a crippling blow not only on the U.S. Pacific Fleet, but also on the aircraft carriers that were returning to aid their brothers in arms. While this victory did little to stem simmering tensions between the I.J.A. and I.J.N, it proved far more of a windfall than even the Admiral expected, at once giving the Japanese nearly uncontested control over the seas and elevating his popularity as the architect of that triumph.

Yet for all the prestige, neither he nor his Warukyure co-conspirators rested on their laurels. With each passing month, more realized, the sleeping giant that was America was rousing awake, its industry and power all but expected to overwhelm the Rising Sun. Which was to say nothing of the increasing likelihood of Tojo and the Kempeitai catching on him. With those in mind, he orchestrated "Operation MI" in early 1942, ostensibly a push further towards American territory, with the tiny atoll of Midway being the lynchpin. The plan, while complex, would have been even more a strategic and logistical challenge had the I.J.N. not been properly reformed previously or had Yamamoto not insisted on extensive intelligence gathering the months prior. But in what became known as the Battle of Midway, the gamble paid off. The U.S. Navy sent as much many combat-ready units as possible to reinforce the atoll, with some ships, especially the carriers, almost literally fresh off the docks. But against the odds and mounting casualties, the Japanese won and were in a position to take the small Pacific territory. Though instead of invading outright, a decision was made to have the victors parade in Tokyo to boost morale. A decision that played right into the Admiral's hands.

As on June 20, 1942, amidst celebrations, the next, hidden part of "Operation MI" was set in motion as Yamamoto and his supporters staged a coup, synchronized to take out as many potential hotspots, especially on the Home Islands as possible. In what came to called the Warukyure Jiken, or "Walküre Incident," the Admiral delivered a speech from the Diet that was broadcast across Japan. Even as squabbling continued outside against I.J.A. militarists loyal to Tojo, he not only spoke on behalf of Emperor Hirohito himself. But he also rebuked the "inhumane and dishonorable" deeds done by the militarist "traitors," for corrupting and making a mockery of the Japanese spirit. Calling instead on all noble-minded Japanese to help him lift their country back to glory, just as the Valkyrie of old lifted the slain, he was met not with scorn, but support from many. Although Tojo and his supporters managed to escape into Manchukuo, where the Kwantung Army attracted other similar "loyalists" in the hopes of reclaiming the Empire from the "usurpers," it didn't take too long for Yamamoto's "Transitional Association" to restore order, or for his connections to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to reach out to the Allies. By the end of that year, military troops under the new regime's command began withdrawing from occupied territories across East Asia as a gesture of goodwill while promises were made to make amends for any wrongdoing. By early 1943, tenuous compromises were reached with Korean delegates to grant their homes "eventual" independence, while negotiations between Tokyo and Washington for more amiable peace terms were bearing fruit.

While the Americans would consider the subsequent Treaty of Tokyo Bay on March 5, 1943, signed by newly-elected Prime Minister Kijuro Shidehera and Yamamoto himself among others, as Japan's conditional surrender, it was nonetheless presented as the best possible option and an honorable compromise. The War, of course, was far from over, only really ending with the final collapse of Hitler's Nazi holdouts in 1946. But for much of the humbled Empire, it was a new beginning.

Many decades have passed since then, and even now the shadow of the Rising Sun still looms over the Pacific. Empire of Japan has long since recovered from both the bloodshed and misery of the War, albeit with some aid from the victorious Americans. Having since integrated their remaining territories and a the founding member of the Association of Greater East Asia or A.G.E.A. (a reconstituted and reformed Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere forged in the 1950s), the Japanese are a major economic and cultural powerhouse on par with the resurgent Chinese and the British-led Commonwealth of Nations. Indeed, with the acknowledgement of the various, if increasingly assimilated non-Japanese peoples, from the Russian "White Exiles" in Karafuto to the Chinese-descended denizens of Taiwan as equal citizens, Japanese society is at once cosmopolitan and traditionalist. Although some grievances, rivalries and lingering tensions remain from those dark times, Yamamoto's efforts continue to endure in how most have let bygones be bygones (barring some anti-colonialist rhetoric). Though neither this nor the much more democratic mindsets that emerged from the "Transitional Association" are the only lasting legacies of the Admiral, who since his death had become almost as well-respected as the current Emperor, Akihito.

It's also found in the Imperial Armed Forces. In part made possible by the U.S. being convinced of allowing Japan to retain a military force at all, the I.A.F. was Yamamoto's last real, successful gamble. Unifying the I.J.N. with what remained of the I.J.A., the men and women who serve the Empire have "inherited" the Admiral's penchant for taking tremendous risks while staying true to the honorable spirit of their homeland. Armed with the latest arsenals from both American sources and homegrown Zaibatsu such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (along with rumors of experiments in bipedal "mecha"), they're more than capable of defending their families. Of course, this is also by necessity, due to the continuing threat posed by Communism and the U.S.S.R.'s persistent meddling in East Asian affairs. Though the odds of a war against the Soviets remains small, the threat posed by Atomics (as seen in the bombing of Berlin in 1945) has ensured that the status quo is upheld, for now at least.

Perhaps this may indeed be for the best, at least compared to the alternative. Tojo and his Kwantung Army continued to present themselves, in vain, as the legitimate Japanese regime from their strongholds in Manchukuo for a brief while. Yamamoto's sly decision to pass the bulk of the blame of wrongdoing on Tojo, even if the full extent of those war crimes (including Unit 731) would not be revealed until after Tokyo declassified Wartime records in 1973, greately undermined his credibility and only served to bolster the beleaguered Chinese to push back. Though hearsay continues to persist of aging holdouts hiding as far afield as the jungles of Borneo, it wasn't until the Soviets, under the command of General Georgy Zhukov, invaded the "warlord lands of Manchuria" in 1945 that the final curtain was drawn on the militarists. After that, all that's certain is that the former Prime Minister, along with his surviving confidants, were executed on Stalin's orders.

One could only wonder what could have happened had things played out differently. Had the War lasted a year or two longer...
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Edit : better with the map. Basemap by @Bob Hope
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I do wonder.
Wasn't the polish corridor an US (Wilson) idea, to give Poland access to the baltic.
If the US wasn't in the war and Poland has access to the baltic by merging with Lithuania - why create the corridor, which is almost a guarantee for trouble further down the road?
 

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Slightly retconned since last week, here's the first of what I hope will be a series of 18! In the interest of actually developing a cohesive setting, I've started putting all of my Tomorrow Country maps into one thread, which can be found here. Otherwise:

In the years after the war, the status of the Northwest Territories (then home to only 30,000 souls) became a contentious issue. Much of its forested landmass was theoretically suitable for agricultural settlement, but decades of prewar litigation ensured that Indigenous groups would have serious legal authority in dictating the terms of that settlement. When different Indigenous governments started to demand different compromises, the peaceful dismemberment of the NWT into separate land claim regions was inevitable. Akaitcho - a local intertribal authority - instantly became Canada's most centralized city-province, more populated than every other NWT successor combined. This lead has been maintained ever since.
 
Slightly retconned since last week, here's the first of what I hope will be a series of 18! In the interest of actually developing a cohesive setting, I've started putting all of my Tomorrow Country maps into one thread, which can be found here. Otherwise:

In the years after the war, the status of the Northwest Territories (then home to only 30,000 souls) became a contentious issue. Much of its forested landmass was theoretically suitable for agricultural settlement, but decades of prewar litigation ensured that Indigenous groups would have serious legal authority in dictating the terms of that settlement. When different Indigenous governments started to demand different compromises, the peaceful dismemberment of the NWT into separate land claim regions was inevitable. Akaitcho - a local intertribal authority - instantly became Canada's most centralized city-province, more populated than every other NWT successor combined. This lead has been maintained ever since.

Highly neat. I do wonder, though, whether a Canada with a more developed north and more influential First Nations might rename the Great Slave Lake (it's named after the Slavey people, who are in turn called that because the French learned about them from the Cree, who had...not the friendliest relationship with them).

EDIT: As an aside, if you're interested in future TLs where northern Canada is more developed, Autonomous by Annalee Newitz is a neat book that's mostly set in that region (plus a little Maghreb for variety).
 
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