Nice. Is this from the same world as your earlier "holy roman USA" maps? And what's exactly going on with *Texas?
Could you post the images into the post itself? Having them in attachments makes it look like there is no map, which might confuse some people.I am in debt to Nizams entry (#9769) of December 13, 2021 (Map Thread XX Page 489) for giving me the inspiration behind this alternative history; This is my cover version!
Really Nice idea, but you have the terms mixed up in this paragraph. You are referring to the south with the word for north and the north with the word for the south. Unless this is on purpose that is.Known in this paracosm as Alam Al-Jadid ‘The New World’ (but to the Europeans as Terranova), both North and South America were largely colonised by the Andalusians with the North being referred to as Janubia and the South as Shimalia.
The only nitpick I can make is that I'd prefer Lwów to be part of "Red Ruthenia" and not Małopolska.Now, I know what you might be thinking "oh they've already posted that" but nope, I changed a few things, such as adding a number of cities, changing the flag and correcting a few mistakes
On previous versions it was, but then a few Polish friends informed me that Red Ruthenia was used only as a poetic name already in the 18th century, and that such a Poland as this one wouldn't name "Ruthenia" a part of what they consider core Poland (they're Polonising the hell out of Belarusians and Ukrainians)The only nitpick I can make is that I'd prefer Lwów to be part of "Red Ruthenia" and not Małopolska.
Love it tho, beautiful map.
27/10, not enough Austria-HungaryEight Alternate Fates of Austria-HungaryView attachment 710573
A map series of eight alternate fates of Austria-Hungary, focusing on the period after the Congress of Vienna to the First World War. Some of these fates are nigh ASB (Look at H) but I don't give a damn. Lore below for each of the eight fates.
A: Empire of Austro-Hungary-Italy
The Habsburgs wins the Italian Wars of Independence against the Savoyards and their French allies, keeping the majority of their North Italian possessions. During the Augsliech of 1867, the Italians voiced the creation of an Italian crown within the Empire. In 1867, the Italian Kingdom was created as a third monarchy, ruled over by the Habsburg Emperor in Vienna. The Italian Kingdom would see considerable industrial growth and development in the coming decades, with the capital of Florence becoming one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Empire. The Austrians would also win against the Prussians in 1866, though losing North Germany to the Prussian-led German Confederation. South Germany would be formed into a confederation under Austrian protection.
There are problems though, being faced with rivalries against the Germans, and the Savoyards still holding onto the claim of unifying Italy. The Italian peninsula is still unruly, with the Papal States and the Neapolitans having to call in the Habsburg army to quell rebellions by socialists and radical nationalists. Despite the issues faces against the Triple Monarchy, the Empire still remains a hegemon of Central Europe and it sets to remain that way.
B: South Germany in Austria
Despite the brilliance of Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck, only time could tell when a coalition was formed against the rising Prussians in the German Confederation. When the Brother’s War started in 1866, Bismarck was met with an unfortunate situation with the entry of Napoleon III’s France on the side of Austria. Despite the odds faced, the Prussians won in the North, keeping Northern Germany under their belt, though forced to renounce claims to South Germany and the recognition of the French annexation of Luxembourg.
The South Germans, fearing Prussian or French invasion, petitioned to join the Austrian Empire. During the midst of the 1867 Augsleich, the monarchs of South Germany were invited and the Habsburg accepted to annex the South German kingdoms into the Empire. To prevent too much Austrian power, the monarchies of Bavaria, Baden, and Wuttermburg remained autonomous kingdoms within the Empire. The Austrian Empire remains allied to the French and ironically the Italians against the Germans in the North and their Russian allies.
C: Austro-Hungairan Colonial Empire
Losing their sphere of influence in Italy and Germany, some Austrians saw it fit to turn their attention overseas to the establishment of colonies. The Hungarians protested the venture but later negotiation negated Hungarian protests by establishing said colonies as codominiums under joint Austrian and Hungarian rule. In the 1890s, Austria laid claims to Southern Somalia and Northern Borneo, becoming the first colonies of the Empire. In 1899, the Austro-Hungarians purchased Spanish Rio de Oro. In 1910, the French and Germans could not negotiate who gets Morocco, so it was given to Austria-Hungary to avoid war.
By 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, though small compared to the vast British and French Empires, stands as a proud symbol of Austrian power. Organized into codominiums of Morocco, Somaliland, and Borneo, the colonial empire spans around the world. Although cherished by the Austrian public, the colonies are little profitable, though North Borneo makes a considerable profit for the monarchy. With the advent of war in Europe, the overseas Empire might be lost as well, or expanded…
D: Competent Austria-Hungary wins WW1
Despite the assumptions of foreign observers that Austria-Hungary was next in line to the Turks to be the ‘sick man of Europe’, hefty reforms to the K.u.K. in the 1900s under German oversight chastened the K.u.K. into a considerable fighting force. When war broke out between Serbia and Austria in 1914, the K.u.K. smashed through Serbian lines and conquered the Balkan nation by the end of 1914, being joined by Bulgaria. The Russians would be expelled from Lemburg while the K.u.K. marched into Warsaw and Bialoytysk. With the French fallen after the Germans were victorious at the Marne, the Russians were left alone, soon sued for peace by 1915.
The strong performance of the K.u.K. during the war under the Austro-Hungarians earned Austria respect by the Germans, allowing them to make large gains during the Berlin Peace Conference. The Austrians would annex Congress Poland into a personal union, and turn rump Serbia, Montenegro, and Albania under Prince Wied into protectorates. Romania would fall under Austrian influence as an ally against the Russians. Although a proud and victorious Empire, ethnic problems had not been resolved, and the Austrians seek to establish a third Slavic crown much to Hungarian chagrin. Fears are rising of a Second Hungarian Rebellion, though with the Germans assuring of support to the Habsburgs, the fight will end most the same as in 1848.
E: United Kingdoms of Great Austria
The death of Franz Joseph I in 1911 by pneumonia took the life of Europe’s oldest monarch, succeeded by the charismatic Franz Ferdinand. Franz Ferdinand reoriented Austro-Hungarian policy, re-approaching the Russians for a friendship and supporting the Bulgarians in the Balkan War as a new ally to the Germans and Austrians. In 1917, Franz Ferdinand’s policies against Hungarian power in the Empire turned into a war between the Hungarian half versus the Austrian half. With German support and Russian neutrality, the Austrians crushed the Hungarian rebellion within a year. After their victory, the United Kingdoms of Great Austria was founded.
The Hungarians were stripped of their empire, being handed out to long-oppressed minorities of the empire under their own kingdom. The rest of the Austrian half and Bosnia were reorganized into ethnic states. With the empire’s ethnic minorities gaining self-determination, the Austrians can no longer worry about the ethnic problem of the past. Despite the new system, nationalists still threaten the monarchy in Hungary, Transylvania, and Serbians lands.
The First Great War was hard on the Habsburg monarchy, suffering from near-famine conditions through most of the war and thousands dying in the frontlines in Galicia and Venetia. The struggle was vindicated in the victory of the Central Powers after the fall of Russia and France in 1918 and a status quo peace with the British. The Austrians would further lose their position as a great power, with Poland and Ukraine, though having Habsburg monarchs, remain predominantly in the German sphere of influence. The Austrians still made gains in the Balkans, annexing rump Serbia and Montenegro as occupation zones and reinstalling Prince Wied to an expanded Albania.
The Empire would be reorganized under Emperor Karl I. The predominantly Polish, Ukrainian, and Romanian province of Galicia would be partitioned among each respective nation-state in order to satiate Hungarian protests of the annexation of Serbia and Montenegro. In 1927, a third South Slavic crown under the Croats would be created. The Hungarians protested but German pressure forces the Hungarians to accept the creation of the Croat kingdom. It is now the 1930s and the empire is modestly stable and still loyal to the German Empire, though now faced with the threat of communist regimes in France, Italy, and Russia. Whenever war would break out, both the Germanic empires of Austria and Germany can count on each other.
C: Danube Federation
The Russian Brusilov offensive of 1916 combined with American entry into the war in 1915 spelled the end of any prospects of a Central Power victory. In order to save his throne and realm, Emperor Karl I sent peace requests to the Entente, whom were eventually accepted, resulting in Austria pulling out of the seemingly futile war. At the peace table, the Austrians had to accept the territorial demands of their neighbors, giving land to the Russians, Italians, Romanians, and Serbs. Although on the side of the Germans, the French and Russians wanted to preserve the monarchy and allowed Karl I to remain on the throne.
After the war, Karl I was able to drastically reform the empire due to the Hungarians weakened after the Treaty of Versailles. Hence, the Danubian Confederation was born as a commonwealth of nations led by the Habsburg monarchy. The Danubians would ally with the Russians and French, leading them to economic prosperity in the 1920s, until the depression of 1929 caused the economy of the empire to suffer. To make things worse, the rise of the communistic Strasserists in Germany, combined with the cooling of relations between Russia and the Anglo-French makes Danubia a vulnerable target to the Germans.
H: Restored Austria-Hungary
The formation of the Anglo-French Union allowed for the imperialism of days old to sustain itself in the postwar world. In Central Europe, the specter of communism loomed and a strong power was needed in the region to deter Soviet expansionism. The Franco-British would support the reformation of Austria-Hungary, inviting Otto I to take the throne of both Austria and Hungary. The South German monarchies would also be restored as autonomous kingdoms within Austria-Hungary. Eventually and unexpectedly, the Czechoslovaks joined the union as an autonomous member, fearing Soviet expansionism after the invasion of Poland in 1949 and communist coups carried out in Romania and Bulgaria.
The restored Austro-Hungarian Empire stands as the main bulwark against communism in Central Europe. The Austro-Hungarians are also close allies to the Franco-British imperialist bloc, which are competing against the communist Soviet bloc and the pro-independence American bloc. What was once a long-fallen Empire is now revived again and is set to remain that way for years to come.