Map Thread XXI

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My take on if Napoleon won. He keeps naval superiority in the Mediterranean and Nelson dies earlier. Due to the Brits being in a worse position the US is able to take most of Canada. Portugal is chillin in exile in Brazil and was able tl fufil their pink map ambitions. The year of the map is 1895. Thoughts?
I don’t think Prussia should be that large. They lost all the land in western Germany they had before and during the Napoleonic Wars, but they end up with Saxony here, as well as Mecklenburg and a large chunk of Poland. Having the Wettins running Saxony and a hunk of Poland (basically Congress Poland, which only went to the Russians after the Napoleonic Wars) would give them a lot more economic sway and a stronger ally.now, what is the story with Austria? A bit surprised it is split from Bohemia in the Confederation of the Rhine. Are they both ruled by different people, possibly with a Bonaparte being married to the monarch? And does the color for Hungary/Galicia/Etc suggest they are keeping the name Empir of Austria and not becoming a Hungarian dominated state? Would actually make an interesting map on its own. Since Haiti is shown in light blue here, does it mean France never tried to reestablish slavery or did they kiss and makeup later? I see France lost even the smallest of their islands in the Americas, so the Haitians might fear the Americans more than the French. Then again, what idiots thing they can force an island filled with hundreds of thousands of armed people back into slavery?
Germany and Einheitspakt after victory in WW2
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Was their a Weimar stage here? I would question why they would put words in a flag that had at that point only been used by revolutionaries, but I suppose if there was a Weimar they might claim it had been tainted by the bourgeoise or something. Was there a Lenin equivalent here for founding the revolutionary country or was that Goebbels? I don’t know, somehow I always see those Marx and Engels stuff having two other faces with them. Or there might be uncanny valley from them being next to someone without facial hair. Is there a different situation in the Baltic countries due to their not having extra things on their flags or with their names? And a little hard to tell, but did Germany get any land from Czechoslovakia?
Another of my atlas maps:

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South America in Giant Canada World, with continental vexillology. The biggest driver of change isn't actually massive border fluctuations, though butterflies in the formative 1800s result in differences, with Paraguay most liable to come out on the losing end of things on balance. What really helps here is a United States that's not in a position to treat South America as its backyard. The continent's hardly left alone, and instability still exists, but some areas prosper - notably Argentina realizing more of its potential and Guyana grabbing oil sooner.

Argentina is undoubtedly the best place to live here, but Chile's also pretty fantastic.

Since it comes up in a couple of entries: Populism in this universe is a term used for far-right revolutionary movements akin to fascism, with an undercurrent of common people overthrowing the elites and installing authoritarian governments that supposedly "empower the commonman." Hastatism is a branchoff of populism pioneered by a group of writers called the Society of the Hastati, who promoted the idea of revolutionary citizen armies toppling democrats, elites, intellectuals and liberals and installing autocracies. You can guess where these ideologies led.



Ed.: Fixed the capital of Brazil and added the legend.
Ouch. French Guiana doesnt warrant even a single city being labeled. Now, did Granada seize Ecuador? I thought it and New Granada were separate members of Colombia.
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The kingdom of Ireland and its (still active) colonies in 1964 (all in Africa), just before the decolonisation process.
Ireland never became a part of Great Britain or at any level anglicised. Also the great Irish potatoe famine did not occure at a scale compared to OTL.


There are also Irish-speaking (Irish-Gaelic of course) ex-colonies of Ireland on the American double-continent, which gained independence during the 19th century:

- Kibbek in North America includes the areas of OTL Quebec of 1867, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Islands, New Foundland, St. Pierre and Miquelon and Maine, as well as north of 44° North and east of 71°30' West of New Hampshire. Gained independence in 1803.

- Saint Patrick Islands in Central America includes the OTL French overseas departement of Guadeloupe and the OTL Commonwealth of Dominica. Gained independence in 1896.

- Patagonia in South America includes everything of South America south of 41°15' South, including the Falkland Islands. Gained independence in 1870.


In 1780, the Irish sold the island of St. John to the United Kingdom.


The Kingdom of Ireland was neutral in both world wars and stayed neutral during the cold war as well.
Interesting. With the language thing and not being in the British Empire, it seems like the diaspora doesn’t really happen. Does this mean a lot more Americans identity as American or English American? And did both Scotland and England never have any territory in Ireland, or were they and any settlers just driven out? Really, the Irish did well for themselves in the colonial race if they got an area called Gold Coast.
 
Well folks, here's a side project I've been wanting to do for a while, and it's related to the new TL I'm about to release on this website, Of Bolts and Blades (OBX). I've always wondered for myself what a Singaporean colony might look like (God forbid if this actually happens in my lifetime).

So without further ado, let me represent to you the State of Riau-Lingga!

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The main PoD ITTL for OBX is Russian President Vladimir Putin ordering a nuclear strike on the Ukrainian city of Lviv following the bombing of the Kerch Strait Bridge during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The nuclear attack eventually culminates in Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin deposing Putin to seize power in the Kremlin and the subsequent Second Russian Revolution in response to the coup leads to a nuclear exchange between a Prigozhin-ruled Russia and the United States of America, causing the world to spiral into chaos. The two traditional superpowers of China and America had been left marginalised, the former by a near-total economic collapse following the nuclear strikes on its largest trading partner, and the latter by the toll of the nuclear bombings and a subsequent failed invasion of a pro-Russian Nicaragua. Entire democracies collapsed and were replaced with dictatorships of various stripes, the most notable being the creation of the militaristic Brotherhood of Guntai Cobaltist Regencies (guntai is Japanese for military) from the Oceanian Union, which was itself a merger of Japan, the British-led Five Power Defence Arrangements (including the United Kingdom, Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore), Canada (minus a separatist Quebec), Brunei, Papua New Guinea and Algeria.

In response to the so-called Guntai Revolution, the Republic of Indonesia wished to take control of Sabah and Sarawak amidst the chaos, but failed to do so as the locals fought back and repelled the Indonesian with the help of the then-fledgling praetorianists. Greatly humiliated by its loss, with its economy in shambles and feeling threatened by the militaristic Guntai Brotherhood, Jakarta would end up seeing the rise of the National Revitalisation Front, a coalition of Islamist political parties led chiefly by the Indonesian People's Da'wah Party (Indonesian: Partai Dakwah Rakyat Indonesia) and the Masyumi Reborn Party (Indonesian: Partai Masyumi Reborn). In 2033, two months after the Malaysian Spring was brutally put down by the Brotherhood, the National Revitalisation Front was elected to power on the promise of ''Making Indonesia Great Again''. However, what many did not realise was that the Indonesian People's Da'wah Party and by extension the National Revitalists (short form: NatRevs) were controlled by the Islamic extremist terror group known as Jemaah Islamiyah, which would begin a process of insidious brainwashing of Indonesian society. The new Islamic Republic of Greater Indonesia began a series of pogroms targeted at non-Muslim ethnic minorities, ethnic Chinese Indonesians and other so-called “undesirables”. At first, this was only in the form of increasing marginalisation and discrimination, but eventually slave labour camps would be set up to house these groups, with the ultimate goal being the extermination of the “infidel pigs” and anyone who did not subscribe to Jemaah Islamiyah’s extremist ideology.

Having seen the writing on the wall, the Riau Islands, Moluccas and West Papua, the only provinces left without a NatRev majority, looked at the rest of Indonesia and decided that enough was enough. Not wanting to fall under what was effectively Islamic Nazism, all three provinces broke away from the IRGI and went over to the Guntai Brotherhood for protection.

Three days after entering into an unsavoury military alliance with a rump Russian Federation (now reduced to the OTL Siberian Federal District minus the Chinese-aligned Tuvan Republic and led by Prigozhin’s mercenary gang known as the Wagner Group) and the Islamic State of West Africa (essentially the fall of Nigeria, Mali and other West African countries to ISIS), the IRGI would clamour for the return of the three breakaway provinces, while at the same time secretly planning to divide up a Brotherhood-controlled Malaysia with the Philippines (who planned to annex Sabah and Labuan while Jakarta went after the rest of Malaysia and Singapore). However, this was merely a manoeuvre by Jemaah Islamiyah to stall for time: Jakarta planned to double-cross the Philippines after the successful invasion of Malaysia and then proceed to wage a bloody war against the Brotherhood and establish a massive caliphate in all of southeast Asia, Bangladesh, eastern India, the Chinese provinces of Guangdong, Hainan and Yunnan, the still-de facto independent Taiwan, and even as far north as Korea, Japan and the ex-Russian island of Sakhalin and as far south as Australia and New Zealand.

Needless to say, the war went badly for the IRGI and the NatRevs. After the Indonesians betrayed Manila and invaded the island of Mindanao despite being able to seize only Sarawak and Sabah (with numerous anti-Jakarta insurgencies to add), the Islamic Republic of Greater Indonesia, along with its main ally the Wagner-ruled Russian Federation in Siberia, were annihilated by a massive coalition of nations including the Guntai Brotherhood. After the war had ended, the Brotherhood annexed Kalimantan, West Papua, the Moluccas, West Timor and the Riau Islands Province as wartime reparations for all the death and destruction the Indonesians had caused while Sulawesi became a puppet state, leaving behind a greatly weakened rump Indonesia that was now in the thrall of the Brotherhood.

In the case of the former Riau Islands province, it would be temporarily administered by the Brotherhood member state of Singapore as the Riau Provisional Authority while the Istana struggled to decide the form of government to be adopted by the former Indonesian province-turned-breakaway state. There were those in Singapore who wanted to resurrect the ancient Sultanate of Riau-Lingga as a puppet constitutional monarchy by putting Tengku Bahrullah bin Tengku Mohamad, a descendant of Tengku Hussein, who as Sultan of Johor had permitted the British to set up a trading port in Singapore, thus giving rise to the Lion City of the present day. There were also those who proposed the creation of a federal republican democracy, albeit one whose economy would be closely tied to that of Singapore and by extension, the Guntai Brotherhood.

In the end, the pro-republican elements won out and Singapore set to work preparing the locals (who were more than eager to rebuild after the devastation caused by the NatRevs) for eventual independence. Government offices and ministries were set up to oversee the basic needs for the people, and a new Constitution was even drafted for the soon-to-be independent nation. However, the Singaporean occupation forces would remain in charge of foreign affairs and the defence of the new Federal Republic of Riau-Lingga, at least until the situation had stabilised sufficiently for the establishment of a proper local military.

Unfortunately, the Federal Republic of Riau-Lingga turned out to be a huge fiasco just one month into its existence. Though initially well-intended, Riau-Lingga’s policy of proportional representation resulted in a minority government that was nearly powerless because too many coalition partners were more often than not unwilling to cooperate with one another when it came to policy-making. Hyperinflation spiralled out of control and the Indonesian rupiah was now effectively worthless. Worse still, communal violence was commonplace, with pro-Islamist sympathisers picking fights with more moderate Muslims and non-Islamic ethnic groups in the streets. The Singaporean occupation forces were having a field day quelling the unrest and it was only a matter of time before the new nation fell apart.

In the end, shaking its head in dismay at the utter chaos across the Singapore Strait, the Singaporean branch of the Brotherhood decided that enough was enough and threw out the Riau-Lingga government. The FRRL was replaced with the State of Riau-Lingga, which was itself nominally headed by a locally-elected Chief Minister but in practice subordinate to the Riau-Lingga Civil Commission headed by Singapore-appointed High Commissioners. The first act of RLCC was the Guntai credit’s immediate introduction as an official currency in Riau-Lingga to replace the now-worthless rupiahs; in so doing, Singapore had practically annexed Riau-Lingga and established its own tiny empire within the Brotherhood’s massive sphere of influence, gaining a territory over ten times its own size. While the establishment of the SRL was initially controversial among both Riau Islanders and Singaporeans (who feared the Indonesianisation of society despite actually having a population more than twice that of Riau-Lingga), the Singapore-born Grand Praetor of the Brotherhood Octavian Kai saw it as a way to secure the livelihood of his homeland by exploiting the vast amounts of land needed to make the local industrial and agricultural sectors viable enough to supply the Lion City with her daily necessities and also repeat Singapore’s highly successful (especially given the nation’s circumstances in the late 1960s just after independence) 20th-century success story in Riau-Lingga while simultaneously flipping the bird at the defeated Indonesians who had butchered over four hundred thousand Singaporeans along with thousands of their Malaysian, Japanese, British, Australian and Indian comrades during the attempted Indonesian invasion of Singapore (think Russia’s siege of Mariupol but on a much worse scale due to Jemaah Islamiyah’s open encouragement of the wanton destruction of cultural and religious heritage of anything not Islamic plus the usage of flamethrowers, parangs and starving dogs to execute prisoners of war and captured civilians, many of whom were Muslims themselves).

For starters, de-NatRevisation was heavily enforced in Riau-Lingga just like in the rest of Indonesia, and Riau-Lingga would gradually be modelled along Singaporean lines. Over the next few years after the establishment of RLCC, the situation grew more stable, the various ethnic and religious groups reconciled with one another and the industrial and agricultural sectors were greatly expanded with Singaporean aid, enabling the locals to find work quickly and avoid unemployment. Due to Riau-Lingga’s tourist potential as a mother lode of coral reefs, efforts were made to reform waste disposal policies in the region, and a nascent aquaculture industry also thrived in the waters of Riau-Lingga. There was even a massive spaceport set up on a deserted island to ease the load on Singapore’s Pedra Branca space launch centre and facilitate the ongoing colonisation of Mars by the Brotherhood. All of this greatly contributed to the economy of Riau-Lingga, and the locals reaped quite a share of the benefits for the hard work they had put in.

However, despite the economic successes and drastically improved quality of life that Riau-Lingga has experienced with guidance from both Singapore and the Brotherhood, tensions still simmer below the surface. Having been used to Indonesian rule for decades, there remains quite a significant minority of locals who, regardless of race or religion and despite the immense suffering they endured at the hands of the NatRevs during Jemaah Islamiyah’s rule, find the comparably benevolent Singaporean rule alien and resent being ruled from a capital both physically and culturally distant from their homeland. Moreover, there are also those who call for genuinely free democracy as opposed to the controlled Hong Kong-style democracy imposed by the military administration, and those who seek increased autonomy or even outright independence or reunification with Indonesia. There even remains a small faction of highly conservative Muslims calling for the establishment of locally-applied sharia law in Singapore-administered Riau-Lingga.

All these groups, though numbering less than a hundred thousand or about five percent of the population, make up for their lack in numbers with a vocal presence on the political stage, holding regular protests just outside the Singaporean-controlled RLCC headquarters in Tanjung Pinang. With the military being unwilling to use unnecessary force against these vocal elements due to the Singapore-born Grand Praetor’s strong desire to eventually make Riau-Lingga an integral (at least in the de jure sense) part of his homeland and give the locals of Riau-Lingga a quality of life at least on par with that enjoyed by Singaporeans, this unrest, though kept simmering below the surface by Singaporean occupation forces, could explode into full-blown revolt at any moment, and with the Grand Praetor having to hand off his duties to a successor sooner or later, all it takes is just one spark to set off the powder keg that could end Singapore’s (and by extension the Brotherhood's) control over the Riau Islands forever.

–––– Flag and emblem done entirely by MagmaBlaster1997. –––
 
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The kingdom of Ireland and its (still active) colonies in 1964 (all in Africa), just before the decolonisation process.
Ireland never became a part of Great Britain or at any level anglicised. Also the great Irish potatoe famine did not occure at a scale compared to OTL.


There are also Irish-speaking (Irish-Gaelic of course) ex-colonies of Ireland on the American double-continent, which gained independence during the 19th century:

- Kibbek in North America includes the areas of OTL Quebec of 1867, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Islands, New Foundland, St. Pierre and Miquelon and Maine, as well as north of 44° North and east of 71°30' West of New Hampshire. Gained independence in 1803.

- Saint Patrick Islands in Central America includes the OTL French overseas departement of Guadeloupe and the OTL Commonwealth of Dominica. Gained independence in 1896.

- Patagonia in South America includes everything of South America south of 41°15' South, including the Falkland Islands. Gained independence in 1870.


In 1780, the Irish sold the island of St. John to the United Kingdom.


The Kingdom of Ireland was neutral in both world wars and stayed neutral during the cold war as well.
I wonder how Ireland would treat her colonies after being herself colonized by Great Britain for so long.
 
I don’t think Prussia should be that large. They lost all the land in western Germany they had before and during the Napoleonic Wars, but they end up with Saxony here, as well as Mecklenburg and a large chunk of Poland. Having the Wettins running Saxony and a hunk of Poland (basically Congress Poland, which only went to the Russians after the Napoleonic Wars) would give them a lot more economic sway and a stronger ally.now, what is the story with Austria? A bit surprised it is split from Bohemia in the Confederation of the Rhine. Are they both ruled by different people, possibly with a Bonaparte being married to the monarch? And does the color for Hungary/Galicia/Etc suggest they are keeping the name Empir of Austria and not becoming a Hungarian dominated state? Would actually make an interesting map on its own. Since Haiti is shown in light blue here, does it mean France never tried to reestablish slavery or did they kiss and makeup later? I see France lost even the smallest of their islands in the Americas, so the Haitians might fear the Americans more than the French. Then again, what idiots thing they can force an island filled with hundreds of thousands of armed people back into slavery?
Thanks for your question! So the current story is after napoleon dies in the early 1820 almost immediately another coalition forms against France. Poland is partitioned by Russia and Prussia. The Coalition is quite successful at the start but is eventually defeated but Prussia due to its military being reorganized is able to tale much of eastern Germany. During the war France occupies all of Austria proper and is absolutely done with their betrayals so they turn it into a duchy ruled by a Bonaparte. They make Bohemia independent as well to strengthan their flank. The hapsburgs are able to hold in in the east with Russian support. Currently the Hapaburg rump state is German dominated but there is large discontent by the Hungarians making it very very fragile. Hati is interesting and not fully thought out just yet but the Hatian empire fully repulses the French and is a British Ally.
 
Crossposting from the current MotF, because I thought I did this yesterday but apparently forgot to hit reply. Typical.

The map was whipped up rather quickly when I had a sudden idea for a map and realised that there were only two other entries. I'll happily admit it was a bit of a rush-job; it had to be to squeak in around the deadline. The borders are in many cases meant to follow lines of longitude, but are in most cases just close approximations, and I'm pretty sure I fudged the location of the South Pole (because again, rush-job). In-universe, imagine this being posted on a forum somewhere on TTL's mildly less advanced internet-equivalent as a rough approximation, hence the slightly dodgy borders.

The map itself was cobbled together from various ideas I've had for the colonial division of Antarctica in the same universe as this map. After an impressive number of explorers froze to death trying to reach the South Pole around the turn of the century (often claiming territories as they went), an international conference was called to sort out once and for all the many often-overlapping land claims and partition the continent for good. This culminated in the 1923 Treaty of Madrid (AKA the Contraterran Treaty, for TTL's name for Antarctica). Spain hosted the conference as they were a respected power without a horse in the race who could be guaranteed to act as a mostly neutral arbiter if disputes arose. In the end all but one of the participants walked away with a slice of the Antarctic pie (the Prussians gave up their claims in return for favourable colonial border adjustments in Africa), though not every country left feeling entirely satisfied.

The map shows the situation in 1926, on the eve of the Great War (see the last map for how that's shaping up). Clockwise from the top, we have ...
- The first wedge goes to the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg (Got lucky and produced an Amundsen-tier Antarctic explorer ITTL, government not really sure what to do with all the land he claimed)
- Next is the Dutch claim, based on proximity rather than exploration by way of their kinda-autonomous Viceroyalty of the Cape (in this universe handed back by the UK following the Napoleonic wars)
- Then more Oldenburg (that explorer really got about)
- Then a surprisingly modest Russian claim.
- Then an American claim, President Arbuthnot's Land (as OTL, a lot of regions of Antarctica were named for European royals, so when staking their claim the Americans named it after one of their better ATL presidents, because America)
- Then France.
- Followed by Australia (at this point in time still a British Viceroyalty)
- Then the main UK claim
- Then Japan (feels they got shafted, being given one of the crappier bits. TTL's Japan still modernised, but it was a bumpier ride than OTL's Meiji, getting beaten by Russia in the 1880's then sticking close to Britain to prevent a repeat. Smaller and humbler than OTL)
- Then another American claim
- Then Chile (unlike Japan, just happy they were allowed to grab a chunk - both Brazil and Peru tried to get in but were barred from joining the conference)
- What we call Peter I island is here also claimed by Oldenburg (not very clear on the map, thought I'd raise it separately)
- In a similar vein, the Russians also get Alexander I Island and associated territories (unlike most of the continent, this bit gets the same name ITTL due to being discovered by the same people in 1821)
- Then the Platinean* wedge
- Followed by another more modest British wedge
- To the north of both is the Anglo-Platinean Condominium of Antithule (TTL's name for the Antarctic peninsula). Both states had claims to the area, but as relations between them were relatively cordial they agreed to jointly administer the region. Both think they can out-colonise the other in one of the only marginally habitable bits of the continent, instead all they'll do is create an odd hybrid culture that eventually chooses neither.
- Then finally the wedge owned by Sweden-Norway

*TTL's colloquial name for the local Argentina-equivalent

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Basemap mildly modified from the original posted by @Bob Hope over on the QBAM core thread. Write-up substantially re-written from what I originally posted in the MotF thread, becasue I'm a perfectionist who can never quite stop tweaking things.

Other entries to MotF 267 here. Voting thread for the current round here.

I'm currently leading narrowly, with any luck this'll be my first MotF win.
 
Thanks for your question! So the current story is after napoleon dies in the early 1820 almost immediately another coalition forms against France. Poland is partitioned by Russia and Prussia. The Coalition is quite successful at the start but is eventually defeated but Prussia due to its military being reorganized is able to tale much of eastern Germany. During the war France occupies all of Austria proper and is absolutely done with their betrayals so they turn it into a duchy ruled by a Bonaparte. They make Bohemia independent as well to strengthan their flank. The hapsburgs are able to hold in in the east with Russian support. Currently the Hapaburg rump state is German dominated but there is large discontent by the Hungarians making it very very fragile. Hati is interesting and not fully thought out just yet but the Hatian empire fully repulses the French and is a British Ally.
Austria isn’t even ranked a Grand Duchy or Archduchy? Yes, it seems the Habsburgs really pissed off Napoleon. Do any countries in the Western Hemisphere still import slaves from Africa or continue practicing slavery? Besides the Blackbirding where South Americans raided Pacific Islands and then dumped the locals in South America where they were forced to work to survive. An African professor for some stuff with history at my pst university apparently didn’t know about it, so it may just not fly under the radar historically. Plus I doubt the British have enough ships to patrol the Pacific. Was New Brunswick added to Quebec to try and dilute the Francophonics? It is almost a shame, as the Canadian Maritime Provinces really would have been a natural cultural extension of New England. And going back to the hat think on Pacific Islands from earlier, I just realized almost all of them are British, except for Polynesia, which is unclaimed by anyone. Plus Easter Island. I feel the Americans would have at least some islands, even if just out of the way, but everything matter on how bad relationships with the British are. I assume pretty bad, due to Canada and the Bahamas. Can the Americans or French even reach China with all of the areas under direct British rule? Actually, no British Canada means perhaps the British try dumping a lot more of their people in the Indian Ocean. I doubt they will reproduce as well as the ones in Canada due to the unpleasant climate and live style, but they certainly need somewhere to go. Though I guess Argentina fills the roll of Canada. Ahhh, the Latin American countries must really hate the British, for seizing land everywhere. Also, what is the status of Portugal exactly? Is the Bonaparte in Madrid claiming it in personal union and keeping it officially separate, possibly so they can claim the overseas colonies? Though, like how the Nazis started to feel after the Japanese got Indonesia, less purpose keeping a small puppet around when they no longer have colonies. This a oneshot or will there be a sequel or prequel? Could be interesting to see the French progressively swallowing up the Barbary States or releasing them.
 
An idea I've played around with for a while

in the early 1920s Japan never fully withdraws their troops from the Russian Far East, continuing to support a rump Russian state against the Soviets. Backed up behind the Amur river as a natural defensive structure, with Japanese and later American and British economic and military support, the Russian Democratic Republic survives the 1920s and as the Russian Civil War comes to an end, this highly militarized state made up of White Russian refugees and the White Army remnants finds an ever increasingly stable foothold in the Far East. In the modern day, three countries have military bases and presence here - Japan, the USA, and the UK.

Despite the name, for most of its history up til the 1970s, the republic was anything but democratic, and perhaps out of necessity. The leadership understood their extremely tenuous position against the massive Red Army across the river, and invested heavily (with foreign support) into industrialization and defense across the entire territory, not just Vladivostok. Men are required to serve two years conscription upon turning 18 and this makes up the bulk of the military, with a smaller, highly trained professional corps pushed as a very honorable career.

In the 1970s, mirroring a thawing of relations between the Soviets and the free world, political reforms were underway which would start the move towards true democracy. In the modern day the political atmosphere is very open and democratic - with one exception. The military acts as a shadow hand, ensuring that only political candidates that will continue to pour massive funds and focus into the defense of the country come into office.

Vladivostok is a booming multicultural metropolis, with a mix of Russians, Koreans, Japanese (both military and civilian) making up the majority of the 2,500,000 large city. The Northern Military Zone is an area of constant strife between the RDR and the Soviet Union, but de facto a part of the RDR, with military occupation since the beginning of it's existence. It serves primarily to defend the northern flank as well as support Nikolayevsk which is technically outside the border.

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Order-State of Burgundy


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Introduction​


Burgundy, officially known as the Order-State of Burgundy (German: Ordensstaat Burgund), is a semi-recognized country in Western Europe. It's the 5th largest country in terms of population (32,198,441) and the 9th largest country in terms of landmass (376,623 km²) in Europe. Under Heinrich Himmler, Burgundy is a totalitarian state that dictated all cultural, societal, and economic aspects of life. The capital of Burgundy was Nanzig (1959) until they relocated to Paris (1963), with Rouen as its industrial centre and Dieppe and Calais as special economic zones.

In 1959, Burgundy was founded after the Himmler's Putsch culminated in a compromise between Heindrich Himmler and the Bormann-Goering Diarchy. In 1963, Burgundy invaded France during the German Interregnum, which doubled the landmass of the Order-State and relocation of their administrative capital to the reunited Paris. Burgundy faced multiple riots and insurrections since its annexation, including the Rouen Crisis (1964) and the Red Poppy Crisis (1965-1969). Burgundy went through political reforms since the reinstatement of Oswald Pohl and Joachim von Ribbentrop in 1965, leading to the ratification of the Burgundian Constitution.

Government & Ideology​


Burgundy is a totalitarian autocratic state governed by military officials and its civilian partners. Unlike most nation-states with formal separation of power, the Burgundian Constitution dictates that the SS Main Office (SS-Hauptamt) is the only responsible organisation wielding governmental power. The Main Office consists of 12 Reich Ministries, each with its own subbranch and agencies to enact and enforce established policies. Himmler rules autocratically as Reichsführer under principles similar to Führerprinzip (Leader Principle), with his responsibilities and power codified into the constitution.

After the annexation of Northern France, Burgundian administrative zones (Gaue) were reformed into 22 divisions. The province also functions as a military district, each with a garrison force and territorial reserves. Each Gau is governed by a Gauleiter, a military official assigned by the Reichsführer who bears the responsibility of maintaining its economy, stability, and security.

Since 1965, the Burgundian Constitution (Burgundische Verfassung) has functioned as the civil code and ideological treatise of the Order-State. Formally, it establishes that Burgundy is an “Order-State” with the purpose of “safeguarding Europe from American Capitalism, Judeo-Bolshevism, and Slavic Mongolism” and “preserving the purity of the Aryan race”. Burgundian ideological tenets consist of typical far-right creeds such as racial supremacy, military primacy, and disdain for democratic and liberal values. Burgundy once enforced an esoteric fringe of National Socialist thoughts but later dissolved it since the ratification of the constitution.

Demographic & Society​


Burgundian societal facet is structured within a racial hierarchy: The ethnically German (Volksdeutsche) locals and settlers are the ruling groups of the Order-State, the “voluntarily Germanized” (Eingedeutschte) populations serve as its supporting class, and the native “undesirables” (Unerwünschtes) are subservient groups within Burgundy. Their rights and privileges are codified into the constitution and expanded after the 1969 revision of the Burgundian Constitution.

Ethnic Germans enjoy full rights and privileges provided by the state; full access to social services and the freedom of movement are exclusive to them. The rights of Germanized locals vary according to their roles within Burgundy, with the civilian population receiving limited rights and services while military and bureaucratic personnel enjoy privileges equivalent to ethnic Germans. Groups not addressed within the constitution are exempted from any social care besides rudimentary needs and were denied travel beyond their household city without permission.

According to the census published by the Reich Ministry of the Interior, the 1970 census concluded that 65% of the 32,198,441 population is comprised of ethnic Germans while the rests are either Germanized locals or subversive natives of their respective regions. However, according to the Directorate of Intelligence, the German settlers and living minorities merely encompass 14,67% of the demographic while only 9,31% are considered “sufficiently Germanized”.

Burgundy is the most isolated country in the entire world. The Reich Postal Ministry controls the flow of information and foreign broadcast; every household television and radio are surveilled to prevent any dissenting media from breaching state-approved channels. Ownership of foreign goods, especially without the approval from the Reich Ministry of the Interior, can be charged with sedition and treason, in which the guilty can be sentenced to either solitary confinement or a decade of penal labour.

Economy & Transportation​


Burgundy has a low-middle-income corporatist economy similar to Germany. Reinstated in 1965, the Ministry of Economic Affairs is responsible for economic planning and management. Reforms were implemented under the Pohl administration, including the privatization of certain manufacturing sectors and state planning for development. Since 1971, Burgundy became the 13th world-largest economy, totalling approximately US$ 31.23 Billion in GDP.

Burgundy is one of the world’s largest manufacturing economies and exporters of goods. Manufacturing represents over 63.1% of the Order-State economy, with Industrial Districts (Industriebezrik) such as Rouen, Lyon, and Tours representing half of its shares. Agriculture represents a negligible margin in their trading portfolio due to food security, in which most farmlands are utilized for sustenance instead of export. Special Economic Districts (Sonderwirtschaftsbezirk), autonomous financial centres in Dieppe and Calais, represent only 17.7% of its economy. Burgundy are notable for exports such as grapes, wine, coal, bauxite, concrete, steel, automotive, and firearms.

Transportation plays a significant role in Burgundian Economy, serving as a logistical infrastructure for manufacturing and exports. Management of roads and railways is a state enterprise coordinated by the Reich Ministry of Transportation, which is responsible for its construction and maintenance. Transportation is divided between two infrastructures: Autobahn, an interstate highway system inspired by their German equivalent; and Staatsbahn, a railway system of both German and American gauge standards.

Military​


The Waffen-SS is the armed forces of the Order-State of Burgundy. It consists of Army (Heer), Air Force (Luftwaffe), and Territorial Army (Territorialheer). In 1969, it comprised approximately 455,500 active military personnel and 210,000 reserves. Paramilitary organizations such as Order Police (Ordnungspolizei) and Guard Units (Schutzmannschaften). comprise approximately 225,000 personnel.

The Reichsführer is the Supreme Commander of the Waffen-SS and Commander-in-Chief of Burgundy, with Heinrich Himmler currently as its incumbent head. Since 1965, the Burgundian military has been reorganized into a standing army with the formation of Oberkommando der Waffen-SS, establishing territorial command zones and an interservice joint command. Burgundy has no governmental department concerning defence, as Oberkommando der Waffen-SS functions in a similar role.

The Waffen-SS has military experience in both facing domestic security and foreign affairs: Seine Confrontation (1960), a skirmish between French forces and Waffen-SS garrisons; Lyon Uprising (1961), a domestic revolt by Industriebezrik labourers; Fall Ragnachar (1963), the invasion of Northern France; and South African War (1963), in which a 25,000-manned expeditionary force intervened on Reichskommissar Hans Hüttig’s behalf, etc.

Foreign Relations​


The Order-State of Burgundy is a nominally-recognized country, with only 5 out of 182 countries declaring formal recognition of the Order-State: Iberian Union, Netherlands, Brittany, Venezuela, and the Empire of Japan. Reich Ministry of Foreign Affairs claims that Burgundy “officially advocates the sovereignty and self-determination of countries and races” and engages in diplomatic missions with its neighbours and the international community.

Burgundy is a regional power in Western Europe, with diplomatic contacts with its neighbours. The Iberian Union has full diplomatic ties with the Order State: Fransisco Franco declared formal recognition of Burgundy in 1967, ratified the Paris-Madrid Agreement of Cooperative Trade (PM-AOCT) in 1968, and conducted a joint exercise in wargames Morrocan Wargames. The French State established limited ties, mainly concerning economic and logistical affairs, especially in conjunction with the Iberian Union.

Japan was the first Asian country to establish diplomatic ties with Burgundy; The Imperial Diet officially recognized the Order-State in 1968 and established ties between their corporations and Burgundian state enterprise during privatization sweeps. Italy condemns the Burgundian invasion of France, imposing an economic embargo until 1972.

Germany established a detente with the former satellite state in 1965, after the formation of the Speer-Heydrich-Schörner Triumverate. Both countries established extensive ties concerning commercial, diplomatic, and military affairs. German corporations such as IG Farben and Krupp set industrial footholds in Burgundy due to their labour force.

Trivia​


Burgundian Wine: One of Burgundy’s most infamous export is the Burgundian Wine. The beverage is exported via proxy companies in Germany and the Iberian Union and amounts to 41.97% of its agricultural export, generating over US$ 51.4 Million in revenue. Rumours suggest that half of the revenue went to Himmler’s treasury instead of the State Treasury. In the United States, the legality of its consumption varies between states.

Kyu Sakamoto’s Versaille Concert: After recognizing Burgundy as a sovereign state, Japan sent a cultural entourage in celebration of the ratification. Kyu Sakamoto, one of the most popular musicians in Japan, is one of many performers commissioned by ambassador Katsumi Ōno to perform in the Royal Opera of Versailles, in which Heinrich Himmler and her daughter - Gudrun, made a surprise audience. Despite Sakamoto’s cordial statements to his Burgundian audience, he later revealed during the 1973 NHK interview that his experience in Paris was “anxiously terrifying”, especially when it comes to his audience - comprising of high-ranking officials of the Waffen-SS and SS Main Office.

Surveillance State: According to the Department of Defense, Burgundy is the world’s largest surveillance state. The Reich Ministry of the Interior utilizes 137 CCTV cameras for every 750 inhabitants, and 49% of the world’s cameras are located in the Order-State. Burgundy is also infamous for exporting surveillance equipment to authoritarian countries.

Volkshuhn: Burgundy has a sizable poultry industry, albeit never used for export. However, Himmler personally made attempts to conceive a multinational-spanning fast food franchise selling fried chicken, which led to the establishment of the Volkshuhn, meaning the People’s Chicken. People’s Chicken failed to break into the international market, only limited to the Special Economic Districts.
 
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The Basqirian Republic​

Basqiria became a separate kingdom from West Francia in 910 AD and served as a thorn in the side of the French monarchs for many centuries. The Kingdom underwent many periods of subjugation by the French and English crowns until 1423 when the Counts of Fernacé were elected Kings of Basqiria. The date 7th April 1423 is counted as its national day.

This period until 1792 is counted as Basqirias golden age, as the renaissance was in full swing and wealthy colonies were founded in the Americas. But the country was devastated during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. The subsequent famine and plague encouraged mass migration to the new world.

Basqiria was reorganized as a republic following World War II and an industrial boom followed as oil deposits were discovered in the Basqirian plains. It's a founding member of NATO and joined the EU in 1973
 

Order-State of Burgundy


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Introduction​


Burgundy, officially known as the Order-State of Burgundy (German: Ordensstaat Burgund), is a semi-recognized country in Western Europe. It's the 5th largest country in terms of population (32,198,441) and the 9th largest country in terms of landmass (376,623 km²). Under Heinrich Himmler, Burgundy is a totalitarian state that dictated all cultural, societal, and economic aspects of life. The capital of Burgundy was Nanzig (1959) until they relocated to Paris (1963), with Rouen as its industrial centre and Dieppe and Calais as special economic zones.

In 1959, Burgundy was founded after the Himmler's Putsch culminated in a compromise between Heindrich Himmler and the Bormann-Goering Diarchy. In 1963, Burgundy invaded France during the German Interregnum, which doubled the landmass of the Order-State and relocation of their administrative capital to the reunited Paris. Burgundy faced multiple riots and insurrections since its annexation, including the Rouen Crisis (1964) and the Red Poppy Crisis (1965-1969). Burgundy went through political reforms since the reinstatement of Oswald Pohl and Joachim von Ribbentrop in 1965, leading to the ratification of the Burgundian Constitution.

Government & Ideology​


Burgundy is a totalitarian autocratic state governed by military officials and its civilian partners. Unlike most nation-states with formal separation of power, the Burgundian Constitution dictates that the SS Main Office (SS-Hauptamt) is the only responsible organisation wielding governmental power. The Main Office consists of 12 Reich Ministries, each with its own subbranch and agencies to enact and enforce established policies. Himmler rules autocratically as Reichsführer under principles similar to Führerprinzip (Leader Principle), with his responsibilities and power codified into the constitution.

After the annexation of Northern France, Burgundian administrative zones (Gaue) were reformed into 22 divisions. The province also functions as a military district, each with a garrison force and territorial reserves. Each Gau is governed by a Gauleiter, a military official assigned by the Reichsführer who bears the responsibility of maintaining its economy, stability, and security.

Since 1965, the Burgundian Constitution (Burgundische Verfassung) has functioned as the civil code and ideological treatise of the Order-State. Formally, it establishes that Burgundy is an “Order-State” with the purpose of “safeguarding Europe from American Capitalism, Judeo-Bolshevism, and Slavic Mongolism” and “preserving the purity of the Aryan race”. Burgundian ideological tenets consist of typical far-right creeds such as racial supremacy, military primacy, and disdain for democratic and liberal values. Burgundy once enforced an esoteric fringe of National Socialist thoughts but later dissolved it since the ratification of the constitution.

Demographic & Society​


Burgundian societal facet is structured within a racial hierarchy: The ethnically German (Volksdeutsche) locals and settlers are the ruling groups of the Order-State, the “voluntarily Germanized” (Eingedeutschte) populations serve as its supporting class, and the native “undesirables” (Unerwünschtes) are subservient groups within Burgundy. Their rights and privileges are codified into the constitution and expanded after the 1969 revision of the Burgundian Constitution.

Ethnic Germans enjoy full rights and privileges provided by the state; full access to social services and the freedom of movement are exclusive to them. The rights of Germanized locals vary according to their roles within Burgundy, with the civilian population receiving limited rights and services while military and bureaucratic personnel enjoy privileges equivalent to ethnic Germans. Groups not addressed within the constitution are exempted from any social care besides rudimentary needs and were denied travel beyond their household city without permission.

According to the census published by the Reich Ministry of the Interior, the 1970 census concluded that 65% of the 32,198,441 population is comprised of ethnic Germans while the rests are either Germanized locals or subversive natives of their respective regions. However, according to the Directorate of Intelligence, the German settlers and living minorities merely encompass 14,67% of the demographic while only 9,31% are considered “sufficiently Germanized”.

Burgundy is the most isolated country in the entire world. The Reich Postal Ministry controls the flow of information and foreign broadcast; every household television and radio are surveilled to prevent any dissenting media from breaching state-approved channels. Ownership of foreign goods, especially without the approval from the Reich Ministry of the Interior, can be charged with sedition and treason, in which the guilty can be sentenced to either solitary confinement or a decade of penal labour.

Economy & Transportation​


Burgundy has a low-middle-income corporatist economy similar to Germany. Reinstated in 1965, the Ministry of Economic Affairs is responsible for economic planning and management. Reforms were implemented under the Pohl administration, including the privatization of certain manufacturing sectors and state planning for development. Since 1971, Burgundy became the 13th world-largest economy, totalling approximately US$ 31.23 Billion in GDP.

Burgundy is one of the world’s largest manufacturing economies and exporters of goods. Manufacturing represents over 63.1% of the Order-State economy, with Industrial Districts (Industriebezrik) such as Rouen, Lyon, and Tours representing half of its shares. Agriculture represents a negligible margin in their trading portfolio due to food security, in which most farmlands are utilized for sustenance instead of export. Special Economic Districts (Sonderwirtschaftsbezirk), autonomous financial centres in Dieppe and Calais, represent only 17.7% of its economy. Burgundy are notable for exports such as grapes, wine, coal, bauxite, concrete, steel, automotive, and firearms.

Transportation plays a significant role in Burgundian Economy, serving as a logistical infrastructure for manufacturing and exports. Management of roads and railways is a state enterprise coordinated by the Reich Ministry of Transportation, which is responsible for its construction and maintenance. Transportation is divided between two infrastructures: Autobahn, an interstate highway system inspired by their German equivalent; and Staatsbahn, a railway system of both German and American gauge standards.

Military​


The Waffen-SS is the armed forces of the Order-State of Burgundy. It consists of Army (Heer), Air Force (Luftwaffe), and Territorial Army (Territorialheer). In 1969, it comprised approximately 455,500 active military personnel and 210,000 reserves. Paramilitary organizations such as Order Police (Ordnungspolizei) and Guard Units (Schutzmannschaften). comprise approximately 225,000 personnel.

The Reichsführer is the Supreme Commander of the Waffen-SS and Commander-in-Chief of Burgundy, with Heinrich Himmler currently as its incumbent head. Since 1965, the Burgundian military has been reorganized into a standing army with the formation of Oberkommando der Waffen-SS, establishing territorial command zones and an interservice joint command. Burgundy has no governmental department concerning defence, as Oberkommando der Waffen-SS functions in a similar role.

The Waffen-SS has military experience in both facing domestic security and foreign affairs: Seine Confrontation (1960), a skirmish between French forces and Waffen-SS garrisons; Lyon Uprising (1961), a domestic revolt by Industriebezrik labourers; Fall Ragnachar (1963), the invasion of Northern France; and South African War (1963), in which a 25,000-manned expeditionary force intervened on Reichskommissar Hans Hüttig’s behalf, etc.

Foreign Relations​


The Order-State of Burgundy is a nominally-recognized country, with only 5 out of 182 countries declaring formal recognition of the Order-State: Iberian Union, Netherlands, Brittany, Venezuela, and the Empire of Japan. Reich Ministry of Foreign Affairs claims that Burgundy “officially advocates the sovereignty and self-determination of countries and races” and engages in diplomatic missions with its neighbours and the international community.

Burgundy is a regional power in Western Europe, with diplomatic contacts with its neighbours. The Iberian Union has full diplomatic ties with the Order State: Fransisco Franco declared formal recognition of Burgundy in 1967, ratified the Paris-Madrid Agreement of Cooperative Trade (PM-AOCT) in 1968, and conducted a joint exercise in wargames Morrocan Wargames. The French State established limited ties, mainly concerning economic and logistical affairs, especially in conjunction with the Iberian Union.

Japan was the first Asian country to establish diplomatic ties with Burgundy; The Imperial Diet officially recognized the Order-State in 1968 and established ties between their corporations and Burgundian state enterprise during privatization sweeps. Italy condemns the Burgundian invasion of France, imposing an economic embargo until 1972.

Germany established a detente with the former satellite state in 1965, after the formation of the Speer-Heydrich-Schörner Triumverate. Both countries established extensive ties concerning commercial, diplomatic, and military affairs. German corporations such as IG Farben and Krupp set industrial footholds in Burgundy due to their labour force.

Trivia​


Burgundian Wine: One of Burgundy’s most infamous export is the Burgundian Wine. The beverage is exported via proxy companies in Germany and the Iberian Union and amounts to 41.97% of its agricultural export, generating over US$ 51.4 Million in revenue. Rumours suggest that half of the revenue went to Himmler’s treasury instead of the State Treasury. In the United States, the legality of its consumption varies between states.

Kyu Sakamoto’s Versaille Concert: After recognizing Burgundy as a sovereign state, Japan sent a cultural entourage in celebration of the ratification. Kyu Sakamoto, one of the most popular musicians in Japan, is one of many performers commissioned by ambassador Katsumi Ōno to perform in the Royal Opera of Versailles, in which Heinrich Himmler and her daughter - Gudrun, made a surprise audience. Despite Sakamoto’s cordial statements to his Burgundian audience, he later revealed during the 1973 NHK interview that his experience in Paris was “anxiously terrifying”, especially when it comes to his audience - comprising of high-ranking officials of the Waffen-SS and SS Main Office.

Surveillance State: According to the Department of Defense, Burgundy is the world’s largest surveillance state. The Reich Ministry of the Interior utilizes 137 CCTV cameras for every 750 inhabitants, and 49% of the world’s cameras are located in the Order-State. Burgundy is also infamous for exporting surveillance equipment to authoritarian countries.

Volkshuhn: Burgundy has a sizable poultry industry, albeit never used for export. However, Himmler personally made attempts to conceive a multinational-spanning fast food franchise selling fried chicken, which led to the establishment of the Volkshuhn, meaning the People’s Chicken. People’s Chicken failed to break into the international market, only limited to the Special Economic Districts.
Colonel Himmler’s Burgundian Fried Chicken. Horrifying but funny.
 
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The Basqirian Republic​

Basqiria became a separate kingdom from West Francia in 910 AD and served as a thorn in the side of the French monarchs for many centuries. The Kingdom underwent many periods of subjugation by the French and English crowns until 1423 when the Counts of Fernacé were elected Kings of Basqiria. The date 7th April 1423 is counted as its national day.

This period until 1792 is counted as Basqirias golden age, as the renaissance was in full swing and wealthy colonies were founded in the Americas. But the country was devastated during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. The subsequent famine and plague encouraged mass migration to the new world.

Basqiria was reorganized as a republic following World War II and an industrial boom followed as oil deposits were discovered in the Basqirian plains. It's a founding member of NATO and joined the EU in 1973
Is this a What If the Bay of Biscay was land?

Edit: Also, poor butterflies in that case ...
 
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