Map Thread XXI


The world in 1000 BC, for the latest phase of my map game Historica: The Tale of Empires.
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Working on a commission, which is of course why I do anything but the commission
Aber natürlich... I like the Maya dominated world, the victorious Haiti, and confess myself amused at Honduras considering itself the lawful government of the Confederacy. How soul crushingly long did you have to trace out the internal borders for the Maya for thought?
Is the altered trajectory of the asteroid the real POD with the ones on Earth being chalked up to butterfly effect of gravity or whatever?
Historica: The Tale of Empires
I like it. Ancient history is severely underutilized.

Bleed to consume another day - A cyberpunk world​

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The year is 2112 in a world slightly different from ours, a world suffering through some climate change and a lot of social strife. The world is dominated by many megacorperations, technology has penetrated every nook and cranny of the planet, there has been a fair amount of ecological collapse and everyone and everything is depressing. Fun.

The many megacorporations of the world have grown to rival the power of most nations, and many of them have struck their tendrils into as many facets of life as possible. The power of the corporations run deep, even penetrating the culture of the world. For instance, the Pacifican Megacorporation IIT (International Information Technology) owns many residential neighborhoods around the world, produces smartphones, owns many automobile companies, runs fashion companies, creates movies and entertainment, manages restaurant chains, sells produce, controls much of their own production chain and rules a few governments. Due to compatibility issues and discounts for long term customers, people are often bound to a megacorporation if they are wealthy enough to purchase their goods or work for them.

This creates strong loyalty between the corporation and their consumer, which has slowly changed the culture of much of the developed world. Brand loyalty is an extremely powerful force, with many people feeling compelled to defend their brand and feel loyal to them. Often, riots occur in parts of cities that are not controlled by megacorps between the consumers of rival brands, egged on by the upper management of the mega corporations. Of course, there are many people who think they are too good for falling into the corporate loyalty traps, and they are stuck using sub par technology and living sub par lives compared to their corporate consuming counterparts. Small businesses are almost impossible to start up, and if they get successful enough a hostile takeover sometimes occurs.

IIT is the world's largest megacorperation, followed by the Russian Ohara Group (which completely controls the country), the Japanese Omasu Conglomerate and Chiheisen, PRISM (another Pacifican megacorperation), the Japanese-Korean company Pi, the British Royal Holdings, the Midlantic conglomerate Alvarado-Emenheiser (AEC), the American company Dot and lastly the French pyramid scheme l' éclat.

Most countries in this world are extremally corrupt, more or less being held together by corporate money. Generally, states are dominated by multiple megacorps, but typically one reigns supreme over the other, controlling the majority of the government or having the highest percentage of consumers. Of course, there are many rivals to the corporate world order, as theocracies, communist states and ecological socialist republics attempt to thwart their power, citing the damage that they have done to the world.
I know my response is pretty late, but I really love that you gave the companies themselves distinct flavors, you don't see that too often in these kinds of one-shots.

The Republic of Silesia is a country in central Europe. It lays on both sides of the upper and central Oder river. The country is neighboured by Poland to the north and east, the Czech Republic to the south and Germany to the west. Since 2004, it is member of the EU and the NATO.
After losing the 1939 war against Poland, Nazi Germany had to assign its Prussian provinces of Lower* and Upper Silesia, as well as parts of Lower Lusatia (part of Prussian province of Brandenburg). This area formally became independent, but was occupied and satellited by Poland.
In 1941, Poland received a coup by the communists and soon, a communist government was installed in Silesia as well.
Soon later, Nazi Germany started a second and now successful attack on Poland, Silesia was annexed back to Germany and the Nazis also started invading the Soviet Union.
In spring 1945, the Nazis lost the second world war. Beforehand, the allies (Soviet Union, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Poland-in-exile) were determinded about wheter Silesia should get de-germanized and fully annexed by Poland after the war or if the German-speaking population should be spared here and Silesia should stay an own country. Bareley it was agreed, that Silesia - alongside with Austria - was seen as a victim of Nazi Germany. Although lots of German-speaking people left the land to the west, Silesia stayed mostly German-speaking and an ally of the People's Republic of Poland. Later it was integrated into the Warsaw Pact.
On December 24th 1989, Silesia ended being a communistic country. Since that date, Silesia is a democratic republic.
In 1990, it was thought over, if Silesia should - like the GDR did - also reunify with Germany, but both Poland and Silesia rejected.
Silesia joined NATO on March 29th, 2004. On May 1st, 2004 the country became a member of the European Union.
Since 2013, Silesia has been repeatedly criticized by western EU countries, especially since the refugee crisis in 2015. Since 2013, under the Hirschinger government, the country has increasingly pursued a policy similar to that of other eastern central european countries like Poland and Hungary - which are, alongside with Silesia, also members of the Visegrád group. (Silesia joined the group on July 1st 2021)
During the last years, Silesia has become a famous target for expatriates from the western half of the European Union (especially from Germany and Austria), who are critical of the EU's policies.

*=The county (Landkreis) of Hoyerswerda was the only area of Lower Silesia, that remained part of Germany.
In 1941, Poland received a coup by the communists and soon, a communist government was installed in Silesia as well.
Soon later, Nazi Germany started a second and now successful attack on Poland, Silesia was annexed back to Germany and the Nazis also started invading the Soviet Union.
Wow.......probably the only time I've seen Germany lose the 1939 Poland war, and then you go out of your way to make sure WW2 happens. Like, I'm pretty sure the Allies would have deposed the Nazi Party had that trouncing in 1939 happened, and they CERTAINLY wouldn't try again.

Plus if they lost the 1939 war how the fuck did they succeed in the 1941 invasion?
Mountain Time Zone ISOT to virgin earth, by Rubberduck3y6
Continuing with my Timezone ISOT series, the Mountain Time Zone.


Regions transported: Canada (Yukon, Northwest Territories, western Nunavut, part of British Columbia, part of Saskatchewan), United States (Montana, southwestern North Dakota, Wyoming, southern Idaho, western South Dakota, western Nebraska, part of Nevada, Utah, Colorado, part of Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico, part of Texas), Mexico (Sonora, Sinaloa, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Nayarit)

While many Albertans had expressed support for taking back control from Ottawa over the years, few had thought that full independence would happen overnight. However, that was exactly the situation the province found itself as the rest of the provinces, with the exception of some neighbouring areas of Saskatchewan and British Columbia became uninhabited wilderness, along with the eastern two thirds of Nunavut. As the only surviving provincial government, Edmonton took it upon themselves to cover for Ottawa, effectively annexing all former Canadian territory to Alberta, although the administrations in Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Cambridge Bay were retained. This transformation of the Canadian confederation into a unitary "Republic of Alberta" met with opposition in the annexed areas and territories, resulting in protests in Fort Nelson, Lloydminster and the territorial capitals. The people of the Kootenay valley though went further than slogans and placards, declaring themselves independent from Edmonton. While some Albertan politicians and commentators advocated for an armed response, cooler heads prevailed (helped by the threat of American intervention) and the area's independence as Columbia was recognised. The secessionist crisis had burned Alberta though and over the following years a series of reforms granted autonomy statues to Peace River-Northern Rockies, Saskatchewan and the First Nations communities of the north.

Alberta's secessionist crisis had been sparked by Edmonton's centralisation of power, and a similar scenario played out south of the 49th parallel. As the largest and most significant city in the mountain zone, Denver was the natural choice for the relocation of the United States' federal government, however the choice of the Mile High City alienated many rural, more conservative areas who feared the neglection and, even worse, social liberalisation in a nation dominated by Colorado urbanites. The patriots of the plains states took their arms out from under their beds and staged a series of Freedom rallies across Montana, the Dakotas, Wyoming and Nebraska. As the situation in the north deteriorated, Denver was also faced with violence and unrest in the south, with spill over from Mexico's instability and environmental disasters in Arizona with floods and droughts resulting from the destruction of the Hoover Dam. After a period of trying to restore order across the country, it became clear that the maintenance of American control over the plains states was an increasingly lost cause and thus the Free American Patriots Republic, known to pretty much everyone as Missouria, was born. With its freedom won, Missouria pivoted towards Alberta, with the two countries enjoying a strong relationship, only tempered by a rivalry over who could produce more grain.

Mexico's instability had plagued it since the Event, as the loss of federal policing resources and South American and Asian drugs imports had fuelled an upsurge in cartel violence as the various organisations fought over control the remnants of Mexico's illegal narcotics industry, turning Sonora into a warzone in the process. Unfortunately, the Mexican states had chosen to reform a federal government in Hermosillo, and as the gunfire intensified, a split emerged between those who wanted to stay in Sonora and end the Narco War, and those who preferred a quieter life, moving to Chihuahua where they set up a rival Mexican government with a series of backroom deals with the cartels to mostly bring peace to Chihuahua and Nayarit. Sinaloa also achieved stability by falling completely to the Sonora cartel, becoming a narco state and setting up several production settlements in central America.

An alternate, more humble USA, with less disparity of population between the states. Also, sorry for the crappy result, it's my very first map and I'm not good with graphics in general...
Obviously those are British... :biggrin:

Maybe just Washington: the other two could be parts of a more successful Mexico/New Spain. Although I do enjoy the concept of British Texans.
(How does that work, though?

Prime Minister Robert Jenkinson: Well, we've just defeated the Spanish in a war we had for some reason. Any preferences on what we should annex, your Majesty?
George IV: I think...this bit. (Points to a globe)
Prime Minister Robert Jenkinson: Really? That largely uninhabited area of no economic significance whatsoever right next door to our still bellicose former subjects?
George IV: I have a good feeling about it.