MotF 138: Changing Clockwork

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  1. Upvoteanthology Gone and probably forgotten Donor

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    MotF 138: Changing Clockwork

    The Challenge
    Make a map of a country going through/after a major political reform.

    The Restrictions
    There are no restrictions on when your PoD or map may be set. Fantasy, sci-fi, and future maps are allowed, but blatantly implausible (ASB) maps are not. The map must include a country, although the definition of a "reform" is up to you.

    If you're not sure whether your idea meets the criteria of this challenge, please feel free to PM me.

    Please try to keep images posted in this thread a reasonable size - feel free to post a smaller version of your image and provide link to a full-size version if you want to.


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    The entry period for this round shall end when the voting thread is posted on Sunday the 5th of June.

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  2. The_Decemberist New Member

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    Voting poster showing the results of the Constitutional Vote in 1921.
     
  3. Pasglop Well-Known Member

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    An online map, showing the reorganization of France as a loosely united federal nation after the French Civil War of 2046-2051, with each state having its own organization (might expand on the details, if someone asks nicely). Also showing the results of the referendums on independence held in a fair number or states in 2052.
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    The French Union of States is a very loose federation, in total opposition with the centralizing regime of the former French Republic, and later State.

    First, there are the Regions, which have some autonomy on a fair number of subjects, ranging from the penal code to education, but are still tightly linked to the government, pretty much like Spanish autonomies. they are ruled by a Préfet, chosen by the central government, and a Regional Council, much in the same way as old French Regions.

    Free Cities have about the same autonomy as regions, but instead of a Préfet and a Regional Council, they are ruled by the Mayor, elected by the inhabitants of said city. The reasons behind the two Free Cities are clear: Paris is the capital city, and furthermore the territory around it is too uninhabited to form a region, and Lille, pretty much undamaged by the Civil War, would have weighed too much inside Grand-Artois.

    The two Military Districts (Île de France and Lyon) are almost uninhabited territories, badly damaged by the Civil War (some unknown bright genius had the idea to use nukes, fortunately localized). Access is restricted (especially in Lyon, there are many safe roads to Paris in Île de France) and it is run by the Federal military.

    Republics are essentially states within the State. Much like OTL Scotland, they have their own Parliament, but furthermore their own President (or some other title: First Speaker in Britanny, for example). They are very autonomous, and united with the federal government mostly for the matters of army and foreign relationships.

    Territories (actually, Territory, only the Rhône has this title) are much like Regions, but with less population, and not enough infrastructure to be efficiently run by locals, so the Préfet is actually from the military, and the Regional Council does not exist. Although Rhône is the only territory left, Grand-Artois, Champagne and Provence also were for some time.

    Federations are much like Republics, but they also have a lighter grip on their territory: smaller autonomous divisions exist inside them (like if a US state was a federation in itself; it's complicated).

    The two Autonomies, Roussillon and Savoy, are almost independent countries, even with their own embassies (although limited: Roussillon only has embassies in Spain, Portugal and Andorra, and Savoy in Italy and Switzerland). They also are the least populated divisions of the Union, excluding the Districts.

    The "Independants" are Basque Country and Corsica, which, after a referendum, left France, one to join the newly created Republic of Euskadi, and the other to be a fully independant state (although it is already negociating to join Italy).

    Capital cities are what they are: the administrative centers of states. In the case of the Occitan union, Occitanians simply couldn't agree on a capital city, so each 5 years (after the Presidential election), the President moves from Toulouse to Montpellier and vice-versa.

    finally, irradiated lands are the places where radiations from the 8-or-so nukes that exploded during the war are still too strong to be liveable, it is essentially a wasteland (litteraly, don't think of anything Fallout-ish there, except the occasionnal broken building)

    Cyan outlining denotes the area in which a referendum was held.

    The Federal capital is Paris, although the military mostly operates from Saint-Etienne, and most of the institutions are still to be moved from the former provisional capital during the war: Rennes, in Britanny (that's why Nantes is the capital: at the time the Commune was formed, Rennes wasn't in Britanny, it was the capital city of "Free France").
     
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  4. reesetelford9 Freiherr of South Cymru

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    A map of the Kingdom of Virumaa, Estonia by another name, after a recent vote to grant or deny the monarch more administrative powers.
     
  5. Don Quijote Blockading the German poets

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    After the Second World War, the people of Italy faced several important decisions. In March 1946, the South Tyrol was given the chance to decide where its future lay, in Italy or Austria. It chose the latter, ending 28 years of Italian rule.
    A national referendum on the monarchy was also held two months later, and resulted in a victory for the monarchists. Victor Emmanuel's abdication in favour of his son Umberto was thought to have led to this outcome, as Umberto promised to serve his people as a constitutional monarch in a free and democratic nation, leaving behind the dark memories of the Fascist era.

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  6. JoeyB2198 Well-Known Member

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    In May 1941, Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union. The Red Army was totally unprepared for the rapid and brutal assault, and within two months the Germans had reached the gates of Moscow. In terror and despair, Stalin fled the city to the Volga city of Kubyshev, only to be arrested and shot by conspirators acting under Lavrentiy Beria, head of the NKVD. The Beria government proved no more effective at stopping the German army, and before the onset of winter Moscow and Leningrad had fallen and the Germans were deep into the Caucuses. With the army in tatters and all routes for foreign aid cut off, Beria sued for peace with the Germans. Hitler demanded all regions west of the Volga River, which he described as 'our Mississippi', and the right to deport unlimited quantities of people to the remainder of the Union. Upon arriving back from negotiations to the new capital of Omsk, Beria was captured and shot by an officers' cadre led by Marshall Konstantin Rokossovsky. Knowing the army was not able to reconquer the seized territories immediately, Rokossovsky embarked on a program of reorganization, industrialization and rearmament. The areas west of the Urals were turned into massive military staging zones, and the eastern regions were redivided into smaller, less centralized republics, which were presided over by military commanders. In 1946, four years after the initial peace agreement, the second phase of the Eastern Front was initiated with American atomic bombs being dropped on Berlin and Cologne, and the new Soviet Army (motorized and armored with American aid) streaming across the western frontier. The regions they entered were eerily different from those they had retreated from earlier; the land had been entirely cleared of human life, leaving only the huge facilities in which millions were burned to make way for German settlement of the east. With unrelenting fury the Soviet army continued west until meeting the Western Allies on the Vistula river in early 1950. The Soviet Union regained all her land in the West, which was divided into vast frontier zones for resettlement. As a symbol of the rebirth of the nation, cities which had been wiped off the map during German administration, such as Moscow, were rebuilt to act as regional centers. Germany itself was wiped completely from the map, to ensure that the darkest period in human history would never be repeated.

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  7. Zek Sora hi

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    The basic premise here is that Sigismund III is more successful at consolidating his rule in Sweden, and Poland-Lithuania's religious freedom is applied generously to the new personal union. There is also a war between Sweden and Denmark-Norway which ends with the Swedish king on the throne of both nations. After a while, some Polish-Lithuanian nobles rebel due to their belief that their (Catholic) interests are not being properly represented by the newly ascended, Protestant, King. The civil war is long and bloody, and many other powers cut off bits and pieces of the Commonwealth for their own. In the end, the Crown prevails, and splits Poland and Lithuania into different lands for administrative purposes. The 1712 Acts of Union are very similar to the British 1707 Acts of Union (except in that no one capital is specified, rather, the King splits his time between the various capitals), and set up the Commonwealth as a united nation, though no-one can say how long this will last.

    I might add a more detailed write-up later, but for now this is it.
     
  8. Samuel Von Straßburg Well-Known Member

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    At the end of the Second World War the allies and the Soviets met along the Elbe River. The third army under George S.Patton faced significantly less opposition due to Nazi forces being moved south in the attempted operation Alpine Fortress, resulting in the Third army reaching the city of Torgau, this did not however effect operations in the north. After Soviet forces reached the US occupied city of Schwerin, an incident occurred which left seven dead Soviet troops and twelve dead US troops. At the time this event exacerbated existing tensions between the Western allies as both sides blamed the other for the incident and demanded an apology. This contributed to Stalin’s decision to refuse to vacate West Berlin until the Western allies handed the territory west of the Elbe River part of the planned Soviet occupation zone. In response to Stalin’s refusal the Americans declared that they would continue to occupy the land west of the Elbe until they received their portion of Berlin. In order to punish the allies Stalin refused compensate Poland with the lands east of the Oder-Neisse line and only gave them Upper Silesia and the Stolp, Lauenburg and Bütow regions of Pomerania. Another side effect was that while the Czechoslovakian government had wanted to expel the entirety of their ethnic German population they were not able to do so, due to the heightened tensions between East and West. To accommodate the remaining Germans the cities of Aussig and Reichenberg were selected to have a 15 mile radius in which Germans were allowed to live. These were the only areas Germans were permitted to live in, and the areas saw a large rise in population due to expellees. Things developed in a similar manner to OTL in the following years, with a few differences the establishment of East and West Germany was not however affected. Ulbricht still helped to create and rule the GDR.


    In January 1959 after the assassination of Tito a revolution broke out in Yugoslavia and a pro-western democratic government took over after a short civil war, which requested and got NATO membership, however losing the territories of Kosovo and Macedonia which were taken over by communist Albania and Bulgaria respectively. This however was met with an objection from the Soviet government but was not backed up with force as Nikita Khrushchev was still consolidating his power after the death of Stalin in December 1958, the western recognition over the loss of Kosovo and Macedonia mollified Khrushchev and convinced him not to take further action. Unfortunately for Khrushchev this decision inspired a wave of Democratic revolutions in the Eastern Bloc starting in Czechoslovakia and then spreading to Poland, Hungary, Romania and East Germany. These revolutions did not however stand much of a chance of success as while most had partial military backing none had the full support of their respective militaries and only the assumption of western support. Khrushchev responded to this by using Soviet border troops to put down the revolutions in Poland and Romania in conjuncture with troops stationed in these countries as well as those local units that had not joined the revolution. Next Hungary and Slovakia were put back under communist control with the further use of Soviet troops.


    The situation in East Germany however, was different to that of the other countries due to the loss of a large portion of the ruling party due to several assassinations across the GDR of Ulbricht, several members of the Politburo and Volkskammer. This marked the beginning of the East German uprising. While the loss of leadership could have led to a successful uprising, if it were not for the decisive actions of Gerald Götting, a senior politician to survive the wave of assassinations, and the military to crush the uprising in its early stages. Götting provided a suitable face for the military to use to temporarily replace Ulbricht as he was well known and respected. The success of putting down the revolt was due to several factors among which were, the quick institution of martial law and military action, the greater presence of Soviet troops along the iron curtain than in other Eastern Bloc countries and the movement of Soviet troops in Poland and Romania already showing the futility of revolution. This enabled East Germany to be fully under military control after two weeks after Ulbricht’s death. German troops them proceeded to assist Soviet and Czechoslovakian troops in the regaining control of the Czech portion of Czechoslovakia. The area around Prague however proved the hardest to recapture as it was the starting point of the revolutions in the Eastern Bloc and firmly entrenched with democratic militias. The city suffered a week long siege in which it was continually bombarded turning the city to a ruin. Khrushchev termed this the price of the revolution and resolved to make an example of Czechoslovakia, by breaking of Slovakia into its own republic, and by granting the cities of Reichenberg and Aussig to Germany for its quick actions with dealing with its revolution and the assistance it gave in helping put down the revolution in Czechoslovakia.


    Once peace was fully restored in the Eastern Bloc fresh elections were held under close Soviet supervision, providing leaders all very loyal to Moscow. In East Germany Götting was chosen due to his role in the revolution as the face of the civilian administration, and his clear loyalty to socialism. Götting then set about reforming the GDR in a number of ways politically, economically and socially; among which was the abolishing of the old Länder and the creation of the new Bezirks, As well as renaming the city of Schneidemühl to Friedrich-Engels-Stadt.
     
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  9. Upvoteanthology Gone and probably forgotten Donor

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    This map is a direct continuation of my MotF 128 entry, check it out right here! :D

    The Hellenic Confederation, 250 BCE to 525 AD

    The "No Competition" Period: 250 to 96 BCE
    After defeating the final Roman insurrection in 254 BCE, the Greeks defeated their last opponent on the battlefield. All the rest had been subsided, or at least tamed for the time being. The Persians were under an Argead dynasty as of 250 BCE, and Carthage found it difficult to expand with the Greeks on every corner. Ultimately, in Europe it was only them. At the time, of course, the Greek system of government was far different than what it would evolve to be. While they were the same people who had been executing philosophers years before, Greek governors in the 200's BCE embraced the idea of confederation. The different kingdoms and republics were still independent of one another, they just got along under a single reagent when disaster struck. In the case of Rome, the government was enforced, but it normally worked out fine when you appointed the right people to the right positions. The term Hellenic Confederation was mostly a term used to describe the military alliance used to take down the Latin League, and most people would never have identified themselves as "Hellenic", rather the demonym of their home city-state. But still, some confederation was better than no confederation at all, and it allowed the Greeks to rule the continent.

    The No Competition period reached its height around 150 BCE, when Carthage was taken over in a brutal war. After they tried to take over the Greek ports in Sicily and Magna Graecia, the the "Confederation" responded with a barrage on all fronts. With the entire power of Europe turned against them, the small kingdom of Carthage surrendered within years. Quickly, the Hellenic Confederation absorbed Illyria and parts of Dacia, attempting to put them under the leadership of Greeks. The question arose, though, how would they be governed? How should places without any real borders, except those of the clannic, be divided up? It didn't seem to make sense to divide it up into different kingdoms if they didn't have to, so Illyria was absorbed as something of a core territory, under the control of all the Greek nations. However, it seemed too unstable, and people began to disagree with the current system. Not only would Illyria get away easily, the countries who divided it up would only end up fighting over it in the end. So, one philosopher, a man named Andelios, proposed a new system. He believed that with a more centralized government, and by not allowing each little kingdom and republic to have more power than the Hellenic state itself, it would bring them more power on a global stage. Slowly, people began to agree, especially those who took part in the Hellenic government. They began to push kings out of their respective nations, mayors from their respective towns. Many were obviously still allowed to rule, as it wasn't completely centralized, but Greece ultimately became far more authoritarian.

    However, even if some called it authoritarian, the Confederation was still in its golden age. The Andelian system, as it was called, worked out great in the beginning. The leaders in the Hellenic government, democratically elected by each country, gave the people more power than their kings. So, while they were serious about keeping their governmental system in place, they ultimately only brought more democracy to Greece than they squashed. Illyria was peacefully divided up into new provinces, and things were seemingly going okay. Even still, it wouldn't last in that utopian stage for very long...

    The Age of Exploration: 96 BCE to 102 AD
    96 BCE was not characterized by the fall of some Greek system, like most age beginnings are. Instead, 96 BCE represented the shift from a military and philosophical superpower to one of cultural influence. The Age of Exploration is commonly referred to as the second half of Greece's golden age, after the shaky installment of the Andelian system and the boom that came with it. Throughout the 110's and 100's BCE, merchants had been setting up ports all throughout the Mediterranean, sometimes spilling out and around Hispania and Galatia. During those two decades, new cities were formed outside the Greek's original trading zone, with trade stretching north. However, the real switch to an Age of Exploration comes from the journeys of Aristoxenus, a 54 year old voyager who explored the northern lands of Velgio. There had been people who did it before, of course, many times. Even before the formation of the Hellenic Confederation, there were voyagers who explored the region. But Aristoxenus tried something nobody else had yet, at least not in the area; he formed a city. The little port of Thebocaea, which would eventually grow into a bustling city, became the outlet for the people of Britannia, and even those in northern Galatia, to learn about the wonders of Greek invention.

    After Aristoxenus opened up the rest of Europe to Greek trade, merchants came flooding in, looking for new resources and things they might be able to trade for more money back home. The colony of Thalassie, the largest Greek colony outside of Chersonesus, grew in leaps and bounds over the course of a century. The farthest reaches of Europe, the region known as "Neolimani" to the Greek settlers who lived there, was rich in potential slaves. After the discovery of so much stuff to the north, the Greeks began to look for ways to climb north without having to cross a dangerous sea journey. Quickly, a route to Neolimani was found, and was one of the easier places to get to (just take a river from Chersonesus and walk a couple miles). Many places, such as the barbarians in Barbarus (hence how it got its name), would adopt Greek naming systems and culture quite quickly, as did Thalassie and the Basques in Leugetia. However, such an influence would only bring it more competition, leading to the Hellenic Confederation's own demise...

    The Migration of the Invading Crowns: 102 AD to 216 AD
    The Migration of the Invading Crowns era, normally shortened to the Migrations Period, was one of the darker days of Hellenic history. While Greece had formerly ruled all of Europe, politically and culturally, entire groups of people began to fight back. It began with the migration of the Moors into the Greek parts of Hispania. The Moorish armies brutally pushed back any Celtic settlers in the area, leaving the Greeks to flee. Quickly, other groups began to do the same, hoping to loosen the centralized Greek power and leave themselves more places to loot. Armenians moved into Pontus, taking it over amid all the confusion. Germanic tribes were pushed out in the north by Greek settlers, but they began to invade from the north of Dakoi (Dacia). The Basques, who formerly only lived in the western portion of Leugetia, began to take over the entire thing, becoming independent from Greek rule. Over the course of over a hundred years, Thalassie and Barbarus both did the same. Even the Irish began to move into Velgio and Galatia, taking over the northern half of it just to push the Greeks out. The same with the Scythians, who invaded Anatolia by boats across the Euxine Sea. While it was slow, the Hellenic Confederation most certainly didn't expect it.The surprise was enough to put its Golden Age in a coffin, and the events of 212 AD hammered in the nails.

    From 212 to 216 AD, a massive Persian succession period took place. The Argead kings, who had been slowly merging with Persian bloodlines for centuries, were ousted by pro-Persian leaders. It wasn't for no reason; they had been secretly sympathizing with the Greeks for years (or not so secretly at times). The new family that ruled, the Astarabadis, immediately got into a war with the Hellenic Confederation over who really deserved to be the rulers of Persia. In the end, it was something of a draw, with the Persians still keeping most of their key cities. Still, they had to give up Babylonia, as well as some other land. After the four year war, though, Persia would easily bounce back, soon forming the buffer state of Albania with fellow superpower Armenia just to have another anti-Greek nation. One nation that would not recover in four years were the Greeks. They would never be the same as they were before the sudden crisis again...

    The Era of the Shaky Peace: 216 to 476 AD
    The Era of Shaky Peace could also have been described as the Era in Which Nations Form, because all sorts of new nations emerged from the ashes of the Hellenic colonies. Kereion, Markomannon, Giouta, all these different cultures formed from amalgamations of clans past. Ultimately, the Greeks stayed pretty quiet for this, rarely reforming their current Andelian system to be any more functional under the extreme pressure. It worked in the golden age just fine because there was no competition, but now there were something like twelve more tribal confederations to deal with. But no, the Hellenic leaders didn't want to budge. All they did was focus on settling Lydia, trying to erase the fact that these people were trying to get rid of them. The power center would shift back to Athens and Sparta, and away from any of the other countries, even those who were ethnically Greek. If you weren't in the center of Hellenic civilization, then the 300's were not a good time for you to be alive in the Confederation. You would have been ignored, segregated, possibly even channeled into slavery. Ultimately, this would lead Carthage, and eventually eight other nations, to rebel against the Andelian system.

    The Crisis of the Nine Kingdoms: 476 to ???
    In 476, the Kingdom of Carthage rebelled, forming an army on a massive scale. It managed to overtake the Greek generals by storm, pushing them out within weeks. Hellenic troops sat on the border which was slowly being pushed back, as the Carthaginians began to secure more and more land for themselves. The government didn't see it as a complete emergency, though. If the rebellion stuck for more than ten years, give it more autonomy, and pretend to reform the system enough to appease them for the short-term. That would have worked fine if it wasn't for the Vourgoundian/Vourgoundi Crisis. For one year, the governor of Vourgound seceded from the Hellenic Confederation, purposefully trying to divert military power away from Carthage. He wasn't intending to go free for long, all he wanted was change in the provincial system. But still, his plan worked to the tee, diverting Greek armies to the point where Carthage was able to push them back to nearly Cyrene. A few years later, when the Greeks were just beginning to exhaust their armies in the area, the colony of Chersonesus decided to rebel as well. Multiple provinces in the area seceded at roughly similar times, eventually banding together to form a new kingdom. They received support from the Armenians and the Persians. Soon, even more provinces fell, with the most leaving from 490 to 510. Egypt was united once more, along with southern Galatia and Babylonia. Every region that wanted autonomy began to force Greece's hand. By 515, Rome is arguing with itself about whether to push the button and secede. If it does, it'll probably end up collapsing the central government and the confederation with it, possibly plunging Europe into a Dark Age. If it doesn't, then how long will this Greek tyranny last? Sure, they say they're willing to change, but are they? I guess only time will tell...

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    A map of Europe, along with two side maps regarding statistics of the Hellenic Confederation, in 515 AD. Click on the image itself to make it larger.