MotF 161: The World is Gonna Roll Me

MotF 161: The World is Gonna Roll Me

The Challenge

Make a map of a country with exceptionally bad luck. This could mean that the country was scapegoated, divided, or just spiraled into a depression.

The Restrictions
There are no restrictions on when the PoD of your map should be. Fantasy, sci-fi, and future maps are allowed.

If you're not sure whether your idea meets the criteria of this challenge, please feel free to PM me or comment in the main thread. Sometimes it isn't as clear as I intend it to be.

Entries will end for this round when the voting thread is posted on Sunday, July 30th, 2017.


Any discussion must take place in the main thread. If you post anything other than a map entry (or a description accompanying a map entry) in this thread then you will be asked to delete the post.

Remember to vote on the previous MotF round!

Die Welt wird rolle mich

In this TL, instead of the more light Versailles treaty, the Entente implements the treaty proposed by France.
France would get Alsace-Lorraine back and would annex al the land west of the Rhine, except for Saarland, which would become an independent state
Belgium, The Netherlands and Denmark would get Wesser Erms, historical Friesland and Schleswig-Holstein and Lunemburg respectively. Poland would get Poznan and the Corridor, while Danzig became an independent state and Southern East-Prussia and Southern Silesia were subject to a plebiscite. Poland and France moved many people to enssure they would win it. Memeland was ceded to Lithuania a year after.
As if that was not humilliating enough, France also gave Bavaria independence and the United Kingdom occupied the areas nearby Lubeck and Hamburg and forced germany to pay war reparations (tho they weren't as harsh with that as in OTL)

As many of the germans from the annexed regions were deported, anti Prussian sentiments grew on the country, as people from all over the country blamed the Prussian militarism for their weak situation, specially people from the South, Hannover and Saxony. These sentiments strengthened when in 1923, France occupied the Ruhr industrial zone and an economic crisis stroke the country. Strikes happened all across the nation with a violent reponse by the government.
Led by many of the deported germans, a revolution started in Oldemburg and Westphalen on April 1925, begining the German Civil war or also known as the German-Prussian war.

The map presents the frontlines of this war as on June 12th 1927
Happy July 20th, guys! For Colombia's independence day I've decided to do a Colombia-screw.


So there's not much thought as to this timeline - just a continued decline of Colombia throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century.

The Colombian State didn't have much control over its territory at any time in either timeline. The difference, however, is who picked up the slack for the Colombian government - while iOTL it was party organisations (the Liberals and Conservatives became deeply entrenched in the Colombian territory, which is kind of what brought rise to the guerrillas), in TTL it's the regional governments that pick up the slack. Eventually, they become way more powerful than the State government, which has to recognise this power by limiting its overreach.

When a Conservative government rose to power in Bogotá in the 1890s, it was the most powerful state (and a traditionally liberal one), Cauca, that decided to secede, doing what Ecuador and Venezuela had done in the face of the rise of Santanderean liberalism in Bogotá in the 1830s. Tolima, a small state but one with a powerful army and the most radical liberal politicians, soon followed suit. Conversely, once a Liberal government arose in the early 1900s, the arch-conservative region of Antioquia declared its secession, also too strong for Colombia to fight back. Panamá, with mounting US aid and now separated from the rest of Colombia by Antioquia, also declares independence. (The Mosquito coast remains a contentious topic of dispute between Panama and the strong Nicaragua Federation). Panama and Antioquia were friendly, despite some border quarrels, that were eventually solved through U.S. intervention (hence the hideous horizontal border). Ecuador got annexed by a radically irredentist Perú in the 1880s.

The 1950s were a time of transformation for the north of the South American continent - revolutions in Perú expelled the traditional oligarchy and established a Native-led People's Federation that gave autonomy to Ecuador as a special subject, Brazil experienced a radical revolution in its democratic processes, Antioquia experienced a conservative revolution that declared the State a Catholic Republic, and Tolima fell to a alt-Socialist government. The 1950s also saw the start of Atlantic separatism - the idea that the Atlantic coast was better off by itself (which was mostly a ploy by corrupt businessmen and landowners due to an increasingly leftwing and anti-corruption Colombia). Finally, the Atlantic coast achieved independence in 1974, changing its name several times until the world faced the birth of the ever-corrupt, ever-poor Free State of New Andalusia.

The rump Colombian state, consisting little more of Bogotá and the Llanos Orientales (by far the wealthiest state in former Colombia, although not the strongest one), finally agreed to determine that Colombia was a thing of the past, and in 1979 renamed itself the Free State of Cundinamarca - forever entrenching the balkanization of small states in the region. Ecuador was also given independence from Perú after a referendum in 1997 which proved the paramilitaries of Northern Perú right - the new Republic is landlocked, but democratic and kinda transparent.

All countries have experienced great growth in their GDP and their democratic processes, but they remain poor - with a lack of cooperation with the rest of the Continent, only the three allied states of Antioquia (and its Atrato canal), Panamá (and its Panama canal) and Guayaquil (with naval bases in the Galápagos islands and Guayaquil itself) have managed to profit from foreign trade to a large scale. Cauca and Antioquia are bitter enemies, both ideologically and in regards to politics. Tolima, while succeding with its libertarian socialist experiment to a degree (it's a mostly autarchic region - get used to a lot of coffee and potatoes if you move there) is isolated from the international community. Venezuela and Cundinamarca, while sovereign, are a bit of pushovers regarding Brazilian influence, while Quito remains in the pocket of Perú. The future might be bright for the region - but its history is grim.

Also, here's a gif of the decline and fall of Colombia.


(this is my first MotF in a long time, kinda excited to participate. Also, I think OTL should just count for Colombia hahaha)

The People's Republic of East Dravidia had the worst luck in history. In 2021, India and the Republic of West Dravidia (Puppet state of India) released total war on Dravidia. As a result, China declared war on India and helped their puppet. China didn't help tactic wise, but supported troops. [1]After the Battle of Quilon, East Dravidia ceded the westernmost territories to West Dravidia, even though the West was outnumbered almost 10 to 1. [2]In July 2022, the East had a nuclear attack against them by India, and decided to cede the lands with the fallout to India. Later, about 14 days later, [3]India and West Dravidia executed an attack on the middle part of the East, and easily won at the Battle of Agali. The government in Cochin surrendered on August 3, 2022.
I'll keep this quick then shall I (don't want to miss the deadline).

The map below is part of a new world-building project I've decided to embark on, and shows the consequences of an early WW1 equivalent on an alternate, surviving Gran Colombia.

Yeah, I know that Gran Colombia surviving this long is lucky compared to OTL; the difference is that though butterflies brought time, they just delayed the inevitable collapse. Indeed, they it only made it worse - instead of quietly shedding territory as per OTL, the collapse of this Gran Colombia was much more violent, and produced a plethora of new small successor states.

So, things start to deviate from OTL around 1810ish, though for the purposes of this map the change is that Gran Colombia survives by federating further than OTL, with many of the OTL Provinces elevated to being federal subjects in their own right, in an effort to curb Venezuelan and Ecuadorian regionalism and nationalism. This works better than would be expected, and so Gran Colombia limps through most of the 19th century, constantly putting down revolts and ceding away border territory.

Two years before the first map is set, The Cordoba Pact (an alliance of Peru and La Plata (alt-Argentina), both confident middle powers ITTL) invade and carve off Panama as an independent republic (Gran Colombia was being pushy about canal rights, so a smaller, easier to manipulate state was carved off as a replacement). The success of Panama only inspired others, and two years down the line, Gran Colombia is struggling to put down revolts and keep itself together.

An early WW1 analogue throws everything into chaos, and an already unstable Gran Colombia doesn't survive when the shit hits the fan. The result; complete balkanisation.



A more full description will be posted when I put this on the map thread, but this will suffice for now. Oh, and in case you were wondering, distributionism is this universe's closest equivalent to communism (Marx and most of his contemporaries were butterflied ITTL)
In 1864, William Seward's National Whig/Liberty ticket defeated incumbent President Graham Fitch, and immediately his abolitionist talk set off a secession crisis across the South. As the situation developed, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana seceded from the United States, and met in Terminus, Georgia to form a unified government against “Northern Tyranny”. They hammered together a Constitution for the so-called Commonwealth of Free States, and were joined by delegations from Texas, Tennessee, Comanche, Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, and Maryland (Although the latter four were actually splinter governments from their states that voted not to secede). The Commonwealth then signed treaties of cooperation with the governments of various native tribes in Sequoyah, and with the Riograndese.

It was a hard fought six years in the First American Civil War (Or as it was known in the South, the First Southron War), but eventually it was defeated, with the various secessionists undergoing a process of “Swift Reconstruction” This process also included annexation and dissolution of the Riogrande Republic, and an attempt to squash out Southron nationalism. With a few exceptions, they failed.

In 1908-1909, Southron Nationalism bubbled up again with Pershing's coup of the US Government and the subsequent Second American Civil War. This time, only North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida seceded, and a Louisiana delegation only controlling the region immediately around the Mississippi River. Nonetheless, these states succeeded in forming an independent Southron Republic (Henceforth known as the Second Republic), it featured a segregation system not unlike Apartheid. This system held for nearly 60 years despite some flareups of violence here and there. But then in 1969, the American-funded Cumberland Free State, and Southron-African People's Front, and the Gallic-funded New African Liberation Front began a full-scale rebellion against the Second Republic. East Tennessee was almost immediately lost to the Appalachian Militias at the onset, and the 1983 Treaty of Austin saw the Second Republic reduced to only its land south of the 31st Parrallel North.

In the aftermath of that humiliating loss, Extremist (By Southron Standards) forces overthrew the civilian government and replaced it with a puppet government, that has remained an isolationist dictatorship ever since.
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