MotF 197: The Sister Republics

Discussion in 'Alternate History Maps and Graphics' started by Kaiphranos, May 13, 2019.

  1. Kaiphranos Hydraulic Despot Donor

    Oct 9, 2009
    Southern Hos-Harphax
    MotF 197: The Sister Republics

    The Challenge

    Make a map depicting a country with multiple client states.

    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.

    Entries will end for this round when the voting thread is posted on Sunday, June 2nd, 2019. (Extended by a week)

    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.

    Last edited: May 26, 2019 at 9:37 PM
  2. Alex_ammonit Member

    Sep 4, 2018
    Московская Республика и Царство.png

    In 1983 there was a war. The USA and the USSR clashed in an irreversible battle, and both fell. However, the world, no matter how they tried to destroy it, survived, although it has changed.
    In 2024, the charismatic leader Kuzma Prutkov, a former military man, came to power in Moscow. He began his campaign to regain the former greatness of Moscow. He defeated the Kingdom of Tver, and founded the Russian Union.
    But despite all the achievements, further progress was too difficult, and Kuzma Prutkov decided to concentrate on running the country.
    The form of government is something like feudalism with features of war communism and absolutism. The allies are ruled by predsidatels who were formally elected democratically, but actually appointed from Moscow.
  3. TheKutKu Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2016
    Autonomous Region of Cabinda
    Proletari di tutta Italia, unitevi!

    English translation of the legend:
    Left, Right

    When the Cisalpine republic, which would eventually become the Italian Republic and then Kingdom, was created many in northern Italy were hopeful it would eventually lead to an unified Italy after over a millenia. The kingdom however would just be another part of Napoleon's continental system, with Napoleon as the king and Beaumarchais as viceroy and with an administration that was copied on the french model, the Italians were even less free than before, and the war had devasteted the country. The ultimate disgrace came when France directly annexed the Illyrian, Tuscan and Papal regions instead of giving it to the kingdom. When Napoleon and his Grande Armée emerged victorious from his conquests and a durable peace, or rather stalemate established itself on the continent, Italy was as divided as before, and it seemed like the Kingdom would forever be a puppet to France.

    But no empire is eternal, while the world was advancing and liberalizing France grew more reactionary, the industrialisation and urbanisation made millions politically conscious, Inspired by the writings of certain german thinkers, many across the empire and its client states were dreaming of a new political order that would bring equality, distribution of wealth, self determination. at the turn of the 20th century the inevitable happened and strikes in the French Rhineland spread across France and, thanks to the similar and interlinked economies and administration of the Continent, to the various client states of the empire, often mixing with local nationalisms.

    In Northern and Central Italy the various kingdoms and french territories rose up against the old order, the new states in Illyria, Tuscany, Piemont, Liguria, Lucca, Latio and Piombino quickly allied and merged with the Revolutionary Republic in the former Kingdom of Italy. Finally after a century Italy was growing again, but the other powers of europe and beyond would take advantage of the revolutions in France's empire, England invaded was little colonies France had, Austria was finally free and took back its territory in Bohemia and germany, Russia invaded Poland and Brazil landed in Portugal. Italy's neigbours also wanted a piece of the cake and the Kingdom of Naples invaded the newly independant latium at the same time Austria would take back its adriatic coast and Italy was powerless, and Rome would be lost by the time the Neapolitan invasion was halted.

    After a few years of civil war and then conventional war, a stalemate and an uneasy peace was reached between the new revolutionary powers and the rest of Europe. The revolutionary - or collectivist - block was however very heterogenous, each state had its own interpretation of collectivism, from the agrarian collectivism of the Netherland, to the anarchism of Catalonia or the heavy autocratic rule of the Union of Collectivist Republic, France's new name, which seemed like it had just exchanged a ruler for another. The historical stigma against France, the newfound independance and local nationalism made cooperation hard and border clashes weren't uncommon.
    Experiences would vary depending on countries, but Italy would thrive, with all of north italy and part of the center united ideas traveled like never before and the young Republic saw a new renaissance in Arts, ideas and technologies.

    The peace wouldn't last however and by the second decade of the 20th century the capitalist powers of europe, seeing the divisions within the Collectivist blocks, would try to finish the war that was started 20 years before, Italians were pragmatic and while they knew they could hold and maybe win against Naples, a two front assault with austria would put overcome the Republic. Only the U.C.R. could help them but their terms for an alliance were heavy as they wanted the Piemont and Liguria back, like the old Napoleonic borders, The People's Assembly of Italy came to the conclusion that they would either have to cede these two regions, or lose everything against the Neapolitans and Austrians, and so they accepted a deal with the devil.

    The war would last for years, dozens of millions died across Europe and while the U.R.C - France - managed to gain some of its former influence, The war however was devastated Italy, who only regained a small part of the Latio and the a half of Rome, not enough to make up for the loss of the Piemont and Liguria. As most of the war was fought in states surrounding the U.C.R., the latter was in a much better shape and occupied most of the other collectivist states, in Italy, like in most other countries they put puppet leaders at the head of the People's Assembly.

    The more things changed, the more they stayed the same as Italy was once again merely a client state of France, or whatever it wanted they wanted to call themselves, its foreign policy was tied to the U.R.C's, the puppet government's disastrous policies hindered reconstruction of the war torn country. It was clear that the Italian Republic's was nothing more than a buffer state for france, and while the previous war didn't finally destroy Italy, the next one surely will.
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