MotF 208: The Age Of Miracles Is Over

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  1. Kaiphranos Hydraulic Despot Donor

    Oct 9, 2009
    Southern Hos-Harphax
    MotF 208: The Age Of Miracles Is Over
    The Challenge

    Make a map showing a country which survived longer than it did in OTL, but which now faces destruction.
    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 Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019.

    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.

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  2. PopulistBean All Hail Richard M. Nixon

    Mar 3, 2019
    The Khazar Khanate.png
    Map of the Khazar theocracy and it's surrounding enemies. This was made five years before the Communard revolutions, the stock market crashing, and invasions by the Muscovite Empire. The destruction of the Khanate was inevitable as the citizens of the Jewish dictatorship had had enough as many were killed. Not only that but famines and a resurgence of the Black Plague killed millions in the over-populated country.
  3. Crazy Boris Cool Dood

    Sep 26, 2017
    Holy Albertan Empire

    In 1881, Japan, looking to expand it's power in the Pacific, made an offer to Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii to purchase one of the islands of the chain. After the Queen's refusal, Japan threatened to get their outpost in the area by force, and she backed down and agreed to let Japan annex Niihau, the westernmost of the Hawaiian islands.

    As Japan's imperial ambitions grew, so too did the idea of completely annexing the Hawaiian islands, but instead of forcing Liliuokalani to surrender the whole kingdom, Japan instead adopted a policy of absorbing the kingdom piece by piece by extorting more and more islands from the Hawaiian crown. In 1889, the island of Kauai was acquired, and Japan's Hawaiian possessions were formally organized into the Military Prefecture of Hawaii, the name possibly hinting at future expansion. Next to be absorbed were the small islands of Kahoolawe and Lanai. After these islands were surrendered, fears of Japanese expansion began prompting a mini-exodus of around 12,000 Hawaiian citizens, many of whom fled to the United States and Canada.

    Japan's next target, taken just less than two years after Kahoolawe and Lanai, was Molokai. In the negotiations, Japanese Prime Minister Yamagata Aritomo allowed Liliuokalani to retain the region of Kalaupapa, established as a leper colony by King Kamehameha V in 1866. For over 20 years after, Japan didn't take any more islands, focusing on affairs in Europe and Asia as the Great War approached, but once the dust had settled, the Japanese quickly forced the regency of Liliuokalani's successor, the 17-year old David, who had become king at the age of 12 in 1917, to surrender Maui, one of the larger islands.

    In 1932, with Japanese soldiers holding him at gunpoint, King David agreed to give Japan the island of Oahu, including the then-capital of Honolulu, moving the royal government to Hilo. The Kingdom of Hawaii was now reduced to the island where it had started over 140 years ago. But Japan was not done carving up the kingdom. In the 1935 Treaty of Waimea, David again was forced to surrender territory to Japan, giving them over half of the island.

    Great Britain and the United States were wary of Japan's expansion from the beginning, but were unwilling to act and risk triggering a war. But this hasn't stopped the San Francisco-based Friends of Hawaii against Japanese Aggression, a group made up of Hawaiian expats and refugees as well as sympathetic Americans, from pressuring president Roosevelt to push back against Japan's expansion before the last vestiges of the kingdom fall to the Empire of the Rising Sun.

    With Japan's recent invasion of China, Hawaiians within the kingdom and abroad fear that it's only a matter of time until they decide to extinguish the kingdom forever, and King David fears for his life, well aware that when the Japanese make their move, he probably won't escape alive.
  4. XTrapnel Kentish Man, NOT Man of Kent

    Jul 5, 2018
  5. Prince di Corsica Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2016

    "I've heard of Balkanising Spain, but this is ridiculous!"

    So, the idea I decided to run with was taking the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans and transfer it to a surviving Al-Andaluz in the Iberian Peninsula. I played around with the transfers, with there being no exact matchs, but very similar events, as otherwise it would take the fun out of the very original patch of cultures that is the Iberian Peninsula. In any case, I imagine that, to the trained eye, similarities will abound.

    To give some insight into the world, I'll put some things about the diplomacy of each of the nations of the Peninsula:

    Asturias: the most ancient Christian state in the Peninsula, by around 1000 years. Rather culturally distinct from the rest of their fellow nations, due to the severe lack, to the point of aversion, of Islamic influences. Separated by the Duero Desert, the vastly empty valleys of the Duero River, that suffered a campaign of genocide by ancient Asturian kings, the Asturians are a rather distinct folk, very Visigothic in character still. They are also a rather poor country, that had hoped to, in the demise of the Andaluz Empire, expand their lands beyond their mountain peaks. They managed to snatch the mouth of the Duero back in 1808, but their attempts at expanding during the Iberic Revolts failed badly, with the native peoples preferring Andaluzian rule to that of the Asturians and finally arising as their own Hispanian nation. Needless to say, the bitterness about this is still felt between Asturians and Hispanians. They also dislike the Basques, having put forward campaigns of extermination of the other mountain people of Hispania

    Kunnimbriga & Walisiphus: the two Zamali sisters, based on the Atlantic hills, these two states came into being when the local Zamali (Northmen) population rose, their tribal chiefs who had submitted to the Caliph back in the late 1100s rising again when sensing the weakness of their overlords. Supported and sponsored by the northern European nations, in particular the English and the Norwegians, the local Zamali minorities replaced the Arabic minority in power, changing very little in the lives of their smallfolk, who begin to fall in love with pan-Hispanian feelings

    Vasconia: the land of the Basques. In their defence, the Basques are much more numerous here, as the Aragonese language nevery truly arose, with the Upper Ebro Valley remaining steadfast Basque and, curiously enough, also becoming fiercely Islamic, in a very successful campaign by local tribal leaders who converted during the early stages of the invasion, such as the Banu Qasi. However, it is true that most of the patch of land acquired during the Third Iberic Revolt was perhaps too much to chew, as its people are mostly Romance speakers, now suffering a great campaign of 'education' on proper manners. Surrounded by Christian states, their relationships with them are... far from ideal, but they do have a healthy trading relation with the English and the Norwegian, as Basque ships are renowned in their strength. In fact, it was Basque ships that discovered the western continents

    Gothia: a strange entity, legally speaking, within the Gallic Empire, the province had long been desired by the Empire, and after three long wars with little result, the Imperial forces were finally able to take the country for themselves, creating a province with very special status in the Imperial Assembly, being directly supervised by the Imperial admnistration, rather than have a feudal trapping underneath it. Very devoid of aristocracy (most having fled during the war), today it is one of the most secular regions in the Empire, and home to many disturbances. The Imperial government attempts to focus on the Gothic heritage of the region, mostly in opposition to the Hispanian identity that many of its inhabitants are beginning to feel like, as pan-Hispanian feelings surge. Things ought to be better once the Prince Imperial and his wife go visit Tarraco next summer, though

    Cartaginensia: what mostly started as a pet project of the Apolloniac literary circles and, somehow, became a powerful state of its own. As the literary style in Gallia, Lombardy and Rome began glorifying the classical era, the struggles of the modern Carthaginians, under the yoke of Andalusian rule, became somewhat glorified themselves and when a small-scale revolt in the region, as periodically occured, began, an unexpected number of foreign support, from money to volunteers, came pouring in, as young well-read men came to fight a new Punic war. Understanding that the lifestyle sold, the Carthaginians themselves adopted their newfound Punic identity, managing to expel the Andalusians from their lands and establishing their own nation. Perhaps not yet fully formed, the half-hearted Punic idealism and their reliance on Apolloniac support, no matter how ridiculous that was, had them choose the ancient city of Cartago, now little more than a village, to serve as their capital city. The city would grow the following century to become one of Europe's finest cities. A constant thorn on the side for the Andalusians, they would constantly ally with their enemies for the sake of expanding, stretching themselves over the coast and becoming a maritime power. Their monarchy is descended from a Byzantine younger prince who was elected to serve as King, and whose lineage fit rather well with the whole Apolloniac theme the country has going. Many of its citizens already identify as 'Punic', whatever that would mean, but the number of pro-Hispanian folk isn't significant either. If that lends itself to a stable future, however, remains to be seen, as tensions agitate and some begin suggesting the Hispanians may find greener pastures in their own country, just across the border

    Betica: A country that is still struggling to find its place in the world. Much closer culturally to the Caliphate, they were still very Christian in religion, making them an odd kid in the world. With a very strong Andalusian identity, a distinct Romance language as close to Hispanian as it is to say, Lombard, and a Christian faith, the country was formed more out of Gallic pressures than any true indepedence movement in the Iberic Revolts; its founding fathers decided to choose the name Betica for their country to appeal to a more distant history that could unify their nation and help them find an identity in the world. A rather wealthy country, with large cities (even if very depopulated by the forced removals after independence), Betica is indeed finding its own place and becoming a strong power on its own, forming a powerful army, fed from its fruitful valleys and trained by their German allies, from whom their royal family comes, a small noble family named von Habsburg who was elected king due to the fact they were indeed powerless in foreign matters in Europe. Currently, their main dispute is with Hispania, over the region of Almansha, which both nations claim for their own. The two countries have been at war before over the matter and few believe it is settled

    Gharb: A nation formed out of a social pact between its Islamic and Christian communities during the Iberic Revolt. Upon realising that each group would be subjected by slaughter if faced with an invasion, be it Christian or by the Andaluzian forces, the two communities, with a long history of good relations and cooperation, decided to build an alliance of mutual protection, declaring themselves free from subjugation from either faction, and defending their lands side-by-side. Achieving their independence, the question of form of government was put on the table, with the involved parties eventually settling for a surprisingly stable plural republican system, with a strong constitution protecting freedom of conscience. The rise of supremacist Christian and Islamic forces, sponsored by Hispania and Berbery respectively, have somewhat weakened that perfect system. Hope remains, however. Lighter fact: their language is so distinct that its name is used in neighbouring nations as a synonym for 'speaking gibberish'

    Hispania: The obvious elephant in the room. The question would be: how come a country so big and evidently powerful in the region has managed to have no coast whatsoever? Well... the poor bastards are asking that themselves. But it turns out when you found your own identity on militantly aspiring to engulf all your neighbours (including close allies and provinces of larger foreign countries), they'll usually align against your interests. They are still pretty mad about not actually achieving to go all the way to the sea in 1908, but, if you ask most of the government or army officials, they'll tell you the time for reckoning will come soon. Their identity was built during the First Iberic Revolt, as being that of the Christian peoples of the Peninsula, descendants of the Roman province, rising after centuries of Islamic yoke, but weary of the Asturian kings as well, seeing them as too foreign, not having suffered the occupation of centuries. This has made them militantly opposed to both the Andalusian and the Islamic nations in the Peninsula, and fiercely pan-Hispanian, sponsoring movements for it in their neighbours. And by movements, it means everything from literary circles to guerilla groups. Their intentions are clear - they want to dominate a Christian realm from the Asturian mountains to the Sierra Nevada, from Lissabona to Tarraco. Whether they will accomplish it, it's another matter, but the country is known as a brewing ground for Hispanian terrorists all over the Peninsula. Among the enemies of Hispania, one would count - Asturias, whose border they don't think is well-drawn and whose antics they detest; the Zamali sisters, who occupy their rightful coast and oppress their brethren; the Gallic Empire, who oppress their Gothic subjects; Cartaginensia, a puppet of the Romans who try to discredit Hispanian nationhood for their own fantastical myths; Betica, who are crypto-Berbers trying to shift the Hispanian language in the region; Gharb, whose Christians must be controlled by the Muslims, otherwise why would they reject having been liberated by them back in '78? And, of course, the Republic of Berbery, and all it stands for. Oh, and of course, the foreign powers who are just trying to carve pieces of Hispania for themselves and oppressing their people. Their list of friends is shorter

    Berbery: After the collapse of the Empire, both in its rich northern lands and (outside the map) in the large tracts of Saharan land going all the way to the Niger Valley, the Caliphate was removed from power by the Beber National Movement, a secular and nationalist movement who waged a 'war of independence' that saw the Caliph Muhammad XX removed from his position and a republic installed, doing away with the ties with both the Iberian provinces and the southern African regions. The new regime, fiercely secular, is conducting a campaign against the old Islamic customs, such as the wearing of hijab, with mixed results, although certainly improving women's rights. They are also fiercely nationalistic; one wouldn't want to be a Kabyle in Berbery, or at least a Kabyle that wouldn't mind bowing his head to the Berber norm and accept the adjective 'mountain Berber' to be used in their census records. The Republic is also making efforts to 'restore' the Berber language: that is, to take away every Arab influence from it. The ancient city of Karnatha, with its beautiful palace atop of an hill, remains the capital of the State, although the Republicans are planning of shifting it to Fez, for the sake of State security and being farther away from all the dangerous Hispanian influences. Speaking of which, the State remains concerned with the number of cultures within its borders, and has opened talks with its neighbours on how to take care of this problem bothering both sides

    So, here we have an Al-Andaluz that, having survived for far longer than its days in our world, now has to face what is coming for it. I leave the fate of Iberia as an exercise to the reader, but with a small finishing note: if you think this has an happy ending, you haven't been paying attention
  6. Kanan Timeline Raises New and Troubling Questions

    May 12, 2015
    Commonwealth of New England

    Planned States for a Reunited Germany
    After the guns fell silent when the last East German regiments surrendered in early 1998 in East Prussia, plans for a reunited Germany were quickly drawn up for the victorious West Germans. With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1995, the East German government continued to hunker down and refuse to accept the collapse of socialism in Europe, and began to become far more brutal and repressive than ever before in the country's history. After Russian President Svyatoslav Andronikov announced he was withdrawing Russia from all matters on the "German question," it was clear that Russia was no longer going support the failing regime that they had established in the aftermath of the Second World War. As East Germany's economy collapsed, the leadership blamed it on western sabotage, as well as the solidarity movements in Poland, where similar movements had erupted in Stettin and Revolutionstadt. The government then turned to Germany's past, declaring that the DDR was, in fact, the true inheritor of the legacy of Prussia. It thus became the country's mission to reclaim Prussia's past glory, making moves such as to claim the territories lost to Poland in both the First and Second World Wars, while agreeing on paper that the "repressed people" of Saxony and Mecklenburg shall be granted their freedom once Prussia had been restored to its former glory.

    The notion of "Prussian Socialism" thus dominated the DDR's propaganda between 1995 and 1997, going so far as to introduce new uniforms, and the revival of Prussian military marches. With East Germany's new bellicose stance, it became clear that the western powers should act to counter this threat. Several American divisions were deployed to West Germany, and the United States secured an agreement with Russia and Lithuania to station a division in Klaipėda. With western forces on their borders, East Germany quickly blamed the collapsing economy and new revolts on the west, particularity the United States. The central committee became increasingly paranoid, and brought out tanks to crush a revolt in Potsdam, and declared that if the "Western-backed revolts" did not cease "within 24 hours," then East Germany would be forced to invade West Germany to secure its internal borders.

    Few considered that the East Germans were serious, until elements of the Revolutionary Motor Bridge crashed across the fortified border and crushed the small West German border guard. When news of the invasion spread, NATO forces quickly sprung into action, with an American division capturing Revolutionstadt and the rest of East Prussia in the first day of fighting. In the north, East Germany forces captured Lunenburg, while in the south, the East Germany forces tasked with capturing Bavaria simply surrendered when NATO soldiers appeared in the region, giving them a clear path to Berlin. The invasion force was repelled totally within a week, and by the end of December, most of East Germany had been captured by NATO, mostly bogged down by surrendering East Germans and refugees sent by loyal East German forces to slow NATO down. In January, holdouts continued in Berlin and Silesia, before the West Germans crashed through the last line of the East's defence and shelled the Palace of the Republic until the Central Committee inside finally surrendered.

    After a vote between the United Kingdom, France, and the United States, West Germany was given total occupational authority over all of the former East Germany, which would remain a legal entity for some time. It was determined that there would need to be several years of work and planning to re-integrate East Germany back into the unified structure. One of the main focal points of the West Germans was to ensure that Prussia, as an entity, would no longer exist. Prussia, which prior to the Fascist regime had always elected SPD governments, was determined by the Soviet occupation force to be "redeemable," and it was preserved as a state in the new East Germany. Eventually, the plan adopted was named "Peace for Mankind," and it had a simple goal in mind: Prussia will be destroyed.

    The plan, which was adopted in late 1998 and would commence implementation immediately for completion by 2000, called for West Germany's current 11 states to be joined from 6 new states formed from East Germany's territory. Some states lost territory, and others gained, on the border between East and West Germany, to account for historic regions. Saxony was restored as its own state, and given control over all of Prussian Saxony. Mecklenburg-Pommern was a new state formed from the former Mecklenburg and most of Prussia's Pommeranian territories. Brandenburg was also revived as an entity, containing Berlin, and Silesia would also be granted statehood. The final blow to Prussia would be the admission of it's core territory, East Prussia, as the state of Pregelland. Only the city of Revolutionstadt had its name restored to Königsberg, the final, ghostly echo of Prussia's past.