Rememberences of Map Contests Past

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    The Confederation of 1916 is undergoing an industrial revolution and pushing into the interior of North America and out to sea, finding disturbing things such as dark cities to the south with vast pyramids of stone
    and obsidian, whose inhabitants speak in twisted Spanish of a god king who desires blood, vast wooden and iron ships bearing down on Europe asking for treasure and tribute to a distant Emperor of heaven and earth,
    and a recent incident with soldiers from a place called 'Nippon' destroying a fort far east of lake Michigan. The world is a dangerous place.

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    "For God's sake, man! This looks like a goddamn jigsaw puzzle!"
    U.S. President James F. Douglas’ initial reaction to seeing the state alignment for the Louisiana and Florida Territories, 1819.

    "What in the name of all that is good and holy is Connecticut thinking?!"
    His second reaction.

    Upon the end of the American Revolutionary War, representatives from the 14 states – the original 13 colonies plus the newly-integrated Republic of Vermont – began negotiations toward how the new country would take shape. Many competing claims to the new western lands between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River threatened to tear the fragile framework apart. The Northwestern Territory alone had four competing claims, not least of which were those from the state of New York (which claimed the entire Northwest Territory) and the state of Virginia (which claimed everything between the Straits of Mackinac and the Tennessee River).

    Offers by the federal government were proposed to exchange states’ western claims for their war debt, but these were turned down. The temptation of the richness of these new western lands were too much for states to deny themselves. Between 1783 and 1788, free-wheeling negotiations between the states divided up the land:

    • Georgia and North Carolina maintained its initial claims west to the Mississippi
    • Connecticut maintained its claim to its “Western Reserve” west to the Mississippi, with ongoing talk of claims from “sea to shining sea”
    • Massachusetts and New York wisely agreed to an east-west division of the land north of Connecticut’s claim, where New York received land east of Lake Michigan and Massachusetts received lands between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River. (Their initial claims to a north-south divide would have stretched both states across Lake Michigan.)
    • Pennsylvania and Maryland did not have claims, but the former was offered a claim between Connecticut’s Western Reserve and the Ohio River and the latter would receive a small claim in the far northwest for their support for the project. (Later, in separate negotiations, Virginia and Pennsylvania would swap Virginia’s northern panhandle for the area near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.)
    • South Carolina ceded its unwieldy 12-mile wide, 400-mile long claim to North Carolina with the understanding that North Carolina would support South Carolina in future negotiations
    To ensure the small states’ support, the small states were promised first claims to any new land the United States would receive. Few actually believed that would ever happen.

    It soon did. In 1814, the French offered to sell their Louisiana Territory to the United States. The move was enthusiastically supported by the smaller states, even as some representatives from the larger states questioned the purchase’s constitutionality. In the end, the small states (with North Carolina’s support) won out, and a second era of free-wheeling negotiations began.

    These negotiations lasted five years, during which Spain sold their Florida territories to the U.S. in 1817. The outcomes were the creation of a 15th state around the city of New Orleans that would represent that city in Congress, as well as a patchwork of state exclaves across the west:
    • The new state of Orleans received lands south of the Arkansaw River. This appeased the former French subjects as well as avoided a conflict over which state would control the key city of New Orleans.
    • South Carolina received all of Florida (with North Carolina’s obvious support)
    • New Hampshire received a claim just north of the Arkansaw River as well as small claim near the Mississippi headwaters
    • Connecticut remained adamant about its “sea to shining sea” claim. Representatives from the state often used the line “God and the King promised us this land over 150 years ago, we fought and died for this land, and by God, we won’t give it up.” Representatives from other states would often remind them that “We don’t have a King anymore.”
    • New Jersey received fertile lands along the Mississippi.
    • Delaware, Rhode Island, and Vermont found themselves with large tracts of land in the high plains and Rocky Mountains. These small states were now some of the largest in the Union, and they made moves to settle these lands early. The most successful of these early settlements was New Warwick, in Westrhode, near the Black Hills.
    • Maryland received land along the Missouri River, separated by Connecticut’s claim. Maryland offered to swap land with Connecticut to give itself a contiguous area, avoiding having four separate areas to its state, but Connecticut remained opposed.
    • South Carolina, in turn, supported an additional small claim for North Carolina in the western lands. New York also asked for – and received – an additional small claim in the mountains.
    Upon receiving the map in 1819, President Douglas reacted with his now infamous “jigsaw puzzle” quotation. His incredulity was tempered when he realized that all 14 existing states approved of the arrangement and its assured approval by Congress; however, he never did think well of Connecticut or its Western Reserve.

    Many 20th century historians suggest that the hodgepodge arrangement forced the states to find solutions to many subjects that were regional in nature – the biggest of which was slavery. With 7½ Free States and 7½ Slave States – New Hampshire (and its region of Arkansaw) was a wild card in any vote on the subject – the country found ever-progressing solutions over the next sixty years on its way to outlawing the practice in 1868.


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    POD: William Penn (not the William Penn, his dad) gets upstate New York from Cromwell after the Glorious Revolution, partly for historic debts owed to him by the Crown, partly because Penn decided to financially support the Parliamentarians, but mostly because a functioning colony in the Americas would show the rest of Europe that England was still a powerful, prosperous country. Penn Sr settles down in Beacon and sets up his own little provincial government based on the principles of god-fearing Puritan republicanism currently in favour back in England.

    Penn turns out to be an extremely efficient administrator, and after a few decades most of the region has been incorporated into Pennsylvania, with taxation, a rudimentary Parliament, etc. A whole bunch of crazy religious cults get founded in the far north of the province and flourish in the isolation. Meanwhile, England veers even further towards Cromwellian autocracy with the Trial of the Two Hundred, a mass execution of social liberals and political opponents of the Commonwealth. Rioting breaks out, and is brutally contained by Cromwell's use of martial law. Thousands flee across the Atlantic, bringing their obscure religions and extreme politics with them. The disillusioned, aging William Penn Sr steps down from his position of enlightened governor of Pennsylvania in favour of his idealistic son, William Penn Jr.

    Jr largely continues the vague benevolency of his father, but a dispute with the increasingly dictatorial Commonwealth of England over trade tariffs escalates in the early 18th century. England's other colonies in the Americas, full of refugees, convene a Continental Congress, and vote to officially declare independence from their colonial masters in London - despite Pennsylvania's reluctance. Regardless, as by far the most wealthy colony thanks to a large settler population, Penn Jr agrees to lead the American States to war.

    As it turns out, the war is a damp squib - the colonies are basically worthless and England is busy stomping out an attempted Irish-French invasion of South Wales. With no baptism of fire to bind them together, the new states start to grumble and complain; no new fashionable clothes or rare spices are being imported, and the nascent American middle class resents the decline in its living standards. Luckily, an ambitious cult operating out of Niagara, using its influence over state legislatures, manages to keep the colonies vaguely united, fearful of an English crackdown on weird religious sects following reannexation. Penn Jr even converts. It's a hell of a time.

    By 1754, the United American Commonwealth, with its capital in Philadelphia, has managed to recapture all thirteen proverbial lost sons, with the most recent admission, Erie, being almost entirely settled post-independence. There's a lot of religious tension, sure, but at least the UAC enjoys liberty and security, right?

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    Piggy-backing on my entry for MotF 102

    A young man from Scandinavia sets out in the mid-1400's to seek the lands described in legends left by his Viking ancestors. Europeans are led to the new land and do what they do best.

    Jons Axelsson returned to Europe in 1458 to find a restored Kalmar Union under Christian I of Denmark. After meeting with the young explorer, Christian realizes that this is a chance to further unite the Union. By obtaining funds from companies in all three separate countries, as well as from his own personal treasury, another voyage was sent to explore and colonize this new land. This event is seen as a pivotal moment in history, as it led to the stabilization of the fragile Union.

    France and the Netherlands were quick to follow, establishing several small enclaves that promoted trade with the natives. The most notable were Kebecstad and Nieuw Amsterdam by the Netherlands and St. Jean by France. These eventually grew to envelop most of the northeastern part of the region.

    Spain quickly explored the southern parts of the New World, and focused their colonization there, in hopes of finding gold and other riches.

    The Wars of the Roses hindered England's entry into the colonization race. However, at the conclusion of the war, Henry and Elizabeth sought to establish colonies immediately, in the hopes of improving the damaged economy. New England was established in 1485, followed by Avalon and Celtia a few years later. The success of England's colonies can be attributed to the diversity of their regions and specialties. Erie, Ohio, and northern Kanawha and New England were focused on manufacturing. Southern New England and Avalon produced cash crops such as cotton and tobacco. Celtica grew food crops, most notably rice.

    <Viewpoint: mid-1700's>

    English Colonies: Collectively known as the Ten Colonies. Loose confederation-style government, with a capital in New London, on the New Thames. New England was the first colony, and most things there are the 'new' versions of the ones across the sea in 'old' England. Avalon and Celtia are the two biggest agricultural producers. Avalon is home to wealthy planter families - 'old money'. Celtia was founded by a Scotsman and an Irishman, so naturally there was a large amount of Celtic immigration there. Misisibi and Albamo are generally less populated, but come from a hardy stock. Albamo actually started as a penal colony. Mostly woodsmen. Shawnee is just as sparsely populated, although there are sizable amounts of native tribes. Kanawha and Kent are mostly known for logging and small mining operations. Ohio and Erie are more modernized than their southern counterparts, where manufacturing is a big industry. Erie is especially important because of it's access to the St. Lawrence River (kept it the same for simplicity's sake). England's colonies are second in size only to Scandinavia's.

    Dutch Colonies: These colonies are all part of Nieuw Netherland. They are considerably modern and wealthy due to their strategic position for shipping. Controlling one side of the St. Lawrence in the north and large port cities in the east makes the society very dependent on industry and shipping. Zeeland Eilanden and Lange Eilandt benefit the most from the shipping industry, as well as parts of Bergen and Zuid Holland. Farming can be found in western Noord and Zuid Holland. Most of the population of Kebec can be found near Kebecstad, which controls river traffic on the St. Lawrence.

    French Colonies: Nouvelle-France, like Nieuw Netherland, is very dependent on shipping and industry. One of the biggest industries is fishing, especially off of the Grand Banks. French Protestants migrated here en masse, and generally populate the northern and western parts of the colony. The Dutch territory of Zeeland Eilanden once belonged to Nouvelle-France, but was lost after a breif skirmish between the two countries. Francias Messipi sits at the mouth of the Messipi (Misisibi) River, and thus controls river traffic, much like Kebecstad. The claims attached to Francias Messipi are much larger, but the mouth of the river is the only undisputed claim. France, Scandinavia, and England all claim land across the river.

    Scandinavian Colonies: Much of these colonies are very sparsely populated and undeveloped. This allows more peaceful relations with the local native tribes. Most cities are only around strategic shipping areas, such as Tkaronto and Adawe. It has been noted that some of these areas, usually Ouiskonsing and Neshnabe, bear a striking resemblance to the native homeland of the colonists, and are very popular for those in debt to relocate to. Fur trade is very prevalent, and has even sparked a new fashion trend in Europe. Vinland, along with Nouvelle-France, focuses on the fishing industry.

    Spanish Colonies: Most Spanish colonies are located in the south of the New World, while Florida is the high-water mark. Florida is highly undeveloped, and remains for the most part untouched swampland and marshland. Just to the south is Spanish Cuba, which occupies the west side of the island. It's neighbor is Scandinavian Cuba on the east side of the island. To the east is English Hispaniola, with the Netherlands Antilles beginning at Puerto Rico, and French Jamacia to the south (place names have again remained the same to avoid confusion).


    Political situation: All five nations remain tentatively at peace with one another (at least in the New World). Historically, the English and the Dutch have had a positive relationship since the Glorious Revolution, cooperating against France in many conflicts. Scandinavia or Spain would usually side with France.

    There has been some bitterness between the colonies and their European counterparts in the latter half of the century, more noticeably in Nieuw Netherland and the Ten Colonies. In Nieuw Netherland, increased shipping and trade regulations from Amsterdam have been the big controversy, while in the Ten Colonies, exporting has been the issue. In the latter, Avalon and Celtia are leading the charge for more autonomy (and even independence in the case of some radicals). They generally receive support from the western colonies of Kent, Shawnee, Albamo, and Misisibi, while there is some resistance to this thinking in the northern colonies of Erie, Ohio, New England, and parts of Kanawha.


    Rivers: The St. Lawrence is shared equally by Scandinavia and the Netherlands, though the Netherlands controls the entrance to the river.

    The Mississippi River marks the end of undisputed territorial claims. West of the river is the frontier waiting to be claimed. The river is mainly used by farmers from the western parts of the colonies to ship their goods south.

    The Susquehanna river has become much more open with the improving of Anglo-Dutch relations. Since each side controls one side of the river, there is almost no conflict over territory or shipping rights.

    <Viewpoint: mid-1800's>

    United Provinces of Terranova: Formed after a rebellion by the colonists kicked the Brits off of the continent. The Brits did manage to hang on to New England, Ohio, and Erie for a notable amount of time, but eventually were forced out. The wartime capital of Charlotte, located in central Avalon, becomes the nation's new capital, replacing New London. France was a close ally of the Terranovans. After an uprising in France incapacitated the nation for years, forcing them to drop their claims in the New World, the UP negotiated deals with Scandinavia and the Netherlands to give them territorial claims that stretch all the way to the Pacific.

    Dutch Colonies: The Dutch colony structure is one of the strangest looking in the world. The rulers chose to govern the Terranovan colonies as one. Technically, the regions of Nassau in the northeast and Orange in the southwest are one colony. It makes for a tricky legislature, but they make it work. The colonies are relatively satisfied with the rule of the monarch, although there was a little bit of panic when their neighbors rebelled. Nonetheless, Nassau and Orange still maintain decent relations with the UP. The agreement with the UP firmed up the northern border of Orange, though a separate deal had to be struck with Spain, diminishing a little territory claimed in the south.

    French Colonies: The turmoil that wracked their homeland left the colonies of Nouvelle France, Orleans, and Chamacces to their own rule for a good amount of time. Now, France is back on it's feet under a new Head of State, and is trying to re-assert it's control over it's colonies. The colonies don't like this, and murmurs mirroring those of their neighbors, the UPT, begin arising.

    Scandinavian Colonies: Scandinavia keeps a loose leash on it's colonies. One of the major rules, though, is about not messing with the natives. Once the borders were created with the UPT, colonists clearly knew where they could and could not go. Most European inhabitants of these colonies live in the south, along the border with the UP. Some of the most populous colonies include Vinland, Inoken, and Ouiskonsing, which reminds many of the settlers of their native homes. Yuktan and Kuben are collectively known as 'the Gateway to the Imperial Gulf'.

    Spanish Colonies: Florida is basically still a jungle, minus a few trading ports. Most Spanish activity is in the south. Taino is good for cash crops.

    Political Situation: Scandinavia and Spain are still in a loose alliance system, as long as neither gets in the other's way. This works out pretty well in the New World, where they are mostly separated by the buffer of the Dutch and the UPT. The French colonies find themselves all by themselves, and are starting to gravitate toward the thoughts and ideas of the UPT. The UPT finds itself in a decent relationship with the Dutch and their colonies, leading to a lucrative trade business that keeps Nassau going.

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    United Provinces of Terranova: After a few world wars, the UPT seems to be the rising star in the West. They helped beat down Germany and Italy in the first, and Spain, Russia, and China in the second. They were able to patch things up with Britain and France, though Scandinavia annoyingly decided to remain neutral until they were sucker punched by Russia. The UP is very close with Nieuw Netherland, arguably one of the best diplomatic relationships in the world.

    Nieuw Netherland: The regions of Nassau and Orange decided to unite into one country at the turn of the century. When Germany invaded the old Netherlands in the first world war, the royal family fled, and set up a new capital in Nieuw Haarlem. They returned to ashes when the war was finally over. After a few years of rebuilding, Russia and Spain marched in and destroyed it all over again. Back they went to Nieuw Haarlem. By now, the Commonwealth's de jure capital is back in Amsterdam, while the de facto capital is in Nieuw Haarlem.

    Former French Colonies: Near the turn of the century, the colonies revolted (which may or may not have been aided by the UPT). The rebellion produced two new countries: Nouvelle-France, which retained control of Chamacces, and Port d'Orleans. They quickly became satellites of the UPT, and followed it's lead in the world wars.

    Scandinavian Colonies: Northern Terranova solidified into Vinland around the same time the French colonies were rebelling. Not much went on during the world wars, though they did contribute at the tail end of the second, after Russia's sneaky little move. Has a decent relationship with it's southern neighbors.

    Caribbea: Formed out of Spain's colonies of Florida, Bahama, and Taino after the second world war. Heavily influenced by the UPT and Nieuw Netherland. Large producers of crops, notably sugar and citrus. Great vacation destination.

    Spanish Dominions: Spain retained control of some of it's territory, notably Mexaca and Maya. The two twins are playing nice nowadays.

    Political Situation: After the second World War, the world settled down momentarily. Now, China is on the rise in the east, fighting for the role as a superpower with the UPT in the west. On the continent, things go smoothly.

    <Viewpoint: 2015>

    Political Situation: The cold war ended with China splintering apart in the early 90's. Now, Russia is back and ready to play hard ball. On the continent, all is well and going smoothly. Highway systems run from northern Taku all the way down into southern Florida and Chalisco. Vinland, Nouvelle-France, Nieuw Netherland, and the UPT are all part of the First World. Port d'Orleans is a wealthy micro-nation, comparable to OTL Singapore, and Caribbea is defined as a developing nation.

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    In this world, a more belligerent John Adams roused the US public with an astonishing display of nationalism, and conquered the Barbary States. He incited a new feeling of Amerixan nationalism and superiority over other nations. The United States involved itself in the later portions of the Napoleonic Wars, after buying Louisiana from France. American forces performed well at Waterloo, earning the respect of Europe. In the time following the war, the United Tstaes expanded its African holdings, with the power of the south greatly expanding. In the 1860s, northerners, upset with he status of slavery, attempted to secede, but were brought back into the Union. By 1900, the United States is one of the mos powerful states in the world, able to mobilize millions of men, or command fleets on any ocean. Though it has many allies, it faces a growing Republic of South America, forged by a melting pot of immigrants from Europe.

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    Happy post-Thanksgiving, everyone! Enjoy that turkey carcass soup!

    MOTF 110: Danse Macabre

    The Challenge
    Make a map showing the aftermath of a pandemic.

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    Alex Richards/Reagent collab:


    Well, the Richards-Reagent collaborations strike again, this time we're revisiting the concept from our no-Mfecane Map in MotF 102.

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    Excerpt from A History of the Indigenous Peoples of Southern Africa (Abridged), Revised 8th Edition, 2003 by R.K. Jones.

    It is considered by some a curious quirk of fate that the area of the modern Union of the Cape should almost precisely match the traditional extent of those lands populated by the Khoi-San peoples prior to arrival of the Dutch, indeed the match is close enough for some to attempt to use it as evidence against the long held argument that the European colonial borders were drawn without regard to the groupings of the indigenous peoples of the continent. Yet this is to get the causal relationship the wrong way round, for it is not that the borders were drawn to match the extent of the Khoi-San peoples, but rather that it was that group who were the most vulnerable to European advances and least able to resist, and thus European rule and settlement dominated their lands to an extent not seen in the Bantu lands beyond the Orange River.

    Comparisons have been drawn between the Khoi-San and the indigenous peoples of North America, and indeed the parallels are significant. In both cases the arrival of Europeans, and the diseases they brought, proved deadly to the relatively isolated natives who had never before encountered smallpox and other European diseases with the result that lands became depopulated and open to European settlement and exploitation. In both cases the weakening of both health and societal structures also reduced the ability of the native peoples to resist militarily, resulting in further loss of land.

    The differences however are a stark illustration of the contrasting colonial attitudes to Africa and the Americas. While those areas closest to the Dutch settlement of Kaap-Stadt (the future Cape Town) saw as much as 90% of the population wiped out, further afield intermittent contact with the Bantu populations had strengthened immune systems sufficiently to allow this rate to fall to 70% in the area of Graaf-Reinet. It was the difference between complete societal collapse and partial survival of clan structures, but the depopulation of the land allowed increased Bantu encroachment from the east. The limits of this depopulated land, in contrast to the denser settlements of the Highveldt that would eventually give rise to the Rolong and Moshesh Kingdoms, would come to define the limits of European incursion into the African interior.

    Yet the Khoi-San were also subject to the predations of slavery, with the result that as the Dutch farmers, or Boers, migrated inland even those communities that weathered disease enough to maintain societal structures found themselves attacked, enslaved and subsumed into the wider mass of the population, prompting further population decline and loss of land. The arrival of the British, and subsequent enforcement of the Empire-wide ban on slavery, brought the first relief for the Khoi-San, but the establishment of the Namibian settlements of Walvisbaai, Potgietersrus and Keetmanshoop following the Boer-trek north brought a whole new area of the population into regular contact with Europeans, and the decline barely halted.

    Thus by the late 19th Century the population of what were by that point being referred to as 'Bushmen' had plummeted from over 100,000, to less than a tenth of that number, with the parcelling out of land in Namibia remaining government policy after the Cape was granted Dominion status in 1872 and achieved domestic independence. It was at this point that the foundations for the eventual recovery of the population were laid. The fashion for colonial missionary activity had grown throughout the 1870s and 1880s as Africa was, by and large, partitioned among the European powers, and for the ladies in the Cape the Bushmen, most of whom clung to their traditional beliefs and customs, seemed to be a perfect target of this trend, with Lady Mary van der Buick stating 'why minister to the savages of the Congo or the Veldt when there dwell those within our own borders who have not yet seen the light'. Though these ministries were often hardly less oppressive, harsh or colonial in nature than previous settlements, they did have the advantage of bringing improved healthcare to the Khoi-San through the establishment of small 'Bush-Hospitals' in Kghoni, Aminius, Tshane, Khutse, Kamp and Tsumkwe, and began the process of vaccinating the Khoi-San against Smallpox. In time, some of these became centres of Khoi-San settlement, with many abandoning their traditional nomadic ways and settling down, some converting to Calvinism in the process. Others stuck to their nomadic ways, though even there it has become tradition among some clans and groups for a mother to live in one of these settlements until the children have reached the age of 6 or 8, benefiting from ready access to healthcare and a basic education in order to 'know when the white man is lying' before returning to the Bush to learn their native ways.

    It was perhaps the growth of these settlements that eventually saw the establishment of the Bushman Reservations in 1911, a tiny fraction of the ancestral lands of the Khoi-San but the first time that their essential rights had been recognised in law. In time, improved health, vaccination campaigns and a fairer society would see the population gradually recover to around 45,000 today, with the long running campaign for restitution against the long injustices of the people recognised by the courts in 1994 and resulting in the government passing a compensation act the following year which has allowed some of the leading Khoi-San activists to purchase areas of underused land outside the reservations expanding the amount of land owned by the people for the first time in almost a century.


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    Only two contributions that time - Richards and Reagent took first place, but by only one vote (perhaps due to South Africa fatigue :) ) while the silver went to islander, and a passing squirrel ran off with the bronze.
     
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    MoTF 111: There's Gold in Them There Hills


    The Challenge
    Make a map showing the aftermath or effects of a rush for a resource (such as gold or oil) in a region.

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    "The cold winter of 1783 left the few and brave settlers in the northern regions of New York without food or heat. Trade was stymied by the tall and imposing Adirondacks, while the war-torn Thirteen Colonies reeled from the chaos of independence. It was here in this area, on the shores of the Oswegatchie River, that a man by the name of Pierre Devereaux, a French trader who frequented trails going from Saratoga to Montreal, found perhaps the find of his life. As the snow and ice melted and let way to spring in 1784, news of Devereaux's Treasure exploded across the new United States. Silver and iron ore and copper made Devereaux's fortune in this new world, and with this news, so did thousands of others willing to brave the Adirondack Mountains."


    -Excerpt from "A History of Saratoga: The Defiant State" by Alexander Milton

    The discovery of Devereaux's Treasure in the winter of 1783-84 sparked one of the greatest resource rushes in early-American history. Devereaux and his family quickly made their fortune on the deposits of silver that their family stumbled on during one of the coldest winters on record, and stories traveled as far south as Georgia and as far across the seas as Britain, France, and Prussia. Within months, ten thousand settlers began to funnel in from the rest of the United States, many war veterans seeking to create a living for themselves, and others simply young or desperate men and women hoping to start again. No matter their origins, they traveled to this region for wealth and fame, to be the next Devereaux. The settlers funneled their way through two trails, the first one being the Black Trail along the Black River, while the other and more popular one went through Saratoga, New York, where locals began the lucrative business as mountain guides hoping to bring people through faster.

    Within three years, towns and cities began to rise in the area. Resources such as lead, talc, zinc, silver, and iron ore were all discovered in the lands which Pierre Devereaux discovered and claimed along the Oswegatchie River. Among the early communities that formed during the 1780s were Aurora, named after Devereaux's daughter, Dalton's Ferry, which led people across Lake Champlain to find their fortunes, and Llanelli, named by Welsh settlers who came to the region and later made their wealth on an iron ore deposit to their north. Perhaps the most famous of these settlements is fittingly the largest city in the area by the name of Davenport. John Daven grew up in New York City and during the War of Independence fought on the side of the colonists as a sailor. After the war, he hoped to make a living in the far-north, but hoped for a quicker journey. Buying three ships with all of his life savings, he led 250 settlers by sea through the St. Lawrence River to Lake Ontario, where in 1788 after a terrible storm were forced ashore to the mouth of the Black River. On this river, at this point, the settlement of Black Landing was founded.

    Quickly, Black Landing became a third point of transit into the area. By sea, thousands came not only from other states, but also from other countries. As time progressed and John Daven's popularity grew, many began to informally call it Davenport. The population grew, and while disappointment came for many, they chose to stay and settle. In 1789, despite New York claiming the territory, colonists in Aurora declared themselves the Territory of Saratoga after what was claimed to be the southernmost and largest city. While names such as Devereaux and Saranac were proposed for the territory, since many living in the area originated from Saratoga, New York, the name was selected. The United States Congress in 1791 formally recognized the Territory of Saratoga. In December 1796, after years of petitioning for statehood, Congress voted to admit Saratoga as the nation's seventeenth state. On July 4, 1797, the Commonwealth of Saratoga formally became a state at a ceremony in Davenport, which was named the new capital city to replace the territorial capital of Aurora. The resource rush began to die down around the same time, but the legacy of Pierre Devereaux's find is visible on American history to the present day.

    Today, the Commonwealth of Saratoga has approximately 752,480 people according to estimates for 2015. The capital and largest city of Davenport has 65,180 people. Saratoga, while not a center of resources as it was in its early days, is now considered to be a cultural landmark in the United States. It has public parks in the northern Adirondack Mountains which has scenic villages, while forests and fields dominate most of the state. Politically, it is considered to be a "purple" state. On a national election, both parties consider it a swing-state, although it had gone for the Democratic Party in every election since 1988. It has only one member in the House of Representatives, which since 2006 has been a Democrat. In addition, there is one Republican and one Democratic Senator. Despite outward appearances, Saratoga is also socially progressive, being at the forefront of issues like same-sex marriage, pot legalization, and women's equality.

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    Commonwealth of Botswana


    HEAR YE! HEAR YE! OIL HAS COMETH!

    On July 25th 1969 one of the largest oil fields on earth was discovered underneath the Kalahari desert; this would change the fate of Botswana forever. The rapid expansion and mass industrialization of the region was overseen primarily by the newly formed government. Like the Emirates in Dubai, Botswana began to explode on the world market. The strategic location of Botswana also helped to develop nations around it with regards to exporting the oil via the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. In 1982 Botswana officially declared itself a commonwealth of regions with every ethnic group represented in a national assembly; although the Tswana tribe was the largest and most powerful within the government, a system of wealth and education distribution was implemented using the vast sums of oil revenue. Soon Botswana was on the forefront of world powers; military spending went up nearly 8000% since independence in 1964. The United States and the Soviet Union both vied for control over political influence, but in 1984 Botswana signed the non-alignment pact and remained neutral towards the Cold War. Soon after signing the non-alignment pact Botswana mobilized its newly acquired military might and proceeded to seize the Caprivi strip to the north from Namibia; the original purpose was to gain a land border with neighbouring Angola and set up a pipeline running north, but the dream was never accomplished due to on-going concerns of instability in the region. In 1989 The Union of South Africa went into civil war, Transvaal which later renamed itself to the South African Republic initiated an 8 year long war which resulted in much territorial loss within the Union. Botswana supported Transvaal in return for attaining the Vryburg territory which was officially seized in 1993 by Botswana. In the present day Botswana is the world's leading producer of oil, and is ranked 8th on the Freedom Index. The artificial lakes of: Okavango, Ntwetwe, and Sowa were created in 2003 by damming up parts of the Zambezi and other regional rivers.


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    In the year 2274, NCR scouts reached the Colorado River and discovered that the Hoover Dam and its power station were, contrary to legend, relatively intact. Electrified by the possibility of providing power for the entire nation, the leadership poured huge amounts of men and treasure into the Mojave Desert in an attempt to secure it. Unfortunately for the Republic, just across the river were the massed hordes of the Legion, just as determined to claim the Dam and its infrastructure for itself. Conflict inevitably resulted, and a bloody conflict ensued. After seven long years of skirmishes and raids, NCR forces were finally able to sweep Legion forces from the dam and reactivate the hydroelectric plant. The year is now 2282. The Legion still controls vast swathes of the Arizona desert, but are easily held at the Colorado. The newly-admitted state of Mojave is now fully electrified, and work is now beginning on wiring to turn the lights back on in the NCR capital of Shady Sands. War never changes, but as more and more settlers flood east in hope of being the first of their family for two hundred years to live in a home with lightbulbs and refrigerators, it seems that peace just might.

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    Just a quick one this time, more for the scenario than anything else:

    At some point in the Bronze Age, the many Greek states are eventually unified and welded into a single powerful Empire. In time, they would find themselves one member of a complicated series of conflicts involving Carthage, Egypt, Media and various smaller states of the Mediterranean basin and Middle East. To fuel these wars, large supplies of bronze were needed, and thus the land of Casiterea, OTL Cornwall, became one of the key areas of conflict between Greece and Carthage seeking control of the vast deposits of tin in the area.

    For the moment there is an uneasy peace holding between the two powers, Carthage holding more of the tin areas, but Greece benefiting from an alliance with the Venitii who are the main trading link between the Damnonii and the continent. War is building on the horizon however, as Greece and Carthage seek to expel eachother from the area, while the Venitii seek greater dominance over the trade routes and the Danmonii look to expel these foreigners from their distant outposts while they are focused on matters closer to home.

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    (Beware, GIF ahead. :) - Bruce)

    A secenario where gold is discovered in Australia much earlier.

    The development of Australia.
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    North America in 2014. Michigan is a massive native reserve with many tribes operating under Canadian protection, as is the nation on the great plains. The new world is ruled by European families in exile, as Europe was consumed in a revolutionary war. Canada got its royals later than Pacifica, after an unsuccessful counterrevolution in the UK.

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    To combat the resurgent threat of Barbary Piracy, Spain resolved to attack Argel (Algiers) in 1775. After a long siege, the Spanish seized control of the port city and hinterland. Over the next few decades, Spanish control would be expanded to the Blida Atlas Mountains - regarded as a good defensive barrier from inland raids. Few Europeans moved to Spanish Argel in the first decades of its existence. This would begin to change after 1815. When the Society of Jesus was restored in Spain after the Napoleonic Wars, a group of Jesuits set of a Monastery in the outpost town of Blida - on the edge of the swampy Mitidja Plain. After clearing a nearby marsh and setting up a successful vineyard, Jesuits recommended to the Spanish governor that the Mitidja Plain be drained in its entireity - to open the land up for poor Spanish farmers. By 1837, the Spanish had drained the entire Mitidja Plain and a rush of poor farmers from Galicia, Andalusia, Catalonia, and Castile, arrived to claim a piece of fertile farmland. From these farmers are descended the majority of the European population in Argel.

    Today, Argel is the easternmost of Spain's four "Plazas de soberanía" (others being Tanger-Ceuta, Melila-Nador, and Orán). Argel is claimed by Algeria - though only Algeria's neighbor Morocco recognizes this claim. Argel forms an important wine producing region in Spain and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. Religiously, Argel is the seat of an Archbishopric - being host to the largest Catholic population in North Africa. Despite earlier oppression by Spain, the Muslim and Jewish minorities (Europeans making up nearly 2/3rds of the population) are now both citizens and have freedom of worship. In fact, the current mayor of Argel is a Sephardi Jew.

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    In this TL, the Mexican American War was harder-fought and harder-won. After the defeat of Mexico in 1848, President James Polk sends diplomat Nicholas Trist to negotiate for the acquisition of land. He is instructed to obtain as much possible territory from the Mexican territories of Alta California, New Mexico, and the Nueces Strip, with an emphasis on obtaining territory west of the Colorado River. The government was willing to grant $20 million to Mexico for the territory, with an additional $10 million if Trist was able to negotiate for the territory west of the Colorado. As negotiations began, Trist began by trying to obtain all of Alta California, New Mexico, and the Nueces Strip. This was refused by the Mexican government. Trist was officially recalled by Polk, but refused, and instead continued to negotiate. Polk sent John Slidell to replace Trist, but by the time Slidell arrived, Trist had already negotiated the western border of the new state of Texas, which ran from the Nueces River to the 109th meridian west. Trist returned to Washington and was promptly fired, and assumed all of the debt for his visit to Mexico, which crippled him financially until the late 1870’s. Slidell tried to repeal Trist’s negotiations, but the Mexican government insisted that the line already stood. Faced with more debt for the United States if the war continued, Slidell decided to accept the Trist Line and abandon the Nueces Strip. He instead was able to negotiate the acquisition of all Mexican Territory north of the parallel 36°30′ north, called the Slidell Line. The Missouri Compromise of 1820 was subsequently amended to allow states in the previously Mexican territories to practice slavery if they chose. This territory is now part of the present-day states of Kansas, Jefferson, Deseret, Sierra, and Athens.

    As part of the Compromise of 1850, an unnamed state was erected in the westernmost portion of the territory gained from Mexico. It entered as a slave state, but was required to send one pro-slavery senator and one anti-slavery senator to congress to balance the senate. The people of this new state were given the option to name it, and instead of clinging to the name California, most of which still remained with Mexico, instead named their state Athens, after the ancient Greek city where democracy had begun. The borders of Athens extended north to the old US-Mexican border and east to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The remainder of the Mexican Cession was reorganized as the territory of Jefferson, which allowed slavery and contained many unexplored mining sites in the Rocky Mountains.

    The Civil War in the United States occurs very closely to how it did in our TL, except in the west. Soldiers from Oregon and northern Athens fought against pro-slavery soldiers from southern Athens. Without a general to lead them or many supplies, the army from southern Athens was quickly crushed, and Athens officially abolished slavery, becoming a free state. Quickly following this declaration was the Emancipation Proclamation from President Lincoln. The state of Sierra was broken off of the Jefferson territory and rushed into statehood to ensure Lincoln’s re-election in 1864. Sierra bordered Athens to the west, and was largely founded on silver mines found in the state.

    After the Civil War, there was a boom in the west as mining operations in the Jefferson territory began expanding. By the turn of the century, the territory had been broken up into two states– Deseret and Jefferson. Deseret included the Great Salt Lake and had a large Mormon population. Jefferson straddled the edge of the Rockies, and thus had large farms and ranches in the east and mines in the west. Both states were known for their mining operations, which started out as mainly gold and silver mines, but later branched off into mining for other materials, such as radium and oil.

    At the outbreak of World War I in Europe, the United States was occupying the Mexican port of Veracruz in response to the Ypiranga Incident. This irritated the already unstable relations between the United States and Mexico. Prodding by German advisors in Mexico City persuaded Mexico to launch a counter-attack and liberate Veracruz. Escalating events led to the United States going to war against Mexico, which was already embroiled in the Mexican Revolution. Within three years, the United States had beaten Mexico into submission a second time, this time setting up a weak satellite state, comparable to the Weimar Republic a few years later. In 1917, the United States turned its attention to Europe, formally joining the war on the side of the Entente.

    Most of the same measures that were inflicted on the defeated Germany were similar to those in Mexico. A crippling debt and limited military destroyed most of Mexico’s economic and industrial capacity. The rise of fascism and the breaking of US-imposed sanctions united Mexico, and by the time Germany rose and declared war in the late 1930’s, Mexico was ready to tangle with the United States again. It officially declared war on the United States at the same time Germany did.

    The discovery of uranium in several states, including Jefferson and Deseret, provided the United States a source of dependable uranium to work with, in addition to some already seized from a warehouse on Staten Island from the Belgian Congo. In addition to British and Canadian scientists, work began building an atomic bomb.

    Unknown to the United States, Mexico had been collaborating with German scientists in developing a bomb for the Axis as well. There were no uranium sites readily accessible for the Axis powers to use, so, at the urging of German advisors, Mexican forces began pushing north into Jefferson and Deseret. The Mexican troops practiced Continuous Border Change – as soon as they captured an area, they rushed workers to the previous border to begin mining, creating a new border. Border skirmishes between the US and Mexico continued for over a year before the United States was able to regain control of its former territory. As soon as it was recaptured, the United States poured workers into the area immediately to begin mining for uranium and take estimates to see how much the Mexicans had obtained. It was unknown how much uranium Mexico was actually able to obtain, and the Allies feared that there was enough to create a nuclear weapon.
    Uranium mining, as a result, became one of the biggest paying industries in the United States. Workers from all over the country rushed to Jefferson and Deseret to mine. In reality, the American mines yielded little uranium for either country.

    American troops concentrated in the southwest meant that it was harder to subdue Hitler in Europe. By 1945, American, British, and Canadian scientists had created and successfully tested the world’s first atomic bomb. VA Day came in the summer of 1945, when the first American atom bomb as dropped on Mexico City, the biggest and most densely populated city in North America. VE Day came a few weeks later when a combined British-American force dropped a bomb on Berlin, killing Hitler and most of his government officials. The war in the Pacific theater dragged on into the winter of 1945, ending with the Allies dropping another atom bomb on Tokyo.

    After the war, Germany was divided into military districts, and would not be reunited until almost 50 years later, after the Cold War. The United States forced Mexico to cede the Nueces Strip, Alta California, Baja California, and Nuevo Mexico. It effectively became a satellite of the US throughout the Cold War, with a few Red Scares. The Japanese Empire was dismembered, and the land went back to the countries it had invaded and occupied. The home islands were also divided, Hokkaido going to the Soviet Union, Honshu to the US, and Shikoku and Kyushu to Britain. These later evolved into the Peoples Republic of Japan on Hokkaido and the Republic of Japan on Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu.

    The uranium mines in the US are still in use today, and provide a small portion of the country’s energy supply.


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    Reagent came in first, followed by JoeyB2198, with Noravea in third. Peace out!
     
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    MOTF 112: The Tail Wagging the Dog


    The Challenge
    Make a map showing a union between multiple countries within which a previously subordinate country has become dominant, and the previously dominant country has become subordinate.

    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 "union" of multiple countries may be any sort of sovereign political entity - a colonial empire, a supranational federation, etc., and it may change its nature over time (for example a colonial empire becoming a federation of former colonial countries).