Discussion in 'Alternate History Maps and Graphics' started by B_Munro, Dec 8, 2011.
Aven won, by a narrow margin of 69 to 65.
And I keep forgetting to update this, darn it. Tomorrow.
Let's Go A-Viking
Make a map showing a state founded by Vikings.
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.
After the Normans attack the Fatimids, they go after Africa as well. What would become Tunisia was freed soon after, while a Norman dynasty held on to the region of Tripolitania. More history in the post below.
Kingdom of Sudurgardr
Viking Conquest of the Taman Peninsula as a staging point into Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
My entry....Basic POD is Vikings colonize the Canaries and Azores. From there, storms blow some to South America. This changes things.
The Vikings have brought metalworking, ship-building tech, and other crazy ideas to the area (as well as prepping it with plagues). This map is 200 years after that first landfall and the Viking innovations have been adapted by many.
Anu Federation of Allies: A collection of native groups that have bonded together to resist Viking coastal onslaught. Now mostly trading nations, the lifeline is the massive inlet of OTL Maracaibo.
Tanio Empire:A strong tribe from OTL Hispaniola who have adopted many modern ship-building techniques and are building a trading, slaving empire in the Caribbean. Currently extending influence over OTL Cuba.
Jarldom of Danehamr: The first original Viking kingdom, right on the Amazon. Originally cobbled together out of native Amazonian city states by Norsemen, they have long since created a stable and mostly native power structure. The second strongest power in South America (Inca are number one). A very wide-ranging trading people. The worship a strange mix of native and Norse gods.
Jarldom of Fuglbjod: A somewhat most isolated and remote Viking colony. Here there are still families of white Europeans, and even some Norse god followers, worshiping in the old way (although they are dying out). More removed from the trade scene, Fuglbjod has long remained more true to their roots mostly living on plunder and raids. Recently, due to Portuguese expansion, they have been engaging in far more trade.
Mayan City States: Drawn by the Viking led trade, the Mayans have set up several trading cities in the Caribbean, especially in the valuable OTL Panama region. This crux between Norse know-how and Incan metals has generated wealth for over a century. It has recently been bypassed by Incan tribute states however, and many Mayans worry about this change in trade routes....(and Taino raids).
Inca Empire: Suprcharged by Norse knowledge, the Incan empire is a vast and strong power, easily the powerful state in South America. Exporting resources to the metal-starved Amazon has proven to be a huge boon for the economy and allowed the Incan Emperor to build a strong and stable government. Recently expanding north to bypass the Mayan trade cities.
Portuguese Brazil: The most recent power, Portugal has only recently discovered Brazil, and it's collection of nations. Despite the shock of finding long-lost Norseman, they have eagerly seized lands for sugar plantations (and valuable Brazil-wood). They have engaged in massive trading with the other states and other European powers are coming up fast.
Kingdom of Smerte i Ræva
As the Vikings raid and pillage the monasteries of Ireland, they find the journey home through the wild Northern seas too rough and the rugged coastline and climate of Ireland to their liking. Soon they find a cozy little "fjord" to settle in. The townsmen of Dubhlind (later called by some English historians "Dublin"), never suspected that the raiders would come to stay. As more arrived, the southern Uí Néill clans residing in the region realized that they've come to stay and mount a joint force against them. They are easily crushed. The Norsemen move further inland and in time establish an actual firm political unit, the Kingdom of Dyflin, subjugating the rural Irish folk into a lower peasant caste. Meanwhile, hearing of the successful ventures of their compatriots on the Green Isle, more Norse land further south and establish settlements at Vedrarfjorðr and Veisafjorðr, straight in the center of the Laigin state ruled by the Uí Dúnlainge. When attempting to expand north, the Vikings of Dyflin encounter the first tough resistance in the form of the northern Uí Néill clans and are finally stopped on the river Erne during a bloody battle where the Vikings achieve a Pyrrhic victory and are forced to stop. Finally meeting their match, they instead turn their attention further west and ravage Connacht at about the time that their southern brethren are done with Munster and look for new claims. As minor skirmishes in Connacht turn into a full-on war on land and sea both sides find each other equally matched. However the resourceful Dyflin side decides to do something rather un-Viking of them. They offer an alliance to the Uí Néill who have taken the chance as the Norsmen battle each other and consolidated their lands into the Kindgom of Ailech. In return for their help, the Norse of Dyflin will forever respect the borders of the lone Irish kingdom. This being better than anything the Irish expected of the Vikings, they accept and together push back the southerners. The war is won and a united Norse state proclaimed in Ireland, ruled from Dyflin. Again the Norse looked for new places to pillage and found them on the coast of England and Wales. The newly fledged Kingdom of England ruled by the Wessex was still consolidating itself when the Vikings hit them unprepared. When King Æthelstan heard of the western raiders, he is said to have shouted all manner of obscenities. The Norsmen of Ireland took this to heart and made sure to consider them when choosing a name for their new land.
Still bigger version:
“Heart will hold, heroic,
in a hawk-keen torso:
doughty, daring, though I
don’t shout out about it,
nor snakes nor beady serpents
sit in my eyes spiralled."
- The Tale of Ragnar's Sons
In 860 AD two of the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok, King Bjorn Ironsides and his brother Hastiens, sailed with a great fleet to raid the rich cities of the Mediterranean. His fleet gathered untold wealth raiding down the spanish coast, fighting through Gibraltar, and scouring the southern coast of France. Finally, King Bjorn captured Pisa, and used it as a base of operations to launch an attack on the city of Luna, which he believed was Rome. Unable to take the city’s great walls, Bjorn concocted a cunning ruse.
He sent a message to the bishops of the city, claiming that he was on his deathbed and had converted to Christianity. When he was brought into the city walls with his grieving companions, he lept from his bed, swept off the white shroud that cloaked him, and slaughtered his way to the gates, letting in his horde.
However, that very night, a fearsome storm sank most of Bjorn’s ships. Trapped in Pisa as he was, Bjorn consulted the Gothis and the Oracles, and determined that the Gods had given him this land as his own. Quickly consolidating his power, he sent his brother in one of his remaining ships back to their northern homeland to bring back as many men as he could, and to entreat with their brothers to sail their fleets south. Meanwhile, Bjorn Ironsides took advantage of the instability of the Holy Roman Empire to carve out a kingdom. Indeed, Emperor Charles the Bold, realizing that he had neither the support nor manpower to retake these lost lands, attempted to save face by granting them in perpetuity to Bjorn and his descendants, so that they may guard the south.
The Bjorning, as Bjorn’s men were know, quickly established themselves over their subjects, intermixing and imposing their language and culture over the northern italian natives. The Success of the Kingdom of the Beornings, as they come to be called (Linguistically shifting to Bedzoren over time), and, later, the Kingdom of Nordnithr (Shifting over time to Neurdnatir) carved out by Hastiens upon his return, established a concerted tradition of Scandinavian adventurers and heroes trying to carve out their own kingdoms in the much richer territories of the mediterranean. By the end of the eleventh century, numerous Viðirmen kingdoms and petty kingdoms dotted the shores of the Mediterranean, though over time the flow of adventurers slowed.
The cultural exchange was not completely one sided, the viking kingdoms of the Mediterranean often adopted the religions of their neighbors, and the mid thirteenth century, they were all either Christian or Muslim.
Finally, in 1268, the Kings of Portugal, Aragon, and Castille, determined to finally drive the hated Moors off the Iberian Peninsula, forged an agreement with a number of the disaffected younger nobles of the various Viðirmen realms before launching a final assault on the Granadans. By 1300 AD, the Moors had been expelled from Iberia, and were slowly being pushed back in North Africa by the Viðirmen, who had established the Kingdoms of Andalmark and Murabjod, and Iberian coalition.
List of Viðirmen lands:
Kingdom of Markawin
Kingdom of Moreweran
Sultunate of Varga
Kingdom of Bedzoren
Kingdom of Neurdnatir
Kingdom of Helland
Principality of Felland
Kingdom of Pumunto
Jarldom of Granzalbrok
The Barrow of King Hrothgar of the Beornings
Might as well post it.
in 900, various Viking raids start to bear down upon the eastern Mediterranean. The Varangian guard rebels, but is forced out of Constantinople. What happens is known in Scandinavia as the Jorsalagang (Jerusalem War) and the "New Foederati" in the byzantine Empire.
Tarihalve: The Varangian Trade Empire
Founded circa 1050 CE by Ragnar the Black after his time in the Varangian Guard. He started his empire with a few loyal men and founded a port that would later be known as Thingvellir. From here Ragnar would spread his empire, conquering the Gothic inhabitants of Crimea and the Bosporus.
However, their conquests were quickly slowed and eventually crawled to a halt from opposition by the Khazars and other Turkic forces. Ragnar however continued on his adventures, raiding many coastal cities all over the Mediterranean and modern day Russia. This can be seen as Tarihalve's "trader" origins, granted most "trade" was one way and was combined with an unhealthy amount of death and destruction.
When Ragnar the Black died, his kingdom was split between his sons, who were notorious for their hatred of each other, however unwilling to fully split their father's kingdom they agreed to work together to run the entire realm, with one of them being the "King" of Taurihalve, chosen by the brothers. This system has been widely compared to the republics of Italy.
The brothers fought each other for fame and glory, in trade, conquest, and exploration, eventually the brothers would form their own families, further likening it to the systems of the Italian Republics. Whom they had become major competitors with on the Mediterranean. However, because of the Norse shipbuilding technology the Tauri were able to move up and down rivers, and trade as far away as the Baltics.
By 1100 the "Kingdom's" nobility had mostly converted to the Eastern Creed forming Friendly relations with the Russians and Byzantines, and when the Mongols invaded Europe Tarihalve narrowly escaped destruction by paying tribute to the Khans, who for the most part left the Kings alone, and even encouraged the trade to strengthen and unify their empires. However during this time a few adventurous Taris took this opportunity to invade and take control of Dobruja from the Cumanians, strengthening their control of the Black Sea trade.
By 1300 the Kingdom of Tarihalve and the Empire of Trebizond agreed to merge their empires, by now Tarihalve had become relatively Hellenized, and Trebizond was at threat from the Ottoman Empire, and with careful diplomacy, Tarihalve was able to play favorites with both the Ottomans and the Russians, using their long trade history to keep the two on their toes and never fully willing to let the other have total control.
Finally in 1543 Suleiman the Magnificent Invaded Trebizond and Dobruja, formally ending the centuries long peace between Tarihalve and the Ottomans. The Kingdom fearing complete conquest by the Muslim Turkish Empire, swore loyalty to Moscow and submitted to Orthodox Russian Rule. Thus ending Tarihalve's Trade Empire. However, many Nordic influences remain in the peninsula today.
Aven and zalezsky tied for first, while Upvoteanthology and the Tai-Pan tied for second: everyone else tied for third.
Man, some decade I'll get the hang of remembering to update this thing.
MOTF 121: The Promised Land
Make a map showing a voluntary mass settlement.
What if the Libertarian craze was much larger? In this TL, it resulted in a mass migration to the small island of Sri Lanka, by a multitude of cultures. Much like Zionism, Libertarianism grew into it's own nation. Ceylon became a dominion of the UK, but was freed in 1946. It began as very libertarian, but grew more and more dystopian as time went on. What will become of this nation?
Free State of Chernarus
Originally established as a Penal-Colony by the Russian Empire for undesirables and anarchists; Chernarus flourished as a haven of ideology and liberty. After the war of independence in 1855-1860 the young nation became a site of mass migration due to the deteriorating conditions in the old Russian Empire. A Promised Land to all east-slavs. In the late 1800's mass migration to this safe haven began due to a combination of gold rushes and Russian persecution of land-tied serfs.
The next time I decide to do a REALLY complex map for a contest with a deadline, please kill me
On the 1st of January 1925, the Argentinian president Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear has just symbolically handed over the key to the city of Río Gallegos to the leaders of the Czechoslovak delegation, the brothers Tomáš and Jan Baťa. This symbolic gesture, accompanied by the Argentinian Law on Relinquishing All Claims to the Governate Territory of Santa Cruz and Attached Lands in Favor of the Czechoslovak Republic which came into force at midnight, transferred the Argentinian Patagonian territories to Czechoslovakia for a vast sum paid to Argentina and an even vaster sum handed out in inconspicuous white envelopes and transferred through off-shore bank accounts to certain high-ranking Argentinian officials. Over the next year, the Czechoslovak government slowly took control of the land. The first governor to be appointed for this new land was naturally Jan Baťa himself and he soon set out to implement his, as some called them in the beginning, megalomaniac ideas. A vast map and resource survey was soon underway and the modernization of the port system and his innovative idea for a highway system with Patagonia acting as a testing ground of what he intended to build in Czechoslovakia proper. (Editor's note: Read his brother's book Building a State for 40.000.000 people) . A government-subsidized program of colonization and resettlement was initiated providing land and a starting loan to all people willing to settle this vastly arable land. Meanwhile, Baťa enterprise gold and coal mines started springing up along the southern border, along with new settlements and towns built in the Baťa worker housing style. As the years passed, the situation started to turn and soon profits from the industrious settlers started returning to Czechoslovakia proper, supplementing the vast defense spending in the European country. Soon the population of the Czechoslovak colonists, thirsting for land and a new start away from the over-settled lands in Europe, equaled that of the native Spanish-speakers and the aboriginals of the land with a total population of about half a million.
However, this joyous atmosphere wouldn't last. In 1934, Adolph Hitler gained the chancellor position of Germany. As his policies and views began to penetrate German politics, the situation in Europe began to strain. The troops which crossed the German-Austrian border on the 12th March 1938 sparked a mass panic in the political circles of Prague as the appeasement side of autocratic president Beneš clashed with the more pro-action side, led mainly by the ex-Siberian legionary soldiers. Two days later, the republic's minister of finance, Josef Kalfus, gave the order and three consecutive armored trains left Prague, crossed the border with Romania and their contents of the national gold reserves, along with several tons of important documents, were loaded onto the CS ship Republika and headed out for Patagonia. The news soon leaked to the public and the trickle of of people leaving for the colony turned into a large stream, ever increasing as the political relations between Czechoslovakia and Germany degraded. By the time Beneš resigned under pressure of the Great Powers, the Munich Agreement was signed, and Beneš quickly flying into exile in London, the stream was a flood. The political scene was a wild battlefield where the two sides were still opposing each other. In the end, Emil Hácha was voted into office of President by a close majority and immediately took the reins of the powerful office firmly into his hands to begin a punitive campaign against the opposition. Some were imprisoned citing the infamous Law for the Protection of the Republic but most managed to escape to Patagonia where the opposition was strong. As the Germans began to occupy the border areas, the tide of immigrants ebbed as few found a way to leave with enemies along all but a narrow border in the east. Surprisingly, once the Sudetenland was seceded, the borders were reopened and the German authorities encouraged the exodus. It resumed in full force, this time through the German and Dutch ports and not even the establishment of the Protectorate would halt it. By that time, the opposition took firm control in Patagonia and established an anti-government to the Czechoslovak one, shepherding all the new refugees further inland and assigning land and aid. As the war begins, Patagonia has a population of just over two million.
As a side note, since everybody I show seems bewildered by them , those arms were created in the style of the Czech regional arms, incorporating the "arms" of the Santa Cruz region of Argentina.
Huge version: LARGER: http://fav.me/d92bxjy
Okay, i will submit my humble contribution (for once i actually had an idea)
“And so the English groaned aloud for their lost liberty and plotted ceaselessly to find some way of shaking off a yoke that was so intolerable and unaccustomed. Some sent to Sveinn, king of Denmark, and urged him to lay claim to the kingdom of England. Others went into voluntary exile so that they might either find in banishment freedom from the power of the Normans or secure foreign help and come back and fight a war of vengeance. Some of them who were still in the flower of their youth travelled into remote lands and bravely offered their arms to Garcia, King of Galiza, a man of great wisdom and nobility.”
- Ecclesiastical History of Orderic Vitalis
William the Conqueror's victory over Harold Godwinson at the battle of Hastings might have sounded the death knell for a free Angelcynn Kingdom, were it not for a good amount of luck and a the actions of Edgar the Aethling. Crowned king by the Witengamot in 1066, he led an Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Danish resistance, including the failed rebellion of the two earls, until his capture in 1069, when it became clear that Sven of Denmark would not help against the Normans.
He approached William, offering him peace in his lands forever more from the Angelcynn, if only he might take those who wished to Miklegarth, where strong men always found service in the court of the Emperor. The New King, wishing to be rid of the troublesome elements agreed, and Edgar gathered a great host, with three earls and eight barons in three hundred and fifty ships. This became known to poets and singers alike as the Bewreacen.
It is said that Edgar truly meant to sail with his host to Miklegarth, though likely to beseech the Emperor for support to reclaim the throne meant for him. However, his fleet stopped in Crunia, in the Kingdom of Galiza, where Garcia Jimenez, who was struggling against the hated mores saw an opportunity. He promised to Edgar and his men the lands they took from the heathen, and Edgar, finally given the opportunity to hold the crown he believed himself destined for, took the offer.
After a series of battles, the Angelcynn Host had taken much land from the Moors, and their kings sought to bend the knee and payed much weregild and promised to never again take up arms against good Christians. These lands formed the core of the domain that was promised to Edgar, and from the city of Londonburgh, he ruled wisely. The Angelcynn went forth, naming the cities of their new lands after those in lost England as they were won't, and forged a brave new kingdom in the light of God. King William and his descendants, seeing an opportunity to get rid of a troublesome population, seized the lands of many rebellious nobles and sent them in exile to the Kingdom of Anglecynn, where they mixed with the locals, taking many of their women for wives and teaching them the languages of good God-Fearing Anglo-Saxons.
When Edgar "the Conquerer” Aethling died in 1129, the Witengamot appointed his son Edmund king after him, and after that, his Grandson Aelfwine.
Winner was zalezsky, with Aven in second and Upvoteanthology third.
MoTF 122: And the Meek Shall Inherit the Earth
Make a map showing a nation of long oppressed people who have achieved independence in their own nationstate.
After the emancipation of Goblins by the Patrician Vetinari, the whole Disc was dragged kicking and screaming into a new age.
Some did not agree completely. Believing the goblins to be sub-sapient, various areas, such as Uberwald, determined to set as much a precedent of being like Ankh-Morpork as being rid of the Goblins, decided to set up reservations where they could live away from anyone "decent".
These efforts were aided by the Ankh-Morpork Hygienic Corporation, which formerly was solely focused on the railroad; it decided that the reservations allowed them a steady supply of workers. The Goblin reservations themselves have assigned themselves jobs, such as helping maintain the peace, being messengers for the Dwarfs, or simply keeping order in the Maquis. It's a symbiotic relationship that works for everyone.
(before anyone calls me out on it I'll call MYSELF out - I did copy the design for the title of the map from the Raising Steam map, for reasons ranging from "it's ridiculously pretty" to "I don't want to have to draw under that".
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