Rememberences of Map Contests Past

Discussion in 'Alternate History Maps and Graphics' started by B_Munro, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. B_Munro Member

    May 28, 2004
    Upvoteanthology won this one, with Tsar of New Zealand a close second; a true clash of titans.

    (Oh, and Martin23230 was third, and his map was pretty buff too. :biggrin: )
  2. B_Munro Member

    May 28, 2004

    The Challenge
    Make a map showing a continent or region that is very politically diverse and fragmented.
  3. B_Munro Member

    May 28, 2004

    First attempt - I do apologise in advance if I have messed something up
    However, This is the Frankish Empire.

    POD is that Charlemagne only has a single legitimate heir. This allows for a more solidified Frankish Empire that eventually splinters sometime after only to reforms back into the Empire under similar situations as OTL Holy Roman Empire

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  4. B_Munro Member

    May 28, 2004

    In OTL, King of Alba Lulach was unceremoniously killed and succeeded by
    Malcolm III. What if, instead of being murdered, he was captured and exiled
    off to sea, without any of the original members of his family? With only a
    slightly change of punishment, Lulach and his majorly English crew manage
    to hold off on bread crumbs from the ship before landing on the coast of
    Ednícarseld (New Home) in early 1060. Getting help from the natives, the
    crew of 112 quickly formed a small settlement that was built from the
    remains of their former vessel. Presenting themselves as peaceful helpers,
    the people who lived on the coasts of OTL South Carolina helped and gave
    aid whenever the British needed it. Before long, the settlement stabilized
    itself. Even if it did lose contact with its former home, it was better than
    Lulach ever expected to do. Most of the countries in Europe refused to accept
    his refuge for seemingly baseless reasons, and the fact that he was sent with
    no navigational equipment made it even more difficult. By the time of
    Lulach’s death of old age in 1089, the population of “Lulachfrýgyld” (Lulach’s
    Heaven) had already grown to nearly 190. However, the fact that there were
    already two settlements by this time made it hard to govern. The two sons of
    Lulach, Ælfgar and Lalor, fought over ownership of these towns, eventually
    dividing the land up amongst themselves into two separate feudal systems.
    They were named “Ælfgaríce” (Ælfgar’s Kingdom) and “Laloríce” (Lalor’s

    Ælfgaríce immediately had the larger amount of power, due to 70% of the
    Englishmen living in the region. A population boom supposedly happened
    around this time, probably instituted by Lalor to bring the amount of citizens
    up. Throughout the twelfth century, various more towns were founded and
    many more declared self-rule due to the distance of travel. The two original
    kingdoms became one of many within a few more decades, all somewhat
    unified under the name of Lulachfrýgyld. The House of Alpin stayed in power
    for many years in the formative region, while other cadet braces continued
    reign in the north. Some of the natives formed English-influenced states as
    well, such as the Cætaba people. These new states gained a lot of power,
    influencing the government and language of Frýgian culture. However, the
    nations themselves remained purely English in name, due to old tradition. By
    the end of the century, places were being named not after the people who
    founded it, but after things like famous saints and figures of Christianity. The
    religion had taken over Lulachfrýgyld, pushing out the various formed of
    paganism for more of a native-influenced type.

    The thirteenth century saw a major boom of exploration, with ship technology
    taking a massive step forward. The resources of Ednícarseld provided good
    for easy expansion, allowing settlement on the peninsula of Edscóníeg
    (Florida) and a few minor trade posts on the Walganus River (Mississippi).
    Influence on the natives this far in took effect, as the diseases had effected
    them nearly a century before. Confederations of tribes began to form,
    influenced by the language and 36-letter alphabet of Lulachfrýgyld. By 1300,
    settlement took control, with farmland being sought out more than influence.
    By this time, the kingdoms began to elect a presiding leader, to loosely rule
    over the Frýgian realms. By 1450, the realms of Lulachfrýgyld were
    expansive and wealthy, trading as far inland as OTL Utah. The population
    grew at around a rate of 1.7% the entire time, meaning that the population
    was nearly 77,000 citizens strong. Lulachfrýgyld was becoming centralized
    and strong, but what will happen when the Scottish sailors come from the

  5. B_Munro Member

    May 28, 2004

    Following the defeat of the Ottomans at Belgrade, Serbia became a major power in the Balkans. However, this could not last forever - in 1680, groups of cities in Greece and Montenegro banded together to form the Balkan League. This league prospered, and stood in direct competition with the Venetians most of the time.
    In 1880, to commemorate the Balkan League's independence, the British Society of Friends for the Balkans had this map made of the contemporary Balkans.

    Not all is as peaceful as it seems. Wallachia and Moldavia are vying for control of all of Romania, Dobruja is starting motions for independence, and the issue of South Albania could explode at any moment...

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  6. B_Munro Member

    May 28, 2004

    The United Provinces of South America (Spanish: Provincias Unidas de Sudamérica) was the original name of the state that emerged from the May Revolution and the early developments of the Argentine War of Independence.
    Soon after independence the new nation found itself in a civil war; with Federals, Unitarians, and Separatists all vying for power. from 1810-1825 the civil war raged on.
    Finally after many attempts by foreign powers and neighbours to intervene a Union of Provinces was created
    with separate constitutions for each state; only bound by a council of elected officials from each state to represent themselves before the Parliament of Provinces.
    The Union is a loose confederation of La Platan states, acting more as an alliance than a single nation. Currency appears to be the only binding factor of the provinces. Animosity between former enemy provinces still runs high.

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  7. B_Munro Member

    May 28, 2004
    Emperor RyRy:

    The Pretanic Isles, the day of the Landing of Ard Rí Riley "The Bane of the Britons" Sluaghadhán, January 9th, 541 CE

    I: An Ard-Ríogacht na Ériu. When Róimh (Rome) abandoned the province of Britannia in 235 CE, the former tribes had really no idea what to do. They’d been Rómhánach (Roman) for only seventy years but already they had forgotten how to become Briton again, or, at least, mostly. They turned into somewhat Rómhánach somewhat Briton tiny kingdoms that were constantly warring. The Irish used their expert shipbuilding technology (which defended their coasts against Rómhánach galleys in the last century) to build large fleets that would raid and colonize Pretani. For the next few centuries they would settle families of warriors on the larger island and raid the little statelets. In 431, the year that the Saxons finally broke through the gates of Róimh, the island of Ériu was united under Ard Rí Eamon Sluaghadhán, a man born in the small monastery of Corcaigh who ended his life battling the Ulaidh who rebelled against his rule. His son managed to keep the island together through ruthless suppression of revolting dynasties and the establishment of a (minor) bureaucracy (loosely based on Róimh’s) that would help keep Rí in check and ensure that people were being taxed for labor. Over the next century the island developed and grew in population, took over Dumnonii (which was, by now, mostly Gaelic), Demetia, Gwynedd, and Dál Riata, and connected to the Mediterranean trade network. By 530, when Riley Sluaghadhán came to power, the island was stable and powerful, while the still-warring statelets of Pretani and their ever-changing borders were too irresistible to not conquer! So Riley loaded a fleet of strongboats and currachs, along with thousands of men (plus reinforcements from Ériu after the initial landing), and proceeded to conquer anyone who wasn’t Irish.

    II: Guendol, a small and recently depopulated kingdom that is governed by a tribal council.

    III: Taken over soon after Ériu unification in order to control the tin trade from Pretani. Also allows Ériu to trade heavily with Gallia.

    IV: Glywyssing, another tiny Welsh state that regularly gives tribute to the Ériu in exchange for not being raided.

    V: Pengwern, in a similar situation to Glywyssing

    VI: Powys, in a similar situation to Glywyssing

    VII: Ebruac, rather powerful compared to the rest of the Pretanic Britons, was hardly touched during Rómhánach occupation, still mostly tribal.

    VIII: Elmet, always warring the Ebrauc… supposedly for dominance and the right to own the letter “E”.

    IX: Cynwidion, looks big on a map but still hasn’t fully recovered from the Rómhánach raping in the 230.

    X: Carlerion, little to say, lots of Gearmáinis (German) raiders but has fought off most real attacks.

    XI: Cwent, again, subject to Gearmáinis raids.

    XII: Colun, a meh tribe.

    XIII: Lundien, owns Londinium, and this makes it relatively powerful, but still a meh tribe.

    XIV: The Baddan are interesting, because they have been caught between the Irish and hostile non-Gaelic/Briton tribes and have turned into a sort of fortress. Hillforts made of concrete dot their landscape, and every man gets some sort of training. Still, their tiny population made them no match for Riley.

    XV: Gwinttic has substantial trade with the Gauls and Gearmánaigh (Germans).

    XVI: Ceint is closest to Gallia, and has lots of good trade relations with them and the Hispanians, but is regularly raided by the Angles and Jutes.

    XVII: The Glasstening were one of the first on Riley’s list of targets. Relatively fertile, and incredibly depopulated through a recent famine, they gave little resistance and were unable to stop Gaels from coming and colonizing.

    XVIII: Bernaccia is a nice place. Relatively powerful, or at least enough so to ensure their people are safe, and a bit far from Danmhairg so they aren’t raided too often.

    XIX: Rheged… Huh. Likely going to be conquered by Riley soon, but, as they’re already mostly Gaelic from centuries of colonization, that shouldn’t be too much of a problem...

    XX: Alt Clut is a sparse region of semi-nomadic tribesmen. They trade heavily with the Ériu and their rugged terrain makes them not very welcoming to invaders.

    XXI: Cat is effectively a vassal of Ériu, having been thoroughly Gaelicized during the 3rd Century, and is basically an extension of Dál Riata.

    XXII: Ce is isolated from much of the world. They trade with the Fib and Fidach but nobody else really.

    XXIII: The Fib Tribe mostly mind their own business, they’re big on a map but nobody really bothers them.

    XXIV: Fotla actually does trade rather extensively with Ériu.

    XXV: Fortriu is just there...

    XXVI: The Fidach are usually at war with Cat and Fotla, always sending their blue painted warriors into battle and coming home with little but good stories about how they almost sacked that village or this trading post.

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  8. B_Munro Member

    May 28, 2004

    Sorry I'm so late entering into the contest, hope this still counts.
    Anyway, this is a map of the Shogunate of Nihon in 1739. Ever since the 1300s when Nanboku-cho war left the country split in half between the northern and southern Imperial courts, the unity of Nihon has gone downhill. Split between a puppet emperor firmly under the control of the Ashikaga Shogunate in Kyoto and a nationalist and xenophobic emperor in Yoshino, the country basically became two separate entities, despite the Shogun "ruling" over both emperors. As time went on, both sides became more and more feudal, with the Zen School of Buddhism in the North gaining vast swaths of territory thanks to Ashikaga patronage. Then in the 1500s the rise of the radical Ikko-shu sect and their peasant revolts resulted in their resettlement in Hokkaido as the Autonomous Ikko Republic. To this day the nation is plagued by frequent civil wars itself as everyone disagrees over the tiniest bits of policy and religious dogma. Then another autonomous region was established to the south, with the subjugation of the Kingdom of Ryukyu in the early 1600s. Finally, the last autonomous region was established in the mid 1600s, with the Archbishopric of Nagasaki being formed as a home for the new "Kirishitan Catholics." However, over time Kirishitan Catholicism has grown and grown in popularity among the lower classes tiring under the rule of brutal daimyos and autocratic emperors. Eventually, many daimyos themselves began to convert to the new religion as well, leaving the religion a dominant force in Southern Nihon. Thus, the xenophobic Yoshino Emperor, fearful of the growing influence of Christ's teachings declared Nihon closed off to all foreigners, and Kirishitan Catholics in particular. Thus the stage was set for the Sakoku War to begin, as the Emperor as his fanatical Shinto daimyos marched off against the Kirishitan daimyos, in an ill-fated and poorly thought out move that ultimately only served to further Christianity's spread throughout the Shogunate of Nihon.

    (Click on link: I seem to be having trouble getting the map to display here)
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2019
  9. B_Munro Member

    May 28, 2004
    And Upvoteanthology won big, with moralisticcommunist second and Zalezsky third.

    (No more till next week: my internet has been laggy and often stopping for a rest, and it's annoying slow work right now. Hopefully it will be fixed by Friday.)