Rememberences of Map Contests Past

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    MOTF 126: Nix the Notion of Nation


    The Challenge
    Make a map showing a significantly influential sovereign political entity that is not a nation state.

    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.

    A nation state is a political entity which derives its legitimacy from being a sovereign nation. Your map may show any other form of sovereign political entity, including (but not limited to) city-states, religion-based states (such as the Holy See or a Caliphate), multi-national states, dynastic/feudal states, confederations, and so forth.
     
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    Jesuits assume control of the nation. Funded by Papacy. War of Triple Alliance lost by the alliance. Paraguay reclaims contested regions except Misiones from Argentina which would have otherwise dragged the conflict on for far too long. 1938 war with Bolivia which is won over Gan Chaco region


    Big map here: https://www.deviantart.com/zalezsky/art/Theocracy-of-Paraguay-568611818
     
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    The Bjarkey League

    For the most part, the lands of Men are without rulers or allegiances above the things of the hundreds and lands. Though warmasters and protectors of various stripes periodically arise out of the countryside and attempt to enforce their rule, they are never permitted to get far before they are stopped, whether it's by the war-parties assembled by the steadmen and freeholders of each hundred or by the direct intervention of the Godar themselves. The rule set down after the Fall of Galdar, that none shall ever rule supreme in any world, continues to be followed by all.

    Nevertheless, there are some levels of organisation one simply cannot do without. For instance, if the hargar didn't have any oversight there'd be no coordination between the faithful in one town and the next - omens might fail to be invoked when needed most, and the will of the Godi might be interpreted differently in different places. The bands of hunters who prowl the land carrying out the thing's justice, too, might fall into anarchy if not properly watched, and so the twelvemen of the thing employ selected hunters to oversee their brethren and make sure they do not run excessively afoul of the law. Last but not least, the towns, cheapsteads and trading posts around the land need protection from bandits and assorted evildoers if commerce is to be carried out well, and it was with this in mind that the League of the Bjarkeyar should come to exist.

    Operating under the protection of the Red Lord of the Southmarch, the League has exclusive control over trade with both Marches. Its six principal cities - Kauwik, Hafnaura, Kvistun, Markauping, Tuna and Bygdvik, span the length of the Eastern Sea coast, from the sunbathed hills of the south to the forested cliffs and river valleys of the north. Its ships carry all manner of goods to the peoples east of the mountains, and by means of the great log-road at Hafnes, its reach extends to the shores of the Western Sea as well. Its member towns and guilds arrange for their own guards, and the Red Lord himself watches over its ships at sea, and all that is required of them in exchange for the protection and trade access is a small annual payment to the coffers of the harg at Thorfeld, close to the volcano on which He resides. It is not known why He provides this, nor is it much desired to be known - the merchants are happy enough to have a lucrative business environment, and the others are happy to have good trading opportunities. Surely though, we will all one day find out...


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    The Western Schism was an event that occurred in 1378, in which two men both claimed to be the pope. The Schism in the Western Roman Church resulted from the return of the papacy to Rome under Gregory XI on January 17, 1377, ending the Avignon Papacy, which had developed a reputation for corruption that estranged major parts of Western Christendom. After Gregory’s death in 1378, the Romans rioted to ensure the election of a Roman for pope. Later that year, the cardinals elected a Neapolitan, when no viable Roman candidates presented themselves. Urban VI, born in Bari, was elected. Urban had been a respected administrator in the papal chancery at Avignon, but as pope he proved suspicious, reformist, and prone to violent outbursts of temper. Some of the Cardinals regretted their decision, and moved out of Rome in order to elect Robert of Geneva as a rival pope. Robert took the name Clement VII, and reestablished a papal court in Avignon. There had been antipopes before, but none this influential.

    As time went on, the various nations of the world declared their loyalty to either Avignon or Rome. Most parts of France supported Avignon, along with Castile, Aragon, and Scotland. Parts of the HRE, England, and much of the formerly Roman Catholic world still supported the pope in Rome. Over the fifteenth century, the two popes each grew farther apart. Rome grew more conservative, while Avignon became more universal in order to appease its small audience of followers. After the discovery of Zephyria by the Castilians in 1485, it quickly turned into a race to colonize the region based on religion. Avignon Christians were promised all land north of the 10th parallel, while Rome was promised all the land to the south. This turned out to be good for both parties, as España and France quickly colonized Azteca, while Rome and Portugal divided up Elysium. England ended up getting the far south of Elysium, as they weren’t very well liked by either party.

    As it stands today, Avignon Christianity is solidly separate from Roman Catholicism. The Republic of Zephyria Occidental is one of the main defenders of the faith, as it stands. The Avignon Pope is commonly called a Doge, if only to separate them from one another. Avignon developed oddly similar to OTL, but their political relations with other nations are much more important.


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    MOTF 128: To the Victor


    The Challenge
    Make a map showing a pivotal battle.

    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.
     
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    The Southern Campaign and the Battle of Bass Strait

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    “The Battle of Bass Strait is generally considered the decisive moment of the Southern Campaign, which is itself generally considered the decisive campaign of the Australian War of Independence. The battle itself was joined on the first day of August, 1881, when a formidable British contingent of 3 battleships, 2 armored cruisers, 3 light cruisers, and 2 destroyers encountered an even more formidable American contingent of 5 battleships, 3 armored cruisers, and 4 destroyers while sailing out of Melbourne. The American fleet, flush off its recent victory in a brief encounter in the South Pacific, was joined by a small Australian rebel contingent of 2 gunboats and 3 armed yachts. Despite the allied numerical superiority, the British felt confident that victory was inevitable, partly thanks to their assumption that British ships and sailors were simply superior. and partly thanks to evident damage on many of the American ships (which was, in fact, mostly cosmetic.) And so, both fleets threw thems

    elves into the engagement with abandon, which turned out to be a poor decision for the British. By the end, they had sustained severe casualties throughout their fleet, and lost two of their three capital ships (one sunk and one so badly damaged its repairs were still not complete enough for it to sail as Melbourne fell to allied forces almost a year later.)

    Emboldened by this great victory, Australian forces captured Adelaide from its demoralized British garrison and began what came to be known as the March to Melbourne. The occupying British forces, cut off from supplies even from nearby Tasmania, demoralized by seemingly constant American and Australian victories elsewhere on the continent and facing an increasingly hostile Australian population thanks to constant requisitions, crumbled in the face of even the admittedly quite scruffy Australian rebels. It took less than a year for allied forces to push the British not only out of the southern part of the continent, but out of ostensibly loyal Tasmania as well.

    This map shows the direction and timing of allied advances in the final phase of the Southern Campaign. It also may seem from the map that American forces played only an incidental role in the land war. However, this is completely untrue. American forces played a crucial role in the taking of Melbourne, and indeed many historians outright credit its fall to them entirely. Melbourne was by far the most heavily-defended city in southern Australia, and the Australian forces who would have had to attempt its taking were overstretched and utterly exhausted. Without the American Expeditionary Force taking on the brunt of the fighting, it is likely that Melbourne would not have fallen when it did. The timing of Melbourne’s fall was extremely important to the course of the war—without the lightning March to Melbourne, it is unlikely that the British population would have begun to see the war as hopeless until much later, delaying the war’s end indefinitely or perhaps even allowing the British a chance to win it. Unfortunately, in the end there is no possible way of knowing what would have happened had the Americans not been present, or indeed if Bass Strait had turned out a different way, so it’s better to focus on what did happen instead of what might have.”

    Excerpt from a lecture on the Australian War of Independence, given by Professor Brian Johnson, University of Melbourne, June 15th, 2015

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    EDIT: And, as another bonus, have a second map. This one shows the Great Lakes Front of the Australian War of Independence, characterized by a rapid American advance into Ontario, which was stopped cold outside of Kingston. The Americans considered it a secondary front, and thus did not send large amounts of troops to reinforce it after the Battle of Kingston, leading to the creation of the Big Red Line, which set an American defensive perimeter so that the U.S. could divert most of its forces towards winning the war in the theater that really mattered--Australia.


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    Big maps: http://i.imgur.com/D5DqFaw.png
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    The Last Hurrah of Independence

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    The Third World War had ignited with a bang on May 12th, 1983, as the first artillery shells and missiles ripped across the German border towards NATO fighting elements. In the air above, a limited series of surprise attacks had struck impacting both airfield and garrison alike impacting the movement of West German, American, and British elements. The war in Germany raged, and meanwhile across the world other NATO elements (primarily American) responded in kind with the outbreak of the global war. American convoys and aircraft began to be rapidly assembled as Operation REFORGER (Return of Forces to Germany) set itself underway for the movement of five divisions, three brigades, and a single regiment. For the Soviets, they knew they had to stop the American push and the main target for them was SLOC (Sea Line of Communications) which would compose the major convoys being moved. Struggling to move, the GIUK (Greenland-Iceland-United Kingdom) Gap stood in their way with the American SOSUS network and they had to neutralize it to allow a full impact on the American SLOC. On May 15th, leading elements of the Soviet military engaged in the invasion of Iceland with the one-way crossing of nearly a full regiment of paratroopers to seize Naval Air Station Keflavik to prevent any ASW assets from operating and for additional reinforcements to arrive in. The surprise attack had caught many off-guard, and it opened up a series of impacts for NATO.

    Across the world, NATO suffered impact after impact in the fight against the Warsaw Pact. On May 19th, the USS Midway (CV-41) was lost to Soviet Backfires with the breakout of Soviet surface elements in the Northern Pacific. In West Germany, NATO elements found themselves under fire and under a constant retreat. The war was shifting more and more towards the Soviet favor with the convoys under constant attack in the Atlantic, and something had to be done. An operation found itself rapidly planned out to turn the tide of the war, its name was Red Dragon. Operation Red Dragon had been drafted for the eventual retaking of Iceland to halt the continuous Soviet disruption of SLOC which had been impacting the war on Europe. Planned for mid-July, the ambitious Operation would have utilized a total of four carrier battle groups (USS Independence, USS John F. Kennedy, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, HMS Duke of Edinburgh) with the 6th and 8th Marine Regiments being carried for an assault directly at Iceland to retake it from the Soviets. The USS Alaska would have been in support, attached to the Eisenhower's Battle Group providing required fire support and protection for the amphibious transports. Unfortunately, on June 16th, two back to back Soviet strikes smashed the Duke of Edinburgh forcing her to return back to port and leaving the North Atlantic open. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Battle Group (having been delayed due to mechanical issues, with the USS Alaska and her escorts moving ahead across the Atlantic) and the Independence Battle Group (en-route from the South Atlantic) raced to protect the North Atlantic from further Soviet submarine and air threat while as to prevent any fear from a breakout from Soviet surface forces.

    Reconnaissance photos from OPS 9627 confirmed the worst fears of NATO, the Soviet surface forces were preparing to break out from Murmansk directly into the North Atlantic to rage havoc on the American convoys. It was a matter of time as both carrier groups raced towards the North Atlantic, as the sole 'surface' group in Belfast also struggled to make herself ready following her 'dash' across the Atlantic. As all forces coincided, the Battle for Iceland was to begun on June 21st.



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    "The Battle for Iceland, lasting from June 21st to June 22nd, can be described as a stunning blow to the Soviet Union, and the turning point for the entire Third World War. The destruction of much of the Soviet bomber force combined with the loss of nearly all surface assets had been a devastating blow. Even beyond that, the failure to intercept Convoy NB-6 by any major Soviet bomber elements and the significant failure of Soviet attack submarines or cruise missile submarines against it, had played a massive blow in the German Front. The arrival of the equipment for the 42nd Infantry Division and 50th Armored Division at Brest on July 1st, was significant with the capture of Iceland by the 6th and 8th Marine Regiments on July 7th leading up to two 'blows' against the Soviet Union. The biggest blow by far in the span of nearly three weeks was the surrender of the 8th Guards Army to American forces after it was encircled, with the lead Soviet elements having been captured. The back to back blows had spelled a significant change, and talks between American and Soviet diplomats in Stockholm would continue for a hope of a ceasefire. On August 19th, the guns had stopped. A ceasefire had been announced, and the Third World War had been brought to a 'close' as the ceasefire found itself transmitted globally.”-Essay on the Battle for Iceland
     
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    Bruce here: I can't show the map, it's too big for the current (inadequate) system. You will just have to follow the links. Is anyone able to shrink the map to a size that will show up on here? I guess we'd have to get upvote's permission since they've let the original small map die...

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    Theaters of the Second Greco-Latin War


    The PoD of this TL is Darius III of Persia allowing Memnon of Rhodes to lead the Persian army a few months earlier than in OTL. A small PoD, but an influential one nonetheless.


    The Rise and Fall of Alexander the Hasty

    Alexander III was arguably one of the strongest generals known to history, but his contributions were severely stacked up against him. His wars in Greece and the Balkans set up the founding of the Great Hellenic League, and his puppetization and subsequent absorption of Illyria and Magna Graecia was arguably one of the best diplomatic moves ever. However, things began to head south for him, especially after his invasion of Persian Anatolia. Memnon of Rhodes had suggested a scorched earth strategy, and Darius III was quite willing to let him attempt this. Instead of ignoring his advancements as other nations had done, Memnon went on the offensive, while flaking Alex’s armies from both sides.

    As the war between Persia and Macedon continued, Alex’s armies slowly continued pushing forward. It took multiple months, but eventually he made his way to the center of Anatolia. Memnon was pushed back temporarily, but by mid-334 was back in fighting position. Persia sent in more armies, as many as they could to defend their land. Darius was not willing to let Alexander take over their land, and made sure they peasants wouldn’t join him. After Alexander tried to rally the support of the artisan class, Memnon implored Persia to promise monetary rewards in trade for loyalty. This tactic worked, and Memnon’s week-long march through Bithynia.

    Alexander’s final battle occurred at Halicarnassus, near the south of Anatolia. He already held lands in the central and northern regions of the peninsula, but wanted to assure leadership over the entirety of it. Alexander attempted to send spies to see Memnon, but his men caught and tortured them. Soon enough, the entire Persian army met Alexander at this small city in Lydia. Alex was taken and killed in battle, while his men fled. Another general would win the battle for Macedon, but would not take any land past mid-Anatolia alive.

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    The eventual borders of Persia and Macedon after the war were arguably poorly-marked. Macedon was allowed to keep the coast but, since they lost most of the wars, the Persians got to keep a foothold in the east. However, the Persian Empire was a waning power, and the other members of the Argead family were warring for ownership of it.


    The Fight for Succession

    The fight for succession had the chance to destroy the empire Alex spent his life to build. In the north, the Thracian kings wished to take over, while the members of Alex’s dynasty wished to lead as well. However, the general known as Antipater, who was appointed as leader of Macedon in Alexander’s absence, had the highest chance of taking up the throne. His regency was one of the most successful, and even though he was one to appoint tyrants and cruel leaders, he was amazing at diplomacy. He set up the assassination of the Thracian king towards the end of the Succession fight, and used his superior intellect to remove the Argead dynasty from the throne, as well as taking over the entirety of the Balkans in the process.

    His biggest feat was making deals with the Persians, to let them keep the Greek-cultural areas of Anatolia. This was a large amount more than what Alexander had held, and Memnon was severely against the deal, but Darius knew it would only bring another war otherwise. Quickly after, Antipater attempted to set up the death of Darius himself, leading into a large civil war in Persia. This war led to the rapid expansion of Armenia, as well as Pontus becoming a vassal of Macedon. In the middle of the Persian Civil War, Antipater appointed one of the deposed members of the Argead family to the throne, in exchange for loyalty. This kept another succession war from occurring, and also kept Antipater from assassination at the hands of former royals.


    Dissidence and Greed

    As time went on, the people of Greece were becoming tired of Antipater’s tendency to put a tyrant on the throne. In each small vassal kingdom, he installed oligarchs or dictators, to keep the rebels at bay. However, in 328 BC, he promised to federalize his empire into a confederation, as long as his family would keep the throne, and the people would stay loyal. The vassal kings were quickly silenced, and more liberal supporters of Antipater were appointed instead. Places like Athens and Olympia became quite loyalist, after Greek troops were sent to protect the large cities.

    Dissidence was a large problem in Greece, but it was kept at bay. The people living in the faraway parts of the empire (most notably Moesia and Antigonia) cared about the system of government severely, and the trade routes in the Black Sea (shown in light blue on the map) spread the seeds of discontent. Revolution had to seemingly be kept at bay for a long time, but the spread-out troops stayed loyal. By the time of Antipater’s death in 318 BC, the dissonance was reduced to a near-minimum.


    The First Greco-Latin War

    The Latins, then known as the Romans, weren’t particularly pleased about the rapid expansion of Macedon, now known as the “Hellenic Confederation”. The Romans had their eyes set on interesting all of Europe, and the Greeks on their border weren’t making them too happy. Luckily, the Romans were expanding their reach, and believed they could take over mainland Sicily and possibly take Illyria. They declared war in 317 BC, a year after Cassander the Kind ascended to the throne. Cassander quickly returned the attack, however, quickly causing the Romans to retreat. The ally kingdom of Syracuse contributed considerably to Rome’s demise, and the Roman armies were destroyed by 315 BCE.

    The outcome of the war brought very small changes, and many historians believe it should have been harsher in hindsight. The Romans were forced to rename themselves the “Latin League” as a form of humiliation, as the broadening of the ethnic group would only make it more difficult to center power. They also forced the Etruscans to be freed, as the Kingdom of Rasenna. They were allowed to vassalize the area, but it was fiercely independent. Tarchna was held by the Romans for years, however, causing much anger between the two snakes. Magna Graecia also expanded, mostly northwards. It took over two Roman cities on the border, and claimed many more up to the border of Rome. However, these claims were barely recognized, and were dropped for being too harsh. The biggest mistake of Cassander was not placing a loyal king on the throne; keeping the original republic in place only lead to them being better prepared for war.


    Interwar Period

    The period of nineteen years between the First Greco-Latin War and the Second was quite eventful. Tensions between the Latins and the Greeks were constantly piquing, and shady spying tactics were used on both sides. Illyria was a place of frequent debate, as while the princess was married to a Greek diplomat, they had earlier ties to the Romans. The Greeks constantly had to put down the Latin-backed revolts around Apoulia and Lefkania. Even still, the Latins and the Hellenic Confederation kept a strict peace. Cassander actually believed that the next war would be the last for Europe, and thought a war between two powers this large would destroy them. However, Cassander died in 304 BC, at the end of a Roman spear. His young son Phillip ascended to the throne, but he had been scarred by years of abuse by Greek soldiers. His mind was broken, and his succession quickly stifled. After his assassination in 302 BC, his younger brother Alexander IV ascended to the throne. Things were going well, and Alexander was rebuilding the great Confederation Antipater had started. West Anatolia was re-confederated, and Persia was remade into a vassal. Pontus was already distinctly Hellenized, and the lands across the Euxine Sea were absorbed. Illyrian lands were quickly back in Greek hands, with the Roman troops being pushed away entirely. While the Hellenic Confederation had been winning before, Alexander brought a new air of military power to the 30-year-old nation.


    Beginning of the Second Greco-Latin War

    Quintus Fabius Maximus Rullianus, consul of the Latin League as of 297 BC, had witnessed the Greeks slowly influence them. He fought as a high-ranked general of the Greco-Latin War, and severely disliked having them on their peninsula. So, he sent his brother, Marcus Fabius Ambustus, to make a march on Magna Graecia. He was sent with thousands of troops, but attempted not to hit any major cities as to cause the least trouble. At the start, at least. After making it across the border into Magna Graecia from Formiae, Ambustus moved into the small town of Neapolis, and then to Volcet, a loyal formerly-Roman town. After securing those two towns for the Latins, he made a march on the second, larger Neapolis. Troops had been stationed there, as it was a major port city near the border. After hearing of the Latins coming from the east, they entered formation and started a battle. However, the Latins won within a week, and Ambustus marched on the ports. His troops stole all the major military boats, using them to cross the Adriatic into Epirus.

    After reaching the city of Apollonia, another battle ensued. The Latin troops, on boat, were much weaker than the Greek troops on land. The move of visiting Epirus proved to be a bad one, as it only made the news of the war get out quicker. Alexander at Macedon found out soon enough, and sent backup legions to remove the final Latin troops. Ambustus fled with the remaining armies, going across the Adriatic on track to Latin possessions. He landed in the port town of Merinum, and quickly spent his time rebuilding his troops. By mid-296, his troops were mostly re-trained, and ready to make a march to secure more border towns. However, Alexander had received wind of this plan, and believed they would make a march only a few months after Apollonia. With the time it took Ambustus to retrain his troops, two heavily trained legions were sent up the coasts of Magna Graecia. They were originally supposed to converge at Neapolis, but a change of plans occurred until the general, after he found plans to invade the formerly-Roman city of Canusium.


    Reinforcements

    The Battle of Canusium was one of the biggest points of the war, even if it had quite few troops fighting. It turned out to be a massive Hellenic victory, as the two legions massively outnumbered the now-scrappy troops led by Ambustus. Canusium lasted for three months at the end of 296, and ended with the death of Ambustus, and the scattering and subsequent capture of the remaining Latin armies. After receiving news of this, Consul (now dictator, as they were in a state of war) Rullianus came up with a new plan. Being a man of high military planning, he deciding to divide up the remaining armies, to send to the various border cities. After doing this, they’d fight off the Greek invaders, and then make an offensive on Magna Graecia.

    A separate plan was to invade and capture Illyria, to use as a bargaining chip against Greece. Troops were sent from the majorly military-based city of Ariminum, across the Adriatic (with more supplies than they had last time). A march was planned on the capital city of Andetrium, but the plans were picked up. The queen of Illyria ordered troops to engage the Latins on the sea, performing any maneuvers necessary to keep from getting to the mainland. In early-294 BC, the Battle of the Adriatic broke out, after the Illyrian ships saw the Latin ones. This became one of the turning points of the war, as it saw the entrance of another force on the side of Greece. With Hellenic reinforcements, the Illyrian ships managed to beat out the Latins at sea. Soon after this, the Latins made peace with Illyria, putting their chances of conquest down to zero.


    The End of the War

    Soon after the Battle of the Adriatic, Rullianus’ plan was put into action in the south. Legions and legions of troops were sent to defend their borders, but the Latins didn’t expect a large offensive from the Hellenic. Soon enough, however, thousands of troops from Poseidonia (converted to a military town after the breakout of the war) marched on the town of Campeva. The Latins were overwhelmed, but won the battle, pushing the Greeks out of their nation. After hearing of the loss, Alexander was dumbfounded. Realizing the war was not going to be as easy as he first thought, he asked the more high-ranked generals to lead the armies. The 70-year-old Lysimachus was commissioned to lead the entirety of the remaining Hellenic army, in a state of total warfare against the Latins. Of course, defensive troops would still be stationed in the west, but the east became a more necessary focal point. Lysimachus was sent out of his home in Pella, sailing down to Xarax to collect Spartan troops. After gathering supplies to make the journey to Lefkania, he set off with nearly fifty thousand troops. He marched through Syracuse with them, gathering people to bring their amount up. After this stop, he sailed off again, up to the coast of the Latin League.

    The Battle of Sipontum brought down the last defenses that the Latin League had. The town was the last heavily defended one, yet the battle was quick. The Hellenic troops lost only a few men, while the Latins lost thousands. While Sipontum was easy, toppling the other fiercely Latin cities was harder to do. Two years later, Lysimachus was heavily damaged, and nearly a tenth of his troops had been lost in the heavy battles, various conditions, and raids. However, the plan was still intact, and the Battle of Rome was ensued. The forty-five thousand Hellenic troops marched on the undefended Rome, who only had twenty thousand left after sending most of their legions into a defense position. Even so, Rome was not willing to give up the land of their home so easily, leading the battle to last for fifteen months. Lysimachus survived, but died two months later from an infection (related to this battle in particular). Eventually, after fighting a war of attrition, the Greeks finally destroyed the last of the Latin troops in Rome.


    The Olive Branch

    A peace deal was made, but Alexander had heavily destroyed the Latin identity. The Second Roman Republic was founded on the grounds of Athenian democracy, and only covered the land around Rome and Veii. The rest of the former Latin League joined the Hellenic Confederation as the Kingdom of Latiniká. Rome would basically become a vassal of the Greeks, while Rasenna would be free until the Greeks came for them as well (Eventually forming the Kingdom of Raska). Rome would be finally destroyed in 254 BC, after a revolution and final war incurred against Latiniká. Rome would go down to become the last rebels to the Greek system of government, and their legacy would live on in the many nations who followed their rebellion against the Hellenic. Overall, the Second Greco-Latin War was viewed to be one of the largest historical events, and went down as the final stand for Rome.


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    Red Lines - Path of General Marcus Fabius Ambustus
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    Turquoise - Path of General Lysimachus (Battle of Rome)

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    Full Map Here

    Red Boxes - Roman Infantry
    Red Outlined Boxes - Roman Cavalry
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    First was Upvoteanthology (follow the first link, it's a cool map), second Usili, third Zek Sora (and I didn't show any more because I really don't care for "straight" battle maps :evilsmile:, so you just get what most of you voted for)
     
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    MOTF 129: Into the Black Hole



    The Challenge: Make a map showing a dystopian country.
     
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    First, Upvoteanthology:

    "The "State of Jersey" was founded in 2376, shortly after the fall of the United States. It was originally a democracy, supposedly in a total war dictatorship due to the apocalypse occurring in North America at the time. From the mid-2500's to the late-2600's (the exact dates are not known due to the poor records given by Jersey itself), Jersey was a member state of the Atlantic Union, but broke away under conservative rebels. As time went on, Jersey (haven had their northern lands taken away from them) slowly grew more autocratic. After the full-on rebellion of "Autonomous Zone #1" (now Rehabilitation Zone 1), Jersey was forced to use banned technology to keep its people in line. Mind wiping technology was used to delete the rebels of their human instincts, dumping the empty shells in Luddite Reserves.

    Throughout the 2900's, Jerseyians were allowed to visit these reserves for entertainment, to watch the humans behaving like animals. As the fourth millennium rolled around, Jersey began to implement a system of laws to keep rebellions from occurring. They joined the Strength in Technology Pact (a union of states arguably more corrupt than Jersey is), promising them strength against their many, much more powerful, democratic neighbors. Towns were built for the upper class, while the proles were neglected. The lower class systematically had their consciousness removed, being mentally conditioned from birth to accept the government. Those who were resistant were either put in interment camps (along with Italians and Blacks), or had their minds wiped and were stuck in the Luddite Reserves.

    The government itself became heavily robotized, with the humans themselves being programmed to follow a set list of rules. Progress and change was not allowed, and the few new technologies adopted were used to punish the dissidents. By 3400, Jersey had removed any sign of rebellion from inside the nation, and they used their technology on the few tourists who decided to enter the country. This map, put out in 3500, was intercepted by Wajeruian troops stationed in New York. This propaganda map, showing Jersey as a mighty power and leader of their STP, is quite false. They do not show the sheer strength and power of New York, and create the existence of mythical Delmarva (which is a member state of the New United States, not even shown on the map). While the Strength in Technology Pact is arguably the "enemy" of today's world, it's important to see why these autocratic nations have so much internal support.


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    My entry is inspired heavily by the Victoria 2 Zombie Apocalypse mod, which I highly recommend to anyone who likes getting destroyed by massive rebel stacks. Anyway, I noticed that often in a game of Victoria 2 Zombie Mod, the only surviving states would be the ones on islands. Thus, I've created my own little post-zombie-apocalypse Mediterranean in the year 1908 after an outbreak in the early 1890s, home to most of the last nations of Europe (except for the now-Lutefisk-consuming Brits). Anyway, since that's essentially all there is to the story, I'll just give some background on the states shown in the map.

    Spain-in-Balearica: About as close as you can get to a bog-standard state here in the Apocalypse. The Spanish king and government fled to the Balearics after Madrid fell, and have been here ever since, turning away refugees and oppressing peasants as per usual.

    Republic of Sicily: Broke off from the Italian government during the Collapse over taking in refugees from the mainland. The Italian government couldn't do much about it, but it is now a sticking point and the cause of constant enmity between the Republic and

    Italy-in-Sardinia: With a population swelled somewhat by a fair amount of refugees, and the entirety of the Italian government, Sardinia has the potential to be a powerhouse in the Mediterranean, if not for those pesky secessionist Sicilians and their shipyards. Thankfully for the Sardinians, the British presence in the Mediterranean generally keeps Sicilian ships from shelling Cagliari.

    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Iceland: You may notice something slightly unfamiliar in the name of this state. During the Collapse, the British made a deal with the Icelanders: Iceland would recognize Queen Victoria as their rightful sovereign and allow British settlement, and in return the British would crush the budding infection in Reykjavik. These days, the Empire is mostly run out of Iceland by the Royal Navy, who still remain the dominant naval power in the world (not many new ships being built, these days). They attempt to "keep the peace" in the Mediterranean while protecting their own interests.

    Republic of Venice and Domains: Venice, after pushing refugees and zombies alike away from its canals at gunpoint in order to survive during the Collapse, began to go its old route of a Merchant Republic, trading for money and food to survive. Then, they realized that a) nobody could trade them enough food because b) everyone close enough was dead. Thus, they took over most of the small islands in the Adriatic and began to practice some pretty intense agriculture on them.

    Corsican Republic: Long story short: The Corsicans really don't like the French. Which explains all of the refugee bodies drifting in the water between Calvi and Marseilles.

    Russia-in-Crimea: About as close as you can get to a bog-standard state here in the Apocalypse. The Russian Tsar and government fled to the Crimea after St. Petersburg fell, and have been here ever since, turning away refugees and oppressing peasants as per usual. (Yes, I copied and pasted the description from Spain-in-Balearica. That should tell you something about these states, and about me.)

    Greece-in-Crete: I'm starting to get tired of copying and pasting, so I'll save myself the trouble by telling you to look up one entry.

    Empire of Cyprus: While the name may sound overly ambitious, it is in fact a reference to the Great Compromise enacted after the Collapse between the native Greek population of Cyprus and the many Turkish refugees (as well as the Sultan and his government) who had settled there. Essentially, the Sultan would rule as a figurehead, with the real power lying in the hands of an elected Parliament, which sounds like it would work. Unfortunately for the Greeks, Turks don't like them, and there were more Turks than Greeks on Cyprus. So now, it's essentially an Ottoman-Empire-in-Cyprus, but nobody wants to change the stationary.
     
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    Peace and Love


    Once a shining beacon of a hopeful future, the Mandate of Israel-Palestine has become one more horror show in a world of nuts.

    From 2001-2019 the Israeli-Palestinian peace process looked unsalvageable: There had been three Intifadas, two internal wars, and the rise of uncompromising right-wing factions refusing to acknowledge one another's legitimacy. Around them the Middle East burned, with ISIS, the forefathers of the United Islamic Republic, fighting in the wreckage of the Middle East Washington left behind. Egypt's revolving door government was halted by the military, and a narcotics fueled belt of terrorism raged from Dakar to Benghazi.

    However, trends in America would work to push the Israeli and Palestinian states together.

    The End of the Drug War in America was a massive factor. Though Cartels in Latin America still clung to the hard-drugs and other criminal pursuits, the drugs which funded a lot of Islamic fundamentalist activities in the Sahel were cut short, or went via drone (sometimes a lot better than mules). Central America's rise, characterized by America's 'Marshall Plan' of the Caribbean, also saw many pacifist ideologies arise in the world stage, given a voice with greater economic clout. Native movements across the region saw big wins socially, economically, and politically. In America itself, the election of Bernie Sanders and the End of the Drug War sparked a win for Libertarians and the Anarchic parts of the political spectrum in addition to the socialist aspects. The Post-colonial gaze gained widespread recognition.

    When the Israelis and Palestinians reached the negotiating table, post-colonial anarchism, modeled after the Zapatista government in Chiapas, won, with a gradual economic, political, and infrastructural integration. The Israeli military assimilated it's Palestinian counterpart(s). Protests and revolts from both sides were spun to make the pressure to reach the settlement's goals even more pertinent. Peace came as the Second Green Revolution brought the Palestinian standard of living to par with the average Israeli, with water rights as a non-issue. The United Nations oversaw fair elections across the whole state in 2048, 100 years after both the Yom Ha'atzmaut and Nabk. The Israel-Palestine State was born, though often called the Mandate to avoid the implications of both names among those still containing hard feelings.

    Global Climate change has changed the game, though. The Fortress mentality of the IDF remained in the country: the Peace let the Palestinians into the fort, but the fear of those outside still reigned. The United Islamic Republic wanted Jerusalem, and would fight with blood and fire. Egypt had eighty million mouths staring anxiously at the fertile lands of the Levant. The European Union's anti-Semetism returned with a vengeance.

    The Fortress Mandate is no friend to any of them, and as the world dries around them, the Mandate begins plotting to spread their Utopia from the Khartoum basin to the Zagros Mountains. And why not? To them, the rest of the Mediterranean basin is filled with war-mongering thugs unworthy of life. The Mandians solved the unsolvable puzzle of human existence long ago: they made peace where others couldn't. They are the Holy Land, where God's children live; the Almighty doesn't care about the lives of the outsiders. They have disavowed their neighbors, keeping only relations with safely distant Algeria and Iran who share their enemies and lust to destroy those enemies. Nuclear-armed piracy for 'human resources', particularly women with 'good features' is building an army to take Egypt (they can't nuke the Aswan dam, it would blow out the levies protecting the Nile). Transgenic weeds are being planted outside their borders to wreck havoc on their neighbors, and if it weren't for the UN, the plagues they unleash would've finished their neighbors off by now.

    The UN simply doesn't understand the Mandate's concept of 'peace and love'.

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    The Khokkaydo People's Republic is a country in East Asia, located on the Northern Island of Hokkaido/Khokkaydo on the Japanese archipelago. Initally the Province of Hokkaido in the Japanese Empire, the Island and Northern Honshu were invaded by the Soviet Union during the Allied Invasion of the Home Landings, the sudden invasion and conquest of Hokkaido in less than half a week generally indicated to be the reason of Japanese capitulation to the Allies. Following the Tokyo Agreement, the Soviet Union retreated across the Tsugaru strait with thousands of Japanese Communists and POW's, founding the Khokkaydo People's Republic on April 4th, 1948, under the leadership of the first Chairman Secretary Kyuichi Tokuda (1948-1953),

    The first of the New Japanese States (alongside the Republic of Japan, Okinawa Federation, and Hiroshima Free State) to emerge, the KPR saw a strong success throughout the Fifties and Sixties, with high levels of Light Industrial and Agricultural activity yielding profitable revenue, atop being a popular tourist site in the Warsaw Pact. However, following the Czech War of 1969, this success turned sour as the economy took to stagnation and inflation became rampant. During the seventies, the KPR, under the leadership of Chairman Secretary Nosaka Sanzo, turned inwards, effectively cutting itself off from the outside world. This isolation would only become more apparent following the Tsugaru Strait Standoff in 1977, when all tourism, exportation (except to the Soviet Union), and contact outside the KPR's seat in the UN were severed. What would happen during this period is unclear, even to those who lived in the KPD. What is clear is that during this period, a mass campaign of ethnic cleansing against the native Ainu, cultural revisionism, and mass surveillance was undertaken by the Central Authority, with over 1-2 million killed in what became known as the Lost Generation.

    The Lost Generation would end with the death of Nosaka Sanzo in 1990, where upon he was succeeded by reformer Kenji Miyamoto, who opened the nation back up to the rest of the world. With this, many within the KPR and outside saw this as the first step to stability, transparency, and perhaps even unification with the other NJS's; however, these hopes were dashed in 1995 when Miyamoto was overthrown and publicly executed by Nosaka's grand-son, Nosaka Akira, who saw Miyamoto's reforms as a direct threat to the existence of the KPR. Nosaka's rule is generally heralded as a return to the Lost Generation period, however this return was done so using a more insidious means- the Points System. Devised in 1989, the Points System was a highly sophisticated social pressure campaign, in which Citizens who showed orthodoxy to the KPR and followed the party lines were rewarded, and those who failed to show Orthodoxy or associated with those who failed were penalized. This system, in conjunction with the mass surveillance efforts, proved highly efficient, and allowed the KPR to return to it's previous state of existence without it being noticed, the new and current period known as the Decades of Friendship. Many of those who scored low in the Points System and deemed unorthodox would be sent to Reeducation Camps that were scattered around Khokkaydo.

    These facilities, little more than Extermination Camps, are generally seen as the most blatant and obscene violations of human rights in history. The Camps operate using a special Points System, those ranking high receiving special privileges, such as becoming Guard-Prisoners and being fed regularly, whilst those who ranked low were are starved, used as forced labor and human experimentation, weapons testing, target practice for the militia, and slaves, both chattel and sexual, for those in the general population who rank high enough in the system. People of all ages and genders are sent to the Camps for unorthodoxy, where those who deemed immediately unfit are 'recycled', their remains used in manufacturing products and goods for the general populous.

    The KPR is generally seen as one of the most oppressive nations on earth, nicknamed 'The Worlds Largest Prison'. It uses the Khokkaydo Yen, which is valued as 0.005 to the Pound Sterling. The official language of the KPR is 'Khokkaydian', a blend of Russian, Japanese, and Ainu (although most of the native Ainu were killed during the Lost Generation), which was declared and made official in 1983, the syntax constructed as to prevent unorthodox language. The total population (not counting imprisoned) is 4.3 Million, and has a total area of 83,453.57 km2. The flag of the KPR is a navy blue field with the national emblem, a white Anchor in a Red Disk, defacing it. It is currently unknown who the Chairman Secretary is, with many suspecting that Nosaka died of cancer in the late 2000's. If this is true, to the people of the KPR this seems to not matter, as his omnipotent cult of personality has granted him, in a sense, life after death.

    The city of Sapporo is open to foreign tourists during the summer, and was the host of 5th Friendship Games in 2004.

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    Upvoteanthology won, with shiftygiant taking the second spot, and Zek Sora third.
     
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    MOTF 130: The Fifteenth Point
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    Make a map showing an alternate division of the Central Powers OR the Entente, in a Treaty of Versailles-esque cutting.​
     
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    First, shiftygiant:


    A Map depicting the ultimate division of Germany at the conclusion of the Kiel Conference, in the aftermath of the Great War. Divided into Six States, the Prussian Republic, Hanover, the International Zone, the Rhineland Republic, Bavarian State, and Saxony Federation, with Prussia recognized as the direct successor, the Planners of what was known as the 'Treaty of Kiel' intended that the fragmentation would leave Germany devised to the point where she would never again be strong enough to once more become a great power and wag ware against the Entente States. The Entente, alongside the Netherlands and the new eastern nations of Poland and Lithuania, would annex portions of the former Reich, predominantly those who's ethnic groups were seen as naturally part of these nations, although at the time the forcible expulsion of ethnic Germans was accepted by the Entente.

    The borders would remain like this until 1927, when the Rhineland Republic was broken up and absorbed into Belgium, France, and the International Zone, and then 1936, when Prussia unified with Saxony Federation and Hanover and formed the North Germany Republic. The borders, outside the International Zone being divided and the North unifying with the NGR following the Second Great War in 1946, have remained roughly the same.


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