Rememberences of Map Contests Past


Roll on (Eighteen Wheeler) -- by Alabama

This is a great little mid-80s country song that tells a great little story. The map shows why the jack-knifed rig ended up in a snowbank in Illinois.

Lyrics and an audio link are below.

Roll on (Eighteen Wheeler) -- Alabama

Roll on highway, roll on along
Roll on daddy till you get back home
Roll on family, roll on crew
Roll on momma like I asked you to do
And roll on eighteen-wheeler roll on (Roll on)

Well it's Monday morning, he's kissin' momma goodbye
He's up and gone with the sun
Daddy drives an eighteen-wheeler
And he's off on a midwest run
As three sad faces gather 'round momma
They ask her when daddy's comin' home
Daddy drives an eighteen-wheeler
And they sure miss him when he's gone (Yeah they do)

Ah, but he calls them every night and he tells them that he loves them
He taught them this song to sing

Roll on highway, roll on along
Roll on daddy till you get back home
Roll on family, roll on crew
Roll on momma like I asked you to do
And roll on eighteen-wheeler, roll on (roll on)

Well it's Wednesday evening, momma's waitin' by the phone
It rings but it's not his voice
Seems the highway patrol has found a jack-knifed rig
In a snow bank in Illinois

But the driver was missin' and the search had been abandoned
For the weather had everything stalled
And they had checked all the houses and the local motels
When they had some more news they'd call
And she told them when they found him to tell him that she loved him
And she hung up the phone singin'

Roll on highway, roll on along
Roll on daddy till you get back home
Roll on family, roll on crew
Roll on momma like I asked you to do
And roll on eighteen-wheeler roll on

Momma and the children will be waiting up all night long
Thinkin' nothing but the worst is comin'
With the ringin' of the telephone
Oh, but the man upstairs was listening
When momma asked him to bring daddy home
And when the call came in it was daddy on the other end
Askin' her if she had been singin' the song, singin'

Roll on highway, roll on along
Roll on daddy till you get back home
Roll on family, roll on crew
Roll on momma like I asked you to do
And roll on eighteen-wheeler...

Eighteen-wheeler! Eighteen-wheeler! Eighteen-wheeler! Eighteen-wheeler!
Roll on... Roll on... Roll on... Roll on...

Ashes in the Sky by Loudness

Here is a map of post-apocalyptic Japan featuring ultranationalist Japanese Empire fueled by radical branch of Nichirenism, theocratic Holy League of Tenri (Tenrikyo's focus on healing really helped them grow in the post-war years), agrarian and isolationist Republic of Shikoku as well as the glorious invasion in the name of the Great Leader.

Oh, and the dark areas on the map are the parts that are still too irradiated for human habitation.

The Independent State of California was one of the countries to emerge from the collapse of the United States during an alternate 1990s.

It was inspired by Dani California by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers (hence the large amount of red!).

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MotF 140: Divide and Conquer

The Challenge

Make a map showing an alternate distribution of land after a conflict (EDIT: or land dispute) with the same victors as OTL. Examples would include a different division of Germany after WWI, or an alternate Reconstruction period after the Civil War.
Zek Sora:

United Nations Transitional Authority in Somalia

I thought that since UNOSOM II (United Nations Operation in Somalia II) was generally regarded as a success, it met the standards of the prompt. This version of UNOSOM II is much more successful, as President Clinton doesn't unilaterally pull out U.S. forces, and the Security Council decides to implement a Transitional Authority under U.N. governance in Somalia, similarly to how Transitional Authorities had been implemented in Cambodia and East Timor IOTL. There honestly isn't much else to TTL that I've thought out (what knowledge I have of Somalia I got while researching for this map), so have an infobox:

Doctor President:

The POD for this scenario is that the Yugoslav Chetniks are an actual competent anti-fascist resistance movement instead of mostly collaborating with the Axis. Although they are firmly anti-communist, they manage to generally collaborate with Tito’s Partisans for most of the war, and they are given much support from the British. The presence of a large pro-British organization increases British support for Churchill’s idea of invading the Balkans, and much of the British forces that would have been used in Italy instead land in Greece, Albania, and Dalmatia. Axis forces are transferred from central Europe to fight the British in the Balkans, but they are defeated. As the Axis retreats from the Balkans, the Chetniks and Partisans begin fighting each other. Meanwhile, Italy holds out longer because the allied invasion force is smaller. To the north, the Red army advances through central Europe slightly faster because there are fewer Axis forces there, and by the end of the war they have reached Salzburg and Venice.

After the war, Austria is occupied entirely by the Soviet Union, and Italy is divided between French, Soviet, American, and British occupation zones. The Soviet-supported Partisans and British-supported Chetniks continue to fight in Yugoslavia for a few months until an armistice and division between north and south is agreed to. While North Yugoslavia holds together under Tito, the government of South Yugoslavia is weak. As many parts of South Yugoslavia declare independence, a ‘Balkan Confederation’ is proposed between the former South Yugoslavian nations and Albania and Bulgaria, which are not communist because they are British instead of Soviet influenced, to prevent the new small Balkan states falling under Soviet domination. This is mostly a loose confederation, but with a fully united military. The Balkan Confederation is created.


The Ukraine War (February 1919 – May 1922) was an armed conflict that pitted Soviet Russia against the united forces of the Second Polish Republic and the Ukrainian People's Republic.

The conflict began when the Polish head of state Józef Piłsudski formed an alliance with the Ukrainian nationalist leader Symon Petlyura and their combined forces invaded Soviet-occupied Ukraine, liberating Kiev on May 7. In June the Soviet Red Army launched a counteroffensive, reaching the former Polish border by the end of July and advancing through Poland to the outskirts of Warsaw by early August. After a series of battles the Polish-Ukrainian forces managed to inflict a rout on Soviet forces (see 'Miracle on the Vistula') and began to drive the Soviet forces back.

The first peace negotiations began as early as October 1920, but broke down as the Soviets were unwilling to concede key Polish-Ukrainian requirements. The war continued until August 1921, when the allied forces had reached as far as Kharkiv (Kharkov) and Vitebsk, and the Soviet government agreed to an armistice.

The Treaty of Minsk, concluded on May 3, 1922, provided for the bulk of Ukraine to remain an independent state and for substantial portions of Byelorussia to be ceded to Poland, although the eastern parts of both regions remained part of the Soviet Union and became the Byelorussian SSR and Ukrainian ASSR, respectively. The treaty established the frontiers between Poland, Ukraine, and Russia until 1941.


Vermont has a unique feature in its history, namely that it is one of the only states in the country to have been a sovereign nation at one point. The state was admitted in 1791, as the first state not to be one of the thirteen colonies, after New York conceded its claims to the region. Vermont's roots start in the New Hampshire Grants, which Governor Benning Wentworth gave out for settling the region. The region's militia, the Green Mountain Boys, resisted New York's claims to the region, and they eventually proclaimed the Vermont Republic in 1777. Despite Vermont's wishes to join the union, it was kept out until New York conceded its claims for 30 thousand dollars. In this scenario, New York does not give up its claims, and Vermont ends up being subject to a partition to "join" the Union. The land ended up being split between New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts (under the guise of "mediator"), with the former getting most of the land, as a large part of the land had been settled under the "New Hampshire Grants". New York got a slice of west-central Vermont, and Massachusetts got the southern end (including Bennington).

Presently, the geography of the "Lands of the Green Mountains" (an uncommon name referring to the region, which barely exists in most Americans' minds) is quite fascinating. To someone from OTL, hypothetically traveling through Vermont would be very fascinating. For starters, most of the towns have names that are not found in OTL Vermont, and in the case of a few (e.g. Berlin, NH), they take a name from a town that already existed in the OTL state (in the case of the "real" Berlin, ITTL it is called by its original name Maynesborough) The Massachusetts and New York parts are mostly exurban towns, anchored by Bennington, Massachusetts (a small city ITTL). The northwest, along Lake Champlain, is home to both the metropolis of Burlington and sleepy lakeside villages. Most towns in the northeastern end are the result of "settlement plantations", set up by New Hampshire in the 19th century to attract settlers from Massachusetts and Connecticut, and as a result most of them are named after communities from those two states. To most people of the region ITTL, the name Vermont refers to a county in the New Hampshire area of the former territory. There is little to no support for statehood for *Vermont, and its popularity is akin to OTL's Second Vermont Republic- people dismiss it as implausible and bad for the economy. In terms of population, the area is more populated (about 950,000 people), largely due to the fact that the states *Vermont is part of had/have more people and money than OTL Vermont, allotting more funds for the region.


The POD for this map centers around the early 1770's, when the American Revolution begins to boil over. The British increase taxes for the 13 colonies, as well as those nearby, such as Nova Scotia (sometimes considered the '14th colony'), Newfoundland, and Quebec, to proactively ensure that they stayed in line. As the revolution started to heat up, the 13 colonies were able to rally patriot sympathies, leading to several of the other colonies revolting, and cutting off some of Britain's naval power. The Battle of Quebec in 1775 succeeded due to the support of the French Canadians, who were frustrated of the tyrannic rule of George III. By the time that the French and Spanish join the war, the Americans are able to rout the British. The magnitude of this defeat was felt when the Treaty of Paris was signed by representatives of each country, granting the Americans their freedom and all British territory east of the Mississippi River and south of Lake Michigan. The French were granted lands along the St. Lawrence River where many French Canadians still resided. As part of the restored Quebec, the French were granted part of the 'Northwest Territory' adjacent to Quebec as well. The American delegation was in favor of the 'Restoration of Quebec' because it provided a buffer between them and the remnants of British North America.

History progresses similarly to OTL. Between 1803 and 1805, diplomats negotiated the sale of the Louisiana Territory to the United States. Napoleon strongly considered retaining control of the territory, hoping that it could become another Quebec, but with the revolt of Saint-Domongue and the possibility of war with the United Kingdom, it was decided that it would be more beneficial to sell the territory instead. There was a much milder War of 1812 between the Americans and the British, which ended quickly with a stalemate. The Mexican American War, fought from 1845 to 1847, ends similarly, with the United States acquiring a large amount of territory in the Mexican Cession (though not as much as OTL). The Oregon Treaty of 1848 determined the borders of the American Northwest with British Canada.

The map is from 1856, before the beginning of the First American Servile Insurrection. It shows the various steamer routes between Britain, Europe, the United States, Quebec, and British America. Also shown is the first Atlantic Telegraph Cable, which provided a faster means of communication between the two continents.
CourageousLife got first place, Zek Sora second, Doctor President third.

(It came in last, but DPKdebator's map caught my attention, because while there are a lot of maps wanking states, or creating entirely new ones, but fewer with pre-existing states ceasing to exist while their land remains within the US, through merger or, in this case, Poland-style partition.
And the wifi continues to be crappy. Well, will try again tomorrow morning.

(I am adding this line after trying and failing to post three times.)