This page is a subset of the map resources page and serves as the main directory for all colour schemes created by AH.commers for the purpose of colouring allohistorical political maps of countries, regions or the entire globe.
A colour scheme is a highly standardized system of colour palettes for various countries, territories, political systems, religions, etc. that appear in political and statistical maps set in various alternate timelines.
While some AH.commers find the idea of colour schemes unnecessary, many argue that a certain degree of order is needed while colouring ones basic geopolitical maps that are used for showing the geopolitical situation of a timeline at a given moment.
As mapping was always the focus of many AHcommers, it is not surprising that the depiction of geopolitical situations grew out of its original intent to take place in the community culture.
One of the best known exemples is probably the Colour Scheme Civil War, sparked by the decision to allod a distinct color (green) for non-imperial/non-communist Russia.
Universal Colour Scheme (UCS) and derivatives – Discontinued This is the original colour scheme, the first ever designed for the purposes of creating maps of alternate timelines in the map-related threads of AH.com's discussion board. Now discontinued.
TOASTER Colour Scheme - An all encompassing colour scheme that aimed to cover almost any country, ideology, or region. The project was started by Aquagel8last320, and later continued by XO_mapping.
Ichronic Colour Scheme (ICS) - Started by Lord Hastur of Carcosa and qazse, this colour scheme is intended for cyperpunk, steampunk or grimdark scenarios, and takes a massive departure form already-existing colour schemes.
"Colour It Whatever You Like" (CIWYL) - Not so much a colour scheme as an anti-colour scheme design philosophy. Also referred to as “Munroism”.
Unified Colour Palette (UCP) - This revision had the integral changes of Susanoism, as well as additional territories that have been added. It was eventually absorbed (sans Susanoist conventions) into the TCS. Now discontinued.
Map Database - The AH.com archive of blank maps for mapmakers and timeline authors.
Colour Scheme Designer - A rather useful external website.