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This account is a storage spot for my alternate history maps. I also have started putting up "Alien Space Bat scenario" (fantasy settings) writings in a seperate "ASB" folder, and more recently some doodles.

PS - to see all the map deviations in my gallery, hit "browse": for some reason some don't show up otherwise, although they aren't in seperate folders.


Have neglected putting anything here, so I thought I'd start adding: alternate history maps by others, some Anime pics, odds and ends...


Voronoi World by QuantumBranching
Voronoi World
OK, did this at the suggestion of Turquoise Blue over at a map based on this "Voronoi" sphere map… world territories have been redrawn so that a region is determined by the closest capital city. I have cheated a little, but since this was mostly for fun, I hope folks won't mind.

(Also, apologies for the ridiculous number of color labels and the excessive chattyness of those. It just ran away with me this time). 

This is a world of more middle sized and smallish states, where the Angles and Saxons didn't have it all their way in Britain, where the whole Holy Roman Empire thing ran into trouble early when one of the later Carolingians had no less than five sons survive to adulthood, where the latest Chinese Warring States interlude seems to be settling into a more permanent state of affairs, and where the colonial struggles for the Americas was more of a bloody free-for-all than the "Habsburg-Mega Empire grabs it all with some scraps left for the Portuguese, and the Pope concurs" situation of our timeline.

It's a somewhat less technologically advanced world: greater international competition, but reduced economies of scale, and more linguistic divisions between scholars and researchers. In many fields they are approaching where we were in the mid-20th century, but they're still a ways from developing atomic weapons or power, and rockets into space are stuff for the funny papers. Slower technological pace and smaller European nations have made things a bit easier on non-Europeans, and while disease still broke the back of American Indian civilization, the interior of Africa and much of Asia remained outside European control.

It's a mostly post-colonial world: the wave of European conquest has withdrawn from difficult and unprofitable areas, and now that the world is economically connected its easier to trade than to forcibly extract, although a number of islands and various dibs and dabs of territories abroad are still ruled from European capitals.

It's a world with more little wars but fewer big ones: nothing on the scale of the apocalyptic world wars of OTL has happened yet, although this world's version of the *reformation was bloody enough. (Catholicism did a bit better than OTL, which has helped make for a more confident and liberal Church). 

It's a worried world. 

The Islamic world is in a tense state: it seems of late Allah has it out for Islam lately, with the two greatest Islamic powers collapsing in the last two centuries, first the Egyptian Caliphate torn apart in the early 19th century, and then the ancient empire of Persia descending into civil war in the 90s. Sure, Islam in India and parts of Africa is OK, but Islam looks weak and fragmented compared to the major European and European derived states, and isn't looking too shiny compared to the great empires of east Asia, either. Islamicist "purifying" or "reforming" movements are on the rise.

Europeans are also nervous, as the long delayed unification of the German states, much interrupted by feuding German kings and republics and a three-way religious division (the Neo-Arian churches historically didn't get along with the Zimmerites at _all_), seems in train at last in these secular times: if it succeeds, it will create a giant which will dominate Europe. Some predict this will be the "Roman Empire" spoken of in the Biblical apocalypse: religious fervor is on the rise among those who don't cotton to this "secular" stuff. Meanwhile, the Popularists (more like OTL Communists) remain active in most industrialized or industrializing countries in the world, and have recently scored a success in South America. And then there is the Red Plague, [1] originating in the depths of the Amazon, which has after several successfully contained outbreaks has reached epidemic levels in the corrupt dictatorship of Cubaocon: as 2000 approaches, the world waits with hope and fear for the next century...

[1] Known as "the walking plague" due to it's victims at some point in their disease cycle develop a feverish obsession with getting out of their beds and walking off towards the horizon for some unclear reason: the fact they get very sociable and huggy doesn't help, either
West Plus East by QuantumBranching
West Plus East
A map request for a surviving western Roman Empire. Some ideas stolen from some older TLs on if the original writers are out there, feel free to ask for credit!

In this world the Vandal invasion of North Africa failed to come off, [1] and a western Empire keeping hold of its resources and navy was in better condition to hold onto at least the lands around the Western med. Part of Spain was held against the Suevi and the Visigoths (the Suevi would eventually ally with the Romans against the stronger Visigoths) and without Odoacer's takeover of Italy the Eastern Romans didn't push the Ostrogoths to invade Italy (they would remain in the Balkans, ruling over Dacia and Illyricum south of Noricum until the era of the Avars.

The eastern Empire has had troubles of its own: the whole Justinian mess was avoided, but that just gave it an opportunity to get in another round of exhausting wars with Persia, there were still plagues, and religious disputes between Constantinople and Egypt & Syria still festered, so when a combination of overpopulation, opportunistic state building, and instability kicked off by Ethiopian expansion brought about a non-Muslim but still energetic Arab "surge", both the East Romans and the Persians suffered serious losses. Fortunately, it looks like the Arab expansion may have been a flash in the pan, and the Emperor in Constantinople is pondering whether to try to reconquer Syria or maybe do something about those pesky Goths.

There have been efforts to dynastically reunite east and west, but they've fallen through: with the western and eastern Emperors effectively the heads of their churches (the Bishop of Rome is still only first among equals in the western church) and their clergy holding some divergent ideas on the nature of the Divine, a religious element has entered into the already existent Latin-Greek split, although things are still fairly cordial at this point.

With the Mediterranean still a unified economic area, the economies of places like southern Italy and Mediterranean *Gaul are doing better, and there is a denser network of Maratime trade. Of course, it's a bit unclear as to whether southern Spain and North Africa are really economically doing better under Romans than they would be OTL under the Muslims, but at least things are politically a bit more stable. Even in the North, the Dark Ages are a little less dark. 

Italy was still a target of Germanic invaders, with the Alemanni, which OTL just got folded into the Frankish Empire, establishing themselves in the north: the western Emperors moved to the safer location of Carthage, behind the screen of their navy, although they never entirely lost southern Italy. In Spain, some three hundred years of off and on conflicts finally ended in victory over the Ostrogoths, which proved in some ways a bit of a wash, since by the 770s it looked like this would only lead to the Franks replacing the Visigoths as the Empire's principal bete noire...

[1] Stuff happened. (Waves hands frantically)
Venus 3.0 by QuantumBranching
Venus 3.0
OK, this will probably be the last version, unless Bob Mumby has some changes he wants done.

Welcome to the Venus of  Bob Mumby's "Stars, Sickles, and Swastikas" atompunk universe,… where the solar system is divided between US+Allies Venus, Red (in both senses) Mars, and the Nazis in the asteroids! Earth, meanwhile, is nowadays a somewhat radioactive fixer-upper. 

On Venus, the majority live in the domes and carry out the industrial production and mining activities that make life possible on this hellishly hot, dry and perpetually stormy planet, (Not quite as bad as in our universe, but still a hellhole), while the sky cities of the local "1 %" soar above. Beyond, many smaller cities have been founded by people seeking to escape the confined and regimented life in the domes, surviving by mining, hydroponic farming, and extraction of energy and useful chemicals and biologicals (there are some weird extremophile life forms) from volcanic vents. Others are essentially satellites of the dome cities, set up to specifically mine some rich new mineral vein, or capture the energy of a vent. In orbit are the fortress cities of the military caste, in training for the endless cold war with the space-Nazis and Commies when not dropping down to the surface to knock heads together.

It's an oligarchic, not very democratic world, dominated by a military-industrial complex allied with autocratic presidents, with a mostly rubber-stamp congress. Although the frontier is freer, many of its cities are essentially company towns run by the giant corporate combines, and any "independent" town that steps too far out of line or attracts the wrath of the corporation faces the overwhelming power of the military. Some of the frontier settlements have joined together into larger units, for economics of scale or to gain a better bargaining position - actual armed resistance is fairly unthinkable at this point. Here and there are the largely invisible ruins of failed settlements or company outposts abandoned for lack of profitability, and the more visible ruins of an armored truck or walking machine owned by a now deceased prospector who didn't take maintenance seriously enough on this lethal planet.

It's also a racist sort of world - US attitudes have not progressed much beyond the 1950s of our world, and while whites have various avenues for climbing out of the domes and reaching the sky cities, for blacks no amount of money or skill will get them in. It's a similar story for minorities elsewhere - non-Thai in the Thai domes, Indians in many Latin American domes, the non-Japanese immigrants that do the shittiest jobs in the Japanese domes, Muslims in the Filipino domes, etc. Things are a bit better for blacks in the Brazilian domes - enough money will whiten ones skin, somewhat...
Delenda Plus 100 by QuantumBranching
Delenda Plus 100
The world of Poul Anderson's "Delenda Est", maybe a century down the road.

For those who haven't read the original  time travel/changed history story, to briefly recap : this is a world where Carthage destroyed Rome. The Carthaginian Empire hung around for a while, and gave the Celts their writing system and enough political clues to organize against the Germanic peoples. Christianity never arose, nor did Islam. The Germans in central Europe were smashed by a series of invasions from the east, starting with the Huns, driving many of them south into Italy. Lots of things happened, until in what OTL would be the 1950s a World War broke out between a Hindu empire and a South American Inca-expy state, with a North American Celtic-Indian confederation caught in the middle…

It’s been nearly a century since war broke out between the Empires of Hinduraj and Huy Braseal (not what those nations actually call themselves, but who want to take the trouble to learn to pronounce what those foreigners call themselves, amiright?) , the world’s two strongest powers by most people’s estimations, a clash not merely of gross national interest but also political ideology (traditional monarchy vs. theocracy). Huy Braseal had advantages of more efficient administration, a positively Communist system of economic control, an almost inaccessible mountain core, and good old fanaticism, while Hinduraj had superior resources and numbers: and as they say, numbers do provide their own form of quality. After an extended struggle, the armies of Hinduraj, at terrible cost, fought their way up onto the Altiplano, executed the Son of the Sun, and looted the great temples. 

Although the costs, human and otherwise, of fighting the war exhausted Hinduraj for a generation, today the Hindu-and-some-Buddhists monarchy is the world’s dominant power, ruling directly or indirectly what it’s rulers boastfully and not too inaccurately call “half and one fifth of the world”, and feared and respected by all others. Centralizing monarchy is in, theocracy (never that popular anyway outside of Amerindian imitators and some parts of Africa) is out. Trade flows freely through a vast area spanning both the Indian and Pacific oceans, and art and literature flourish. The eastern half of South America, whether or not officially vassals of the Indians, are also within the sphere of Hinduraj. (The area is mostly other, lesser Amerindian states, aside from some vestigial Gallic colonies).

Admittedly, it’s not all roses and saffron. Ruling the Altiplano has proven rather difficult in the long run due to the local’s fanatic adherence to their religion, and every twenty years or so another army has to be dispatched when a new prophet proclaiming himself to be the returned Son of the Sun raises a rebellion. Much of the area is under military administration again, and the current Rajah of Rajahs is carrying out a rather ruthless new policy of ethnic replacement, killing or exiling rebel populations to the toxic jungles of their coreligionists to the east, and replacing them with settlers drawn from the highland populations in the north of India and even Tibet. (There is some hope that the inexhaustibly preachy Dharmic sect of Tibet may win over the locals from their rather anti-Indian faith). 

Bigger troubles are brewing back in Asia. The Han Empire, largely a non-factor in Hinduraj considerations due to its isolationist attitudes, crumbled thirty years ago in the usual dynastic end-cycle brought on by Emperors no longer interested in ruling, spectacular corruption, and peasant impoverishment caused by overpopulation. The father of the current Rajah decided that the emergence of a new, vigorous Han dynasty might create uncomfortable neighbor, after annexing or making puppets of those SE Asian nations historically marked “property of China – keep off” set to work keeping the warlord pot boiling. Unfortunately, this had the medium-term effect of causing various factions to unite against the foreign pests, and now Hinduraj’s situation in China is made tolerable only by the fact the apocalyptic *Buddhists (not our bunch by a long stretch) and the Neo-Legalists hate each other even more than they hate the Indians – their south Chinese “ally” is looking more like OTL South Vietnam all the time…

(Although China as OTL developed into a centralized bureaucratic absolutism, there are a lot of differences in the details. For one thing, Confucianism never became as dominant and continued to coexist and content with other schools of thought on how to organize government and society. And Buddhism in China evolved into something rich and strange).

Of course, everybody has troubles. Ask the High King of Ynys Yr Affalon. Much of the Indian-Celtic –odds and ends federation became a battle ground in the war between Hinduraj and Huy Braseal, and while the Andean fanatics eventually went away, the Indians came to stay: Affalon is another part of the Hinduraj sphere. His ancestors efforts to create a stronger, more centralized state led to rebellions which their Indian overlords often weren’t too helpful with: they were flattered that the north Affalonians (read “Americans” in this world) were imitating their form of government, but weren’t too interested in their becoming too powerful, and indeed sometimes intervened to “help out” when _not_ wanted, leading to popular unrest against the High King. The current monarch has for now given up on reconquering the lost bits of eastern Ynys Yr Affalon and concentrating on strengthening his grip on the lands between *Utah and *New England. 

He can’t hope for help from his Celtic brethren in Europe, since they have their own problems – once the Hinduraj/Huy Braseal war had landed Ynys Yr Affalon truly in the soup, the Baltic-Slavic empire of Littorn tried to reestablish its former frontier on the Seine and nearly succeeded: even the Celtic nations were a bit surprised at the time they managed to get their crap together in time to stop them short of the Rhine. A cold war interrupted by occasional outbreaks of violent fighting hasn’t changed borders much since then: the invention of barbed wire by a Celtic Druid has helped in that. (Its ally of convenience Cimberland, in spite of being Germanic due to different early migrations, still found itself playing the part of Mussolini’s Italy: their attempt to reconquer their former colony of Egypt didn’t go well at all). 

The European Celts have been trying to go the Centralized Monarchy route and away from their “squabbling elite democracy” model, with more success than the far larger and more ethnically varied north Affalonians. Gallia has probably done best, although Louis XIV would probably think the nobility-equivalent requires further neutering: Brittys, away from the front lines and less of a national mood of “hang together or hang separately”, worst. (See, the Irish). Kilts of a sort are still In as male fashion, while Ynys Yr Affalon has gone to Indian-style baggy trousers.

Dynasties have come and gone (the current ruling family is of what we would call Afghan origin, and there was a Turkish interlude), but Parthia remains: some sort of Iranian state between Europe and India has been one of the fixed norms of this world in the absence of Mongol or Islamic invasions. Parthia is currently one of the more peaceful spots on the globe, aside from the occasional mess spilling over the border from Arabia. The Punjabi Empire used to be unified with it a while back, but they’re their own thing now: a densely populated nation of tough warriors, they have a “don’t bug us and we won’t bug you” relationship with Hinduraj (which the Raj tends to interpret as a form of vassalage if others don’t).

Northern Africa is Carthagalaan, a loose federation centered on the old core of Carthage, which retains still some of its ancient glamour. North Africa is mostly oligarchic led by Suffetes with limited powers, although some of the southern states have fairly strong monarchies (Egypt is theocratic, but lacks a single God-king). It’s an economically bustling place, with elites more united than those in North Affalon, and surprisingly capable at mobilizing military forces for common defense (as Cimberland found to its distress), thanks in part to a fairly advanced banking system. It could play at least on Littorn’s level if it centralized more, but since that would upset too many applecarts, the inhabitants of Cathagalaan are happy enough to be Africa’s big dog.

Thanks to a fairly primitive medicine (although the virtues of quinine have been discovered) Central Africa avoided colonialism, although there are still a lot of trading posts and in more ambitious times there were efforts to rule through local proxies. The cape, where as OTL Europeans established a waystation to the markets of India, is a bit of an exception. There has been considerable cultural exchange south from Carthage and west from India (much of the east coast of Africa is Hindu or Hindu-local religion syncretic ), along with a transfer of weapons tech which has encouraged state building: the last true tribals, in the central jungles, are being energetically exploited to civilization, or death, whichever takes first. 

Slavery is widespread, but generally of a non-racist type with multiple possibilities for manumission. Democracy isn’t widespread, and outside of North Africa not well regarded, considered as leading to decentralization, internal conflict, and weakness. It has never been universal even among males, slaves and the poor usually being excluded, and often narrowed to the wealthy and noblemen, and is being eroded by a move towards stronger, bureaucratized monarchy on the Indian model through the Celtic world.

Religion is mostly tolerant and polytheist (“we have our Gods, but you should respect other people’s”), with a few important exceptions such as the Sun God followers of the Andes, and the worshippers of the Lord of Life and Death in much of central Africa, in which other faiths get the dhimmi treatment at best. (There are also some fairly intolerant Buddhists, but they’re a minor factor as long as China doesn’t go that route, and what passes for Zoroastrianism nowadays takes other Gods as servants of Ahura Mazda.) Baalists also believe the Supreme Baal created the other Gods, and scholarly types often suggest a single unified Godhead of which lesser Gods are just emanations, but genuine monotheism is almost unheard of, almost as rare as atheism. (There are a few minor Judaism-derived cults, but even these tend to think of their God as First Among Equals). There have been some odd mixes, with north African Baalism mixing with elements of the traditional faiths in the Celtic lands, and the long Cimberlandish period of rule over Egypt has left the *Italian peninsula with a faith that syncretizes the Nordic and Egyptian Gods. 

Technology is pretty widely variable, being based on rule of thumb engineering, although the spread of the printing press to all major nations in the last three centuries has systematized things somewhat. The steam engine has been around for a while, and there are steam powered trains, cars, and ships at sea. Smallpox vaccines and the use of quinine are widespread. Surgery is quite sophisticated, and some fairly potent anesthetic drugs have been developed from the New World’s formidable pharmacopeia, although, alas, notions of a germ theory remain vague at best, although the practice of quarantine in the case of plague is well known. Guns and cannon are up to OTL mid 19th century levels, supplemented by armored trains and crude, slow wheeled “tanks.” Hot air balloons are widely used, and gliders capable of carrying multiple arms troops exist. (The rocket-boosted ones are particularly dangerous). Some people are fiddling with what might be an internal combustion engine. Batteries have been a scholar’s toy for a while, and used for electroplating and inflicting amusing shocks on friends, but in a North African town the idea of sending an electric signal along a loooong wire is being explored. Steam pumps keep water out of the multiplying coal mines. During the final parts of the war the Andean state developed something like interchangeable parts manufacturing for the war effort, but it was not adopted by the Indians when they crushed them, and in most areas manufacturing is a craft rather than an industry, although there are some very dense state-sponsored congregations of skilled workers in some areas of major nations. But there is no science. 

Or is there? It is to be noted that the Druid class has also long tinkered with machines and practical ideas, and nowadays they write to each other and have books of useful knowledge printed. In Africa, meanwhile, scholarly types are having fun compiling huge encyclopedias about all sorts of knowledge, and creating great collections of all sorts of natural odds and ends. The development of the telescope for military purposes has led to people looking at the planets and seeing things which bring the long established “crystal spheres” model of the cosmos into question. (*Inca Huy Braseal followed a sun-centered model, but for theological, not astronomical reasons). If the work of the ancient Greek philosophers, not preserved by a *Byzantine Empire or a Christian Church, has largely been forgotten, so have such ideas as Platonism or the pursuit of knowledge as a thing to be achieved purely with the mind and not dirty experimentation. The North Africans, aside from the Egyptians, are a practical-minded people, and generally have no problem with the notion that useful knowledge about the world remains to be discovered. Neither they nor the Celts have as yet developed what we call the “scientific method”, but they’re getting close enough to accidentally bump into it one of these days…

(Yes, I am aware the world was un-made by the Time Patrol. Let's just say this is an alternate universe where Carthage won without the assistance of time travelers. :) )
The White Goddess by QuantumBranching
The White Goddess
This was a commission for Agendark on with the prompt "So my request is vaguely based on what I used for inspiration for the White Goddess Scenario awhile ago.

Basically, turn the Album "The White Goddess, a Grammer of European Poetic Myth", by Atlantean Kodex into a map. 

Supernatural elements are preferred
Bonus points for somehow have the city of Passau sunk beneath the waves."

After the Second Great Recession and the breakup of the EU, things spiraled into increasing chaos in what became known as the Collapse. Global warming made for unpredictable weather, for drought, for soaring food prices. New diseases ravaged a hungry world and spread to more advanced states where healthcare had been hollowed out by neo-neo-Liberalism and paranoia and superstition undermined what efforts to keep a population healthy still could be managed. Mad nationalisms arose again and nation strove against nation for what resources were left in foolish beggar thy neighbor policies. Rome burned, and the Papacy fled abroad. A strange dark man travelled across Europe, displaying wonders and miracles to amazed audiences, and left plague and madness in his wake. Still strong through sheer bulk if nothing else, China and the United States meddled and bought and sold desperate governments: many Europeans fought abroad as mercenaries for lack of anything better at home.

The Final War between China and the United States filled the skies with ash and winter fell across the world: too successful had been the unleashing of the new Chinese “superbomb” on the Yellowstone caldera. Summer was as winter, winter as cold as death. The Great Cleansing came, as the foreign, the alien, those of other faiths were sacrificed to stretch shrinking supplies and serve as scapegoats to turn wrath away from the rich and powerful: in the end, this was not enough to maintain social order. People fled south, Germans into France and Italy, Russians into the Ukraine, Britons all over, with much of Scandinavia and the north of Russia becoming almost abandoned: others things than people moved into the empty places. The Red Coat Army, whose anarchic purpose never became clear, marched across Europe, looting and raiding as they went in the wake of social collapse.

A light in the darkness, or perhaps a different sort of darkness. Some say the Old Gods had returned: some said they never left. In any event, while the hollowed out Christian faith of much of Europe or the new bellicose Protestantism of the American brand did not bring about salvation or surcease, increasingly there were reports of the strange, the miraculous taking place in old places, in ancient circles of stones, along ley lines, and even in ancient Churches dating back to the dim eras when Christianity was still feeding itself on the remnants of Paganism. Horned giants and fiery dogs were seen in the snowy woods. People recalled strange rites they had never performed in their lives before. New priests and shamans appeared, and channeled wisdom from before the coming of bronze. Great bonfires were lit, blood was spilled on ancient stones in the dead of winter, and dim, feeble sunlight began to return. Some claimed it was simply a natural return to normal conditions, but this did not explain why magic now seemed to bring far surer results, or the strange creatures which increasingly roamed at nights and in waste places.

From many small and local centers, power once again was consolidated. Rulers sold their swords, so to speak, to whatever God seemed to make them stronger. Wars, which had essentially become a matter of tiny localized savageries during the darkest days of the Long Winter became larger in scale as more resources fell into the hands of strongmen with ambition, and railways were rebuilt, although now running on steam and wood or coal again rather than oil. But at the same time there was a force seeking to end war and bind Europe together again: the Priesthood of the White Goddess, whose men and women claimed to serve the oldest Goddess, the one who had existed before the later male Gods, the triune virgin-mother-crone who had been worshipped by all Europe. 

Many (including the few surviving academics) scoffed, but many others turned to the cult which proclaimed the unity of all Europeans and which called for an end to human sacrifice: the power of blood and sacrifice had been needed during the Long Winter, but kinder times were ahead, and although some sacrifice would always be needed to maintain the balance between man and Earth, She would never demand one third of all children born, as some of the darker Gods had during the Winter. [1]. A struggle between the followers of the White Goddess and the followers of other old Gods began, with ambitious empire-builders often siding with Gods less burdened with concern for the unity and peace of Europe, most notably with the Gods of the Dark of the Moon, the Goat with a Thousand Young, the Gods of the Outer Abyss and the mocking masked cultists who answered only to one of uncertain humanity, the one known as the Heresiarch. 

A brief light of reason sputtered into being around Passau, Bavaria. The rulers of the region had through ruthless triage and scientific methods managed to keep a functioning state through the Long Winter without sacrifice to Gods or spirits, and attempted to expand their rule into the rest of Bavaria and Austria with a similar approach. The Heresiarch came like a thief in the night and sought to seduce them with strange sciences and a mask of reason hiding screaming madness. In the end, Passau revolted against their corrupted government, and slew the priests of the God of the Sevenfold veil. In the end, they trusted only in themselves when only the White Goddess might have saved them: the lake which stands where Passau once was does not seem to have a measurable bottom. 

The followers of the White Goddess, under their blue banner decorated with silver stars, had powers and allies of their own, to match those of the Heresiarch, at least here beneath sun and stars and on green and growing Earth. The scattered remnants of the old Catholic Church, also seeking peace and a restoration of order, allied with them, many proclaiming that the White Goddess was simply another face, another appearance, of the Virgin Mary, and that in due course a Son would arise to save everyone. And when the forces of the White Goddess marched north in search of a New Land on which to build their temple, and the earth quaked and shuddered and the bottom of the English Channel arose to meet the light of day: well, when the forces of the White Lady marched across the new land bridge into former England, the forces of the Tyrant of Luton either fled or knelt in worship before the banners of the White Goddess. Soon, boats crossed a narrow channel to the new Island of Doggerland, which would become the center of the new faith. 

Of course, things were never going to be simple. There were further wars and struggles, and old Gods of corn and stone and wood to be bound or placated and fitted into new pantheons, and monsters to be fought, and order remained elusive, and witchcraft of the unhallowed sort (to be carefully distinguished from witchcraft of the hallowed sort, which was plentiful). Islam, meanwhile, had struggled with the awakening of old magics in their lands, as well, but in the end the faith of the Prophet had prevailed, and from the ruins of the Middle East a new Jihad emerged, seeking to drive back the new paganism and take vengeance for all those of the faith who had perished during the Cleansing. For a while Europe’s border was on the Danube again: although this, too, would aid in its way, as it joined many Europeans together against a common foe. 

The forces of the Heresiarch, meanwhile, proved too deeply rooted to be wiped out: even with the final expulsion of Islam from the Balkans, in the wreckage of that unhappy land the Cult of the God of Seven Veils coming to take control of the “new roman empire” that arose north of Greece and south of the Danube. In the end an uneasy coexistence came into being, and aside from the White Goddess many local deities continued to be worshipped,[2] while strange new inter-twinings of Christianity and Paganism arose. Jews, which are considered to be in some way Very European, are tolerated, and have increased in numbers thanks to refugees from the Middle East. A still disunited, but slowly healing Europe began to emerge under the Aegis of the White Goddess, and the Five Realms of Britain, Francia, Allemania, Poland, and Hispania blessed and supported by the Goddess. 

There is a strange new normality. Technology has generally failed to get back to 20th, much less 21st century levels, but it’s better than the largely pre-industrial state into which things had fallen during the Long Winter. There are trains and even alcohol-fueled cars for the well off, and together radio (crystal sets mostly) and the telegraph are slowly binding Europe back into something like an accessible place rather than a mess of tiny survivor states. There is a serious shortage of metals due to the regression of mining technique and lack of trade with the rest of the world, and a lot of scavenging goes on. Partly by the beneficent aid of Gods of sea and sky and partly due to the rather lower population, nobody is starving anymore, although once again most work the land and produce food by the sweat of their brows. Many of the larger cities have fallen into ruin due to inability to maintain them, and are being plundered for raw materials, but a number of smaller centers are again growing. Politics are fairly regressive, with a return to monarchs with genuine divine and priestly backing, but a fair amount of local democracy has revived, and the number of pocket-sized tyrannies, strong-man regimes, and presidencies-for-life has been steadily declining. Things tend to be decentralized, with many local regimes only weakly under the rule of central courts (Poland, interestingly, has not seen a revival of kingship: they are a Very Holy Republic, and the confusion between the White Goddess and the Virgin is frankly baffling to most outsiders). 

Magic is once again everywhere, with most people seeing (or at least claiming to see) ghosts, spirits or monsters at a distance at some time in their life, and miracles (admittedly usually not very big ones) occurring daily at temples and holy sites. Although the personal experience of Divinity is rare, most have met people who have encountered Gods (the holy, insane, and holy/insane ones. The third likely result of an encounter with one of the more primordial deities doesn’t leave one fit for company, and often just gone). Everyone is usually all decked out in protective amulets, etc., since curses really do seem to work as long as you call on the right spirits and make some sacrifice of blood and/or other bodily fluids. Skeptics do still exist, although those who both annoy priests and mages and ignore all precautions do have a tendency to turn up one day swollen, black and smelling really nasty (or worse). People lock up very carefully at night, and certain desolate spots are posted as magical menace sites. Forests have expanded, and cutting down mature trees requires the permission of various priests and/or shamans. The animal population has also rebounded, and even a few species thought extinct have returned. Most blood shed at altars is now animal blood, but there are some sacrifices which require volunteers, and some places consider necessary the occasional kidnapping of someone broadly disliked by their neighbors. (One should carefully avoid mummers at certain times of year). Things tend to be hairier in the northern lands worst hit by the Long Winter, or in some small mountain states: if someone asks if you want to be King For A Day, plead other religious commitments. 

The Island of Doggerland is the center of the White Goddess’s cult, an island of priests and priestesses and wise men and mages. From here directives and divinely inspired messages go abroad, as do missionaries who seek to convert those who still persist in keeping the Goddess from their hearts. It is a place of miracles, it is said, and many have seen the Goddess in one incarnation or another. It is also a place of death, for the Goddess is the end of all things as well as the bringer of life: to achieve ultimate communion with the Goddess is also to achieve nirvana, and to end ones individual existence. Indeed, keeping Her worshippers from seeking to incinerate themselves like moths to a flame is one reason the Inner Mysteries are kept surrounded by many layers of ritual BS of various sorts. 

The White Goddess is also known as Europa, and is portrayed in her virgin aspect riding a bull: she tends to associate herself with the continent. Some think she has an agenda, and not one of those notebook planner thingies, either. 

Things remain uncertain at present. Strange beings emerge from the seas and mate with men and women. Corn demons snatch children out after dark. Various cults in underground caves or remote mountain villages worship divinities not agreeable to the White Goddess, and who knows what happens in the lands where dictators who follow the Heresiarch prevail? Many hard-line Christians still claim that the new Gods, even the White Goddess, are but demons, and should be fought against, although generally in private out of fear of being nailed to an oak. Some of them have made unknowing pacts with unpleasant powers pretending to be angels, and in some cases in full knowledge in a “the enemy of my enemy” mode of thinking. Strange rumors arise of terrible things taking place in the ruins of North America and East Asia, and the Muslims remain hostile, while the Five Realms jockey for position: will one of the Kings become Emperor and truly unify Europe? There are some limited contacts with South America, where old faiths and powers have also revived, and the White Goddess is apparently worshipped under a different name. 

It is said that a child, a child of a virgin mother, has been born somewhere in the east of Europe. Some say he will be the Holy Emperor that will truly unify Europe. Some say he is the Christ-Child returned and will return Christianity to its former glory. Some say his mother was an incarnation of the White Goddess, others say she was just a normal woman. Others say he will bring an end to the need for sacrifice. Some say he is Christ and Mithras and the King-Priest of Nemi, all at once, all those who sacrifice themselves for the sake of mankind. 

Where is he? The search has started, even as some cry nonsense and say this is all mere rumor. Some say that the servants of the Heresiarch are seeking the child, perhaps to kill, perhaps to raise Him as a servant of the Outer Gods and the dark of the Moon. Some say the Heresiarch already has the child, or even that he is the child’s true father. Rumor goes up and down the roads of Europe, and there is as yet no clear message or direction from Holy Doggerland. 

[1] Some claimed that was not so much the fault of the Old Gods but of the loss of modern contraceptive methods and too many mouths to feed…
[2] As long as large-scale human sacrifice is not taking place.


Bruce Munro
United States
Current Residence: Where the rabbit shoulda made a turn
Once I finish a couple commissions I have, I'd like to do a few maps which are not commissions (pressures gettin' to me, man... Crazy  ) or covers. So, I am throwing the floor open to suggestions: alternate history ideas and scenarios (as much or as little detail as you prefer), future maps, or even fantasy maps as long as they don't require me to create detailed basemaps from scratch (all those fractal little coastlines, brrr....)

thanks in advance!

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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner 2 days ago
What'd your policy towards, ideas, request and suggestions etc ?
OttoVonSuds Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015
The Delenda Est map is VIP quality! post it on here plz.
Goliath-Maps Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015
Idea Pitch: ASB World where Lysenkoism (…) turns out to be scientifically accurate- the USSR starts feeding all of its people (and prevents famine in China) and begins a new bio-technological (all sorts of new tech not physically possible OTL) revolution on the scale of the industrial revolution. By 2015, the U.S. is playing catch up to a USSR richer and more populous than it (the agricultural technology having made Siberia much more profitable for both farms and cities), and considering dropping the cold war and conceding defeat in the face of Soviet advances.
Todyo1798 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Bruce, if you're still looking for potential map ideas I just had one, "Nazi Austria, Red Germany".  Hitler gets deported  after the putsch (he only spends about a year in prison as OTL) but rather than moping as he would have done he pulls himself up by his lederhosen and throws himself into Austrian National-Socialism.  The DNSAP is delighted to have Hitler in their ranks and he quickly ascends to become leader, though his attempts to coordinate with the NSDAP back in Germany are often interrupted and intercepted.

Without a strong-man to represent the Far-Right to the workers of Germany the party eventually splits up with the left-wing branch scrapping a few thousand votes but usually losing ground to the Communists.  And this eventually leads to the Communists, or Communist-Social democrat alliance, taking power in Germany.

Would that be enough to work with?
Dain-Siegfried Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015  Student Writer
This might sound stupid but has anyone ever actually done a 'what if Hitler wasn't born' map. Though that is a key example of alternate history I've never actually seen a map where that was the POD. Axis victory; countless. Different Allied victory; not uncommon. But one specifically where lil' baby Adolf never came to be? I don't think so.

I'd do it myself if I had any confidence in my knowledge of the interwar period.
dorg1 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015
Did you get my message? I almost never use Deviantart and I'm not sure what if it went through.
Hayaba1 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
You should do your take on what Earth was like on the eve of the UNS Unity's launch.
HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
I think I may have asked once before but I can't remember... do you take map/scenario request or challenges if they interest you ?
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
Free for stuff that inspires me, and $25 a map for stuff less up my alley but not downright yecch or beyond my abilities. 
HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
Ahh good to know.

I Hope I didn't bother you, I was just curious.

I better get back to work on my own Dawnverse project shortly, Telepathic dystopian-alternate historical fantasy doesn't write itself.
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