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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...


Hmm. No comments on the new map. Is it a dull map? Am I no longer "hot" on Deviantart? :) Or have I simply produced a map so densely annotated that there simply are no questions to be asked? 

Edit - so it is I simply produced a map so densely annotated that there simply are no questions to be asked 

Guess I shall have to make my maps more obscure in the future! :D
Aeolus 1980-something by QuantumBranching
Aeolus 1980-something
Another scenario, the world of GURPS Alternate Earths 2 Aeolus, (…… ) some 40 odd years on...

This is a world where William of Orange failed to make it to Britain in 1688, and James II ultimately succeeded (with some French subsidies) in overcoming Parliament. With Britain in the French court, the Bourbon's ambitions were realized, including even the dreamed of Spanish-French union, creating a Catholic superpower dominating Europe. Catholicism revives in Britain, and a series of hardline Protestant revolts brings a cycle of repression and hardening attitudes that leads to a large-scale immigration to the American colonies, where apocalyptic Protestantism leads a fervent new religious revival, in the end leading to a break from "Papist" Britain. 

Of course, all things come to an end, and a 19th century Spanish rebellion plus an Austrian-Russian-pissed off minor German state alliance put an end to la glorie, to a considerable extent. The French and Spanish American colonies eventually departed as well. The Habsburgs had their own day in the sun, and even get a family member on the throne of Russia (the War of the Russian Succession ends up with the Romanov candidate in American exile), only in turn to fall to republican revolution: a unified multinational state rather than a bunch of wee republics results thanks to the brutal efforts of the Russian Habsburg Czar to crush the rebels regardless of ethnicity and reinstall his relative. 

A second war would be needed to confirm the continued survival of the Republican Alliance, later the Federated Republics, with Habsburg Russia coming back for a second round and the French monarchy joining in, the Bourbons having come to the conclusion, with the rise of their own Republicans, that the Republics represented an existential threat to all that was good and French and Bourbon. This round ended with the collapse of both enemy powers in rebellion...

Today, the Federated Republics are the world's greatest industrial and scientific power, and with it's allies dominates Europe and what we would call Latin America, while the remaining absolute or at least authoritarian monarchies are on the defensive, but things are far from entirely rosy. The Republics face internal ethnic issues (the Magyars are being bitchy, the Belorussians want their own state, and everyone thinks the Germans are too powerful - fortunately the Germans can rarely agree on anything for more than five minutes straight, so the "unify all Germans in one mega-state" idea remains theoretical). There are ongoing efforts to create a pan-FR nationalism based, like US nationalism, on common principles, the historical struggles, democratic ideals, etc., which the more idealistic hope can be extended one day to the rest of Europe. The main Lingua Franca (heh) is German supplemented by French (still the second language of most educated people), and boy there have been a lot of proposed "neutral languages", from Latin to three or four version of *Esperanto. Multilingualism remains much more the norm than, say, the US OTL, and anyone who doesn't have at least two languages under their belt is considered a bit of a simpleton or assumed to have just fallen off the turnip truck. 

The Federated Republics don't get along too well with their supposed French allies, who may be grateful on some level for the war bringing democracy, but can't help remembering that this happened due to the FR kicking their teeth in. They don't get along at all with the Russians, whose Republic is dominated by nationalist parties that want their Lost Lands back and who despise the Federated Republics secular, multi-cultural approach. Their Latin American allies, meanwhile, are a variegated if generally shaky bunch, aside from L'Argentine. 

They also don't really get along with the American Commonwealth, which although it has democratized a bit (the office of Lord Protector lost quite a bit of its power to the Council of Judges, the Parliament-equivalent, after some truly spectacular corruption led to the removal from office of the last Protector) and mellowed a bit on religion (Catholics are now allowed to practice in the Commonwealth, although they still face legal trouble if they "corrupt youth" by teaching them about Catholicism), remains a dourly protestant and authoritarian "republic", and does not like the "libertine" and numerically mostly Catholic Federated Republics, which they see as a corrupting influence and a competitor for souls and minds in the darker places of the earth (as well as a commercial competitor. The "Covenanters" may be very religious-minded, but they also keep a very close eye on the bottom line, and are enthusiastic about practical technology and industry).

Of late, the Commonwealth has been expanding its influence overseas in the pursuit of profit and faith, and in putting an end to the slave trade, which in this world was never interrupted by European powers with other issues in mind: along with the Argentines, who are mostly in it for the national ego-expansion, they have expanded their influence into large areas of Africa previously mostly ignored by Europeans, which in turn has brought reactions from other powers. Northern Africa, which has seen a fair amount of state building and acquisition of European technique over the last century, seems unlikely to be colonized outright, but you never know...

The Commonwealth's great rival in North America is the Kingdom of Louisiana, ruled by the House of Orleans: they are currently in a bit of a relative decline, having been surpassed as an economic power by the Commonwealth, and although they succeeded in their ambition of seizing New France (roughly Ontario and points east) during the French revolution in spite of Commonwealth hostility, the Commonwealth made them pay a sizable pound of territorial flesh, albeit in thinly populated areas, for the privilege: the costs of the war and unrest in New France have emboldened local republicans. Still, the army remains loyal, and the capital of Orleans remains a partying sort of place.

The Republic of Mexico (formerly the Principate of Mexique) has had something of a native-Hispanic revival, and everyone tries to speak Spanish nowadays, even members of the elite who aren't really very good at it. It is also essentially a one-party dictatorship, but it is at least reliably anti-monarchy. Currently the government has its hands full with a Communistic Christian peasant movement in OTLs Central America, very interested in land redistribution and landlord decapitation.

Brazil is, well, Brazil, although the removal of the king was carried out very peacefully (he even has a pension), and has benefitted from an even messier collapse of central authority that OTL in Franco-Spanish America to expand beyond its OTL borders. Le Republique de L'Argentine, the most Frenchified of former Spanish colonies (both culturally and through immigration at a time Spanish settlers were few), speaks French in the cities, Franco-Spanish creole in the towns, and Spanish and native dialects out in the boondocks. As OTL it managed to boom economically through agriculture, and unlike OTL has been keeping up the momentum, and is seriously feeling its oats. 

A bit of scramble for southern Africa is currently ongoing. Southernmost Africa and its mineral riches are held by the Boers or south African Dutch, of which there are rather more than OTL due to immigration from a homeland reduced to a mere French satellite. The fairly formidable kingdoms of Morocco and the Mahdist theocracy (not OUR Mahdi, but a historical parallel) dominate in the north, although the Mahdists are currently too isolated and backwards to project their power very much, having essentially peaked with the conquest of the weak post-Ottoman Mameluke Egypt and the capture of the Holy Cities, something both the Persians and Ottomans agree Something Must Be Done about, although mutual hostility prevents them from agreeing on anything. 

The Ottoman Empire collapsed messily in civil war after various brutal defeats at the hands of the Habsburgs, and for a while the Middle East was rather fragmented, aiding in the rise of the latest Persian dynasty. For a while their more energetic ambitions seemed doomed to disappointment, the Turks (having revived, BTW, under a couple of competent Sultans in the last few decades) blocking them from the Mediterranean, the Russians pushing them out of Central Asia (although they regained a bit during the Russian civil war), and the Afghans being, well, Afghans, the oil money is now really starting to roll in, and ambitions are inflating again. 

Armenia, a Persian client state, mostly came into existence as a result of Persian efforts to weaken the Turks, but don't tell an Armenian, who will regale you with endless stories of the self-sacrificing heroes and valiant fridged women who made the reemergence of their nation possible. And it's no good to agree, because then the drinking starts. 

French India underwent some complex events during the Revolutionary period, with various local governors proclaiming loyalty to the republic, others to the king (fourth in line to the throne, but at least alive and kicking) in Nouvelle-Bretagne (Australia), while the Mahratha Confederation, traditional French vassal and source of mercenaries, decided to get some of their own back. The Republicans eventually won out, but lost quite a bit of territory, and their efforts to run Bengal through local clients seem to be in trouble as the native First Minister seems to be getting increasingly hard of hearing when meeting the French Resident. The most developed native Indian state, the Sikhs, are currently consolidating their position: conversion of Muslims and Hindus remains slow enough that they are not eager to take on a whole new bunch of Hindus with divided loyalties. 

SE Asia managed to largely avoid colonization, although European and American economic influence is growing, and the pro-republican party in Vietnam is cozy with the Federated Republics. The absolute monarch in Thailand has no patience with that Republican nonsense, and is a bit miffed that the Conservative powers consider his country too backwards for a membership invitation. The Spanish East Indies (part of the shareout of the spoils after the Netherlands was forces to kiss pointy French shoe) is currently having an energetic rebellion, although what sort of government they are rebelling in favor of is currently a bit unclear. The Philippine Viceroyalty is actually doing fairly well, thank you, aside from that annoying Moro thing in the south. 

Manchu China's collapse, delayed by a less aggressive Europe, came in time due to overpopulation, imported European ideas, foreign pressures (particularly Russian ones) and just good ol' dynastic decay. An attempt was made to establish a new dynasty, but although a bit more legitimate-looking than OTL's Yuan Shikai's, it was unable to establish its authority, and the interesting foreign notion of "republicanism" was given a shot: the new Republic remains shaky, and in a world where Socialist ideas have yet to find their Marx (or Engels) is an odd combination of republican and Confucian ideas quite unlike anything OTL. They have some territorial claims of their own, but currently are cautious about pushing them.

Japan was "opened up" when the American Commonwealth reacted rather badly to a massacre of missionaries, and currently is run by a corrupt, military-dominated oligarchy struggling to fully modernize to the point it can shake off the punishing unequal treaties imposed on it by the Commonwealth after their victory. Korea, on the other hand, was opened up _earlier_ than OTL by the Russians and has managed to develop a fair little military-industrial base and even gain some land from China (Korean "historical communities", natch). 

Nouvelle Bretagne, which includes what we would call New Zealand, is peasanty and conservative, even earthy, its people famed for their capacity for drink, and have been rather proud of the King choosing them as their place of refuge. Up until recently, anyway, but some doubts are beginning to set in. 

Going back to Europe, the collapse of French rule in Italy led to the various small states unifying under the leadership of the Papacy, the Pope's anti-French stand and progressive views making him a popular choice. The current Italian government is supposedly secular with the Pope as a figurehead of state, but he's still the Pope, and the Papacy is very influential, with the Church still having a bunch of fingers in the educational and healthcare systems. The current Pope is a bit of a reactionary, which has led to a considerable angry stir in the Italian intellectual classes, which (at least in their opinion) still rival anything the Federated Republics can show in spite of all their fancy-shmancy new universities. 

The Netherlands is currently flourishing as part of a unified European economy and has picked up the Flemish part of OTL Belgium as a result of the French revolution, while Sweden is a rather grim police state and Spain is a cheerier and sunnier police state, and Greece gets awards for "most reactionary monarchy." Prussia, where attempted reimposition of Catholicism failed to take, is a constitutional monarchy, and has picked up Livonia and Courland as autonomous sub-kingdoms as a Federated Republics ally in the last war: there is a "unify with our fellow Germans in the FR" movement, but there is also a local patriotism, and in any event the other ethnicities of the FR think they have enough Germans already, thanks. (Now if the French would join too: but the French are only interested in joining clubs if they get to be president). France cultivates its own little sphere of influence abroad, and pursues a vigorous state-driven program of industrial development. 

The United Kingdom, majority Catholic nowadays, has managed to successfully navigate from absolutism to constitutional monarchy (the king still retains some real power) without revolution, and keeping real political power concentrated in the hands of the old land-owning nobility by sharing the goodies with the new industrialist class. That, however, is leading to its own problems as an industrial boom has transformed much of England from a Green and Pleasant Land to a land of toxic fumes, slag heaps, and poisoned rivers, and massively expanded what OTL would be called the Proletariat - and they're not entirely content, to say the least. 

The world is less developed than OTLs early 1980s, with much of the general tech level on a 1930s level, with theoretical science in places at a 1940s level: atomic power theories exist, but nobody is near building a bomb. Evolution is widely accepted, leading, alas, to a boom in new racist theories. [1]Radio is also booming, having essentially leapfrogged a slowly developing telegraph system before it became ubiquitous. The last few decades have seen a great boom in railway building, as such big states as Russia, Louisiana, and the Federated Republics have set to work on binding their nations together with steam locomotion. Internal combustion vehicles main technological progress has been due to military needs, rather than civilian, and personal cars remain mostly for the rich outside of a very few countries. There are a lot of trolley cars, and a fad for skyscraper building is pushing the limits of what can be achieved with concrete and steel beams. 

One odd exception is aerospace, thanks to the precocious development of jet aircraft in the first Republican war. Jet passenger planes cross the Oceans, and there are manned satellites in orbit (partly due to the lack of advanced electronics. The transistor has not been invented, and although computers have developed with the need for ballistic calculations, etc., they are honkin' huge things full of vacuum tubes).

Economics is underdeveloped, with theory basically on a late 19th century level and everyone on the gold standard. Economic cycles are a problem, and there have been nasty economic bumps as a result of the wars, although thankfully nothing quite on the level of OTLs Great Depression. Socialism doesn't quite exist: there are various theories on how to create an economy friendlier to the Common Man, and some strong proponents of state redistribution through taxation, but the idea that history leads to specific economic states ending in a Worker's Paradise, if anyone proposed it would be seen as wackyness, possibly influenced by Christian apocalypticism such as the movement in Central America. 

[1] Well, it remains forbidden to teach in the American Commonwealth, which at least removes a biological justification for racism. The Commonwealth, which eliminated the last of slavery in the 1840s, actually treats its black population fairly decently nowadays, although there remains a glass ceiling of sorts, and interracial marriages remain largely verboten outside of those crazies in New Hampshire. In Africa, black Covenanters (what members of the Commonwealth call themselves, aside from just "Americans") are often used to act as intermediaries between white Commonwealth members and Africans, but things are usually arranged so that the black soldiers, preachers, etc. are seen as being subordinate to white Commonwealthers: after all they don't want Africans starting to think they are _better_ than white people!  (On the other hand, there is a bit of a problem with black "rogue" missionaries in the back country...)
Toyotomi Japan by QuantumBranching
Toyotomi Japan
OK, I did the map for the alt-history wiki's "Toyotomi Japan"… , a world in which Japan does not close itself off from the world in the 17th century yet for some reason does not create a giant eternal all-east-Asia empire.  A couple ideas re alt-country borders for South America and Africa have been stolen from Diamond and SRegan. If the author of the TL objects to my making a map out of their scenario, I shall of course take it down. 

It's four decades after the end of the Second Eurasian War, in which the Japanese-Mexican-North American-odds and ends alliance defeated the English-German-Chinese alliance by dint of pluck, smarts, and Russia staying out of the fight until an opportune time arose to attack its German former ally. The world situation is complex and multipolar, with various often overlapping alliance systems. Nuclear weapons are common, but the "atomic arms race" has been less frantic than OTL - so far. China is a sore spot, it's republican regime having gone increasingly radical and revanchist over time. The world is largely post-colonial, with Japan and the European powers having given independence to most of their colonial possessions, and only Russia rules by force over an extensive multinational empire...[1]

A more general note on maps: my map margins and keys are too big. Too many notes, too much information. I am thinking of going back in the future to putting more info in an accompanying block of text the old-fashioned Bruce way. What do people think?

[1] Apparently Russia falls apart by "today", but the details are missing, the TL not going beyond 1946, so I decided to make the map for a period before that happens, since I like messy multinational empires.  :)
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it, joyous Festivus, etc. to those who have a different celebration, and as for those who don't celebrate at all, look out for didactic ghosts. 

And happy new year to all! 
Times Numberless by QuantumBranching
Times Numberless
From the time travel/alternate history short novel "Times without Number" by John Brunner. Time travel was invented a century ago, and while various crises have so far been overcome, an angry megalomaniac is loose in time, and he intends to being down the Most Catholic empire of the Habsburgs...

In this world, the Spaniards first successfully crushed the uprising in the Netherlands, and then with a secure base for their soldiers were able to carry out the Armada’s invasion of England. Ruling Britain proved useful, since not much later the invasion of Spain by Islamic armies (something I am going to attribute to messed up time travel, since it was logistically pretty impossible at the time, John Brunner, you blockhead) forced the Spanish Habsburg royal family to flee: London was a place safe from both Muslims and Frenchmen (although after the fall of Spain and Portugal, the French had their hands pretty full holding the Muslims at the Pyrenees). The eastern Habsburgs managed to establish their supremacy over most of the Holy Roman Empire, and in a final triumph, a War of the French Succession ended with a victory for the Habsburg candidate, leading by the mid 18th century to a Catholic Europe largely united under one royal family. 

Of course, such supremacy leads to resistance, and an eastern European alliance arose to avoid becoming mere vassals of the now overgrown Habsburg Empire. Bohemia broke away in the Great German Revolt, and joined with still-protestant Northeastern Germans, Danes and even Catholic Poles fearful of Habsburg power in the Confederacy of the East, the Russians later joining in a “if you can’t beat them” calculation. 

A cycle of West-East wars was broken by the development of time travel by an Italian genius in the late 19th century, and the swift theft of the secret by German spies, leading to an effective situation of Mutually Assured Destruction, time travelers from either side being able to unravel the existence of the other. As a result, the Treaty of Prague, forbidding any attempts to gain advantage over the other through temporal meddling, has held unbroken for a century by the time of the map, although to some extent by the fact that each side is so alarmed by the prospect of a Time War that minor violations and edge cases are often quietly excused. Time travel has not been used to liberate Spain retroactively, since that would change history so much that time travel would probably not be invented in the first place, and in any event would wipe from existence everyone in the “present day.”

In the year 1989, an uneasy peace still exists, although many in the know feel the real enemy is not so much the other great power as the very existence of time travel itself; there have been questions about the professionalism and supposed uncorruptibility of the Habsburg Monarchy and Catholic Church vetted Society of Time, along with the Eastern Temporal College: and all it would take is just the wrong butterfly at the right time to start the whole fabric of history unraveling. And while so far only the Empire and the Confederacy have time travel, both the Muslim great powers and the Chinese know of its existence and are doing their best to figure it out.

The Habsburg Empire, as well as much of Europe, also encompasses all of the Americas. With no British or French competition, the Empire has never bothered to colonize OTL’s US and Canada aside from a scattering of small settlements along the East coast (there are also some French settlements in what would be Canada) and most of the continent north of Mexico is ruled by proxy through self-governing native American vassals, most notably the Catholicized Mohawks, who used Spanish guns and horses to carve out a vast, if still fairly thinly populated, empire of their own. African colonies are limited to a scattering of trade posts due to the disease factor, and the Cape area, but the Indonesia-Philippines area has been colonized, as has most of India, although Muslim powers hang on in the northwest. Australia looked too backwards and desolate to bother with, and the Maori of New Zealand have recently converted to Catholicism. 

There are several major non-Christian powers, of which the Mediterranean Caliphate is most notorious. A revolutionary movement which became an empire, it turned against stodgy Ottoman quietist Islam as well as Christianity, the Caliphate carving a huge chunk out of Ottoman territory. Although not as apocalyptic in its world view as it once was, the Caliphate remains actively dangerous, an advanced (by this world’s standards) grasp of medicine and sanitation having allowed it to breed to the limit of its agricultural capacities: the excess young men are expended on regular border wars against the Empire and the Ottomans, or sent off to India to help out their fellow Muslims in the north. 

The Ottomans are keeping their heads above water, and managed to advance north into Russia for a while (indeed, the Tsardom probably owes its existence to Polish and Lithuanian assistance at the time) and insure the continued existence of the Crimean Khanate. Currently things are quite on the Confederacy front, Ottoman hostility being directly principally at the “heretics” in the Caliphate of the Mediterranean and the Rouhanid Empire of Persia aka Iran, which took over from the crumbling Sassanids a while back.

China, or Cathay as it is still called in the west, is the Big Brass Ring for missionaries, who always claim to the pope that given just a little more support they will convert the Emperor. Popes usually roll their eyes at this, having heard this all before for some three centuries, but there is a fair sized Christian minority in China nowadays, and relations between the Empire of the West and the Empire of the East are cordial: Habsburg emissaries have been successful enough in blackening the name of the Confederacy of the East that the Chinese emperor has taken their advice and pushed their eastern Siberian border well north, making access to the Pacific save the extremely long way around Africa (passing Imperial bases every step of the way) distinctly problematic for Russ and the other members of the Confederation. 

Cipangu is notable for its Empirephilia; it has not converted to Christianity either, but under a series of outward-looking Shoguns the country we call Japan has become enthused about all things Imperial, whose successes they admire and envy. The Cipanguese are presently attempting to emulate the European empire by expanding overseas to create a power base of their own and get away from the country’s traditional role as a mere part of China’s sphere of political and cultural influence. This is mostly seen so far as cute by the Habsburg Empire, but as Cipangu footholds multiply in the oddest places (loads of Pacific islands, the Aleutians [1], bits of the Indonesian archipelago the Habsburgs never bothered to take, the Malay peninsula, even Madagascar and Tasmania…), some are wondering if a new threat to the Empire is emerging. At least they don’t know diddly about time travel.

Politics is still stuck in the era of absolute monarchy, or limited parliamentary power at best. Slavery still exists in Europe, but is increasingly confined to servants for the rich outside of South America and the Caribbean: large scale slaving has been made uneconomical by increasing State and Church overseeing of the process, and the prices for individual slaves are way up. Regulations include no more enslaving of Africans who have converted to Catholicism, and no more packing slaves like sardines in ships and dumping overboard those who don't make it (if the Imperial navy intercepts such a ship, the captain is automatically hanged): and as for regulations after they get to their destination, if you can't treat your slaves well enough for them to successfully maintain their numbers through natural reproduction, you aren't allowed to have any. The East Europeans have never been into slavery on a major scale, lacking any tropical "plantations." (Russ is still all serf-y, however).

Technology is quite backwards in this world, having progressed perhaps a bit over half as fast as in ours since the late 16th century, being mostly on a late 18th century level. Copernican theory is accepted in the Catholic lands, if not “evolutionary theory”, and a basic understanding of electromagnetic theory exists, although outside of one very special area it has little in the way of practical use (although some French savants are currently doing some rule of thumb experimenting with sending long distance messages over copper wires, often interrupted by poor locals stealing the wires). Long distance communication is by semaphore in populated areas, by fast horse in wilderness: fast travel is by sailing ship at sea, by wagon train on land. (Steam machinery is only just now being tried as a means of drawing water out of mines in Silesia: some steam tech has been around for a while, but just used for amusements and giant church organs). Hot air balloons exist: powered flight is the stuff of popular romances. 

The microscope has been invented and a germ theory of disease exists, but remains controversial. Europe is only just catching up with the Caliphate’s fairly sophisticated grasp of the need for antisepsis and clean water, and the Caliphate remains the only nation to experiment systematically [2] with disease vaccination. (Test subjects are reassured by clerics that dying to save other believers is a form of martyrdom worth at least 20 virgins). Catholic Europe has a pretty sophisticated grasp of hypnosis and mind-influencing drugs, in some ways more refined than OTLs, but such things are classified as a form of “sorcery” by the Church and are kept as secret techniques of the Inquisition and other shadowy governing agencies, including the Society of Time. 

The one area in which technology far exceeds anything OTL is the development of time travel, a product of esoteric Catholic philosophy and mathematics as much as a skewed understanding of electromagnetic phenomena. The theory behind them is very hard to grasp, but time machines are in fact rather easy to make, involving a framework of bars of magnetic iron and pure silver arranged in a mathematically derived arrangement: their construction is kept a deep dark secret and they are kept carefully locked away from the public eye, since someone with a good enough visual memory and access to the correct materials could rebuild it from memory and have a fair chance of it working. Time travel can also be used for emergency long-distance travel: since space and time are interrelated, one can travel back a few seconds in time and travel thousands of miles in space. (However, you had better know exactly what your target in space is like, otherwise you might materialize inside a solid object. Not good).

Time travel is mostly into the past for research and study, location of lost treasures, and cleaning up the messes of Time Criminals who risk changing history by bringing back valuable artifacts not recorded in actual history as lost, or by taking tourists to just the wrong spot in history, or killing their grandpa, or whatever. Travel into the future is strictly limited due to the high risk of paradox. Paradoxes and history changes are to be avoided at all costs: because this isn’t one of those happy shiny universes where changing things just creates a parallel universe. No, this is one of those worlds where a major change will make it so you and everyone you know will never have existed in the first place… (the official Church line is that souls cannot be un-created and just go to Limbo in the case of a temporal catastrophe, but it remains uncertain how many members of the Society of Time suffer from existential terror all the same). The general public knows time travel exists, but have no idea how dangerous it really is. 

Certain vague recent rumors are ignored by most. After all, the Society couldn’t be regularly be almost un-making the world by experimentally creating other histories and then putting things back they were, right? I mean, the leaders of the most honorable and holy Society of Time can’t be a big a bunch of loonies, right?

[1] Displacing Russ fur traders and adventurers, to some Habsburg satisfaction. 

[2] For all their religious enthusiasm, the inhabitants of the Caliphate have a high appreciation of practical knowledge and those who pursue it.


Bruce Munro
United States
Current Residence: Where the rabbit shoulda made a turn
Hmm. No comments on the new map. Is it a dull map? Am I no longer "hot" on Deviantart? :) Or have I simply produced a map so densely annotated that there simply are no questions to be asked? 

Edit - so it is I simply produced a map so densely annotated that there simply are no questions to be asked 

Guess I shall have to make my maps more obscure in the future! :D

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beedok Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Thanks for the fave!
beedok Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
Make that faves. :D
what do you think about a scenario based on this oldish thread?…

Edit: Actually,  Maybe I'm wanting an opposite scenario.  Do you think the first Balkan War could have been prevented?  I'm looking to preserve a 1912 sized ottomans or at least an Ottoman with Albania.
Todyo1798 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So apparently your work is popular on reddit :P…
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Ah, fame at last! :)
Todyo1798 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well you say that, but I decided I wouldn't be out done and posted one of my better maps, I was then asked if I was yourself.  Needless to say I was flattered, and you know what they say about imitation and flattery.
coldblood11 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Do you take requests?

If so, I have one. It's an ASB scenario in which World War II never happened, because of a drastically different WW1 which left Romania as a major European power, made France become communist, and the German Empire survive.

Basically, France was on the Central Powers, Germany a member of the Entente, and the CP still lost. France went through a rough period of heavy taxation and economic deregulation following the end of WW1, similarly to Weimar Germany, and Russia turned into the Soviet Union around the early 1920's. France then had a revolution; a revolution which changed the country into a communist dictatorship.

The main victors of WW1 were Germany and Romania, being the two slaughterhouses which gained a lot of territory after the war. Britain suffered a civil war in 1921 which turned it fascist due to the rising anti-monarch protestors.

The rest would be up to you to decide, but here's a link to a piece I did awhile back regarding this universe.…
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
 Was Russia a Central Power? Because if it's an Entente power, it's under a lot less stress than in our world and wouldn't probably go Red. Could you give me the full lineup?

PS - If Germany (middle of Europe) isn't in the Central powers, and France (western Europe) _is_, would it be called the _Central_ powers in the first place? :)
coldblood11 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Yes, it was. Is it OK for me to PM you on about more details?

Call it the Grand Alliance then. :D
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Sure, go ahead and PM.
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