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A Different Decades of Darkness by QuantumBranching A Different Decades of Darkness by QuantumBranching
A map requested by Jeckl.

This is based on the timeline "Decades of Darkness" by Jared over at Alternate History.com [link]

I shan't go into too much detail, since it isn't my timeline, but it is a world in which a War of 1812 Gone Wrong leads to New England breaking away from the US (later followed by some other bits) and the remaining USA, being numerically dominated by slave states, follows a path of large-scale slave-holding and aggressive territorial expansion, eventually moving into Latin America and either fully enslaving or enserfing the duskier-hued inhabitants.

As the result of butterflies, a big-ass Germany forms earlier than in our world, and after a couple wars the Germans end up dominating Europe, the Russians most of the stuff to the east, and the USA/King size Confederacy dominates the Americas, as here [link] An era of "three superpowers" begins, with the Brits reduced to a rump empire in exile and the French have their country broken up. This is a variant version in which not everything goes the USA's way, and things don't go well at all for the Germans.

The Halifax Powers win the North American war, the US losing some border territory and most of its Caribbean holdings. Later, with a weakened USA and the Russians on side, the British-French-etc alliance wins the later Great War. Russia didn't do quite as well as in the original scenario in Asia, but made up for it by extracting an extremely high price for entering into the war on the non-German side: pretty much all of Eastern Europe is in Russia's pocket.

The USA was able to hold its own on the American continent, although it has to pull back from hard-to-access southern Brazil in the face of well-equipped Latin troops and military threats from the North. Currently it is slowly but surely crushing the various Montevideo League-backed rebellions in the territories and plotting revenge.

Germany has been divided. This is probably not maintainable in the long run, and France's extension to the Rhine was probably not a good idea either (the local Germans are Not Happy), as Napoleonically Glorious as it was. The five allied powers (the UK, France, Japan, New England, and a united Italy), currently hang together for fear of hanging separately, knowing that none of them individually is strong enough to stand up to Russia or the US. The Nightmare Scenario, of course, is Russia and the US joining forces.

However, even as people in Canada and New England peer nervously southwards, and those in Japan nervously westwards (the French are fairly relaxed, because they're confident the Russians aren't going to want to take on the headaches of keeping the Germans disunited, and the USA is on the other side of an ocean), something is going on in labs and university campuses and government research centers. Something big. And depending on who gets ahead in this so far largely unseen race, the entire balance of power could be utterly upset...
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Would also be cool to see DoD America totally triumphant, or as an alternate, the New Englanders/Russians/Germans/French would be quite an interesting thing to see as well. Jared made a timeline more interesting then reality in my opinion.
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
High praise for Jared! I'm not sure how much further the US could expand, but certainly the competition - Germans and Russians - could have done rather worse.
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stevecali90 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dunno about Russia, but I certainly think Germany could have had a far larger amount of eastern territory than it did in the original.

The *U.S., on the other hand, was really pushing the boundaries of plausibility as it is, TBH; they really could have been much, much less successful at various points.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
But that wasn't the point...
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stevecali90 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I know. =p =)
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stevecali90 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But in all honesty, Jeckl still did a really good job laying things out. I hope to see more from him in the future.
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Jeckl Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Thanks, glade you like it
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You and Jared are my favorite AHers :P

I agree with you on your take on DoD America's largest point of expansion, but I'm fairly certain they could have ended up with a much larger sphere of influence, especially when the rise of the 3rd world comes and decolonization begins. Or just give the Europeans and Asians more trouble and have the Americans remain a sluggish behemoth, but one that is the hyperpower by sheer lack of competition. Ruling through economic might and the occasional toppling of some African dictator who talked too much shit about Columbia for the President to tolerate (slavers with drones! :D)

As for Germany and Russia, they could have ended up much larger as well.
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stevecali90 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
DoD certainly was interesting, IMO. It's just that I've always felt that it was a little TOO over-the-top in some ways, particularly where the U.S. is concerned(and perhaps Russia, too, to a lesser extent at least, towards the end.).
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That was why it was so interesting to me, such a detailed timeline taking three of my favorite -wanks and extrapolating them side by side in glorious glorious detail :heart:
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