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European Front by QuantumBranching European Front by QuantumBranching
Inspired by something on Alternate History Travel Guides site (the site, alas, appears to be defunct), a couple maps from a rather different world war arising from a 19th century historical divergence.

(It's not WWII, since in this world the German-French-Russian war was not considered afterwards a "world war", since the UK only got in near the end and the US never got involved).

Due to the Ottomans successfully squashing the first Serbian revolt, the history of the Balkans in the 19th century is rather different, and the Austrian empire never has an independent Serbia to worry about because they liberated the area from the Ottomans in alliance with the Russians. A more stable three-way balance of power within the Empire is established between Slavs, Hungarians, and Germans.

The Austrians are less threatened by Russians, with which they get along OK, and rather less dependant on Germany. So, when Germany and France have an early 20th century throwdown as a result of some Damned Stupid Thing in Africa (rather than some Damned Stupid Thing in the Balkans), the Austrians most certainly do not give a blank cheque to the Germans, who end up fighting the French and the Russians on their lonesome.

Although the Russians eventually collapse into revolution, the Germans manage to drawn in the British through the usual Dumb Ass diplomacy, (the Brits really can't afford having the Germans running things from Calais to the Crimea) and as revolution begins breaking out the Germans are forced to make peace with the Austrians acting as neutral brokers.

The French are even more war-battered than in our world, and feel that the British got in at the end and missed most of the fighting but still ended up with a share of the colonial awards, and German managed to get a negotiated peace less harsh than OTL: they feel cheated, and this festers. The Germans on the other hand feel their victory was stolen by Perfidious England, not to mention those Austrian Race-traitors.

When Germany and France both go *Fascist (there is no Mussolini in this world - its like Fascism, but the guy who invents it is French), they end up joining forces against the nations which got out of the war still sitting pretty: the Austrians and the British...

(Italy avoided the war but still suffered from Turbulent Politics and a damp squib of a leftist revolution)

Modernizing Japan in this world spent more on its navy and less on its army in this world: as a result, the Kingdom of Hawaii ended up a Japanese protectorate, but Japan lost the fight on land in the equivalent of the Russo-Japanese war, with the result that Korea and Manchuria ended up in the Russian sphere of influence.

This was a setback, but Japan still managed to continue to modernize. Although the Red revolutionaries took over in Manchuria, the Japanese liberated Korea (and managed to avoid acting like total dicks while establishing a protectorate), so the Kingdom of Korea sees Japan as a protector from the Red Hordes rather than the Very Worst Alternative.

Alaska was never sold to the US.

The Soviet leader in this world is more like OTLs Hitler in that he's a gambler and a bit of a megalomaniac, who sees the kerfluffle in Europe as an opportunity to expand in Asia: the German supremo is a man of more modest ambition, who wants to unify the greater German sphere and beat some colonial goodies out of the UK, not exterminate the Slavs or establish colonies in the Ukraine. (He still doesn't like the Jews, and they have a bad time of it, but their systematic extermination and/or expulsion can wait until after the war is won).

Operation Leviathan, with the aid of the French navy, very nearly succeeds, and the Siege of Vienna is only lifted with the ironic aid of a large Ottoman force (bolstered with British military supplies): it will be two more years before the last German and French forces are expelled from Austrian territory, and the Italian government, foolishly joining the war scenting Allied victory and hoping for French colonial spoils (with a stronger Ottoman Empire by the late 19th century, invading Libya was just Not On), soon find themselves hurriedly relocating to Naples as British and Austrian forces finally arrive to bolster Italian forces just south of Rome.

The Red Revolution in the US (which had less inspired leadership than Roosevelt's when a Depression-equivalent hit, plus the Socialist and Communist left had never been crippled by opposition to a WWI the US never participated in) was a shaky business from the start, the Socialist Republic of America never commanding the loyalty of the majority of the people it ruled after a very brief "honeymoon" enlivened by the demolition of Wall Street, and was wracked by internal revolt. What probably doomed it from early on was the Soviet leaders bizarre decision to come (unasked) to their aid, which made the Revolution a Foreign Plot to most Americans. Plus, by attempting to link up with the SRA through Canada, made the US a co-belligerent of the European powers, which would lead to Unpleasantness when the Austrian-British atomic bomb project bore fruit...

So here's a map of Europe and North Africa/the Near East... (Again, hit download deviation for a bigger one)
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wouldn't the maximum extent be AFTER they occupy half of Italy as well ?
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
they'll have been pushed out of more territory elsewhere by that time...
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albanianshadow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
wow austian/hungarian/illyrian empire is interesting! :)
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lamnay Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Very interesting world, hard to see how the UK-Austria will win against France, Germany and a demented Russia.

Oh atomic weapons.
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Well, UK-Austria also have the Ottomans on their side, and the Soviets are too busy fighting the US and Japan in the east to spare much effort to aid the Germans& French. (See [link] )
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lamnay Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Ah of course, no doubt sitting on all the oil has made the turks a little money.
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kazi2000 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
somebody had too much tequila when it made this map !
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lamnay Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Why?
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kazi2000 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably because "7" has too much of "6"'s land :) Just sayin' ...
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lamnay Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
It's alternate history, and Hapsburgs had Transylvania for centuries in reality anyway.
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