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One with Nineveh, Tyre and Hoboken by QuantumBranching One with Nineveh, Tyre and Hoboken by QuantumBranching
Ok, this is an ASB [1] map scenario done in cooperation with Rognvald [link] on alternatehistory.com. It is a world, where, by some fantastic set of unlikely events, a huge number of nations that came and went OTL are still around in 2012, including a number that would logically seem, shall we say, unlikely, if the early history was so different. Carthage never fell, a Rome which stayed a Republic was mostly confined to the North shores of the Mediterranean, the Greeks remained democratic, the T'ang emperors took up Japan-style adoption and their dynasty never died out, etc. It is not meant to be taken seriously, but just for fun - it was enjoyable to make, if a lot of work. (Shan't start any maps _this_ big again for a bit).

In this world, the two major power blocks are the Grand Entente, led by the Francian Third Empire and (increasingly) the T'ang Chinese Empire, a block of conservative and authoritarian and in some cases downright totalitarian states: and the boringly named Alliance, a grouping of relatively liberal constitutional monarchies and republics (although Your Democracy May Vary) led, as much as anyone leads, by the United States of the Western Atlantic, which, by some fabulous coincidence has some eerily familiar state lines. :) (It also has a Hoboken: those Frisian colonists, you know). Generally, the ideological split is less severe than the OTL Communist-Capitalist Democracy split, but there's also a lot of good ol' national interest muscle-flexing (not having had any wars as bad as OTLs WWII, the locals are rather less alarmed by the idea of nationalist muscle-flexing than, say, our Europeans).

Religion is a bit different: most of Europe, North Africa and parts of the Middle East are Christian, but Scandinavia and Vinland in the new world follow a form of organized Paganism that has absorbed a lot of Christian elements (Ragarnok now has an ending, which if not happy, is at least guardedly hopefull), while Persia and various points east follow an evolved form of Zoroastrianism: China is more Buddhist and less Confucian than OTL. The Americas oustside Vinland are mostly Christianized, although some native American states still follow traditional religions. (Human Sacrifice, however, is Right Out). Arabia has it's own Abrahamic offshoot, an "Islam" that didn't travel too well, although it has spread by sea to East Africa.

Most of Christians below to either the Roman Orthodox or the Trojan Universal Orthodox churches: there is a rough religious overlap between the religions and the power blocks, with Alliance members trending heavily Trojan Universal Orthodox, while the Entente tends to be Roman Orthodox: there are also a number of minor sects and "protestant" groups, most numberous in tolerant places like Cascadia, the UWA, or the German states.

Aside from the Alliance-Entente standoff, there is also a strong "non-aligned" movement, headed by the Scandinavians and those grouchy old coot nations, the Mesopotamians. The rest of the world consists of nations influenced to a greater or lesser extent by one of the other blocks without being an actually official member: finlandized, slightlyn puppetized, "leaning" or "inclining..."

Nuclear war between the blocks remains a worry, with a great many sore spots between the blocks world-wide. An increasingly modern and pushy Mongol Khanate: revolts in Aenglish and Francian Africa: a possible new "reunification war" between Israel and Judah: Croatian desires for a sea coast: the spread of wacky revolutionary ideas from Northern California: chaos spreading from Comancheria: Aztec, Maya, and Inca expansionism: and the occasional flight of really fat birds in front of poorly tuned radar dishes. In a fragmented world, there are an alarming number of countries with nuclear weapons. And if that weren't enough to worry about, there's this talk of "global warming" lately...

Technology is variable, with different fields of endeavour varying from OTL mid-1980s to a bit ahead of what it is today in OTL. It's a world more in love with public arts - and more tolerant of public violence- than OTL. The local equivalent of the Olympics, the World Games, held every two years, includes stock car racing and dueling with swords and guns (blunted swords, rubber bullets, and protective gear, yes, but there are usually some pretty spectacular injuries, and occasional deaths, every time around). A few dueling scars are still considered Manly in many nations, and Maya self-mutilation has only grown more baroque with modern medicine and plastic surgery. Poetry is to be found in public spaces, on the radio, in cafes and on the streets, and having literary heavies with international appeal is another source of nationalist boasting. Skaldic duels in the Scandinavian lands are serious business, often leading to duels or suicides, and the Han-Lin Arts Academy in China is the terrifying overlord of every wannabe painter in mainlaind East Asia.

[1] Would require the aid of Alien Space Bats to actually happen
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Kraut007 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 21, 2014
A very enjoyable map of mixed nations from all time periods. 
Especially how you dived Britain into Aengland (Saxons/Danes/other Norsemen), Britons realms (seemingly more true to the Celtic roots) and the wet dream of Scottish jingoism as well Ireland with it´s many little kingdoms. 
Also Hooray for Greater Saxony (I´m from Dresden....which seems to be on Thuringian or Lusatian territory here. Well, it used to be Slavic land anyway) ;) (Wink) 
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DavidJohnston Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
But what do you call citizens of the United States of the Western Atlantic?  Atlanteans?  
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Numan1984 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
That Republic of Southern California though B)
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
It's a silly map, what can I say.
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Numan1984 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
I know, but thinking about the concept is pretty cool.
I'm pretty sure Southern California is able to sustain itself...maybe.
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Sonic1234567891 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Which one would be the safest place to live?
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
I think I've lost track...
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Sonic1234567891 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh well; Btw, when you say Rome, do you mean the New Papal States?
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
I included New Papal States? Where?

(That bit in central Italy is the Roman Republic, and it's not run by the Papacy, although the Papacy does have a Vatican-City type dealie with some territories in the city of Rome proper)
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Sonic1234567891 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Forgive me, I assumed because of how similar in shape it was with the Papal States.
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
I forgive you, my child. Go forth and sin no more. :)
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Spiritswriter123 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This map is incredibly awesome
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elparasito Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
I wish there were native american countries in the real life
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Spiritswriter123 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
technically, I think the native American reservations are independent.
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MezKitsu Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student General Artist
There are, we're just not recognized as countries by the Western world. @.@
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Well, the Navajo reservation here in the SW comes pretty close - it's almost as big as Belgium...
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mate888 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
And Bolivia is pretty closer to that aswell...
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joe9320 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess that the Three Kingdoms of Luzon have a standard of living similar to OTL 2010 China, right?
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Something along those lines: growing economies, but not quite really "first world" yet
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Kossmeister Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I like to think that in this world, The Simpsons and Family Guy are broadcast on the Dumont, J.J. Abrams recently his position as executive on the long running Star Trek series to work on Star Wars: Episode XIV, and kids today are listening to disco metal.
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Sure. Have it your way! :D
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Chrestovenator Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Well this is certainly a feast for both eyes and brain. Even in a scenario where Native Americans are mostly self-governing, the Aborigines still can't seem to catch a break =P .
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husk55 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Lets see what I like about this: the Scandinavian countries remaining Odenist, Gladiatorial sports (even death races), the Pharaohs remaining in power (and I suspect that the Egyptian version of Christianity has some interesting christian influences sprinkled in :D) and a scary ass Mongol Kahnate. Only you could have pulled this off my friend. Although, it is scary that so many traditionally warlike peoples have their own nuclear arsenals.

Although I must ask; does Sparta still exist, and are they still the Badass Super Soldiers they were during Hellenic Greece? And... Just for the hell of it; tell me that the culture of the 80's didn't die in this universe.
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
The League of the Peloponnese (Jocks and Hardcases)is led by the Spartans, but admittedly in an world of high-tech modern weaponry personal badassness isn't quite as big an advantage as it once was...and sure, why not? In the United States of the Western Atlantic, big-hair bands and leg-warmers remain popular, cartoons about shape-shifting robots and genetically modified reptile adolescents have caught on, and somebody has invented a cube made of cubes you can rotate to make the colors match up... :D
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husk55 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Ah, humanity has created the Rubrics Cube! Truly this world is highly advanced! :D Lol
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Technology marches on. :)
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organicmcgee Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
My God, it's beautiful. Insane, yes, but beautiful.
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Laputa-Scorefinger Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Long live the glorious kingdom of Värend!
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Goliath-Maps Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
One of the weirdest maps ever...only you could pull it off.
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RoyalPsycho Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Even at my best I am forever awed by the spectacular detail you provide every scenario wuth. Bravo. Brava. I would take my hat off to you sir but I can't stand hats anyway.
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Kollateralschaden Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Poetry in public places... That reminds me, in busses and trams in Stuttgart there are not only ads on the walls, but also poems I guess paid for by city coincil money. In other places in Germany as well.
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CyberPhoenix001 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very intriguing. Poetry in public places... ça plane pour moi.

Have you by any chance read the Thursday Next series at all?
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kimarous Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
This is one of the most interesting settings I've seen you cover and easily my favourite of your works.
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OttoVonSuds Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
YOU ARE A GOD
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
A mere demigod on my best days. :)
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Talk about ASB crossovers... :noes:
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Mein gott.

Well, at least I am happy seeing your name in AH.com threads. I've been bumming it in the 'largest possible Mexico' thread.
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