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Timeline-191: Gone Horribly Wrong by RvBOMally
Timeline-191: Gone Horribly Wrong
Another TL-191 scenario, based on the rumor that Turtledove originally intended to have the Central Powers lose the Great War and have Gordon McSweeny act as the Hitler analogue in North America. 
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In retrospect, the rise of the Central Powers of the Second Great War was an inevitable result of the Central Powers' defeat after the first Great War. The Treaty of Versailles blamed Germany and the United States for the war, despite that conflict having begun as an Austro-Russian conflict. That bitter desires for revenge would arise from this post-war order is predictable. In Germany, the Nazi Party under Adolf Hitler found popularity among those who saw victory as being within Germany's grasp by spinning a narrative that blamed the Jews (as they were a popular scapegoat) and the Italians (as they had joined the Entente in spite of their treaties with Germany). In the United States, Gordon McSweeny's Patriot Party promised to defeat the Confederacy and avenge the North's three defeats, and to do so with the help of the one true God. In Turkey, the pan-Turanist movement called for the return of the Ottoman Empire's golden days and the destruction of the Entente-created Republic of Turkey. These three defeated powers were joined by the Japanese, an Entente power that nonetheless felt snubbed by the racist Entente leaders, particularly Confederate president Woodrow Wilson, and sought to create an Asia for the Japanese.

The Second Great War began in 1941, when the Russian tsar died and the Germans took advantage of a renewed Bolshevik uprising to launch an invasion of Russia. This prompted a declaration of war from Britain and France, but the Germans anticipated this move and ensured that a good portion of the German Wehrmacht was ready to strike West. The Entente, expecting the Germans to establish a foothold in Russia before turning their forces against France, were caught by surprise by the Wehrmacht's blitzkrieg tactics, which took over France in a mere six weeks and destroyed the British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk. Once secured, the Germans waged simultaneous campaigns against Russia and Italy, this time with the support of the new, modernized Panturanian Army. In the East, Japan launched attacks against France and Britain's colonial holdings, easily overrunning them before becoming bogged down in India.

In the meanwhile, the Americans joined their German allies by declaring war on the United Kingdom and Confederate States. Blitzkrieg tactics were used to drive down the Mississippi, splitting the Confederacy in two, while the U.S. Army moved to secure Canada. With the war in Germany a priority for London, Canada fell, leaving the Confederacy at the mercy of their industrially superior northern neighbor. Once the Americans began their strategic bombing campaign, the Confederacy was done for, and by 1944 the CSA was no more after the world's first superbomb was detonated in Richmond by American spies.

By 1945, only Britain and Russia continued the war against the Central Powers. The first German superbomb, dropped on Moscow, and the American invasion of Russia forced Russia out of the war in May of 1945. Britain remained, but German-American bombing campaigns and the destruction of the Royal Navy at the hands of its American counterpart meant defeat was inevitable. The second American superbomb was dropped over Glasgow, with a second German bomb dropped over London. On August of 1945, what remained of the British government unconditionally surrendered to the Central Powers, but resistance to German and American occupation continued until 1946.

The Central Powers divided the world amongst themselves, and quickly became rivals to one another. There was no room in the world for several global hegemons, after all. Two general blocs formed, between the Western (America and Germany) and Eastern (Turkey and Japan) Central powers. The massive armies of the Second Great War were not demobilized, but maintained to face off against each other and to secure the occupied territories. Radiological, biological and chemical weapons would be used against major areas of unrest. Massacres were commonplace against occupied populations, not to mention the genocide of Jews in Germany and Mormons in America.

It is the year 2010, and the world stands at the precipice of destruction. The Americans are the most powerful of the great powers. President McSweeny may have died in 1961, but his legacy lives on and his successors rule from the White House with an iron fist. Standing supreme over the entire Western Hemisphere, the Holy States of America spreads its message of Protestant theocracy all over its new empire. Catholics are heavily discriminated against, and in areas of major Catholic unrest entire villages may be lined up against a wall. Land is taken from Catholic families and given to Protestants. Those Confederates that are found to be insufficiently loyal are relocated to South America. Fortunately, the station of American blacks has been raised, as the Americans have found them eager enforcers of the Patriot Party's order in the former Confederacy. Many black families have taken over the assets of Confederates that had been relocated, and quite a few Patriot Party officials from the South are black. The American military is the largest in the world, possessing the largest navy and air force on the planet. The American military's force projection capabilities are unrivaled, and as it possesses half of the aircraft carriers in the world, its position as the new ruler of the waves is unchallenged.

Germany has not fared as well as America, as the power struggles after Hitler's death caused a great deal of instability. The French Revolts of the 1970s caused a three-year war that ended with Paris' superbombing and the relocation of a quarter of France's remaining population to the slave farms of the East. But the Greater German Empire survived that challenge and has since further secured its dominant position over Europe. The Nazis' racial policies have been law for generations, with Slavs and Italians slaving away under the leash of the SS. The Jews have been all but wiped out, although Jewish populations notably live on in Japan as Tokyo took German antisemitic propaganda as promoting Jewish capabilities in financial and political domination. The German space program is far ahead of any other nation's, and the Germans alone have raumfahrers in orbit at all times.

The Panturan Empire is a rather shaky entity, but one that has take advantage of its oil wealth to buy the loyalties of local leaders and to ensure that it has a modern army capable of fighting against the Wehrmacht. Much of Panturan's oil revenue comes from Germany, in spite of Berlin's constant attempts to gain energy independence, although their Japanese allies are equally dependent on Panturanian oil. By building infrastructure and promoting the interests of Turkish and/or secular groups, the Panturanians have managed to secure much of the territory they have gained after the Second Great War. But make no mistake, the Panturanians are just as eager to use the stick as they are the carrot, as the Kurds have learned. In the former Russian Empire, Istanbul promotes Islamic culture to oppose Russian Orthodox Christianity, although the danger of creating radicalized Islamist movements just as eager to fight Turkey is never explored by Turkish intelligence agencies.

In the East, the Japanese Empire struggles to hold onto its Asian empire. Challenged by the United States Navy and constant revolts in China and Southeast Asia, Japan is just as militarized as it was during the Second Great War. Garrison forces are still necessary in China, and even the firebombing of Peking after its takeover by the "New Boxers" has only led to more resistance in China. Granted, the modern Japanese military is far more advanced than the armies and fleets that won in 1945. Japan's fleets of unmanned drones, a technology that the other great powers are racing to emulate, have become a common sight in the skies over Asia, smiting any who oppose Tokyo. The Japanese space program is also rather advanced, with Japan having the second largest amount of stations in orbit.
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Maria Theresa's Revenge by RvBOMally
Maria Theresa's Revenge

The Austro-Prussian War of 1866 would always be remembered as a war of Prussian blunder. While some military historians argue that the Prussians' advantages (and the Austrians' disadvantages) made Prussian victory possible, in the end the numerically superior Austrian military and the intervention of France on behalf of the Austrians ended the war in Austria's favor. The Austrians regained Silesia and secured their position as the dominant German state. The humiliated Bismarck was driven out of office, and Prussia's kings became far more willing to listen to their Austrian neighbors. 

In the meanwhile, the breaking of Prussian power restored focus to Europe's other questions of balance of power. The Anglo-Russian "great game" and the decay of the Ottoman Empire set East vs West. The rise of nationalism was a concern for both Austria and Russia, multi-ethnic empires, and they saw what it did to their longtime rival: the Ottoman Empire. Although Austria and Russia competed over the Balkans, both Vienna and St. Petersburg worked out their differences out of concern that The ethnic conflicts in the Balkans would cause a general war between the two empires, something neither desired. 

The French and the Austrians grew cooler after the defeat of Prussia and rivalry threatened to start a war over Italy the nationalist regime of which was supported by France and sought to take territory from Austria. Perhaps most surprisingly the British set aside their differences with the French in order to counter Russian and Austrian power on the continent and to ensure that neither Vienna nor St. Petersburg gained too much influence over the former Ottoman Empire. The fall of the Ottoman monarchy and the rise of the Islamic State in the early 20th century almost threatened to plunge Europe into a great war over the issues that had started the Crimean war in the 1850s. In fact British and Russian fleets engaged to one another in the Dardanelles. But cooler heads prevailed and a general European war was averted. 

But this would not stop the Eastern/Western divide, one that would continue for nearly a century afterward. As the airplane, the jet engine, the oil revolution and nuclear fission arrived, the rivalry between the European powers simmered. The loss of India to a communist revolution, and the brief communist revolts in France, America and the German states, united the two sides for the duration of the 1940s, but as the communist threat fizzled out, the rivalry returned.

It is now 1966, and the nuclear stalemate has guaranteed that any war between East and West would end in the destruction of human industrial civilization in the Northern Hemisphere. The Entente has had a new member in its ranks since the 1930s - the United States of America. The American government joined the Entente during the Red Rebellion, and now have formal military ties with France and the UK for mutual defense. The Entente powers are mostly liberal democracies, either republican in the case of America, or monarchical in the case of the European Entente. The Entente have stronger economies and larger navies and air fleets than their rivals, the Holy Alliance, but there are fears that the Alliance could overrun Europe if Anglo-American help doesn't reach the continent in time.

The Holy Alliance is frequently decried as a bloc of reactionary autocracies, and but a decade ago this would have been true (at least in Russia). But reforms in Austria during the 1930s, and Russia in the 1950s, have greatly increased power in parliament and devolved power to ethnic minorities. Granted, the monarch still has to approve all legislation, is the de jure commander-in-chief, but these monarchs have learned from the Red Rebellions and the fall of the Ottoman Empire that they need to listen to their people. The Prussians, who were more democratic than their allies, also served as an example. The Holy Alliance's armies outnumber the Entente's at least five to one, but the fear of nuclear annihilation keeps these armies behind the Rhine.

The other powerful states on Earth are very nasty autocracies. The Empire of Japan, once a strong British ally, has become dominated by militarists obsessed with fulfilling Japan's "divine destiny" of ruling the East. Opposing them are the Chinese State, a brutal autocracy that was born from the chaos of the Qing Empire and had already fought the Japanese in three separate wars. The Islamic State has mellowed out since its heyday of supporting Islamist movements throughout Africa and the Middle East, but it remains an Islamic theocracy whose caliphs still use the rhetoric of holy war against the infidel West and whose genocidal treatment of those who are not Muslims or "people of the book" horrifies the outside world. India remains a bastion of communist revolutionary ideology, spread by its operatives around the world and slavishly devoted to the "Obliterators of the Self," the communist "cult" founded by the People's Messiah, Mohandas Gandhi. India's recent detonation of a nuclear weapon has caused concerns among both the Entente and the Alliance, as the Indians are infamous for their belligerent threats against the "imperialist West." Who knows if they will make good on this threat?
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So, I've set up a Patreon page. As I explain on the page itself, I've set this up in anticipation of costs I'll be incurring after I graduate from law school. 

I like to think of this as a virtual tip jar, so donations are welcome but will always be purely voluntary. I will never make any of my work exclusive to patrons only, because I want people to see my work and I don't want to pressure them into giving me financial compensation in order to do so. My philosophy is that this is a hobby of mine, so while I am doing work, I am also getting enjoyment out of it and most of the time that's compensation enough. 

I have also set up this profile to only pay me if I actually do submit something. The monthly pay system doesn't sit right with me, because while I do expect to be generating enough content to warrant it, it feels like I'm being paid to exist. If I'm going to be paid, I want to be paid for the work that I do, not for simply being. On that note, I will only submit the work that takes a lot of time, effort and skill to make - in other words, maps made in Photoshop or Illustrator. I will never charge for the 'Oneshot Scenarios,' as they are easier to make. 

I'm not going to set up any milestones because I honestly don't think I'll receive that much money from this, and I don't want to make any commitments I cannot keep. Like I said before, I treat this as a tip jar for work I already do. 

Anyway, thanks for reading, and an extra thanks if you've decided to become a patron. 
Kingfish by RvBOMally
Kingfish
Based on Ephraim Ben Raphael's The Falcon Cannot Hear, but not an alternate of that timeline specifically. His timeline isn't as dodgy with history as this one will be, as the map itself is actually based on one of my earliest maps, made back in 2008 from the Wikipedia basemap. 

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The Stock Market Crash of 1929 brought the entire global economy crashing down. With it, the sociopolitical order that had been established by the Great War was severely threatened. In Italy and Germany, fascist parties took control of their countries and openly denounced the Anglo-French order that dominated Europe. In the East, the Soviet Union funded communist revolution in China, a war which drew in Japan and transformed China into a Soviet-Japanese proxy war. And in the United States, the seeds of discontent were sowed as it became increasingly clear that the government was unable, or unwilling, to help. 

In 1936, many impoverished and angry citizens established a blockade around Washington, D.C. Calling themselves the "Second Bonus Army," named after the "army" of Great War veterans that staged a similar protest in 1932, the Second Bonus Army demanded more government action to mitigate the effects of the Depression, actions that President Garner was unwilling to take. Fearing the possibility of a communist revolution fermenting among the ranks of the Second Bonus Army, Garner ordered the United States Army to break up the protests. This led to an armed confrontation, as the Second Bonus Army had anticipated violent reaction. While the Second Bonus Army was eventually defeated, Washington D.C. was burned to the ground. President Garner was nowhere to be found. After the chaos, a military government under General McArthur was established, to last until "order was restored." 

This move, seen as profoundly anti-democratic, motivated many groups on the left and the right to take up arms. At the forefront were the Communist Party of the United States, the membership of which grew throughout the Depression, and the supporters of Huey Long. who had united various right-wing groups around the country and operated from the South. McArthur's government initially had the upper hand, but after the death of McArthur in 1940, his military government crumbled. Much of McArthur's faction joined Huey Long. In the meanwhile, support for the two warring factions poured in from outside: the Germans and Italians supported Long, while the Soviets supported the communists. Wary of both, the British and French declined to support either side, instead securing Canada and the peripheries of the United States. In Europe, a brief war between France and Germany ended in the latter's victory, and the humiliation of the British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk forced a peace agreement in Germany's favor. 

The Second American Civil War ended in 1945, in a division that the first American Civil War was fought to prevent. The communists, as part of the United Socialist States of America, took control of the North, while Long's rump United States took control of the South. A few American remnants continue to exist in Cuba and Hawaii, backed by the UK, but their claims to the mainland are laughable. The development of nuclear weapons, and Germany's use of it against the BEF, has locked this conflict and the general conflict between democracy, communism and fascism.

In 2008, the Cold War continues with no sign of ending. The autocratic regimes in Berlin and Moscow have survived the deaths of Fuhrers and General Secretaries, and their iron grip over their people are as strong as ever. Propaganda from both sides fuels intense hatred for the other, and intense loyalty for the brave men who stand up to the enemies of the proletariat or the Master Race. Both American governments have taken after their masters abroad. In America and Eastern Europe, fascist and communist soldiers watch each other warily. Only the threat of nuclear annihilation prevents these two blocs from annihilating each other.

And in the United Kingdom, the self-proclaimed bastion of democracy, the people fear either a fascist or communist invasion. Not that either the Kriegsmarine or Red Navy have such capability, as both combined are dwarfed by the Royal Navy, but British culture has adopted a very paranoid siege mentality. Even Britain's dominions cling on, for fear of hanging separately if they do not hang together, although political concessions have made home rule the rule, not the exception. Of course, the growing violence between Muslims and Hindus in India, and the British government's waffling stance on that conflict, may threaten the Empire's solidarity.
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Decades of Draka by RvBOMally
Decades of Draka
My crossover between S.M. Stirling's Draka series and Jared's Decades of Darkness. This scenario will be vaguely following the events of both timelines, but not exactly. 

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The British may have lost the American Revolutionary War, but they did claim one prize in that disaster: the Dutch Cape Colony. This colony, renamed Drakia, becomes a refuge for the defeated Loyalists that didn't move to Canada instead. Nobody could have guessed that this war would be the foundation point for two of the world's superpowers in centuries to come. 

In the Americas, the new United States expanded, but experienced significant growing pains. Thomas Jefferson, the man who made the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, would die in office in 1809. Shortly afterward, the United States would be split in two, and the New England Republic would gain its independence with the aid of the British in 1811. The Americans would fail to reconquer New England in 1833, and instead turned their attention southward and westward. The Americans' fortunes were greater here, and after a series of wars in the 19th century, all of Mexico was brought under American rule. The Americans would steadily expand their reach throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and by the dawn of the 20th century, South America. 

In Africa, the Crown Colony of Drakia would grow by taking in refugees from defeated factions all over the world. French royalists, French Bonapartists, and Mexican aristocracy would all find a new place in Drakia. Drakia's Indentured Labor and Master and Servant Acts allow for the practical enslavement of conquered African peoples, something that gained Drakia surprisingly little condemnation until the British attempted to ban the practice in 1815. Seeking to do unto the British as the British did unto them, the Americans supported Drakia's war for independence, which became a Drakian victory. Drakia renamed itself the Domination of the Draka, and it would model itself after its American cousin by expanding throughout southern Africa. Although their expansion was stopped in the mid-19th century by central Africa's jungles, the discovery of quinine and the invention of the machine gun in the 1860s allowed the Draka to claim the Kongo region before the European powers could do so. This led to the Draka becoming even greater rivals of the British, and solidified the Draka-American alliance against the European powers. 

By the early 20th century, a series of alliances had the world poised for war. An Anglo-German alliance reigned supreme over Europe and the world, opposed on the continent by a France humiliated in the two Napoleonic wars and a Russia defeated by the Ottoman Empire after the Germans and British supported the Sultan in the Crimean War. Elsewhere in the world, the Americans and the Draka sought to topple the current order, along with the militaristic Japanese. New England forged closer ties with the British, fearing the American juggernaut. In 1910, after the death of the Kaiser, the French and Russians launched simultaneous offensives against Germany in the hopes that the Germans would be caught off guard and defeated quickly. They were not, and the attack only succeeded in triggering the global alliances and plunging the world into war. The Great War had begun.

Ultimately, the Great War would be a triumph for the Allies of the United States, the Draka, the French, Russians and Japanese. The weight of Drakan and American industry was too much for the Halifax Powers to oppose. New England was overrun, British Canada was turned into a puppet, and what remained of independent South America was turned into a series of American possessions and puppets. The final humiliation came when a joint Franco-American invasion of the British Isles definitively defeated what was left of the Royal Navy and subjected the British to American occupation. In Africa, the Draka overran the Halifax Powers' colonial possessions, eventually destroying the Ottoman and Italian empires on its own. Germany was crushed by the Allied juggernaut and broken down into its constituent pieces after what remained of the German Army was destroyed by the world's first nuclear weapons. Japan seized as much of the Pacific as it could before what remained of the British Empire sued for peace with the Allies. By 1918, the world belonged to the Allies. 

Naturally, the Allies would not remain so. Just as there is only room in the sky for one sun, there is only enough room in the world for one hyperpower. The Draka and the Americans, which had been allies for decades, turned their nuclear weapons against one another. They were never used, of course, as that would mean the destruction of both empires. By 1923, a cold war was going on in earnest. The Americans had allies in France and Russia, both powers fearful of Drakan expansion, Meanwhile, the Draka had allies in the Poles and Japanese, powers who believe they can gain much in case the American system falls. American and Drakan troops are stationed all over Europe, occupation forces becoming permanent fixtures of the defeated Halifax Powers' societies. 

While the two superpowers are very close in power, the Americans are the richer and more secure. Having two major oceans to protect them, the Americans can spend less on their ground forces and invest more in naval and air power. America is a presidential republic, although the system is so corrupted and controlled by moneyed interests that the average citizen really has no say. That's not to include the various second-class citizens in American society, such as those in the occupied territories or those unfortunate enough to be born in a discriminated race, as they cannot vote. While not as brutal as their Drakan counterparts, the Americans do have a system of de facto slavery, where members of certain groups (particularly blacks and those from the former Halifax Powers) must carry "internal passports" and live in company towns owned by America's political elite. Life in the occupied territories is even worse, as the American military tries to root out resistance and make a profit on whatever it can loot. 

America's allies in Europe aren't so bad. The Third French Empire is under a Bonaparte again, and is busy "Francifying" the portions of its empire that were once under the Germans. This can lead to students who speak German in class being beaten by their teachers, but many German families have been kicked out and sent to the German states, so it doesn't happen too often. The Russian Federated Empire is a strange Frankenstein-esque state which is actually rather tolerant of its minorities by necessity. Most decision-making power is in the Duma, although the Tsar still has the final say. Some Russians cynically note that Russia is one of the freest nations on Earth, which should say something about the state of mankind.

The Draka are enjoying the spoils of war a bit too much. The Drakan "master race" has expanded their "serfdom" system to all of their conquered territories, creating a massive slave class. A loyalty program has been established for the serfs, to divide them against one another and to encourage compliance, although at the end of the day, a serf is a serf. Drakan neo-paganism, informed by racial supremacism, is imposed upon the conquered peoples, although this has led to a seemingly endless guerrilla conflict with Islamic terrorists. Those communities that attempt to throw off Draka rule are mercilessly destroyed from the skies by the Draka's air patrols, although the Americans continue to risk arming rebellious Draka serfs (just as Draka agents operate in Brazil). 

The Draka's allies are much better than they are. The Poles see the Draka as allies of convenience, a tool to use against the Russian bear now that the German wolf has been defeated. Poland is a kingdom, and a good deal of Polish identity is dependent on monarchy, culture and Catholicism, but in truth the power lies in the High Chancellor of the Polish Parliament. The Japanese, on the other hand, eye British and Chinese territories in Asia, but realize that without outside assistance they will be defeated and will likely provoke American hostility. Still under a militarist government, the Japanese government is looking for some sort of victory somewhere, and the people are getting fed up with all of the "glorious victories" against Asian guerrillas. 

The Chinese and the "Restored" British Empire stay away from the Protracted Struggle, but know they will be dragged in should the war turn for the worst. The Chinese dictatorship venerates the resistance against Japan and proclaims that China will get its revenge against the foreign invaders one day, but for now it must stay vigilant within its borders. The Restored Empire is, practically, several nation-states welded together in a military alliance, as the British Parliament in Sydney has practically no control outside of Australia apart from the military bases. Desires for autonomy and conflicts between trade rights threaten to tear the Empire apart, but with the external threats so great, they will always stick together.

It is the year 2004. Networked computers only exist in government buildings, military bases and the homes of the powerful. Surveillance drones hover in the skies and cameras monitor the streets, feeding information to security forces that are increasingly reliant on artificial intelligence for enforcement. Most families have television sets provided for them by the government, but only so they can have their daily dose of propaganda and be monitored in their own homes. Telephone conversations are always recorded, and all mobile phones have tracking chips built into them. 

About three hundred people live on Mars on a permanent basis, about a thousand live on the Moon, and another thousand are housed in orbital stations. Most arlacs and planes are equipped with high-powered laser weaponry, and the ease of missile defenses has led to increased nuclear proliferation (the Americans and Draka each have over a hundred thousand nuclear ICBMs) and the creation of orbital railguns, and even the establishment of space forces that man "space battleships" armed with a thousand nuclear warheads each. These systems are increasingly placed under the control of artificial intelligence programs, the stability and loyalty of which is called into question by both Washington and Archona. But it is likely that mankind would persist. Both the Americans and the Draka have established continuity of government stations throughout Antarctica, the bottom of the ocean, in orbit, and even in the Asteroid Belt. And in a few decades, the first generation ship will arrive in the Tau Ceti system, much to the surprise of the lizardlike denizens of that star system.
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So, I've set up a Patreon page. As I explain on the page itself, I've set this up in anticipation of costs I'll be incurring after I graduate from law school. 

I like to think of this as a virtual tip jar, so donations are welcome but will always be purely voluntary. I will never make any of my work exclusive to patrons only, because I want people to see my work and I don't want to pressure them into giving me financial compensation in order to do so. My philosophy is that this is a hobby of mine, so while I am doing work, I am also getting enjoyment out of it and most of the time that's compensation enough. 

I have also set up this profile to only pay me if I actually do submit something. The monthly pay system doesn't sit right with me, because while I do expect to be generating enough content to warrant it, it feels like I'm being paid to exist. If I'm going to be paid, I want to be paid for the work that I do, not for simply being. On that note, I will only submit the work that takes a lot of time, effort and skill to make - in other words, maps made in Photoshop or Illustrator. I will never charge for the 'Oneshot Scenarios,' as they are easier to make. 

I'm not going to set up any milestones because I honestly don't think I'll receive that much money from this, and I don't want to make any commitments I cannot keep. Like I said before, I treat this as a tip jar for work I already do. 

Anyway, thanks for reading, and an extra thanks if you've decided to become a patron. 

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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Since democracy can't and won't work in a multi-star system civilization once it supasses a certain populaiton level or territorial limit what you you say is the best alternative in such a situation ?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
That theory is actually something specific to the nature of AAPA's system of interstellar communication, travel, and its history. I'll explain this in order.

A democratic system akin to those of modern democratic states cannot work in AAPA because interstellar communication is generally only as fast as a courier ship. Faster-than-light communication independent of courier does exist, but is prohibitively expensive. This makes holding elections, let alone campaigning, on an interstellar level all but impossible. It is possible to elect planetary and system representatives who in turn elect national leaders (or are themselves national-level politicians, akin to congressmen in the American legislature), but this would involve shipping politicians in from every corner of the galaxy. This system could work, but it's very expensive to bring politicians to the capital system (disenfranchising poorer and more distant systems), not to mention the logistical difficulties of keeping those politicians accountable. 

The nature of interstellar travel in AAPA means that a democratic system cannot form. AAPA's civilizations were, by and large, formed as autocracies. In order to have a democratic civilization, the existing autocracy must be overthrown. This couldn't really happen from the bottom-up, because the state has a monopoly on interstellar travel (and, with it, communication) and on interstellar military assets. An entire planet could be lost to rebellion, but it would just be bombarded and news of this revolt would only be spread around the state once that revolt has been crushed. This makes coordinating revolutionary activity impossible. Two of the Big Three were ultimately brought down by elements in their military and intelligence arms, not by a grassroots revolution. 

Lastly is AAPA's history. These societies have been autocratic since the mid-20th centuries. This is the form of governance people are used to and that generations of propaganda have instilled in people. The idea of democratic rule seems as quaint and naive to them as a perfect tribal system would to us. It's resigned to the dustbin of history, if not an outright fantasy. Autocracy is how things are done. 

If you have a setting where those particular factors do not apply, then the AAPA system doesn't apply. 
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Thanks for that, it's quite informative. I myself do have a setting that has the same problem as AAPA when it comes to FTL travel and communication.

Specifically there is no FTL communication short of quantum entanglement communication which is horribly inefficient and expensive in my own setting while FTL travel is dangerous and unstable, expensive, entirely government controlled and by many other settings standards slow as fuck.

The majority of the galaxy is settled by a species of hive and caste based insectoid species that lack hive-minds and are thus a lot like Feudal Europe with the royal caste acting like kings, queens, lords and ladies etc and the warrior and worker caste been various lower classes like serfs although all of them are individuals.

The other species are mostly beastily reptilian, marsupial or mammal-like reptile/synapsid based species that are all fairly fragmented with no group unifying the majority of it's own species leading to a very aristocratic but not necessarily autocratic or authoritarian galaxy.

Then into this mix get thrown the survivors of the Third Solar Strife that rendered Earth uninhabitable, destroyed most of the Sol System colonies and reduced the Human population from between 18 to 24 billion to between 600 million - 1.2 billion based on Mars and a handful of remaining military stations, Jovian colonies and gas giant orbital colonies ala Cloud City.

With the exception of the insectiod species who have a biological reason for it I was wondering if I was stretching plausibility with most of the galaxy essentially been under some neo-feudal/neo-colonial setting with powerful merchant and noble families and vast fairly decentralised interstellar realms with high autonomy with which the wealthy and the highborn play at their own futuristic games of thrones and markets...

I call it Britannia Rules the Stars although it's a kind of misleading artifact name more than anything and making up part of the vast multi-verse that is my Astraea-Verse which itself is mostly based around the countless multi-versal incarnations of my character Persephone and results of Telepathy mankind starts to naturally evolve it or induce it via genetic engineering.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Feudal/colonial forms of governance actually make more sense with slow FTL, since central authorities will necessarily have to put their trust in local authorities and build the systems of obligations and rights that come with that. 
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stratomunchkin Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wanted to shout a loud "Thank you" in your general direction for providing the custom symbols set. I'm working on a full star map adaption for the Game of Thrones setting and they come in really handy as a tool to depict man-made locations in space!
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
I don't recall making any such set. I think you're crediting the wrong person.
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stratomunchkin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, sorry, my mistake. :(
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Void-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Hope you're doing well. Behold, my second map: Rebirth of America Map
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Void-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for liking the map. After some research, a thought occurred to me. If Israel got the Sinai Penisula (let's exclude the Egypt-Israel problem that would cause), would you think it would be a good idea for the Sinai Peninsula to become Palestine?

Or should Israel be split into two, with Palestine getting the bottom half and Israel the top?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
The Israelis didn't turn the Sinai Peninsula into a Palestinian state when the held it. They're not going to do so now. It would be a terrible idea, because it would torpedo any possibility of non-hostile foreign relations with Egypt. They'll just keep the Sinai under military occupation. 
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