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I'm vacationing in Barcelona for a few days, so I have decided to post a few Spanish scenario ideas.

Homage to Catalonia - The Republicans win the Spanish Civil War...and the Republic promptly fractures. Stalinist, Trotskyist, socialist, anarchist and democratic states populate the Iberian peninsula, bickering among themselves as the Cold War goes on.

The Not-So-Splendid Little War - God (or Cthulhu) himself helps Spain in the Spanish-American War. A freak storm sinks America's Caribbean fleet, with yellow fever killing what forces do land in Cuba. Germany declares war on the US and prevents Dewey from reaching Manila Bay. The entire thing is a farce for the US, and gives Spain enough confidence and indebtedness to Germany to sign some very friendly treaties with Berlin. Spain retains the Caribbean and sells the Philippines to Germany.

Forget the Maine - The USS Maine incident never happens, and neither does the Spanish-American War. The Philippines is eventually sold to Japan after the Hispano-Japanese War, while the US buys Cuba. A richer Spain manages to avoid some of the trouble of the 20th century as a result.

[No name yet] - Spain is victorious over the Dutch in the Eighty Years' War. Dutch Protestants move to England and Cape Colony as the Spanish reinstitute Catholicism with a vengeance. Meanwhile, European power politics continues, especially as religious tensions brew in the Holy Roman Empire.

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3892 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Imagine a "Future Fantasy" setting where an interstellar humanity rediscovers magic by encountering a sorcery-based space-tarring civilization...
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Hm, the primary issue here is why magic doesn't work on Earth but does everywhere else. 
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3892 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I would say that magic does work on Earth. But after the rise of monotheism and after that secularism, human civilization practically lost the knowledge of how to realy use it. True spells and ceremonies are forgotten, and most legitimate grimoires and books are lost or hidden away. There are mystics and sorcerers in the modern world but they are few and far between and hardly any of them can compare to Merlin, Prospero or Faust (despite what they might think). Other than that, there are the shamans and cunning folk, but what they can accomplish is largely ignored by most of human society.

If gods are involved, after humanity started ignoring many of them (i.e. stopped offering sacrifices and adulation), they began ignoring them in turn (and they know not to messed with the God of Israel, who already trounced both the Egyptian and Canaanite pantheons).

The other civilization knows how to do real magic, and based their technology on their mysticism.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Hm, that approach is workable, although one would have to explain why non-monotheistic societies (Asia) lost their knowledge, too.

How's about this? The Abrahamic God is just a regional eldritch abomination that has claimed the Sol System as its own, and thus has blocked magic on a local scale because it wants to have a monopoly on that power. Other abominations elsewhere don't have such a tight grip on any particular region of space.

An alternative rips off the Tau approach: humans are genetically incapable of using magic (they work out a tech solution later), which is an exception among the galaxy's sapients.
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AlexJudge Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Hey RvBOMally can I ask you something?

How do you create those maps that have different land formation (not the political ones but the ones where the continents are different that OTL), because I have been searching for a map generator for a while and none seem to suit me?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
I use Gprojector to convert equidistant maps I make to Robinson (the "worlda" format I prefer for pixel-based maps), but I also use Photoshop a lot to clean it up. 
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beedok Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Thanks for the fave.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
No prob, you do good work. :)
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drivanmoffitt Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hello sir

may I ask for suggestions on a futuristic/interstaller american flag

thank you for your time
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
I don't have good Photoshop access right now, and I have other projects I am working on. However, if you want to post details about your request, go ahead. :)
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