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Ad Astra Per Aspera: 2239 by RvBOMally Ad Astra Per Aspera: 2239 by RvBOMally
It is the year 2239 and the world is experiencing the greatest political upheaval since the Great War in the 1940s. The German Empire, one of the three superpowers for nearly three centuries, is quickly decaying. The communist movement throughout the world, bolstered by anti-German and anti-American sentiment, ascends. Elsewhere in the Sol System, the hotly contested world of Chthon mysteriously disappears and causes suspicion of a new superweapon in the works. 

The dawn of the 2240s is not the finest hour for the German Reich. For over two centuries the proud and mighty empire was considered one of the three superpowers of Earth. During six decades in the 2100s it was the most powerful of the three, its will supreme over the decaying American Empire and the rotten Soviet Union. 

But that time has passed. Over the centuries, Germany's government grew more and more dependent on its Kaiser, eventually becoming an autocratic monarchy by the dawn of the 23rd century. The current Kaiser, Heinrich IV, is a paranoid man who sees enemies everywhere. Her colonies have torn themselves from her and, unable to compete with her rivals' resource dominance, Germany's power weakened. To the west, Germany's longtime ally France has fractured after a socialist-instigated civil war. The American Empire has consumed the Low Countries. To the south, the Italian Empire begins to separate from Germany's Mitteleuropa and begins making moves to usurp Germany's position as the premier European power. In space, her colonies grow restless as the government grows increasingly unable to supply far-flung worlds and fight off alien incursions. 

But those problems pale in comparison to the threat from the north and east. Communist revolutions have consumed Scandinavia and Germany's old eastern puppets as the Soviet Union ascends. The Baltic states, Poland and Czechia, Hungary and Rumania fall to the red menace like dominoes. Most importantly, communist activity within Germany's borders has increased, and the Soviets have boasted that they will assist a revolution should it come to pass....

Although Imperial control has declined since its zenith in the 21st century. Fortress America is stronger than ever. Massive fleets patrol the Atlantic and Pacific, destroying any unauthorized vessel foolish enough to sail into America's waters. North America has been thoroughly Americanized for centuries, although some of the southern territories still possess sizable Spanish-speaking communities. A few mass executions during the 20th century have made the Canadians exemplary subjects, and by the 2230s the Canadian identity is largely for the history books. 

South America's Americanization process is nearly complete. Although resistance was stiff after the American conquest of her puppets in the 1950s and 1960s, the local population has learned the folly of resistance over generations of planned starvation, mass executions and bombing campaigns. Now, only the territories of Patagonia and Argentina have yet to be fully developed and Americanized. The Americans have plans to deport the remaining natives to their interstellar colonies. 

East Asia has settled down ever since the Chinese foolishly tried to assert their power over the Soviet Union in the 2100s. A coup and a civil war later and China is a shadow of its former glory, allowing the Americans to sneak back into Tibet and Korea. 

As China declined, India ascended. About a century after it liberated the "American Raj" it was wracked with ethnic and political conflict and rivalry with neighboring Islamic Union, no doubt fostered by the superpowers. It has lost some territory to Islamic Union in the Kashmir War of 2138 and the wounds of that conflict still resonate with many Indians, ironically putting them in the same camp as their old American foes.

The Middle East, for most of its history a Soviet playground, has had large chunks of it absorbed into the Soviet Union proper. Such is the price of the failed Islamic revolution that originated in Iran. A few ethnic cleansing campaigns and redrawing of borders over the course of several decades have taught the formerly independent-minded people the wisdom of accepting Russian-style socialism into every facet of their lives. The only areas outside of Soviet control, direct or indirect, are the American possessions and puppets in Arabia and German-aligned Israel. 

Africa is an astonishing example of old colonies managing to gain their independence one way or another. Many colonies have changed hands in the years since the Great War, but most of the independence movements on the continent are recent. Some, such as Egypt, Sudan and Ostafrika managed to overthrow their masters through violent revolution (with copious Soviet assistance, of course). Others, such as former German Equatorial Africa, gained their independence because their colonial masters found it too expensive to keep direct rule. Drained of all useful resources, filled with disease and used as a dumping ground for hazardous waste for centuries, the colonial powers instead replaced their colonies with governments that are only nominally independent. Italy has purchased some colonies from the Germans and Americans, both of which have more pressing concerns elsewhere in the world. 

Africa is the least stable continent on the planet, filled to the brim with rebel movements, pirates and warlords. Foreign powers normally turn these violent groups against their rivals as part of their global competition. South Africa is one of the few success stories on the continent, separating peacefully from the American Empire and becoming a pro-American power player on the continent. 

Indonesia, having overthrown its American colonizers in the 21st century, is now a powerful socialist rival to the American-aligned Australian Republic. Both states look at each other with mutual suspicion and hostility, ready to destroy one another if their masters desire.
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Zomg420 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 7, 2015
Is National Conservatism derived from the National Union Party then, with the monarchist part removed? Are the two pre-Imperial parties Republican and National Union?

Also, are the Republics of India, Indonesia and Australia at least slightly democratic, judging by that they don't have a 'Democratic' or 'People's' prefix before them, or is it more of a case of 'you know what, we're not even going to bother anymore'?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
Your party questions have been answered: rvbomally.deviantart.com/galle…

Those republics are pro-American dictatorships. Rule of thumb for AAPA: if it exists, it's a dictatorship. 
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Zomg420 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
How are the internal politics/ruling parties of the major powers at this time? I assume all are pseudo-fascist states? I figure USSR has competing communist factions in the CPSU, Germans have some sort of reactionary authoritarian party and allow democracy as standard OTL Imperial Germany did, but harass 'unwanted' parties. Not sure about the Americans, if party politics even matter in there anymore or if it's all Roman-lite with Secret Service acting as praetorian guard that removes and appoints Emperors.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
The USSR is dominated by a troika of CPSU, KGB and military. German democracy is a joke, and the Kaiser is closer to being an absolute monarch than Wilhelm II was (but he is still limited by the Nationalists), and the Americans are a one-party state under the National Union Party. The Secret Service doesn't exist (the analogue is called the Presidential Guard), but they are very loyal to the emperors. It's the military that deposes emperors. 
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Zomg420 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 6, 2015
National Union Party.. name inspired by Lincoln's ticket I take it? Are they fascist or just technocratic and do 'whatever works'. As for the Germans, how have they been holding up against the USSR and Americans? By the looks of things, they're the smallest country around, despite no doubt being an industrial power they must lack in population. Then again there's the space colonies, I assume they compensate.

Also has the USSR gone full North Korea like the Conseil or is it not that bad? Not yet anyway.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
The National Union Party became one of the two major political parties in the United States, but it is ultimately named after Lincoln's ticket. In the earlier years, they'd be best described as conservative, but become reactionaries by the Imperial era. 

The Germans are the weakest power, and are on the brink of civil war. 

The USSR is not all the way to Juche, but it's not far from Stalin. 
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Zomg420 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
United Republics of Britain? The Americans actually allowed the Brits to keep Ireland?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
No, Ireland is independent.
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Zomg420 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
What's the unlisted French neutral state? Napoleonic revival attempt?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
Occitania.
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Zomg420 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
Looks like Switzerland has a buddy. Wink/Razz 
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hgfggg Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Yknow, if a xeno race had the right mind to destroy the ad astra Earth in 1990...
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
There were no xenos powerful enough to do that at the time. 
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hgfggg Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Yeah. I'm betting that anyone who might somehow be sane enough to realize what kind of crapsack universe they live in would wish that, though.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
The suicide rates in AAPA are pretty bad, especially post-Galactic War. 
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hgfggg Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
I bet quite a few would wish that the "friendship" vacuity pocket was real...
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Don't we all? :p
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hgfggg Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Yup.
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coldblood11 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Why, oh why does my country always fall into the Soviet/Russian sphere of influence? Great map, as always. :)
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Beastboss Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It doesn't help that you guys are neighbors =P (Razz) 
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coldblood11 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
:D (Big Grin) Goddamned geography.
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Beastboss Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
lol
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CyberPhoenix001 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Considering that, in OTL, the Soviet Union didn't even make it to the 21st century, how has TTL's version managed to stay solvent despite the deficiencies of the communist system?
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SchmittLenin Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Don't say it like it was the fault of communism. If Lenin had survived the place would be still alive today...
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CyberPhoenix001 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, let me clarify what I meant...

Communism, as I hope you are aware, is not perfect. It, like all systems of government, has deficiencies, deficiencies that can be and have been abused. Case in point, the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union.

Now, AAPA being essentially the platonic ideal of an alternate historical dystopia, this particular Soviet Union plays those deficiencies to the hilt and turns them up to eleven, accentuating all the issues that caused it to fall in our timeline and playing out the abuses committed by historical communist states on a much larger scale.

So, my question was an attempt to understand how despite all this, this particular Soviet Union still manages to maintain unity, order and its superpower status, because, quite frankly, I have difficulty believing that dictatorship on this scale and for this continued length of time could be at all sustainable.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
I admit, the survival of the USSR in AAPA is not exactly realistic. However, neither are the survival of the German and American empires. The three superpowers have done atrocious things for over several centuries to maintain their power, and they've been fortunate enough to survive the turbulent early years enough to reach a point where generations have lived and died knowing nothing but the current order. By the 2200s, people have accepted that the boot will remain on the human face forever. You can imagine what happens when the order does come crashing down. 
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SchmittLenin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
I see. Now that you explain it that way, it makes perfect sense, and I must agree with you about the fact that the Soviet Union would have failed to maintain order and unity with this kind of government. Also, I do know that communism is not perfect, but I still believe in it, hoping that at some point Humanity will reach that kind of unity and equality. (At the same time, we have never seen a real Marxist-Leninist state in action. Even the Soviet-Union at it's best was far from the Utopia that Lenin wanted...)
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
By slowly going all-out with Russian nationalism and forging a de facto fascist state, turning up the repression when necessary, and looting their satellite states and interstellar colonies. 
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coldblood11 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
I think that's largely what happened to the Soviet Union after Lenin's death.
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TLhikan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
With most of your maps, we can see how it might not end well. With this one, we already know :P.
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SecretAgent632 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I can see the Americans and Germans putting aside their differences to deal with a common enemy who is becoming increasing powerful.
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Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Hehe... You know, Americans do not know how to live without an enemy to fight ;)
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Kinda-sorta. The German Empire collapsed into civil war between communists and monarchists, the Americans and Soviets entered the war, and then the Collapse happened. 
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SecretAgent632 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hmm...so Germany and potentially Italy could end up divided between the Americans and Soviets?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Well, pretty much all of human civilization was obliterated in a hail of atomic fire. Not much to split up. :p

You can find out more about the timeline's future here: tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php…
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Beastboss Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh cool, glad to see a remake of your old map
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Yeah, this is just a quick remake. I may look at my old maps and remake those/make world maps for them. 
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Beastboss Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool, this was probably my favorite of your old maps because of the Ultra America :)
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