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A non-dystopian (indeed, noblebright) Central Powers victory scenario, set in the same universe as this: rvbomally.deviantart.com/art/C…

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The Great War was not as epic a conflict as the Napoleonic Wars that occurred a century before. While the great powers of Europe had entered the conflict, the German triumph at the Marne quickly put the war in the West to an end. With Paris surrounded by German troops, as it had been in 1871, the French surrendered. Britain, its expeditionary force nearly annihilated, withdrew soon afterward. Now, the Russians were alone in facing the war machine of the Central Powers. Tsarist troops surrendered and deserted in droves, but Nicholas II stubbornly demanded the war go on. Another defeat would ruin his reputation forever. Instead, as anti-war sentiment built up after more defeats against the Germans, Nicholas II was deposed by a popular revolution. The new government, the Russian Republic, quickly sued for peace. By 1916, Germany stood triumphant over the European continent. 

The years after the war were marked by Germany's ascension to first among equals at the table of the great powers. True, its economy was still eclipsed by that of the United States, and its navy still small compared to the Royal Navy, but it was the master of Europe. The French and Russian republics were unstable, wracked with social discontent. Britain retreated from European affairs, focusing instead on its global empire. Austria-Hungary, already playing second fiddle to Germany in 1914, fell further within the German orbit as ethnic tensions forced it to reform with the aid of German bayonets. Germany worked on creating a greater European community with itself as a center. This Central European Community, later expanding into the European Community and then the European Union, had three purposes: (1) to increase economic activity between European states, (2) to prevent European wars and, most importantly, (3) to ensure that German dominance of the continent is secured. 

By 2014, the European Union is a major economic bloc, and indeed the largest economy in the world. It is still dominated by the German Empire, which has relegated the Kaiser to a more ceremonial position after democratic reforms throughout the 20th century. Even its old rivals, France and Britain, are part of the EU and contribute to its economic well-being. The join EU mission to Mars back in 2013 has further increased a feeling of European integration, and the possibility of a truly federal Europe is widely discussed. 

Challenging Germany in a friendly rivalry is the United States and its League of Nations. The growth of German and Japanese power in the 20th century helped wake the sleeping giant from its sphere of influence in the Western Hemisphere, and now it leads a bloc of democratic countries. Still, Americans are uninterested in foreign wars, and the League of Nations is a primarily humanitarian and economic organization that helps its weakest and poorest members. The Russian Republic had shaky beginnings, but after the establishment of stable democracy and aid from the United States, Russia gradually industrialized and now provides the world, but particularly the US and its League allies, with the petroleum products it needs. 

China had a rough 20th century, but it stabilized by the 1930s and became a democratic republic closely aligned with the US and Britain. Seeking to emulate the Japanese, the Chinese Republic opened up to the West and Japan, and foreign investment has helped China ascend. By the 1980s, China's economy grew enough that the tail began to wag the dog, and by the 21st century, China is a true contender for superpower status, along with the Germans and Americans. The Chinese middle class is growing, and it is believed that China may eclipse Germany (but not the EU) sometime in the next few decades. China's main ally, the Ottoman Empire, is a prosperous parliamentary democracy, its economy bolstered by oil revenue and tourism in the Holy Land. 

The Japanese remain a force to be reckoned with, even if they have had a recent slump. With its democratic tendencies from the Taisho era continuing well into the 20th century. Instead of seeking dominance through military means, the Japanese turned to economic dominance, a strategy that has worked well for them. They still remain the go-to country for quality electronics. India, too, has ascended. After independence in the 1950s, prompted by a growing hostility against colonialism, India has become a shining example of functioning democracy in the former European colonies. It still has its problems with economic inequality, but as its infrastructure improves, so are the lives of all Indians. 

The world has its problems, of course. Africa is still wracked with ethnic warfare, underhandedly fueled by the great powers in their attempts to gain dominance. Petty dictatorships exist around the world, although they are generally shunned. Famines still happen, despite the international community's best efforts, and many scientists warn about the dangers of global warming resulting from the burning of fossil fuels. The scientific community is trying to find ways around this energy issue, and the bright minds of the European Science Institute are ready to publish a report about the possibility of tapping energy from "anomalous dimensions." Whether or not this "vacuity energy" is a dead end or the key to sustainable energy won't be known until the first experiments are conducted. People are hoping for the best. 



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:iconmacauleybridgman1:
macauleybridgman1 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
So how well off are the British in this scenario then? Also do we see a different royal family?
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Well this EU looks like it's in a better position than the OTL version right now.
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eclipse-paladin Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
It's rare and interesting to see better than otl maps here. This also reinforces my long held belief that World War I and the Treaty of Versailles were mankind's crowning moments of stupidity. 
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
I happen to share that belief very strongly. This map was a project on making a better than OTL map, and I figured that a Central Powers victory is the best way to go about it while still maintaining a familiar world. 
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eclipse-paladin Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
It is a little sad that it's the victory by the more undemocratic powers that makes the world a better place. I wonder what other realistic PODs could lead to a better world then what we have?  
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Napoleon winning and stabilizing Europe might be another, but I doubt his Continental System would survive for an entire century without breeding more wars. It's a question of not allowing for big wars. 
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eclipse-paladin Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Well the problem would be Britain, if you found a way to keep them from stirring crap up on the continent it might work out. Quantumbranching did a map called Napoleonic Cyberpunk that's a generally better off world aside -no nazis, no Stalin, science and tech are advancing faster then OTL and governments are actually acting to counter global warming- from Britain becoming Oceania.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
If it becomes clear that the Continental System will not collapse, and that doing business with Napoleon's empire is more profitable than trying to knock it down, the British will keep away from continental affairs. They still have a superior navy, and can make a pretty penny from the remnants of the Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and French empires that they took during the Napoleonic Wars. I don't think this will avert a Franco-British global rivalry, which will eventually drag in the rest of the world, but if it's kept at a low enough level we won't get things like the Great War. 
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eclipse-paladin Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Maybe if the US is aligned with France fear of losing Canada and the Caribbean territories make encourage good behavior from Britain?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
I think that would have the opposite effect, cornering the British and starting a pseudo-Cold War. The US as a neutral party that's willing to do trade with both sides will help spread the idea that peace, not war, is profitable. 
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
See, you can make a happy TL. Now if you could only do it with scenarios that aren't essentially OTL or Edwardian survivals... :)

That Poland is so small it's hardly worth it. :D

How did Ha'il pick up Oman and the other British protectorates?

(BTW, "By 2014, the European Union is a major economic bloc, and indeed the largest economy in Europe." - one too many "Europe" in there, methinks)
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Heh, the Edwardian survivals are only because I see WWI as the moment that the 20th century took the turn for the absolute worst. :p Even a no Nazis TL still has Stalin and the Second Sino-Japanese War to butterfly away. It might be easier for earlier PoDs, though. 

The Poles still prefer the current situation to being under Russian domination. 

Hm, I hadn't put much thought into that. Ha'il took advantage of post-colonial Arab nationalism? 

Heh, I meant world. Going to fix that. 
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Russian domination? What, if they protest against German-Austrian partition the Germans will let the Russians march across Belorussia and take them over?  Roll Eyes  Maybe their great-grandparents were grateful to be out of Russian hands, but it's 2014.

PS - do I come off as passive-aggressive? I hope I don't. 
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Polish education has always stressed the evils of Russian "occupation" and how the German "liberation" was the best thing since sliced bread, so these attitudes have persisted well after the turn of the century generation died out. Having the Germans have a key role in the foundation of the Polish public education system would do that. That being said, there are nationalists who point out that the partitions of Poland involved more than just the Russians. 
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love to read it! :D great map and history

Also the final part it was like "The Gods Themselves" (I have to read yet, but I know the argumment).

Greetings!
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Heh, I got the idea more from the Resonance Cascade in Half-Life. Which should tell you how well that project ends. 
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahaha, I didn't know it. Also in the Isaac Asimov story, the things don't finish well, too. :D
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TLhikan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Even you brightest scenarios are surrounded by a multidimensional sea of horribleness :P. But hey, maybe these guys will be able to harness the Vacuity without unleashing dark deities/drawing the Coalition/being Seeping Crepusculed :D
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
See my response to Mattystereo. I think it would be interesting to have a group of special forces from this TL and the other "good" ones raiding a Coalition warship that's planning on initiating orbital bombardment on an innocent world. Given the Coalition's fracturing, there are plenty of warlords trying to carve out an auszeit empire, so they can actually be defeated. 
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TLhikan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Hmm, now I'm mentally constructing a Five Man Band out of your "good" worlds :P.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Interesting, although I'd remove OTL and just keep Pax America as they're practically the same TL anyway. Maybe the PCRA could be a sometimes-friend?
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frazamm Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
India still opted for partition then. That did not change. For once a non-dystopian positive timeline. It cannot last, or does it? ;)
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
The British "encouraged" partition so that they could play the two sides off one another should the need arise. 
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frazamm Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
I'd say typical. Any plans on developing it further?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Not really, I initially had plans of making this a full-fledged TL, but I'm not ready to do a serious alternate history timeline yet. 
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frazamm Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Pity. I should think an optimistic, or relatively so, timeline is harder. Wars are interesting and easy. Peace can be so boring.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
If I were to write an actual timeline, I would keep it within realistic constraints as much as I can. But I'd still make it dystopian. :p
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frazamm Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
As dystopian as current situation is ... I feel gloomy. Can't really see this ending well.
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Surenity Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
With a Central Power victory though, I find it hard to believe the Ottoman Empire wouldn't have tried to push into Azerbaijan and unite with it after the Russians withdrew from the war, without the allies helping the Armenians stop them in some way like in OTL. 
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
ITTL, the Ottomans never joined the war, although they intervened in the Russian Civil War. 
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Surenity Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Hm, I suppose they were somewhat coerced by Germany into joining the war in OTL. But Enver Pasha and the Young Turk government were fanatically looking for an opportunity to build their racially "pure" Turkish nation that stretched into Central Asia, and probably would have taken advantage of any opening they could get, provided the Russians did leave the Caucasus open.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Azerbaijan is still under the Turkish sphere of influence, and while the Ottoman intervention in the Russian Civil War tried to unite the Ottoman Empire with Azerbaijan, the Russians got their act together too quickly for that to stick.
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Surenity Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Ah, okay. So I suppose the Caucasus would be little different from the way they are today in this case. But maybe with the Armenian genocide either not happening or being less severe, I would guess.
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SharksinSpace Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
The Young Turks joined more for the chance to get in the good graces of one of the big powers but they were kind of proto-Fascist in their ideology I won't lie.
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Surenity Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Later fascists probably borrowed a great deal from them, I think both Mussolini and Hitler hinted at such on a couple occasions.
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SharksinSpace Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
I doubt its something they would admit though.
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Surenity Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
It's just judging from a few offhand comments, Hitler said before invading Poland "After all, who now remembers the Armenians", referring to the unpunished Armenian genocide, and I heard (don't quote me on this, I just remember reading an article about it a long time ago) in the autobiography of Mussolini's wife she recalls him saying something about doing to his enemies what the Young Turks did to the Armenians...something along those lines.
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meloa789 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
It is more positive compared to your other projects.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Not a hard goal, really. :p
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SecretAgent632 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
From what I can tell, the world seems to be better off had Germany won the Great War. At least in this illustration.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
This scenario arose from a thought experiment I had years ago, when I was wondering how best to change history to make it better than OTL. Seeing as WWII and the Cold War are the source of many of the modern world's problems, and WWI is very hard to avert, I decided on a quick end to the Great War. 
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Mattystereo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Huh, interesting. I see that since Europe writ large managed to cohere rather go through decades of trouble this world has of now pushed back the extremely hard (and perhaps very dangerous) recentering of the global economy that's happening IOTL. Will be interesting to see how they develop, assuming that the unrelenting darkness of the vacuity doesn't swallow/burn/turn-them-into-radioactive-slag whole. I forward the motion that they team up with Antithesis, Crisis Averted, Pax Americana, OTL, and Sans Ghengis, to form the Coalition Of Not-Super-Evil.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
The great powers ITTL generally like and trust each other more than those of OTL, given the lack of WWII and the Cold War. This will lead to more cooperation should problems like economic crises arise. 

As for a good guy team up, I've been itching to work my scenarios into one GURPS: Infinite Worlds-esque setting. Having special forces from the OTL US, the Federated States of Eurasia, the Federašao Africana and the German Empire exploring the multiverse and fighting a desperate battle against the horrors said multiverse is spitting out would make for a fun story or game. The number of worlds to explore and villains to fight are legion. 
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PG-1987 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
It cannot be the same universe.
The other map shows Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan as independent nations.
Here, their territories are controlled by the Russian Republic and the Ottoman Empire.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Whoops, thanks for noticing that!
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PG-1987 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
No problem.
Another difference I noticed is that Serbia lost much of its west to Bulgaria, hence no Serbo-Rumanian border in this scenario.
And based on the PoD, the Ukraine should have been in the German camp for almost a century, not over a century.

I like this scenario and I am pro-Entente (go to hell, Prussia-dominated Imperial Germany!).
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Fixed. :)
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Mattystereo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
I'm extremely surprised that it's 2014 and China hasn't purchased or in some other way gained Lushunkou back. Other than that I'm interested to see another "better than OTL" production from you.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
It's a Gibraltar kind of dispute. A lot of bark, but nobody's thinking of any biting. 
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dsivis Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Agreed there. 
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