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MotF 118 - The Pale Continent by RvBOMally MotF 118 - The Pale Continent by RvBOMally
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This is one of our stranger artifacts, purchased from a merchant near one of the Great Hubs. It depicts a Europe which has been colonized. According to what the merchant told our agent, in this world, the Mongol Hordes successfully invaded Western Europe, but their weakened forces were repelled by the Song Dynasty, which kept China fractured for centuries. The merchants referred to the Mongols and their dynasty in northern China as "Saracens," indicating that the Mongols have converted to Islam en masse. This would certainly account for the continued division of China, even after the fall of the Mongol Empire. It appears that more than one Chinese state has arisen from southern China, judging by the separate Chinese states holding dominion in eastern and western France. As for Europe, the merchant made a point about the destruction of Rome and the "thousand years of darkness" that followed Mongol rule. 

After the Mongols, the Chinese "fled the Middle Kingdom by the sea, and found new lands." It is unlikely that these are what we consider the Americas, it is likely the archipelagos in Southeast Asia. This is likely where the Chinese received their knowledge of seafaring. The merchant did refer to the colonies in Europe as "new," and indicated that the Japanese have dominated the Americas, akin to the Spanish of our timeline. The Japanese do have some colonies in Europe, particularly Ireland and Valencia, but these may have been taken past the height of the Japanese Empire. It is interesting to note that this world is also home to a thalassocracy centered in Luzon, where the merchant says this map came from. They have possession of northwestern Spain, the Balearics, and Sardinia. These two seem to have been eclipsed by the Chinese state, particularly the "Nanking Empire" the merchant mentioned. 

Apart from the Asian colonies, there is a Mongol Empire which has taken the place of our world's Russia, a "Roman Khanate" centered in Anatolia, a "Norse Kingdom," and what the merchant referred to as the "Allemanian Khanate." While it is clear that this is the German state in the center of Europe, it is unclear if it is a descendant of the Holy Roman Empire or is another German state entirely. There are a few independent European states in the West, likely buffer states maintained by the Asian powers, and an independent Hungary. Then there is the "English Empire," which is evidently a militaristic aggressor towards its neighbors, Asian and European. 

Given the sheer distances involved, it is unlikely that the Asians have colonized these areas of Europe thoroughly. Based on typographic comparison, there is no difference between the nomenclature of independent states and some of the European states. A system of protectorates and nominal sovereignty, akin to the princely states in our own British India, may be at play here.
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:iconarcaneunit:
ArcaneUnit Featured By Owner Edited Nov 30, 2016
I think the Japanese have ancestry in Latvia ACTUALLY, but
it appears much more evident in Finland. Furthermore, Surely Japanese and not Mongols, Populated North and South America [but I can be wrong]<mind you: at that time, they could have been the same people.*>.
factually though, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have East Asian ties.
All that aside, I would love to study ancient Spain prior to 300AD, it is cool.
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:iconarcaneunit:
ArcaneUnit Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016
what Jew drew this map.
I was so disappointed in my patience to say this I haven't finished reading it yet.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I did. I fail to see how it is particularly "Jewish" of me to make an alternate history map.
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grisador Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2015
Wait; is this ''yellow Mans burden'' timeline ?!
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Yes. I linked this in the description.
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015
I see. Very interesting history thought; are khanates mixed race Or turkish\mongol dominated ?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Mixed.
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2015
Okay. Thanks fo answering :)
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:iconhowaboutthathumanity:
What is that giant German state I see?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Germany.
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015
Best alternate history ever ! :D

Khanate & barbarian controlled Europe is the Best europe
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SinaDelendaEst Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
Nice one. It's interesting to consider that in this world, instead of Filipinos being called Filipinos, it's the Spaniards who would be called Lakandulaites. Or something.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Well, most of Spain is Chinese, but the Filipino portions of Spain will probably be called something like that. 
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SinaDelendaEst Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
Sorry, got the colors mixed up. And I wasn't sure if the green in Spain, North Africa, southern Italy, and western France was all the same shade of green. Is it?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
That is the same shade. 
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SRegan Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice - I love the little touches like the signature and the fake stamp at the bottom right (does this indicate the multiversal agency is Grecian-influenced?).
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks! No, Persephone Aersopace just took the name because it sounds cool. :p It's an American corporation. 
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Hayaba1 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
1. Is the "English Empire" a Japan analogue?
2. What religion does the Roman Khanate practice?
3. What dynasty rules Hungary
4. Does the Roman Khanate's leader style himself as the Khan of the Romans?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
1. Yes
2. Islam
3. Some Mongol-derived one
4. Khan and Emperor of the Romans
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Nalphnado Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
It looks like the Japanese own Corsica and southern France as well as Ireland, Lisbon and Valencia.
Are the grayish-green countries in eastern France owned by a colonial power or are they independent? Does India have some form of a colonial empire?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
They do. 

The grayish-green are owned by a Cantonese state. 

The Indians have a colonial empire in Africa. 
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:iconkyuzoaoi:
kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015   Artist
I suggest you submit it to this group:

baybayin-enthusiasts.deviantar…
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Nah, I probably butchered the script's use. They likely won't want this on there. :p
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:iconkyuzoaoi:
kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015   Artist
Of course. I do need the name of the Baybayin font though.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Why?
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:iconkyuzoaoi:
kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015   Artist
I need the script. :) Just to decipher it.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I don't think I've used it properly.
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:iconkyuzoaoi:
kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015   Artist
Oh? Where was it? 
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:iconcheetaaaaa:
Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
Quite awesome.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks.
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:iconcheetaaaaa:
Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
Righteous.
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Warpath20 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
Hmm... is the Philippines (or rather, a Philippine-centric state) a major power here? 
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
They're the Portugal analogue.
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:iconavatarvyakara:
AvatarVyakara Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
It's a wonderful map, with much character and beauty. Nice work! But I have one question: why...well, whatever script you've used? Arabic? Baybayin? A modernized Rongorongo? Syriac?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
A modernized baybayin.
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:iconavatarvyakara:
AvatarVyakara Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Okay, so why a modernized baybayin?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Because the map makers are from Luzon. 
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:iconavatarvyakara:
AvatarVyakara Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Ah.
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
That looks awesome, like a real paper someone made XD
How did u make the relief of the mountains so well?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I used a physical map from Wikimedia.
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
Ah looks great gonna check that out maybe.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
You'll have to use a vector program like Illustrator or Inkscape to modify them.
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
Damned all commend me Illustrator, but I never used it.
Maybe I´ll do it. Thanks for the tipp!

I really love ur scenarios btw. I can´t always comment,
but I enjoy them!
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks! Did you see the one that was inspired by your "America suffering the fate of Germany" map?
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Oh Gott no I didn´t see this one, that´s cool that I inspired someone,
and very interesting story indeed!

Hey there is a good way to mention people in the info. When you write:

: iconNAME :  (without the space between the :), then that person will be messaged
that he was mentioned. That is always a good way to make sure the one u refer to
will see it.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Ah, I've always wondered how to do that! I'll mention you in the map. 
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raven609 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 7, 2015
This is a very nice map, but I don't quite understand the description. Is the merchant from an alternate universe who gave the map to the person who wrote the description? 
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
It's a company whose agent bought the map from an interdimensional merchant.
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:iconkyuzoaoi:
kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015   Artist
What alphabet is this?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
A "modernized" baybayin, 
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