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Sans Genghis by RvBOMally Sans Genghis by RvBOMally
Taking influences from B_Munro’s Caliphate of Rum and Years of Rice and Salt maps (and a few names for Chinese American colonies from his other maps), and based on the US becomes the Middle East thread by Tsochar on AH.com.

Somewhere in northern Mongolia, a child is born dead. While a tragedy for the family, the wider world does not notice. But this death would have far-reaching consequences that nobody could see. For in other worlds, this child would have been Temujin, the great nomad warlord who would forge the largest empire in human history. In this world, other warlords would try to unite the Mongols, but they would not be as successful as Temujin would have been. Now, history would go on without the Mongol Empire.

Perhaps the greatest beneficiary of Temujin’s absence is the Islamic world. In other worlds, Mongol hordes ravaged the Islamic world, destroying ancient cities and killing millions. Here, the Islamic world continued to ascend. Constantinople, and the Eastern Roman Empire, would fall in the 1300s. The Moors successfully secured Iberia from Christian attempts to retake the peninsula. Muslim slavers penetrated deeper and deeper into Africa, and trade with the East increased. Even Rome, center of the Catholic Church, would fall to Islamic invaders in the 1500s, the height of Islamic power. Of course, the Islamic powers continued to war amongst themselves, and could never take a more united Europe. The Chinese initially benefited from Temujin’s absence, but several dynastic wars prevented them from having unchallenged progress above the entire world.

Assaulted from all sides, Christendom sought to allies elsewhere and a way to escape from a continent they felt would fall to Islamic conquest at any moment. The discovery of the Atlantean continents by Norse sailors was initially regarded as a curiosity, but as independent Moorish and Chinese discoveries revealed great continents to the far West, it was the Christian powers which were the most ardent colonizers. Missionaries spread out throughout North and South Atlantis, converting natives and even abandoned Chinese settler colonies to the far west. The nations of Europe, especially the Dutch, English, French and Teutons, sent as many of their sons to North Atlantis as possible. European expeditions and missionaries even spread out throughout the Far East, converting the Happonese to Christianity. South Atlantis and Africa on the other hand, were secured by the Islamic powers, seeking commodities in the lands they believed to be more prosperous.

History happens, and by the 20th century the world is divided as much along ideological lines as along religious. The dominant power is the Federated States of Eurasia, a descendant of the Turkish empires which dominated the Near East. It is the world’s greatest power after the collapse of the Workers’ Union, a Euro-Atlantean syndicalist superpower which collapsed under its own weight only a few decades ago. Founded in a democratic revolution sometime in the 17th century, the Federation leads an alliance of democratic states and seeks to free the world from tyranny. However, many of the Federation’s allies regard this lofty goal as a fig leaf for imperialism, and conspiracies abound regarding Istanbul’s attempts to create a world empire centered on itself. Its allies in North Atlantis are very controversial: the Atlantean Republic is under military rule to “ensure secular law,” and the Republic of New Zion has many disputes with its Christian neighbors and is frequently accused of favoring Jews over all others within its borders.

Challenging the Federation’s vision of a democratic, secular world are the other blocs. The League for Traditional Values sees the Federation as the leader of an apostate bloc and seeks to place the Islamic world under theocratic rule. The Italian-based Caliphate of Rum also has dreams of recreating the old Roman Empire, only under Islamic rule. Then there are the United Technocracies of Man, based out of the former Kingdom of Persia. Believing current and former governmental systems to be inefficient, the United Technocracies seeks to place the world under the rule of djinn, artificially intelligent machine constructs.

Outside of the Islamic world, there are two other blocs which seek to gain power and prestige in the world. The Nanjing Pact is a loose collection of non-Abrahamic powers centered on the Confucian Republic of China, an authoritarian state ruled by a byzantine bureaucracy and operating on ostensibly Confucian values. Within the Nanjing Pact is the Indian Confederacy, which seeks to create a Hindu theocracy throughout the subcontinent, and the Republic of Meichi, whose retention of native polytheism has made it a target of Christian terrorism. The former Workers’ Republic, centered on the Vinlandish Federation, also wishes to regain its lost prestige and regards the Federation as a “frenemy.”

Then there are the Christian powers of Europe and North Atlantis. Mostly theocracies, the Christian states seek a “global crusade” against the “heretics,” starting with the Islamic powers. The states of Holy Teutonia and Happon have mixed their theocratic ambitions with territorial ones. The Christian Republic of Tihan, which overthrew the old Federation-backed Tihanese Kingdom decades ago, also wishes death upon the “Great Satan” of Istanbul, and has ironically gained local power after the destruction of the Arqanzan Republic at the hands of the Federation.
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Saint-Tepes Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
What happened to orthodoxism in Eastern Europe and Ethiopia? 
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
Feels really besieged by Islam.
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EmperorAlexander Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a good map. Can't wait for your sans Alexander map.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
You'll be waiting for a while, unfortunately. It's pretty far down the list. 
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EmperorAlexander Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is fine your maps are worth the wait. Your December theme of world war maps will be great it is still going ahead.
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
So far it's full steam ahead. November is ACW month, and December is WWII month.
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Alt-Reality Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really cool!

Just wish the text was a little bigger, and some of the colors weren't so similar . . .
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Thanks. :) I personally don't mind the colors and text size, but hey, I'm weird. :p
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Re note 17, what are *Romania and *Finland-Novgorod?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Reformist.
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
So...reformism is more like "reform judaism" than Protestantism?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
It's more like Protestantism. The only similarity with reform Judaism is the names. :p
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
But is Orthodoxy going to get anything like the Protestant reformation? Hmm. Well, if (due to no Mongol invasion) Russia remains closer to western Europe, I suppose intellectual currents might spread further - still, I kinda have trouble picturing the same sort of Protestantism flourishing in both, say, London and Novgorod. Perhaps for 17 "the last _traditional_ Eastern Orthodox state"? Or "the last _unreformed_ eastern Orthodox state?"

Speaking of London, are the former states of the Worker's Union Reformist or just plain ol' commie-type (or early revolutionary France, for that matter)anti-religion?

Bruce
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
They're not the same sort of Protestantism (although they _have_ influenced each other), but they get lumped together because they arose within one hundred years of one another and are anti-"old church."

The former Workers' Union was anti-religion (similar "opiate of the masses" thinking), but its successor states are neutral on the issue.
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Goliath-Maps Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Most of your maps are really inspirational to me, but I feel like their is one thing in this map that annoys me...Iran. That fact that it has colonies in Africa doesn't both me (that is a fairly cool idea), but how it has expanded through desert and tundra deep into Russia where other nations are more likely to get to first. And also, do my eyes deceive me, is Cuba Iranian?
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
ITTL, I pictured the Russian states bickering with one another and getting beaten up by the Turks. But if you want a Doylist answer, it's that I tend to wank Russia and I thought it would be nice to have a little change. :p

Also, that's a FSE *Cuba. It was purchased from the Cordobans. Yeah, it's pretty blatant parallelism. :p
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
who settled the Atlantean Republic, BTW?

Considering how far the Reconquista had proceeded by the time Genghis started being a big noise in the early 1200s, an Islamic de-conquista clawing back all of Spain strikes me as a bit unlikely. But hey, this is after all a somewhat deliberately ASB scenario. :)
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
The Atlantean Republic is predominantly English, although it has Norse and French minorities.

As for Iberia, the Islamic world is generally luckier ITTL, and the Muslims in Iberia have ended up making big concessions for their Catholic subjects, but yeah it is somewhat ASB. Catholic Iberians have made their mark on history, being responsible for the conversion of the Happonese and being a major source for missionaries in North Atlantis.
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SpazzReflex Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Shoshona is greatest country in the world. All the other countries run by little girls.

(right?)
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RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
That was what I originally wrote for #2, but I decided to provide some actual information on the country instead of throwing it all away on a Borat joke. :p
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Could you take a look at my alternate histories and make suggestions on how I could improve them?
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dsivis Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
This is a weird one, but I like the confluence of influences.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
This is definitely something of a surprise.
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