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The New Order by RvBOMally The New Order by RvBOMally
That's right, folks! More Nazis! This is a 1940s dieselpunk world, so of course the Nazis rule a good part of the globe.

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It is the year 2040, and the Second World War rages on. Not as a proper conflict between armies, of course. That ended decades ago. The war continues on as a guerrilla conflict on the Nazi-Soviet Front, as the waves of bombers and ballistic missile salvos between the Reich and Airstrip One, and the very occasional conventional wars between the Allies and Axis in the Middle East. There are two new orders, each vying for total supremacy, each unwilling to accept a world where the other exists. But the stalemate has gone on for so long that it has become impossible to break. 

The United Nations is led by the United States of America, the Empire of Liberty, the Arsenal of Democracy, heir to the Anglo-French alliance that first battled against Germany. The United States is led by the New Deal coalition, a very shaky alliance that has somehow survived for over a century. This survival is attributed to the establishment of various "regions" where the New Dealer factions have total dominance; Southern segregationists own the South, ethnic minorities have enclaves around the country, trade unions own the cities, and liberals own the North. The Republican Party exists, but it has not been a legitimate opposition since the 1980s. The Republicans instead are a group of boogeymen, populated entirely by double agents from the New Dealer faction and preaching what a carbon copy of the Nazi program applied to America. The New Deal coalition has total control of the country, and indeed their party machinery has totally replaced the civil government of the United States. American civil offices are merely ceremonial statuses awarded to retiring party loyalists or the losers of power struggles being exiled to become governor of Montana or somesuch. Americanization is winding down in the Pacific territories, as it has been deemed completed. Too bad about the Japanese, though.

Surrounding America's orbit are the other Unions. These unions were formed at gunpoint by the Americans as the front solidified and fascism and nationalism had to be rooted out. Only unity through a democratic program could effectively fight fascism, and so the Americans imposed it on the world, whether they liked it or not. The various Unions have differing flavors that keep them unique. The United States of South America is less a union and more an organization of military juntas loyal to Washington, yet with their autocratic practices, frequent discrimination against native cultures, and awesome uniforms they do bear more than a passing resemblance to Germany. The Soviet Union remains nominally under Stalinism, though Stalin himself passed long ago, and communism has given way to the deeply religious, deeply nationalistic Russian "unity politics." The Federal Republic of India is a veritable Frankenstein's monster of religions and ethnicities that its "Unity" government is trying to erase and replace with what is essentially American culture as seen a century ago. The Union of Oceania has successfully Americanized, and many schoolchildren think that the British had nothing to do with Oceanian history. And the United Republics of China continue to do their own thing, Sinicizing their portion of the world and brutally putting down any opposition as the Americans ignore them. 

Then there is the Greater German Reich. The autocracy of Hitlerism hasn't survived the 20th century, with infighting nearly bringing down the Reich in the 1950s and 1990s. The Third Reich has begun to resemble the First Reich in many respects, with governors, gauleiters, oberstgruppenführers and generals each having their own little empires to govern. These authorities tend to overlap and twist on themselves, creating a great deal of confusion and political intrigue that has left many high-ranking men dead from lead poisoning. However, the Reich is united in its opposition to the United Nations and its continued dominance of the European continent. The "undesirables" have been exterminated, at least in Europe, and now Germany moves to Germanize the remaining population of Europe. This program has been met with great success, and now Welthauptstadt Germania plans on bringing more of its European Confederation into the Reich proper. Lebensraum awaits!

Germany's allies only remain so due to terror, and as they become liabilities it is uncertain if the Germans would tolerate them for long. The Italians, still under Fascist autocracy, has gradually adopted their own version of Roman-Italian nationalism that has rejected Catholicism in favor of the old Greco-Roman gods. The imposition of this system is causing major problems in Italy, giving Germania concern. The Atlantropa project is also failing to meet Italy's expectations; instead of giving Italy more farmland, the recovered lands are quickly turning into desert. The various members of the European Confederation and their fascist parties are skeptical about Germany's intentions to protect them, as it becomes clearer that the Germans will not get the lebensraum in the East that they desire. As for the South Africans, they only joined Germany because it was advantageous at the time, and the Germans seemed more friendly to their white supremacist ideology. But their membership in the Axis grows less palatable every day. 

The wonders of diesel technology keep the world turning. Great zeppelins move troops from the United States to Airstrip One. Rocket planes zip across the world, delivering passengers or bombs to their intended targets at record speeds. Tesla technology has allowed armies around the world to shoot down rockets and bombers by the thousands, but the massive waves each faction sends ensure that at least some get through to do some damage. Diesel-powered automatons gradually replace soldiers and factory workers, leading to mass unemployment that may have very bad consequences later. New materials technology have allowed buildings to climb higher, with the great megalopolises of BosWash and Germania reaching past the clouds. Experiments with atomic power led to disaster; any atomic reaction of note would have to be so large that it would burn the atmosphere, as the Martian example tells all. It's a shame, really; perhaps the bomb could have put an end to the war. 
 
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:iconlorec10:
LoreC10 Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
I like the idea of mediterranean water drainage, the Atlantropa, what a shame it has failed!!! 
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
Atlantropa would have always failed. Draining the Mediterranean makes desert, not farmland.
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:iconlorec10:
LoreC10 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
well, you are probably right, but why?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
Don't quote me on this, because I'm no expert, but I assume that there would be a lot of leftover salt and not many nutrients in the sediment left by the receding waters. Hardly arable land. 
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:iconlorec10:
LoreC10 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
That makes sense!! :D (Big Grin) 
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AHPLUSEVERYTHINHG Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
The Other Nations in The United Nations have basically done the same thing as the Americans but for their own race right? Cause I can't imagine the other Nations wanting to Americanize.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
Nah, they're being Americanized. Not that they have much say in it, because the alternative is being a Nazi protectorate. The major exception is China. 
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AHPLUSEVERYTHINHG Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
So what is China like in this TL? Also wouldn't trying to Americanize all these nations cause major problems and rebellions? Also who is worse the Nazis or The Americans in their practices?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
China is pretty much like an expanded version of OTL China. As for Americanization, it's done through economic and cultural dominance, not state policy, so they manage to get people to go along with it without revolting. 
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AHPLUSEVERYTHINHG Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
I have a few questions about this map.
What nation exists on the Arabian Peninsula? Is it Saudi Arabia or some other arab state or is it unorganized territory or has it been Americanized? A lot of different possibilities.
What are the American people's attitude toward Israel and Jews in general?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
It's a union of Arab republics, and is very heavily Americanized. 

Israel and the Jews are seen as a bulwark against Nazism.
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TheMaleRei Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
I must inquire - what/how did those mammoth seas develop in Africa - or is that a part of the undetermined POD, at least on a geologic scale - or some way to reinforce to the observer that this Earth is alien to OTL?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
It's a result of the Atlantropa project.
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KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
You have a Axis-Allies Cold War, mixed in with elements that make this a pseudo 1984 set up.
Quite interesting indeed.  So are there any good guys in this world?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Good guys? If you're looking for good guys in my gallery, you're looking in the wrong place. 
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:iconkingwillhamii:
KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
So you going for a shades of gray can a thing, or is just everyone evil?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Both, although I tend toward the latter. 
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:iconkingwillhamii:
KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
I see.
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:iconheliosmegistos:
HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Amazing work as all ways. If I was a video game designer I'd hire you to write a dystopian setting up seriously :) (Smile) 
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Thanks. :)
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:icontuskin38:
Tuskin38 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
God damn, poor Japan.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
"Before we're through with them, the Japanese language will be spoken only in hell." - Fleet Admiral Halsey 
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:icontuskin38:
Tuskin38 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
I didn't realize that was a real quote until I googled it.
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YRPOtaku169 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student Writer
So what caused the divergence?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Hm, this would more appropriately be under an "indeterminate" PoD, because this timeline was never part of ours. 
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:iconyrpotaku169:
YRPOtaku169 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student Writer
Ahh.
That makes sense.
Especially the whole "our nuclear physics are different" thing.
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:icontlhikan:
TLhikan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
We have nothing to fear except fear itself.

The Airstrip Oners, on the other hand, have nerve-gas rockets and hordes of Nazi robots to fear. 
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Airstrip One has plenty of experience with fear itself. ;)
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
For a moment, I thought this map was a reference to that Wolfenstein: The New Order game. Which coincidentally, involves a victorious Third Reich...with horrific results.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
I named this The New Order because the Wolfenstein game reminded me of the term.
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
No wonder. :XD:

Ever played that, btw?
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
I have not, unfortunately. 
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
From what I hear, it's actually one of the best video games adaptations of The Man in the High Castle as filted through Inglorious Basterds. ;)
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
That sounds awesome. I should have nabbed it during the Steam sale. 
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
I'm waiting for it to be cheaper out here. But I've been looking at the playthroughs of it.
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:iconheliosmegistos:
HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
It's an excellent game ;)
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:icontuskin38:
Tuskin38 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
You should when or if you can, it is a pretty great game.
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:iconvoid-wolf:
Void-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Dieselpunki. Nice. But it loks like that things aren't going to get any better. Least till the axis falls apart.

On a brighter note, with everything running on diesel, it will be easier for biodiesel can come in.

The smell of french fry oil premeates the cities...

Another wonderful work like always.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Peak oil isn't a thing in this universe; there's more than enough of the stuff to sustain centuries of operations. And no, global warming isn't a thing either (the theory not being in popular consideration during the 1940s), but pollution certainly is. 
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:iconvoid-wolf:
Void-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Sorry, I didn't hear you over my hacking cough!

If I ever write an alternate history novel (I do have a trilogy planned), I want you to make the map and possibly even help me with the details of the historical accuracy.

Yes you would get paid.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Hm, interesting offer. Send me the details when they come about. :)
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meloa789 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
I hope Bethesda takes example from this (in the form of a sequel or DLC for Wolfenstein New Order)
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
I hope so, too. If they give me a big fat paycheck for it. :p
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:iconmeloa789:
meloa789 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
They would give you one. All of the alternative history video game makers needs to hire people like you.
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:iconrvbomally:
RvBOMally Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Heh, that would be awesome. :)
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