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by Alphonse Eylenburg
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Collection of other alternative history maps

Last updated: 2017

This is a collection of alternative history maps. Just for fun!

Languages in a post-Brexit EU

This map entertains the tought of Great Britain leaving the EU and instead getting closer with the other "5 eyes" nations (USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand). Additionally, there is a continued conflict with Russia, as rump-Ukraine has joined the EU. I also thought about the language situation in the European Union after Britain leaves. This would leave only one English-speaking country in the union: Ireland. And they actually have the near-extinct Irish as their first language, which they try to re-establish as an everyday language. This would leave Europe with three big languages: German, French, and Italian. German and (a bit behind) French are already now the languages with most speakers in the EU, and Italian has about the same number of native speakers as French in Europe (but much less secondary speakers).

EU languages after Brexit

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Political Borders following Language Borders

For this map, I tried to only create states based on language borders. As you can see, no colonization of the Americas and Australia/New Zealand is assumed; however, there is also an Afrikaans-speaking state in South Africa and Europe has the ethnic borders from before the world wars. The colours indicate the language families.

World map if states were formed following language borders

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Age of Imperialism: Alternative Colonialization Scenarios

The first map shows an alternative colonialization history, where Austria-Hungary and the fictive Denmark-Sweden also secure some colonies. Additionally, the British Empire and France got some colonies taken away, so that the empires are a bit more balanced.

Alternative colonialization world map

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The second map shows a different kind of alternate imperial history and the effect that the colonialization had on the languages spoken in the world today.

Alternative colonialization world map with focus on languages

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The Viking Empire

The Viking Empire includes a united Scandinavia (including former possessions of Sweden), former Scandinavian colonies in Greenland and Vinland (America), and also assumes successful settlements in North America and parts of the Russian arctic coast. Most of the lands are quite uninhabitable of course, so this "Empire" could not feed many millions. Nevertheless, it is an impressive landmass on world maps and has a lot of potential for further expansion.

Viking empire map

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Alternative Linguistic-Cultural Zones of Europe

This map shows Europe divided into five cultural zones, which also correspond to the dominant languages spoken there. The dotted lines separate provinces or sub-regions.

Alternative history map of Europe

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Ancient Peoples Surviving in Europe

This map shows Europe with some ancient peoples surviving into the present. These include peoples which "recently" disappeared (such as the Crimea Goths or the Baltic Prussians), but also peoples that were replaced centuries ago (such as the Gauls and the Sumerians).
The colours indicate language families:

Alternative history map of Europe

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Thawed Antarctica

If Antarctica were to unfreeze because of global warming, it would actually not be a massive continent, but a landscape of islands and lakes (the same is true for Greenland). In this map, I have (naively) assumed that all land that is above sea level will become more or less unfrozen clay and all land below sea level will be underwater. This of course would make the continent more attractive to settlement and territorial claims.

Thawed Antarctica

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United Western World

This map shows the "League of Western Nations", which might be compared to somewhat looser European Union. Note that the Third Reich and Israel are best friends, too :)

United Western World

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Cold War with Five Blocs

Here we have a cold far consisting of 5 blocs: the liberal bloc led by the USA, the monarchistic bloc consisting of some rather random countries, the fascist bloc (also including fascist Russia), as well as communist China and a still existing Ottoman Empire.

Alternative scenario for the cold war

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The Midlandish Civilization

In this map, you should start with the small picture-in-picture. This scenario assumes some larger cultural areas (Europe/Middle East/North Africa; East Asia; Persia/India/Indochina; Sub-Saharan Africa; pre-Columbian North America; pre-Columbian Central & South America). The larger picture then shows the nations that are deemed part of the Midlandish civilization. Again, the map features random states and borders. Sumer and Poland-Lithuania in the same map? Of course.

the Midlandish Civilization

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The Habsburg Empire

The Habsburg dynasty once ruled Austria-Hungary and the Holy Roman Empire. This scenario assumes a unification of both and also includes dependent Baltic states and parts of Western Francia.The first map shows the administrative division of the Empire and its neighbouring countries, the second shows the history of the unification, and the third shows the languages spoken within the Habsburg realm.

the Habsburg Empire

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History of the Habsburg Empire

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Languages in the Habsburg Empire

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A World Without Islam

The 21st century is characterized by conflicts with Islam. Muslims vs. Christians (Europe, America, Australia, Russia, Middle East, Africa, Philippines), Muslims vs. Buddhists (Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar), Muslims vs. Hindus and Sikhs (India), Muslims vs. Atheists (China, Middle East), Muslims vs. Jews (Israel, the West), and of course Muslims against other Muslims (Sunni vs. Shia, Sunni vs. Alawites, Sunni vs. Alevis, radical Sunni vs. moderate Sunni and so on). Imagine a world where all the others team up to fight against Islam, and after a military victory they employ a program of "deislamization", similar to the "denazification" after the second world war. The chance of this happening is about 0%, but I nevertheless entertained the thought. (Please note: I do not assume any genocides in the scenario, I was rather thinking about an re-education program similar to the one against Nazism, which worked pretty well - currently there are only about 5,000 neo-nazis in Germany according to the constitution protection agency).

A world without Islam

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Space-Filling Empires

The first map shows a completely random world full of space-filling empires. The legend is written in Latin as the Roman Empire has survived to the present day and is the leading nation in Europe.

Space-filling empires

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The next map has the same basic idea as the first one, but features some other empires.

Space-filling empires

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Europe with Alternative Borders

The first map shows some "sensible" alternative borders, based on historic borders or ethnic divisions. The areas indicated by scattered lines can be interpreted as officially autonomous provinces (e.g. Czechoslovakia) or other areas which are de facto self-governed (e.g. Kurdistan).

vgh what could have been

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The next map is similar to the previous one in that it shows alternative borders, which are based on historic borders or ethnic lines. Again, Germany is rather large (mixing the pre-WW1 borders and the HRE borders), while some of the smaller nations in West Europe have gained their independency. The three letter acronyms indicate the official and regional/minority languages of each state.

another map of europe where germany has her RIGHTFUL CLAY

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