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For a while now I have been making maps of the games I have been playing, and I have been wanting to upload them for a while now. Some have decently long stories attached to them, others not. Some are actual games I played, some are just ideas I have come up with. This is a place for me to upload them and share them with other people.

Table of Contents:
1. The Bonaparte Legacy: British Victory
2. The Danubian Federation before the 1967 Ausgleich and the Danube War
3. The Danube Basin following the collapse of the Austrian Empire
4. The Rogue State of Africa
5. Africa, the Continent of Blood
6. A Throne of Bayonets: German WWI victory
7. The Italian Empire, the third power in Europe
8. Third American Republic

9. Pax Germania
10. An Ehren und an Siegen reich
11. A Baptism of Blood and Steel
12. The Indian Empire
 
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The Bonaparte Legacy: British Victory

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The Bonaparte Legacy: British Victory

“From Stettin, in the Baltic, to Trieste, in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent. Behind that line, lie all the capitals of the ancient states of central and eastern Europe. Warsaw, Vienna, Prague, Budapest. All these famous cities, and the populations around him, lie, in what I must call, the Soviet Sphere.”

Churchill spoke these words one month after victory of Nazi France was achieved. “Dirigeant” Delonlce had committed suicide on the 27th of July, when the Battle of Paris had come to a close. The once invincible army of the Kingdom of France had broken. 7 days later, the Guards Armoured Division captured Bordeaux, and with it King Henri VII, who signed the capitulation of Nazi France the next day. Victory Day was August 4th, 1944.

Early September saw the Atlanta Conference, which was between the members of the British Empire, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the Dominion of Canada in particular, and the Confederate States of America. Their concern was the Yankee question, which had dominated the politics of North America ever since the Second American Revolution in 1933. Luckily, it had become a minor concern for the duration of the war. The 1936 primaries saw social democrat Felix Frankfurter become the Socialist candidate for the presidency. When in 1940 Trotskyite Fredrick Delano Roosevelt gained the backing of the party leadership, Frankfurter endorsed the new Liberal Party and its candidate, Wendel Wilkie. A feat thought impossible only 4 years before, but the Socialist Party lost the 1940 elections. This didn’t mean that relations between the USSA and her neighbours improved. Whilst the Battle of Britain was raging in the skies above London, Bristol, Cardiff and Dublin, the USSA invaded the New England Republic, establish from the Canadian Occupation Zone which had been evacuated in 1936. Luckily, any aggressive moves ended there, maybe because of the government in Britain.

1932, the year that the Socialist Party was elected in the old USA, also saw the election of the Labour Party in the UK. Prime Minister Oswald Mosley began his National Effort to bring the economy back up, a policy he could continue after the 1936 elections. Because of this, he also oversaw the 1937 Imperial Conference, which finalized the move towards Imperial Federation. Imperial Preference Trade and the Shared Defence Policy laid the groundwork for federalization, a process halted, but strengthened, by the outbreak of war. Mosley and his German counterpart Adenauer had decided on a policy of Appeasement, to start rearmament and catch up with the French, but after the Pas de Calais had been granted to France, a line had been drawn. A line which the Nazi’s crossed when they demanded the end of Belgium in October 1939. Europe was at war again.

Belgium fell within 10 days. The Allies did the only thing they realistically could whilst they were mobilizing, evacuate the Belgian army via the port of Antwerp and east towards the Siegfried Line. And whilst everybody was preparing for the campaigns of the coming season, France struck in November, bypassing the most heavily fortified parts of the Siegfried line by moving trough the Netherlands and the Rhineland. British forces moved west into the Netherlands, holding the line at the Meuse, but the French broke the Germans and crossed the Rhine on the 1st of December, at which point it was all over. Air Marshall Goering and his own national socialist DAP launched a coup, and sued for peace. Austria was evacuated and Hitler reinstalled, Prussia, Posen and Silesia were handed over to Poland, the Rhineland was annexed by France and a protectorate was granted over the Ruhr. A small group of officers and soldiers escaped to the British positions, and later fled to London, where the Free German Government was proclaimed, later taking control over the German colonies. British, Dutch and Belgian forces now found themselves surrounded, and were forced to evacuate from the beaches of Holland and the port of IJmuiden. The Battle for Germany was over.

The Empire would continue the fight alone. Prime Minister Mosley resigned fearing a motion of no confidence. A government of national unity would be formed, headed by the Tory Winston Churchill. Having served in both Liberal and Conservative parties he was deemed the perfect candidate. Mosley would assume position as Minister of Armaments. The Battle of Britain would be won, Ethiopia would be liberated and British tanks rolled across Libya. From 1941 onward, France retreated from Africa, focusing on her new enemy, the Soviet Union.

France launched Operation Charlemagne, her crusade against communism, and China joined her in her fight, but didn’t march south. Finally, the manpower of India was somewhat opened up for other fronts. Combined Imperial forces would guard the USSA borders, and a invasion of Italy was launched to take pressure off of the Soviets. Italy, having faced heavy losses in Africa, crumbled, and Rome was liberated in early 1942, after which the king capitulated. The net was closing around France. In the east, the advance stalled just past Smolensk and Kiev. Greece joined the Allies, opening up a front in the Balkan. In response, Germany was allowed to rearm. A coup was launched in Poland to keep them in the fight. A coup was also launched in the Ottoman Empire, opening up the Caucasus in the hopes of capturing the oil there, but failing massively.

Eventually, the downfall would come on May 5th 1943, from the beaches where Britain had evacuated some 3 years before. Within hours, Mussert’s government was captured and the “Kingdom of Holland” had capitulated. Not only did this signal the beginning of the liberation of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, it also meant that the French army in the east also had an enemy army in its back constantly cutting off supply lines. Finally, the British and Soviets met at the city of Stettin. From that point on, it was just a rush to secure as much land as both sides could, Germany became first priority. Finally, once Germany was cleared, British forced moved into France itself, ending it on the 4th of August. In the east, China would fall soon after the western front was over for the Soviets. And once the fall of Chiang was clear, Commonwealth forces simply secured what they could, with Japan and Korea doing the same.

The world stands decided, with Britain at the head of the free world. Much will depend on the first postwar elections. Mosley is running on a platform of Renewed Effort, using the Empire to rebuild Britain and Europe. Churchill is running on a platform of anticommunism, capitalizing on public fear now that a German Peoples Republic has been established east of the Oder, not to forget the United Arab Republic being a great threat to British interests in the Middle East. The Liberals, meanwhile, are running on a more hands off approach. Letting things on the continent be for now and instead focusing on the Empire and building a real superpower.

Whatever the British public may decide, interesting times are ahead.
 

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Sounds like a most uncertain future is ahead
 

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Sounds like the world is in for a hard time. Hopefully, no actual war starts. I imagine nuclear weapons are on the table by now.
 

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Sounds like the world is in for a hard time. Hopefully, no actual war starts. I imagine nuclear weapons are on the table by now.
Well, nukes weren't used. And considering that there aren't any nukes done, I'd think Churchill would be the only one to continue research into such a weapon, with Mosley and the Liberals being more interested in the production of nuclear power. But Churchill might launch a equivalent of Operation Unthinkable now that the Allied armies are still mobilized, so perhaps we are more into a Crown Atomic situation regarding that
 

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A fascinating window into a world that might have been. I see that the Russians finally have their long-coveted control-by-proxy of the Bosporus, which must be driving the geopolitical planners in London mad...

Anyway, I've always been fascinated by maps, and I'm enjoying the idea of an atlas-style AAR immensely. Looking forward to seeing what comes down the pipeline next :)
 

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Great map! I would love to have some sort of AAR workshop for the visuals. Maybe the AAR podcast. Nowadays half the story lies in the pictures.
 

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A fascinating window into a world that might have been. I see that the Russians finally have their long-coveted control-by-proxy of the Bosporus, which must be driving the geopolitical planners in London mad...

Anyway, I've always been fascinated by maps, and I'm enjoying the idea of an atlas-style AAR immensely. Looking forward to seeing what comes down the pipeline next :)
Well, Greece is an ally of Britain, and both exits of the Mediterranean are controlled by Britain, so it isn't a disaster. And thank you for the kind words, I already have a few maps done, but posting them all at once is a bit of a waste in my opinion.
Great map! I would love to have some sort of AAR workshop for the visuals. Maybe the AAR podcast. Nowadays half the story lies in the pictures.
The funny thing is that if I need a DH province map, I always go to your old Alternate WWII AAR since it was posted there once. The colours are taken from the maps made for the Crown Atomic AAR. For the rest it's just a bit of fiddling with paint.net. You're really just giving me too much credit since it's some pretty simple stuff. With half an hour of fiddling in paint.net I've gotten most of the stuff figured out. I've done some more "complex" but still simple stuff in other maps
 

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The Danubian Federation before the 1967 Ausgleich and the Danube War

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The Danubian Federation before the 1967 Ausgleich and the Danube War

States of the Danubian Federation and her autonomies (respective ethnic group included in brackets):
Austria: (German)
I Austrian Littoral (Italian)
II Carniola (Slovenian)
Venice (Italian)
Bohemia: (Czech)
I German Bohemia (German)
Slovakia (Slovakian)
Lesser Poland (Polish)
Galicia: (Ukranian)
I Bukovina (Romanian)
Hungary: (Hungarian)
I Crișana (Romanian)
II Burgenland (German)
III Vojvodina (Croatian and Serbian)
Transylvania: (Romanian)
I Burzenland (German)
Banat (German, Hungarian, Romanian and Serbian)
Illyria: (Croatian)
I Sana-Podrinje (Bosniak)
II Srpska (Serbian)

Please note: map does not show any smaller regional autonomous entities

In the 1937 Ausgleich, and subsequent Hungarian Crisis, the Danubian Federation was established in order to bring the holdings of the Habsburgs into the 20th century. The 1927 Ausgleich had left the Empire severely weakened, and many feared its dissolution. The young emperor Karl thus found himself influenced by the advocates of Federalization, creating states within the Empire to represent local ethnic minorities. Cisleithania had already seen massive decentralization in 1927 with the creation of separate parliaments for Galicia-Lodomeria and Bohemia. The Hungarians only begrudgingly accepted a separate parliament for Croatia, being compensated with Dalmatia in return. The 1937 thus saw a lot to lose for the Hungarians, having maintained the integrity of the Crown of St.Stephen for so long. In an attempt to gain a fast victory, they mobilized their army and attacked towards Vienna and Croatia. The backlash was enormous, every other part of the Empire sided with the Austrians. Except Bosnia, which had faced an attempted Serbian coup, and had been dependent on Hungarian and Austrian soldiers. Being forced to pick a side, they chose the army which seemed closest to them, the Hungarian one. The 10 day short armed conflict ended after Austrian forces captured Budapest.

The first decade of the Federation was one of euphoria. The minorities within Hungary had almost unanimously sided with the Austrians, local militias often capturing important chokepoints to open up the way for their advance. The Hungarians, now powerless, saw their lands reduced to a rump "national state". A new constitution for the Federation was written, establishing many protections for minorities, and the authority of the Federal Court to rule on these matters, overriding any national court.

When, in the winter of 1939, the Communards reached the Rhine, the first real test for the Federation was put forth. The Germans called upon their old war time ally, and the K.u.K. Armee marched forth to their help. The battles across Swabia, Elsace, Lotharingia and Burgundy were hard, but the army proved it's worth. Sadly, the need to combat a direct enemy allowed the Belgrade Pact to triumph over Bulgaria, establishing a new order in the Balkans.

The post-Second Weltkrieg years were prosperous. German industry had been hit hard, and to help rebuild Austrian goods, construction material and cash flowed north. A true golden age emerged, where the Austrians found themselves on equal footing with the German Empire. When the 1947 Ausgleich arrived, it was nothing more but a formality, much more akin to imperial exibitions like the Germans, French and British had. Even the Hungarians, big losers 10 years ago, seemed somewhat content.

The 50'ies were a period of normalization. As the Germans found their footing again, Austria was relegated to a 2nd place somewhat. Much of the euphoria of '37 finally settled down, people growing accustomed to the new normal. Small issues with administrative boundaries came cropping up, often leading to smaller autonomies being established by decree of the Federal Court. Arms spending was kept high, especially after the Belgrade Pact victory over the Turkish Republic and the establishment of the Megalli Idea. Bulgaria, filled with vengeance, was supported, in the hope that if conflict were to break out, they would intervene, forcing Serbia and Romania into 2 front wars. As the 1957 Ausgleich arrived, it was again not much more but formality, although the Hungarians were certainly more unhappy, the Federal Court often intervening against them. The last part of the decade also saw gradual bureaucratic bloat. Ever increasing provisions and autonomous required a larger administrative apparatus, but it also became more ineffective as her powers were limited.

Many reasons lead to the 1960 Frankfurt Stock Market Crash. Germany was involved in a arms race with both the Entente and Japan, forcing high military spending all around. Not to forget that the Kaiserbund was found out to not be the blessing it was, especially in old Mittelafrika where a low intensity guerrilla was was being fought between tribes loyal to the Germans and those opposed to them. The crisis hit hard in the Habsburgs' land. The economy had become dependent on Germany, and when it imposed protectionism to protect their own industry, it became worse. A unemployment rate of 50% in certain parts of the country wasn't unheard of. Bureaucratic problem made responding hard, and that is when there was a coherent response at all. Between 1960 and 1967 there were 9 governments and 6 elections. Many outside forces now saw a chance. Agitation increased dramatically. Khrushchevists became the 2nd largest opposition party in Galicia, Iron Guard paramilitaries loyal to King Micheal of Romania held frequent marches in Transylvania, sectarian violence in Illyria became commonplace and the Hungarian government openly started debating Magyarization again. Even in the Austrian army, there were whispers of coup, especially if the Federation proved unable to protect German speakers across the realm.

As 1967 closed in, it became clear that action was needed, and that the Ausgleich wouldn't just be formality. Many parties from across the Federation already laid out their demands for what their support for a national unity government would require. In fact, many talks were already being held before February 1967. The gloomy atmosphere turned up somewhat into a careful, hopeful optimism. This was struck down when on the 25th of January Emperor Karl was shot by a Hungarian gunman. The Empire entered a state of mourning, but what was more important was that the man who had lead the Federation, a symbol of unity, was now gone and that an unproven Emperor Otto now had to lead the Empire trough her most trying time.
 

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It was the plan that that one was a bit shorter, but I may have let myself go a bit on the story. The map was made because I had done another Austrian Empire map before it and I was just toying around with the idea a bit. Must say I quite like this one, using a different tone to show internal borders has made it quite nice
 

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Sounds like Austria is, slowly, going the way of the dodo.
 

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The Dual Monarchy always seems to want to come apart at the drop of a hat...

Incidentally, how did China, Russia, and the USA turn out in this particular playthrough? I always try to keep an eye on them whenever I'm playing Kaiserreich. (Doesn't have to be a detailed "in-character" post; broad strokes are fine.)
 

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The Dual Monarchy always seems to want to come apart at the drop of a hat...

Incidentally, how did China, Russia, and the USA turn out in this particular playthrough? I always try to keep an eye on them whenever I'm playing Kaiserreich. (Doesn't have to be a detailed "in-character" post; broad strokes are fine.)
Well, this is one of those concept maps I was talking about, so it isn't an actual playthrough. It was somewhat inspired by a other game however, but that was as the Italian Federation, which would also make for a pretty nice map now that I think of it. There is a A-H map of it, but my Italian conquest would also be a interesting subject
 

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Got to love how every althist repeats the Ww2 partition of Transylvania (not following ethnic lines at all) and forgets about Upper Hungary.
 

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Got to love how every althist repeats the Ww2 partition of Transylvania (not following ethnic lines at all) and forgets about Upper Hungary.
Well, the idea was to leave a ethnic mess of the Empire whilst having reasonable borders. If there is a coherent mass of land a certain entity rules over, it practically becomes a South African bantustan and why they failed: small, divided pieces of land that were set up to fail. And I do not think I forgot Upper Hungary? The borderregions of Slovakia are included in Hungary since they were, and I think still are, populated by Hungarians. The idea of a "national" Hungary here is different from OTL since even though there was armed conflict, the Hungarians weren't really meant to be punished, at least not in the same way as OTL.
 
The Danube Basin following the collapse of the Austrian Empire

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Fig. 8, the Danube Basin following the collapse of the Austrian Empire. Whilst the Habsburgs had seen all of their Empire break away, hope remained that if Hungary was put down, they could restore order. Italian intervention and their demand for anything but total victory drove the final nail into the Habsburg Empire


(Just to be clear, it's not a sequel to the previous map. This is a 1937 map from a Italian Kingdom game)
 
The Rogue State of Africa

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(Excerpt from a book about the Second Weltkrieg.)

Fig 23, Freistaat Mittelafrika, "The Rogue State of Africa" and her dependent Boer state
One of the other main issues discussed at the 1944 Marrakesh Conference was the issue of Mittelafrika. After the imperial government of Germany had capitulated, governor Göring had refused to let the Freistaat fall back under the direct control of the colonial office. Instead, he declared himself Viceroy, and subject only to the emperor himself, declaring effective independence whilst nominally remaining loyal. The Madagascar Revolt, South African Civil War and Intervention, Ottoman-Axis War and Ethiopian Expedition saw his domain expand across much more of the continent. And whilst the Bantu-Syndicalist revolts had left their mark, much of the "country" remained untouched and her industry and manpower an important asset for the Anti-Syndicalist Pact to acquire.
 

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That's one huge state, indeed. And probably friendly relations with National France and OE in the north?