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Map Contest 3 (Closed): An Unlikely Union
PoD: Two nations merge into one, forging a global empire.
Challenge: Create a map of the world in which two nations have united and taken on the world. This challenge is deliberately open-ended, so use your imagination. Make sure that you are plausible.
Time Frame: Two weeks, July 4 - August 17
- Voting Starts August 17, 0:00 UTC
Old Yuanxian and Shoutoku Legend -Kogasa
In this timeline, the Tang Dynasty and the Nara Era Japan unite after the marriage of Empress Kōken and Emperor Xuanzong of Tang. Soon, the Tang Dynasty had strengthened, and grew in power. Chinese and Japanese culture was spread freely between the two nations, and Taoism managed to gain a foothold in Japan, while Shinto gained a foothold in China later on. In 917, the Tang Dynasty would then end up in a civil war. With Japan's help, the Tang Dynasty managed to slowly defeat the other factions, and by 975, the last of the rebellions died out for now.
Later on, in the Thirteenth Century, the Tang Dynasty suffered invasions of the Mongol Empire. Though, by 1365, the remains of the Tang managed to avoid complete conquest of the Mongols, and begun to push them back. In 1294, the Tang managed to regain lands from the collapsing Mongol Empire. Soon, during the 1330s, the Ashikaga clan attempted to assassinate Emperor Huizong and establish the Ashikaga Shogunate. The plan, however, was unsuccessful and Ashikaga Takauji, who was the leader of the clan, was executed.
In Europe, Denmark managed to conquer Sweden and Norway by the 1350s and established the Scandinavian Kingdom.
In the 1410s, Zheng He and Rokkaku Jakusai managed to land upon new lands, which would be later known as Rokkaku (North America) and Zheng (South America), respectively. By the 1440s, the Tang Dynasty begun to colonise the new lands. Other Asian powers, such as Srivijaya and Siam, also colonised parts of the new lands later on in the 1600s.
In the 1650s during the expansion into Siberia, the Duchy of Moscow ran into the Tang Dynasty. Relations between them were rough, and soon the Great Siberian War occurred in the 1700s, which saw a crushing Chinese-Japanese victory.
Industrialisation soon started in Tang Dynasty around the 1690s, and soon spread throughout Asia by the 1740s. In 1800, the Tokugawa clan in the Amazon colony (OTL Colombia) was the first to declare independence, and thus the Tokugawa Shogunate was established. In 1842, the Asian nations soon began colonising Africa as well.
Meanwhile in Europe, France managed to take over parts of Western Europe around the 1800s. Napoleon was soon overthrown by a revolution in 1813, and the French Empire had since stopped expanding.
In 1930, the Soviets attempted to expand more into Siberia yet again, which started the Second Siberian War. The Tang Dynasty emerged victorious once again, and the Soviet Union was dissolved into three nations: The Republic of Tatarstan, the Kazakh Khanate, and the Republic of Muscovy.
In this world, the Tang Dynasty is the hyperpower of the world, while India and Srivijaya are the superpowers. Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Shinto are the top four religions in the world.
The main characters of the Touhou Project are Seiga Kaku and Toyosatomimi no Miko.
- 18:00, August 17, 2013 (UTC)
Forget the Drinking, O Prince! - Scraw
I took a little creative license with this one. Russia (Kievan Rus) chooses Islam over Orthodoxy in the early 10th century when the time came to pick a religion. This helps the Muslims present a greater front against Christians and others. The Umayyads unite with the Abassids to form a greater Abassid Caliphate (to satisfy the terms of the POD). The Qi'fan Rus goes on a rampage of Mongol proportions. Eventually the Muslims powers gang up on the Eastern and Western Roman Empires, forcing them to retreat into France, Western Germany, and Northern Italy. The United Kingdom never forms, nor do England or Scotland. Instead, various tribes form small nations. The Abbasids discover the New World in 1152, taking the Eastern coast of North America (Akaraia) and most of Mexico. They convert the Incans (Enqaans) to Islam and help them dominate northern South America (Rassaeniqa). The natives of Africa become self sufficient regional powers, and many are allied with the Hindu Mysore. Tibet and the Khmers become rogue Buddhist states and China is a pagan (yes, as in 12th century BC Chinese paganism) empire, stretching across the Pacific and south to Australia. ( Labelled version)
Unite, Unite, O Francia! -- Chris
Louis the Child, the young king of East Francia, dies childless (like in OTL). However, instead of simply electing a new king, the squabbling dukes decide to welcome Charles the Simple, the king of West Francia, to unite the two realms. With that, the Holy Roman Empire does not form, and the reunited Francia becomes one of (if not the) most powerful empires in Europe.
Europe has a reduced amount of conflict for the most part. The biggest concern for the Christian powers is the growth of Islam; however, the Crusades ATL are successful enough to keep the Byzantine Empire "alive," as well as a Jewish state. The Byzantines prevent the spread of Islam. However, it also ceases a reason for exploration into the New World (i.e., the sack of Constantinople). Colonialism is delayed for almost a century later than OTL, and when the major powers like Francia, England (less united than OTL), Asturia (OTL Spain and Portugal) and even Italy explore the new land, they do so at a less violent level, beginning as small trading posts that influence the growth of many Native powers like the Iroquois, Aztec, Maya, Inca, and Apache, resulting in their own independent nations.
Meanwhile, Japan opens relations with Francia much earlier, and goes through a rapid expansion throughout the Pacific, even claiming Hawaii and land in the Americas. Rus' also expands into Siberia as OTL. Africa and India have much less colonial influence, just as in North America, and many ancient kingdoms remain to this day. ChrisL123 (talk) 01:53, August 8, 2013 (UTC)
- -Kogasa 2013 August 17, 19:57 (CET)
- Imp (Say Hi?!) 18:51, August 17, 2013 (UTC)
- Yank 00:00, August 30, 2013 (UTC)
Are Alien Space Bats a Nation? -Guns
In this avant garde world picture, there are multiple PODs.
POD the first: The Ottoman invasion of Vienna succeeds, and most of Europe is conquered. Christianity collapses after the Sack of Rome, where the Pope is killed, along with many other holy figures. Only Western Europe stands free.
POD the second: The Kievan Rus choose Islam instead of Orthodoxy. When Constantinople falls to the Turks, the Russians support the action with their own troops. In addition, the Muslim Russians convert the Mongols when they invade. The Mongols, in turn, convert everyone everywhere they conquer, ruthlessly. They also succeed in conquering Japan and Southeast Asia.
POD the third: The remaining Western nations colonize the New World, giving them support against the Ottoman invaders. Meanwhile, the Mongols collapse, leaving the Russians most of their vast nation spreading throughout Asia.
POD the fourth: The Delhi Sultanate survives and conquers all India.
POD the fifth: After Spain falls to Muslim invasion the French and Spanish territories split off from their mother countries to form Gran Columbia.
POD the sixth: Australia is discovered by the Gran Columbians, and annexed.
POD the seventh: In 1850, the remaining Western countries unite into the Anglo-German-French Coalition.
POD the eighth; WWI; The Anglo-French and the Gran Columbians against the World's Muslim nations; as a result, most of Muslim Africa is annexed to the AGFC, while the Gran Columbians gain control over South East Asia. After this war, the Muslim countries enter the Pact of Medina, united into a single superstate, the Confederation of the Crescent.
POD the ninth: WWII; The AGFC is smashed in this war as the Gran Columbians refuse to help them. They lose Germany and Scandinavia to the COTC. Now only the AFC. In retaliation for the Gran Columbian unhelpfulness, part of their territories, near OTL NY, are conquer by the AFC.
POD the tenth: WWIII; The Scramble over Africa. The AFC and Gran Columbians attack the COTC in Africa. The AFC gain most of the North, while the Gran Columbians take the South.
POD the eleventh; WWIV; AFC unites with COTC against the Gran Columbia after the Gran Columbians attempt an invasion of OTL Canada. The COTC take South East Asia and the AFC take much of South Africa. War ends after the AFC nuke Nueva Madrid, the Gran Columbian capital city.
The World today; Of the three nations, only Gran Columbia doesn't have nuclear weapons. A state of Cold War exists between the AFC and the COTC. The AFC have the advantage in terms of technology while the COTC have much more resources and manpower. There are no direct democracies; The AFC is a republic in the ancient Roman sense, the COTC is a Caliphial-type nation, and the Gran Columbians are just a straight up Monarchy.
This is the Official Monster Raving Loony Party of Map Contests =D
Imperium Constantinum - Sine
The timeline is based on the idea of what if the Parthian empire faced a civil war during the invasion of the Mesopotamia by Trajan, that after long enough (about ten to thirteen years) in 129 AD would have consolidated a Christian (Nestorian) leaning monarchy, but at the same time losing the greatest part of Mesopotamia and Western Persia. For the next two centuries a few things that didn't happen in OTL occur such as
- Persia weakened by the Roman capture of Mesopotamia becomes less expansive toward the West and focuses in the Kushan empire, by 320 gaining most of its non-Hindustani territories and a great part of the Caspian coastline.
- The Romans themselves organized more expeditions to Germania and Caledonia, Caledonia being conquered by 195 AD and a slow series of campaigns that yield the capture of Germania by 231 AD (From the Elbe to the Oder) forming three main provinces, Batavia (OTL Netherlands and Frisia), Germania Cherusca (Northern Germany) and Germania Danuvia (Southern Germania) often the last two referred as Cheruscia and Marcomannia.
- The first big invasion attempt to Hibernia in 235 AD to stop Celtic attempts to enter Britannia from Hibernia, During the same time the capture of Scythia Proxima or Scythia Pontica (OTL Crimea and southern Ukraine), there's as well the first attempts of the Romans to establish trans-Saharan trading through the Atlantic African coast, reaching the Canary Islands in 305 AD and establishing a trading outpost.