Map Contest 4 (Closed): Our Southern Neighbor

PoD: A country from the Southern Hemisphere becomes a regional, then global, power.

Challenge: Create a map of the world, including a global power based in the Southern Hemisphere. This map can be from any time period, just be sure to say which time period. Be sure to include labels, map keys, subdivisions of countries, etc.

Time Frame: Two weeks, August 18 - August 31

Voting Starts August 19, 0:00 UTC

Beware the Islands Left There Forever -Kogasa

Beware the Islands Left There Forever (Map Contest)

In this timeline, the Majapahit begun to strengthen themselves and didn't fall, soon becoming a regional power. Soon, the Majapahit decided to go on a conquest, and later conquered the other Indonesian Kingdoms, including taking Srivijaya in 1377. Hinduism and Buddhism managed to gain much strength all over Indonesia as a result.

Soon, in 1425, Zheng He had discovered the New World, which were later named named Běiguó (North Land) and Nánguó (South Land), respectively. Soon, a Chinese colony was founded around OTL Chile called Yuanxian. In 1450, the Majapahit managed to established a colony in Běiguó.

By the time Columbus landed in Cuba, he ran into some Chinese and Majapahit people who had claimed the island. When Columbus tried to flee, his ship was fired at and sunk. Later in 1500, China and Majapahit were the first nations to industrialise.

Portugal managed to successful establish a colony on Brazil, though in 1555, the Chinese colony of Yuanxian ran into Portugal's Brazil colony, and soon the War of the South took place. Majapahit sided with China, while Spain sided with Portugal. The war ended in 1570, with a Chinese and Majapahit victory. Soon, in 1755, Yuanxian peacefully declared independence from China, and soon declared war against Portuguese Brazil in 1795. Portugal lost the war again, and the remains of Brazil were annexed by Yuanxian.

Meanwhile in 1600, the Majapahit managed to colonise Australia and New Zealand. Russia also ended up colonising most of Canada and part of Alaska.

Upon the European's arrival in Asia, they faced many defeats by the powerful Asian nations, and were kicked out. Soon, in 1700, the Majapahit begun colonising Southern Africa.

By the modern and current day, Yuanxian and the Majapahit (now called Indonesia) are the Hyperpowers of the world, with China and Japan being superpowers. Meanwhile, Europe is mostly divided between Napoleon's France, Scandinavia, Russia, and Iberia, and less advanced than the Asians. Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism are the major religions of the world. Japan and China also became Republics in the early twentieth century.

The main characters of the Touhou Project are Byakuren Hijiri, Seiga Kaku and Kogasa Tatara.



Doctored Doctrine

Doctored Doctrine Base Map

Here's the gist of it. The Monroe Doctrine is never created as we know it in OTL. In the ATL, the Monroe Doctrine simply states that the US refuses to be interfered with or influenced by foreign powers. This allows Europe a free hand in Southern and Central America, leading to a British-dominated United Provinces of Central America and Napoleon III-backed Empire of Mexico (with the Austrian ruler). The French presence in Mexico helps them better relations with Austria, and Austria and France go on to stop Bismarck and Prussia in their tracks. The rival powers of Europe each support their pick of the South American nations: Gran Colombia (Britain), Brazil (France) and Patagonia (Spain).

However, this increased foreign presence in the Americas has its negative drawbacks on history as well. When the Confederate States declare independence in 1857, Napoleon III's France and Victorian England, both gradually turning their backs on democracy and freedom, support the nascent republic, hoping to gain a better foothold in the Americas. The United States decides that this is a violation of the Monroe Doctrine, and turns to other nations in Europe for help. Russia, Austria and the Netherlands back the United States. This devolves into what is later called the First Universal War (Britain, United States, France, British Quebec and Keewatin) or the First Patriotic War (Russia, Austria, Confederate States). The results are inconclusive. Each power involved makes their own separate treaties with the opposition. Ultimately, however, British Canada is cut back by US and Russian expansion, the CS gains its independence, the US seizes land from Mexico, France annexes the Netherlands and Belgium, Prussia is reduced again, and Greenland and Iceland fall under British control from the Danes. Austria gains colonial territory in Africa and Indonesia is divided between the Prussians, Austrians and French.

In 1870, the memory of the war is still fresh in everyone's mind and Russia begins a sweeping conquest of China and Central Asia. The Ottomans, undisturbed and faring much better than some nations of the war, consolidate their hand in Africa and build the Sinai Canal, and conquer Persia, becoming a country rich with oil. French India also expands, with massive revolts against the British quietly sponsored by the Russians occurring annually. The French end up colonizing eastern India and stretch their land to the Pacific, taking control of Burma, Siam and Malacca, as well as Hong Kong and other lands from the dying China. Japan also experiences a massive change during this time: immigrants pour in from all other nations and revolt against the Empire with the backing of the peasant classes, establishing the Japanese Republic, taking control of Formosa and Korea, and expanding into China.

The world is just one big nuclear bomb dying to blow up in 1900, and this is where things really start to change. Queen Victoria has been assassinated, and a dictatorship arises in Britain, fortifying its control overseas and re-affirming its alliance with France and Spain. Russia and Austria have formed an unlikely coalition against their neighbors with the Ottomans. However, revolution in Russia occurs against Tsar Nicholas II, and he is forced to create a constitutional monarchy to keep his head on his neck and himself on his throne. This prompts similar revolutions in Austria, Denmark, Prussia, and the Ottoman Empire, with each one being successful, and a republic being formed in Denmark.

The world blows up again in 1911 when Spanish-influenced Naples attacks the Austrian influenced Papal States. Austria quickly declares war on Naples, leading to Spain declaring war on Austria, followed by the Russian declarations of war on France and Spain. France and Britain later declare war on Russia, Austria, the Ottomans, and Naples, followed by Denmark joining the Allies (France, Britain, Spain, Naples), invading Prussia, creating a full-out East-West Europe War. The war seeps out of Europe and Africa when Japan jumps the gun and invades British and French China, hoping to control them. Not long afterward, the UCPA and Mexico join the Allies, causing Colombia and Brazil to enter the war on the Allied side. The United States, feeling menaced by being surrounded by enemies, declares war on the Allies, invading Mexico and the UCPA and sending forces to aid Japan and attack Colombia and Brazil. This Second Universal War/Second Patriotic War ends in 1915, with the Allies losing for the most part. Prussia gains back some territory from and France, Japan makes gains in China, as well as annexing the Philippines. The Ottomans force British India to the Balochistani border.

After 15 years of recovery time, it seems that war will once again erupt universally. Oswald Mosley, the Chancellor of Britain, begins to purge natives from Keewatin, Quebec, Ireland, Albion, Cornwall, and Cookland. His generals Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill create a formidable puppet state out of Ireland, harshly controlling the Irish people. Napoleon II's France has been overthrown and a Communist state has been established in its stead, with the colonies included within it. Brazil has changed positions and has entered a strong alliance with the United States. The Ottoman Empire has fallen to anarchy and is not fit for any grand wars, with the masters in Anatolia struggling to force their hand in the Balkans, Persia, Tripolitania, and Egypt. Britain and France have slowly become war machines, and Francisco Franco becomes something of a Mussolini analogue in Spain, great pals with Oswald Mosley. War is undoubtedly on the horizon.

(Another fun map. Toyed around with the South American power thing. Instead of one, I have three! Doctored Doctrine Labelled Labelled version.)

OTL analogues

Just wanted to let y'all understand what's leading up to the Third Universal War.

  • Oswald Mosley. He's the Hitler of Britain ATL.
  • Francisco Franco. He's the Mussolini of Spain ATL.
  • Union of Frankish Boursier Republics (France): The USSR of ATL. Overseas colonies are part of the UFBR too.
ATL US Presidents

For those wondering.

  • Abraham Lincoln (1857 - 1865) R
  • William H. Seward (1865 - 1873) R
  • Samuel J. Tilden (1873 - 1881) D
  • James G. Blaine (1881 - 1889) R
  • Grover Cleveland (1889 - 1897) R
  • William McKinley (1897 - 1905) R
  • Theodore Roosevelt (1905 - 1917) D
  • Calvin Coolidge (1917 - 1925) R
  • Robert LaFollette (1925 - 1929) R
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (1929 - presentD
ATL CS Presidents

Again, for those wondering.

  1. William Yancy (1857 - 1867) D
  2. Jefferson Davis (1867 - 1872) D
  3. Thomas Jackson (1872 - 1882) W
  4. John W. Daniel (1882 - 1892) W
  5. Woodrow Wilson (1912 - 1922) W
  6. Huey Long (1932 - presentD

Nova Roma - Sine

The timeline is based on the idea of what if the Roman empires had survived after the down of the Roman era, and the arrival of the Islamic religion.

The timeline starts in 540 when Belisarius conquers Italy from the Ostrogoths after the conquer of the Vandal kingdom of Carthage, Instead of fighting to finish Totila's army, he accepts his offer to become the Emperor of the west, after this Justinian sends Narses to fight him but after five year period no victory is reached. Hence, forcing the Byzantine empire in leaving the regions of Italy and the western Mediterranean (as Africa was captured by the armies of Belisarius).

The capture of Carthage was the biggest challenge the army of Belisarius faced, but many of the Vandals who remained in Africa backed his invasion seeking to form a more benign government towards them in North Africa rather than subduing to the Byzantine culture. By 544 most of North Africa beyond Carthage was caught by the Western armies.

With the arisal of a Roman empire again in the west many began seeking for the aid of the Christian lords of Rome, with this Belisarius starting the Visigoth-Roman war that yields the retrieval of the Hispanian provinces of Baetica and parts of Lusitania. The war successful is the last war lead by belisarius who begins the Pax Italia, with the reunification of Italy under a new Roman ruling and by 567 Belisarius dies of a heart attack in his palace of Carthage, where he was planning to set his capital city due to Rome's weakness, and the reconstruction of the Roman defense.

The rest of the 5th century continues peacefully with the regaining of parts of the Roman Italy and Rhaetia and the beginning of the losing of the gains in Spain by the Roman armies.

In the beginning of the 6th century the Roman empire manages to hold the Hispanian colonies after the Kings of Visigothic Spain become christian, mainly due to the growth of local lords and the backing of the Roman structure among many of the Baetican inhabitants.


Mediterranean 6th century

In the East, the Persians who have been in conflict with the Byzantines for long enough since the era of Justinian pacified ephemerally by the Emperor Mauritius who aids a Persian Shah to keep control of its empire, but with the death of Mauritius in 602 the Shah invades the Levant, and soon tries to invade the Anatolian territories of Byzantium and besieging Constantinople in 605. With this, starting a 13-year long conflict (602-615) leading to a crisis among many of the territories that faced the conflict and the empires themselves who were forced to waste valuable resources to fight each other, after the war finishes the weakened Persian and Byzantine armies were forced to protect their own empires. By 630 the Islamic empire comes to existence after Muhammed defeats the forces of the Mecca and Medina, assuring its control of Arabia, by 645. After the death of Muhammed in 636, the followers of Islam invade Persia and by 651 they invade the Levant, occupying Egypt in 662 with the decisive defeat of the Byzantine armies in Alexandria and the final destruction of the Alexandrian library. The rest of the century is demarcated by the continuous expansion of Islam, and in Rome by the defeat of the Islamic Horde. In the battle of Carthage (682) the armies of the Muslims face the Roman legions in bigger number (3x1) being defeated by the successful tactic of Heraclianus, a local African inhabitant of Carthage.

The defeat of the Muslims in the west causes the focusing of them into Anatolia and the Balkans where on many occasions they launch raids and sieges to Constantinople. Leading to the downfall of the Greek empire for the remaining of the dynasty, Until Basileios a Greek inhabitant of Thrace leads a revolt against the Byzantine monarchy in 708 that is backed by the Romans leading to an increasing of Roman-Byzantine relations, and to the securing of the Byzantium, as the Bulgars are taken back to the empire in 715 and the Eastern Border secured by 717.


7th century

In France the Kingdom of Aquitaine and Burgundy unify in 625 to fight the Neustrians and the Austrasians, by 650 reaching power and unifying in a kingdom of Gaul centered around Bordeaux by 689 breakaway kingdom of Narbona forms from the visigothic kingdom joining with Gaul kingdom as a vassal state beginning a crisis between the Gauls and Visigoths who wanted to regain their lost lands. Yet by 705 the Visigoths Failure was proven as many states such as the Kingdom of Asturias Legio, The Kingdom of Pamplona Cantabria and Olisipo being the main exponents, by 725 the Visigoth monarchy had ceased existing effectively. in 750 the Ummayad Caliphate collapses into surprising disarray as the over expansionism. However, due to the success the Ummayad has the Egyptian population side with them, by 755 after five long years of civil war the Abbasids are defeated in the battle of Damascus, where the Islam divides the Ummayads take the Sunni Islam as their main religion while the Abbasids take Shi'a Islam as their primary religion, with it beginning a severe crisis among the Muslim peoples.

In Europe, France is reunited as Charles Martel in Northern Gaul invades the domains of Aquitaine completely conquering the kingdom and Conquering Cantabria and Pamplona for the frankish yet losing southern Narbona to the Romans who seeked to expand their domination in Spain and their influence. While this, the inhabitants of Legio capturing the most Northwestern Spain from the Visigothic remains. 

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