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Commonwealth Europe: 1810 by mdc01957 Commonwealth Europe: 1810 by mdc01957
Here's the very first map-profile for 2013! Or rather, that's a little bit of a lie, since this was first thought of shortly before that December vacation and that it was only finished recently. ^^;

Anyway, this one came about as a result of reading up on Poland, Lithuania and a very strange game of Empire: Total War where their Commonwealth got more than lucky, in a sense becoming a reversal of what Prussia became in our world. So what it loses in realism, I hope to make this as plausible as possible in alternate history form. Hope you enjoy it!

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It has been centuries since the Union of Lublin in 1569, when the Kingdom of Poland and Grand Duchy of Lithuania forged their Commonwealth under the Golden Liberty. Faced with threats both within and without, it seemed to some of the leading realms of Europe that this strange realm was doomed to fail. But despite the odds, and more than a few fortunate streaks from its generals, merchants and leaders, it had done much more than persevere, becoming a major power in its own right. Indeed, their reach had gone to the point wherein, had the union crumbled, the Continent's history would have changed considerably.

Even past the dawn of the 19th Century, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth holds firm in Eastern Europe. It is in many ways a paradox: a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and elective, nigh-republican monarchy whose people value tolerance and freedom with high regard. While Poland and Lithuania are still the dominant forces in their federation (being the centers of the whole union), ever since the Prussian defeat in 1728 it has sought to extend equal representation to all citizens, whatever their origin. Their current prestige is far from perfect, however. Even with all the prosperity and subsequent reforms, corruption among the nobility and ruling classes remains an issue. While the Germans, Tartars and Cossacks have largely been tamed and accepting, there still exists discontent by what some claim to be "inner colonization" of their lands.

To its south and west, it has since found reliable allies among the British (themselves the rulers of an increasingly powerful empire), royal Bavarians and the South Slavs (the result of a daring expedition into former Ottoman-held territories in Serbia and Bulgaria). The closest they have to a kindred spirit however lie in the Habsburg Empire, itself increasingly taking after the Commonwealth's example (with Poland in particular aiding the Hungarians in their quest for equal partnership with Austria) as well as replacing Prussia as the leading German power, although Silesia remains a sensitive issue between the two realms.

They are not without rivals however. To the north, Sweden had since unified Scandinavia and extended its influence into the states of northern Germany. The Nordics' reach has grown such that, as with the Commonwealth ironically enough, they actively threaten the increasingly weak Russian Empire. While further south, both the restored Ottoman Empire (the Sultan coming back in 1786 after a republican uprising, albeit integrating their reforms) and the Holy Kingdom of Spain (the Habsburgs of Spain having styled themselves and their realm in a more theocratic mold) compete over the Mediterranean.

Whatever the future holds however, with the burgeoning advances in industry, surely the Commonwealth is poised to continue prospering well into tomorrow.
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GigoXXIII Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that I think of it this vaguely reminds me of what happened in the creation of my Hapsburg Commonwealth from Lamnays map game only while they sorted all the crowns problems out it went the worst way it could possibly go in the form of a evil hapsburg poland wank XD quite bizzare looking back on that decision
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Consider this a considerably more benevolent if rather Imperialist version. ;)
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GigoXXIII Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Imperialism on its own it not allways exactly bad it depends on the nation, the people and the leaders although even the nicer forms of it are taking someone elses lands but everyone did it or would if they could. Whats caused Russia to slowly weaken and crumble ?, the autocracy or just a bad series of tsars ?
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I agree with you there. As for Russia, it's more on the bad tsars and unflinchingly lousy policies than on the Tsarist regime itself. Then again, the Soviets did a good job practically rewriting the Imperial era as one of decadence and misery, while the far-right have hijacked that period as a theocratic utopia. :(
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GigoXXIII Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd personally say the tsarist system was a mix of good and bad, both Peter the Great and Catherine the Great were excellent if flawed rulers, so it seems like other then some bad tsars and tsarinas the main problem was how behind the time Russia was as it was still largely feudalish in 1914 even though serfdom had been ended nothing really changed or so everything I'v studyed points to. Basicly the odd bad ruler plus a system that was by then hopelessly behind the times and refusal to compromise even slightly with modernity caused all the trouble although without the revolution I find it hard to imagine anything really bringing the system down short or war or gradual reform like that witnessed in BRTS
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Really, Tsar Nicholas II, World War I, the inexplicable decision to let Rasputin loose and their combined fallout in general practically made it easy for Lenin to swoop in.
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GigoXXIII Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Even then if Germany had changed its mind Lenin would likely have never made it back, they did sent him there to cause trouble.... thats one of Germanys WWI decisions that I think is not exusable even as a desperate measure considering what it lead to and I'm normal sympathetic Germany for how it was unfearly blamed for everything
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Interestingly, the Austro-Hungarians led by Emperor-King Karl tried to STOP the Kaiser from pushing through with it. The Germans simply forced them to agree with the plan.
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
This is truly excellent, although you could have used a slightly larger font for your notes on the map.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
My bad. ^^;

Still, thanks! It's actually a tempered version of a Total War game I've played recently. Though how plausible is a powerful Poland-Lithuania with Habsburg and British support? :?
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Well, if Polish kings can somehow weasel out of that whole "Liberum Veto" stuff and create something more like a centralized state... :)
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
They might have also tried to rein in some of the more unruly elements of the nobility or perhaps even dared to expand voting gradually to more of their citizenry.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Now do a world where the Teutonic State wins the Battle on the Ice and considers the Crusade deep into Novgorod and Finland :3
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Perhaps one day. Though I hope you won't mind a resurgent Byzantine Empire map. ^^
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Not sure how that would happen.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
It's based on an AAR titled "I am Skantarios" following the incredibly difficult but bloody road the title character takes in rebuilding the Empire...and his legacy over the centuries.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Catholics more powerful doesn't usually mean stronger Orthodoxy.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
In that AAR though, the Byzantines, or rather "Romans" manage to retake Rome and force the Papacy out...eventually. It took several decades and many wars in that AAR before they manage to attempt another Justinian-style campaign in the West. Also, it's mentioned in that source material that Skantarios resents Catholics as much as he resents Muslims...
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That is just too ASB.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
There's a justification for the ASB-ness, in that a LOT of sacrifices were made in so many ways just to revive the Empire.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
*continues, not considers
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YautjaVasquez Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
It was our vision, and still is
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Makes one wonder, doesn't it?
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YautjaVasquez Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes :)
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Ienkoron Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I like it though with my failing eyesight the crinkles and dark on dark lettering is getting herd to read
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Sorry for that. ^^;
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Ienkoron Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Is OK just grumbling about getting Old :D
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Heh... :XD:
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Ienkoron Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
:)
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eclipse-paladin Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Nice to see a world where Poland and the Baltic states don't end up on the continental carving board of the European powers.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
There don't seem to be that many to begin with, so why not? :XD:
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Rostov-na-don Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love Greater Bavaria as well :3
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Glad you do! :XD:
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I love Empire Total War. But for some reason I always seem to do best when I'm playing the Eastern European countries.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Personally, I prefer Austria. ^^
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Illinath Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hm... The rebirth of a Kalmar Union- type single ruled political entity could've strengthened Scandinavia to the point of world power status. And, by the involved countries existing as a single power instead of seperate entity, could have a even more profound effect on the Napoleonic Wars.

If they ever happened at all, that is. :D
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Yeah, also the existence of a powerful Poland-Lithuania and formidable German powers would have an effect on just how far the French would go...although in this version of events, the Spanish are a cause for concern.
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Illinath Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Really? How so?
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
The Spanish in this version of events are very expansion-minded and more than a tad Theocratic/Nationalist.
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Illinath Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm...sounds a like a tad more unstable version of Europe.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Still, it's not all that bad the further east and north you go.
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Illinath Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Any notable differences colony-wise?
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Haven't thought much on that, admittedly. ^^;

Although I was toying with the idea of Polish colonies in the New World or the fringes of India...
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Artist
North Finland....Lapland?
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I guess. ^^;
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Skull-Island-Master Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
now if the Habsburg Realm woud unite with Poland-Lithuania and that would be my dream country ^^
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
That's one interesting thought. ^^
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Skull-Island-Master Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
only problem is that there would be way too many cultures united within one empire, in times of nationalism, this will only lead to problems. sadly. otherwise even Austria-Hungary could still exist, if there wasnt nationalism.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Maybe the mishaps could be butterflied away. Butterfly Effect and all. ;)
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Skull-Island-Master Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
that would be intresting :)
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