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Comstock's America 2173 by mdc01957 Comstock's America 2173 by mdc01957
Here's a map based on Robert Charles Wilson's Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd Century America as it would have looked like at the beginning and early parts of the novel. Needless to say, it's a strange Steampunk future.

As an interesting sidenote, it seems that there haven't been any maps made based on this story. So with a slight disclaimer, maybe this could be the first, though I could be wrong.

For those interested in looking it up, here's some info: [link] 


It has been over a century since the Efflorescence of Oil. The chaos that characterized the Fall of Cities and the False Tribulation, among many catastrophes, are now long past. Gone too are the days of the astonishing technology the so-called “Secular Ancients” prized so much, giving way to a new Age of Steam and Industry.

The United States of America rules triumphant, its 60 Stars-and-Stripes covering much of the continent under the firm reign of President Deklan Comstock, his most recent accomplishment being the conquest of Panama from Brazil. But the Americans of this age are another animal from their “Secular Ancient” counterparts. Through emergency measures, the Pious Presidents and a religious body known as the Dominion of Jesus Christ on Earth (covering most branches of American Christianity), the Union was preserved, but at a shocking cost. Society has been redrawn into an “imperfect” reimagining of 19th Century Americana. The population at large is placed into rigid neo-feudal Estates (including a thinly-veiled form of indentured slavery), while in the cities a re-emerging urban worker class is beginning to threaten the order. Modern democracy is given lip service as a Eupatridian (i.e. “Aristo”) Senate elects incumbents into the (more often than not hereditary) Presidency. All the while the Dominion controls all matters of religion and morality, where association to Dominion-sanctioned Churches is “freedom of worship,” whereas Jews, atheists and “heretical” groups (Christian or otherwise) are either discriminated or outright suppressed; anything directly pertaining to the "Secular Ancients" themselves goes without saying.

Most Americans, however, are more focused on the persistent thorn on their doorstep. To the northeast, the allied nations of Mitteleuropa, a German-dominated league formed from what remained of the European Union, threatens American interests and sovereignty. While the Dominion tries to paint the war as a crusade against the godless European foreigners, in reality it has been fought over control of the territories around the now-prized Northeast Passage, as well as a continuation of the age-old quest for Manifest Destiny. After generations of on-off conflict, Labrador and Newfoundland (the latter only recently “liberated” by the Americans) have long become colonies of the Dutch, climate change having turned them into soldiers and displaced nomads in the service of the alliance. And despite efforts by Deklan’s Army of the Laurentians, the Dutch enemies remain steadfast in keeping their lands, even managing to reach within sight of Montreal.

It is into this backdrop that one Julian Comstock, son of the President’s (assassinated) brother, is about to leave his mark in US history. And with his ambitions and rather “peculiar” idea, possibly bring America back to its true glory...that is, if Deklan and the Dominion don’t get to him first.
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student Artist
I have read the book and is epic....
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Well, I'm glad someone also read it! ^^
3892 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
The name Comstock seems to be associated in fiction with steampunk classist-theocratic Americana, just take a look at this and Bioshock Infinite.
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Oh yes, the name just SCREAMS sinister. :XD:
Chrestovenator Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Ahh I love this book! You've pretty much captured how I pictured the map from what's mentioned in the text, though I wouldn't exactly call their future "steampunk" so much as "back to the 19th Century again", 'cause there isn't any fancy unlikely technology present, just that which has historical precedent. And some of what *is* mentioned (like those trippy kites) might not be accurate in-universe, 'cause Adam is such an unreliable narrator (he says it himself, he doesn't always stick to the truth if a little lie will make for a more exciting story)!
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Thanks! :D

Though admittedly, I tried to make the most out of what the book described.
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Julian Comstock is supposed to be a parallel to Julian the Apostate, the Roman Emperor who tried to bring Rome back to its roots.

Sad thing is, this book is a little late, America is already an Plutocracy, and when the Republicans are in power that usually consolidates into a Plutarchy.
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
At least there's still oil around and that there's no "Revive a Theocratic version of the 19th Century" movement. So that's good right?
Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
A regression to steampunk?

mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
The lack of oil simply render much modern tech inoperable. And apparently, alternative sources were simply overwhelmed by the time everything went to hell.
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