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Continental Europe: 1900 by mdc01957 Continental Europe: 1900 by mdc01957
Here's something to get myself back into mapmaking again: a follow-up map profile to my old Dutch Far East map ([link]). It's essentially set in the same continuity but focuses on Europe instead.

Also please keep in mind that this is an alternate history and work of fiction. It's not meant to revise what really happened or serve some political or ideological purpose other than a curious story premise. Still, hope you enjoy!

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If one were to ask an educated man how he would describe Europe, no doubt it would focus on its culture and diversity. He would also mention the glories that at times went hand in hand with generations of strife. Indeed, since the days of the Roman Empire few other places on Earth could compare to the complex, constrained and confrontational nature of the Continent. Yet in one of those peculiarities in history, talk has been made lately of Empire and Solidarity. Peace is the order of the day…though much remains beneath the surface.

While the mighty and increasingly progressive British Empire rules the waves, it has increasingly distanced itself from much of Continental affairs, except when it comes to its historic rivals France and Spain. Since the 17th Century, the Spanish Crown had not only guaranteed its country’s continued prosperity but has also managed a successful campaign to integrate Portugal into its “United Iberia” ideology; it is only a matter of time before the Portuguese are pushed into an outright referendum. Meanwhile, after violent revolts and constantly shifting governments, the French have emerged as a major powerhouse in Western Europe, more than ready to spread their ideals of “Nationalist Republicanism” around the world, beginning with their neighbors to the south. Open conflict has been avoided so far mainly due to the British serving as opportunistic “middlemen;” so long as the two squabbling powers were not aiming their sights at London, Her Majesty has been more than supportive on maintaining the status quo.

Across the North Sea, Scandinavia stands united over one of the most stable regions in the world. After the Binding of Crowns in 1835, the constituent Nordic kingdoms seemed content at first with simply making themselves a beacon of social unity and civilization. More recently though, their sights have been set on “liberating” the Grand Duchy of Finland from Russian rule. Neither the Finns nor Swedes had forgotten what the Tsars had done in the Baltic conflicts of the 18th Century, especially the humiliating fall of Helsinki in 1754. So far, it has mostly been wishful sentiment, although rumors abound of rebels being armed with weapons almost magically out of the blue.

Central and Eastern Europe meanwhile has in one form or another been dominated for centuries by the “Three Eagles:” the (Prussian) German Empire, an expansionist Russia and Habsburg Austria-Hungary. Formerly the domain of both the Holy Roman Empire and Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the region has stayed largely the same throughout the 19th Century. The ruling powers are more content with professing culture than outright fighting each other, although there are tensions with the German Nationalism of Berlin and the multiethnic Austro-Hungarians. Increasingly however, Bavaria-based Southern Germany is becoming a major power in its own right, its Habsburg and Swiss ties bringing it on a collision course with their Prussian neighbors. All while Serbia plots schemes to hold back the Habsburgs and the Poles in Russia geow restless for autonomy if not outright independence

Further south, the United Italian League hold increasing sway over the Mediterranean. Formed from a patchwork alliance of city-states, kingdoms and princely fiefs, it at first glance seems to be an unlikely candidate for a rising power, if not for lofty desires that go far beyond unifying every single inch of Italian land. Nobility and commoner alike style themselves a new Roman Empire. But even before the Papal Compromise of 1875, they had succeeded in making a colony of Tunisia and building up a decent industrial network whose reach stretches to Ottoman Constantinople and even as far as the Pacific. Despite this however, the Austrians in Venice as well as the similarly ambitious Greeks tend to wave them off as being delusional upstarts. Although following the Tripolitania Incident in 1892, many are beginning to take Italy seriously.

Amidst all this simmering tension, the Greater Netherlands has stayed fairly quiet as a symbol for Europe’s new age of peace and solidarity. A people more inclined to trade and civilized pursuits, the Dutch have largely stayed out of the wider Continent, their colonial realms more than compensating for their long-time status as a buffer between the French and Germans. But with the unification with Flanders in 1817 and Luxembourg’s “integration” in 1844, the Kingdom has increasingly become “Europe’s Marketplace.” And in more ways than one: the country is also home to Japanese, East Indies and Indian immigrants, rivaling the Habsburg realms in multiculturalism. Yet few are naïve to think that they would stay out of the limelight forever. When even their traditional British allies have shown some reluctance to support them, some have begun making plans to build a network of canals and trenches around the borders to deter foreign invaders. Most still hope however that this era would truly last. After all, it is the dawn of a new century. How could it possibly get any worse?
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34A7B Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Awesome map as always but you forgot to label the city above Vienna.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Thanks for pointing it out! 
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34A7B Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
No problem!
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Artist
Why isn't Iceland in blue? If Scandinavia or the Nordics would unite, Iceland would be a part of it. Politically Iceland is recognized as Nordic. But Icelanders are ethnic Scandinavians (ethnic Norwegians), linguistic Scandinavians and their culture is Scandinavian and their history has been Scandinavian for almost a thousand years.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
It's still under Nordic influence in the map. Just that the Scandinavian outline isn't so clear here. ^^;
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Artist
I was just wandering because Iceland isn't blue on the map like the others. Even the Faroe Islands and Jan Mayen are blue.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
I see.
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eclipse-paladin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Were the changes in Europe brought about by Holland's successes in the Far East or were those successes brought about by the changes in Europe?
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Both? :XD:
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eclipse-paladin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Not fair! But admittedly chuckle worthy.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Heh. :XD:

Also, thanks again for the fav!
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eclipse-paladin Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Your welcome man
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
A lovely map! Five stars! (Minor quibble: I think you mean _east_, not west Prussia, in note 5.)

How does the Polish territories thing work, anyway? Autonomy? Open borders?
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
That's a mistake on my part sadly. It's supposed to be East Prussia. ^^;

As for the Polish bit, it's more of national, cultural extents mixed with some form of autonomy. The Poles proved to be even more stubborn in this version of events. ;)
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WhippetWild Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very good. this is 1900 but how shall this affect football?? and the events?
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Not sure how this would affect future football though. ^^;
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WhippetWild Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes,. I do enjoy history but, I am a great "international" sports fan, less Olympics and European championships and more Rugby and Football.
I would say Cricket is half itneresting but, heck, the individual channel island teams like Jersey and Guersey have a team as good as the France or Germany teams do.

But thanks :) You gave an honest answer :3
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Sorry if I'm no help there though. ^^
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Horlf Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Awesome work, great map
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Thanks! :D
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
The Finnish border is anachronistic in the south-east: those are post-WWII borders and, afaik, arbitrary.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Actually, I did some tweaking there; those aren't exactly the same borders as OTL.
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Oh. Ok!
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
They're slightly larger compared to OTL Finland. ;)
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Ok, after further consideration, I have to say this now:

The Finnish border is anachronistic to the max, those are post-WWII borders and completely arbitrary. If your POD is before 1939, you won't get those borders, they're borders created by the Continuation War.

Compare with these borders on Tacitus.nu: [link]

My suggestion is to just put down a semi-random scribble, that should work well enough (and it's what I do sometimes...).
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Thanks for the head's up then! ^^
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I find Prussia's borders.... disturbing.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
How so? :?
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
The Danes have Schleswig, Southern Germany is independent, and the Poles have territorial designs on it.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
The Prussians weren't quite as successful in unifying Germany, due in part to a more influential Bavaria.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Fucking Bavaria :smoking:
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
They also have plans of making themselves the true face of Germany.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Sukas :ohnoes:
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Either them or the Austrians.
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ChR1sAlbo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Albania and Fyrom in a Greek Federation isn't such a good idea.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
In this one, Macedonia's not yet the FYROM. Although the Greeks simply got very lucky from the Ottoman retreat.
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GigoXXIII Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
It was some time in the making. ^^
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pseudonymofbronies Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
I presume this one isn't quite historicaly accurate anno 1900 ? But more fictional ? furthermore I do like it alot :)
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Yup, it's fictional. And thanks! :)
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AlderranCity34 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Thanks! Glad you liked it.
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AlderranCity34 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!

Say, when you have time, can you critique my newest map?
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Sure! :D
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AlderranCity34 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Splendid!

It's the first on my page.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Checked it! :)
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Artist
Finally, it has come!
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Sorry for the long wait! ^^;
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