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Ferguson's Europa: 2022 by mdc01957 Ferguson's Europa: 2022 by mdc01957
Here's something for :iconquantumbranching:. I always wanted to make a "Munro-ist" map, as the creator's style is usually called. And after coming across this rather bizarre yet oddly interesting article from Niall Ferguson while in Europe ([link]), it was a perfect opportunity to try it out...though with some slight changes to the details.

Also, as an added note, this is not in any way a propaganda or political piece.

So, hope you like it. And please comment on whether the style is a good idea. :)

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Over 10 years had come and gone since the Eurozone Crisis first sent shockwaves across the Continent. The Euro, which had been the darling symbol of European unity, threatened to tear it apart as unrest spread from the PIGS states (Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain). Amidst an ever more volatile cocktail of protests, populism and mass resentment, seating governments especially in France and Germany were forced to step down. Yet instead of nationalist or socialist parties, various pro-EU groups supported by their patrons in Brussels assumed power (such as the German Social Democrats), insisting that the answer wasn’t so much “more Europe” but wholesale integration. The results were both expected and unforeseen.

What started off with a formalized “fiscal union” in late 2012 quickly led to the establishment of a Continent-wide Bank Fund, which brought member states, especially those in the Eurozone, even closer in line with Brussels. The pan-Europeans went further, however, when they chose to push through with ratifying the Treaty of Postdam in 2014. The treaty effectively did away with national sovereignty altogether and called for a single, unified Europe. But with mounting unrest in Belgium, it wasn’t until 2016, when the centers of power relocated to and around relatively stable Vienna that the United States of Europe had finally come to age.

In reality, however, it became clear that the USE had organized two subregions outside of the wealthier and dominant “European Core:” the largely integrated “standard” of the Continent, with Austria and Germany being most distinct due to the privileges given for their “central place.” A good part of Central and Eastern Europe, centered mainly on Poland, became the Autonomous Economic States: a region whose states were given some degree of national autonomy and protection in exchange for largely Laissez-faire economic support to the rest of the Union. The former PIGS became the nucleus of the Southern Bloc: a region of dubious stability and constant financial support (with occasional fevered protests) not unlike East Germany towards the end of the Cold War, which also doubles as a source for both labor and vacation hotspots.

Others weren’t bought into the deal, however. The British in particular, early on having become even more Eurosceptic, lobbied Westminster for their long-awaited referendum. It thus came as no surprise to the EU when polls showed a decisive victory against membership and Prime Minister Cameron announced the withdrawal of the UK, “free from the red tape of Brussels” in 2013. What did come as a shock, however, was Ireland’s decision to leave around the same time. After difficult negotiations (and due to some rather amiable visits to Dublin from Her long-living Majesty), an agreement was made in 2017 effectively reuniting the Isles once more under one Crown. And with Russian and Chinese money flowing in, the Reunited Kingdom has set its sights on “reforming the Commonwealth.”

Another surprising blow for the Europeans came from Scandinavia. A different socio-cultural environment crossed with populism, nationalism and revitalized localism among others meant that Denmark and Sweden (both having never accepted the Euro in the first place) soon followed in Finland’s footsteps. Instead, the countries pushed forward a plan spearheaded by Norway to form a viable political bloc that would counterbalance the emergent USE. By the time Iceland joined in 2020, the semi-federalized Nordic Union was well on the way to becoming an energy powerhouse, whose claims of social harmony and moral superiority are shared by all the Scandinavian countries (though Norwegians still get agitated whenever the “2011 incident that must not be named” gets brought up).

Yet despite the setbacks and unrest, Europa (at least the core parts anyway) sees itself as firm and unwavering in its commitments to the principles and values of its founders. Recent proposals in the European Parliament to make currency electronic would have repercussions that would render the Euro question mute, though perhaps for the better. Even the recurrent upheavals in the Southern Bloc had died down long enough for some actual development to take place. Still, the British and Nordics, along with their American allies stay cautious. Tabloids in London continue circulating rumors of a Second Treaty of Yalta with the Kremlin that would split Eastern Europe between the USE and Russia’s Union State (as it turned out, Belarus agreed). While allegations pressed against President Karl von Habsburg of Austria on “abuse of Capital privileges” concerning plans of recreating his ancestors’ Empire were quietly shelved.At least as much as their knowledge of German leads them to believe…
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:iconthe-polybius:
The-Polybius Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
With the curent Crimean Crisis I bet Ukraine and Moldova will be part of EU
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GeneralSnuggles Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course Switzerland is neutral :XD:
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menapia Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013

Love the map but not too sure about a second United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. During the fifties and sixties our prime minister Sean Lemass was warned that if the economy did not change re-integration of some type with Britain might be necessary.  This was at a time of sky high emigration and a government that had its head shoved where the sun doesn't shine.


As for the rest it sounds all too likely.  Incidently here in Ireland we call our head of government Taoiseach it may sound different but I assure you he's as much a pain in the neck as a prime minister.

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:iconkyuzoaoi:
kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Artist
And one other thing. The only reason France cannot be controlled by Germany entirely is that France had nuclear weapons, Germany has not...publicly.
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
That's one setback, I guess.
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:iconcruzkit:
cruzkit Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
I see Europe this way today. Sure, the French and English would probably disagree, but German power (money) control Europe and everyone knows it.
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
I guess that's one way to put it
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GreatJester Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope that will be true.
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:iconmilloan:
milloan Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
YAY, Russia annexed Belarus, Ukriane and Moldova!
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Well, it's a What If scenario from the author. ^^;
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:iconmilloan:
milloan Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
ah yes, but it's a what if scenario of the possible future. [link]
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:iconintrepidtee:
IntrepidTee Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How did Croatia loose land south of Neum?
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:iconmor-vilkacis:
Mor-Vilkacis Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Dubrovnik exclave is so thin it gets overlooked very very often.
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Really? I didn't notice. ^^;
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DrBenzer Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
I really like your map and really like the United Kingdom of Britain and Ireland, if we did go back to the United kingdom we would be happy one popper Ireland and people who can run a country. The Germans are running Europe which is right because they are the bankers. Europe and Ireland are in a big mess which is a shame. AGAIN keep up the great work and have a good day[link]
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Thanks for your comment! Glad you liked the map!
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The map and story is really interesting good job! I´m only sad, that Ukraine couldn´t join the west oO
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
You could blame the original Brit writer for that.
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Scarfield Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Fascinating indeed! As for the the art, one thing i'd might change whould be the "water marks": cool, but it does makes you wonder if Germany is divided again at first tough...
As for the story, just personal opinons and more a response to Mr Ferguson's Scenario: Nordic Union: Can't wait, and as a Norwegian i can fully understand the 22 July make us agitated, i just can't see how they could make us not talking about it, for better or worse...Guess you summed up the NU quite as it would become if realized.
I do feel the SPC is getting underestimated, especially in a post-Arab Spring world, a re-ignited Mediterranian Union could become a vital tool to bring stability in the Near Middle East and North Africa, ala EU/Nato in East Europe. Solar Power in the Sahara could be a solution to both unemployment in the region and weaken the dependancy on Russian Oil.Same with the Polish League in dealing with the Union State. Though a sub-regionalized EU might be a unavoidable solution to co-op the diffrent national economies. The Austrians: Meh, i'd thought Strasbourg or Lux. would be the first options for a new EU catipal, given the institutions already there, but hey, in the End, it's the French and the Germans that are playing the ball, so...
Finaly: what would the "British Empire 3.0" meen : As an economic, political and/or militarily Super Power, as in Commonwealth turned "Empire Reborn", or as an "vhatt are ze ztupid brittish tinking vit" illusion by the brits? But a great map indeed, that's for sure.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Thanks.

As for the Brits, it's a reference to how history tends to divide the eras of Britannia's power into "Two Empires." Their Third try is essentially a revitalized Commonwealth more closely integrated with London...though Europeans deride it as just another "Imperial delusion."
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
WOOT DEUTSCHLAND
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
More like Osterreich, actually. ;)

Though they DO speak German.
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:iconkcammy:
KCammy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Good job. :D

Ah, well. We Scots are better of co-operating with our neighbours, if only to extort other Westerners. :D
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
That's one way to put it.

Then again, the author of the original piece was Niall Ferguson...
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:iconkcammy:
KCammy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
:D

All in all a well executed map - the effects are not overdone. And the colour scheme used is effective. The lines are not too contrasting, nor too faint.

And as for the scenario, I think it might need a little trimming... It's rough around the edges in place, but it does not require very much work. Some things I felt went with out a proper explanation.

:)
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Granted, the article didn't leave much in the way of the imagination. But thanks so much for the criticism. :)
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:iconkcammy:
KCammy Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
No problem :)
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Spiritswriter123 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm surprised Moldovia decided to join the New Soviet Union instead of joining the AES with their Romanian brothers
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:iconpg-1987:
PG-1987 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Joining Romania and the AES? Not with Transnistria.
Moldovia can't have both.
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Wait. AES? :?
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:iconspiritswriter123:
Spiritswriter123 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the Autonomous Economic States (or Polish League)
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Thing is, they tried to stay away from the European power right next to them and pull off what Switzerland did...only to find themselves facing the Russians instead.
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Artist
And it won't take me long before I visualize the scene APH style.

Belarus got what she wanted, Germany, or Austria is running the house with France playing as second-fiddle, Britain finally decided to accept his destiny, and so on and so forth...
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Feel free to give it a shot. I'd like to see that APH version too. :XD:
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:iconkyuzoaoi:
kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Artist
Would it make more sense if Oireland becomes a British Dominion?
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Actually, yeah. ^^;
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:iconshizuri-chan:
Shizuri-chan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
does all from Bavaria belongs to the Autonomous econoy states`? or only the eastern part?'
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Bavaria is still in Germany though...
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Shizuri-chan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ah ok
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:iconcheetaaaaa:
Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
But it would be so cool, if Austria would become empire again!
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Apparently, the author of that article thought so too. ;)
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:iconcheetaaaaa:
Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Why didn't you do so then? Just curious.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
I tried to make it more sorta-realistic than the article. Namely that it's not like the rest of Europe's keen on having Austria back on the world stage.
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Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Yes, everyone wants Austria as a small tiny country, that can't decide anything. Except the Germans. They want to annex Austria. ;)
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Though in the article, apparently the whole thing was presented as a secret gamble by Austria to take over Europe once again.
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:iconcheetaaaaa:
Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Okay, that's really unrealistic. C:
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Yeah. Guess so. :XD:
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:iconfenn-o-manic:
Fenn-O-maniC Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
British Empire 3.0 in progress. :XD:
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
The original author was British. :meow:
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:iconfenn-o-manic:
Fenn-O-maniC Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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