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Monarchy over the Danube 1938-39 by mdc01957 Monarchy over the Danube 1938-39 by mdc01957
Here's map based on the Hearts of Iron III After Action Report, Monarchy over the Danube (forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/s…, showing what that AU's resurrected Habsburg Empire looked like in 1938-39, just before the outbreak of an alternate World War II. Needless to say, the reemergence of Austria as an European power has broken the balance of power between the Axis, Allies and Soviets. Among other things, like Hungary having what would be the equivalent of a squee at regaining much of the lands lost in Trianon...

I did take some liberties (tweaking the borders and bits of the backstory) to make it at least slightly more realistic and convincing. Given that the source material eventually has the Neo-Austro-Hungarians taking on Nazi Germany and winning, well it felt necessary.

Also, one could describe the scenario as technically AustriaxHungary or AusHun in a certain fandom. ;)

It took a while to work out the details, hopefully this does some justice. Enjoy!

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It seemed hard to believe that two decades after the Great War ended, Europe would witness the rebirth and rise of the old Habsburg Empire. While the story could be traced to the fallout of Versailles and Trianon in 1918-19 which signed the death warrant for Austria-Hungary, it would be more apt to begin with the turmoil striking much of the world in the early 1930s. Austria had by then been reduced to a struggling, unstable republic at the mercy of its fascist neighbors, especially Hitler's Germany. It was also during this time that then Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg made a revision on the law banning the deposed Habsburgs from returning.

Matters went ahead when a faction of politicians and diplomats led by Guido Schmidt approached Otto von Habsburg, heir to the old throne, in Belgium on reclaiming his rightful place. After finally agreeing, he and his conspirators returned to Austria, only to find the police and military forces sent in to arrest them turning on the Chancellor. Fearing civil war and with public support in favor of the heir, the government resigned on the 29th of September 1935; a makeshift coronation soon followed in Vienna formally restoring the monarchy. But while Austria began to rebuild, it was only the beginning. Negotiations with Regent Miklos Horthy eventually led to the Second Ausgleich with Hungary on New Year's 1936. Together, the two would form the center of an "Imperial Federation of the Danube," which would unite all of Central Europe into a community of equals, a bastion of order and liberty.

At first, neither the Allied Powers nor most of the League of Nations recognized the revived Austria-Hungary, believing it to be just a deluded gasp of an old relic doomed to fall before the Fascists and Communists. Then came the invasion of Italy in 1936-37, under the pretense of "asserting the self-determination of South Tyrol." And whether it was due to Austrian discipline or Italian incompetence on a massive scale, the conflict would result in Mussolini's downfall and the "liberation" of Venice. Elsewhere in Central and Southern Europe, diplomacy, espionage and armed coups would destroy the balance of power. Beginning with the Czechs, more and more of the old Empire joined the Federation, and following the shockingly quick war with Yugoslavia in 1938, surpassed its 1914 borders. By that point, the Allies threatened to declare war. Yet compared to the Nazis and Soviets, they increasingly, though at first begrudgingly, sought to find more friendly terms with them.

For a time not long after, it seemed that peace had finally returned, albeit in a way unforeseen in 1918. Then to Otto's shock, Austria-Hungary's nominal German allies declared war on Poland in 1939, soon followed by the USSR. They soon found themselves in a difficult position. Supporting Hitler was a detestable option, especially once it became clear that Nazism was just as demented in their eyes as their "common" Communist enemies. Courting with the Allies grew more preferable, though with the exception of Britain and possibly the United States, concerns rose on whether they would even welcome them in without "reaffirming" Versailles. Neutrality was also considered, but it was only a matter of time before either of the power blocs turned on the Federation. in any case, Galicia and Silesia were practically at their grasp. Whatever choice they make now could determine the future of not only the monarchy but possibly Europe.


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Just to play it safe, I don't own Hearts of Iron III or other Paradox Entertainment games for that matter, let along the original AAR.

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:iconstevecali90:
stevecali90 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this map.....but why is Veneto Austrian as well? :| (Blank Stare) :o (Eek) 
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
In the source inspiration, Veneto was won back by Austria in a war against Mussolini's Italy.
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10Tabris01 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
What mod did you use to recreate the monarchy? :O
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
You might have to ask the AAR creator who inspired this. ^^:
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:icon10tabris01:
10Tabris01 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Ok, thanks
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Sure thing! :)
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GigoXXIII Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Other then a small argument and a few comments I'm suprised this has not attracted more argumentative can't tell fiction from opinion and reality nationalist. Thats a good thing I'v seen some AH works that have become flame fest...

Anyway nice map, I'v only just gotten round to checking it out :)
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Hope you liked it! :)

As for the flame-fests, I guess that's the constant downside of writing alternate histories and speculative fiction in general. It took a while for instance to insist that the map ISN'T Austrian Monarchist or Hungarian propaganda. :(
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:iconfusyke:
Fusyke Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
capital of transylvania is Klausenburg , (in hungaryan kolozsvar , in romanian cluj)
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I had to work on the old source material for this map, which didn't extend all the way to Klausenburg. ^^;
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:iconyautjavasquez:
YautjaVasquez Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Das ist mein Land. That is the country I would love to live in.
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
It's another AU. ^^;
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:iconyautjavasquez:
YautjaVasquez Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Does not matter it is still awesome [link]
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:iconandro123:
Andro123 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well that's a great storyline and map, but why is Slovenia part of Austria? In almost any Alternate history map Slovenia gets eaten by Italians/Austrians/Croats/Serbs/Germans/etc... Do you know that Kranjska (an old name for Slovenia) was an autonom province in the Austria Hungray Empire?([link]). Just rethink that. Otherwise great map!
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Admittedly, that bit was taken from the source material. Supposedly because Slovenia willingly unified wholesale with Austria. ^^;
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:iconcheetaaaaa:
Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
This map shows a great alternate history. I think you're description is very logic, the only thing is, that Otto hated Hitler and never would have allied with him, even before the invasion of Poland.
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
It's more out of convenience and "not get the Nazis down our throats for now" at this point, though in the source material Otto eventually decides side Austria with the Allies.
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:iconcheetaaaaa:
Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Seems logic.
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Then again, having the Brits and Americans supporting the monarchy also ensures that Versailles is not repeated against them...
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:iconcheetaaaaa:
Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
I don't understand. The British supporting the monarchy is logic, but why would the Americans do such a thing? They are a presidial republic.
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Funny bit of trivia: in OTL, Otto had some good friends in the US government, like Franklin Roosevelt...
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:iconcheetaaaaa:
Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
I know. He tried to make an austrian exil gouvernment there. Unfortunately he failed.
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Though ITTL, he succeeded on getting on the Americans' good graces. And when compared to Nazi Germany, Austria-Hungary even at its most autocratic is far more preferable.
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Surprise-and-Terror Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Hm, other than Austria-Hungary going for the land grab would lead to a French declaration of war (they did have some treaties with Italy circa 1935 that would have probably led to a DOW on the get out). Then again, I always love revived Austria-Hungaries...
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Me too, actually.

Though apparently, some Habsburg manipulation behind the scenes helped keep the French out of it...
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:iconvinceitusa:
VinceITUSA Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why this obsesion for the hungarian lamentations regarding the treaty of Trianon ?
They were an empire, had territories that weren´t rightfully theirs, they were a minority in their own "country" and so on !
Crying over Trianon is like crying over let´s say Britain loosing India ! Pretty much the same stuff !
India wasn´t theirs to begin with and so it goes for all the territories and peoples held captive by the Austro-Hungarian prison !
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:iconalderrancity34:
AlderranCity34 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Alternate history sweetie.

Don't take it so seriously.
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:iconvinceitusa:
VinceITUSA Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When it regards me, i do !
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:iconalderrancity34:
AlderranCity34 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How does it regard you?

Oh I'm sorry; do all alternate history have to be verified?

Oh and please - use proper capitalisation please.
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:iconvinceitusa:
VinceITUSA Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
is "fuck off" proper enough for you ?!
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:iconalderrancity34:
AlderranCity34 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow so classy, so mature...

It's hard to believe this is coming from an grown adult. :unimpressed:
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:icondawn-omankind:
Dawn-oMankind Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
The ame will be if Mexicans expelled every American guy from New Mexico, California or Southern Texas. Imagine how these southerners will react.
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
This isn't meant to be a political piece. It's an alternate history where the Austrians and Hungarians succeeded in pulling it off. ^^;
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:iconoptimus01:
Optimus01 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
The Dungeon of Nations again revived )))) I doubt it would have any luck in trying to achieve that !
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
I tried to make it look more feasible. ^^;
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:icondawn-omankind:
Dawn-oMankind Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Wouldn't it be better if the capital of Transilvania be locatied in Kolozsvár (Cluj)?
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:iconkazi2000:
kazi2000 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It´s official name is Cluj-Napoca, the legal and Romanian name of the city !
It´s been called in different ways by different people of different ethnic backgrounds, for example: Clus, Claudiopolis (Latin, Klausenburg (German), Kolozsvár (Hungarian), Kloiznburg (Yiddish) !
It´s a proof of profound ignorance and disrespect to put a foreign name first, instead of the rightfull and legal name of a city !
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Dawn-oMankind Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Till 1956 Kolozsvár had a majority of Hungarians, till the advent of communism in Bucharest Hungarian was the lingua franca of Transylvania, by 1910 Marosvasárhely was a 89% Hungarian-populated city, even Vajdahunyad, Déva and Nagyvárad, the most Romanian cities in the Kingdom had a Hungarian majority, no city had a Romanian majority, Romanian was spoken by serfs and mountainmen, and as Bánffy said, even the dogs had Hungarian names in Transylvania. And forgive me but we are not talking of today nor even from the historical rights (in which I'll advocate saying that Romanians are migrants from Wallaquia to Transylvania and to Moldavia, but that does't matter, is it? We are talking of an invented history about the continuation of the Danubian State. The thing is that you labeled a single comment as ignorance -Pushed by nationalism-, well, you have the answer. And at least and less important, a cultural fact, I'm Mexican, so I have no cultural ties to Hungary or Romania, but I'm also a Criollo, so I know what is to be an expat in your own country and suffer by the stupidity of Grand-Nationalism.
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VinceITUSA Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You´re as mexican as i´m chinese ! You´re nothing but a "bozgor" !
Pretending to be mexican and spreading all this shit, lies and well known hungayrian propaganda ... kind of hard not to notice.
Probably u may live in Mexico, i give you that much, but then i would have to add next to bozgor, the following: indio de mierda, eres mas tonto que la puta que te pario !
If you´re mexican you´ll understand that, fucking mongolian nomad, if you were in front of me now, you would have regreted the day your whore mother broght your sorry ass to this world.
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:iconkazi2000:
kazi2000 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Shut the fuck up, puto sudaca !
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I'm not sure if the territory covered that far.
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:iconotakumilitia:
otakumilitia Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
I...disapprove this. Because Hungary should be in German Empire, not with Austria.
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
I beg to differ. :P

And technically, Austria is German. ;)
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edwardIII Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
I wonder what the First Austrio-Hungarian Empire looked like and when it was established. Anyway, I love this map, and alternate history.

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Let's get Dangerous.
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:iconcheetaaaaa:
Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
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That was Austria-Hungary at his foundation. :)
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Thanks! As for the first one, it's the real life version forged in 1867 lasting until the end of World War I.
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edwardIII Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Splendid simply marvellous, I would love to see a map of eighteenth century Austria-Hungary; I really fancy the 18th century.
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Technically it did exist as simply the Austrian Empire. ;)
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:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love it!
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it! :D
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