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Greater Burgundy by Chanimur Greater Burgundy by Chanimur
An alternate world stemming from Emperor Frederick crowning Charles the Bold as an independent monarch at Trier in 1473. Charles won the Battle of Nancy with significant aid from the Emperor.

Burgundy's relation with the Holy Roman Empire began to sour in the 16th century, but by that time, they had conquered much of France (with English aid), and secured themselves against any hostility from the east. After the Florentine explorer Amerigo Vespucci discovered the great western continent that bears his name, Burgundy, along with England, Spain, and Sweden, was eager to plant overseas colonies. At one point, they controlled much of America.

Spain, overextended in the New World, and coming out of a disastrous war with Burgundy in 1590, fell prey to an Ottoman invasion in 1591, following on their occupation of most of southern Italy. The Pope fled to Burgundy and was eventually granted Avignon as his personal fief. Spain, then Portugal, fell to the Ottomans, and the monarchs of both those nations fled abroad, eventually settling in their still-prosperous New World colonies.

During the 17th centuries, a series of succession wars led to the formation of two great new powers in Europe: the Union of Four Crowns, comprised of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Denmark, and the Imperial Union of Scandinavia, made up of Sweden and Norway. The Scandinavians especially were a force to be reckoned with, allying themselves with the Ottomans against the Russian Empire, and conquering vast tracts of that country in conjunction with the Ottoman armies. Eventually Scandinavian power began to wane after a series of weak monarchs, but the damage was done to Russia; hemmed in by powerful enemies, she was destined to remain a second-rate power.

As European explorers spread far and wide, eventually contact with India and the Far East was made. India came to be dominated by Burgundy, and to a lesser extent, the Four Crowns. China, too vast to conquer or vassalize in its entirety, began to adapt Western philosophies and technologies. By the end of the 18th century, it was a power as great as any other on the planet, controlling nearly half of Asia, most of the Pacific, and a large colony in America.

Meanwhile, in America, independence movements began to spring up like brushfire. Unlike OTL, colonization of America (OTL North America) spread from east, south, west, and to some extent north, fairly equally, creating a huge zone in the Great Plains where dozens of cultures met, clashed, and eventually formed into something greater than the sum of their parts: the Union of America. Since then, America has grown into one of the world's great powers; due to this nation's radically different origins, race has never played a great part here. People of all creeds and colors are welcome, for the most part. Though there were still great die-offs amongst the natives, the survivors have integrated much more fully than OTL.

There are also two great success stories: the Haudenos League, and the Tsalokai Union, two strong native states. Since the end of the Second Great War in 1937, there's been talk of the League joining the American Union, and now with the Ottoman Alliance prepping for yet another clash with the West, it seems that possibility may become a reality.

In China, more than two centuries of modernization have still not guaranteed equality for all her citizens; this has led to a bloody civil war concentrated in the south. While China fights itself, her central Asian satellites have begun to break away, aided by various powers, most notably the Ottoman Empire and Russia.

Africa has turned out quite a bit better than OTL; though large areas are still European colonies, the standards of living are on the whole much better, and most lands are on track to be decolonized by 1965 - assuming the Third Great War doesn't end civilization beforehand...
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andrelisboa1 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
You killed Portugal!? O.O
fredrikslicer Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
so how exactly did sweden and norway end up to ether and which one is in charge?
Raubritter Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful work
El-Jorro Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Like the american union flag
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011

Seriously, cool map, cool scenario. I don't quite believe in that invasion of Spain (the logistics, even with bases in Italy, are poor, and the Spanish Tercios were the best infantry in Europe at the time) but overall very nice.

"assuming the Third Great War doesn't end civilization"
I take it the atom bomb has been developed?
Chanimur Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, it sure has.
Monsieur-Crasque Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Wow. It's a map with a great amount of thought behind it, as it seems. Just out of curiosity: How did the Imperial Scandinavian Union manage to hold its territories in the wastelands of North America, especially in Vinland/the borderlands of present-day Alaska/Russia? :)
Would Stockholm still be the capital of the union, or is it decentralised enough to handle two centres of authority? :omg:
And I can somehow see why Denmark is not part of this union, since relations were not too good between Sweden/Norway after the conflicts all the way up to the early 1800's. But still... why did they side with Britain?
Just pondering, though - not questioning. This map was very interesting to study, interesting enough to end up among my favourites. Thank you! :aww:
Chanimur Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave! :D

My thought on Scandinavia was that they're in a colonial position a bit similar to Prussia/Germany was in OTL - they're a little late to the colonial game and have had to snap up what they could, with the exception of Vinland, which was their first colony, established soon after America was discovered. My thoughts were that they had patchy settlements in far northern Canada - mainly fur trading and whaling stations - but consolidated their hold during or after the Union of America's independence. They might have controlled lands much further south, actually, but weren't able to hold on to them, lacking the population of the more southern lands. I think Stockholm is probably still the capital, unless something disastrous happened to it in a war or something.

Denmark being conjoined with Britain is the result of a dynastic union; rather than *Britain having Hanoverian kings, they got Danish ones at some point. The relationship was strengthened by serious nobility intermarriage over the successive decades.
Monsieur-Crasque Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Thank you for the feedback, it makes sense and it is really intriguing. I would love to see a map of the further evolution of this world. What would this map look like in 2011? :aww:
I am interested in making maps myself, have always been... but I have never tried to do something. Do you have any pointers to offer? What kinds of programs do you use, for example?
Chanimur Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used mostly good old MS Pain for this map, except for the flags and text, which were done in photoshop. All of my more elaborate maps were done pretty much completely in photoshop.

If you're even halfway into maps and making them, you might check out - more maps, tutorials, and awesomeness there than you can shake a stick at. :D
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