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An alternate History Map showing a possible Europe if the Central Powers won the Great War. Comments and ideas welcome, but please note that this map make no political points and is not intended to offend anyone. It’s just a fun map – exactly what it says on the tin.

In this scenario, the Allies collapsed after a renewed German offensive on the Western Front following the USSR’s withdrawal from the war. In Eastern Europe, the Brest-Litovsk arrangement between Germany and Russia stood. The Germans and Austrians carved out several independent but vassal states in former Russian Poland, Ukraine, the Baltics, and Finland and set them up with monarchs tied to the Hohenzollern and Hapsburg dynasties.

On the Western Front, a ravaged France faced occupation if she refused to accept harsh German Terms. Germany carved out a new French speaking, but German dominated buffer state in Burgundy. Almost the entire French overseas Empire was annexed to Germany. Belgium ceased to exist entirely, being divided between a Flemish speaking Flanders and Wallonia, a German vassal state compromising the rump of Belgium and other provinces seized from France.

Secure behind the guns of the Grand Fleet, Britain did not face occupation. The BEF was still in fighting shape and returned with its head held high. Popular feeling in Britain held that they could have continued to fight the war, it was simply the weakness of their French, Italian and Russian Allies that forced them to open negotiations. The British Empire remained largely intact but was forced to withdraw from Egypt and allow the Ottomans to occupy Cyprus. In the post war peace treaty, Britain was forced to allow the Germans High Seas Fleet to achieve parity with the Royal Navy.  As a result, Britain sought closer ties with their wartime allies the Japanese, who were seen as more reliable than the French and Russians, much to the annoyance of Japan's strategic rival, the USA.

Italy suffered badly from the war. The Central Powers felt that the Italians had betrayed them by leaving the Triple Alliance and joining the Allies. The Austrians in particular demanded harsh reparations and the right to annexe Venetia. Italy protested to France and Britain, but they were in no position to aid her and bluntly advised her to make the best terms they could. Venetia was lost to Austria Hungary and her overseas territories were divided up among the Central Powers. Italy was shortly afterwards declared a republic.

In the Balkans, Serbia ceased to exist entirely. Rumania survived as a rump state, but lost over half her territory to Austria and Bulgaria. The Ottoman Empire expanded into Europe at the expense of Greece.

Across Europe, strong aristocratic monarchies were seen to have defeated western notions of liberal democracy. New monarchies were established in the new semi independent buffer states established by the victorious Central Powers. France lost her great power status entirely, racked by internal conflict between supporters of a Russian style revolution and proponents of a Bourbon restoration.
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EdenianPrince Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Sweden is still up there all normal and happy. 
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CalvinCoolidge1924 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Very well done.
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Ragecomics100 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
why you don`t show the dark past of the countryes?
like the old flag from spain
www.burbuja.info/inmobiliaria/…
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:iconthefinnishsolidarian:
How is Lithuania so big? What happened to Latvia and Estonia?
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SteamPoweredWolf Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
It was a while ago I made this, but I intended for that state to be the united Baltic Duchies, a German client state consisting of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.  However, I did use the Lithuanian flag for it...probably should have designed a whole new one (was a bit lazy that day, he he)
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Guyverman Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Weimar year or no Weimar years, Germany still had a frail constitution even before the war. So maybe radical nationalists would've still took ranks within office and felt that democracy was not acting fast enough to capitalize on Germany's gains upon victory.
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Irockz216 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why isn't Northern Ireland part of the UK? Wouldn't the Troubles still have occured?
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SteamPoweredWolf Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
They occurred, but not in the same way.  The Irish Republicans attempted to force the secession of Ireland from the UK with German diplomatic and clandestine military support.  The German policy in this timeline is to create friendly buffer states and they saw a huge advantage in having a grateful Irish Free State sitting just off the British Coastline.  After Britain lost the Great War, she had little will or capability to fight a civil war in Ireland.  Eventually, the whole of Ireland was granted home rule.

I imagine the Protestant Unionists of Northern Ireland would be very unhappy about this state of affairs and would attempt to force a split, either by political campaigning or guerrilla action.
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NealMan11 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
I think it would be more accurate if there was a completely new nation, perhaps the Baltisches Stade (baltic states), that spoke their respective languages, a new language that is a mix of all the baltic languages, or Lithuainian
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NealMan11 Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
Or just German
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SteamPoweredWolf Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
Agreed.  I intended it to be the United Baltic Duchies, but I made a mistake by using the Lithuanian flag.  I like  the name Baltisches Stade though. 
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Petrograd Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Interesting map!

Hmm, I think you may have swapped the red and white on Poland o.o
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SteamPoweredWolf Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
They're actually the colours used 1815 - 1848 by the Grand Duchy of Posen, a Prussian Client state.

I thought that the Victorious Central Powers might see a symbolic advantage in resurrecting the colours of a former client state.

More info here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Du…


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Petrograd Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Ahh, cool!

Haha, nice attention to detail. Didn't know about that flag :P
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SteamPoweredWolf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Bit obscure TBH. Found it while researching this map.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice map!

I could imagine Ukraine is even bigger maybe. The state of Burgund here seems interesting and even logical to me!
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bespais Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
it´s no totally logical because germany lost some territories at the west to create the state of Burgund,  althoug it´s not bad idea. 
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But I´d say a better solution than annexing it, because then they have a few million more French in the Reich,
that could uprise and cause problems. But on the other hand Germany would be a multi-cultural european Reich again
as it was in the middleage, when the Holy Roman Empire ruled by the german kaiser had german,french,polish,czech,hungaryan,italian
and some more ethnics in it.
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Spiritswriter123 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't forget the Dutch! because the Dutch are always awesome!
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In the middleage was no difference between dutch and Germans, they were the same,
they started to build an own nation after 1648.
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Spiritswriter123 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So they got their awesomeness from the Germans? Makes sense.
But really, only 1648 (or 1581, the year the United Provinces officially declared independence) was when they really started to break from the Germans? It feels like it was earlier
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Dutch are nothing else than nether-frankish and frisian Germans, and they did officially leave the Reich after the 30-years-war in 1648,
while Belgium was still part of the Reich. Because they had an own state now, they did not follow the development of the High-German language, which connected all the german states, Switzerland followed the High-German development.
And this is why the Dutch are still speaking their renaissance german dialect. Germans can understand if they speak slowly 50% of what they say. The border was rather randomly, the Germans next to the border understand them easily.

Actually you can say, all continental Germanics, except the Danish are Germans.
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Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
What is that thing between Germany and France? :)
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SteamPoweredWolf Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
In this scenario, rather than create than the equivalent of a demilitarized Rhineland, the Central Powers carved out semi independent buffer states.  The idea was to create states large enough to contain or harass France or Russia in the event of future conflict, but not to pursue a genuinely independent foreign policy.

I think the one you’re looking at is Burgundy, formed from former Eastern France.  Above that is Wallonia, formed from what was left of French speaking Belgium and some of North East France.  The top one is Flanders, the Flemish speaking region of Belgium.

Hope that helps.
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Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Flanders and Wallonia are obvious. But thanks for telling me about Burgundy. That was the one I asked about. ^^
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:iconsteampoweredwolf:
SteamPoweredWolf Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
No worries, I thought it was, but wanted to make sure.

I did try labeling counties on the map at first, but I decided it looked better without them.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Die haben wohl Burgund die Unabhängigkeit geschenkt^^
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Hyginustus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student
ich dachte am anfang das wäre österreich
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MTT3008 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
'Germany carved out a new French speaking, but German dominated buffer state in Burgundy. '

Quote end. ^^
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Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Well you know, TLDR. ;)
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