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.
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.