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Victorious Central Powers by SteamPoweredWolf Victorious Central Powers by SteamPoweredWolf
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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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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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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