Friday, July 10, 2009

Another Europe

Miguel Farah sends me this thought experiment map, wherein he plays "what if" with European history.
What would have happened if Simon de Montfort had failed and the Crown of Aragon had continued its northern expansion? What would have happened if the Castilian and Portuguese counties hadn't survived? What if the Sami people had had their own country? Or if the Austrians had avoided being robbed Tyrol by the Italians? Or if Bavaria had refused to be a part of the German Empire in the XIX century? Or if ...? When reading history, there are many occasions where one asks himself questions like this and speculates about the changes those would bring to a political map.


Significant divergences include an East/West schism in the Roman Catholic Church and the Austro-Hungarian Empire becomes progressive and gives its many ethnic groups greater autonomy (thus avoiding WWI). More...

I always enjoy alternate history, and maps always make these stories more interesting.

Related:

Disunited States of America
The People's Republic of America
Alternate Nations of North America
Roswell, Texas

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4 Comments:

At Sunday, July 12, 2009 , Blogger Justin said...

I kind of imagine Estonia would be matched up with the Finns instead of the other Baltic states.

 
At Monday, July 13, 2009 , Blogger mfarah said...

@Justin: That was the other option I considered: Estonia absorbed by Finland, while only Latvia and Lithuania are under german influence. Then again, I figured Germany would be the strongest regional power, and Finland would be somewhat under Germany's influence as well.

 
At Friday, July 17, 2009 , Blogger Michael5000 said...

Dig it.

There'll always be an Iceland...

 
At Friday, July 16, 2010 , Anonymous Sonny said...

I really like this site and have been using it for ideas on a game forum. I especially like the alternate history maps because it comes in handy for our alternate history games. In case you ever want to stop by and see the kind of maps we've made here's the link: http://bop.nfshost.com/index.php

 

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