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MoF 01 Steampunk_Clockpunk by Sapiento MoF 01 Steampunk_Clockpunk by Sapiento
A map for the Map of the Fortnight 1 contest on www.alternatehistory.com.

EDIT: WINNER! :D

Topic was as titled.
I decided for a version of Europe that is connected by a network of ironways (trains) and celestonavs (airships).
Dominated by a mighty Holy German Empire this Europe is far more advanced in steam technology, using it for transport and war machines. The Last German-French War in 1855 was fought with steamtanks and celestonavs. The superior technology of the HGE ensured its victory and the dismembering of France.

EDIT: Replaced the ship picture with a more steampunkish one.
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WhippetWild Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would like to know some details on this Republic of York, and I realised you posted this four years ago. I am curious.
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Vadamus Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
...The only thing I have a problem with is the "Holy" German Empire...
Germany was Lutheran, there was nothing Holy about it
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Alternate history. Although your argument makes sense, more of Germany was Protestant Lutheran and not as zealous as Catholicism. The 'Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation' was neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire, and most certainly was not a united German state in the sense of a single country.
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Vadamus Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I understand that, Imperia Romana Sanctus was still overlooked by a Higher Emperor, who was Catholic most of the time...

...your argument is legitimate though so I won't continue this
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NocturnalDarkness Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Massive Germany? And Byzantium? :o ...

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Sapiento Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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BryanDesign Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I like it! :D
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
Oh god, the contents of this map is like a wet dream. :XD:

Can't say I'm surprised you won the contest, that's for sure. I'd point out specifically what I liked about it, but I get distracted by the map everytime I try. Fantastic work!
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Kurtle Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009   Writer
Valletta's on the West coast of Malta... :P
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh! Dammit. Well, I won nevertheless. :D
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Kurtle Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009   Writer
I know. It's really good.

It stood out at me because it's small island. :)
Had Berlin been off to the East by a few miles no-one would have noticed :D


How do you get your maps to look so good/realistic? :S
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
True, true.

How I get my maps to look so good/realistic?
A lot of try and fail in the past.
My first maps were rather poor compared to my actual skills.
Simply: learning by doing.
And it helps to do some tutorials.:)
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Falcon7x Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
That's an interesting way of seing 19th century Europe. But how did Prussia unite and beat Austria-Hungaria? Did Bismark (the most clever mind in international politics of that age in my opinion)have anything to do with it?
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I really hadn't wasted much time on the POD, but I placed it near Charles the Bold surviving and dying 20 years later. America was discovered by Gustav Elber, a Burgundian explorer.
New Russia is the result from a Russian civil war, having the weaker fraction retreating to 'New Russia' with German help - this is also the reason for the Baltic states as German territory = payment.
For Byzantium - its a restored Empire, carved out from the former Ottoman Empire during a crusade in the 18th century. The basileus of the Byzantine Empire is actually from a Habsburg side branch.
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Laiqua-lasse Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
Looks great, as usual.

The PoD must be rather early to have a surviving Byzantium, Bulgaria and Romania shifted northward and a "New Russian Empire" that would be more than half Finnish in our world. I also find it rather strange that the Baltic states are direct parts of Germany proper rather than dependent states like Poland, Danemark or Minsk.

I like the alternate spellings though :)
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I really hadn't wasted much time on the POD, but I placed it near Charles the Bold surviving and dying 20 years later. America was discovered by Gustav Elber, a Burgundian explorer.
New Russia is the result from a Russian civil war, having the weaker fraction retreating to 'New Russia' with German help - this is also the reason for the Baltic states as German territory = payment.
For Byzantium - its a restored Empire, carved out from the former Ottoman Empire during a crusade in the 18th century. The basileus of the Byzantine Empire is actually from a Habsburg side branch.
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
If the PoD is that early, some of the places shouldn't really exist, or have different names, etc. but that doesn't really matter. But I'm going to poke in my big nose anyhow, for Finland. :D

Helsinki was a podunk village until it was made the capital of the Grand Duchy in the 19th century. Seeing as how Finland in this ATL has somehow absorded a rump Russia (hehe, I have the exact same thing in the Steamopera, except the New Russia is Moscow, not St. Petersburg), that might still happen, but eh, it would probably be butterflied away.

Another small thing is that the names are in Finnish, which has a bit of an anachronistic flavour, even in the 1900, because the outside world would have known those towns and cities by their Swedish names. You could even take a step further and Russianise them a bit: this is what happened to Viipuri, which is today known as "Vyborg" (Viborg originally in Swedish). The Swedish names are:

Uleåborg
Tammerfors
Åbo
Helsingfors

Nice map, tho.
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the information.

The main purpose of the map lay on the steampunkish factor, so this was more important than actual diversions from OTL.
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Darkaiz Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
May I just ask why the "New Russian" Empire is almost only consisting of Finnish territory :S?
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Please see my reply to Laique-lassa for detailed answer.
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