Sunday, January 27, 2013

Alaskan Conflict: Theatre of the First Great War

"Tensions were running extremely high just before the Great War. In 1915, the USSR experienced a huge workers revolt that saw the dethroning of the Czar and the installation of a socialist government. The Russian Empire was reorganized into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or the USSR. In Russian Amerika, more well known as Alaska, the Czar along with the surviving elements of the royal family, the White Army, and some of the bourgeoise set up a Russian Empire in exile, intent in one day reclaiming the motherland.

The war in Europe was started by Austria Hungary declaring war on the USSR on May 28, 1917 after they claimed it was responsible for causing the massive workers revolt in Hungary. The alliance system was dragged into play, creating war across Europe. However, the one thing that made this war expand beyond the borders of Europe was Alaska. It was something the USSR despised having so close to their borders, and it was not any better for the British. The USSR Navy started the invasion on 29 May, 1919, accompanied by the British by July. The Alaskan White Army fought hard, and were able to make decisive victories against the USSR at the Battle of New Archangel and the British at the Battle of the Yukon. The Alaskans were also able to push for expansion through their somewhat sucsessful raid of Vancouver and Vancouver Island, which got the British to negotiate peace and cede claims in Canada to Alaska.
The Alaskans were onky able to win through the convining of the aborinignal populations to help them fight against the "colonialist, opressive powers". This would also help to create better relations between ethnic Russians and the native peoples. Even after the British negotiated peace, the USSR would refuse to stop trying to kill they very thing they despised. They were forced to withdraw most forces from Alaska in order to focus on the failing European front. Alaska was so thankful for the respite, for they had won, but at a large price in men and resources. The USSR would only sign peace once they were forced to in the Treaty of Z├╝rich.
This would spell a good start to the Alaskan Empire. Even though it was still a cold, hard to inhabit nation, they made the best of it. They had quite a booming economy through gold mining even through the post-war Great Depression, and continued to welcome and help desperate people get out of the USSR. Only time could tell it they would accomplish their goal..."
Just a little bit of fun inspired by thoughts on an independent Alaska. The POD is probably US Congress going against the purchase even more than in our world which results in Alaska staying in Russian hands.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Southern Dependencies of a Surviving Achaemenid Empire

What if the Achaemenid Persia was able to defeat Greece in the Greco-Persian Wars, creating a thriving Achaemenid lead and Zoroastrian Persia that lasted for over a thousand years. Eventually, they would want to jump in with all of the great powers and start colonization. Here are their colonies in Oceania, deemed their Southern Dependencies. They named their colonies after the locals or affluential people in their history, tacking on the persian suffix 'stan' to denote 'land of'.

Just as a side note, this map was created for the Alphabetic Bouts of Cartography contest being held on Alternate History forum.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

AFE: Map of Europe, 2000

This is a map of Europe in the modern day from my America, the Failed Experiment timeline. In Europe, this means no French Revolution and no Napoleonic Wars. The French Revolution in this world does not occur until the 1880's, which leads to a war between monarchists and republicans, known as the Western Great War, early in the 1900s. There was a rise of a Fascist Greece in the late 1940's, which took Istanbul from the Ottomans, who were in a monarchist-republican civil war, and restored it to Constantinople. They stirred up a number of ethnic conflicts in the Balkans and almost started a second Western War. Many monarchies and colonies are still preserved to modern day which are not in our world.