In the first ever Map Monday, I have a somewhat controversial future map to discuss. Check out The Territories of United Humankindcirca 2123 by Meerkat92 originally posted on AlternateHistory.com:
The author describes his Munroist map as a homage to conservative science fiction works, with some social commentary against the social justice Tumblr blogs. While you can read the wall of text describing the map here, to summarize: the crises of 21st century led to the rise of United Humankind, an extreme social democracy organization led by the European Union. There is a lot of SF in this universe with space colonization and genetic engineering, with a smattering of libertarian space-pioneers thumbing their noses at the Earth-side socialists.
Although I can understand if some liberals may be offended by this universe, the author has defended his work by saying it is not meant to be anti-leftist in general, just against those on the extreme left, with some humor sprinkled in to hopefully encourage you to not take it that seriously. In fact the only person to be banned over it, as far as I know, was someone who got a little too excited about using nuclear weapons to wipe out the lower classes. So it goes to show you that you just don't know who you will upset with your creative ideas.
That outburst nonwithstanding, I found Meerkat92’s United Humankind to be a unique future dystopia without falling on the old clichés like the American Jesusland or the Islamic Caliphate. The color scheme was also well done and the Munroist style commentary included many funny zingers. All in all a good map regardless of your political bent. Please tell me what you think in the comments below.
Honorable mentions this week go out to The Kiat's Kingdom of Abyssinia and this map of Quebecless Canada I found through Reddit. If you want to submit a map for consideration for the next Map Monday, email me at ahwupdate at gmail dot com with your map attached and brief description in the body of the email.
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Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update and a blogger on Amazing Stories. Check out his short fiction. When not writing he works as an attorney, enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana and prepares for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter.