Monday, May 19, 2014

Map Monday: The World According to Putin by The Economist

Although I missed last week's Map Monday, hopefully I can make it up to you all with this gem.

Thought experiments are fun, especially when you can make a map out of them. So of course I had to feature this map for this week's Map Monday (shout out to Katharine Trendacosta at io9 for finding it first):
This is a snarky response from The Economist to Vladimir Putin's belief that he has to intervene in Ukraine to protect Russian speakers. Thus we see a world where all the major language groups are unified into several space-filling, language-oriented empires that completely disregard the ethnic, racial and religious differences among the people who speak those languages.

Who says geo-politics can't be funny? Speaking of Putin, today's honorable mention goes to "Ukraine after the Novorossian crisis 2014" by Vladislav. 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 a 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.

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