Monday, June 2, 2014

Map Monday: Central Europe, 1918 by JoeyB2198

Since this year does mark the 100th anniversary of World War I, I should probably post some more alternate history regarding the (first) Great War. Lucky for me JoeyB2198's map "Central Europe, 1918" is great example of WWI alternate history:
In this world the Russians win the Battle of Tannenberg causing the Germans to panic and pull troops from the Western Front. The French take the initiative and drive through occupied Belgium and into Germany. The Germans try to put up some resistance once Russia sues for peace, but to no avail and the post-war settlement leaves Germany partitioned into several different states. You can read the full description here.

I like this map because you just don't see many Germany utterly defeated scenarios in the genre, especially done by the French with little to no outside help. I feel this could make a great scenario if Joey or someone else decided to flesh it out some more. For example, what happens to Russia? Do they go communist in this world? Will extremists akin to Nazis rise up in any of the new German states? What will Britain think of France now being the dominant power on the continent?

Regardless of what is in store for such a timeline, this is still a great map. Honorable mentions this week go to "Mitteleuropa" by Bruce Munro (read the full description here) and the "Republic of Zimbabwe Rhodesia" by Reagent. 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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