Monday, June 30, 2014

Map Monday: The Polish Republic by Pischinovski

Since I read a lot of articles this weekend talking about World War I, I decided the best way to mark the anniversary was by showcasing a map where the war (and its sequel) never happened. Specifically, this map:
It is "The Polish Republic" by Pischinovski and is set in the same world as a previous map he made that can be found on deviantart, where you read the background material on his timeline. A quick summary: although World War I as we know it was avoided, there was still a war between German/UK vs. Austria-Hungary/Russia that led to the Polish borders we see before you. So war wasn't technically avoided, but at least we don't see another German-wank stemming from a Central Powers victory.

I am not sold, however, on how powerful Pischinovski makes Poland out to be in this universe. I think Germany would rather have Poland be a strong buffer to Russia instead of allowing it to be the #3 on the continent. I still like this map for its minimalist, black-and-white presentation of alternate Poland. The port on the Black Sea is also a nice touch.

Honorable mentions this week go out to "Gurps Caliph" by Bruce Munro (description here), "TL-441 Lamia et Servitus" by Zauberfloete and "The Most Holy Republic of Israel" by Premiere. 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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