Monday, November 10, 2014

Map Monday: The Grand War by PlatoonSgt

This is now the third time I have featured a map by PlatoonSgt (see Map of North America, 1750 and The World Cromwell Made on December 25, 1955) on Map Monday. Before I go into why I like his maps, lets take a look at today's featured map:
This is called "The Grand War". You can find a full description of this scenario here, but the point of divergence involves China being ruled by a Muslim dynasty. Butterflies flap their wings and, among other changes, we find a world where the Norman invasion of Britain failed, the Holy Roman Empire is more centralized and the Kievan Rus are still the center of Russian culture. You don't also see Islamic Chinas often in alternate history, so this map certainly gets some points for originality.

Its the style, however, that makes me a true fan of PlantoonSgt's work. He doesn't use the common templates you see everyday on AlternateHistory.com. He continually presents different ways of looking at maps, that I respect. I also thought the Anglo-Saxon language was a nice touch (and there is an English language version). I look forward to the fourth time I feature one of PlatoonSgt's maps on Map Monday and if you want a better look at his work, check out this thread.

Honorable mentions this week include "The Dominion of New England" by False Dmitri and, just to prove I look at maps outside of AlternateHistory.com, "Europe Post Copenhagen" by Arbolianus of the AltHistory Wiki. If you want to submit a map 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.

2 comments:

  1. Someone finally linked me to this awesome site, and all I can say is that I am very glad that you enjoy my maps (PlatoonSgt/ToixStory here) and it flatters me that you've posted my work so often on here.

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    1. No problem, glad you were able to find us. Good luck on the Grand War novel you are working on.

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