This week's Map Monday is a guest post from our friend Daniel Bensen. Check out his blog, Kingdom of Evil, and see his maps: American Nation-States, Mars from War of the Worlds and Eurasia colonized.
Browsing alternate history maps like you do, and I got to wondering. Of course, the borders in a given area (say Europe) depend a lot on historical contingency, the arbitrary choices of leaders and plain old accident, but geography plays a role, too. Unless your alternate history is very alternate indeed, mountains and rivers still function the same way to hinder or aid armies and merchants. So given this geography, what state borders are most likely?
I went to Euratlas Periodis and its series of historical maps of Europe. Then I popped in an entertaining audiobook into my iPod and started tracing the little black lines between 1000 and 2000 CE. Here’s what I got:
I’m not sure what series of events might have lead to such a map in the 20th century. Constantinople ascendant over Rome? The absence of Charlemagne? Christian Mongols? A more severe Black Plague? Or maybe we can blame those dang-blurned Protestants, taking over Western Europe and telling rival royal families not to marry each other? What do you think happened?
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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.