Monday, October 12, 2015

Map Monday: Kaiserreich 1936 by Milites

Kaiserreich is a community mod for the Paradox grand strategy game, Darkest Hour: A Hearts of Iron Game. Its set in a world where Germany won World War I and you play as one of the many different nations in this alternate timeline starting in 1936. It is a fairly popular mod and it has gotten noticed by the online alternate history community. It is not unusual to see maps based on the scenario, such as this one by Milites:
This map shows the status of Europe following the victory by the Central Powers. You can already tell by looking that the former states of the Entente have seen better days (see the Northern Ireland-less Union of Britain), while Germany wields extensive powers thanks to their control of Mitteleuropa. The map itself is well-done. So many other maps of Kairserreich are just screenshots of the game, while you can see that Milites put more effort into his creation. Since I haven't played the mod I can't comment on any liberties Milites took in creating his map, but it looks good to me and I like the rumpled feel of the map, which makes it look like a real piece of paper.

World War I alternate histories may not be as popular as its sequel, but I like the imagination that went into the map and I am glad to see people like Milites being inspired by a community made mod to create as well.

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Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update, a blogger on Amazing Stories and a Sidewise Awards for Alternate History judgeWhen not writing he works as an attorney, enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana and prepares for the day when travel between parallel universes becomes a reality. You can follow him on FacebookTwitter and YouTube. Learn how you can support his alternate history projects on Patreon.

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