Monday, December 22, 2014

Map Monday: Decades of Draka by Rvbomally

For the last Map Monday of the year, I decided to go with one of my favorite map makes, Rvbomally. He posted an excellent crossover between Stirling's Draka series and Jared's "Decades of Darkness" timeline, which he called "Decades of Draka":
In this universe the British take the Cape Colony from the Dutch and settle it with Loyalists, even though the Americans failed to take Canada. Meanwhile, the young republic suffers some growing pains and loses the New England states. The USA expanded west and south and allied itself with newly independent Domination of Draka, who declared independence after the British tried to abolish slavery. The two slaveocracies eventually lay the smackdown on Britain and Germany, but their alliance falls apart shortly thereafter leading to a protracted Cold War.

Rvbomally is known for his dystopic scenarios and his skill in creating these dark worlds is readily apparent as he seamlessly merged these two fine examples of grimdark alternate history. The fact that Decades of Darkness was created as a plausible version of Stirling's Draka, means there is an subtle sense of humor to the work that people well verse in alternate history web originals will enjoy.

Honorable mentions this week goes to Bruce Munro's cover of Toyotomi Japan (see description here) and Zoidberg12's Timeline of the Disunited States of America, which is actually a short timeline that covers the history of Turtledove's The Disunited States of America. 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.

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