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The Mediterranean Union by YNot1989
The Mediterranean Union
The turn of the 21st Century saw southern Europe enter into the worst Depression in a century, the perfect storm of a sovereign debt crisis, a declining population and contracting markets from German exports. One by one, the nation's of southern Europe struck out on their own to protect themselves from everything the EU was telling them was actually a good thing: Free Trade, a single market, a common currency, a united financial system, all these things benefited the European core countries of Germany, France, and the Low countries, but were a disaster to the less industrial Mediterranean nations. The free travel policies that defined the union's efforts to tear down nationalist barriers trapped millions of Middle-Eastern refugees in nations that didn't want them, as Northern European countries, at first hungry for cheap labor, voted to close their borders and leave Southern European and North Africa holding the bags. By the time the South Greenland Ice Sheet slipped into the Atlantic, many southern Europeans were sick to the teeth with their richer neighbors forcing them to shoulder the burden of a union that Greece and the Catlans had the good sense to leave. The mass die off of fish following the desalination of the Atlantic, and the subsequent food shortages were the final straw that led to the Revolutions of 2027, which saw southern Italy's successful bid for separation, along with Corsica, and Sardinia; Serbia's war with Bosnia and Croatia (partly spurred by Turkish and Polish proxies).

Another generation saw Turkey try to fill the power vacuum left by the EU, and the rise of the Turks managed to spur an eventual end to the depression. WWIII saw Sicilian and Catalan mercenaries join the Turks in the Balkans and North Africa, and when the fighting was done, many of these same mercenaries left for the Sahara where the local tribes were scrambling for the chance to finally shape their future as the Great Blossoming from the new lakes and rivers brought agriculture to the heart of Africa. Mercenary forces eventually became rulers of their own fiefdoms across the Med, building business interests through land claims made in the name of the new nations. Ports, business centers, ranches, and farms made these warlords rich and the cronyism that defined their former mercenary armies evolved along the lines the Romans used to issue land to loyal soldiers, forming a new kind of aristocratic system. Investments and land holdings in North African trade generated wealth in Europe and visa versa, which in turn spurred more growth.

To prosper in the 21st Century, the Mediterraneans saw no other option than to emulate the example of their ancestors. Those that had gotten rich off the Great Flowering of the Sahara established themselves as the oligarchs over a new currency and trade union, crafted largely to support their own business interests. The governments they controlled, and the society they shaped reflected an romantic view of 19th Century social norms; some might say a reaction to the perceived decadence of the American over-culture that had long since defined life in contemporary Europe. Along with social structures lifted from the 19th century, the market lords of the MU lifted the political system from ancient history, using their own status as non-government leaders to secure territory in port cities in the region and around the world.
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Well another year come and gone, and once again I'm busy busy with real-life and using this as an outlet for all the creative impulses that aren't relevant for the projects that will make my living. I don't really have any formal plans for future maps or flags or whatever, I'm just gonna play it by ear. The Mars and Venus maps, they'll get done when they're done. They're huge and take forever, and honestly they can be kinda boring to work on sometimes. So, if you have any maps, topics, or whatever that you wanna see, speak up. The only map I'm firmly planning to do in the immediate future is a "What if the American Revolution Never Happened" small map. I know, its been done to death, but I think I've got a POD and a direction that will interest a lot of people.

Here's some snippets of the TL thus far (subject to change):

POD: 1738 - George William Frederick is born to Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales. The boy is born prematurely and dies a few short weeks after his birth.

1760 - Prince Edward ascends to the thrown as King Edward VII

1776 - King Edward VII receives a diplomatic envoy from British America in response to his Proclamation of Reconciliation.

1837 - Rebellion of 1837 spreads across Canada and New England over the populace's collective frustration with political reforms enacted by parlaiment.

1917 - The Great War breaks out between the Anglo-French Entente and the Austro-German Powers over sphere's of influence in China.

1921 - The United States of Mexico joins the Entente in the Great War supplying the means to a swift end to the war.
  • Listening to: Stan Rogers
  • Reading: The Diamond Age
  • Watching: Too much stuff
  • Playing: Fallout Shelter
  • Eating: Pasta
  • Drinking: OJ
Well another year come and gone, and once again I'm busy busy with real-life and using this as an outlet for all the creative impulses that aren't relevant for the projects that will make my living. I don't really have any formal plans for future maps or flags or whatever, I'm just gonna play it by ear. The Mars and Venus maps, they'll get done when they're done. They're huge and take forever, and honestly they can be kinda boring to work on sometimes. So, if you have any maps, topics, or whatever that you wanna see, speak up. The only map I'm firmly planning to do in the immediate future is a "What if the American Revolution Never Happened" small map. I know, its been done to death, but I think I've got a POD and a direction that will interest a lot of people.

Here's some snippets of the TL thus far (subject to change):

POD: 1738 - George William Frederick is born to Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales. The boy is born prematurely and dies a few short weeks after his birth.

1760 - Prince Edward ascends to the thrown as King Edward VII

1776 - King Edward VII receives a diplomatic envoy from British America in response to his Proclamation of Reconciliation.

1837 - Rebellion of 1837 spreads across Canada and New England over the populace's collective frustration with political reforms enacted by parlaiment.

1917 - The Great War breaks out between the Anglo-French Entente and the Austro-German Powers over sphere's of influence in China.

1921 - The United States of Mexico joins the Entente in the Great War supplying the means to a swift end to the war.
  • Listening to: Stan Rogers
  • Reading: The Diamond Age
  • Watching: Too much stuff
  • Playing: Fallout Shelter
  • Eating: Pasta
  • Drinking: OJ

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Sean McKnight
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
I'm just another denizen of the internet seeking enlightenment in a world of trolls, false flaggers, and flamers.

I'm from Western Washington, though I hate Nirvana, Coffee and Microsoft.

I'm an aerospace engineer in training (mostly so I can pick up women by saying I'm a rocket scientist)

Politically I can best be described as Liberal American Exceptionalist; so basically I want Universal Healthcare as an excuse to annex Canada.

I love sci-fi movies, books, and TV shows, classic cars and modern ones too, bitching about politics, speculating about the future, and analyzing the past.

Current Residence: Prescott, Arizona
Favourite genre of music: Rock in all its forms and all its glory!
Operating System: Mac, but switching to Ubuntu
MP3 player of choice: iPod Classic
Favourite cartoon character: Gene Starwind, Vegeta, Brian Griffin, Katara, Nicholas D. Wolfwood, Spike, Batou
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:iconthetexasranger:
TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Let's say this whole email scandal goes way downhill for Hillary and she is unable to run for president. Who would the Democrats nominate as their candidate then and could that person win the election? I see no way in hell that Sanders would get it or even if he did that he would win.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They'd be left with Bernie, and the Democrats might be stupid enough to nominate him. As for can he win the election? If Trump runs a 3rd party ticket, MAYBE, but only if Rubio or Christie, or Cruz or whoever doesn't chose to run a centrist campaign and take over the middle.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Where do you think the line needs to be drawn on US gun rights?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its a meaningless debate. Firearms only make it easier to hurt/kill people, the cause of that behavior is what is really worth addressing through criminal justice reform, national firearm licencing, and universal mental healthcare. Moreover when 3d printed guns are a thing, what's the point of a ban on guns? If you're a gun nut you're probably not gonna break the law, and if you're just a nut or a crook there's not much stopping you from getting access to firearms. So if people wanna take half measures to ban guns to make themselves feel better (I'm including Australia's "solution" after Port Arthur BTW), go right ahead, it won't impact me in anyway. I would just prefer it if politicians would stop saying that crap and driving ammo prices up and making my more gullible redneck friends preach about how the guvmnt is comming to take their guns away.
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:iconthetexasranger:
What would've happened if the Tienanmen Square Massacre turned into a 2nd Chinese Civil War? Would the US and the Soviet Union intervene and fight against the PRC?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Soviets probably would have sat out an actual intervention and been relieved that the Chinese threat was now solving itself. The US would involve themselves very little securing what few interests they had in the country and the region at the time. Remember the US and PRC were allies, but the the Congress still formally supported the ROC. So the US would "Support" democratic forces, but would be more interested in restoring order. There probably would have been a clash between Congress and the White House over what side to support. Russia and the US would only have intervened if the Civil War started to turn into a true conflict over control of nuclear weapons. In which case the Russians and Americans would intervene to secure the bombs, and China would have gotten carved along a North-South line (probably with many smaller states taking the place of the PRC, and at least one or two true Soviet Chinas not Maoists) after the war was over. It would probably prolong the Cold War into the 1990s as Russia would have been rid of a major strain on their military in Asia and the US containment strategy would be broken in the far east with China fragmented.
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TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
What do you think would've happened if the Western Schism didn't end? Would the Protestant Reformation be a bigger movement with maybe all the german states of the HRE allowing the movement, maybe resulting in a larger and earlier unified Germany, and the Church of England not existing, and maybe only Catholicism being in a majority only in the western Latin countries.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is actually not a subject I'm too familiar with.
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TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016
Never thought China had that much of an impact on the End of the Cold War. So I'm guessing Tibet would be independent and would either be under Us or Soviet influence.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
Why exactly didn't Reconstruction continued in the South like it was originally planned to and would the US have been better off politically and socially if it had been carried out until it's conclusion?
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