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Thanks for all the favs, views, comments, and watches over the last few years. Hears a crappy trace and recolor of a Scott Pilgrim panel!

Seriously though I hadn't even noticed how much my pageviews had grown, and its surprising to say the least that I've cracked 100,000. Since I started on DA I've gone from making crappy maps in MS Paint (Windows XP version) to making Ok maps in GIMP. Some of my work is the first things to come up when you google image search the Second Cold War or the Emberverse (seriously my maps appear above the images of fucking covers of the books). I've helped turn Maps and Flags from one of the lesser known communities into one of the largest cartography and vexilology communities on DA, and I've done all of this while being basically penniless and diverting time and energy that could have been spent on work. Believe it or not this is not bragging, just me marveling at the ridiculousness of this whole set of circumstances. My work has slowed down a bit in recent months, and there's a laundry list of projects people have requested me to do that I've gotten bored with and abandoned after remembering that I don't get paid for this really obscure hobby. All the same I feel great-full for those of you who inexplicably take interest with my hobby, without this I'd be a much more depressed person. Thanks for everything guys, and I hope to keep churning out new art for a long time to come or until I get paid well enough to drift into obscurity.
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Ok, I've been having some people over on future.wikia bug me about the admin situation, and I need a sitting Bureaucrat to respond so I can hand a list of potential admins.
I'm taking a breather from the American front of the Third Mexican war, and from the Americas in general for a bit. The next map will feature the Pacific theater of the war and a little bit of future Chinese history. Following those pieces I'll return to the Americas and close out in Europe. A world map will be the closer to the Third Mexican War, and the maps of Mars and Venus will serve as the epilogues.
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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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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
After all the oil is gone or no longer economically viable for extraction etc will the wretched Saudi family be left to the vultures like the deserve seeing how the US won't have much reason to remain there and prop them up in such a situation.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We're already seeing that now just with a price drop in the US. Wait till we start exporting LNG and Shale Oil to Europe.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
That would explain current oil prices then, is it the Saudi way of trying to delay Shale Oil and LNG ? or is it also partially from sanctions against Putin's Russia ?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its mostly from Saudi price controls, but also from god ol supply and demand.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
In a hypothetical alternate historical cold war between a still Tsarist Russian Empire that has ruthlessly crushed all traces of Communism and a United States fresh out of isolationism that endured somewhat longer what would the idealogical side of the proxy wars and such probably look like ?

Divergence wise I'm thinking of a Russia that avoided the embarrassment of the Russo-Japan War and got lucky during the first half of the 20th century unlike otl maybe due to a somewhat smarter Nicholas II who actually listens to the right advisors and doesn't try to micro-manage very little thing in the country like he tried and epically failed at in otl.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A Tsarist regime that survived the first World War I would not only have not had a war with Japan, they'd probably be allies (they were in WWI). This would mean that the US wouldn't have ever been needed in WWI and Russia would have kept the war on two fronts, in all likelihood there would be a mini-cold war between the Western allies and the Russians after the end of WWI, with Britain and France hastily making peace with Germany just to stop the Russians from advancing any further into Europe. Hell the Hapsburgs would probably survive to some extent, supported by either Russian or British proxies or Both to serve as a buffer. The Ottomans would be fucked though, but Psychs-Picot would probably be retailored to block Russian advancement beyond the Black Sea. 

Meanwhile The Japanese and the Russians would probably make peace and carve China up among eachother rather than the western
Europeans. The Russians by this point would probably embrace Eurasianism, and the US would see the Japanese as the big threat during the 1920s, as they try to secure their interests in the Pacific. Wilson would have probably served two full terms in peace time in the US, and the "Return to Normalcy," championed by Harding would have never existed. Wilson would have been seen as an Elitist ditherer, and political activism would have emerged in the 1920s. Socialists in America would have never split from the left wing as the Communists never came to power through violence in Russia, and the Russians would be viewed as the bad guys by association with the Japanese. So 1920 election roles around and Socialists politicians who would have been ostracized during WWI, are now legitimate candidates, but they'd probably remain a minority party for some time, forcing incremental change from Republican and Democrat administrations.

World War II would start in Europe, but most likely with Germany being invaded by Russia through whatever remains of Poland. The US would have joined the allies, but only tentatively, and only to have support in the Pacific. FDR would probably switch parties after the 1920 election, and become America's first Socialist President in 1932. From here you could just replace Fascism with Eurasianism or Imperialism, and Germany with Russia, and Poland with Germany. The war would be WAY bloodier than OTL WWII, because the Russians would have manpower, resources, and depth where Germany had none. The war would look a lot like OTL WWII right up until France falls to Russia. Russia would have a land army on their side the likes of which no one's ever seen, but their air power would be a joke. So the British would spend the war bombing the every loving shit out of Russian forces in France and Germany, and the most desperate battles of the war would be in Scandinavia where Britain and the Nordics would be fighitng tooth and nail to stop the Russian Navy from reaching the Atlantic. At this point the US would enter the European War in force, zealously anti-imperialists and packing air and naval power. D-Day wouldn't happen in France, it would be an invasion from Southern Europe, where the Russians are not experienced. It would be largely American with British forces in Gibralter moving with the Spanish into Southern France, while the US invades from Italy. The Turks would be allies by now. The US would set up bombing strips in Free France (North Africa) and British Egypt. 

The end of the war would look very different. The advance of the allies would be VERY slow against the Russians, especially in the winter. Paris would be obliterated by bombing campaigns before the allies would risk an amphibious assault or reach it through Spain. So expect the US to use the Atom bomb in Europe and Asia. The first bomb would be dropped on the Japanese (who would lack a technological head start from an alliance with Germany, but would have raw resources from Russia, so their Navy would probably have been defeated far more easily). The second bomb would be dropped either in Germany or France, wherever the bulk of the Russian Army is stationed at the time. The Japanese would probably surrender after one bomb, given their limited technological gains compared to the prime timeline, but the Russians wouldn't quit after one. The US would continue to advance into Europe, taking Germany and moving outward to France dropping a second bomb on Murmansk and then another on Kaliningrad, the Russian Navy would be dead without those ports. The US and Britain would have retaken Germany and France by now, and would be advancing East. The war would probably end with the ALLIES suing for peace after fighting for too long in Eastern Europe. The war would end with an armistice, and the Tsar still very much alive in Russia, holding most of what he already had in Eastern Europe.

The Cold War between the US and Russia would be a very different animal, with the US spreading Socialism (the US version would be Democratic and Egalitarian) while the Russians supported local dynasties. 
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
That actually sounds somewhat worse then otl WWII in terms of war dead and that's before even getting into what Russia might try and carry out with minorities given that Tsarist Russia was very anti-semetic...

Without the absolutely horrendous Soviet miss-management would the Cold War eventually just thaw out end inconclusively at some point with no victor since I can't see anything bringing the US down like the otl USSR nor can I see Russia falling apart if it's taken to capitalism like it did during the 90's which they took to like a cancer.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Russians would still be capitalists, totalitarianism would be what dooms them. 
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gatemonger Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
You being a stratfor fan, i know you will like these two new books. One is by Peter Zeihan, and its called The Accidental Superpower. He left Stratfor a few yrs back to start his own company and has a lot of Stratfor's ideas but with his own unique spin. The other book is Flashpoints, written by George Friedman. It focuses on the prospect of Europe's decline toward geopolitical normalcy and what that means for the world. That one is out in late January, but Zeihan's book is out since November. I am sure they could give great insights to boost your work.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been looking forward to Flashpoints for some time now, but I'll definately look into Accidental Supepower.
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