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I've decided to tweak the final map of the Third Mexican War just a touch. Rather than simply make a new map of the Western Hemisphere, I'm going to make a simplified version of that map with broad strokes as to depict troop movements, and then the main focus of the map will be all about the last battles of the War. After I'm done with that there will be a map depicting the world as it is immediately after the war outlining the new geopolitical order, and one epilogue map set in 2160. That will be all you'll hear from the Second Renaissance for a little bit. As you might have figured out, I'm already doing simpler smaller stuff that I can crank out at a faster pace and fill in the blanks of the universe. The last BIG maps I have planned for the Second Renaissance are those of Venus and Mars. Mars is actually coming along far better than I expected, but it still has a ways to go, and Venus only really has the coast lines figured out thus far. 

While all this is going on I'm going to develop my Skychasers universe a little more. The main map of North America is very much the most detailed map the series was planned to have, but I'm now working on a world map, again with an emphasis on Small Scale, big details, and a map of Europe set in 1899 that will explain how European politics changed with their involvement in the War Between the States. Same story. I've also got plans for lots of little maps, depicting exoplanets from the Second Renaissance, one shot alternate timelines, and the occasional flag.

Now, here's the big not-news-yet-but-hopefully soon. I've been working on a little project with some people down in California that has the potential to be something big. IF we get the news we're waiting for by about August 10th, I'd like to direct your attention over to a web blitz we're gonna be running to generate buzz for our team. I can't say more than that just yet.
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  • Playing: GTA V
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Skychasers by YNot1989
Skychasers
The year is 1949. The Third Texas War enters its fourth year, the Great Depression enters its fifth, and the Marxist uprising in Baton Rouge is finally put down after Emperor Paul II raised the city. It is a world where airships rule the sky protected by squadrons of aeroplanes; a world of pirates, empires, and mercenaries. The world of Skychasers.

Timeline:

1862: Robert E. Lee lays siege to Philadelphia after a victory at Antietam.
1863: The British agree to recognize the Confederacy, US Ambassador Charles Francis Adams offers the French control of Mexico if they side with the US, effectively agreeing to abolish the Monroe doctrine.
1864: Battle of Washington, President Lincoln barely escapes the destruction of Washington DC. British and French Forces Battle for control of the Potomac at sea while Union and Confederate casualties are the highest of the war. The US capital is relocated to Philadelphia.
1865: Emperor Maximilian joins the war in the Southwest with France. Texas recalls all their forces to defend the lone star state.
1867: A coup de ta by General McClellan ends with the death of President Lincoln, Generals Grant and Sherman refuse to recognize the McClellan junta. McClellan attempts to sue for peace with Britain.
1869: Jefferson Davis is Killed by French forces in Mississippi. The Confederate government has collapsed and each state now fights for its own survival against French, British, and rogue American forces.
1870: Emperor Maximilian annexes the territories taken from Mexico at the end of the Mexican American War. Black Hawk joins with Mormon forces from Utah to repel the Mexicans from pushing beyond the Navajo border. A peace between the Navajo and Mormons is reached, the State of Deseret is founded.
1871: The expenditure of blood and treasure in America leads to a swift defeat of the French in the Franco-Prussian War. Napoleon III is deposed and the Prussians claim much of the French Empire in Africa as their own.
1872: General Louis-Jules Trochu sails with the remainder of the French fleet up the Mississippi establising the Empire of Louisiana, declaring himself Emperor Louis I.
1873: Britain formally ends its involvement in the Americas. Many of their Generals remain in America ruleing kingdoms of their own. Otto von Bismark proposes an alliance with Britain.
1879: General Sherman establishes the Military Governate of Ohio, a truce is reached with General McClellan's Provisional American Directorate.
1881: Queen Victoria signs the Proclamation of American Dominions, granting full pardons to her Generals who remained in America and establishing the Dominion of Columbia and the Dominion of New England. The Protectorate of Tennessee refuses to abide by the conditions of the proclamation and remains independent.
1885: Treaty of Santa Fe. Mexico recognizes the nations of Deseret, the Navajo Nation and the Republic of California.
1905: General Theodore Roosevelt conquers a sizable portion of the lawless Rocky mountains, forming the Rocky Federation and declaring himself President.
1909: The largest slave uprising in living memory, led by Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois, topples the governments of Mississippi and Alabama installing the first Freeman's Republic in the Mississippi Delta. The Communist regime has the support of many poor whites in the south who are quick to join the revolution's crusade against the wealthy upper class.
1911: President Charles Evans Hughes of the American Federation Invades and occupies Foggy Bottom (the ruins of DC) hoping to secure the Potomac. Virginia declares war, the Potomac War begins.
1922: The Second Texas War ends with the treaty of Havana.
1931: President Al Smith of the American Federal Republic signs a treaty with the Republic of Virginia ending 20 years of war over the Potomac. The territory is partitioned with the Federalists controlling the North and Virginia the South. An independent state of Delmarva is established as a buffer.
1945: Texas declares independence from Mexico. Louisiana and Mexico ally to defeat the German and British backed Texans, Ohio invades Iowa with British Support to distract Mexico.
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Death of the Union Jack by YNot1989
Death of the Union Jack
Of all the great nations of Europe, Britain has suffered the most this last century. The loss of Antarctica's coast-lying ice sheets through 2039 to 2041 to just under 30 meters above Pre-Anthropocene levels. Great Storm of 2043 drowned Britain's greatest cities, forcing a great British migration to the Americas by the winter of 2043 that would last much of the decade. While many displaced Britons found their way to Canada and the Arctic nations, the majority settled in the United States. 70% of the British population would live outside of the former United Kingdom by 2050, and the power vacuum made it all the more easier for Scotland to gain their independence in 2044. The declaration was held without the knowledge of the Winchester government, who were too busy organizing the pull out of Northern Ireland. With the country divided and every inch of land rationed King William V announced his intent to abdicate the thrown and pass all the monarchy's lands to the British people. By 2045 the British Parliament honored the King's proclamation and the monarchy that had stood for 12 centuries was dissolved. The Republic of Britain was formally created in 2047, but was little more than an American protectorate.

World War III did little to unite the British people but merely reminded them of how far they'd fallen as America troops poured into their island only to leave for the European Theater. When the war was done, Britain was made to establish a new Atlantic European defense bloc
 to prevent Polish expansion westward, but the degree of integration of Britain into the American system was already so entrenched that the British found themselves in a Free Association with the United States, along with Newfoundland and even Australia by the end of the 2056. With the Earth Working Group's efforts coming to fruition in the mid 2060s, there was hope that Britain and Ireland would be repopulated after the water receded. Unfortunately London was functionally a drained reef, and more than a generation of Britons had no memory of their ancestral homeland.

It all came to an end during the First Nations War. The Refreeze that had returned sea levels and global temperatures to pre-anthropic levels, a blessing to most of the planet, left the arctic nations uninhabitable wastes once again. The First Nations moved south the second their crops and livestock could no longer be supported within their own territory, and America moved North the second it looked as if a hostile power was threatening their security. Fighting in Alberta calmed, but as Tlicho began to take control of northern Canada's prairies and by extension the majority of Canadian farmlands, the government fell to internal fighting in Manitoba and Ontario. To secure American interests on a larger scale, the US sent peace keeping forces to restore order and installed a military government in Ottawa. By 2067 the US had deployed Space and Naval forces into the Arctic nations, and forced a ceasefire. For the next five five years the US tried to directly administer the reconstruction effort in Canada, while also attempting to resettle the citizens of the Arctic nations, many of whom weren't even natives. With the military's constant complaints about being spread thin administering civilians the United States began looking into an idea that had floated in geopolitics for the better part of a generation: Annexing the Anglosphere. The US had been administering resettlement in Australia, New Zealand and Britain since the end of the Flood, and was paying for most of the efforts to restore these nations farmland and greatest cities. For all practical purposes the US already had administrative control over these countries. After a lengthy debate in Congress the President signed the Union Act of 2073 that formally annexed the Anglosphere nations under free association with the United States. Six years later, after a series of plebiscite votes, England became the last territory in the Anglosphere to join the Union.

Today England's population has reached some semblance of normalcy with 22 million residents, making it one of the larger states in the Union. London's major historical sites have been restored, but the rest of the city has both shrunken inward and grown taller as it was simpler to tear down the suburban sprawl than to restore it. Some of the old ways remain; England is governed by a Parliament who chooses the Governor from within their own ranks rather than a popular election (though there are some who want to change that); but the resettlement saw many Federal Laws implemented and the customs of the decedents of the Anglo-Expats have eroded or melded with those of those who remained behind. Gridiron and Field Football are both popular sports, the head of the Progress Party has been form England four times since its admission to the Union; and Vice President Cora Fabian was a born and raised Londoner.

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I've decided to tweak the final map of the Third Mexican War just a touch. Rather than simply make a new map of the Western Hemisphere, I'm going to make a simplified version of that map with broad strokes as to depict troop movements, and then the main focus of the map will be all about the last battles of the War. After I'm done with that there will be a map depicting the world as it is immediately after the war outlining the new geopolitical order, and one epilogue map set in 2160. That will be all you'll hear from the Second Renaissance for a little bit. As you might have figured out, I'm already doing simpler smaller stuff that I can crank out at a faster pace and fill in the blanks of the universe. The last BIG maps I have planned for the Second Renaissance are those of Venus and Mars. Mars is actually coming along far better than I expected, but it still has a ways to go, and Venus only really has the coast lines figured out thus far. 

While all this is going on I'm going to develop my Skychasers universe a little more. The main map of North America is very much the most detailed map the series was planned to have, but I'm now working on a world map, again with an emphasis on Small Scale, big details, and a map of Europe set in 1899 that will explain how European politics changed with their involvement in the War Between the States. Same story. I've also got plans for lots of little maps, depicting exoplanets from the Second Renaissance, one shot alternate timelines, and the occasional flag.

Now, here's the big not-news-yet-but-hopefully soon. I've been working on a little project with some people down in California that has the potential to be something big. IF we get the news we're waiting for by about August 10th, I'd like to direct your attention over to a web blitz we're gonna be running to generate buzz for our team. I can't say more than that just yet.
  • Listening to: Metallica
  • Reading: Work Stuff
  • Watching: Red Green
  • Playing: GTA V
  • Eating: Spaghetti
  • Drinking: Water

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Sean McKnight
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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 23 hours ago
Maybe it's just the media making it seem as such for people outside of the US but how long do you think US politics likely to remain as toxic and vicious as it currently is ?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly, there's a real chance that things will die down after 2016. I don't know for certain, but here's one possibility...

The GOP is utterly saturated with candidates, most of whom are on the fringe. Donald Trump is neck and neck with JEB Bush, the purported frontrunner that most people see as either insincere or the meh-candidate. If Bush wins the nomination, Trump might run for a third party run. If Trump wins the nomination (unlikely, but a possibility we must consider) it will likely drive the moderates that don't even recognize their own party anymore to not just stay home on election day, but to start campaigning for literally anyone who isn't Trump. Point is that the schism in the GOP is so huge that they have almost no chance of making a serious run at the White House without at least ONE of their many factions getting pissed off at the nominee. Conversely, the Democrats have a candidate that everyone who isn't a regular internet commentor, knows is both the nominee, and functionally the victor if the Republicans can't get a desent candidate. EVERYONE is giving money to Clinton's campaign (because political donations are usually given to candidates donors THINK will win, not who they WANT to win), and she has the full backing of the people in the party who matter... Sanders and Warren are important, but we'll come back to that.

So, Its August 2016, Bernie Sanders hung in there for a couple debates, but after Hillary Clinton and the DNC got serious about dealing with him, they started pushing issues Sanders isn't good with (race issues, foreign policy, macroeconomics) and he dropped out. The GOP nomination has been a goddman circus. The RNC actually considered cancelling the last few debates or at least restricting them to the top three candidates, but the fit their base threw left the nomination to a floor fight of the Republican National Convention. It was a spectacle to be sure, and while normally the drama would be considered a good thing, it overstayed its welcome. Delegates were switching support so often that it looked like they didn't actually know who to support, but after a little arm twisting by party leaders JEB Bush received the nomination... and the Tea Party threw a fit. Bush received less than a third of the popular vote, and it didn't take much for the Tea Party to declare for Trump.  The 2016 General Election was over before the first debater. Hillary Clinton pushed the one quality that she had that everyone had hated and now everyone craved: Stability. As the race went on, Clinton ran what almost looked like a 50 state strategy, taking advantage of Republican disdain for both of their "nominees," and a desire for an adult to lead the country. Sanders and Warren grumbled about Clinton's move to the center (almost the right), but were more concerned with their promised positions in the Senate leadership and berating the GOP. Come election day, Clinton walked away with a majority of votes, but an overwhelming majority of states, thanks to a growing economy, and a conservative field that no one liked. Republican infighting had cost the GOP the Senate and far more seats in the House and Governor's mansions than they could bear. Many started calling 2016 the dawn of the Second Era of Good Feeling; a period with virtual single-party rule and no political drama from DC... That's one possible outcome.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner 22 hours ago
Hmm definitely something to consider and it seems pretty likely.

If a Second Era of Good Feeling takes place how long could it last and the likely Democratic monopoly on the White House ?. I'm assuming the Republics have a literal implosion or split and a rump party either completely panders to the fringe or returns to it's roots while a new party or two or three spring up that might potentially end the Two Party System.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 21 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same as the first one, only about the length of two presidential terms. One of two things would happen. Either the GOP would internally restructure OR, enough members of the left wing of the Democratic party would build a new Liberal party to counter the more conservative Democrats, and wings within the party itself would run against eachother in the General election. The new Liberal/Progress/Labor party would likely loose their first real election (historically no new party wins on their first try), but the next Democratic administration would be ineffective and eventually hated by the Public, partly to do a disgust with yet another member of the old-guard in the White House. So the Second Era of Good Feeling would only last about a decade, but the Democrats could conceivably control the White House for 12 more years. The Republicans would hang around as a a regional party or splinter into rival factions of fringe candidates, but largely ignored by national politics after their demise at their own hands... of course I could be totally wrong and Hillary Clinton would be just a continuation of the Obama era, defined by a hostile Congress and a diseffective public... but I hope I'm right.
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TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner 3 days ago
What do you think the world would look like if France had won the Napoleonic Wars? Like how big would France and its influence be? How would it affect things like the Race to Africa and the US
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually made a map like that once before.  ynot1989.deviantart.com/art/Wr…
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TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner 2 days ago
So in the Second Renaissance there are two major American settlements on the moon named Armstrong and Aldrin. Are there any other American settlements on the moon that are growing and are there other nations who have settlements on the moon too.
I ask because I always liked the idea of a moon city named Grissom.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Armstrong and Aldrin are some of the first, but by no means the only two. Just about every Apollo landing site has a nearby city named for the astronauts involved with that mission. The Tycho shipyards is one of the largest facilities on the moon, and the polar settlements are nothing to sneeze at. There's also New Kennedy in the Ocean of Storms, Kranzburg and Johnsontown on the Sea of Serenity, Korograd in the Sea of Moscow (built by the Russians but never completed until it was sold to the US), and the only non-American settlements to be completed and fully operational were those built by the Japanese, the largest being Horikoshi Base (renamed Hughes as a kind of karmic retribution against the man whose only successful aircraft was stolen from Howard Hughes designs). After the Japanese were defeated at Horikoshi the US government either claimed bases directly or handed them over to private contractors. The moon would never be used as a staging point against US assets in space again.
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TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner 3 days ago
See i had seen that map before, I like the map I just didn't think it would have been a possible outcome since you have it take place in a world where people from the future build most important technologies in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well its still more or less representative of what Europe would probably look like if Napoleon was victorious.
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