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Europe: Summer of Storms by YNot1989 Europe: Summer of Storms by YNot1989

For a generation, the world had grown accustomed to the retreating coastlines that came about after the loss of the South Greenland Ice Sheet and the progressive melting of Antarctica's glaciers. The richest cities stood protected by great sea walls, and populations had adjusted to the reality of the changing climate. In 2041 sea levels reach their peak of just under of 30 meters above pre-Anthropocene levels, leaving all but a handful of the Earth's greatest cities lost beneath the waves, while only the hearts of once great megalopolises survived. In Europe, the rising tide was just another problem piling onto Western Europe's slow decline.

As the planet continued to warm and sea levels rose, the Atlantic Hurricane Season grew longer and more severe. The peak of this was during the summer of 2043 when a series of Atlantic hurricanes damage or destroy many of Europe and America's last remaining sea walls. The US capitol was temporarily relocated to Columbus, Ohio; Billions of dollars in Fishing industry equipment was destroyed across the Atlantic, and the British Isles saw the collapse of the London, Belfast, Norfolk, and Dublin Sea Walls. The flooding of those cities killed 1.5 million people in either the evacuation or the actual collpase, those that survived were left with few areas to flee in their own countries, resulting in mass migrations to Europe and North America. Those that were left behind faced an increasingly unstable situation. By 2044 the British military and police were desperate to control the flood of refugees out of London and the Eastern Midlands. Scotland, functionally an autonomous region for a generation, was all but ignored by the relocated government in Birmingham in their effort to manage the storm of refugees. After seeing reports of millions of displaced English citizens building camps that left industry and farmland unable to be rebuilt, Scotland voted to close its borders and formally declared independence. While the Prime Minister screamed in Birmingham, many were secretly relieved to let the Scots deal with the resettlement of their own refuges from Edinburgh on their own. Ireland reunified after Irish forces rushed to the aid of Northern Ireland when Belfast and much of the North west left a brackish marsh after the Great Storm; the United Kingdom was left to come to terms with the fact that they could not save the Union that had stood since King James I. 

The European Union scrambled to deal with the displacement of the bulk of the populations of Flanders and the Netherlands flooding into Wallonia and Germany. The currency union and drastically shunk since its hayday in the 2000s, and the Free Trade Zone was not much larger. With Germany already dealing with millions of its own displaced citizens, and the Walloons packed to the gills with Flemish refugees, France agreed to reopen their borders and take in as many Flemish and Walloon refugees as they could hold, secretly grateful for the influx of French speaking workers. In the East the Visegrad Group saw relatively little displacement of its population thanks to the rocky high coasts that defined the Baltic Sea. In many ways the flooding did the Polish led bloc a favor by formally defining the border with Russia in the Baltic along the new Ingria Sea. Russia was not so fortunate as St. Petersburg's population was cleaved in half, with millions functionally residing inf Finland, and the rest scrambling to resettle in the Russian core. Denmark, a Polish and American ally, received significant aid from both powers in a bid to maintain easy access to the Atlantic for the Poles. An emergency summit in Helsinki was called to organize the resettlement of Danish citizens in the ethnically Danish 
Scania region of Sweden, and transfer the territory to the Danes. Sweden agreed to sell the territory to the Danes, a sum that was paid largely with Polish Zlots. 

Of all the countries effected by the Summer of Storms, Turkey arguably benefited the most. While the rising tide did destabilize the North Caucasus, it encroached on the Samara Republic's critical farmland and coastal fishing villages in the Caspian Sea, leaving the Junta to look for new allies as it faced food shortages. Turkey pushed its military north to capture the North Caucasus and the Don Republic, securing its position in the Russian Heartland, and finally creating a staging point against Polish ambitions in Ukraine. The Islamic-Russian states took this show of force as a show that the Turks really were the horse to back in the race for Russia. The Treaty of Kazan effectively turned the Caspian Sea into a Turkish lake, leaving on the Iranians with a position that the Turks did not control. The US-Polish alliance took this move into Russia as a serious provocation, and demanded the Turks retreat back into the Caucasus. Washington (well, Columbus at this point) and Istanbul's once fruitful alliance was functionally torn asunder when Turkey positioned its troops in Volgograd. 
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:iconnaturalbodyartist:
naturalbodyartist Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
nice distopic scenario  :-)
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Genie92 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!:clap:
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thnx.
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Genie92 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem!^^
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Adalack Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016
This is interesting indeed: the Turks invading ex-Russia's lands; these geopolitical maps are immense fun for me, as always!
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:iconconsey21:
Consey21 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
I would not like to think about what will happen to Armenians under Turkish rule...
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pj202718 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016
Well, given Brexit, this is looking more realistic. The problem is that it's described as taken place ten years later than it actually will. 
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AlfredThe Featured By Owner May 8, 2016
Oh, the Caspian sea in connected to the Black sea. The Central Asian nations benefit from this right?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes and no. More naval access, but a lot of Farmland was destroyed too.
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:iconalfredthe:
AlfredThe Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
Darn. Hoping that landlocked nations would become the most amazing nations on the planet. XD
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:iconadunaisunfury:
AdunaiSunfury Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016
Why would Poland get so big?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because Russia broke up and securing its territory and nuclear facilities was a major feature of the 2020s and 2030s, and when soldiers have to occupy a region for a long time that is nearby, has interdependent economic interests and a similar language, governments tend to think its ok to annex them.
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AntonioGalindoM Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016
Catalans, forget about this map, this is fictional.
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:iconrogueleader1000:
RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
I would like to know how the hell Poland got so big (and kept growing).
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
See this: ynot1989.deviantart.com/art/20…

Basically after the Russians go belly up the Visegrad group and the US conduct a decade long series of operations to secure Russian nuclear ordinance and maintain some sense of stability. Per the balance of power strategy, Poland was pushed to take the lead as the new major power in Eastern Europe and counter the expansion of the Turks, so they informally, and eventually FORMALLY reabsorbed most of the territory they lost to the Russians at the end of WWII. They built a military and economic union that would serve as a strong counterweight to Turkey and keep the region in line.
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:iconrogueleader1000:
RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
Took all that territory and gave none back to Germany. Wouldn't it be hilarious if Germany gained all that lost territory back after the war just to spite Poland?
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:iconbluepurplebadger:
BluePurpleBadger Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, The Netherlands is gone, Denmark is an archipelago, and Crimea is an Island, what an inconvenient truth.
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NealMan11 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
I wonder exactly how fucked Egypt is, because all of their major cities are on the low lying area in and around the Nile.
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its pretty bad, but the country's military was powerful enough to keep some semblance of stability for a while.
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:iconmaine86:
Maine86 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015
No Netherlands? Good.
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:iconjwartwork:
JWArtwork Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What is your problem with our country? Why do you want our country to dissappear? O,o
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:icondietser:
Dietser Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016
Waaah. You hate us more than I thought.
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pardos66 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
very nice.
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grisador Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
A very interesting & awesome alternate history !

So far I thought the global warming only make most of the planet an arid wasteland; but it seems there were really good sides of it.
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xplkqlkcassia Featured By Owner Edited Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there any quick way to do the outline of Europe in the program that you're using?

Edit: without sea level rises I mean. Wow this must have taken a lot of time.
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, but it looks pretty crappy. I had to do this basically all by hand.
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:iconthetexasranger:
TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
I saw on your wiki page for WW3 that Poland wanted land concessions from Germany. Did you ever think of what those concessions would've been?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Northern German coastal territories East of Denmark, maybe some border towns just as a final, "Fuck you," to the Germans.
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CheekiBreeki444 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015
Has anything been done about the Migrant Crisis that Europe faces right now? And what of the growing Muslim demographic in Europe? Has that led to a major culture clash of sorts in this timeline?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Europe does what it always does when new people reaches it in search of a better life: Used them for cheap labor then blamed them for all their problems and expel them back to their countries of origin.
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:iconcheekibreeki444:
CheekiBreeki444 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 15, 2015
So in this timeline all Muslims were expelled from Western European states? I may be misinterpreting but the way you worded it it seems a bit like that
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep. They're mostly either expelled or "encouraged," to relocate.
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CheekiBreeki444 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 18, 2015
Another question: How did the rest of the Muslim world react to this forced exodus?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Publicly outraged, but most really didn't care. 
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:iconcheekibreeki444:
CheekiBreeki444 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
Ah, guess the right-wing parties had their way.
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015   Artist
And now the Netherlands is gone. 
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:iconelsqiubbonator:
ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
Man. With friends like these, who needs enemies?
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:iconeradurgwath:
EradurGwath Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, I guess my country (The Netherlands) doesn't exist in the future. Do you see any way of this being prevented?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Place charges along the southern tip of the Greenland Ice Sheet and break it up into smaller icebergs. Float said Icebergs to the Sahara and position them further into the interior, resting them along the basins of the ancient Megalakes. Let them melt. Plant trees around said megalakes to shield them from wind erosion, create a rain-shadow effect, and strengthen the coastlines. The trees will clean lots of CO2, algae blooms in the lakes will as well, and the water from the lakes will reflect some equitorial sunlight back into space. That might save this little rock, but I doubt anyone will try to do it. Personally, I'd start looking at housing prices in Bavaria if I were you.
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EradurGwath Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you think the recent climate change deal at the Paris summit will change anything? 
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope. Too little, too late.
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Jdailey1991 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
I'd prefer the saying "first step", thank you very much.
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:iconelsqiubbonator:
ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
You don't think The Flood can be averted?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It can be, but no one is willing to do what is needed to avert it.
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:iconelsqiubbonator:
ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
What would be needed, short of human extinction?
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xplkqlkcassia Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
According to current climate models, to keep temperatures within 2C, a global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 2.5% of its current level must be achieved by 2030. It is essentially non-linear and unstoppable beyond that two-degree point, with methane gas under the ocean seabed and Siberian peat accelerating warmth regardless of what humans do.
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Breakup the South Greenland Ice sheet and essentially do the mega-lakes/Sahara terraforming thing a few decades early.
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avssilvester Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
Tartarstan is clearly unnecessary. No one associates "Tartaria" with the tatars now :) It's simular to associates India with indians :)
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conciliarityoftepat Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
It seems like the Caspian sea rose as well, but how does this happen when it's not connected to the global ocean?
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:iconynot1989:
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It isn't connected now, but as sea levels rose the Don River met the Volga and flood water drained into the Caspian
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