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The Mediterranean Union by YNot1989 The Mediterranean Union by YNot1989
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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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its future history, not alternate.

-Sicily seceded from Italy during their Italian Exit crisis, and the Italians in the North have been more economically tied to the Northern Europeans than the Med. 

-Macedonia and Greece are independent countries and remain as such (with a short proxy war in Macedonia's favor giving them a port territory). The Greek flag is explained in another comment: When the Turks invaded in WWIII, the islands that made up the Septinsular Republic became the main staging points for the remnants of the Greek Navy and the stations for American (and for a time Polish) support being fed into the mainland resistance. The flag was originally used by the Navy, partly as a kind of joke, but with no recognized government in exile, and the fact that the obvious connotations to the first Greeks to resist the Ottomans, it gained popularity among resistance fighters and was the flag raised above Athens when the city was retaken. After the war it remained the national flag of Greece.

-Albania got that chunk of territory as tribute from the Turks who had the Albanians organize a Coup in Greece that would leave Greece neutral in the coming war with the Poles and Americans. No one bothered to have it returned to Greece after the war was over.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Where to begin. I can surmise by your lack of capitalization and overuse of heavy handed terms that you're still in high school, maybe a freshmen in college. An assumption that is harder to ignore after seeing the content you've generated on your own page. This is made even clearer by your over-reliance on international institutions, a common sentiment among young humanities majors, along with the sense that borders are determined by what is right rather than the interests of stronger powers over weaker ones (if you don't believe that you haven't seen a map of West Asia in a while).

I'm going to guess that you're of Greek ancestry, if not an actual Greek citizen (the use of the term Fyromian and your over focus on Greece is a dead give away). Probably between 15-19 years old, planning on getting a political science or international relations degree in college. How close am I?

I bring all of this up because I wish to illustrate to my readers how often I have to deal with petulant commentors who think themselves experts in geopolitics, and to make it as clear to you as I possibly can that I don't take kindly to people who insult my intelligence, especially when they are creating such uninspired dreck as this: chris-the-sword.deviantart.com…
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abdala21 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016
why you made kabylie separated from north algeria ? 
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Northern Algeria has a history of independence from the interior of the country. And since the flood, the Kabylie region has more in common with Tunisia than the rest of Algeria, given its harbors on the Chotts sea.
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SenTheTurtle Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really loving your work man. Desperately trying to find something I can nitpick on, but putside the fact that Albanian isn't a language (which someone already noticed) I can't find anything. Good job for making an un-nitpickable thing.
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EricVonSchweetz Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Why Greece had flag of Septinsular Republic instead of modern-day Greek flag?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When the Turks invaded in WWIII, the islands that made up the Septinsular Republic became the main staging points for the remnants of the Greek Navy and the stations for American (and for a time Polish) support being fed into the mainland resistance. The flag was originally used by the Navy, partly as a kindof joke, but with no recognized government in exile, and the fact that the obvious connotations to the first Greeks to resist the Ottomans, it gained popularity among resistance fighters and was the flag raised above Athens when the city was retaken. After the war it remained the national flag of Greece.
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EricVonSchweetz Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Ah thats just awful idea.
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uncledon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016
ODD. You raised sea level in north Africa but not in southern Europe. For example the valley of the Po in northern Italy as well as the mouths of the Danube should be flooded.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is after a geoengineering project returned sea levels to pre-anthropocene levels, but part of the challenge was creating new waterways to drain what water could not be refrozen into Ice at the poles into new lakes in Africa. That and the North Africans actually liked the new harbors the flood created, as it provided them with a new base for trade. So these new harbors were dredged and maintained after sea levels fell.
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gnhtd Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
The flag of the Mediterranean Union is a cyrillic letter, lol
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Artmaster6778757 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
one day this will happen
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ChR1sAlbo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
So Albania is part of the union but Albanian as language is not?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoops. Knew I missed something.
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Zarmarza Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same goes with Kabyles for Berber! XD
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RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
This world's version of the Romefellar Foundation huh? :D (Big Grin) 
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's the Guardiolas, this is just the group that enabled their rise to power. ynot1989.deviantart.com/art/Gu…
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Mattystereo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016
Absolutely fascinating. Question, since these states, and the MU in general, are romantically inclined does that also mean they are more religious than some of their neighbors? If so, how are interfaith relations given that the MU seems to have a nice spread of Catholics, Orthodox, and Muslims? 
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sort of. Its more like: everyone has their religion, and they're big into the ceremony, but no one really believes in it that devoutly to divide them.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016
So basically, they're succeeding where Mussolini failed?
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El-Jorro Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016
Are you a student of history?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a policy sci minor heavily based in international relations and history.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016
So how do the economies of southern Europe eventually recover from their current...situation?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm adding that to the description.
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Hardwing Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016
Great idea!
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Thumboy21 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Student Digital Artist
You misplaced Nicosia lol
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TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016
Is Rhodes a separate country from Greece? I ask because it's labeled like a country but it doesn't have a flag on the right.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its a Leased Territory.
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TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016
Oh. Ok.
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Panthaleon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
What happened to the North African coast line? Sea level rise? But the other coast lines seem quite normal.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The new harbors that formed during the Flood were preserved (The Earth Working Group essentially dug them out to maintain them), as they actually provided a fairly major economic benefit to North Africa.
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Panthaleon Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
This would make sense. Thanks!
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016
Cool work!
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work as always! keep it up
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
Reminds me vaguely of the old the Delian League and of the Greek City States or Medival Italy's Merchant Cities mixed with Carthage.
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gatemonger Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016
It always surprises me that entities like this don't spring up in our contemporary era. Fascinating and original concept. What's the US' relationship with the MU? 
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neutral, but silently hateful because they sponsor a lot of anti-colonial groups.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Do they get whats coming to them?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I've covered it in other maps.
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tailsmo4ever Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
What exactly is the government of the MU consist of? Do they allow election and civil rights?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Mediterranean Council is made up of the heads of the major families from the various member states. Its aristocratic/oligarchal, and the members are selected by seniority. The member states are mostly parliamentary or semi-presidential systems, but their governments are essentially meaningless and subservient to the great families of the MU.
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tailsmo4ever Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
That's what I thought. When you were talking about it consists of aristocrats my mind went immediately going "Is this an oligarchy?" thanks for the clarification!
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Ohh yeah I forgot sorry.
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