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Germany and her allies by lamnay Germany and her allies by lamnay
In this timeline Germany was unified by Austria rather than Prussia*. Thanks to this Germany proper ended up much larger than it ever was in our timeline, not counting the territory occupied but not annexed by the Nazis. Germany’s relationship with Britain stays cordial and the Empire as a whole is a much more liberal place, with non-Germans eventually getting a great deal of autonomy with Croatia-Slavonia, Hungary and Poland having equal statues within the empire as Bavaria and Prussia. Poland, the Baltic States, and Alsace-Lorraine were captured from France and Russia during the Grand War of 1945-48. Romania gained Bessarabia, Switzerland gained French Savoy and the Franche-Comté while Finland and Ukraine became independent.

The German Empire has two other European positions that have not been integrated into Germany proper, Albania and the Dodecanese islands which are treated as colonies.

In Africa again Germany has more positions that OTL did, the unification Italy was a much more difficult process that ultimately failed, allowing Germany to take over the areas they would have. Libya does not get quite such a romantic name, being simply called North Africa. Germany also annexes Zanzibar rather than swap it’s limited influence their for Heligoland, which remained British.

In Asia Germany aided Thailand and Iran to expel the French and Russians respectively, and in Thailand’s case helped them regain the territories taken from them by the French. The Empire of Vietnam was resurrected and given independence. In both cases Germany gained an ally and a small amount of important territory. Various islands in the Strait of Hormuz, giving them control of the Persian Gulf and it’s oil. In Indochina Germany got a base with which to cut off the French from aiding the Republic of China. As well as their Geopolitical importance these territories are popular tourist destinations.

In China the Guangxu Emperor reforms were much more successful, so that when the Republican revolution came in 1916 the Qing still had support and managed to hold on to Northern China. During the chaos of the revolution and civil war Germany occupied all of Shandong bringing stability and routing bandits. Eventually the Province was annexed and became one of Germany’s most important positions. Germany was not the only one to take advantage of the situation, with Russia annexing Xinjiang and Outer Mongolia and Tibet being coming independent with British aid to act as a buffer between India and Russia.

Germany has no empire in the Americas, but two close allies, Texas and Venezuela. In 1928 the US elected Joseph Whitworth amid fears of an anarchist takeover. Exploiting the public’s fear one by one he stripped away people’s freedom. In 1933 he famously declared “The Americas should be run by Americans” and invaded Mexico. When he ran for a third term, and won in suspicious circumstances, New England, Texas and California seceded. With German, British, Spanish, Brazilian and Scandinavian aid these states broke away.

The world is current in a state of Cold War between Germany and her allies, and the Franco-Russian Alliance.

Scandinavia, Japan, Britain and the other Great powers do their best to stay neutral, though most tend to favour the German camp.

*I'm using the flag of the Free state of Prussia as a placeholder. The Proper flag of Prussia won't work on Wikipedia for me for some reason.
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RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
There are aspects of this timeline I am highly critical of. The idea of a unified Germany under Austria is not far fetched, but the scenario you present here is. Firstly, you don't actually explain how Austria became lwader of the empire without incurring the wrath of Prussia, or, if they did, why Prussia was essentially left in its pre-Austro-Prussian War state. Prussia desired to rule Germany just as much as Austria, so a peaceful solution was pretty much out of the question post Napoleonic Wars. Also, the Greater Germany presented is unbelievable, to say the least. Non-Germans did not desire to be a part of a German state, and Germans wanted a German nation, not the multi-ethnic monstrosity the Austrians were peddling. Neither side would have accepted a unified Empire like the one you present. Also, unless the 1848 revolutions were a success, I don't see this nation really liberalizing the way you seem to imply they do. Annexing Poland would be right out, and Hungary would never consent to this situation as it would mean the loss of much power and prestige if the Austria-Hungarian compromise has happened, and rule by German elites if it hasn't. If Romania gets Bessarabia, I really don't see them not gaining Transylvania as well. The rest of the timeline is just as nonsensical: Texas was already American by any reasonable point of divergence that could have lead to this scenario, and I fail to see what situation could lead such a weakened USA barring America losing the civil war, which clearly didn't happen. Meanwhile, its also non-sensical that Brazil would move against America, a historically close ally that would have defended it against hostile European powers, or why all the other powers would gang up on America, a historically neutral nation that was a powerful trading partner, nor do I see the reason for America to ostensibly become less democratic due to fear of "anarchists", which, while a fear in turn of the century America, were never that much of a political force that Americans would elect a non-entity President to run the country into a dictatorship (the only historical Joseph Whitworth was British, and dead by the time of 1928, so this Joseph must be an ahistorical figure).
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lamnay Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
It's half a decade old. Sorry.
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Bibliosmith Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Writer
Very, very good.  Seems very well researched and speculated.
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Hardwing Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
A Germany unified by Austria is an interesting scenario, though I admit I'm not a fan of the "bigger is better" motto. Austria-Hungary already suffered a lot of unrest when the minorities demanding more if not complete independence. Having as core a German centre might even strengthen these movements.

Yet a great map!
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
5 is missing.
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lamnay Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Nope, look south of Vietnam/Cambodia.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, super tiny.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that´s really interesting, thanks! I like the idea of Germany being united with Austria in the 19th century
and becoming a hegemonial power in Europa.
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lamnay Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
Thanks, I had this idea for a long time but it took me a while to get it together.
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AnalyticalEngine Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
I notice that you haven't updated the borders of German Libya.
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lamnay Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
It's called German North Africa, not as poetic as Libya but it does the jobs.

And I forgot about that, thanks for pointing it out.
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Hillfighter Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Interesting concept, though Austria was never so successful. Austrian attempts to unify Germany would have probably been like a replay of the 30 Years War, except they would have been stopped by the Prussians rather than the Swedes.

And even if the Austrians were successful at annexing Germany, it might be too difficult for them to hold onto Hungary and the Slavic territories.

Honestly, I think the only time the Austrians ever really won was when Charles V accidentally inherited a slew of almost random territories spanning from Belgium to Sicily.

Also, what happened to the German dream of Mittleafrica?

Nice map, thanks for the [link] [link] :mwahaha:
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Well the idea was that they did not annex Prussia, but unify with it to create a new country.

And they did have trouble with the Slavs, it never got bad enough to threaten the country.

As for Mittelafrika, well the British, Portuguese and Belgians control most of the territory and they are some of the major members of a third, neutral faction in the cold war. They are not about to piss them off.

Thanks for the fav and watch.
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Doctor-Orgasmo Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010   Writer
So, regarding the American Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii, what is the political situation?
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
The North West is a British/Canadian supported state, Alaska was never sold and is still Russian and the Kingdom of Hawaii was never overthrown and remains independent.
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Doctor-Orgasmo Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010   Writer
So I believe that means that Russia`s got a bit more oil for their needs than in OTL.
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
I think so, they are also a close ally with Arabia.
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Doctor-Orgasmo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010   Writer
Well, damn, talk about a gigantic advantage.
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Good thing the Germans are allies with Texas, Venezuela and Iran, and the Ottomans then isn't it?
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Doctor-Orgasmo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010   Writer
I suppose so. Another question, is much of Europe still under the control of inbred royals well into the 50s and 60s?
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Not much, the royal houses liberalise somewhat and there is a tendency for young princes and princesses to marry non-aristocrats.

And for the most part the nations become constitutional monarchies, so the reigning monarch has very limited powers. Only the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Czar of Russia, Kings of Serbia and Italy, Prince of Montenegro and the Hetman of Ukraine have particularly important roles in the day to day governing of their nations.

If you were asking which nations are republics and which are monarchies, France, North Italy, San Marino and Switzerland are republics.
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crisandm Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
How is Germany's diplomatic relationship with the other american nations? I ask only because you said germany gave them aid, yet only Texas is their ally.
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
It's rather poor with the Rump USA, but with the other nations it's quite cordial. It's just they don't have alliances with Germany.
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crisandm Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
oh ok, BTW fantastic map.
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Thank you.
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crisandm Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome
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Party9999999 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Deutschland über alles!
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser!
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Party9999999 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Er machte ein Schwein ins Ohr, dass man von
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
O nein, o nein, o nein, o nein!
Sein Vaterland muß größer sein!
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Party9999999 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Seine Heimat nicht glücklich wäre
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SkyinOd Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
What confuses me is that Belgian Luxembourg, part of a neutral nation (Austria too swore to protect Belgian neutrality), is taken away from France (?). While Belgium, as there is no WWI, a pro-German nation, politically and economically has to suffer and lose a French speaking part that historically has always been related to the said nation, when the German speaking part had been given to the Netherlands in 1839 and became the nation we still know today later.
All this together will make of Belgian Luxembourg a province the Germans will not enjoy much. Then I do not understand why the Congo is still fully in Belgian hands, Belgian authorities would have loved to trade a part of Congo to keep a part of it's own territory.

Now the question is why Belgium had to pay a prise for a war between France and Russia vs Germany, while it was illegal for Belgium to chose sides, and small nations can't effort to break such international laws, and she was pro-German and Germany having a larger industrial capacity then France would eventually, even in this timeline, become Belgium's closest (politically as economically) guaranteepower. This making Belgium heavily pro-German. Why then destroying that by taking away a part of it's realm?
As for the neutrality treaty: it was established to keep Belgium out of French hands.
Apparently the Germans were more liberal and less militaristic then in OTL which takes away the Schlieffen-plan, which was the only key to invade a neutral nation, as Belgium had no military tradition nor fame to have a strong army at all, the Germans and the world underestimated Belgium and that cost them WWI.
Thus it makes sense that Germany invaded through Alsace-Lorraine, leaving Belgium trough where they could obtain raw minerals and steel from the nation very close to the battlefield, and more importantly it would leave Britain out of the war. The Germans could easily fund weapon factories in Belgium in the running up to the war with the intent of using the nation as a safe, pro-German armory. If France would get to see through this plan (and they're no match for Germany on trade) they would probably invade Belgium to use it as a gate to Vienna according to plan XVII if I'm not mistaken to end this German gambling.
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
That's for your input. I was not quite comfortable with making Belgium French Aligned and taking Luxembourg away from them, but my choices of base maps was limited, so it was either take Luxembourg from Belgium or take Eupen-Malmedy from Germany.

The history of this piece is not firm but I'm fairly sure Belgium is no long neutral by 1945.
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SkyinOd Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Why, what happened that Belgium gave in it's neutrality, it should be some large full scale war that was brought by the guaranteepowers on Belgian soil. Belgium felt quite safe behind that treaty. Why do you think she put so much effort in the EU and it's predecessors and in the Benelux.
Two reasons: better for trade and protection.
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
I don't know, any number of things might happen in a century of history. I might change it.
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SkyinOd Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Yes, a lot happens in a century of time.
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
I've changed it now, Germany annexed the bits I needed in WW2 and I have a WW2 map.
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SkyinOd Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Student Digital Artist
OK
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
What about it?
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Where New England has always been, just south of Canada on the Atlantic Coast.
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Ok then.
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
I don't know what you are asking. The map is right there.
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lamnay Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Here and here.
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Furor-Teutonicus Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Again a interesting Map with background story. Good work! :D

Just one question: Is it true that the US mostly collapses in your storys? ;)
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