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? dhok posts: 235
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This is a very shoddily put together map for a potential alternate history of North America. As you can see, it is not yet done.

Originally, the idea was going to be that North America in the modern day is a sort of gigantic Switzerland, with Dutch, French, Spanish and English-speaking parts. I have no idea what I'm going to do with Canada, other than that Québec will probably be French, although whether or not it includes southeastern Ontario is up for debate. I have a theory that the Northwest Territories, Québec and New Holland may have partitioned Ontario.

New England and the Maritimes (capital: Halifax) are English-speaking; originally they were going to be a surviving, glorified Vinland, but I don't know how well that holds up. New York, Jersey and the Delmarva Peninsula are all Dutch-speaking (capital: Nieuw Amsterdam). Greater Virginia (Richmond) and the Northwest Territories (Cincinnati) are English-speaking. Louisiana (New Orleans) is, of course, French. California (San Francisco) and Tejas (San Antonio) are Spanish-speaking; Tejas looks quite awkward, but I wasn't sure what to do with Arizona. Perhaps Mexico kept it. In the event that one Jozep Smit was born in northern New Holland, Deseret is a Dutch-speaking region with its capital at Zoutmeerstad; otherwise I'm not sure what to do with it.

Florida south of the 30th parallel is part of Cuba.

Alaska may well still be a Russian possession. The Oregon Territory is anyone's guess.

All four languages in this scenario are dominant in their respective regions. Dutch has by far the smallest amount of territory, but the cultural and economic preeminence of New Holland, as well as its very high population density, ensure that Dutch survives and thrives.
? thelettermu posts: 262
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No Cascadia. Nessari won't be amused.
? Nessari ?????? ?????? ????????
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quoting Dhok:
As you can see, it is not yet done.
? Rhetorica Your Writing System Sucks
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, Kelatetía, Koitra, Illera
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Oh, speaking of maps... I did something a few months ago that I guess I never shared anywhere. Ladies and gentlemen, behold, a rough sketch of Thessia Major. (I have actual borders for the countries and locations for several cities, and an actual map of the transit network in one city, but those'll come... y'know, whenever I get back to that project.)
? Hallow XIII Primordial Crab
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This is nice enough. Especially the background, which is always good for impressing the scrubs (e.g. me — how does one do that).

The URL for it, however, is not!
? Nessari ?????? ?????? ????????
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two subdirectories, such horror!!!
Seriously, kids these days don't know how awesome Geocities was.

IIRC the url was because of the libraries/utility used to generate it – everything there, rendered globe and url both, was early alpha at most.

I still say it's worth recompiling to allow for correction of Astra Thessiae's color, when that time comes.
? kodé man of few words
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uhhh... what am i looking at?
? Hallow XIII Primordial Crab
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quoting Nessari:
two subdirectories, such horror!!!
Seriously, kids these days don't know how awesome Geocities was.

it's not about the subdirectories, it's that it's called HelloWorld

seriously

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? Torco Learner of Stuff
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quoting Hallow XIII:
quoting Nessari:
two subdirectories, such horror!!!
Seriously, kids these days don't know how awesome Geocities was.

it's not about the subdirectories, it's that it's called HelloWorld

seriously

-9999 points

For once glorious chairman torco agrees with tovarisch thirteen: the penalty, if the politburo doesn't veto me, shall be baking cookies for central commitee.
? Rhetorica Your Writing System Sucks
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Yeah, that was just a temporary thing.... totally just a temporary thing.
? Nessari ?????? ?????? ????????
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quoting kodé:
uhhh... what am i looking at?

Thessia Major, in its prelapsarian state.
? Rhetorica Your Writing System Sucks
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Admittedly, it's pretty rough. But yeah. If someone ion the far distant future wants help setting up a similar fancy globe thing, I kinda know a bit about how to do it. You need a map in an equilinear (i.e. boring) projection for it to work.
? Netharía Aléhéanivía Ketablezría
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quoting kodé:
uhhh... what am i looking at?

Sí Doisseia 'l Thessia.
? Rhetorica Your Writing System Sucks
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Kewalê, kelhímé; tshítsaki sáin aly' illeponolebá lo.
? Netharía Aléhéanivía Ketablezría
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Ekla illeponidré, Sarthivíê.
? Rhetorica Your Writing System Sucks
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Ía, zê, éla zellán vá. Éqra mi dara hedi olán vó' s'ka, woisáre.
? Hālian :(
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One of these days I should crack open the copy of Teach Yourself Lilitika that I got when I joined up here...

Also, a map of the mainland of the Safirian Empire

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? thelettermu posts: 262
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quoting Hallow XIII:
quoting Nessari:
two subdirectories, such horror!!!
Seriously, kids these days don't know how awesome Geocities was.

it's not about the subdirectories, it's that it's called HelloWorld

Nort ought to love it then.
? Rhetorica Your Writing System Sucks
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...Really, that example was just the easiest to modify at the time. Normally I'm a little less immeticulous about polishing things before posting, but there's something about the conlangers' culture of tightly-closed cathedrals that inspires me to break that particular habit.
? Morrígan Witch Queen of New York
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The River-Plains Nation consists of a collection of chiefdoms occupying much of the territory between the major rivers in the north, and the mountains in the south. They have uneasy relations with the Malkh kingdoms (and Tuaxi, to a lesser extent), whom they have partly displaced over several centuries.

The Aspawatam are semi-nomadic horsemen, famed as charioteers. Their invasion of the River-Plains required several decades to complete, though their victory was more-or-less assured following their seizure of the port at Tanupar. While they could never attempt to control access to the Western Sea, their siege succeeded largely because Tanupar depended on trade revenue, and the Aspawatam choked off the flow of bronze and raw zinc from the mines and foundry cities in the far Northeast. Further, Tanupar was never reinforced; the Achaiói and Danaói rulers sent for help, but never received it and it has been assumed that this was caused by crisis elsewhere.

With control over Tanupar, the Aspawatam campaign was  able to overwhelm the chiefdoms of the Nation, who were too spread out and too fractious to mount a cohesive defense. The last chiefs understood that they had no hope of winning and retreated to the south and swore fealty to the Tuaxi and Malkh kings.

The difficult terrain and superior fortifications of the southern cities and towns halted the Aspawatam advance. The chariots favored by the Aspawatam are of limited use in the rough terrain, forests, and mountains of the south, where Tuaxin mounted infantry is entirely dominant.
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