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Coming Attractions

I am always somewhat cautious in making predictions for future work, as in the past I have been, well, quite awful at keeping my word on what maps or writing I do. It's something I am ashamed of, believe me.

However, with the publishing of my latest map series I feel I am more confidently able to talk about what projects will be coming up next. After all, I did little more than work on that map series for close to 2 months, so I think I can say with confidence that I have gotten better at taking a map and sticking with it. That goes for all of my projects, too, as my alternate history short story, "The Best of All Worlds" nears completion in editing and I have several chapters finished of my upcoming timeline, Beneath the Light of Astarte.

Towards that end, I am happy to say that not only will I finish those two projects and have them up soon, but that the future projects will actually be combining my two passions: cartography and writing. For a long time now, I have sought a way to add more substance to the stories I create, be they in written form or cartographic, and so, I have realized, why not combine them both?

That is to say, in the future when I publish maps on here they will not only come with a description, but an accompanying short story. The short story may be anything from a miniature timeline to a little mystery to a diplomatic meeting; whatever best fits the situation, the short story will reflect it. I hope in that way to tell a fuller, broader story than just one of the elements by itself. The stories will also, I hope, tie together with my upcoming timeline into an even larger narrative, borrowed from an old project of mine. For more details on that, though, you'll have to wait and see. For now, I'll speak a little about the upcoming maps. The only changes that will be made are if I get commissions in the time being, which are always open (and if you want one, just shoot me an email at lzeldadavis@gmail.com ). They are, in rough chronological order:

#1: Swedish Steampunk Empire

In a world where the Swedish Empire (a bit of misnomer, as Sweden was never officially empire or thought of itself as such) never died off due to the Russians, Sweden rules an empire on which the sun never sets. Ruling territory from North America--as part of the North American Confederation--to the Caribbean to Africa to the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, Sweden is a great power in and of itself and well-respected on the world stage. One particularly respected aspect is the great fleet of airships that Sweden employs to link its empire together. A pioneer in airship development, Sweden has blanketed the world with its fleets in the sky that connect every part of its empire to one another.


#2: The Islamic Republic of Egypt

Diverging from our own world in 1858, Ahmad Rifaat Pasha, the heir to the Muhammad Ali dynasty of Egypt, survives a railway crash in the Nile, and goes on to succeed his father who, in this world, reigns in Egypt much longer. As a result, Egypt avoids the debt crises of Isma'il Pasha, and is never taken over by the British. However, this does not end all problems, as the Suez Canal is always claimed by European powers and Egypt, extending from the Nile Delta to the African Great Lakes, is not far from a puppet of Britain and France. Egypt is still able, though, to take its own path in the 20th century that changes it from a minor power of a few rich on top of an impoverished society to a republican powerhouse whose influence is felt the world over.


#3: Russian Republic of Alaska

While Russia not selling Alaska to a United States more focused on Reconstruction turned out to be an economic boon down the road, it wasn't enough to prevent revolution. After a somewhat different First World War, Russia still falls to the forces of Revolution, who force the democratic and Tsarist elements of the former Russian governments across the Bering Strait to the Russian colony of Alaska. Set up as a government in exile, Alaska over the course of the 20th century arises from poor circumstances to be an economic powerhouse, if pint-sized in population. Starting from the ground up, the new Alaskans develop a strong, multi-ethnic state that stands defiantly against the larger and menacing Socialist Russia and is able to help shape the course of the events that lead the 20th century into the 21st.


#4: A Tale of Eagles

What if, in mid-1916, Vladimir Lenin dies in an accident while staying in exile in Switzerland, and Germany is instead forced to ask Julius Martov of the Mensheviks to travel to Russia and get them to pull out of the First World War? In this map series that I can really only describe as a narrative done in maps, I will construct a history of the 20th century using maps in a wide range of styles showing the massive effects the death of one influential man can have on the world stage. Many things will happen that seem almost crazy to our world, including the unity of Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, and Ukraine; the rise of collectivist capitalism in the United States; a postwar Germany free of the Nazi Party; and a refocusing of world power toward the East decades before it began in our own world. 


Anyway, I hope you all will enjoy what is to come, and I greatly look forward to what I can put out this month and in the next few. Leave a comment below and tell me what you think, or shoot me an email if you want to see me make a map just for you.

3 comments:

  1. As to the Russian Republic of Alaska, please check out my two published novels,
    http://www.amazon.com/Russian-Amerika-Book-ebook/dp/B00APA1OJ6/ref=la_B001JS9684_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1460435027&sr=1-2, and
    http://www.amazon.com/Alaska-Republik-Russian-Amerika-Book-ebook/dp/B00AP982EC/ref=la_B001JS9684_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1460435027&sr=1-1
    I would love your take on the idea.
    Ciao, Stoney

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    1. Wow, an actual published author commenting on my stuff! I think I've seen your stuff on Alternate History Weekly Update and the books certainly look fascinating. It's nice to see I'm not the only one who loves the idea!

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