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European Cold War by GTD-Orion European Cold War by GTD-Orion
This simple alternate-history map shows a small scale Cold War in Europe, led by two rivaling blocs - the technocratic 'Alliance of Baltic Technates' and the communistic 'United Workers Republics'.

I don't really have much of a backstory to this. It's vaguely based on my previous map ( 'Federal Technocracy of Aistia' ), and may be considered a "prequel" to it, of a sort.

The Alliance of Baltic Technates is mainly led by Scandinavia and Aistia. The United Workers Republics is mainly led by the People's Republic of France, and, to some extent, by the United Workers Republics of Britain.

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This was made using GIMP v2. I used the Victoria II world map ( fan-made, as far as I know ) as a basemap for the territory and geography shapes.

Feedback would be appreciated.

Download for full view ( 2400x1500 ), so as to see the various states ( countries ) and their names clearly.
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EuropeanCowboy Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
An awesome solution would be if these two ideologies synthesized into a sort of technical hierarchy socialism. Everyone is close to economically equal, but those who are technically more skilled in certain fields have political control.
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Just wondering but what IS a Technocracy?
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GTD-Orion Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
It's a hypothetical form of government, where technical experts (scientists, engineers and technologists) would form the governing body of a state (instead of politicians, bussiness people and economists). These technical experts would be selected by their skill, and not elected. The scientific method would be used - where possible - to solve problems, instead of the usual philosophical, economical and political approaches. And so on.
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Doesn't sound that different from a meritocracy.
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Zifker Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Interesting... Didn't technocracy have a bigger following in France than in the rest of Europe? What changed?
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GTD-Orion Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Well, why do you think both groups are upset with each other? :p
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Let me guess: you used the Victoria template right? ;)

But I kid. This is nicely done as always!
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NocturnalDarkness Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Excellent, as always. The Vic II basemap is briiliant, isn't it? :D
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WhippetWild Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can I ask where the name Aistia comes from?
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GTD-Orion Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
It comes from the word 'Aestii', that were people described by Tacitus in his work Germania. In Lithuanian it was 'Aisčiai' - a name, suggested by Kazimieras Jaunius, to refer to the Balt tribes ( that, at the time, didn't have a common name/term ). For some time it was considered a more historical name for the Balts.

Supposedly, now, this name survived as the name of 'Estonia'. Although, originally, it was most likely meant to refer to the Balts.
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