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Federal Republic of Constantinople by GTD-Orion Federal Republic of Constantinople by GTD-Orion
This is a map of an alternate-history Byzantine Empire, which supposedly survived the Ottomans up until modern days, eventually becoming a democratic Federal Republic ( although the royal dynasty still exists, it has no political power at all ).

In this scenario, the Federal Republic of Constantinople ( named so because of where the federal government is located and where this country originated from ) is a very decentralized superpower state. In a way, it's somewhat similar to what a smaller version of the United States of America would be.

On the map you can see the current borders of this republic, with its major federal districts/states ( all of them are divided into smaller regions, of course ), and the current symbols ( except for the coat of arms ). All of them are "translated" into the english language.

Constantinople FR is a highly militarized, yet liberal country. A lot of the Federal Districts have different official languages, though the primary language within the Constantinople FR is Greek.

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The reason why Cyprus, despite being more populous than Crete itself, is ruled from the Crete Federal District, is because it was one of the last territories to be included into the Constantinople FR. That, and it was under constant threat from the Ottoman Empire.

I used GIMP to make this. The two headed eagle is an edited older version of the one I used for the 'United States of Greater Austria' map request. Comments would be appreciated.

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LSDInkvizitor Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Byzantians had just bad historical/geographical luck. There was no chance to stop every invasion/betrayal from every side during every century and survive. Even 1453 achievement is incredible in such circumstances.
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coldblood11 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Nice idea. I really like it, but I do find a couple of inconsistensies. First of all, if Byzantium was able to survive with this much territory, wouldn't the Turks be unable to create their nation. Turkey as a whole is the direct successor of the Ottoman Empire, which in turn wouldn't have survived without Constantinople as a major nation due to a big lack of then-contemporary tech. Lebanon wouldn't have existed, it either, as it would be a part of either Syria or the Ottoman Empire. As is the situation with Montenegro. Also, how did Dacia become a country again??
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RAMR199410 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
This occupies the countries of Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Cyprus, part of Serbia, part of Bulgaria and west and north of Turkey. Also, this territory was part of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire.
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EuropeanCar650 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
You have some gorgeous maps!
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jamie211 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Really Cool. Love Constantinople and its history. Can't wait for Turkey to one day come back into the fold and re-ame itself Byzantium.
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CommissarCain84 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
interesting
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AdmiralMichalis Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Albeit unrealistic, I find it very moving and interesting, being as I am one-eighth Byzantine.
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GigoXXIII Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course it won't, its a what if scenario where Byzantium survived. Its not political propaganda or nationalistic in anyway.
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