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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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:icondanubium:
Danubium Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
What the killed the empire was not the Ottomans, but the Crusaders and the traitors.
What the Turks did was just a clean-up.
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ShadowOrder Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Also some asshole left one of the gates open, if that gate wasn't open Byzantine may have hold out long enough until its allies arrived. 
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Danubium Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
The empire had no shortage of assholes during its history.
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ShadowOrder Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed.
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Maxtheboss2 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Is Kurdistan independent in this TL?
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:iconmaxtheboss2:
Maxtheboss2 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Also would the Olympics still be played in this timeline?
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:iconlsdinkvizitor:
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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:iconjamie211:
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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:iconcommissarcain84:
CommissarCain84 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
interesting
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:iconadmiralmichalis:
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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Tahuzilla Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't see it possible for East Rome to have continued into the modern day. Rather, this country be the outcome of a future Greek revolution and expansion, taking back some lost lands to the extent that it would look like a late Byzantium.
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Aturo Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Problem would be,... if the Byzantine Never would not have been fallen, and Constantinople didn't get conquered by the osmans, than there never had been a Rennaisance in Europe.
The Rennaisance in Europe, and what we call nowadays the free western World, was a causal consequence, that happened throuh the Fall of Constantinople.
The fleeing Scientists and other greek Intelektuals, mostly went to Italy, and they brought thair ancient Knowledge, which they ceept save in those medival Times, with them.

So the Europe of our Days, which goes bak to our Rennaisance with its Ideas of Humanism and Democracy , only could enelope through the fall of Constantinople.
Ore in other Words, Constantinople was a essential sacrifice for the beginning of a new Epoch in Europe.


But i like your map, as a amateur historican, i am also a litle bit a Byzantine fan :)
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:iconundevicesimus:
Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   Artist
That would be so totally awesome... A modern-day 21st century country that is the immediate continuation of the Roman Empire!
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:iconrockonur:
rockonur Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Nice Dream.
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:iconasukav:
Asukav Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
.l. :3
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billybobjohnd Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Wow, this is really neat. The Byzantines happen to be one of my favourite civilizations, and the idea of them managing to survive till modern day is one that I always love. I like to imagine what kind of world player Greece would be if they had actually survived.
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Piri012 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
It should be Roman Federal Republic of Constantinople :)
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NocturnalDarkness Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Excellent work. As regards the backstory, I was only recently working on something very similar myself. Call it coincidence. Dropped it now, though, so it's of no concern. Faved.
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GTD-Orion Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Thank you. Why did you drop your project though?
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NocturnalDarkness Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Eh, I just lost interest. I was going to write a story in the 'island in the sea of time' style where a modern Byzantium appears on 29 May 2003, and the international socio-political repurcussions. It never got off to a good start and I just couldn't find the passion necessary up to a certain point. I tend to juggle projects. There's a moral about choosing something and sticking with it in there somewhere, I'm sure. :p
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EuropeanCar650 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Great job!

I really hate the fact that Byzantium fell.
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LoneSamuraiFox Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Why it reminds me DEFCON map?
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:icongtd-orion:
GTD-Orion Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
If it's because of the map borders, then that's due to GIMP's path/contour function.
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LoneSamuraiFox Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh I see...

...Why I want to play Defcon now, huh?

I wish someone could do Defcon game in it's board version. It would be interesting. Anyway, I saw long time ago Risk with tanks, but I'm not sure if I can get one somewhere.

I'll even risk that Europa Universalis reminds RISK a bit. XD
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EmperorAlexander Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Any chance you could show us more countries of the is world : e.g Italy, France, UK, USA, Spain, and Russia
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K-Haderach Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Great idea, and very well done execution! The only question I have is why does it look like the FRC adopted a Nordic Cross for its flag? Why not a square flag with a Greek Cross...?
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Fantastic work. Most Byzantowanks tend to go a bit overboard, but this one looks relatively realistic, all things considered. Is it still Orthodox, or did it go Catholic in order to get aid from the west? (And actually got it this time.?)
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:iconfenn-o-manic:
Fenn-O-maniC Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very creative idea! Well done!
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IntrepidTee Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even though I love Turkey, I still love the map. Great job!
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Salidas16 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Very well done
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:iconcosmic-gemini:
Cosmic-Gemini Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Do they and Russia have some sort of anti-Ottoman pact?
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:icongtd-orion:
GTD-Orion Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Had, more like it. I doubt they'd be too friendly with Russia once it entered USSR mode.
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Imuildaeren Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
I wouldn't actually be surprised if Byzantine became home of sort of Communists if they keep their old system.
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:iconemperoralexander:
EmperorAlexander Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work
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:iconimuildaeren:
Imuildaeren Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
It is interesting to see Byzantine survive into the modern age, i personally find it hard to imagine.
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:icongtd-orion:
GTD-Orion Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Well, it is a pretty unlikely scenario. Unless Christian countries helped more instead of demanding Byzantium to re-unite the Orthodox church with the See of Rome, which the Byzantines were too stubborn to do.
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Imuildaeren Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
if they kept their system into modern day of course.
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Imuildaeren Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Yes, its if they did actually survived, what they would be like if they did manage it just seems like they really would stick out allot.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
The part of Greece that is assigned to Crete would be better named Laconia :D
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:icongtd-orion:
GTD-Orion Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Well, I guess I have to agree with that. Changing it now would be pretty difficult though... :(

Although those territories were reclaimed from Venice only after Crete was.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yes, but Laconia is resource rich and a very connected part of ancient Greek history, moreso than Cyprus or even Crete itself.
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Skull-Island-Master Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Woah looks cool. :D
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
From the looks of it, it seems to have undergone a revolution if the country had to drop the "Byzantine Empire" part of their name.
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