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What if the United States had been a monarchy instead of a republic? The concept is not completely outlandish. After all monarchy was the default form of government back when the United States seceded from British rule. There was also plans to offer the Prussian prince Henry the throne.

Had the continental congress elected a king the title is not unlikely to have been changed to emperor, once the nation grew westwards.

This is how the flags of such an empire could have looked like.
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Coat of arms of the Terran Socialist Union, the entity ruling the entire planet earth. It is based on the original coat of arms of the USSR. It's motto is "Concilium Populus Que Terrarum" (The Council and People of Earth in Latin) since 2034. Before this it was "Workers of the world, unite!", the communist rallycall. It was changed in 2034 to symbolize the succesful ending of the de-nationalization process of Earth.

In this timeline, the world agrees to Woodrow Willson's Fourteen Points and starts a large disarmament programm. While the Western nations start dimantling all weapons and arms in their posession, the Soviet Union under Leo Trotzki (who in this timeline won his struggle for power with Josef Stalin) pursued a secret programm of arms-build-up, while  simultaneousliy funding communist underground operations in all European countries and the US.

In 1936, the hour of world revolution had finaly come. The underground oeprators in Europe and America recieved their signals and struck. Those governments that could not be overthrown by internal revolutionaries were crushed by the overwhelming force of the Red Army. Within one year, the whole of Europe, Arabia and Africa had been drawn into the sphere of the Soviet Union. North America soon followed, then SOuth America, Asia and Australia. The only countries that remained independent (and remain thus till this day) are Switzerland and New Zealand.

On April 21st 1946, the Supreme Council of the Soviet Union agreed to transform the nations of the world into the Socialist World Republic, renamed the Terran Socialist Union in 1998. 

The Union has gone through several transformations over time. Since it's foundation, the Union pursued a programm of de-nationalization, educating it's youth in the sense of existence without nationality. In 2034, this programm was concluded with an administrative reform, that reorganized the world into districts, that did not follow the lines of ethnicity anymore. Since this reform was taken positivly by the large majority of the population, the de-nationalization effort is therfor considered complete.

Since 2054, the Union is also advancing further into the Solar System, by starting the process of terraforming Mars. The "Red Planet" as it is called is the new prestige project of the Union, which is aiming to make it the first planetary object to be remoddled in the sense of humanity and it's socialist ideology. 

Since the World Revolution and the end of the Socialist Dark Ages (as the immediate phase after World Revolution is called due to it's high ammount of political violence) humanity has enjoyed peace in it's self-built socialist utopia. 

The Union is a global Council Republic, divided into 851 districts. Each district is governed by a Supreme Council. Members of theses councils are elected directly by it's inhabitants and can be recalled at any given time (imperative mandate). The districts also send envoys to the Supreme Terran Socialist Council, the global governing body seated in Brussles since 2034 (before it's seat was Moscow).

Credits: Elements taken from wikimedia commons.
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What if the United States had been a monarchy instead of a republic? The concept is not completely outlandish. After all monarchy was the default form of government back when the United States seceded from British rule. There was also plans to offer the Prussian prince Henry the throne.

Had the continental congress elected a king the title is not unlikely to have been changed to emperor, once the nation grew westwards.

This is how a coat of arms of an American Empire could have looked like.
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With the American Civil War dragging on the USA and the CSA enter a ceasefire agreement in 1866. Slavery continues in the South. Following international pressure slavery is finally abolished in 1896 but instead a harsh regime of racial segregation is set in place.

Economic inequality soars and not all whites are doing well either. With a small elite of large landowners growing more and more wealthy a large impoverished rural proletariat arises. The government of the CSA proves unwilling to remedy the economic inequalities.

The underground Left Socialist Party of the CSA gains popularity among the rural poor and is one of the only places in the South were the races are not segregated. The government of the CSA becomes more and more repressive and violent which only serves to increase the unpopularity of the regime among the working class.

The socialists grow more and more conscious and carries out clandestine attacks on police stations, military bases and other governmental institutions. Finally in 1919 these attacks turn into open revolt. The old regime is unpopular and looses the battles and in 1921 the president flees to Cuba along with most of the elite. This makes way for the proclamation of the Confederate Socialist States of America.
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Flag of the United System of Sol. Inspired by NATO and United Nations flags. Meant to represent a gestalt Solar government. Put together in Adobe Illustrator.
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A quick idea I had. The back story could be something like this:

- Following an economic crash the Israeli state collapses
- Secterian violence escalates between Jewish and Palestinian groups and reaches an intolerable level. Jerusalem becomes a hotspot of religiously motivated attacks.
- With US president Sanders being relatively independent of pro-Israeli lobby groups and with an Israeli state in disarray a UN peace-keeping force becomes a possibility.
- A two state solution heavily monitored by the UN is enacted. The UN Security Council excludes Jerusalem from the two states as it is deemed impossible to achieve peace with one of the sides gaining control with Jerusalem. Instead the city becomes an international zone administrated by the United Nations Permanent Administration Mission In Jerusalem (UNPAMIJ).
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A flag for a slightly alternate, surviving League of Nations.

The symbolism should be somewhat obvious: Red, white and blue are the colours of the main agitators of the LoN (France, the UK and the USA), the blue background stands for the oceans, the white bars at the top and the bottom for the polar ice caps.
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Inspired by :iconkuusinen: and his wonderful series of work around the ATL of the Socialist World Republic (found here: kuusinen.deviantart.com/journa… )

Credits: Elements taken from wikimedia commons.
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Coat of arms propasal for the new-born United State from 1782 by the Third Committee. The original drawing looks bit clumsy so I tried to fix it up a bit. Pretty happy with the final design :)

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This will be the first of (hopefully) many maps in my Araldyana Timeline here on DeviantArt. If you are also a member of alternatehistory.com you might recognize the original mapseries and timeline.
This is a revised version currently still in development.
Usually I will post maps in chronological order but this first one will be placed 500 years after the POD. I am planning on creating around 10-30 maps of equal quality that are set before this one.
... you could consider this a sneak peak :D

THE JEWISH EMPIRE in ca. 900

The Point of Divergence happened in the late 4th century AD. The decline of the Roman Empire played out differently and the Levante became a place of religous struggle, political conflict and disastrous wars.
The early 9th century saw the downfall of several regional powers. The Persians lost their grip on Mesopotamia which has seen the rise and fall of different religions. The lands on Euphrates and Tigris are the center of several Eastern Churches, the age-old home of Jewish communities and the homeland of the Zoroastrians and Manicheaens.
The lands of Iran are divided between the southern Zoroastrian houses and the Bagistenan Kavidid Dynasty in the north. None of these states can project power outside Persia.
Egypt is wholy Christian but divided between various factions. Upper Egypt is ruled by a royal house of Vandal origin. They ruled over all of Egypt not so long ago but a rebellion started in Alexandria drove them to the south.

As the young Prince David of the Banu Yuda became the King of his fathers Jewish tribe he was finding himself surrounded by external enemies but his realm was stable and his enemies weak. He began his reign with a war against the states and tribes of southern Arabia. After a swift campaign the Banu Yuda conquered the ancient land of Sheba. Five years later all tribes between the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea are subdued. What would follow next would later be called "the Great Campaign". One Mesopotamian state after the another would fall to the Banu Yuda. The only states of equal power are the Kingdom of Armenia to the north an the Empire of the Romans to the northwest. After reaching the Armenian border King David has to turn south: the Romans are besieging Rabba. The following war (usually counted as part of the Great Campaign) would cost the Romans the rule over their share of Syria. The war against Rome ends with the conquest Tarsos in Anatolia but David has to retreat eastwards because of rebellions in Mesopotamia. Rome is unable to reestablish a strong presence in the east and buffer states arise between the Jewish Kingdom and the Romans. After the his rule over Mesopotamia is secured David turns west again. Egypt is in the middle of power struggles and the Nile delta hasn't seen such devastation in centuries. King David leads the campaign against the Egyptians. the eastern half of the delta is conquered by the king. One of his generals in the meantime has encircled Jerusalem. The city falls to the kings troops and David orders the reconstruction of the temple.
Soon after he returns to the border regions of his empire. Castles and forts are build in the Nile delta and between Egypt and the Sinai to protect the border. King David orders the construction of a fleet and oversees the administrative reforms. The empire is divided into three dioceses: Peleshesh (Palestine), Bit Nachrain (Mesopotamia and Yamed (Jemen/the South), each encompassing several provinces. The most important languages are (northern) Arabian and Aramaic.
Later campaigns would lead the Kingoms troops to the shores of Persia and Africa.

50 years after his ascension to the throne David returns to the Holy Land from his last campaign in Africa. Now an old man, his temple is finally finished. Golden and silver details cover his long black vestment and a veil made out of the finest silk and silver cover his face. The golden Lion on red, the kings banner, is seen over the roofs of Jerusalem, as legates of the Jewish communities in diaspora arrive in the Holy City.
King David the Restorer is annointed King of all tribes of Israel.
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