Here is my revision of George Orwell's 1984, where three superstates: Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia have divided the post-apocalyptic world after a Third World War, resulting from a Nazi victory in WW II. I admired Orwell because I feel that fascism, communism, and feudalism should be wiped out not by violence, but by free thought and equality. And to see people hate civilization and use the book as an excuse to divide up the world is indeed sick and twisted, just like how the three police-states were born. Here are the countries in my personal opinion.
Oceania Government: Oligarchical-Feudalist State (cause everything is miserable and bombed out) Capital: Possibly New Orleans, New York, or Toronto Territories: Americas, Australia, New Zealand, British Isles, Antarctica Ideology: INGSOC, Feudalism, Socialism, Celtic Nationalism (Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Briton) Anthem: [link]
Eurasia Government: Neo-Bolshevik state (de jure) Fascist-military dictatorship (de facto) Capital: Berlin Territories: USSR, Europe (except British Isles), Middle East, and Africa Ideology: Nazism, German Aryanism, Fascism, expansionism, Anti-Celtism, Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism Anthem: [link]
Eastasia Government: Communist Government (much like north Korea and Communist China) Capital: Shanghai Territories: India, Afghanistan, East Asia, Japan, and most of the Pacific Ideology: Communism, Death worship, Pan-Asianism, Imperialism, Chinese-Nationalism Anthem:[link]
Here is a world map I have made for the video game Vanquish, where two space-faring superpowers dominate the world.
One of them is the Order of the Russian Star, a military regime formed by commanders of the Russian Airforce, including Victor Zaitsev that have taken over the Russian Federation by coup detat. Russia suffered more than a lot of countries during the energy crises that rocked the world and starvation was common place. This instability allowed the Order to enact a military takeover of the country and recreate it as a technologically advanced totalitarian state. It had also created a Second Warsaw Pact (dark red) that is loyal to their cause of destroying America, as well as dominating the world.
The other superpower is the United States of America (blue), in which it has annexed Canada and Greenland in order to continue its own dominance. Compared to the Order, it is a federal republic and a military-democracy with a vast arsenal of warships, weapons, submarines, and fightercraft. It was also the original owner of the Providence colony, which was later taken over by Russian forces, leading into the destruction of San Francisco.
It is a time before Sumeria, in which humanity, at this time, remained a race of hunter-gatherers who either hide from the alien colonists or were enslaved as laborers for the war effort. Before the fall, these three global superstates were hell bent on conquering humanity, use their planet as their own, and eventually destroy each other for the sake of claiming it. This was possibly due to either communication problems between them and their homeworld or that they were forced out into the planet, or that they were simply isolationist.
Note: This is totally fictional to me and if Atlantis and Mu were real, then they would have been artificial islands and that the aliens were extremely xenophobic towards humans and saw them as a people ignorant enough to work for them.
An allohistorical map of North America, with an emphasis on Canada.
The idea for this map was inspired heavily by Dathi THorfinnsson's UltraCanada timeline on alternatehistory.com, with a point of divergence during the French Revolution.
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November 1793: The Vendéens were actually met by British reinforcement, as expected, after more successful communications during the Siege of Granville and are able to take the town for a while. However, seeing that they cannot hold it indefinitely, the Vendéen forces along with their families and many Granville townsfolk fearing Republican retribution, are evacuated to England.
The evacuation sets a precedent in further operations, and more people associated with the counterrevolution (royalists, clergy, etc.) are taken in by the English who are committed to supporting the Royalists. They are also willing to pick up non-combatants, often whole families, especially as a condition for men to join the Royalist/British cause. However, instead of remaining in England, these people are encouraged to go to Canada, specifically Québec, where they largely take up farming and other activities.
Once the Treaty of Amiens established peace between the United Kingdom and the French Republic, the demobilization of former Vendée forces brought them largely to Canada, rather than staying in England or returning to a republican France. A portion of French royalists also began to find refuge in Canada once peace was established.
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In this scenario, Canada experiences higher rates of immigration from France early on in its history, proving to be formative in the development of a stronger Canadian polity. By 2010, the North American continent has seen the maturing of two great powers who have often been at odds, but more often than not have relied on each other as two close brothers do. A quick (and very general) sketch of the three states presented in this map:
The United States of America, born of revolution against the British Empire, would realize the results of its antagonism against a more populated British colony to its north, culminating in the loss of the War of 1812 as well as the loss of New England. However, the eventual results of the war do not prove to present any obstacles for the young nation's ability to grow and even expand westward. Yet, the failure of the Americans to achieve parity, much less victory, in this war and in much future political and economic jostling on the continent marks the American national psyche in the decades which follow. On a present-day map, one can point out the often curious consequences of nativist or anti-British movements which have occasionally and briefly influenced American politics and society. Here, the United States has nonetheless emerged in a similar, if somewhat more muted, fashion to the one we know: a global superpower whose cultural, political, and economic might has reached far across the globe, yet which faces growing domestic ailments and increasing competition for power on the global stage. The nation gazes steadfastly towards Canada, watching the continued flourishing of its northern counterpart.
New England, having been notably less enthusiastic about war against the British for commercial reasons, declared independence from a disgruntled United States in the aftermath of the War of 1812 for reasons of self-preservation. Being able to maintain autonomy by way of formal relations with the British and strong, extensive economic ties with a number of partners (the United States included), the New Englanders have been able to maintain a marked and consequential presence on the continent despite being overshadowed by its larger neighbours. Indeed, Boston has often been able to act as a mediator between the interests of Windsor and Washington. In the present day, relations with the US have long since normalized, and the New England economy is deeply intertwined with those of the US and Canada.
Canada is, due to heavier immigration from France, decidedly more French in character. But more importantly, Canada is a lot more populous in its early history as a colony. This, broadly speaking, is a central factor in the British/Canadian victory of 1812, which would place what would become Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Champlain firmly in Canadian control and leading to the strengthening of Canadian self-assuredness, marking a watershed moment in the formation of Canadian national identity. The Canadian dominion would see its territory expand westward and northward after Confederation and, with the help of British efforts, would come to encompass a larger portion of the Oregon country, Alaska, and Greenland. While doing far better in a number of different arenas than the Canada we are familiar with, it still is fated to become the secondary power on the North American continent. This Canada is a lot more ambitious, however, taking the existence of its southern neighbour to be a challenge answered by the massive potential the nation holds. The geopolitics resulting from Canadian influence, assertiveness, and identity-making in the context of American leadership and dominance on an international scale has resulted in a long history of dynamic and interesting relations between the two countries, with the two always somewhere on a scale from warm embrace to vigorous strangling, but always somehow holding on to each other. With the outlook looking uncertain for what has thus far been called "the American Age", Canada sees itself in a position to establish itself further as an emerging world power and to embed itself at the centre of global relevance.
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For a first cartographic project, I'd like to think that I've done fairly well for myself. I feel like I've generally approximated the clean look of an online atlas, and I'm quite proud of having drawn or traced every single thing by hand/from scratch. My familiarity of the continent's coastlines has definitely increased! That being said, there are number of things I'm unsatisfied with—lakes, typographic details, the absence of a scale bar, the absence of major cities... and my rendering of a narrative for the actual (allo)historical path towards the final state of things being one of the biggest ones—but I've decided to stop before it takes up too much of my time... Perhaps, I might rework this in the future or create another map focusing solely on Canada. In any case, the first of hopefully many projects.
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04/24/14: Changed a few place names and added Canadian cities. Bolded city names indicate populations of 1 million or more.
Merry Christmas, and whatever else, everyone! This is a piece I've just finally competed for my father for Christmas. One of his and my favorite historical individuals, George Washington. I wanted to depict him in a truly epic way. I first had the idea of depicting him as he was as a colonel in the French/American Indian war, as that is where the most famous of instances with him being shot at and surviving happened. Well, then there was this time the British sharpshooter had him in his sights when he was a General in the American Revolution, but he just felt the need to drop his weapon... At any rate, as a colonel, he was ordered to deliver a message by horseback across the battlefield to his acting general. He did so, but not before surviving two horses shot out from under him and three bullet holes through his clothes -- two through his coat and one through his hat! Needless to say, that's quite the image of a man having his horse shot out from under him and his clothes riddled with bullets, yet still he doesn't waver, presses ever forward, and survives unscathed! I liked the uniform probably better from his colonel days, being an awesome red and blue. But, ultimately, I decided to meld that in with this showing him in his General regalia, leading his men in the Revolution, instead. So, it's a piece more depicting the seminal character and symbol of George Washington now than any one particular event.
My next thought was animating this to music, and I really got crazy ambitious with all of that. First, I've never animated a flash piece before and second, I've never composed a musical score before. I was very rusty on my reading of music, and have only ever played the trumpet over a decade ago in my Elementary through High School days (graduated in 97). However, I have mixed musical scores for films before, and I found that I could work midi through Garageband and also ProTools. I wish I would have started with ProTools, because having to switch back and forth due to Garageband not having adequate ways to share was painful. But, anyway, I was intending to use the Star Spangled Banner as inspiration. This is The George Washington March, as I've now labeled it. *One final master was mixed to give little more separation to the instruments by a friend that offered to do it really quickly, once he heard it. I eventually animated this piece, fighting it tooth and nail because of how large and slow it was, through After Effects, then had to search around crazily to try and get it properly converted to swf. After Effects, let's just say, while it can do it, I wouldn't recommend it for something this large. A 1GB to 5GB flash file also is completely useless. I wound up saving the portion I could get working to an MOV file, editing that in Final Cut Pro, and taking that MOV file and using a converter to make it into a workable swf file. The MOV, I think I will upload to YouTube later. *later is now
With all of that together, though, and after 2 1/2 months of composing, photoshoping, and animating (the animation itself didn't take but a night, or two), literally forgoing lots and lots of sleep, exercise, and working sometimes all night and all day (I felt like I was possessed), here I finally have my ode to Washington and a tribute to him for my dad -- the best dad I could ever ask for
I hope you enjoy it, too. PS: if you're not American, I hope the piece at least speaks to you also in some way
This is the full painting of my George Washington Tribute animation/movie. Painted in Photoshop. Original description for the project:
Merry Christmas, and whatever else, everyone! This is a piece I've just finally competed for my father for Christmas. You get to see it before he does One of his and my favorite historical individuals, George Washington. I wanted to depict him in a truly epic way. I first had the idea of depicting him as he was as a colonel in the French/American Indian war, as that is where the most famous of instances with him being shot at and surviving happened. Well, then there was this time the British sharpshooter had him in his sights when he was a General in the American Revolution, but he just felt the need to drop his weapon... At any rate, as a colonel, he was ordered to deliver a message by horseback across the battlefield to his acting general. He did so, but not before surviving two horses shot out from under him and three bullet holes through his clothes -- two through his coat and one through his hat! Needless to say, that's quite the image of a man having his horse shot out from under him and his clothes riddled with bullets, yet still he doesn't waver, presses ever forward, and survives unscathed! I liked the uniform probably better from his colonel days, being an awesome red and blue. But, ultimately, I decided to meld that in with this showing him in his General regalia, leading his men in the Revolution, instead. So, it's a piece more depicting the seminal character and symbol of George Washington now than any one particular event. I viewed his portraits for reference and the life-sized recreation of him based on all evidence available at Mount Vernon, so that is why he doesn't look like the guy you see on the One Dollar Bill. He was pretty ruggedly handsome and tall.
I was asked to depict George Washington at the battle of Monmouth, where he had to take charge after General Charles Lee simply didn't follow orders to attack the British. Upon seeing his troops walking past them with their heads down in the blazing son, George Washington rode to confront his General. Reports were that his cursing out of Lee was unprecedented. General Scott's claim I loved was that Washington cursed until the leaves shook on the trees. I incorporated that figurative recount as a symbol in the meeting on the left of Washington and Lee. The middle section is factual. George Washington took charge and rode in front of his men, heedless of the hail of fire he was under, and he rallied those troops in over 100 degree weather to match the British. Their sharpshooters aimed and fired at Washington, but none struck him. One of the many times he did take the front and walked away unscathed. I used the upper right as a very faithful portrait of George Washington, based on the forensic reconstruction of him at Mount Vernon. I didn't quite do him justice in my previous Washington piece. In fact, it's one of my worst paintings, I think. I appreciate that others have enjoyed it, though. This time, I was not going to let Washington down, so I made sure to give it my all. I've grown a lot also since I made that first painting, doing all that texture work and such, so I was able to incorporate that into this to bring it as much to life as I could. Little details in sweat on skin, some troops stripped of their uniform's coat because of the heat; things like that.
A lot came up over the past few months since being asked to make this, but I hope cpsamawi is happy with it
Painted entirely in Photoshop, some blending of real textures into sections, and a little bump in After Effects.
print 2 copies on 11x17 inch paper. glue to posterboard with one side overlapping. cut, score, fold, glue, enjoy! Sized to hold a single serve banquet brand salisbury steak meal while maintaining the original size ratio.
NOT satisfied with the salisbury steak placement. could be more like the in game placement. making some home made steaks to re-shoot the photo. EVERYTHING ELSE is perfect. The fonts used in game are RAGE italic and Rockwell.
A world damned to Hell that's what manner of world! We live in a world ruled by lies and delusion. We are oppressed by an empire of lies, and the truth has become a frightening ray of light that lowly vermin cower away from and bury their heads in the sand to escape. It is as George Orwell said, "The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it hates those who speak it."
The men displayed along the top of the picture are whistleblowers, journalists, and activists who have risked everything and lost everything to combat the lying corrupt devil dogs who infest our governments. The fiends who are shown along the bottom are liars, tyrants, war criminals, terrorists, and immoral depraved psychopathic dogs who seek to crush the will of the people and strip away our rights in the interest of political and corporate gain. Granted there are far more villains who need to be displayed along the bottom of this picture, but I only had so much room, so I decided to feature some of the worst ones that I personally know about.
The bastards along the bottom deserve no praise. They deserve NO respect of any kind. They deserve only the same fate as any other evil degenerate criminal, to be locked behind bars until they rot away to dust. The mere fact that these corporate/political devils are free to waltz around in the lap of luxury while truth-speakers like Snowden, Assange, Barrett Brown, Aaron Swartz, and Manning are either imprisoned, hunted, or dead sickens me to my core...and of course its not just these men. For centuries this same lunacy has played out before and always just as sickening. From Socrates to Oscar Wilde, Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr, John Lennon, JFK...and even freakin' Jesus; those who dare speak the truth against the empire of lies always pay the price for being honest and decent people. When shall this pitiful species called Man wake up and reject the lies they so foolishly revere? This is why mankind looks up to the sky at night and wonders if its alone in the universe. It's not that mankind is alone, its just that no intelligent lifeform wants shit to do with such an obviously backwards and infantile species.
I shall be quite frank and direct with my words in order to appropriately convey my meaning behind this message...FUCK POLITICAL CORRECTNESS!!!
Political correctness is the toxic poison which is presently seeping through this country (and this world) slowly killing us all by causing us to break out into fits of utter ignorance and unforgivable stupidity. Mankind truly is a pitiful species. We go from societies rooted in violence fueled by bigotry and prejudice to societies of complacent sheep so afraid of offending people that we cut out our own tongues and drive nails into our skulls to try and drain out all manner of thoughts which might be deemed controversial...metaphorically-speaking of course.
People need to understand that being offended does make you right, and nor does your bruised ego supersede a person's natural-born right to free speech. We all have opinions that we are entitled to. I might not like what your opinion is, but just because I don't like what you say does not mean I have the right to stuff cotton in your mouth and staple your lips shut. The answer to intolerance is education, NOT more intolerance. Censorship of thought is censorship of life...NEVER FORGET THAT!!
You know a lot of my comics and cartoons may seem anti-religious (and to a degree they are), but it is not really my intention to bash on any particular religion or its followers. My purpose with comics like this is to divulge tidbits of truth that have long been covered over by years of commercialism and falsehood, but also to teach a valuable lesson about humility to those members of certain religious faiths who are a little too boisterous with their faith.
A big part of why I seem to pick on Christianity so much is that out of all the different religions of the world, Christians have long proven to be the most obnoxious when it comes to their religion. Granted, I'm not talking about all Christians, for some very good friends of mine are Christians, and a major reason why they're my friends is because they don't try and cram their religion down my throat. However there are uncouth, unsavory members of the Christian faith who give the rest a bad name. They are the ones who aren't content with practicing their religion and leaving other people in peace to believe whatever they may or may not. They are the ones who have to get all up in everyone's face and demand special treatment, attention, and rights because they are delusional enough to think their religion is somehow more correct than everyone else. Me being a trickster and heckler by nature, it is in my psychological programming to troll and poke fun at things and people that stir such mischievous passion within me, and when people go about with such arrogance parading their faith around as if it's all the shit that's just like turning on neon signs for me saying, "Willing Victim".
Simply put, if you find my "anti-religious" cartoons offense, you might want to re-evaluate your values and perspective on life, because one of the main points I try to get across (in my own devious fashion) is that if you truly believe in your faith then it shouldn't matter whether or not I make fun of it or how badly I mock it, for if something is truly sacred to you then it should remain sacred regardless of what anyone does to defame it. My other message is that if you don't want people mocking your religion or beliefs, you probably shouldn't be so loose and obnoxious with it. Part of the reason why I don't pick on other faiths as much as Christianity is that the other religions tend to be more reserved (except for Islam and Scientology; which I will get around to making fun of later). Religious people need to remember that their beliefs are just that, THEIR BELIEFS, and those beliefs are often based on myths, fairytales, and inaccurate historical accounts of which their is little irrefutable data to confirm the validity of, and since this is the standard for most all religions, no one's religion is more correct than any other, no one has the right to shove their religion in anybody's face based on their assumptions and preferences, and everyone needs to shut the fuck up, believe what they will, and leave other people the fuck alone. Each to their own. Let people believe whatever they want to believe, and let that be the end of it.
I'll quit picking on people's overzealous religious beliefs when the religious zealots of the world quit giving me ammunition to work with. When you go around trying to push your religion on other people THIS is the kind of thing you can expect to see...also stop being so damn serious. Ain't nothing so sacred that it cannot be mocked, and if you think it is, I'll make it my business to prove you otherwise.
“The Man Who Would Not Be King.” by Matthew Spalding, Ph.D. George Washington is one of the most recognized figures in U.S. history. But familiarity breeds contempt. More often than not, Washington is an old painting on the wall – solemn, impersonal and distant – or the subject of childhood stories and nursery rhymes. We all know that he chopped down a cherry tree and had wooden teeth. The actual Washington is much more compelling. We can all see the brilliant flourishes of Jefferson's pen, Madison's constitutional handiwork or the success of Hamilton's economic policies, and that can cause us to overlook or underestimate the magnitude of Washington's achievement. Yet he really was, as Washington's greatest biographer, James Flexner, put it, the "indispensable man" of the American founding. ...And the key ingredient in all of these things was moral character, something that Washington took very seriously and which gave to his decision-making a deeply prudential quality and to his authority an unmatched magnanimity. "His integrity was pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision," Jefferson later observed. "He was, indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good, and a great man."
George Washington, Draft First Inaugural Address, April 1789: “The blessed Religion revealed in the word of God will remain an eternal and awful monument to prove that the best Institution may be abused by human depravity; and that they may even, in some instances be made subservient to the vilest purposes. Should, hereafter, those incited by the lust of power and prompted by the Supineness or venality of their Constituents, overleap the known barriers of this Constitution and violate the unalienable rights of humanity: it will only serve to shew, that no compact among men (however provident in its construction and sacred in its ratification) can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchm[en]t can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.”
From George Washington's private prayer journal. "O most glorious God ... Direct my thoughts, words and work, wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb, and purge my heart by thy Holy Spirit.... Daily frame me more and more into the likeness of thy Son Jesus Christ.... Thou gavest thy Son to die for me, and hast given me assurance of salvation...."
"Cleanse my soul O Lord, I beseech thee, from whatever is offensive to thee, and hurtful to me, and give me what is convenient for me. Watch over me this night, and give me comfortable and sweet sleep to fit me for the service of the day following. Let my soul watch for the coming of the Lord Jesus; let my bed put me in mind of my grave, and my rising from there of my last resurrection; O heavenly Father, so frame this heart of mine, that I may ever delight to live according to thy will and command, in holiness and righteousness before thee all the days of my life."
"Almighty God…I yield Thee humble and hearty thanks that thou has preserved me from the danger of the night past, and brought me to the light of the day, and the comforts thereof, a day which is consecrated to Thine own service and for Thine own honor. Let my heart, therefore, Gracious God, be so affected with the glory and majesty of it, that I may not do mine own works, but wait on thee, and discharge those weighty duties thou requirest of me."