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Thomas Jefferson was never much of a warrior history tells us, but yet again history is wrong. This is an image of one of the many attempts by Jefferson to battle all the manliest animals on earth while trying to teach them the ways of America.

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In 1752 before Ben Franklin invented Pizza, Gameboy, the iPad2 or Mexican food he was contemplating how to conquer electricity. Being the genius he was he decided go get it at its source, this being Zeus. Strapping himself to a kite, and equipping some homemade lightning claws he ascended through the clouds and into the realm of the Gods to battle it out with Zeus. This is a painting capturing the exact moment the battle started.

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FDR, arguable one of the best presidents of all time. Known for his program "The New Deal" and other such accomplishments, what is not not known is his many victories in battle against many different types of enemies. FDR possessed great power and technology as can be seen from his transforming wheel chair in which he slayed many foes.

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I don't have a full explanation for this map yet, unfortunately, but I'd rather it didn't just sit around rotting on my hard drive, so I'm going to upload it.

The point of divergence centres around the Seven Years War, which goes a bit differently in terms of America. Britain beats France and takes all of New France, including Louisiana west of the Mississippi, which in our timeline was given to Spain. This means that the Acadian French don't flee en mass to Louisiana in the belief that it will remain French, and instead attempt to either return to France, or remain in Acadia.

British policy, however, is to dilute the French Acadian population with English-speaking colonists. This takes place both in a drive to colonise Acadia with British colonists, and in a brutal campaign to drive Acadians out of Acadia and into areas already predominantly English-speaking (primarily the New England colonies and New York).

Instead of diluting possible rebellious sentiments, this spreads the unrest to New England and New York. The region was already unstable due to the imposition of various "Intolerable Acts", but Acadian leaders masterfully add their own expulsion and the massacre of many hundreds of Acadians as another of Britain's many crimes against its colonies. This sparks an earlier American revolution, one where the colonies' populations are much more divided over the issues. Whilst some of the thirteen colonies were considered to be loyal to the British crown in our timeline, in this one no state can be considered to be steadfast in their loyalty; a significant portion of all their populations supports revolution and independence.

The British respond to the revolution in force, and George Washington is appointed by the Continental Congress to lead the Continental Army against their oppressors. Washington makes some early blunders, and is forced to retreat to Virginia to regroup. This is one of the major reasons why he is not considered the almost messianic figure he was in our timeline. This retreat, whilst it was certainly the sanest thing to do in Washington's position, was seen as a slight by the people of Maryland in particular, and the population of all states north of Virginia in general. It was seen as an abandonment of Washington's responsibilities to all the separate states, and this fostered a belief that Washington, as a Virginian, was out to protect Virginia above all others.

Washington's retreat to Virginia was also a blow to the Congress' and France's confidence in his abilities. France was waiting for Washington to prove his worth and win a battle against the British, and therefore show that the Americans could win this war with French help. Washington later advanced and fought an almost phyrric battle against the British forces. It was a victory, if a poor one, and it was enough for France to throw their lot in with the revolutionaries and declare war on Britain.

With France's help the American rebellion had become a war between two great powers, a war that the Americans and the French would go on to win.

What had begun with a riot in Boston had ended with the independence of over half of Britain's American empire. France had gained Louisiana west of the Mississippi back, and the satisfaction of knowing that it had managed to knock Britain down a notch or two.

The newly independent states were far from united, however. Border disputes with each other and with colonies still under Britain's control were common, and occasionally broke out into small conflicts between the militia of the different states. The central government was too weak to do anything to stop the conflict and unite the states. A new constitution was written, but it was rejected by many of the states; it placed too much power in the hands of men they simply could not trust. The Congress ignored the will of the states, and the states ignored the Congress. Chaos reigned.

It became clear that the republican form of government that the Founding Fathers aspired to was either flawed or would simply not work in such an atmosphere of regional conflict.

Another constitution was written, calling for a King to rule the American States. The issue was with who this King was to be; if the American people could not decide on a President to rule them for a few years, they could hardly decide on a King to rule them for the rest of his life. The King could not be an American, as no American could appeal to all states, but then who could he be? That was when a German noble put himself forward for the position.

In our timeline Christian Friedrich Karl Alexander of the House of Hohenzollern had no children, but in this world he did. Christian Alexander died in the mid-1780s, leaving the Margravates of Brandenburg-Ansbach and Brandenburg-Bayreuth to his son, William Augustus.

William was a learned man, with a good head for organisation and a silver tongue that could speak German, Dutch, French and English. He had sold his Margravate to Prussia in 1790, and so had no obligations in Europe. Further still, he was married with a young son; a young son that could be brought up to be a truly American King. As a candidate he seemed perfect, but several state legislatures still rejected the new constitution, that was until William paid them each a visit.

William spoke English with no discernible German accent, and he spoke it fluently. He had been keeping up with developments in the American colonies since the end of the Seven Years War, and was able to quote many of the great men who fostered the revolution. His oratory skills were not always enough to convince everyone that confirming him as King would be in their best interests, but William was a keen political negotiator, and he exploited his knowledge of the different states' histories to make enough promises to convince those last few crucial legislators. The new constitution was passed, and William made the first King of the American States.

William was certainly not a man to sit about idly, and he quickly made good on many of his promises, negotiating treaties between states in order to confirm their borders and even negotiating the Treaty of Albany with Britain, cementing the American States' borders with British North America, most importantly the confirmation of the control of the Ontario area by New York.

Regional rivalries persisted, however, and various voting blocks persisted despite the newly found national unity. Seeing this, William talked with members of the Continental Congress on the possibility of demanding certain frontier territories from the various states, and reforming them as new states. The idea was to balance out the regional blocks, and to create neutral states that belonged to none of them. The idea was approved, and various new states popped up overnight. New York lost the Ontario area, but gained the State of Ontario's legislators and Congressmen as closely-aligned voters. Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia lost various inland territories, but gained Kentucky, Tennessee and Montgomery as allies in Congress. In 1800 the new state of Erie was created, and quickly fell in line with most North-East states in terms of voting.

Now, it is 1801, and interesting events are taking place in France...


To cut a long story short: a different Seven Years War leads to a different American revolution. America's "experiment" in republicanism fails leading to an enlighted, constitutional monarchy, but regional differences persist and all is not well in Europe.


Oh, and you may be wondering about the title; the full term is "The King is dead! Long live the King!", which originally refers to the seamless passage of the title from the deceased King to his heir. In this case "The King is dead!" refers to the ending of British oppression under King George III, and "Long live the King!" is a celebration of King William's enlightened reign.
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The flag of the Kingdom of the American States from this map [link] called "The Grand Blue" in contrast to the American warflag, which is called "The Glorious Blue", or sometimes just "The Blue". The blue comes from the colour of American military uniforms, the sixteen stars represent the sixteen founding states (the thirteen from our world, plus Vermont, East Florida and West Florida), and the stripes represent war in red and peace in white (as the American States gained their independence through war there are more red stripes than white, in order to remind people of the nation's origins, and the occasional necessity of war).
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The Kingdom of American States had a tumultuous early history. Having won their independence from Britain in the dying years of the 18th century the thirteen colonies joined in a loose coalition of states. Unfortunately their coalition was flawed; the states fought constantly, both in the political arenas of federal government and, occasionally, on the battlefield. Their overlapping claims to territory, disputes over slavery and the disagreement about how the federal government should be organised caused constant friction.

This enmity existed between the states themselves as well as between the state governments and the federal government in Philadelphia - it was rare for Virginia to listen to the decisions made by the Continental Congress less than 250 kilometres away, and the rest of the states wavered between obedience and outright defiance.

It was decided something must be done. Either the United States remained strong together, or divided and became weak. In Europe Kings and nobility laughed at the Americans - "Their 'Republican Experiment' has failed!" they cried, "No common, elected man could rule a country!". In America, many people agreed.

An absolute monarchy was out of the question, so America must have a monarch tempered by elected bodies and meritocratic institutions. But even after the Americans had decided on the constitution, who would be King?

Virginia and its southern allies championed George Washington - their hero of the revolutionary war! The northern states disagree - Virginia had too much power as it was without their statesmen sitting on the throne! Again the nation was split, until one man stepped forward.

Christian Friedrich Karl Alexander of the German noble house of Hohenzollern was not an unknown to the American people. In the last few years of the revolution Prussia had thrown in its lot with America, hoping to damage the powerful Britain and, with a little luck, gain a new ally. Their contribution to the war was small, but significant. A handful of men under the command of a low-ranking nobleman, Christian Friedrich.

Though late on the scene, Christian Friedrich's contribution to the war was disproportionately large. He took command of a small force of volunteers and was fundamental to the American victory in the Florida campaign. He wasn't the greatest hero of the war, but he wasn't from any state in particular and was liked by statesmen across the nation. He spoke English and French with no real accent from his native German, and his Spanish was passable - though he could have only spoken Chinese for all the Spanish-speaking Floridians cared.

The states were in agreement. They had a central government strong enough to decisively solve disputes between the states; they had a modern, centralised military to protect the nation; and they had a King.

The hardships were not over for the Americans, though. In the mid 1840s, as Europe was wracked by revolutions calling for more reasonable government and greater democracy, so too did the people of America call for action.

In the north many stood with the King - known as the Imperialists they favoured a strong, federal government headed by a powerful monarch. They believed in the American state and the power of a nation over the rights of the people. In the south there were the plantation owners and those who were pro-slavery - many called for the preservation of states' rights, some even believed it.

At first it looked like the states were to be locked in a political stalemate. Then the people called for some else, a sentiment much more powerful than thinly-veiled support for slavery. They called for a republic.

It wasn't just the south that rose, but the west too. The Oregon territory was home to some of America's greatest republican thinkers, and their people rose up in support of their ideals of reasonable government and freedom from tyranny.

The fighting was brutal and bloody. Brother fought brother, fathers fought their sons. Thousands died to move the line a mere inch, and fields and cities were burnt down and laid bare. Both sides took their share of the casualties until, one by one, everything the south had going for it started to fall apart.

Mexico, which had covertly supplied the revolutionaries with funding and arms, had to withdraw its support in the face of domestic rebels. Britain, who had remained staunchly neutral, threw its weighty opinion behind the Imperialists - it did little to help the war in the field, but it did much to sway opinion. The people of East Florida, who had not joined the revolution but had it imposed upon them, rose up against the republicans. In the West the republican armies were destroyed by Maj. Gen. Thomas Williamson's Army of Montana, and the Army of Virginia under Maj. Gen. Josias "Buffalo" Krieger routed the republican forces and captured Richmond. It took less than a year for the Imperialist forces to push their way down the Mississippi and force the republicans to surrender.

Britain's official backing of the imperialists during the war was a surprise. America had revolted from under British rule and they had remained rivals throughout America's history. Cynics claimed that the British merely supported the Imperialists in order to get in their good books, hoping for something in return once the war was over. Others claimed the British merely wanted to prevent the republicans from winning, fearing a similar revolution in Britain itself. Both of these reasons are true, but there were other factors that contributed towards Britain's decision. Many British politicians were staunchly abolitionist and had been appalled that the Kingdom of American States had not outlawed slavery entirely - seeing that one side of the war supported slavery, they supported the other. In addition to this more pragmatic British politicians observed America's local dominance of North America and saw that they could not hope to regain control of the region. Seeing the American States' as the "natural leader of North America" they hoped they could exert more influence over the world, as well as expand their trade empire, if America were their friend and ally.

In the latter half of the 19th century Britain truly came into its own as a world power. The dominance of the British empire over the globe was so effective and absolute that contemporary historians came to refer to the era as "the Glorious Peace" and the diplomatic system that allowed for this peace as "the Glorious Regime". In effect Britain had, through their advantages in trade and cunning diplomacy, created a system whereby they ruled the world through trade and could use concessions and sanctions as sticks and carrots to get the rest of the world to do what they want.

Britain was also willing to sacrifice their interest in favour of their allies in hopes of engendering an unwavering loyalty to the system. Portugal was promised line of territory running from the east coast of Africa in the Congo to the west coast in Mocambique and the Netherlands had Sri Lanka, Austronesia and various trade outposts handed over for a reasonable sum. In order to cement America's place in the Glorious Regime Britain made an offer of much of British North America, excluding the more populated east. America accepted and gave up a tidy sum in return for the confirmation of their position as the natural great power of the Americas. Following this purchase the Americans sought to broadcast to the rest of the world that they had come into their own, that they were a great power not to be messed with, and they did this with a simple name change. The Kingdom of American States had become an Empire.


In bringing America into the Regime Britain also paved the way for the Cape Verde purchase, whereby Portugal sold the Cape Verde islands to America as an outlying naval base in return for a decent sum and trade concessions, helping to bolster their dying economy and give the Portuguese King much needed support when republican revolutionaries looked to overthrow the outdated monarchy.

When Haiti revolted and called for annexation to the EAS Britain co-ordinated a diplomatic effort with Prussia to have France back down and concede the colony to the Empire. And when the Spanish-American War broke out Britain threw its support behind America, harassing Spanish shipping in Europe and imposing a blockade that allowed America to overrun its American and Pacific colonies unimpeded.

Now it is 1900 and America enters the 20th century as a great power united with Britain in an alliance that rules the world. But, as always, the struggle is never truly over.

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This took a couple of weeks to make and finish, and it took me another week or two to get around to writing the description and actually posting it. Sorry it's so late, but I hope you enjoy it!

The title comes from a quote from Stephen Decatur ([link]):

"Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong!"
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Class: CGN, (Guided Missile Cruiser/Nuclear)
Hull Style: Monohull
Length: 670 feet
Width: 86 feet
Height: 148 feet (from waterline) 175 feet (with draft)
Draft: 27 feet*
Tonnage: 17,000†
Speed: 33.5 knots
Aircraft: 2†
Boats: 3 RHIBS
Ship's Force: 129†
Air Wing: 12†
Deployed Forces: 36 Troops

Armament:
180 VLS Tubes
2 Triple-Torpedo Tubes
155mm Advanced Gun System
20 Large AShM launchers

Defenses:
2 30mm Shield CIWS
4 25mm Mk3 Rapier Defense Autocannons
4 .50-cal Dagger ROADS
2 NRAM-32 Longsword (24 Missiles each)
2 1.2MW FEL
60 Active Anti-Torpedo Decoy-Explosives
2 Active SONAR Decoys, towed
8 .50-cal Machine gun posts
Full Command Electronic Warfare & Deterrence Suite

Power & Propulsion
Power Source: 1 D2H3 820Mw LMTR
Back up Source: 3Mw Diesel Generators
Battery Back up: 12 Hour life, 4 for propulsion
Propulsion: 2 Asimov Engineering CV-3 Motor-Propulsors
Secondary Propulsion: 2 Extending Maneuvering Azipods

Air:
1 Helipad
2 Small Helicopter Hangar

*Pending speed and load
†: Denotes ideal specification
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Templar-class Destroyer
Class: DDGN, (Guided Missile Destroyer/Nuclear)
Hull Style: Trimaran
Length: 613 feet
Width: 121 feet
Height: 139 feet (from waterline) 172 feet (with draft)
Draft: 33 feet*
Tonnage: 11,000†
Speed: 49 knots
Aircraft: 8†
Boats: 12 RHIBS (or 8 RHIBs and 1 Fast Assault Craft)
Ship's Force: 126†
Air Wing: 20†
Deployed Forces: 96-122 Troops

Armament:
160 VLS Tubes
2 Torpedo Tubes (Ventral)
155mm Advanced Gun System

Defenses:
4 30mm Shield CIWS
4 25mm Mk3 Rapier Defense Autocannons
7 .50-cal Dagger ROADS
4 NRAM-32 Longsword (24 Missiles each)
2 1.2MW FEL
60 Active Anti-Torpedo Decoy-Explosives
2 Active SONAR Decoys, towed
8 .50-cal Machine gun posts
Full Command Electronic Warfare & Deterrence Suite

Power & Propulsion
Power Source: 1 D2H 800Mw LMTR
Back up Source: 3Mw Diesel Generators
Battery Back up: 12 Hour life, 4 for propulsion
Propulsion: 2 Asimov Engineering D-1 Azipod Motor-Propulsors
Secondary Propuslion: 1 Internal Asimov Engineering CV-2 Motor-Propulsors
Tertiary Propulsion: 2 Extending Maneuvering Azipods

Air:
1 Helipad, Large
1 Large Helicopter Hangar

Description:
The Templar-class Destroyer essential forgoes the older cruiser style of ship. In many senses it serves both roles of destroyer and cruiser. It is fully capable of operating alone in a large variety of roles, like a cruiser, but is also quite suited to operating as an escort as a destroyer would.
It's large flight deck and large RHIB bay inside would give it near Littoral duties as well, were it's draft not too deep at 29 feet, though it still can serve was as a combat-support for Special Forces and fast response to a variety of scenarios. It's 160 VLS tubes, 155mm AGS, and NRAM missile launchers give it the long-distance punch it needs.
As far as defense, the Templar is fully AEGIS equipped and able to down low-orbiting satellites and missiles, should it have enough warning. The Templar mounts numerous CIWS and Rolling Airframe Missile launchers, as well as autocannons for close-range anti-boarding party support, and, as the most technological addition to the ship, there are forward and aft Free-Electron-Laser mounts, which, on a particularly favorable weather day, can go as far as to destroy satellites in orbit. All said and done, the Templar ensures that nothing gets through to whatever it sees fit to guard.

Like the Fortknight Cruiser, the back few feet of the Templar's flight deck can angle up to allow for a more treacherous recovery of a RHIB, and then the bottom can rapidly shut to trap the RHIB in once it has entered the bay.
The RHIBs are then hoisted out of the internal bay and placed on storage racks, allowing for up to a total of twelve RHIBs to be stored inside the Templar, suiting it well for Special Forces assaults. Conversely, with eight RHIBs in the storage racks, the internal bay can also house a single large Fast Assault Vessel (ex. MkV SOC), should it meet the dimension criteria.

The Templar is mission-loadout capable and maintains plenty of room in both the RHIB bay and Hangar bays to store and operate various equipments as need be, should they be electronics warfare, special forces, command and control, resupply, helicopter refueling-relays, disaster relief, or all out warfare.

The 155mm Advanced Gun System is capable of firing a variety of rounds, be they kinetic, High Explosive, or even future guided rounds or small missiles. The overall goal of maintaining the cannon on the destroyer is to give it inland fire support of deployed troops.
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Corsair-class Missile Corvette
Class: FFG (Corvette)
Length: 293 feet
Width: 70 feet
Height: 133 feet (from waterline) 153 feet (with draft)
Draft: 20 feet*
Tonnage: 750†
Speed: 51 knots
Aircraft: 1†
Boats: 1 RHIB
Ship's Force: 35†
Air Wing: 8†
Deployed Forces: 24 Mission Crew

Armament:
20 VLS Tubes
2 Torpedo Tubes (Ventral)
57mm Dual Advanced Gun System/CIWS

Defenses:
2 30mm Shield CIWS
4 .50-cal Dagger ROADS
2 NRAM-32 Longsword (24 Missiles each)
10 Active Anti-Torpedo Decoy-Explosives
1 Active SONAR Decoy, towed
4 .50-cal Machine gun posts
Full Command Electronic Warfare & Deterrence Suite

Power & Propulsion
Power Source: 2 GTK2 Gas Turbines
Back up Source: 1Mw Diesel Generators
Battery Back up: 4 Hour life, 1 for propulsion
Propulsion: 2 Asimov Engineering L-3 Waterjets
Secondary Propulsion: 2 Bow Asimov Engineering D-2 Waterjet, Fixed Orientation Thrust Vectoring

Air:
1 Helipad, Large
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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.

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Done for some Stephen Colbert contest before.
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Based on the official design for HBO´s Game of Thrones. I noticed that the official wallpapers were only a few, so I decided to make my own.

House Baelish of Harrenhal is a cadet branch of House Baelish of the Fingers. It is founded by Lord Petyr Baelish in 299AC after procuring the marriage contract for King Joffrey I. Lord Baelish is Lord of Harrenhal and Lord Paramount of the Trident, replacing House Tully of Riverrun as liege lord of the Riverlands.
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Based on the official design for HBO´s Game of Thrones. I noticed that the official wallpapers were only a few, so I decided to make my own.

House Greyjoy of Pyke is one of the Great Houses of Westeros. It rules over the Iron Islands, a harsh and bleak collection of forbidding islands off the west coast of Westeros, from the castle of Pyke on the island of the same name. They hold the titles of Sons of the Sea Wind, Lord Reapers of Pyke.
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Based on the official design for HBO´s Game of Thrones. I noticed that the official wallpapers were only a few, so I decided to make my own.

House Nymeros Martell of Sunspear is one of the Great Houses of Westeros and is the ruling house of Dorne. 'Nymeros' indicates "of the line of Nymeria," but generally it is simply called House Martell. Their seat is Sunspear in southeastern Dorne. They hold the title of Princes of Dorne.
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Medium tank T-72M2 is a well-equipped tracked vehicle, providing reliable protection of a three-member crew and high maneuverability. Tank is armed with 125 mm smooth bore cannon which is stabilized in two planes. It is coupled with 7.62 mm machine gun. For anti-aircraft defense is armed with 30 mm cannon located on right side of the turret. Tank has a fire control system, which allows high-combat activities day and night with a high probability of intervention. Tank is equipped with a device protecting personnel from exposure to weapons of mass destruction, smoke device to create smoke screens and fire equipment for fire detection in a vehicle.

Combat weight: 46.25 t
Height: 2.19 m
Width: 3.65 m
Brightness: 0.45 m
The average speed off road: 35 to 45 km / h
The driving range off road: 430-560 km
Max. climb angle: 30 ?
Max. lateral inclination angle: 25 ?
Obstacle height: 0.85 m
Obstacle width : 2.6 to 2.8 m
Armament:
2A46MS smoothbore gun: 125 mm 39rounds (22 in autoloader) - (APFSDS, HE-FRAG, HEAT)
- elevation - -6 ? to +13.4 ?
Coaxial MG: 7.62 mm HM vz.95 2000 rounds
Secondary armament: 30 mm 2A42 250 rounds
Smoke device: Galix - 22x81 mm (16x smoke GL + 4x anti personal GL + 2x anti ATGMs GL)
Cadency:
main gun: max. 8 rounds/min.
secondary gun: 250/550 /min.
The equivalent thickness of a homogeneous shell:
Turret, front hull: 1200 mm
Sides: 200 mm
Roof: 200 mm

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existing MBT chassis as well as modified heavy wheeled chassis. HIMALAYA is a counterpart to the wheeled ZUZANA version except that the HIMALAYA turret was made slightly longer to enable more rounds in the ammunition magazines to fully utilize high payload of T-72 chassis.

Caliber: 155 mm
Barrel length: 45 cal.
Maximum range: 39,6 km
Minimum range: 5,6 km
Rate of fire: 6 rounds in 1st min.
Sustained rate of fire: 5 rounds per min.
Loading of projectiles and charges: automatic
Turret traverse: 360?
Elevation/Depression: +70? / -3,5?
Chassis: T-72
Vehicle length: 11405 mm
Vehicle width: 3600 mm
Total height: 3300 mm
Overcoming of obstacles:
Trench: 2600 mm
Vertical step: 850 mm
Fording: 1400 mm
Total weight of the system: 42600 kg
Maximum speed: 60 km/h
Maximum road range: 480 km
Number of crew: 4

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"BRAMS - Self-propelled Anti-aircraft System is an automated anti-aircraft system designated for destroying low flying targets using its twin barrel 30 mm gun with high rate of fire and 4 Self-guided Anti-aircraft Missiles."

Cannon: 30mm (2A38)
Coaxial machinegun: 7.62 mm
SAM: 4 missiles
Passive sight:day/night FCS with automatic data transmission to/from superior command level
Turret traverse: 360
Cannon elevation: -5/+85
SAM elevation: 0/+70
Chassis: modified TATRA 8x8
Vehicle length: 9890 mm
Vehicle width: 2950 mm
Total height: 3300 mm
Overcoming of obstacles:
Trench: 2000 mm
Vertical step: 600 mm
Fording: 800 mm
Total weight of the system: 27100 kg
Maximum speed: 100 km/h
Maximum road range: 700 km
Number of crew:3

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SOPWITH PYTHON

With the operational success of the "Camel" the sopwith design team set out to produce their most radical and ambitious fighter yet.The Sopwith python took to the air in September of 1918.Despite its unorthodox look the "Python" Was a structurally sound machine.High maneuverable and armed with four belt fed vickers machine guns,twice firepower of most its german counterparts,the python was an unnerving sight to the German Imperial Air Service.Placing the two poer plants becide each other counteracthed the problem of gyroscopic rotation that plagued the F1 "Camel".Lansings proved to be more diffucult...

Only a Handful of Pythons were Produced and only two found teir way to the combat squadrons on the Western Front.There are no reported combat Victories by either machine.No Examples of this unique aircraft survive today.


Inspired from Robert Fitzgerald 's "revisionism" series.
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Something for star trek fans :)

Well one of these days that you want to try something else.... i am not familiar with this kind of art but its nice to experiment :P


Constitution Class ,Reimagined CONNIE designed by Madkoifish,you can download this ship from foundation3d.com [link]

The background planets are from Nasa Stock images !
Rendered to Cinema4D ,edited to photoshop

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Albatros Dr I

No less than eleven manufacturers produced triplane, single seat fighters in the summer of 1917, including Albatros, whose Dr I simply married a new triplane wing to an otherwise standard DV airframe.
When triplanes seemed to hold the most promise as fighters a number of designs were put forward. This Albalros DrI was built in 1917 - and as can be clearly seen it was essentially an Albatros DV with an extra wing added.


This machine, built in 1917, was virtually a D V fitted with three sets of wings to assess the triplane layout. All wings were of parallel chord with ailerons, connected by link struts, at all tips. It would seem no advantage was gained with this layout, and the type was not proceeded with. Engine, 160 h.p. Mercedes D III. Span, 8.7 m. (28 ft. 6 5/8 in.). Length, 7.3 m. (23 ft. 11 1/2 in.). Height, 2.42 m. (7 ft 11 1/4 in.). Armament, twin Spandau machine-guns.
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This is a 2.2k long battlecruiser I did around easter 2010.
It's another variation on the central core config, with 52 turrets, and four 90X45m docking bays. This was the last central core warship I did before I went on to stations and other stuff.
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This is a render test with Kerkythea, my very first attempt using nothing but standard settings and Su textures.
The arrows show the articulation of the gun it all three axis
blue 360 degr, red 180 degr and green 22,5 degr to either side from centerline. The reason for wanting three axis of movement is to make the weapon able to track any object at any angle within it's 360 by 180 semishpere. I tried with just red and blue, but if an object is coming in straight from above, and move slightly sideways, the gun will loose track, and will be totally dependent of triangulation by other weapons. This is okay in the beginning of a fight, but as weapons get destroyed and fewer remain operative this weakness will rapidly escalate and leave the ship open to enemy fire. when adding a third pivot it becomes much more independent. As an added bonus from all the pivots the gun sits outside the hull in a hardened revolving pit, and is easily removed or replaced if damaged. these turrets are quite big, some 80m in diameter and fire 841,5mm railgun rounds. The turret itself is unmanned and the rounds enter the gun casing through the secondary pivot mounts on maglev conveyors with as few moving parts as possible. The gunner is seated in a turret simulator that replicates the guns movement the idea being that the human/machine interface is almost 100 percent. You don't operate the weapon, you almost become it. these simulators are placed directly aft of the bridge.
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This is the basic colorsceme I've chosen for the ship, still some more work to be done on it though. I have yet to finis the landing bay doors, bridge and some areas look awfully naked.

model done i Sketch Up and rendered i Kerkythea
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