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Prussia - The Baltic Phoenix by IEPH Prussia - The Baltic Phoenix by IEPH
Happy Easter everyone! So to celebrate this (and also my birthday, which is on Thursday 20 April), here's a map.

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Prussia was (and still is) known for many things in Europe. For one, it was widely known for its amber along its Baltic coast, which so attracted the Baltic tribes an eventually the Teutonic knights who subdued them. One of those knights soon founded a duchy that will later become a powerful kingdom with a formidable war machine, that ultimately became the core of a unified German nation. But the best-known epithet of this small plucky country is actually the most recent: the "Baltic Phoenix," for all the horrors of the 20th century, it had managed to rise above the ravages of Nazism, war, and communism to take its place once more in the international community. 

For after the Second World War, the Soviets swept the Nazis from the east, soon occupying what was then the northern part of East Prussia, and they began eliminating any trace of its Germanic roots. They expelled the German populations, replacing them with mainly Russian and Ukrainian colonists. Gone were the old German names, replaced with names reflecting the new "socialist reality," with whatever structures that survived or reduced to ruin (like the famed Königsberg Castle) demolished and replaced them with blocky and ugly monuments to communism and the New Soviet ideal. Such was the fate of a region reduced to a humble oblast in the western edge of the RSFSR until 1954, when Nikita Khrushchev (alongside transferring the Crimea in Ukraine), against the advice of the commissars, upgraded the region into an full SSR. Thus, the West Baltic SSR was born, though because the Soviet Union still existed with all its power, this newfound status didn't amount to much.

Fast-forward to the late 1980s. With the stirrings of freedom in the air across the Iron Curtain, governments around the Eastern Bloc, spearheaded by the reformist Mikhail Gorbachev, were fast reforming themselves or getting themselves overthrown. Soon the Soviet Union itself was being buffeted by these changes, with the Baltic SSRs soon demanding their independence, and even though the West Baltic SSR was by then majority-Russian, it was also one of the most liberal-minded in the whole union (not to mention separate from the RSFSR for the better part of forty years) and thus sympathetic to the stirrings of Baltic separatism. In 1990, the Baltic Republican Party soon took power, thus setting the stage for the republic to declare independence (as the Prussian Republic) in the aftermath of the August coup attempt, which was finalized by December.

The Baltic Republicans wasted no time creating a new identity based on the country's Germanic past and Russian present, and removing any trace of the Soviet past, evident in the renaming of towns and cities across the country to Russianized forms of the German names, the tearing down of statues of Lenin and many communist leaders, and the rebuilding of the many castles and buildings destroyed during the Soviet era. Nowadays, Prussia is known as Europe's window to the former Soviet Union. As a member of both NATO and the European Union (both since 2004) it is one of the most pro-Western of the Soviet states and a beacon of hope for other Soviet states looking to ally with the West (to the consternation of President Putin). And while ethnic Russians still make up the vast majority of the population (and Russian the lingua franca), the Germans that were expelled and their descendants have started to trickle back, futher contributing to Prussia's independent Western-oriented streak.

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This map is dedicated to zalezsky (:iconzalezsky:). For those not in the know, he's a rather prolific mapmaker with a host of stunning maps (including a few commissions for the Great War) under his belt. He also did a request of mine when he did a map of Christian Japan. Anyways, check him out when you can :D.

By the way, credits to Neoteros (don't know his Deviantart handle, so I'm just going by his AH.com username) for the flag. I've actually kept the basic design but shifted it into a 3:5 flag ratio instead of a 2:3
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BajaCalifornianGuy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2017
You can add in the national identity not only the german and russian side, also the Original prussians of the balts tribes, like we do in America with the native people with big civilizations 
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le-shark42 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
I really like it! I live in Kaliningrad, and I wish things went like this in OTL.
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:iconieph:
IEPH Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
Thanks.

Glad to see someone from the area like this one too.
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Kuchenmeister Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! ^^
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lobux Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017
Kaliningrad oblast could look better as an independent country instead of being a part of Russia, I think.
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:iconieph:
IEPH Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017
That's kind of the point there.
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:iconmarcelboehmen:
MarcelBoehmen Featured By Owner May 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This Scenario is verry cool, i like it much.
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kruglov Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017
20Mtonn to Berlin - this Scenario is verry cool, you like it much.
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:iconmarcelboehmen:
MarcelBoehmen Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What do you mean? 
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:iconieph:
IEPH Featured By Owner May 30, 2017
Thank you.

Glad you like it
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menapia Featured By Owner May 11, 2017
very nicely done+fav 
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:iconieph:
IEPH Featured By Owner May 11, 2017
Thanks.
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AMCAlmaron Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, it'd be cool if one day Kaliningrad started calling itself Prussia again...
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Juo21 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017
Correct the colors of the flag.
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:iconieph:
IEPH Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017
Why?

After all that's the point of alternate history now, isn't it?
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:iconjuo21:
Juo21 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017
I also thought about these colors of the flag for Prussia. With its blue color.:) (Smile) 
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Konigsritter Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017
Yes, it does make fitting colours. This was recommended by Neoteros for my timeline, and I find it reflects an independent Kaliningrad well, without prioritizing either the old Germanic past or its current Slavic inhabitants.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017
Everything is awesome about it, great job! So in Russian you would turn ö into yo?
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:iconieph:
IEPH Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017
Thanks.

About the notion that "ö" into "yo/ë", that is probably what I can infer based on the Russian forms of the German names (like Königsberg = Kyonigsberg)
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017
Ah ok, it´s really cool^^
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Tullamareena Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017
Very good, especially with all that depth included by showing ports, airports, roads and land type.
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:iconieph:
IEPH Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017
Thank you.
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Adalack Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017
I've always liked the topic of World History, so thank you for making this.
Sincerely;
Adalack.
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:iconieph:
IEPH Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017
Thanks.

And yes, (alternate) history in general is practically a strong suit of mine.
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017   Artist
This looks good.
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:iconieph:
IEPH Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017
Thanks
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TheFlagandAnthemGuy Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017
Interesting
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:iconieph:
IEPH Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017
Thank you.
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MrTumulus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
I wonder what the percentages of the ethnic groups at the point of the TL the map is showing? How many Germans made the return at that point?
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MarcelBoehmen Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this Scenario 
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:iconieph:
IEPH Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
I could provide a list by tomorrow.
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SoaringAven Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting concept! And definitely a better future for the region than what it's today: a military outpost full of hardliner regime supporters feeling like they're under siege. :/ 
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IEPH Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
Thanks.

And the present state is rather sad, I agree.
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow thanks for the dedication to me! fantastic map!
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IEPH Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
You're welcome btw!
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ToixStory Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous and beautiful and impeccably amazing. Love the map, love the backstory, love the way the map is presented, aaaaaaaaahhhhh it's so cool! :heart:
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IEPH Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
Thanks.
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LaplandAr Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice map
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:iconieph:
IEPH Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
Thanks.
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Silas-Coldwine Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
If only... if only.
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Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome. Im Prussian on my mother's side.
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IEPH Featured By Owner Edited Apr 16, 2017
Thanks.

Believe it or not, my European History professor is a German-American whose family comes from there (in Tilsit "Sovetsk")
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Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Your welcome. Make more.
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