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Caricature Map of Europe 1914 by Keithwormwood Caricature Map of Europe 1914 by Keithwormwood
A political caricature map depicting different nations in the alternate world history of the book Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld.

The Clanker Powers:

Germany is a massive military machine with weapons aimed outwards to all surrounding countries. It points threateningly at Britain, not so much as a sign of direct aggression, but more as an indicator that it was now Germany’s turn to start a grand global Empire to challenge the world’s current one.

Austria Hungary is an aggressive armoured giant, teetering on shoddy foundations. It is also the primary aggressor in a land grab against Serbia, with two bayonets piercing the border.

The Ottoman empire is a teetering automaton, collapsing under the weight of a paranoid and ungainly spying network that gazes at Europe through many lenses and spy glasses.

The Swiss watch ticks away the time, comfortable to wait it all out.

The Darwinist Powers:

Britain is an militaristic lion with a Roman Imperial italic-type helmet. It sits upon a mound of riches gathered from its Empire.

France’s elephant beast (wearing the French kepi they started the war with before adapting their firefighter helmets) is influenced by the Elephantine Collossus built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in Paris (later it ended up going to the Moulin Rouge.)

Russia is a huge imperialist bear, rotting and filled with maggots.

Serbia’s imagery is an indicator of the huge amounts of civilian deaths and suffering they’ll find themselves subject to.

Norway and Sweden are both Scandinavian trolls in the style of John Bauer, an inspirational illustrator from the era who produced a lot of phenomenal work during the war.

Portugal is a parrot for the Entente trying to goad a slumbering Spain into the war.

Ireland looks askance to Britain and brandishes a shillelagh. An indicator of their very rough relationship at the time, and of their upcoming involvement with the Central powers.

Italy is a clutch of snakes with intents on the Central powers despite existing agreements. A foreshadowing of their arrangements at the secret 1915 Treaty of London where they were promised land in exchange for involvement. It was heavily influenced by Italian Prime Minister, Antonio Salandra’s open policy of serving Italy’s "divine self-interest."


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:iconqpoints:
Qpoints Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant
WW1 put in startling repose. Can't for your modern interpretation.
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Poll-and-Ball Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2019  New Deviant
I remember this, glad I could find the original
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Tornado2423 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2019  New Deviant Professional Artist
World war 2.
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vanartis Featured By Owner May 28, 2019  New Deviant
Super! Not my style (it's subjective, after all) but a masterpiece on its own.
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Pandas90 Featured By Owner May 19, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just how much time did it took you to draw this? :o (Eek) 
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Vladimir1Putin Featured By Owner May 11, 2019  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I love how Russia was represented in this. 
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Phoebusinvinctus Featured By Owner May 10, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazeballs
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michigeo Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2019
why Greece looks like an octopus ??
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Mebrouk Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2019  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
WOW!
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MRCJames Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2019
Good work. I like to add that Germany felt that it was surrounded by enemies, while challenging British world power.
Actually Britain was wary of not only Germany but America as these two rising industrial powers on the horizon were a threat to their world domination.
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MJKalasky Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2019
This is a pretty cool depiction.
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PaulaRenolfi Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2019  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It'a amazing! I love it!
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CipherSyndrome Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2019
Where's Romania?
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rivalsecret Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2019
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Scroobidoobidoo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2019  Student Digital Artist
amazin
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:iconbullterrier18:
Truth is Italy was only to come to the aid of the Central Powers if any were attacked. It was a Defense only Pact. I repeat a Defense only pact. Not sure why this is so hard for Americans to understand. It's like Americans can't accept Italians as anything but mobsters, backstabbers and crooks. But The English are always the angelic and incorruptible Lions, but of course! What a joke. Since England has never done anything wrong, just ask Indians, Asians, Indigenous Americans and Africans, I think that covers everyone. Italy was Austria's rival and wanted land they felt belonged to Italy due to the large number of Italian speakers living there and it was land that once belonged to Italian states taken by Austria in dozens of wars stretching back a Millennia! Plus Austria annexed Milan and Venice and destroyed them economically for centuries. So typically American dumb and ignorant and so typically Anti-Italian. A den of Snakes. Better than a Pack of Rats. Why should Italy defend Germany or Austria when it is attacking a weak power like Serbia, that was NOT part of the treaty and therefore they didn't violate anything. Learn History.
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Dovahkiin1138 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2019  Student General Artist
LOL to be sure the British were Incorruptible as they formed their giant lines and in their matching colored uniforms and butchered and slaughtered Indian all who stood in their way :-)
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kineko Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Dude, it's from a uchronie science fiction book. It's on the description. Read it.
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zacharyknox222 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
i love it!
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zacharyknox222 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
i like it!
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Z1ppo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
😔
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MaceWindex12 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I loved this book series. I'd support it if it was gonna get a movie one day. Also thw art was also something amazing to look at. It actually helped my picturing skills way back when i was a freshmen in high school.
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kalinap Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2019  Professional Artist
interesting...
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MayAmaro Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
One of the best maps that I've ever seen..
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JamessV Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, this is epic.
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ghostpanther218 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2019
And I just realized the baby elephantine on france is supposed to be at sau lorraine, which germany is making a bee-line for.
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Additional: the Netherlands are the crying young soldier at the top, and Algeria is the Kraken at the bottom, I have no idea what they mean.
Belgium is the little girl at the top of france, about to be pushed into the sea by Germany, the meaning there should be obvious :/
Also, the baby elephantine on france is At-sau lorraine, which germany is making a grab for.
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AdeHughesArt Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing, fantastic and innovative work. I Love it!
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AlternateLiterature Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2018  Student Writer
This is actually amazing!
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:iconflintironstag333:
Man the Leviathan trilogy was such a great book series.

Good work on this map!.
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Australianredstar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018
Great a real artist 
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TrashForDeviants Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
are the Scandinavian countries Gremblo's
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JaSamGovedo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2018
OK, who do this is my man <3.
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axleonex Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Wow, after reading your description I never realized how much more depth each of the pictures for every nation has. Thank you for sharing! I love delving deeper into the lore, and I wouldn't have caught these things without explanation!
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wabisabi1337 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018
This is gorgeous and awesome.
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AnduRoYT Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where is romania? was romania taken over in the altarente world history of  Scott Westerfeld ?
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VivaciousMelancholy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
This is wonderfully detailed and whimsical.
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Nadrioxxia Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
epic art <3
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Gregorski216 Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is honestly one of the best peices of art !!!!
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Sivrio Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
Looks kind of self explanatory even without an explanation.
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OltScript313 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 8, 2018
Belgium.....
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SilvanaTheVerdant Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beeaauutiful!
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TheThreatenedSwan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018
(((Who))) could have an interest in such a war?
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maciejlunski Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awsome
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MEGAPOTAMIA325 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wonder what the Rest of the World would look like
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IIxTigerFrostxII Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
creepy but hard to look away from
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blisterine66 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional General Artist
Nice job - Rotten War.
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Vision-Quest Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018
I love the little details in this picture that aren't described. It keeps the viewer guessing.
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