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Caricature Map of Europe 1914

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."

Art prints available here: Caricature Map of Europe 1914 prints
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ABOZNIC's avatar

Poor Serbia will be double stabbed by Austria-Hungry.

russia looks sick

Vijfsnippervijf's avatar

Looks pretty funny!

I love how Denmark gives the impression of *confused screaming*

ang0224's avatar

I see this image and go, strange I am sure I have seen this before... reads description. Ah! that book I read as a kid!

nice work, really nice work...

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Vianto's avatar

brilliant! :clap:

And Greece is apparently where the Illithids live....

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Kryllow's avatar

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RedClover17's avatar
i need to reread this series
DCLeadboot's avatar
That's a pretty interesting concept there!
Hmmm, I wonder what the great American eagle was doing at that time... or Canada (whatever would represent them)?
7EmptyChildren's avatar

this is pretty kool ;)

HorseGirl2604's avatar

Very cool! I love the steampunk aspect of it!

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Kungfu-Dinosaur's avatar
Very interesting take on the political climate prior to the Great War:D (Big Grin) 

I don't get the symbolism behind Algeria, Denmark, Greece and the Netherlands though....
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