Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
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."

Art prints available here: Caricature Map of Europe 1914 prints
Add a Comment:
adeh20 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing, fantastic and innovative work. I Love it!
AlternateLiterature Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2018  Student Writer
This is actually amazing!
Man the Leviathan trilogy was such a great book series.

Good work on this map!.
Australianredstar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018
Great a real artist 
TrashForDeviants Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
are the Scandinavian countries Gremblo's
JaSamGovedo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2018
OK, who do this is my man <3.
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!
wabisabi1337 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018
This is gorgeous and awesome.
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 ?
VivaciousMelancholy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
This is wonderfully detailed and whimsical.
Nadrioxxia Featured By Owner May 30, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
epic art <3
Gregorski216 Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is honestly one of the best peices of art !!!!
Sivrio Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
Looks kind of self explanatory even without an explanation.
OltScript313 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 8, 2018
SilvanaTheVerdant Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TheThreatenedSwan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018
(((Who))) could have an interest in such a war?
maciejlunski Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MEGAPOTAMIA325 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wonder what the Rest of the World would look like
IIxTigerFrostxII Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
creepy but hard to look away from
blisterine66 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional General Artist
Nice job - Rotten War.
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.
hobbydude876 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
I forgot all about this book series
The-one-and1only-me Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Student General Artist
jwpsmith Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018
I knew I recognized this map! Thank you for the reminder, I never got a chance to finish that series, I need to go back and finish it!
The-one-and1only-me Featured By Owner May 4, 2018  Student General Artist
Oh my god you will love the last book!!!!!
TheMandyShine Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018
Where is Poland?!
Cwovictor Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018
It's 1914, Poland isn't a thing yet.
Unless it was in the Westerfeld books and I just don't know about it.
Flying-Snake Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that it was never mentioned in the books. I'd remember as a Pole ;)
DarkestShadow666 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You could write Switzerland on the map, but no the 4th country from the antentte. Now Bulgaria looks like it's part of the Ottoman Empire, good job.
DRykena Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its so fricking awesome how many brilliant ideas youve brought into the picture
sonicfighter Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018
This is awesome.
NathanSvl Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Really deep draw, so cool :)
infiernoirreal Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018
Can you explain the caricatures of The Netherlands and Denmark?
Pjittrik Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Netherlands are just chilling, and being neutral in the war. The clothes they wear are just stereotypical for the country so you know what country it is.
Flynnator Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ineslou123art Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018
this is so cool although I'm kinda creeped out but good job! (^V^)
Water-Nebula Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You made Italy 3 boots instead of just one? Disgusting 
monofluore Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That's incredible
Dyscalculie Featured By Owner Edited Feb 27, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
 I know, I'm not offended, you know. No, I disagree! Your map is extremely beautiful.Clap 
I'm an Historian, you see, and I live in this city called Ypres (Google "Ypres - WW1"), so it just struck me. Before our king refused to capitulate before Kaiser Wilhelm II who wanted to step on it as a "doormat" (as he called it) to enter France, and said "Belgium is not a passage or a doormat, it's a State, however small, and if the Emperor wants to walk all over us, we'll give him Hell before he does! Tell THAT to him!" before that, I said, nobody in the World bothered about what was actually happening there. It was his heroic attitude that triggered the making of the Alliance! Had he reacted in an other way, like: "oh, okay, we're no match for you, just you go ahead and walk all over us, we'll say thank you!" Wilhelm II would have destroyed France and Great Britain, since nobody was really a match for him at that point. It was that "David against Goliath" that made Albert I a hero and start the whole world admiring him. You know, "Brave little Belgium"? I didn't invent that. That was what sparked the whole Alliance of the Common whealth: there are graveyards with people from everywhere in the world buried over here. Africa, Canada, US, Australia, New Zealand, China, Arabia, India... you name it, I can point you at a cemetery full of them. 

One other thing about your map: however awesome that Great Furious Russian Bear looks on it, Russia was far from a dangerous aggressive monster hovering over Europe at that period, you know... quite the opposite... The Czar Empire was a miserable wreck of a state with nothing but people living in the most foul poverty, a bunch of corrupt nobles who lived in luxury like in the Middle Ages, and a totally uncompetent and indifferent Emperor who didn't care one inch about anything and knew nothing about his country. No middle class, no industry, no economy, and their army was armed much the same as it was in the time of Czar Peter the Great (which was great in that time, but not in 1914). So, this bear of yours, however good he looks, is, I think, a bit too much inspired by the way Americans think about Russia: the horrible Bolshevist Threat. And that is something that wasn't to happen yet but a few years from the timeset of your map... in fact, it became real only after World War 2, and even then was it a mere figment of the American imagination rather than a reality. 

So, if you want your map to be historically correct, besides magnificent, you'd better return your Russian Bear to it's real historical proportions, which is about a quarter of the size of what it is now. (I don't mean geographically: it was as large as it is on your map. But I mean in matters of fearfullness).  It took the Soviet Union till after 1950 to become anything else but the ashes of this degenerated Empire it rose from, and become a power to be reckoned with...

And then some other thing: the Ottoman Empire was hardly a theat anymore either, at that point, since it was not much more than a shadow of it's once greatness, and not much more than the agonizing Czar Regime... it took Germany's side, and wasn't very hard to overcome since it also had stayed stuck in the Middle Ages, just like Russia. The same goes, in a lesser degree, for the Austrian Empire, which was reaching it's last years of greatness as well.
So, if you made your German monster 3 times as huge and horrible, and Russia's bear half as big, and half as formidable looking, and the Ottoman and Austrian Empire filled with old-fashioned, romantic wheapens like hallbards and shields, you know, medieval looking stuff, instead of this black steel wheapenry, it would look more accurate. 

I guess it's too much work to change all that. You don't have to do it for my benefit. But if you don't, you can't really put "Europe 1914" on it, can you... That incident in Bosnia-Herzigovina was just an excuse, you know. It was an excuse to start it: Wilhem II was planning on attacking France and invade the whole of Europe for years before that.  The actual war happened in Belgium, more precisely in the outer Western corner of it, near the Channel.
Murovanka Featured By Owner May 14, 2018
a rotten bear corpse seems formidable to you? really? it's the perfect representation for the crumbling Russian Empire
Dyscalculie Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
it's not crumbling, it was never really there. Russia was a desert. 
Flying-Snake Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I love "not offended but..." style :D
Read the description, most of stuff you mentioned is included (for example Russia's bear is giant, but rotting from inside.
Why would he change size of the countries? This map is just countries contours filled with illustrations according to fictional world from steampunk book...
Dyscalculie Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I didn't write "I'm not offended, but". I just wrote "I'm not offended, period". 
And why should he change the size of Russia? He mustn't, but if he did, it would be because in 1914, Russia was far from THAT big. That's all.
Flying-Snake Featured By Owner Edited Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So borders of Russia are not correct? Or what?
Size of that bear seems to come from shape of borders and internal problems are depicted as maggots eating rotten flesh.
Look at that "mighty" bear, it is falling appart as it is.
Subete-no-shine Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lmao, but you're aware of the fact that this map was created specifically for the mentioned bookseries (Leviatan) and the timelines/plot/universe in it? It's said literally in the first sentence of the desription, but let me copy-paste it for you: "A political caricature map depicting different nations in the alternate world history of the book Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld."
OriensRex Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I think this is a fictional map based on an Alternate History/Steampunk book series called the Leviathan Series by Scott Westerfeld. I'm not sure how historically accurate the books were.
Dyscalculie Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, the author started out from History, and then began to fantasize. But this map is made today, and though I'm well aware of the fact that it is inspired by Leviathan, some Historic info can always be useful. For instance: I wouldn't depict the Russian Empire at that point in time as a rotten corpse: more like a desert, with nothing there... Rotting, in symbolic terms, means that there once was something alive that died and started to rot. But Russia never was really a proper empire: it was always a huge wasteland where everyone was left to themselves, no civilisation at all, nothing but misery and nothingness. Austria, yes, that could be considered somewhat "rotten", at the beginning of the 20th century, since once it was the most powerful and largest Empire in the world. (During the reign of emperor Charles V, of whom they said that in his Emperor the Sun never set). The Ottoman Empire as well, had once reached enormous greatness in both political power and exquisite civilisation, and now was totally crumbling down.
But Russia? Never. Stone age, virtually, with some stone-old religious-based stuff in the middle, and some Court life which was an imitation of Versailles. In the middle of a huuuuuuuuge empty Moon landscape. That would describe (symbolically) the Czar Regime, in any era, really.
Murovanka Featured By Owner May 17, 2018
it was still an empire ;) 
Dyscalculie Featured By Owner May 18, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure, but nobody was really scared of it. Anyone can call themselves "Emperor": it's just a name. It's not really a title, technically: it is derived from the name Caesar, which was the family name of Julius Caesar. And he was no king nor emperor, his title was First Tribune. Elected by the Senate, so it more like some variety of a Prime Minister than a king, let alone an emperor. Actually "Czar" as it is called in Russian, is an even closer derivative from Caesar as "Emperor", which simply meand "ruler". 
TGC189 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
This is drawing is very cool and accurate. I love how in depth with the representation of all the countries during that time. I've read a lit about ww1, and I've got to say it's more interesting than ww2.
Add a Comment:


Submitted on
October 13, 2009
Image Size
606 KB


555,759 (10 today)
29,229 (who?)