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Map of Steamopera Europe II by Naeddyr Map of Steamopera Europe II by Naeddyr
The Steamopera can be found at [link]

This is a new-worked version of the map of Steamopera Europe. Basically, I started from an older, less memory-intensive .svg file and went from there. I am particularly pleased to have solved the "old-timey country-border" thingie with the colours.

After making an 18th-century map lookalike-version what really wasn't, I did two simple post-processing thingies in GIMP (three, if you also count messing with the hue and saturation a bit). Not very complicated.

It's not supposed to be horrible legible, but I guess I will have to make less dark borders on the smaller statelettes. The one in on the eastern coast of the Adriatic is Montenegro, by the way.

EDIT:

Two edits later, it's a bit clearer now, with added papery look. Basic ingredients for this in GIMP if you wants it:

Take the vector base image, which already has the basic colouring done. The borders and whatnot, with a hint of very light yellow on the "blank", 'white' areas.

Apply GIMPs Cartoon artistic tool. It makes the colours a bit more natural looking, as if it was printed.

Make it a bit more yellow and less saturated with the Hue and Saturation dialogue. Pick yellow and give it +50 Saturation, then Master with -40 or -50 Saturation. This desaturates everything but yellow, which works fine with this.
Create a new layer, and use Render > Plasma, with whatever seed and attributes you find pleasing, then Desaturate this to get a layer that you turn to about 50% opacity and turn Burn with.

For added lines and whatnot, render a black and white Lava layer (I used the black-white-black gradient for the colour, and then inverted it to the black lines on white), then turn to the opacity to about 50% and Burn.

EDIT:

Removed Republic of Aragon, added some dammed land to the newly-branded Technocracy of Netherland, changed Kingdom of Sardinia into an Anarchy (which, naturally, is ruled by a dictatorship), and resized the whole image so the text is easier to read, and removed that pesky coffee-stain.
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Varunas12 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 20, 2018
One of the greatest historical map I have ever seen! Is it a Nineteenth Century map? 
Is the Netherland the most technologically, socially and commercially advanced nation on the Earth? How powerful and advanced is military of the Technocracy?
Is the Republic of France the wealthiest, the most powerful and democratic nation on the Earth? If so, who is the second most powerful? What is main difference between Republican and Monarchy blocs? How about Republic bloc and other various nations' relationship? 
Have you any intention to continue the project? 
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2018
I forget or never quantified those questions in the first place. It's a 19th century science fiction map, steampunk with space travel etc. so don't expect rigorous AH here.

Netherlands is quite advanced, as is France and Britain. The Dutch are not really militarily powerful anymore, because they have been incorporated into the greater Republican bloc in association with France, which is more the military powerhouse.

I haven't touched this project in probably over a decade, so I won't continue it. If I do, I'll probably start from scratch again.
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Varunas12 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 21, 2018
Is Saxon a vassal state of Prussia, Barvaria and Kiev vassals of Danube, Norway a vassal of Sweden, Finland independent? Is this Holland larger than both Saxon and Barvaria?
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Varunas12 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 21, 2018
What 'arcatic republic' of Sardina means? Why neither republican bloc nor Danube Empire had not subjugated Itary? Who is holding Crete and Cyprus? What is origin of Kiev? Why Poland was divided as such and Russia split in two? How Holland become a technocratic republic? 
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Varunas12 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 21, 2018
Would you mind if I ask to check the previous questions? Have you any idea regarding them? 
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Varunas12 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 20, 2018
Thus the Dutch, France and Britain are all advanced in the similar level, meanwhile other powers are a more or less backward? 
Does republican bloc manage a combined army? I thought each member would have a separate army. Anyway, how advanced military of Dutch, France and Britain compared to OTL? 
Have you any idea about relationship between France and Holland, France and UK, and France and Spain? Is Ottoman still an ally of France? 

p.s. I somehow imagined Netherland would have a wondrous scientific army - death lay robots, flying saucers and steel troopers, etc. 
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Varunas12 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 20, 2018
It is really sad. I dearly wish to see more about this magnificent project, if possible. 

In any case, a great work. 
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doliwaq Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
East Poland, no Western Ukraine so i liked it very much!
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Scurron Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I'ts an good map :D
but, I've noticed a small mistake: it says Servia instead of Serbia :)
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Ah, but that was on purpose: the name of Serbia used to be Servia in English, at least up to the 19th century, which means it's perfectly acceptable on this map.
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Scurron Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice detail :)
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Deafpool Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
no poland= gay universe.
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doliwaq Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
But on this map is not the Western Ukraine, Eastern Poland only! The only map where it is.
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ImaGirlFromNorth Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Thet's not only scania on the map ther.It's Halland Blekinge AND Scania >(
I know thet for i live in Halland.
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mcjoel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
BELGIUM WILL NEVER JOIN FRANCE!! NEVAAAAA I TELLS YOUUUUUUUUUU!!! XD

so uhm, whats the whole idea behind this steamopera map thingy? :p i was wondering..
i've read your comments but i'd didnt really make me any wiser :p
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
It's an alternative history. Well, sort of, because it's not a strict alternative history due to all the fantastic bits.
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SkyinOd Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
You made a mistake, Flanders and Wallonia are things from the late 19th century, after Belgian independence, before Flanders was only one of the Duchies and Wallonia plainly didn't exist.
The French just as everybody else knew the region as Southern-Netherlands or just plain Belgium.
The division you have here is only possible with a Belgian independence from the Netherlands, if it were from France the Dutch in Belgium would remain what it was already for centuries and gain much easier privileges.
Dividing Belgium as you did needs the above criteria, or it would never have happened.
The official names were the 9 united Departments or Departement de Belgique or Departement Belgique (were Belgique is in it's adjective form)
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
I didn't know that. Thanks for the info!
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SkyinOd Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Nice work here. I'm watching.
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Thanks a bunch for the fave and the watch, too. :)
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Np. Any more Steamopera stuff coming?
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
Sadly, probably not. Though that might change, I fleet from one project to another.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
It's a good idea from what I've seen. Maybe you could bring it back.
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DelemnO Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, it's really similar to the one I've drawn for my novel XD
(I'm not saying you copied it, of course, how could you, it's not here on deviant art..)
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
Well, the obvious reason for that is that all AH maps tend to resemble each other. I thought this one was somewhat original, though.
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IgibberI Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
why on ALL althist maps here thers no poland?? why do you ppl hate us so much??? >:<
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
What are you complaining about, there's at least two polands on this map, three if you count Galicia! :D
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IgibberI Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
but in borders of some german-ish states :(
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OKami-hu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It makes me inappropriately contented that Hungary is on the map. =3 Good to know that in certain alternate timelines, we didn't get swallowed up and blended namelessly into some other monarchy.
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groenbjerg Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
...Yikes. I totally stole an idea from this and didn't even realise I'd done it (the sea-coast of the Netherlands).

Absolutely sterling work!
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
Heh, no worries. I don't remember if I stole it myself from the Real World (the Netherlands sea-draining projects are very impressive feats), so no worries.

Hm. Your map looks pretty good. Almost... Better than my own. D: THIS MUST BE RECTIFIED.

Pistols. At dawn.
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groenbjerg Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
"We shall require pistols for two, and coffee for one..."
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Rorkas Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
it's weird :D but interesting :)
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krew77 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
how to make a map like that :) ?
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
Here: [link]
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krew77 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
tank you very much!
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JWWalker Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
Hmmm... I like this, but a query-- are the same-color areas, but which are split apart sattelite nations are conquered territory or what?

Trying to figure out what the yellow nation is. Also confused by the two Russias, and I'm not entirely sure how Montenegro and Greece haven't been eaten by the Turks/Ottomans. Did they win independence, or have some big bad protectors, or both, or what?

And what, no Union of Kalmar? And what's up with Africa?
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
The effective PoD is late, in the mid-18th century, so no Kalmar Union definitely.

The red nations are basically satellites to republican France.

The Yellow Blob is Austro-Hungaria, federationed *drumrolled* and called something like the United Kingdoms of the Danube, or Danubia. The other yellow blob to the east is just the Ukraine as its satellite.

Two Russias: Basically, I wanted to split up Russia because I am a horrible russophobe from Finland who will take any chance to weaken the grip of the perfidious ruthenian. Well, almost. But this way, with a North-South split like that, there's a St. Petersburg - Moscow axis ripe for exploitation by an inventive and political Finn or two. Maybe I'll put together a small The Great Finnish Conspiracy, but we'll see.

Southern Russia-Moscow is a failed Republican state, ruled by a Russian equivalent of the Napoleonic dynasty. Northern Russia is the rump of Imperial Russia.
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JWWalker Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
I see... though now, of course, I feel somewhat like you proabably did when I started babbling about pre-US Maryland wars. What, exactly, is was the Great Finnish Conspiracy?

I am really curious about the other portions of the earth, though. Africa, Australia, Asia, South America, the thousands of Pacific islands-- and the two areas that you've shown are pretty cool-sounding, too, even with the somewhat limited information you've given.
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
The Great Finnish conspiracy is like the Great Jewish Conspiracy, except less kosher.

Africa will look like about OTL, with big swathes of English and French and Prussian and whatnot areas. India will have a different partition, probably with more French parts, China.. Well, to honour the memory of John Cleese, I might keep it British. Earlier Japanese and Korean modernisations, I think, and something fun in Manchuria...

New Zealand has descendants of dinosaurs that aren't birds. Maybe small feathered lizards, and some bigger ones.
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JWWalker Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
I see. Okay.
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JWWalker Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
And, actually, a further comment just occurred to me, related to the one I made about the North America map.

What, excactly, is the racial situation? How do the Gauls treat Celts, or the British treat the Celts, or the Serbs the Croats, or the Turks treat the Armenians, or the Germans the Jews, or the Greeks the Turks, or the Italians the Sicilians? Or the-- well, I can't come up with any more, especially since I'm not sure that all of the above made any sense.
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
Much the same as OTL. People can be a bitches~
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brain-err0r Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha this made me laugh: [link]
this person's either taking the piss or doesn't know the netherlands :D
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
Good sir! I have never taken any sort of human waste in my life!

But yeah, I overestimated the need for banking up the North Sea. You could just do it with a dike, but where's the fun in that?! You need dams! Big, fuck-off dams! Long as what and taller than what!
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
madam*
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brain-err0r Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hehehe yeah dams would be good, although our dikes are pretty amazing too ;)

But it wasn't what I was aiming at, it was the fact that in steamopera the dutch are being described as a quiet insignificant country, when in reality it's nothing like that at all. It just made me chuckle ;)
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Naeddyr Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
Hm, I didn't really mean to imply that. Is it the satellite thingie?
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brain-err0r Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
nah it was the low-lying country thing, don't worry. It's just that the Dutch are anything but low-lying, I wish they were then maybe we could've preserved more of our culture :/

Anyway, enough of this, I do like the map btw. It has a great feel to it.
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