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Map of Steamopera Europe II
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Published: July 1, 2007
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's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
Would you mind if I ask to check the previous questions? Have you any idea regarding them? 
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Varunas12's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
East Poland, no Western Ukraine so i liked it very much!
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Scurron's avatar
Scurron|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's avatar
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's avatar
Scurron|Student General Artist
Nice detail :)
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Deafpool's avatar
no poland= gay universe.
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doliwaq's avatar
But on this map is not the Western Ukraine, Eastern Poland only! The only map where it is.
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ImaGirlFromNorth's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
SkyinOd|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's avatar
I didn't know that. Thanks for the info!
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SkyinOd|Student Digital Artist
you're welcome
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mdc01957's avatar
Nice work here. I'm watching.
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Naeddyr's avatar
Thanks a bunch for the fave and the watch, too. :)
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mdc01957's avatar
Np. Any more Steamopera stuff coming?
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Naeddyr's avatar
Sadly, probably not. Though that might change, I fleet from one project to another.
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DelemnO's avatar
DelemnO|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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