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Altai Union, 1940 (Rumelian Universe) by xpnck Altai Union, 1940 (Rumelian Universe) by xpnck
The establish of the Republic of Canton in 1899 was the final nail in the coffin for the Qing Dynasty. They managed to hold on for a few, bitter years, but the average was convinced that the Qing Emperors had lost any semblance of the Mandate of Heaven. While China proper found itself in chaos, with civil war after civil war rampaging through the countryside, the military regions of the former Qing Empire were much more fortunate. By 1904, all of Mongolia had wrangled itself free from Chinese domination, electing the Bogd Khan to lead them.

Meanwhile, neighbouring Russia had its own problems to deal with. With the Soviets in control of both St. Petersburg and Moscow, the Russian aristocracy had to flee as a matter of survival. Most Loyalists ("White Forces") found themselves safe in Vladivostok, Russia's easternmost major city on the Pacific coast. It was there that Baron Roman Nicolaus Maximilian von Ungern-Sternberg took residence in the early 20th century. Baron Ungern was a very interesting individual. He was furious at all those who had wronged Russia and considered himself something of a Mongolphile. Early in his life he was given control of an Asiatic Cavalry Division, which he commanded in a few inconclusive battles against the Sovets' Red Army. During his campaigns, he befriended members of the former Qing imperial family, as well as important figures in Bogd Khan's Mongolia.

At some point in his life, Baron Ungern hatched a plan. He may have not been able to restore Russia to its former glory, but he figured that he was capable of restoring what he thought was the second greatest empire in history: the Mongol Empire. He bided his time. In 1910, he married a Manchu princess. In 1912, he met with the Chief of the Buryat Mongols of Siberia and convinced them to swear their allegiance to Bogd Khan. The next year, he visited Bogd Khan in Urga, the Mongol capital, where he was given honours for getting the Buryats on side. In a few short years, Baron Ungern had made himself a very important person in Mongolia and Manchuria, but he wasn't done yet.

The White Forces' government-in-exile in Vladivostok was headed by Admiral Alexander Kolchak, who ruled as regent of the Russian Empire for most the civil war. His government was recognised by few--Rumelia, Italy, and Spain. Admiral Kolchak detested the ethnic minorities of his personal fiefdom in the Russian Far East, and he found himself increasingly unpopular. Baron Ungern led his Asiatic Cavalry, as well as two Mongol and Manchu Banners into Vladivostok and declared himself the new regent of Russia with little in the way of resistance. Kolchak relented and conceded his position to Ungern, the Mad Baron.

His power in Vladivostok secured, Ungern met with Bogd Khan in 1915 and told him of his plan to restore the Mongolian Khaganate. Bogd Khan was interested in his proposal, but said it was necessary to receive a blessing from the Dalai Lama in Tibet before he would expand Mongolia any further. Ungern accepted and made his way to Lhasa to meet the Dalai Lama.

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Frisia64 Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What is next, an Altai Eurasia under Turkic and Mongolic people?
xpnck Featured By Owner Edited Jan 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you commented! I saw you comment on my Rumelia/Anatolia maps and I felt bad for always shafting the Turks.

In this timeline, Atatürk was exiled from Anatolia for being a Turkic nationalist and ultimately was the driving force in uniting Turkestan with Mongolia.

Eventually they will try to reunite all the Altaic peoples.

They might even be successful :)
grisador Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018
Indeed :nod:
Hardwing Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
Looks amazing!
wendy-krieger Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
Sea to shining sea.  Love it!
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