Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
Republic of Ezo by zalezsky Republic of Ezo by zalezsky
Created for the Map of the Month Contest  as part of the Map of the Fortnight Contests

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

On January 27, 1869, the independent "Republic of Ezo" was proclaimed, with a government organization based on that of the United States, with Enomoto elected as its first president (sosai).
Elections were based on universal suffrage among the samurai class. This was the first election ever held in Japan, where a feudal structure under an emperor with military warlords was the norm.
After the defeat of the forces of the Tokugawa shogunate in the Boshin War (1869) of the Meiji Restoration, a part of the former shogun's navy led by Admiral Enomoto Takeaki fled to the northern
island of Ezo (now known as Yezo),together with several thousand soldiers and a handful of French military advisors and their leader, Jules Brunet.
Enomoto made a last effort to petition the Imperial Court to be allowed to develop Hokkaido and maintain the traditions of the samurai unmolested, but his request was accepted.
Ties with France were strengthened to the point of a military alliance. Ezo, however, was forced to exclusively purchase arms and armament from France and the United States of America.
Quickly entrepreneurs from all over the world flocked to Ezo in the economic boom caused by rapid industrialization.

Currency: Mon
Population: 3,200,000
Nationality: Japanese
Capital: Hakodate
Government: Republic
Religion: Shinto 80%, Shamanist: 10%, Christian 10%
Current President: Ito Toyoshige
Add a Comment:
 
:iconwrite4aliving:
Write4ALiving Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Wouldn't it be mostly Christian, due to the predictably imperialist-esque influence of France and the United States? 
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
perhaps it's a possibility but the state was founded as a traditionalist one originally IOTL
Reply
:iconwh5:
WH5 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017
A sua arte é incrível.
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
obrigado
Reply
:iconjburns272:
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice map.
I see some interesting subtle differences between this one and our Hokkaido. I imagine the Russians wouldn't have been happy about American and French encroachment on their territory.
I'm surprised you didn't include Etorofu, the largest of the Kuril Islands claimed by Japan. It would have been part of the Japanese Empire at the time.
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I may redo this map in the future and make it a bit more realistic :)
Reply
:iconericvonschweetz:
EricVonSchweetz Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shamanism is not a religion.
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed
Reply
:icondgc2:
DGC2 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016
love love love this! :)
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
means a lot thank you
Reply
:iconkraut007:
Kraut007 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
The Ezo Republic surviving it´s first year and functional nation! 
I tip my hat, this work is very creative and well done ;) (Wink) 
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! :) glad you like it
Reply
:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
Woow ! This is new ! And very creative alternate history !


Although surely its relations with their Japan neighbours were probably 'tense'
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! indeed so!
Reply
:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015
You're very welcome ! Great alternate histories :nod:
Reply
:icongouachevalier:
Gouachevalier Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
AINU STRONK
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xDD
Reply
:icononehellofabird:
OneHellofaBird Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
oo, I like the Hammond Atlas-style land-use and industry map
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :)
Reply
:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice ^_^
Though how could you butcher the rule of tincture so? ;A;
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks and.... because... stuff and things, you know.
Reply
:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:P
Reply
:icondoubledsimpson:
DoubleDSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
What did you use to make this map?
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Inkscape :)
Reply
:icondoubledsimpson:
DoubleDSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
Okay, thanks!
Reply
:iconspiritswriter123:
Spiritswriter123 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
God damn it Zalezsky, you told us you wouldn't be participating in the next one!
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I knowwwwwwwwwwwwww~ i was pressured into it by :icontoixstory:
Blame her :P
Reply
:iconkyuzoaoi:
kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015   Artist
That's a nice map.
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
Reply
:icontheastronomicon:
TheAstronomicon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
So many Christians... The Shogunate and Samurai elite that tried to establish Ezo were even more fervently anti-Christian than the Emperor was.
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely true, however with the forced border opening to France due to their help in establishing the nation many foreigners came to establish industrial based businesses and with them came the missionaries.
Reply
:iconxanthoc:
Xanthoc Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be fair, they had to become the puppet of France and the USA. That plus immigration and you get Christians no matter how against them the government is. What are they going to do? Shoot them? Arrest them? Deport them? All that would do is make the US and France leave Ezo to get gobbled up by Japan.
Reply
:icontheastronomicon:
TheAstronomicon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yes? Because that's exactly what they did historically, they harassed them so badly that they drove Christianity to the extreme fringes of Japanese society.
Reply
:iconxanthoc:
Xanthoc Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right but this is Ezo, not Japan. A small nation constantly in fear of its southern neighbor that has to appease France and the USA to stay afloat. We're talking about an alternate history here, meaning that this isn't the surprisingly resilient, isolationist Japanese Empire. So yes, they would be forced to leave Chistrians be for the most part (at least not using direct means of discrimination) or end up losing their only allies and thus likely losing their independence to Japan. Notice also, the noted flood of foreign entrepreneurs and businessmen; likely Christian, and likely the ones with some of the most wealth and the ones controlling the economy. 
Reply
:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
Looks fanastic, but I´m sure Japan wants to conquer it in the 30s?^^
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely so :) and thanks
Reply
:iconfennomanic:
fennomanic Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good work :D
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D danke
Reply
:iconeadorimthryth:
eadorimthryth Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
intresting
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
Reply
:iconquantumbranching:
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
Interesting. Now I need to know how they made it through the 20th century... :)

(A more peaceful one perhaps? I see both the Russian and Chinese empires have survived...)
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This map is roughly set in 1910-1920 :P i forgot to mention that part. I wasn't planning on them surviving the world wars hahaha or Japanese-Russian war for that matter
Reply
:icondoubledsimpson:
Well I would think that what would happen is the Japanese Empire would occupy them right before WW2 or maybe a little before that, and then the Russians would come in and liberate Ezo.
But would it then be a Communist Ezo?
Reply
:iconzalezsky:
zalezsky Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely a possibility! Perhaps even a Foreign intervention like they attempted when the Russian Civil War happened
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×
  • Art Print
  • Canvas
  • Photo
Download PNG 2982 × 4410




Details

Submitted on
August 12, 2015
Image Size
6.6 MB
Resolution
2982×4410
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
8,242 (2 today)
Favourites
124 (who?)
Comments
44
Downloads
176
×