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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."


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:icondisismaname:
DisIsMaName Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant  Traditional Artist
Why is this art so funny to me?? xD
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Macrochasm Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  New Deviant
The way the creatures and objects blend together are reminiscent of the works of HR giger but give off a more humorous tone compared to his art.
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CipherWaffle Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Student General Artist
this is a reference to Leviathan
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:icongreenfox62:
Greenfox62 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The imagination is off the charts, its amazing
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TwoFaceKilla Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome job!
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HardcoreCoffee Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
Nice
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:iconbestpetisawesome:
bestpetisawesome Featured By Owner Edited Oct 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Irelandddd
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:iconmiaparart:
Miaparart Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love this book! Thank you!
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:icontheearlwarwick:
Theearlwarwick Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
In 1914 the North Sea was not called the North Sea, it was called the German ocean 
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EldaGoddess Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  New Deviant
I like how your illustration make the observer in a condition of thinking about what we were (we as the world) and the prospect that probably not all of it is totally extinct by now. An illusion, as if the time have stopped and we're only dozed off.
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SGCP Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Who's the guy representing? [The one ontop of Germany]
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tahu10123 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
Denmark, because it went from an empire in the 15th century e.g. Kalmar union to then being striped of its possessions aka Norway and Skane. To make it even worse they were humiliated by Imperial Germany during the Second Schleswig War and lost Holstein. Essentially Denmark went from being one of the largest states in Western Christendom to merely a petty state with more bark than bite.
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Hickalberry Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Creative! 
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:iconluisdavidsalmeron:
LuisDavidSalmeron Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
Very nice work
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:iconcomic-nerd98:
Comic-nerd98 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Student General Artist
I loved this series
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:iconnohrianxscum:
NohrianxScum Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Still one of my favorite book series
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:iconjuuxmiko:
JuuxMiko Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
amazing work and concept!
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:iconiochromatin:
iochromatin Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this looks epic, and the details are really cool.
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:iconlucylukeluck:
LucyLukeLuck Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
wow, awesome job, love the detail!!! c:
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:icongalatixia:
Galatixia Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Are those the Mystics from The Dark Crystal up at the top?
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scarlette-artsy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really fucking cool
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Erizah Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
This looks amazing and well thought, tho just a question, why is greece part of Serbia? It might have been at some point but I can't find information on that. 
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:iconhertram:
Hertram Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
wow amazing map!
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:iconhanestetico:
hanestetico Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016   Artist
The picture is super cool :D Just i don't understand the reason why Britain is represented by a lion with a Roman-type helmet ("italic" means other things...it evokes cultures in Italian peninsula before Roman arrival) historically the British empire has no links to Roman one.
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Lolzdui Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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Robotmax Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love Denmark, all curled up and smiling like

"this is normal, everything is fine. YEP"
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TheAdmirerOfBeauty Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016
check history and georgaphy my friend serbia was never in the greek region in1914
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:iconlemiken:
LEMIKEN Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Professional General Artist
Interesting concept and well executed.
 
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:iconberki-caligon:
berki-caligon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  New Deviant
Its sick, france is given up already :D
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Kenzie9202000 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Man I loved this book
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ElSamur197 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist
Great book and great art!
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hunterchuch Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016
I probably just have a dirty mind here, but am I the only one that sees two penis' floating top center?
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:iconiochromatin:
iochromatin Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i've always thought that norway and sweden were the most phallic shaped countries.
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:iconcrysomandiaz:
Crysomandiaz Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nope.
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OmegaZzyzx Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016
Really nice designs. Fun to watch and look at.

Thanks for the eye candy!
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Landisog Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There is no Poland? So I guess in this alternative world I live in Germany :P .
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Trrrrrrr Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016
Its 1914. There were no Poland I guess.
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:iconrahnaix:
Rahnaix Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I remember reading this book! I don't remember if there was a sequel or not.
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:icongalderris:
Galderris Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  New Deviant
3 books total
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:iconsvetoslavpetrov:
SvetoslavPetrov Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Powerful image ! Stay classy Europe ;)
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:iconthedarkphoenixqueen:
TheDarkPhoenixQueen Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Student General Artist
Yay!! Ireland's in this!!
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JesusRanchal Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant. I love both the art and the concepts you describe.

Thank you for sharing ^^.
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drakeyequation Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Britain & Germany = Badass
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Altair-Ezio Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016
WOW amazing talent !!! Clap 
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DragonCount Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just out of curiosity; what about Finland up there? I know it was part of the Russian empire at the time, but unlike Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, it's not composed of the flies and maggots.
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homemacai Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Professional Artist
Fucken awesome
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ToValhallaHUN Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of the most awesome things I've ever seen.
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:iconophelion:
Ophelion Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist
This is so well-thought out and amazingly put together! Love the different factions too! Awesome work! 
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:iconrejvaik:
Rejvaik Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016
And little Denmark so cute!!!!
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KittyGirl06 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 16, 2016
I read all three books and I love them all! This so brings back memories~ *flashbacks to freshmen year*

P.S. Pro-Neutral
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