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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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Rerses12 Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  New Deviant
very good work !
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Nanozilla Featured By Owner 5 days ago
This is great; good job!
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zancecreator101 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
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DoctorBrown Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
Nice work. But I'm from Belgium. Why am I a fucking frog ?
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NBrownPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Professional Photographer
interesting
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MegaChristalle Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  New Deviant
superbe!
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Chyme12 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015
Incredible! And not entirely without relevance to today. How fantastic it would be, to see maps of nations as they truly are! They say history repeats.......I;d love to see you do one of today's Geo-political depiction! the Anglo-American beast, chomping up the planet etc. Get ready for the controversy, you have to be brave to draw it as it is........or at least, as you see it.
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Genie92 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work!:)
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bernardojr Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
great work! 
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Ishtifan Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015
great imagination , it looks like Fernando Vicente's Atlas but more modern. Really good work
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RythmColors Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I was freaking out at how accurate it was when I saw the trolls in Norway and Sweden, but mainly Norway.
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Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Fascinating! And fun. My only comment is that Ireland was not yet independent, still being a part of the British Empire. It would openly rebel in 1916 - the Sinn Fein (or Easter) Rebellion (which failed at the time) - and not receive independence until 1921-22.
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deathhead13 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Professional Photographer
amaizing work
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thedragonitus Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015   General Artist
Insanely creative
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UnicornCat Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've had this topic in school for one whole year, and it was never that interesting :)
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Rodan22 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very creative!
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CherryKittyPaws Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That series is amazing! I can't seem to find those books though :( i wanna finish it
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StrengthHonorLove Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice! I loved that book!
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BombSquadSFM Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
What the heck is Finland? :DD
I love Norway and Sweden, good job!
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Ameritzu Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015
finland at the time was part of russia ^^so i think he went for the same art style for the two
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BombSquadSFM Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015
Yeah, but it looks like a rabbit growing from the bear's back :D
Pretty cool though.
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MacX85 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
What is it you have done exactly?
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HorrorCode115 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is from a book called leviathan [ I think that's how you spell it!]
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Glitterwater Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing!!!
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Freelancer809 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
Funny, were learning about this in History.
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TheShepherd Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
is it done i digital?
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REIdepenguin Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
it looks phenomenal
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urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015
nice!!!!
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JawRipper Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work!
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Naka117 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015
Incredible!
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xGeograd Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015
Awesome!
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MasterChica1987 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good! :D
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neodotcity Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015   Digital Artist
Awesome! Very cool!
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LuckyStarhun Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very creative, I love the details!
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MouraMoura Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
Fantastic detail. 
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OMNICRON8000 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015   General Artist
Marvelous
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Mr-Some-guy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
This is what I love about Leviathan; it sets in a world at war between countries who use either engineering VS genetic mutations.
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southwestlens Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015
History meets art - awesome work!
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TheDarkHeretic Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015
Whoaw, really impressive details :) !
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Ashoof Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
dude.. whoa.. this is.. pretty mind blowing ok?
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JaviSommer Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing!
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themutantlizard Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
So what would China be?
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JoepNescio Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
Love it
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DouceHumber Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Superbe ... mais terrible ... et sombre. J'aime beaucoup ... mais ça me donne des frissons dans le dos... L'Europe ne me parait pas très accueillante. Est-ce une volonté ou juste un effet de ma propre imagination ?
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GeminiWal Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015
En même temps l'Univers de la série "Léviathan" est loin d'être accueillant et les pays clankers comme darwinistes sont souvent assez sombres (les seul pays qui sont pas "too much" sont les pays neutres et les USA qui sont un peu plus modérés et encore pour les USA c'est pas toujours le cas) 
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SneakSketchArtist Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Read the book, loved the art!
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themutantlizard Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
is Canada Darwinist or Clanker?
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JudasIsAHolyFool Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Darwinist, cause Canada would have been under the British rule
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themutantlizard Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
So we'd have giant war moose 
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coMceptArt971 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
brilliant!
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