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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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BlackNinfaQueen Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Funny Thing, Portugal never tried to get spain into war. Spain was the one always trying to conquer Portugal. 
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:iconefilipov11:
Funny enough Bulgaria is not on the map, though it participates in WWI and WWII on the side of Germany. Even funnier - Serbia is there :-D

Nice job anyways!
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:iconefilipov11:
I mean... I don't want it to sound personal (since i am a bulgarian), but it is kind of offending. During that period Bulgarias' military forces were considered once of the strongest armies in the world and its name is not even on the map :-D You have to admit it is funny!

Again i apologise if i sound like an asshole!
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DapperDoom Mar 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You know he's not going to respond no matter what.
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:iconbertilak686:
This is just wonderful, good sir. I particularly like the armor on Austria Hungary and Germany =) 
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MiaErrianIrielynn Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing work! Absolutely fantastic!Clap :happybounce: Heart  You had much work with this I think... It is like a nightmare of every people from concentration camp... It is scary, by the true and funny a little bit (I mean Italy with shoes :D (Big Grin) :goodjob: revamp or The Swiss...) Colours are amazing too! I think this map would be good example in every school - people have to remember things like this and understand it.
One thing which I donīt understand - you didnīt mention Czech. What it is like? I can understand if it will be like a slave in chains, what was sold to Germany... but this? I canīt recognize, what it means, sorry Sweating a little... 
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alexichabane Jan 24, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Very cool
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Wolferines Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!!! :D
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:iconalexkvz:
Because Bulgaria was still under Ottoman rule during 1914.
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