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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."

Art prints available here: Caricature Map of Europe 1914 prints
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gratteloup Featured By Owner Edited Feb 21, 2015
Absolutly wonderful work...Very well done, the Norway makes me think of the Mystics, in Dark Crystal
Aliskus Featured By Owner Edited Feb 4, 2015
Amazing art this is. But i couldn't understand what Ottoman and Spain means..
NahiareLebasi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
FunnyMaiMai Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student Filmographer
where is Belgium?
Kakarot6480 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
The frog like creature beneath the Netherlands
FunnyMaiMai Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Student Filmographer
oh! ^^ thanks. i feared we where forgotten
Kakarot6480 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 2, 2015
hahaha no problems :D greetings from the Netherlands!
ArtKosh Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
E.P.I.C. !!! :D
UaSirideain Featured By Owner Edited Dec 12, 2014
My favourite representation of Ireland. Go raibh maith agat, a chara.

The whole picture is rad, as well.
Terrezar Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Greatness on paper! I can stare at this for ages, discowering new details every time I glance upon it. Thank you for creating this great pice to one of the greatest series I have read in quite a while.
Iin-ART Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
RRaillery Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
I really hope more Leviathan style books get written. Your beautifully unique illustrations go hand-in-hand with the bizarre.
flumenlimia Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Prettty impressive!
Nalika666 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Great artwork! It's sad to see Mother Russia rotting but this concept is really well-thought-out.
Caranaar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
you forgot romania...
beruda Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! As much as I hate how my country can't catch a break even in alternate history (me being Serbian) the artwork is amazing. Well done!
CharlotteEYeager Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Oh my god..... I own the series and the guide book with all your art!!!!! You inspired me to write!!!! I am so not worthy, but it's a true honor to look through your gallery -grovels- 
The-Warp-Corrupts Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha can't stop smiling about the sweden and norway bit it istruly awesome :D great work!!! :D
rummtata Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Impressive composition. All this detail! Beautiful is not the word I'd choose, unless in a way one would apply it to a painting by Otto Dix ;-) In any case, as an artistic statement about a political matter, it's a powerful image.
dev1976 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
perfect !!! great work.
starkiller11240 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
So epic *drools*
Ninozilla Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wouaww!! *0* it's so beautiful! you have a lot of imagination and inspiration... I like your drawings! <3
BlazerPazer Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Student General Artist
stole this out of the book Leviathan 
Goldenfury56 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
You do know this guy is the one that drew all the sketches in the book, right?
PrecambrianStudios Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Stole it?  He's the one who drew it.
BlazerPazer Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Student General Artist
NOPE omg wow i did not thank you for telling me... ive seen alot of people copy paste and claiming things as thier own so i assumed thank you for informing me.
BlackNinfaQueen Featured By Owner 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. 
efilipov11 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
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!
Shadrol Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Artist
It is very much depicted. If you look closely you can see a light line around the Fez (Ottoman-Bulgarian border). Just like Belgium it is not labeld.
efilipov11 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
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!
DapperDoom Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You know he's not going to respond no matter what.
bertilak686 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
This is just wonderful, good sir. I particularly like the armor on Austria Hungary and Germany =) 
TerryCarr Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
MiaErrianIrielynn Featured By Owner 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... 
alexichabane Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Very cool
Wolferines Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!!! :D
AlexKVZ Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Because Bulgaria was still under Ottoman rule during 1914.
KattyNikifor Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Well sorry to say that you are wrong(don't want to sound like a as*hole ) but Bulgaria won its independence in the year 1878. Sooo by the time of World War I Bulgaria was already an independent country. As for the drawing - I find it awesome.
Erebhe Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
This is beautifully done, and I can't stop admiring this fine piece of work. Amazing portrayal of the countries of the time, bravo! :D
gabruele Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and the sardinia?=(
wardragon345 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
I read the 1st book and it was good, I should definitely finish the series. This map is really awesome too.
bo0kwormjak3777 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Student General Artist
I love this book!! this was my favorite piece through the whole series soo good
Lord-of-Potatoes Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, I looked through your gallery after the four horsies thing, and I find this. As a swede and John Bauer fan, I love you.
pointman116 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply adored tis book series any half f that was due to the spectacular illustrations. This map was what made me pick up leviathan.

MigaczRngerPL Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
nice idea
OniAeon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Your work inspired me to read Leviathan and its sequels, so I just wanted to comment and say thank you. :)
NekoMon Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
this is a mess up image... but it makes scene for what happened around that time frame, Nicely done. 
Agent6-7 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
What about Bulgaria?
Exurok Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing indeed!
artyor Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
amazing. it says a lot
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