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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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:icontheodorix:
theodorix Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah!
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:iconissac31:
Issac31 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 5, 2016
Great work
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AlbinFroHansson Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016   Traditional Artist
Breathtaking
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Cwifter Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
Wow Amazing Woah, Daffy, calm down... 
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GrandTheftOtto Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  New Deviant
*istanbul*
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:iconsicry:
Sicry Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016
Russia's crying...
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a-useless-idiot Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  New Deviant
Scandinavia looks awesome. but like...in a way that makes me uncomfortable
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EricVonSchweetz Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
There are two trolls in them, and. Why Sweden and Norway love other after 1905, in a union between the two Scandinavian powers because of looking like trolls.
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Bronislaw-Ruban14-88 Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
perfectly!
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:iconmaroongoon:
MaroonGoon Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
excellent
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Mister-Rioter Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like how Netherlands and Denmark are a little tiny woman and a tin soldier.
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Masta-Chilla Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like old maps and how they are drawn. I like the colours and the overall theme and idea.
You can scan and read this one without reading any further text and you won't leave without different feeling or questions in mind.
The description of this peace of art put the cherrie on the top of it.
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docterzero Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And denmark?
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themutantlizard Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
I picture China and most of Asia being Clanker except Thailand and Malaysia. And South America would mostly be Clanker except Argentina uraguay and Bolivia. Africa would have both Clanker and Darwinist countries in equal measure 
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Izhorian25 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Estonia is flies and maggots, yay xD
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Music-Nerd-Cipher Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016
THIS IS SICKKKKK 
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Aquonar Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
and what the fuck is spain?
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:iconliamhamilton:
LiamHamilton Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
This is great, just great! :)
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:iconshaunmbax:
ShaunMbax Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so cool
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Dinolover1416 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
Oh my gosh! Me and my friend have obsessed over these books forever and it's so cool to see an explanation of the objects on the map!
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AnimeManMe Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Wait. Is Bulgaria part of the Ottoman Empire in this... map?
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:iconreh-star:
Reh-Star Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
Interesting how you see the country I life in. I really like the offer you put into this. I know that this is inspired by a book but you still did very good
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Internalpeasant Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
This illustration is from a book called Leviathan (cool book btw.). Unless you're Keith Thompson (illustrator), this is plagiarism.
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:iconinternalpeasant:
Internalpeasant Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
Oh oh crap I'm sorry, I didn't realise this was actually the illustrator, I'm sorry I accused you of plagiarism
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:iconinternalpeasant:
Internalpeasant Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
Still cool tho, as long as you're not presenting this image as your own
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:iconrerses12:
Rerses12 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016
very good work !
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Nanozilla Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016
This is great; good job!
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zancecreator101 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Great drawing! Would you like to enter my February drawing challenge for a 
$10 amazon giftcard?  zancecreator101.deviantart.com…
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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
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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LanteigneDesign 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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:iconameritzu:
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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:iconbombsquadsfm:
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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