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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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Iin-ART Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice
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RRaillery Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  New member
I really hope more Leviathan style books get written. Your beautifully unique illustrations go hand-in-hand with the bizarre.
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flumenlimia Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Prettty impressive!
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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.
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Caranaar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
you forgot romania...
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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!
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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- 
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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
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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.
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dev1976 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
perfect !!! great work.
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