If you haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame yet… GO SEE IT! Take tomorrow off work if you have to but go see this film. Even if you’ve never seen the rest of the franchise and nothing will make sense it’s still a great movie. Okay, so the movie making sense would probably be best so see all of the movies you’ve missed and then go see Endgame. I highly recommend it.
Anyway, now for the maps. Map 301 features an alternate history of Western Europe. It was posted to DeviantArt by G. Rivero. I’m not exactly certain what inspired this particular piece of art but it is wonderful! I love fake maps just as much as I love real ones and this artist did a great job. There was likely a great deal of historic and geographic research done to make this beauty so props to the creator. England and Ireland appear to be in tact as they are today but the countries of the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, and Portugal are another story. These modern nations have been split into many smaller countries that do not, and have never, actually existed. Parts of Morocco and Algeria are also different than today.
The use of color and fonts is perfect. There is just enough detail, including the sub-regions within each country, to make it look realistic. Someone from another planet could look at this and think it was a genuine article. Looking at it from a strategic standpoint I bet the United Kingdom of Aragon probably has a lot of major seaports and great trade with their ten bordering neighbors. The Kingdom of Castle and Leon has the most territory so they are also a likely powerhouse. There are a number of tiny municipalities including several that are completely landlocked. Based on real history I can tell you that is generally not great for political and economic reasons.
Map 302 shows the territorial claims in the Arctic. There are six nations claiming territory in the Arctic Circle; Russia, the United States, Canada, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland. The map indicates there are a variety of army, air force, and navy bases in the area. Only Russia and the United States are especially super when it comes to military might of the countries involved but thankfully there hasn’t been much conflict in the region yet either way. The map also shows the extent of the sea ice in 2011 and the median ice coverage between 1979 and 2000. What an awesome map, overall. It has so much information and has great style at the same time.
You may notice there is a small sliver of territory where Canada and the United States have overlapping claims. It’s called out in the key so it must be a joint claim meaning it was agreed upon in a treaty of some kind. There is an area near the North Pole that is claimed by both Canada and Russia. I wonder if that has caused any problems between those two countries. I certainly haven’t heard anything about it previously but maybe there are dealings in the background about it. Perhaps the two governments mention it at every trade meeting in an effort to make a deal for the shared claim but can never come to an agreement. Who knows?!
Surprisingly, there are some blue patches of water that are not claimed. I’m not sure of the rules of claiming such space but if nobody wants those stretches of ice I’ll take them! Maybe I’ll even visit my ocean/ice kingdom one day. Until next time,
Bonus Map Link: Pacific Crest Trail
Bonus Bonus Map Link: Arizona Tribal Groups