Look up spirographs, it's how I do a lot of guilloche-type effects.
Are the rivers on a different layer? Low opacity?
Do the state borders have a hand drawn, halp transparent lining behind them to look like stroke tool? With an accual stroke tool for the entire country?
Is the land a separate layer lifted off of the water so you can hand draw the blue coast outline behind it?
Sorry I have a lot of questions and as I learn more about map making I want to be able to reproduce these type of things myself. Im still young(younger than I can say) and if I can learn to make maps like this within the next few years it would be awesome!
2. The state borders are on a separate layer with a lower opacity, while the lining is a Blending Option.
2. The lining on the coast is made the same way as the state and national borders, with Blending Options.
The Jefferson on the map is perfectly possible to have emerged from the real territory in the area, [link] they even had a vote where the idea to form a state was rejected; it is clear in this alternate timeline it succeeded.
Also note the plans to split Texas up to create a State of Jefferson. It just happens that the proposed state in the Pacific is better known now, but that was the latest of the three proposals. So they have no particular claim to the name in Alternate History.
Compare the State of Lincoln: [link] two separate proposals to make two states with the same name.
Hmm... turning point for this world had to be somewhere around 1840, after Texas had broken away from Mexico but before they were admitted into the USA. and then a secondary turning point in the 1860s, leaving the Confederacy in place. Alternate History can be very confusing.
And why does Alleghany still have West Virginia's eastern panhandle? The thing is only there because three extra counties were occupied by US troops.
So, what, the traitors somehow won and then Texas seceded? Or did Texas stay independent and then somehow make the Confederacy win? Doesn't seem to make much sense.
California is being occupied by the US military after a second Californian Rev. that results in a small indepedent sucsessor(Pacifica). The rev. was probably sparked by a growing sense of nationalism after the CSA and Texas became independent and was probably fueled by anti-US factions in Texas and Mexico.
West Virginia is a special case in that some say it wouldnt even have been created if not for a Union victory, but in this case West Virginia was simply Alleghany which is just Union occupied parts of Virginia including the three counties you mentioned.(Its debatable)
The case of Texas independence is REALLY simple. The POD was during the American Civil War where 11 southern states seceeded (including Texas)from the Union. Based on the map you can see that they were more fortunate in the west in the Arizona terr. and the Indian terr. and were able to assertain independence from the USA (possibly with British assistants). They gained the 2 territories instead of the disputed border states. Since the CSA was a "Confederacy" and was technically a "temporary" union of indepednent republics, each republic had the right to seceed from the CSA at any given time , and the state that was most open to full independence was Texas, which was once an indepedent nation itself. So Texas seceeded from the war torn CSA and carried with it the Indian terr. (which was heavily associated with Texas since Texas annexation) and the Arizona terr. (which had its gov. temporarily relocated to Texas for the remainder of the war).
You might have already worked all of this out on your own since this comment is so old, but since Alt-Reality didnt reply I felt it would be fun to explain it myself. Btw, Im a Texan, but no hard fealings about that traitor stuff
Who is occupying California? The Pacificans?
It means that the USA is occupying California, which is in a state of, or was, rebellion.