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American Republics by Alt-Reality American Republics by Alt-Reality
Haven't made a map in a while, and after some thought, this popped out.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So Im guessing you used the stroke tool?
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Alt-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Partially. :)
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
And I have no idea where to get(or how to make?) the borders you use. Any help?
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Alt-Reality Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one I made in Photoshop, but dA here has some great downloadable borders.

Look up spirographs, it's how I do a lot of guilloche-type effects.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is my favorite one of your maps.

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!
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Alt-Reality Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. Yes. Opacity is your friend.

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.
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GarudaTeam Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is brilliant. What program do you use? I use Inkscape for the maps I make.
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Alt-Reality Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Photoshop, Illustrator. :)
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GarudaTeam Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Those are the programs I actually use for my maps. If you don't know me I am Noravea on AH.com
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VulcanTrekkie45 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CSA, Republic of Texas, and independent SoCal, but no independent New England?
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Spiritswriter123 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If there was a State of Jefferson, it would be between California and Oregon. It's still good, I'm just saying
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Martin23230 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Not at all: see [link]
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.
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Goodyob Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What texture did you use?
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Alt-Reality Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, I don't remember. The original .psd of this got deleted during my last computer change. Sorry!
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Goodyob Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconimnothappyplz:
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TomBombardier Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Is Pacifica a threeway buffer?
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Alt-Reality Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
More of a successful, heavily nationalist breakaway state.
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TomBombardier Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Who did they break away from?
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
USA
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TheAresProject Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
This is really good. I wish I were this good.
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stephdumas Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Vice map :) You didn't added Cascadia (Washington and Oregon), did it was created later in this alternate timeline?
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Fetch26291 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
And how is Utah that big? I'm a bit surprised that it's northern section isn't Deseret.

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.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well actually the POD had to have been during the 1860's since this Republic of Texas is based on CSA border claims during the American Civil War and not Texas border claims during the Texas Revolution
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JWWalker Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Yeah, who's doing the occupying?

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.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Makes plenty of 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 :)
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Arcalian Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Wow.

Who is occupying California? The Pacificans?
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist

It means that the USA is occupying California, which is in a state of, or was, rebellion.

 

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bluessaurus Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
California, here I come... :sing:
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Neethis Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
Nice, I see the changes started happening early (no Erie Triangle purchase from New York)

*fave*
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maldo71 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
nice, simple, totally plausible once upon a time.
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