This takes a look at a possible outcome to a Central Powers victory in World War One. Southern Belgium, Luxembourg, and bits of France has been absorbed, while a demilitarized zone is in place. The German and Russian Empires struggle in the Balkans after the collapse of Austria-Hungary.
It does not matter how long you wear the yellow jersey, it only matters if you wear it in Paris.
So the Austro-Hungarian Empire implodes without the Treaty of Trianon, Communism never took off anywhere, the Kaiser is still in charge in Berlin waxing his fancy moustache and my Belgian cousins are probably crying somewhere. And meanwhile the Frenchies are keeping their fingers crossed and hoping to even the score. Cool map
Istria-Dalmatia switch is...clumsy, to say the least, but can be explained by the fact Trieste isn't connected with Italian ethnic territory (the coastal corridor was Slovenian inhabited) and the fact that Trieste was Austrian sea outlet, the main harbour of the entire Central Europe.
About the rest:
The did get Albania in reality too, in a way. Slovenia isn't even wanted without the need for a land connection with Istria. Same goes for southern Croatia, which is erroneously painted as north of Dalmatia - the Italians only took this part of coast between Istria and Dalmatia in WWII to connect these two territories. Without Italian Istria this would be very inadvisable.
But it's nice.
It is for the novel 'Leviathan'. Very interesting alternate WWI with bioengineered animals and mech walkers.
Even after decades of post-war propaganda from the allied states, i think it's safe to say that had Germany won WW1, the world would be a lot better place today. Possibly, WW2 would never have happened, and instead, we would have a large, great nation to lead europe!
Sigh ... It makes me sad to think that the good side lost WW1 to the evil allied powers
Great map btw!
Since (a) this occurred so near the end of the war and the victory of the Treaty of Versailles wherein each of the Central Powers were partitioned, imposed immense war reparations, and otherwise humiliated, (b) myriad "secret treaties" transpired shortly before and during World War I, leaving the rest of the world ignorant of the political standings of many parties involved in the war, and (c) the simple fact that history is written by the victors, in this case the Triple Entente, means that in any history book that portrays the extent of the Russian cession to Deutschland it will be annotated as something bearing similar connotations to "Furthest extent of German advance" or "The Eastern Front after the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk" that implies that it was at most an occupation zone more than a full annexation, it is understandable that you could have looked over this detail.
Just thought I'd bring this to your attention. Otherwise, this map certainly seems well-thought out; you seem to have made reasonable postulations regarding the Western, Italian, and Salonika Fronts.
I also don't like the split of Lithuanian lands in between Germany, Poland and Russia, but that would have been quite inevitable, unfortunately. On the other hand, this begs the question - how come the Russian empire is mostly intact? Did they not participate in WW1 or did they fare much better and did not have to give up large amounts of territory to the Central Powers?
Nice realistic map, Geramny does not conquer the entire world, not even the whole of France.
I wonder if France got stuck paying reparations to Germany...
Regarding France; that, and/or Germany taking a few territories of France.