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Commonwealth of Scandinavia by Rarayn Commonwealth of Scandinavia by Rarayn
Update: Changed the information bar on the left to be more organized. I also added some new information, and shortened some of the footnotes.

I also updated the Scandinavian flag.

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I wanted to do a map of a Scandinavia unified in the modern era, and I also wanted to do a map featuring a victorious German empire, so I ended up doing both at once. There's a lot of very unrealistic wanking going on here, but I never intended this to be a realistic scenario to begin with, heh.

I have included a short overview of the history behind the Commonwealth below. The Paradox fans among you may recognize it as an elaborated version of the "Scandinavist Surge" event chain from Victoria.

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History: The Birth of the Commonwealth of Scandinavia (1/1)
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When the Prussians invaded Schleswig-Holstein in 1864, initiating the Second war of Schleswig, they found that Bismark's political calculations had been off. Not only did Denmark continue to put up stiff resistance, but Sweden-Norway once again came to their aid as well, as they had once before in the First War of Schleswig more than a decade ago.

While the Prussians might still have been able to take Holstein despite the unexpected Scandinavian resistance, Bismarck saw the potential future threat of a reborn - and hostile - "Lion of the North". He therefore offered a compromise: Schleswig-Holstein would be split in two, with Schleswig staying with Denmark and Holstein going to Germany.

Denmark reluctantly agreed to this compromise, as it saw that long-term resistance against Prussia would most likely be fatal. While this could hardly be considered a victory in the global scheme of things, it did have a profound effect on the people of Norway, Sweden and Denmark alike. The Pan-Scandinavist movement that had been formed after Sweden-Norway's participation on Denmark's side in the First War of Schleswig grew stronger, and a sense of common cultural, linguistic and historical heritage replaced the feelings of patriotism to one country alone.

The King of Sweden capitalized on this, suggesting to the King of Denmark a return to the days of the Kalmar Union, when all three kingdoms were as one. Denmark, no longer in a position to ever becoming a major power again, eventually accepted his proposal. On the 19th of August 1867, the three kingdoms were once again formally united. The Commonwealth of the Three Crowns of Scandinavia , or just the Commonwealth of Scandinavia, was thus born.

This initiated a period of strong militarisation in Scandinavia. Sweden's considerable industrial resources combined with the ports and naval traditions of Norway and Denmark soon resulted in a navy only rivalled by that of the United Kingdom.

The question of the Scandinavian navy would be the source of great conflict in the future, as Britain felt that its naval hegemony was threatened by this new "Viking fleet". This conflict would push Scandinavia further and further into the camp of the Central Powers, and later resulted in their participation on their side in the Two Years War of 1914-1916.

The map above shows the Scandinavian Commonwealth at its peak after their victory in the Two Years War.

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A bigger version of the Scandinavian flag can be found here: [link]

The compass rose was found here: [link]

The paper textures were found here: [link]

The base map was found here: [link]
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:iconbruiser128:
I bet that after the Great War Filand would be offered to join the commonwealth.
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:iconrarayn:
Naw, Finland is more closely affiliated with the German Empire than with the Scandinavian Commonwealth in this TL. Who knows what the "future" holds though?
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:iconbruiser128:
Well I was thinking of a different kind of world war starting 
this TL of yours.
Also I am not the only person who would consider Finland
to be more Scandanavian than German.
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:iconrarayn:
It's neither, really. What ties it to Germany in this TL is the choice of a member of a German noble house as their monarch, much like what was planned in Finland historically around the time of WW1. Finland itself has no wish to tie itself to the Swedes again, and so it remains an independent kingdom under German influence. (But not dominance)
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:iconbruiser128:
Really? That makes it sound like the Finnish and Swedish have shared animosity in the past.
Also I thought they where only gonna do it for Poland.


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:iconrarayn:
Finland was under Swedish dominance for centuries, followed by a while of Russian dominance. That being the case, the dominant position in Finland is one preferring independence from outside powers. The Scandinavians currently prefer Finland as a friendly buffer against the Russians too. There are forces in favour of including Finland in the Commonwealth too, both in Finland and the Commonwealth, but they are not dominant.

The Germans had a lot of plans like that for eastern Europe towards the end of WW1 historically:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_B…
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:iconbruiser128:
Wow you got to hand it to Germany they sure
as heck where more ambitious than the 
Entente idiots.
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:iconkenna20:
kenna20 Dec 6, 2013  Student Writer
i rather like the idea of a unified Scandinavia...but not under a swedish king.
though as this aint real life, no need to complain i suposse, nice looking map, good job!
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:iconrarayn:
Thanks!

Each kingdom has a monarch of their own, and the position as "Commonwealth King" rotates between them, similar to what the King of Bavaria proposed for the early German Empire.
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:iconkenna20:
kenna20 Dec 10, 2013  Student Writer
Bet that was written in that long description of yours ye? God dammit...
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