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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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wolfsoren Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
This is a rather neat concept. I do something similar in Paradox's Europa Universalis IV from time to time. Breaking Sweden free of Denmark then waging wars to conquer all of Scandinavia is no small task. Once Iceland is mine I typically colonize the new world. Did the Commonwealth of Scandinavia ever make it to the new world? 
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Rarayn Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
I haven't played EU4 much, but I've done similar things in For the Glory/EU2. Typically end up conquering the entire Baltic coast while I am at it. I had an extensive colonial empire too, but because of some stupid events related to the formation of the US I lost the American ones. Sucked.

The PoD is in the 19th century, so whatever colonial possessions were in the hands of Denmark or Sweden at the time are still theirs. They may also have participated more in the rush for Africa.
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wolfsoren Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
I always end up scared of Novgorod and Muscovy in terms of the Baltic.

Interesting. Excellent work. =D
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Rarayn Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
EU2/FTG is not kind to the Russians at all. Novgorod is more or less specifically designed to lose without putting up a fight, which is kind of sad. As much as I like EU2 it was a tad too deterministic about some things.
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wolfsoren Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Yeah, getting in a war with Muscovy, Novgorod, or Kazan in the beginning is suicide. That being said, everything from Murmansk to Livonia looks appetizing after a while.
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Monsieur-Crasque Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Great job! And my home city (Gothenburg) made capital made my day :la: Its position in the kingdom makes it very believable :) I would love to see true scandinavism again IRL <3
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
I bet that after the Great War Filand would be offered to join the commonwealth.
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
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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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
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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Rarayn Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
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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