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Kingdom of Brandenburg 1622 by Rarayn Kingdom of Brandenburg 1622 by Rarayn
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- Tinted the land a light shade of brown and darkened the water to make it more clear which is which. (Was originally slightly confusing at first glance.)

- Made the rest of the map German since most of the text was already in German. Translation of the title can be found below for those who need it.

- Changed the markers for the regional capitals of Mecklenburg and the Pomeranias to regular city markers for the sake of consistency.


The title on the map means "The Kingdom of Brandenburg Following the Edict of Trier 1622"


A map of the Kingdom of Brandenburg to go with the flag I made...God, July 2011? Seriously? Time passes too fast these days. [link]

The Hohenzollerns had a different set of failures and successes here. It's more nautically oriented than the OTL Brandenburg/Prussia, not that that's much of an accomplishment. Prussia was never even secularized as a Lutheran duchy here.

The year is pretty much just a placeholder at this point. The Edict of Trier is supposed to be the end of some sort of very alternate Thirty Years War. (Which didn't last thirty years or started or ended at the same time) The end result is a dissolution/split of the HRE as a result of an even more antagonistic relationship between *Protestants and Catholics than OTL. The whole thing's pretty vague at this point. I pretty much just wanted to illustrate the Brandenburg I had in mind when I made the flag last summer.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Rarayn, do u know if there is any way to make such great long dotted lines in Photoshop?
Or is there a way to import a photoshop file to a program where I can do it?
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
I wouldn't know; I am not very familiar with how Photoshop works or what it can do.

I used GIMP to make this, and GIMP can open .psd files, but due to differences in how the two programs interpret layers, there's usually some weird issues. Assuming there's no way to make lines like this in Photoshop, I suppose you could always first finish what you need to do in Photoshop, export it as a .png, and then add in the extra lines you want in GIMP.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That´s a great idea, I´ll search for some dotted line tutorials
in gimp then and get it, thanks!
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Not sure if there's any tutorials around, but I'll try to explain it:
1. Select the "Paths" tool

2. Draw the line(s) you want with it

3. Click "Stroke Path"

4. Set "Line width" to 1 or a similarly low number

5. Click "Line Style" and change "Dash preset" to "Long Dashes"

6. Click "Stroke"
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Look this is what u have done to me XD:

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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow great I´ll test it in the next days! If it´s that easy I shall be able to
handle it. I really wonder why Photoshop has so much, but no good dotted lines
tool or option. The one it has sucks actually^^

Thanks for your help, much appreciated!
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
No problem! You can get other types of dotted lines with the method I mentioned as well, but the type I mentioned is my personal favorite.

It could be that Photoshop does have a method for generating good dotted lines, but I am not experienced enough with it to tell. I only have it because I needed it to edit flag and shield templates for EU2, and haven't really used it much.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great I´ll surely find out after u luminated my way^^

Btw. are u planning on doing new projects? I always thought your maps are
one of the greatest here on DA.
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
I do have some stuff planned, but I have no idea when I'll actually get around to making or finishing any of it.
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Greavyard Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Supports
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Pischinovski Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Great map! Very interessting :)
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Thanks!
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That map is beautiful, very clean and you get a great overview!

I wonder if anyone thought about calling Berlin, just Cölln XD
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Waffle-Republic Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NEIN
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:P
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Waffle-Republic Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Entweder ich lebe in Berlin oder Wilmersdorf. ABER NICHT CÖLLN!
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is doch alles das Gleiche hahaha XD
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Waffle-Republic Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nein :(
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Thank you, I am glad you liked it! :D

Just calling it Cölln would be kind of funny, yeah. XD

I also thought about keeping the Brandenburgian capital in the old electoral capital of Tangermünde because I thought the name sounded cooler, but it wouldn't exactly be very central or practical. >.>
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tangermünde sounds really cool, but I like central-positionated capitals more^^

It´s really awesome, how the Prussian-Brandenburger could make out of that sandy, bad regions a great-power of Europe. You know it was called: Die Streubüchse des Reiches. Something like: The sand-box of the empire. XD

Because Brandenburg has a bad ground and had many swamps. But discipline and order changed it^^
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Yes, I read as much in the Iron Kingdom. I believe the territories around Berlin were even referred to as a desert at one point. Regardless of what one thinks about the Hohenzollerns in general, one can't deny that they had a lot of able administrators on their family tree.
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KCammy Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I know what you mean about time...
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Time passes slowly when you need it to pass fast and vice versa. >_<
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KCammy Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Damn my human perception of time.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
So in essence, Brandenburg becomes that TL's Prussia?
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Brandenburg was literally OTL's Prussia. :XD:

But no, there is no Prussia analogue here. The closest you get is probably Wettin-ruled Bohemia.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Curious choice, though.
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Yeah, though there really isn't a proper Prussia analogue here at all. Prussia's success historically was mostly luck, after all.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Lucky bastard. :XD:

Also, what of Austria?
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
I haven't decided what to do with Austria yet. I am half tempted to have the Habsburgs succeed in reclaiming this ancestral lands in Switzerland, only to be kicked out of Austria proper by Corvinus' Black Brigade. The "Archduchy of Swabia" has a nice ring to it, does it not?
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
How about "The Imperial Archduchy of Helvetia?"
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Why establish a new title when there's a perfectly good, old and prestigious one just lying around gathering dust? :3

That said, the Habsburgs would probably hold onto the title of "Archduke of Austria" no matter how little of the actual Austria they controlled. :XD:
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FederalRepublic Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Really well made, though a legend would be practical (why are there stars at Wolgast, Schwerin and Stettin mean for example).

Also now I want to see the rest of Germany (or at least the north)... (County of Mark, oh what a beautiful place...)
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Been so long since I needed a legend that I forgot all about it. I decided to just change the stars into regular markers instead though. More consistent that way.

I have a few vague plans about the rest of Germany, but nothing proper yet, with the possibly exception of Meissen-Bohemia.
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FederalRepublic Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Ah. So if I could give you an idea: The United Duchies of Jülich-Cleves-Berg ([link]) are a fascinating thing ;)
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Ah yes, I do quite like the United Duchies. I feel I have to be careful about what I meddle with thereabouts, however. The Lower Rhenish territories will be heavily featured in my more serious Burgundy/Lotharingia timeline, so I don't want to give them too great a role here.
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Kristo1594 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woah :D love this map because you marked my hometown :happybounce:

and just because you used the German names :D
Cispomerania = Vorpommern
Transpomerania = Hinterpommern
Lower Lusatia = Niederlausitz
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Which one's your hometown? :0

I might as well just make the whole map German in that case. If I change those, only the title and "Baltic Sea" will remain English. XD
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Kristo1594 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gardelegen :D

haha jeah x'D
or you make a German version :D
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
"Gardelegen" means "Doctor of the Royal Guard" in Norwegian. I don't think that title actually exists, but I found it funny anyway. XD

At this point, it would take longer to make a fully English version than a fully German version. XD

...Though my grasp on German is rudimentary at best, so I don't know how to translate the header. >.>
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Kristo1594 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha xD in "Gardelegen" comes from "Garde" guard and "legen" lie/rest :D so it's just the place where a guard rested xD

haha yes X'D

Kingdom of Brandenburg 1622? xD
That's Das Königreich Brandenburg 1622
Koenigereich because dA can't show Ö in the header :D
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
I was referring to the header on the map itself. The "following the Edict of Trier 1622" part, to be more exact.
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Kristo1594 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh okay xD "Die Mark Brandenburg nach dem Trier Edikt 1622" :D
Brandenburg wasn't called Königreich(Kingdom) xD just Mark^^ sorry my fault :)

haha xD I could translate your map if you want :D
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Brandenburg was never a kingdom historically, but it was given a royal title during or after the war leading to the "Edict of Trier" and the great split of the Holy Roman Empire in this alternate timeline. ^^

"Das Königreich Brandenburg nach dem Trier Edikt 1622" then?

I really should try actually learning German one of these days, considering how often I do things related to the HRE. @_@
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firelord-zuko Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting?
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
You tell me. XD
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firelord-zuko Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
lol yes it is, though a little odd.
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
The "history", the style or both? XD
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firelord-zuko Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Especially the title. "Kingdom of Brandenburg". I was about to go on a long rant concerning the Kingdom of the Germans before I read the description.
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
I normally wouldn't come up with something like a Kingdom of Brandenburg without a Napoleonic PoD, but that didn't fit with what I had in mind when I came up with this, so the only solution I could think of was an earlier dissolution of the HRE following a very bloody religious struggle.

...I came up with a scenario like this almost solely because the "Kingdom of Brandenburg" sounded and looked really cool, to be honest. :XD:
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