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United Baltic Duchy Map by Rarayn United Baltic Duchy Map by Rarayn
This map depicts the United Baltic Duchy, a state which was proposed but never truly saw the light of day. Its creation was proposed by the Baltic German and Russian aristocracy towards the end of the Great War, and it was to be in personal union with the Crown of Prussia. The Kaiser declined the proposal historically for a variety of reasons, greatest of which was probably the fact that Germany wasn't exactly doing all that well in 1918, with the Allies gaining ground and the German Revolution making a mess of things at home.

In any case, in this universe - which I may or may not chose to develop further depending on how well this map is received - things went well for the German Empire in the Great War, and the Kaiser was in a position to accept the proposal from the Baltic nobles. This resulted in the creation of the planned United Baltic Duchy, with Adolf Friedrich, Duke of Mecklenburg, as the first head of state. (Under the Kaiser, of course.)

The divisions are based on what Wikipedia tells me is how they were going to organize this new United Duchy, with 7 cantons/districts total. Those seven cantons were to be Courland (and Semigallia), Latgallia, South Livonia, North Livonia, Estonia, Ísel and Riga.
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VoCSe Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Latgallia is all wrong. The reason for this is that the United Baltic Duchy on your map is made up of the 3 Baltic Provinces (Estonia, Livonia and Courland). The first 2 were annexed by Russia by the Treaty of Nystad (1721, from Sweden) and the last one by the 3rd Polish Partition (1795, from Polish suzerainty). But Latgallia, to the northeast of Courland, was annexed by the First Polish Partition (1772, from Poland) and, apparently being judged too small to form its own province, was joined administratively to territory to its east also annexed from Poland, eventually ending up as part of Vitebsk Province. So unless the people behind the United Baltic Duchy decided to apply the name incorrectly - and there's nothing on Wikipedia about that - or Wikipedia is wrong on there being a canton by that name - which, of course, you wouldn't find out from them - you need to modify the map. My guess is that you based yours on this one:

[link]

It shows a Baltic entity of sorts made up of Estonia, Livonia and most of Courland, as well as sections of Pskov and Vitebsk Provinces, including a part of Latgallia. The map is from 1920, after the United Baltic Duchy had ceased to be a factor but before the political situation had settled. It's the only map I've ever seen to depict that boundary, and I assume it to be a line of actual control prior to the Polish-Latvian conquest of Daugavpils (Latgallia's most important city) in January of that year. It vaguely resembles the Latvian-Bolshevik frontline on this map:

[link]

Anyway, here's a map of Latgallia in Latvia for reference:

[link]
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Rarayn Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
IIRC I based the borders of Latgallia on the borders depicted on a map of Russian governorates in the Baltics. Perhaps things were reorganized after the Polish partitions?
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VoCSe Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
I have seen a lot of maps depicting the Baltic Provinces, many dating to the time of the Russian Empire; even one of the maps I linked you too shows Russian provinces in faint dotted lines. Latgallia's northwestern border on your map didn't show up on any of those maps.
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Rarayn Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Hm, I might have misinterpreted the map I used originally then. Thank you for the detailed feedback. I'll see about doing something about it eventually.
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VoCSe Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
No problem.
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sehr gut...
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Ienkoron Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Very interesting...
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Thanks.
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Ienkoron Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
:D
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Salidas16 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
amazing. I love central powers victory maps
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Thanks. They can be pretty fun yeah. :D
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azivegu Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
cool, i was just looking that up a few hours ago xD (also on wikipedia)
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Thanks.
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what texture did you use for this just wondering :D
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
The one I used was 106 from this collection: [link]

I used is as the background layer, then duplicated it and put it in a layer above all the other layers. This "Foreground" layer has its layer setting set to "Multiply" which results in the effect you see on this map and a bunch of my other maps as well.
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome! thanks!
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! beautiful
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Thanks! :D
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np :p mate
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful :dummy:
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Thanks, I figured you'd like it! :D
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lamnay Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Nice one, I find the Central Power's plans in the east to be fascinating.
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Thanks. I wouldn't call them plans as much as opportunities that popped up in the wake of and during the Russian Revolution. Neither the United Baltic Duchy or the Kingdom of Lithuania seems to have actually been planned beforehand, for instance.
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lamnay Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Well you know what I mean. That and the Russian Civil War are among my favourite things to study.
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KCammy Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Stop making these maps. They're too good. How am I supposed to get any attention if you keep making maps like this? :D
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
By copying my style, of course!

Seriously though, these maps aren't actually that difficult to make. Just tedious. Without the textures, they're not actually that interesting to look at. XD
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KCammy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
I still think they're goof. :D
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NivekVonBeldo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That is pretty good map, even the people of kaiserreich can used it.
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Thanks! :D
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Small error: correct German is Vereinigtes Baltisches Herzogtum. Good map.
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Grammar error, huh? Guess that's what I get for copypasting from an article I didn't really understand. I'll get it fixed ASAP; thanks for pointing it out!
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem.
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Fenn-O-maniC Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good map!
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Thanks!
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
That one's bound to have a cultural and linguistic effect on the Baltic peoples.
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
With a Post-Romantic PoD, it would probably be more accurate to say that stuff would stay they way they were up until then instead of changing as a result of the Germans getting kicked out by Stalin after WW2.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Were the Stalinist expulsions really that extensive?
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
After the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the Baltic Germans in the now Soviet Baltic states were forced to leave by both Hitler and Stalin himself, the former following a policy that essentially boiled down to "Germans everywhere, come home!". (He didn't want them to fall prey to the horrors of "Jewish Bolshevism" and such)

Whoever remained after that were either assimilated or kicked out after WW2. Some probably returned later, and the remains of some old Baltic German organizations still remain, but the Baltic German culture as a whole never really recovered.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Though Estonia is apparently home to very German-sounding surnames.
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