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TL-442 Kingdom of Italy by Kurarun TL-442 Kingdom of Italy by Kurarun
Continuing with my series of maps from TL-442, I give you the Federal Kingdom of Italy circa 1900.

Italy is much stronger in this world that it was in our own. Italy was Conquered by France during the Napoleonic Wars, but something had to be done with it once it was removed from France's iron grip. It couldn't be divided back up into tiny duchies once again, that would leave each nation weak and vulnerable, the British wanted Italy to be strong, so it could resist any further attempts to conquer it. It was decided that Italy would be divided into a few, large states, with some smaller states where unique or distinct cultures and languages were present. In addition to this, the Italian Confederation was created, mirroring the creation of the German Confederation to the north which acted as a successor to the Holy Roman Empire.

Within the Italian Confederation, it quickly became apparent that Milan was THE power in Italy. Not the largest Italian nation in terms of land, but the largest in terms of population and economy. Under the guidance of King Alfonso V Milan set about using its power and influence to unite Italy. Of course, some nations resisted, especcially the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, but the entire north of Italy united, and their military might crushed the south in the War of Italian Unification once and for all.

Now Italy enjoys a comfortable position as a naval power in the Mediterranean. They're not as strong as Britain or France, but they dominate the Balkans to the east, where they have worked to free many nations from the grip of the Ottoman Empire. Combined with an old, but active, alliance with Britain and a colonial empire not to be coughed at, this makes Italy one of the most powerful nations in the world.

Edit: Changed the labels in the Balkans.
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NomadicSky Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Nnnnnniiiiiiiiiicccccccceeeeee!!!!!!!!!
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NomadicSky Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
images of this quality are in text books, I've even seen similar ones that dont have outside borders I think its awesome. I'd love to know more about that world.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, thank you! This map is very old, though - it's no where near as good as my more recent ones. :)
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Spetsnaz08 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
And the Canton Ticino?
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be perfectly honest, not much of this map actually makes sense. I made it quite some time ago and I didn't really stick to what was plausible when I did.
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Ooooookay. That was relevant, but rather random.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
That information comes up when you type in "Kingdom of Italy" on Wikipedia.
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Chanimur Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really liking this series. Do you plan to show all of Europe, or dare I say it, the world?
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Kurarun Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!

I'm definitely planning to show all of Europe, but showing the entire world may take some time...
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