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Request - The Land of Eternal Twilight by ToixStory Request - The Land of Eternal Twilight by ToixStory
A request for :icontardis218: Colonial names done with help from Anton Larsson.

This map shows a world in which Sweden, following the Thirty Years War, managed to hold on to its status as the premiere power in northern Europe, playing Poland and Russia against themselves to remain in control of the Baltic in almost every way. Now, hundreds of years later in the mid-20th century, Sweden rules an empire across the world, from North America to the Pacific Islands. It is a rich and powerful empire built on trade within and without the empire of the many goods Sweden manufactures, farms, or mines.

The Swedish Empire, however, is interesting in that it is not an empire in the traditional sense. Technically, Sweden is still a kingdom and all lands, no matter where they are, are as much a part of Sweden as Stockholm is. Rather than colonial possessions or separate parts of government, Sweden's colonies have a say within Sweden's parliament. This has led to a greater mixing of peoples throughout the Swedish Realm, with Africans and Pacific Islanders being found all around the Swedish metropole while European Swedes can be found in the Gold Coast, Comoros Islands, and elsewhere.

Interestingly enough, this system, while good for a colonial power, will ultimately be the downfall of the Swedish colonial empire in the latter half of the 20th century. Educated men (and women) from Africa and Ceylon during the time period this map is set in will later come back to their homelands with a better idea of how to lead their people, and thus eventually free them from direct Swedish rule. Many former colonies, later in the century, will remain somewhat tied to Sweden, however, like the Commonwealth of our own world.

In the early-to-mid 20th century, the odd man out, though, is New Sweden. It straddles the line of colony as it is technically part of the North American Confederation, a very loose group of former English, French, Dutch, Spanish, and Swedish colonies in the New World that have banded together to form a single entity. Due to the loose nature of the confederation, New Sweden retains certain relationships with the metropole, and is thus often considered part of the Swedish Realm. With nearly a million Swedes having migrated to New Sweden from 1850-1900 alone, it is little wonder why New Sweden is still so tied to its mother country.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this map. It was a lot of fun doing this request. Look for a short story based on this map to come out sometime soon! If you enjoyed this map and want to support me, check out my Patreon. For just $1 a month, you can get bonus rewards, including an extra Patreon-exclusive map! If you want to get these maps earlier or check out more content you won't see on deviantart, check out my website!
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BadgingBadger Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
1. What territories does TTL's Germany control? How different was german unification?
2. What happened to the spanish and portuguese empires?
3. What about England? Did they go through a parliamentary revolution like OTL? How big is their colonial empire?
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:icontoixstory:
ToixStory Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I honestly don't know and never really thought about it. All the thought went into the Swedes.
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ZachValkyrie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Professional Writer
As a fourth generation Swede-in-exile in the North American Confederacy, I approve highly of this map.
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monterrang Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Student General Artist
this is fake, they didn't nuke norway in here!
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:iconvonabend:
vonAbend Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016
I think I can see my house! ;) 
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Lordnarunh Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I have alternate fantasies about Sweden as a colonizing power in a Steampunk world. Great map, liked it a lot! Greetings from Hungary!
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:iconmaptigan:
maptigan Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
What is your point of divergence, BTW? Some of what is Sweden in this timeline still belonged to Norway up until 1658 (as part of Denmark-Norway), and I was hoping we could've have kept them. ;) 
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maptigan Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
Awesome work! Just a few comments on some of the place names... There was a Swedish town where St. Petersburg is today, and it was called Nyen, after the fortress Nyenskans. Of course, the city may have had a name change, but Christianburg is not a very Swedish name. It would have to be Christiansborg, if anything. Also in Ingria, the city of Trotsk was named so after Trotsky in the 20's. Not a very likely name for a Swedish town in this timeline. Udden Pitre sounds a bit weird, as today's Point-á-Pitre comes from the name Pieter. Maybe Petersudden would be better? And my last comment is regarding Port-of-Spain, which is called Spainhamn here. That's a good mix of English and Swedish, but I guess it would be more likely to be named Spanska Hamnen or something similar.
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SamBiswas95 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 7, 2017  Hobbyist
You're absolutely have a point there
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reinexxx Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016
This stuff is absolutely mindblowing! :-D
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:icontoixstory:
ToixStory Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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EricVonSchweetz Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
What's area and population has Swedish Realm currently in Sweden-Finland today?
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:icontoixstory:
ToixStory Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure what you're asking, I'm afraid. I have a Swedish friend, so you can send your question in Swedish if it'd help.
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InfernoMole Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
It is nice to see Ashanti independent, even if Russia does not have Petersburg.
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Tullamareena Featured By Owner May 2, 2016
Oh my god, this is phenomenally good; all the detail and quality, the way the mainland and the colonies are displayed, the colours and the paper background. The way you did it makes it a very believable scenario. Can I ask, how long did it take to make?
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:icontoixstory:
ToixStory Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the kind words! It took about a month to make, all told, and was well worth the time. :)
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ChowHound37 Featured By Owner May 2, 2016
"Sweden is not overpowered!"
- Paradox Interactive

Wink/Razz 
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:icontoixstory:
ToixStory Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, just because I can take over Russia as Sweden in EUIV doesn't mean Sweden is overpowered. ;)
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KingWillhamII Featured By Owner May 2, 2016
Very nice.
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ZekSora Featured By Owner May 1, 2016
My God. Brilliant map. Just lovely.
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BadgingBadger Featured By Owner Edited May 1, 2016
could Gustav Adolphus surviving the war be considered a PoD for this scenario?
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:icontoixstory:
ToixStory Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That works for me! Haha.
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BadgingBadger Featured By Owner May 2, 2016
You're welcome.
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DaneOfScandinavy Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome scenario. Awesome map. Instant fave.
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:icontoixstory:
ToixStory Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, glad you approve! :)
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Dottie12345 Featured By Owner May 1, 2016
I love that fact that while this Swedish Empire might have only small colonies, their far-flung nature means that Sweden had effectively become like Britain: an Empire on which the sun never sets. You mentioned that, of course, but I find that idea interesting. I always loved Sweden, even if they were a little pushy to their southern neighbors at times *coughcoughthedelugecoughcough*. 

Also, Poland seems quite a bit larger for this time period. It is the mid 1900's, right? Please correct me, but it would seem the border is much like pre-partitioned Poland-Lithuania. 
Also, what happened to the culture of conquered areas like the Baltic states, the Gold Coast, or Ceylon?
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ToixStory Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, it is the mid-1900s and Poland is still quite large. In this scenario Sweden did better at using Poland as an ally to get Russia off their backs and as a consequence (and because Germany is more divided and weaker) Poland is still a major power in Eastern Europe.

The Baltic states are still pretty distinct from Sweden with waves of nationalism in the 19th century establishing themselves firmly in the area. Though people from the Baltic still think of themselves as part of Sweden (if not ethnically Swedish) people on the Gold Coast and Ceylon don't. As mentioned in the text, within a few decades Sweden is forced to give up its more populous colonies but establishes a sort of Commonwealth-like relationship with them.
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Undevicesimus Featured By Owner May 1, 2016   Artist
Very cool! Go Sweden! Flag of Sweden :la: Flag of Sweden 
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:icontoixstory:
ToixStory Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of my good foreign friends is Swedish so I wanted to do him justice. :) Maybe I will do Belgium someday as well? 
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maptigan Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016
As a Norwegian, I think Sweden could just as well have us, too. 
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Undevicesimus Featured By Owner May 2, 2016   Artist
Haha, a Belgian empire! That would be awesome indeed! ^^
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Jockehh Featured By Owner May 1, 2016
Wow, so neat. Very very very cool map. I wish I will ever get close to your mapmaking skills :D

Also, is Pommerania changed culture or language wise in this timeline? It must have been under Swedish administration for hundreds and hundreds of years.
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:icontoixstory:
ToixStory Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I figure in this world Pomerania, being so close to Sweden, is likely very Swedish at this point. Speaking Swedish, having Swedish culture mores, etc. It helps that Stettin is, in this scenario, a very vital part of Sweden's dominance of Baltic trade so Sweden has spent a lot more time making Pomerania a part of their nation.
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Maine86 Featured By Owner May 1, 2016
Don't touch New Caledonia!!! :P
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ToixStory Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If it helps the French overseas empire in this world is more extensive than in ours. ;) Trading New Caledonia for Hawaii and Malaysia is a good trade, I think.
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Hardwing Featured By Owner May 1, 2016
Amazing map!
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Interesting scenario for using a parallel empire to show how an imperial confederation could work and fail at the same time.
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LaTexiana Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Very nice. I especially like New Sweden.The Delmarva Peninsula and Delaware Bay can be difficult to make aesthetically pleasing, but you did it.  
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:icontoixstory:
ToixStory Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to admit I have a soft spot for the place since Steven Universe, haha.
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LaTexiana Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I attempted to watch that, but only finished the first episode. What, in your opinion, makes the show worth watching? Everyone seems to love it, so I'll probably end up giving it another try sooner or later. 
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ToixStory Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the art style, the creative story, the amazing and diverse characters, the catchy songs, etc.
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Paramountica Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful! 
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016
Definitely a brilliant piece of work as ever!
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Spiritswriter123 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh god, a land where the movie Twilight is always being played, what madness!

(real comment to be added in a bit)
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