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Emperor of Emperors by ToixStory Emperor of Emperors by ToixStory
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This isn't as much a serious delve into alternate history, instead more trying out a technique involving both GIMP and Inkscape. Tell me what you all think! I'm hoping it'll be a nice way to use both methods of mapmaking, and with some inspiration from 1Blomma's Photoshop maps.

The basic idea of the map is that, rather than the Palaiologoi dynasty taking over the rule of the Roman Empire (or, as it was later known, the Byzantine Empire), the Komnenos Doukas dynasty from the Despotate of Epirus under Theodore Komnenos Doukas succeeded in reuniting the Roman Empire and taking back Constantinople decades earlier than the Palaiologoi. With this earlier success comes a greater age following the retaking of Constantinople for the Romans. Theodore and his successors managed to not just retake the empire but expand its borders, driving deep into the vulnerable Bulgarians and driving out all the Latin Empire holdouts. Even Trezibond is brought back into the imperial fold.

This map depicts the Roman Empire at its maximum extent while ruled by the dynasty, specifically under Michael III Komnenos Doukas, who pushed back both Iconium and Servia, the former with a little help by the Ilkhanate who is still set on extending its rule over all Muslims in the Middle East. Under Michael III, the Roman Empire has become a powerful force in the region once again, showing off the muscle that once ruled most of the European continent.

However, misfortune strikes the Komnenos Doukas dynasty shortly after Michael III's death, as both his sons had died and rule is passed to a young nephew who, after a short rain of 1307-1311, abdicates in favor of a new family: the Palaiologoi. Though in our history they lost their empire, the Palaiologoi of this world come into power at the helm of a much stronger Roman Empire, one flush with trade and business and blessed with a strong military. However, both Iconium and the Ilkhanate border on the edge of collapse, which could spill chaos across the whole of Asia Minor. Even by 1311, Trebizond is ruled only in theory by Constantinople. Meanwhile, in Europe, the Golden Horde is a major threat to the east, while the Hungarians and Holy Roman Empire, as well as the rise of Venice and Genoa, threaten Roman sovereignty.

Only time will tell whether the Roman Empire will whether this crisis as they have before, perhaps even growing stronger by taking advantage of their enemies, or whether, as in our world, the Palaiologoi will be the last rulers of Rome.
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:iconvalente1776:
Valente1776 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2017
basemap?
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:iconlaplandar:
LaplandAr Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you have the same map but with today's borders?
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:iconvorropohaiah:
vorropohaiah Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
lovely map! but no Malta :(
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:iconbadgingbadger:
BadgingBadger Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015
DEM DELICIOUS SHORE BORDER OUTLINES
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grisador Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
Nice idea :nod:
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:iconkuusinen:
Kuusinen Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful 
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:iconeadorimthryth:
eadorimthryth Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
looks awesome. A tip, make the gradient blue of the oceans/seas large. On how I see it it's about ten px (or so) (I am looking at it on a tablet), what you  could do is making it twice as thick, so it there is not that abrupt end of blue.  
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ToixStory Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The problem with that is that the "abrupt" end of blue is the point, as it's to show the general shadow of the continents while the oceans/seas themselves are a nice white neutral color so as to not muddy up the look of the map. Making it larger would make it look, well, ugly.
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:iconeadorimthryth:
eadorimthryth Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Fair enough. How would it look without the blue? 
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:icontoixstory:
ToixStory Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would look too plain, most likely. I think it looks good the way it is, personally.
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:iconeadorimthryth:
eadorimthryth Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure, in the end it is what you like most.
Nevertheless I am almost jealous at how well you made map. I defiantly can't do that 
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:iconsdiar:
sdiar Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
love the idea. great work!! :)
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:iconbruiser128:
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
So does this affects in particular the Grand Duchy of Moscow?
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:iconledaverix:
LeDaverix Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the map technique Looks great :)
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:icondelshaunlashae28:
Delshaunlashae28 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
It s great indeed
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Great work love it!
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:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Do you plan on continuing this? As this looks awesome!
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:iconvaryar77:
varyar77 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Very nice work! One question - what country is that between Hungary, Bulgaria and the Golden Horde? Some kind of Russian state?
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:icontoixstory:
ToixStory Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not really a country so much as territory that is currently not really controlled by a specific power due to the chaos following the Mongol invasions.
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:iconvaryar77:
varyar77 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
Gotcha - thanks!
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Spiritswriter123 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait wait wait, I'd like to take just a second to translate the title into Iranian: Shahanshahanshahanshah ((King of Kings) of (King of Kings))
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