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A Strike For Liberty by DaFreak47 A Strike For Liberty by DaFreak47
So this is my contest entry for the Australia contest. This is the very first time I ever entered a contest on DA so I hope it turned out well. I learned a WHOOOLLLLEEE lot making this map.

So I didnt know ANYTHING about Australia, Oceania, or Southeast Asia before I started working on this map. Now I know a little bit, but Im sure that I messed up quite a lot, so please dont assume that I know anything about anything. Ill fix up this description when I have the time.

So basically here's what happened(in a nutshell)...

-The Dutch East India Company approved of Pierre Purry's plan to establish trading posts and small settlements around the Gulf of Carpentaria and Northern Australia(New Holland). The plan was to make further contact with the Aboriginals and search for valuable minerals and spices. The use of native laborers was needed, due to the fact that immigration from Europe was slow, but after the natives were devasted by western diseases the settlers were forced to bring in laborers from the islands to the north, causing an increase in non-caucasian settlers. Over the decades, the population of New Holland became dominantly "Indonesian" as refugees fled from disruption by the Dutch East India Company and native wars. (EVENTUALLY New Holland would join the rest of the East Indies in rebellion against the Dutch, and become a state of the United States of Indonesia. By that time, the remaining Dutch population have undergone decolonization, leaving behind only Indonesians).

-Under pressure by the Dutch, James Cook was able to persuade the British government more quickly to start up colonization of eastern Australia. James Matra, an American Loyalist, was given permission by the British government to establish a colony in eastern Australia for other American Loyalists from states like Virginia and Carolina who needed a new place to farm. The colony would be the first convict free colony, soon followed by others. Later, Matra would establish a second colony in the (at the time) under explored southern island of New Zealand. Matras colonies became self supportive early on and spread new techniques to other British colonies, attracting thousands of colonists from Great Britain, Ireland, and America. After World War I, the colonies declared their independence from Great Britain, modeling themselves after the United States. Great Britain tried to intervene but was halted by the newly formed Leage of Nations, and the Republic had its independence.

-Before the British could lay claim to western Australia, the French claimed it and began settling the west coast. French West Australia was a mixing pot for French settlers and Portugues traders, recieving settlers from all over southern Europe. The country's population remained relatively low and it remained a dominion/territory of France.
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jonbluestone Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Simple and magnificent - and allow me to qualify that. There is no such thing as a simple map for the scale and the manner in which they are prepared seldom if ever provides the observer with the information which is being presented. This is why we have regional maps, even fine-detail maps (but you know that). I do not make maps, at least not here at dA, but I collect them in reality and have maps of my home county of Middlesex, England which go back at least a thousand years so I could see the land where I was born throughout the ages. Anyway, your map is exceptional and having read the back-story for it, it absolutely works.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much. These days, I am too busy to make maps like I used to, for the most part. Occasionally I upload a small-scale simplistic map just to give life to an idea before it disappears forever, and I still try to start large maps, but I always bore a week or so in and give up. Ever since the quality of my maps increased with experience, it has begun to take months longer to finish a map and I simply don't have the time or patience at this point in my life. If it wasn't obvious from my maps, I live in Texas and most of my maps are centered around Texas, the American south, the American West, and Central America. The reason for this is that history in this "Middle America" is almost, if not just as, complicated as the history of Europe, ranging from the ancient Toltecs to the inevitable conflict between the USA and Mexico over "Aztlan" and its Latino inhabitants. And it is my home. While I do frequently study historical maps of the region, I find more joy in making my own. 

This map was interesting, because I went into it with almost no knowledge of Australia or cartography, expecting everyone to start poking holes in my history, but to my surprise I received nothing but praise. It was a pleasant surprise. 
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jonbluestone Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I guess I'm a honorary Texan then - lived in Dallas between 1992-97 and Fort Worth between 1997-99. Now back in England but seen all over Texas while I lived there and it sorta colored my world view to be honest with you. I miss Texas and the good folks of considerably. Now you may take it for granted, but for me, originally from London, seeing the horizon for the first time - unbroken was marvelous. Visiting the Palaxy River and it's fossilized dinosaur and human footprints. Going all the way down to Marfa and sleeping out in my car and waking up to find a bottle of water had frozen over night into a solid block of ice. Houston, the flies and the humidity, Ft. Worth & Dallas, the dust storms, those amazing sunsets and the chirping insects - all of this very alien to a low-lander like me. And then there is the language; there are words in use there that only appear in Texas and I tend to use them a lot these days - and finally my love of Tex-Mex began there as did my introduction to Jeff Foxworthy, but he's not necessarily a Texan export.
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NomadicSky Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
I'd be interesting to transport that to our world. I wonder if what's left of our Oz would join.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I doubt it. The northern territory would probably side with and join the eastern republic, but Western Australia has already made a formal statement insuring that if the rest of Australia were to cut its ties with the British and the Commonwealth, then it would secede and remain a Dominion.
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KitFisto1997 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I'd be living in New Virginia
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ex-Merica
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ramones1986 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What's the capital of New Holland?
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Arnhem. Its on the map, but New Holland itself is a part of Indonesia, which has its capital in Jakarta. 
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ramones1986 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's interesting! Are they speaking Malay?
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