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Fredonian Republics (iPad Idea #10) by DaFreak47 Fredonian Republics (iPad Idea #10) by DaFreak47
I am quite pleased with this scenario. I know exactly what happened here, but I'm curious to see how all of you interpret this map. Type in the comments what you think this scenario is and Ill tell you how right, or wrong, you were.
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ooOOoo Appalachian Free State eh? sounds interesting! do explain!
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I made another version of this that looks a lot better. The Appalachian Free State is basically a parallel of the Orange Free State, with its inhabitants being mostly from the southern British colonies. The revolutionaries, having lost the war of independence from Great Britain, took their family and livestock and fled into the Appalachian mountains. The state is mostly militaristic with a history of border skirmishes against the Indian protectorates and neighboring British colonial dominions. The countries four "states" function relatively independently of each other, with the central government only control international trade and organizing the state militias.

When I redo this map, I'll change the name to "Alleghenian Free State" as I have since discovered that the word "Appalachian" didn't refer to the entire mountain range until sometime after the POD. I also plan to make its states more sparse and chaotic, to show the chaos in which the country was formed. I also feel that an ethnic map would be interesting, as much of the territory would still be inhabited by different native tribes. 
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool! It'd be awesome if you gave me permission to do a map on this as well!
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Of course. A couple other people have done just that, but I haven't been too impressed by other people's renditions, mainly because they weren't as realistic, but I do believe that there is room for improvement in my own idea as well. 
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll try and not let you down :D
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Awesome. I advice making the states more complicated and chaotic. 
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds like a plan :)
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
*advise... 
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SPARTAN-127 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
For sure: Aliens.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Psh, Canada doesn't exist here.
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Shikku27316 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Vandalia?
...I'm interested, though it's probably not what I was thinking of.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
In OTL it was a proposed British colony in present day West Virginia and eastern Tennessee. It was named in honor of Queen Charlotte, thought to be a descendant of the Vandals. An alternate name was "Westsylvania". Now that I think about it, Westsylvania might have been better, but I'm still okay with Vandalia.
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Shikku27316 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
A descendant of the Vandals? That's strange. It's not very possible, and I don't know why they would want to say that. The Vandals didn't have the best reputation then.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I didn't say it was likely, only that they thought so and proposed it as the name of a colony.

I did about 5 minutes of research and thought up this very poor explanation. Tracing back Queen Charlotte's ancestry on her father's side, I could go back to 1090 to Niklot, a pagan chief of a slavic group in modern Mecklenburg. He was an ancestor of the House of Mecklenburg, which is where Queen Charlotte came from before being married to King George III of England. Until pretty recently, "King of the Wends" was part of Denmark's and Sweden's monarchical titles. The Wends were a group of Western Slavic people who also formerly lived in Mecklenburg. In Latin, "King of the Wends" is translated to "vandalorum rex", which also happens to mean "King of the Vandals". Because of this, it might have been believed that there was at least a possibility that the House of Mecklenburg, and thereby Queen Charlotte, were descended from the Vandals.

This isn't a very good explanation, and I didn't think to just look up "Was Queen Charlotte a descendant of the Vandals?", but at least it gives some background. I don't really understand why they would want her to be a Vandal, but hey, more power to'em. 
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Shikku27316 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Now I understand, but it's kind of silly still.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Actually, your wrong. Its VERY silly, but just because its silly that doesn't mean that it didn't happen. For whatever reason, they tried to name the colony "Vandalia" in honor of her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vandalia…
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Shikku27316 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
I see. And would you care to explain why you brought up my "wrong"?
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Sarcasm
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jisaacs1962 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The War of 1812 went decisively to the British?
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You've gone a bit too far.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
I guess the American Revolution failed, though not before the founding fathers led a mass migration of independent-minded patriots out of the 13 Colonies.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Bingo, you got it. I got this idea while studying a map of the Boer Republics in South Africa.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Wow! Didn't really expect that. XD
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I just made a new one, old style.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Saw it!
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
On my iPad. Impressive given the circumstances. 
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
I agree. ^^
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CheeseburgerTom Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
The big problem is one of the rallying points during the revolution was that the King had forbidden white settlement west of the crest of the Appalachians.  It was never intended to be permanent, but the folks who liked to go carve out new homesteads and towns in Indian country tended to be well armed and prone to doing whatever they wanted which did not lend itself to peaceful governance so the government was trying to put the brakes on these wildcat settlers.  It is hard to imagine they would allow people they had just fought a war against to go traipsing off into lands the crown claimed and had planned to settle in a reasonable and orderly manner a few decades down the line.
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I don't see that as a problem. When the revolutionaries are forced to migrate west of the Appalachians, they don't exactly ask for the king's permission. They go bringing their families, money, tools, food, and as much livestock as they can herd at one time. They also bring as many guns as possible and continue their guerrilla war against the British. For decades after 1776, the Americans would be fending off the British who would have only superior number and ammunition as their advantages. The Americans would have the terrain, the supplies (local population) and the entire population to back them up. The British would have to sustain long, vulnerable supply lines and get shot at in unknown territory will no hospitality. The Spanish would be secretly smuggling weapons and ammunition across the Mississippi to weaken the British and increase their chances of taking back Florida. The Fredonian Republics wouldn't be powerful or wealthy at all, and they would probably be periodically forced back into the British Empire, but they could most definitely exist.
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