Another map from the archives to prove I'm not dead(yet). Note that this one from 2010 incorporates many ideas I like to use in more recent stuff too, even down to the fascistic imperial China.
Here's a map with a bit of a cheerier color scheme than I usually do. This was inspired by some spitballing between myself and a few of my friends, a few of B_Munro's maps, Edt's "Fight and be right"/"A greater Britain" and John Reilly's short timeline about a central powers victory leading to a militarist germany in a better position than our third reich ever was.
The divergence is Teddy Roosevelt deciding to stump for the Progressive Movement earlier and rejecting the offer to be McKinley's veep. This through the butterfly effect leads to the coup which ended the 100 days reform being shot down(...such a tragedy that the dowager empress happened to fall down those stairs), plus more importantly an over-excited French soldier firing at British positions. The Fashoda crisis boiled over, creating a short, victorious war in which France and russia both narrowly lost. France had to cede Dahomey and Mauritania to Germany while Russia lost Poland(in the congress of vienna borders), Karafuto and Kamatcha both to Japan. Incidently, the balkan wars happened on schedule but ended up less of a turkish defeat with Turkey retaining Thessalonika and Albania. However, things didn't boil into a general war until 1917 when France recognized an independent Hungary which seceded from the wreck of the Austro-hungarian empire(Renegotiating the augschleitch didn't go well). The war was over by 1921 and saw an Anglo-German victory, russia falling into revolution and the "Prussian" centralized authoritarian state model gaining more credibility as opposed to the "soft' french model. The first state to follow this model was the "Emergency Government" which was established in the United Kingdom in 1919 following the 1919 general strike. France lost more colonies this time around, and in an added humiliation even lost Corsica and Savoy. America was not idle during the 1910s, President Roosevelt's government intervened in Mexico(running it as a puppet for 20 years) and created a swath of American client states around the new world. This was at the same time when America had some political and economic reforms such as UHC implented. Incidently, without American involvement in the war there was no clampdown on the left.
In between the wars, while there was no great depression things still got quite interesting. Firstly, a right-wing Georgian man on a horse, by the name of Iosef Oginin a former orthodox priest who was expelled from the priesthood for being violent took over Russia in 1924. A red coup led by notable socialist agitator Benito Mussolini was put down and an authoritarian coalition governent was formed on the model of the "Emergency Government" ruling London since 1919. Following a period of unrest and a near socialist takeover of the Diet, a coalition of ultra-nationalists, junkers, catholic centrists and right-wing government puts forward Manfred Von Richtoften to be the leader of a new "Government of "National Unity". The new "Zenter" party government begins a massive purge of the left in Germany combined with a clampdown on organized labor. With various progressive reforms in place since the Roosevelt years of 1913-21 and no prohibition or resulting crime wave America was doing quite well during this period. However, increasing nativist pressures did force a shutdown of immigration by the early 30s. The increasingly confident United states started butting butting heads with the United Kingdom and throwing it's weight around in latin america. China dodged the warlord era, and had a partially reformed but still quite reactionary imperial government. Japan's right and left political turmoil was problematic, but with the military having less prestige(more repressive response to unrest in the late 1910s looking bad), more international prestige(Japan's siberian gains don't get taken away) and a better economy Japan doesn't tip over the edge. France had a round of political conflict which ended up with a strange coalition of left-wingers and nationalists in power. The world remained at peace until 1942, when Russian forces struck west into Ukraine, with a smaller detatchment hitting into Japanese siberia and Chinese mongolia.
When Russia invaded Europe, and hit Japan it put the "Empire" and France's alliance in a strange position -- that of having a common threat. While there was no direct alliance, French or Japanese troops fought in the European Front side-by-side with British, Italian and German soldiers. The furthest that Russian forces made it into the west was the outskirts of Berlin before the "Empire" and Two Oceans League began forcing them back. While Russia duplicated the Anglo-German Superbomb in time to be able to use several on occupied cities, the outcome was clear. By 1948, the situation had become untenable, but when Oginin was shot by Zhukov and the regime collapsed into infighting it was all over by 1950. America never entered the war, but it enjoyed a war boom due to lend-lease to the "Two Oceans League"(France, Japan and a few lesser nations). The main outcome of the war, was Germany extending it's protective sphere east, Britain expanding it's empire, and the coalescence of the "Two Oceans League" into a stronger bloc(America and China became quite... worried about the superbomb and opted to join up with France).
Since the end of the second great war in 1950, the defining factor in world politics was the imperial power bloc's devotion to the global status quo and it's response to the existence of 'disruptive powers' whether they are ideologically disruptive or happen to be nonwhite nations that are successful(Japan, China, Brazil). Britain and Germany occupied themselves with force-draft indusrialization of their colonies, keeping Russia down, economic competition with the Two Oceans League and keeping the white race on top. France, Japan, America and a now internationally-minded China managed to duplicate the Superbomb in time to avoid a preemptive Anglo-German nuclear strike but things were very, very tense 1950-57 and this period forged the Two Oceans League as an alliance. Besides just the formation of the Two Oceans league as -now exists, Latin America was forged into a close economic alliance with the US. The colonial status quo was maintained, with usage of force where needed. However, America, Japan and France set a worrying example by integrating their colonies as opposed to using the locals as serfs/human cattle. In another worrying example, America's gradual and localized experiences with racial equality that began in the 40s continued onwards(The reintegration of dixie into the body politic/end of jim crow is 1943-77 as opposed to our 1964-75), combined with America's allowing chinese and latin american immigration starting in the 50s. Despite what ideological splits there are between Berlin and London, both can agree that America's choice to implement racial equality and allow the lower races to colonize the United States is suicide. Besides the geopolitical standoff, there was also the beginning of the space race. Where it took our world 25 years to go from the V rockets to the moon, in this world it took only 15. Besides just competition between the two blocs, each bloc had it's own internal space competition(Britain/Germany or America/Japan/US and later brazil). This particular era starts to go south around 1981, when German occupation forces in Russia suffer a serious defeat, plus massive protests nearly topple Britain's government...
The 80s are thought to either begin with the fourth battle of Moscow, or with the London riots or the East Indies Crisis. The east Indies crisis saw the collapse of order in the Netherlands East Indies which was followed by Germany stepping in and grabbing most of the Dutch east Indies. The dutch government quickly invited in the two oceans league and there was a crisis which nearly went nuclear. Following this, there were riots in London which lead to the government being forced to hold free elections or be faced with civil war. Following the loss of face by London, much of the British Empire rose in rebellion and it took over a decade to restabilize things. On the positive side of things, only five nuclear weapons were used by the British. Egypt was occupied by German forces but not returned to Britain. Instead, a puppet state was set up. Things were never the same for Britain, as London found it had to grant several areas dominion status or face eternal guerilla war. South Africa and Australia opted to side with Germany instead of weak and decadent London while Canada neutralized itself and New Zealand(still democratic!) joined the Two Oceans league. On the other side of the iron curtain, America had gotten out of it's economic doldrums of the 1970s, Japan and China were growing at record rates, technological innovations are paying off(space, energy investment, computers), the information revolution was in full swing and a decent chunk of latin america was converging up to more modern standards of living. This is a big contrast to the Imperial Bloc's economic stagnation of the 80s and 90s. Their economies stagnated due to running out of new populations to exploit, inefficient corporatocratic models being in place, being slow to adopt new technologies such as the network, large-scale central planning and a large part of the GDP being spent on a military-industrial complex. This is forcing economic reform, and finally the German economy is growing at 2-3% again after radical restructuring. Besides economic stagnation, the power of the Imperial bloc was hurt when a newly democratic Britain bailed out of it and struck off on it's own. Without the old unified front, The Two Oceans league was relatively more powerful compared to Britain or Germany alone than it was to the old Empire bloc. The current world events are the world's adjustment to ever-higher oil prices, the ongoing space race and the breakup of the Imperial bloc.
Germany leads the charge for the white race and Empire. The government is brutal, socially reactionary and aristocratic but follows the law and is not a gangster regime. These days, power is split between The Partei, the top bureaucrats, the army, the megacorp heads and the aristocracy(both old aristocrats and ennobled corporate heads). Society is rigid, formal, uniform and there is harsh enforcement of various public morals/health legislation plus a massive amount of censorship enforced by a powerful Kulturpolizei. Culture is of course very conservative with nearly-victorian mores in many ways. Besides political censorship, the Kulturpolizei does it's best to stop the spread of cultural items from the Two Oceans League. The economy is dominated by great combines. However, German workers are merely co-opfted into legal(state controlled) mandatory unions and thus get paid off as opposed to Britain's brutal suppression of the labor movement. While germany is transitioning to a dominant party state, it is not very convincing since Zenter still wins by 90%. The other 10% consists of the "Patriotic Front", a group of militarists too extreme to fit into Zenter. Due to the fact that german women shockingly do not want to produce many kids for the race, Germany has begun allowing in white immigrants who look pale and nordic enough. However, Italians or Russians or even Poles who immigrate to Germany still don't fit in well.
Outside of Germany, most of Europe is part of Mitteleuropa. This is an economic and military alliance. Most euros take several years of german in school and the national governments. This arrangement has been more of a drag on Germany than a net profit on Germany the way the warsaw pact was for OTL's soviet union. Italy resembles Mussolini's Italy or Franco's spain minus the futurism. In recent years, Berlin has decided to allow Europe's states more leeway for economic or to a lesser degree political reform in order to find a workable solution for fixing Germany's economic stagnation. The German reich's very recent decision to reverse various political liberalizations in it's states has caused a large wave of unrest..
The Ottoman empire is sitting pretty on top of a sea of oil. With Germany and Britain as protectors, The Ottoman Empire is still doing quite well with oil money, plus these days cheap labor for outsourcing German/British manufacturing to plus various petrochemicals or plastic related industries. The ottomans squashed any hints of Islamism and have managed Kemalism, better than our Turkey ever did. The arabs were troublesome until the second great war, when the Turkish government with German backing decided to kill most of them and start massacring people who use arabic outside of a specific liturgical context. Attempts by the Sultans to force the koran to be translated into the vernacular have failed with only the recent one managing to make it stick to even a limited extent.
South Africa is still white-dominated and a German ally. It's racial policies more resemble that of Ian Smith's Rhodesia as opposed to OTL's Apartheid south africa. In a world where standards for civilized behavior are quite lax compared to OTL, South Africa looks downright pleasant. South Africa is a (conservative) democracy, paternalistic as opposed to exploitative towards nonwhitesbb and the government isn't as prone to random massacres of the sort the Wehrmacht has a tendency to do. With the addition of the Rhodesias in 1909, the english outnumbered the Afrikaners which meant a more liberal race policy.
Egypt and iran are both rightist monarchial dictatorships and german allies. The shah used German help to stop socialist revolution. Like the Ottomans, the shah repaid Germany for it by only selling oil to them. The fact that most of the world's oil is ruled by either Britain or Germany has forced the Two Oceans League to adapt to this strangulation of energy supplies. The half-hearted efforts of people to adapt to the 1970s. With a concerted, decades-long effort by national governments that were running vary scared, great advances were made. Hydrogen-powered cars, nuclear power, orbital solar power, massive usage of wind power, OTEC power combined with being able to run a rich, high-tech society surprisingly efficiently(around 20% of OTL american energy/resource consumption). Fusion achieved break-even status early in the 1980s, but pundits have been saying fusion is 20 years away from being economically viable since 1985.
Australia is very isolated and has mined it's borders. It's government is considered worryingly fanatical and a bit weird by Berlin. The government exterminates those of the darker races as opposed to paternalism which horrifies Britons and Germans. There are rumors that the extermination campaigns are now including people of too much celtic ancestry or those with red hair, but due to the fact that spies sent by other powers don't tend to make it out of Australia alive, this is a question that won't be answered anytime soon.
The United Kingdom is once again a democracy due to popular discontent with the decades-long "Emergency Regime" boiling over in the early 1980s. However, it is a quite racist, imperialist and elitist democracy with property restrictions, a ban on anything that looks like Labour/the liberals and labor organizing still being a capital crime. Like eastern orthodoxy, Anglicanism(and by extension the churches of scotland/wales/ireland) was reunified with catholicism in 1954. Incidently, this decision is what made many ulster protestants throw their lot in with the nationalists. The IRA led by nationalist stalwarts such as Paisley and Adams still does car bombs in Dublin and Belfast. Outside of the british isles itself, Britain still has quite a large colonial empire which is run for the benefit of London with a focus on cheap labor and resource extraction. There is massive usage of forced labor, indentured servitude, corvee labor and other forms of repression. The same goes for nonwhite residents of the various dominions(well those who aren't part of the puppet local establishment). The United Kingdom has very limp pollution laws, but in the empire the laws are nonexistent, creating massive amounts of pollution, particularly in areas like northern British middle africa or British Transoxiana which are essentially the empire's toxic waste dumps.
The dominion of Sheba, created in 1922 after extensive jewish settlement of then-british Uganda is an apartheid state making real world pre-1994 south africa look like a utopia of racial justice. This extends to the point of Sheba being a haven for biomedical research no other nation will touch. The government is reportedly considering following Australia, South Africa and Egypt's example of outright secession from the empire. London is not very happy about this.
America is the leader and first among equals in the two Oceans Alliance's council and the core state of the Organization of American States. America is more nationalist, anti-colonial and has less race trouble than OTL. Due to an America-owned phillippines, later closing of immigration restrictions, somewhat earlier reopening of immigration, retaining the Phillippines and a longer baby boom, the US population is over double OTL's. There are larger east asian and latin minorities in the US. With immigration being closed off in the early 1930s, as opposed to ending during WWI there are more east/south europeans, christian arabs and jews in the US than OTL. Without American entry into WWI as we know it, America's move towards a multiparty system continued, and there are 8 major parties competing on a national level. Economic policy is mixed but taxes and regulation are quite low compared to OTL. However, neoliberal globalization, the taft-hartley act and the move towards increasing credentialism both never happened so workers are better off. On a social level, without a communist threat and with a threat from reactionary states that have strong ties between throne and altar various forms of religious social conservatism are weaker. Morals censorship/obscenity legislation is weaker than OTL, half the country has legal prostitution, drug prohibition never really got going on a national level, gay marriage came in the late 1990s, abortion isn't an issue and a large majority of Americans believe in evolution. In terms of civil rights, the fact that the process began earlier, was more gradual and didn't over-reach unlike OTL means that skin color is a bit less important socially. American politics is saner due to the above factors, combined with a continual space race since the 1960s and an Anglo-German menace to provide a national mission to unite people behind them. The political system in general is a bit less corrupt and more responsive to popular wishes due to reforms done in the Progressive era.
The core states of the Organization of American states are all wealthy and at an OTL first world standard of living. Mexico which was occupied by the United States from 1916 to 1941 is a fully developed democracy with a regional gap like Italy's. Argentina never went broke, which had positive side effects on the rest of the southern cone. Venezuela's multiple attempts at gaining first world status actually worked. Even a few central american states and the dominican republic have converged. The rest of the Organization of American States is richer than our south american nations of OTL. Liberia is a puppet state and part of the Organization of American States. It's as rich per capita as OTL malaysia
2010 China is both quite similar to the china of the real world in many ways. It's ruled under a highly nationalist authoritarian government that's aggressively pursuing economic development. Also, it has a higher population, around 1.9 billion without the wars, warlord era or one-child policy. With both the higher population, and higher standards of living factored in, China's GDP is around 11 trillion in nominal numbers, significantly higher than OTL's china. However, due to the development being more gradual the "feel" of China looks quite different. There's fewer glittering new cities, but instead better conditions in rural areas and lots more mixed semi-first world zones. Also, China's development is due to promotion of rising consumption at home. The confucian classics are of course emphasized in education and government propaganda quite strongly. There was never any effort to attempt to uproot traditional chinese culture. The secret police and military officers have fancier uniforms. Unlike our PRC, the imperial government of china is a dominant party state with elections. The margins by which the government steals elections are these days somewhat convincing, and these days it is even doing coalition politics with a (tame) opposition party.
Japan is the third big core power in the Two Oceans League. It's population is around three times of OTL's Japan due in part due to adding Taiwan and Korea combined with no megadeaths in east asia. Japan stayed an unstable semi-democracy without tipping over the edge into militarism due to no depression, and by the 1970s became a full democracy. Korea got integrated like Taiwan, and these days is a fully integrated part of the empire like Okinawa in OTL or OTL's pre-WWII Taiwan. Japanese popular culture is if anything even more strange and decadent than OTL, without the US occupation to affect mores. Incidently, this means rather less tentacle porn(The tentacle trope was created as a means to get around US-occupation authority imposed, and still not repealed legislation about showing genitalia). Japan is even more of a world center of pop culture than in otl.
France is a leftier democracy with a federal empire. In response to Anglo-German racism, France has moved in an anti-racist direction. French, Algerians, viets, laotians and africans are all equal citizens and the government has an assimilatory policy of francifying the empire. This has produced large middle classes in the overseas departements, and in the last few decades sizable nonwhite middle class populations in mainland france. Despite german threats, France has a nuclear arsenal of it's own. In this world France is considered America's closest ally in Europe and politicians on both sizes talk about a special relationship between Washington and Paris.
New Zealand joined the Two Oceans League in the early 1980s. Spain is a leftier democracy that avoided the francoist interlude of OTL. The Spanish Republic started off as a multi-tendency worker's democracy(splits between socialists, anarchists, syndicalists) but opened up it's political spectrum. Portugal recovered from it's civil war where it lost most of it's empire to opportunistic British and German grabbing. The dutch with their extremely tiny rump empire are a new addition to the Two Oceans League.
Russia is a right-wing sham democracy that isn't too much different than OTL. The nation is recovering from three decades of being a german puppet state and only now in the last few years has Russia developed an independent space program and a nuclear arsenal. It's politics are conflicted with there being a massive split between pro-american liberals versus quite theocratic nationalists. There is also a big split between catholics, and those Russians who remained orthodox despite the forcible reunion of those two churches in the 1950s.
Colonialism is alive and well in varying forms. This is a world where the big peaces that reshaped the global order(the ends of the first and second great wars) were more like the peace of Vienna than the postwar decolonization of the real world with the victorious powers shuffling around the ownership colonies instead of freeing them. The standard colonial policies of the big empires is for paternalistic exploitation. Millions of indians and africans have tracking implants inside their bodies.
In terms of social mores this world is a mix of the old, the strange and a few elements of the new. There is a clear split between nations in Europe and the middle east who have more traditionalist mores on gender/sex and the "Two Oceans League" which tends to be more wide open, less regulated and "Decadent". In the Imperial Sphere private morality ranges from victorian in most of europe, to on the more liberal end a more homophobic 1950s in relatively relaxed Britain. This is a sharp contrast to the Two Opens League, whose member nations tend to be visibly less prudish than most of the OTL west, let alone the German or British Empires.
Much of the world is rather more racist than OTL. Most of Europe tends to be repressive or paternalistic towards their minority populations. Even in nations which believe in racial equality the approach taken towards this issue is one of assimilation rather than forced integration or multiculturalism. The results are variable, ranging from the United States which elected a black president in 1980 to Japan which is merely a nation of awful racists as oppossed to terrible racists(Koreans and Chinamen may be funny and Not Japanese but they're Not Gajin). Immigration policy tends to include strong pushes for assimilation plus selecting immigrants for cultural compatibility. Latin immigrants are kosher in the US while muslim or hindu immigration is right out. Blood and soil nationalism never become seen as an inherent evil by western governments.
This is rather more rational world in many ways without either the Atomic Bomb's being used in a world war war or the failure of Communism to discredit many rationalistic memes. Tolerance of secularists and non-religious people is higher in many free nations, but tolerance of many religious minorities is rather less. Mormons are seen as very suspicious in the United States, and there are many informal pressures to force assimilation(Rather less people convert to mormonism, and the occasional missionary in more strongly catholic/baptist parts of the US gets lynched) and the anti-semitic glass cieling that existed in many western nations in the real world before WWII took until the 1990s to begin to decline. In the Imperial bloc, christianity is strongly promoted and there is an ideal of muscular catholicism. Anglicanism and Orthodoxy were forcibly reunified with the Roman Catholic Church in the 1950s and thousands of missionaries have been sent to the colonies. Therefore, catholicism is stronger in africa and much stronger in India than in OTL.
Technologically, the world is a bit more advanced than OTL. The reason for the faster pace is because of a larger world economy combined with there being multiple players with larger space programs than the Soviet Union(Germany, Britain, China). The technological gap between this world and OTL is 10 years as of 2010, with technology being around 25% cheaper compared to the prices of the real world with a higher rate of advance. The internet came about in the 80s, and got big in the middle of the 90s(a decade ahead of OTL's 2004-5 period when the net really started changing everything). The reasons are because of a stronger world economy putting more money into R&D combined with a still ongoing space program.
Decades of space race competition have paid off. The history of the space program is one of a natural progression with each step leading to further steps being taken by the other players. The first man on the moon was in 1959. There are moonbases, orbital hotels, martian settlements since the mid 1980s(First person was born on mars in 1987), since 1978 a Lunar hotel and in 2007, an orbital beanstalk was just finished. There are (thankfully with better safety precautions these days) Orion drive ships zipping around the Solar system.. Trips to orbit for a week are a vacation for the rich, with the mega-rich going to the Hilton next to Moonbase alpha. Orbital solar power provides 40% of first world power needs, and 24% of total world power needs. The raising prices of various rare elements have lead to asteroid mining expanding.