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New Roman Empire by rubberduck3y6 New Roman Empire by rubberduck3y6
In April 1924 the body of Adolf Hitler is found in his prison cell. It is unclear whether he committed suicide or died of some other means. Without Hitler's leadership the Nazi party soon descends into internal infighting and disarray, ceasing to a significant force in German politics. Instead Mussolini's PNF continues to be the most significant fascist movement in Europe and after the Wall Street Crash of 1929 Italian-inspired fascist movements seize power in Germany, Hungary and Bulgaria and right-wing governments take power elsewhere in eastern and southern Europe.

Encouraged by League of Nations' impotency over German remilitarisation of the Rhineland and the asscention of fascism, in 1935 Mussolini took the first steps towards the creation of the New Roman Empire with the invasion of Ethiopia. The campaign was a success, however the drawn out nature of the Italian campaign in Ethiopia led many to joke that the Italians had been held back by spear-waving savages and as such shouldn't be taken as a serious military threat.

These dismissals of Italian military capability proved to be premature however as proved by the 1938 invasion and annexation of Albania, the first Italian gain in Europe. Many in Britain and France still regarded the Italian army as obsolete and ineffectual however and they seemed to be proved right when, in 1940 Mussolini, buoyed by his previous successes ordered the invasion of Yugoslavia. The Italians soon became bogged down in the tough mountainous terain, having only secured small gains by the winter of 1940.

The following spring would prove a turning point however, as reports started coming of Yugoslavia of fresh Italian gains with Yugoslav soldiers coming back from the fighting with their ears bleeding and their brains in turmoil, unable to follow orders or concentrate on any task except fleeing. Within weeks the Italians had captured Belgrade and forced Yugoslavia to surrender. The majority of the country was annexed by Italy with small areas in the east going to Hungary and Bulgaria, who had assisted Italy in the invasion.

The unprecedented effectiveness of this new Italian 'superweapon' and uncertainty over its exact nature caused deep concern in Britain and particularly France who now started to feel particularly vulnerable next to both Italy and their German allies. The French were right to feel concerned as keen to preserve their momentum the Italians launched an invasion of France almost a soon as Yugoslavia had surrendered. Once again the Italians stormed through the countryside sending defenders fleeing before them. With the help of the Germans they had reached Paris by August 1941 and France was defeated. The south - the watersheds of the Rh˘ne and Garonne rivers - was incorporated into the Italian Empire while the Germans reclaimed Alsace-Lorraine with the remainder of France coming under the control of an Italian puppet regime.

Now only Britain stood in the way of Mussolini acheiving his goal of establishing Italian hegemony over the Mediterranean. The United Kingdom had declared war on Italy when France had been attacked and the Italians had been quick to take advantage of this by using their radio-guns, or 'ray guns' as their new weapon became known, to seize the British bases at Cyprus and Malta. Over the autumn and winter of 1941-2 the south and east of England had been subject to a relentless bombing campaign by the Italians and the Germans, who had also moved along with the Hungarians against Czechoslovakia. Many of the bombers had been fitted with specially adapted ray gun technology, deafening many people who were exposed to the noises emitted.

By the summer of 1942 the British government, now isolated with the continent under fascist domination and the Americans only proving a trickle of unofficial and unreliable support, was forced to come to an agreement with the Italians. Cyprus, Malta, Palestine, Transjordan, the Suez Canal Zone, British Somaliland and parts of British East Africa along the border with Italian East Africa would be ceded and Britain would reliquish all influence over Egypt, which would now be an Italian puppet state.

With his dream now realised, Mussolini proclaimed the creation of the New Roman Empire and reorganised the Empire into provinces based on those of antiquity.

The map shows the situation in the 1960s. With the Second Great European War now over the New Roman Empire and its allies - fellow fascist states and others under more traditional authoritarian conservative regimes such as Spain, Portugal, Romania, Poland and the Baltic states - enjoy near dominance over Europe and Africa. The threat of communism looms large on the eastern horizon however with the recent Soviet-sponsored coup in Iran that overthrew the Shah and established the Socialist Republic of Iran, making it just the latest Asian country to fall to communism. This fear and opposition to communism is one of the things that binds the far-right regimes together and also ensures American support. Relationships with the US are strained however over the issue of independence, with the US advocating the creation of new liberal democracies as the best way to combat the threat of communism while the European countries (including Britain) maintain that only their continued 'guardianship' will prevent the spread of socialism.

Only 'independent' countries are labelled. All the abbreviations should be obvious with the exception of TS which are the Trucial States. 'Other States' includes conservative dictatorships, traditional monarchies and other non-democratic but neither fascist nor socialist regimes. Cameroon and Togo were returned to Germany.
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Leopold002 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 27, 2014
In OTL, Mussolini wanted to restore the Roman  Empire. Interesting premise.
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bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
I honestly think this is what a central power WW1 would have caused in place of the nazis.
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K-aybars Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Take back Constantinople!
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This scenario is really great, I enjoyed reading it!

So Germany is the best allied of Italy? Why didn┤t Germany annex territories in Poland and Czechoslovakia, too, of territories it lost after ww 1.? I think the situation would┤ve been perfect for that.

What about the Sowjets, did they never try to attack Europe?
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Yamato13 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
I love it!
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rubberduck3y6 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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TheAresProject Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
You've got Aden and Sana'a mixed up. Otherwise good.
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rubberduck3y6 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fixed. Thanks for pointing that out.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Follow up map gonna appear one day ? :O
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rubberduck3y6 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I made the map as a one-off but I might have a think about how the scenario could develop if you want. Africa and Asia could be interesting (in the Chinese sense)...
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah :meow:
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Aww, this seems like a wonderful alternative to the regular "Nazi's conquer the whole planet" idea. Great job.
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rubberduck3y6 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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kazi2000 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Northern Transylvania is romanian land and Vojvodina is serbian land, why would you give them to murderous Hungary ???
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rubberduck3y6 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hungary is allied to Italy and gained those territories during the war. Vojvodina, Transylvania and southern Slovakia had/have significant Hungarian minorities and were Hungarian before WW1 (as part of Austria-Hungary). The border with Romania and Czechoslovakia is actually the border that was used during WW2. The border I've used between Italy and Hungary is the Danube - the historic frontier of the Roman Empire.
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kazi2000 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So Italy has mongoloid allies instead of latin brothers ???
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rubberduck3y6 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fascism and a feeling of being unfairly treated by Britain and France in the WW1 peace treaties are more important reasons for the alliance rather than racial connections. In fact Italy's 'latin brothers' were either fighting against Italy (France) or neutral (Spain, Portugal, Romania).
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kazi2000 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Anyway i realize that this is just a fantasy map, but still that map isn't fair. The borders were perfectly fine after WW1, but WW2 destroyed that balance.

P.S. In WW1 and WW2 we always fought on the same side with Italy ! In WW1 we were with the Allies against the Central Powers and in WW2 we were with the Axis against the Allies ! So check your sources better before replying to a comment !
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Dragonf16 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
That would be really fair to delete the romanian state from the world...
Romania's balance is just a piece of paper, without history, without fights.
Romania was a traitor in the WW1 and WW2, i wouldn't be proud for that... Romania wasn't real ally of the Allies...
And do you know who is the morderous? Those romanians whom kills thousands of hungarian civils after WW2... :P
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kazi2000 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
bozgor imputit si mincinos. taci dracu din gura aia scarboasa.
faci parte dintr-un neam de criminali, slugi si tarfe. popor fara istorie, fara trecut si fara viitor. v-au alungat de aia din mongolia, talharilor si acum aveti pretentii de europeni. ma faci sa rad, pitic prost ce esti.
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Dragonf16 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
So typical... sorry, but i can't speak orc language.
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rubberduck3y6 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll admit that I don't know much about Romanian history but it seems to me that the circumstances that forced Romania to join WW2 on the Axis' side wouldn't happen in the map's timeline so Romania is neutral on the map.

As for the borders I really don't want to get into whether they're 'right' or 'wrong', I'm just answering your question about why I gave northern Transylvania and Vojvodina to Hungary and pointing out that the Hungarian-Romanian border is historical - I'm not claiming it's fair.
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kazi2000 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good answer ! You should be a politician !
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rubberduck3y6 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure if I should take that as a compliment or not! ;)
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bluessaurus Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Without Hitler... hummm... sounds interesting. :roll:
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frazamm Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
I found it a bit hard to swallow at first until the first ray guns appeared. Anyone would be able to win with such super weapons! How come the US did not attempt to intervene directly since it does not seem that they had to fight a war in the Pacific?
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ChapterAquila92 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I would agree with rubberduck on the issue - the conflict in the Pacific would have most likely occurred independently from the conflict in Europe and would therefore be quite similar to OTL.
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rubberduck3y6 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry I thought I'd mentioned the Pacific War, it must have been in the original description that I scrapped because it was getting too long. Basically Japan bombed US naval bases in the Pacific in September 1941 while the world was distracted with the seemingly imminent Italian and German invasion of Britain. The US then declared war on the Japanese but with no alliance with Japan Italy doesn't declare war on the US, keeping the two wars separate. However Britain did declare war on Japan in 1942 after it'd reached its agreement with Italy. Together the joint Anglo-American forces managed to push the Japanese out of the Pacific and Southeast Asia but were unable to launch a successful invasion of Korea and Japan with the Japanese refusing to surrender despite near-continuous bombing raids over Japan and Korea. Only with the development of the Sun Bomb by the US and its deployment at Pyongyang, Kagoshima and Sapporo did the Japanese finally accept defeat.
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1Wyrmshadow1 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Quickie Q: Did you just get a copy of the SPQR somewhere or did you use a specific font?
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:iconrubberduck3y6:
rubberduck3y6 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's from a picture of the Roman SPQR banner that I cropped and recoloured.
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