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Ashkera Questions, Answers, and Reference Thread

Postby Ashkera » Fri May 29, 2020 7:37 pm

Question from Tharlocchia
From this remarkably fleshed-out backcatalog of content, Ashkera is by far one of the most interesting ideäs I've seen for a country: an anciënt civilization that runs on ambrosia, entirely focused on pragmatism over creed, located on an archipelago where Australia should b⁠—
wait...

Among the many interesting things on this page, what stuck out most to me was the complete aliënness of the worldmap. Admittedly, there's most likely some distortion from centering the projection in an unusual position, but there's just too much about it that's fundamentally strange for it to be anything other than a completely alternate continental configuration. I find this all incredibly interesting, so now that your nation is no longer defunct, my question to you is this:
What exactly changed here, for the world of Ashkera to contain a double-africa, while almost entirely cleaving EuropDychoria from the rest of Eurasia? More pressingly, how did the US and Cascadia still form, despite the timeline differences, and how did the US become a world power without ownership of Alaska or Hawaii? Where even was the Soviët Union?

The worldmap was developed in concert with Vistora who came up with most of the names, and Cumberlanda, who holds Colaria (Cascadia) and planning for its associated bloc, though the physical layout was mostly my idea. It was decided that to conserve resources, the general history of the Earth shouldn't differ too much from actual history, even though all the countries have different names, allowing for historical discrepancies or changes from history without accusations of bias against some particular country. (The world is huge and so is history; there's simply too much to know about it all, so for writing I prefer to be able to make things up.) Since Ashkera doesn't exist and since the borders were going to move, I decided to move the continents around a bit for fun. History is not purely deterministic, so it's assumed that outcomes determined by "chance" guided history towards resembling the old world - though Pelenui is Hawaii. Lidrecia (D-01) is Russia. (Canumaria is Australia.)

Ashkera is originally from the Union of Free Nations, and the original version was a refugee relocation area police state with a secret leadership council, which treats ethnic conflict as a memetic hazard to be forcibly suppressed - similar to its predecessor nation, Northern Bluf. When I realized that the UFN had no Asian-themed nations, I decided to give Ashkera much more of an ethnic identity and a new landmass based on Japan, but larger, to be moved off the coast of the UFN's designated equivalent of Asia.

Originally in the Triumvirate move, Ashkera was to be located off the coast of East Asia, with a new landmass forming another barrier of islands between the Pacific Ocean and Japan. I decided that this would interfere too much with Japanese history, including World War 2, and moved Ashkera to the south and reused the old landmass from the UFN. This had the advantage of isolating Ashkera - the largest distortion - from world history until relatively late (~1500s), as well as all the new countries around Ashkera that would be Ashkeran-culturally-influenced the same way as many Asia-Pacific countries that were influenced by ancient China.

So here's the funny part. Do you know what landmass Ashkera and neighboring Xyanzar resemble, including their relative positioning?

The real life Lost Continent of Zealandia, next to a partially submerged Australia. No one told me because the resemblance was so similar that anyone who knew assumed I did that on purpose. I didn't; rather I generated a desirable landmass that would fit off the coast of Xawin using procedural texture generation tools meant for video games. The large central landmass and calm sea surrounded by barrier islands were intended to be geographically convenient and produce the right cultural outcomes.

Which means, if I had known, making a whole new map would've been unnecessary, as I could have just moved Australia and Zealandia around a bit, an option I'll be keeping in mind for the future.
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Roaming squads of state-sponsored body-builders teach nerds to lift. "Fifth generation" cruise ships come equipped with naval reactors. Insurance inspectors are more feared than tax auditors. Turbine-powered "super interceptor" police cruisers patrol high-speed highways.

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Postby Ashkera » Fri May 29, 2020 7:47 pm

Where is that Ashkera factbook template?

Though I consider it to be somewhat out of date, the original thread with the code can be found here.


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