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France: regions, provinces and railways by 1Blomma France: regions, provinces and railways by 1Blomma
On July 19th, 1870, France mobilised their army after declaring war on Prussia. After an initial Prussian incursion into Alsace, stiff French resistance forced the Prussian army to retreat back into Germany. The French troops, led by Marshal MacMahan (due to Napoleon III being ill and unable to lead the campaign*) pursued the Prussians to the Rhineland. Here they started their offensive and began moving towards Saarbrücken and Trier at first, with their ultimate goal being Koblenz, Mainz and Frankfurt. The French achieved victory after victory, though not as decisive as Napoleon III had hoped. Eventually, Denmark joined the war on the French side with the promise of regaining Schleswig from the Prussians. This event, along with separate treaties negotiated with the South German states allowing them a sort of status quo ante bellum peace, cemented the Prussian failure to win the war.
The peace treaty that was signed rearranged the political map of Europe. More specifically, Prussia was reduced in size while France and Denmark annexed some territory and set up buffer states.
This new rearrangement left France as the dominant power on the continent, and a few years after the war they hosted a conference to solve the “Belgian Crisis”. After months of tense negotiations a treaty was signed that allowed France to annex Wallonia. Flanders was reattached to the Netherlands and the Belgian king was put on the throne of the former Rhenish Republic, now Rhenish Kingdom.
To keep the pace with Britain the French departments were grouped into regions largely based on the historical provinces. Each region was responsible for the railway inside of its borders. This also made the French railway network more equalised regionally instead of being completely based on Paris. By the late 19th century the French had one of the densest railway networks in the world.

Finished on 10th November, 2012
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NomadicSky Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
fantastic map are there any more in this series?
1Blomma Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
No, this is the only one
Alacx Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist
No, no, no I tell you, never! Add us to Belgium, Germany, Netherlands or whatever, but NOT FRANCE!!! :ohnoes:
TomBombardier Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
No taking the Palantine or Lower Rhine? There was a surprising lack of wank here. Still, this leaves only the Channel Islands and western Switzerland to be claimed for the Francophonic homeland, doesn't it?
falloutbunkr Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Now the question is how will the prince imperial marry? Anyways, Great map as always.
KOLBENCRANTZ Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Excellent work
QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Raubritter Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
superb map
jpb06 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
An historical comment.

Since Elizabeth I, the leitmotiv of British foreign policy has been NOT to permit any nation to become master of Europe, ready to sign a pact with the Devil in order to pursue this objective.

For any country in Europe England has been at times an ally and an enemy (e.g. mortal enemy of Soviet Union in 1918-1920, staunch ally in 1941-1945, mortal enemy of France in 18th century, dying side by side in WWI trenches, mortal enemy of Germany in 1939-1945 and staunch ally during napoleonic period).

Your scenario has find a way to block in some way Britain to come to Prussia/Germany support as soon as it becomes appearent that France is going to get a big prize (a possibility: some big trouble in India, somehow stirred by the Russian Empire).

The map looks really good, I like it much.
Mor-Vilkacis Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
You are right, but just as Prussia in real history, France WOULD be able to BECOME the most powerful nation by far, which a unified Germany with Alsatia-Lotharingia (to keep it neutral :D) was. Britain wouldn't interfere in the Franco-Prussian War whoever was winning, but would ally with the loser in the next war, as they allied with France against Germany. So, France would get to CREATE this, but Britain would then make sure they LOSE it in the Great War (France & Austria (both seeking status quo) VS Britain & Prussia & South German States (francophobia) & Russia & Italy (the latter two anti-Austrian)).
Italy would probably again be the turncloak :D. They'd start in an alliance with France (powerful neighbour, helped them in the first Italian War of Unification), but again they'd refuse to back their ally because of Austria, as with Germany in 1914 (Prussia was allied with Italy in the latter stages of their unification).
This Great War would probably be triggered when France and Austria intervened in a Second German Revolution (which would be Prussian-backed this time).
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