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The Intermarum Union by 1Blomma The Intermarum Union by 1Blomma
As the First World War drew to a close in the west, hostilities were still raging hot in the east. The Polish leader Józef Pilsudski and the Ukranian Symon Petlyura combined their forces and began heading eastward to secure their border with Soviet Russia. Initially, their cooperation was seen as an alliance of two equal nations. A declaration was made by the Poles that they would withdraw from the East (occupied eastern areas) as soon as a peace treaty had been reached with the Bolsheviks. However, after they occupied much of Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania, the Polish began to persecute the other nationalities. Ukrainian intelligentsia was systematically followed and assassinated, the same fate was brought upon the Lithuanians and the few Belarusian nationalists. The Great Powers could only gaze upon what was happening with fear. France, on the one hand, supported a strong Poland so that Germany would be boxed in. The British on the other hand wanted a strong Germany on the continent as a countermeasure to the French.

The Poles enacted a referendum in 1922 for the formation of the Intermarium Union to legitimise their actions. It was to be held in ”all territories not part of Core Poland”. To inflate the amount of votes for the union, all Polish troops currently stationed in the territories were given the right to vote. The referendum was available in only two languages, Polish and Lithuanian and this further decreased the votes for independence as most Ukranians and Belarusians did not speak those languages. Harassment by the Polish military stationed outside the voting centres was commonplace. All ballots, after the voter had filled it in, were given to Polish officials at the voting centre which means the voting was not secret. Another reason why the referendum was not seen as fair was that many non-Poles (specifically Ukrainians) voted for Union instead of Independence out of fear for a Russian invasion.

The outcome of the referendum was widely seen as being manipulated. However, no one could supply evidence or commit troops for a new referendum to be held. Thus, the Intermarum Union was born and would come to last for most of the 20th century. A common question asked by many historians today is what would have happened if Pilsudski had failed? What would Europe look like if there was no strong Eastern European state in Poland’s place? Could communism have spread from Russia in the east and Germany in the west to link up in a Communist super state spanning most of Central and Eastern Europe?
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Silas-Coldwine Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Very cool. I made a map with a very similar premise some time ago. I was wondering... the scenario hints that Hitler never came to power. How so? Was he killed in late WWI?
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Did you make up all of the pie charts based on your best guess, or was there a method you used?
Im asking because Im currently doing research for a scenario of a "Pacific Union" referendum of 1933 in Australia, New Zealand, and the British holdings in Oceania. Basically in 1933, the Australian Nationalist/Liberal Party, or whoever was in power, decides that the growing threat of the Japanese Empire to the north, and the inability of Great Britain to guard Australia during the Great Depression, was reason enough to hold a vote for independence, and eventually it pulls in New Zealand, Papua, and New Guinea who have the same fears. The referendum ends up being held in every British dominion and colony in Oceania, with not every colony agreeing to join, most notably Western Australia who hastily has its own referendum to secede and gets permission from the British Parliament to become its own dominion, but not before granting the proposed colony of "Auralia" statehood to ensure that the referendum was overwhelmingly in favor of seceding. In the end, Australia (excluding W. Australia), New Zealand, Papua & New Guinea, Figi, and a number of other British island territories become the "Pacific Union" in opposition to the growing power of Japan, and closely allied with the USA. There's a distinct possibily that the USA would avoid dropping the A-bomb in Japan, keeping Pandora's Box closed for the time being.
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1Blomma Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
They are mostly based on ethnicity and support for Russia/Poland. Additionally, areas where Polish troops were stationed curiously came out voting almost unanimously "yes". :p
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
But you didnt actually have concrete statistics right? You just looked up each place individually and made up a statistic. Are the pie charts accurate or just about where you think they should be? Did you start with an overall Yes and No, or did you find that after you made each individual pie chart?
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1Blomma Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
It's all fictional
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DaFreak47 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Okay good, that'll make it much easier
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
one of my most favourite pieces of work on Dev art. more... MOOOOOOREEE
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Laiqua-lasse Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
While I don't like the scenario you made, the map is absolutely brilliant!
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
So in other words, a militant Poland-Lithuania? :goes:
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, fuck. Super-Poland.
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