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    Nice map Sep, you are the go to guy for modified earth.

    As I recall, all Europe could have become Mongols if not for Genghis returning home due to a single man's death. He had to go back to elect a new leader. By the time he could return to the area Europe had established a number of technologies that would have prohibited such an invasion. (Castles, Knights, etc). I'm going from lame memory so don't bother trying to quote any of this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond View Post
    Nice!

    Am I imagining things, or is your French Empire and French Allies colors backwards in the key?
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    I'm seeing it that way, too, D...France is under the control of French Allies and other countries are French.
    Indeed, France is the center of the French Empire, light blue are French allies.

    Quote Originally Posted by hunab.cu View Post
    I am afraid when you look into a "History for Dummies"-type book this map looks like a total piece of crap - kinda alternative-history-babble. I can't even see how Egypt would EVER ally with France... do you have any reasonable story behind this map?

    Looks nice, though. And if I succeeded in forgetting all the history lessons, it would look even better...
    Well, it is a commission, so I did the map, but no the story behind. Btw, I hope you checked French history in the meantime, then you know now that only the defeat in the battle of Abukir forced Napoleon to give up Egypt.

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond View Post
    That's a little rude, don't you think? Are you even familiar with the concept of alternate history? And the fact that Sapiento said this was a commission, so he's not responsible for thinking up a back-story anyway?
    Yepp, I have nothing to add. Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by ravells View Post
    Daelin/Hunab,

    the purpose of the forum (and this sub-forum in particular) is to discuss the quality of maps. It is not to discuss whether Egypt would ally with France in some alternative history world. If you would like to start a separate thread about this, please feel free to do so on the general discussions board.

    Sapiento: Beautiful map and great work vectorising a world map. I've spent an age looking for good vector world maps with borders on the internet ... couldn't find any decent ones. Maybe we should start a library of real world vector maps so the community have a ready resource...I'll put it on my todo list!

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    PS.. Daelin...if I see you posting any more racist crap on the boards you're gone.
    Thanks, Rav. I think the idea with the library is just excellent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaxilon View Post
    Nice map Sep, you are the go to guy for modified earth.

    As I recall, all Europe could have become Mongols if not for Genghis returning home due to a single man's death. He had to go back to elect a new leader. By the time he could return to the area Europe had established a number of technologies that would have prohibited such an invasion. (Castles, Knights, etc). I'm going from lame memory so don't bother trying to quote any of this.
    It's quite questionable it the Mongols could have conquered Europe. With every mile the drove westwards the number cities, castles and people increased and the Mongols were good in cavalry fights and open plain battles, not sieges.

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    @Ravells
    Racist, really? Anyway, the trolling-thread is now closed.

    @Sapiento
    This is an interesting map, for sure. It's actually inspired me to do some more of the old AH universes I have lying around. But I've found out that finding quality outline maps of the world and all the continents is much harder than I thought. Does anybody know of a mapping resource where you could find something like this, other than the CIA factbook?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapiento View Post
    It's quite questionable it the Mongols could have conquered Europe. With every mile the drove westwards the number cities, castles and people increased and the Mongols were good in cavalry fights and open plain battles, not sieges.
    Just some points of clarification regarding the Mongols. The Mongols nearly did conquer Europe - they were extremely skilled at Siege Warfare. The Mongols learned siege tactics when they invaded China, which is arguably their first major invasion. They would have never succeeded to making China a Mongol state, had they not learned siege tactics. The Chinese threw gunpowder bombs from the castle walls, which the Mongols adopted and added into their siege war tactics. Mongols created siege machines and batterring rams.

    The Mongols battle tactics included all of the following: large masses of trained mounted troops - the Mongols had armies of 50,000 to 100,000 fighters when they invaded any land, including Europe, Mongols were experts in siege tactics, Mongols campaigned during the winter months (because much of the steppe is mush when its warm, which makes it bad for horses) while most European armies campaigned in the summer, Mongols themselves were self sufficient (they could hunt and forage for their own food) - whereas European armies had to be fed or would disband, the Mongols cut supply and communication lines, the Mongols used fear tactics to bring chaos to the civilized populations.

    Really the only thing that stopped the Mongols from making Europe a Mongol state (as they had done to Russia) was their own laws which dictated that when the Khan in the homeland died, everyone had to attend the funeral - which is what happened to save Europe, the campaign ended and the horde returned thousands of miles to attend the Khan's funeral. Since the next Khan did not view the conquest of Europe on his agenda, Europe was saved.

    While its certainly true that the bulk of the Mongol army consisted of mounted archers, they did use combined arms and specialized fighters such as siege specialiists, as part of their overall military superiority. Mongol battle tactics were more than just a horde of mounted bow shooters - they were military masters.

    Just wanted to clarify some common misconceptions about Mongols and their battle tactics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daelin View Post
    @Ravells
    Racist, really? Anyway, the trolling-thread is now closed.

    @Sapiento
    This is an interesting map, for sure. It's actually inspired me to do some more of the old AH universes I have lying around. But I've found out that finding quality outline maps of the world and all the continents is much harder than I thought. Does anybody know of a mapping resource where you could find something like this, other than the CIA factbook?
    Try http://www.aquarius.geomar.de/omc_intro.html , you get there editable vector maps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamerprinter View Post
    Just some points of clarification regarding the Mongols. The Mongols nearly did conquer Europe - they were extremely skilled at Siege Warfare. The Mongols learned siege tactics when they invaded China, which is arguably their first major invasion. They would have never succeeded to making China a Mongol state, had they not learned siege tactics. The Chinese threw gunpowder bombs from the castle walls, which the Mongols adopted and added into their siege war tactics. Mongols created siege machines and batterring rams.

    The Mongols battle tactics included all of the following: large masses of trained mounted troops - the Mongols had armies of 50,000 to 100,000 fighters when they invaded any land, including Europe, Mongols were experts in siege tactics, Mongols campaigned during the winter months (because much of the steppe is mush when its warm, which makes it bad for horses) while most European armies campaigned in the summer, Mongols themselves were self sufficient (they could hunt and forage for their own food) - whereas European armies had to be fed or would disband, the Mongols cut supply and communication lines, the Mongols used fear tactics to bring chaos to the civilized populations.

    Really the only thing that stopped the Mongols from making Europe a Mongol state (as they had done to Russia) was their own laws which dictated that when the Khan in the homeland died, everyone had to attend the funeral - which is what happened to save Europe, the campaign ended and the horde returned thousands of miles to attend the Khan's funeral. Since the next Khan did not view the conquest of Europe on his agenda, Europe was saved.

    While its certainly true that the bulk of the Mongol army consisted of mounted archers, they did use combined arms and specialized fighters such as siege specialiists, as part of their overall military superiority. Mongol battle tactics were more than just a horde of mounted bow shooters - they were military masters.

    Just wanted to clarify some common misconceptions about Mongols and their battle tactics.

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    Surely true to some point. However I think it would nevertheless be very hard for them to conquer all of Europe. I'm sure the pope would have soon declared a crusade and this would have mobilized half of the continent.

    I'm sure we could discuss this endless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamerprinter View Post
    Just some points of clarification regarding the Mongols. The Mongols nearly did conquer Europe - they were extremely skilled at Siege Warfare. The Mongols learned siege tactics when they invaded China, which is arguably their first major invasion. They would have never succeeded to making China a Mongol state, had they not learned siege tactics. The Chinese threw gunpowder bombs from the castle walls, which the Mongols adopted and added into their siege war tactics. Mongols created siege machines and batterring rams.
    I thought they simply "recruited" Chinese and Persian siege engineers and dragged them along on their campaigns, rather than make their own stuff. But I cannot claim expertise on this matter.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gamerprinter View Post
    Mongols themselves were self sufficient (they could hunt and forage for their own food) - whereas European armies had to be fed or would disband
    All steppe nomads (not just Mongols, but pretty much everyone that practiced that lifestyle: Scythians, Alans, Magyars, Huns, Turks, Bulgars, Xiong-Nu, Khitans...) were able to live off the land, because they derived their livelihood from massive herds of livestock that moved along with them. But this was only possible while on the steppe, because it takes sufficient tracts of pasture to actually feed all those animals. When ever operating on less suitable terrain, they'd adjust their logistical means. Hunting and foraging can NOT feed a large army for long, that is simply impossible. Nomadism CAN, but depends on availability of pasture.

    Mongols definitely had the capacity to operate outside of steppe; their success in China, Persia and the Middle East proves this without doubt. That does not mean that they could just ignore logistics while in these places, however.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gamerprinter View Post
    Really the only thing that stopped the Mongols from making Europe a Mongol state (as they had done to Russia) was their own laws which dictated that when the Khan in the homeland died, everyone had to attend the funeral
    The timing of the Khan's death certainly was critical. And (in)convenient.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gamerprinter View Post
    Since the next Khan did not view the conquest of Europe on his agenda, Europe was saved.
    AFAIK it was more that the new Khan didn't have the power to truly reign in his subjects, who now viewed each other as their primary rivals and enemies. The Mongol empire was by then only nominally unified, being de-facto split into smaller states.

    Not that Europe had ever been very high up on the Mongol's agenda, what with being a rather poor and backwards area. Especially compared to the lucrative targets of Middle-East, Egypt and India...

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    Great! I am also doing a map of my fantasy country haha

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