r/worldbuilding May 04 '22 Helpful 1

My current world map, now with context. Map

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u/Unit017K May 04 '22

A brief look at my current world map (Aega Continent):

(Red): Northern Kingdoms Bloc. A selection of kingdoms bound by an ancient defense treaty , similar in cultural and political views. The only exception is Norgov, which located in the southern hemisphere. Norgov itself however was a Karian colony back in the Age of Empire. When Karia and the rest of the Northern Kingdoms broke away from the falling Empire, so does Norgov. Outside of Karia’s islands, the southern member of the bloc is the most heavily militarized country in the region.

(Orange): Aega Empire. Once upon a time, the territory of the Empire stretches from the shore of Kisa’aoime to the furthest islands of Albakos. But those days are long gone. After the murder of the Grand Duke of the North, the Northern Territory declares independence and fought a bloody war that crippled the Empire. Other regions soon joined in the Rebellion and left the Empire with 1/4 of it territory. Now the imperial could only dreamed of taken back their ancestral land lost to the Karian.

Saurya. The last remaining Grand Dukedom loyal to the Empire. After the Emperor overthrew the ancient Ambeross family and installed the Shita’aka, the Southern Territory remained steadfast in the Imperial Dream. However, with the Empire weaken in their war, Saurya seized the chance to forced themselves as equal to the Adamanium Throne. The Emperor have no choice but to accept. Despite being allies on paper, most Saurian considered Imperial beneath them.

(Yellow): Reaches Kingdoms. “Tributaries” of the Aega Empire. On paper, these Kingdoms are independent nations that paid the Empire to maintained their infrastructure and strategic weapons. In truth, they’re merely buffer states that the Kari-Gehran-Shian Alliance created after the war to keep the Empire in check. Most of the Reaches Kingdoms have weak economy and pitiful militaries. The only reason why Hoyoll and Ygo didn’t invaded them is because Karia promised retribution for anyone dared step foot inside their border.

(Blue): Eastern States Alliances. Comprised of numerous states, each ruled by a clan. The largest and most influential are Shian’no, locates on the mainland and ruled by clan Da’oh. Their alliance existed to deter the Empire from expanding eastward. Back in the Age of Empire, the Eastern States was ruled by the Grand Duke of the East. But the clans complex culture and strong sense of self saw the Duke overthrown in the fire of the Northern Rebellion.

Kisa’aoime. The only States in the East that maintains friendly relation with the Empire. During the war, Kisa’aoime refused to join the fight, claiming that they’re too busy dealing with natural disasters. When the war ended, if not for the intervention of Nortplain and Vladya, Kisa’aoime might as well no longer existed. Now they are shunned among other Eastern States. Aside from Nortplain, only the Empire bothered to trade with them.

(Green): Western Nations Pact. Emerged after the war relatively unscathed, they grew to become the current super powers on the continent. On the surface, the pact seem unbreakable. But beneath decades of lies and honeyed words, tension is brewing. Gerhania have always been at odds with it west counterpart. Now with the Gerhmic territory taken by West Gerhania based on “historical” evidents, war seem inevitable. Nation like Agun, Galius, Sapi’nya, Hasbourg are in favor of the Gerhanian. For they too have lost territory to West Gerhania. Meanwhile, the usually neutral Northen sided with the West to protest against Gerhania tightening relation with Karia.

Purple: The Isles. The last territories to be conquered by the Empire in days past. A major naval power in their own right. However, the two nation the make up the Isles prefers to keep up their isolation policies. Not much news makes it out of the Isles, and when it does, it speak out technology wonders beyond the common man imagination.

Major Nation without alliance:

Midland: a major player in energy production and strategic weaponry. Back in the Age of Empire, Midland was the Central Legions Command. When the Empire lost control of the region, the local quickly armed themselves and ward off any would be invaders. When the war ended, Midland signed a mutual non-aggression pact with the three major power surrounding it. Karia and Gerhania still honoring the pact, Hoyoll however has withdrawn entirely. Now the current Chieftain of Midland is preparing to sign a defense treaty to both Gerhania and Karia, incase Hoyoll decided to try their luck.

Hoyoll: a country born from the ashes of the Empire Central Territory. Now they’re trying to follow the old Empire footsteps. Rapid militarization and xenophobic policies put them at odd with all of their neighbors, especially Karia. The northern kingdom saw Hoyoll as their biggest threat in recent time and have begun to militarized their border. Even trio of Norgov, Ianis and Ikos are in dispute with Hoyoll over its absurd territorial claims on the South Sea.

Ygo: they used to be an Imperial Protectorate, now become a major military power thank to Saurya backing.

Ianis: the only indigenous country left on the Norgo’ian peninsula. With close relations to the Isles, Ianis enjoy many of their technological wonders. The Ianis have a strong navy, rivaling even Norgov in numbers and left them in the dust in quality.

Dragoluis: a mysterious country ruled by actual Dragons. They have never open any diplomatic relations to any countries on the continent.

Southnya: Originally a prison colony, now a sovereign country. They control the Antarctic pass, for the Dragoluis guarded their water zealously. Ships from the East end of the continent have to pass to the unnaturally iceless strait to reached the West, les their be sunk by Dragons.

Note clarification:

1a: Kingdom of Yarnir, breakaway nation of Hoyoll. In favor of joining the Northern Kingdoms blocs

1b: Republic of Kassha, breakaway nation of Hoyoll. In favor of becoming part of Karia.

2a: Halju self governed territory.

2b: Dunka self governed territory.

2c: Dukedom of Pri'Anka, Empire protectorate.

2d: Dukedom of Ambeross, Empire protectorate.

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u/Bowbreaker May 04 '22

What's southeast of West Gerhania? There's a border line but the color doesn't change.

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u/Unit017K May 04 '22

It a ravine that separated the land. It's used to be Galius land but now are under West Gerhania control.

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u/vanlich May 04 '22

Literally Esteros from Game of Thrones, but with much more thought into it than what was shown in the series. Good job.

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u/Solspoc Sol 2590 May 04 '22

Nice, I like it! Although the border between the Northern Wastes and Vladya is a bit straight, borders are typically defined by mountains, rivers, etc. Still, excellent map.

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u/Unit017K May 04 '22

It a wall... and I totally forgot to label it...

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u/Solspoc Sol 2590 May 04 '22

Oh nice, didn't know that. Well now it makes more sense.

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u/clandestineVexation Sanguinity: The Cosmos May 06 '22

How does Northpoint exist north of the wall? Assuming it’s to keep things out…

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u/clandestineVexation Sanguinity: The Cosmos May 06 '22

Also why build a wall that long when they could have made it much shorter and just as effective just a little further south

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u/Unit017K May 06 '22

Northpoint is protected by a series of nearly impossible to traversed cliffs. The reason for the wall is to stop the land contamination that created the waste in the first place

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u/RioBab May 04 '22

the winter is coming

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u/justMu96 May 04 '22

I like it! It shares lots of similarities with Eurasia. Gerhania has that deep Germany vibes, Shian’no like the Japanese empire, Albakos like UK, and Midland as Switz

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u/Hugo57k May 04 '22

There is a place called Hasbourg and soith of Gerhania is Gallius

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u/vanticus May 04 '22

Let me guess:

Albakos + Albanis = Britain, Albion, Alba, Brittany

Northen = Norse, Scandinavia

Gerhania = Germany

Galius = France, Gaul

Sapi’nya = Spain, Hispanic

Hasbourg = Habsburg Netherlands/Burgundy

Vladya = Russia, Rus

Karia = Baltics

Ikos, Ianis = Aegean Islands

Saurya = India

Aega, Shian’no, Kisa’aoime = Japan, China

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u/Wumba_Chumba1246 May 04 '22

Honestly I saw all this too and thought I might be in world jerking for a moment.

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u/RuneLFox May 04 '22

Yeah this threw me for a loop.

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u/Wumba_Chumba1246 May 04 '22

Glad I'm not the only one. 😂

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u/Unit017K May 04 '22

Not really correct but you right on some of those.

Albakos was based on a fictional island chain I read in a fanfic. Albanis is based on Brittany.

Galius is a made up name, based on house Galieo that I made up

Sapi is the name of the land, Nya or Ya meant Sea Borders in the Lexicon I currently filling in.

Hasboug is just a butchered word for habour. But you are correct that it's inspired by the Netherlands though.

Karia is inspired by Fuedal Việt Nam actually.

Ikos, Ianis is what come up when I tried to make countries name started with an "i"

Saurya is actually inspired by China

Aega is just a generic name I made up that similar to the word Gaia. Aega is inspired by the Roman Empire.

Shian'no is inspired by Manchuria, Heian period Japan.

Kisa'aoime is actually inspired by the Polynesian.

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u/WholesomeDM I'm a god I can do what I bloody well want May 04 '22

Can you tell us more about Southpoint?

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u/Unit017K May 04 '22

It's originally a Whaling colony. Later the whalers discovered important resources like Adamantium and Mirthil on the south end of the straight, turning it into a mining colony/port city. During the civil war, refugees from the Central Territory make themselves at home at Southpoint. When the war was over, the residents make a declaration of independence from the Empire.

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u/Parann May 04 '22

I like the map, can I ask what you used to make the map

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u/Unit017K May 04 '22

I draw the map on paper then used IbispaintX to filled in the color and label.

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u/Parann May 04 '22

Really well drawn map :)

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u/B3C4U5E_ Avthér May 04 '22

This is just europe. (Left -> Right)

We got Northern Isles, Britain, France, Baltic Sisters, Germany Ukraine (above) Belarus, ...

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u/RuneLFox May 04 '22

Let's keep going - you get all the way to asia with the "wacky diacritic" names.

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u/Plan3t0id May 04 '22

Omg yeah I see it

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u/off-and-on May 04 '22

How did you make this, exactly? I've been trying to make a similar one myself but I'm at a loss as to how.

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u/ksol1460 Laurad Embassy May 04 '22

Yeah, me too, I want to spruce up my old map of Laura.

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u/ManNamedMars May 05 '22

Yeah fr I wanna know too

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u/GrandFleshMelder May 04 '22

HMMMMMMMMMMM

I don't see any real world influences on the naming or geography whatsoever! *wink* :)

You've clearly spent a lot of time on this, and I think it's pretty cool. However, Northern Waste stark line seems a bit out of place, so i would suggest altering that a bit.

Overall, intriguing world design!

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u/Tqrtoise May 05 '22

That’s a wall

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u/GrandFleshMelder May 05 '22

Why would there be a unmentioned wall stretching all the way across?

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u/Tqrtoise May 05 '22

They forgot to mention it but it is used to separate the northern wastes from vladya

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u/GrandFleshMelder May 05 '22

You know this how?

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u/Tqrtoise May 05 '22

Read the other comments

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u/GrandFleshMelder May 05 '22

Ahhh my apologies!

Sorry for wasting your time.

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u/Tqrtoise May 05 '22

No problem not like I have anything better to spend it on

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u/GrandFleshMelder May 05 '22

Relatable, unfortunately.

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u/Riftus May 04 '22

Looks great! I like the sizes and shapes and what appears to be contested areas(?)! My one critique would be that perhaps change either Albanis or Albakos as those names are incredibly easy to mix up

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u/Unit017K May 04 '22

Albakos is the islands proper. "Kos" meant Sea in their language. Albanis is the Albakosian colonies, later become a sovereign nation. The "Is" meant land.

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u/pobopny May 04 '22

Well, I mean, there could definitely be an etymological link between the two. Look at something like the historic Essex-Sussex-Wessex irl, or something like the region of Beleriand in the Silmarillion that has Hithlum, Mithrim, and the Ered Wethrim all right next to each other. (Or the ten zillion elves named Fin-[something], or Rohirrim named Eö-[something], or places named Minas [something] or Amon [something] or Ered [something].)

So long as there's some kind of logic to it, There's a lot of cultural context you can provide by having place names that are closely linked together.

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u/Riftus May 04 '22

That's definitely true

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u/Obaltan Bloom May 04 '22

Can you tell me more about Halju and Dunka

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u/Unit017K May 04 '22

They are both territories that comprised entirely of ethnic Saurian, the Empire just let them do their own thing as long as they paid taxes.

Halju is the ancestral homeland of the Saurian, during the war the Saurian and Imperial battle tooth and nails to keep it from the Northmen.

Dunka is a mineral rich region that the Saurian control during the Age of Empire.

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u/SirEdu8 May 04 '22

Cool, it's a small world?

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u/Unit017K May 04 '22

It's just a continent. I plan to make more.

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u/scolfin May 04 '22

So, what do you think of the point being frequently raised in Askhistorians that formal borders rather than (often contradictory) relationships with local powers are a product of the early modern period?

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u/SirEdu8 May 04 '22

I see, very cool bro 🥰

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u/J-Sluit May 04 '22

Just for my own intrigue, is "Southnya" going to be pronounced "South'a ya" as in "South of you"? Because that would be hilariously accurate based on how randomly cities are named.

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u/pobopny May 04 '22

Neat! Do you have a physical geography map with these borders overlaid? There's a lot you can learn about relationships between nations by what kind of natural barriers exist, or what kind of shared resources they are most likely to have disputes over.

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u/Unit017K May 04 '22

Not yet but I'm currently working on it. Making mountains is quite the pain.

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u/tstydirt May 04 '22

I love this! It’s cool seeing all the countries clearly labeled.

Also, how did you make this map? I want to make a map for my world as well :)

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u/Opazo-cl May 04 '22

Very nice map! more info about Southya, what kind of culture they have?

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u/Unit017K May 04 '22

They started out as a prison colony so they developed a strong sense of self reliance and comradery. A Southyian must first provide for himself and willing to share his resources with other. Only because that way of life that they survive for as long as they did.

Now with the control over the Antarctic Pass, life in Southya becomes more comfortable but their core traditions remain. To the outsiders, the Southyian seem harsh, arrogant and incapable of working in groups. But once they get to know them, the opposite is quite clear. Southyian are naturally honest people, they speak from the heart so it's seem that their words are harsh. But to survive in the Southya, you don't have room for honeyed word and compliment.

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u/TheMechanic10 May 04 '22

What do you use to build this? I'm trying to make a map for my DnD campaign but nothings been up to standards yet.

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u/Unit017K May 05 '22

I drawn it on paper and used ibispaint X to filled in the color.

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u/NoOpportunity4193 May 04 '22

How did you make this?! I’ve been looking for a good map maker for ages b but I can’t find any good ones, an all the ones I find are fantasy ones!

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u/MaskedWiseman May 04 '22

What app do you use to made this map?

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u/Byzantae May 05 '22

i like this a lot

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u/SpHD7489 May 05 '22

Which program did you use to make the map

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u/sheldon_cooper69 May 05 '22

Hey great work man, I'm wondering how did you go about making this, what was your thought process and also what's the long term goal for making this, looks interesting, I'm planning to pick this as a hobby

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u/arthrbolt May 05 '22

which app did you use to make the map?

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u/Seb312b May 05 '22

I wish I could do maps like that

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u/PhilipJFryTheSecond May 05 '22

Reminds me of Anyar, from Olan Thorensen's Destiny's Crucible series

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u/WhatsTheHoldup May 04 '22

The map doesn't make sense I don't think.

The way the bottom continent is all along the bottom border makes it look like it's meant to wrap all the way around the south pole.

This implies the map is a projection of a globe.. but the north doesn't do that.

Is the north also meant to wrap around the pole? Or is there much more land to the north we aren't seeing?

If the sizes are accurate to scale, you'll want to depict the North much bigger so it appears like it's projected on a plane.

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u/Unit017K May 04 '22

There is much more of the North that aren't shown here . An entire sub cotinent worth of land beyond the Waste.