I read most of it before. I read all of it just now. I did not gain any answers to any of my questions within your text. You seem to think I was trying to just tearing your work apart, but I do generally like to ask lots of questions for things that make me curious or that I don’t see answered in the text or on the map. People generally don’t seem to mind, but I will take note that you feel otherwise. I apologize if I seemed aggressive with my second post as I misread there being veiled insults towards me near the end of your reply. Anyways, back to our regularly scheduled map thread.Sorry, I didn't realize you were the Lord of All Cartography.
This is a map I spent a few days on. I do not pretend to be an expert on history of any type. If I make a few errors, or if I make a few rash judgements, that's because I'm not perfect, nor an expert. By all means, if I made a map where the Nazis defeated the British through Operation Sealion, argue with me about the viability of such a major change and how unrealistic it is. But my god, you don't have to point out every little detail that seems off. This is a thing I made for fun without doing any extensive amount of research, not a dissertation for you to pick apart every piece of.
Also, like I said, if you're going to criticize the scenario so much, kindly read the entire accompanying write-up. Don't just skim and scan it.
This was originally just States and Capitols but it slowly spiraled into a Flag, Presidents, The Population, Holidays, and an absurd story about Disneyland.
I may have went off the rails a little bit.
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Attention people of the former United States. This is Admiral Yamamoto of The Empire of Japan. Do not be alarmed at our presence. We in Japan have seen the plight that the Second American Civil War has brought onto your home, so we have come not as invaders but as saviors. We do not ask you to bow kowtow, we ask you to accept us. When Japanese troops come to your town do not think of them as conquerors, but as liberators. We shall protect you from the corrupt, oppressive warlords of East America. Under our rule we shall tear down the walls of bigotry and racism that were built into your former Government. Japan shall guarantee you and your fellow man the unalienable rights that your old Government failed to give all people. We shall ensure the equality of all races from Whites, to Blacks, to Indians. For all people are equal under the eyes of Emperor Hirohito. – Admiral Yamamoto “The Shogun of America”, Radio Broadcast 1941
The Pacific States is an Independent Region of Japan with its own Congressional, Presidential, and Judicial Government separate from Mainland Japan and is one of the most important regions aside from Japan itself. This status of “Independent Region” was granted to the Pacific States in 1955 as a way for Japan to hold on to their empire. As protests of the nearly 10 Year “Provisional Government” were growing. The Constitution of the Pacific States was finalized and signed on July 18, 1955. Admiral Yamamoto who was the leader of the provisional government, formally stepped down. While he wasn’t the first President, Admiral Yamamoto is considered the first leader of the Pacific States and bears the nickname “The Shogun of America” for his rule over the Pacific States from 1940-1955. The Pacific States was one of the first Japanese territories to gain the status of Independent Region. After the Pacific States the status of Independent Region was granted to Manchuria (1958), North China (1960), South China (1960), Shanghai (1968) and Korea (1970). Though it’s Government is independent of Japan, it is still considered part of Japan and as such the Pacific States has no Formal Military and uses the currency of Japan (Yen). In place of a Military the Pacific States has a “Self-Defense Force” that was established in 1958 after years of formal military training by top Japanese Military Brass.
Total Population: 97,867,026
Other Asian: 4.12%
Mixed Race: 2.15%
Native Indian: 1.12%
The Pacific States is one of the most diverse regions, while the population is majority Japanese and White there is significant Black, Chinese, and Korean populations. This is due to two factors. First was the laxed travel restrictions compared to Mainland Japan and the other Independent Regions. It is very easy for citizens from other regions such as Korea, Manchuria, North China, and South China to gain permanent residence in the Pacific States. Second was the Japanese keeping true to their words of Racial Equality, many race laws such as The Chinese Exemption Act and multiple Jim Crow Laws were lifted causing many Blacks from the Second American Republic and the Second Republic of Texas (Now a special “Federal District” of the Second American Republic.) to immigrate to the Pacific States. (Many Historians agree that the lifting the race laws was not because Japan was sincere about racial equality but to win over the non-white populous and to attempt to gain the moral high ground and paint themselves as the “Good Guys” when compared to the different factions in the Second American Civil War.) During the provisional government many Japanese came to live in the Pacific States. More Japanese moved to the Pacific States than any other region. Many Japanese preferred the already industrialized Pacific States over the under industrialized regions such as Manchuria, and because of the “exotic” western culture of America the Pacific States was a popular place for Japanese to move to. Topped off with a baby boom in Japan the Japanese population in the Pacific States came to rival the established White population.
States and Their Capitols
Kanji = Romaji = English = Old Name
National Capitol: 新京 = Shinkyo = New Capitol = San Fransisco
湾谷 = Wan tani = Bay Valley = California
不屈 = Fukutsu = Indomitable = Sacramento
常緑 = Jōryoku = Evergreen = Washington
海市 = Kaishi = Sea City = Seattle
赤材 = Aka-zai = Redwood = Oregon
港町 = Minatochō = Port Town = Portland
新蝦夷 = Shin Ezo = New Ezo = Southeast British Columbia
塩水市 = Ensui-shi = Saltwater City = Vancouver
銀砂漠 = Gin sabaku = Sliver Desert = Nevada/West Utah
豊か泉 = Yutaka izumi = Rich Spring = Las Vegas
ハワイ = Hawai = Hawaii = Hawaii
ホノルル = Honoruru = Honolulu = Honolulu
乾燥地帯 = Kansō chitai = Arid Zone = West Arizona
火鳥 = Hidori = Fire Bird = Phoenix
北領土 = Kita ryōdo = Northern Territory = Alaska/Yukon/Northwest British Columbia
凍錨 = Kō ikari = Cold Anchor = Anchorage
National Holidays & Other Major Events
New Year’s Day: January 1
Celebration of a new year.
Chinese New Year: January 25
Celebration of not only the Chinese New Year but also a celebration of the Chinese Citizens in The Pacific States.
Setsubun/Spring Day: February 3
Celebration of the End of Winter and the Coming of Spring.
National Foundation Day: February 11
Celebration of the founding of Japan with the crowning of the first Emperor.
Valentine’s Day: February 14
Celebration of Valentine’s Day in which both men and women give others chocolates.
Hanami/Flower Viewing: March – May
While not a traditional holiday. Many people go to local parks to have picnics when the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom. Annual Cherry Blossom Festivals are also very common.
St. Patricks Day: March 1
Celebration of Irish heritage.
Palm Sunday: First Day of Holy Week
Christian observance of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.
Easter: Day After Holy Week
Christian celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.
Nature Day: Third Friday of April
Celebration of Nature, Conservation, and Climate Change awareness.
Mother’s Day: Second Sunday of May
Celebration and Appreciation of Mothers.
Father’s Day; Second Sunday of June
Celebration and Appreciation of Fathers.
Freedom Day: July 4
Celebration of the American Revolution and the 13 Colonies Independence from Britain.
Constitution Day: July 18
Celebration of the signing of the Constitution and the opening of Disneyland.
Tanabata/Star Festival: August 7
A Festival that celebrates the cosmos.
Obon: August 13 – 15
Buddhist event in commemorating the dead.
Elderly Day: Third Monday of September
Celebration of grandparents and the elderly.
Momijigari/Leaf Peeping: October – November
While not a traditional holiday. Many people go to local parks to have picnics when the leaves change color. Annual Autumn Festivals are also very common.
Health and Sports Day: Second Monday of October
A day to raise health awareness and exercise.
Halloween: Last Day of October
A day in which kids dress up in costumes and go “Trick-or-Treating”. Festivals are also commonplace for teenagers and young adults.
African Statesman Day: November 19
Observance to honor Black Citizens of The Pacific States and the abolishment of slavery during the First American Civil War.
Harvest Day: November 23
A combination of the old American celebration of Thanksgiving and the Japanese harvest ritual Niiname-no-Matsuri.
Christmas Eve: December 24
A Christian Holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus. It’s is observed by many non-Christians as the night Santa Claus visits the houses of children and brings them gifts.
Christmas Day: December 25
A Christian Holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus. It’s is observed by many non-Christians as the day children open their gifts from Santa Claus.
Ōmisoka /New Year’s Eve: Last Day of December
Celebration of the end of the year and the coming of a new year.
Presidents and Vice-Presidents
Isoroku Yamamoto (Shogun of America): (1940-1955)
Sheridan Downey (Democratic) [Died In Office] / Tanzan Ishibashi (Democratic): 1956-1961
Tanzan Ishibashi (Democratic) / Richard Nixon (Republican): 1961-1966
Richard Nixon (Republican) / Daniel Inouye (Democratic): 1967-1974
Takeo Miki (Democratic) / Howard Cannon (Democratic): 1975-1982
George W. Romney (Conservative) / Samuel Hayakawa (Conservative): 1983-1990
Tsutomu Hata (Democratic) / Calvin M. "Cal" Dooley (Democratic): 1991-1998
Junichiro Koizumi (Conservative) / Willard Mitt Romney (Conservative) 1999-2006
Barack Obama (Socialist) / Yoshihiko Noda (Democratic): 2007-2014
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Conservative) / Xi Jingping (Socialist): 2015-Present
There are currently four political parties that make up the Pacific States. The Democratic Party, The Republican Party, The Conservative party, and The Socialist Party.
The Democratic Party was formed from the old Democratic party of old America and took its viewpoints from the late President-Elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt. While originally a strong left wing on politics the party slowly began to take a Left-to-Center approach on most political views. Since its inception the Democratic party is one of the most popular political parties.
The Republican Party was formed from the Republican Party of old America and originally took a right-to-center approach, but the party fractured in 1972 over conflicting views on economics and race relations and now is strictly right wing. The Republican Party has been on the decline since the 1970s and is today the lowest party in terms of popularity.
The Conservative Party was created in 1955 by former members of Admiral Yamamoto’s provisional government. It has always taken a right-to-center approach, because of this the Conservative Party saw a rise in popularity when the Republican Party fractured in 1972. The Conservative Party is the second most popular political party, but is currently declining.
The Socialist Party started in 1961 by a small group of American liberals and members of the Japanese Communist Party who wanted to attempt to bring The Communist Party to the Pacific States. Due to communism being relatively unpopular in the western world the party was named The Socialist Party. The party slowly rose to popularity and is now the third most popular party.
The current President is Arnold Schwarzenegger the first foreign born President. President Schwarzenegger is also the first President to controversially not have a Japanese Vice-President. Traditionally a White Presidential Candidate would pick a Japanese running mate for Vice-President and vice-versa to balance the ticket and win over White/Japanese Voters. While this is not the first time this has happened (Hawaiian Senator Barack Obama was Black and picked the Japanese Yoshihiko Noda for his running mate.) President Schwarzenegger is the first White President to pick a non-Japanese running mate, choosing Bay Valley Senator Xi Jinping of North Chinese descent.
Walt Disney who had the dream of creating a large themed amusement park was often told that it would be impossible given the unstable political and economic circumstances of the provisional government. But Walt Disney was undeterred, he continued in his venture. For Walt Disney constructing Disneyland was no longer just a another dream he set off to make real. For Walt Disney constructing Disneyland was important in keeping the legacy and culture of the old United States alive in the face of Japanese occupation. Even if it meant facing the provisional government and The Shogun of America himself Admiral Yamamoto, Walt Disney would build Disneyland. Sure, enough Disney would have to meet with the provisional government. As buying up such a large amount of land for construction necessitated the Provisional Government’s approval.
Admiral Yamamoto and members of the provisional government had been seeking a way to create a monument that would solidify the Pacific States as a unique region of Japan, but this was easier said than done as any monument they would build would likely come under fire by the still white majority populace. A populace that was growing restless of the provisional government’s rule over them. Protests began in 1953 criticizing the long rule of the provisional government and the people sought proper representation. (While there were governors from old America such as Sheridan Downey in Yamamoto’s Provisional Government, it was still majority Japanese.)
When Walt Disney came forth seeking approval to construct Disneyland, Yamamoto found the monument he was looking for, a monument that would be positively received by all. Despite some Japanese objecting to the idea of such an “American” idea, Yamamoto threw his weight to get Disney’s project approved. To the surprise of Walt Disney not only did Yamamoto push to get Disneyland approved, he offered whatever help he could give to get it constructed. For the Shogun of America Disneyland wasn’t just a giant park, Disneyland would be the monument that the Pacific States would be founded on. A crowning achievement that would show the world that the Pacific States could be just as industrious as the Second American Republic.
While direct funding and construction was struck down by the provisional government due to budget concerns, Yamamoto did pull some strings to get Walt Disney as much land as he wanted for Disneyland and Yamamoto connected Walt with Japanese companies to provide corporate sponsorship. The Japan based companies were quick to make deals with Disney as Disneyland was the perfect entry way into the Pacific States. They sponsored various attractions throughout the park. Toyota sponsored Autopia, Toshiba and Panasonic sponsored The House of Tomorrow as a way to advertise their upcoming products, Daiwa House Industry worked with Imagineers to build the Disneyland Hotel. Yamamoto infamously called Disneyland “A combination of American Ingenuity and Japanese Capital”.
Construction of Disneyland began in 1954 shortly after the announcement that the Japanese Diet had passed a resolution to give the Pacific States autonomy as an Independent Region of Japan. Walt Disney would host a Television show called Disneyland on the fledgling Pacific Broadcasting Channel which aired throughout 1954 during the Election of 1954 which saw Sheridan Downey become the President-Elect of the Pacific States. Finally, Disneyland was planned to have a televised opening on July, 18th 1955 the same day as the Constitution of the Pacific States was to be signed. While the timing was a coincidence, the timing was nonetheless impeccable and both events were merged into one and Sleeping Beauty Castle was the backdrop as President Sheridan Downey, and Admiral Yamamoto signed the Constitution of The Pacific States of America in Mainstreet USA less than an hour before Disneyland formally opened.
On that day June 18th, 1955 it wasn't just Disneyland that opened, a new region of the world was opened. One that merged East and West and Disneyland was but a preview of the technological, industrial, and economic capability of the Pacific States "The Land of the Setting Sun".
@Clandango the thing is people don't usually think about every single detail on their work, either because it isn't important to them or they can't be bothered to do it. I see details I don't understand all the time but they are so minor I don't really ask because it's not worth it. It's perfectly fine for people to ask, I encourage it, just not very nice for people to nitpick everything from a map. After all, we are here because we have fun doing maps and alternate history in general. We don't do this to be perfect.
2020 ( From not yet here TL : "The Penisula Ablaze" Alpha Stage)
Israel Federation of Arab Republics Syrian Arab Republic
Who controls the Suez canal? In OTL Nasser shut it down from '67 until Sadat reopened in '75 to prevent the Israelis from using it. Since these border hold until 2020 I'm assuming some sort of deal has been reached?
would somebody be able to make or know where I can find a map of 1750ish?