MAP OF EUROPE 1914
The Clanker Powers:
Germany is a massive military machine with
weapons aimed outwards to all surrounding countries.
It points threateningly at Britain, not so much
as a sign of direct aggression, but more as
an indicator that it was now Germany’s
turn to start a grand global Empire to challenge
the world’s current one.
Austria Hungary is an aggressive armoured giant,
teetering on shoddy foundations. It is also
the primary aggressor in a land grab against
Serbia, with two bayonets piercing the border.
The Ottoman empire is a teetering automaton,
collapsing under the weight of a paranoid and
ungainly spying network that gazes at Europe
through many lenses and spy glasses. Istanbul
is labeled Constantinople following the period's
English naming conventions.
The Swiss watch ticks away the time, comfortable
to wait it all out.
The Darwinist Powers:
Britain is an militaristic lion with a Roman
Imperial italic-type helmet. It sits upon a
mound of riches gathered from its Empire.
France’s elephant beast (wearing the
French kepi they started the war with before
adapting their firefighter helmets) is influenced
by the Elephantine Collossus built for the Universal
Exhibition of 1889 in Paris (later it ended
up going to the Moulin Rouge.)
Russia is a huge imperialist bear, rotting
and filled with maggots.
Serbia’s imagery is an indicator of the
huge amounts of civilian deaths and suffering
they’ll find themselves subject to.
Norway and Sweden are both Scandinavian trolls
in the style of John Bauer, an inspirational
illustrator from the era who produced a lot
of phenomenal work during the war.
Portugal is a parrot for the Entente trying
to goad a slumbering Spain into the war.
Ireland looks askance to Britain and brandishes
a shillelagh. An indicator of their very rough
relationship at the time, and of their upcoming
involvement with the Central powers.
Italy is a clutch of snakes with intents on
the Central powers despite existing agreements.
A foreshadowing of their arrangements at the
secret 1915 Treaty of London where they were
promised land in exchange for involvement. It
was heavily influenced by Italian Prime Minister,
Antonio Salandra’s open policy of serving
Italy’s "divine self-interest."
Illustration from Leviathan
by Scott Westerfeld.