Cultural Zones of Europe
This map shows Europe divided into five cultural zones, which also correspond to the languages spoken there. The dotted lines separate provinces or sub-regions.
Ancient Peoples Surviving in Europe
The second map shows a map of Europe with some ancient peoples surviving into the present. These include peoples which "recently" disappeared (such as the Crimea Goths or the Baltic Prussians), but also peoples that were replaced centuries ago (such as the Gauls and the Sumerians).
The colours indicate language families:
- blue for Germanic
- green for Italic
- yellow for Celtic
- red for Slavic
- orange for Baltic
- magenta for other Indo-European languages
- violet for Uralic
- brown for all other language phyla
Alternative Europe with Sensible Borders
This map shows some "sensible" alternative borders, based on historic borders or ethnic divisions. The areas indicated by scattered lines can be interpreted as officially autonomous provinces (e.g. Czechoslovakia) or other areas which are de facto self-governed (e.g. Kurdistan).
Alternative Historical Borders
This map is similar to the third one in that it shows alternative borders, which are based on historic borders or ethnic lines. Again, Germany is rather large (mixing the pre-WW1 borders and the HRE borders), while some of the smaller nations in West Europe have gained their independency. The three letter acronyms indicate the official and regional/minority languages of each state.