Dienstag, 31. Januar 2017

4 Maps of an Alternative Europe

In this post, I will show you four alternative history maps of Europe. None of these follow a specific timeline and I did not make up any events triggering these scenarios to happen. These maps are just for fun.

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.


  1. Alphonse,

    I would like to publish your third map in a book I am writing. Can you give me permission?

    Michiel Stofferis

  2. Thanks for all this "Greek Europe", but most of Greeks and people who visit Greece usually see Greece as part of what is in this map "Latin Europe"