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His Dark Materials map by SinclairTheBudgie His Dark Materials map by SinclairTheBudgie
This is the world of The Golden Compass/Northern Lights (and the Lyra's Oxford "Globetrotter" gazetteer, now available here) by Philip Pullman: this work whose richness smote me so hard that it's shaped my own writing. The trilogy starts in a parallel world that actually closely resembles Kingsley Amis's The Alteration--a planet mostly ruled by a Catho-Calvinist church drawn from the worst fever dreams of Jack Chick and Dan Brown (though I'd really describe it as the "anti-da Vinci Code": it really expresses a good Renaissance spirit, even if that spirit's a flawed Calvinistic one from 1860). Besides the North-Oxonian fear of plotting Papists, the world of HDM has two distinct "feels" to it, a Baroque and a Victorian, and both of them were eras of exploration. Technologically there's zeppelins, rifles, polar expeditions, photograms, steamship tours, and science-fictionalized tech like "atomcraft" (so this is partially the IRL 1910 map); and then there's a constant stream of signs and wonders worthy of the now-suppressed world of Willem Blaeu, Guillaume Le Testu, Lopo Homem, Athanasius Kircher, John White, Richard Hakluyt, William Dampier, Walter Raleigh, and even Marco Polo and Mandeville (or Lord Darcy for that matter) so most of the map is based on those of IRL 1700 and 1789.

The Great Powers that carved up our whole world 1860-1911 are far, far weaker: all the cultures seem on a more equal footing. There's enough Skrælings to have some be fanatical agents of the Holy Office, enough Welsh to affect Brytain's spelling, enough zombis for the Oblation Board to buy a whole army of 'em from Benin, and neo-Puritans who're not at all squeamish at manufacturing African clockwork bugs that use demons as both power and AI. Muscovy is described as facing constant invasion even though it's reached the Black Sea (Odessa's listed in Lyra's Oxford, and Muscovy lacks any "South Tartars" on the Dnieper): there are tigers (and the wild Lithuanians who worship them) still running around right at the doorsteps of Warsaw and St. Petersburg. China, Indonesia/Java, the Netherlands, the Ottoman Empire, and Spain are also weaker, so I gave them protectorates more than vast colonies. Brytain has to share the seas with French, Portuguese, Danish, Austral, and New Danish fleets of comparable strength. With less/different techs (and without the leadfoot of global-level inequality on the demographic gas pedal) this world would only have maybe 4 billion on it.

As in the Baroque vision of the world, there are more species and unconquered cultures than have been left to our world after 1960. Pullman's universe has a teeming multiplicity of metaphysics and ontologies: there's Dust-resonant a-bombs (even if the theorists have been hypocritcally sentenced by Canon-Law drumheads), Italian alchemists and conjurers, Christian and Gnostic Christian angelology (Gustav Davidson's Dictionary of Angels is excerpted on the Random House site), zombification, Siberian shamanism, Ugric nature-witchcraft, and a mechanical dark-matter memory theater whose emblems read you as much as you read them. These forces, respectively, are shown to hop dimensions, chase you across Europe in a mechanical bug and again across Russia in a Calabi-Yau Merkabah, raise a Nigerian-Cossack combined force of walking dead, control lightning and birds to destroy three blimps in one night, let one prophesy and talk with trees and weasels for a thousand years, and know anything anywhere anytime. It all sounds like a world where Atlantis not only never sank, but started training special ops for the Swiss Guard! Again, this isn't Pullman throwing in the kitchen sink (well, not until the end of Spyglass), but instead a good picture of the various creatures, peoples, magics, sciences, and marvels discovered or thought possible by the Baroque (Crowley's Ægypt, CS Lewis's Discarded Image, Eco, Borges, Blish).

Despite wallowing in the Draper-White myth of a Church quashing joy, science, curiosity, and sylvan teen hanky-panky, and basically bent on burning any book so much as mentioning women or herbs, what Pullman ultimately fears is heartless automatism--all existence turning into deterministic "interlocking machines, blind and empty of thought, feeling, life." Now, I've heard people blame Catholicism for creationism, Lincoln's assassination, both world wars, Stalin and Hitler, lack of Mars colonies, and the bubonic plague, but never abolishing free will and the ability to think itself! Even for a Magisterium based on the hottest fires of 15th-17th-century reformism and the most galling Victorian hypocrisy, with every bad thing done (or, for the most part, not done) by Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, or Nestorian alike piled together into one institution, that goal seems a little bit much. In fact, Church and state combined are unable to suppress even the riparian Traveller-Sea Beggar hybrids in a supremely industrialized, modernized, and conformist Brytain. The Gyptians even have a special, chartered zone in the Fens, arguably a feudal feature! This world's mightiest military (Muscovy's) has heathen Tartars, nature-worshiping literal Witches, and violent, Authorityless talking bear sellclaws underfoot. The Magisterium in fact never burned any witches and the very suggestion floors the Laplanders with its unthinkability. Our world may give nuns the right to leave the cloister over eating marzipan and kissing Italians (though not vice-versa)--but all we got OTL is McWorld battling the hyper-Salafists (and the CIA playing both sides), the I Ching, those Pius X creeps, and hot-potato games with autonomous zones in Russia's "Near Abroad."

Americas
Beringland, Hudson Bay, Lavrador and the New Found Land
New France (cities: Du Lhut, Mt.-Royal, Outaouais [Ottawa], Port Iroquois [Hamilton], Nouvelle-Tarente [Toronto], Nouveau-Port-Royal [Halifax], Rivière-Rouge [Winnipeg], Québec, Sault Ste.-Marie) are up in OTL Canada; New France goes as far as Manitoba, which was the site of two Franco-Skræling Métis Risings IRL: New Taranto has plenty of Italians.
New Denmark is a republic that united in 1761, won Michigan, Illinois, and the trans-Mississippi from France in the Texan Wars of 1836-40 [Amis], and conquered Castile's Alta California 1861-64 [IRL Civil War]. It's an economic powerhouse rivaling all Europe and Muscovy. It provides significant religious freedom, with Anabaptists, Hussites, Lollards, and Waldensians attracted to New England and the Great Plains [Amis]. They've invented the "moving picture," where you draw on cellulose acetate and re-project it, though Lyra's never seen one.
Provinces and cities:
:bulletblue: Alta California: Our Lady, St. Francisport, St. James [Diego], St. Joseph [San Jose] (since there's no dominant language in this world, cities named for saints are always re-translated): Alta California is maybe one-quarter Italian, but has many Cathayans.
:bulletblue: Assiniboia (Alta., Sask.)
:bulletblue: Carlotania (Minn., Wis.): Charlotte [Milwaukee], St. Paul
:bulletblue: Columbia (B.C., Ida., Ore., Wash.): Drakia [Vancouver--ha, ha, ha], Newport [Portland], Seattuh; plenty of Italians and Cathayans here too
:bulletblue: Cumberland (Ky.)
:bulletblue: Dakota (plus Mont.)
:bulletblue: La Florida: St. Augustine
:bulletblue: Illinoia: Chicagua, New Cahokia [Cairo]
:bulletblue: Louisianne: New Orléans
:bulletblue: Mékinac (Mich.): Pontchartrain [Detroit]
:bulletblue: Miami (Ind.): Miami [Indianapolis]
:bulletblue: Mississippi (plus half of Ala.)
:bulletblue: Missouri (plus Kans., Neb.): Des Moines, Kansai City, St. Louis
:bulletblue: Monmouth (Md.--named for the duke, whose historical role would be quite changed without Protestantism): Grand Harbor [Washington], Monmouth [Baltimore]
:bulletblue: New England: Hartford, New Ipswich [Boston--the Puritans are still East Angles]
:bulletblue: New Denmark (N.J.--rather than New Sweden)
:bulletblue: New Jutland (N.C.--TTL Danes likened the Outer Banks to Vendsyssel): Raleigh
:bulletblue: New Mexico (plus. Ariz.)
:bulletblue: New Zeeland (N.Y.): New Hague [New York, instead of New Amsterdam]
:bulletblue: Ohio: Carlemanni [Cincinnati--named for the elite organization based on the Emperor TTL rather than OTL's farmer-general], Cleves [Cleveland], Pittsylvania [Pittsburgh]
:bulletblue: Ouachitanie (Ark., Okla.)
:bulletblue: Pikesland (Colo., Nev., Ut.--named for Pikes Peak's namesake, Naphtali Pike, Jr.)
:bulletblue: Southfields (Ga., S.C.): Charles Town, New Atlantis [Savannah]
:bulletblue: Sylvania (Penn.); cities: Concordia [Philadelphia]
:bulletblue: Tenesy: Rosetta [Memphis, keeping with the IRL Egyptian theme]
:bulletblue: Texas: Dallas, Port Galveston, St. Anthony
:bulletblue: Vandalia (Appalachians)
:bulletblue: Victoria (Va.--rather than being named for Gloriana): Richmond
Méjico, or Nueva España, includes Castile's Caribbean isles; its New Danish border is mostly the Gila, Pecos, and Nueces Rivers. Cities: Acapulco, Comayagua, Guatemala, Holy Savior, La Habana, León, Managua, Mérida, Mexico, Monterrey, Panama, Portobelo, St. Joseph, St. Dominic, St. Louis, Vera Cruz. (I'm guessing Spain stayed Habsburg 1700, so the Bourbons didn't annoy the colonies and autonomist reforms could be introduced as-needed--and there's no Tupac Amaru II to provide a precedent against Madrid.)
The Antilles are called Antilia ITL and retain their Taíno names (since Europeans are weaker ITL): Alliagana (Montserrat), Aloi (St. Eustatius), Alubera (Tobago), Caloucaera (Guadeloupe), Camaogne (Grenada), Carriacou, Hairoun (St. Vincent), Ichiruganeym (Barbados), Iwanalao (St. Lucia), Jouanacaera (Martinique), Kairi (Trinidad), Lucayan (the Bahamas), Lyamwiga (St. Kitts), Mallihana (Anguilla), Oualiche (St. Martin), Oualie (Nevis), Ouanalao (St. Bartholomew), Ouatoukoubouli (Dominica), Touloukaéra (Marie-Galante), Wadadli (Antigua), Wayamoni (Barbuda), and Xaymaca. There's Brytish Honduras and the Coast of Mosquitoes on the mainland--these are culturally part of the Caribbean rather than Central America, as in IRL.
Veneçuela is a colony of Catalonia, which has a protectorate over the Aboriginal kingdoms of Bacatá to the southwest and Roraima (or Orinoquia) to the south: these kingdoms also play the Hollanders, Brytish, and Castilians off against one another.
The Empire of Brasil is sometimes called High Brasil, in contrast with Hollands Guiana (with its particularly nauseating loup-garou) and formerly-Hollands northern Brazil. Cities: Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Holy Savior, João Pessoa, New Bethlehem, Pôrto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, St. Paul, Santos. Brasilian and Antilian slaves were probably as brutalized as in IRL, and New Danish ones treated more like in IRL Spanish America (FWIW). I made Peru an independent--though still Christian--empire that managed to avoid being overthrown by poxy Italians: Inca (or whatever) society is as fascinating to these Iberians as OTL's. Cities: Ariqipa, Chiklayu, Kallaw, Kitu, Putuqsi, Qusqu, Tiwanaku, Wankawillka, Wankayuq, Wayakil (provinces from here). Chiquitos and Paraguay are Reductions under this Church's direct rule, so they're big, whip-happy maté plantations. La Plata is settled by Castilians, Brytish, and Italians, as in OTL (cities: Bahí­a Blanca, Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Corrientes, Holy Faith, La Plata, Mendoza, Rosario, St. John, St. James of the Estuary, Tucumán). Terra do Fogo, or Magallanica is an island at the southern tip of Patagonia.

Europe:
The Kingdom of Brytain comprises the Kingdoms of of Eireland, England, Mann, and Scotland and the Princedom of Wales. Scandinavia of course comprises Norroway, Sveden, and independent Lapland (again we have kingdoms' names left untranslated). Denmark includes the Duchies of Holstein, Scania, and Schleswig; in the Atlantic it rules Estotiland, the Færøerne, Fireland, Frisland (a super-Rockall), and Grœnland. Holland, or the United Low Countries, has acquired more of Friesland (still with the famous Franeker planetarium); I left Utrecht a prince-bishopric, though the commercial oligarchs electing the Stadhouder may not have liked so "feudal" an inclusion.
Constitutional-monarchical France, and less-constitutional Castile and the messianic Empire of Portugal, are self-explanatory. The Catalonian Foral Republic lost Aragón, Valencia, and the Balears to Castile in 1580, and regained them in 1815; Navarre's fuero expanded into the Basque Republic.
The German Electorates or Holy Roman Empire's emperors are elected by Austria, Bavaria, Bohemia, Brandenburg-Prussia, Lower Burgundy (Belgium, under a restored Valois-Burgundy dynasty), Hannover, Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania, and Saxony, the Prince-Archbishoprics of Bremen, Cologne, Trier, Liège, Salzburg, and Mainz, and the Electoral Palatinate (with the Rosicrucian Hortus Palatinus and Fate-Booksstill drawing visitors). In between these petty powers are a mess comprising the Abbacy of Fulda, the Bishoprics of Bamberg, Münster, Hildesheim, Osnabrück, Paderborn, Salzburg, and Würzburg, the Counties of Cleve, Hesse-Darmstadt, Hesse-Kassel, Hohenzollern, Jülich-Berg, Nassau-Saarbrücken, and Zweibrücken, and the Duchies of Alsace, Baden, Oldenburg, Thuringia, and Württemberg.
Italy has the Duchies of Ferrara-Modena, Mantua, Milan, Parma, Piacenza, and Savoy, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, the Republics of Genoa, Lucca, and Venice (still resembling Pullman's source, Brian Aldiss's Malacia Tapestry--perhaps even with Ancestral hunts and astrological "fortune bonds" being gamed by precogs), and the Kingdom of Naples, Sardinia, and Sicily.
The States of the Church comprise the old Papal States, Venaissin, and the canton of Vaud; Rome has the judiciary Vatican Council and the once-dominant College of Bishops, whereas the 12-member Consistorial Court of Discipline commands the Swiss Guard and rules almost all of the Christian world. The States are protected by Florence (ever since Pope Savonarola), Muscovy, Savoy, Germany, and the Swiss League.
The East is rounded out with the Kingdoms of Poland and Lithuania, the Hungarian Empire (including the Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia) protecting the Princedoms of Moldavia, Transylvania, Wallachia, and the Székely Magyar Republic. It's the source of coveted Tokay wine (seriously, even the cheap stuff will floor you with its total sophistication).
Svalbard is the kingdom of the ice-going panserbjørne.

Russia:
Muscovy's many "Tartars" (Alans, Balkars, Cheremiss, Circassians, Dargins, Finns, Iazones, Kalmyks, Karachays, Karelians, Kumyks, Laks, Letts, Lezgians, Mordvins, Nakhs, Nogais, Tabasarans, and Tavastians) ensure that the Empire is under tenuous control and often looming invasion, giving Moscow the strongest and best-equipped army in the world, especially the elite Imperial Guard. It's basically divided into the same guberniya as the IRL Empire: the duchies (Belozersk, the Don, Estland, Finland, Kiev, Latvia, Livonia, Nizhny Novgorod, Smolensk, Tver, Vladimir-Suzdal, Yaroslavl) and princedoms (Astrakhan, Azerbaijan, Crimea, Kharkov, Moscow, Novgorod, Pskov, Ryazan, Tiflis, and Yelizavetpol) are in a lighter color: these are autonomous semi-hereditary realms (the Emperor meddles in which son or nephew in the dynasty the local Assembly of Nobles "chooses"). There's doukhobors and skoptsy a-plenty, given the Magisterium's anti-wiener policies [frankly having Will meet a vegetarian nudist castrato would be much more shocking than having a priest give him vodka and rant about witches stealing his seed--but Spyglass is so Middle-Englander that one's as scary as the other I guess!]. Cities: Azov, Baku, Dnipropetrovsk, Helsingfors, Kerch, Kharkov, Kiev, Moscow, New Odense (another Danish reference), Nizhny Novgorod, Novgorod, Novorossiysk, Odessa, Riga, St. Petersburg, Sevastopol, Smolensk, Tiflis, Yaroslavl. Just spitballing, but I'd guess it acquired Finland 1815 and napalmed Corea in alliance with Cathay in the 1950s-70s (to make a TTL Vietnam?).
Western Tartary is partially within Muscovy, and extends over the Urals: it's a recruiting ground for the Imperial Guard among its "martial races"--Ostyaks, Samoyeds, and Voguls.
The Khan of Kazan is de facto chosen by the Muscovite Emperor: he gives Muscovites full rights of movement and residence among the Bashkirs, Bolgars, Chuvash, Komi, Samoyeds, Tartars, and Votyaks. Cities: Kazan, Orenburg, Samara, Saratov, Simbirsk, Yekaterinburg.
The Khanate of Sibir is particularly favored by Cossack settlers. Cities: Barnaul, Omsk, Novokuznetsk, Novosibirsk, Qashliq (Sibirsk), Semipalatinsk. Kholodnoye is probably in this country, along the Irtysh--though this would make the panserbjørne (gray flecks in Mongolia) be settling in the Altays (since Lake Baikal has seals) and not the Himalayas or Kunlun Shan.
Siberia is heavily settled and garrisoned by Muscovy at Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk, but has troublesome Buryats, Dolgans, Evenks, Evens, Koryaks, Oirats, Yakuts, and Yukaghirs.
The Pashalik of the Kazakhs (also known as Turkestan) includes the Kyrgyz, Naimans, Uzbegs, and Turkomans. Cities: Bukhara, Samarkand, Taskhent, Turkistan.

Asia: 
The Ottoman Empire's vassals in name only are the Deylik of Algiers, the Beylik of Barqa, the Sultanate of Ægypt, the Pashalik of the Fezzan, the Eyalet of Tripoli, and the Beylik of Tunis. Mesopotamia, around Mosul and Carrhae (probably feudalish and quite Kurdish), and the Sharifate of Mecca and Medina are obligate allies of the Most Sublime Porte. Persia benefits from Arab Babylonia's petroleum.
The Mughal Empire has regrouped and still provides Scholars with intense fascination. South of it are (counter-clockwise) Portuguese Diu, Brytish Bombay, Portuguese Goa and Calicut, Bijapur and Mysore, Kerala, Portuguese Cochin, Coromandel, Danish Tranquebar, Hollands Nagapatnam, French Pondicherry, Brytish Madras and Calcutta, independent Golconda and Orissa, French Chandernagore and Danish Frederiksnagore. The Nicobar Islands are a difficult Danish holding between India and Burma.
The Hollands-dominated Kingdom of Ceylon has French Trinquemalay and Hollands Colombo and Galle; it's playing France and Portugal against Holland.
Cathay, Corea, and Nippon are moderately industrialized: Confucianism inspired Church and French Scholars as in OTL. The eastern Tartars--Buryats, Kalmyk, Khalkha, and Oirats--are only nominally subject to Cathay. The Church runs the international ports at Macau and Dejima.
Zomia has the Second Tibetan Empire (where Mrs. Coulter fled), the Shan kingdoms, Laos, Ava and Pagan, Siam (cities: Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang, Sukhothai), Kampuchea around Long Vek, and Annam (Đại La, Hoa Lư, Huế, Sài Gòn).
Malaya is dominated by the Sultanates of Johor, Kedah, Pahang, and Selangor, with Portuguese Malacca and Brytish Singapore on the Straits coast. The kingdoms of the Tagalog Islands have the entrepôt of Maynila, the fulcrum of Castile's Cathay-New Spanish trade.
Aceh and the Sultanate of Java are studded with Hollands trade ports: Banten, Batavia, and Makassar, and the whole Hollands Moluccas. Timor is split between Holland and Portugal, maneuvering against nearby Flores and Sumba. Cities: Bandung, Bergota, Cerbon, Janggala, Kediri, Kota Gede, Trowulan.
The Austral Empire has suborned Maori New Holland and "protects" the islands of the Peaceable Ocean. Auster proper was settled by Brytish, Cathayans, Dutch, Javans, and Nipponese atop the black, russet-haired Autochthons, around the cities of Bab Kadikal [Sydney], Larrakia [Melbourne], and Ruytersborg [Brisbane]. I myself imagine it to be full of Austro-Bavarian Baroque works, like at Admont, St. Gall, St. Florian, or Melk. Only Hawaii has escaped its reach.

Africa:
West Africa has Portuguese Guinea and the Green Cape, French St.-Louis, Futa Jalon (west) and Futa Toro (north), and the Pepper and Ivory Coasts. The Empire of Benin, or the Empire of the Niger, has the cities of Aboh, Abomey, Akkra, Andoni, Aro Chukwu, Bende, Benin City, Bobo-Dioulasso, Bonny, Calabar, Enugu, Gao, Ibadan, Ile-Ife, Jenne, Kumasi, Nembe, Okrika, Old Oyo, Onitsha, Segu, Sikasso, and Timbuktu. It's resisting Christianity from Danish Christiansborg, Prussian Großfriedrichsburg, Swedish Carlsborg, and Hollands Elmina and Islam from the Hausa; its hated "Separated" troops and its profits from slaving have let it absorb Aro, Asante, Bamana, Dendi, Kong, and Oyo. It's famed for its bronzes. The Biafran Islands are Parrot Island [Annobón], St. Anthony [Príncipe], St. Flora [Bioko], and St. Thomas.
The Sahara has several oases benefiting from trade with the Empire of Fez and Morocco: Adrar, Agadez, Awdaghost, Bilma, Figuig, Laghouat, the Mzab, Tadmekka, Taghaza, Tawdani, Touggourt, Wadan, Walata, and Wargla. The Sahel states, west to east, are Hausa Sokoto and Kano, Bornu, Bagirmi, Wadaï, and Darfur.
The Coptic kingdoms are Nubia (the big one), the Abyssinian Empire (in yellow), and Sennar between them. Shilluk is a heathen kingdom south of Nubia, and Oromia southeast of Abyssinia.
The Great Lakes, or Mountains of the Moon states, in order north to south, are Acholiland, Bunyoro, Buganda, Ankole, Ruanda, and Burundi.
Angola has Congo, Loango along the coast northwest of that, and Anziku along the Congo River northeast of the Kingdom of Congo. Luanda is a Portuguese colony south of Congo, and the diamond-rich Skeleton Coast south of that.
The Electorate of Zimbabwe absorbed the kingdoms of Kazembe, Kuba, Lozi, Luba, Lunda, Mutapa, and Rozwi. Cities: Kazembe, Zimbabwe, and Zumbo.
The Cape of Good Hope is a Hollands colony at the southern tip, with many Brytish settlers. Cities: Johannesborg, Kaapstad, Natal [Durban]. Moçambique's cities are Moçambique, Quelimane, and Sofala. Colonialism and Zimbabwean expansion spurred new state formation between them--the Kingdom of the Limpopo.
East Africa is dominated by the Kingdom of Zanzibar, or the Clove Islands, focused around the cities of Malindi, Mogadishu, Mombasa, Muscat, and Quiloa. It dominates the small sultanates of the Bahrein. Yemen dominates the Red Sea entrance and desires Soqotra so as to monopolize the frankincense trade. Madagascar, or the Island of the Moon, has French Ft. Dauphin, Portuguese Tametave, and Brytish Toliary, each jockeying for trade inland.
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waaagh888 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it ever established that the Tartars are russians in the books?
They seems to be the go to army guys, which made me really confused when they were guarding bolvangar, which from what I understand lies in Sweden.
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SinclairTheBudgie Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
IIRC the Imperial Guard are mentioned as being full of "Tartars": Lyra's Oxford has Muscovy going down to the Black Sea
all I could gather about Bolvangar is that it's a few days through forests from "Trollesund," which I assume as a stand-in for Tromsø: I guess Lapland (mortal and witch alike) was able to play off Oslo, Copenhagen, and Stockholm against each other and created a condominium, or maybe even sparked a war outside of Scandinavia
we'll get more clues when The Book of Dust comes out 2016 or 2036
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qantemir Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Alans, Circassians, Dargins, Finns,Karelians,Laks, Lezgians, Mordvins, Nakhs,Tabasarans - not tatars
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SinclairTheBudgie Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
ach, that's just what Europe calls 'em: that's also why I listed every major group I could find--and it fits with the level of detail in Pullman's works; the Baroque richness of the world is what makes it so attractive
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SinclairTheBudgie Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
ooh, and even the stereotypical Japanese salarymen out in our world's Oxford are described as "a group of Tartars meekly following their leader, all neatly dressed and hung about with little black cases"; so it's a catchall for anyone east of Poland and Anatolia by the looks of it (again sounding quite 17th-century)
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SinclairTheBudgie Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
added an eighth Canarian island and Lake Tritonis in Tunis, plus a little more on where Pullman was effective and where he was an inchoate mess
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Astraeli Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Truly, this is an amazing map and I love it, but it's really hard to correlate what you have listed to what you have on the map. Even if it was numbered, I think it would be much easier to follow and read.

That being said, you put an incredible amount of work into this, and it shows. Its fantastic, and I guarantee that fanfiction writers will eat this up!  
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SinclairTheBudgie Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014

yeah, a reader definitely needs geographical knowledge for this (though I did put everything in order by continent), so it turns into a big list; I just made deductions from the 17th-c. stuff (and Aldiss) that inspired Pullman (a lot's actually been published on him and his sources)


I've never been one for the "AH.com numbered map" but I hereby authorize thee to do what you want with my map--but unlike most SF/fantasy writers he isn't active in the "community": it's the only fantasy around today without the obligatory map, and he's very reticent regarding his conworld--he hasn't even promoted his promised 4th work

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SinclairTheBudgie Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
but I just found a need and filled it--an itch that I just scratched
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Astraeli Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Also, if you wanted someone to label or number everything, I'd gladly volunteer
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