Created By: MarqFJA on February 14, 2012 Last Edited By: MarqFJA on September 13, 2015

Drastically Altered Geopolitical Map

The geopolitical map of one or more countries has its borders redrawn drastically.

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Alternate Titles: Drastically Redrawn Geopolitical Map

A drastic reshaping of the geopolitical scene on a regional, continental or global scale, in a future or an Alternate History setting, via significant redrawing of national borders, multiple and/or extreme instances of balkanization and large-scale union/annexation, upsetting of the Balance of Power, and/or entire countries being literally erased from the face of the planet, which is usually (in)directly caused by either a global war (or several technically unrelated but simultaneous wars around the world), a planetary-scale catastrophe or some huge socio-political revolution, if not left as one huge Noodle Incident in cases of works set in the distant future.

Subtropes that are most commonly employed for this one:

The level of change can be roughly divided into the following categories, with generic examples:
  • Regional: One or more countries within the same regional locality are affected. Example: The United States of America splits into two or more successor states.
  • Continental: At least most of a single continent is affected. Example: A newly resurgent Glorious Mother Russia invades Europe, and annexes most of the continent.
  • Worldwide: Multiple continents, if not the whole world, are affected. Example: The settings of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Shadowrun.

Note: Due to its relatively small size, instances of this trope that are limited to both Australia and nearby islands should be treated as "Regional".

Not to be confused with The Great Politics Mess-Up, which is strictly about conflict between a story's events and real-life geopolitical changes that make said events impossible within the bounds of Twenty Minutes into the Future and Like Reality Unless Noted, and thus forcing the story into the realm of Alternate History / Alternate Universe.

Examples set in The Future

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  • Ghost in the Shell: As one can see from this map, the U.S.A. splintered in three (with one third joining Russia), China appears to have swallowed every country in the Eastern and Southern parts of mainland Asia, and there are no dividing borders visible on the European, African and South American continents (except for the Scandinavian Peninsula), suggesting that their respective collection of countries merged into continent-wide superstates.
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  • Shadowrun: Oh, where to begin, where to begin...
    • The USA both lost old territories to Native American, Hawai'ian, Californian and neo-Confederate seccessions, gained new ones by merging with the remnants of a similarly-afflicted Canada, and later on the independent California and neo-Confederate Texas got invaded by Aztlan (formerly Mexico).
    • The just-mentioned Mexico became the Blood Magic cult-ruled and World Domination-aspiring Aztlan.
    • Russia lost most of Siberia to Awakened revolts.
    • Italy splintered into a loose confederation of successor states, including a reestablished Papal State.
    • The Arabian Peninsula became a single unified country.
    • Palestinians and Israelis eventually achieved true peaceful coexistence under one multiethnic state... Well, as much "peaceful coexistence" as most other "1st-world" multiethnic countries can in Shadowrun's Crapsack World, that is.
    • A new restoration of the Japanese Imperial Family's political power and Japan's former status as a world military power (in addition to its now souped-up economic world power status).
    • The People's Republic of China ultimately dissolved into a myriad of splinter states (including a Communist rump state) that are constantly vying for political dominance if not outright warring with each other.
    • And did we mention that most of Sub-Saharan Africa had descended into such a chaotically anarchic mess of continuous revolutions, regime changes, and ever-shifting borders and alliances that everbody else decided that it's more efficient to label the entire area as the "Pan-African Federation"? Note that "federation" here is an actual (and perhaps deliberate) misnomer, as there is nothing remotely close to a unifying authority over this practically lawless region.
  • Ground Zero Games has a series of games, including Full Thrust, Dirtside and Stargrunt that all take place in what is called the "Tuffleyverse." In addition to the establishment of intersteller settlements, the political geography of Earth has been significantly rearranged. The major powers are listed below:
    • New Anglian Confederation: The NAU unites the United Kingdom, Canada, and almost all of the Americas under the British crown. The one part of the Americas that do not control is Free Cal-Tex, a minor power consiting of present day California, Texas, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.
    • The Eurasian Solar Union: Unites Russia, China, Korea, India, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and a number of their smaller neighbors. Russia appears to be the dominate member.
    • New Swabian League: Unites France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece. France is the dominant member.
    • Federal Stats Europa: United Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, the Chezch Republic and Slovakia.
    • Addtional powers include the Islamic Federation, the Scandinavian Federation, the Pan African Union, the Indonesian Commonwealth (which has conqured most of its neighors), the Oceanic Union (Austrialia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea) and the Romanov Hegemony (Ukraine and the Baltic nations). In addition there are a handful of independent nations (such as Switzerland, Japan and Ireland) and areas under dispute.
  • In Fortess America, Dirty Communists take over most of the world and divide it between the The Euro-Socialist Pact, The Central American Federation, and The Asian Peoples Alliance. The three powers then turn on the United States.
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Examples set in an Alternate History

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  • Nineteen Eighty-Four: There are three countries, Oceania (the Americas and Britain), Eurasia, and Eastasia. The rest of Africa and Asia is fought over by the three powers.
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Community Feedback Replies: 31
  • February 14, 2012
    Catbert
    Watch out for Wall Of Text. Otherwise, I think this is a good idea.
  • February 14, 2012
    dalek955
  • February 14, 2012
    MarqFJA
    ^ Those tropes are not subtropes of this, and only the second, third and (in certain cases) fourth can be possibly employed to enact this trope.

    ^^ Maybe I should've made it a bulleted list.
  • February 14, 2012
    zarpaulus
    • Nineteen Eighty Four: There are three countries, Oceania (the Americas and Britain), Eurasia, and Eastasia. The rest of Africa and Asia is fought over by the three powers.
  • February 15, 2012
    Catbert
    Looks better. Perhaps an example of one such map could be a the page image?

    Also, could you please clarify something: Is there a certain degree of change that you want? Is something that just unites all the currently existing power blocks and regions into a handful of supernational entities good enough?
  • February 15, 2012
    Catbert
    Also, compare United Europe and Middle Eastern Coalition.

    Tabletop Games
    • Ground Zero Games has a series of games, including Full Thrust, Dirtside and Stargrunt that all take place in what is called the "Tuffleyverse." In addition to the establishment of intersteller settlements, the political geography of Earth has been significantly rearranged. The major powers are listed below:
      • New Anglian Confederation: The NAU unites the United Kingdom, Canada, and almost all of the Americas under the British crown. The one part of the Americas that do not control is Free Cal-Tex, a minor power consiting of present day California, Texas, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.
      • The Eurasian Solar Union: Unites Russia, China, Korea, India, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and a number of their smaller neighbors. Russia appears to be the dominate member.
      • New Swabian League: Unites France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece. France is the dominant member.
      • Federal Stats Europa: United Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, the Chezch Republic and Slovakia.
      • Addtional powers include the Islamic Federation, the Scandinavian Federation, the Pan African Union, the Indonesian Commonwealth (which has conqured most of its neighors), the Oceanic Union (Austrialia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea) and the Romanov Hegemony (Ukraine and the Baltic nations). In addition there are a handful of independent nations (such as Switzerland, Japan and Ireland) and areas under dispute.
  • February 15, 2012
    Catbert
  • February 15, 2012
    MarqFJA
    @Catbert: Degree of change... You know, you have a point. Maybe I should revise the trope to encompass all levels of drastic geopolitical changes from Single-Country (e.g. any case of Divided States Of America) to Worldwide (e.g. Space Filling Empire).

    Under that revision, Balkanize Me (and its own subtrope Divided States Of America), Expanded States Of America, Invaded States Of America (when it sticks rather than be ultimately thwarted, like a successful Mexico Called They Want Texas Back war's aftermath), Middle Eastern Coalition (when it's an actual country), United Europe, and Space Filling Empire would be subtropes of this. And of course, the only examples that would be allowed to be listed here are ones that either qualify for three or more of these subtropes or affect a whole continent - or most of it - at the very least, e.g. Canada, the U.S., and Mexico's borders being drastically redrawn.

    What do you think?
  • February 15, 2012
    Catbert
    Looks good. This way, this can serve as one of the Missing Supetropes that shimaspawn keeps talking about.

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  • February 15, 2012
    MarqFJA
    Which do you think sounds better: The current name, or Drastically Altered Geopolitcal Map?
  • February 15, 2012
    Catbert
  • February 15, 2012
    Catbert
    Compare also One World Order.
  • February 15, 2012
    MarqFJA
    Oh yeah, that seems like a good way to give this the Exaggerated Trope treatment.

    BTW, I stumbled on an interesting problem: Where on the "severity" scale would the country of Australia being afflicted by this trope fall? Is it merely "regional" since it's just one country, or "continental" since the country is the continent?
  • February 16, 2012
    Catbert
    Regional. It is a very small continent.
  • February 17, 2012
    MarqFJA
    Right. Will note it in the description.
  • February 17, 2012
    Rognik
    Code Geass: At one point, they show a world map. Britannia, despite what its name implies, covers most of North America. (There are probably other examples, but that's the most notable one.)
  • February 17, 2012
    zarpaulus
    ^ At the start of the series there is also the European Universe (all of Europe, Russia, and part of Africa) and the Chinese Federation (East, South, and Central Asia, including India). Japan and the Middle East are also recent conquests of Britannia.
  • March 8, 2012
    pawsplay
    I love Shadowrun but does it really need that much real estate in the examples?
  • March 8, 2012
    Vidor
    If one wished to add Real Life examples to this page, they would include the drastic remapping of Europe after World War I, the slightly less drastic but still major remapping after World War II, and the remapping of Asia and Africa in the post-WWII era as colonization came to an end.
  • March 9, 2012
    MarqFJA
    ^^ I was trying to show how it took the trope Up To Eleven in both magnitude and variety; if you can think of a better way to depict that and make it shorter, by all means show me, but do note that the space taken by the Shadowrun macro-example is considerably affected by the narrower frame of the YKTTW draft. Trying seeing how it looks in a Sandbox page within the Wiki, and see if it looks better.
  • March 9, 2012
    chico
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    • In an Absolut World is a Mexican ad campaign by Absolut vodka which includes maps which restore the northern border of Mexico to include large portions ceded to the United States after the Mexican American War.
  • April 24, 2012
    aurora369
    You should also add Make The Bear Angry Again under the Space Filling Empire category, since many examples of that trope feature Russia reassembling the former Soviet republics back and sometimes engaging in even more large scale empire-building.
  • April 24, 2012
    AlexeiMundhenkvorYaruk
    The Wall of Text problem will be fixed by folderization, which should be put in place now even though it wont work until after launch.
  • May 8, 2012
    Smittons
    A real life example that might work is the forming and reforming of borders in Africa by the British, which has caused a lot of problems due to how the people in Africa actually think it should have been divided up. I am, however, not sure of dates or how relevant that may be, given that it's just continental.
  • November 19, 2012
    MarqFJA
    You know, I'm staring to think that maybe we should distinguish between Geopolitical changes (i.e. political boundaries) and Topographic changes (i.e. changes to the actual landmasses/seas/etc. themselves). What do you think?
  • September 11, 2015
    MarqFJA
    Wow, this thing has been dead for years. Bumping because I need an answer to the above question before I can consider launching this.
  • September 12, 2015
    Chabal2
    • Warhammer 40 K: During the Age of Strife (from the 23rd to 30th millenium), there were several major blocs spanning Asia, North Africa and the Pacific, while some of modern Earth's countries are implied to have survived in some way.
      • In the present day (42nd millenium), Earth has been radically changed, and not just by all national borders having long since disappeared. The oceans are gone, the Imperial Palace takes up most of Europe, and Mount Everest has been hollowed out to serve as the massive psychic beacon that makes human FTL Travel possible.
    • Animorphs: While not seen on a map, the alternate history caused by messing with the Time Matrix resulted in France and Germany being a single entity in World War Two (the soldiers have an icon that's half Imperial eagle, half French flag).
    • Panty And Stocking With Garterbelt takes place in a world where the US has fused with Japan.

  • September 13, 2015
    henke37
    • Command And Conquer has a a lot of maps with different territories being owned by the various factions in the game series.
  • September 13, 2015
    MarqFJA
    I appreciate the extra examples, but neither of you are answering the question I'm referring to.
  • September 13, 2015
    Chabal2
    I say keep them lumped together for now, there seem to be more geopolitical than topographical examples.
  • September 13, 2015
    shimaspawn
    The base trope is great, but this could really use some more examples before launch.
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