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My entry for the :iconmapsandflags: contest for an unorthodox federation.

Those of you who know me know that anything combining Bohemia and Poland is bloody unorthodox and unimaginable for me :XD:
Though a united west Slavic state is imaginable, it wasn't in the pre-WWII and pre-communist era. The two main parties, Czechoslovakia and Poland were great enemies due to a little piece of land. Těšínsko-Cieszin. This historically Bohemian, but Polish populated, piece of land was the reason for the seven day war (1919) during which the CS army pushed the Poles back from Těšínsko up until the allies called for a cesefire. This ended with the territory being split in two right down the middle and through the town of Těšín. 

But. . . during WWII there were intensive negotiations between the Czechoslovak and Polish governments in exile on a possible federalization of  the two countries after the war to better face the German threat from the west and the Russian threat in the east. It was even suggested the the area of the whole Těšínsko become a condominium of the two states with joint administration. I even read a sentence saying "Our biggest dividing factor could become our greatest unifying bond." I took that a step further here.

Prelude
The alt. history that leads up to this is vague and full of holes at best. The Germans launch a later, spring offensive on the Soviets and, though the resistance is tougher, reach Moscow before the winter hits. The fighting on the outskirts of Moscow is tough and bloody but the Germans still make headway and take Moscow. They take vital Soviet industry which was too slow in evacuating east. This same push caught much of the same industry in Leningrad and Stalingrad. When the Russians finally manage to push the Germans back, it is only thanks to the ever -increasing pressure in Italy and the subsequent invasion of Normandy occupying more of the German forces. By the time the Russians establish a slowly advancing front, the Allies are racing eastwards through France and the Benelux. The two fronts meet in eastern pre-WWI Poland, crushing the retreating Germans between them. The Soviets, heavily weakened from the bloody battles far in the east and much of their industry west of the Ural in rubble, they're glad to leave Deutschland to the allies as they try to quell all the various nationalist uprisings evoked thanks to previous German support. They are mostly successful except for Lithuania. Poland immediately organizes a flow of arms to the ex-commonwealth nation and their rebellion is successful. 

Establishment of the federation
As the Soviets lick their wounds, the peace talks in in west Europe begin. The talks of federalization come into play with support from the allies and the countries are united with a temporary seat of government in Warsaw and a temporary name as the Polish-Czechoslovak Federal State. While the individual flags of both nations are used on their respective territories, when abroad both flags are hoisted together to represent them.  As one of the victorious nations, the federation gains their own occupation zone in Germany. Specifically the part which the Soviets got in OTL. They immediately carve out a separate Sorbian state and join it and Gdansk into the federation. Due to the lack of Soviet soldiers, the expulsion of the Germans is much calmer and no First Wave happens. Due to its secluded and strategic location, the newly-founded UN concedes Silesia as a mandate to the federation.

The current situation
After the initial euphoria passed, the Czechoslovak side began to put pressure on the Poles and Těšínsko is split from the two states as an autonomous region. The next question on the table was the capital. Neither side could accept the other's capital as their own. The Poles saw danger of Czech atheistic tendencies influencing the government administration from Prague while the Czechoslovaks were wary of Polish expansionist influence invading Czechoslovakia and of attempts to "Polify" the country. Soon a compromise is found. While the two national capitals retain vast cultural and economic autonomy, the diplomacy is conducted from the perfect middle ground and when Těšín-Cieszin becomes the official capital of the federation, the biggest dividing factor indeed becomes their greatest unifying bond. The town experiences a large influx of finances and an enormous building boom to provide the facilities required of the capital of a large country. The country undergoes a political and administrative reform. A federation of five states, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Lusatia, Gdansk, and the special Teschen (Těšín-Cieszin) Capital Territory. It also seeks to find a compromise regarding the name of the country to something shorter and more inclusive. In the end, the name "Federation of Zapadoslavia" is chosen in the style of Yugoslavia. Just before the reform is set to become valid, a last-minute change is made. The idea of the Central Lithuanian Republic is revived and it is split off as an independent federal nation, bringing the number up to 6.

The future
The federation is a growing power with the industrial sector of Czechoslovakia quickly growing while the Polish plains become the granary of the federation. Two states are expected to join the federation soon. The first being Lithuania, already a candidate, it is under increasing pressure from the Soviet forces looming in the east and international pressure to join to prevent another Baltic annexation by the USSR. On the other hand the Federation promises security . . . and potential unification with the Central Lithuanian Republic into one state. Poland hopes to achieve large-scale influence in this new state through the large Polish population in Central Lithuania while Czechoslovakia seeks to dilute Polish power in the federation. The second potential state is Silesia. Their eventual joining was expected since the creation of the mandate. Everybody realized this including the German population in Silesia who didn't like the idea of living in a unified west-slavic state. An exodus happens and increases as the date of ascension to the federation nears. The population is instead slowly being replaced by Czechs and Poles who see Silesia joining as it returning to Bohemia/Poland and wish to see it secured with a population friendly to their own part of the country. The possibility of a new start, basically settling Silesia, is also a significant incentive. The Poles are winning in numbers while the Czech half is bringing industry and finances into the region. Meanwhile the situation in Russia is still not settled. And with the eastern nations slowly recovering from the war, they slowly eye the economically and industrially-ruined USSR as almost ripe for a nationalist counter-revolution who's seeds the Germans planted during the war. Romania seeks reunification with Bessarabia while the federation eyes potential new states in the Baltics, Belarus or Ukraine. 
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:iconviorp:
Viorp Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I cried tears of joy.
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cried.
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:iconviorp:
Viorp Featured By Owner 6 days ago
>:(

I actually made Poland+Bohemia flag, but it formed in the 1430's or so XD
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:iconmaptigan:
maptigan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016
Terrible concept, but well made! :)
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, it would be hell.
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:iconsonicpl2012:
SonicPL2012 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 13, 2016
I think "Federacja Słowianski Zachodnia" should be "Zachodnia Federacja Słowiańska".
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But it's not the "Western Federation of Slavs" but "Western Slavic Federation" in the same sense as Yugoslavia is "South Slavic" 
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:iconsonicpl2012:
SonicPL2012 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016
Oh, my bad Sweating a little... 
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:iconmatritum:
matritum Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible! This is an idea I have in mind in order to make a map since several months ago and I find it here! Including Lusatia and the name which had been thought by me, Zapadoslavia! Really unbelievable! You read my thoughts!!! Only difference is I thought in current borders.
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, cool :XD: Let me guess, Silesia would have been Polish? :XD:
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:iconmatritum:
matritum Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mostly yes, I thought in current borders.
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eeeeeh, that would . . . not be nice ^^;
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:iconsuvareshki:
Suvareshki Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016
Something about your description doesn't make sense: If the Soviet Union is strong enough to threaten Lithuania, then how is it weak enough for Zapodoslavia to plan nationalistic revolts? A state in economic ruin cannot possibly support a strong army. Unless you're trying to convey that the strong military is the cause of Russia's financial maladies...

Also, I'm surprised the Belarussians aren't revolting, since they don't even have autonomy, whilst the Sorbs have an independent nation!
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:iconflagarmadaproductns:
FlagArmadaProductns Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016
Why did Lithuania join? It's not even Slavic.
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:iconstepanzurek:
stepanzurek Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
They've had kind of close ties with Poles, or maybe the just wanted to "run away" from USSR..?
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sometimes I wonder why the heck I even bother to write descriptions when people don't bother reading the bloody things . . . .
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:iconflagarmadaproductns:
FlagArmadaProductns Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016
Err well I did read it
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And I explained it in there :P
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:icondragon101k:
Dragon101k Featured By Owner Edited Dec 13, 2015
I LOVE IT! Altruth some more territory on the east wouldn't hurt.
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh
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:icondragon101k:
Dragon101k Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015
Like up to Smolensk or something. If Piłsudzki used the winning of the Soviet war to gobble up territory it would include much of comunist land.
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because Poland wasn't already full of ethnic Ukrainian and Belarussian land before :XD:
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:icondragon101k:
Dragon101k Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015
Fair point.
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:iconrogueleader1000:
RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
Why carve out Lusatia, though? That's almost entirely German?
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because history and Sorbs.
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:iconrogueleader1000:
RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015
There are so few Sorbs left, that could hardly be seen as justification. Their numbers are less than 100,000. There would be far more Germans by a country mile.
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm pretty sure that what can and cannot be seen as justification is on of the most extremely subjective things in this world :XD: Wars have been fought for it ;)
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:iconrogueleader1000:
RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015
These seems like the type of thing a war would potentially be fought over. In real life, Germany never accepted the loss of its eastern territories till the cold war ended, both it was trying to reunify and the area had spent decades being Polanized. Seeing as that is clearly not the case here, what are the Germans doing about this. Also, since Silesia is a mandate, its clear that it, like all mandates, will eventually be given back. That was always expected for mandates after all. What do the western Allies think?
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Again, the question of land being "XXXized" (replace "XXX" with country of choice) is very subjective. You might say that all the land east of the Elbe where Germans live today or lived before the world wars was Germanized, in some cases forcefully. 
And again, it's anything but "clear" :D You have a very strange way of looking at things. Black and white, everything is clear and obvious :D If life and especially history have tough me anything, it's that it's anything but ;)
I imagine they're not particularly keen to intervene against it because A. they're exhausted after the war B. it weakens deutsschland C. they need a strong barrier against a potential re-emergant USSR which Zapadoslavia can provide. 
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:iconrogueleader1000:
RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
I'm just looking at it from the way the Germans would look at it. It wasn't clear cut by any means, even in real life, but with these sets of circumstances, I just find there is a lot more room for wiggling, considering that there is more pressure on Germany, but also more pressure on Poland, due to the instability of the situation. In real life, the Allies were generally against the mutilation of Germany (except in the case of the Saar, but that was more feigned indifference than anything else; when the Saar voted against unification with France, the French returned it). I'm wondering if their are die hard Germans who will do the same thing for Silesia and the Sorbian state, since they would still outnumber the other groups markedly.
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:iconkingofthetyrants:
KingoftheTyrants Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
I had a similar country to this in mind, accept it was called Wendislavia, after the somewhat archaic term for the western Slavic people.
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^_^
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:iconrageponypl:
RagePonyPL Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Cottbus? Chociebórz!
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:iconrageponypl:
RagePonyPL Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Or not, because all cities have english names
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:iconmoenchii:
moenchii Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My personal nickname for Cottbus: Kotzbus (puke bus) :D
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD:
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:iconnikdo-92:
Nikdo-92 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
To mě mohlo hned napadnout, žes to dělal ty. :D NICE mapa. 
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD: Procpak?
Diky ^_^
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:iconnikdo-92:
Nikdo-92 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Vždy když vidím československo s připojeným kladskem a lužicema, tak je to od tebe. x'D
Anyway, co je zač to dodatečné uzemí připojené u Jihočeského kraje na úkor Rakouska? o.O
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tak Luzice tu nepatri Ceskoslovensku XD
Mno prece tzv. Gmund neboli Vitorazsko :D  files.vitoraztust.webnode.cz/2…
A vsimni jsi co jsem provedl u Ase? >:333 *evil* 
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:iconnikdo-92:
Nikdo-92 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
viděl jsem xD
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
>;333
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:iconnikdo-92:
Nikdo-92 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Eh a ještě koukám že aji v oblasti Aše ^^
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:iconavatarvyakara:
AvatarVyakara Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Most interesting indeed...I wonder, how does this Federation interact with the rest of the world?
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interact? Well, I guess part is mentioned in the description, I imagine it's a western ally and it's going to try and support some sort of revolt in the USSR. :)
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:iconavatarvyakara:
AvatarVyakara Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Good on them, I say. Wonderful work once again.
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well thanks :D
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:iconavatarvyakara:
AvatarVyakara Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
You're very welcome.
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:iconrevinchristianhatol:
revinchristianhatol Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Student General Artist
This can be quite useful.
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:iconsoaringaven:
SoaringAven Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wouldn't want it :P
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