Atlas of Ill Bethisad Maps

For he beares þe worlds weicht upon his shoulder.

Being a Compilation of the Maps Prepared by Various Persons for the Edification of those Interested in the World Called Ill Bethisad.


Map of the World; 475kb

This map represents the state of the world as it is now understood.

Maps of Europe

Map of Kemr

Map of Kemr; 102Kb

The Kingdom of Cambria, called Principtad Kemr (or even Rheon Kemr by some), in the Brithenig language, comprises roughly the southwestern third of the island of Britain. Its border, commonly known as "Ill Ffens", follows the Avon river valley in the south, from a point just northwest of Se Wight, and travels to the northeast, skirting around the White Horse Hill near Uffington, and passes to the northwest in the region of Reading (England); east of Glew (Kemr), it straightens to the north and follows the Pennines up to the Ribble River; thence it follows the Ribble to the Irish Sea.

Kemr is divided into administrative regions called provinces, of which there are eleven. The so called "Home Provinces" are the two provinces surrounding the capital city, Castreleon: Termorgan and Gwent. To the east of Castreleon lies Brêchelch and to the south lies Dûnein, the largest Kemrese province. In the west, along the coast are Defed, Ceredegi and Gwenedd (from south to north). In the east lie Lla Fferch, the Marches; in the north is Cummria; and in the middle of the country is Ill Paes, the second largest province. In the Irish Sea lies the Isle of Man, the only island province.

The largest city in Kemr is Castreleon; Abberdui and Sorduno are second and third. Kemrese cities are connected by an efficient rail system and a network of roads. The road system is most reliable around large citites and in the central provinces. The roads in Dûnein and Cummria are notorious for lack of maintainence or nonexistence. Kemr is connected to the rest of the world via a network of seaports that service freight and passenger ships as well aerodromes that service mail, freight and passenger dirigibles.

General Map of Europe

Map of Europe; 208Kb

The borders of Europe have remained rather stable during the twentieth century, despite no fewer than three protracted wars, the longest of which was the Second Balkan War, fought in the last decade of the century. Most of the shifts have occured in the last few decades, and especially in the aftermath of the Balkan War.

Numbered countries are: 1. Andorra; 2. Monaco; 3. The Holy See; 4. Republic of Lombardy; 5. San Marino; 6. Helvetia; 7. Austria; 8. Kingdom of Batavia; 9. Luxembourg; 10. Kingdom of Bohemia; 11. Croatia; 12. Dalmatia; 13. Serbia; 14. Islamic Republic of Sanjak; 15. Albania; 16. Greece; 17. Slevania; 18. Danzig; 19. Duchy of Grand Fenwick; 20. République de Saugeais; 21. Crimea; 22. Azerbaijan; 24. Lebanon; 25. Cyprus; 26. Kuwayt; 27. Western Sahara (disputed); 28. Armorican Isles; 30. Holstein; 32. Al Basra.

The Republic of the Two Crowns (R.T.C.), Latvia, Estonia and Danzig together form the Baltic League. Of course, Scotland, Kemr and England together form the Federated Kingdoms.

Map of the Holy Roman Empire

This is not the Holy Roman of past history, but a modern country in the process of redefining itself in the aftermath of the 20th century's two Great Wars. Just to show that Germans still have a can-do attitude, in spite of decades of political interference by foreigners, they launched the first artificial satellite into Earth orbit in 2000. This sparked a sort of "Race for Space" amongst various other European and American nations. To date, only the unlikely Louisianans have really managed to achieve much of anything with the launch of a communications satellite. The consortium of Irish, Dalmatian and French efforts have thus far fallen quite short of their goals.

Historical Map of Europe: 1000AD

Historical Map of Europe; 233Kb

Map of Denmark

Maps of North America

General Map of the NAL-SLC

Map of America; 458Kb

The North American landmass is divided amongst several neighbouring countries. The North American League - Solemn League and Covenant is a country formed from colonies of the various British powers (mostly English and Kemrese). The capital of the NAL-SLC is at Philadelphia; other cities of note are New Castreleon / Niuw Amsterdam; Boston; Georgetown; Alexandria and Chicago.

There are thirty Provinces that comprise the NAL-SLC, apart from the Unincorporated Territory, which seems to comprise its own self contained concatenation of provinces. Date of Brotherhood is shown in brackets. Note that Mississippi (25) was taken in the 1828 War with Louisiana and was subsequently returned as the Louisianan province of St. Onge. Note also that East and West Florida have two dates, their original date of signing the Covenant and their date of readmission after decades of Spanish Floridian occupation.

1. Alba Nuadh / New Scotland (1803)
2. Virginia (1803)
3. Castreleon New / Nieuw Batavie (1803)
4. Pennsylvaania (1803)
5. Aquanishuonigy / Six Nations (1803)
6. Massachussets Bay (1803)
7. West Florida (1803, 2005)
8. New Hampshire (1803)
9. Rhode Island (1803)
10. East Florida (1803, 2005)
11. Connecticutt (1803)
12. Kent (1803)
13. Ontario (1803)
14. Ter Mair / Maryland (1803)
15. Carolina (1803)
16. Bahamas (1803)
17. Jamaica (1803)
18. Jacobia (1803)
19. Oxbridge (1804)
20. Cherokee Nation (1806)
21. Tenisi (1812)
22. Kentuckey (1816)
23. Mobile (1820)
24. New Sweden (1824)
25. Mississippi (1828-1831)
26. Illinoise (1832)
27. Miami (1835)
28. Ouiscinsin (1835)
29. Utawia (1877)
30. Mascoutensi (1883)
31. Mueva Sefarad / New Spain* (1899)
32. Les Plaines (1904)
33. Nja Island / New Iceland (2001)
34. Nunavik (2004)

* Note that Mueva Sefarad actually means "New Iberia" in their language. It's a matter of historical-linguistic trucculence on the part of the English language not to name things properly.

Bahamas and Jamaica were conquered by the Presidency of Florida-Caribbea in the 1970s. The NAL-SLC and Florida-Caribbea have been skirmishing ever since; and since 1999, there has been an increase in the desire to at last reclaim the lost territories by citizens of the League. This was finally accomplished in 2004 with a big push by the Grand Coalition which finally broke the power of Florida-Caribbea.

To the northwards of all the American provinces lie the interesting and colourful Unincorporated Territory. A local might sum it up this way ... "Public life is interesting up here: there is little or no guidance from our 'Lord Governor' in Philadelphia, so we have made our own government over the years. We have our own Parliament that meets at Winnipeg down in Blackfoot Province. It's made up of MPs from all the Company lands, the Native lands and the quirky private lands. Technically, we're not supposed to do this, but Philadelphia doesn't seem to mind much about us if we don't mess with the RAF or Army bases. We're happy being Americans and all that, but we're also happy being a little different from the rest of America."

The UT are not a province in the official sense, but an extraprovincial territory (technically) governed from the obscure and understaffed Extraterritorial Bureau in Philadelphia. (They also have oversight of a few rocks in the Caribbean.) The Commissioner, known to the locals as the 'Lord Governor' is appointed by the Parliament, and his job is really to do no more than act as a liaison between the defacto provinces that make up the UT and the Parliament at Philadelphia. The UT govern themselves via the Council of Nations and Companies, which is essentially a parliament whose members are elected from the Company Lands, Native Provinces and private territories that make up the UT. A peculiar relationship exists between the UT and the Federal Government in Philadelphia, based upon the Treaty of Friendship and Harmony. Among the rights held by Winnipeg is the right to control immigration into the UT from the lower tier of NAL provinces. Technically, the UT, being an extraprovincial territory, is not a signatory to the Covenant and therefore not really part of the NAL except through the Bureau.

American citizens living in the UT are a somewhat independent lot and are, for the most part, happy with their position within the NAL. They enjoy considerable freedom, a very low tax structure and just enough of "civilised life" to keep in touch with the outside world. They also enjoy the fruits of a vèry wealthy land, given that thousands of folks from all around the world are willing to pay good hard silver to come in and watch caribuw and musk oxen cavort. There's loads of good fishing, hiking, climbing and qayacqing to be had as well.

Three French speaking countries are the Empire of Haiti, the Republic of Louisiana and the Intendancy of New Francy. New Francy is the one European colony that preferred independance over joining the NAL-SLC in 1803. Haiti, historically in constant turmoil due to its position near the center of Florida-Carribea, has for many years sought to gain control over the Haitian part of Hispannola Island. It has at last regained independence from Florida-Caribbea under the leadership of its newly crowned emperor, Dieu-Donné III and is currently involved in the 2004 Francophone Wars in Dominica.

The south and southwest is largely made up of former Spanish colonies: Alta California, Montrei, the Kingdom of Tejas, the Republic of Méjico and the former Florida-Carribea. Tejas and Alta California have made peace after decades of squabbling (and war between 1996 and 2002) over the territory of Deseret which lies along their mutual border. Flames of war were fanned by the Deseret Militia and both sides were indiscriminantly aided by Méjico. Oregon sided variously with Alta California and the Smith's Army of Deseret. Louisiana tended to side with Tejas, if for no other reason than fear of military reprisals for supporting any other faction. After the war, in which Mejico and A-C were victorious, the ousted Tejan royal family were restored to their throne. Florida-Carribea was an agglomeration of several former Spanish colonies that declared independance during the 1898 war between Spain and the NAL-SLC. Florida promptly began conquering the islands in the Carribean Sea and by 1913 left only Cuba and Haiti independant. The 1953 revolution in Cuba left it open to assault, and it was conquered thereafter. Haiti, independant since 1804, has been conquered and then liberated twice in the last hundred years. F-C was picked apart and at last destroyed by the Grand Coalition in 2004. The only Floridian territory whose future remains uncertain as of late 2004 is the European Occupation Zone (marked "E.O.Z." on the map).

In the northwest are Alyeska, former Russian territory, and the Peoples Ecotopic Republic of Oregon. Alyeska is largely Inuit, though there are many Russian and Japanese towns along the coast and in former gold bearing areas. Many descendants of American ex-pats can be found in those places as well, due to the gold fever of the 19th century. The Oregonians speak a dialect of English, though with many Russian influences, and of course write in the Cyrillic alphabet.

Map of Mueva Sefarad

Map of Montrei

Maps of Africa

This map of Africa indicates the unofficial system of allegiences both amongst African nations and between these countries and the former European colonisers. The important blocs to note are the orange Dalmatophone States, the red Commonwealth of Nations aligned states and the blue Francophone States. Ethiopia has long been an independent power in East Africa: it resisted the Arabian armies during the Moslem conquests; it resisted Chinese conquest and it was never colonised by any European power.

Map of South America

Map of the Commonwealth of Nations

This map of the Commonwealth of Nations depicts the regular members (in red) as well as the associate members (in green).

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