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Federation of Itil by Laiqua-lasse Federation of Itil by Laiqua-lasse
My submission to MapsAndFlags map contest. The task was to show how a trade route become a foundation of an empire. So, although technically this isn't an empire, it's rather close :)

More description will follow tomorrow.
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ramones1986 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very nice map.
I wonder what is the lingua franca of Itil?

I'm also curious about Seljuk Empire...
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Laiqua-lasse Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
I imagine the Federation to be dominated by the Khazars, so the Khazar language, or some developed Turkic variant, would be the lingua franca.

The Seljuks are pretty much historical, except here they were much luckier and managed to survive for centuries after the Crusades.
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ramones1986 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Since the Seljuk capital is in Baghdad, are the population Turkified, at least in the west of the Zagros Mountains?
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Laiqua-lasse Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
I would imagine so, yes. Although not completely, with rural populations maintaining their pre-Seljuk ethnicities.
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Very nice-looking, lots of cool detail. Man, the Seljuks had some staying power in this TL...
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Laiqua-lasse Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Thanks :)
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SharksinSpace Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I have a question as to how you did the paper texture.
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Laiqua-lasse Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
In Photoshop, create a new layer, then Render Clouds, then Render Difference Clouds a few times. You will have a high-contrast mess of white and black "clouds". Now do Stylize -> Emboss and play around with values until you get the texture right. Finally, do Adjustments -> Hue/Saturation, choose "Colorize" in the dialogue and set a low saturation yellow-ish colour. Oh, and set the layer blend mode to multiply.
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SharksinSpace Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Thank you for the information.
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Laiqua-lasse Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
No problem :) Glad to help.
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great submission! I loooooooove it!
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Laiqua-lasse Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Thanks!
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np :)
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Fenn-O-maniC Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who are ruling there? Mongols?
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Laiqua-lasse Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
No, the ruling classes are mostly Khazars and various Turkic peoples.
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Fenn-O-maniC Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see. What about the ordinary people?
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Laiqua-lasse Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
A very varied mixture, I would say. Slavic, Khazar, Turkic, Jewish, Finno-ugric, Persian, Mongol, Greek...
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Fenn-O-maniC Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That what I thought. But very pretty map after all!
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
It looks like part of Russia got Scandinavia-fied though.
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Laiqua-lasse Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Yes. Or, more precisely, it was never very much "Russia" in this world. I'm planning to add a rather lengthy description, but one of the differences from OTL is that the East Slavs did not expand much beyond Volga.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Can't wait to see it!
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CustodialData Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's really cool.
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Laiqua-lasse Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Thanks!
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CustodialData Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Np. :)
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