Altverse II

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Altverse II
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Genre Collaborative alternate history and geopolitical roleplay
Established 2020
Creator Centrist16
Progress Upcoming, in Beta Mode as of May 25, 2021 (v. 2.0.0)
No. of articles List (3,156 articles)
Status Active
Predecessor Altverse

Altverse II (also referred to as Altverse 2 or Altverse 2.0) is a collaborative alternate history project that is based on the original Altverse timeline. The timeline and premise of Altverse II revolves around the major point of divergence from the original Altverse timeline where World War I does not occur in 1914 when Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip fails to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria.

The project builds on the elements and lore established by Altverse, as well as its principles, conventions, and ideas. It also adds a stronger commitment towards creating a unique and interesting alternate history timeline. It is dedicated to creating high-quality articles which covers a wide range of topics including, but not limited to: countries, governments, individuals, corporations, languages, religion, popular culture, geography, and more. Its goal is to achieve an organic, passionate, and community-driven environment where its contributors are able to contribute to the world. Although Altverse II is an alternate history timeline, it is also a live, realtime geopolitical roleplaying project, and is intended to fulfill the same vision the original Altverse was set out to achieve.

On May 21, 2020, the project began in Alpha Mode as it began work on history-related articles related to the new timeline. During Alpha Mode, contemporary events and roleplaying will remain in stasis as contributors work on developing the timeline between 1914 and the Great War (c. 1950s). On May 25, 2020, after a year of development in Alpha Mode, the project was moved to Beta Mode, with Centrist16 citing progress towards the timeline beyond Great War II with the Cold War and revisitation on the pre-1914 PODs in the Americas.

As of June 2024, Altverse II has a total of 3,156 canonical articles (that have been accounted for and verified as canon).

Development

The development and progression of Altverse II has been divided into four separate stages. Each stage of development plans to focus on particular aspects, topics, and issues related to the project that will be addressed and resolved prior to official release.

Alpha Mode

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Alpha Mode began on May 20, 2020 and was the first stage of development on Altverse II. After a little more than a year of development, it ended on May 25, 2021. It focused on establishing a generalized outline, overview, and timeline for the project, as well as create articles for all events and subjects identified as central towards the timeline. It began work on conforming existing Altverse I articles approved for migration into Altverse II.

Beta Mode

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Beta Mode is the current stage of development, and began on May 25, 2021. It will build upon the progress established in Alpha Mode by further refining the timeline details of Altverse II, establishing project rules and conventions, and adding more content to core timeline-sensitive event articles. The adaptation of existing Altverse I articles approved for Altverse II will continue, while new Altverse II articles will be created accordingly to reflect the new timeline.

Pre-release

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Pre-release is an upcoming stage of development which will focus on finalizing the most important timeline details of Altverse II and their related articles. Further rules and conventions will be added or clarified. Every article associated with Altverse I will be identified for migration and adaptation or rejection. Contemporary events and preparations for roleplaying events or scenarios will be discussed and explored prior to moving forward into the official release.

Official release

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Official release is a future point in the project when Altverse II will be considered fully functional and suitable to operate as a live, realtime roleplaying project in the same manner as the original Altverse project. At this point, the project is no longer focused on alternate history as the essential details and events of the timeline's past have already been established. New nations and applications may continue to be proposed, which may require changing certain details on the timeline if necessary. More rules and conventions can continue to be further expounded and any articles from Altverse I which have not been migrated at this point may continue to be done so promptly.

Timeline

Differences from Altverse I

Altverse II is a revised version of the original Altverse timeline. Unlike the original, Altverse II aims to be a more traditional alternate history timeline (in terms of timeline cohesion and plausibility) while retaining the level of worldbuilding immersion and roleplaying aspects of the original timeline. It is heavily inspired by, but not dictated by, the original lore from Altverse. As such, it includes countries such as the Kingdom of Sierra and the United Commonwealth. Unlike the original timeline, there are several points of divergence, most of which are in the mid-19th century in the Americas and the early 20th century in Eurasia.

Although Altverse II seeks to avoid resorting to historical determinism, it acknowledges that analogues may be desired, if not necessary. The timeline is also deliberately conceived as a "hard/soft alternate history timeline" by balancing reasonable plausibility with a reasonable degree of creative liberties and freedoms for worldbuilding potential. Unlike Altverse, Altverse II has more concise rules and standards pertaining to the timeline integrity and canonicality of events.

Rules and conventions

Overview

Altverse II is a collaborative timeline and real-time geopolitical roleplaying project. It is distinct from the popularized map game format because it is not turn-based or primarily documented through a timeline. Unlike map games, the emphasis of Altverse II is to create an immersive worldbuilding project set in an alternate timeline of the Earth through high-quality articles covering various subjects, including, but not limited to countries, politicians, governments, political parties, corporations, celebrities, cultures, languages, religions, economies, products, wars, diplomatic events, and more. There are no players in the traditional sense. Each and every contributor is free to contribute however way they believe will enhance and enrich the world of Altverse II for the benefit of all. Contributors generally maintain authorship over a main country but may write for several countries (or no countries at all), as well as jointly contribute a country with other users. There are no winners or losers as authors are focused on making their countries interesting, rather than making their countries materially wealthier, stronger, or superior. Since the goal of Altverse II is to stimulate a believable, dynamic geopolitics of the real world, as long as it is reasonable and plausible, a country may experience great success sometimes or a terrible crisis, even to the point of societal collapse and regime change. Furthermore, Altverse II goes beyond conceptualizing countries just as the sovereign state itself. It encourages and calls for contributors to flesh out detailed articles which may cover any conceivable aspect of the country. In other words, a contributor may decide to write about a particular city, an individual, a party, a company, a law, a television show, song, a popular food dish, an infamous criminal trial, or even an animal if it relates to their country. Generally, a contributor will work on the fundamentals first (i.e. the main country page, the government page, the history page, the parties page, the military page, and the major leaders page), but an exceptional contributor will branch out towards secondary content which will enhance understanding of their country.

The quality of articles expected in Altverse II is to imitate the style, conventions, and aesthetics of high-quality Wikipedia article. Articles are to be written as if it were directed towards readers who were living in Altverse II itself had access the Wikipedia equivalent in that universe.

List of members

Contributor Discord alias Role Primary contribution(s)
Al-khataei al-Khataei Contributor  Anatolian Republic
Andy Irons Andrew! Contributor  Spain, Flag of Portugal (1830–1910).svg Portugal,  Antilles,  Brazil,  Superior, various topics
AWpCR Emperor Kleetorus the Cuckolder Contributor  Germany (advisory role)
BBMhenggay Greg Seegan Contributor  São Leopoldo, Flag of the Federation of Central America.svg Central America,  Patagonia,  Tuva
BIPU BIPU Contributor  Federated Emirates of Arabia,  Skandinavia (held in community trust)
Borz Contributor  Waynakhia, ( Dagestan,  Awaristan)
Candiesrgood jeseira1681 Contributor  Tondo,  Manitoba
Cappadocia Cappadocia Contributor Flag of Mexico (1864-1867).svg Mexican Empire, current events, timelines, historical consistency
Centrist16 Centrist16 Arbiter, creator  Sierra,  Mexico, South Vietnam Vietnam, Bandera Front Alliberament Cham.svg Champa, Free City of Jerusalem
Dev27 Dev27 Contributor  India,  Iran (partnership with JoshuaTheRoman)
Dog of War (2) HK je Srbija Contributor  Indonesia
Emalia Emalia Contributor  Germany, official maps, various images,  Placentia (advisory role)
Emelxa Emelxa Contributor
Erik Various Contributor  Superior, various topics, logos
F0rsaken antimamakoni Contributor Electronic music-related articles, Video-game related articles, Internet culture articles
Gaborocha Engineer Contributor  Cambodia, Columbian Community, Spike the Gecko
Javants Javants Contributor  Hungary (held in community trust)

Johann

Johan Contributor  China,  France,  Greenland, various topics
JoshuaTheRoman Yusha Contributor  Iran (partnership with Dev27)
KawaiiKame KawaiiKame Contributor  United Kingdom (held in community trust)
Mythopoeia Mythos Contributor  Astoria
Nathanadrian Nathanadrian Contributor  Australia,  Ireland
Nickthenick2 Nickthenick2 Supporting contributor  Anatolian Republic,  Cyprus
Prosmioafjineafe Supporting contributor Terrorism in Sierra, Styxie
Renereve Renereve Contributor  Austria,  South France, various UC pages
S.mustafaamir MustafaAmir Contributor  Palestine,   Switzerland
Solaris2019 Solaris2022 Contributor  Czech Republic, various media topics
Screwhorn Screwhorn77 Contributor  Russia, various topics
Sheeplechase Sheeplechase Supporting contributor  Sierra (miscellaneous topics), New Oneida, Sweetwater, Spencer Zerx
Solace II Solace Supporting contributor  Mozambique, Republic of Acadiana, Battle World Online, various music-related articles
T0oxi22 T0oxi22 Contributor  United Commonwealth, Music of Sierra (chief creative director on music topics in Altverse II) and other music-related articles, Yulonia (in Sierra), Free States,  Manitoba,  Quebec,  Equatorial States,  Placentia,  Aotearoa (Held in trust for Mythopoeia)
Thewolvesden Thewolvesden Contributor  Romania, Congregationalist States (part of the United Commonwealth)
Wisky Wisky Contributor  Morocco
Wolftheriot Wolftheriot Contributor  Netherlands (held in community trust)
woogers woogers Contributor  Japan (held in trust by Centrist16)
WorldMaker18 WorldMaker18 Contributor Hong Kong British Hong Kong (non-country), Manchuria Manchuria, various topics
Ycasto49 Ycasto Contributor  United People's Committees, Flag of Libyan Jamahiriya.png Libya,  Italy,   Holy See (non-country)
Yuutarou Yuutarou Contributor  Japan-related topics
HauntedColorsOfficial LeRainbowRaider Contributor  Bulgaria

Prospective

  • Erik (South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands)
  • Javants03
  • KinopikoTricolourBastet (Egypt, also some contributions to Sierran and Astorian pop culture maybe?)
  • Marrybore (possible contributions to music-related topics in Altverse II)

Map

The below map is the most current map created by Emalia, who is currently still working on updates. (August 2023)
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List of sovereign states and dependencies

Open states

This section contains an incomplete list of countries or regions which are available for development or claim.

  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Bhutan
  • Chile
  • Egypt
  • Georgia
  • Kenya
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Sudan
  • Tunisia
  • Zanzibar

Historical states

This list contains countries and territories which formerly existed in-universe and may be available for development or claim (with consent of the modern country's author). Dates are also given to indicate the lifespan of such countries. Countries in italics are modern-day countries where the former country was wholly or partially a part of. Does not include former countries which currently exist as a subdivision under an existing modern-day country with the same name.

Forked states

Some states were once part of the Altverse canon but were removed upon departure of their authors. In order to both respect the creative rights of the original authors and preserve the Altverse canon, the original nations were forked and exist within their own universe.

Altverse II nation Forked nation
Flag of Astoria.svg Astoria Flag of Rainier.svg Rainier

Removed states

This list contains all countries which have been decanonized and delisted from the project.

Former nation Contributor
 Azania Vivaporius
 Mutapa BBMhenggay

See also