This is a very interesting map, created by Maurice Gomberg in 1941 (published 1942).
You can download a hi-resolution (14MB) map through this link in the lower left corner of the link above,. The format is jp2000, and a viewer can be downloaded here. I have used Kakadu View and it works fine (open with kdu_show.exe).
If you don't mind the hassle of zooming online (less user-friendly, and often subject to internet delay), you can also zoom the map here.
This is the short introduction given by most web-sites
- 1942 world map. "Outline of post-war new world map" by Maurice Gomberg,
- Philadelphia, Feb. 25, 1942. Shows protectorates and peace-security bases.
- Includes quotes from President Franklin Roosevelt's message to the 77th Congress on the State of the Union, including the Four Freedoms and the Moral Order.
- SOURCE: Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington DC.
- The U.S.A. must, altruistically, assume the leadership of the newly established world order.
- The U.S.A., Britain, and the U.S.S.R. will undertake to guarantee peace to the nations, which will be permanently disarmed and demilitarized.
- The U.S.A. will become invincible as a military, naval, and air power.
- A world common monetary system will be established.
Here are a few obvious notes when comparing this map with that of 1950. (Critique on the flaws of this map does remind me of Kaplanistic foot soldier "I surrounded you, Ha!" march)
- the whole of Germany and Austria given to the Great USSR, Iran also a Sovier SSR.
- Korea, Indochina, Thailand and Malaya given to China
- Burma and Afghanistan to Federated Republic of India (Pakistan was not carved out)
- USA expanded, naturally, not only to include the rest of North and Central America (Canada, Mexico, Greenland, Carribean), all islands in North Atlantic as outposts (Iceland, Bermuda, Azores, Canary Is, Cape Verdes), all of the Pacific islands, Sulawesi(Celebes), Taiwan and Hainan -- the 3 Guyana's were said to become a USA state in the text, but not shown in the map
- British Commonwealth to give up Africa and South Asia, but retaining Australia/NZ and taking out some of Dutch East Indies (Indonesia)
- Other notes: note how Arabian FR and Hebrewland was drawn, Albania with Greece, Northern Ireland with Ireland, Madagascar and Sri Lanka stayed with British Commonwealth
- One hegemone ("Invincible") vs multiple leader
- How crucial is genuine altruism/neutrality of the hegemone? (which also leads to the question of single vs multiple hegemone)
- Is there any medium/small nation that owns meaningful (offensive) weapon today? Is there a need for the smaller nations/federates to own meaningful weapon?
- If smaller nations do not own meaningful offense/defense, what should the hegemones' commitment to the small be?
- How similar/different is Gomberg's new order compared with Thomas Barnett's PNM?
- What assumption of Gomberg become (or close to) reality in today's world? How would this change (or not change) the order of 1950s (vs the order Gomberg proposed)?
This and the Yau story? If I didn't have server problems, I'd be mad linking you Sun Bin. Good stuff.
Thank you for posting this interesting historical oddity.
The US depicted in this scenario **almost** recalls both the US and its de-facto worldwide empire (called the "Alliance for Democracy") in S.M. Stirling's "Domination of the Draka" trilogy.
For more, see this review at John Reilly's site: http://www.johnreilly.info/draka.htm
And this wikipedia article:
Funny that Cape Verde should be mentioned; I know someone (from a forum dedicated to Stirling's works) who thinks that a US annexation of Cape Verde would be a great idea, giving all sorts of strategic advantage.
Why is Canada which clearly is a part of the commonwealth labelled US of A?
no reason, actually.
i guess it is because
2) the author is an american
it says the Guianas will become a state of the U.S.S.A - United States of South America - which it is shown as on the map
http://the-gomberg-map-of-world-union.blogspot.com/ - A WORLD WITHOUT CANADA. See the page "World Law".
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