This variant was created by Rod Walker and Nick Fitzpatrick, who are
both genuine Diplomacy legends.
Here are some suggestions as to what may have happened to the powers
in Aberration to cause them to achieve Great Power status:
The final confrontation between the civilization of the Seine and
the Saone was no sure thing for the Parisian monarch. In this
instance the victor was the Burgundian dynastic state, stretching
from the Rhone to the North Sea.
This empire might have survived had the Turks failed to make a
landing in Europe. The population of western Asia Minor was
still basically Greek in the 1400s. Some strong emperors could
have given the Greek state a new lease on life.
Hungary was a budding great power until the Turkish invasions. A
strong Byzantium would have prevented that, and Hungary, not
Austria, could have become the great Danubian power.
If Irish missionary activity had been followed by political
action on behalf of their fellow Celts, the Anglo-Norman imperium
at London might have been still-born. All the Irish needed was
some real unity, which they almost achieved on occasion.
This could be a continuation of the ancient dynastic state under
descendants of the Maccabees or the Herods. Just as likely,
however, it would be representative of the final victory of the
Crusaders in the Middle East. It might therefore be called the
"Kingdom of Jerusalem."
The Poles had many opportunities to overwhelm both the Russian
and the eastern Germans. We must here assume that one
such opportunity finally afforded success.
This island once had an excellent chance of gaining control of
most of Italy under a powerful and aggressive Norman dynasty.
These rulers died out, and Sicily became the pawn of others.
Here we assume that the Norman dynasty did not die out.
This could be a Christian Spain which somehow remained powerful
despite a long succession of cretinous monarchs. Perhaps they
were spared the third-rate Hapsburgs and Bourbons who were
thrust upon them. Another possibility is that this is
a Muslim Spain, which case we
should perhaps refer to it as the "Caliphate of Toledo" (a change
of capital from Cordova).
The original Russian state was centred at Kiev, and we suppose
here that this southern center remained dominant rather than
losing out to the northern centres at Vladivostok and Moscow. These
people would, however, continue to call their land "Russia" or
something like it, so Ukraine is perhaps a misnomer for this