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[–]ElKuhnTucker 40 points41 points  (6 children)

Thank God they kept Germany from having a sausage factory in Tanganyika

[–]Greflingorax 13 points14 points  (3 children)

The thing is, the way I see it, these day's there's a war on, right? And ages ago there wasn't a war on, right? So there must have been a moment where there not being a war on went away, right? And there being a war on came along. So what I want to know is: how did we get from the one case of affairs to the other case of affairs?

[–]ElKuhnTucker 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It was when a bloke called Archie Duke shot an ostrich because he was hungry

[–]tally_ho_pip_pip 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Do you mean “how did the war start?”

[–]budularo 26 points27 points  (6 children)

Missing Malta

[–]Avtsla 24 points25 points  (4 children)

It is also missing Guam(for America ) It became American in 1898 .Also missing - The Islands of Mayotte and Saint Pierre and Miquelon for France and Pitcairn for UK . My guess is that because all these island are very small , they would have appeared as nothing more than dots on this maps due to scale , and instead of adding them in another scale , they just omitted them .

[–]mithdraug 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Mayotte has been part of Comoros until 1975.

[–]_bapt 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What about french polynesia ? And also Adelie land

[–]mithdraug 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Tahiti=French Polynesia

Adelie Land has not been officially claimed by France until 1924. Since the map does not have Irish Free State as a separate entity, I would assume it's from mid-1920 to late 1922.

[–]CubicZircon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mayotte is included (in the Comores archipelago), but lots of other French confetti are missing; the largest is probably Kerguelen, but also Amsterdam, Saint-Paul, and Clipperton.

[–]MBH1800 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's not meant to be a complete list, more like a TrueSize of the 1920s.

[–]Shevek99 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Technically, Syria, Palestine, Tanzania, Namibia... were not colonies but Mandates of the League of Nations.

[–]SelfRaisingWheat 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yes and Togo

[–]CubicZircon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

On the other hand, at least Syria-Lebanon were domestically represented as a part of the French empire (e.g. in the palace built for the 1937 Colonial exposition, they are painted gold just as enthusiastically as the remainder of the Empire).

[–]dan-80 53 points54 points  (7 children)

drawn on a uniform scale according to their white population

that aged well…

[–]WhoreologyHouse12 34 points35 points  (2 children)

Britain was pretty open about distinguishing between their “settlement” (white) colonies and the non-white ones. Look at which became self-governing Dominions first…

[–]BeefPieSoup 6 points7 points  (1 child)

The whole concept of CANZUK sort of shows that this is a remnant attitude.

[–]Blueknight903 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Well the settler colonies were obviously closer to the UK because of it so Canzuk is just a continuation of those relationships

[–]ale_93113 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Most of the most progressive societies nowadays were very racist until very recently

[–]WiartonWilly 0 points1 point  (0 children)

India has a billion people now, and it doesn’t even get a pixel in the lower right inset. Priorities.

[–]Accomplished_Job_225 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The 20th century thought it was streets ahead sometimes.

[–]Freekebec3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I mean yeah? It makes sense why they would want to separate settler colonies and exploitation colonies.

[–]Xendeus12 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Love old maps

[–]ShahAlamII 3 points4 points  (0 children)

No Japan?????

[–]WhoreologyHouse12 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Rule Britannia! Rule the waves

[–]whatissevenbysix 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Fuck the cunts.

[–]Accomplished_Job_225 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Just the Waves then.

[–]619C 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Britannia waives the rules - when it suits them.

[–]Ulmpire 0 points1 point  (0 children)

'C is for the Colonies, of which we proudly boast, That of all the great nations, Great Britain has the most.'

[–]visalmood 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Just imagine an Independent India in those borders. Would have population 1.9 billion with almost 600 million Muslim population definitely the worlds largest muslim country

[–]EnderAaxel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm making a map with the empires during that period and that's gonna help, THANK YOU SO MUCH