The World of The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle map
Map of the German and Japanese Empires seen in Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle (2016)

Last year, we featured a map of North America from the title credits of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle, which shows the United States divided into German and Japanese zones.

The second season of the series, which is also based on Philip K. Dick’s 1963 alternate-history novel and started streaming in December, gives us a fuller picture of the world.

The first is a military map of the German and Japanese Empires in the early 1960s. As you can see, Germany has conquered the Atlantic area, including all of Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Japan has conquered the entire Pacific Rim, including what used to be the American West Coast, parts of Central America, Chile and Peru.

Separating the empires, which are now locked in something of a cold war, are an unruly Neutral Zone in North America, Mexico and a state called “Amazonia” in the middle of South America.

Central Asia is unconquered as well. Afghanistan and modern-day Pakistan appear as independent states.

World map seen in Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle (2016)

This second map, which appears in an American high school in the second season’s opening episode, shows the same division of the world, but there is something odd about it: the borders of many of the countries that exist in our world are still on it!

That’s all the more bizarre when you remember that many of the republics in Africa didn’t win their independence until after the war. So that’s an inconsistency, but I guess nobody was ever supposed to scrutinize these maps the way we do.

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