Reason No. 5: The Mediterranean
...solves all the problems with regard to the dried Mediterranean Sea. On one map, which is to be seen in the internet, no indication was made, to whom the territory should belong (43). Most maps ignore this part of the novel completely (44). On some all of the newly won farmland is Italian (41, 45). This fits to the aspirations of Mussolini to conrol this sea entirely (46). However Phillip K. Dick was depicting "Project Farmland" as a German achievement under the direction of Baldur von Schirach (1, p. 35 and 109-110). Why should Nazi Germany invest ingenuity, labor and billions of Reichsmark for an expansion of italian territory without having any advantage for itself out of this? A version with a predominantly German Mediterranean exists as well (47). Both alternatives however are highly improbable. Spain would never have allowed the Balearic Islands to be taken away from it. Neither Spain nor Vichy France would have accepted a new foreign empire to lie inbetween their main territories and the colonies they both had on the other side of the sea for decades. The same is true for Italy in case of a completely German territory, also with regard to the Italian islands. Germany has no coast at the Mediterranean and would have had to rely on the support of its southern European allies to carry out this complicated and ambitious project. The only possible solution is a division of the territory.
If Italy, Spain and Vichy France were to see the dried Mediterranean as a "land bridge" which connects them with their colonies, they could have been won for the project. This idea is reflected by the map. The German territory between the Italian and French zones seems to be small. It is however still bigger than Portugal. It is complimented by a comparably tiny area in front of the German occupation zone in Greece. The minor axis powers Turkey and Bulgaria also have received their share. In this scenario the Nazi government can proove to the world not only the superiority of German science but also the allegiance of its allies.