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130 - A Ten-State Australia

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The Commonwealth of Australia was formed in 1901. Its constitution provides for the creation of new states, also by subdividing extisting ones. Several proposals have been made to alter Australia’s composition, yet no change has been made since the act of Federation in 1901: Australia still ...

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129 - China As A World Power: How Big?

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China is flexing its economic muscle nowadays, a process the country itself terms a peaceful rise. One wonders what will happen when China will have ‘risen’: to what degree will China flex its political and military muscle? Will it want to dominate the region – or the world? This map basically ...

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128 - The Jireček Line

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In 1911, Czech historian Konstantin Jireček drew a line across a map of the Balkan peninsula. The line, running east-west from the Adriatic Sea to the Black Sea, through northern Albania, along the Macedonian-Serbian border, and straight through the middle of Bulgaria, was an imaginary ...

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126 - Hannover On Her Mind - and On Her Back

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“I wanted something unique, something nobody else had. But every idea I had – it had already been done,” says Britta Oelschlaeger. The 33-year-old photographer, who hails from the city of Hannover, knew she wanted a large tattoo on her back. Eschewing more popular designs as elves, dragons ...

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121 - Where On Earth Was Middle-earth?

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The millionth hit on this blog is as good an occasion as any to finally broach the inevitable subject for a blog about curious cartography: Middle-earth. J.R.R. Tolkien’s invented mythology centred on an epic story of the struggle between Good and Evil, but it also included an elaborate ...

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1.000.000 Hits

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Today the hit counter of this blog went over one million. I’m at a loss for words. Thanks, all of you, for stopping by. I hope you keep enjoying this blog. In order to further your enjoyment, I’m publishing 10 maps I’ve been saving up for this occasion… Now!