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592 - Build Your Own Poland

Croppedalternate
over 1 year ago

Occasional exceptions notwithstanding, this blog steers clear of maps from the twin realms [1] of fantasy and alternate history. This might seem odd, as both genres rely heavily on maps to flesh out the world they describe. Consequently,  both fantasy and alternate history teem with non-standard ...

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591 - Elizabeth II, Queen of the South Pole

Croppedelizabeth
over 1 year ago

It’s a question on the minds of many, this gift-giving season: What do you get someone who already has everything? The problem gets a bit more pressing if you’re the British Cabinet, and the Queen is coming round to visit. Their solution? Clever: two gifts - 60 table mats, and a chunk of Antarctica ...

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590 - Fake Metro Map of Montevideo

Croppedmetro
over 1 year ago

“Today, Montevideo is on a par with the great capitals of the world, like London, Milan and Rio de Janeiro. Finally, Montevideo has its Metro.”  - Estero Bellaco, Engineer and President of the Corporación Metro de Montevideo (CMM). Those words were spoken at the inauguration of the metro ...

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589 - Procrasti-Nation, Our Common Home

Croppedcras
over 1 year ago

Why get done today what you can put off until tomorrow? Anyone who knows that feeling is an honorary citizen of this virtual country: Procrasti-Nation.   For Freud, the need to procrastinate is a function of the Pleasure Principle, which dictates that we seek gratification, or least avoid pain ...

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587 - Maps as War by Other Means

Croppedgaza
over 1 year ago

War, as Clausewitz said, is the continuation of politics by other means [1]. But sometimes, war itself is being continued by other means - cartographic means. Maps are an excellent propaganda weapon against a (geo)political enemy. We trust cartography instinctively to ‘show us the right way’, and ...

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582 - Yes We Clan: Selected Scottish Tartans

Cropped%20clans
almost 2 years ago

Strange maps may be found hiding in antique atlases or down some of the internet’s more obscure cul-de-sacs [1]. But sometimes, curious cartography greets you on your very doorstep, hand-delivered by servants of the commonwealth. Like this postcard, sent from the Isle of Lewis [2] in the Outer ...

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581 - The Stamp that Almost Caused a War

Nicaragua%20war%20map%20stamp
almost 2 years ago

War is terrible, but the causes of war are sometimes laughably trivial. Central America seems to have a special knack for silly casus belli. In 1969, El Salvador and Honduras fought a four-day conflict popularly called the Football War, after the contested soccer games that lit the fuse of ongoing ...

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580 - The Legend of the Tsar's Finger

Croppeddetour
almost 2 years ago

It's 1841, and Russia is attempting one of its great leaps forward to catch up with the rest of Europe. Railways are all the rage out west. So the Empire would like to lay some track of its own . There’s more than prestige at stake: the new transport technology might just be what the vast, badly ...