Frank Jacobs's Contributions
  • 34 - The 6 Regions of Movie Viewing

    This isn’t a political, but a commercial world map: it specifies the six distinct global ‘DVD regions’ of the world. DVD is short for ‘digital video disc’, the successor to the analog VHS system. Contrary to VHS...

  • The Enclaves and Exclaves of Cyprus

    They could have made it more complex, but they would have had to try very hard

  • 32 - Britain, USA

    The The once sang about Great Britain being the ’51st State of the USA’ – a comment on the culture and foreign policy of the United Kingdom, which were then as now dominated by those of the United States. This...

  • 31 - Newfoundland On A Stamp

    Not so much strange as just darn purty, this map of Newfoundland on a postage stamp, probably dating from before 1949, when it became a province of Canada (this happened after a referendum in which the other...

  • 30 – the Afrikaner Volkstaat

    ‘Volkstaat’ is Afrikaans for People’s state – the people in this case being the white South Africans who identify themselves as ‘Afrikaners’ (mainly descendents of Dutch settlers, speaking a language derived from...

  • 29 - The Berlin Republic

    I don’t remember where I got this map from, but the context seems quite straightforward. The two figures in the foreground are saying “ein Geschwür!” (literally: “an ulcer”) and “Da sei Gott vor!” (“may God...

  • 28 - the 10 Regions of American Politics

    All results of a nationwide election in the US can usually be translated into a ‘binary’ map, divided into red states (Republican, mainly in the middle) and blue states (Democratic, mostly on the coasts). In...

  • The Republic of Indian Stream (1832-1835)

    Double taxation without representation? No wonder this grey area declared its independence.

  • A Map of Flash Gordon's planet Mongo

    If you crave adventure, you couldn't wish for a better alien planet on which to crash-land

  • 25 - Suur Suomi

    Finland gained independence from Russia right after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. A civil war ensued, along the lines of the post-revolution conflict in Russia itself: ‘Reds’ against ‘Whites’. The conservative...