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Posted by Trombonist2003 on 18 August 2017 in English (English)

As I was building my nation, I wondered whether to build the smallest cities first or just start with the huge metropolises (I think that's correctly spelled). As I was thinking, is it easier to build the outlines to the city and motorways first (Assuming all the nature is planned out) or is it easier to build each city one by one with every street named? I really don't know how to build my nation st this point anymore. Please help me. I am currently building my nation province by province, but is there a more effective way to do this?

Thanks, Trombonist2003

New Country, Dogardland

Posted by Jake Knight on 17 August 2017 in English (English)

Hey all, I just aquired some new territory, TA091b, calling it Dogardland, and I was wondering about any help and advice people could give about building cities in the area, placing buildings and all what I might need in a city. Also, any help with how to make stuff look half decent would be great and much appreciated.

Cheers, Jake

Well, this is a first...

Posted by skquinn on 16 August 2017 in English (English)

I went to download the August 16th backup, and much to my surprise, got a 134-byte PBF file (effectively empty). The August 15th backup looks okay. Hopefully, this will be fixed in time for tomorrow's backup run...

Location: West Stadium Street, Poochabookoe Beach, Poochabookoe Prefecture, Rhododactylia

Displaying (route) relations in leaflet multimaps on the wiki?

Posted by Leowezy on 13 August 2017 in English (English)

Hey there,

I have a more or less quick question about, well; I guess the title says it all. I'm not even sure if it's possible, but I think I've seen something like this on the wiki a couple of times, but I might be wrong. The closest thing I actually found was Luciano's "old" RUTA-VC map, and I wonder whether similar things are possible without an external script. For my personal liking I wouldn't need to click on the map and have extra info displayed; I'm looking for a way to have a osm-data-fed map that displays route relations for Kojo's intercity railway services, so I don't have to bother poor paint (rest in peace) every time I do a tiny change to the network.

Any suggestions welcome! Thanks a lot


Still here

Posted by kingfries on 13 August 2017 in English (English)

How are you people? Sadly can't participate currently, looking forward to being able to do so again in September or so. Just so you dont think i've abandoned you. Best wishes Kingfries

Views and animations of the Planet

Posted by newflanders on 12 August 2017 in English (English)

Hi everyone, I wanted to show you some artistic views and short animations of the Planet showing its hypothetic physical aspect, the bottom of the oceans and the clouds layer. These are not official views but just a personal interpretation ( with certainly many mistakes) showing how I imagine this Planet. I did this with Photoshop but I've recently discovered "PlanetGen" a light sofware that allows to convert a flat map into a sphere. Plus it spins authomaticly without doing anything. ;) link to other views


Cheers !

10th Weekly Word

Posted by Kazuya on 12 August 2017 in English (English)

Hi OGF community!

I am very happy to announce the 10th Weekly Word!

We had a vote to see what word we would use for this week's weekly word! The winner was


You can create stuff like




Can't wait to see your creations!


State Emblem for Agarderia

Posted by Yuanls on 11 August 2017 in English (English)

During a lull in my mapping work, I've redesigned the state emblem of Agarderia during the communist period (1946-1985). Although it is better than the old emblem, it still looks a bit dodgy, although I can't put my finger on exactly what the problem is. Does anybody have any ideas?

Referencing Needed

Posted by Aces California on 10 August 2017 in English (English)

Hey All, so, I'm still in Singapore so I can't take on big projects, but it has given me time to look back retrospectively on aspects of Tierajas-Verdes, and one thing I have NEVER been happy with is the mountain region to the west of the country, as seen on the map if you click the Location link. I could never get it to look right even in a Macro scale, and I put that down to never really finding a good reference to work off for the mountains.

I will probably only start work on this once back from holiday on the big computer at home, but I want to know some places I can reference mapped in OSM or OGF, that can influence how I style my mountain mapping. I'm looking for like a Sub-tropical rain-forest looking mountain range, or just any with a really high concentration of trees.

Or alternatively, if anybody could give me some tips on how to draw them in a sort of OSM style, I'd love that too!

Thanks in advance! Keep Up The Mapping!

  • Aces California
Location: San Marisa, Mundae, Tierajas-Verdese

Another half year passed by...

Posted by EMKLI on 9 August 2017 in English (English)

Hi everybody!

There's not much news from my side currently. However, I wanted to send a sign of life that Norðurland, Liboria and Yleväkivet still aren't abandoned and vacant.

However, I'm still quite disappointed that the User Diaries still seem to be the Nr. 1 location to get and drop information (at least, nothing else seems to be promoted on the site). For non-permanent-active members, this is - still - a massive pain... There is no thematic ordering, no way to scroll back quickly or to get back to a certain topic... For a community like this, a forum woild be a good place, albeit quite "antiqe" nowadays... I didn't know how the chat/forum dispute at the beginning of the year was solved finally, but at a quick glance, nothing seems to have changed in the last half year.

Concerning my plans for the rest of the year, I started to (re)map parts of the region north-east of Frjálshöfn, including a new airport under construction which will replace both the international and national airports in Frálshöfn city. Currently, I'm also designing road signs for Norðurland. My main focus will be on the small country with the unspeakable name between Norðurland and Slavonia. I want to finish something here in OGF and Norðurland is too big to get this success in the next 5 to 10 years... ;-)

Greetings from Austria, Markus

Issues with Wiki automated tables

Posted by Aiki on 9 August 2017 in English (English)

Hello dear mappers,

I have started to move the embassies in Guai from their current ungrouped relations type to a set of nodes grouped in a dedicated relation. The purpose is, of course, to manage them more easily in JOSM but also in the corresponding Wiki article.

I started with using Mstr's automated tables but switch to using a regular #get_web_data so that I can concatenate values from "addr:street" & "addr:housenumber" in one single column and displayed "name:en" below the original "name". On this table, I'm facing two issues:

  • The table is not necessarily updated when new members are added to the relation. It does not even display the same results when I'm logged in and when I'm not. I've added #clear_external_data but it doesn't seem enough.

  • I cannot "Order by" country the table so that the result is displayed by node @id by default (e.g. Broceliande Embassy and Cultural Centre are shown separately). Apparently, data should be sorted before being uploaded on the table. For xml file, it appears you need to code in xPath which doesn't contain "order by" operator but a function expression.addSort. My coding knowledge having reached its limits, does anyone know how this could be embedded in the query?

I thank you a lot if someone's got some clue on how to fix these two issues.


National Days in OGF?

Posted by zhenkang on 9 August 2017 in English (English)

Hello guys. Today's is the 52nd year of independence in Singapore- 9 August, the day Malaysia expelled Singapore and we are independent, like unexpectedly. My nation is commemorating the event through a National Day Parade, to read more see here.

I want to ask, in your countries, do you all celebrate national day, or some national event like 'Democracy day', Freedom day'. 'King's xx Birthday' etc.? Write down those dates below!

How does your country celebrate that event? Is it like a parade in front of a palace, or something else? Are there performances? Besides that, what does your country do leading up to the event?

In Singkangia, two days were celebrated: 'Republic Day' and 'Freedom day'. Republic Day was celebrated since the fall of the Singkangian Nationalists and the start of being a 'socialist republic' on 13 June, while 'Freedom Day' marks the end of communist rule in Singkangia on 31 August. I still have not set up a venue for such events, maybe that will be part of my next stage of mapping my main city in Singkangia.

I will also like to see the locations where these celebrations took place.

JOSM error regarding a lake with islands in it

Posted by Cauldron on 8 August 2017 in English (English)

Hey everyone, I'm having some issues with JOSM. I have a lake in my country that has two small islands on it, but I'm trying to upload a new version of this area where I have done more work, including more detail on the shore and the islands, and I am receiving the error "coastline inside natural=water, 2 objects: Lake". I'm assuming this error is referring to the two islands in the lake, but I'm not sure what the problem is, given as far as I can tell they have the exact same tags as the previous versions of the islands. The entire object is a big multipolygon, labelled as "natural=water", with two inner polygons forming the islands. I can't really tell what the problem is.

What am I doing wrong? Should I just hit upload despite the error? I'd appreciate some advice.


Location: capital city, Yamato

New country

Posted by cibrage on 8 August 2017 in English (English)

Hello everyone!

I've begun mapping a new country in Uletha - Ćira. I'm hoping to stay active and to keep good relations with everyone.

Location: Muckrushia, Ćira

Weekly Word #9

Posted by ilikemaps on 7 August 2017 in English (English)

Hello everyone

I would like to thank oscar2002 for the opportunity to do this

So this week's word is


This could include anything related to railways, for example, stations, rails, or any other related infrastructure.

For example

Waterloo Station

Pinjarra Refinery with associated railway


Or even trams

Deadline is Midday Saturday 12th Aug, Australian Central Standard Time (GMT+9:30)

So this is probably still Friday for people in the Americas


Is something being flooded?

Posted by GEOMaps on 7 August 2017 in English (English)

When I zoom in, all but a quarter of my nations land is blue. I didnt edit the coastlines to do this, this could have been someone else. If someone can figure out the problem near Ferran, and a few other places, that would be appreciated.

Location: Ferran

Error 400: Placeholder ID must be unique for created elements

Posted by arberia on 6 August 2017 in English (English)

Hello! I'm creating a new town in my country (Illiria) and I'm trying to save the last changes without success. I received this message: Placeholder IDs must be unique for created elements.

Which is exactly the problem and how could I fix it?


New nation.

Posted by GEOMaps on 6 August 2017 in English (English)

Hello all, I have claimed the medium sized territory 'TA114f' and I have renamed it Ferran.

I would like to have tips from the community and see if you all have a great idea for me. If I want to use it, and if its good, I will take your ideas. I would like to see what you come up with guys!

Thank you, GeoMAPS.

Tips for creating a medium sized city

Posted by tommypoo on 4 August 2017 in English (English)

Hi all,

I've started to create a medium sized city in the central area of my country I would like to get ideas and tips from others.

Stats: Name: Karovslak Population; City: 67,600 Metro: 103,000 Style: European River City Other info: I want the central city to be rather commercialized and the outer suburbs to have pockets of market places.

Can't wait to hear your ideas, Tommypoo

Location: Yendatt Road, Karovslak, Wynot

Call for proposals: The Kojolese Chancellery

Posted by Leowezy on 2 August 2017 in English (English)

Hey there fellow mappers!

I have a love-hate relationship with mapping buildings. On one hand, I love the feeling of scale and detail they give to a map. They are the first step in creating a city that is more than just a network of roads and rails. So what's to hate about them? Well, I'm no architect (surprise), and especially when it comes to representative buildings I continuously fail to produce anything that leaves me with a sense of satisfaction.

Currently I'm having trouble with the heart of the Kojolese government, the Gankakuchō so Hyosilwe. I redid that area recently, and now I'm struggeling to come up with a new building. To be fair, I've done everything to make the situation as complicated as possibly, and I wouldn't want to swap roles with the architects in 1990's Pyingshum.

I'll try to summarise the basic idea in a few key points:

  1. administration around the chancellor had been growing for decades, need for an adequate office space that could also be used for representative purposes became more and more urgent, however unfulfilled.

  2. A fire in 1984 (read more) puts a large area in central Pyingshum to ashes, killing hundreds of people. The event is a major disaster for the government of that time conspiracy theories have their heyday.

  3. The area is to be rebuilt, with a new Chancellery facing the Jōbun so Gúwan place. However, the building needs to be built in a way that it doesn't evoke the impression that it outshines the adjacent memorial park dedicated to the victims; yet it still needs to serve for state receptions and other representative events, while also providing the executive with much needed office space. A somewhat, contemporary feel shall be used.

So that's the situation the architects were stuck with; creating a a memorial park (the current version is not necessarily finished, but it should give an idea of the "rivalry" between the two poles in the area) that is not simply tucked away behind a monstrous government HQ but takes up a confident amount of space, while also keeping in mind that they shape the most prestigious city square of the nation, which must still appear timeless in 100 years.

I'm out of inspiration for building footprints, and would love to see some of your idea; whether it be a full-blown osm file covering the whole corner, or the literal sketch on the back of a napkin. I've sketched out the conflict of interest in a little bit more detail in the wiki articles above. Thanks to everyone participating!


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