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Mapper's Challenge #13 - September 2017 - Showing Culture

Posted by Alessa on 7 September 2017 in French (Français)

Hello, everyone. Today I would like to reintroduce the Mapper's Challenges to the community. Luciano granted me permission to revive the concept, and I will be running with it for the time being. We've had some great work done over the previous twelve challenges, and I think it is worth putting the effort into encouraging good mapping. For me, the Mapper's Challenges were a great place to experiment, get private feedback, and observe more skilled mappers at work on larger projects. While not every topic will appeal to each user, I would still encourage everyone to give these a quick try. As before, post what you have in the comments below; do not be afraid to provide feedback on submissions also. This is a great place to learn and have fun. It is my hope that we get a chance to see all the good things that users are doing around OGF.

I also want to encourage users to try the "weekly word" challenge! That is a shared, friendly "competition" that is easy to participate in. The monthly Mapper's Challenges are larger and thus different; their missions do not conflict.

This month's challenge comes courtesy of a suggestion by Udi before the challenges went on hiatus for a few months.

Mapper's Challenge #13 - Showing Culture

The challenge for this month is to develop the culture and history of your country by constructing cinemas, theatres, libraries, museums, or other relevant facilities. Add any that are of interest to your country. Names like "Museum of Slavery" or "Library of Communist History" also give hints about a culture. Since culture is more abstract than highways and railways, you will need to be creative and think hard about what your country is like. Then, go for it! Give it a try and see what happens!

There are already a lot of these places popping up in OGF, and many users already have different skill levels on this topic. So I offer a tiered challenge for people to try:

  • Beginner challenge: Place a building and tag it according to its function (library, museum, etc.). Try to make the building a logical shape and make sure it is placed in an appropriate location. Be sure to give the building a name!
  • Moderate challenge: Complete the Beginner challenge but also work on the area immediately around the building. Are there benches, monuments and memorials, trees, fountains, walkways, etc.? Do some extra tagging and work on how the outside of the building fits the inside.
  • Advanced challenge: Complete the Moderate challenge but extend it to the entire neighborhood. Is the facility in a cultural district or a simple neighborhood? Provide some details of the environs with other buildings, parking facilities, commercial or retail venues for guests, etc. Go beyond the immediate grounds of the initial building and create an atmosphere that complements (or intentionally contradicts!) the cultural meaning.
  • Collaborative challenge: Pick a level and work with another user. Is there shared cultural heritage or is there another shared people group? What about mapping in another territory (with permission, of course)?

For me, I'm going to try at least the moderate challenge. There are a few ideas I'm tossing around. I also am going to do the collaborative challenge, as there is a project with Litvania that needs to be finished. So, this month offers the perfect chance to do this. I'll post some updates in my bliki as the month goes along.

Happy mapping!

Weekly Word #11

Posted by Alessa on 22 August 2017 in French (Français)

Hello, everyone!

After being selected as the winner of the weekly word by Kazuya, I have the honor of calling for the eleventh weekly word.

So this week's word is


In an effort to get our timeline back on track a bit, the deadline will be midnight Monday morning GMT (0:00 UTC).

Best of luck and happy mapping! -A

Want to be a deity? Here's your chance! (Not your normal religion post)

Posted by Alessa on 9 April 2017 in French (Français)

I know the topic of religion comes up periodically, and I think we all seem to be pretty civil and sensitive to the nature of the topic. (Thank you for that, by the way.) Well, today, I'm throwing that all out the window...

I have decided to take up the challenge of creating a pantheon of deities for a Mauro pagan religion based on OGF users and their collaborative input. If you want to be enshrined as a deity, demigod, hero, angel/demon, leviathan, etc., head on over to the bliki page and jump in. I explain more there and give the rationale for this project. Maybe it will be fun. I'm hoping it is an interesting collaborative experiment!

(N.B.: No user will be a part of the pantheon without their expressed consent. If you don't want to be a part of this, you don't have to fear.)

I'll see you on the bliki!

Feedback Request: Pros and Cons of Areas or Relations

Posted by Alessa on 22 March 2017 in French (Français)

Hello, everyone.

I would like to request some feedback on what users consider pros and cons of doing landuse and landcover tags as areas or relations. To this point, I've been tagging regular areas, since this is the standard I learned from doing my homework and studying OSM wiki/forum documentation. For example, this is what I used in the coastal region of Kabyea Essa. I comes out just like I want it and has the data I'd like for later (double plus!). I know that Luciano has been innovative in using relations to this end, and I was curious what the advantages and disadvantages are or might be. I'm not sure I really want to break up a roadway into a dozen pieces per kilometer just to adjust relations, but it might render things better for me.

I will say that areas get to be quite clunky in JOSM when placed against each other like this. It becomes impossible to select a highway or railway that is on the boundary. In many cases, I've resorted to just using iD, because it works better for me to do the fine-tuning detail work. At the same time, that could be a user issue.

I appreciate the insight. Thanks!

Global Collaboration: A simple Christic Religion Proposal

Posted by Alessa on 26 October 2016 in English (English)

Hello, everyone.

I have been doing a lot of reading about other people's countries and creations. I love that there are so many clever and unique things on the site. I thought I'd offer a proposal to enhance cooperation among everyone a bit while providing a possible starting point for future endeavors. My proposal is about the structure (not origins) of the Christic faith in this universe. First, I recognize that nothing stirs the pot more than religion, so I wade into this very carefully. I offer this idea as a means of allowing a lot of flexibility into what we currently have and looking forward to what might evolve. I also know that there are strong opinions about this.

Currently, there are two claimants to the "Catholic" Papacy: Peritan City (essentially a Vatican-like state surrounded by Darcodia), and St. Richards, Pretany. Peritan City does not have a history online, but I'd assume that the intent was something akin to our RW situation with the Vatican. The papacy in St. Richards is said to have been founded in 1373 or 1378, depending on the page, and helped the spread of the Christic movement via the Nortian Clearances. (Side note: the Nortian Clearances would have had to happen much earlier, as was acknowledged on the talk page; this might effect the date of the papacy being established there.) The catholic claimants don't address other Christic branches, such the Elekan branch of Egani (seems like RW Eastern Orthodox), Maurit Orthodoxy in Mauretia (RW Coptic/Oriental Orthodox), or other places (RW Protestantism). Of course, another issue to be considered is the breadth of the Christic faith across Uletha and the diverse ways each country was founded--not just the different branches.

In an effort to not pin things down too much, my proposal is summed up as this:

  • We backdate the formation of Christic episcopal structure to somewhere in the late 1st or early 2nd century. I don't suggest we pin the date down exactly. It should be open-ended depending on how the origins of the Christic movement may evolve going forward.

  • We establish a group of patriarchs, akin to the original RW idea of the Pentarchy, from which different branches could evolve and explain the spread of the religion's branches across the entire continent.

  • Protestant branches of the Christic movement can be subsumed into two factions: under a patriarch of their own (like episcopal denominations such as Anglican and Lutheran), or anti-patriarchy (like Baptist and Evangelical churches that mostly use congregational polity).

Therefore, if we were to establish a Pentarchy (or, as it can be easily modified or amended in this universe to be a hexarchy or heptarchy), there are some easy places where there could be a claimant. They are as follows:

  • St. Richards (current papal claimant, possibly akin to RW Avignon?)

  • Peritan City (current papal claimant, possibly akin to RW Rome)

  • Tangia, Mauretia (Oriental patriarchy akin to RW Alexandria)

  • Tillia, Egani ("Elekan" patriarchy: Orthodox patriarchy akin to RW Constantinople)

  • There is room for more claimants of a different patriarchy, so long as the integrity of the Christic faith is left unchallenged. I am trusting that full-out theological debates don't have to be incurred.

In all, very little actually changes. This is more to compose a system that fits the proposed histories and cultures.

I see some following benefits to this type of a system. First, the structure of patriarchs provides a structure that is akin to the RW structure of the church and can bring otherwise schismatic groups together to some degree. Second, while there would be the expectation that the patriarchs would try to keep the faith sound, there would be competing interests. The theological differences between RW Coptic Christianity and Catholic Christianity would invariably exist between Tangia and Peritan City. This could help foster backdrops for future conflicts, cultural alignments, inter-governmental sympathies, etc. Perhaps the patriarch of Tillia might be more amenable to Tangia; maybe the competing factions of St. Richards and Peritan City might divide more "catholic" countries among alignments. I think it could be a good springboard for future dialogue while providing an in-universe explanation for the multiple-claimant and multiple-denomination system. Plus, with a fluid user-base, I don't think it's wise to pin things down too tightly in the event new users come and old users go.

All said, I welcome discussion on this system. I have this proposal in a sandbox page on the wiki, whereupon we can debate further.

Mapper's Challenge 7 - Mauretia

Posted by Alessa on 18 October 2016 in English (English)

Hello, everybody.

In response to Luciano's challenge for the month, I have decided to do some work in the diocese of Lalla Maga, in the northeastern portion of Mauretia along the Raiden border. I realize that since this is my first diary entry, I should probably introduce a bit about my country first:

Mauretia is a small nation in eastern Uletha between the Gulf of Volta and the Gulf of Preya. It is a fairly well-developed country of about 7.57 milllion people with a proud people and long independent history. The nation is monarchy with power split between the monarch and a strong parliament. The Mauroi speak Maurit, so street and building names are shown in the native language. A few important places in particular would be school buildings (esqolam) and churches (eqliciam). Since the rivers (fluvam) are not navigable far inland, many of the nation's major roadways (viam) date back hundreds, if not nearly two thousand years. Their alignment may have evolved over time, but the function remains the same.

Given that short introduction, I would like to direct your attention to the diocese of Lalla Maga in the province of Aziga. I decided to work on the land of this diocese north of the Fluva Suror. Population density in this part of the province drops substantially, so there are some larger farms. Other plots of land are smaller and have been occupied for hundreds of years. What crops, however? I did some research myself about the climate (before even selecting this territory, which is part of what sold me on it), and I believe the best and most appropriate climate would be something similar to the lower peninsula of Michigan in the United States. As a result, the land of northern Mauretia would be agriculturally productive with fruits, vegetables, and hay. Grains would only be found in pockets and when the land needed to rotate. Apples, pears, peaches, grapes, and berries would litter the countryside. Asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, squashes, tomatoes, and beans are found everywhere too. Hay and hay bailing would help the dairy industry; but livestock is more profitable in the southern part of the country, where less rain falls.

Let me know what you think. I welcome your input and feedback!


Location: Via Blešek, Lalla Maga (Diosi), Aziga, Mauretia
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