Rustem Pasha has commented on the following diary entries

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New Beginning 11 days ago

I suggest to change at least language used to mapping, if you really want to be remembered by others. English and Spanish are very overrepresented in OGF as well as countries with american style cities so noone notice you if you do another country with the same theme. The key to be remembered is to be a maverick.

(Probably) One of The Largest Nuclear Generating Facilities about 1 month ago

But you know that at current level of technology atomic power is one of the most expensive source of electricity?


The article is interesting but in conclusion they are missing the point a little bit. The most valuable thing to us is time so we try to save it as we can. In European cities majority of workplaces are located in the centre or near it. The same is with most of neighbourhoods listed in the article so it's easy to imagine that when we live here any transportation problems are non-existent. A pensioner of the neighbourhood has work, shops and public services only few steps from his home (and if not, there is a dense grid of fast public transport like subway, non-existent in suburbs). To get from suburbs to centre requires sometimes hours of car driving (for example in Warsaw it's about 1-1,5 hours). That means living in suburbs takes from us 15 hours a week. While living in a flat in the block is not so comfortable as in private house it isn't worth that time.

Mysterious monarchy 3 months ago

I have read some articles about Rots and I never saw the answer so if you want question there is one I want to ask, How Rots monarchy lost its power? I mean in middle ages and earlier they held much power and it is rather unbelievable that they lost it in 17th century. Goverment that is frozen in time has still plenty much means of opressing their citizens - army, censorship and even religion. For example Ottomans who were pretty backward among european countries banned some technic novelties (like printing press was banned until 1840s or so) which allowed them to have absolute power until 1909. The same thing can be observed in Saudi Arabia and North Korea in present times. Why Rots is different and nobility lost its class war with lower classes?

How long does it take to get your town name onto the search results? 4 months ago

Search browser seems to show only cities created more than 4 months ago...

Topography: check! 5 months ago

@louis_walker: Yes, I thought about the lack of cities near the lakes and your response ensured me that you planned everything well. So I have nothing more to say, everything is as it should be.

What do you think about my country? 5 months ago

Everything looks nice to me except the roads between Kumbara and the capital. I know that it probably is planned to give an impression that the trunk road was build after the primary road and the terrain is a little bit mountainous but generally building tunnel under the existing road is rather a bad idea (in fact the tunnel under the functioning road has to be deeper and has thicker walls so it's more expensive) so if only there is a possibility, the trunk road should be at least next to the primary.

I can't wait to see more

Topography: check! 5 months ago

Your topography plan looks very nice in general. The only thing which confuses me are the salt lakes. Often they are major centres of population (like Aral Sea before it dried a bit) especially when most of the country is uninhabitable.

The next thing is the population. I think compering the mostly deserted country to Poland or France is a little bit irrelevant. If I were you I would try to divide the country to deserted and non-deserted area and use different population density to each.

Anyway, great work.

Mapper's Challenge #16 - December 2017 - Power! Unlimited Power! 6 months ago

@Luciano, I think they were more afraid of North Korea than China, because even if China ever attack South Korea, they would not turn it into radioactive ash land. Kim may try to do it every moment, because he does not take decisions using logic of the rest of the world, he thinks only about his ideology not economy.

What is more important when we put the nuclear power plant is the number of people in the zone of evacuation. Example of Chernobyl and Prypeć ilustrates this problem. About 50k people had to be evacuated but the evacuation zone had a radius of only 30 kilometres, so for security reasons it would be logical to put a nuclear power plant from 30 ro 50 kilometres away from major cities despite energy loses due transportation.

Road Numbers: What should I do? 6 months ago

Road numbers evolve with the grid development so defintely it wouldn't be a fully consistent system, where for example roads in capital are numbered from 1 to 10. It is because when we settled our system some roads didn't exist or have other class. For example even if you decide to start the system with low numbers in capital and number all your primary roads from 1 to 67, when you build a bypass around the capitaj you can give the new road number 68 or higher.

The only thing that can be established in the road system is coding the direction (north/south and east/west) by number, for example you can use odd numbers for north/south roads and even numbers for east west.

Maybe... Base my country in Türkçe? 6 months ago

Personally I would suggest you to think some time about what you want to map because it seems you change your mind every few days. Of course it is not dissalowed but if you want to create interesting country you should know what you want to map in a long period. Anyway I don't know do you can speak turkish but I want to admit it is really bad idea to map a country in language you completely don't understand.

Pathfinding/Directions Issues 7 months ago

Navigatin tool seems to be not actualized by more than a month so if the highway was built after the day of last actualization it shouldn't be visible although everything is OK with roads. I hope it would calm you down a bit.

Telegram 7 months ago

I am kind of dinosaur here, because I in chatting I am stuck with IRC but I do not think we need something like that. Problem with all chat rooms is that in common room everyone talks about everything and gaining consensus even in simple things is difficult. Usually right belongs to ones who can write fast. In multinational group it exclude all users who aren't speaking English at native or near native level. So, in short, forum is much better.

Feedback on Plans 7 months ago

@Myrcia, these suburbs (well, these are not really suburbs but pretty dense neighbourhood of four to seven stages blocks) in Warsaw has nothing to do with communism or even socialism. In fact they were built about five to ten years ago (when we had right or centre-right government). This central avenue is that wide for practical reasons. In this terrain in previous times were mostly swamps so they built the canals as a drainage.

Footways overdose 7 months ago

In some places around the real world the footways are mapped as real footways. I do not think it depends on strict rules, rather by the level of details of entire map.

For example here in OGF I do not map footways when I map at "satisfactory" level of details (that is how I call that) except for places where footways are not directly near the roads (parks, gardens, train stations) but when I want to map something in "high" level of details (with buildings, trees and all that stuff) I map every single footway. It is your choice.

Something Different: The History of a Square in Ostrina, Antharia 7 months ago

Really impressive. I'm shocked.

Verisimilitude on a global level: on the ever-growing number of small States 7 months ago

Just for make it clear: there is no technical problem with add forum to the Wiki sidebar. It requires edit in one MediaWiki page and I hope it will be added when the testing phase will end.

Verisimilitude on a global level: on the ever-growing number of small States 8 months ago

I think there is no solution for small countries problem. Great majority of us came here with coherent visions of their countries. We don't want create dependent provinces but sovereign states but there is big problem, problem with time exactly. My country is the size of Lithuania (still less than Portugal) but I realised if I will keep my mapping tempo, it would take me about two years to fill the country on satisfactory level of details. In high details it would be about thousand years, clearly impossible. The same impossibility I would get if I would please for a country that fulfils my vision, it would be the size of 2-3 millions squere kilometers.

I think it pictures the problem with big countries. There not so many people who want to collaborate and single persons can't map big countries in a good way (anyway I'm interested in AR120 project and maybe I would contribute a bit in it).

The next question is that OGF is predicted to have reasonably more cultures because on conlangs and awakening of some IRL dead cultures. This also requires bigger number of countries.

Finally about incoherency and problems with european countries on other continents than Uletha preserving it is impossible. Most of us live in a few developed countries and we try to map places we know. So there is a lot of Germanys, Britains, Spains and Americas (both North and Latin) but there is no... for example India (which is rather unique, because despite Internet is not very popular in India, there are probably more than 100 millions people connected). It is impossible to fit all these (not much diverse) countries in a single continent so they are placed all around the world.

What could be done in early stage of OGF devolopment that Uletha should be divided on regions for different languages with a few countries for the same language but i am sure that administrators didn't think it will be a problem. Today it is impossible to solve this problem without moving countries all across the globe. We must live with the incoherency.

Auto-computing intercity ridership demand - an attempt 8 months ago

@Leowezy, I agree that at this stage of development of the country we can't evaluate number of trips very accurately but you asked what people think about your spreadsheet, s I answered how it could be improved.

Still I understand what you think about the attraction multiplier but the values which I mentioned are derived straight from RL world values. Generally I have seen the multiplier bigger than 2 only once (it is used IRL vastly for prognostication after population extrapolation, on areas where the traffic research hasn't been done or just for future sociological analysys). It was about 2.12 in one neighobourhood in such big city. In this neighbourhood most people were young adults employed adults so it is understandable thing. Stil the whole city had multiplier of about 1.43.

This traffic research was interesting because it divided travelers on few categories: - young people who still taking an education - multiplier 1.84 - employed adults - 2.26 - unemployed adults - 0.65 - retirees - 0.43

Finally I want to write about lacking of information about this 8 millions of people and foreign travels. If you don't have any idea how the rural population will be placed they should be placed equally in all unplanned region. Even if you make a mistake it will be probably no more than 30%. Now you have a 100% so it is rather profitable. The same with foreigners. They are in the system but you don't know how much are they. Initially you can prognosticate this number. If you make mistake and, let's say, write 10000 and it will be 7000 or 15000, your prognostication will be still closer to the truth than 0.

Auto-computing intercity ridership demand - an attempt 8 months ago

The method is pretty close to IRL methods of traffic prognostication but you should make everything to minimalize problem with missing trips. It is not a problem with people who travel just for travel or time spending, thise travels are usually less than 0.02% of all travels. Much more than it you have to have as a seats reserve in trains because number of journeys taken by people vary in the year (for example for polish railways first day of winter holidays is really hard, the same at New Years Eve).

Second thing is that attraction multiplier is too exaggerated. About 50% of it should vary between 0.90 and 1.10, in some bigger cities it could high to ~1.20-1.30 and 1.50 in the capital or other important bussiness center (you rather don't have something like that, because Pyingshum aglomeration is much bigger than any other city in Kojo).

Third is problems with passengers from other countries. IRL they are added at (even fictional, created just for prognostication) train stops at the border.

Fourth is that your algoritm don't consider rural population. They rather use IC trains but less frequently than people from the cities (attraction mutiplier ~0.70-0.80). How to consider them? Well, it's a lot of work. All of the country should be divided on zones depending on the station which people from some places use (time travel to it is the shortest) and then you should evaluate how much people live in each zone and then add this zones and population to the Excel. If this is too lot of work you can simply multiply every number of trips by 40000000/32620000 but the results will be less accurate in this case.

Anyway great work. I will probably never motivate myself to do something like that.