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Closing Midistland

Posted by eklas on 16 June 2021 in English (English)

Hello, OGF community (and new mappers in particular),

I'd like to inform you that from July 1st, 2021, the territory of Midistland will be closed for editing by new users. The status of the territory will change from blue (public) to purple (collaborative). Users that have already been working on the territory will be allowed to continue doing so, but are advised not to start new projects.

The reason for this change is that I would like to start some kind of discussion about potential better use for the territory: Midistland is in an important location, it is the "gateway to East Uletha", yet its current state leaves a lot to be wished for. I would like the discussion to take place on the OGF forum; in the following days I will try to gather some opinions and ideas that I have and form them into a proper announcement. Anyone that would be interested to take part in the reconstruction of the territory is welcome to do the same – I'm hoping we can open the discussion at the end of June / very beginning of July, and maybe even get to work later in the summer.

For East Uletha, this has been Eklas. Have a nice day!

hey bestie

Lack of valid certificate and JOSM

Posted by Rustem Pasha on 5 June 2021 in Albanian (Shqip)

As everyone certainly noticed since yesterday the Opengeofiction site is labeled as insecure. I hope the issue will be resolved in reasonable period of time however now it makes impossible to upload and download files with the most typical version of JOSM (.jar files, used also in Windows JOSM installator).

Using hit and miss method I found simple solution to that problem. Go here: and download the .jnlp version of JOSM. It is slightly more annoying to use (starts longer, for Apple computers users it may appear a bit blurry) but at least remembers all settings and plugins from .jar version. After you try to upload and download using .jnlp version you will receive the window with the content pretty similar to the one from web browsers where you can allow JOSM to download and upload from "insecure" website called OGF.

Happy Mapping

Der Ursprung der Republik Bakurthie

Posted by can25agac on 5 June 2021 in German (Deutsch)

Der Name Bakurthie wurde erstmals im Jahre 1247 erwähnt. Er stammt von den ersten Siedlern, welche über den See in Sankye ankamen. Übersetzt bedeutet er 'Berge und Flüsse'. So bezeichneten die Siedler das unerforschte Land südlich ihrer Siedlung. Dies kam daher dass wenn man von Sankye in den Süden blickte, das über 200 Kilometer entfernte Gebirge bereits klar sehen könnte und ebenso auch die zahlreichen Flüsse, die in der Passage zwischen Bergen und dem See entsprangen.

Location: -26,964, 166,687

Tarott progress (and a reminder: "controlled" collaborative territories!)

Posted by joschi81 on 30 May 2021 in English (English)

Hello everybody,

My idea of making Kalm (and my neighbouring countries) a "strictly controlled" collaborative territory does not seem to work so far. I am thankful for the positive feedback for this idea and also for the work that has done and the porposals that have been made for Kalm. But this is a reminder: If you're interested in working with me in my territoires, just let me know and see this diary entry.

Family and work still don't leave much time for OGF.

For the moment I try to find 1-2 hours per week to continue my work in Tarott. For example, there is Neubunsort, a strictly car-free artificial island under construction. And I work on two long planned railway connections: The east-west connection under the harbour (now open!) and the new north-south tunnel (via Kulzertor station, now finally under construction). By the way, the current Hauptbahnhof (main station) in Tarott (the former "Viaduktbahnhof") is in "interim solution" introduced in 1991, but due to many delay it will last until at least 2027!

Kind regards

Suggestions open for the layout of Xiongjing, Glorious Capital of the Great Bai Empire

Posted by zhenkang on 30 May 2021 in English (English)

Dear all,

This diary entry is to invite all OGF mappers to submit ideas for the city layout of Xiongjing, the glorious great capital of the mighty Bai Empire.

Previously, I was pretty unsatisfied with the old layout I have drawn out, which limited possible developments of the city. So, lacking ideas at the moment, I decided to raze the capital to the ground, save for a few government buildings within a 4km square and a railway station.

Xiongjing is a master-planned city, specifically designed to house the modern government institutions of the newly-established Middle Bai Dynasty in the 17th century.

Users can submit their ideas in this diary entry with their explanations. Other users can also provide input on the proposed layouts suggested. Attached below is a screenshot of the city interested users can work on.


The citizens of Xiongjing and the Bai Empire will be grateful for any input.

Long live the Empire!

Zhen Kang (Z.K.)

Location: 22.003, 150.121

Feedback on Schools & Industrial Road Sizing Gaps

Posted by MOI N on 26 May 2021 in English (English)


Ages since i posted, but in Point Fern, i'm struggling to get the ideal sizes for schools, and i know some are off. Really useful would be some sort of ideal scale for each kind of school (Primary, Intermediate, High)

Also School sizes are different in different suburbs btw.


Area I'm talking about

I have sectioned off a section near the main retail area for Industrial, but i'm not sure if i've put the roads too far apart from each other, in general.

Location: -22.196, 16.850

Coastline rendering?

Posted by MiePrzKom on 13 May 2021 in English (English)


It's been a while since OGF got better by removing histor and topo layers, but also coastlines stopped re-rendering at zooms 9 and lower. This can be a bit annoying, with best example being islands in Plevia:

and Ginnungaoyar:

I think that re-rendering all coastlines once for about two weeks would be a reasonable solution.


Unnecessary boundary relations?

Posted by uslashcloudycandy on 12 May 2021 in English (English)

Hello, I am the owner of the country Rockland in South Archanta (AR050-16) and I've noticed two boundary relations marking the borders of the country: Rockland, 130251 and Slerren, 130260 .

(Slerren is the country's former name.)

What is the purpose of the second one? Does it need to exist? I've looked in other countries in the region and they only have one boundary relation, tagged the same way as Rockland, 130251 . Can I delete Slerren, 130260 , or does it need to stay?

Thanks, uslashcloudycandy

Location: -24.638, 166.502

Developing German-styled "Innenstädte"

Posted by tule00 on 3 May 2021 in English (English)

Hey everyone,

I've been drawing German-styled cities for years now, and many of them look decent, but none of them have that characteristic inner city well mapped. I know roughly how those develop historically, but there isn't any guide on how to map those developments.

I've been told that I should start from the main square and then develop "blocks" -- spaces in between streets. Then, the streets should follow the borders of the blocks. This advice seems good, but it'd be nice if there were a more detailed guide on how to do that -- for example, I have no idea how to develop blocks.

If someone experienced enough could explain this whole process, we could use this entry on the wiki in the help/resources section.

Thanks in advance.

(Re-)introducing Mecyna

Posted by The_Cute_Chick on 1 May 2021 in English (English)

Mecyna 2.0

Mecyna is the second supervised open collaborative territory in OpenGeofiction (OGF) (indicated blue on the OGF:Territory overview map). All mappers are welcome to contribute! However unlike other blue territories, there are no restrictions as to what can or cannot be mapped outside of 2 rules:

  1. The OGF rules apply (as it does elsewhere on OGF); and
  2. Mapping must not be deleted.

This means:

  • mapping your large metropolis;
  • implementing your visions to what has already been mapped [without it being destructive to existing mapping]; or
  • connecting settlements with motorways, railways, and/or rivers (links are tips to drawing them well).

My role as co-ordinator includes helping new users improve their mapping and making the territory more coherent. New users editing in the territory are also free to contact me for mapping or mapping-related technical assistance (such as with using the iD (the in-browser editor) and JOSM editors.

See the co-ordination page for more details:

1/5/21 Mecyna

Happy mapping and the 1st of May!

–TCC, co-ordinator of Mecyna

Location: -24.774, 144.915

(Re-)Introducing Seneppi

Posted by TheMayor on 27 April 2021 in English (English)

The collaborative state of Seneppi

On behalf of my fellow state coordinator Ernestpcosby, we are happy to invite mappers to join Seneppi, the Midwestern U.S.-themed collaborative state in the Federal States of Archanta. Seneppi -- which includes the former state of Walkegan -- represents a broad cross-section of mapping inspired by the Great Lakes region of the United States, including the following areas:

  • Wallawaukee, a modern major FSA city located on the shores of the largest of the FSA's Grand Lakes;
  • Gramercy and Clinton, two aging cities that were historically the headquarters of the FSA's auto manufacturing industry but more recently have found themselves as part of the FSA's "Rust Belt";
  • the Lake City suburbs, highly auto-oriented suburban sprawl oriented along several trunk highways and motorways radiating out from Lake City;
  • Finch Hill, a small master-planned city that will serve as Seneppi's new state capital;
  • Gleason, an older river-based city that has reinvented itself as a regional educational and health care hub;
  • and more!

We are seeking mappers who are interested in helping to map one of these urban areas, or who would be interested in adopting a more rural county with small towns and a strong agricultural presence. If you are interested in this Midwestern-style collaborative project, please reach out to myself or Ernestpcosby.

About the FSA

The Federal States of Archanta (FSA) is one of the OGF community's largest collaborative efforts to date, with dozens of mappers working together to map one of the OGF world's modern superpowers. While the project has historically been based on the United States and southern Canada, we strive to use North America only as an inspiration and the FSA continues to evolve with its own unique culture and style. Mappers are welcome to participate in the project in one of three ways:

More information regarding the FSA project can be found on the FSA Dashboard.

Happy mapping!


Location: -41.857, 144.135

Deodeca - Invitation for Expression of Interest

Posted by admin on 16 April 2021 in English (English)

We would like to restart the Deodeca project - a majority Spanish speaking country in South Archanta. The south of the country would be majority native Archantan languages (think native American).

It is envisaged that coordination of the project will be done in Spanish. (so excuse this message!)

Deodeca (map) shares boundaries with the Federal States and Ardencia project, along with other territories.

Message admin with interest and plans.

Thanks/L (wangi for admin)

Location: -39.947, 136.121


Posted by Jarrodcamo on 6 April 2021 in English (English)

Hi All,

I have been unable to make saves to my map for weeks now.

Admin confirmed my account is still active.

I do restore/re-set and try to save, but the 'upload' button is "greyed out".

Any ideas how to resolve this as Admin said I shouldn't create a new account.

My map area is the state of Gilliad in the United States of Archanta. thanks!

Topomap and Histor's renderer broken ?

Posted by Marcello on 27 March 2021 in English (English)

Is it me or is there only one renderer (the standard 'Mapnik' -like style) active ? It looks like both Topomap and the 'Histor style' renderer are not active.


Wiki fixed?

Posted by newnw on 26 March 2021 in English (English)

Hello all,

For the past few days, the OGF wiki has been working perfectly for me. I thought it was just me, until Marcello replied saying that it worked smoother than ever after they accidentally clicked on it. I diddnt want to make a diary entry until i had at least one other person experience this, and if it doesent work for most others i will delete this

Thank you for reading, Newnw

Update: The wiki works, but they had to disable topomap and histor style for it to work.

Build your business in Fayette

Posted by plainoldbread on 21 March 2021 in English (English)

Attention new users: as the OGF wiki isn't working, please read here for important site information. Thank you!!

I am calling any mappers that are exceptionally good at making buildings and can make a company building in the downtown area of Fayette, or build condos in Elson & York.

How do I participate?

DM me on OGF or Discord (I respond faster on Discord) where my username is Ezo UpNorthCanadaTV#0004

You will be allowed to choose where you'd like to place your building (Condos will be in Elson & York) What business it is, and how tall it would be. I don't want Burj Khalifa heights due to this city being based off of Toronto. I'd recommend researching on how tall buildings are in Toronto to relate that to Fayette's buildings.

If you think of mapping a small convenience store or a small market for your country (For example how IRL Toronto has Jamaican supermarkets dotted across Downtown & North York, you can draw inspiration from those places for your business). I would allow this however, still be realistic with how they're mapped.

If you plan to map a building for media companies, please include it as an FSA franchise when the wiki works again. With regional businesses (Such as markets that aren't included as a national chain) are usually not considered a franchise.

How Would most of these areas would work

  • York - Semi Urban/Semi Suburban
  • Elson - Based off of North York, It is a suburban area that has higher density condos and such, with many modern amenities like North York does IRL.
  • Downtown - This area is self explanatory, although it is mostly urban, many places are much older in architecture and how they were planned, so you might have to make sure it fits the theme of the neighborhood

If interested private message me on Opengeofiction or send a Discord DM Ezo UpNorthCanadaTV#0004 .

Location: -40.432, 148.482

Stanton Partial Redo

Posted by yoyo21 on 20 March 2021 in English (English)

Attention new users: as the OGF wiki isn't working, please read here for important site information. Thank you!!

Hello OGF community,

As FSA coordinator and a New Carnaby state coordinator, I am pleased to announce that Stanton is going to be improved upon. Me and several other members of the FSA community thought it would be best if Stanton had a more unique and creative design rather than the current one. We are currently planning for it to be based on this sketch from Toadwart for the waterways and coastline, and changes following that will be done on a more neighborhood by neighborhood basis.

If anyone has any suggestions for the project or wants to participate, feel free to reply here or send me a message.


Announcing the Bai Project

Posted by zhenkang on 12 February 2021 in English (English)

Blessed greetings and a Happy Lunar New Year to all!

It is with great pleasure to officially launch the Bai Project today. The Bai Project consists of a group of East Asian nations set in Northern Archanta. In addition to the Bai Empire, there will be two other homelands for the Koreans and Japanese launched in a later stage. A strong regional power with a growing economy and huge population, the Empire will greatly influence the regional history and culture. The Bai Empire is a modern semi constitutional Chinese monarchy, different from modern China we know of.

The project will be launched in three phases. Currently, the first phase, which consists of 13 provinces and 3 municipalities (see attached province map), is available for mapping and collaboration. Anyone with a background and understanding of Chinese culture and history is welcome to join in the project. Interested mappers can claim a territory of their own (see the project page for details of the provinces), or sign up to be part of the following three collaborative projects:

  • Its capital, 雄京 Xiongjing (marked purple on the map), is the cultural and political centre of the Empire. The capital will feature a "forbidden city" and a few historical sites, alongside "modern" government institutes like the upper and lower houses of the legislature and other government offices. The city is the latest capital to be constructed in the 18th century, still featuring old architecture but modernising into the present age

  • 日庆 Riqing (marked red in the top left corner) will be the more "modern" city in the region of Phase I, based on Tianjin. A key commercial centre on the northern coast, it offers an opportunity for rail enthusiasts to work on a possible extensive rail network for a major town.

  • 东海港 Port Dunghoi (meaning East Sea Port, marked in orange) will be a major port of the empire. It will be modelled mainly on Guangzhou (like plenty of manufacturing zones), but the coastal areas could be inspired by Macau and Hong Kong. A major port on the west coast, the city and the surrounding region of Dong'an will be Cantonese speaking.

Interested mappers can send me a message to request taking part, offer suggestions for this project or ask any other questions. I hope to have a great time working with others on this interesting project.

Once again Happy Lunar New Year to all!

Zhen Kang (Z.K.)

[Please don't post above] Essential information for new users and the comprehensive OGF guidebook (February 2021 update)

Posted by admin on 1 February 2021 in English (English)

Hello all,

I bring to you another updated version of the OGF Blue Book:

The OGF Blue Book, linked below, is a document which compiles all of the essential information about rules of the website, territories and mapping, and it is strongly recommended that all new or recently joined users read it.

It continues to serve as an alternative (in some ways as a replacement) to the OGF Wiki, which at the moment offers limited functionality, and can not be repaired by the currently active members of the admin team.

Quick advice: which territories can new users edit?

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More information is listed in the blue book.

Quick advice: what are the basic rules of the website?

  • Being realistic — no fantasy, science fiction, joke countries, etc.
  • Being original — no copying of real world maps or other people's mapping, no using of real world company names and well known place names.
  • Being respectful — no mapping in others' countries, no drawing new islands on the open sea, no vandalism
  • Only one account per user

More information is listed in the blue book. Please be aware that violating the rules may result in suspension or termination of your account.

Does this mean no new user diary posts?

No, as long as you copy and paste the following text (including the hyperlink) into your post:

Diaries without this text may be deleted. However, even if you do include it in your post, please think twice if what you have to say is really that urgent and necessary before uploading. Now is not the time for off-topic discussions.

Found outdated information? Please let me know in the comments.

From the OGF admin team, this has once again been Eklas.

Orlans Valley

Posted by PueblaPueblaMx on 15 January 2021 in English (English)


Hi! I would like to inform that I have created and expanded Orlans Valley, a middle-upper class community on the edges of Gobras City with major commercial and financial spots. It is a very green and bike friendly city, with parks surrounding the creek throughout the entire city, and biking paths that go throughout most parks, the old town and the downtown. I am planning on expanding the city even further with mostly residential everywhere between Tequalia and Lampson Avenues, as well as further south between El Verano Way, Freedom Boulevard and the freeway. Throughout all of these zones I will continue including parks and bike lanes all throughout. I need some ideas and possibly help to achieve all of these, so if anyone wants to offer any ideas in the comments or help maybe send me a message and we can coordinate! Have a nice day!

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