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Phoenix

Posted by newnw on 24 November 2020 in English (English)

Before you read this post, please read below:

ATTENTION NEW USERS – AS THE WIKI REMAINS INACCESSIBLE, ALL RULES AND INFORMATION ARE LISTED HERE IN THE OGF BLUE BOOK

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.

-- Hello all, I recently came back to OGF out of boredom, and noticed that phoenix essentially disappeared. Whatever the reason for this is, i suggest we try and remake it. You can see some plans below:

https://gyazo.com/40734660328e08d2814ff9b402699459

I dont have much else to say, but if you want to help, feel free to!

Location: -24.774, 144.937

[[ATTENTION NEW USERS: PLEASE READ THE OGF BLUEBOOK!!]] Ohesian Language - Common Geographical and City Terms?

Posted by Geoc3ladus on 24 November 2020 in English (English)

Before you read this post, please read below:

*ATTENTION NEW USERS – AS THE WIKI REMAINS INACCESSIBLE, ALL RULES AND INFORMATION ARE LISTED HERE IN THE OGF BLUE BOOK

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Found outdated information?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 been Eklas.


Hey all!

As I was starting to map out some streets in the city of Ochent, I wondered: What are going to be the street name types? I am posting this diary on behalf of the Ohesia Collaborative Project, and want to have a discussion amongst other mappers in the area. I was hoping for us to discuss terms that would fully define the name of primary, secondary, tertiary, and residential roads, such as "Name Street","Name Avenue","Name Drive", etc. What are the Ohesian Translations for these terms going to be? Here are some ideas that I have:

  • Street -- Stroće /ʃtrōʃə/
  • Avenue -- undecided at the moment
  • Motorway/Highway -- Otoban /œtō'bɒn/

Those are ideas that I've proposed. Of course, you may change these, as you are free to. What ideas do you have to identify types of roads. I would also like to know: Does Ohesian follow the rules of most adjectives coming after the noun? This knowledge would be helpful to the mapping process. Anyways, that is all I am going to say for now.

Happy Mapping,

--Geo Talk: Geoc3ladus

[Please don't post above] Essential information for new users and the comprehensive OGF guidebook (November 2020 update)

Posted by admin on 31 October 2020 in English (English)

Hello all,

because technical problems on the wiki (and subsequently, its FAQ and About pages) persist, information and resources for new users will, for now, continue to be provided in the 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.

Quick advice: which territories can new users edit?

Alt text

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 been Eklas.

Printable map.

Posted by IlliaHai on 28 October 2020 in English (English)

Hello there.

When I joined the OGF I quickly realized that mapping on blank paper is very hard. So, I tried to print my country, draw something on the paper then trace this in JOSM. But all online services work only with OSM.

Then I found project BigMap2: https://github.com/Zverik/bigmap2

I installed it on my linux server, added OGF tiles links and now I can generate image of any place in OpenGeoFiction with any required details.

-- Illia

Gobras City Questions and World Companies

Posted by PueblaPueblaMx on 28 October 2020 in English (English)

Hello again. First, thanks to all of you who responded to my questions, and I have decided to keep working on Gobras City for a little more before claiming my own territory.

Now, concerning Gobras City: I'd very much like to add/detail a 1. Fashion District 2. Times Square-sorts of district 3. Suits and ties and skyscrapers commerce hub district And I would like to know if there already is or there is a specific location for any of these mentioned.

I have also roughly expanded a small block on the port commercial zone with one fiberglass and one automobile factories, and would like to also know if there is any list of the "Fortune 500" of OGF so we can all keep them in mind when building industrial zones.

Thanks for the time! Happy mapping.

Location: 20,732, 86,746

Several Questions

Posted by PueblaPueblaMx on 27 October 2020 in English (English)

Hi! I've come back from a long hiatus and will start to be active again when possible. I have several questions that I would like to ask the community.

First, about collaborative countries:

  1. How do I join a collaborative country?
  2. Can I create a collaborative country?

These two questions come from the fact that I love doing street layouts and detailing but can't really work on highways or long roads efficiently because my computer doesn't let me intall JOSM.

Second, about creating a sorts of city state:

  1. Is there any city state in OGF?
  2. How could I create a city state?
  3. Can I get in touch with a country owner and have them lend me a small piece of land to create a city state?

Thanks for your attention and have a great day!

question

Posted by noncertifiedbruhs on 25 October 2020 in English (English)

i wanna delete my whole city (heathon) cause its too ugly, should i? I spent weeks working on it which makes me not wanna do it at the same time, so i thought that i should get recommendations from yall. What do you think?

Location: -22.784, 168.183

Back at it

Posted by swissmapping on 23 October 2020 in English (English)

after 3 years of inactivity I have returned to editing, over the past few days I have made many changes to my little town of Fremont in blue space. I have been at a loss for where to start on some of my many plans for the area and plan to develop it further until i run out of space, then I shall look into requesting a small territory to build all my ideas, preferably the land labeled ARO19c.

Rocket Launched! Cinasia's Space Center

Posted by Hilsonbergman on 19 October 2020 in English (English)

H.M. Shia Space Center is the only space facility of Cinasia for now. It is managed by Cinasian Space Agency. the Space Center can operate heavy rocket (size of Ariane 5 in the real world) at the First Launch Complex for manned spacecraft, business, science and military satellites. Besides, two space navigation companies, SpaceY(暢宇) and and Sand Martin(沙燕), built various type of launch complex, for both recyclable rocket and traditional rocket. In the Future, Cinasia would like to cooperate with other nations for bigger space program, the launch site will be some where at Yuethon(越漢). Feel free to comment and leave me message if your country wanna launch an Space Odyssey too.

Regards,

Hilsonbergman

Location: 21.775, 157.330

Announcing a well-coordinated collaborative status for Erfeldia, Garlis, Kalm, and Ventria

Posted by joschi81 on 18 October 2020 in English (English)

IMPORTANT: THIS IS ABOUT A FUTURE COLLABORATION STATUS. NO WORK OF OTHER USERS WITHIN THE MENTIONED COUNTRIES IS PERMITTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

Dear mappers,

I recently took the decision to turn my countries into a well-coordinated collaborative status in the beginning of 2021. I have to much land and by far not enough time.

As the wiki is not loading here, I can't create a wiki page for that right now. But here are some important points.

  • I have many ideas for many parts of the country, that are not yet mapped. So in any case, any cooperation would require the willingness of the respective user to discuss things in advance and to adapt things if they don't fit into my "mental map" of the respective country.
  • Every region has a different mapping status, so there are regions where I still would have to outline some basic features before someone can work there. This also results in the allowance to map only general features in a smaller zoom level or only detailed features in a larger zoom level.
  • There will be a very strict application procedure for interested users, e.g. the need to create some examples of mapping that fits into the respective country in a selected "testing area" (where it might be removed if it doesn't reach the needed standards). There will be a testing phase and a well regulated approval procedure of changes.
  • [tbc]

In a dedicated section of my user page in the wiki I will present some tasks where people apply to. Examples:

  • Motorway/national road numbers for Kalm
  • More natural looking waterway connection between the Hesperic Ocean and the Vinn Sea
  • Create a nice and natural looking coastline
  • Help with mountainous regions (I'm not very god at it)
  • Help with other natural features (nice looking rivers, lakes, etc.)
  • Map the city of Herlenz
  • Continue the work on the Kelmtal region, Kalm's Ruhr area
  • ...

The other way round users can contact me poiting out their interest for any collaboration. This can be anything, of course - and we will have to discuss, if it's possible and what the rules are.

Anyone who is interested in this can already comment here. Please start your comment with

**collaboration interest**

Other comments such as opinions on this idea or proposals on how to realise it are welcome as well!

Looking forward to more activity within "my" countries.

Kind regards
Johannes

[Please don't post above] Essential information for new users and the comprehensive OGF guidebook

Posted by admin on 5 October 2020 in English (English)

Hello, mappers, a message from Eklas.

Recently, there has been an increase in new users on the website editing the map where they're not allowed to, citing that they couldn't access the wiki About page, where important information about our rules is stored. While the admin team doesn't consider that an excuse for not following the rules (because you can always stop the loading after a few seconds and then read the plain HTML version), it is becoming a problem. This is why I have put together a document which compiles all of the essential information stored on the wiki not only regarding the rules, but also other information and resources. I've named it the User Bluebook, in reference to, well, the usual color of guidebooks.

The OGF Bluebook, linked below, 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.

Quick advice: which territories can new users edit?

Alt text

More information is listed in the bluebook.

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 bluebook. Please be aware that violating the rules may result in suspension or termination of your account.

The wiki is broken. What now?

As explained before, the admin team is well aware of the issue, but has limited ways of dealing with it, because the one critical member who has all the necessary access is currently away. This post is a makeshift effort to at least somewhat relieve the situation, making the essential contents of the wiki available elsewhere.

Until the situation is resolved, please limit the amount of new diary posts as it is very important that new users see this. The document will be updated and reposted periodically, but I can't promise that I won't hide new entries that I won't consider helpful or relevant in order to make more space for it.

From the admin account — Eklas

Border Checkpoints

Posted by Configours on 29 September 2020 in English (English)

It would be fun to have more than neighbor already, but I want to ask for advise on a border checkpoint, I already have 1 main one and 1 very small one with just a road connection and a building. However, I have multiple roads that just dead end as I move along my western border as there is nothing to connect to. However, with my one existing main checkpoint, I don't really know how they work so I just went with what I thought was at one. Please give constructive criticism in how I can improve my checkpoints and if you want to help me in general with this, I'd appreciate it, Thanks, and Happy Mapping.

Location: -1.409, -2.641

Islands?

Posted by anonymous0909 on 29 September 2020 in English (English)

I want to make a few islands in my country, but they won't show up as land.

How do I make Islands?

Why Latin in Uletha?

Posted by MisterBean on 25 September 2020 in English (English)

Don't know if I already asked it, but is Latin set for Uletha or is it just a provisional solution?

It takes half an hour to devise a sound shift using this tool.

Here you can reference various real-life sound shifts, because one of the easiest ways to make a conlang is for example by applying Germanic, Slavic or Celtic sound shifts to Vulgar Latin or vice versa adding Romance sound shifts to a non-Romance language.

This is a good starting point for Vulgar Latin vocabulary. I think that just deriving 100-200 words is enough for place names.

Stjur's mother tongue Romanian is a prime example of Latin influenced by other languages (Slavic, Greek and to a lesser extent Germanic and Turkic if I am correct). I think that OGF is fairly international and everybody can use their languages to influence a new conlang.

So rather than just using Latin, which I don't see as being used except for in religious or very official matters in a country between Pretany and Medwedia, we should just create one, or better, multiple Romance conlangs. I think that it would be much more fun.

Continuing Mapping Cornut

Posted by anonymous0909 on 25 September 2020 in English (English)

Hi, I am new and I am just a kid who likes geography. I had no idea that this world was so in depth.

I just want to know, how do i get more into history too this world?

What country colonized mine? How and why did they? How can I answer all these questions?

Medwedia 2.0: Expansion and Redesign

Posted by MisterBean on 25 September 2020 in English (English)

NOTE: I admit that this announcement is a bit late.

As some might have noticed, the Medwedian Democratic Federation has been expanded southward and is currently undergoing a redesign.

After numerous justified complaints that my mapping is unrealistic for such northerly latitudes, Stjur and me reached the compromise that I will receive Uleroåland and the formerly unoccupied territory between it and Lechia and annex it while keeping the territory I already have.

In the next weeks and months, I will be reorganizing the country. The northern mapping will be deleted and the country's layout in terms of where mountains are located will change.

The place names will be kept, just moved and reordered. I am well-versed in this process because I was forced to adapt Medwedia, a country I already came up long before OGF, to various fictional worlds in the past.

In the meantime, please rate the rural mapping I am doing in the southern province of Tullemark. Are the fields of appropriate size?

https://opengeofiction.net/#map=14/61.9886/61.1417

If you have any ideas, complaints or cooperation proposals, please PM me.

To those who do not know what the Medwedian Democratic Federation is:

  • A totalitarian right-wing military dictatorship, the black sheep of an otherwise well-developed region that served as the evil antagonist of many wars.
  • A country which, despite arising from a military junta which deposed of dozens of petty monarchs by gathering and summarily executing them on a sunny day in the late 18th century, still openly and legally practices feudalism - serfs are not considered to be citizens and can be owned by a businessman, a company, the state or the military
  • A country which spends approximately 75% of its GDP on the military, police and related infrastructures (the rest to support the luxury lifestyle of the government). In the northern part there will be occasional patches of land irradiated by a botched nuclear bomb test or by a poorly-built nuclear reactor.
  • A country where fine motorways border shanty towns, illegal landfills and brutal labor camps on the one side and the palaces of the governmental elite on the other side.
  • Actually a well-developed culture and language, with many influences. Founded by Norse settlers who conquered and enslaved Finno-Ugric natives and later on attracting many Slavic and German settlers, Medwedia has an Eastern European feel but not without distinctive Scandinavian and Austro-German tones. The Medwedian people are, all hardships aside, not a backward third-world nation but actually one of the most hardworking, devout and conservative nations on the planet.

Feel free to include it in the lore or wiki articles of your country, just ask me to make sure that the facts don't contradict my vision of Medwedia.

Tavauru 2.0 - Redesigning the islands

Posted by 2amCereal on 24 September 2020 in English (English)

I've taken the difficult decision to redesign the entire territory of Tavauru. This decision has been made as the quality of my mapping has increased, and it has become increasingly difficult to work with the relief and topology of the island.

I previously gave the physical landscape a lot less consideration, but now as my mapping moves away from the lowland areas it has become increasingly difficult to create a realistic landscape that I am happy with.

The island will still retain its shape for the most part, but the landscape is set to resemble something more like Reunion or Tahiti. In my current plans for Tavauru 2.0, Faiai'ita and Raiangua will remain in their place but will be completely overhauled to fit the new geography of the island. The culture and language of Tavauru will remain the same, and once the new version takes shape many specific features will be returning.

Happy mapping,

2amCereal

Location: 10.439, 86.486

Gharbiya, a new nation, an old faith... But how?

Posted by Liadrien on 23 September 2020 in English (English)

Hey! I've been mapping for a few days now in my first territory and i'm making steady progress, but that's (of course) not why I'm posting this. No. I'm in need of some in-world guidelines. You see, the nation of Gharbiya is a muslim nation, and thus i'm curious; is there a version of Mecca in this world? Surely, the prophet must've been enlightened somewhere? So... Where should my largest mosques be facing? Are there any other quirks to the religion in this world I should keep in mind? Which are the muslim nations of this world? Are there even any? Also; (as a bit of a sidenote) Is there already a name for a nomadic culture in the Great Helion desert? (the wiki is now even more gone than a moment ago so... Can't seem to look it up)

I'd love to have the nation of Gharbiya entwined with the world and feel truly alive. I know it's extremely early in the making, but bear with me. I'm looking for an ex-colonial overlord, or even failed attempts at earlier colonialism. Things that may lead to influences such as names of things or even structures built after foreign ideals. Such as old forts or ports. And I'd like to weave those into the nation a bit, and not just tag them on as an afterthought when the nation is more thorougly mapped. Any ideas are welcome, let's discuss in the comments!

Location: 22,356, 4,032

Iscu is Open For Embassies!

Posted by Lithium-Ion on 22 September 2020 in English (English)

Hello there! I come to you all today because Iscu is open for embassies! I'm interested in setting up embassies with nations that are reasonably close to Iscu. Iscu is a small country with a equally small foreign service, so only countries nearby or major world powers will likely have embassies with Iscu. If you aren't sure if you qualify, just ask in the comments.

If you want embassies with Iscu, please comment below!

Lithium-Ion

Location: 2.016, 92.240

Lindenville in Meredy Prefecture, Rhododactylia..

Posted by IAmDaCraziestBoi on 17 September 2020 in English (English)

I have returned to OpenGeofiction in a couple of months after first pausing on all editing, here I am resumed with editing Lindenville with great potential, along with its suburbs. There are suburbs completely unmapped as I know, these are suburbs that will eventually see mapping. I have just recently placed a historic city circle for Lindenville due east of the city center, commemorating the history of the city, etc. Its road network is supposed to reach far, going into portions of Wintania to the west, the national park to the east, and then Eriwynne Prefecture north as already mapped, however the majority of it is in Meredy Prefecture home to the whole metropolitan area.

Location: -8.488, 167.415
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