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Darsons: What is your opinion?

Posted by joschi81 on 19 June 2018 in English (English)

Darsons in Commonia was a small college city with a population of around 150,000 when I created it a few years ago.

(By the way: It way created for two guys from the US who wanted to have a "playground" for their own zombie novels. And I thought that as look as this "zombie stuff" does not appear on the map, it still fits into OGF. I never heard of them again and the city that is called "Lincoln" in their novels was renamed to "Darsons", a name that I had selected before they told me that the wanted it to be called "Lincoln".)

What happened since then? It has been relocated to the northern part of Commonia and turned by about 130 degrees (this is why there still are some "East" and "West" errors...). And it has been heavily modified by other people (which is allowed, of course, as we're in a community territory).

But: The goal is always to create realistic places. And Darsons is no longer realistic! Some "motorway maniacs" put too many freeways around this small town. And "puplic transit maniacs" set up a light rail network that is much too large for a city of that size. There is a large metropolis only 20km from Darsons: Thompson. There, a heavy freeway network would be justified, as well as a light rail/metro network. There is an international airport for Thompson. So why did someone creat another one for the small city of Darsons? I know, it is Commonia - but it simply annoys me that a nice city has been destroyed in such a "childish" way.

What do you think? Should I just let it stay as it is, modified by "Commonia effects" and as "unrealistic" as many other places in Commonia? Or do I have the "right" to delete some stuff that certainly does not fit to this city? Thanks for your feedback!


Problems with JOSM - again (Postprocessing)

Posted by EMKLI on 16 June 2018 in English (English)

Hi there!

After reducing the number of nodes of the islands I'm trying to upload, I have a better feeling that it goes well this time. However, when uploading, JOSM takes literally hours to upload my data, or, to be more precise, the "Postprocessing uploaded data ..." step takes hours. For 1.000 objects, it takes about 20 minutes easily. For 5000+ objects, it takes two or more hours. I'm sure this wasn't the case when I did some other uploads before my island project. Did anybody of you experience the same during the last days? Or is there something I can do to optimize my upload data?

Greetings, Markus

JOSM/Merkaartor: auto split ways every X nodes

Posted by EMKLI on 12 June 2018 in English (English)

Hi there!

Since a week, I try to upload a large group of islands which I created by tracing decomposing, fractalizing and recomposing a bitmap image in Inscape. First, JOSM was collapsing under the sheer number of nodes. I figured out which fractalizing factor to choose and after a lot of nights with useless data imports and hangups, I managed to get the data into JOSM. Now, I'm finally ready to upload. However, I have many polygons with more than 2000 points. It takes a lot of time to split all of them into uploadable chunks, especially when JOSM is quite slow. Does anybody of you know a way which allows to auto-split polygons or lines into chunks with X nodes? Merkaartor would also work, I have both.

Greetings, Markus

1 Year (What a Great Title)

Posted by Trombonist2003 on 11 June 2018 in English (English)


So, I've counted the days (actually just looked at the day I got my OGFiD license and my profile says it), and it turns out that I have reached 1 Year at OGF. I don't know what this means, but I can reflect on my mapping and how it's progressed up to date.

I realize that I have progressed slowly but surely (just really slowly), and the quality of my mapping has only gotten better (I hope). I've deleted my country once because I realized how bad it is, I've tried European and North American style cities, and I'm still not pleased with what I have now.

What will the next year bring? Have a great day.

Thanks, Zekiel

PS: I'm removing the dyke soon.

Location: Ciroĉi, Béliĉe

Tarott: Public transit network map preview & EXPOMONDIALE 2018

Posted by joschi81 on 10 June 2018 in English (English)

Hi everybody,

somehow and never manage to finish my "sub-projects" in OGF. During my parental break I found some smaller time slots to start the Tarott region public transt network map. I managed to draw a large part of it, but soon I realized that it's too much work to finish before I have to go back to work.

Thus, as I don't know if i can finish it soon, I decided to publish a preview of the current progress here:

Tarott public transit network map [work in progress] (PNG) Tarott public transit network map [work in progress] (PNG)

Tarott public transit network map [work in progress] (SVG)

Also, the EXPOMONDIALE 2018 is officially open since May 19, 2018 (and here as well, due to the lack of time I could not bring the mapping as far as I wanted before the start of the world expo):


I will try to map a little bit further during the coming months, but I don't know if there will be much time for it.

Happy mapping!


Suggestion: Review your "capital" tagging

Posted by joschi81 on 10 June 2018 in English (English)

Hi OGF mappers,

I noticed that some of you use capital=yes even for capital cities on sub-national level (examples: Pretany and Suriya). I think we could achieve a better OGF map display in smaller zoom levels if everyone sticks to the correct capital tagging principle: capital=yes only for the capital on national level, other capitals on sub-national level tagged capital=4 or capital=[other admin level]. Thank you!

Kind regards and happy mapping


Hello Everyone~

Posted by Hilsonbergman on 9 June 2018 in English (English)

Hello happy mappers: May I introduce myself here, My name is Hilson, from Hong Kong, and I joined this community just more than a year!

from a mapper 101 to my first try on josm, I have learnt a lot of mapping skills and try my best to show my home town in an alternative way.

Well my country, Cinasia, is much larger than a city-state, so I checked other East Asian countries and map their features into my map.

So maybe a renown image over Hong Kong is a crowed megacity, but we do have tiny Islands with villages on them. May I present here, Hey Chau, a tiny island located at north east corner of my country, which is an alternate version of Cheung Chau. It will be finished soon, I hope, and welcome to leave some comments.

Real world Cheung Chau: [Text]

Hey Chau, Cinasia: see map location

Location: Westland, Eleutheria

Need some feedback!

Posted by UmgangsCool on 9 June 2018 in English (English)

Hello there dear community!

It has been two months scince i got my own country and now i could need some feedback. The initial idea was to go with an Israel inspired territorie but i quickly changed my mind and was heading towards something with a more Colombuia style history. It should be noted that every single larger forest will be completly redone cause im not ok with how they look.

Edit: Not sure why it identifies as Drenth Line Faze lol.

Location: Drenth-Line-Feze


Posted by Jesus Antonio on 9 June 2018 in English (English)

Hi there, I came back from my rest.

Now is the time I do like to ask you if I can build an Holocaust-OGF-Styled stuff? Let me explain:

I build memorials and all things like IRL holocaust. But instead of the IRL holocaust, I make an "OGF Holocaust" that wherein Garzibania (i will not write it in the wiki), Is that ok? Or is that too pretty bad that can get me banned forever?


Posted by blgmtn on 6 June 2018 in English (English)

I have just started mapping Eäßnørdælånd and I am open for any suggestions.I have just created Bloregia border.I will start forming topography and rivers.

Location: Ä 4 Motorway, Svedonia

Why is this happening?

Posted by yoyo21 on 5 June 2018 in English (English)

Hi, I own the state of Tulpanen, and I have found what appears to be some sort of a glitch on the map here:

East Lee, Tulpanen

Look at Broadway to the west of the motorway. Why is there only half of the route number square? This has been here for at least two weeks now, so it's not like the map is just updating.

Also, this only appears at that zoom level, and isn't visible if you zoom in or out.

Motorways in the PFS

Posted by zhenkang on 5 June 2018 in English (English)

Motoroads restricted

Just a gentle reminder for those mapping in the Pretanic Faction State that you are not allowed to create new motorways/trunk roads without prior permission of bhj867 or me. The PFS is a dictatorial nation similar to North Korea, and the government for the PFS may not have the money to construct too many motorways, so we do not encourage new motorways unless we think it is necessary. This is also the same for other nations.

If you are interested in mapping in the PFS, read this user diary first and contact either me or bhj867.

(The above is the message on behalf of bhj867).

Location: Hakaka Draa, Pretanic Faction State

Taking a rest

Posted by Jesus Antonio on 4 June 2018 in English (English)

I'm taking a rest/vacation.

Flag Creator and JOSM

Posted by blgmtn on 4 June 2018 in English (English)

I have two questions:

1.How to create flags? 2.When I try to download JOSM,my computer detects a virus and I can't download it? Are there any solutions? Thanks

Transit Map

Posted by blgmtn on 4 June 2018 in English (English)

Is there a way to create realistic transit maps? I used but is there a better solution?


Posted by austinhuang on 3 June 2018 in English (English)

I just feel like this is pretty important for the security of all users. C'est tout.

Though, why is the certificate issued on March 30, yet the implementation is so late?

JOSM problem

Posted by ADB52 on 2 June 2018 in English (English)

Updated to JOSM version 13878 today, and all of a sudden I cannot edit using the Edit > JOSM dropdown. It says "Editing failed - make sure JOSM or Merkaartor is loaded and the remote control option is enabled", even though JOSM is loaded and the remote control option IS engaged. I have tried downgrading to 13860, but to no avail.

Any help welcome.

What do you think of Norchester?

Posted by magnesium on 1 June 2018 in English (English)

(including Nearton) Norchester has 1 rail system and 1 bus line, what should I do?

Location: H103, Latriviotta, Charlington, Commonia


Posted by bhj867 on 31 May 2018 in English (English)

Hello, I am the owner of the Pretanic Faction State south of Pretany, a former shire of the main country. The country is a Theonomic Unitary militarized dictatorship with little to no human rights. There is a sacrificial religion called "Cuppa" that has taken over the kingdom and removed the Catholic Church there from power and all of the residents are required to worship the god of cuppa and it's practices. Not everyone adheres to that policy though.

Here is an external view of the PFS.

I encourage all new users (and older users) to come from the blue terriroties and map in PFS. I am setting some conditions to the mapping in PFS.

  1. Any new mappers will be assigned a duchy within the country. You are to map WITHIN the borders of that duchy only and with supervision from me and user: zhenkang.

  2. This is an internship so to speak. You are learning to collaborate with each other on your borders and how to function in a productive manner to produce aesthetic looking maps. The mods have the right to tell you to change something if it is outlandish. In the most polite manner possible. We also hold the right to "tweak" but only before letting you know what we are doing and why it needs to be done. including but not limited to, scale inaccuracies, unauthorized motorways, city grids that are not neat and organized. The quality of your mapping = how much we let you map without interruptions. More experienced or talented mappers may never be bothered at all as long as something is not completely astray. This is a learning experience and a "school" of sorts. Please set your expectations to that level moving forward.

  3. If you do not want a full duchy, you can map within a "residential land use" of a small town or city within the PFS, and that includes the city of Antigo with help from zhenkang and I.

  4. The PFS has mainly Algonquin-like location names, with many street names references members of the "revolution" and other ingerish/anglo dominated names. There is a strong pretanic culture within the country itself. The Antigo language is a loose mutated form of Algonquin and arabic combined, widely spoken, and growing yearly. Have fun with the culture. It is not going to be micromanaged in terms of region to regional differences during the mapping process, but I do want it uniform across the entire country.

  5. PFS is very central and south american in it's road layout. It is an very ancient area, so many cities may even have an ancient "square" where there used to be a temple for cuppa sacrificial worship.

  6. Any motorways are SET IN PLACE unless needed to be moved in 1-3 km or below increments around towns and cities, This keeps the motorways currently in place from becoming messy. Any additional motorways must be approved by me or zhenkang.

  7. I also encourage ALL members, not just new people, to message me or post below and get assigned an area.

  8. This is an impoverished totalitarian dictatorship with cruel tendencies like North Korea. Think of all of the atrocities that may or may not happen in the real world, and even in possibly fiction like the handmaids tale, and add that to this country. Zones, tent cities, concentration camps, "indoctrination" schools. Large halls in every town for local oligarchy meetings. The original layout of what PFS looked like before the government takeover is vague and always "hinted" at in the mapping. Examples would be former commercial centers converted into churches, Former non-cuppa religious institutions burned to the ground, tightly guarded housing "districts" that were formerly loose suburbs, government corporations and housing stock linked to the same property. like a "company store" or a "company housing"

  9. HAVE FUN!!!!

By the way, I have set up an embassies district in Antigo, so you can write on the OGF:embassies page regarding building embassies in Antigo.


Posted by bribri on 30 May 2018 in English (English)

I've read everything, now what?

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