Mapping 3rd World Countries

Posted by AustinofOketia on 21 July 2021 in English (English)

I am curious, what are some features in a map that screams 3rd world? Are there any examples of OGF users that have built a 3rd world country. My dream country to map is an island nation that was once poor during the 1800s but after colonization it was turned into a trading metropolis. My goal is to map out an old town with ruins on the far side of the island nation, and a slum district.

Comment from iiEarth on 21 July 2021 at 00:32

Where is this island nation?

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Comment from Lithium-Ion on 21 July 2021 at 01:12

CCA, Suvuma, Lorotoban, Majesia, Kwinatu, possibly Wallea, and Iscu are all poor countries, and I'm sure there are some I've missed.

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Comment from newnw on 21 July 2021 at 01:51

Iscu especially, it has some great mapping and has a good wiki article with its history well-documented

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Comment from Juan Pablo Balam on 21 July 2021 at 17:50

I believe that Suvuma is blocked. In archanta there are islands, like Alabec territory with african tematic. In this link you can see all territories with their characteristhics: (, If you are not sure, you may ask for a territory to the admin, describing your plan. be patient, probabily admin reply in three days.

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Comment from Sarepava on 24 July 2021 at 10:26

I did try to establish Elhadia as a thrid world country based on sub-saharan Africa, but since being made an open territory it's already got far too many motorways.

A typical 'third-world' country might have:

  • Typically in equatorial or sub-tropical climates, with large areas of desert, scrub, jungle, or subsistance farming. Cities may be mainly on the coast if there is one, especially around river deltas.
  • Few major highways and probably no motorways. Many roads are unpaved or barely paved. Likely no public EV infrastructure. Many people will use animals, bicycles or mopeds as private transport.
  • Few railways, although they will probably exist as a legacy of a colonial period. Almost certainly unelectrified and single track.
  • Smaller national airport and
  • Only one or two large cities, and a lot of smaller rural settlements.
  • Typically unplanned towns and cities as buildings are built informally and there is less central planning.
  • Few tall buildings or luxury features such as shopping malls, arts venues, tourist attractions etc. Fewer medical facilities. Often open street markets as well as small shops.
  • Slums on the edges of larger settlements
  • Possibly large areas of wildlife reserves. These might be important for tourism.
  • Possibly mineral extraction or other mining as important source of income. There maybe modern infratructure attached to this from foreign investment.
  • A few more affluent residents may live in gated communities or other secure areas

Remember that even in RW 'third-world' countries not everybody is desperately poor and there may even be relatively affluent areas, but with lower GDP the government is less able to build modern infrastructure. This is however changing in some countries such as Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.

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