during the last weeks, I finally decided to touch a very hot potato which bothers me for at least two years: the Frjalshöfn area.
The Frjalshöfn area was one of my early mapping projects in terms of landscaping. At the very beginning of the OGF history, Thilo wrote a diary entry where he encouraged us mappers to shape their countries individually and creatively. He also linked some interesting topographical spots. The Stockholm area was within these links. And I wanted to let Frjalshöfn be like Stockholm.
In my opinion, I failed. This became more than clear to me when I visited Stockholm last year. And even worse, The Frjalshöfn area in itself is totally unrealistic. Where should the water for this specific landforming come from? In the hinterland, I imagined a mountainous landscape, however, the distance to Grænnshöfn is only approx. 75 kilometers. There is no room for the forming of large rivers with that amount of sedimentation. I was aware of that problem quite early, but I mapped on, adding more and more infrastructure to the unfinishedd geography, deciding to solve the problem of verisimilitude at a later time.
Well, this time is now. Frjalshöfn in that form faces its last days before I will remove most of the islands and also most of the hinterland. Most of the infrastructure I've added will vanish as well. When preserving to much of it, creating a new geography will be far more difficult. However, I will preserve the central islands around the city center where I did the most detailing so far (the headquarters of the VEC will also be preserved). However, not all of these places will remain islands and I will move the whole city to the northwest, approximately to the place which is actually called Akurveiting. I will also remove the large bay in the north west of the area (which is possible as I do not need to change my maritime border). Instead, I will create a large inland sea like the Mälaren west of Stockholm. In the southeast, the landscape will resemble the Stockholm archipelago more closely.
Wish me luck, this is the biggest act of intentional vandalism in my own mapping so far (which is not so much a sentimental problem, as I've said, I was quite unlucky with the whole area for a long time, but more the fear of the sheer effort).