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2021 Geolympics Mapoff - Voting Procedure

Posted by Lithium-Ion on 9 August 2021 in English (English).

The Geolympics Mapoff is officially closed! I’d like to thank all those who submitted entries for participating. There’s been a lot of great work done.

The Geolympic Committee has established a voting procedure for making games canonical, which is as follows.

  1. First Review: Once the deadline (8 Aug) occurs, the committee will briefly review each of the submitted bids to ensure they have a minimum level of quality that we’re comfortable with eventually making official. At least three members of the committee have to agree that the bid is sufficient; if two members don’t feel it has met that threshold, the bid is automatically rejected.
  2. Community Vote: Once the acceptable bids are determined, the committee will invite mappers to vote on all the acceptable bids on a 1-5 scale, with a 5 being a top-tier bid. This allows you, the community to have a say and still get to vote on things.
  3. Committee Vote: Concurrent with #2, each member of the committee will assign a 1-5 score for each bid as well. Once the Community Vote is done, the committee will average all five scores together (community vote + one score from each committee member) to come up with the composite score.
  4. Primary Ranking and Assignment: With composite scores in hand, for years with multiple bids, the bid with the highest composite score would earn the official awarding of the games for that year. For conflicting years (e.g., a year with a Northern summer games and a Southern winter games) the higher composite score of the two would determine the hemisphere for that year.
  5. Secondary Ranking and Assignment: For non-winning bids, the committee will reach out to each bidder and offer alternate options to complete the schedule. First preference would be for adjacent vacant years, followed by years within a 20-year window of the preferred bid. If the bid is still unassigned after that, we offer the bid as the host for a regional game instead.

The committee will begin working through the process now, and more updates will be forthcoming. Thank you once again to all those who participated.

-The Geolympic Committee

Location: Rajkanika, Kendrapara, Odisha, India

The July 2021 Geolympiad Mapoff

Posted by Lithium-Ion on 1 July 2021 in English (English).

Since October, I’ve been hosting mapoffs (Similar to mapping challenges) on the unofficial discord for ogf. After some discussion with admin and other users, it was decided that the mapoff would be used in order to reboot the Geolympics. As such, this is being posted here so that all users are able to see it.

The July 2021 Mapoff is The Geolympics.

Based on some recent discussions, among others arising from the orphaned state of the wiki in this regard, we are reviving the “Geolympics”.

The idea is to have a more or less consistent list of cities which held the games. Obviously backed by a reasonable amount of mapping. For that reason this edition of the map-off will be geolympics-themed. It couldn’t be easier: Map a geolympic venue. Summer or Winter games, both count. (If anyone has a shrewd idea about spring or fall games, let us know. Maybe a 1000sqft raking contest?)

Just check the RW games from the time you plan to map and see what infrastructure is needed. Usually a big stadium as the centerpiece, a village for the athletes and some more locations for other sports, like tennis courts, water venues, ski jumps, alpine pistes, etc. You also need some public and private transport infrastructure. This is further detailed down in the rest of the wiki page. Your entry does not need to be completely new, as there’s no good reason to exclude good mapping from becoming canon. We have not yet finally decided how to deal with the existing ones, but I think we can agree that a bit of incentive to improve it a bit more is never a bad idea. This means that if you submitted an entry under the old bid system that isn’t listed on the bottom of the page, go ahead and re-visit it, spruce it up, and enter it in this contest!

If you’re a small country, which would normally be a barrier to hosting the geolympics, it may still be possible for you to enter. We assume that there’s a fund that helps pay for Geolympics in smaller countries, but, of course, this only goes so far, so while some small nations could host (Qennes, Cabelia, etc) some nations will be too small (Iscu, Niscavo, Kotel, etc), and some nations may be too unstable (Bromley, Antigo, etc). If you’re in a large collaborative like the FSA or Ardencia, there’s no special procedure for entries. It’s “every territory for itself”. ⠀ In the end, the entries will be voted on. First, a committee will eliminate any entries that do not meet the criteria for a good venue. Then, the community will get to vote on what they consider to be the top three entries, in order to determine the best. The top three winners then get the right to pick their preferred year. The rest of the approved entries will be assigned a year, taking into account their preference. More detail will be provided when it comes time to vote. BUT: Now it gets fancy. Making up arbitrary lore is boring. We already have some and also need some more constraints. One of them are the winter games, which need to be on certain latitudes, North or South. That leads to the February or August time slot. Leaving the other slot for the Summer games. And that on the other land leads to the hemisphere of the Summer games to be determined already. (This is all based on the plan to hold the games every 4 years, summer and winter in the same year, but not at the very same time.) Also we would like to try to have a bit rotation through the continents. But we’ll see that once we see how many participants are there anyway.

Something to think about is the year you want to have your city host the Geolympics in. Not every entry can be in the 21st century, so why not give mapping an older geolympics a try? There’s still a lot of stuff to map, and you get to figure out how the city incorporated the infrastructure into itself after the games, which presents a whole new range of options to work with that aren’t the same old stadiums and venues. ⠀ Feel free to criticize any of these ideas, we are open to well thought ideas and also happy if you report any flaw in our plans. But also accept that at the end we must decide for a set of rules and it’s not guaranteed to make everybody happy.

As a side note, could someone come up with a new name for this thing? It sounds to close to the original for us. Also, if anyone has a revolutionary idea for the flag, please don’t be shy.

Please read https://wiki.opengeofiction.net/wiki/index.php/OGF:Geolympiad_bids in order to make sure that you include everything that is needed for a realistic Geolympics.

The mapoff ends August 8th. Get mapping!

  • The OGF Geolympic Committee (TheMayor, Toadwart, Lithium-Ion, and wangi)
Location: Rajkanika, Kendrapara, Odisha, India

Iscu is Open For Embassies!

Posted by Lithium-Ion on 22 September 2020 in English (English). Last updated on 11 June 2021.

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

EDIT (Mid-2021): Iscu is not open for embassies, it’s been retconed to be a AN Territory.

Location: 2.016, 92.240