Capital works

Posted by Rasmus Rasmusson on 3 December 2017 in English (English)

A small update from Řots (Southern Archanta) and Wyster (Eastern Uletha). In the last couple of weeks I have been mainly preoccupied with both countries' capitals; before that, I worked on an altitude map of Řots.

In Wyster's capital Hreawirc I just worked on creating streets and stuff; in and around Nekkar I focused on the satellite town of Bastet, southeast of the capital, and today I started working on Nekkar's subway system.

Nekkar's subway

For now, there are a Red Line (Airport-Sikē Va-Kervirep) and a Blue Line (Osente-Main Railway Station-Bastet, which will eventually be extended to the new airport that will be constructed southeast of the city; I should probably put that part of the line 'under construction' for the time being). The two lines cross at Sureekkar station.

The Red Line makes a huge detour near the airport, which is probably due to either protesting land owners who didn't want subway constructions going through their fields, or a city council with too much money and/or wrong priorities, or both. The exact moment that this line was constructed will decide whether its construction was a waste of money or not: if it was constructed many decades ago, it may have been sufficiently useful to get to and from the airport. If it was constructed in the last ten or twenty years, it will turn out to be less useful, as recently the decision was taken to construct the aforementioned new airport, which, once completed, will significantly reduce the number of passengers on that part of the Red Line.

A third line (that I haven't mapped yet) will probably go from Sikē Va via the Main Railway Station eastwards, via Karkar to Korp.

Altitude map

The altitude map of Řots that I created a few weeks ago also includes Wapashia and Neo Delta (altitude maps of those countries were available; the situation in Karvaland, Triaquia, and Gann is not accurate). With the Řots part of this map I intend to develop the country's larger scale features (e.g. rivers) in more detail, which is possible since I discovered how to insert this map as a background in JOSM.

This map is of course not definitive and will be adapted as the area develops.

Map of the Southwest-Astrasian Tri-Nation Area

Link to the map's outside OGF location

Comment from acubens71 on 3 December 2017 at 21:49

I love your topo map! Maybe some day, I'll make a topography map of Triaquia too... !

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Comment from Alejandro24 on 4 December 2017 at 03:24

How did you made the topo map?

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Comment from zhenkang on 4 December 2017 at 05:02

I am now working on my cities in Singkangia. I wiped out the so-called expensive district in Mariana and decide to re-draw again, while in the Industrial town of Keppong I am adding more details and buildings.

Singkangia is like going through a heavy renovation now.

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Comment from Rasmus Rasmusson on 4 December 2017 at 12:11

@Alejandro24 (and also acubens71, whom I already replied via PM):

I took two maps as a basis and imported them into Inkscape:

  • the OGF map (for which I had to put together several images in the right zoom level in order to have enough details shown on the map)
  • the basic altitude map that I made in Paint based on the original Neo Deltan one.

Then it was just drawing over all the elements. I created different layers for everything (altitude lines, borders, rivers, lakes, road elements, place symbols etc.) so in theory I can create different maps from the same document, e.g. a map without the altitude but with political colours for each country, or both. (The map is a work in progress though, for the example of the political colours hasn't been added yet.)

I have a simple instruction to design maps with Inkscape somewhere, but it's in Dutch, so translating it may take some time (of which I don't have a lot at the moment). If a lot of you are interested, I could reserve time for it.

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Comment from ADB52 on 4 December 2017 at 15:52

Rasmus, I am a native Dutch speaker. I'd be interested in the original, and am prepared to consider translating it into English, depending on size of document. Let me know by PM.

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Comment from Rasmus Rasmusson on 4 December 2017 at 23:26

@ADB52, thanks! But I'll also have to find out where exactly I left it :) Last time I looked for it, it was not at in the folder that I found the most logical place at that moment to store it, so I need some time to locate it as well. If needs be, I have to ask the original author to send me another version. The document is not that large btw; some three or four pages (including example images).

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