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Federal States Updates

Posted by TheMayor on 11 August 2020 in English (English)

Hello fellow mappers! If you're new to OGF, or if you just haven't checked out southern Archanta in awhile, allow me to (re)introduce you to the Federal States of Archanta, one of the OGF community's largest collaborative mapping projects. The FSA is home to a variety of North American-style mapping, consisting of 62 separate states and two territories.

In case you missed it, the FSA is now home to an open collaborative "blue" state, Michisaukee, where all mappers are welcome to join us, no prior approval required! Be sure to check out the information page about Michisaukee for more information.

If you're interested in something more collaborative, we have a wide variety of collaborative states (and Huntington, our capital city) including some recent additions. If you are interested in participating in one of these collaborative states, please reach out to the appropriate project coordinator to get started.

If you want to dive in and be a full stateowner, you're in luck: we do have some vacant states available that are ready for you. State (and West Massodeya county) requests do have to go through the usual OGF territory request process; before requesting a vacant state I encourage interested potential stateowners to send me a message to discuss what you have in mind and where your vision could be a good fit in the Federal States.

If you'd like more information about the Federal States project and who we are, visit the FSA Dashboard.

Happy mapping! -Mayor

Location: -36.685, 149.590

FSA Mapping Challenge - Capital Cities

Posted by TheMayor on 1 July 2019 in English (English)

Hello everyone. I am TheMayor, the FSA project coordinator. Thursday, 4 July is Independence Day here in the U.S., and since there have been a few recent discussions about the proposed government structure for the FSA, I'm offering up a mapping challenge for the Federal States: between 4 July and 2 Aug, stateowners are encouraged to map and develop their state's capital city. Since everyone maps at different speeds and have different time constraints, like other mapping challenges this is pretty open-ended. But if you need inspiration, here's a prioritized list of what to focus on:

  • Designate a state capital. If you haven't already named a state capital, do so and update our wiki article.
  • Map the capitol area. The seat of your state's government should have, at a minimum, a capitol building where your state legislature meets; an executive mansion, where the governor lives; and a high court for your state. These areas are often master planned, but they often are not. Use your imagination and tailor your capitol area around the context of your capital city.
  • Map the nearby capital city area. State workers and legislators need places to live, work, and shop, so map accordingly. If your capital is older, these areas will likely be within walking distance of the primary buildings; if your capital was developed later, when automobiles became common, your capital may have a different layout.
  • Add travel infrastructure for visitors. State capitals are destinations for business travelers and tourists (if your state capital has a prominent place in your state's history). They'll need hotels, restaurants, etc. near the capitol area. They'll also need ways to get to and from your capital, so don't forget train stations, airports, etc.

If you think your state capital is already in good shape, our national capital can use some work as well. Get more information on Huntington's development in this thread and let me know if you're interested in becoming a more active part of our national capital collaboration.

Non-FSA members are welcome to join in the mapping challenge as well for lower-level capitals or county seats in your own territories.

If you aren't a current FSA member and you're interested in joining our American-style mapping project, learn more about the project and feel free to reach out to me if you'd like more information about who we are and what we do. If you're ready to apply for a state, check out the OGF overview map and request a state from the admin team.

Happy mapping!

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Posted by TheMayor on 29 August 2018 in English (English)

I've been working on Lake City in the FSA state of Minnonigan for several weeks now, and I noticed one of my neighbors to the southwest... Compare downtown Lake City to downtown Greenstone.

I'm flattered.

Location: -41.563, 141.460
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