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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!

Comment from Luciano on 1 July 2019 at 19:37

I'm not going to do exactly this challenge. In line with my "historical approach," I am not currently allowing myself to map anything in Makaska (AR120-58) newer than 1880.

But there is a historical angle I can tackle. Makaska became a state in 1841. The prior territorial capital was the settlement of Dehousse, along the Apple River. At statehood, Dehousse was renamed Riverton, and became the state capital. This didn't last long, however, and the state capital was moved to the new town of Marksville, in the interior south, in 1871, to encourage settlement and because Riverton, being right on the state's northern border, seemed a lousy place for a state capital.

But Riverton therefore holds some historical status as "first state capital." Also, the nearby town of Uppington was and remains the site of the state's first and most significant Land Grant public university, founded in 1860, the UMU.

At the time of the 1880 snapshot I'm working on, Riverton's role as the young state's premier city has only been recently eclipsed by the fast-growing city of Ohunkagan, situated on the portage canal between lakes. I will map a "former capitol" and some other historical buildings in Riverton. In 1880, many state offices will still be present in the old capital, as the move will be only partially complete. And perhaps the state's supreme court never moved from Riverton, for example? I haven't decided.

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Comment from eleinads on 1 July 2019 at 19:44

Hi. I'm Not a FSA member: Gardensa is a sovereign country in south-west Uletha. But if I understand well, I can partecipate (If I can't: sorry, please ignore this post...).

So, in the Capital Giliarca there are:

(n.b. the official residence of the President is in an apartment in the top floor of the Government building).

Goodbye

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Comment from yoyo21 on 1 July 2019 at 22:57

Wow! Giliarca is one of the best mapped cities I've seen anywhere on OGF!

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