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PSA: Blue countries are not "do whatever you want"

Posted by tule00 on 26 February 2019 in English (English)

Hey mappers,

It's not new that people tend to add lots of highways and unrealistically dense cities to blue countries, but it's become very frustrating for me, and I think I'm not the only one.

Namely, more than a year ago, I started the initative to help Midistland become a more realistic country. Since East Uletha is supposed to resemble Europe and somewhat Asia, Midistland has become a country with mixed German and Spanish influences. Of course, it can't be perfect, but with combined efforts, we can help it look at least decently realistic. Its capital city, Bend, is supposed to have a million - maximum 2 million inhabitants, and to somewhat resemble Amsterdam (because of its topography). It started out well, we had one outer ring road and one inner partial ring road, but now it looks like this.

Bend is now full of "freeways", "parkways" and other unnecessary highways that don't fit the infrastructure of a European-styled city.

Of course, it's not an isolated case. There are many more - Breassau, Termápolis, Tengah.

They are not entirely unrealistic on their own - but they do not suit the topography, infrastructure or culture of a country like Midistland.

Unfortunately, many members give up on new countries because of this.

So, my message to all members who map in blue countries: first look where you are mapping, then decide what you are mapping. Some countries - like USA - have gave less mass transit and they need more highways. That's not unrealistic. But that's not for Midistland. That belongs in, for example, Federal States of Archanta.

Please, especially new members, have in mind where and why you're mapping something. I am not the most experienced mapper - I still have a lot to learn - but this is something very important that I learned on OGF.

Do not take this as a form of shaming or call-out - this is just a sincere piece of advice.

Thanks for your attention, and happy mapping.

Comment from theruler on 26 February 2019 at 17:18

Heard! I completely agree!

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Comment from iiEarth on 26 February 2019 at 23:10

I agree, too. New mappers, please start small rather than just jump to motorways.

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Comment from Jesus Antonio on 26 February 2019 at 23:51

I completely agree, no country here has the power to equal US Interstate system expensiveness (except biggy ones), and even trough, motorways should be used when they are really needed.

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Comment from tule00 on 27 February 2019 at 06:13

Not only that. For example, take a look at Berlin. It's a modern city with over 4 million inhabitants, and it still has only 1 outer ring road and 1 partial inner ring road. Germany could have the power to build more, but why? They have railway (including U-Bahn, S-Bahn) and it functions perfectly well.

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