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This question has been bothering me for quite a while...

Posted by zhenkang on 13 July 2018 in English (English)

I have been thinking, for the past few months, are there actually female users around? I mean, this OGF site has been pretty much dominated by males, and usernames don't tell us much.

I am asking this not because I am one (I am not anyway), but just being curious if it is a fact that only men are interested in geofiction and mapping.

Bonus question: How are women treated in your country? Is there some huge gap between the genders such as access to jobs and education? Does gender inequality exist in your country and how are your governments trying to 'bridge the gap'? (just a check on women rights around the OGF world)

Pretanic Demilitarised Zone

Posted by zhenkang on 4 July 2018 in English (English)

https://opengeofiction.net/way/11767614

Well, Bhj867 and I have just finished zoning off the Pretanic Demilitarised Zone (PDZ), possibly one of the longest heavily fortified border in the world. Not wanting to brag, but it is quite significant even in the OGF world.

If you (an Antigoan) try to even enter the zone, 40 bullets will start hailing at you, and possibly 3 to 5 grenades will be thrown, and last of all, get exploded by a landmine before you can cross to paradise in Pretany. Charming. (Antigoan Propaganda-Why even try to escape the paradise of Antigo and go to the hell in Pretany? Why also die in this disgraceful manner?)

Comparing to the Korean Demilitarised Zone, it is much longer, and zigzags crazily not on one straight latitude (the DMZ in Korea used to go along the 38th parallel, but the current one is not). However, it is still slightly too straight for some parts.

There are still some more things to do, such as adding more army bases on both sides, creating a Joint Security Area where negotiations can take place, and make it more zig-zag-gy like this.

The border is believed to be formed after an armistice is signed between the two states of Pretany and Antigo following some sort of civil war. Similar to how the DMZ in Korea is created.

Behind the senses, bhj867 and I are still discussing for potential border conflicts, such as a case for hikers from Rickorack Reserve getting lost and entering Antigo by accident. (Hike at your own risk!)

How much have OGF progressed from October 2017?

Posted by zhenkang on 20 June 2018 in English (English)

This is just my own personal report about OGF progress since last October. Feel free to agree or disagree.

I wonder if anyone remembers this diary entry from October 2017.

While I estimate that 70% of the comments are just pure talk, there is still some action taken about the issues mentioned in that diary entry.

  • Firstly, we have the FSA, the USA of OGF, being opened just one or two months ago, with many US-style mappers moving there, or new users going there instead of claiming territories and creating their own mini-USAs out there.

  • Secondly, thanks to the admins and isleno, we have a collective mixture of large and small nations, though sadly no large nations have been claimed since then as they are 'for advanced users only'. There is currently a new system for obtaining 2nd territories which are larger though.

  • Thirdly, we have a new forum, on the wiki, but only for those who (ahem) still have their wiki privileges. (At least I have a few tryouts with that, before err...)

BUT, we still do not have large nations and other superpowers besides the USA. The cultural map of OGF is still a bit messy (even attempts to create language maps as guides also failed). Furthermore, not many users, even experienced ones, may even have time to claim a large territory even if they meet the criteria. But the balance of powers, is still can be worked on in the future and not our main priorities.

I am not sure what needs to be done if they are still any remaining problems. I just want to write this to see how much we have progressed as an OGF community, and see what we can move on from here. If you can think we have done much better than the aforementioned, just say so. (if there are still any unaddressed problems please go to the admins directly)

(P.S I realised that this September is OGF's 5th anniversary (we started in 2013 or so, I think?). I hope that can be a true checkpoint for OGF and there will be something to commemorate on that month.)

Motorways in the PFS

Posted by zhenkang on 5 June 2018 in English (English)

Motoroads restricted

Just a gentle reminder for those mapping in the Pretanic Faction State that you are not allowed to create new motorways/trunk roads without prior permission of bhj867 or me. The PFS is a dictatorial nation similar to North Korea, and the government for the PFS may not have the money to construct too many motorways, so we do not encourage new motorways unless we think it is necessary. This is also the same for other nations.

If you are interested in mapping in the PFS, read this user diary first and contact either me or bhj867.

(The above is the message on behalf of bhj867).

Location: Hakaka Draa, Pretanic Faction State

Some updates

Posted by zhenkang on 30 May 2018 in English (English)

All well, this is just a few updates on what I have done this past May.

First of all, I am happy that hear the results of the new flags and name of AR120. I am giving my best wishes to all (now and future) mappers and coordinators of the Federal States, and make FSA great (giving my congrats to Isleno for his flag, I like the flag, the best I have ever seen amongst the nominations). I am also pleased that eklas took over Gigante and Verona Coffee (pause for a coffee break before reading further).

Some more good news, my request at Wikipedia for an unblock has been approved. I thought that my request for an unblock was forgotten or unread. (anyone interested see here) Well, back to fixing up some Singapore MRT/LRT articles, and wikify some real stuff instead of trying to churn out stuff for Singkangia or anything fictional. (Singkangia is now by and large RIP, so if anyone is still using Singkangia, please remove all any links to the country)

Speaking of wiki, I have also just signed up for Geopoeia where I am bringing more of my wiki work from the OGF wiki there. The sad thing is that I am not allowed to upload too many pictures yet, apart from a few flags which have been lying around on my desktop for some time. I still have not saved some of my pics from the OGF wiki, so I still need some time this June to save all of them. I am going to recycle all of Singkangia's elements into my future fictional countries (for example see here). There is not much to develop yet, but I am still making plans. I thought of making Kanglapo as some sort of semi-rogue nation, with nuclear capabilities like North Korea, but with the economy as successful as South Korea. It has strained relations particularly with the AN and the Federal States, which continuously imposed trade sanctions onto the country.

For mapping, I decided to map in the Pretanic Faction State for now. The mapping style will be similar to parts of Biangsinglia and Kanglapo (probably remnants of a communist dictatorship regime, see here). I have plans to move some of my stuff in Singkangia to Elhadia and collaborate there, but so far I have not heard from Sarepava so far. I am going to relinquish my territory very soon once I am done.

There has been so much going on lately, particularly a change of governance in Malaysia which is affecting Singapore in some way, such as the scrapping of the HSR project. The US is threatening to cancel North Korea-US talks (but there are indications he may change is mind, or maybe he already did). The Russians were blamed for shooting down MH17 with a missile. The Philippines are planning to go an all-out war with China over the South China Sea dispute, Taiwan is losing allies as China is 'buying over' some of these.

Basically, now, I am taking a break from OGF, though now and then I check for any updates. So I did not really 'disappear' from the site this past few days. I am still hitting the snooze button before going on any mega mapping project. (Back to coffee break: "The coffee is great! How much?" "25 Drabantian Koruna please." "What?! Just for this dirt?!" "You just said it is great." "Well.. (splutters)... can I pay by Visa? I have not enough cash around me, sir." "Sorry, we don't accept Visa, it does not exist in the OGF world.")

Images and Articles Closing Down Sale

Posted by zhenkang on 18 May 2018 in English (English)

List of images can be found here

Sample Sample Sample

The above are some images which I have created and are currently marked for deletion, used for this article regarding Singkangia's communist era. Although I am no longer on the wiki, I feel it is a shame for these images to be discarded, so I am offering these pictures to others so that they can be used for other purposes.

I am also offering a wiki content sale such as the article I have mentioned, alongside with wiki pages of Singkangia's businesses, article about Singkangia itself etc etc. I am not going to give any of these links here because you can just find them at this section with pages for deletion. The articles includes whatever in my sandbox. You are free to copy them, re-use them and so on. If you also find a Singkangian business that interests you, you are free to adopt them and make it your nation's business.

No notification is required. Just remove the deletion template of images and make it as yours in the description, like say 'This image has been adopted by XXX'. For the articles just remove the template, and change whatever is necessary.

There are some which I am not putting up for sale, and I will reuse them offline for other personal purposes:

Some disclaimers

Some photos directly came from Wikimedia Commons, like the 3rd photo. So it will be best if you upload a modified version to replace it.

Restarting from scratch

Posted by zhenkang on 12 May 2018 in English (English)

This is probably my final diary entry before I disappear for a while.

It has been quite a frustrating time for me, due to my one moment of folly. Since all of my wiki work is going down the drain, I decided to give up Singkangia for good, relinquish my territory and start again like any new mapper who first came into OGF.

Singkangia is not really my ideal project. I should have initially read the FAQ more closely and write a proposal to admin to bring in my pre-OGF project-the nations of Pointochinikia- at the time last year. Well, I decide I have enough maintaning a white elephant and go back editing in a blue territory (after asking the admins to lift my ban on blue nations).

After that, I may take part in a collab project, just to map and not interfere in the wiki. Then in the far future when I mapped 20% in there, I may bring in my pre-OGF project and possibly ask for another appeal to lift the wiki ban.

To finish off, I thought of giving this apology to the admins for my past actions this week, and for giving them a hard time. This is Zhen Kang (Z.K.), signing off while I plan and focus on other commitments.

Mappers' Workout #1-Street/grid storming

Posted by zhenkang on 8 April 2018 in English (English)

Alright, I may not be an expert on mapping, but I thought there should be some 'mapping workouts', you know, like warm-ups before taking on big or even medium projects.

The Mappers' Workout is quite inspired by 'Composers' Workout' from Art of Composing, where, well, anyone interested in composing is welcomed, learn some basic composing techniques and share ideas, like a forum. So like the owner of the website then started some workouts for us, quite long ago (I only re-visited the site a few days ago, then go exploring the new features a bit).

Anyway, back to the workout. The workout is based on this compositional workout, the very first one.

The workout

It can be hard to even draw a town from scratch, let alone a mega city or the capital. So I thought of starting this workout with the following instructions. (it can be done using iD or JOSM, but iD will work fine at zoom 17.)

  1. Draw just a few streets in any pattern you like, maybe like a 3x3 grid or streets spread out form a point. The streets do not have to be too long, maybe like 100m or so.

  2. Determine the land-use you would like for each street (or grid if you are drawing grids). (Residential, Commercial, Retail etc.)

  3. Draw buildings and restaurants or whatever is appropriate. The features do not be as large as a hospital or a college. Draw small, not big.

  4. Mind your scale and everything. Basic mapping rules still apply.

  5. There is no need to go and develop and expand the set of streets or go into very deep details during this workout. You are only practising the skill of creating new stuff, not developing features. This is important.

  6. After you are done with the basic stuff, well, feel free to do anything. If you have no use for the stuff you drew, then feel free to delete it, though it will be a shame.

You can do this in a blue country or in your own territory. I won't care where you are going to do this. Anywhere is fine, but please don't go and intrude into someone else's territory!

I will do this workout. It should not take more than 45 minutes, or 30 for those experienced. Share your experience below.

Note: This workout may not be monthly or weekly or on a regular basis. Whenever I feel like setting up a workout I will just post it.

Digging up OGF's past

Posted by zhenkang on 24 February 2018 in English (English)

Sometimes when I was bored without a computer to do any mapping, I would plunge into other user's diary entries (pardon for prying into those) to dig up at least some things which happened in OGF before I came into OGF.

I decided to compile all of such 'significant' events' in OGF here, along with the supporting diary entries (the dates may be inaccurate).

Key milestones

This year (2018) will be OGF's 5th anniversary. If there could be a suitable time for the grand opening of the western continents and/or AR120, it could be on 01/09/18. Anyway, I can't believe OGF is turning 5 this year, and I hope for something special to happen this year.

Anyway, it is still slightly too early to take about OGF 2023. But I think we should soon think about the future of OGF soon.

(If I miss out anything or if there is an error/mistake, you can comment here.)

OSM map features

Posted by zhenkang on 26 December 2017 in English (English)

As much as we have our own OGF featured maps, shouldn't there be a page where good OSM maps could be shown, so that we can model our maps based on the RW maps?

(If only if at least 75% of our world is as detailed and realistically looking as OSM's)

New continent points

Posted by zhenkang on 17 September 2017 in English (English)

http://api.opengeofiction.net/edit#map=16/-24.9763/145.4656 (Archanta continent point in Mecyna)

http://api.opengeofiction.net/edit#map=16/35.2169/96.1572 (Uletha continent Point in Midstland)

Like the Asian Continent Point here, I have added continent points for Uletha and Archanta. Can someone else do the same for Antarephia and Tarephia?

Anyone else can also add tags for multilingual names at these points like the Asia Continent point with translations of Asia in Arabic, Chinese etc.

zhenkang

Location: Old Canal Road, Guntrum, Mecyna

National Days in OGF?

Posted by zhenkang on 9 August 2017 in English (English)

Hello guys. Today's is the 52nd year of independence in Singapore- 9 August, the day Malaysia expelled Singapore and we are independent, like unexpectedly. My nation is commemorating the event through a National Day Parade, to read more see here.

I want to ask, in your countries, do you all celebrate national day, or some national event like 'Democracy day', Freedom day'. 'King's xx Birthday' etc.? Write down those dates below!

How does your country celebrate that event? Is it like a parade in front of a palace, or something else? Are there performances? Besides that, what does your country do leading up to the event?

In Singkangia, two days were celebrated: 'Republic Day' and 'Freedom day'. Republic Day was celebrated since the fall of the Singkangian Nationalists and the start of being a 'socialist republic' on 13 June, while 'Freedom Day' marks the end of communist rule in Singkangia on 31 August. I still have not set up a venue for such events, maybe that will be part of my next stage of mapping my main city in Singkangia.

I will also like to see the locations where these celebrations took place.

My new airport- Changke International Airport- Possibly something to drop by

Posted by zhenkang on 16 July 2017 in English (English)

My new Airport!

My best piece of work so far, and the product after using JOSM for something major! Did not know JOSM is awesome! My other drafts for the airport were 'terrible', so I decided to review it again, this time using JOSM instead of iD.

This airport's design looks somewhat similar to Khaiwoon's International Airport, where I got the inspiration from, and also some inspiration from real-world's Singapore Changi Airport. I have still yet add in the natural features like grass and meadows around the runways, and the boarding gates etc.

I just want mappers to make honest crticsm, no beating around the bush please, on the new airport, such as what to add on, or what to omit. I have yet named the runways and taxiways, as I still do not understand the naming of runways in OGF:Where to Fly.

And also, anyone is happy to add in their airlines' offices and branches around here. Airlines from Uletha and Antarephia are encouraged to come.

Can also someone else add this to the list of airports? The town served just put Odessa, the Ingerish name, and the country served Singkangia.

This is an aviation hub for flights going from east Uletha to around Archanta. So please, add your airlines branches!

After this airport, new next plans will be the railway systems in Singkangia- to the existing towns. Anyone is also happy to critic on the existing railways.

Wishing all happy mapping.

zhenkang

Location: Terminal 3 Boulevard, Odessa, Singkangia

A travel journal around the OGF world?

Posted by zhenkang on 18 June 2017 in English (English)

I think now is the summer holidays and I wonder whether to write a travel journal for a trip around the OGF world. This is when both mapping and wiki comes together, a moving map from a traveler's perspective. (I actually hoped for a book about OGF)

I planned that the route for the journey around the mapped continents: Uletha-Archanta-Antarephia-Tarephia and back. Of course, the journey is through mapped countries, so any mapper can be part of the editors of the travel journal. This journal includes countries' places of interest. There can be information about the places visited, and include airlines taken, transportation used, culture of the place, what event was happening in the country during a journey, people met etc.I have seen travel journals online and thought of creating one in the OGF world with everyone's help. By the way, as the world keeps changing, the journal can change too! Check the link!

Places of interest :

Do not be disheartened if your country is not listed! This list is incomplete. I still need more planning of the trip, so discussions can come about the route. I have not explored the OGF world enough yet.

Northwest Uletha (10+ days) : Ingerland (and Mycria)- Sandmark- Kingdom of Pretany (and the PFS)

Central Uletha (1 week): Litavania (and Drabantia)- Escadia?- Midstland- Antharia

South Uletha (2 weeks): Gobrassanya- Khaiwoon- Niulutan-Riu- Lallemand

East Uletha and Axian Penisula (3 weeks or so): Karolia- Dracodia- Glaster (and Agarderia and Wyster)- Mergany (and Eshein)- Belphenia- Kojo- Hoppon- Wiwaxia- Pasundan-Pajadjaran

Archanta (2 weeks): Commonia (and West Commonia) (Note: only a brief visit- too chaotic to stay for long)- Rhododactylia- Unesia?- Develti? (and Omniville?)- Neo Delta- Zylanda- Yuris- Mecyna (and Ismikk?)- Elhadia- Drull- Balonis- Ardisphere

Antarephia and Tarephia: Yet to be confirmed, though Mahhal, Meilan and Latina? (Udzdanart not considered- unsafe and not to visit, no visas there)

https://etherpad.net/p/aroundtheogfworldjournal- If this idea took off, this is the link.

Weird, exotic names

Posted by zhenkang on 3 June 2017 in English (English)

Came across an article about weird names like zzyzx I read here.

I know that in our world, there should be numerous 'weird' names that are still 'user-friendly'. In Commonia there are a bunch of them, like Port to Earth or Minn-Am-Gabots for towns.

I just want to know what other weird names are there, for towns, cities, places and even countries and states. Please post them here and their location, and even possible, write a rationale for each name. (Make sure these are mapped with quality before posting!)

I should praise Ūdilugbulgidħū for names like Ūdzđąnąrąt and Telkhug Ēkdŭn. I also favoured names like Khaiwoon, which is a quite exotic name, with, of course, quality mapping.

Singkangia - Under construction and development, and needing honest feedback

Posted by zhenkang on 26 May 2017 in English (English)

As I move forward in mapping Singkangia, I want to let anyone to take a look at Odessa (mainly, this is my primary attention as of now besides the airport, it also need re-scaling works) and get some feedback. Specifically, what needs to be changed to improve the area? The city Odessa is purposely square-grid, but I still trying to break through the grid by adding a river, and adding some greenery which are not square.

I also need some help (not mapping my country, however). Can I see some examples of your country's power stations (fossil fuel, nuclear, solar etc.) and water supply stations? The country need such basic necessities for growth (of course, we'll be purchasing for water works haha -monopoly joke).

Oh, and I need some list of trading companies (or other companies involved in shipping) so that I can add more offices at Keppong harbour at the south (and see some industrial estates in your country, if you build any), plus also see what you drew along a river in your city, if you build one. The buildings near the Ayangcha river are for some nightlife and a tourist attraction (possibly I'll build a casino there).

I also want to know whether the subway stations I drew is it too big, too small, or just right? As always, I'm happy to receive any criticism for other infrastructure I drew.

Happy mapping,

zhenkang

Location: Defangchi Way, Odessa, 101318, Singkangia

Is it just me, or is it Archanta flooded agian?

Posted by zhenkang on 20 May 2017 in English (English)

I am not sure who caused this (I most likely did not otherwise JOSM will tell me), or is this real, but i think Archanta is flooded again.

http://api.opengeofiction.net/#map=9/-9.4748/161.5677

Location: Pilaong, Singkangia

A transcontiential railway system?

Posted by zhenkang on 9 May 2017 in English (English)

Hi, I saw that transnational contential motorway systems are not so popular so I thought of suggesting another mode of transportation that spreads within continents- railways.

Like some of those stated here, I wonder whether is this possible in separate continents, if not for those unoccupied territories. It can improve connectivity for people and cargo, instead of just ships and planes.

Formal (and Currently still) Communist states

Posted by zhenkang on 5 May 2017 in English (English)

Hi. Just would like to know, besides Agarderia and Singkangia, are there other socialist, communist, communist-controlled or communist-influenced countries and states historically? The OGF:Global Collaboration is slightly useful but not clear enough, and some may not have included their countries. I thought of setting up an international organisation for former communist states and still communist states.

The purpose of the organisation (yet to be named) is to finance poverty stricken communist states by providing subsidies for them, depending on how the money was used (for instance money used to build homes or restabilise economy, not for military warfare like how China fund North Korea for their nuclear missle programme), accelerate social progress for still communist states, and cultural development. Additionally, it is to promote peace and stability with each other, whether formally communist or not. Lastly, it is to promote effective collaboration between communist states and other non-communist states (including former communist states) and mutual assistance on matters of common interest. And of course, to maintain close, beneficial co-operation with existing international organisations with similar aims and purposes. (This is just a general idea and may be discussed. By the way, this is not overwikification (yet))

By the way it may also include dictator-rule, a country which has a state under communist rule (before or now) or sometimes anarchies, but Commonia or West Commonia is not invitied. Also, if there were less than eight communist states then the idea can blow over.

Inviting foreign companies

Posted by zhenkang on 1 May 2017 in English (English)

Just would like to let everyone know, any foreign company can open up in Singkangia, including bank branches at Banking Boulevard into Odessa, Singkangia

Location: Kanifi Avenue, Odessa, Singkangia
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