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The theme of Ludum Dare this weekend is small worlds. I started to brainstorm about how to make a small version of the earth, for a game or similar. That made me mistreat geography and draft a twelve-sided globe mainly with land-mass. The idea was to use it for a geo-political historical incremental game. Too big a task, which I quickly abandoned. But the globe geography still feels interesting. These were the regions: - Europe - Russia - Africa - China - Middle-East + South Asia - Antarctica + Australia - USA + Mexico - Arctic + Canada - South America - Sea: Eastern Siberia - Sea: Atlantic - Sea: Pacific Each can be drawn within a pentagon, and combined to a dodecahedron globe. This is the graph of neighbours / overview of the map: Arctic + Canada _.~' _~ | ~_ '~._ _.~' _~ | ~_ '~._ -- USA -- Sea -- EU -- Rus.-- Sea -- .. / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / .. -- S.A.-- Afr.-- M.E.-- Chn.-- Sea -- '~._ ~_ | _~ _.~' '~._ ~_ | _~ _.~' Antarctic + Australia The map is schewed and mostly land mass. It still looks very earth-like. Geography is wrong, but it is a nice structure geographical-relative political segments, for a game and similar. It might be useful for a visualisation some day. It could be interesting to create as a dice. And it was fun to make :)
I also did a quick physical prototype of cardboard and paper with free-hand geographical drawing to see what it would feel like. Of course the real intention would be to generate it in 3D with real map data displaced to fit the model.
Notice the displacements and difference in scale, while the map still kind of makes sense... For example, in the real world: Europe is 1/4 the size of Africa.