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I've been into maps since I was a kid and would draw war plans with arrow lines striking across the map. And alternate history fantasies etc.

While I'm mostly a verbal learner, it just fascinates me the way maps can convey so much information graphically and visually.

I'm especially fascinated by cartograms, as often what we really care about is not geographic miles but population and economics. And so cartographic maps show a whole different world, often more accurate to the IRL world we live in of what matters.


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It always stuns me just how far North, Europe is compared to the USA. But I guess the weather patterns are different.


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While not strictly accurate for 1980, a nice map of all nations that were Soviet-aligned at some point, giving a fuller picture of the global Cold War than the usual NATO vs Warsaw focus


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This is what I meant about cartograms being a single image conveying a vast amount of data. I especially love how its color coded for GDP per capita.


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1914 vs now


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