EqualX Project

Discussion in 'Alternate History Maps and Graphics' started by ksituan, Jun 23, 2019.

  1. ksituan Peace Country Unoriginal

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    - EqualX Project -
    Equal Earth basemaps and resources

    If you're any kind of nerd, you're probably aware of the debate over the merits of different map projections. Mercator preserves shape at the expense of size, Equirectangular is mathematically simple at the expense of being good for anything, Gall-Peters preserves area at the expense of looking stupid...

    Yes, there is hope: the recently released Equal Earth projection (2018) preserves area while being cartographically viable. Some really good public domain resources have already been created using this new projection, so I hope to perpetuate that work with what you see in this thread.

    EqualAAAA (600px)

    EqualAAAA.png

    EqualAA (1200px)
    EqualAA 1.2.0.png

    Currently planned:
    EqualAAA (900px)
    EqualA (1800px)
    EqualC (2400px)
    EqualD (4800px)

    Why should anyone use EqualX? I can't offer a wide variety of premade historical basemaps, but I can offer a PROJ4 code:

    +proj=eqearth +lon_0=11.25 +datum=WGS84 +wktext

    Punching this into any GIS (i.e. QGIS, which is free) will enable you to instantly render any spatial data in the exact same projection used by EqualX, forever, guaranteed.

    Note: the +lon_0 term defines the familiar Florence meridian, so non-Florence datasets which cover the whole world will require a bit of preparation in order to not be broken by the meridian shift (anything which straddles the Bering Strait will be affected, if it's not sliced beforehand). Regional datasets, though, will load with no problems.
     
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  2. kissatytto internet hobbyist- most of my stuff is unposted

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    swooping in right away to take credit for the name. i'm so original.
     
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  3. Viralworld Éirí Amach an Ghealach Donor

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    I’ll definitely follow this project! Do you intend to make threads for work on the larger maps like EqualA or EqualC?
     
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  4. TheKutKu Well-Known Member

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    Is this... an actual small -Bam like map that actually follows a standard projection? Am i dreaming?

    I fucking love you man equal Earth is such a good choice (although personally I have a slight aesthetic preference for natural earth, but it isn’t equal area) I hope it replaces the WorlA
     
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  5. Apathe Member

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    Definitely am looking forward to helping out with this. Could someone put together PNG exports of GIS data for folks to start working on in regards to EqualA, EqualC, and EqualD administrative borders?
     
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  6. Miranda Brawner Trans Woman

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    I actually like Gall-Peters, but it's always fun to explore new map projections.
     
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  7. ksituan Peace Country Unoriginal

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    Right now the project isn't in dire need of more hands to trace boundaries; a few deliberate choices are being made with the pixel styles which take a bit of oversight (for small entities, overall shape is more important than fill-tool-ability, hence the nearly complete absence of one-pixel-surrounded-by-four-more objects on this map).

    In the interest of keeping all the resources open and public, though, a particularly ugly 9600px base is linked.

    More immediately in the pipeline: ever use a weird, misshapen box to indicate which Pacific islands belong to which sovereign entity? With the EqualAA soon to include EEZs, never do it again.

    EqualAA 1.1.png
     
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  8. Apathe Member

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    ok folks here's a start on european and african coastlines for equalD. I'll keep working on the coastlines for those two continents, other people can start on political borders or the like if they want. Please let me know if I'm doing something wrong.
     
  9. kissatytto internet hobbyist- most of my stuff is unposted

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    sorry to burst your bubble, but ksit's talked about this not exactly being a public collaborative endeavor. sorry your work went to waste :(
     
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  10. ksituan Peace Country Unoriginal

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    1.1 update is live! EEZs and Antarctic claims have been added.

    The EqualA and the EqualAAAA are currently under active construction; the project is unfortunately not accepting unsolicited work at this time. This might change later, but right now it's too much managerial effort to make sure that every contribution follows the same stylistic rules (important if EqualX is going to be a viable alternative to currently existing basemaps).
     

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  11. Witch0Winter Witch ❄️f Winter (formerly ToixStory)

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    A worlda that I can use with QGIS? I love it, thanks for this!
     
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  12. ksituan Peace Country Unoriginal

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    EqualAAAA.png

    EqualAAAA now live, 600px resolution will definitely be useful if you do a lot of map editing on your graphing calculator.

    EqualAA has also been updated to 1.2.0, showing significant Indigenous autonomous areas in Anglo-America.
     
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  13. ST15RM Ich bin ein AH.commer!

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    i can do equalAAA

    EDIT: nvm this is @kistuan's own solo work
     
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  14. Chris S Member

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    Can you do a Pacific centred one for EqualAA?

    Great work by the way.

    I think a few of the EEZs are just a little outdated though (Norway-Russia, and the donut hole in the Sea of Okhotsk and donut hole between US and Mexico only in the western Gulf of Mexico.)
     
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  15. Dr. Doom Well-Known Member

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    Great work, I'm using this as a base for some recent stuff I'm doing.

    Minor thing, but you guys are missing Lake Turkana in NW Kenya.
     
  16. XO Maenadicus neohellenism but unironically | they/them please!

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    I'm the person doing the "active construction" on the EqualA that Ksit mentioned; I figured I'd provide an update as to how it's going.

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  17. TheKutKu Well-Known Member

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    Awesome! Good work, it's beautiful.

    While EqualAA is suppoed to be the map to replace the WorldA, i feel like EqualA is the right size to start making really interesting details, without being as large and long to make as QBAM (plus being based on a standard projection any OC content will be a thousand time easier to make), i always felt that WorldA was a bit too small, and EqualA still fits on a standard screen and you don't need to zoom to see details. i really hope EqualA replace WorldA, while EqualD will eventually replace the same size QBAM
     
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  18. XO Maenadicus neohellenism but unironically | they/them please!

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    In the words of John Marvelcinematicuniverse...

    "we're in the endgame now"

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    God, I can't wait to go back to doing AH stuff after this :p
     
  19. TheKutKu Well-Known Member

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    Awesome!!!! I love it.
     
  20. Viralworld Éirí Amach an Ghealach Donor

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    Definitely, I’ve always wanted a good standardized basemap that was somewhere between WorldA and QBAM. WorldA can’t have too many details or it’s messy but QBAM needs a lot or it’s bland looking, so this looks to be a perfect middle ground for the two!