Does it have to be an empire? I got ideas for a nice expansionist Republic.
I particularly like the first one for its originality, but the other two are very good challenges as well.Cartographical Jukebox: Pick a song and make a map that is in some way inspired by that song. It doesn't have to be directly tied to it, but just something that reminds you of the song.
Parallelism: Map out a movement that happened IRL as happening earlier. An earlier Civil Rights movement or an earlier Russian Revolution, for examples.
Biggering: Depict a nation that has suddenly and surprisingly gone expansionist.
We did this one once. MotF 139. Four years ago. Doesn't mean we can't do it again though.Cartographical Jukebox: Pick a song and make a map that is in some way inspired by that song. It doesn't have to be directly tied to it, but just something that reminds you of the song.
This general topic was done some years ago as "The Locked Country," but it's certainly been long enough that we could run it again if people like! I would probably let each contestant decide the nature and degree of isolation, rather than trying to limit it in some way.No idea if this has been done before, but:
It's been a while since I've met someone new: Show a region that, for some reason, be it voluntary or not, has been isolated from the rest of the world for a long time (I would even suggest making it actual "no knowledge of the outside world" isolation, rather than "no frequent trade", but that's up to @Kaiphranos or the mapmaker, if they prefer to leave it open)