After I do that, a message claiming that that file option will cause data loss pops up, and I have no other choice than to either cancel it or save it as an Inkscape SVG.
So, with regards to saving as a cairo png, you should make sure you 'Save as' so the svg remains, and you have a shiny png. The data loss is just the compression of the layers into a single flat image, as pngs don't have layers. If you were to continue, nothing would be lost in terms of visuals, but it is significantly harder to edit. However, if you have any fancier things in the file, its better to go to File and 'Export BMP'.After I do that, a message claiming that that file option will cause data loss pops up, and I have no other choice than to either cancel it or save it as an Inkscape SVG.
I've been working to expand an idea I had about a world where France unifies Iberia, the Benelux, most of western Germany, and Italy under one crown by the 1600s, becoming what basically amounts to a new Holy Roman Empire, except instead of being ridiculously complex and decentralized, it manages to survive as a unified superstate through to the modern day. Basically, the Bourbons are the new Habsburgs, but without all that intermarrying and incest. I guess this stems from my low-key obsession (more of a fascination, really) with over-the-top and absurdly powerful monarchies. Basically, in this world, Francis I manages to win a succession of wars against the Holy Roman Empire in the sixteenth century, ending with Francis' capture of Charles V (instead of the other way around) and the dissolution of the Empire in the late 1500s/early 1600s. Afterwards, France goes along to conquer most of Western Europe, rechristening itself the Empire of Europa in the eighteenth century and colonizing massive swathes of the globe.
Nothing resembling an Enlightenment ever took place, and many monarchs still rule with an absolute hand, with representative government only present as a means of advising the king/emperor. Most of the world's largest empires have more of an aspect to democracy (Europa, because of its sheer size, Britain, because of its pre-POD path, and California), but none are anywhere close to a true democracy or republic, at least by modern standards. This is the world in 1892, the height of the Europan Empire, when they controlled roughly forty percent of the Earth's surface either under direct rule or through indirect means (as is the case with the Imperial Rhenic Confederation, the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Kingdom of Aegyptia, the Kingdom of Quebec, and the Greek Empire).
I made a Wikibox over on that thread a few days ago, which you can see here, and I expect to go more in depth soon.
I guess he read the same book on drawing state borders Stalin did?