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Discussion in 'Alternate History Maps and Graphics' started by kodak, Jul 29, 2017.

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  1. kodak Has much to learn

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    Back in 2008, Dave Leip made a map of the presidential election results in the northeast and parts of the midwest by township. His map was not very high-quality, and entire towns were left off because they were too small to fit, but here I have made a blank version that is 3x the original size, and I plan on tracing a much better map from this.

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    My own map-making skills are admittedly not very good, so I will take any and all help I can get as I go.
     
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  2. Chicxulub Harris/Klobuchar 2020

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    A few months back I made a much larger map of the minor civil divisions in the Northeast and Midwest using a bunch of shapefiles. This might work a bit better.
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  3. Chicxulub Harris/Klobuchar 2020

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    One problem with that map though is that some towns are hidden because the surrounding townships happen to be in front of the towns in the svg file.
     
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  4. kodak Has much to learn

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    The fact that some towns are still too small to be more than 1 pixel wide is crazy.

    Edit: Yep, that map will do for what I was looking for.
     
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  5. Bjornhattan World's Worst Psephologist

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    That map is great, but my only fault with it is that it's not the most usable because it uses anti-aliasing, making it very hard to fill with colour.
     
  6. Harlow Some kinda socialist

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    I've been hoping for maps like these. The only state town maps I've been able to find are New England's.
     
  7. kodak Has much to learn

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    I am slowly fixing this by using transparent selection to convert everything to black or white.
     
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  8. kodak Has much to learn

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    This plan quickly backfired, as the borders are very light in some spots and disappeared entirely.
     
  9. DPKdebator Hmm...

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    As a New Englander, the way town borders work in places like the Midwest is frankly somewhat baffling. Most "townships" (why aren't they just called towns?) are just some form of square in shape, but the cities have these strange blotchy shapes that are filled with little holes.
     
  10. Bjornhattan World's Worst Psephologist

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    Can I make a suggestion? See if you can find a version of the shapefile map with the townships in white, then do the following:

    Adjust the Brightness down by around -70 points, then increase the Contrast to maximum.

    You'll only get black and white. Areas darker than (198,198,198) become black as they shift first down into a dark grey, and the contrast increase makes all dark greys become black and all light greys become white.

    The borders end up being thick, but it can work well. If you reduce the brightness by less, you'll get thinner borders, but you'll also get holes. -40 gives only a few holes but they are nearly impossible to find.
     
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  11. Codae Well-Known Member

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    Towns and townships are completely different things out here. Townships are little more than divisions of the land, while towns and cities are self-governing entities that have coalesced through annexation of attractive nearby areas. I suppose the reason for such a system is an attempt at the model of "settlements are centers for divisions of territory", but, unlike in New England and most of the rest of the world, in the Midwest the division of the territory happened for land-granting purposes, before the economic and demographic establishment of the eventual society that yielded the settlements.
     
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  12. FrankCesco Well-Known Member

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    Guys I found this map from Wikipedia that could be useful, I'm not American so I don't know if this is what you are searching for:

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  13. DPKdebator Hmm...

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    I'm actually quite familiar with this map. Last summer, I made an ancestry map of New England by town:
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  14. FrankCesco Well-Known Member

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    Wow really good, is it possible to start a big map from this?
     
  15. DPKdebator Hmm...

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    I don't know, since I didn't make it and thus don't know where the basemap is.
     
  16. Codae Well-Known Member

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    It looks like an equirectangular projection with reference parallel at 45 degrees.
     
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  17. VT45 Cartographer Extraordinaire

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    I made some maps of New York and New Jersey that added onto that map. I'll have to go searching for it, but I might be able to help you there.
     
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  18. kodak Has much to learn

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    I did that with the map, and here is the lovely result (I lightened the borders afterward).
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  19. FrankCesco Well-Known Member

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    Can I have that one? I am interested in pls
     
  20. kodak Has much to learn

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    I can't find it on this site now, but I had a copy saved on my computer. Here you go!
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