Fix your Map projection
A combination of gross negligence and/or pure ignorance is the reason why I have decided to write this article.
Have you ever looked at the eRepublik map on the homepage?
Did you notice the size the Greenland?
Greenland is approximately 836,300 sq miles in real life, but according to the map projection it is larger than America and even larger than Africa.
To put this in perceptive Africa is over 11 MILLION Sq miles in real life. This map projection is showing Greenland a country that is at least 14 times smaller than Africa, larger than it! Even Alaska for instance, is grossly out of portion, while Alaska is the largest state in America, according to the map projection it could encompasses over a 1/2 of America. However in reality you could fit roughly 3 states the size of Texas in Alaska, hardly ½ of America.
Why you should care
This was fairly common with most Northern Hemisphere maps in the early colonial years but in this day in age we should know better. Having such a skewed map projection is not only dishonest; it changes how people view the world. Reality itself is only a matter of perception, so if we teach a generation of people that Africa is basically the size of Greenland we are doing them a disservice. In a world that is based more and more on equality, we are basically teaching the world that 3rd world countries should be valued less. The reason for that is because size and importance have been synonymous with each other. In other words we are disenfranchised the world.
In a short funny 4 minute YouTube clip that I ask you to watch on the bottom of the page, it even suggests that such a distortion in the map fosters imperialistically behavior. Something to think about I suppose.
Use a combination of map projections to find one that is relatively correct.
Like this one for example,
or this one
Here is a nice clip on Map projections. Very enjoyable
-Dr. Walter Bishop
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