Graphical Notation

Areas

Hierarcy of areas (Skylark's suggestion 2008)

Here's an example image of possible area types:
area_types.jpg

My idea is that area inside (A) has regional areas that are governed centrally.
case B could mean central governed states within a coutry. e.g. USA states that have their own laws.
case C would be (same color theme but different colors) states with somewhat autonomous status but still has loose grouping (maybe Holy Roman Empire vs. Teutonic Order?).
case D: different color themes (red, yellow, blue, green, grey, purple) = different sovereign countries like EU countries. Coloured borders mean that yellow, green and blue are allied in "southern union" and red,purple,grey form a "northern alliance".
What do you think of this? I think grouping itself is good way to add visuality and enabling more information. How many levels and what are their meanings, discuss…

We must agree terms to use in each class A,B,C,D (if this classification is agreed anyway…)

Which hierarcy level are these?

  • foreign colonies of empires (maybe class C)
  • States inside USA, Germany?
  • Ancient Greek city states?
  • Medieval feudal states?
  • States divided from Alexander the Greats conquest? Is there any point in grouping them?

To be specified

  • Primitive tribes and other non-formal. Marking of what tribes/people are where makes sense to me.
  • area that are in battle/war/conflict so not yet decided whose they are… (could be dual-colored area. Colors of rivals)
  • areas that have not yet been internationally confessed as a sovereign country but regards itself as such or have mutual disagreement internationally (e.g. Kosovo, South-Ossetia,…)

Borders

Border graphics type comes from area types?

Other

Cities? etc.
Maybe something else geographical/political data?

Other implementations at www

- look at this: http://www.brown.edu/Research/AAAH/map.htm

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