Collab:Federal States/Collaborative States/Michisaukee

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The state of Michisaukee is the first open collaborative state in the Federal States. Like other "blue" territories in OpenGeofiction, all mappers are welcome to edit in the state; however, unlike some other blue territories, there are some restrictions as to what can or cannot be mapped:

  • Mapping should be consistent with the other states in the Federal States of Archanta (a modern North American-style mapped in English/"Ingerish").
  • New motorways are not permitted, and edits to existing motorways should be only to add detail.
  • Any new primary road must have permission from the appropriate regional coordinator. Edits to current primaries should only be to add detail.
  • New railways are not permitted except short spurs, yards, crossovers, and double-tracking existing railways. Edits to existing railways should be only to add detail. New passenger stations must have permission from a state coordinator.
  • New cities with a population over 100,000 are not allowed; new cities with a population of 50,000-100,000 must have permission from a state coordinator.
  • Existing waterways should not be edited except to add detail. (Adding smaller rivers, streams, etc. is permitted and encouraged provided the overall drainage patterns of the state are not affected.)
  • New airports should be limited to small local airfields. Detailing can be added to the large airports in Massodeya City and Darsons.

The project's coordinators are tasked with maintaining the state with these standards and may edit or remove mapping that does not conform.


Unlike some other free-to-edit territories, Michisaukee is overseen by a small team of coordinators. The coordinators may delete and alter all mapping in the state in order to keep consistency. For example, a motorway in the shape of a pentagon would be deleted, whereas a motorway spurring off of FS-50 would be downgraded to a primary or secondary road. The coordinators will seek to collaborate with and advise/communicate with mappers in the state as needed.

Glauber currently oversees the Michisaukee project.

General Plans

The state has mountains in the east and north, which are reminiscent of Appalachia. These mountains decline into plains, which are covered in farms. Massodeya City is the beating heart of the state, a national center for rail, which extends out into the rest of the state. The density of the state is medium-low outside of Massodeya City, with the other major city being the capital Darsons. In terms of Hydrology the main river is the Massodeya River, which flows through the northern half of the state, and is fed by tributaries from the mountains. Other rivers in the south feed into the Molson River.

Important Data

The following table is meant to show population data for important areas of the state.

Town Population Location County Notes
Massodeya City City Proper=460k - 300k Metro=2.1m-2.8m Here Massodeya County Largest city in the state, should have an important rail industry and substantial suburbs. The crossroads of the Massodeya region.
St Richard's 40,000 Here Donoman County Should be an important town in between Darsons and the towns in the far south of the state.
Darsons (State Capital) City Proper=100-150 Metro: 200-300k Here Schobert County Although the current extent of residential developments should be preserved, there is extensive re-scaling needed.

Massodeya City

Massodeya City is still being planned out, but will be the largest city in the state and a rail hub. It will draw on Louisville,Columbus and St. Louis. Please ask a coordinator before working on the city or the surrounding area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why aren't new motorways allowed?

We want to avoid the state becoming a mess of motorways, and without this rule blue territories often end up with a plethora of unrealistic motorways. We appreciate detailing of the existing motorways in Michisaukee, but not the creation of tons of motorways around a rural town.

Why can't I create a huge city?

If we let everyone map huge cities, the state would become unrealistic. If you want to map in a big city, feel free to work in Massodeya City or Darsons, and if you want to work on a medium sized city you can work in one of the county seats. If you really think you have a realistic and viable plan for a large city, contact the appropriate coordinator.

There's some bad mapping near me, am I allowed to delete it?

The coordinators will attempt to alter, move or delete mapping that does not conform to the rules, but if we've missed something and you want to deal with it, feel free to do so. However, please follow our etiquette for mapping in blue territories. In particular, do not delete mapping, especially if there is a mapper is still working in the area. In general, mapping should be improved and altered, not deleted.

How did you come up with the name "Michisaukee"?

The name Michisaukee is a (very) loose Ojibwe translation that, perhaps appropriately, means "open land". The name was chosen by popular vote of the FSA stateowners among 12 suggestions submitted. If you'd like more information about the vote, expand this section.

AR120-31 Naming Vote Information

Twelve names were suggested, many of which also had brief etymologies:

  • Elada, a Cherokee word meaning "low"
  • Odalu, a Cherokee word meaning "mountain"
  • Pulchra, a Latin word meaning "beautiful"
  • Deiterra, a Latin word meaning "God-given earth"
  • Galisoda, a Cherokee word meaning "house" or "home"
  • Eskamishee, a Native American word that translates to "plains"
  • Rahronkas, a Mohawk word meaning "listening land" (the spellings of "Rahonkas" and "Raronkas" were also suggested)
  • Wellensia
  • Memonosee
  • Pekinpapaga
  • Michisaukee, a loose Ojibwe translation of "open land"
  • Oshawaukee, a loose Ojibwe translation of "blue land"

An initial round of voting was opened with these twelve options using a ranked-choice voting model where each stateowner could select their first, second, and third choices; if no option won a majority of votes after the votes were closed, the option with the fewest first-place votes would be eliminated with those ballots re-allocated based on second-choice votes, and so on until one option had a majority of votes. However, after a week of voting and 23 votes received, no option was even on a majority of total ballots, so the top five choices -- all choices that had more than one first choice vote -- were sent on to a second round of voting.

First Round (n=23)
Name 1st Choice 2nd Choice 3rd Choice Total Ballots
Elada 3 1 3 7
Odalu 0 1 2 3
Pulchra 0 0 0 0
Deiterra 1 3 2 6
Galisoda 0 1 2 3
Eskamishee 1 3 3 7
Rahronkas 6 2 3 11
Wellensia 1 3 2 6
Memonosee 5 1 2 8
Pekinpapaga 1 0 1 2
Michisaukee 2 5 1 8
Oshawaukee 3 3 2 8

The second round of voting took place concurrently with the FSA draft railway framework, which generated more interest from additional FSA stateowners. (An OGF message was also sent to each FSA stateowner to notify them of the vote.) This second vote resulted in 35 ballots, three of which were invalidated: one ballot was removed due to a failed audit of the vote; one ballot was removed because it was cast by a non-stateowner; and one ballot was intentionally voided by selecting the same name for first, second, and third choices. The instant-runoff voting process resulted in a tie; the tie was broken by total ballots cast.

Second Round (n=32)
Name 1st Choice 2nd Choice 3rd Choice Total Ballots
Elada 6 6 6 18
Rahronkas 13 4 2 19
Memonosee 2 5 9 16
Michisaukee 6 8 8 22
Oshawaukee 5 9 7 21
Instant Runoff (n=32)
Name 3rd Round 4th Round 5th Round Total Ballots
Elada 7 (+1) 7 (0) X (-7) -
Rahronkas 13 (0) 13 (0) 16 (+3) 19
Memonosee X (-2) - - -
Michisaukee 7 (+1) 12 (+5) 16 (+4) 22
Oshawaukee 5 (0) X (-5) - -

If you still have any questions, feel free to contact a coordinator at any time! We're happy to help.

Additional Resources

OSM Inspiration for Michisaukee:

Massodeya City: Louisville St Louis Columbus

Rural Areas: Rochester Grand Tower Cookeville Jackson (Tennessee) Scranton Mansfield

Mountains: Ozarks Appalachia

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