/Geolympiad Mapping Guide
Geolympiad Guides, or, a Summary of Olympic Regulations (where they pertain to mapping)
This guide is meant to summarize key Olympic Regulations in order to help mappers create a realistic and complete Geolympiad.
The Key Takeaways
This is the most important part. This will tell you the key regulations and building requirements, and should give you an overview of what hosting the Geolympiad should entail. All the information here is a summary of what is found in the Host City Contract of which a copy can be found here. However, you shouldn't feel the need to read it - I read it so that you won't have to! It should be noted that the HCC can vary from Olympics to Olympics - but nevertheless, I feel as though remaining within these guidelines here is more than reasonable.
- As a general rule, all hotel accommodations (inside the Geolympic Village) should be 3-5 stars.
- IF technical officials must be accommodated outside the village.
- Additional accommodation for any other officials must be provided close to the village.
- All broadcaster accommodation should be close to the broadcast center (no more than 30 minutes away)
- If accommodation within the city is not available, Media Village(s) can be constructed in order to provide reasonable accommodation.
Arrival and Departure
- Easy transport to and from points of entry into the country should be established.
- Make use of Public Transport to facilitate transportation
- Different officials/participants will get different treatments based on their importance - this won't have much presence on the map, but it's worth thinking about
- Special schedules and routes making use of existing public transport may be created.
- There should be a cohesive branding scheme for the Geolympiad.
- Logo should include the emblem, the year and place, and some form of the Geolympiad Logo. Emblem should represent culture, place, values, theme.
- Consider, in particular for the winter games, making a Medals Plaza where the Medals will be awarded. Medals may also be awarded on location at the stadium, in which case no Plaza is needed.
- Consider making the Plaza be sponsored by a Marketing Partner. The Plaza may have music and staging elements for performances.
- A Geolympic Cauldron, where the torch is placed, is generally located in the main stadium.
- There can be another Cauldron, but it must be in a location with events.
- Live Sites are places where the public can gather to watch live broadcasts of events, possibly with other activities or performances on location as well. They can be located in any major location in the host country.
- Live Sites may be sponsored by Marketing Partners.
- Bear in mind that Live Sites are generally temporary, and may be repurposed or removed entirely depending on the situation after the Geolympiad.
- Live Sites may be sponsored by Marketing Partners.
Operations in the City and Culture
- Integration with the city authorities and services is essential.
- There should be a cultural program of events that seek to highlight the culture of the host and international culture.
- This program should incorporate pre-existing programs, organizations, and other institutions.
- Events should be created and hosted at pre-existing and specially built locations as part of the program.
- A museum could also be constructed to highlight artifacts and media relating to cultural history.
- A stable energy supply must be secured.
- Existing infrastructure should be maximized, with additional infrastructure being constructed when needed.
- There should be a comprehensive network providing electricity to all of the locations.
- Enough reserve energy (generators?) to prevent blackouts and other hiccups should be assured.
- In particular, core/essential services should have complete backup ability in the case of a crisis.
- There should be a specific location for Food amenities, with other locations throughout the venues.
- Ensure plenty of drinking fountains or other free water solutions.
- Consider making the food services reflect the culture or theme of the Geolympics.
- Consider making one or multiple translation center(s).
- These are companies that are in a partnership with the Geolympiad.
- They may provide various services, such as:
- Live Sites
- Other Goods
- There should be various buildings for media services:
- A Press Center (MPC)
- A Broadcast Center (IBC)
- There should be at minimum: 20,000m2 of usable space, with a further 1,000m2 in or alongside the building for use as a logistics compound, with truck access, loading dock and secure storage area; and... a combined IBC/MPC media transport mall is provided. If the IBC and MPC are adjoining facilities, there should be one shared transport mall but, if separate, both the IBC and MPC will need their own transport malls. (quote from the current HCC)
- A Transport Center at the two buildings above is needed.
- There should be food facilities in the two centers, along with storage space, possibly outside in trailers as well as inside.
- There may be a need for a secondary MPC depending on distance between the main center and the main venues.
- Other tele-com facilities
- Doping Control Center!
- There should also be Doping Centers around the sites.
- And a certified lab.
- There should be a central clinic.
- The clinic should provide the services of a pharmacy, a dentist, a general doctor, an eye doctor, and sports medicine, along with emergency services 24/7. The clinic should also provide other specialist services (see the HCC for more detail)
- Some specialist services may be provided in a nearby hospital, with a fast transport connection to the village.
- Certain hospitals may also be designated as Geolympic Hospitals for advanced treatment like surgery.
- There should be suitable emergency medical services.
- National Olympic Committee areas should have medical services on hand.
- NOC = National geOlympic Committee
- There should be an Athletes Commission building for administration of the NOC's.
- NOC's are located in the Geoolympic village
Geolympic Family Services
- Provide a Geolympic Club for the Geolympic Families
Please DO NOT violate Human Rights™ at your territory's Geolympics. Thank You.
- Ensure a smooth waste management system.
- Ensure safe positioning of entrances and exits.
- No Smoking.
- There should be a signage system consisting of maps, boards, and other way-finding signage for both cars and pedestrians.
- Place signs in sensible locations, such as major junctures, outside of major buildings, and so on
- Include some signs outside of the venue area if needed.
- Ensure easy to understand layout and overall planning, with help desks and plenty of services in order to keep satisfaction high.
- Follow all Field of Play and Stadia regulations (see below)
- In the Winter Games, provide Wax Cabins.
- Provide IT infrastructure, such as an IT Office.
- Provide Telecommunications, radio, and other broadcast infrastructure.
- Provide transport services by working with public transport and creating special routes.
- Avoid making construction areas near the venues.
- Create parking services, with special divisions based on priority.
- Transport routes and services should provide access to all locations.
- Be sure to include Key Venues:
The Key Olympic Venues include all competition venues, the Olympic Villages, International Broadcast Centre (IBC), Main Press Centre (MPC), Mountain Media Centre (MMC) and other zone Media Centres when relevant, Ceremony stadium(s) and Medal Plaza(s) (when relevant), Olympic Family Hotel(s) (OFH); accommodation villages (when relevant), Olympic Park(s) and major common domain(s); and airports and other major points of arrival and departure (when relevant). In addition to the Key Olympic Venues, and where appropriate, there may be Paralympic-specific venues (competition and/or noncompetition). (From the HCC)
- Venues must be in the Host City.
- Venues should make at least some use of existing infrastructure.
- Venue capacity should be kept in mind, try to account for the estimated number of visitors.
- Prioritize previously used land, rather than unused land, and try to create a sustainable environment.
- The above rule may be disregarded if you would like to create an event from before 1980.
- Home of the athletes.
- Divided into a residential zone, an operation zone, and the plaza.
- Accommodation should be more than sufficient for the amount of athletes.
- Travel times to all venues should be efficient as possible.
- Capacity numbers are likely as follows: 16000+ at the summer games, and 4000+ at the winter games. There should be a maximum of two people per room.
- Provide services in the village, including work spaces, offices, and meeting rooms.
- The transport mall, resident centers, dining halls, central clinic, the Team Processing Center, and social and entertainment areas should all be within the village. Other amenities should be provided as well. For more information see page 213 and 214 of the HCC.
- Provide workshops for sports that require them.
- A rifle storage center should be constructed.
- Establish a place to mourn.
- Creation of a mural is encouraged.
Technical Information on Venues
This section summarizes the first two chapters of the "Technical Manual on Venues - Design Standards for Competition Venues" from November 2005 (Sadly, I could not find a more recent version. If you have one, please let me know asap.). Despite the 16 year old age, it works well enough for practical purposes. However, if you are able to acquire an up-to date copy, and I cannot stress this enough, please contact me. However, for our purposes, we can assume that the 2005 version is, in OGF, the 2021 version. As it does in the manual, I will go over every venue and provide the key points that you need to know. The third chapter of the manual covers in depth the exact area requirements for every room and area within each sports venue, which is not required for anything but the most detailed mapping of the actual floor-plans, and as such is not included.
- Share venues if possible.
- Only build a new venue if needed.
- Venues should be placed in clusters.
- In some cases, it is better to use temporary venues.
- In some cases, these rules will have to be bent, but they should be followed as much as possible.
Entry and Exit
- It is recommended that transport drop-off points for athletes, the press/broadcasters and officials should be no more than 50m from the entrance to the venue.
- This may not be possible if venues are in a cluster.
- Otherwise, a maximum distance of 1200m is acceptable.
- A screening area should be included at entry points.
- Bear in mind that there will be multiple entry points for different groups.
Public Amenities to Include
- These amenities are in the "Front of House" - the public part of the venue.
- Medical facility in the front entrance room of the venue.
- Drinking water facilities may be needed.
- Consider the following: Toilets.
- Shelter Areas if needed.
- Consider concessions and similar services in the concourse of the venue.
- Some services may be located outside the venue.
Back Side of the Venue
- These are the areas not publicly accessible.
- Include workspace.
- Include warm-up areas and other athlete services close to the field.
- Include a Broadcast Booth/Offices.
- Include an area for general management.
- Remember to account for reserved seats.
Overall Design Measures
- Consider how various groups will move around the venue - athletes, officials, tourists, etc.
- If applicable, vehicle transport and movement should be considered also.
- Include extra security precautions.
- Include emergency vehicle access.
- Remember that many venues can and should be shared, so two different sports can be held at different times in the same venue.
The government of Arion is possibly one of the most complicated in the world, a unique system that has evolved from the democracy of simple city-states to what it is today. The government type is oft-described as a "Joint Participatory and Elected Arionic Democracy", although Arionic Democracy would also suit, and is what is most frequently used by Arionic Politicians. Perhaps the most two most notable features of the Arionic Government is the prohibition of political parties and the large amount of electing by lot from volunteers the members of one of the houses of the Fora (Parliament). This article will seek to make clear the way in which the government works by detailing the main positions and divisions within each government, and thereby painting a picture of how the machine of government turns in Arion.
Women in the Government
Women were originally considered second-class citizens in Arion, and were not allowed to vote or hold office, nor were they considered equal to men. However, this view began to change in the late 1200s, when Thela Ilos, a famed explorer and seafarer rose to prominence, expanding the naval abilities of Arion and the reputation on the seas, despite being widely discriminated against. She played a vital role in numerous battles against Mazan during her heyday, and was without doubt a vital player in protecting the northern islands. In short, she was a strategic genius. Slowly, due to the difficulty of reconciling a highly capable and idolized woman who was rapidly turning into legend with women being second-class citizens, the government passed a law in 1302, just before the death of Ilos that made women equal to men as citizens, except for the fact that they could only vote in elections for the Council of 200, and could not serve in the government, nor was there any protection against job discrimination. So, in many ways, women were still unequal, and there was still a large amount of sexism perpetuated within the society. However, over the next 600 years various laws would be passed enabling women to serve in different parts of the government, until in 1895 women were able to serve in all of the government. However, these laws were still able to be repeal, and women were still not fully equal to men in the constituent documents of Arion, the Codex Arion. This changed in 1902, when in a referendum voters approved an amendment granting women fully equal rights and protection against discrimination. Of course, that is not to say that sexism has been eradicated from Arion.
Committees of the Ecclesia
Committees of the Council
The Thesmothetai are a group of five people, generally members of the magistrates or former respected members of the Fora, chosen by the Chief Magistrates. They are responsible for choosing the three Archons from the pool of possible candidates both within the appropriate ministries and those who have the needed experience, and then their choices are reviewed and confirmed by the High Tribunal.  The Chief Magistrates choose the Thesmothetai every decade on the second year (so, for example, the next Thesmothetai will be picked in 2022), although there have been some exceptions. The Thesmothetai hold their sessions to decide the new Archon(s) anywhere from one to two years before the term of the Archon(s) will expire, in order to account for the long confirmation process held by the High Tribunal, the chance of an early resignation, and the large amount of deliberation involved. In the case of a surprise vacancy in the post the Thesmothetai will convene an emergency session to choose a temporary successor, who will bypass the required confirmation period in the High Tribunal but will not be able to vote with the other Archons, nor will they have all the powers of the office of the Archon. The Thesmothetai will then select their choice for the new Archon, who may be the same as the temporary successor, and the proposed Archon will then be confirmed by the High Tribunal. In the meantime the Thesmothetai will serve as the tie-breaker for votes taken by the official Archons.
The Thesmothetai retain a large degree of Privacy, with the dates of their sessions not being revealed until after they take place, and very little information published at the time  The proposed new Archon(s) are only released once there are six months remaining in the term of the serving Archon, in order to allow time for the confirmation process, and to alleviate a possible period in which the authority of the current Archon(s) may seem weaker depending on the contrast of beliefs in the successor(s) and the current Archon(s). The press are prohibited to interview the members of the Thesmothetai about their position until their term is over,  in order to preserve the integrity of the members. In the same vein, members are prohibited from interacting with any foreign politicians or officials , and are also prohibited from interacting in any way with the current Archons, since they all have a stake in the process that could result in bribes. This is enforced by strict punishments and criminal charges. Public opinion of the Thesmothetai is positive.
Presidents of Iscu
Things to do in OGF
So you've gotten bored. You love mapping, but you're stuck, and you don't know what to do next. You feel like you're stagnating, and have no ideas. Well, maybe this list will help you! I've provided a list of things to do in your territory and beyond!
- Map a park.
- Map a "national" park.
- Map energy infrastructure.
- Do the math for your transit system, find out it's unrealistic, fix it, and then gaze on its majesty in the transit viewer or histor style.
- Find an old mapping challenge and do it.
- Go into super detail and map a neighborhood as much as possible.
- Create a satellite image of the countryside..
- Clean up your wiki articles.
- Map an industrial area.
- Go browse the OSM wiki to find tagging for stores and more to give more variety into your mapping.
- Use iD if you normally use JOSM.
- Use JOSM if you normally use iD.
- Map a church.
- Map a Synagogue (what is OGF:Judaism anyways?)
- Map another place of worship.
- Map a planned district, maybe it was for an exposition or a revitalization project.
- Revamp your embassies.
- Map the edges of your forests.
- Or deserts.
- Develop the culture of your people.
- Make a poor town.
- Make a rich town.
- Make a town with stark income disparities reflecting the inequality present in all countries.
- Make a border town (for islands, make a detailed coral reef, or a nature preserve located on a small island offshore).
- Go clean up some old mapping.
- Go clean up Drull.
Map a motorway in commonia just for the fun of it
- Nominate someone for the featured map who deserves to be recognized.
- Make an perfectly imperfect interchange.
- Be realistically unrealistic.
- Don't stress out.
- Keep being a great mapper.
- Map a community center or country club.
- Do some new user patrolling.
- Join the OGF Discord.
- Map some gas stations.
- Map a ship or a transit vehicle..
- Map a museum.
- Make a topo layer for your country-although this may take a long time.
- Try making a hand-drawn map for a change.
- The specific specifications for choosing candidates are set out in the Thesmothetai Code of 1564, which replaced the original 761 law and has been amended a total of four times, most recently in 1994
- For example, in 1934, the Thesmothetai for that decade had to be dissolved only two years into their term because one of the members had been accused and convicted of a crime, and according to the Criminal Code, "... any criminal conviction on one or more of the members of the Thesmothetai is to result in the immediate dissolution of the Thesmothetai..."
- However, under the Open Information Law of 1971 all transcripts of sessions must be released to the public upon request. Of course, the actual content of the meetings tends to be mind-numbingly boring with very little content of interest.
- They are allowed to interview the members about other topics, in order to preserve the law-given freedom of the press, as per the court case Arion vs Metros in 1758
- Interestingly, this includes officials from overseas territories due to official definition in the Overseas Regency Law of 1895, which amended the Overseas Territory Administration Law of 1812, but did not prohibit residents of overseas territories from serving in the Thesmothetai, which means that although a resident could serve in the Thesmothetai, if they had a spouse who was also a government official, they would not be able to live with or even talk to their spouse for a decade.