Forum:Territory application/UL20c - Republic of Brandenmoria

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Noun Project Signature icon 619326 cc.svgTerritory ID and proposed name
The Territory ID (from OpenGeofiction:Territories, e.g. AR123a) and proposed name of the country

UL20c - Republic of Wiesermoria

Noun Project Map icon 1463108.svgPhysical geography
An overview of climate, topography and landscape of the country. It is advised to also create a sketch, you can add a link to this (hosted on imgur or similar)

The nation's climate is mostly hemiboreal or Dfb using the Köppen climate classification, similar to Central and Eastern Europe, northeastern China and the eastern American-Canadian border region. Summer temperatures range from 21-28 °C, while winter temperatures stay between -5 to 5 °C, although frequently reach -15 °C. The landscape is characterised by rolling hills and sprawling ancient forests. The terrain becomes slightly mountainous in the central part of the country forming a barrier between the east and west halves of the country, however most of the country is relatively flat due to it being situated on a wide isthmus separating the Kaspen and Iver Seas. The climate becomes more Mediterranean (Cfa) on both coasts, having a landscape similar to that of northern California or Italy, with a gradual chaparral shrubland (Cfb) transition from the steppes. Geographical sketch:

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A brief description of the territory demographics, economic development, land occupation, infrastructure and mapping style

Wiesermoria is inhabited primarily by Russians in the west and Germans in the east. Because of the eastern part of the country being generally more habitable and having more rivers, it has a slightly larger population. Because of rapid urbanisation efforts by the socialist government, Elvirmoria boasts large metropolitan centres which concentrate most of the region's population, which contrasts with the mostly suburban eastern cities.

Brandenmoria has an unequal development distribution due to it being two different countries until 1993; a stark contrast exists along the old Elvirmorian-Breitwieserland border. Elvirmoria had similar levels of development to other formerly Soviet and Eastern Bloc countries; its economy was mostly based on natural resource extraction and refinement such as coal, oil, chemicals, etc. As for transport, railways were the primary focus of the socialist government, highways being built primarily for local freight traffic. After unification, car ownership rates skyrocketed in Elvirmoria, meaning severe congestion and low traffic safety were characteristic of the region until only recently; public transit in cities was modernised, new avtomagistrali (motorways) were built to western standards, and the existing road network received drastic overhauls and repaved. On the other hand, Breitwieserland has always had a capitalist and free-market economy and thus had a plethora of industries such as electronics, automotive manufacturing, coal, and recently financial and service industries. Around the middle of the 20th century Breitwieserland began producing and importing vehicles on a much larger scale than Elvirmoria, prompting the government to focus much more on providing efficient private and public transport links: the first Autobahn was opened in 1949, after which the motorway network has expanded considerably to mirror the road network density of other western nations. One of the first major infrastructure projects after unification was to construct a motorway-railway supercorridor between east and west Wiesermoria, in hopes of bringing more development and commerce to former Elvirmoria. The country has unified traffic rules, however road signs and railway signals follow different standards in the east and west to this day.

The urban mapping style aims to contrast Soviet city planning with Western European suburban development. The rural mapping style aims to capture the differing levels of development between the east and west parts of the country.

Noun Project languages icon 105908 cc.svgHistory & culture
A brief description of the intended culture and language

What is now known as Wiesermoria has been a border region for most of modern human history. The area has been inhabited by nomads since ~2000 BC and was subject to constant raids and pillaging; due to this fact permanent settlements were few and far between until the 16th century AD, and with the advent of colonisation and disease prophylaxis the area was quickly divided between Germanic settlers in the east and Slavic settlers in the west. The dispersed colonies eventually unified under two banners - Breitwieserland (1829) and Elvirmoria (1794), both nations trading goods and exchanging cultures and languages with each other for a century until vast oil and coal deposits were discovered in Elvirmoria in 1935 after which the neighbouring Chara Republic invaded it. Over the course of the 20th century borders were closed off and fortified, forming an impassable barrier between the two formerly cordial nations. Brandenburg received support from other democratic nations due to its immediate proximity to a belligerent leadership and proceeded to develop a strong capitalist economy similar to other western nations in the same position. Due to several Elvirmorian revolts in the 1980s and 1990s, the Chara Republic eventually ceded independence after proving unable to keep propping up the socialist government in Elvirmoria. Almost immediately after independence, the two countries voted to reunify, forming the Republic of Wiesermoria (Wiesermorische Republik/Визерморская республика) on 8/08/1993. At the present moment the country is still majority Russian-speaking in the west and German-speaking in the east, however both languages frequently take loanwords from each other and most citizens are proficient in both Russian and German.

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Urban mapping - mostly roads, minimal buildings and landuses. Everything aside from Fremont and the trunk road is my original work.

Rural mapping - some rudimentary landuses in the form of forests, grassland and farms, along with a village centre.

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Vas111 (talk) 00:33, 20 February 2024 (UTC)

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Discussion for clarification & decision

Dear Vas111, thank you for your application. It's a perfect fit for the area in terms of both culture and geography. Your mapping history so far also qualifys you for your own territory. I have two comments:

  • For completeness sake, I'd like to ask you to provide a sketch of your plans for your territory, which you already lay out in much detail in writing, before approving your application. See Help:Making_realistic_countries for some tips on how to make such a plan, sketching the most important mountain ranges, rivers, cities and transport links. A rough sketch with Microsoft paint or some other basic tool of your choice is absolutely fine.
  • Also, consider different names than (Neu-)"Brandenburg" for the eastern region; it would be a very recognizable real-world reference since the Brandenburg gate is one of the most well-known sights in real world Germany. Also we don't have a prominent (Old-) Brandenburg anywhere in OGF (to my knowledge). Maybe a Kalmish region or some other country in West or East Uletha could serve as inspiration?

Looking forward to your reply, Leowezy (talk) 16:55, 20 February 2024 (UTC)

Hello Leowezy,

Thank you for your comment. I have an svg file prepared, but couldn't insert it into the page as I don't have permission. I also don't have an imgur account, so could I maybe send the file privately? As for Neubrandenburg, I have settled on Breitwieserland as the new name for the eastern part of the country; the reason I originally chose Neubrandenburg is because German and Dutch colonists often chose to call their settled countries Neu[state] or Nieuw[state]. However, I recognise that it would in fact be odd to have such an obvious real-life reference.

I would like to hear your thoughts, Vas111 (talk) 19:19, 20 February 2024 (UTC).

Hello Vas111, have you tried clicking on "upload file" on the left hand side, upload the sgv there, and then putting it into the application using [[Filename.svg]]? Best, Leowezy (talk) 08:24, 24 February 2024 (UTC)

Hello Leowezy, yes, I've tried and it tells me I do not have permission to edit pages in the File namespace. Vas111 (talk) 11:05, 24 February 2024 (UTC)

Hello, I was just reminded that new wiki accounts indeed don't have file upload rights, which is why we recommend using imgur. You can use any file sharing service you like, there are quite some options. Best, Leowezy (talk) 13:57, 24 February 2024 (UTC)

Thanks, I added the sketch now. Vas111 (talk) 21:53, 25 February 2024 (UTC)

Feather-core-check-square.svg Territory application approved
approved. Leowezy (talk) 19:53, 26 February 2024 (UTC)