OGF: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.)

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

Coordinating Regions

Michisaukee has been split up into four regions, each administrated by a member of the coordination team. 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. The coordination team is as follows:

  • Massodeya City and Suburbs, Administrated by Rhiney Boi
  • South Rural, Administrated by Jbobinman
  • Central Rural, Administrated by Lithium-Ion
  • Northern Rural, Administrated by Yoyo21

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 @@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. Massodeya City lies at a confluence of rivers.

Towns And Counties

The following table shows the Counties and the County Seats and other major towns. These pre-placed towns should be mapped in accordance to these minimal guidelines.

Town Population County Seat Location County Coordinator
Massodeya City City Proper=460k - 300k Metro=2.1m-2.8m Yes Here Massodeya County Rhiney Boi
Henryville 20,000 Yes Here Twisten County Lithium
Sawganack 15,000 No Here Twisten County Lithium
Morforge 12,000 Yes Here Yew County Lithium
Bellington 10,000 Yes Here Tomford County Lithium
Ringville 40,000 Yes Here Georgson County Lithium
Collard 30,000 Yes Here Lone County Lithium
Lobton 30,000 Yes Here Berry County Lithium
Farhem 25,000 Yes Here Moreston County Lithium
Stelfeld 15,000 Yes Here Harvey County Lithium
Lushdan 20,000 Yes Here Cadelle County Lithium
St Richard's 40,000 Yes Here Donoman County Lithium
Darsons (State Capital) Yes Here Schobert County yoyo21 and Lithium
Burnett 15,000 Yes Here Holliman County yoyo21
Mackinnon 10,000 Yes Here Clemmings County yoyo21
Mennikewuag 15,000 Yes Here Topsfield County yoyo21
Stuartham 12,000 Yes Here Hoggan County yoyo21
Puntford 25,000 Yes Here Boswell County yoyo21
Foucault 15,000 Yes Here Maxwell County yoyo21
Waitesfield 18,000 Yes Here Fleming County yoyo21
Baxter 20,000 Yes Here Patterson County yoyo21
Iggington 10,000 Yes Here Hightower County yoyo21
Lemmington 12,000 Yes Here Otis County yoyo21
Talmadge 10,000 Yes Here Leighton County yoyo21
Thornton City 15,000 Yes Here Kezar County yoyo21
Gaillard 10,000 Yes Here Bergeron-Roy County yoyo21
Wentzville 12,000 Yes Here Mammoth County yoyo21

Massodeya City

Massodeya City is still being constructed, but will be the major city of the state and a rail hub. It will draw on Louisville,Columbus and St. Louis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Can't I Map Tons of Motorways?

We want to avoid being a motorway mess, and motorways are not needed to map well and to enjoy mapping. We appreciate detailing of the motorways in Michisaukee, but not the creation of a bunch of motorways around a rural town.

Why Can't I Create A Huge Metropolis?

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, or for a medium sized city you can work in one of the county seats. If you really think you have a plan for a large city, contact the appropriate coordinator, but be aware that many other large towns and cities await to be mapped.

There's Some Bad Mapping Right By Me And I Want To Delete It! Can I?

he Coordinators will attempt to alter/move or delete mapping that does not conform, but should we have missed something and you wish to deal with it, feel free. However, please follow Blue Country Etiquette. Don't delete mapping if the mapper is still working there especially.

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 -- narrowly -- 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) - -

I Still Have Some 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