OGF:Territory assignment

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For the purposes of territory, user management and coordination, the OGF planet has been divided into regions. Each region is assigned to a different member of the admin team, that regional manager has wide discretion in how to subdivide, manage, assign, and vacate territories.

It is important to follow the procedures below. This simplifies the handling of the request for the admin team, which helps us to help you. Requests which do not follow the procedure take longer to process and may also be ignored. Always be sure to include the ID of the territory in the subject line of your message, for example Territory request: AR000a.

If you don't know which territory you want, and would like us to make a recommendation, write a subject line Territory request: recommendation wanted - region, and in the message text, tell us about which kind of country you want to develop (language, climate, culture etc).

The procedure for each region are listed below the map.

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Antarephia

The current regional manager is: Thilo (please send queries about territories to the admin inbox)

Rules for new users' first territories

New users may request their first territory after 7 days of mapping in one of the free-for-all territories. It will be granted "no questions asked" provided

  • the user has no history of rule-breaking (vandalism, sockpuppeting, etc.)
  • the territory being requested is classified as "beginner" (see the pop-ups on the OGF:Territories overview map) - these are generally smaller than 10000 sq km in size

For more advanced territories, please write a short text describing your plans.

Rules for exchanging, upsizing, or downsizing territories

There are no special rules for exchanging, upsizing or downsizing territories. Send a request to admin naming your current territory and what you'd like to do. If you want to exchange for a territory in a different admin region, simply apply for the new territory with the other regional manager (at that region's rules, of course). Your ownership of the old territory will happen once that process is completed.

Rules for additional territories

Additional territories are held to strict standard. Currently mapped territory must be at least 40% 'full' and show evidence of verisimilitude, completeness, and creativity. These are admittedly subjective standards. Also, I expect to see a project plan and some sketches of your plans for the new territory.

Rules for purge of owned territories

Users who are inactive for more than 3 months will receive a message asking about their future plans. While waiting for a reply, the territory will be "marked for withdrawal", and a deadline will be specified, after which ownership will be revoked.

Wide latitude will be granted for leaves-of-absence in the event these are negotiated ahead of time.

North and South Archanta

The regional manager is: wangi (please send queries about territories to the admin inbox, making sure you name the territory by its OGF:id, e.g. AR000a) in the subject line.

For transparency, the status of applications will be tracked on OGF:Archanta.

Rules for new users' first territories

Beginner territories

New users may request their first territory after a short period of mapping in the Blue territories. It will be granted "no questions asked" provided

  1. the user has no history of rule-breaking (vandalism, sockpuppeting, etc.)
  2. the territory being requested is classified as "beginner" (see green territories on the map at the right); these are generally smaller than 10000 sq km in size. These include:
    • Sub-territories within the Lorotoban AR001b collaborative territory: a low GDP tropical island with poor infrastructure and specific language requirements
    • Counties within the Massodeyas states of the Federal States
    • AR050-nn or AR099x territories - these have much less stringent requirements on theme, language and culture but as such should be largely considered a proving ground, not a location of long term country development
  3. the user is only clearly requesting one territory - this rule exists because there is a frequent problem of users requesting multiple territories before admin has a time to respond - have patience.

For new users who feel up to taking on more than a "Beginner" territory, they should follow the same procedure as outlined below, "Other Territories".

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Other territories

Themes

New users may request their first territory after building up experience on OGF, and is subject to the following points:

  1. No history of rule-breaking
  2. Users may be asked to undertake a project to demonstrate their readiness to take on the territory
  3. Outline a plan for the territory (culture, language, climate), appropriate for the continent and neighbouring territories.
  4. No other territory request in process

Rules for exchanging, upsizing, or downsizing territories

There are no special rules for exchanging, upsizing or downsizing territories. Send a request to admin describing the change you would like and this will be handled on a case by case basis.

Rules for additional territories

Additional territories are held to strict standard. Currently mapped territory must be at least 50% 'full' and show evidence of verisimilitude, completeness, and creativity. Likewise there should be a well considered plan for the requested territory.

Rules for release of owned territories

Users who are inactive for more than 3 months will be notified and territories released after the given deadline, unless editing resumes.

If users are not making visible progress on existing territory, and/or cannot provide a long-term plan, they may be asked to downsize, either by subdividing their territory and abandoning part, or by moving to a new, smaller territory. Users are also expected to be flexible for ongoing rationalisation of the continent, to increase realism.

Wide latitude will be granted for leaves-of-absence in the event these are negotiated ahead of time.

Tarephia

The current regional manager is: BMSOUZA (please send queries about territories to the admin inbox, being sure to name the territory by its OGF:id, e.g. TA000a)

Have in mind Tarephia is something like Latin America+Africa. So, nothing about superpowers, different cultures, etc.

Rules for new users' first territories

  • Have in mind the climate in Tarephia is something like Africa and Latin America. But it does not mean you can create a snowy territory based in snowy Kilimandjaro, hehehe. Sub Tropical, Wet Tropical, Dry Tropical, things like this, only.
  • Please, when asking for a territory, explain your ideas: history, culture, language, landcover, as much details as possible. This way, the admins can help you with suggestions where your country can fit well in Tarephia

Rules for exchanging, upsizing, or downsizing territories

  • Please, send a message explaining why. The continental coordinator will be happy to talk about it.

Rules for additional territories

  • Usually this option is open only to advanced users, but we can talk.
  • Your first territory needs at least 50% 'full' mapped and show evidence of verisimilitude, completeness, and creativity.

Rules for purge of owned territories

  • Users who are inactive for more than 3 months will be reminded of their possession. Users who are inactive for more than 6 months will be evicted.
  • Users who are not making visible progress on existing territory, may be asked to downsize, either by subdividing their territory and abandoning part, or by moving to a new, smaller territory.

East Uletha

The current regional manager is: eklas (please send queries about territories to the admin inbox)

Rules for new users' first territories

Users can apply for a territory in East Uletha as long as they meet the following criteria:

  • They have spent at least 14 days mapping in a blue territory and can provide examples of original rural and urban mapping they have made;
  • They don't have a history of rule-breaking on this website;
  • They present a plan setting out the basic characteristics of the territory. The plan should include an overview of climate, topography and landscape of the country (preferably in the form of a sketch), as well as a description of the intended culture, language and political system. East Uletha is broadly based on Eurasia, which means applications based on European or Central and East Asian themes are more likely to be accepted.

Applications should be titled as "Territory request - ULxxx", where ULxxx is the OGF code of the desired territory, as shown on the overview map, and sent to the admin inbox.

Rules for exchanging territories

  • Users moving into East Uletha are asked to follow the instructions for getting a first territory, excluding having to spend 14 days in a blue zone.
  • Users moving out of East Uletha are asked to follow the rules set by the moderator responsible for their new territory.
  • Users looking to move within East Uletha are asked to notify the regional manager, who will assist with choosing a new territory and moving the existing creations.

Rules for upsizing and requesting additional territories

Users looking to expand their territory need to present 50 km2 of land mapped in moderate detail for every 1,000 km2 requested. Owners of very small territories (under 10,000 km2) need to have 50% of their current area mapped in high detail regardless of the area requested. When asking for an additional territory, these users follow the instructions for getting a first territory, excluding having to spend 14 days in a blue zone. The area of a territory can be calculated using the online relation tool.

The acquisition of more territory is subject to approval of the regional manager. Quality of existing mapping and history of behavior on the site will be taken into consideration.

Rules for downsizing and splitting territories

Users looking to downsize their territories or divide them into several smaller ones are asked to notify the regional manager before doing so.

Withdrawal of inactive territories

After 90 days of inactivity, users will be sent a reminder message. If they don't respond by the date specified in this message (usually 30 days later), their territories will be withdrawn. Users may also be asked to confirm their activity by uploading an amount of new mapping (as specified by the moderator) in order not to have the territory withdrawn. In cases of repeated inactivity, trial times are shortened.

Users may keep their territory during a specified time of absence, if they notify the regional manager. The maximum time a territory can be paused for is one year.

West Uletha

The current regional manager is: stjur - please send queries about territories to the admin inbox. Admin requests are being listed here.

Rules for requesting territories

Users can request territories in West Uletha if they meet the following criteria:

  • The user has no history of rule-breaking (vandalism, sockpuppeting, etc.);
  • The user plans on basing his mapping on European or Middle Eastern cultures (or, in special cases, has created an isolated culture which would fit into the cultural landscape of Western Uletha);
  • The user has made at least one edit using the JOSM editor;
  • For new users: The user has mapped for at least 7 days on a blue territory of his choice to showcase his mapping style and skill in both urban and rural mapping.

When requesting a territory, the message should include a short description of language, culture and preferred climate of the territory, as well as OGF codes (e.g. UL000a) of territories which would come under consideration. Based on this information and your current mapping, you'll be either assigned a territory in West Uletha or redirected to another continent of the OGF world.

Rules for additional territories

For additional territory requests, you generally must present a realistic, original and contiguous zone of high detail in each territory you own, covering 10% of your territory's area. For advanced users and users with potential, this rule could be neglected.

Rules for exchanging, upsizing, or downsizing territories

If you want to exchange your territory or move it to Western Uletha, as well as within the continent, you need to follow the instructions given in the territory request segment above.

If you want to exchange your territory or move it away from Western Uletha, contact the admin responsible for the area you want to move to. They will provide you with information on how to proceed.

Upsizing territories in Western Uletha generally works under the same rules as additional territory requesting, see the segment above. Adjacent territories can be united with the approval of the regional manager.

Downsizing or splitting up territories does not have any requirements except the approval of the regional manager.

Rules for purge of owned territories

Users who have not/barely made any edits in 5 months will be reminded of their possession. If they remain inactive for one more month, they will be evicted.

Territories of advanced West Ulethan mappers will be marked for withdrawal after a year of inactivity.

Users who don’t make a visible progress in mapping their territories or struggle managing it as a whole will be asked to either downsize or move their mapping to a smaller territory.