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Greetings, for a while I've been working on Greater Capaula. I know this isn't supposed to be competitive, I did it as fuel for determination because from conflicts with myself and my piers.

I know its big and sloppy, the neighborhoods are sprawled like crazy and the buildings are sometimes weird. I was too fond of my home state and the US metro style and put the planned suburbs way out from an acceptable zone. The downtown section is Australian styled though.

Now my mapping is to the point where it's getting sloppy with superstitious outcomes. I'm taking a break, might be editing here and there, however the city won't be completed for a while. It's just an unrealistic line of roads to be considered a metro for now.

The rest of the country is going to be edited after this project.

I'm ready for criticism, just don't be sarcastic.

Here is a scale helper and a map

Thanks, Mike

Posted by Mike's World on 27 May 2020 at 03:05.
Edited by Mike's World on 27 May 2020 at 03:05.

You should work on natural features (coastline, forests, rivers, et cetera) first so that you know which areas are going to have a big population; it will also shape your country's history and culture. is also helpful.

Your mapping is fine, though.

Posted by IiEarth on 27 May 2020 at 07:35.

For what you draw the "B 94"? This motorway nobody will construct, if there is nearby the next motorway bridge. And please, draw more rectangled houses (the ID-editor has a square function, the JOSM too, as I know). How you will your people live in such house? Only if the street-blocks are not rectangled, you may draw houses with other angles as 90°. But this you know - see above.

Your city is situated along the river - so it is clear, that the main subway will follow this line.

Posted by Histor on 27 May 2020 at 09:30.

MY biggest pet peeve is curves. You roads have a lot of sudden and not really smooth curves, whereas many real world cities tend to have fluid curves, one into the next, with a more variant first and second derivative of the roadway.

Rivador to your north does a pretty good job at this, check it out.

Posted by Zytik on 27 May 2020 at 13:53.

Please don’t try to create the “most populous city on OpenGeofiction”. If you want your country to have a global city at its core, by all means have at it, but starting out by saying “this is the world’s largest city” just encourages other people to try to take that crown from you, and it would take months or years for you to do enough mapping to rival more established megacities like Gobras or Latina. If at some point your city does overtake those more established cities, congratulations, but “most populous city” is one of those things that the community as a whole should loosely agree on, not just because one mapper declared it to be so.

Posted by TheMayor on 27 May 2020 at 14:49.

I have nothing to say about your work so far. It feels like the kinds of maps I drew on paper when I was in middle school - a bit naive about the principles of human geography, but reaching for verisimilitude. In any event, it's much improved from your earlier mapping. You are making forward progress. Kudos!

That said, I find the label "Most populous city on opengeofiction" offensive. Just like with your youtube postings. It's not fair or appropriate, and I feel it presents OGF in a bad light. Ditch this kind of "world superlative" labelling on your posts, and you're golden.

Posted by Luciano on 27 May 2020 at 15:10.

Thanks everyone for the feedback,

iiEarth, Yes, I heard that I should edit topographic features first, I'll do that in the future if I don't have enough landscape features at the city already.

Histor, B 94 is going to intersect B 14 when I map again. It's going through Emu Heights, so it'll get done. I didn't know how to square buildings or give them right angles on editing. Also, I can't use JOSM on my chromebook.

Is there a subway feature? I was thinking about using rail lines up the river, however I would map a subway if possible.

Zytik, True, the curves are kinda mostly lousy. However I figured that out a few weeks ago and am trying to smooth the road curves. B 15 by Hopper Town Golf Course is an example.

TheMayor, I also won't use direct superlatives in the future. Large established cities take time and quality.

Luciano, Haha, the geography is definitely mediocre. And thank you, I did listen to the previous advice's from past diarys. Superlatives ^.

Quick last thing, I was wondering how you guys found the YouTube videos. Were you just searching "opengeofiction" randomly or something?

Happy Mapping, Mike

Posted by Mike's World on 27 May 2020 at 22:27.

Do you use the ID-editor? If you mark there an area, you have around the cursor a small menu like a palette with a square - with this you can squarize the area

Posted by Histor on 28 May 2020 at 00:11.

^ this, or you can also simply press S

Posted by Niski on 28 May 2020 at 11:56.

Posted by Mike's World on 27 May 2020 at 22:27.


Zytik, True, the curves are kinda mostly lousy. However I figured that out a few weeks ago and am trying to smooth the road curves. B 15 by Hopper Town Golf Course is an example.


Something I just recently learned, is that in iD, you can start a line, then hold down the space bar and it will place nodes where you move your cursor. Somewhat like a small-scale version of fast-draw in JOSM. This might be useful for you.

Posted by Lithium on 29 May 2020 at 17:13.