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04 July 2017

The month of June capped a two-month project that I had in Salda. Whew. Today, I present the results. I will keep it short. By my standards, at least. I promise!

On the move, on the move

As I mentioned last time, Mauretia moved a country north. I remain thrilled with the results. One last hanging thing that I had was what to do with the population of Aziga. Simply put, Altamalva is not moving. Falùvili moved instead. While they remain dots on the map right now, it has solidified my conception of the province more. Masqula will require tweaking, but I am feeling much better about that last hanging thread. Cleanup from the move has also been ongoing. I worked some orphaned fragments back into the mapping and did some other cleanup. The Laù estuary is no longer a delta, for example. I will talk more about the Tangereya coast in the next post most likely.

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It's all fun and games

The last two months have seen a lot of work in Salda. Right now, parts of it are probably my best and most detailed mapping. I have worked hard to create a vision for the city that can be seen in the mapping. I am finally getting to the industry, and the area inside the walls is completely different than before the move. I was inspired by all the Pancontinental Games bids and the mapping that goes with it. Originally, I thought I would have a Maureti city apply sometime in the future. The prospect of a summer games frightened me, to be honest. They are so expensive, and my country simply is not big enough or rich enough to go that far. The winter games are much more my personal favorite (as someone who is a fanatic of hockey and curling, even though my playing days are over). So, I thought Salda would apply for the 2018 winter games. Deltanz had said he was bidding to host it in Neo Delta, so I did not really want to have an overlapping bid. Plus, what fun is a games that is yet to come? I thought for a while and decided that I wanted a legacy project. What would Salda look like 15+ years after hosting the Pancontinentals? What changes would be found in the city? That really got me fired up. As you can see on the bid page, I have mapped all the sites out. Some micro-detailing and land cover still needs to be done, but the majority of it is there. More on that momentarily. The main Pancontinental park is shown at the inset on the right.

Since this was a legacy project, I had to think of what would become of all the sites. Some were converted to community use; others were re-purposed altogether. The athlete's village changed over to public housing, for example. The university buildings were converted into fitness and recreation centers. The alpine skiing site became into a resort. Although I explained much of this on the wiki page, I also tried to think of ways to make the improvements appear in the mapping. The Ponta Sarde is the most obvious infrastructure one, since the approaches of the original span were left in place. This is particularly visible on the eastern end, where the original street layout in Irida Viarni shows how the old bridge tied in. Mapping this way is important to me for a legacy project. I plan to do some work that shows how some of the hotel sites near the sporting area became other things, like condos, office buildings, or were completely torn down.

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As I mentioned, some of the locations need some detailing. The Pancontinental Park, in the Terraura neighborhood, is where I will go next. I am doing a beginning overhaul of the university grounds (inside the walls) first. That is part of project that is related to working with Clik on sibling city things. The other part of it, to be honest, is that I needed a break. I spent two months researching details on ski jumping aprons, slalom slopes, bobsled labyrinths, etc. Doing the university has given me a bit of a breather, as they say.

If you like the mapping, feel free to vote for Salda's bid. There are lots of other amazingly mapped projects that are worthy of your votes, too.

And that, my fellow mappers, is my bliki post for today. Please feel free to comment below!

Questions, comments, concerns, or general lies?

As usual, your mapping is meticulous and very well-thought-through- or I should say well-researched! So, are the ski runs constructed runs, like the ones in Oslo just outside the city, I take it? Also, curious about the climate. At any rate, you are definitely the gold standard for brilliantly connecting wiki to mapping, I wish I was as good as you are! Now off to go vote for Salda for the Winter Geolympiad 2004! --Demuth (talk) 09:45, 4 July 2017 (CEST)

P.S. you should put a link with longitude-latitude to the map on the top of your Salda infobox to get to the map easier! --Demuth (talk) 10:10, 4 July 2017 (CEST)
Thanks, Demuth. I may not be the best mapper on the site, but I do try to take great care with the details as much as possible. For me, that's part of the fun. I've taken up your suggestions. Thanks for the input. — Alessa (talk) 05:30, 5 July 2017 (CEST)
Ooh, I forgot! Demuth, to answer your question: No, I didn't look at Oslo specifically. I scouted and studied a little more than a dozen sites, but Oslo wasn't one of them. Any resemblance there is purely coincidental. The greatest influences were some famous ski areas not far from where I grew up. Even then, the terrain of Mauretia is different; so they don't quite look like those resorts either. I think that's part of why I'm proud of how everything turned out. — Alessa (talk) 05:34, 5 July 2017 (CEST)

Salda has my vote! The venues are mapped very nicely I think and I can't wait to see more! --Eklas (talk) 11:05, 4 July 2017 (CEST)

Thanks, Eklas! — Alessa (talk) 05:30, 5 July 2017 (CEST)

Absolutely great! I loved your mapping and your wiki page! That would be a lot of competition for Neo Delta if you had decided to go for the 2018 Winter Olympiad, haha! I still have to write my bid page, so I'll probably take inspiration from yours, if that is ok! --deltanz (deltanz) 10:47, 5 July 201

Thanks, Deltanz! I figured that there's enough options for years to bid on, there was no reason to compete against someone. Plus, I have confidence you'll pull together good maps too. The more good mapping, the better! And of course, it's always okay to take inspiration from my wiki pages. I'm flattered you liked it enough to think that. — Alessa (talk) 17:06, 5 July 2017 (CEST)