Top k countries

I tried a little mapping experiment. If I had more time I could write some code to automate this whole process.The surprise to me here is Mexico. It just ~barely~ makes 15th place in both area and GDP. Japan lacks area, Indonesia lacks productivity, Australia and Canada lack people.______________________________________________________________________________Another mapping experiment:Indicators are: Life expectancy at […]

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Low-effort maps Feb 2019

The following are some low-effort maps I made in February 2019 that did not involve any number crunching or many hours of design work. I still think they are aesthetically good or interesting, so I sharing them here, all in one post.Turns out countries can function even with no constitution! One consequence of this is […]

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List of Western countries

There is no single definition of what the West is, so the list of countries changes depending on context. The different contexts are outlined in this Wikipedia article. Since people are now visiting this page more frequently, I will present three definitions, which people can use depending on context:The Latin West (cultural definition) – A […]

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The definitive GDP map

I got tired of seeing these horrible maps:So I decided to combine them all into one to make the Definitive Arbitrarily-Classified GDP Map.Here are the bounds: Benchmark GDP (USD) Source California 2.60E+12 US student debt 1.44E+12 Apple Inc market cap 8.15E+11 Google finance US military budget 5.22E+11 Apple cash reserves 2.57E+11 […]

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What new countries may be formed in 2016?

Realistically, none, even taking into account unrecognized countries. But here are the three least remote possibilities in the near future, if not 2016:0 . Scotland – In light of recent news I’m gonna add to the answer, since it still gets views. Scotland rejected independence from the UK in 2014 in a 55–45 vote. However, […]

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