Category Archives: Geography

Maps & cartography

Global Corruption Map

Transparency International has released their annual report on state corruption. Click on the above map for an interactive sort that reports the corruption index for each country moused over. The bottom end of this scale are the usual suspects of … Continue reading

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Shatter Zones: Kaplan on MPR

Robert Kaplan interviewed on his recent FP article, The Revenge of Geography (first noted and discussed here at CA) by Minnesota Public Radio. <script type=”text/javascript” src=””></script><div id=”minnesota/news/programs/2009/06/09/midmorning/midmorning_hour_1_20090609_64s_player”></div><script language=”javascript”>/*<![CDATA[*/var so = new SWFObject(“”, “minnesota/news/programs/2009/06/09/midmorning/midmorning_hour_1_20090609_64s_player”, “319″, “83″, “8″, “#ffffff”);so.addParam(“quality”, “high”);so.addParam(“menu”, “false”);so.addParam(“wmode”, “transparent”);so.addVariable(“name”, … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of Sarawak and the White Rajahs

Ponder for a moment the peculiar borders of Malaysia. It is the only country in the world, or at least the only one in its weight class (get out of here, Equitorial Guinea!) that is half continent and half island. … Continue reading

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Mega Slums Map

Slums are litmus tests for innate cultural strengths and weaknesses. Those peoples whose cultures can harbor extensive slum life without decomposing will be, relatively speaking, the future’s winners. Those whose cultures cannot will be the future’s victims. Robert D. Kaplan, … Continue reading

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Global importance of religion

In addition to this map, Gallup presents some interesting match ups of the religiosity of American states with various countries. And you thought Alabama and Iran had nothing in common.

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Nazi France

In research for my last post, I found this map on Wikipedia, a political demarcation of France from 1940-1944 under Nazi German occupation.

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Why am I not surprised?

A map of the signatory states to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Countries not signatories: Cuba, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Pakistan, China, Burma, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Brunei, and a few scattered states. Via Wikipedia. … Continue reading

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Where is Europe?

The answer’s not so simple. Where is Europe? Via Registan comes this post at A Fistful of Euros, which quotes this article at wikipedia: The south-east boundary with Asia is not universally defined. Most commonly the Ural or, alternatively, the … Continue reading

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Barnett on Diamond: “Comically Bad”

I happened upon this old post of Dr. Barnett on Jared Diamond’s _Collapse_ and would like to take this moment to share with readers both Dr. Barnett’s comment and my response. Thumbed through Jared Diamond’s Collapse recently, and while I … Continue reading

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Living small

We at Coming Anarchy are enchanted by “small”: or “unrecognized”: polities in the process of becoming full-fledged countries. Recently “Micronations — The Lonely Planet Guide to Home-Made Nations”: was released to give adventure-travellers an alternative the run-of-the-mill UN-recognized states. bq. … Continue reading

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