MOPS Day 15. There are two things behind this map: the first is the Russian illustrator Ivan Bilibin, who the border is vaguely in the style of. The second is the process I went through at work of making a big database of places-with-airports in the US and elsewhere. It turns out one learns about some fascinating and oddly-named places by doing this (for example: Chicken, Alaska, where the original plan to name the town after the local abundance of Ptarmigan was foiled when settlers couldn’t agree on the spelling; and the enticing possibility of journeys such as the ‘horse tour’ - travelling across America from Horse Well to Deadhorse via various placenames suggesting you should be better maintaining your horse). So I liked the idea of doing a map leaving out those pesky population centres and just concentrating on the interesting places instead.
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