The current base map is a Mercator projection, found here.
Editing the map:
When editing the map, you must use a vector graphics program. These include Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape. Inkscape can be downloaded for free, here (will start direct download).
Steps for adding a nation:
1. Once you have a template for the shape of the nation, you will need to sketch this onto the map. Make sure you have no layers selected before beginning tracing.
Use the 'bezier curves and straight lines' tool (Shift+F6) to draw out the nation. This tool keeps the lines looking clean and smooth, unlike the Pencil tool.
If a nation has multiple islands or dependencies, you can draw them separately and then group them together. Do this by selecting all the objects you want to be included either by drawing a box around them or Shift+click on the object you want to include. Then group them by Object > Group or Shift+G.
Warning: Do not delete the real life nations that might be covered by member states. If one of these member states were to leave, then you can simply delete the object and not have to redraw the real nation.
2. After you have completed drawing around the nation, you will need to assign a fill colour and border.
-Select the area you want to colour
-Open the 'Fill and Stroke' menu, either by Object > Fill and Stroke or Shift+Ctrl+F.
-Above you can see the nation selected and the Fill and Stroke window open. It also shows the current colour data used for member states, you can enter this in or eyedropper (F7) it from another already coloured object.
-You will need to set the lines at a width of 1.000 pixels. Do this by selecting the stroke style tab and using the arrows to adjust the width. The border should be plain white.
-Once you have done this, you should be done! You'll need to make sure that you haven't put the nation on its own tab and have grouped all of its territories together.
Uploading and storing the map
Once you have made your adjustments to the map, upload it to Dropbox, that way you can link it here and others can download it to make future edits.
When you have edited the map, you'll need to provide a changelog to show what you have done.
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