Difference between scaling and nonscaling patterns
What is this?
When you color a country with a pattern (dots, stripes, etc.), the pattern by default gets scaled (resized) to fit its size. You can change this to use nonscaling patterns that look the same on all countries. Examples:
What to choose?
It can depend on the map or the patterns/colors you select, but generally:
Scaling patterns (default) are better for maps with small subdivisions, like the detailed maps or the US counties map.
Scaling patterns (default) are better for zoomed in areas.
Nonscaling patterns can look better for maps with larger subdivisions, like the simple World map or the US states map.
Nonscaling patterns can look better when you have a small number of patterns in your map, as they stand out more.
In any case, you can switch this setting on/off as many times as you need to see the difference live on your map. More details on the blog.
Holding Control + Shift will do the opposite ().
Hold and move your mouse over the map to quickly color several countries.∗
Hold and move your mouse over the map for the opposite of the Control action.∗
Hold and click on a country to quickly remove its color.∗
Open the Select Color dialog to quickly choose a color. NEW
Activate Zoom Mode. Press again to deactivate.NEW
Deactivate Zoom Mode.
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Select the corresponding legend color (1 for the first, 2 for the second, etc.)
Undo last action.
Redo last action.
Save current map settings. NEW
Open the Save As... dialog (Plus only).
Preview map. NEW
Download map (in Preview Map mode). NEW
Edit map (in Preview Map mode). NEW
Clear all. NEW
∗ Change this behavior in Advanced settings.
Right-click on a country to remove its color or pattern, copy a color/pattern from another country, show, or hide it.
In the legend table, click on a color box to change the color for all countries in the group. Right-click on it to select the color again or use the numpad keys 1 to 9.
Use to detach and move the color picker around the page.
Run a script from the table below to quickly modify or get data from the map.
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For the keyboard shortcuts WASD and the arrow controls:
Your preferences will be saved to your browser's cache.
Use your mouse wheel to zoom in/out:
Click and drag to move the map around:
Double-click to zoom in.
Use the keyboard shortcuts IO or +- to zoom in/out and WASD or the keyboard arrows to move the map.
Use the controls at the bottom right of the map for the same functions.
Reset or use R to set the map to its initial zoom.
Click on EXIT ZOOM or use Esc to stop the zoom tool.
While in zoom mode, you can still edit the map, change colors, etc.
World map for the Cold War period (and beyond)
This map attempts to show all border changes during the Cold War period and beyond.
The changing boundaries of the international system are represented with a "lifetime" for each country, i.e. a start and end year.
To make sure that each country's changing borders are shown only once, the state of the borders at the end of each year (31/12/XXXX) is used.
For example, Germany was reunified on 3 October 1990 and consequently was already Germany at the end of 1990, so the previous states have an end date of 1989 and the new unified one has a start date of 1990.
It depicts core territories of the given states, and excludes colonies and other dependent territories. So, for many states the only change is their naming, usually after declarations of independence.
For example, Algeria achieved independence from France on 3 July 1962, so it is named as a French Colony until 1961, and as Algeria from 1962 onwards.
IO : Zoom in/out
or WASD : Move map
Your choices will be saved for your next visits to this map page.
Step 1: Color and edit the map
Select the color you want and click on a country on the map. Right-click on it to remove its color, hide it, and more.
Step 2: Add a legend
Add a title for the map's legend and choose a label for each color group. Change the color for all countries in a group by clicking on it.
Drag the legend on the map to set its position or resize it. Use legend options to change its color, font, and more.
Step 3: Get the map
When ready, select Preview Map. Then, download the map with right click > Save image as... or select Download Map.