Do you have any experience with cartography?
My approach to the role of Cartographer would emphasize regional collaboration and democratic process, inviting as much participation of IDU Member Nations as is reasonable and practicable. My goal would be a regional map that invites, facilitates and supports role play and nation building. My previous experience consists of mapmaking for my own game-playing and enjoyment (examples include: Civilization I-V, SimCity 1-4 and 2013, Cities Skylines). I've been making hand-drawn maps for fun for decades. This would represent my first effort with collaborative mapmaking.
My experience with general graphic design is completely self-taught and good, though admittedly amatuer level. If this gives any idea of my skills: my professional background is in Clinical Mental Health Services, but within in my circle of colleagues, I am the go-to guy for simple flyers for special events, theatrical programs, and participation aids for worship services.
How much time are you willing to dedicate to creating a map initially?
I'm estimating up to 4-6 hours for requirements-gathering, 6-8 for map creation, and 1-2 for final edits and refining. I am not a professional graphic designer with Photoshop or Inkscape skills (nor do I have these programs on my machine), but I desire a professional-quality result for our region. Therefore I would first seek assistance from an talented IDU member nation who is willing to contribute their skills in a collaborative effort. In the event none are available, I am willing and able to seek an outside designer with the requisite skills.
I will be using a process similar to the one depicted in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plF8mdhANMM
How often would you seek to update the map after it has initially been created following new requests?
I would propose a poll to gather regional consensus on this question, providing options of: A) Monthly, 2) Quarterly, 3) Semiannually, and annually. Personally I would vote quarterly, but am willing to accept the results of the poll.
Would you limit the number of puppets allowed on the map? If so, by how much?
I would propose a poll to gather a regional consensus on this question as well. In the requirements-gathering process, I would ask nations to list their puppets in priority order and provide an all-or-none option. In the poll, I would present options for voting with the map depicting A) Main Nations only, B) Main Nation + 1 Puppet, C) Main Nation + up to 3 Puppets, D) Main Nation + up to 10 Puppets.
Would you place a limit on the size of individual nations? If so, would the limit differ based on the length of time people have been in the region, or their activity level within the region?
I would pose this question to the Region as a poll as well, posing the question as "Which criteria is most important to you for enforcing a area-limit on individual nations?" A) Residency (a.k.a. "Most Stationary") in the IDU, B) Player Activity Level (unsure how this would be quantified right now, but would specify in poll), C) Population (NS Stats), D) World Assembly Endorsements
Would you want to work collaboratively on the map with other players, or only work on it alone?
Would you prefer to be contacted with further questions via TG or Discord?
Discord preferred (But TG okay too)