View Full Version : The Island of Clairone

03-19-2009, 06:04 PM
Hey everyone,

I've been lurking for a while and admiring all of the amazing work folks here are creating. This place is truly inspiring!

I've finally built up the nerve to post my own map. This is the Island of Clairone, a fictional island nation on Earth, located approximately 140 miles southwest of Ireland. The island is a little under 16,000 sq. miles with a population of 7.5 million.

The map is not 100% finished; some things are not properly labeled or may be missing names. There is no legend on the map as of yet, but I am working on it. My mapping style is a little different than most on here, I think, but I hope you folks can see what I'm shooting for.

The various colored areas are city/settlement boundaries. The Yellow lines are four-lane speedways. The orange lines are other major roadways. I am planning on adding rail lines, airports, ports, etc.

If the thumbnail image doesn't work, you can find the image here (http://clairone.org/images/clairone-new.png). The whole website is a work in progress and I have just started uploading information and ideas.

What do you all think?

Take care.

~ Scott (Shaelic)

Steel General
03-19-2009, 08:31 PM
First off... Welcome Aboard!

Secondly...have some rep for putting up a map in your first post. *bonk*

Thirdly, it's a really neat map, nice job.

I think all it needs is a key/legend, maybe a decorative border or a change in background color.

03-19-2009, 10:03 PM
That's great! That style of modern atlas/highway map is what I am working on the monthly challenge in my entry.

-Rob A>

03-19-2009, 10:08 PM
Steel General, is your sword of repping broken? Shaelic still has 0 rep.

Anyway, I think it's a nice map. Something I would expect in an atlas, although this style uses more colors than most maps in atlasses I have seen. That's a gazillion names by the way! Did you think them up yourself or used a name generator or something?

03-19-2009, 10:26 PM
I'm guessing the subject is an alternate-universe Canada?

Steel General
03-20-2009, 06:44 AM
Steel General, is your sword of repping broken? Shaelic still has 0 rep.

Nope the cudgel is still in good condition, it's my brain that isn't working. Forgot to actually click on the 'rep' icon to add it. Fixed now. :D

03-21-2009, 07:26 AM
The level of detail in that map is absolutely mindboggling!!! Must have taken ages. Lovely modern map - have some rep!

03-23-2009, 10:19 AM
Thanks for the kind words everyone!

To answer Gandwarf's question - I created the names as I went along. Still not finished with them, but I have an excel spreadsheet with about 25 sheets with all the Clairone information in it, including city/town populations, metro/urban areas, etc.

As mentioned, I do need to put a legend on the map, and I am working on one on and off. The white background was just a placeholder. I have a water background, as well. Wasn't real sure what to use as a background.

Clairone speaks English and has an on-again/off-again relationship with Great Britain, who dominated the island at one point. Clairone broke away early than Ireland did, and is also not a member of the Commonwealth. It's a lot of fun to imagine the world if my little island nation actually existed.

I also have worked up a language, called Clesh (also what the people are known as). It derived from Latin, as the first people on the island were survivors from a Roman flotilla of 10 galleons headed back from Britain who were blown off course and wreck. About 35 survived out of 140. The language is about dead, however, as only about 80,000 people can speak it, and about twice that number can read it and understand it. There are efforts to revive it.

Thanks again for the warm welcome and the rep! :D I'll post any updates as I go along.

03-23-2009, 10:40 PM
Holy freeholies Batman, That is detailed!!! 8)

Lots of work went into this one too.

Nicely done. Bonked again :)

06-05-2009, 08:27 PM
Hey everyone,

Below is an updated version of the Clairone map. I added some water instead of the blank white border, played around with the topography colors, and changed the colors of the rivers. Still very much a WIP (believe it or not). :D

What do you think of this version?

The online version (3000x2336px) of this map can be found by clicking here (http://www.clairone.org/images/basenew.png).

Take care.

06-06-2009, 12:13 AM
Whoa, my eyes got tied in knots. I'm not even gonna try to follow all of that but I will say holy smokes you've got some patience :) Pretty nice.

04-30-2010, 11:52 AM
Just a quick note that a slightly updated version of the Isle of Clairone map has been updated to my site:

Clairone Map (http://clairone.org/images/clairone-new.png)

03-14-2012, 07:06 AM
EDITED : Undergoing major redesign

08-17-2014, 09:54 PM
Long time between posts... just wanted to mention that the map of Clairone has completely been changed and I've changed the location (now off the coast of Portugal and Spain). The language has undergone an extensive re-write and now has over 14,500 words (and growing). Map is being updated 2-3 times per week on average (depending on my free time). Also have setup a website (with a wiki)... La Republeca de Cleron | Lo Portado Ofixial de Governo (http://www.clairone.org).

Take care!

~ Scott (Shaelic)