Nice (And I don't usually go for geo-political maps
Just a couple things that jar for me:
1) The cities all have a red "blurry spot" (for lack of a better term) behind them. This is lost in the red territory, so another colour might be more effective (or eliminate it?).
2) The borders are obviously delineated by then mountains but aren't very clear/sharp. I am suspecting this is intentional, indicating the mountain border is not well defined, but it looks unfinished to my eye, especially compared to the rest. I know in the real world, borders typically fo in straight lined from peak to peak in mountains, or follow a terrain feature (like a foothill ridge line).
Otherwise, very nice. I really like the mercator projection in the subtle lat/long lines as well as the mountain ranges.