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    Hi there! This is the latest incarnation of a map for a campaign setting I created a while back. The map details the Inner Solar System and the colonies mankind has created.

    I'm looking for any criticism or tips you may have

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    I like the general feel of it and the labels; very nice! Shouldn't Mars be red? Or has it been terraformed?

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    Looks like it got terraformed to me. Quite a sweet map there.

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    Very cool. I love the political relationships.

    Even if I am correct, I would still advise you to follow your heart. This whole Cartographers Guild thing, it seems to me, is more about passion and skill and learning new techniques than it is about definitions and rules.
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    That's great work; very clean and precise, and (most important) easily readable. You do have a lot of 'empty space' that you could fill up in some way. Maybe with the flags of the various political entities?
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    Thank you all for your comments, I really appreciate each and every one!

    I tried adding a line of flags to the top to help "fill the empty space". I'd love some feedback on it. I have another line of flags I could add but I'd rather know if the first looks acceptable before I go to the effort of resizing the remaining flags.

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    The flags are a great touch IMO they might look better if they were centered along the top. You could move the map title to the bottom of the map.

    Even if I am correct, I would still advise you to follow your heart. This whole Cartographers Guild thing, it seems to me, is more about passion and skill and learning new techniques than it is about definitions and rules.
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    I agree with jtougas r.e. centering the flags and moving the title to the bottom. Also, there are some space stations etc. that seem to be independent; what about putting their flags next to the actual entity in the map itself, rather than along the borders? It might add some more visual pop to the whole project.
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    Sweet map there. I love the addition of the "Island 3" type orbital colonies.
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    Looks pretty good, and mostly makes scientific sense.

    However, I don't know why anyone would build colonies on Venus and Mercury, since on Mercury hospitable temperatures could only exist very near the poles, and Venus destroys robotic probes within a couple hours (Not to mention that launching a rocket from Venus would be extremely difficult. The thick atmosphere would create massive drag forces.

    Colonies orbiting Venus might be possible, but I don't understand why anyone would want to build them there, since there's plenty of perfectly good empty space at Earth distance or greater.

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