Calling it a project might be a bit of an overstatement, but only because it's something I've been doing since I was a kid. I actually bought Fractal Terrains some years ago (which is why I originally registered here) to create a map, but my skills are not anywhere near where they'd need to be.
So I'm calling for the pros. I used SimCity 4 to make a rough map of my country called the Confederacy of Neloxia. It's envisioned as a first-world nation that's now spread out onto two maps. I've reached as far as I can go though and would like a real visual of the nation and the autonomous region that borders it - Laurinca. I've taken this project so far that I bought a domain for it and have created a multi-tiered database in Football Manager depicting the country's football pyramid.
What I'd like is a web-based map (aka, one that shows all of the cities and major roadways) depicting the country. In a real world map, it spans from Friuli-Venezia province (Italy) through Slovenia and encompasses the Croatian island of Krk, but that's only to illustrate how big it is in real-life, not a constraint of how you ought to design it (though if that makes it easier to make a map, then please by all means do so.) The total land area of that is about 10,500 sq. miles or so.
I'm copying this from the post offered as a trial since it works for what I need: I'd want the right to freely distribute the image physically and electronically. I'd want the right, or option to purchase the right, to use the image commercially. I'd want exclusive commercial right to it's usage, but the artist would retain the right to display or sell it as a work of art. I'd retain the right to reproduce the image in full, or in part, on my own or through a commision with another artist.
I'd just like a nice quality map that would really bring Neloxia to life better than I can in SimCity. Timeframe isn't super important, I'm more interested in seeing progress...but it'd obviously be nice to get it before the end of the year, 2011.
To give you more ideas of the detail of the country, here are some detail maps from SC4 that I made in Photoshop from screenshots, the northern (and Laurinca) aren't shown as they've improved substantially since I took these earlier this year.
Marisa Capital Area (which will be renamed for our new map)
So if you're interested, please drop me a note at activedialogue [at] gmail.com or reply on this thread and I'll get in touch.