The map depicts an alternate 1932. The timeline was constructed by the indefatiguible Dachs of the Civilization Fanatics Center's Never Ending Stories subforum ([link]
) whom, although he spent a lot of time writing, never actually used it for a game. It can be found here: [link]
The map was put together in ArcGIS ArcMap 9.3 using Natural Earth data ([link]
), ported to Adobe Illustrator CS4, and then cleaned up in Adobe Photoshop CS4. Nominal scale is 1:30 million, output at 96 DPI. Most features are anti-aliased except for borders, which were intended for easy modification. Cities with populations greater than 100,000 are noted as 3 px squares, while capitals are 5 px squares.
The design was meant to be more "traditional" than Earth 2009, Political, while conveying information more clearly.