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I’m just starting Nisi Shawl’s Everfair, which made the Nebula finalists this year (but missed the Hugos, finishing 8th on the Best Novel ballot). The frontispiece is this map, which I found a little confusing:

The book is an alternate history where the Fabians create an idealistic colony in the Congo, and the map shows the different stages of its territorial expansion.

The problem is that the map legend has four colours, but the map itself seems to have only three.

My best guess is that the south-eastern corner is the 1893 first buy, the 1897 second buy is missing (I don’t see anywhere on the map coloured that dark), the north-east is the bit conquered by 1904, and the western spur the land offered in 1914.

Maybe it will become clear as I read the book.


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Nov. 26th, 2017 08:44 am (UTC)
Aren’t the four colours/regions:
The area including Kamina (1897 Second Buy)
The area including Kalima (1893 First Buy)
The area including Ilebo (Conquered etc)
The area including Mbandaka (Offered etc) + small bits on the eastern side


(Jos, who CBA to check where he has a non-LJ-account that’ll let him log in)
Nov. 26th, 2017 09:54 am (UTC)
I don't see the colours on the map as dark as the equivalent colours in the legend, under your interpretation. I think the Mbandaka / Bukavu territories are unshaded.

Edited at 2017-11-26 09:56 am (UTC)
Nov. 26th, 2017 10:11 am (UTC)
I don't think they're unshaded, because the actual 'unshaded' bits of the map have a stippled shading - they look like they're deliberately shaded in a solid pale colour which does look lighter than the square in the legend but that may just be to do with the fact that that's against a white background and the areas on the map are adjacent to darker colours.
Nov. 26th, 2017 10:25 am (UTC)
I wish they had used actual colours, instead of monochrome, at least for the digital edition!
Nov. 26th, 2017 01:30 pm (UTC)
The problem is that if the colors were as dark as in the legend, the text in the darkest area would be illegible. I think that the colors were adjusted from the legend for legibility, as it were, and agree with Jos.

Edited at 2017-11-26 01:31 pm (UTC)
Nov. 26th, 2017 10:06 am (UTC)
Yes, that's what it looks like to me.
Nov. 26th, 2017 10:42 am (UTC)
I'm seeing four different colours of grey on the map and , surrounded by off-white that may be confusing the matter. The other problem is that, on the map the 1893 and 1904 colours are quite similar.
Nov. 26th, 2017 11:21 am (UTC)
So do you go with Jos's interpretation, shared by Sadie, above? I just don't see the grey in the Mbandaka / Bukavu territories.
Nov. 26th, 2017 03:29 pm (UTC)
I think so, but I also see what you mean when you say the palest grey on the legend looks like white on the actual map.
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