Redditor Jvlivs wondered what a map of the United States would look like if it was ripped out of the pages of Lord of the Rings, so he made it happen on some graph paper. With the help of his fellow redditors, vede and Lizardbreath, the map was transformed into the sweet antique version pictured here.
According to Jvlivs, he based the mega-state concept around Joel Garreau’s Nine Nations of North America, which argued that North America’s economic and cultural dynamics could be better understood by the interactions of nine large regions, as opposed to those of dozens of states and provinces. And while Jvlivs’ map is not without its flaws (he admits that there are many inconsistencies in, for example, the position and grouping of various cities and states) we think most of its shortcomings can be justified, given its overall stylistic awesomeness.
Agreed. Click on the image above to take in the high-res version.