Saturday, September 10, 2022

Yemen Control Map & Report: Separatists vs. al-Islah - September 2022

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Timeline by Djordje Djukic. Map by Evan Centanni, Djordje Djukic, and onestopmap.com

Thumbnail preview of map of what's happening in Yemen as of September 2022, showing territorial control in the PLC government infighting between Saudi-backed al-Islah and the UAE-backed STC southern separatists, as well as control by the unrecognized Houthi government and major areas of operations of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Includes recent locations of fighting and other events, including Ataq, Shuqra (Shuqrah), Arma, Al Wadhea, al-Abr, and more.
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While the ceasefire between the Houthis and Yemen's internationally-recognized PLC unity government continues to hold, a major conflict has broken out within the PLC, with UAE-backed southern separatists and their allies seemingly bent on defeating the Saudi-backed al-Islah religious party once and for all, seizing control of key oil fields along the way.

See all this and more on the newest update to PolGeoNow's Yemen territorial control map, which includes a timeline of changes and important events since our previous Yemen map report in April.

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  • Detailed indication of town-by-town control, including provincial boundaries, all major cities, and many smaller ones
  • Markers for recent areas of fighting, including Ataq, Shuqra, Arma, Al Wadhea, al-Abr, and more
  • Timeline of changes to the situation since April 11, 2021, with links to sources 

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Friday, September 9, 2022

King Charles's 15 Countries: The Commonwealth Realms

Did you know the new King Charles III isn't just the King of England and the larger UK, but of 14 other independent countries? If that statement just raises more questions for you, read on for all the answers...

Map of countries with King Charles III as head of state, which are known as the Commonwealth realms. Includes the UK, Canada, Australia, and a number of small countries in Oceania and the Caribbean. Also shows former Commonwealth realms, including large parts of Africa and South Asia. Colorblind accessible.
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This article, originally written during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, has been revised and updated to for the passing of the throne to her son, King Charles III.

Which countries does King Charles reign over?

You might be surprised to learn that King Charles III is the official king of 15 different independent countries. Those countries are together known as the "Commonwealth realms" - a smaller subset of the Commonwealth of Nations, which also includes many kingless republics. Every one of the 15 Commonwealth realms is considered a fully-fledged independent country and a member of the UN, despite sharing the same monarch. 

Friday, August 26, 2022

Ukraine: Map of Russian Control - August 2022 (Subscription)

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Research by Djordje Djukic. Map by Evan Centanni and Djordje Djukic

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Thumbail previewing ap of Russian-controlled territory in Ukraine on August 22, 2022. In addition to the Crimean peninsula, which Russia had already seized in 2014, and parts of the far eastern Donetsk and Luhansk provinces (the Donbass region) already controlled by Russia-backed separatist rebels (and declared independent as the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics), Russian forces now control a large strip of territory just north of Crimea, including Kherson city and parts of Mariupol, as well as all of Luhansk province and large additional areas of Donetsk and Kharkiv  provinces. Map includes key locations from the news, such as Bakhmut, Marinka, Balakleya, the location of explosions in Crimea, and more. Colorblind accessible. Since last month, Russia and its local allies have continued advances in the east, but at a relatively slow pace. Ukraine's military, meanwhile, has made some smaller advances of its own, but plans to retake Kherson in the south haven't yet materialized.

See all this and more on the latest update to PolGeoNow's concise, professional Ukraine war control map, which includes a detailed chronicle of changes and events since our previous Ukraine map report of July 9, with sources cited, as well as a close-up map of control within the claimed borders of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.


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  • Darker color indicating which areas were already under Russian or allied control before the 2022 invasion began
  • Preview thumbnail of map of territorial control within the claimed borders of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), updated to August 22, 2022, six months into the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Map shows that all of the LPR, otherwise known as Ukraine's Luhansk province, is now under the control of Russian and LPR forces, while Russian and DPR forces control over half of the DPR, or Ukraine's Donetsk province, including the major central and southern cities of Donetsk, Horlivka, Makiyivka, and Mariupol. Colorblind accessible.
    Donbas close-up map
    Close-up map of territorial control within the self-proclaimed borders of the Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic (based on the design of our classic map of rebel control in the Donbas, upgraded to include roads and terrain)
  • Detailed indication of city-by-city control, including key towns and other locations important to current events
  • Locations of recent control changes and other important events, including Bakhmut, Soledar, Siversk, the location of explosions in Crimea, and more
  • Detailed timeline of important events and changes to territorial control since July 9, 2022, with links to sources.

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Saturday, July 16, 2022

Nicaragua v. Colombia: World Court Orders Sea Map Adjustments

Map of Colombia's claimed Integral Contiguous Zone around San Andres, Providencia and its other islands in the Caribbean Sea north of Panama and east of Nicaragua, which was one of the main subjects of dispute with Nicaragua in the Nicaragua v. Colombia World Court case that concluded in April 2022 with a judgement from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague. At the center of the map is a large purple blob representing the so-called integral contiguous zone, surrounding each island's 12-mile territorial sea and 24-mile normal contiguous zone and filling the gaps between them. Importantly, this integral contiguous zone overlaps the sea border drawn between Colombia and Nicaragua by the ICJ in 2012. Colorblind accessible.
Modified by PolGeoNow from map included in public court documents (original created by International Mapping).

Latest World Court Ruling: Nicaragua v. Colombia Sea Dispute

Judgments handed down by the UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) - also known by semi-official nickname "the World Court" - can be pretty interesting to political geography nerds like us. Often they establish new land and sea borders or end long-running territorial disputes, as you might have seen in our past coverage of the Burkina Faso/Niger, Peru v. Chile, Costa Rica v. Nicaragua, and Somalia v. Kenya cases.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Ukraine: Map of Russian Control on July 9, 2022 - Luhansk Fully Captured (Subscription)

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Research by Djordje Djukic. Map by Evan Centanni and Djordje Djukic

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Thumbail previewing map of Russian-controlled territory in Ukraine on July 9, 2022). In addition to the Crimean peninsula, which Russia had already seized in 2014, and parts of the far eastern Donetsk and Luhansk provinces (the Donbass region) already controlled by Russia-backed separatist rebels (and declared independent as the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics), Russian forces now control a large strip of territory just north of Crimea, including Kherson city and parts of Mariupol, as well as all of Luhansk province and large additional areas of Donetsk and Kharkiv  provinces. Map includes key locations from the news, such as Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk, Izium, Popasna, Snake Island, and more. Colorblind accessible. In the past month, Russia and its allies from the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) have completed their control of the area corresponding to Ukraine's Luhansk province - the first time since 2014 that it hasn't been divided between the Ukrainian government and LPR/Russian control.

See all this and more on the latest update to PolGeoNow's concise, professional Ukraine war control map, which includes a detailed chronicle of changes and events since our previous Ukraine map report of June 13, with sources cited, as well as a close-up map of control within the claimed borders of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.


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  • Donbas close-up map
    Close-up map of territorial control within the self-proclaimed borders of the Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic (based on the design of our old map of rebel control in the Donbas)
  • NEW: Donetsk and Lugansk close-up map has been upgraded to include terrain and major rivers and roads
  • Detailed indication of city-by-city control, including key towns and other locations important to current events
  • Locations of recent control changes and other important events, including Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk, Bilohorivka, Bohorodychne, Snake Island, and more
  • Detailed timeline of important events and changes to territorial control since June 13, 2022, with links to sources.

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