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The Edge or Edgy Mapping is a mapping genre started by Eradiate. It is one of the most popular genres in mapping and potentially the most used style of mapping. It is characterised by melodrama and seriousness, with powerful events or characters.

History

Proto-Edge

During the period of classical mapping, many mappers used what are now called Proto-Nationiums, often times as an official nation. They shared much of the nomenclature of true Nationiums, such as the use of the Latin termination -(i)um and -(i)a (Miracium, Ingentium, Soria, Yevorana, Buvoria), and made-up names (Vius, Siezon, Perrystoni). However, Proto-Nationiums mostly lacked the plot centrality that nationiums have.

First Wave / Eradiate Era

The First Wave of Edge is what people call the start of the Edge. It officially started on 29th December 2015, with the debut of Eradiate with his Alternate Future of Europe (because of him, the First Wave of Edge is informally known as the Eradiate Era of mapping), although its start is commonly attributed to be in its prime during 2016. It was a sharp jolt upwards and to the right in the mapping compass, creating a very different style than most mappers at the time. Eradiate's series revolutionized mapping, brought forth many techniques popular mappers still use to this day and inspired many mappers, such as The Chairman, Tetrich, and Eradiate's so called "apprentice", Orbis. It brought back the concept of green-only maps, which had been common in Early Classical Mapping, but had fallen out of use in the Late Classical Period, and introduced the first true Nationiums: the first one is in fact one of the main characters of the series, Graxum. Prior to Eradiate, having in-depth characters was virtually unheard of. For this, Eradiate is often attributed to being one of the greatest mappers of all time.

Other Notable Mappers of this Age:

  • Orbis
  • Consolas
  • Tetrich
  • Proelium/Caritasi/Imperie/Britannious
  • The Chairman

A Second Wave map, created by Proxima.


Second Wave / Golden Age

The Second Wave of Edge, also known as the Golden Age or the PIM Era, was the radicalization of the First Wave of Edge, created by Imperialis and Proxima by means of the Proxima-Imperialis Multiverse. Nationiums were used as recurring characters, and the many worlds theory was the basis of the series. The Second Wave gave birth to Mapping Theorists, and many prevalent theorists like YourFriendlyNeighbourhoodGeorge and SkylarWeston would go on to create Discord Guilds such as The Diarchy of Mappers and Theorists, used to help theorize. The legacy of the Second Wave far surpassed the first, and inspired mappers across the community. While Proxima's first Alternate Future of the World was released on February 12, 2017, the Second Wave truly began on March 8, 2017, and would reign throughout the Spring, Summer, and early Autumn of 2017.

Other Notable Mappers of this Age:

Desaturated Edge / Silver Age

The Desaturated Edge, sometimes known as the Silver Age or Wave 2.5, was a reformation to the Second Wave created by Imperialis in the aftermath of the Second Wave's success. Maps began to go from simple but nice to look at, to slightly more complex, while being even more pleasing to the eye. While the basis of the story structure remained relatively the same, many elements from the Second Wave were deemed "too edgy", and most edge mappers abandoned them. These included nationiums, excessive black screens, fast cutting, Latin speech, etc. Out of everything mentioned, nationiums are the only thing to keep a consistent following, although they have been dropped by most well-known mappers. This was also easily the most diverse wave of edge, as it is the only era without a flagship series - which is why it is often seen as a transition state rather than a full-on wave. While most mappers from the first two waves stopped mapping around the same time, many Silver Age mappers continue to this day. It began at the end of 2017, and began to end in September of 2018 with the release of Pax Americana.

Notable Mappers of this Age:

Third Wave / Pax Age

The Third Wave of Edge, also known as Pax Age, was the longest wave of Edge, spanning from the end of 2018 to March 2021, which corresponds to the original run of Pax Americana and its follow up Pax Britannica, which were the points of reference of this age. The two series compose the Paxverse, whose popularity and style led to the creation of several other "Pax" series based around other countries, but that did not reach any particular relevance. The Pax Age was more distinct from previous eras of edge, being defined by its sprawling list of characters and conversational dialogue. Another largely influential mapper of this era was Frkon, whose series Gauche, while not quite as popular as Pax, was critically acclaimed for its use of animations and political commentary. While more centralized than anything in the Silver Age, this age was still largely fragmented, having many carryovers from the Silver Age continuing their previous styles.

Notable Mappers of this Age:

  • Korean Mapping
  • Frkon
  • Brazilian Mapping
  • Poisonous Mapping
  • Spicy
  • Rojo
  • Cantonese
  • Maine Mapping
  • Novum
  • Eastern Mapping
  • Chinese Productions

Characteristics

Some characteristics of edgy mapping may include:

  • Complicated and intriguing plots, with an abnormal event or nationiums playing a key role in the series.
  • Heavily saturated basemaps.
  • Very sharp fonts, such as HK Grotesk or Century Gothic.
  • Minimized information boxes.
  • Film Score music, often composed by Hans Zimmer or John Williams.
  • More commonly than not, edgy mapping takes place in modern day or in the future.
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