If a picture is worth a thousand words, a map is worth ten thousand. Maps illuminate the world and its intricacies, highlighting interesting trends across the world. I love maps because they can often give a quick snapshot of complicated numbers or situations, showing statistics clearly in a way that’s easy to understand. These are my 10 favorite world maps, each of which comments on the economical, political, or social state of the world in its own way:
Sparta was the world’s first proto-fascist state, demanding absolute, lifelong loyalty and obedience from its citizens. It was organized for one exclusive purpose – crafting and maintaining a powerful, dependable military.