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:
While officially a democracy, the Russian Federation has been slowly sliding back towards authoritarianism under the guise of patriotism and nationalism. In power for over fifteen years, Putin’s militaristic polices have even led him to invade Ukraine, threatening to push Europe to the brink of a Second Cold War.