The Arabian Peninsula's Borders Based on Population

Nov 9, 2017
Cartogram map of population in the Arabian Peninsula

The geographically accurate cartogram above represents the borders of the nations in the region based on their population.  Iraq becomes the largest country with Saudi Arabia a close second.

The Arabian Peninsula's Borders Based on Military Personnel

Nov 8, 2017
Cartogram map of military personnel in the Arabian Peninsula

The geographically accurate cartogram above represents the borders of the nations in the region based on the number of active military personnel.  Once again, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia dominates its neighbors.

The Arabian Peninsula's Borders Based on Oil Production

Nov 7, 2017
Cartogram map of oil production in the Arabian Peninsula

The geographically accurate cartogram above represents the borders of the nations in the region based on oil production.  Surprisingly, Saudi Arabia shrinks in size, however, it still remains the largest state in the region.

The Arabian Peninsula's Borders Based on Gross Domestic Product

Nov 6, 2017
Cartogram map of GDP in the Arabian Peninsula

This week, the focus is on the Arabian Peninsula as recent events there are causing global concern.  The geographically accurate cartogram above represents the nations in the region based on gross domestic product.

The European Union's Borders Based on Gross Domestic Product

Nov 3, 2017
Cartogram of GDP in Europe

This geographically accurate cartogram represents how the EU's borders would have been had they been drawn up according to each country's GDP.  The United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy take up large swaths of the Union leaving the remaining states crunched up against each other.

The European Union's Borders by Military Personnel

Nov 2, 2017
Cartogram of military personnel in Europe

Altering the borders of the European Union based on the number of military personnel each state has creates an unrecognizable European Union.  In this geographically accurate cartogram, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Greece expand their borders drastically while Sweden and Finland cede much of their territory.

Treasury Rate Movements, October 2017

Nov 1, 2017
US treasury rates by maturity

Short-term rates continued their steady rise in October and medium and long-term rates tempered their rise from the previous month.  The yield curve narrowed after widening in the previous month.  Short-term rates have slowed their rise in rates but October breaks with the previous two months where the one-month bill had a session with higher rates than the three-month bill.  That is, the one-month bill maintained the lowest rate throughout the month for the first time in three months.  That is a promising sign as a narrowing of the yield curve from the bottom up has been a steadfast indicator of recession.  All rates rose in October.

The United States with Metes and Bounds Borders

Oct 31, 2017
Map of United States with metes and bounds borders

Expanding on yesterday's post where Europe's borders were redrawn based on the Public Land Survey System, today's post will redraw the United States' borders on the metes and bounds system used east of the Mississippi River and in Europe.  The map above shows what the United States could look like if the country's borders were drawn based on metes and bounds instead of range and township.

Europe with Range and Township Borders

Oct 30, 2017
Map of Europe with range and township borders

The western United States' borders are not drawn based on the traditional metes and bounds system of delineating borders.  Instead, the borders are drawn based on the Public Land Survey System which people commonly refer to as range and township.  The map above shows what Europe would look like if the continent's borders were drawn based on range and township instead of metes and bounds.

GDP and GDP Per Capita Growth between 2005 and 2016 in the European Union and the United States

Oct 27, 2017
Scatter plot of GDP and per capita GDP in the EU and the US

The chart above shows both the change in overall GDP (y-axis) and per capita GDP (x-axis) over a period of 11 years for EU and US states.  All states except for one have experienced growth from 2005 to 2016.  However, several states saw their per capita GDP decrease.


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