The Mercator Projection gets a lot of bad press for exaggerating the size of countries near the poles and shrinking Africa. In order to boost its much maligned reputation, I have set out to create a map that’s worse than a Mercator…
I took the worse property of Mercator – the fact that the horizontal scale varies so much with latitude (ie width of country is exaggerated near the poles), and made a map with only two pieces of information:
1) The width of each country in degrees.
2) The order of the countries, South to North