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The many Facets of Elleore Geography

The geography of Elleore is not as constant and fixed as in most other countries. The citizens only inhabit their homeland once a year for one week. Therefore generation after generation does their best to add to the wealth of geographic features and names, sometimes superseding older notions and sometimes keeping them alive, even though the background is no longer widely known.

The following shows a number of Elleore maps. Working sometimes from hardly readable photocopies I have tried to recreate the maps from all eras of the Kingdom of Elleore as faithfully as I could. If you have more information on some of the maps or can even provide me with dates of issue, please contact me. The photocopies of the originals are also provided by kind permission of Elleoresamfundet.

Maps of Elleore and my recreations of them:


Map No. 01 - 1946: first AKI map, black&white, Scale 1:1000

This map marks a departure from the depiction of detailed settlements as on Maps Nos. 01 and 02. The topographic elevation is still indicated, but the geographic features are distinctly fewer. A compass rose and a couple of sea animals provide some ornamental detail. Original size is approx. A3, and the map was created in 1946, as the "AKI" logo at the bottom indicates. The meaning of "AKI" I have yet to find out.
Note that nearly all the geographical features of this map remain unchanged to this day.

1946 AKI map1946 AKI map on treasure map background
1946 AKI map - photocopy of original
Recreated AKI mapRecreated AKI map with "treasure map" backgroundCopy of original - reproduced by kind permission
of former Elleore General Postal Director Rasmussen

Map No. 02 - 1955: second AKI map, black&white, Scale 1:1000

This map created a few years later retains basically all of Map No. 01, adding a number of maritime fairytale decorations. Original size is approx. A3, and the the map was created in 1955, as the "AKI" logo at the bottom indicates. 

1955 map with ornaments - recreated
1955 map with ornaments
Recreated ornamental AKI mapCopy of original - reproduced by kind permission
of former Elleore General Postal Director Rasmussen

Map No. 03 - 1958: topographic map with coordinate grid, black&white, Scale 1:1000

This map resembles closely Maps Nos. 01 and 02, but has a much more factual appearance. Gone are sea serpents, mermaids, and fish. Instead, a reference grid is added for the first time. Original size is approx. A3, and the map may have been created in 1958, see somewhat blurred note at bottom right on the original. 

1958 topographic map with grid - recreated
1958 topographic map with grid
Recreated topographic map with coordinate gridCopy of original - reproduced by kind permission
of former Elleore General Postal Director Rasmussen

Map No. 04 - 1959 approx.: coloured wall map (I have no documented creation date)

This wall map was at times on display during the annual Court Ball of Elleore. I estimate its original size to be roughly 1 m by 1 m.
It has two characteristics:
- the indication of the 8 Lehns (provinces) by numbers with a legend in the title field and
- little hamlets and many paths connecting them.
The depiction of buildings and small groups of buildings is almost unique to this map, only shared by the two-part map displayed next.
This map gives the impression of depicting a much larger island, if one takes the dimensions of typical houses into consideration. At a rough guess, the depicted house sizes would point to an island stretching approx. 3 km east-west, and 2 km north-south.

1959 wall map - redrawn
Original - by kind permission of Friherre Campi-Deux af Ellerup
Black and white copy of original
My recreation of the entire wall mapPhoto of original - reproduced by kind permission
of Friherre Campi Deux af Ellerup
Black & white copy of original - reproduced by kind permission
of former Elleore General Postal Director Rasmussen

Map No. 05 - 1959 approx.: two-part map, black&white (I have no documented creation date)

No information is available on original size and creation date. My assumption is a creation date close to Map No. 04, as Map No. 05 shares many of its features which never appear again in other maps. Depicted houses, topographic elevation lines (representing 33 cm) and a network of paths are among the most prominent.
Lehns are no longer mentioned and three offshore rocks are included as named features.
I have decided to join the two parts, although the original layout has a much more manageable format for paper printouts.

1959 topographic map with gridRecreated map in two parts
two-part original
Both parts joined and colourizedMap recreated and colourizedCopy of original - reproduced by kind permission
of former Elleore General Postal Director Rasmussen

Map No. 06 - 1961: illustrative map from 'Samvirke', black&white

This map was taken from a double page in an article published in 'Samvirke' issue no. 8, 1961. As it contains adventurous scenes including a ghost, a deer hunter and pirates, it must be seen as a tongue-in-cheek depiction of Elleore in conjunction with its history. The left edge of the map clearly indicates that some text overlays the edge of the drawing.  Thus not the entire illustration is reproduced. I have been trying to source the original drawing, but so far without success. The artist's name in the bottom right part reads "Agergaard" (probably). 

Still trying to source the original illustration...
1961 Samvirke map
No recreation attempted so far.Copy of original from newspaper article - 'Samvirke' no. 8, 1961

Map No. 07 - 1963: road map with grid, black&white, Scale 1:1000

Here we have the return of the paths from Maps Nos. 04 and 05. However, the settlements do not reappear. Like Map No. 03, this has a quite factual appearance. A coordinate grid overlays the map, the border resembles a technical drawing and a scale is included. Original size is approx. A3, and the the map was created 5 July 1963, as marked at the bottom.

1963 road map1963 road map - from elleore.dk
1963 - road map original
Recreated road mapOriginal - reproduced by kind permission
of former Elleore General Postal Director Rasmussen
Original - see www.elleore.dk

Map No. 08 - 1987: underground railway map, black&white

After a gap of 24 years, from which I have not been able to trace country maps of Elleore, this is the first thematic map of the collection. It was published as part of a newspaper article by Aksel N. Bak on 5th august 1987. But the map as such is quite obviously of Elleore origin. The accompanying newspaper article provides a firmly tongue-in-cheek reasoning for an underground railway system on Elleore. Apart from 'Lille Væmmelse' all station names correspond to the geography of the era. The railway lines are represented as main lines, and some decorations are scattered at sea around the isle. I'm still trying to source the article, as I have only an unidentified photocopy.

1987 underground railway map - redrawn and colourized1987 - underground railway map - redrawn
1987 - underground railway map
Recreated and colourized underground railway mapRecreated underground railway mapOriginal, from Aksel Bakke's article

Map No. 09a & b - 1988: EKD topographic map with empty variant, black&white, Scale 1:1000

Very shortly after Map No. 08 this interesting pair of maps appeared on the scene. For the first time since approx. 1959, the Lehns (provinces) are indicated by their boundaries, their names and their coats of arms. Their number and boundaries have changed. Kajsnude is now a separate Lehn, and some others have swapped places. The coat of arms of each Lehn is depicted here first on a map.
Topographic features are indicated in great detail. Even a legend is included for them.  'EKD' stands for Elleorisk Kortdirektorat (Elleorian Map Directorate).
Also for the first time since 1945, single buildings (tents) are marked on the map. This time, however, they are in accordance with the map scale. 
Although the only solid building on the isle, Brådeborg Castle, was demolished in 1958, this map is the first to acknowledge its demise by marking the spot '
Brådeborg Slotsruin'.
Original size is approx. A3, and the map was created in 1988, as the title indicates. 

This map exists also as an 'empty' variant.  This may have had teaching reasons, sort of an exercise sheet for students of Elleore geography. But that is pure speculation.


1988 EKD topographic map - redrawn
1988 EKD topographic map - original
Recreated EKD topographic mapCopy of original - reproduced by kind permission
of former Elleore General Postal Director Rasmussen
1988 EKD empty topographic map - redrawn1988 EKD empty topographic map - original
Recreated empty EKD topographic mapCopy of original - reproduced by kind permission
of former Elleore General Postal Director Rasmussen

Map No. 10a & b - 1993: detailed topographic map (2 versions), black&white, Scale 1:1000

This map, which is also shown on the home page of elleore.dk, is related to Map No. 09. It leaves administrative data like Lehns out, replacing it by a few new geographic names as well as the location of single tents. The multitude of items marked on the map necessitates a large legend in the bottom right part.
Some of the features seem to refer to 1993 in particular. The location of the tents with special functions within Maglelille is not the same each year.

Original size is approx. A3, and the map was created in 1993, marked as revision B. 
This map exists in two nearly identical versions. They are presented here under the assumption that version b came later, because it includes additional features.

1993 detailed map version a
1993 - detailed map version b
Detailed map - version a
copy of original - reproduced by kind permission
of former Elleore General Postal Director Rasmussen
Detailed map - version b - see also www.elleore.dk
copy of original - reproduced by kind permission
of former Elleore General Postal Director Rasmussen
1993 - detailed map - redawn and colourized1993 - detailed map - redrawn
Recreated and colourized map version bRecreated map version b


Other maps of Elleore:

Maps from other sources

Finally, here are two maps from different sources.
The left map is included in the Lonely Planet book "Micronations" published in 2006.
(Note that 'Det Flotte Fyr' and 'Kong Leo D. Lilles Stadium' have erroneously swapped locations.)
The right map appeared in the newsletter of the Roskilde rowing club 'Roskilde roeren' of July 2007.
(Note that 'Hageskækken' should read 'Hagesmækken'.)

2006 - Lonely Planet book 'Micronations'
2007 Roskilde roeren newsletter map
From 'Micronations - The Lonely Planets Guide to Home-Made Nations'  by  John Ryan, George Dunford and Simon Sellers. Available hereFrom 'Roskilde roeren' Volume 63, No. 3 of July 2007, pages 14&15, see here

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