The map wars continue.

Right now, Russia’s territorial encroachment into Ukraine is under attack from the Twitter account of Canada’s NATO delegation — er, I thought this story was important until I had to type that clause, and now I’m not sure whether to go on.

Well, look, it’s August. Ahem.

The Canadian delegation tweeted the following helpful map:

This provoked some Russian ire. Their NATO delegation returned fire with:

All of which leads me to wonder — what if we’d had Twitter during other territorial conflicts? The lead-up to World War I might have been vastly different, for one, with Germany tweeting things like this:

world war 1 map


(I modified this map from Flemmings Kriegskarte, Nr. 11. Carl Flemming, Berlin und Glogau 1917. Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – PK [1])

And the inevitable rebuttal…


And how about the U.S. Civil War, with the Union diplomatic corps getting into the action:

modified civil war

(I modified this map from a map by Júlio Reis [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

And the Confederate reply:

confed rebuttal

No, on reflection, I’m glad they didn’t have it. It would have been silly.

Alexandra Petri writes the ComPost blog, offering a lighter take on the news and opinions of the day.