I'm all for the idea of using maps to promote world unity
"globe" is a wonderful thing to behold, and fun to assemble.
Every child should have one to play with.
Unfortunately, The Dymaxion globe came about as an effect of Buckminster
Fuller's self-promotion than out of any desire to promote a "post-racist,
The Seal of the United Nations features a map of the entire world,
no national boundaries, on an Azimuthal Equidistant projection.
If (the very real and very stupid) national jealousies preventing that
organization from being an effective instrument of world unity were the
reason Fuller couldn't sell his toy to the UN, perhaps the Great Seal would
have national boundaries on it.
"With it, for the first time in history, humans can see their whole
planet Earth's geography displayed on one flat surface without any visible
Why didn't Fuller just hand out globes?
Oh well, if it has any effect driving a stake into the heart of nationalism,
For people who are interested in map projection
s, and polyhedral
s, you can visit the execellent site
The Dymaxion "projection" is really twenty separate instances of the
Gnomonic Projection centered at strategic locations, then cut apart and
assembled into an icosahedron. It's also possible to use
twenty instances of the Stereographic projection.