Here's one I've been playin with, not sure if i'll even submit it because I know i would not be able to do the xml... however, if someone would want to help out, I'd prolly work on it at school using photoshop instead of paint.
The colors are bit hard to tell sometimes, for some reason my colors in paint seem to be broken. Black lines over blue water connects, black spraypaint seperates.
I've been outlining all the borders, that's why those in America look darker, eventually the borders between countries will be the same thickness.
The "continent" names and values will go in the Pacific ocean. Florida belongs with the caribean section, but I dunno how definate that is.
Any constructive critism (or praise) would be well appreciated.
P.S. nice idea marcol, for the map and the post