NOTE: CHANGES IN RULES AND MORE PRIZES ADDED!
Several maps in the USA have not been decided. These are indicated in the original list by "TBA". These contests are being run to determine the best maps to represent states which have not already been decided.
This contest is the SEVENTH in the series, and it is here to determine the map which best represents Vermont.
(There is no official state colour, but unofficially green and gold are regarded by many as Vermont's colours.)
Suggestions and reasoning:
- King of the Mountains -- The name Vermont comes from "Vert Mont" meaning "Green Mountain"
- Solar System -- Vermont's Capitol Building is topped with a statue of the Goddess Ceres. Ceres is a large asteroid found on the Solar System map.
- Northwest Passage -- Vermont was a safe haven for escaped slaves fleeing to Canada and also the USA's largest producer of Maple syrup.
- Indian Empire -- Rudyard Kipling lived in Vermont for 4 years. This is where he came up with and wrote The Jungle Book (as well as other writings).
- Macedonia -- The Vermont-Macedonia National Guard Partnership is one of 65 state partnerships between the US and various countries around the world.
- France 1789 -- France ceded the territory to Great Britain after being defeated in 1763 in the Seven Years' War.
General Rules of the Contest
- There can be no duplications. A map that is already assigned to another state cannot be used again.
- Before a poll is put up, the thread will be open for at least a few days for people to add suggestions.
- Anyone can make a suggestion, but please limit yourself to one suggestion.
If the list is short, I may accept a 2nd suggestion from people who have already made one.
- Once the poll has been posted, no more suggestions will be accepted.
- The poll will run for at least a week.
- The multistage selection process having been generally unpopular, from here on in we will go with simple plurality of votes. Personally, I'm a big believer in multistage selection procedures, but I don't want to be constantly at odds with the community which ultimately I'm here to serve.
- The person who made the winning suggestion will get a GA medal.
- Everyone who makes a suggestion which wins 1% or more of the vote, will get a cash prize, 10 credits for each percent. In other words, 1% of the vote gets you 10 credits, 27% of the vote gets you 270 credits, etc.
- No attempt will be made to correct rounding errors. What You See Is What You Get. Thus, the total prize might not be exactly 1000 credits, although it will probably be close to that.
- The Community Team will no longer be involved in the final selection. However, there are special prizes from the Community Team. After everyone has made their argument in favour of their suggestion, the members of the Community Team will be polled about which argument they found most convincing. Each member of the Community Team will have an extra 50 credits to allocate to one or more arguments presented, except their own.
- Anyone who posts anything useful in the thread -- a suggestion, an argument for or against a suggestions, a general comment, a factual correction, pretty much anything useful, will be entered into a random draw for a yellow star, to be drawn as soon as the poll ends.
- A lot of people have made suggestions in other places (one of the other threads, or by PM). In the past I scoured everywhere for older suggestions. I just don't have time to do that this time around, so even if you mad a suggestion in the past, you must make it again IN THIS THREAD. If it comes down to an issue of precedence, older suggestions will still be honoured, but you must post a link to the place where you made the original suggestion.
Let's see if we can get past 10 suggestions this time around. What map do you think of when you think Vermont?