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In the monologue (at the beginning of episode 1) you may have remembered a world map being displayed. The funny thing was that they got East and West Europe wrong as seen in the images below. How accurate are the borders?

Mahouka Koukou pre-WW3 world map

Mahouka Koukou post-WW3 world map

Did anyone notice this?

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The map definitely isn't accurate (at least in that it doesn't depict quite a number of current borders correctly). For one thing, as you noted, Europe hasn't been depicted well, though it does seem that the part west of Germany is alright. However, the Czech Republic's border with Slovakia is gone, and it seems that the border with Austria is also missing. The Romania-Hungary border is also gone

When you look at South Asia though, the borders are also wrong. While the India-Pakistan border seems ok, the borders with Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bhutan aren't there. There are a couple smaller issues with Central Asia.

I initially thought that this might be a 1900's map because of the European borders, but the North-South Korea division still seems to be there (which didn't exist at the time of Austria-Hungary), and the India-Pakistan border shouldn't have existed at the time - so as far as I can tell, this isn't supposed to be a replica of a map at some point in time in actual history.

Summary: a number of borders here and there have been omitted. I'm not as familiar with the geography of Africa and South/Latin America, but for starters, the Algerian-Tunisian border has also disappeared in this map. But there are definitely a number of noticeable errors with Central/South Asia and with Europe. So this map really isn't that accurate, even if for a lot of the "unaffected" countries it's drawn reasonably well.

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  • FWIW, under the British Empire, the Pakistan-India border didn't even exist internally, so that's probably not related.
    – senshin
    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:33
  • @senshin: Yeah - hence my comment that it might only be parts of the British Empire. I'm more confident about my "answer" about Europe, but I'm not too sure about the exact details for the rest of the world.
    – Maroon
    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:35
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This takes place in the year 2030 so anything could have happened to those countries. They could have been taken over or just wiped out.

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They didn't get east and west wrong, as the world is round and you are just used to looking at the world with the americas on the left and europe/asia/africa on the right. Also the map is a mercator projection meaning that it is distorted making areas of low population bigger because due to the earth being round it cant be represented by a flat rectangular object

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    The question refers to the East and West Europe specifically, not the location of the America and Asia-Europe-Africa continents. Also, I don't think Mercator (or any) projection is related to the question...
    – Aki Tanaka
    May 23, 2020 at 9:58

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