Visualizing maritime empires decline
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From the animation author: "I chose the maritime empires because of their more abrupt and obtuse evolution as the visual emphasis is on their decline. The first idea to represent a territory independence was a mitosis like split. The split of a territory is often the result of an extent process and it had to be visualized on a specific year."
Visualizing empires decline. Information visualization et al. Pedro M Cruz's master thesis.