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On the WikiProject Countries talk page, the section Location Maps for European countries had shown new maps created by David Liuzzo, that are available for the countries of the European continent, and for countries of the European Union exist in two versions. From November 16, 2006 till January 31, 2007, a poll had tried to find a consensus for usage of 'old' or of which and where 'new' version maps. Please note that since January 1, 2007 all new maps became updated by David Liuzzo (including a world locator, enlarged cut-out for small countries) and as of February 4, 2007 the restricted licence that had jeopardized their availability on Wikimedia Commons, became more free. At its closing, 25 people had spoken in favor of either of the two presented usages of new versions but neither version had reached a consensus (12 and 13), and 18 had preferred old maps.
As this outcome cannot justify reverting of new maps that had become used for some countries, seconds before February 5, 2007 a survey started that will be closed soon at February 20, 2007 23:59:59. It should establish two things:
whether the new style maps may be applied as soon as some might become available for countries outside the European continent (or such to depend on future discussions),
Please read the discussion (also in other sections α, β, γ, δ, ε, ζ, η, θ) and in particular the arguments offered by the forementioned poll, while realizing some comments to have been made prior to updating the maps, and all prior to modifying the licences, before carefully reading the presentation of the currently open survey. You are invited to only then finally make up your mind and vote for only one option.
There mustnot be 'oppose' votes; if none of the options would be appreciated, you could vote for the option you might with some effort find least difficult to live with - rather like elections only allowing to vote for one of several candidates. Obviously, you are most welcome to leave a brief argumentation with your vote. Kind regards. — SomeHuman00:28, 19 February2007 (UTC)
Today, in this edit, the text below was deleted from the article’s lead by user The White Hart of Wikiwood with edit summary “Removing too detailed info…”. I agree that this text may be too detailed to be included in the long lead. However, I think that it would be a shame to lose this overview.
I’ve added it to the section ‘‘History’’ as sub-section ‘’Summary, 793 to the 1960s’’ preceding the sub-topic ‘’Viking Age’’. I realize that this is untraditional, but the section ‘’History’’ is so long and detailed that I’m sure that many readers don’t read it all. I’m also aware of the history section in the info-box and will wager that many readers never look there.
The text referred to, lightly edited, is:
Around the year 1000 A.D., two centuries of Viking raids to southern and western areas of Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity. Norway then expanded its overseas territories to parts of Great Britain, Ireland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, and Greenland. Norwegian power peaked in 1265 before competition from the Hanseatic League and the spread of the Black Death weakened the country. In 1397, Norway became part of the Kalmar Union with Denmark and Sweden. The Union lasted until Sweden left in 1523. The remaining union with Denmark lasted nearly three centuries.
In 1814, Norwegians adopted a constitution before being forced into a personal union with Sweden. In 1905, Norway ended the union, confirmed in a referendum, ending over 500 years of monarchs residing outside the country. In the same year, the country confirmed the election of its own king. Despite its declaration of neutrality in World War II, Norway was occupied for 5 years by forces of Nazi Germany. In 1949 it abandoned neutrality, becoming a founding member of NATO. Discovery of oil in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes.
There is a span of 900 years between the Vikings and the oil era, while the text focusses on the 1000s, 1814, and the 1900s.
My opinion is that the four first paragraphs of the lead are nearly perfect. They present, respectively, political geography, natural geography, state organisation, and state subdivisions and relations, and they serve a well-meassured and well-written portion of facts. No. 5 and 6, however, could need a good scrubbing. We need one related to economy/democracy/bragging and one regarding history, and they should be as accurate, informative, and short as the others. We could even include a seventh: demographics/culture. No More 18 (talk) 18:44, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
Please replace Nazi Germany by Germany, I seriously dislike the German habit to talk about "Nazis" as some kind of aliens who vanished in 1945 with an UFO, leaving millions of stunned resistance fighters in some state of "inner emigration" behind. While at it also add the finer points of Viking traditions and cuisine like the hunting and eating of whales. This article is in an unmitigated spam state with zero conflicts and zero criticism. –Be..anyone (talk) 04:34, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
About 43% voted for the Nazis in the last free election in Germany. — Preceding unsigned comment added by HelgeLund793 (talk • contribs) 11:55, 9 April 2015 (UTC)