Three Kingdoms Maps and Illustrations

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Three Kingdoms Maps and Illustrations

Unread postby James » Sat Jan 06, 2007 1:24 am

Why don’t we have this wonderful thread? Well, we do now. If you have any fun Three Kingdoms maps, campaign trails, or illustrations to share in a commonly accessible location, please use this thread to display the goods. We may make a feature of various portions of this content at Kongming’s Archives down the road.

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Unread postby James » Sat Jan 06, 2007 1:29 am

Three Kingdoms map by William
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Probably everyone is familiar with this old gem created by our good friend William. It is highly detailed and features a multitude of locations. Some errors have been discovered over the years but they are not excessive. A fine map!
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Unread postby James » Sat Jan 06, 2007 1:32 am

Three Kingdoms maps from <i>Empresses and Consorts</i>
<a href=”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0824819454/ref%3Dnosim/kongmingsarch-20/”><i>Empresses and Consorts: Selections from Chen Shou’s </i>Records of the Three States<i> with Pei Songzhi’s Commentary</i></a>, translated with annotations and introduction by Robert Joe Cutter and William Gordon Crowell, is a wonderfully well-written book which I highly recommend for anyone interested in the Three Kingdoms era. It focus on the women of the Three Kingdoms period and the role they played in government and includes phenomenal translations of their <i>Sanguozhi</i> biographies. It also has detailed background information on and biographies of both Chen Shou and Pei Songzhi. These maps were scanned from this book, enhanced in Photoshop, and I colored them in for emphasis myself. Enjoy!

Three Kingdoms map from <i>Empresses and Consorts</i>
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Wei Kingdom map from <i>Empresses and Consorts</i>
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Shu Kingdom map from <i>Empresses and Consorts</i>
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Wu Kingdom map from <i>Empresses and Consorts</i>
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Unread postby James » Sat Jan 06, 2007 1:50 am

<a href="/viewtopic.php?t=12643">Satellite Map of China, Major Locations Labeled by Jiang Zhi</a>
This is loads of fun and actually quite handy for getting a birds-eye view of things like the mountainous terrains in Bashu and around Hanzhong, for viewing the span of the Great Plains, and for gaining some insight into Wu as well. Handy!
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Unread postby DAv » Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:46 pm

How much land in Southern Shu was actually used by people? Because it seems there's a lot less cities compared to Wu and Wei.
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Unread postby James » Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:21 pm

DAv wrote:How much land in Southern Shu was actually used by people? Because it seems there's a lot less cities compared to Wu and Wei.

While I couldn’t give you a percentage I can confirm that it is far less than the other territories. Wu, in turn, is far less occupied than Wei (with Wu mostly being inhabited by immigrants).
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Unread postby Shadowlink » Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:36 am

Wu looks as big as Wei :shock:
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Unread postby James » Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:54 am

Shadowlink wrote:Wu looks as big as Wei :shock:

And that is pretty-much accurate. The population comparison, however, speaks volumes in opposition to equality.
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Unread postby Shadowlink » Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:04 am

Oh man Wu kind of looks bigger which is crazy. At least Wei looks like it has half of korea. Wu expanded alot.
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Unread postby Jordan » Fri Jan 12, 2007 3:52 am

I think that in the later years of Wu, when Jin was around, Wu even managed to take over new territories in Vietnam (thanks to the military accomplishments of Tao Huang).

These are good maps. Did Wu ever take control of that island of Ya-zhou? I've read on some places that they did, but I've never confirmed it with reliable sources. I wish I could scan in the map from the times complete history of the world, since that one's ok too (not as good as these though)...
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