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Due to political reasons, geographic maps of different countries show up differently in different countries. For example the map of India that shows up would not be accepted in India , esp govt organizations. Google has a technique of showing this. So the Google map identifies the source country and accordingly displays a map. Does OSM have similar capability?

asked 27 Aug '18, 09:22

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This requires two parts:

  • first, OSM would have to have a way to record what needs to be shown - e.g. "government of India requires this boundary to be shown, government of China requires this other boundary to be shown". There is currently no established way in OSM to tag this.
  • second, the OSM tile server would have to detect where you come from (this is already done to some degree) and then generate a map that matches your local requirements. This is currently not possible because there is only one set of world-wide tiles that is generated for everyone.

For the time being, people who want a different-looking map for political reasons (or any other reasons) have to create their own, replacing the OSM data source with something else where needed, like for example the map on

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answered 27 Aug '18, 10:47

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edited 27 Aug '18, 10:59

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