Looks great! I really like the inclusion of real-world stellar cartography. It helps with immersion in a fictional universe if there are real objects in association. I've been following your 'Verse for quite some time now and it looks like you've put a tremendous amount of thought and time into it. It's so good to see that there's such creative energy being poured into what I think is a promising universe! The vehicles, the technology, and now the universe in which they reside have all been carefully crafted. Getting these vital components of a fictional universe polished is incredibly important to the internal consistency of future stories. With everything mapped out (argh...the PUN!!) it's easier to avoid continuity snarls ahead of time.
However, like any good critique there has to be a 'con' section. I have only one complaint with this map and it is as follows: scale. Preferably, if you're going to follow through with a map of real-space and FTL routes, you're going to want to include a legend. Legends can help a reader identify just what all these little dots and lines are; and while a compass is not truly applicable in this setting (unless you've got a 'galactic north' situation going on) a scale certainly is. A scale can let the viewer know in no uncertain terms just how big or how small objects on a map are and, more importantly, how much distance is between two objects.
This goes double for military fiction, which I assume this 'Verse is based on all the various flavors of ass-whup you've drummed up. Things like consistent distance and scale are immensely important if you want to really give the audience a sense of verisimilitude. You want them to know enough about the exact nature of your 'Verse and its limitations so when you set up a scenario they'll be able to grasp the situation without too much clunky exposition on your part.
Ex: "A Coalition Battle Fleet has attacked (insert location)! Our largest force is at (and again), over (insert distance/time) away! Our fleet is closest, so we must hold them off until then!"
Strangely enough, simple reference points on a map can help you streamline a story and help you keep a mental note of where everything is. All the while giving the audience a bit of a participation bump for locating plot-relevant points on a dutifully drawn and well-conceived map.
All in all, a great addition to an expanding universe of awesome! Keep up the good work!
Josh, I don't know how to even begin to tell you how beautiful and realistic it is. I see the line drawn thru out the galaxy and read that those are the "G" termini routes. Excellent my dear boy, EXCELLENT!!!!!!
And now I finally get to see how the big nations are in relation to each other. Nice map. So are the lines the paths of the graviti termini? Also what is that circle region in the middle of the kingdoms of the 4 crowns?
The lines are going to be the Gravity Termini. There had been versions of the map before this but this is by far the best I've done.
The circular region you are talking about is the Realm of the High King with the world of Coronet at its heart. Established following King Edvard the Great/Conqueror's (depends on which history book you read) defeat of the Isharan and Leonian forces 1000 years before the events of CoM, Coronet is the seat of the High King of the four Crowns, a position and title that rotates between the ruling Houses/Clans of the four kingdoms ever half century. It is protected by the Highguards, the rulers sworn to the seat of Coronet and no particular kingdom or house.
Most likely left upper. Part of the Kingdom of Eirangard that broke off during the Rebellion of The Northern Lords (when House Brandt overthrew House Stahl for control of Eirangard and Albion broke off to become its own Kingdom).