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The World According to X” (a.k.a “How X Sees the World” or “The X World”) is a series of world map satires that are labeled with various geopolitical stereotypes and jokes to reflect the biased worldview of country X. These maps are often poorly drawn and may omit particular countries for the purpose of political commentaries.


Early Precedents

An early example of satirical world maps can be found on the cover of March 1976 issue of The New Yorker magazine, illustrated by American cartoonist Saul Steinberg.

David Horsey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, had created a similar map titled “The World According to Ronald Reagan” in 1982 for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. ‘dr Tricky’ says that he was not aware of David Horsey’s work.

The Appallingly Disrespectful Spitting Image Book also included a similar map called “The Tory Atlas of the World”.

Jigsaw Lounge is personal site which once belonged to three authors: Neil Young, ‘dr Tricky’, and Adam Maxwell. ‘dr Tricky’, also known as ‘Flam of Thlantesa’, published his humorous musings on his ‘kungu fu lounge’ at “” [via]. In 1997 or 1998, ‘dr Tricky’ made a satirical map of the world titled “The World According to America” using an Amiga 1200 and Deluxe Paint III.

On February 1, 2003, ‘dr Tricky’ wrote an article detailing the history of his image [via]. He created four other “The World according to X” images and published them here [via].

‘dr Tricky’ hasn’t updated his webpage since June 29, 2004. On October 5, 2007, his ‘kung fu lounge’ was removed.

Mapping Stereotypes

‘Mapping Stereotypes’ is a project by Yanko Tsvetkov to map the world according to the “geography of prejudice”. His work can be found here.


Jesusland is a fictional country made up of “red” states, or states that traditionally vote Republican. The meme surfaced in 2004 during the U.S. presidential election season, when a satirical map of the new country, along with its counterpart “The United States of Canada” (consisting of blue states and Canada), was uploaded to For more info & examples, please refer to KYMdb – Jesusland.

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