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Maps and charts are ways of depicting the layout of an area onto a sheet of paper (or other surface) to help prevent people from getting lost.

They also manifest in fiction in a variety of ways and serve a variety of purposes:

Maps in general:

  • Space-Filling Empire: Maps are drawn with a small number of superstates for easier political relations.
  • Spreading Disaster Map Graphic: Maps provide a vivid illustration of the scope of a looming or ongoing disaster.
  • Travel Montage: Travel between multiple locations, with maps used during the cuts to represent distances traveled.
  • Treasure Map: X marks the spot after you take fifty paces east of that palm tree between the rocks!
  • World Tour: Characters travel to multiple destinations, with maps used to identify the location.
  • "X" Marks the Spot: This is where you'll find the buried gold!

Maps in Video Games: