This crop of North America should give you an idea what I’m trying to accomplish with my map of the world.
Note that the traditional black line demarcating the US-Mexico border is gone. Also note that the border areas of both countries are lighter versions of each country’s color. That’s supposed to indicate the influx of Mexican migrants into the Southwestern United States, and the influx of American capital into Northern Mexico.
The US-Canadian border has the traditional black line, but the two nations have similar colors – indicating the sharing of cultural and economic ties. Over time, the US’s bold blue would tint more yellow (to blend with Mexico), and Mexico’s yellow would tint more blue. A century from now, I’d redraw the map with the same muddle, but in various shades of green.
I’ll do something similar with the European Union. Eurozone countries will all be the same color, but with the borders demarcated. Non-eurozone EU members will be a lighter shade of the eurozone color. Both will be in the same blue range as the US and Canada — as will be Australia, New Zealand, Japan, etc.
Also note in southern Mexico, the Chiapas region is uncolored. Why? Because there’s no effective government there — much like 18th Century maps of the interior of Africa. Large swaths of Africa today should be left uncolored as well.
Without losing too much coherence or adding too much visual noise, I’ll try to show the fault lines where Radical Islam is warring with its neighbors.
Anyway, I think you get the idea. Me, I have to get back to work.