This video illustrates how empires decay and devolve and what a short time it takes for a seemingly invincible empire to become just another nation. Examples not shown are The Soviet Empire and the American Empire. But history won’t be cheated… All empires fall.
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This is mainly an experimentation with soft bodies using toxi’s verlet springs.
The data refers to the evolution of the top 4 maritime empires of the XIX and XX centuries by extent. The visual emphasis is on their decline.
More on that project http://mondeguinho.com/master/visual-experimentations/visualizing-empires
UPDATE – some minor fixes: no flickering and more robust simulation.