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Animate the Rise and Fall of Historical Countries

Version 11 includes an extensive collection of polygons for historical country borders, which can be used to visualize the growth (and decline) of many nations and empires.

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historicalCountryAnimate[entity_, nframes_: 100, opts : OptionsPattern[]] := Module[ {ini, end, step, polygon, times, reducedPolygon, countries, len, frames}, {ini, end} = First[DateList[#]] & /@ Entity["HistoricalCountry", entity][{EntityProperty["HistoricalCountry", "StartDate"], EntityProperty["HistoricalCountry", "EndDate"]}]; step = Ceiling[(end - ini) / nframes]; polygon = ParallelTable[EntityValue[Entity["HistoricalCountry", entity], EntityProperty["HistoricalCountry", "Polygon", {"Date" -> DateObject[{t}]}]], {t, ini, end, step}]; times = Table[t, {t, ini, end, step}]; reducedPolygon = DeleteMissing[ DeleteDuplicates[Transpose[{times, polygon}], Last[#1] == Last[#2] &], 1, 2]; countries = EntityValue[Entity["HistoricalCountry", entity], EntityProperty["HistoricalCountry", "CurrentCountries"]]; len = Length[reducedPolygon]; frames = ParallelTable[ GeoGraphics[{EdgeForm[Red], Blue, GeoStyling[Opacity[.07]], reducedPolygon[[t, 2]]}, opts, GeoProjection -> "Mercator", ImageSize -> 500, GeoRange -> "World", GeoBackground -> GeoStyling["StreetMap"], Epilog -> Text[Framed[Style[reducedPolygon[[t, 1]], 20, Red, Bold], Background -> White], Scaled[{.06, .955}]] ], {t, 1, len} ]; ListAnimate[frames, AnimationRunning -> False, AnimationRepetitions -> 1] ]
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historicalCountryAnimate["RomanRepublic", 100, GeoRange -> {{30, 50}, {-15, 40}}]
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historicalCountryAnimate["MongolEmpire", 100, GeoRange -> {{20, 70}, {20, 140}}]
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