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The purpose of the geography quest is twofold.

First, as people have been complaining about for years, there are major gaps in content here. And, as could be believed from the idiosyncratic nature of e2, the gaps are not where they would be expected to be. Prince Edward Island, for example, has a more complete write-up than the entire state of California. I have put together a list of places that need to have something written on them. For the United States and Canada, this list is exhaustive. For the rest of the world, it is merely suggestive. In general, any nation, or top-level division of a nation should have a writeup, and should get a good bounty. The second point of the quest is for people to write about some area that they know well, or has especially interested them. While your hometown may not have the historical importance of Caracas, there is probably some special feature of geography or history that make it particularly interesting. Every small town in the world has some claim to fame.

One of the guidelines to the quest

is that writeups should be neither too dry, nor too wet. Entries should not be demographic data copied and pasted (people can get that elsewhere), nor should they consist of stories that are exclusively personal. For example, the writeup on Weiser, Idaho should not consist of this:
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,343 people, 2,018 households, and 1,368 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,280.5 people per square mile (881.6/km²). There were 2,207 housing units at an average density of 942.0/sq mi (364.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.13% White, 0.07% African American, 0.80% Native American, 1.20% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 13.92% from other races, and 2.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.91% of the population.
nor should it consist of this:
Weiser, Idaho is my hometown and let me tell you, it totally sucks because it is full of rednecks and other bullshit like that. The only really cool part of the town is this one quarry where you can smoke out, and sometimes if you get the jocks high enough, even they stop being redneck assholes.
Writeups should have factual information, presented in an interesting manner.

Also acceptable

for geography quest are examples of geographical concepts (such as explaining what a river, mountain or city really is), and information about cartographic or geographic methods, or biographies of famous geographers or explorers. Anything that can fit into geography can fit into this quest. The only exception I am thinking of right now is the geography of fictional places (or the fictional geography of real places.)

Especially needed:

The United States:
Alabama-Montgomery, Alabama
Delaware-Dover, Delaware
California-Sacramento, California
Boise, Idaho
Illinois-Springfield, Illinois (Which is amusing, but probably not very informative)
Indiana-Indianapolis, Indiana
Des Moines, Iowa
Topeka, Kansas
Kentucky-Frankfort, Kentucky
Mississippi-Jackson, Mississippi
Jefferson City, Missouri
Concord, New Hampshire
Trenton, New Jersey
North Dakota-Bismarck, North Dakota
Pierre, South Dakota
Richmond, Virginia
Charleston, West Virginia

Fredericton, New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Quebec-Quebec City, Quebec
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island


India-New Delhi

South America:
Argentina-Buenos Aires
Lima, Peru

New South Wales
Solomon Islands
South Australia


The rewards for this quest

will be a 100 GP bounty paid for every uncovered country, or top-level (state, province, etc.) division of a major country, or for the uncovered capital or largest city in that country or top-level division. Multiple bounties can be given for good writeups in the same node: we could easily have 10 good writeups on California. In addition, there will be 20 GPs rewarded for every other entry in the quest, and all writeups will earn 10 GP per C!. The quest begins September 5th, 2009 (server time) and goes until October 15th, 2009 (also server time). Our sponsoring admin will be Wertperch.

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