This is seriously the most non issue pile of garbage I've ever seen, this is ridiculous. Nobody in Africa gives a f*ck about what the world map looks like, or which time zone is the central standard time. It makes no god damn difference whatsoever and changing it would only serve to annoy every system on the planet, which works off of these maps, time zones and definitions of up and down.
I mean really, you're suggesting that up should be changed to down? Come on. While we're at it, let's change binary. One is now Zero! Hey, let's change musical theory. Letters have too much hegemony on notation. Now musical notes are deigned by numbers. 1, 1",2,3,3",4,4",5,6,6",7,7" Confusing and pointless? Ah you'll get used to it, we don't want those pesky numbers showing their cultural dominance!
Actually, I made this topic not because I'm passionate about Cartography, but because I read another discussion which was very interesting but poorly translated into English, very difficult to read and I could only read apart of it, so I assumed we could have an equally interesting discussion only in my native language.
Or you could just come in, flip your sh*t, and look like a total nonce. Also "up" has no meaning in space. And a lot of people take exception to any form of Euro-centrism, it's hardly a "non-issue" just because the fate of the world doesn't depend on it.
Did you just call me a... nonce? because I think this is a pointless subject?
Anyway. A lot of people are white middle class liberals. The Japanese don't care about it, the Arabs don't care about it, f*ck even the Africans don't care about it. The system set in place is accepted and works. There's no need to change it because it makes literally no difference to anything. It genuinely doesn't matter one squit if some people find it offensive because that means nothing. It doesn't affect business, it doesn't affect trade, and it doesn't affect anything ever.
Up has no meaning in space, sure. But up has a pretty standard recognised meaning on this planet to this species. In terms of the relationship to the continents on this planet it means 'that place where the north pole is' You ask the aforementioned Arabs, Africans, Japanese or even the Indians, South Americans, New Zealanders and ask them 'where is up' and they'll point to the sky. Ask them 'where is up on this map, from your location, which I have turned upside down to not offend anyone' and they'll probably point to the north pole. What you're asking is for every planetary system to change, for what? So the map isn't so Euro-centric? I have to be honest, the rest of the world will be more pissed off that they have to rewrite, print and publish every single geography book and recreate every single globe just because some guilty white liberals wanted the globe the other way around than they are currently.