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I have a Corsican colleague (who is not a gamer), and I was going to show him an image of the Corsica map, if only to demonstrate that someone outside Corsica knows the names of some (2000-year old) Corsican cities.

I figured that he might ask about all the game-related stuff on the map, and I realized that that might include the colored map regions (called "provinces" in other versions of Concordia).

A little investigation revealed that the Corsica expansion is the only one in which the "provinces" are not named on the board (or in the rules).

Does anyone know whether the colored subdivisions on the Corsica map correspond to any kind of political entities (in Roman or other times)?

I find it a little disappointing that they're not identified. I feel like it diminishes the theme somewhat, especially since this is a place whose details may be unfamiliar to many players.

(I use the term "provinces" in quotation marks because I believe that, in Roman times, Corsica and Sardinia collectively made up a single Roman province.)
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Alexandre Santos
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I don't think that in all Concordia maps all the "provinces" names actually corresponded to real roman provinces (because of gameplay reasons). I highly doubt that Romans would have made several provinces out of Corsica, and they usually were not systematic in the local management at the sub-provincial level. I guess you could see the "provinces" as areas of influence of the cities, but really I bet they exist mostly for gameplay reasons.

I for one would already be satisfied that the cities names are correct, for the rest the map should support a great gameplay. Nothing that will hurt your friend's feelings

This being said, I had the feeling that the Hispania provinces were reasonably correct, but did not verify it and would not vouch for them.
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I think that it would have been nice to name them, whether they corresponded to actual political entities or just colloquial names for the areas. Not only for some thematic solidity, but also because it gives players a way to refer to them during play (rather than saying, "I'm going to build in the cloth city in the yellow province").
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18 of the 21 cities from the Corsica board are historical.

I recommend a look into the Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire

http://dare.ht.lu.se/places/16893.html
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From where came the other three (Castellum, Montanus, Vicus)?
 
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gillum wrote:
From where came the other three (Castellum, Montanus, Vicus)?


Web search for "castellum corsica" reveals a plausible explanation:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prehistory_of_Corsica
Castellu di Luri, Roman castellum occupied 3rd century BC - 1st century AD
(Of course the Latin word "castellum" means a fortified stronghold or castle.)


Web search for "montanus corsica" reveals an amusing tangent:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corsican_brook_salamander
The Corsican brook salamander or Corsican mountain newt (Euproctus montanus) is a species of salamander in the Salamandridae family. It is endemic to Corsica, an island in the Mediterranean Sea.

(Unsurprisingly, the Latin word "montanus" means mountainous.)


Web search for "vicus corsica" gives me nothing much.
However, one meaning of the Latin word "vicus" is simply "village", so maybe it is simply a generic place name.
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