Europe Regions – Where Are We Now?

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Polaris Overland

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Europe Regions – Where Are We Now?



We worked for months to come up with an accurate re-alignment of the regions within Europe based on feedback from Overland Bound members. After numerous conversations and discussions both on the OB forum and private Facebook groups, we streamlined the regions to make the layout more cohesive and simpler to understand.


Understanding and separating regions within Europe is not straightforward with many countries, cultures and languages to be taken into consideration. We also considered information obtained by visiting external forums. From this ongoing dialogue we created the new region map outlined below.



Mid Europe - Following discussions and feedback it was agreed France should be added to Mid Europe.

East Europe - Poland has been added from Mid Europe based on its geography.

Mediterranean - Formally South Europe. This makes it simpler to visualise as each country borders the Mediterranean or a country directly attached to it and will allow for other countries bordering the Mediterranean to be added as their membership increases such as Morocco.

Scandinavia - Formally North Europe. This makes the region simpler to visualise, and retains similar cultural connection.

West Europe - No further changes for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.


Other Considerations:

● Reducing the number of regions from 7 to 5. This reduction in the number of regions will help to consolidate members and avoid confusion. Every effort was made to make countries within regions be connected by a land border for closer community ties although in some instances this was not possible. (Example: Portugal which was included in Mediterranean Region.)


As membership grows in the different regions, HQ will evaluate the need for additional Director positions. In the meantime, Member Representatives will be put in place to help the local membership. Facebook pages will also be brought on line as local regional needs dictate.
 

76_overlander

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This sounds quite good Dave :)

As this re-alignment occurs at the same time as the migration to a new forum platform, i don't understand why we still have 7 regions, claiming only 5. I know a discussion is happening in the southwest forum but you should (please) relocate it in the South Europe forum (and rename it to Mediterranean). Then you can erase Southeast and Southwest and it looks already better.

Secondly, and as a member told it on the West Europe FB page, west europe is a small area in number of countries and i really think you should not have sub forums. Especially when there is only one for UK. Let's get rid of it and directly access the West Europe forum when clicking on it. And let's ad instead the list of countries for this West Europe section under the title like for every other region.
 

Polaris Overland

West Europe Region Director
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Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire,
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3057

This sounds quite good Dave :)

As this re-alignment occurs at the same time as the migration to a new forum platform, i don't understand why we still have 7 regions, claiming only 5. I know a discussion is happening in the southwest forum but you should (please) relocate it in the South Europe forum (and rename it to Mediterranean). Then you can erase Southeast and Southwest and it looks already better.

Secondly, and as a member told it on the West Europe FB page, west europe is a small area in number of countries and i really think you should not have sub forums. Especially when there is only one for UK. Let's get rid of it and directly access the West Europe forum when clicking on it. And let's ad instead the list of countries for this West Europe section under the title like for every other region.
All renaming and moving posts from regions that no longer exist is in progress. UK was a through back to before the rest of the Europe Regions were set up so yes I'll look at migrating the UK posts into West Europe to avoid confusion and keep things tidy.
 
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Polaris Overland

West Europe Region Director
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Newtonhill, Aberdeenshire,
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3057

Thank you, it looks good.
Now we can wait for the other steps will come in time.
The representives, badges, stickers and more.

I hope that at Bad Kissingen we all see an united OB Europe. And it would be great to see @Michael and @Corrie in the flesh.

Lets see if we can get them engaged for that event.
This year we were too late to get a traders stand for the show but it is definitely in the diary for 2020.