I love the way American states are shaped. Each one is unique, has character, and can be readily identified from silhouette – Texas, for example, is immediately distinguishable from Montana, or Virginia, or any other state on the map. (Okay, Colorado & Wyoming are often confused for each other, but that’s an outlier…)
Or am I wrong? Can people from Auvergne, France immediately distinguish their state’s shape from Champagne-Ardenne? Is a Paraná-shaped belt buckle instantly identifiable for what it is? What do people from other countries think about the shapes of their states/prefectures/etc.?