Yes, Mercatore made that projection for commercial an logistic use but the results was a very inaccurate size rappresentaion. The more you go near the poles the more the nation's are "inflated". On the equator line the real size are respected.
TBH, the result was as intended. Unfortunately, folks who decided to use the map for a different use, find it insufficient for their needs.
Its like putting a red light in your darkroom because that works best for when you're developing film and someone complaining that they can't tell the difference between their navy blue shirt and a black shirt due to the light. Or picking up a hammer and complaining that it doesn't turn screws well. Each map projection is a different tool. Just because you don't know how to use a tool properly, or don't know the difference between the tools doesn't mean that a tool is bad.
Folks don't look at a photograph and complain that the corners of the room are different lengths when measured on the surface of the photo. why are they surprised or upset that a map - which is also a 2d represenation of 3d objects - isn't all things to all people?
folks like that scream "its not accurate!" Yes it is, its just not the tool for what whatever you're trying to do.
Good catch. I came across the site linked in an article referencing the sizes of Africa and India, compared to Europe or the British Isles. The article seemed to have subversive intent. I think I understand the distortion caused by the Mercator projection, so I was surprised that the map doesn't seem to be accurate.
Correct if I'm wrong - the entire top edge of the map is the North pole, right? So my reasoning is that no border should cross the top edge of the map, because if the sphere was reconstructed a piece of the country would be missing.
Whatever algorithm they are using kinda breaks at the poles. It doesn't really make sense to drag something past an "edge" of what is really a globe. It seems to stretch a country across the entire top, which is kinda the best it can do.
But the purpose of the map isn't defeated due to the problem of projecting to the poles. If people's perception of size is based on the familiar mercator projection, they may be surprised by the direct comparisons made possible by this map. Whether or not that's "subversive" depends on what they do with that information.