Where can I find a free downloadable vector map of a nation, or country, or region that I could them redesign in Illustrator CS3 as a map where I can create my own place names? I had good luck with these guys (http://www.mapresources.com/) back when they were called Cartesia. A long time ago, I used their world map, altering it to build a geopolitical world map for Shadowrun (http://rpg.divnull.com/sixthworld/). You do know you can use the autotrace function in illustrator to turn any raster image into a vector image? I suggest the fastest way is to find either a raster silhouette of the country (of which there are loads on the net) or failing that start with a non-silhouette and make one using a raster editor like Gimp. Also check out vector magic (http://vectormagic.com/) on line, which has a better autotrace function than illustrator and which will make illustrator vector files online for you. Not quite as nice as the link I posted before, but these are free , as requested. Thanks to Smashing Magazine (http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/23/friday-freebies-font-icons-wallpapers-and-screensaver/) for the find. Source.