I am trying to render the MapQuest Open style at zoom level 3 for the whole world using Mapnik, at a higher resolution than available online.
I have downloaded mapnik, and the MapQuest Open style. However, downloading the planet.osm and importing data into postgis is beyond my capacity and seems unnecessary for such a low zoom level. All I really need is place names, borders and land cover data. I have downloaded some shapefiles containing some of this data, however I do not know how I would import this into postgis or how to use these with the MapQuest Mapnik Style.
Is it possible to render a very low zoom level map of the world with mapnik without downloading large amounts of data? If so what is the easiest way to go about this?