I'm trying to re-arrange countries using QGIS and Google Earth to get an idea of what the world would look like with a different arrangement.
I have a dataset in QGIS which gives me the 250-odd countries and their borders. When I take a single feature and turn it into a KML/KMZ file and open it in Google Earth this seems to work fine and the size is perfect. When I rotate this feature before exporting however it ends up becoming huge.
The country I am currently working on is Russia. When exporting the KMZ of Russia to Google Earth it overlays Russia perfectly. When turning it on its side before exporting it Russia becomes large enough to span the globe.
I think my original Russia feature file was a KMZ and my rotated one is a KML, if that matters.
Could this be related to projection? I'm a newb at GIS and the world map dataset appears in the Mercator projection. Would rotating within the Mercator projection like that throw everything off?
Ultimate question is how do I avoid it losing its scale while still rotating the countries.