I where thinking about this some week ago about this too, Possible i think more complex then needed.
It’s nice if same themed sims can join together. but everybody can have there own server. Your worried about resources, High Fidelity is have idea’s to solve that smart. So that’s the last thing i think we need to worry about. Like @judas says, domain sizes are not in stone, the now are already 32x32 sqKM in size. (not 16 km)
But the idea to have neighbors domain’s you can look in and enter with verhicles, makes it much more interesting. Also it seems people still want that. I did some thinking about other idea. I hope i can explain it. It’s just idea and need some better mind’s to work it out.
Everybody is having a domain, right.
Now i got some idea , what if someone could create a Grid, the grid would be something like a HUGH zone, calling it “Grid Zone”. Lets make that zone for example 32768x32768 sqm in size. (green area) In this zone you cannot build.
I think the grid zone is complete useless in my idea, it possible can be done without too. but i seee a grid zone like a sim, and the domain zone as parcel.
But to greate a grid zone add extra security. So the grid zone owner can say it’s not allowed to attach other grid zones next to mine. or Look in my grid zone from other is not allowed. And offcorse the grid zone owner need to add who can join the grid zone.
But instead this setup you could just have a grid zone with only your domain inside ?
Into that grid you can assign, new zones. 1,2,3,4 etc. in this example one domain zone would be 8192x8192sqm. But why not make it customizable
The new zones (call it domain zone) named 1,2,3,4 can be assigned to other domains. So every zone is a new server the user can run by itself. or a server that people rent from someone else.
So as example,
- Simsquare domain
- Shop domain
- Earth domain
- Ride domain
So it would look like this.
Now the technical part, All domains inside the grid zone can see each other. you can also walk from one domain zone to other domain zone. With this idea everybody can have it’s own server, but still stick together. If the grid zone would dissapear. you not lose yoor own creation because that is running on it’s own domain. Servers in a grid zone always share server resources with other servers in the same grid zone. still domain zone can set off corse some limitations etc.
But now we still need to have the option that people could fly from grid zone to grid zone or see in each other grid zone.
A grid domain use the resources from other domain zones.
Because the grid zone need to have some content outside the domain zones. examples are Water ways, Roads so the grid zone contains some infrastructure.