Consequently, globe makers Greaves & Thomas have made the first Antipodean Globe which, after some 500 years of mapping will enable those who live in the Southern Hemisphere a better view of the country they live in and not have to crank their neck; and in doing so bow in subservience to the North every time they wish to view a scale model of their homeland.
It should be noted that there have been early maps which will show an “upside down” world. This had been a Muslim trend, however the Fra Mauro is the best example of this, a map that was made between 1457 and 1459 by Fra Mauro . The circular planisphere (drawn on parchment) is about 2 metres in diameter. This is not the first world map made by Fra Mauro (and his assistant Andrea Bianco), an earlier one was made for a commission by king Alfonso V of Portugal. The map was completed in April 1459, and sent to Portugal, but has not survived. Fra Mauro died the next year while he was making this copy of the map for the Seigniory of Venice, and the copy was completed by Andrea Bianco. The map was discovered in the monastery of Murano (I think the inhabitants of the Monastery knew it was there!), and is now located in a stairway in the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice, but is visible by entering in the Museo Correr.
Needless to say that any country residing in the Southern Hemisphere should have a 33″ diameter version residing in every Government Building and Embassy worldwide!
Because the Earth spins on an axis it is only right to depict it with the axis vertical, however if you were journeying from space, and you came upon our planet, the only thing that would dictate which way you saw the Earth, was by the orientation of the space craft as you approached.