I don't see why people would change world maps merely because Russia took back Alaska. It was the Europeans who first made world maps, and historically they usually put themselves in the middle of the map. Why would they change that because Russia took Alaska? Not only that, it looks more confusing seeing North America on both sides of the map
Well the first problem is the disproportionate scaling of north to central/south.
I mean, Greenland is about 2 million sq. km while the entire continent of Africa is about 30 million sq. km and your map has it about 1.5x at best instead of 15x.
But to answer your question, it was because the map you use today was created around in the early 1700s. Since North America was still colonial, the world powers existed only in Europe and therefore as any person feeling important would do, put themselves in the centre. Time zones were created after and were adjusted to fit the map. The furthest right time zone on the map is actually +13 or -12 however you want to look at it. Also, technically the US does span on both sides but only in small pacific islands.
So Green and Lord Veigar are right.
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