My new related issue is that NE data (in this case 1:110m land areas) is divided at the 180* meridian, so the far "east" portion of Russian shows up o the western edge of the art-board with Alaska. I need to use this data as a global locator map and want Russian whole, but when I move the misplaced portion over, join the areas and re project I once again get corrupt polygons with part of russia moving over to the other side of the page.
Any ideas on how to successfully make these area whole so they can be reprojected together or do I need to re project THEN stitch together?
I haven't played with the transformation definition yet, I suppose that may be the trick, moving the central meridian so the break comes not at 180* but somewhere else? I'll try that, but if you have any advice please let me know.