"We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose." - President Eisenhower, First Inaugural Address
I think it would have been more effective if you had taken the screenshots with the map centered on the same location, so the only thin that changed with each fade would be the piracy attacks. It would be easier to follow the changes.Also, it would be useful as a .gif file. Just throwing out some ideas.