Welp, all i have is great news for those interested!
The new copy and paste feature in the new 0.17 update was totally worth the wait, progress is just INSANE! Ive managed to do things that would have taken AGES in a matter of a few hours! Currently reworking the whole southern section first as its just absolutely terrible looking and I felt like changing the long desert biome into some really really cool mountain ranges which you can zoom by at insane speeds long after those who built this wonderful train track perished in the event.
As far as making a multiplayer server i am really thinking of making one but since this map is gonna be even bigger than i imagined (with the new feature i can litterally make entire cities in a few days only which is insane) i will most likely make the map as big as the planet would actually be if possible. This might make it impossible for low end computers to run the map because of ram requirements but as far as performance spec needs size doesnt matter if theres no huge production chains going on, which there isnt.
This map will be more about exploring and traveling to find resources more than actually building factories from scratch which should be really fun to play in the end. Train layouts will be massive due to distance. Distances are so long that small trains wont really be useful since time will now be a constraint so ill be generous and leave you a oddly well maintained TGV network to travel faster than cargo train lines.
Now if anyone wants to help out by making some really nice 3D rendered buildings or ruins specifically for this map that would be nice because I don't know if I will have time to do that with college sadly.
As always, if anyone wants to help out and make their own sections it would be fun because its now possible to work on a map like this coop in 0.17.XX! Its a bit like this crazy minecraft map project: http://220.127.116.11:8124/
made a discord for factorio map making if anyone wants to join: https://discord.gg/QnBFrq
Would be fun to have a server dedicated to making large factorio maps
I will also post most of the progress there and only post download links to the map here. Imbeding pictures on the forum is kinda annoying but ill keep doing it if people really want them.