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I need a combination of two shapes; i) a hexagonal shape and ii) a country outline. The final product shall look like the image attached.

I have managed to cut and clip the two forms so far that I have the final output. Nevertheless, in order to work with the result, I need to colour the hexagons differently. And there lies the problem; when wanting to select individual hexagons, the layer from which I clipped the shape still occurs and spreads across the border of what I have cut.

Hence, I need a guideline on how to 'combine' these to shapes (sort of intersecting the paths, which does not work).

Final Output

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    Welcome to Graphic Design SE. Can you please specify what you mean by when wanting to select individual hexagons, the layer from which I clipped the shape still occurs and spreads across the border of what I have cut? I have no problem in producing what I expect to be your desired result in the way you describe it. – Wrzlprmft Aug 4 '16 at 9:37
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I found the solution:

  1. create the structure you wish to have inside the reference polygon (in this case, the country shape);

  2. combine them all, using path → union;

  3. intersect the structure and the reference polygon;

  4. break apart the new, structured polygon.

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    A little question: do you need to approximate the bound of the country with the hexagons or just to fill it? Have you tried to use an hexagon based pattern instead? – Paolo Gibellini Aug 4 '16 at 10:09

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