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Year Eight: The Middle Class Grows Amidst Uncertainty

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Year Eight

It happened suddenly and in the dead of night; the village of Tarini, deep in the Borkan Mountains and with a population of 4,530 and growing, was awakened by the sound of mortars exploding and helicopters approaching. Led by Prince Diallo Mallam, the Deseran Armed Forces moved against the Torani rebellion, causing heavy damage to the infrastructure of the village and sending the overmatched Torani rebels fleeing deeper in the mountains. Conquering the area was one thing, but defending and keeping hold of it was another thing entirely. The Torani tribe, known as the fiercest fighters throughout the history of Desera, began employing guerilla tactics, hitting the Deseran Armed Forces and running, chipping away at their enemy little by little. The leader of the tribe, Anwar Torani (who previously held a post in the Deseran Council), was reportedly injured in the initial attack, but had since been nursed back to health and was the main coordinator behind the hit and run tactics. Almost all of the Borkan Mountains was loyal to Anwar Torani, even though they remained under the watchful eye of the federal forces. They viewed the Deseran Armed Forces not as their own, but as an occupier, a foreign force that had invaded their land. As Year Eight drew to a close, the army was in control of most of the Borkan Mountains, but was struggling to inflict much damage on the new fugitive Torani rebels.

While Prince Diallo wanted an iron fist to control the Borkan Mountains, his father and Royal President Sidebe Mallam began implementing an initiative to win its loyalty another way. He instructed the Desera Council to set up several representative branches throughout the rugged area, with aim of distributing welfare, food, and free healthcare services to the people there. While many in the council disagreed with that method (it was, after all, money that would have went directly to their pockets), after witnessing the ruthlessness and efficiency of the Deseran Army led by Prince Diallo, there was no public discontent. The initiative, called the “We Are One” program, was implemented very late in Year Eight, and the full results would not be known for at least one year of testing.

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Shots of the Borkan Mountains.

Back in Kafra, the major story of Year Eight was the completion of the new seaport, officially called the Damas Port, named after the area it was built in. The Damas Port was the largest project undertaken by the Desera Council, costing the government E1 billion upon completion. The Kafra Seaport, which had become much too small to handle the cargo that was coming into the country daily, was turned into a fishing port, although rumors abound that the council was planning on destroying it completely. The new port’s effect on the commercial and industrial sectors of Kafra was expected to be big, with major growth predicted in them during Year Nine.

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The Damas Seaport to the west of Kafra.

For the first time since its founding, Kafra’s population growth rate slowed from the previous year, increasing to 49,411. The slowdown was mostly due to the fact that fewer nomadic families from Desera’s rural areas found their way to the capital city during Year Eight, giving the Desera Council some relief and time to help invest in the city’s infrastructure and catch up with its growth. The slums and shanty towns surrounding central Kafra showed almost no expansion – instead, the area north of the University of Kafra was developed from clay one story houses to more elegant and luxurious Deseran Revivalist buildings, in line with the rest of central Kafra.

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On the other side of Masjid Street, in western Kafra, the industrial sector showed major expansion, no doubt spurred by the promise the new Damas Seaport had brought with it. Warehouses were constructed at a rapid pace, and there were even some small, light manufacturing plants that opened its doors for business, to cater to the local market. Western Kafra had become the industrial and trading heart of the city since the old Kafra Seaport was converted into a fishing dock, and center of Kafra, which was once the trading hub of the city, had begun slowly shifting from the wholesale and trade activities into a more retail and service oriented district.

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NMUSpidey: The climate is northern West African - arid, dry, savannah/semi-desert like temperature and terrain - there are some storms that come through, but nothing like what the western Atlantic sees. We have Dry season and a Rainy season, and lots and lots of humidity!

Dudely: The West African coastline is basically flat and sandy, with rainforest pretty much all the way right up to the coast! Thanks for the comment!

art128: Thank you!

mystic destiny: Lol, Im sure that development will catch up to its location to the west of Kafra one of these days :)

Luiz P. Romanini: I hope I lived up to the standard I had set before!

TekindusT: Thank you :)

10000000000000: After I had completed it, I figured the barriers were way too close to the port itself - I will get to changing it sometime soon :) Thank you for commenting!

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FOUR STUFF:

1 - a reply to your reply: YES, this update lived the standard. Good Job!
2 - I actually missed the typical city overview shot. Kafra is looking huge, i think.
3 - I hope this Torani conflict got resolved with the minimal bloodshed possible. Hope this program made by the president regains the confidence of the people there.
4 - About the old seaport, my suggestion is transform that area into a waterfront. You said that's a popular point for the fishermen. So, make that a waterfront, that way the fishermen can keep their jobs and the population might get another popular spot.

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This looks beautiful, really nice job... All those plants around that football field look really good, and that street lined with all the tall buildings looks awesome. I'm going to have to be tuning into your work more :)

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Incredible, I just love it. Will the mountain tribes attack?

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I love the mountain pictures. And I imagine that tribal warfare and in-fighting is par for the course in this section of the world.

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