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The Southern Arm - Growing wheat and finances

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Generalities

The Southern Arm, or District of Midgar, comprises all land on the Irish land east of Rathlin itself. Most notably, it is a mixed district; the towns bordering Sedona and Hajira are heavily developed, with the outskirts still being wholly rural. It is home to 485'000 inhabitants, 300'000 of which live in Midgar proper. The district is led by Workers' Party MP Babben Sinnas.

The heart of the District is obviously the city of Midgar, but each township or group of township has developed their own grid plan; at such, cities are rather heterogenous and transit between them can become a pain. Luckily, the Sedona – Rathlin Interstate crosses through the district, linking Inisheer, Wutai, and Midgar – but not Dollet and the cities under. It is a rainy district, albeit more towards Sedona than Rathlin, and its shores almost seamlessly fit the northern Hajira coastline.

The district has its own daily newspaper, the Everyday Mail, and receives the national newspaper The Weekly Sim, the Bun, and the Boring Boring News Newspaper.

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Overview of the District. Dark blue marks the Sedona - Rathlin Interstate, Black is for S-Bahn (does not include the S6 expansion, which heads deep in Dollet territory), Red is for the Transcity network (connects in Rathlin), and light blue for the U1 line of the Sedoner U-Bahn.

 

Township of Inisheer

 

Inisheer is a small 85'000 inhabitants sleeper town at the direct east of Rathlin. Founded around the eponymous settlement in 1742, it has long remained a fort surrounded by farmlands. In 1954, sprawling from Rathlin reached the borders of Inisheer, and a whole grid was built. However, promoters in the 1960s tried to encourage high-rise housing. Nowadays, Inisheer is an heteroclite, run-down city; its major Lynn Baston being the object of claims concerning her independence.

Inisheer is served by the Transcity network, consisting of lines U64 and U68. In addition, S-Bahn lines S2 and S7, as well as the RE1 and RB8 lines, have stops in Inisheer.

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Overlooking the CBD of Inisheer, axed around the horizontal Dolletstraße. Of note is the only access point to the Interstate to and from Inisheer.

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North-central Inisheer. The Museum of Cinema is on the top.

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Since there is no access to the Interstate from the Western side, a road has been converted into a grade-separated, high-speed toll avenue (here overpassing several other avenues). It provides quick road transit to and from Rathlin, and is now known as the Rapid Rathlin Roadway.

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North-eastern part of the city. Many of the outlying areas have recently been converted in low-density suburbs. The Tower of Radiocommunications is halfly visible.

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Maple Street General Theater and its basin. It is known in Inishmore for being a central piece of cinema and theater; many awards are given there, and the Annual Film Festival of Inishmore, spread on two weeks, brings joy and reputation to the city.

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Closer view, on a busy awards night.

Township of Dollet

 

The Township of Dollet is by far the largest township, but also the least populated one, with 15'000 inhabitants spread over a town the size of Sedona. Mostly, it is a rural group of cities, the largest being Lindblum, Elden, and Dollet. The township is led by Major Georges McDonalds (PDO), though each cityship has an elected sub-Major who is given power upon his territory. Interestingly enough, a 5x2 block from the bordering cities of Wutai and Midgar belongs to the township, though in practice has the ZIP of Wutai and is being maintained by Midgar. Taxes there also go to Midgar.

The township of Dollet is exclusively served by line S6.

 

>Dollet

The town of Dollet is a quaint 3'000 inhabitants village. It was built around Dollet Priory, and has been remaining small since then. There has never been any pushes to expand the city since then. Dollet is the major local vegetable producer, though it is mainly known for its impressive stables. Most Dollet steeds have been recently bought off by wealthy people from Dubai.

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Overview of the northern Township of Dollet. A suburban, rural piece of farmlands amidst a urban jungle.

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Downtown Kellersdorf. The area is getting richer by the day.

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Amidst the farmlands, many stables make the pride of Dollet. Here also of note is a modern-day granary.

>Elden

Elden is the most populated village in the area, with 4'500 inhabitants. Noted for its more modern grid system, it was built in 1857 around the McBrawley Farm, which at this time was a major agricultural industry. When the farm closed in 1929, Elden focused upon the new power plant that had been erected in its place. Elden is, also, one of the richest towns in the district, and many manors have spruced up in the area since Marylin McRoe, in 1961, decided to built her own mansion in the heart of the city.

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The former company town retained much of its classical architecture. Alas, Elden is a rich, yet monotonous village.

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The Western part of Elden. The roundabout streets are a particularity of Dollet neighboorhoods. To the Northeast, one can briefly see the Hospital and part of the commercial main plaza.

 

>Lindblum

Lindblum, finally, is the third most populated village at 2'500 inhabitants. The farms around Lindblum are usually more busy than in Elden, and the city itself is also much poorer. However, Lindblum has a small industrial area, where food is processed and stored before being sent.

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The village of Lindblum. It is much more quaint and calmer, and also of somewhat less wealth. Lindblum is well-known for its food processing industries.

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Downtown Lindblum.

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The peaceful community of Brühl, west of Lindblum.

 

Township of Midgar

 

Midgar is the most populated settlement, with almost 300'000; this makes it the 4th biggest settlement (debated with Eshtar). Midgar was built in 1785 around the lost Castle of Alexandra, and has grown from this center since then. It has the largest economy of any other city in the Arm; tourism and finances make the bulk of its wealth. Affluent people live there, though mostly middle-class people cater in its nest. Midgar is covered by the National Health and Welfare services, with six hospitals filling the needs of the city.

 

Midgar has four distinct neighborhoods : the southern, middle-rise Farmlands, the great CBD Area; the East Side and the North Side. The East Side is predominantly high-ride; the North Side is poorer, and typically more diverse, mainly inhabited by people of Hispanic origins.

Midgar is crossed by the Midgar – Sedona Interstate. Transportation is extremely extensive in Midgar, with an impressive bus network. S-Bahn S2 and S7 serve the city, as well as RB8 and RB9. In addition, Sedona U-Bahn line U1 provides part-time service deep in the city.

Most importantly, part of the Hajiran airport is located in Midgar : Roughgarden Terminal handles some international traffic, though it mainly serves as a general aviation airport.

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Western access to Midgar, with certainly the latest low-rise buildings in the city.

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Downtown Midgar at night. Many condos have been erected in this area, bringing increased land value and people from abroad. Most people in this neighborhood are German and French.

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The City Hall, on Wutaistraße. The subway is a real means of linking people - by road it takes thirty minutes to get to Sedona, plus extra charges, while for $50 a month, a couple can travel every day to anywhere in Sedona in twenty minutes using the U1. S-Bahn fees are around $70 a month, but link both cities in ten minutes.

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The dark side of Midgar : the East Side, with its derelict buildings, and neighborhoods that threaten to become guettos.

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Southern Midgar : condos, flower parks, and no traffic jams.

 

Township of Wutai

 

Wutai is the easternmost settlement in the Arm. Mainly a sleeper town for both Sedona and Midgar, it is dwelt by about 100'000 people. Wutai in most of its territory is low-rise, and only its eastern shores (closest to Sedona) are mildly higher. Wutai is not a genuinely rich city, but major Georges A. Sanders (WP) claims he tries his best at raising the reputation of his township. Wutai is not a very commercial city, but a few of its arteries, mainly the main streets of its original three neighborhoods (West Ward, Kuppe, and East Ward) are more lively.

Wutai is crossed by the Interstate, too; the great Lynn Conway Bridge is located in its territory. S-Bahn lines S2 and S7 provide a direct link from Wutai to Rathlin and Hajira; lines S1 serves the southern side of the city; while S6 crosses it. All S-Bahn lines connect to various districts of Hajira. In addition, two branches of subway line U1 serve most of the higher-rise districts and connect to Midgar and Sedona.

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The low-rise neighborhood of Belladore, in the West Ward of Wutai.

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The Cathedral neighborhood in the West Ward : a small commercial area, a church, and some middle-rise buildings. Expansion of the U1 line should very soon link this area to the rest of the city.

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Kuppe district in Wutai : a mix of commercial and residential buildings. The dark tower on the left was burnt in the 2009 Great Fire, that swallowed two blocks, but legal battles concerning its rehabilitation (as opposed to demolishing) are still ungoing where the rest of the blocks are already rebuilt.

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North East Ward in Wutai : a high-density area, plagued by conjestion.

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Wutai East station, the busiest hub in the city. However, most buses tend to terminate at Wutai - Northern Road station.

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The three-bridged Lynn Conway Bridge, linking Wutai to the isle of Sedona.


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wow the map sure changed from your pics in the second page of the CJ.   will we see the National Harbor and the western end of that island soon?  also what size city tiles are u using?

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