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sivy1990

WARSAW

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Inspired by ilikehotdogsalot I created one entry about Warsaw, one entry about not fictional area but real city.

I don't make any models so I had to use only that what I had found on the Internet (many thanks to ferox, who create most of them). Two of landmarks I used doesn't exist in present (saxon palace and main railway station)

Descriptions are from Wikipedia.

Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. It is located on the Vistula River roughly 360 kilometers (224 mi) from the Baltic Sea. Its population as of June 2009 was estimated at 1,711,466, and the Warsaw metropolitan area at approximately 2,785,000.  Warsaw is the 9th largest city in the European Union by population.

Warsaw is also known as the "phoenix city", as it recovered from extensive damage during World War II (during which 80% of its buildings were destroyed), being rebuilt with the effort of Polish citizens, and the Soviet Union.

Warsaw Main Railway Station

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The monumental complex of the Warsaw Main Station was designed by architects Czeslaw Przybylski and Andrzej Pszenicki. Waclaw Zenczykowski was the structural engineer. This was supposed to become the most important railway station of the Second Polish Republic and one of the most modern in contemporary Europe.

The station was designed in the Modernist Style, with then popular Art deco elements. The architects intended for the station to be multi-functional; therefore plenty of space had been designed for various stores, entertainment, and restaurants. As construction continued in 1938, the first passengers were able to use the partly completed Warsaw Main Rail Station. However, the building was not completed because of the outbreak of the Second World War.
In September 1939, the station was damaged during the Siege of Warsaw (1939). Later, German authorities made some improvements, e.g. construction of a new roof. The station, though still unfinished and partly destroyed, remained operational. This lasted until the Warsaw Uprising when, as a result of battle, the damage to the station got significantly bigger. In January 1945 the Germans, soon before retreating from Warsaw, blew the remains up.

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The Saxon Palace
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The Saxon Palace had originally been a private palace of the Morsztyn family (Pa?ac Morsztynów), then had been purchased and enlarged by the first of Poland's two Saxon kings, August II (reigned in Poland 1697–1706 and 1709-1733).

The Palace was remodeled in 1842.
After World War I, the Saxon Palace served as the seat of the Polish General Staff. In 1925, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was established within the colonnade-topped arcade that joined the Palace's two symmetric wings.During World War II, the Saxon Palace was destroyed (it was blown up by the Germans after the collapse of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944) except for the central part of the arcade, that somehow managed to survive, housing the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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Prudential

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Prudential is a Warsaw skyscraper built between 1931 and 1934 in the Art Deco style as the base for British Prudential Insurance.

At the time of construction it was the second tallest European skyscraper with eighteen stories. Built using a steel framework it was the tallest building in Warsaw until the Palace of Culture and Science was constructed. The Prudential was heavily damaged during the World War II, particularly during the Warsaw Uprising when it was hit by approximately 1,000 missiles leaving only the steel framework..

The building was rebuilt after the war as a hotel, and its style was changed from early modern to neo-classical.

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Old Town

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Warsaw's Old Town Market Place (Polish: Rynek Starego Miasta) is the center and oldest part of the Old Town of Warsaw, capital of Poland. Immediately after the Warsaw Uprising, it was systematically blown up by the German Army. After World War II, the Old Town Market Place was restored to its prewar appearance.

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Marszalkowska

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Marszalkowska (Marshal Street) is one of the main thoroughfares of Warsaw's city center. It links Bank Square in its north sector with Plac Unii Lubelskiej (Union of Lublin Square) in the south.
he street was almost entirely destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. Rebuilding of Warsaw after World War II coincided with emergence of socialist realism, which much influenced surrounding urban architecture.

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Ujazdow Avenue

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Ujazdow Avenue is a major thoroughfare parallel to the

 Vistula River in the Sródmiescie district of Warsaw, Poland.
 It is surrounded by many notable historical buildings, villas and palaces. Notable landmarks include - office of the Prime Minister, Ujazdów CastleUjazdów Park, Royal Baths Park, Botanical Garden, Ministry of Justice, St. Alexander's Church and many embassies, including those of Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Bulgaria and Lithuania.
The avenue is used also for annual military parades on the Polish Army Day (15 August).

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Swietokrzyski Bridge

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Most Swietokrzyski (English: Holy Cross Bridge) is a bridge over the Vistula river in Warsaw, Poland linking Powi?le neighbourhood with Praga Pólnoc district.
It is a cable-stayed bridge, 479 m long, with two lanes for vehicles, a pavement and a cycle path each way. The single tower, 90 m high, located on the right (eastern) river bank, has 48 cables attached supporting the deck. Near the left (western) bank the bridge is supported by two piers. The bridge was opened on 6 October 2000 after two years' construction.
The bridge's name comes from ?wi?tokrzyska Street, which forms part of the access route from the city centre.

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Busses

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Warsaw busses painted in yellow and red – the colors from Warsaw flag

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Warsaw Financial Center

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Warsaw Financial Center

 is a skyscraper in Warsaw for 165 meters topped with an antenna mast which is nearly 21 m.

Skyscraper construction lasted from 1997 to 1998.

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Novotel Centrum Warsaw

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The Novotel Warsaw Centrum is a hotel which belongs to Novotel company, it was built in 1972-1974 and was one of the first after war scycrapers in Warsaw

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InterContinental Warsaw

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InterContinental Warsaw

 is a five-star hotel in Warsaw, located between the streets of Emilia Plater, ?liska and Sosnowa, which was designed by a team of architects under the leadership of the late Thaddeus Spychala. Its construction ended in November 2003, and it is the tallest hotel in Poland, the third-tallest in Europe, and one of the tallest 5-star hotels in the world

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Poland fighting monument

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 Kotwica (Polish for "Anchor") was a World War II emblem of the Polish Secret State and Armia Krajowa (Home Army, or AK). It was created in 1942 by members of the AK Wawer "Small Sabotage" unit as an easily-usable emblem for the Polish struggle to regain independence. 
During the later stages of the war, most of the political and military organizations in Poland (even those not related to the Armia Krajowa) adopted it as their symbol. It was painted on the walls of Polish cities, stamped on German banknotes and post stamps, printed in the headers of underground newspapers and books, and it became one of the symbols of the Warsaw Uprising.

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Strachowice is a district located in south-east part of the city near the Moclaw airport.

This is very important piece of Moclaw, because the future biggest landmark is constructing here - the "Sil-Tower":

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In 2015 it will be open and look like here:

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But Strachowice is not only the"Sil-Tower":

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Today, after long break, welcome back to Sielawa, this time Bialy Kamien district.
This large district is located in south-east part of the capital, between main railway and highway:
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You can find here old national stadium:
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Beauty of nature

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Today, according to the holidays, a place where most of Siland people spend warmy days - Maleszow.

To this small village thousands of tourists come every summer to rest near lakes (there are two lakes very near)

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On the coast tourists from Sielawa have their own bungalows:

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Camping:

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Large holiday resort:

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Wegrzych

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Thank you for all comments, it's nice to know You like this CJ.

Today, new city - Wegrzych, small (109459 inhabitants) industrial city in north Siland.

This city is located near large forest complex, so is full of trees, but many of them are in but condition due to badly air.

First industry:

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Power plant

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Large industry

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Coal mine

And now residential zones:

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Last picture, from central district:

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In this entry I would like to show You Doliniec municipality where hydroelectric dam and Sielawa "Gaj" suburbs are located.
Firstly, the dam:

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And now the suburbs - it is full of small density houses...

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... but district is developing very fast. Many new buildings are being constructed:

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You can find here also some small industry:

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And older tennements:

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Hello, sorry for long interruption but to 4 July I am in exam session.

Now, next Sielawa district - Grochownia

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The nuclear plant is located in this district:

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Here You can find freight rail station too:

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Grochownia is a mix of old, new, small and large buildings:

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Now, I am going to show You a construction of shopping mall on the Sielawa suburbs and how this suburps expand.

Construction progress:

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According to good infrastructure, few months later new supermarkets were build:

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Now look how Sielawa expand (additional 7000 inhabitants):

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And compare region views:

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Welcome back to Moclaw. Now I present You main part of this city - Middle-City, specific district - it is located on river island:
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Mostly old or new tennements, some modern office buildings and only few prefabs.

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Gorska Poreba

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Gorska Poreba - small city in mountains, a Siland ski resort in winter. Even in summer it is a beautifull place.
This town is located in part of Siland which you have not seen before:
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In this town live only 78954 people, but thousands of tourists visit this place every day.

General look:
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Gorska Poreba has two main hotels, the biggest is Ritz Carlton Hotel...
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.. and smaller Gorska Poreba Tourist House:
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The best way to get to Gorska Poreba from Sielawa is to go by train, because roads are badly.

Gorska Poreba railway station:
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Apart from being good located, it is just a pretty city.

The town market:
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Gorska Poreba is a place, where in 1590 the magnificient castle was build:
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The main advantage is of course the beauty of nature:
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Piaskowa Gora - large district full of socialistic prefabs. Howeever in the west part You can find small houses.
The main attraction is large sport hall: National Siland Arena.
Sielawa dump and prison are located here too.
Green and full of trees from one side, dirty and full of industry from the other - Piaskowa Gora is a contrast place.

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Aerial photography - industry part is located (to the left) outside the picture.

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Central roundabout

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National Siland Arena

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Industrial zone

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Next: Gorska Poreba

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Airports in Siland

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Siland have two international airports - in Sielawa and Moclaw.

Airport in Sielawa is bigger - it has two long runways and one but large terminal. This is very modern airport.

The general look:

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Close-up pictures:

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Airport in Moclaw, smaller one, it has two runways, but wider than Sielawa Airport. It has one medium international terminal, and one tiny regional.

The general look:

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Close-up pictures:

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Next: Capital - "Piaskowa Gora"

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postcard.jpgMalinówka Estate - the biggest estate in Sielawa (over 50 thousands of inhabitants), created in 1967-1975.

Welcome to a travel to socialism!

The general look:

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And close-up pictures:

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"Biedronka" shop

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Two blocks near furniture store

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Socrealistic  public shopping center

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10 floor's block and garages

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Next: airports in Sielawa

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The second city I would like to present You is Moclaw - the largest city in Siland (458 344 inhabitants) It is located near polish border so many polish people live here (23%).

Moclaw is very interesting place because that is the only city in Siland which has trams. However many city areas were destroyed during WW II, and ugly blocks were build in their place.

Firstly, a district plan:

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And now, close-up pictures from Old Town:

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Socrealistic building - now is a shopping center

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Rain in Moclaw :)

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Main junction in Old Town

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Just a bridge

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Polish church

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Market with town hall

Next: Sielawa - Malinowka Estate

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Middle-City district - the central part of the city. Buildings from here come mostly from XVIII-XIX centrury. Socrealism didn't touch it, so it remained to be amazing and breathtaking place, especially that it is located on two river-islands.

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Tennements from XVIII century (near railway)

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Shopping Mall "Silium", the newest building in the Middle-City district

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Church St. Gabriel (1799)

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Parliament place located in old Srzetuski's palace

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Sielawa National Opera

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Senate building

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Modern art museum

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Some tenements

Next: Moclaw: Introduction and Old Town

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Hello again!
Siland is expanding, government allocated some area to create the first Siland special economic zone - construction started near Sielawa. According to this investition a express way was upgraded too.

The location of economic zone on a region view:
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Construction progress:
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And some close-up pictures:
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Next: Sielawa Middle-City

 

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"Old town" - the historical part of Sielawa, full of old tenements and churches.

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Old Town - picture from 1976, but still look the same

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Evangelical Church from 1767

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Old Royal Family Palace

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St. Michael Church located in Old Town Market

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Drapers' hall in market

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Sielawa Main Railway Station

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Old city moat

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Catholic Church from 1811

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"Sielawa - City" Railway Station

Next: industry developing

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Road transport

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Now few words about roads in Siland.
Firstly, a road map:
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For long time Siland did not have a proper road system. In the year 1999 a construction of first Highway (A1) has started, still one part (Sielawa - Klonin) is being contructed and should be finished in 2011.
In years 2002-2006 Express Way (E1) connect Sielawa and Wegrzych.
Many new roads were created in Sielawa, including by-pass.
Despite all these facts, still many roads are old and narrow, for example Górska Poreba is still comunicated with others cities by only one-lanes roads.

Now, screens from A1 and E1 (first picture shows where the screens come from)
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BONUS: country-side picture (from Gniazdowo Dolne):
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Next: Sielawa Old Town

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Sielawa - the capital city od Siland with 436 724 inhabitants, (smaller than Moclaw) located in the middle of the country on the river "Bystrzyna". Sielaws is very good comunicated with other cities and is connected to A1 Highway (one part still being constructed) which runs from polish to german border. 

City was settled in 1167 and developed very fast. During the first and second World War city wasn't destroy so there is a large area of historical buildings. However, after 1945 many socrealistic estates was created, which spoiled the city look.

Here you got the city plan (doesn't include streets, North is on the left side):

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And here a districts plan - one district will be presented in one separated entry:

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Next entry: roads in Siland

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Introduction

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infojd.jpgHello!

 

It is my new city journal - there will be a lot of stuff from stex, so i hope you will like it.

Siland is a small country in central Europe. In this journal you will be able to visit whole region with larger and smaller cities and towns.

Facts from history:

Siland was a small kingdom located in Silesia. It was a part of Holy Roman Empire to 1467. In the years 1526-1804 in Habsburg's hands. Despite the alliance with Napoleon, Congress of Vienna did not incorporate it to Austria and Siland become sovereign do 1938. Neutral in I WW.

Invaded by Nazis in 1938, when Silesian king Andrew III was on official visit in England, where after invasion he had settled an emigration government. Liberation from Soviet Union in 1945 make Siland a socialist republic. King Adrew the only son Arthur has died in car accident in London 1978 and Siland dynasty became extinguished. In 1989 Siland became independent. There was no one who would take the crown so people decided not to restore the monarchy. Siland became a parliamentary republic. In 2004 joined the European Union. Siland is a fast developing country with a excellent perspectives.

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And a region picture:

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