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It once was isolated, divided by the waters of the land. However, through time and effort, the people came, the churches were raised, and the waters were found to be friendly. Welcome to V

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Deer Park: Part 2

Deer Park

As we continue our travels through Deer Park, we head over across U-2 into the eastern part of the city. At this point the city limits of Deer Park and Cresent City get very blurred. Primarily this section of the city has the art district along with Deer Park College of the Arts, the capital district with the capital tower, high rise (pencil towers) residential facilities), and finally the sports district on the far south side of the city.

Major highways include:

U-2: Runs north to south through the west edge of the business sector

U-3: Intersects with U-2 next to the capital tower.

U-103: Brief starting point that'll cuts through part of Cresent city before going back into U-3

VV42: Artery highway running from U-3 south into Oslo's Ending

VV34: Crosses the southside of Deer Park ending at VV42

Shoreline Blvd: Arcs around the northeast section of the city, browsing past Deer Park Riverunners, the Deer Park Pro team location, the Viktorian Commons, a housing sector of the city, and eventually into the art district before ending at U-3.

Downtown Deer Park

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Viktorian Commons

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Deer Park Art District

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Zoom out on the southeastern side of Deer Park along VV42and VV34

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VV42/U-3 Intersection along with one of several small urban parks throughout the city

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The massive Capital Tower

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Night shot of the southern sport sector of Deer Park

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-Jet-

JetShadez66

Deer Park: Part 1

Deer Park

Welcome to Deer Park, Vän Vatten; the capital of the Vän Vatten region. Deer Park (DP) is one of the largest cities in the region, and holds in it some of most important aspects of Vän Vatten.

When entering Deer Park make note that it will take several days to get through the city. While the United Transportation Network is new and does make quick work through most of the city, the business district, capital district, and residential areas in between are vast, congested, and can be very frightening to anyone from the rural areas of the region.

Today we’ll focus primarily on the calmer residential area of DP. Because of the UTN, DP is divided into four quadrants to the eye overlooking the area: single family residential area/condominiums, industrial, business/capital district, and finally the high rise residencies of Deer Park. Our primary focus is on the industry and single homes, which are located west of U-2.

Northwest Deer Park depicts what the city is about; family. While the population of the city does exceed 110,000 people, there is still a strong urge to stay united. Yes, it is lost in the hustle of daily movement in the business area, but once you’re west of U-2, you’re safe. U-3 continues east from Blackwater into Deer Park and cuts through the denser of the condominium area of the city. Don’t worry, neighborhoods of single home families do dot the city, primarily in the northwest corner, so for those of you who enjoy having a backyard, there is hope, but note: it comes at a price. Like most cities, property is few and far between because of growth, but is very much desired by many. Many families who live in the NW sector have been there for decades; which translates to the fact that they didn’t have to pay premium price for the land.

Deer Park, for several years was just an upstart town for most of the 20th century. It was merely a small town between the ports in Blackwater and the ports in Cresent City. In fact, aside from the Winchester Western, no rail wanted to go through the town. During the darker years of unrest in Vän Vatten Deer Park, unlike places such as Deepwell didn’t see action. With the Viktoria River to the north and Oslo’s Post, a military fort in the southern outreach of Vän Vatten, no one really cared about what took place in Deer Park. There wasn’t to be made in the eyes of the owners. Deer Park was lucky enough for the WW to go through the town as it originally desired to cross through Blackwater, which is still debated on whether or not it was a wise choice. Roads tended to aid Deer Park, VV2 and VV33 tied Oslo’s Post to the rest of Vän Vatten, and VV66 connected Blackwater to Cresent City. So for the most part Deer Park was a place to stop for the restroom and a bite to eat, and that was it. Nothing caused people to want to move to Deer Park.

History books tell us though, that this ideology changed shortly after 1988. In ’88 a business man who grew up in Deer Park and worked in Cresent City was elected as the seventh councilmember of the Syv; Zeke McGraw. McGraw was head of Z Financial, a business that worked as stock brokers inside Vän Vatten. He had been rather successful for his young age, in the 80’s when it was announced he would run, he ran off the idea of being financially fit and preparing for the unexpected, but expecting the greatest. When he was elected, McGraw started his first large campaign of relocated the capital of Vän Vatten. Since its creation a few hundred years ago after blending the people of the north and the people of the water, Vän Vatten’s capital was in Queensland. With the new council in place for the form of government, Queensland wasn’t as fitting as McGraw had desired. He believed that the central government should be located within a place where there is no need for biasness, what’s better than Deer Park?

In 1990 the official capital was placed in Deer Park, Vän Vatten. Within the next ten years the population exploded in the town, spiraling out of control. UNT was soon implemented in Deer Park replaced VV2 with U-2 and replaced VV66 with U-3. Many roads were upgraded to four lane avenues, and streets were upgrade to roads. A new service, called MicroLink was also created, it is a underground rail service that connected different areas of Deer Park with Cresent City, Blackwater, and Oslo’s Ending (renamed after the dark years from Oslo’s Post). In 1993 a new capital tower was started upon inside Deer Park at the U-2/U-3 interchange. In 2009 Vän Vatten Capital Tower was created. Easily the tallest structure in the city, and the entire region, Capital Tower sticks out like a large prism over the vastly flat terrain of Deer Park.

“Of course I’m from Deer Park, but how many of you are? Exactly, Deer Park is neutral, and neutrality is a sign of a strong central platform.”

-Councilmember Zeke McGraw-

 

Deer Park

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Residents inside the northwest section of Deer Park along VV33

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Gobi Point; one of the larger condominium builds on the western side of Deer Park

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U-3/VV34 Interchange coming in from Blackwater

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The ever growing Deer Park; these two residential centers will hold a total of 1800 people.

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Housing along McGraw Lake

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Some of the larger towers located near the U-2/U-3 Interchange

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One of three ferries along McGraw Lake going into Oslo's En

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The small industrial port along McGraw Lake

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What industry area Deer Park does have

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The start of Shoreline Blvd, it'll run along the northeast corner of Deer Park

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Shoreline and U-2 Intersection; part of the commerce district: City Hall, few towers, and the regional reserve

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Residents on the west side of U-2

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-Jet-

JetShadez66

Blackwater

Blackwater

Welcome to Blackwater, Vän Vatten. Blackwater sits on the far west side of the metroplex. While starting out as a industrial hub revolving around the Låg Creek heading into the Viktoria River. Like Reeds and Winchester the land was fertile enough for crop development on the southern side of town. The Flatlands Express crossed through town, intersecting with the Blackwater Connection from Kaw City, and the Western Expanse, a line heading directly from Blackwater Port to the west. Western Expanse is primarily used for industrial freight, but can be used from the north as passenger lines for about two trains a day heading west.

VV20 heads into Blackwater from the north (recall Reeds and North Blackwater). Once into the technical city limits VV20 can be hard to find for a while, it crosses over the Flatland Express several times before becoming the true main street of Blackwater. It’s unique in the sake that VV20 while being Main Street has few connections to the rest of the town, and is surrounded by Eucalyptus trees, unique only to Blackwater.

Main street does intersect with VV34. VV34 is a east/west route that covers most of Blackwater. Stretching from the main commerce and residential area of the city, into the industrial sector, before a main intersection with U-102 and U-2, and ends on its way out to Deer Park. Blackwater, recognizing its growth was not expected to be so large, so quickly has done well to approve a city sales tax that ensures that all signs are posted throughout the city of routes to the north, west, south, and east. In the mid 1900’s serious issues aroused from people getting lost in the city. During the 90’s and early 2000’s VVCoT and the Vän Vatten District 3 (includes Blackwater) worked to get the signs up and ready for two reasons: 1. People were getting hopelessly lost and winding up down at the port. 2. There was rumors that McGraw and VVCoT were looking into placing a Unified Transportation Network through Blackwater.

In 2009 U-3 was opened in Blackwater. It would now connected a four lane superhighway to Deer Park and eventually Cresent City, but it started with Blackwater. Because of the strong commerce growth and heavy truck traffic from the port, Blackwater was also granted U-102, a short freeway connecting ‘downtown’ to U-2. Because of all of this, intersection with VV20, U-102, and twice with VV34, transportation in Blackwater has eased tremendously.

The industrial area of Blackwater is rather strong when compared to other areas, even Deer Park. The port was created in during Queen Viktoria’s rule. It was the first port that was south of the Viktoria River. Since it has grown, oil is now pumped throughout spots of the district, and still stands as a major source of revenue for Blackwater. Because Deer Park does not have a port, all goods come into port in Blackwater and connected to Deer Park via U-2. Oil pumps are dotted throughout town. The hope is that after a new two year study more drilling will take part in this area. Oil drilling is a new concept to the people of Vän Vatten. They primarily depended on oil from other regions throughout the globe. Councilmember McGraw though, after learning that Vän Vatten could be rich with the ‘black gold’ decided to take the matter to the Syv and ask their thoughts. In a 6-1 vote Vän Vatten agreed to start the process of developing information to a future in oil. As it stands Paris Springs and Blackwater are the only two cities with oil being taken. Fuego Port looks to become the next.

This creation also spurred the new development south of town. “Southtown” as many describe it was created along VV34 south of U-2 at an intersection with the Flatland Express and Hickory Highland Rail Lines. Primarily residential it holds the capacity of a wealthier class of individuals in-between Deer Park’s industrial yard and Blackwater’s city limits. Rumors this past year have been that Southtown will soon decide on whether or not it’ll become its own incorporated village, or be absorbed into Blackwater city limits. More will be known throughout the year.

Finally, one thing that Blackwater holds over many cities throughout Vän Vatten is the vast amount of rail in the city. Time and time again lines have been rearranged, especially with the construction of U-2, but trains flow throughout Blackwater like streamline poetry.

Blackwater

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VV20/Main Street

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Downtown next to U-102

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Main neighborhood's in Blackwater

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Just above Blackwater Port

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The beginnings of oil studies and investigations

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Blackwater Port

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Blackwater Port

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Part of the industrial areas of Blackwater

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The 'low side' residential areas next to the massive amounts of industry. It is a lower class area that sits next to the factories, I'm sure you can figure out why that is. Some have voiced protest against living conditions here, but for the most part they are their own identity.

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'Low Side' Park

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Smog is a slight issue on the 'Low Side' of Blackwater

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VV34 cutting through the industrial yards

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VV34 intersecting with U-3

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The community known as 'Southside'

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VV34 cutting through 'Southside'

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Flatlands Express heading into Southside

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Flatlands Industrial Spur west of Southside

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Diversity of Blackwater: Farms, Homes, Rail, Highways, Port's, and Black Gold

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Flatland Express/U-3/Western Expanse Line

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-Jet-

JetShadez66

Winchester/Reeds

Winchester/Reeds

Welcome to Winchester, Vän Vatten, part of the western grain plains in the region. Winchester has a stumbling population that floats around 400 people annually. Just to the west of Kaw City, it is survived primarily due to VV33 cutting through east to west, VV20 running north to south, the Winchester Western running east to west with a depot within the town’s limits, and the Ciscal Orient which comes from the far north through the middle of Winchester, intersecting with the Winchester Western.

Agriculture is the main line of work for the small town as the fields spread out miles upon the flat earth. If a citizen isn’t working in the fields, they are commuting to Reeds or Kaw City. Many of the downtown buildings are dated back to the late 1800’s, early 1900’s. The town has worked hard to preserve several of them, and have only lost a few to a wind storm and more popular, fire. The school shutdown in 1948 and students began to be shipped across to the Kaw City School District. With the increasing size of Deer Park/Cresent City Metroplex, many people started to put down the plow and head into town for a brighter future. Winchester holds on, but in a non-forgiving manor. There’s always been something about Vän Vatten towns and their refusal to die.

Further south on VV20 you’ll come to Reeds. Reeds is the bigger of the two grain towns. It looks bigger, the roads go to a three lane to deal with the traffic from Blackwater and Deer Park, and the rail line is nearly moving at 100% capacity, primarily due to rail traffic between Blackwater, Blackwater North Depot, Deer Park, and Reeds Depot along the Flatlands Express. The Flatlands also intersects with the Ciscal just north of town. This is the main rail line into the metroplex, making it a rather challenging and busy line. VV20 jets to the east into Deer Park and VV120 heads south from the main of Reeds into Blackwater.

Finally, it’s worth taking a stop of Reeds Recreational Park. This park is a newer addition to the community. With Blackwater creeping in from the south, Deer Park to the east, Reeds has the desire (and the money) to save their own identity and they believe that with the creation of this new park area it’ll create a ‘natural border’ between the area cities.

One day this farmland will be gone, with the growth of Vän Vatten it is inevitable, the question becomes this: with your fields gone, are you still the same person?

Winchester

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Downtown

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Residents vs Ciscal Orient

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Small Industrial Sector

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Ciscal and Winchester Intersection

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Fields of Plenty

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Reeds

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Reeds Depot next to O'Dool Brewery

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VV20 (bottom) and VV120 Intersection

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Reeds Recreational Park...in the works...

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Suburbs meet Green Acres

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VV20 heading into the sprawl of Deer Park

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Zoomed out view of the new park in Reeds

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North Blackwater and North Blackwater Depot

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-Jet-

JetShadez66

Kaw City

Kaw City

One of Councilman McGraw’s strongest urges in the Vän Vatten region was to expand, expand, and expand some more. However, not all places is expansion as easy going as many of the ‘flats’ throughout the region. Kaw City is one of those exceptions, as a city sitting on the Viktoria River at one of its widest portions in the region; it’s been hard to form a strong transportation system with limited space. To add troubles to that, Kaw City is just north of one of the cities of the metroplex; Deer Park. Meaning traffic is already bad enough, add in transportation issues from Deer Park, yes Kaw City can be a nightmare.

Vän Vatten Council of Transportation (VVCoT) is spending hours upon hours and pots of coffee upon pots of coffee trying to figure out a solution for Kaw City. At the moment ferry transportation and the increase expansion of the subway transit system from the south has helped, but Kaw City still is lacking adequate transportation systems to Hickory Center, and from previous storylines we know of the importance, still to this day of Hickory Center.

Kaw City is a true oddity, to its south is the multiple hundreds of thousands of people making up the metroplex, to the east is the history of Lindsborg, to the north is the former Vän Vatten capital; Hickory Center (Queensland), and to its west is cities such as Winchester (population: 943). Kaw City sees itself as a transportation hub between the vast differences of the northwest corner. VVCoT is extremely hesitant to attempt to build more bridges of the Viktoria in Kaw City. At the moment, nothing connects the west land to the east land, bridges to exist though. One stretches from Deer Park into the industrial area of Kaw City over the Låg Creek, and the other does span the Viktoria in the southern most area of the city. That’s it however, so either your vehicle is going to take you into Kaw City from Deer Park via those two bridges (both being outdated, being only two lanes a piece), or you take the vast ferry system through the Låg area of Deer Park/Kaw City/Lindsborg. Translated: be ready to wait in traffic.

When you make it into Kaw City, you’ll be amazed that only 9,000 people call the town home. It feels worse because of the mass amount of vehicles that travel down the main highways of Kaw; VV33 and VV2. VV33 curves through the north end of the city going into the peaceful farm area of Winchester, but the southern end dives directly into Deer Park, it is four lanes along the coastline in the city, but now even the traffic volume there, roughly two thousand four hundred cars an hour, clogs up VV33. VV2 isn’t much better; it descends from Hickory Center along the east coastlines, and also feeds into Deer Park. VV7 from Lindsborg is absorbed by VV2 almost immediately inside city limits near the Travel Center Truck Stop.

Finally, there is a rail system that flows from the northwest corner heading south to the base of VV35, turns right, connects to Blackwater (hence Blackwater Connection), and enters Deer Park. It is known as the Winchester Western. There is a rather large depot in Kaw City, but on the western side of Vän Vatten, passenger rail is much more limited than it is in the northern tier of the region.

Future: VVCoT does have the desire to bring at least one Unified Transportation Network freeway into Kaw City. More than likely it’ll pass over VV2 and head into Hickory Center, as there is a desire to connect the northern city of importance with the metroplex. Only time can tell, as money continue to pours into VVCoT the possibilities are endless. It is certain that Kaw City will be making some drastic transportation changes in the immediate future.

Kaw City

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VV35 Running Alongside Winchester Western

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Small Industrial Port for Kaw City

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The '7:35' heading into Kaw City Depot along the Winchester Western

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Main residential district of Kaw City

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VV33 coastside during rush hour (a.k.a all day long)

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Main commerce district along VV33/VV35 intersection along the Viktoria

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Traveler Truckstop on the eastern side of the Viktoria at the VV7/VV2 intersection

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Small parish along VV2

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Small main street on the eastern Kaw City shores

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The orignial ferry station from Deer Park, now overpacked, they've had to add larger volume ferry transports along the coast

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Northern most subway station in Deer Park near VV2

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Deer Park North; the newest shopping/business district from the metroplex stretching near the Kaw City city limits

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Future expansion of Deer Park North with the newest four lane ferry transit along the Viktoria

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-Jet-

JetShadez66

Lindsborg

Lindsborg

Welcome to Lindsborg, Vän Vatten, the second half of what’s left of the people of the water. Lindsborg is far more modern than its other half. Lindsborg is a commercial hub along the Viktoria River. The notable geological features of the city are the coastal region along the Viktoria, and the ending of the 2nd Fork of the Hickory River. Ferry transportation is vital throughout the city with hubs sitting on both the Viktoria and the Hickory.

As stated before Lindsborg was the second half of the region of the people of the water, the giants, the unknown, and in the end, the friendly. Not much of the history of Lindsborg stands today, except for the two main areas, St. Alexis Cathedral and the Royal Court. It is rumored that many of the nobles of this small region resided in Lindsborg. The people felt it wise to split the nobles and the government between the two cities. Their belief was if one fell, then the other could still stand without it. The nobles would carry out any issues should the city to the east fall, and obviously the government would stand if Lindsborg fell. Thankfully, as history reminds us, through peace neither came, instead bigger ideas of the future were upheld.

Lindsborg, through the times of treaties and hope was the main connection to Queensland (Hickory Grove). In the 1700’s, because of the unknown weather elements that could change in a moment’s notice, traveling by water was deemed the safest form of transportation. However, because so much water existed within the city, there was always the risk of coastal flooding, especially if the Viktoria to the north flooded. This would mean backwash into the Hickory River and its forks, causing serious issues. Because of this, Lindsborg was actually built on the land, elevated between the bodies of water. Hence why the Royal Court and St. Alexis seem to be nowhere near water.

A few things about St. Alexis and the Royal Court:

St. Alexis: By far the largest cathedral in all of Vän Vatten. Religion is a quietly, hotly debated topic throughout the region, for its age, nothing stands official for the region. However, history tells us that the people of the water were extremely stuck within their religion, brought about with daily communion, devotion to church and government, a very strange correlation between the two, and some rather large buildings. St. Alexis, it is told, has held as many as 10,000 people in one service. Granted that was before the creation of Vän Vatten, so it may forever be unknown, but the cathedral is open daily for tours as its majestic structure has been renovated several times in order to hold onto not just the history of the people of the water, but as a reminder of never being afraid to ask, “What’s next”.

Royal Court: The Royal Court truly plays on what it is, the Royal Court. RC was an area devoted strictly towards homes for the noble and clergy members of Lindsborg. The structures were rather simple, but elegant. Today, with the help of financing from Councilmember McGraw, who is fascinate with the history of the people of the water, and Vän Vatten the Royal Court was rebuilt and opened for anyone who could afford (and that limits it) the living areas, to live in them. However, with the growth of Lindsborg in the past several years, a large industrial yard has popped up north of the Royal Court. There is the beginnings of arguments within the district over moving the industrial yard, moving the Royal Court, or forming a better buffer between the two, only time will tell though.

Aside from the Royal Court and St. Alexis, Lindsborg is pretty modern, a strong commercial downtown that allows it to be number two in the north for business, number one being Hickory Gove, and it also provides ferry transport to Cresent City, Kaw City, and Deer Park.

Be warned though, if you enter from the north, from Trill Point, you will be expected to pay to cross the toll bridge across the 2nd Fork of the Hickory, its 1.50, but exact change is required.

Lindsborg

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Lindsborg Exchange

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Royal Court

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One of three platforms along the 2nd Fork of the Hickory

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Lindsborg Unified School District

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Furthest platform along the fork in northern Lindsborg, primarily all residential movement

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End of V-10 at the V-10/V-4 Interchange

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Industrial Sector in question next to the Royal Court

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St. Olson, a smaller cathedral that only the clergy were allowed to use prior to services held at St. Alexis down the road

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Front of St. Alexis

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Rear shot of the back court of St. Alexis

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St. Alexix; a reminder to us that without the people of the water, our history would not be what it was, our present wouldn't be what it is, and our future could not be. May we never forget the people of the water.

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-Jet-

JetShadez66

Örebro

 

Welcome to Örebro, Vän Vatten. A town in north central VV that is nearly as old as time itself. Before Queensland, before VV, there was Örebro. As stated before, the history of Vän Vatten was lost with the turmoil following the assassination of Queen Elmsburg. However, through recent years a strong uprising has gripped the nation, the desire to learn, to understand where we came from, what we are, and what we can learn from the past in order to establish a brighter future. Remember, one of the three main principles of VV is education. This doesn’t mean just regular schooling through the years, but never denying the ability to learn something new.

Here is what we know about Örebro:

Örebro was a small village, along with its neighbor Lindsborg. Both were based strictly on an agricultural society with Örebro being the social capital/political capital, with Lindsborg being the commercial and trade capital of the land. We do not know what the country was referred to as prior to Vän Vatten.  Örebro has a unique structure to the city. As the city grew there was constantly a perimeter wall that stretched across the city limits. As the town grew, a newer wall would be constructed. The reason for this wall was unknown, though it is believed that since the wall was primarily from the west to the north that enemies in the north threatened the small communities. Eventually there were two sets of walls stretching through the city. Örebro sat at nearly seven thousand people for decades upon decades. They traded and traveled to and from Lindsborg along a single route. Life was peaceful for the small towns. However, they were aware of the city’s growing to their north.

It is believed that these walls were indeed built to keep the people of VV out of the city. Whether the origins of the northern people were indeed hostile or not, depends on the people you speak with. It is said that they came with the western wind, spreading and populating. Eventually, through ways of Kaw City and of course Queensland, people started to find themselves in Lindsborg and Örebro. The people of VV were amazed by the people of this small region. They were huge in comparison of the people of the north. The stood a foot taller than many, the majority had a nearly completely bleached blonde into white hair, their backs mighty and wide, their shoulders stretching across the horizon, and their eyes a piercing blue, dark like the waters of the region, but friendly like the sky.

Both sets of people groups feared one another; they had for years, mainly because people tend to fear the unknown. Rumors had gone on for years that the people of Örebro were monsters, giants, barbarians that destroyed anything unknown. The people of the north were seen as seekers, conquers, those who desired to colonize the world. While it was true that the people of Örebro were indeed giants compared to northern people, and the people of the north did enjoy the concept of spreading themselves out, both were mystified by one another.

By 1750 talks had started about Örebro and Lindsborg entering into the union of cities. With pressure coming from Cresent City, Deer Park, and Holly Grove, the people of the water, as many of northern people started to call them, were feeling land locked. They were surrounded, their walls were no match if battle came to them, and if northern people decided to invade, they’d have no choice but to surrender.

It was Klas Johans that did the unthinkable. On cool spring morning he started out on foot, walking to Queensland, the capital of the union of cities. When he arrived he was amazed by the size of the city, the parkways, the transportation, and the people. The people in the streets were struck in awe as the man of the river walked among them. When asked what he was doing, to those who dared to speak to them, he muttered on word:  “ledare”, or translated, leader. The people had no idea what to do, so they did the only thing, take him to Queen Josephine at the capital.

At the footsteps of the royal manor in Queensland, Klas, with help of pictures, animations, and translations tried to demonstrate to the Queen his fear of being overtaken, losing his land, his small country, his life. Josephine, lost in his eyes, was moved by the large mans plea, or at least was moved by something. She agreed to a peaceful negotiation. Örebro and Lindsborg would be kept safe by the powers of the union of cities, and in return the ways of the union of cities would be allowed into the cities. Klas agreed, seemingly mystified by the perfect, smooth black hair, the bronze skin of the young queen.

Peace came to the region.

Some years later, Klas and Josephine would marry, forming a never-ending bond between the people of the water and people of the north. In 1765 they would give birth to their only child, a daughter to carry on the royal position. They named her in honor of the ways and words of the people of the water, Viktoria Vatten Elmsburg. When Viktoria became Queen in 1790 she decided to name the region, a bond between the people of the water and the people of the north: Vän Vatten, or in other words, “friendly waters”.

Örebro

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Downtown, note the the road on the right and bottom of this photo. This is 1st Wall Road, in the mid 1800's, with fear of the Blue Ambassador's turning this small town into a fort, the walls were taken down and replaced with roads that tend to encircle the town.

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Modern day crossing of VV13/VV6 near two of the chaples in the town

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Modern subdivisions growing in the west of town

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Lindsborg Extension freight yard in Örebro. The extension line is strictly a freight line from Lindsborg, to Örebro, and south into the industrial complex of Cresent City

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New ideas being tested in Örebro. Because of the mass amount of air pollution from the industrial fields of the town, the Syv, the Vän Vatten Council of Transportation, and the man behind the plan, Vlad Chatten have developed air tunnels. Large filters that have been placed throughout the industrial area for freight trucks to drive through. The theory is that the tunnel acts as a buffer: 1. The filters inside convert the CO2 from the exhauts into clean Oxygen. 2. The outside surface of the tunnel is made of scrubbbers bringing air into the filters from the outside and converting into Oxygen as well. More tests throughout the town over time will determine if more of these will pop up around the region.

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Passenger lines moving between Holly Grove and Cresent City, heading through town. There is no passenger terminal inside Örebro.

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Major interchange at VV10/VV6. VV10 continues west into Lindsborg.

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A possible future southern loop. Traffic along this section of road has become quite congested for the town. The Council of Transportation is looking into a possible three lane, limited access highway that'll form a southern ring around the town.

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Holly Grove

Holly Grove

Welcome to Holly Grove, Vän Vatten. True as all definitions point to, Holly Grove is indeed a spillover, a suburb of Cresent City. It’s the northern suburb this completely land locked, and has several main highways traveling through it.

Make no mistake though, Holly Grove is a city in itself as well, it holds just over 47,000 people, making it the third largest city in Vän Vatten, at this moment.

Holly Grove has all the makings of a true city. U-1 ends its short western journey in the southern area of Holly Grove. In 2010 the Council of Transportation of Vän Vatten along with the Syv approved massive funding to expand U-1 west from Holly Grove into Cresent City. The project will be large and extensive, it should be completed somewhere around 2013. That’s basically the main artery of Holly Grove. To the north VV10 makes a large sweeping loop around the northeast sector and becomes affectionately known as the ‘Pine Loop’ due to its massive amount of pine trees along the path, it intersects with VV8 east of there in the entertainment district. This area is named Kaw Casino and Lounge, it is an area of gambling, fine drinks, bright lights, and ironically set close to a nuclear reactor. Because of how old it is, the majority of the town wasn’t able to vote it down when the bid went up to build it. The revenue off the casino was very appealing to the leaders of Holly Grove.

VV8 is the closest thing to a main street, and it streaks from Shooter, through Holly Grove, and into the future U-1 corridor in Cresent City. Spur VV10 is a four lane road that runs through the middle of Holly Grove, east to west that connects VV10 (Pine Loop) and VV8, it has the Holly Hills Golf Club on it.  VV13 is an inner loop of Holly Grove, connecting Spur VV10 to VV18 and traveling to the west, as well we traveling south into Post Oak.

Holly Grove is also home to North Central College, a large university that houses many who choose college from the northeast section of Vän Vatten. During the summer it plays host to the NESFTC (Northeast Soccer Federation Tournament of Champions), a time in which the area mid-major club teams come into Holly Grove to fight it out. Vän Vatten is still trying to create a actual structured professional sports program, but it’s been in the works for years now.

Finally, because of the proximity to Cresent City, Holly Grove has nearly a dozen subway stations dotted throughout the city. Most notable near a deep residential area called “Pine Lodge”, and near the future U-1.

Be sure to bring a map to Holly Grove, much to be expected, but can be rather challenging to get through the area.

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Industrial Yard heading into Augusta via U-1

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Pine Lodge along VV10

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One of the several parks through Holly Grove created in order to block out the bordom of being 'flat'

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VV13 corner going from west/east to north/south

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Close to Holly Hills Golf Club

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Businesses along VV8/Future U-1 heading into Cresent City

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Kaw Casino Entertainment District

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Businesses dotted throughout the outerroads, Holly Grove wanting to annex land, but unable to because of area cities

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North Central College with the fields used during the summer

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VV8/VV10 Intersection

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Post Oak

Post Oak

Welcome to Post Oak, Vän Vatten. Originally Post Oak was the fourth city of the Golden Valley area. However, as time passed, with the increasingly rapid growth of Holly Grove to the north and Cresent City to the west, Post Oak has quickly transformed into a city on the edge of the Golden Valley. A few farms still exist in the east, but the primary function of Post Oak now is acting like a buffer for those of the rural heading into the city, and vice versa.

Like its former siblings, the Strand Linje goes straight through the north side of Post Oak. A northern route spurs off of the Strand Linje, which is the Strand Linje North that runs through Holly Grove, Augusta, and Concorde that we witnessed earlier. As the trunk line goes east, another route heads south from the Strand, this is the Cedar Trail; it crosses the Northern Star Waterway and ventures into Cedar Vale. There is also a spur industrial line on the west side of town, this goes into the Post Oak Disposal Center, one of the main areas for the eastern part of Cresent City’s waste to go. The Syv is rather adamant about keeping Vän Vatten clean, and that means taking the waste and either recycling it, or using it as energy. Post Oak was one of the first examples of this when the Disposal Center was created. Don’t mind the trash near the rail, it’s clean trash.

The Augusta River empties into what is known as the Cresent Crossing. This is a large body of water that is fed by the three main rivers and the Augusta River. It feeds into the Northern Star Waterway, a man made waterway that is used as a mass transport sector for the industries throughout Vän Vatten. The concept was taken after what was witnessed in Panama in the early 1900’s, but was taken upon by Vän Vatten to be larger, deeper, and wider so that all forms of transport via water can access the region.

There is a newly built ferry terminal in Post Oak; it obviously has direct connection to Cresent City. A four lane highway, simply known as Waterworks Blvd, goes from the heart of downtown into the ferry. There is a future construction plan to connect VV13 from Holly Grove directly to this terminal. Since Holly Grove is landlocked, this would provide essential travel to those attempting to access cities along the rivers, not just Cresent City, but also Cedar Vale, Fuego Port, and Oslo’s Ending.

Inside Post Oak, there is a newer commercial district on the shoreline of the Cresent Crossing, subway terminals dot this area. We’re now closer to the metroplex and to encourage clean air, the subway system is heavily used. Subways in Post Oak will take you to two cities: Holly Grove and Cresent City.

A small town named Amber is just south of Post Oak, kind of a halfway stop between Post Oak and Cedar Vale, the rail goes through Amber with a small depot, a gas station, a few greasy spoons, a few small factories, and that is all that is Amber.

Finally, the crown jewel of Post Oak: Post Oak Regional Air Center. Air Center (commonly known elsewhere as ‘airports’) is few and far between in Vän Vatten. A few small strips dot the rural landscape, but actual centers are limited to Oslo’s Ending and now Post Oak. In 1994 Post Oak outgrew the capacity of its airstrip. The Vän Vatten Council of Transit decided that it was time to ‘upgrade’ Post Oak to a regional air center. Groundbreaking was February 1995, it took ten long years, primarily because the air center was directly in line with the Cedar Trail. The Cedar Trail got rerouted to the east of the air center, and Post Oak doubled the land needed for the air center. Now PORAC holds just over 10,000 commuters daily, primarily those from the Golden Valley heading out to another remote strip, or commerce individuals from the eastern part of Cresent City/Holly Grove/Post Oak needing to travel to Oslo’s Ending or Hickory Grove.

Post Oak, the city truly embraces the theme of Vän Vatten and Councilman McGraw’s view: Health, education, and most importantly…expansion.

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Where rural meets urban...

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Post Oak Depot along the Strand Linje

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VV3 and the Strand Linje crossing...due to the increase of traffic it was decided to have VV3 run under the rail instead of crossing it at ground level

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Post Oak Landing

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Post Oak Disposal Center

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Downtown Commerical Center and Subway Stations

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Town of Amber

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Coastal Nature

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Post Oak Regional Air Center

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Night Shot of the Pride of Post Oak

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Golden Valley

Golden Valley

Welcome to the Golden Valley, Vän Vatten. Golden Valley is actual terminology to describe an area consisting of three towns: Eldon, Starlight, and Beata Point. These towns are primarily agricultural wonders…in other words: few houses and a lot of fields of golden waves. Golden Valley obviously is used as a describing name for the plentiful wheat throughout this region, as well as corn, barley, and hops.

Eldon, Starlight, and BP are merely just small communities in which the grain trucks can travel to. VV3 cuts across the area from west to east, meaning a straight connection into Post Oak and Holly Grove, with VV16 heading straight south from Concorde, through Beata Point with its intersection with VV3 inside BP. Because of massive congestion with people traveling from Concorde to the BP Strand Linje station, a Beata Point Bypass was created, a three lane highway from VV16, arching across BP into VV3, just east of the station. The Strand Linje also runs through each town and acts as passenger and freight travel. As of 2005 the Strand Linje (Beach Line) was the most popular line throughout all of Vän Vatten for passenger use. Each town sits at a population just around 1000 people. So, they’re larger communities then their agricultural cousins in the far west, but still rather small.

Geographically speaking Golden Valley encompassing a region south of the Augusta River, which cuts through Eldon, and north of the Northern Star Waterway, a water route that heads east after the merger of the three main rivers of Vän Vatten.  Few people, other than the locals, tend to visit the Golden Valley, unless passing through on the Strand Linje, or one of its spur lines that are formed in each town.

Golden Valley is currently growing, as in harvest season is coming in a few months, so sprouts are popping up throughout the region. However, population trends tend to argue otherwise, while it stays steady in the three towns, fears are growing that eventually people are going to head west into the more plentiful cities of Holly Grove, Post Oak, and most notable the metroplex of Cresent City, Deer Park, and Oslo’s Landing.

Optimism suggest something different, rumors through the Vän Vatten Council of Transit (VVCT),is that the new, experimental United Transport Network will be built connecting the west metroplex to the Golden Valley, bringing with it major biofuel industries, as well as further researching the oil tables sitting around the Northern Star Crossing, like what was found in Paris Springs, Vän Vatten.

The future is unwritten for the Golden Valley for now, but elsewhere in Vän Vatten the common belief is this. Though they are small, the Golden Valley holds the most vital resources for the region, the ability to live.

Beata Point Depot, Bypass, and VV3

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Beata Point Industrial Complex

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Passenger Use of the Strand Linje in Beata Point

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VV3, Downtown Starlight, and the Starlight Express Spur Route Running South

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Starlight...'and miles and miles before we sleep..."

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Eldon Historic District Along VV3

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Strand Linje, VV100 (North Road), and VV3-Eldon

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Concorde

Concorde

Welcome to Concorde, Vän Vatten, a community bent on being known. For the most part Concorde sticks out for one primary reason, it is the east terminal of the North Central Line. It is absorbed into the Strand Linje North, the same that cruises through Augusta. Obviously this brings rail traffic to this section of the region.

Concorde has also been referred to as the “Gateway to the Wheat”. Just south of Concorde, as you’ll discover, the ground gives over and the fields are plentiful as we will discover the ‘bread basket’ of Vän Vatten. Concorde has a few farms, but nothing like to the south. Because of its unique location, it has been a growing town. Some see it as a neighbor, a growing ‘twin’ of Augusta. However, the people of Concorde stick strictly to their own.

VV16 is the main highway, and the only highway that runs straight through the town. For years it was seen as a ‘last stop’ before seeing nothing but fields for miles. However, as Augusta has grown, so too has Concorde. The upper class of Augusta, grown tired of constant road construct, noise, and traffic to and from Holly Grove, decided to head east into Concorde. Because of this, the dynamics of Concorde are quiet unique.

In 1997, the Department of Beautification in Concorde voted for a plan calling for an experimental park system in the area. The result was a man made, artificial creek intertwining throughout the town. Of course after this park, naturally deemed Concorde Creek Parkway, was established, plazas were built, meaning property values would rise. Because of this, it is of no surprise that semi-high rises and condo’s float above the flat terrain of Concorde. While the businesses don’t reflect the wealth, the park system and the residential developments do. Of course, the majority of the population is transit employees, meaning that they travel from Concorde, via the Strand Linje North into Augusta and more importantly Holly Grove and Cresent City.

Because of the money going into the city, the commuters heading out, Concorde is a very quiet city. Very tranquil, peaceful, far enough away to be rural, but not far enough to be isolated. Be warned though, if you tend to stay in Concorde for a prolonged period of time, bring money, a smile, and look nice. The people of Concorde, while nice, will tend to shown those that don’t belong.

Almost as if it was a private clubhouse, without a golf course…so far.

Concorde

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Strand Linje North-Concorde Depot

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Main Street (VV16)

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Concorde Creek Parkway

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Concorde Nature Center

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Get used to this image, it's about to get plentiful!

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Deepwell

Deepwell

This is Deepwell, Vän Vatten, the northeastern town of the Vän Vatten region. A small place, packed with sorrow and despair with an outlook on what could be.

Earliest indication is that Deepwell was here longer than many know. Because of how isolated it was from the other six charter cities, Deepwell had no say in affairs of Vän Vatten. Most of them weren’t too worried about it either; Deepwell was a small farming community that kept to itself and its own business.

Then the North Central Line was built. Around the turn of the century, the North Central Line was granted by Queen Viktoria Elmsburg in 1825, a short five years before her tragic end. The rail was completed in Deepwell near 1864 amongst civil unrest. Deepwell for the most part had no idea of the problems in urban Vän Vatten, for it was too far away. That changed when the North Central Line came in.

Instantly, mail, newspapers, propaganda of all sorts started to flood into the city of Deepwell. The people, unknowing themselves of what tragedy had taken place were easily persuaded by the writing of the journalist of the west. The people of Deepwell were now part of Vän Vatten’s problem, and sadly, part of the solution. Deepwell originally was settled right on the North Central Line, prior to the line turning south. A small community, a small downtown, a depot, and plenty of farms and families lived across the land. Summer community picnics, winter celebrations downtown, and other community gatherings were consistent of Deepwell for most of its early life. When the Queen was assassinated, the group who claimed responsibility for her death, the Blue Ambassador’s, fled Queensland and ran east, straight into Deepwell. The Ambassador’s knew they were safe in Deepwell, no one knew them, few knew of their involvement, and there was no community more caring then Deepwell.

August 23rd, 1883 Daniel Spurman, a leader of the Blue Ambassador’s was feeling the pressure of Deepwell. Over the years, thanks to the North Central Line, photos and articles of these dastardly individuals started to move about the town. A local by the name of John Williamston noticed Daniel as an individual of concern. However, John’s mistake was that he felt it was his duty to eliminate Daniel Spurman. John walked up to Daniel on Main Street, just out of the depot and shot him point blank. Daniel died instantly, and the rest of the Blue Ambassador’s could see that if Williamston wanted to fight, then a fight he would get. The Ambassador’s laid fire to the town of Deepwell, torching the crops, murdering the children, and taking hostage anyone they could. By August 26th, news had reached Queensland about the unrest in Deepwell. The Queen’s Royal Army traveled via the Central Rail to Deepwell. Once out, August 28th, they stepped into a true battlefield. Buildings were crumbling, houses were burning, the dead and dying laid like rag dolls throughout the streets. For four more days the battle continued with the Queen’s Army eventually killing each member of the Blue Ambassador’s. The final tally killed: Queen’s Army-5, Blue Ambassador’s-24, town’s people of Deepwell-131. The town was devastated from the event. So the people picked up and moved south.

When the originally VV1 highway was built, it was to go through the new Deepwell, and the main street of New Deepwell flourished with life all over again. People felt united with the growth of Augusta to their west. With electricity, roads, and rail the town was alive. Farms were created, children were born, and life came back to the town so overrun with death.

The new VV1, completed in 2003 does run on the north side of Deepwell. Some, because of historical significance have traveled back to the original Deepwell to rebuild. Now Deepwell, as a municipality is split into two sections: Deepwell and Old Deepwell. The old depot is running again in Old Deepwell, the old Main Street was rebuilt, and even though tourism isn’t great, the people in Old Deepwell live there to this day. A few hundred live in Old Deepwell, while the core of the population lives in Deepwell. A new subdivision was created in 2007 north of Deepwell along Lake Augusta named Sunrise Ridge. The hope of the people is that one day, both towns will merge as one Deepwell once again and its bloody past may be put to rest.

Deepwell

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Old Deepwell Depot where Daniel Spurman was killed by John Williamston

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Old Deepwell

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Farms along Old Deepwell Road

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Intersection of VV1/VV16 (two lane)/and the end of Old VV1 that ran with VV16 until this intersection. It was made a flat, smooth intersection because all plans for a larger interchange would result in the moving of the North Central Line, something that VV Regional Lines didn't want to mess with

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Deepwell Rail Park, new depot in Deepwell to your right, industrial depot to your left

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Intersection of Old VV1 and VV16

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Main Street (Old VV1) of Deepwell

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Sunrise Ridge Residential Development

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Augusta

Augusta

Welcome to Augusta, Vän Vatten. Augusta, for the longest time, was the eastern most town sitting in the Vän Vatten region. Primarily because of the isolation from other municipal areas, people feared living in a region that lack population and threatened with trials and tribulations each day.

Augusta sits next to the largest lake in Vän Vatten, Lake Augusta. For years it was believed that Augusta would become a major industrial port for the eastern Vän Vatten region. However, that was before Holly Grove and Cresent City. Because of this, and the decision to bypass Augusta with the new VV1 running to the north, the city has stayed at a rather calm, steady line of existence. Because of the massive intersection just out of Holly Grove between it and Augusta traffic does have a steady flow into the city. The intersection though, VV100/VV10/U-1 has proved troublesome as many people have chosen to head north from the intersection into Preston, the small city north of Augusta that sits on VV1. Thus is the theme of Augusta, the crossroad of the northeast. Inside Augusta you will find an intersection with VV10 and U-1, then you will quickly find another one between VV10, VV100, and U-1 with U-1 ending inside the city. A business loop for VV10 goes through the heart of Augusta, with VV100 splitting north, intersection old VV1, before reaching Preston and VV1 (FRH). If that was enough to give any good driver a headache, the rails are just as busy. The North Central Line (NCL) runs north of Augusta with a depot in Preston. Through Augusta though, runs is the Strand Linje (Beach Line) North, a spur off of the main Strand Linje that runs through most of the mid section of Vän Vatten. Between Strand Linje North and the NCL is a small connecting line that runs out of Augusta known simply as the Augusta Connection, with a small depot on that line in northern Augusta.

Augusta does have a small shopping district in the eastern part of city limits. The common belief for years, prior to FRH being completed, that Augusta would soon have a major highway running through it. Because of this, businessmen all around invested heavily into building before the project’s completion. Sadly, the road went north, and the development has nearly ceased to exist with yearly losses still very high.

Fear not though, optimism does run deep in the roots of Augusta. As of late, the Syv along with the Council of Transportation of Vän Vatten have been kicking around a new idea, a newer form of road transportation for the region: United Transport Network. This idea creates a strong, multilane highway, that’ll connection cities to each other without stoplights or stop signs. All roads will use exit and entrance ramps for access, also known as ‘controlled access’, this is aimed to help with transportation time, more unity in Vän Vatten, and assist in freight transport. Only a few cities have the UTN’s in them, perhaps out of sorrow and guilt, Augusta was one of the cities chosen to try out the UTN’s. Between Holly Grove and Augusta is a short piece of road with controlled access numbered United Transportation Network 1, or simply known as U-1. The piece was completed in 2008, and research has been taken place on the road for 2 years now. More studies are currently being conducted in Deer Park, Cresent City, Blackwater, Oslo’s Ending, Freemont, Ellisburg, and Fuego Port. Most initial reports have been encouraging, and the people of Augusta hold onto hope with this information as they continue to dream about the day where they’re name is as a well known as the metroplex to the south.

Augusta

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Preston, small development to the north of Augusta on VV100 and VV1

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Intersection of Augusta Connection and North Central Line in Preston

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It isn't unheard of to find small pockets of oil around the land, hence this little industrial establishment between Preston and Augusta, Miller's Oil Field:

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Agriculture is by far the leading industry of the Augusta region, and the northeast sector as a whole

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South on VV100 you will find two intersections. The one on the bottom is a crossing of VV10/VV100/U-1 the one at the top is the newer interchange of U-1 and VV10 out of Holly Grove

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Augusta Plaza to the east, the shopping district that can make it, but only if newer road access is created

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U-1 heading west into Holly Grove along with a rail split, top being Holly Grove Industrial Spur and the bottom being Strand Linje North

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Historic district alongside VV100 before heading south into Eldon

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VV10 stretching across Lake Augusta just east of town

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*For those of you keeping score at home, here is a sneak peak of a screen shot of the region. It was made from my own imagination with the aid of SC4 Terraformer:

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Shooter

Shooter

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Welcome to Shooter, Vän Vatten. A city designed solely around natural beauty that surrounds the people. It is a growing community with a past that stretches back hundreds of hundreds of years, far before people settled the area.

The area was believed to be covered at one point by ice, most notably glaciers. Throughout the years the ice did recede to the north and left behind a flat, clean slate of land…most of northern Vän Vatten.

Shooter was unique because of some of the waterways that were left after the ice left, now known as the Shooter Glacier Waterway. Obviously, due to its pristine condition the Syv decided that it’d be wise to form a national park in order to maintain what history left the people of Vän Vatten to enjoy. Thus, Shooter National Park was created in 1935. Since, a camp ground has been carefully built next to the waterways, fishing is allowed, daily limits are enforced. In the 1950’s the people of Shooter decided to take technology and use it to their advantage, with cooperation of the Syv, Shooter created a railroad that literally looped around the waterways, simply known as the Scenic Loop. To this day, rides leave Shooter and loop around the waterways and come back to the station. It’s a hit, though it was created 60 years ago, people still line up, primarily in the warmer months and deep in the winter to tour what it was like hundreds of years ago.

Obviously, it was wise for the city of Shooter to capitalize on the this innovation. Because of that, tourism is a major key to the profits of Shooter. The historic district holds hotels from the ‘40’s and ‘50’s still in mint condition for people to stay in while they’re at the national park. Also, Shooter was a 18 hole golf course and country club in its southern area where people can relax.

Shooter sits to the north of Holly Grove, which sits north of Cresent City. Because of this, many people from the Vän Vatten northern metroplex tend to flock to Shooter to get some much needed R&R. However, over the past decade enough people, thanks to transportation have started to call Shooter they’re actual home. The town in the past decade has grown from just over 4000 people to just under 9000.

Speaking of transportation, Shooter does sit as a major rail line crossing. The main east/west trunk line is the North Central, the main north/south trunk line is the Cresent-Dartmust line. This line runs from the southern terminal of Cresent City to the northern port city of Dartmust. A small branch line, Shooter Local curves into the CD Line from inside shooter. There is also a small freight yard near Old VV1 (also known as Main Street).

Aside from all the rail lines crossing inside Shooter, the FRH (Forgotten Royal Highway/VV1) also curves through the southern section of Shooter. In 1999, when the Syn and the Vän Vatten Transportation Council were working on the FRH, it was decided that with the growth of Hickory Grove, the tourism of Shooter National Park, and the location of Shooter it was only a matter of time before Shooter became a major city in Northeast Vän Vatten. While it isn’t a major city by any means presently, the design has already been created. Shooter is the only town where the FRH is nearly elevated through the entire city. Because of the belief of growth, they believed that FRH/VV1 would need to be easily converted to UTN (United Transportation Network) if needed. VV1 takes a large sweeping turn in the southeast section of Shooter, mainly sage brush and a few trees, but no people or businesses to speak up before turning north.

Shooter also has developed a new suburb, South Shooter Heights, mainly high rise buildings holding commuters to travel VV8 into Holly Grove. Holly Grove also has crept far enough to be in the south side of VV1, making it the city limits between Holly Grove and Shooter.

Much is going on in Shooter, it’s growing at a rapid rate, but right now it merely stands as a young adolescent in those awkward growing years.

Shooter

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Old VV1 and VV1

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Northern Line going west to east and Cresent-Dartmust Line going north to south

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Shooter National Depot

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Waterway Road

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Scenic Loop

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South Shooter Heights

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North Holly Grove

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Shooter Historic District

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Shooter National Park

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Industrial Complex

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Fontana

Fontana

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Welcome to Fontana, the oasis of the northern semi-arid land. As you may have seen through the short trip through Vän Vatten, the land is very…diverse. Vän Vatten as a whole has many tributaries flowing through its boundaries (hence the name), but aside from the land near water, the rest of Vän Vatten is rather dry. The vegetation is primarily conifers that can go long durations without satisfying rain fall, and desert shrubs also dot the area. To the north, through where we travel, you can see the Temperate National Forest. A patch of northern land that has tapped into the bi-annual permafrost and has enabled a strong density of woods throughout the land, obviously it is a national forest in order to protect the majority of the wood. Lumber is a leading industry for Vän Vatten, but it tends to stay more towards the west central/southwest area of the land.

Fontana exists primarily because of its notable lake. While it isn’t large enough for recreational or industrial use, the water is used in the area. The farms to the north on VV14 draw strictly from the lake, surprisingly named Lake Fontana, and the small community also draws from the lake.

Fontana has been in existence for some time, most believe it dates back to the late 1800’s. For those who dared to travel along the northern territory of Vän Vatten in the past, Fontana was a safe stopping place between Queensland (Hickory Center) and the far outreach posts of Concorde. This was especially the case for primary transportation of the time. The North Central Line crosses Fontana, and in the late 1800’s to mid 1900’s the majority of locomotives were steam powered and needed access to water. Fontana, because of its water, became a water stop for the railroad. When vehicles were introduced to Vän Vatten, many of the original radiators required constant access to water as well, behold Lake Fontana.

The town turned dormant for some years, primarily between the 1950’s and the early 2000’s. However, like many other towns along the FRH, Fontana has seen growth because of VV1. In 1999, when the FRH (Forgotten Royal Highway) was being created solely on paper, it was decided that VV1 would run to the south of Fontana, staying out of the Temperate National Forest. Because of this the timber was spared, as was Fontana as it was allowed to grow to the south.

However, if you find yourself traveling through the original VV1, you’ll cut through Fontana, see its historic main street, cross over the North Central Line-Fontana Yard, and cross the line again on your way out. While some companies, such as Taco Bell have established a new feel to the town, stop in a Fontana High Place, a historic deco hotel that was refurbished in 2000 and reopened to guests who choose to stop. Word of advice though, at night, close your curtains and bring a sleeping mask, it can get a bit bright. Be sure to also stop by St. Josephine’s Holy Cathedral. A building dating back to 1848 when the area was first being settled, services are traditional, and one of them is still spoken strictly in the northern Nordic language from the people that settled the area.

Finally, if you happen to stop in Fontana during the summer months, head over to the Fontana SoccerPlex. Two newly developed fields near VV1 that bring in a startup club team out of Lindsborg, admission is free, and the club practices and training tend to run all day.

Fontana

Fontana

VV1 (Forgotten Royal Highway)/Old VV1 Interchange

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Old VV1 (Main Street) Curving Around Lake Fontana

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Lake Fontana

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Main Street: Fontana High Point Hotel

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North Central Line-Fontana Yard

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Fontana SoccerPlex

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VV1 (FRH)/VV6 Interchange

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Trill Point

Trill Point

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Trill Point for the longest time, starting after the recovery of the 1920’s was a startup agrarian village just east of Hickory Center along VV1. A few farms along the northern woods of VV. When VV1 was further stretched from Hickory Center to the northeastern frontier of VV, the growth sparked a rapid industrial development of Trill Point. Still a small community along the 2nd Fork of the Hickory River, industry had a small port, a small church, and a few farms of the area.

For years Trill Point seemed…stuck in its era, no one complained, but the world around it kept growing. That was until just recently. In 2003 the Syv voted in a new ambitious plan to create a northern superhighway connecting Ciscal, Hickory Center, Trill Point, Fontana, Shooter, Augusta, and Deepwater. It would replace the two lane road that stretched and winded throughout the arid north with a four lane divided highway with controlled access. In 2009 the new VV1, also known as the Forgotten Royal Highway (FRH) was completed in Trill Point. At the same point, a new port was created in the western side of Trill. Because of this new ferry route, the majority of the population of the eastern half of Hickory Center was now traveling into Trill to use the ferry across to Lindsborg. A new residential high rise and commerce sector was developed near the water front, a massive interchange between VV1, Old VV1, and Portside Boulevard needed to be created, known as Trill Crossing was built and completed earlier in 2010.

Since the creation of this massive transportation system upgrade the population of Trill Point has doubled in population. A new medic aviation post was created just east of Trill Point. On top of this, the North Central Line starts in Trill Point and continues all the way to Concorde and beyond, both industrial lines and passenger lines.

Trill Point is the ideal bed and breakfast community now, sitting between Hickory Center and Lindsborg. It has a future, but right now, the people are content with what they have at the moment and appreciate their past.

Trill Point

Trill Point

Trill Crossing at VV1, Old VV1, Portside Blvd

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The New Hawkin's Port

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Trill Medical Aviation Post

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Trill Point Industrial Yard

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The roots of Trill Point...agriculture

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New intersection of VV4 and VV1/Forgotten Royal Highway

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Old VV1 and North Central Line

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Heading east

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History of Vän Vatten

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Welcome to Hickory Center, a major city in the northern tier of Vän Vatten, and very rich in history. Originally Hickory Center was named Queensland, in honor of the royal family of Vän Vatten. For several hundred years (1500-1700) Vän Vatten form of government was a monarchy government, with the queen having the majority power and the final say in all things needed for the country.

In 1790 a new Queen was placed in order of the country, Queen Viktoria Elmsburg of Ciscal. She was the people’s queen, a young lady from a small village understanding what hard work those not in the government had to do each day. Because of this she pushed hard for the common person and brought joy throughout the whole region. Her biggest achievement was the creation of Queens College in Queensland. Her biggest unfinished dream, finding a route to build a bridge over the Vän Vatten River (now named Viktoria River).

Sadly in 1830, while stepping out of Queensland Cathedral in Queensland, on a snowy afternoon an armed anarchist stepped up to the Queen and shot her in the head. The man had a death wish, as security quickly ended his life as well. In her memory, next to the Queens Cathedral is the ‘Walk of Life’, taken care of by the parishioners of the church.

Unfortunately, things went downhill for Vän Vatten rapidly. The economy dropped rapidly, a drought took place, destroying the agrarian economy. The people revolted, primarily the working class, and started by burning down the royal mansion in Queensland, where the Queen’s Court still stands at VV1. The people formed a coup and rid VV of the monarch government. However, they had no answer for government, which just didn’t want what they already had. From the 1850’s to the early 1900’s Vän Vatten was in a state of chaos, no one and nothing was safe. The families of wealth were pitted against the families of the rural and working classes. It seemed that civil war was soon.

At this time though, a name was being heard throughout the families of Vän Vatten, not just in the families of wealth, but more importantly throughout the working classes: Viktoria Elmsburg III Viktoria was stirring up emotions, trying to get people to calm themselves and understand that they were the only ones that can write their own future. She came in promoting a new idea for government: a council.

The council would consist of a elected member for each six cities: Queensland, Lindsborg, Orebro, Ciscal, Kyaka, and Oslo’s Post. A seventh official, a spokes person, and overall leader for the council would be selected as a whole from the Vän Vatten nation. The six communities consisted of all backgrounds of people:

Educated/wealthy: Queensland & Lindsborg

Rural: Ciscal & Kyaka

Lower class: Orebro

Isolated southern military post: Oslo’s Post

The first elected seventh member was, to no surprise: Viktoria Elmsburg III The chamber was named the “Syv Council”. With the council together, Syv was able to bring Vän Vatten into the current golden age (Early 1920’s-Present).

In 1987, the creator of the current time of peace in Vän Vatten, Viktoria Elmsburg III passed away. For the second time ever, Vän Vatten had to stage a

national vote for the seventh member. A national vote was held in 1988, each other council member was voted in by their represented city, and as time went on, voted on by their district. The seventh position was held for life, retirement, or an removal from office (never been used). Zeke McGraw, a business man from the upstart town of Deer Park, was elected into the seventh position.

Since the election, the ‘capital’ city was transferred from Queensland to Deer Park. Queensland was also renamed to Hickory Center, in order to better honor the council and unification of Vän Vatten in 1988. Councilmember McGraw put heavy emphasis on three main aspects of life in Vän Vatten: health, education, and expansion. Since ’88 Vän Vatten has exploded from a six city/village region to a 31 incorporated full fledge nation, with many more areas growing.

Hickory Center

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VV1 heading into town, also note the eastern terminal of the Northern Line for passenger traffic between Hickory Center and Ciscal

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Commerce shopping and entertainment district along Industry Road

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Shipping port along the Viktoria River

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Queen's College

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Queen's Cathedral and the Walk of Life

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St. Xerxes Kryka

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Queen's Court along VV1

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Waterfront Property along the Hickory Loop

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VV1 & Business VV1 Interchange

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VV1 Real Estate

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Future VV1 Hickory Center Bypass (along the bottom from before VV1 Real Estate to the north

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Any questions? Comments? Concerns? If not, our travels shall continue to the small town of Trill Point!

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Introduction

Howdy Ya'll!

Welcome to Vän Vatten! A land of friendly waters! I'm your host, your tourist, your friend, you may know me as...Jet. I'm merely a historian, a fan of the past, and a dreamer of a future. Hence why you've found me inside the lands of Vän Vatten. Vän Vatten is a land rich with history, sorrow, struggles, dreams, and a ever growing future.

Some quick things you should keep in mind while we run about the land of Vän Vatten:

  1. The people are friendly, but try not to get off the road too much. Vän Vatten is a land with cities, but primarily is still rural. You do not want to get caught within the semi-arid deserts of the land.
  2. Temperature varies: Bring your warm clothes for Split and Whitecap Ranges, shorts for the Spearmen Praire, and sunscreen for the coasts of Crescent Crossing and Lake Augusta
  3. You will be in a vehicle for a long time: Vän Vatten is a travelers dream, it is spread out, the Syv (more on them later) have formed a strong central transportation system throughout the land, but it'll be long none-the-less
  4. It's all about fun, the people of Vän Vatten have foughten hard through the years to enjoy what they have, they wish that you do the same. Kick back, relax, and by all means be as friendly as the waters themselves!
"Friendly Waters"

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