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Huanzhan City

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UPDATE 18: Huanzhan City

(special administrative region)

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Huanzhan City is the capital of the Huanzhan Special Administrative Region in Seto. The Region is owned and governed by the Chinese government even though it's only a few hours from Hinawa. Like Hong Kong, Huanzhan has very liberal economic policies that allow it to be a major economic hub in Asia. The region was won by the Chinese after a conflict between Japan and China. In the above picture, chinese architecture stands by manicured parks.

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The main stadium is located near the Pearl Twin Towers. If the city bids for the Simlympics, it will be utilized.

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The Huanzhan TV and Observation Tower is the tallest building in Seto and gives views of the city and nearby river.

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SR Center is also located near a large park and shows the efforts the city is attempting to improve its environment.

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Located near the TV and Observation Tower, the Kookon Building is the second tallest building in Seto.

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UPDATE 17: Kiba Industrial Park

(western hinawa)

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Kiba Industrial Park is located in the outskirts of the capital near the city's central port. It's one of Hinawa's most polluted locations with mile after mile of oil refineries, factories, and depots. The area can be quite omnious at night and is somewhat unventured by most locals. Here we see the main highway passing through the center of the industrial district.

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The port nearby handles different kinds of ships. Cargo ships are docked and take supplies abroad.

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Kiba is a mess of tall industrial buildings with smoke constantly oozing out from them. The area is so polluted, there is almost no fish life in the nearby harbour and the remaining animals are mutated.

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Here we see a common ship gathering cargo. Seto's main exports include robotics, rice, and luxury cars.

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The Port of Hinawa tower was built in the 80's to be used as a lighthouse and reference point for shipmen.

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UPDATE 16: Mizamotto Midnight Tour

(central hinawa)

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Mizamotto has always been Hinawa's prime business district, but in the last few months, it has gained more attention due to the Simlympics. The entire business district received modification to deal with new traffic and new office towers have sprung up in the process.  In this mosaic, we see the Hinawa Museum, the Imperial Gardens & Canals and numerous office towers near the Central Train Station.

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Grand embassy buildings line the Imperial Canals in Mizamotto. A new traffic layout of one way roads keeps traffic running smoothly.

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The central avenue leading to the train station has been revamped with a new tree lined pedestrian walkway and new traffic routes have been created.

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A mosaic looking north shows many a few new office towers around Mizamotto's large avenues.

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A final shot showing the new central subway station recently completed in the center of Mizamotto to help deal with subway traffic.

Hope you liked the update, enjoy! 4.gif

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Lake Ado

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UPDATE 15: Lake Ado

(weekend retreat)

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As the capital receives more visitors for the July games, some locals are leaving the city to escape the crowds. Lake Ado is one of the destinations they head off to. The lake is framed by large mountains and unspoiled woodlands; it contrasts heavily to the busy atmosphere of central Hinawa.

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  Waterfront homes are found throughout the area. Unlike large development projects common in the city, people buy land to build a house that suits them. The homes vary in size and architecture, making the area very diverse.

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The mayor of Hinawa has a house here,

it's a large modern villa with a soccer field and pool. Like a lot of the homes by the lake, it's powered by solar energy and tucked away behind large trees. Locals say the mayor holds very extravagant hotdog barbecues.

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An overview of the homes found in Lake Ado. A two lane road curves through the area and heads off to the mountains across the lake.

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The road has many bridges and tunnels that connect residents to the city. A train line from the Hinawa's central station also drops you off in the commercial center of the lake. This picture shows one of the bridges clinging to the mountainside.

Just a small update, I thought it would be fun to work on rural Seto. Hope you like it 4.gif

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The evening begins at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A celebratory dinner was held in order of the opening ceremonies; ambassadors, ISC members, and royalty all attended before leaving to the stadium.

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Diplomatic cars were escorted by the city police to the Hinawa Dome, located a few miles north of the ministry. Large crowds were waiting outside the embassy buildings to greet the visitors.

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As the motorcade pulled up to the Hinawa Dome, more crowds of people welcomed the visitors, likely waiting for the show to begin.

Tents are currently set up with food and drinks for those who weren't able to get seats in the arena.

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et's check in with SBN's coverage of the ceremonies as preparations are being completed: 

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Chris: 

We're live from the Samsung Tower covering the opening ceremonies of the 10th Simlympiad in Hinawa. Good evening, my name is Chris Siere here with my co-host Amy Mam.

Amy: Welcome, we're glad to have you with us. The opening ceremonies will begin shortly at the Hinawa Dome, let's have a closer look:

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Chris: The roof is starting to open as the first guests take their seats. I think I see some of the state guests up front.

Amy: That's right Chris. I've been told the state visitors are getting exclusive front row seats to watch the ceremonies. They have just returned from a dinner at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted by the emperor himself.

Chris: I heard the ISC president really enjoyed the pork ribs at the dinner. If only we had such delicious food at our SBN conferences...

Amy: Very true Chris. I also heard that city staff handed out free hotdogs to the hungry crowds waiting in Mizamotto. The planning committee

has been trying very hard to make the games pleasant for everyone in the city.

Chris: That's very smart of them, free food certainly keeps a crowd controlled.

Amy: Of course! Speaking of crowds, let's take a look at a shot of the Simlympic Torch Park from earlier tonight. Lots of people are expected to watch the torch lighting ceremonies there:

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Amy: The plaza is replacing the SR Arena, an old venue that was taking up space in the village. Ten pathways lead to the central plaza holding the ceremonial torch.

Organizers have been busy getting the area ready; new trees have been planted and TV screens have been put up.

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Chris: They've done a great job Amy! Over in Kubo, a new water taxi service was added to take commuters between the district and the harbor islands. We also see advertising put up in the new Simfox Center.

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Amy: Even the Hinawa Museum is supporting the games! The city has never looked better!

Chris: Indeed, all the preparations seem to have worked well for the city. Let's head to the central train station where we're getting word the Simlympic Torch has arrived:

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Amy: The torch is making its way off the station to greet crowds nearby. The streets have been closed off and it'll be escorted on its last leg to the Simlympic Torch Plaza.

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Chris: That's right Amy. Security has been tightened to make sure the pie throwing incident from last September doesn't occur again.

Amy: A good call on the city police's part, that one took quite a bit of cleaning. As the torch makes its final journey from the station, the countdown is starting over at the stadium:

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...50...40...30...20...

10..9..8..7..6..5..4..3..2..1..

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Hinawa mayor, Mr. Yu: Greetings ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the opening ceremonies of the 10th Simlympiad! I'm glad to have you all with us on this very special occasion. Thanks to the help of the ISC and the Hinawa Planning Committee overseeing the project, we are proud to introduce the city for the July Simlympic Games. We wouldn't be here today without the numerous hours put in by ISC and city officials. We hope you enjoy your time with us during the games and please give

the International Simlympic Committee president, Slacker, a warm welcome!

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ISC President: Thank you for having me here tonight Seto!

I'd like to start by saying what a wonderful opening ceremony we've had so far, and I'm sure the best is yet to come. A huge congratulations is owed to the organising committee for putting on such a spectacle.

The organising committee should also be congratulated for the wonderful way they have handled the preparations for the 10th Simlympiad. Immediately after Hinawa was declared host, discussions between the organising committee and the ISC began in earnest, and the Hinawa organising committee has worked tirelessly since then to ensure the Hinawa and Seto were ready to welcome the World; and I think we can all agree they have more than accomplished that goal, so thank you!

This evening marks a very special occasion for the Simlympic movement; the beginning of the 10th Simlympics. What began as a dream in August 2006 has over the space of 3 short years developed into the biggest Sim City sport event the World has ever seen. This was not down to the work of the ISC, it is down to you. Each and every one of you which is here tonight to bear witness to this historic event. Without you, there would be no games, there would be no medals and there would be no Hinawa '09. We therefore owe a debt of gratitude to each and every one of you.

I hope you enjoy the next two weeks of the finest sport our planet has to offer, taking place in one of the finest cities ever to host the Simlympics.

Thank you and enjoy the games!

Loudspeaker: Ladies and gentlemen, please stand for raising of the Simlympic, Setonese and New Rhodesian flags.

Amy: After the speech, the flag-raising ceremony starts with the Simlympic anthem and flag raising.

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Amy: It is followed by Seto's flag raising and anthem, performed by pianist George Winston.

Amy: Next comes New Rhodesia's anthem and flag raising.

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Chris: The ceremony ends with representatives standing in front of the flags.

Amy: The three flags are now proudly displayed at the stadium.

Loudspeaker: We will now introduce competing nations to begin the parade of nations. It will begin with New Rhodesia, first Simlympic host (not competing), and end with Seto, the current host:

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Chris: A great start! As celebration in the stadium continues, we're getting word the Simlympic Torch has arrived at the plaza:

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Amy: It looks like crowds have gathered on the lawn to see the final leg of the torch relay.

Chris: It appears so Amy. Like we mentioned earlier, city officials have been busy getting the plaza ready for tonight's ceremonies. The entrances have been kept clear for the flame, but officials helping out with the ceremony were allowed on the pathways to watch the torch lighting ceremony. The stadium has a live feed of the events, as do millions watching at home.

Amy: Let's just hope nobody steps on the newly planted flowers! All eyes are on athlete Han Oiha, one of Seto's best soccer players, as he delivers the Simlympic Flame.

Chris: That's correct. Han is heading to the underground plaza where he will put the Simlympic Torch so it can make its way up to the top.

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Amy: As the flame rises up, a fireball seems to have been created. It begins throwing light beams in 'X' shaped patterns. Very interesting! 

Chris: Interesting indeed Amy, quite the way to celebrate the 10th Simlympiad!

*fire burst* 

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Chris: Wow! The ball of fire has exploded to become a massive flame! The crowds are going crazy with excitement! The Simlympic flame has finally completed the long road to Hinawa!

Amy: A very special moment for Hinawa and Seto tonight as the torch completes its long journey around the world to the plaza here at the Sports Village.

Chris: Now that the flame has arrived, let's listen in on the final oath ceremonies conducted by the emperor:

Emperor: Good evening my friends, we are pleased to have you here with us.

It is our prime concern the games are treated with fairness and respect. To ensure this, we will start with our oath ceremonies. Please welcome our Grand Judge.

Please raise your right hand and repeat the following:

In the name of all judges I promise that we shall officiate with complete impartiality respecting and o biding by the rules which govern in the true spirit of sportsmanship.

Grand Judge: In the name of all judges I promise that we shall officiate with complete impartiality respecting and o biding by the rules which govern in the true spirit of sportsmanship.

Emperor: Thank you. Now for the athletes oath, please welcome Mr. William Jun.

Mr. Jun, please raise your right hand and repeat the following:

In the name of all competitors I promise that we shall compete in these games respecting and o biding by the rules which govern in the spirit of sportsmanship.

Mr. Jun: In the name of all competitors I promise that we shall compete in these games respecting and o biding by the rules which govern in the spirit of sportsmanship.

Emperor: Thank you both, but most importantly, thank you all. It all started in New Rhodesia, the games visited New Dunstonville, Avery, Nyhaven, Payens, Windsor Park, Penthesili, Ylmeria, and Tourist City. We are now very happy to announce the games of the 10th Simlympiad in Hinawa open: Let the games begin!!!

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With the opening of the games, that'll do it for the opening ceremonies, but wait...the night is still young!

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The Simlympic Concert Extravaganza will be starting shortly at the Imperial Gardens, featuring a ten day long celebration with nightly concerts. Performers range from Coldplay to Lady Gaga; make sure to check it out as proceeds will be donated to sponsored charities.

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If that doesn't keep you busy, the after parties and celebrations are sure to last until the early hours of the morning!

From Hinawa, Seto, I hope you enjoyed the opening ceremonies of the 10th Simlympiad.

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As Hinawa got word that it would host the 2009 July Simlympics, city officials quickly got to work on updating the city to host the new visitors, athletes, and media coming for the events. These upgrades range from new ferry lines, subway expansions, more security & information booths, airport upgrades, and general enhancement of the city; many which you will see here.

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Hinawa International Airport's old Terminal 1 (above) was quickly falling to the pressures from new passengers and outdated technology. To welcome new visitors from the region, the terminal received a massive upgrade to help balance traffic in the airport. It now handles regional and domestic travel, while the newer Terminal 2 (below) handles international flights. Microbuses, taxis, city buses, and a subway line allow passengers to get to the Sports Village very efficiently.

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One of the bridges that connects the airport to the city was renovated to speed up traffic and commutes.

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After a discussion with ISC members, it was decided the SR Arena would be replaced with a new plaza that will hold the Simlympic torch. Along with the equestrian track, the new plaza will be a revamping of an existing venue. It should also help spread out the arenas and give visitors a place to relax.

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Right next door is a new arena. It can help host the numerous indoor venues as it's next to the Samsung Center. The transport station across the street will help visitors get to the area.

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News outlets covering the games are starting to move into the Samsung Tower; BBC, NBC and Seto's SBN (Seto Broadcasting Network) are all setting up there.

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Located right off the Sports Village is Park Center, the soon-to-be home for the athletes. It's located in a part of the bay that contains many islands, including a vacant one across the bridge. The city officials decided to use the vacant island for a new training center.

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The Athletics Center was quickly constructed; a large building with a modern globe in the center. There are tennis courts, swimming pools, gyms, cafes and green spaces for the athletes.

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On another nearby island, the HSBC Arena has opened featuring a velodrome inside and an area for BMX events. It's another good example of the renovation on the old industrial islands.

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Banners have been put up along Hinawa's major avenues announcing the 10th Simlympic Games. A new amphitheatre has been built nearby to hold plays and shows.

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The median that leads to the central station has been revamped with new banners, trees, and walkways for pedestrians.

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The Mizamotto Convention Center has finally opened for business; it has a grand food hall with gourmet pork products.

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In the Luijnu District, the old arena was renovated to help with more indoor events planned for the games.

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Several new stores and shops have also opened up in the city, including several new hotels near the Gujihaya area. Although the official torch relay route hasn't been released yet, many speculate the torch will pass through this busy area of Hinawa.

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One of the new hotels includes this one: The Cobb Imperial Gardens. It's in the northern section of the Gujihaya across the street from the park.

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Finally, over at the Hinawa Dome, there has been a stealthy buzz in the area. Many workers have been seen leaving the site late into the foggy night... What are they up to?

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UPDATE 14: Maugana Observatory

(northwestern coast)

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The Maugana Observatory is located in the northwestern coast of Seto, a few hours outside the city of Quan. The observatory is located

in an isolated part of the Maugana Region overlooking the sea. The complex contains many satellites, observatories, and research centers to collect data & information from space. 

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The central research center is used by scientists to review data collected from the large satellites. The area contains several solar panels that help power the observatory and a large radio tower which sends out transmittions.

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An overview of the complex; the research center is at the middle of the complex, while the observation and satellite centers are to the east and west.

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Here we see one of the observatories and the newly constructed visitors center.

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Cliffs rise without hesitation from the water and give the observatory a great view of the sea.

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UPDATE 13: Luijnu District

(south hinawa)

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Luijnu is located in southern Hinawa, a few miles inland from the bay. It's a popular spot for young locals and considered one of the most up-and-coming areas of the city. The district has a number of shopping, music, and entertainment options including the famous 100 Music Center. In the mosaic above, it is highlighted in the top near the Hinawan Globe Plaza. The building with the smokestack used to be one of Seto Electric's power plants, but was turned into a museum as the company tapped into new power sources. Luijnu has a heavy amount of light pollution due to all the billboards and animated screens. Efforts are underway to solve the problem like replacing old streetlights and digital screens.

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The Luijnu Train Station is located in the district and exchanges a number of rail and subway lines. This includes the busy Green Line which takes commuters to the international airport. The nearby plaza is popular with the locals.

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Here we see a day shot of the 109 Center. A mix of 1970's and modern buildings adds to the eclectic atmosphere of the area.

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The QI Center is Luijnu's tallest tower, and features a large convention center in the ground floor. A busy section of the Hinawa Metropolitan Expressway runs right by it.

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Finally, another view of the 109 Center and 100 Music Center as locals head out for the night.

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UPDATE 12: WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2009

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5 June is World Environment Day; established by the UN to create global awareness about the environment. It also marked the completion of the Imperial Gardens Expansion Project. The main goal of the project was to create new attractions which included the addition of a new natural history exhibit to the Hinawa Museum. A huge fireworks display lit up Mizamotto's canal front, celebrating the completion of the project. About 3,500 trees were also planted in celebration of the event. Residents use the city's largest park as a calm retreat from the dense city.

Hope you guys liked the update, we're kicking off the start of summer in the city 10.gif

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Hinawa is the largest city and capital of Seto, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean. The country is a blend of Asian cultures and history that has transformed it from a small outpost to a large nation of millions. Seto has a complex transportation infrastructure and Hinawa is the country's main hub.  All the major companies are headquartered here, and many of the country's important landmarks are found within the city limits. Seto hopes to host the July 2009 Simlympic Games to introduce itself to the international community.

Part 1: Main Sport Venues

The Sports Village is located in the northern section of Hinawa, in a newly developed athletic and sports center. The main arenas are found here, and the Samsung Center is located in the northern edge of the village. It's easily accessible by bus, subway, or car from the nearby Mizamotto District. Shuttles leave the central station every 10 minutes during games and events.

It'll be where many of the events of the Simlympics will take place and Mizamotto's Imperial Gardens. Other activities like the volleyball and mountain biking will take place thirty minutes from the Senshu District in nearby lakes and mountains west of the city.

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The Hinawa Dome is the largest of the arenas, and the main venue to play athletic games.

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The Motorola Center is the 2nd largest arena, and the field (like the other arenas) can be converted to play other athletic games.

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The final arena is Seto Railway Arena, which is also the smallest. It can be used in addition to the other arenas for the main sport venues.

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The Samsung Center is home to the swimming center and indoor athletics center in the northern part of the village.

The Samsung Tower can be used for T.V reporting and office space. A secondary indoor arena and velodrome are proposed.

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Park Center is an island located right off Sports Village. There are three large towers that can be used for athletic accommodations, all of them with large central lobbies, apartments, and training facilities. There is a bridge connecting it to other satellite islands and a subway connection in the nearby plaza.

Part 2: Secondary Sport Venues

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The Imperial Canals located in nearby Mizamotto can be used for canoeing exercises. The long length will give the athletes a tough challenge.

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A map of the Mizamotto Financial District showing the location of the canals and surrounding landmarks.

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The tennis courts and arenas are located in the Imperial Gardens of Mizamotto.

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The equestrian track is located across the street; it can be easily converted for races with main seating in the western section.

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The park has miles of cycleways for running & biking activities and a large pond that can be used for other water activities.

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Water activities such as boating will take place near the Kubo Waterfront, on Hinawa's Bay.

Part 3: Transport

Transportation is an important aspect of the games as visitors and athletes need to get to the correct venues quickly and efficiently.

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Hinawa International Airport is the easiest way to arrive in the city from abroad; flights arrive in the airport everyday.

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The city's complex railway system is the best way to get around the city; with 300 stations above and below ground, you're never far from your next destination.

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The city's skyrail system connects Marina City (above) with the Kubo Financial District.

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The Metropolitan Expressway connects all districts of the city with numerous highway systems, bridges, and underground tunnels.

Part 4: Culture

The city also has many landmarks and cultural sites for visitors can enjoy in between venues.

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The University of Hinawa is the prime center of education, with 3 different campuses around the city; the main one located in the northern part of the city.

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The Emperor's Palace is one of Hinawa's oldest landmarks and the Imperial Gardens are a popular place to relax.

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Contrasting to the greenery and serenity in the northern part of the city, the southern section contains dense and urban districts.

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Looming in the distance is Mount Nugu towering over the clouds.

Part 5: Overview Panorama

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A panorama of the entire Sports Village; facing east. Click here for a full size version (3982px × 600px).

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UPDATE 11: University of Hinawa

(main campus)

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The University of Hinawa is one of Seto's most prestigious universities. The central campus is located in the northern section of the city near the Imperial Gardens. The university was founded 175 years ago and remains one of the country's most important educational centers. Along with the gardens, it is one of the lowest profile areas of Hinawa, with building heights barely reaching 10 stories. The central courtyard contains most of the university buildings and the main administration building. The pond from the Imperial Gardens flows through the campus, giving the students a nice area to jog or walk to class. The cherry blossoms change colors through the seasons, and many of them are still in spring bloom.

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A overview of the area that introduces the main courtyard area with the administration building, sports field, pond, and university buildings.

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A night time overview of the area; Mizamotto Avenue cuts through the university, allowing students to get to other parts of the city quickly.

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A mosaic that shows the main courtyard and university buildings; including many classrooms, dorms, and the library located in the bottom.

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Another foggy night in the campus as students return to their dorms after a night in the city.

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UPDATE 10: Pawa District

(quan city center)

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Quan is a small city of about 1 million residents. It is located in the northern section of the country near the Maugana region and is a central hub for people travelling through the countryside. The Pawa District is lined with canals and mountains that split the city into different sections.

In this mosaic, we see a night shot showing off the mountains, the sports arena, and numerous skyscrapers. Many agricultural firms have also set up HQs here due to the city's close proximity to farms.

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Quan is known for unconventional architecture. It was common for eccentric businessmen to snatch up land in the hills and build strange buildings. Here we see a midnight rainstorm...

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The Quan Sports Arena was built in 2002 in what used to be an unattractive parking lot. The locals enjoy the interesting design and nearby plaza.

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A small mosaic showing off the stadium, plaza, numerous office buildings, and a glimpse of the canal.

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We'll wrap up the update with a look a few miles north of the district, home to the secluded Tuak residential neighborhood. The prime minister's summer residence is located here.

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UPDATE 9: Maugana Region

(setonese countryside)

Today we'll be exploring the rural Maugana region. The region is home to numerous farm fields, bullet train lines, wind farms, and small towns.

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The S-18 Expressway is an easy way to travel through the region quickly and efficiently. It takes you from Hinawa to the center of Maugana in about 3 hours.

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Airstrips dot the region, and are an easy way to reach isolated areas of the country.

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Wind farms are very common here; they power many small towns and villages. They are part of an effort by the Setonese government to reduce carbon emissions.

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From the wind farms, electricity is transported to power stations like the one above to be sent to homes and businesses.

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Mount Tuo, one of the tallest in Seto, is seen above covered by fog. A bullet train line passes right near the mountain, making a long journey quick and enjoyable.

Just a quick update before we arrive in our next destination, hope you liked it :)
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UPDATE 8: Genevran State Visit (Part 2/2)

(tour of Hinawa)

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The motorcade arrives at the hotel around mid-morning to pick up the Grand Duke and diplomats. They are shown around the embassies in Mizamotto and introduced to the Central Station, the prime hub of transportation for the region. The Grand Duke and diplomats then meet with the prime minister and emperor at the Genevran/French embassy to continue the tour.

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After, the Grand Duke and diplomats head southwest to the Imperial Gardens near the Hinawa Museum. They learn about the history of the park, canals, and the palace. The park was constructed very early in the founding of the city along with the palace and is a green retreat where the locals can escape the dense and packed city. There are numerous information centers, playgrounds, restaurants, and a large pond for the enjoyment of the residents.

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The motorcade later passes through the Luijnu District, the technological center of the city. They have a brief look at the digital screens & billboards and the Lujinu Train Station.

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As evening approaches, they head to the Senshu District where they had their conferences the day before. It's the most important CBD in the city and its oldest. Located at the top of a large hill, it looks over the city and can be seen throughout Hinawa. Senshu has a large number of office buildings and contains some of the tallest in the city, all earthquake resistant.

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The Grand Duke and diplomats then pass through Gujihaya and Kubo to visit the famous Kubo Observation Center located at the top of the IBM Building. They soon enter the Metropolitan Bridge; heading for the airport so they can return to Genevra for new pressing issues.

It looks like the trip was a huge success, thanks for following the developments! 4.gif

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UPDATE 7: Genevran State Visit (Part 1/2)

(diplomatic mission)

It's been a few weeks since the earthquake struck Seto, and things have returned to normal in the country. Before the earthquake, Seto was in the midst of application processes to join the SCJU and many diplomats and ambassadors had planned to visit the country to encourage new ties. Genevra representatives had a planned visit to the country. Even with the news of the earthquake, Genevra stated it still wanted to continue with their diplomatic mission to the country. Their show of commitment to Seto has greatly encouraged strong relations.

Grand Duke Bertram Marolf IV and diplomats will have many important meetings throughout the capital and a guided tour of the city; revealing districts that haven't been seen before.

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The Grand Duke and the diplomats arrive at Hinawa International Airport by private plane and are quickly taken away by a private motorcade into the city.

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A birds eye view of the Mizamotto district and offices where the Grand Duke and diplomats will be staying. At the top is the Hinawa Museum, which has modern & historic collections by country artists and discoveries by scientists & paleontologists. There is also a clear view of the Imperial Gardens and Canals. At the bottom of the image, you can see the numerous governmental offices and embassies including; Royal Cytheria, Switzerland, Savoy, Sierrastare, Italy, Genevra & France (sharing red building), China, Toright, and the United States.

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They head to the Senshu after lunch by diplomatic car to have conferences in the Huji Business Tower. As the meeting ends, they return to Mizamotto for further discussions and dinner.

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The Grand Duke and diplomats will be staying in the Ritz Carlton Hinawa (centered) near the Central Station.

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The Grand Duke, prime minister and emperor then meet to take a tour of the SCJU offices and speak with the hard-working staff before heading to the hotel for the night.

Hope you guys liked the update, the tour will be coming up in the next update!

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SPECIAL UPDATE #1 : 3/30/09

(savoyard visit turns disasterous)

Sayoyard Crown Princess Sophie-Hélène and her husband Prince Thibaut were invited to a lunch at the Emperor's Palace today to further increase diplomatic relationships and to learn more about Seto and its local culture. The Emperor and Prime Minister will be hosting the lunch at the palace and have welcomed assembly members and ambassadors currently in the country to attend. The royals are expected to make an appearance at a nearby children hospital and grant money to help with expenses for new equipment and services. They will also visit the Savoyard embassy here in Hinawa. Their stay was organized by the Agency of Foreign Trade and was aimed at creating trading ties.

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Princess Sophie-Hélène and Prince Thibaut arrive at Hinawa International Airport. It's an early and foggy morning in the city as many are preparing for the day ahead.

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The Emperor's Palace is located in an ancient hill just east of the Imperial Gardens in Mizamotto. The Imperial Driveway and lush surrounding greets the royals as the make their way up to the palace. The Imperial Moat follows the grounds and empties out to series of canals.

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The Savoyard motorcage arrives at the palace; the royals are soon greeted by the Emperor and Prime Minister and make their way up to the palace's courtyard.

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The morning fog clears and guests begin to arrive at the palace as the Emperor and Prime Minister finish their talks with the Savoyard royals. At noon, the lunch begins with a special toast in the courtyard welcoming the guests and thanking everyone for coming. The guests soon head inside to begin eating.

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As the lunch begins, the royals begin to converse about what they heard from the leaders today and thank them for such a warm welc...*intense shaking*

Oh no! What's going on?!?

Several hours later...

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More developments as they happen!

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UPDATE 6: Marina City

(satellite business district)

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Marina City is a relatively new development located several miles east of Kubo in Hinawa Harbour. It was sculpted in the late 1990's to create a satellite business center. The main route that passes the district is called the Hinawa Harbourside Expressway, and it cuts through the center of the island, ending at the edge of Marina City with an underwater tunnel. There is another road connection via the Metropolitan Bridge and a speedy monorail line that runs through the island. It connects Kubo's Skyrail in the lower level truss of the bridge. Marina City holds a number of department headquarters and offices, but it's usually quiet throughout the week.

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Hinawa's Metropolitan Bridge, carrying in connecting commuters from Kubo and Marina City. Seto Electric HQ is seen in the bottom. Because it's spring, the cherry blossoms gifted from Seto's neighbor, Japan, are beginning to bloom.

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The Hinawa Marina Center, a complex of offices, art sculptures, and a hotel, is a popular place for tourists.

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A mosaic of the Hinawa Marina Center during noon. In this mosaic you can see the cycleways, monorail, the numerous parking lots, and the Hinawa Harbourside Expressway.

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A midnight downpour by the harbourfront.

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UPDATE 5: Hinawa - Nujigu Bridge; Bay of Hinawa

(connection between the two cities)

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If you're driving into Hinawa from any of Seto's major cities, chances are you'll likely pass over this bridge. Simply referred to as the Hinawa - Nujigu Bridge, it connects Hinawa to the neighboring city of Nujigu. Before the bridge was completed, citizens had to take a 40 minute long ferry across the bay; now that trip is shortened to 5-10 minutes depending on traffic flow. The bridge gets a large amount of traffic because it's the only bridge crossing the Bay of Hinawa and it connects to the Hinawa Metropolitan Expressway, the city's major highway and important artery. In 2005, a cargo ship crashed into the bridge's south tower, therefore water traffic has been rerouted to avoid the bridge altogether.

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The long stretch of the bridge hovering above the Bay of Hinawa.

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One of the bridge's 2 towers illuminated at night as commuters rush between cities.

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A day shot of one of the two towers.

I hope you liked it! Both threads will now be updated at the same time with new updates! :) 

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UPDATE 4: Mizamotto District

(canal side financial center)

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Mizamotto is a district located in the northerneastern section of Hinawa, a couple of miles north of Kubo. It's famous for its canal systems that drain water from the Imperial Gardens back to the Bay of Hinawa. In the past few years, development in the area has skyrocketed, and many historical buildings were demolished to make way for modern skyscrapers. Today, it's an important business district and transit hub because the city's central station is located here.

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FULL SIZE]; A panorama of the district facing east. It shows all the important waterfront buildings and office complexes.

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Looking south along the imperial canals. Many embassies and important offices are located in Mizamotto, including the United States & Chinese Embassies.

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Hinawa Train Station, the most important transit hub for the city. Over 2 million commuters pass through the station each day. Residents try to avoid this area during rush hour as it gets extremely congested with pedestrians.

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An overview of the district at night.

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