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About this City Journal

Welcome to the Republic of Metronesia.

Metronesia is an island chain in the south China Sea far removed from any other significant body of land. It is a tropical island nation blossoming into an Asian Tiger Economy. Its main industries include banking, finance, research, shipping, as well as petroleum refineries. 

History : It was originally settled by the Dutch in the 17th century as the island was not inhabited by natives. Afterward, the British claimed it as their own and it became a Royal Crown Territory. Since inception Metro has been inherently European.  The British installed one of their royal household members as the monarch as metro and their descendents still hold the position of first family today, though largely ceremoniously. During British ownership, some parts of the island was ceded to France. After British rule, Metro gained independence in the 20th century and transitioned to a constitutional monarchy with a prime minister. The 20th century also brought about immigration from China and India. 

Cimate: Hot, humid, tropical. Monsoons during summer, pleasant during winter. 

Demography: 50% of the island is white. They are descendants of those colonists from Britain and France and few Dutch. 20% of the island is from the Indian subcontinent while 25% are from east Asia(Including from China, Japan, Korea as well as nearby Indonesia and Malaysia; there is a considerable Japanese community thriving in metro.) The remaining 5% are others, including from the middle east and the African continent. The Indians and Chinese were present during the British times but mostly came after independence. There are large followings of Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Taoism/Buddhism.

 

 

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Dukestoner

Welcome to Richardson!

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Richardson is a small city tile holding exclusively commercial lots and some residential (the mayor's gotta live somewhere). Those leafy mansions in other parts of Metro? Tons of those yuppies commute here to work. Richardson is surrounded by medium lots with many residents. Those lots had their respective CBD's (like Middleton), however, space ran out when it came time to build new commercial lots. The space where Richardson is used to be large spacious lots belonging to wealthier residents. The government acquired the land in order to plan the much needed office blocks and the construction boom began in the 1980's. The transport is excellent and planned, mostly subway with a highway connection on the bottom right. 

Richardson doesn't really have interesting transport features because I made it before installing NAM. Maybe I'll make some changes later down in the road. Perhaps I should add a green space as well.

 

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Beautiful hyperdensity :D

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Night view

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One of the few residential spaces of the city. The mayor and many of the state employees live here. 

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Quaint corner in the big city

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Dukestoner

I'm Back!

NAM has come to Metronesia!!!

 

So excited after being on an SC4 hiatus since last year ( and even then I barely touched it). I wont post a pic of the region since it basically look the same. I'm trying to get used to NAM and just experiment around with it. The elevated train stations and just the network around EL trains are just gorgeous and it makes me want to build a network. This is the first result of NAM: the new train station that replaced the old overused on in Lascaux. 

So some goals of mine for my region would be

  • Learn how to use NAM - and stop being such a newbie.
  • Build more cities.
  • Work on increasing pop./jobs and have more interesting looking suburbs. 
  • Start working on the first large sized city. 

Cant wait to learn more and explore! 

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Here's also a look at another more developed city: MIDDLETON 

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Spot the new ped path in the central park leading up to the statue :)

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footnore: I'm not quite sure how to run this journal. Whether I track the progression of the cities or complete them and post them. That leads to a wider discussion. Should I have some cities remaining as low/middle density or just fill everything up to its brim and have a giant megalopolis? Of course I do love those mansions but I don't want them to be adjacent to the towers ( like the last pic in this post). Hmm. And I will definitely not post every boring suburb - just the highlights. All in all, I'm happy to be back to SC4 and to be posting. Cheers from Metronesia!

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Dukestoner

Lasceaux

Welcome to the Oldest city in Metronesia. This is the first city I started work on. 

The theme is basically some residential and commercial lots and a large central park in the middle. 

Some attractions include the old city center, which was the first dutch settlement before the french took over. Then you have the Palais du Gouvernature in the South from the french era as well. Tons of history here. 

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i'm not sure if i like the residential mansions against the skyscrapers but it'll have to do.

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Beautiful old stately colonial manor. 

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LV to satisfy the upper class residents of lasceaux. 

 

Cathedral District 

The cathy district is the oldest surviving district with the orignal buildings ffrom the dutch village as well as a cathedral and neighborhood from the french period. 55b1d8c07a7e7_Lasceaux-Feb._27_256143758

some of the houses were retrofitted

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I tried to make an old quarter with the original town halls and such. But it looks pretty bad. Any suggestions?

 

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