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A colony founded on virgin soil, Pandora is a new entity to the world. This journal chronicles its rise from small port to a grand nation.

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Unmannedperson

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Hello there! The next three updates will focus on urban upgrades happening in and around Pandora (the city, not the colony). This one showcases Pandora's new seawalls. Tired of rock and sand shorelines that were prone to erosion, the Pandora City Council decided that it was time to upgrade to seawalls. In addition to putting in seawalls, the project included reclaiming land from the river to add to the city and create more of a waterfront.

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Fig 10.1 How the city looked before

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Fig 10.2 How the city looks after. Most of the land has been converted into either parks or zoned in for construction.

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Fig 10.3 A little further upstream. The new land opened up opportunities for new developments, in this case, a world-class zoo with plenty of parking to go around.

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Fig 10.4 Capitol Point also enjoyed some new land and new views.

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Fig 10.5 An example of the new parks installed by the seawall project. You can see the old shoreline in the form of grass-covered slopes creating a line between the parks and suburbia.

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Fig 10.6 Some land was used for developement, however. New mid-density developement has arisen on what was once a riverbed.

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Fig 10.7 Most importantly, the new land created room for the central government to expand. The colony was no longer a few thousand people huddled around a city center. It is now over 300,000 people and rapidly expanding. It is simply too much to rule the entire colony from this tiny little point. Therefore, the Bureau of Counties (the smaller building just right of center, overshadowed by the Bureau of Bureaucracies (which houses all the other Bureaus)) was created to split the colony into counties and set up a regional capital in each. Below is a map of this new political developement.

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Fig 10.8 Up-to-date map of the colony with county lines included. Right now there are only three counties, Greater Pandora, Southbrook, and Lake Creon. In addition, there is the Pandora Bureocratic District (a special area housing all of the government buildings, run by the government directly), and unincorporated lands (unsettled land). Each county was assigned a captial in which to govern itself from.

County stats:

Greater Pandora

Captial: Pandora

Population: 201,323

GDP per capita (in USD): $63,220

Economy: Service (53%), Industry (25%), Farming (12%), Government (6%), Aerospace (4%)

Lake Creon

Capital: Mercrutio

Population: 82,548

GDP per capita (in USD): $54,670

Economy: Service (48%), Tourism (19%), Industry (18%), Farming (10%), Oil (5%)

Southbrook

Capital: Cassio

Population: 17,672

GDP per capita (in USD): $24,880

Economy: Farming (84%), Service (11%), Industry (5%)

Pandora Bureocratic District

Capital: Bureau of Counties building, floor 4, first desk on the left after exiting the elevator. Ask for Jerry.

Population: 0

GDP per capita (in USD): $0

Economy: Government (100%)

Anyways, back to the issue on hand:

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Fig 10.9 While the Bureau of the Interior easily filled in the rest of the uplifted riverbed with parks or zones, they were at a loss of what to do around the densly packed downtown area. They could not decide whether it would be better to build parks or zone in the land and cash off of huge property values. This is the generic "you're time to vote!" part of the journal! What should the Bureau do?

A. Zone it up!

B. Parks!

C. Some other idea I'll put in the comments!

Replies:

It-it: It's HBS's "Californian Terrain".

Shulmanator: Thanks! I appreciate how you comment on all of my entries and seem so dedicated to my work! =)

Eldaldo: Thanks! Although I do think it has a tendency to become unrealistic if I'm not careful...

7smarty: It's Oppie Train Maintenance.

Unmannedperson

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Hope you didn't think this CJ was dead! Figured out the problem. One of the many GLR stations I downloaded contained a NAM controller, which is what caused the NAM to stop working which is why I killed the journal and focused on others. Long story short, fixed it and so this CJ is up and running once more! In the meantime, have a new region view:

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Fig 9.1 The colony of Pandora in all its humble glory. The Bureau of Transportation decided that the meager airport simply would not do and insisted on a larger one to be built. This entry will focus on that expansion.

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Fig 9.2 This is what the airport USED to look like. Very poor in quality and very limited range since only small planes could navigate to the terminal. The lack of sea-walls combined with hasty construction also presents a serious threat in the form of erosion, which became a problem for the airport much sooner than expected. The Bureau of Transportation finally decided enough was enough and that an upgrade was needed.

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Fig 9.3 It was decided that there would need to be more room for the expanded terminal and lengthened runway. The shallow waters connecting these three islands offered a cheap way to expand the land for the airport. (apologies for missing textures, but I didn't want to find them for something I was about to demolish)

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Fig 9.4 Some cheap landfill later and construction can begin!

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Fig 9.5 The new general aviation area. It is considerably small and will eventually be converted to charters only, since a full-sized general aviation airport is being planned to be built elsewhere in Pandora.

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Fig 9.6 The parking section. Small for an airport this size since most people arrive by train.

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Fig 9.7 The central terminal. Passengers arrive either by train or car, then travel across the plaza to the terminal, where they check in and pass security, before either walking the length of the terminal or boarding a tram.

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Fig 9.8 The terminal with a few flights already in service. You can see why taking the airport tram is a popular idea...

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Fig 9.9 The end of the terminal is graced by three special 747 jetways. This is the major feature over the old airport. Larger airplanes equals greater distances which means Pandora is a much more popular vacation and business destination.

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Fig 9.10 An overall view of the airport. Future expansion is planned to include the islands to the east, much like this one included the islands to the south.

Destinations:

American Airlines: Los Angeles

United: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Melbourne, New York (planned)

Continental: Dallas/Ft. Worth

Delta: Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston

Alaska: Portland, San Francisco

Hawaiian Airlines: Honolulu, Kahului (future)

AeroMexico: Mexico City, Guadalajara

Air New Zealand: Auckland, Tahiti, New Kitstria

Quantas (future carrier): Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane

Singapore Airlines: Singapore, Jakarta

JAL (future carrier): Tokyo, Osaka

That's all for today!

Unmannedperson

So the global recession finally hit Pandora and the investors pulled all of their money, leaving the colonists to abandon ship. Actually that's not quite what happened. Here is a letter from the head of the Bureau of the Interior:

Dear followers:

Unfortunantly, it seems the NAM for the region got corrupted and refuses to repair itself. This means that the journal is indefinitely postponed until further notice, since replacing all of the NAM is far more work than it's worth.

Your friend,

John Johnson

Director, Bureau of the Interior

On the bright side, I have plans to continue on with a new journal in much the similar  fashion on a new region with working NAM. Look for it in the coming weeks.

 
Unmannedperson

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(Note: Right click on a picture and select "View Image" to see it in full size)

Lately, the Bureau of Transportation has been stockpiling hundreds and hundreds of complaints about one thing. This entry will cover their solution.

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Fig 8.1 This is a map of the heart of the Colony of Pandora. The yellow parts are urbanized, leaving the white to represent either farms, roads, or undeveloped land. The black lines represent the heavy rail networks and the black dots represent heavy rail stations. The blue, red and orange lines represent the Blue, Red, and Orange light rail lines (anyone care to guess which depicts which?).

So what could be the problem?

...

No, Little Johnny, it isn't the fact that the island to the lower right looks like a sunny-side-up egg. Good guess though.

The issue is actually the fact that large tracts of development are left without mass transit coverage. Specifically, the space between the CBD and Rosencrantz, as well as most of the suburbs to the west of the river.

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Fig 8.2 The same map again, but this time with the Bureau of Transportation's solution imposed on top. Specifically, the addition of the Purple and Green Lines to the route. The BoT decided that the best way to provide wide coverage would be to create something similar to San Francisco's BART, where rapid transit lines inbetween that of light and heavy rail extend out from the CBD into the outlying suburbs. The Green Line connects the Downtown Pandora Terminal to the Pandora Industry Station with several intermediate stops (see Fig 3.12 for a better perspective of the route). The Purple Line pretty much followes the route origionally designed for Proposal #2 (see Fig 4.9). However, it goes further to the north, terminating at the edge of the industrial sector, and further to the west, terminating on the west bank of the river, with several intermediate stops including Central Pandora Terminal.

However, this is only Phase 1. Later phases will include extensions of the Purple and Green Lines north, as well as a Yellow Line running parallel to the river to the west, connecting with both the Purple and Red lines before traveling off to the western suburbs. Guildenstern will probably also recieve a line of its own, color to be determined later.

Lastly, at great expense, but for the greater good overall, the Blue, Red and Orange lines have all been completely converted into subways. This makes Pandora officially the world's smallest city with a subway. At about 100,000 inhabitants, it beats out by more than half the previous record holder, Lille, whom has 226,000 inhabitants.

Alright, enough text walls, time for shiny in-game pictures!

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Fig 8.3 Downtown Pandora. A lot has happened here recently. The average height has been growing exponentially. Compare this to the pitifully small truck-stop-of-a-town it was only a few short years ago: Fig 2.1. What's that you say? A brand new transit hub seemingly out of nowhere? Let's take a closer look!

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Fig 8.4 Ooh! Pretty! From this station, it is possible to travel almost anywhere in the colony due to the BoT's vigorous rail-expansion efforts. The light rail to the left there is the southern terminus of the new Green Line. Due to projected increases in tram-ridership, the avenue to the left has been reduced down to two lanes for its entire length save some space in the CBD (unlike before where it was four lanes from the CBD all the way north to Rosencrantz).

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Fig 8.5 A typical sight on the Green Line north of the CBD in the last picture. Road to the left, light rail in the middle, and heavy rail to the right.

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Fig 8.6 Northern terminus of the Green Line, connecting to the Pandora Industry Station.

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Fig 8.7 A Purple Line station towards the northern terminus of the line in the slums of Pandora.

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Fig 8.8 The Purple Line yet again, but this time traveling through one of the most posh neighborhoods in Pandora.

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Fig 8.9 Where the Purple Line leaves the road and heads towards the bridge that leads right to the Capital Point on the central island.

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Fig 8.10 Central Pandora Terminal. As mentioned above, the Orange line was converted into a subway, leaving only a stairway as surface-level evidence that it was ever there. In it's place, the Purple Line carves a very prominant (and expensive...) path through Capital Point. (compare this to Fig 4.2)

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Fig 8.11 The western terminus of the Purple Line on the western bank. When the Yellow Line is built, it will come south from that road to the top-right and curve to the west, meeting this station at a transfer, before continuing on south to the Red Line and west to West Pandora.

That's all for today! See you next time, when we... uhh... haven't quite figured out the topic for next entry yet...

 
Unmannedperson

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HEY! Did you know? You can view most images in their full resolution by right-clicking and selecting "View Image."

So, apparently there's this new airport in Pandora (hint: see last entry) that's been causing quite a stir. Due to the fact that it is now only a very short flight to the island from a nearby hub, rather than a long boat ride, many people have set their eager eyes on this new land much like the colonists of the 1700's or the pioneers of the 1800's. With it there has been a great deal of expansion, from more farms to more suburbs. The Bureau of Transportation has had their hands full with all kinds of issues, and have recently built nine new rail stations, miles of new rail, expanded the two existing freeways, and added a third. An entire city of it's own (the largest not connected to Central Pandora by suburbs) has even been built! More on that later...

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Fig 7.1 Map of the new expansion. In this entry, we will start in Cassio and work our way counter-clockwise. Visible here are the recent expansions, most visible to the west, north, and east extremes ("West" being parallel to the bottom boundary of this region). I have also decided to start including the population count so that my loyal viewers (all two of you) can keep track of population growth from entry to entry. Last entry it was at roughly 102k. Also, to clarify: the two existing freeways are the P1 extending east from Central Pandora and P2 forking south from P1 in the town of Mattimeo (See Fig 2.8). The new freeway is P3 (suprise!) connecting to P2 in Cassio and heading northwards where it connects to P1 just east of Candide, and then travels north were it eventually turns into a dirt track leading off into the wilderness. Anyhow, the new city I was hinting at earlier is that of Cassio to the east. Below is a close up of the area.

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Fig 7.2 Cassio in all its "I'm not a part of Central Pandora" glory. That's the P2 traveling horizontally through the city and the P3 connecting to the north. The city was founded by Milfort M. Sutter, an entrepreneur who took a fancy to this place as a good spot for a boardwalk and pier. He was so successful in fact, that a second pier was build and the sprawl went from a few mansions overlooking the boardwalk to a full-fledged city complete with slummish parts, industry, a "heights" area build specifically for the well-to-do, and a train-line forming a "C" around the city providing a service more akin to trams than heavy rail.

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Fig 7.3 Western part of Cassio, where the rail line enters the city after a long charade about the countryside after leaving Central Pandora. This is the only place in the entire colony other than a small section of Downtown Pandora that is quadruple-tracked.

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Fig 7.4 The boardwalk. Also visible is the Cassio Terminal, only 30 minutes on an express from Downtown Pandora.

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Fig 7.5 Wealthy residents with nothing better to do than build houses on the edges of rocky cliffs. Nice views however, if you can afford it....

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Fig 7.6 Close-up of the P2 and P3 exchange. Also visible is the quite depressing unintentional segregation based on wealth the city has going. To the south, wealthy. To the northwest, middle. To the northeast, poor (and some middle who didn't quite get the memo).

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Fig 7.7 Lots going on in this picture. To the bottom is the most important thoroughfare in Cassio. To the left, it goes over the rail corridor, forming the vertical part of the "C" around the city. To the top is the P2 freeway.

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Fig 7.8 Here is the little town of Candide. It is formed from a mix of local farmers and wealthy businessmen who work in Cassio, but would rather live in a quieter neighborhood. The nearest town to Cassio other than Candide that consists of more than a few people is Mattimeo, which is so far away it is practially a part of Central Pandora. Therefore, this town is the best "out-of-town" location for those tired of Cassio, which is coincidentally an "out-of-town" of Central Pandora. To the top is the P1 freeway.

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Fig 7.9 Just to the east of Candide in the last picture, lies the P1-P3 interchange. P1 is the freeway coming from the left, and P3 is the one coming from the bottom (which leads directly to Cassio). The windmills are there as part of a project to create green energy to help offset carbon emissions generated by the existance of the freeways. The terraces on the side of the freeway were created to help prevent large-scale landslides from occuring.

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Fig 7.10 Guildenstern is particularly guilty of American-like suburban sprawl, as evidenced by this picture. Most of those homes are inhabited by immigrants lured in by the airport.

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Fig 7.11 New suburbs stretching out from Downtown Guildenstern.

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Fig 7.12 (oops, left in the panel....) West Pandora representing all the things ugly about sprawl. Especially how sterile everything is. Also, that lucky stiff towards the bottom there has a swimming pool, personal pond, AND a golf course! Not to mention no fences to keep all the passing plebs out....

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Fig 7.13 Central Pandora has fared much better in terms of sprawl. Most of it looks like this. However, despite this taller developement, Central Pandora is still losing the population race as it is now down to only 60% of total residents in the colony. Cassio back there is presenting most of the competition, as well as Guildenstern's new houses.

Stay tuned for next time, when Central Pandora must (yes, "must") undergo several changes to help cope with its massive growing-pains.

 
 
 
 
Unmannedperson

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In this entry, we will be going over the brand new Pandora International Airport (IATA: PAI, ICAO: NPIA, IATA from PAndora International, and ICAO from N (South Pacific prefix) Pandora International Airport). It has garnered the nickname "Pie Airport" from its IATA code, much like San Francisco International is often called "SFO" or Los Angeles International "LAX."

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Fig 6.1 Before/After shot. A long running issue heavily debated within the Bureau of International Relations was the fact that the only way in or out of the colony was to take a long boat ride to a more established nation nearby. "Nearby" as in a 46 hour cruise away. Obviously, this was not acceptable, and if the colony hoped to continue to prosper, faster means of transit with the outside world would be needed. The obvious solution was to build an airport capable of international travel.

However, this posed two questions: How large to build it and where? The BIR finally decided upon these two answers:

1. The airport to be built would be small. It was decided that there really wouldn't be much demand for non-stop flights from LAX and JFK to an airport serving a population just shy of 100,000. Therefore, flights would focus on connecting to nearby hubs, and primarily just getting people out of/into the colony.

2. The airport was to be built on the largest and closest of the Trojan Islands*. This site was chosen over a site on the mainland because the Bureau of the Interior insisted that the mainland part of the colony would one day hold valuable real-estate, and that an airport would decrease value of nearby land, and so should be isolated on one of the various unpopulated islands. The island the airport was built on was chosen simply because it is long and the closest to shore (allowing bridge connections).

*so named because Pandora is a Greek name, and the Islands looked sort of like invading land-masses, if you look at it metaphorically.

Alright. Enough text walls, time to show some pics of this shiny new airport!

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Fig 6.2 Ok, so maybe I won't show the airport quite yet. Firstly, there was the issue of connecting the airport to the mainland. Simple answer: Build a bridge. Complicated Issue contained within Simple Answer: the bridge would land right in the middle of one of the oldest parts of Pandora (That's downtown there to the left). Numerous solutions were studied, and the one shown was selected the answer. The main street show is an upgraded residential street, and the homes along it were re-zoned as commercial, since no one would want to live on the busy road to the only airport in the colony.

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Fig 6.3 Just to the north (the street at the very bottom-left corner is the same thoroughfare shown in the previous picture). It was decided that since Pandora already had a well-established rail system, the rail system should include the airport. This way, residents living in Rosencrantz, or one of the far-flung Lake Mercrutio towns such as Mercrutio, Sirius, or Ender, could travel to the airport with ease. Therefore, a rail line was put into place right on the line where suburbia turned into farmland. There, it followed a trench below street-level until it reached the main Pandora-Endeavor rail link. Also visible to the left of this picture is the terminus of the Pandora Metro's Orange Line.

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Fig 6.4 So what to do with all of those citizens displaced by the construction in the two former pictures? Why, stake out for them pristine, virgin land on the island, of course! Just no one tell them that the way the runway is aligned, that some airplanes will be landing/taking off right over their homes...

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Fig 6.5 Further along the island (view rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise. Here the very end of the runway is seen, as well as the wall protecting the runway from all those rampant animals lurking under the surrounding trees....

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Fig 6.6 Further down the road, the lack of space becomes apparent as the rail and road lines are squeezed closer and closer to the shore by the airport. Visible here is the general aviation hanger area, as well as the tower. Also, some confused taxi drivers, thinking that the control tower is the central terminal....

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Fig 6.7 Again, further down the road. Here, the rails end at the Pandora International Terminus, a station well connected to the rest of the colony, with many trains in/out daily to almost every station in the Pandora Rail System. Also visible to the left is a fire drill being conducted as part of training for the new on-site fire department.

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Fig 6.8 The terminal. Right now the only terminal is the International Terminal, as there are no other airports in Pandora, and so there cannot be a "domestic" terminal.

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Fig 6.9 An encompassing shot of the general aviation section of the airport. There are many charter planes based in Pandora, as they can offer more conveiniant service into/out of the colony, at least for those who can afford it.

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Fig 6.10 An overall shot of the airport. For expansion, the Bureau of Transportation (which took over the airport from the BIR) is currently looking at filling in the land just south of the runway as the most suitible option. Quite the quaint little airport there, Pandora, if I do say so myself.

 

Unmannedperson

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After a month of hecticness (i.e., not CJ-ing due to those darn college apps...), I present to you: Entry #5. This journal is also now vote-on-able (*nervousness*). Anyhow, springtime has come to Pandora*, and along with it, much expansion. This entry will cover some of the highlights.

*by "springtime", I mean that I was tired of looking at the Maxis default terrain, and so put in one modeled on California's topography. The cliffs are one of PEG's various cliff mods. Continuing on....

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Fig 5.1 Shot of the new topography and colony expansion. The Census Bureau is proud to report that now only 60% of the colony's population live in Central Pandora, as opposed to the 80% it was last entry. Observant followers may notice that there is a new gash in the landscape in box 4. To be honest, the Bureau of the Interior has no idea how that got there either. But it does make for some gorgeous pictures, as you will see later.

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Fig 5.2 New map of Downtown Pandora's Light Rail. Compare to Fig 4.1. The new part starts from Sydney Station (which was moved west) and continues on under the river to the other side. There, it emerges in Downtown Pandora to a new station (Which should be labled "Brook's") named after the street it is on (the street itself is named after a wealthy banker who opened up the dominant bank in Pandora on that street), and then terminating at the Pandora Downtown Terminal. Below are two pictures showing this new addition to the already bustling light rail system.

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Fig 5.3 Orange Line at (the moved) Sydney Station, which to the west disappears down under the road to travel via tunnel under the river and directly into the heart of Downtown Pandora.

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Fig 5.4 The otherside of the river. Visible is the Orange Line coming out of the tunnel, leading to Brook's St. Station. Also visible is a brave tram making its way up the San Francisco-like slope. Also, compare downtown to Fig 2.1 to see just how far the downtown area has come.

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Fig 5.5 In this picture is the busiest rail line in the whole colony. The reason why is that this section is a bottleneck. In the left of the picture, the top of the junction goes to Rosencrantz, and the bottom goes to Central Pandora. The junction in the middle goes west to Mattimeo (see Fig 5.1 for clarification). The line was so busy in fact, that many trains were backed up during rush hour, causing anger in the riders, and leading to a decline in ridership. The Bureau of Transportation scrambled to find a solution, eventually deciding upon an expensive, but long-overdue expansion of this dual rail line into an actual rail corridor.

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Fig 5.6 The same section of track, except now with twice the capacity, and no shaky high-traffic rail/street crossings.

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Fig 5.7 Downtown Pandora. Here you can see all that is mentioned above; the Orange Line expansion and the new rail corridor. Also, after the Bureau of Transportation saw this picture, the bus driver in the lower right was promptly fired for driving on the sidewalk and levitating the back half of his bus in mid-air.

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Fig 5.8 Ok, ok, enough of the contents of Box #1, on to Box #2 (see Fig 5.1 for locations). Here, inbetween Kurtz and Mattimeo, the government has begun implimenting its new energy plan. Backed by Dutch research teams, the Bureau of Energy has erected a series of windmills strewn about the farms. Seeing the problems arisen by the coal plants in China, the Bureau has made a strong case for non-polluting energy. The farmers have mixed feelings about the windmills, however. Some view it as a positive move towards a eco-friendly nation, but others are very disconcerted about the windmills ablility to all rotate at the exact same speed and stay even 24/7...

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Fig 5.9 Box #3. Rosencrantz has stayed mostly the same this whole time. However, Guildenstern has expanded rapidly, going on to cover the top of the bend in the river. This has caused a need for a new bridge to be constructed. Some of the residents feel it looks rather excessive and out of place when a simple undertruss would have done...

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Fig 5.10 The new Downtown Guildenstern. Also, the closest Pandora has yet come to a freeway.

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Fig 5.11 Further to the north, towards the top of Box #3. Most of the expansion resembles this. (I know I claim that this journal is "Natural Growth", but I see real-world growth occuring more along the lines of developers buying squares of land and zoning the inside, not just random streets going in random directions. This is evident here, where the streets closely resemble suburban America, where there are main thoroughfares dividing the land, and then each individual box containing its own development. Also, no houses are on the thoroughfares, since that rarely happens.)

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Fig 5.12 Box #4. Here is a closer-up picture of that random inexplicable gash in the landscape. Didn't stop the rails however. To the right, they go to Guidenstern, and to the left they go.... off into the woods... Yeah, dunno exactly what those wacky logging companies are up to.

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Fig 5.13 A picture of a freight train going up to those logging camps. Yes, the green diamon is very suspicious indeed, as well as that flying blue box.... hmmmmm......

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In this entry, we will go over the urban rapid transit system of the capital of the colony, Pandora.

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Fig 4.1 Lo and behold, the comprehensive rail map of Central Pandora! (ok, I forgot the heavy rail connection to the east...) Illustrated here are the three light-rail lines (Blue, Orange, and Red) and the regional heavy rail (Green). The Blue Line's stations are named after the states of the US, the Orange Line's from Australian cities, and the Red Line's from cities of the United Kingdom (don't wanna say "British" since there are two Scottish stations, and a North Irish station, and they probably wouldn't react too well...). If you're wondering how it was decided which station titles would win out at transfers (in this case, all blue), it is because the Blue Line was the first one built.

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Fig 4.2 View of the Pandora Central Terminal. Compare to Fig 0.2 and Fig 0.3. Urban growth has clearly facilitated the need for an urban transit system. We are also going to ignore the fact that the inbound train is far too long to fit at the station...

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Fig 4.3 View of Florida Station on the Blue Line. Also visible is one of the light-rail trainsets. Similar to how the heavy trains were sold cheap by the State of California when they overhauled their rail system for the new High-Speed-Rail, these trams were bought at a bargain from London's Dockland's Light Railway, who were also overhauling their old cars at the time.

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Fig 4.4 Darwin station on the Orange Line.

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Fig 4.5 Sydney Station on the Orange Line. As evidenced by the buildings, this is one of the "not-doing-so-well" parts of the colony. The nearest jobs are all pretty far away. The government tried to help the situation by placing in lots of bus stops and a park here or there, but alas, most of the buildings continued to stand defiantly empty.

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Fig 4.6 Liverpool Station on the Red Line. One of the more affluent parts of the city. The hill is commonly called "Telegraph Hill", inspired by the one in San Francisco. It is also reminiscant of the wolrd-famous San Francisco cable cars.

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Fig 4.7 Portsmouth Station on the Red Line coming down off of Telegraph Hill. This is one of my favorite parts of the city.

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Fig 4.8 Stratford-upon-Avon Station on the Red Line. An oddly beautiful name and clean tram in the middle of smog-inducing industry.

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Fig 4.9 Here is the metro map again, but this time with three expansion proposals. The government currently has enough money to build one of the three. They are listed below:

1. Create another line expanding north from Cardiff Station to serve the far side of the river.

-Pro: Lots of cheap coverage

-Con: most of the line would be through low-density suburbia.

2. Create another line spurring from Washington Station that would cross the river back to the main part of the continent, where it would travel around the bay, covering the roads along the way.

-Pro: The roads on all three sides of the bay are some of the most congested roads of the colony (worse even than the roads of the central isle)

-Con: Most expensive option. Also greatest traffic detouring nightmare, as the roads are the only main roads (hence why they are congested)

3. Extend the Orange line across the river and through Downtown Pandora all the way to the Pandora Downtown Terminal.

-Pro: Give connected coverage to the densest part of the city.

-Con: Also a huge traffic detouring nightmare, as it IS afterall, downtown.

4. Your ideas?

Please vote on your favorite!

Unmannedperson

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As the title suggests, between the last entry and this one, the population of the colony has skyrocketed. The reason being that the legislature of the colony decided to expand on the proclamation line set forth at the colonies inception to allow settlement further into the interior. With this, the once uninhabited, pristine Lake Mercrutio was swamped by a number of start-up towns all along it's edge.

Also, the outside world had finally looked upon the colony as no longer a potential Roanoke, but rather now a viable country. As such, many immigrants have arrived in search of ripe oppertunities held within such a pure, unstrangled landscape. The government has had quite the difficult time trying to keep up with this.

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Fig 3.1 What the colony looked like at the last journal entry. Very small and frail. The capital was still setting up and most of the colony was visible from the rest of the colony.

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Fig 3.2 How the colony looks now. Clearly visible here are all the little towns set up around the lake. This has been rather quite a pain for the government, as the only way to get from one city to another is via ferry, as there are no roads or rails set up. Also visible is the growth in the capital of Pandora (bottom left). The central isle has been entirely paved over, and suburbia has taken up residence on the other side of the river.

Clearly, something had to be done about those little towns, however. The legislature (the same ones who created this mess) called into session a special meeting to discuss what to do. They emerged a few hours later with the plans to connect all the little towns with rail. The pro was increased mobility, including right into the heart of the capital. The con was the expense. However, the government went ahead and green-lighted the project.

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Fig 3.3 This is a map of the cities affected by the new rail line, beginning in Rosencrantz and heading east.

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Fig 3.4 A before picture of eastern Rosencrantz. To the left is the pre-existing rail line. The goal here is to create a line spurring off that heading east. However, it has been requested that for the sake of convenience, that the line spur off to the north of the station. While it would be cheaper to just buy up farmland rather than carve through suburbia, it has been decided that it is more important to keep as many rail stations on one continuous line, rather than forking off. For instance, a westbound train heading for Pandora to the south could stop at downtown Rosencrantz along the way. But if the line spurred to the south of the station, then they would no longer be able to stop there, unless they went out of their way.

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Fig 3.5 The after picture. And suprisingly, it was rather cheap comparatively, since the direction of the houses ensured that not even a dozen were demolished and all the businesses save one were kept intact.

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Fig 3.6 Here, the line leaves the continuous part of the colony to head off into the unknown......

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Fig 3.7 Further on, the line encircles the farming town of Jekyll. A stop was planned, but the town elders (the same ones who let Main St. be covered in a line of similar dinner-theaters) protested against it. Rather than anger a bunch of dinner-theater patrons with the considerate placement of a station in their city, the government decided simply to go aroung Jekyll. They can get one when they lay off the theaters and roundabouts....

Seriously, what's up with that?

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Fig 3.8 Further on along the south of the lake, we come across the small commuter village of Loki. Unlike Jekyll, Loki was VERY eager for a train line to come by (as most had to commute before via a slow ferry). Also, notice how there is only one dinner-theater. Hmm.....

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Fig 3.9 Between Jekyll and Loki, the line splits north to cross over to the west shore. Here the line came to an end in the largest of the lake towns, Mercrutio. For this reason, it was given a terminal rather than a station (an honor shared only with Downtown Pandora and Central Pandora).

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Fig 3.10 on the other side of the lake, the line follows the curve of the lake north, where it encounters Ender. However, because of the steep terrain, the line couldn't extend further to the north from this station. Instead a spur was made just south of this picture.

For those who are following the map, you may have noticed I skipped Winston. This is because it is too far inland for the line to economically get to. A short line was proposed to connect up to it, but since it would be a one-station, small annex in a tiny village, it was decided it was too costly and inefficient.

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Fig 3.11 Here, the line finally comes to a stop in the detached local of Sirius. Alas, the citizens of the furthest habited city from the capital could travel there in relatively little time.

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Fig 3.12 Today, I leave you with a complete map of Pandora's rail system. A "Station" serves passengers, an "Industry" serves freight, both industrial and farming, a "Terminal" is a line end, and an "Annex" is a small station, more akin to a metro stop than a heavy-rail stop.

Keep awatch for next time, Central Pandora's metro overview!

Unmannedperson

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Today's Entry will take a tour of the more rural part of the colony, the Eastern Arm. This part of the colony has basically grown alongside a highway extending directly out from Downtown Pandora off into the wilderness. Farms were the first to inhabit the sides of this highway, making use of its coverage of unclaimed land, and easy access to markets right in the heart of the colony. Here and there, small towns popped up, giving residence to the farmers and local buisnessmen who make a living off of the general stores and the like selling goods to the farming population.

So basically, Dixieland America, except thousands of miles from home. We will start in Downtown Pandora and work our way east towards the edge of civilization.

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Fig 2.1 Here is Downtown Pandora, much like we left it in the Introduction. The highway we will be following is the one going off to the east (right).

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Fig 2.2 Just outside of downtown, the avenue quickly turns into a highway as the homes and buisnesses abruptly stop and the agriculture begins.

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Fig 2.3 Further down the road, we encounter the township of Kurtz, a small community of local farmers.

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Fig 2.4 Just south of the last picture, here is Kurtz's waterfront. A few buisnesses milk the traffic commuting to the capital via ferry. That liquor store in the middle of the picture is a bad source of crime. The town elders have been trying for months to get it shut down. However, being the town elders, someone suggested they settle it over a game of golf, and subsequently, nothing got done.

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Fig 2.5 A little bit to the east down the road we reach the much more affluent section of Kurtz. Let's follow the bend in the main road north.

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Fig 2.6 Here, the main road rejoins the highway in the middle of farm country. Here, we will make a right and travel further towards the east and towards the end of the colony.

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Fig 2.7 What's this? The highway ends all of the sudden and we find ourselves in "Small Town USA," otherwise known as Mattimeo. I hate it when highways do this. Your cruising through countryside without a care in the the world, then all too soon, traffic slows down and you encounter a .....

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Fig 2.8 A stoplight? The citizens of Mattimeo must be spoiled....  Also, the Mattimeo train station can be seen. Six times daily transit to the capital terminus and back starting at $10.

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Fig 2.9 Finally we leave this small speed bump as we re-enter the countryside. The end of the colony should be approaching soon. We will have to turn back and head back to the capital. Hopefully we'll make it back by dinner. I heard the Head of Foreign Affairs is hosting a delux banquet for all foreign travelers in the colony such as yourself.

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Fig 2.10 Here is the end of the colony. To the left of the road, farms sprawl on for miles. To the right... nothing! Just pure wilderness. The rails and highway soon end just east of this picture, ready for further expansion into the unknown. It is here we must get off, make a U-turn, and head back. I hope they serve lobster at the banquet...

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Today's entry will focus on the twin cities of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, to the north-east of the capital. These two cities were formed by people looking to live in "the city", but not the capital. The buisness district located on the bend in the river is the second largest in the colony, after the central downtown of Pandora. Rosencrantz is on the east bank, and Guildenstern is on the west, connected by a series of bridges. The two cities contain roughly the same amount of people, the difference being the people of Guildenstern opted for more apartments and Rosencrantz opted for more suburban sprawl.

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Fig 1.1 Continuing from the last entry, we travel further northward along the same rail tracks (the view has been rotated 90 degrees to the right of last time, sorry for the confusion). In this picture is the other side of the industrial district. The tracks rejoin the main road to the top of this picture, where the industry ends and Rosencrantz begins.

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Fig 1.2 Further north. Like in Pandora, the rails/road pair makes up the border between the city and the countryside. To the left, the affluent of the colony make residence. To the right, food and nourishment for this far-off land is grown. To the north, commercial trade takes place. Also to the top of this picture, is the main train station of Rosencrantz.

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Fig 1.3 A better look of downtown. Also visible in this picture is the mad rushhour traffic to Guildenstern, off to the west. There have been many calls to expand the road, but none of the buisnesses want to give up their lucrative spots on Main Street, so realizing that idea has been hard. The best the government could do was buy some side-street buisnesses to put in a small rail annex , visible just north-west of center in this picture. The rails continue west, across the river into Guildenstern.

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Fig 1.4 Directly west of the last picture (use the rail bridge at the top for reference). Here we see several of the bridges connecting Guildenstern to the rest of the colony. Also visible is the stark contrast between Guildenstern's apartments and Rosencrantz's single-family homes. More traffic is visible, coming from downtown to the flats.

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Fig 1.5 Our last picture for today is to the north, showcasing Train #2. As evident by the livery, it origionated from California. When Caltrans decided to update it's fleet to be more compatable with the California HSR, it decided it needed to get rid of it's old F59PHs and Bombardier Bi-Levels. A colonist, seizing upon the opportunity to get trains at a discount, negotiated a deal with Caltrans to purchase its old trains. Caltrans agreed to the sell, and they were brought to the islands, where they now provide an invaluable service by taking cars off of the already crowded streets.

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Introduction

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Pandora. A land long unsettled due to its extreem isolation. Far away from any other continents and lacking any special resources, Pandora has been seen as more costly than it's worth. Finally, after seeing the success of the "Asian Tigers" (South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore), a joint-stock company was set up to colonize this unsettled expanse and hope to turn it into an economic success.

Several ships left the Port of Los Angeles on March 10th, 2002. The passengers were made up of mostly Americans and Brits, with many other kinds of peoples making up a sizable minority. They traveled to the land of Pandora, on one of the far corners of the Pacific. Landfall was made on March 21st, 2002 (now a colony holiday). The colonists decided to make their capital at the mouth of the Pandora River, and from there would build a colony to rival many a modern country in terms of sheer economic output, education, health, beauty, etc.

It has now been a year since the colonists settled. This entry will demonstrate how far they have come.

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Fig. 0.1 Here is an overview of the colony thus far. To the bottom left is the Pacific Ocean. To the right is Creon Lake. The river in both the middle and top is the Pandora River. The capital is located to the bottom left of the settlement

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Fig. 0.2 The capital, still under developement as is evidenced by the vacant land in the bottom left and right of the picture. The "Capital Point" as it is called, is located on a island caused by the river splitting at the mouth. The mayor's house is located to the upper right of the capital district (the mayor of the city is pretty powerful, as he reigns over about half the population of the entire continent). Also, the American and British influences can be seen well in this picture by the combination of styles of buildings and street patters.

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Fig 0.3 A closer view of the capital. The capital station can be seen in the lower right, as well as the presidential palace to the right.

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Fig 0.4 A view of the central downtown district, still in the capital. The major market can be seen next to the avenue in the bottom right. The bridge leads to the same island as in Fig. 1.2. The main rail termial can be seen top center. This terminus is the major station of the whole rail system.

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Fig 0.5 Further down the tracks we find the main rail yard. Today, it looks like the yard is pretty much deserted, which is good as it means all of the trains (all four of them) are currently operational. Most of it is there for future use once the colony expands.

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Fig 0.6 Our last picture today is even further down the tracks, at the start of the industrial district. The two power plants fueling the whole colony can be seen foremost in this picture at their peak hours. They are gas, as natural gas is one of the few resources of any value on the continent. The central military compound is in the bottom of the picture. It was one of the first things built after landfall, in order to protect the colonists from pirates and other rogue vagabonds. Most of the tanks and other military hardware were leased from the US military in a mutual alliance pact.

That's it for today! Look for future entries detailing the rest of the colony as well as future progressions!

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