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    That was awfully quick, but I've hit 7 million.

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  2. True Earth

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    Today we're visiting one of the world's largest urban sprawls - the Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo. With nearly 40 million people residing in it's massive urban area, it's one of the world's most populated cities.

    São Paulo is an important financial center and is well known for its unique landmarks and interesting architecture - and there's no better example than Paulista Avenue. Home to a number of large banks and financial institutions, it's one of the city's most important avenues.


    While São Paulo is home to many of the country's wealthiest citizens - the outskirts of the city are a different story. It's a city known for it's income inequality and favelas can be seen for miles.


    While the city center of São Paulo is located quite a bit inland - the Brazilian state of São Paulo still gets to enjoy a beautiful stretch of Atlantic shoreline with a number of popular resort towns such as Santos. It's a popular vacation destination for locals and tourists alike - and the port and container terminal here is vital for the entire country.


    We return to central São Paulo - visiting one of the city's most well known landmarks and important transportation hubs - the beautiful Victorian Estação da Luz (Luz Train Station).


    The impressive Ipiranga Museum is a well known history museum in the heart of the city and is a popular tourist attraction - it's currently undergoing an extensive restoration however and will re-open in 2022.


    The recently completed Cidade Jardim Corporate Center can be seen standing right next to a neighborhood of slums - this sort of income divide can be seen in many places across the city.


    The Octávio Frias de Oliveira Bridge was completed in 2008 and spans the Pinheiros River - it's one of the city's most amazing sights and is quite striking at nighttime.


    A final mosaic of São Paulo's impressive skyline, featuring a few of the city's most famous high rises - such as the curvy Edificio Copan, Edifício Itália, and the Banespa Building.


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  3. July.

    Since the last issue, it has been found suitable areas for construction of new microdistricts, and even managed to quickly start the construction. In Medla, almost all houses are built, in Ackley and Opila construction is also almost completed. We will return to them in September, by that time, there the construction will be fully completed. Now for your attention I will represent other new microdistricts.

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    Jasurku (in the South) and Tedė (in the North) near the Tedė Šiluminiu Elėktrostātuma (Tedė Thermal Power Plant):

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    Rialu (in the North) and Liloāna (in the South) near the Ziėkālps-Piėtiu (Ziėkālps-Southern) built in 1978:

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    Instead of building tram lines, it has been decided to build bus stops for now: it will allow in the future to determine by actual traffic the need for a tram line to a certain microdistrict, and also where and how it will pass.


    My favourite album, which can approach the topic and fit for then time: although it was created in the summer of 1983, I think it can be suitable for 1986. :)


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    Tunare, the city of fishermen, the capital of Costania, the seat of former Costanian kings. That's how is Tunare known today. But how it all began? Let's find it out.

    The first written mention of Tunare was found in document Notas Navita (Navy notes) of unknown sailor of british navy in 1521. He mentioned "a small abandoned settlement near the place where the small river flows into the bay". The bay was full of tunas, and that's the most possible origin of the name of the town.

    Few years later, news about this place spread quickly across all of Europe. Many people wanted to move into the "New Coast" and restart their lifes. Most of them considered the place at the Tuna's bay (former name) as the best of whole island. The original settlement was destroyed and the new inhabitants started to build a whole new town instead. The first building built there was Magetkirs te santet Nikolas (St. Nicolas' Cathedral).

    On these first three pictures you can see, how the road network has developed, including the older bridge Gasanet pon (Gasan's bridge) and newer Pon te Ian Enet (The bridge of John I.)




    There were built also the first houses of the new locals. At the south, you can see Hans te aipranetreke (House of worship) and at the west you can see the house of the first mayor. Near the Bridge of John I. is Kirs te santet Iesuset kors (Jesus' saint heart's church) and souther you can see the building of Natelet konsil (National council). At the southwest you can see Kirs te santet Lukas (St. Lucas' church)



    Some people weren't likely to stay in the town, so they decided to leave and establish villages near Tunare. Here are some of them:

    Lard tan Klisa (north from Tunare)


    Maget Eskels (the bigger village) and Linet Eskels (the smaller one)




  5. Lt. Manuel Conde Airforce Base. 

    The number of aircrafts suggest there's a VIP visiting the island. 


    The airforce base shares the runway of Didicas Island International Airport. The small airbase is located on the north-eastern part of the airport.

    The Airbase has three(3) large hangars for shelter, maintenance and repair of aircraft, another two (2) small hangars for helicopter can also be found. The airbase is also composed of the Headquarters office, Officer and Enlisted men housing unit, Supply store, Medical Dispensary and Military exchange store just across the street (beside Airforce MRT Station and Buddhist Park)


    Lt Manuel Conde Airbase is the home of the 203rd Composite Tactical Operational Wing is tasked to perform Tactical Air operations within its assigned area of responsibility and to provide, operate and maintain base services at station/location. It has contributed extensively to the objectives of national security, maintenance of peace and order and the preservation of the environment.

    The 203rd Composite Tactical Operation Wings doesnt have organic aircraft on the wing instead the aircraft are provide by other mother units such as the C130 and C295 (220th Airlift Wing), Bell 412, S70 and UH1H (207th Tactical Operation Squadron).

    Bell 412 EP - The 8 units were acquired in 2015-16. a further 16 units in 2018 were supposed to be added but was put on hold.



    (credit to update.ph and original photo owner)

    UH-1H  - The Vietnam era utility helicopter is still the main workhorse helicopter. There's around 40 still running currently and is planned to gradually be phase out as more Bell 412 become available.


    (credit to update.ph and original photo owner)


    C295 Airbus transport plane  - 3 are currently operating with the airforce with a future option of another 3 to be acquired


    (credit to retiredanalyst.blogspot.com and original photo owner)

    C130 Hercules - A, H and T models. The backbone of Heavy lift operation for the airforce


    (credit to maxdefence and original photo owner)

    S70 - a single S70 is mixed up on the helicopter detachment at the airbase



    (credit to PAF and original photo owner)


    TC90- a pair of TC90 (Philippine Navy) parks on the tarmac for a stopover after their patrol in waters around batanes and babuyan island.



    (credit to PN, PTV and original photo owner)

  6. Ruthwood City

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    Hi! Welcome To Ruthwood City! A Place Where Everything Is Nice And Organized.

    Pictures: (As Of 8/3/2018)



    Regional Population: 116,183

    Barron Heights:


    Barron Heights Population: 15,045



    Bennett Population: 2,799



    Ferrywood Population: 25,597



    Greenville Population: 6,499



    Landon Population: 11,646

    Peeta Beach:


    Peeta Beach Population: 16,169



    Simville Population: 3,485

    Wayneburg (My Favorite):


    Wayneburg Population: 29,669

    West Peeta Beach:


    West Peeta Beach Population: 5,274

    Custom Buildings (BATs):

    • SC4 Brasil - The Garoudwolf Collection
    • One21 Apartment Tower
    • The Costello
    • The Conventry


    • Saint George Hospital
    • Simville Police Station
    • TN Hospital


    • NAM (Network Addon Mod)
    • CAM (Colossus Addon Mod)
    • Custom Water Mod

    By The Way This Map That I Downloaded Is From Golhbul And It Was Originally Called Golhbuly But I Renamed To Ruthwood City Just Letting Ya'll Know. If You Can Point Out Any Mistakes If It's In My Pictures Or Unnecessary Things That I Wrote Here. Feel Free To Leave Suggestions For Mods, BATs, Lots And Region Problems/Unrealistic Parts.

    EDIT: I Did Something In Which Case I Deleted The Attachments And I Didn't Realize That Would Get Rid Of Them But I Figured Out How To Edit Posts And Entries. Lol. Please Don't Hate On Me For What I Did.


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    I'M BACK!

    Hi there folks! I'm quite sure many of you do not remember this CJ, whose last entry was dated November 2015, but as you probably guessed reading the title it's completely not new! My work with the marvellous Cities: Skylines has been very intense three years ago and I published many chapters showing the city of Aurora in 2015 on Simtropolis.com, being feautured 13 weeks in a row in the Ben's Top Ten and, since I've resumed it from about one month, I want to share it again and again!

    I do not know if it's usual here (maybe sure it is!) but when I decided to get back play Cities: Skylines, with many new DLCs released by Paradox and a new and really more powerful PC, I made up in my mind to complete the job I interrupted for a thousand reasons, no time being the first...  After downloading the game again and buying several DLCs I reloaded my saves but... woohoo!! About nothing worked properly and OMG there were so many new mods out there to try and make use of to get to the usual, almost unattainable achievement: realism! Realism at all costs!

    But, to be clear: Aurora is not at all a real city, it's just my city. Based on the original real challenging New Caledonia map by MrMiyagi that I think is no more available, since it has been completely renovated too (it is only downloadable in its 2018, flattened, version), this map asks you to build a city that develops on several different coves connected to a central mountain massif. Reminds, a bit, Hong Kong. I fell in love with it in 2015 it and I still think it's really amazing to try to build a realistic metropolis in such an enviroment!

    Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here is an aerial view of the map taken from my very first CJ entry dated August 2015:



    Believe me, it's almost shoking to me see this map empty! As you can read in that old entry linked above the masterplan was great and I am proud to say that it has been almost completed and not only that: I went ahead starting the phase II that I will show you as soon as this series of entries, dedicated to the renovation of everything was already shown (and you can see all the previous entries here), is completed.

    I know you got tired of reading, but let me say one last thing before publishing pictures as if there were no tomorrow: the conformation of the city, its neighborhoods, the road network remained exacty (almost!) the same, that's why I'm talking about a remastered version of the city instead of a remade one. What has changed are definitely the buildings and the level of detail allowed by all the great additions released on the steam workshop in these three years.

    So... let' start! I will try to follow the same order of the 2015 entries first introducing the location through an old photo (remember you can check them all through the above link if you want!).



    Victoria Harbor already was one of my favourite parts of the city: a seaport completely located on an island it's something uncommon...



    But look at it now! The same location looks absolutely different: the unrealistic Ibiza-like southside beach has gone replaced by piers, that allow ships to dock on both sides of the island. The seaport now also hosts a ferry terminal, with two lines serving the surrounding Hellfire Bay.


    Everything it's still in its place: the cargo train terminals, the passengers train station adjacent to the Port Authority Hedquarters tower and all the factories of the seaport industry, the main Control Tower and the gargantuan Logistics Center that serves the whole region.


    Also the west security checkpoint is still in its place, as well as the east one that we'll be shown later. On the southwest side of the island there also is a very large composting center near to a large water treatment plant, not forgetting the prominent lighthouse and the ferry stop.



    As I told you Victoria Harbor is on an island, that obviously needs to be connected to the mainland. On the west side it is trough a large bridge, that in the old version wasn't much landmarky...




    Well... this is the new one! Just slightly better i guess. And no, believe me it's not the most impressive in the city, but for sure it's the most used by lorries!

    And before leaving the harbor and closing this first entry of my coming back, a pair of aerial screenshots showing the whole harbor island.


    Before leaving, just a teaser of what will come next! Feel free to leave comments and... keep followin' and you'll be surprised!



  8. Heya!

    I am not building in a hurry, so, well, let´s say, I made some progress. As a fan of railways, especially if it comes to more local services, I had to build a railway for goods transport, and it had to be single track. So my decision was to build some kind of ring based train network but in a way, that it at least looks like two lines with normal single train tracks. One runs the southern and eastern side of the island while the other climbs the hills two times. After all the work done on the map I realized, that this in no way longer would look like a part of the North American east coast. Everything is so dense in a way, and only the shape of the landscape divides different sceneries, while the beeline is 2,5 kilometers or 1.4 miles.

    And so there was a second decision to come: Now this island is located somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean (in my best personal reality). It was first explored by a few pirates, who lost their ship during a storm, then, later on people from all around the world made this island into a place to live in freedom, as it never had any king or was part of any colony. When the population started growing in the 19. century the wise and thoughtful people of Waldey volunteered for a parliament to solve political dissenses. This worked for some time (at least I had a plan for the "biggest" town then as can be seen on the pictures).

    This also is important for me, as my grandfather became president of the state during the people´s rebellion in 1952, and since then, the island was alway ruled by one of the Fatal family , and I can assure - elected by free choice. Here on Waldey people say. "Democracy is if one rules and nobody follows". "It´s no good if there´s no fatalism."

    So first a map overview again. I built all streets as dirt streets, wherever it seems reasonable for people to walk. I will replace some of them with small two lane highways as soon as the cims move in. But now I can do, what happened in the real worls once: Often used paths became roads eventually, and exactly this way it works in Waldey now.



    A few overviews ingame, the forests are made with pdelmo`s Ultra Low Poly Trees:










    The harbor, unfinished work but functional for trains. It is based on this Cargo Harbor template made by feretwind .The buildings you can see, are made with the Procedural Objects mod, as the loading tracks are higher than the street of the harbor (nearly 2 meters). I had to deal with the niveau difference, and I couldn´t build road access to them. The big storage building is made by using this set:




    So far so good! I hope, you like what you see. I am back soon, cheers! *;)



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           PIRATE ISLAND        


    Pirate Island is the center of The Archipelago's booming entertainment industry and one of the premiere tourist attractions of the region. It claims headquarters to influential global names such as Island Records, Blue Mountain Productions, Sly Fox Entertainment, and Ocean Studios. Pirate Island attracts visitors for its blue blue waters and white sand beaches, one of the best shopping drags in the region, and it even has it's own theme park!!




    Yo Ho Ho Theme Park is the best place to live out your pirate fantasies in this modern world full of rules and restraints. The roller coasters are tall and fast while the booty to be won at the carnival games is plentiful. "Follow the 'X' on the map to find your treasure" as their infamous commercials express.



    Bellow you can find Sam's Record Store on Parley Beach. This is historically one of the one of the most important records stores in The Archipelago. Many of the regions most famous musicians got their start preforming and selling albums at Sam's Record Store.  




    What would Pirate Island be without  it's premiere concert venue, Shiver Me Timbers Park. This is a MUST stop for any band in The Archipelago trying to make a career in music. This also happens to be the location for the Powder Monkey Film Festival, featuring the latest work from some of the most promising filmmakers from around the world.



    Beach Street or "The Booty Drag" is one of the premiere shopping strips around. Lots of hidden treasures can be discovered in this stretch of the island.

    That said, come for the shopping, stay for the movies! With many historical theaters such as White Shark, Blue Blue Films, and Ship Wreck Pictures, It's a MUST see for hot new releases and works from up-and-coming independent directors.



    One can't forget Scallywag Theater where the Davy Jones' Awards take place. Once a year, stars from Hollywood to Tokyo to London come for one of the most prestigious awards ceremonies in film.



    Thank you for reading and be sure to like my post and follow my journal!!

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  9. And now what we've all been waiting for, downtown St. Christine. 

    From the beginning, I've had this idea for downtown. Several tall buildings surrounding a central rail station and large park. 


    Development begins.


    The station in detail.


    The art museum pokes out from between buildings towering over it.


    And at night...


    I had to change the highway off ramp into downtown. Originally this was just an avenue T intersection, but outgoing traffic just bunched up at the light. One ways made the transition much smoother


    Close up of the stock exchange.


    A view of the government district.


    A shot before the stadium was built


    Before and after photos for the minor league stadium and sports complex, across from the university.



    Downtown in it's current state.


    A quick look at the high tech industrial park between downtown and the airport.


    And finally, all of St. Christine.



    Thanks so much for viewing my CJ!



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    Emerald Ville !

    Emerald Ville peninsulla between lake Meredian and lake Mayon as described the mirror town. Old Emerald Ville with industrial heart mirror´s the new business district New Emerald Ville !

    We start with Old Emerald Ville ! 


    Education quarters !



    Most valuable residential quarters !


    Railway has brought work in the chemical and car industries !



    Commercial zone 1


    Some outside agricultural hamlet !


    Tourisme growing in popularity !


    That conclude Old Emerald Ville !

    New Emerald Ville !

    North of the old town on a relatively flat area where aswell agriculture was the main source of income, new plan´s where made to convert this into a triving business area. Infra structural ring road marked the start of this conversion. Education got a boost with the inauguration of the university !


    Railway connectivity aswell boost growth !





    New Emerald Ville Mall !


    New Emerald Ville CBD !



    That conclude New Emerald Ville !

    Last a variety of pictures of hamlet´s contributing in agriculture and tourisme !






    Green, nature, toerisme will cover next CJ; a little escape of urbanisme !

    Hope you enjoyed this CJ, and see you back next time !




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    Article #13 - Isla "Klei Beaches"

    Isla Klei is a paradisiatic place in Metzú Republic. With the highest rate of foreign tourist, his main economical activity is tourism, with great and long beaches around the island. Klei has the best preserved historic center, influenced by spanish colonists. Was founded in 1870 and his population has never changed. You can only arrive by ferry.



    Population: 1.306

    Metropolitan Area: N/A

    Main Activities: Tourism

    Transport: Terminal Fluvial de Klei. Connections every day from Tiyi, Villa Varisio and Wainor.



    1. Casco Histórico de Klei.


    2. Playa La Portuaria.


    3. Plaza de la Memoria.


    4. Playa Milagros.


    5. Playa del Fin. An eolic tower is part of Klei landscape.


    6. Playa La Unión.


    7. Another postal from Klei.


    8. Casco Histórico. You can see the colonial influence, intact since ever.


    9. Terminal Fluvial de Klein. The only connection with Metzú.


    We hope you visit our cities, See you on the next article, Stranger.







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    Jackson County

    Episode 1 - "Downtown Jackson"

    Welcome to Jackson County! RV Capital of the World! Before I show you the "Historic District" of downtown Jackson, you must first understand a little bit about this city. Here you go:

    - Region of the USA: Central Michigan

    - City Population: 54,670 

    - County Population: 197,892 

    - Known for: RV Capital of the World (manufacturing RVs)

    In this first episode, the highlight feature will be the historic and quaint, "Downtown Jackson."  The City of Jackson is content on preserving the historic quality of downtown Jackson. Many regional and corporate headquarters reside in Downtown Jackson. Alas, here you go:

    1. Jackson Square:

    The heart of the city. The epicenter of all the action. Yes, there are plans to revitalize the downtown. It's not exactly the nightlife scene, but, during the daytime, the streets are crowded. For the lack of a better infrastructure.



    2. Northern Lights Casino & Resort

    Despite much opposition, the Pokagon Band of Indians was able to twist the arms of city leaders to locate a casino in the downtown. It was seen as an "economic boost." The Jackson Police Department thinks differently. 



    3. Jackson County Convention Center & Michigan Federal Government Building

    Michigan's state senator or governor may make an appearance every once in a while to the Michigan Federal Government Building, conveniently located next to the convention center. $28 million dollar price tag (tax dollars of course). 



    4. Greater Downtown Jackson

    Downtown office occupancy rate of 87%. Pretty solid for a Midwestern town. Apparently there are plans in the works for a "major" investment from a foreign company to locate their headquarters in downtown Jackson. Skepticism remains.



    5. Jackson College Neighborhood

    The historic Jackson College, founded in 1897. Many beautiful homes, condos, and townhomes can be found here in this historic college and nearby neighborhood. This area has seen residential growth due to the Research Hospital located nearby. 



    6. "Northwoods" Downtown Neighborhood

    Who wants to take a stroll down the Jackson Canal, or perhaps the Jackson Central Pathway? Quaint neighborhood just north of downtown. Homes in this area will go between 250k - 400k. The price for safety and amenities!



    7. Historic North Jackson Neighborhood (Old Money)

    One of my favorite neighborhoods in the city. Also located north of downtown about two miles. The mayor resides here, the founder of Keystone RV, and many other prominent businessman. Homes were built in the 1920s and 30s. This particular neighborhood features the North Jackson Pathway through the center of the neighborhood. 



    8. Southeast Gardens Neighborhood

    Another prominent neighborhood located nearly a mile southeast of downtown. Features the South Jackson Pathway as well as the Jackson Gardens. Volunteers from the neighborhood take care of the landscaping in the area. Quite the community pride in this quaint neighborhood. 



    9. Jackson High School & Freshman Campus

    As you can see, this roadway sees traffic build up during the school rush hour. Local leaders have consistently delayed this project for safety reasons. As one council member states, "we don't want this roadway becoming a major thoroughfare through our city with so many school facilities nearby." Therefore, no change has occurred. 



    10. The Jackson Avenue Shopping Corridor

    The regional shopping corridor in the city, South Jackson Avenue. Nearly every big box and chain restaurant can be found in this area. Pictured above is the Jackson Mall. Still thriving amid online retailers such as Amazon. 



    11. Jackson County Regional Airport & Industrial Parkway

    Still not international status, although the airport has seen considerable growth with the population creeping up. Truck traffic near this avenue is extremely heavy as there are nearly 40 businesses in this 1 mile radius. This is one of the economic backbones of the region. 



    12. Grand Jackson Industrial Park

    The second largest industrial park in the region, features many RV manufacturing companies as well as distribution centers. A rail hub goes through the area as well. Highlighted is Grand Design RV.



    13. Teaser for Next Episode: Southwood Township

    Although not technically part of the city of Jackson, this growing township is just south of the city. Does the city of Jackson have plans of annexing this area into the city? Nearly everybody living here commutes to the city of Jackson. Here are a few pictures to symbolize what Southwood Township is like, and yes, suburbia does come to mind. So does traffic...








  12. Hi everyone-

    Having a small bit of downtime at the moment, I'm going to sneak out a few updates of Tarkusian Cities for the first time in over a year.  In this update, at long last, we will see the completion of the northern segment of the Chemeketa Red Line Light Rail, up to its terminus in the Lila Engel/Starpoint neighborhood. 

    First off, long overdue replies:
    On 6/17/2017 at 9:32 PM, raynev1 said:

    Since I used to do road work , that is a good part of what makes me enjoy your CJ . And how you explain what's going on , I like it . *:thumb:

    Thanks for the very kind words--given that you've done road work, I take that as quite the compliment!

    On 6/18/2017 at 6:24 AM, kschmidt said:

    Last picture power may have no use or can be replaced by PEG Conduit or obsolete !

    Sincerely yours,


    Thanks for the suggestion!  I agree that lonesome power pole is a bit awkward.  I'm probably going to be redoing that freeway at some point down the line, so that gap will probably go away in some fashion.

    And without further ado, here's Update 105.

    First off, here's a map of the area around which this project is centered. 


    The red line with the squares is the routing that the light rail line will take through the area.  After following the existing heavy rail line north of downtown Chemeketa, the Red Line will curve onto 33rd Avenue NE running down the median until just before the 5-leg roundabout, where 33rd meets McCabe Street, Creek Drive, and Starpoint Drive.

    The most challenging bit of this project will be the stretch where the Red Line crosses the rail line and begins its median running portion on 33rd.  Here's the existing conditions at this part of the project (facing west).  (Also, the rail crossing here looks a little funny--this image actually dates back to a very, very early prototype of the RRW plugin.)


    In order to facilitate through traffic to the residential neighborhood to the west, abutting the Chemeketa Parkway (Highway 215), as well as future work on 33rd, an extension of 34th Avenue was built to the north, connecting up with Bobcat Drive NE.  The project study determined that the most effective method of handling the rail crossover was to trench it below, allowing the Red Line and 33rd Avenue to cross overhead (facing west).


    A little further along with construction (facing west).


    The stretch of 33rd east of Bobcat has now been closed off for reconstruction (facing west).


    This is part way through the reconstruction of the segment from Bobcat to Progress (facing west).


    The stretch up to and beyond Progress Street is now completed, along with some re-development and the construction of a new park-and-ride garage (facing west).


    Preparations are underway for the northern terminus of the Red Line.  The road coming in from the top of this image is 33rd Avenue, and the line will terminate in the graded area behind the office buildings, making a northward jog before the roundabout (facing west).


    Here is the completed terminal station for the Red Line.  A looping roadway and park-and-ride garage were constructed to facilitate access (facing west).


    This is a stretch of 33rd with the median running complete, through the industrial area between Progress and Ashcroft (facing west).


    And finally, here's the stretch right at the Ashcroft and 33rd intersection, just before the terminus (facing east).


    That does it for this update of Tarkusian Cities, and for the current work on Chemeketa's first major transit project--hope you enjoyed it.  Next up will be some new road work in Chemeketa, and perhaps even a few "lost" updates from other regions, rescued from the "Tarkives". 

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    Mini Part 5 - Sing Buri City

              Hi everyone! After a long time now I'll tell the story about exciting journey and adventurous in Valletta Metropolis. Today I will go to “Sing Buri City”. Sing Buri city has population around 350,000 people. This city is suitable for residence because cost of living in city is cheaper than other cities so many people will go to work in nearly cities. This city is the location of Fort Bang Rachan that service in this area. Sing Buri city has many attraction such as Phra Non Jak Sing Temple, Bang Rachan Park and In-buri Junction Tower where is a building control for big highway junction.


               This is a route that I go to Sing Buri City from Nakhon Pathom City.


              And this is Sing Buri’s transportation system that provides cover both by road and rail.


    When I arrived at Sing Buri Station that located nearly the Bang Rachan Park. Now Bang Rachan Park is open as a tourist attraction. We plan to visit today. But first, let's take baggage to the hotel.


                    This is the hotel (Black building on the left) that I’ll stay tonight. I take to there by subway from Sing Buri Station to Phom Buri Station. The subway in this city is driverless train. The hotel has a picturesque view from the window.


              Ready to go!!! First, We look at important places within the city.


             For the first place we will go to Phra Non Jak Sing Temple is located between residence skyscraper. The temple is mentally of the people who live in this city.


                    The next place is Fort Bang Rachan, which is divided into two parts. Bang Rachan Park is part that tourist can visit but  Bang Rachan Camp is a part that tourist can’t entry.


              This is a Bang Rachan Park is located the center of the city. In park has Bang Rachan Memorial Meseum and Monument of  Bang Rachan Heroes that is a strong soldier.



             Next place I will go to In-buri Junction Tower where is a building control for big highway junction. On the top of building you can see a magnificent view of city.



              This is a commercial area and downtown of Sing Buri city



              The houses of this city many people will stay in apartment.




             Finally, I would like to go to a casino near the hotel where I stayed tonight. See you again. *:rofl:


  13. Kellan V2

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    *It's pretty long obviously since I like writing long intros, and the update as a whole is arguably over informative so you can skip all the text as always and just look at the pictures*


    Cedar Valley, located south of Kellan in a suburban region known as the "Alpine Cities", has quite a history despite its relatively small size. Before it became known as the home of Henderson Inc., a company with the second highest revenue of any in the world that is best known for its smartphones, and the southern staple of the Silicon Forest, Cedar Valley was once known as Canada's premier snow resort. Like many other mountainous places on the US/Canadian West Coast and Japan, the original founders of Cedar Meadows took advantage of the city's extremely high snowfall thanks to high precipitation and a cold climate (even though it is not even close to being as cold as places further east in Canada). At first, Cedar Meadows was a fairly tame ski resort when it opened in 1928 with only a couple a couple thousand visitors every year, hindered by the effects of the Great Depression during its first decade of operation. However, national newspapers started spreading the word of Cedar Valley's not-so-cold-but-very-snowy climate, which started to catch the attention of many citizens nationwide, as well as in other parts of the Pacific Northwest. The Calgary Sun described it as "...a place gets so much snow in the winter it takes until late-July for it to melt, allowing for fun in the snow while wearing shorts in 70-degree temperatures", and the Toronto Star mentioned how "morning temperatures dip below freezing for a couple hours on a regular basis in the summer and allows many to catch a mid-summer snow flurry, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity since this never happens in non-mountainous parts of the world."


    By the time the 1940s came, Cedar Valley started exploding in growth, jumping from 562 permanent residents in 1935 to over 17,000 by 1943 and 32,148 in 1949 as well as adding three more snow resorts, dozens of snow-related venues, and countless leisure spots and tourists attractions around the city. In fact, Cedar Valley became so popular that some newspapers estimated its daytime population, permanent residents+non-permanent workers/tourists, had the ability to top 350,000 people on multiple occasions between Late-Spring and Mid-Summer (however, Late Fall through Early Spring would see relatively low numbers due to heavy snow conditions and a lack of modern technology that prevented tourists from reaching Cedar Valley). It also became a popular destination for military soldiers either going to the Eastern Pacific or staying on Pacific bases along the West Coast during WWII near Vancouver Island as well as a popular family destination in the Pacific Northwest.


    (This was a real event by the way, all links for those of you who are interested are at the bottom). As the year 1949 approached, things were going pretty smoothly as Cedar Valley's snow resorts continued to thrive from a population boom in the northern part of the Kellan Valley that brought in tons of new potential customers. However, a very extreme meteorological event was getting ready to affect not only Cedar Valley but the entire Pacific Northwest (and to a significantly lesser extent, the Southwestern US). In December 1949, an unrealistic cold spell gripped the region and stayed until February 1950. It was so cold that all-time cold records were shattered throughout January and February in various Pacific Northwest cities that still have yet to be matched today, with cities like Portland, Oregon recording its first ever- and only- subzero temperatures two days in a row. The cold spell occasionally drifted South and caused a few snow flurries to fall in areas that never see snow, with Los Angeles seeing a rare snowfall that was also one of its last snowfalls ever. Scott Sistek in a KOMO News Article (real article link) reported that "As the calendar turned to 1950, [the] region became gripped in a 6-week arctic blast that wiped out nearly every cold temperature record we have -- and almost all of those records stand today as we have yet to have even come close to approaching them since," and another KOMO article (link) reporting that "January 13, 1950 was one of the worst winter days in Western Washington history with hurricane force winds mixing with single digit temperatures in Bellingham while our friends to the south in Seattle were buried in feet of snow." In fact, this winter was so extreme that many in the meteorological community wonder if this was less of a phenomenon and more of a mere coincidence. Either way, a lack of adequate weather forecasting technology in Cedar Valley gave people little time to prepare and created an event that one historian went as far to dramatizing the event as a "snowy hostage situation".


    On December 20th, both Cedar Valley and Kellan, as well as most of Northern Vancouver Island, a series of closely spaced storms slammed the region back-to-back, causing precipitation to fall at least once every single day for 63 days straight, with this precipitation varying as both rain and snow in lower elevations but falling almost exclusively falling as snow at higher elevations. While people down in the Kellan Valley were buried in snow similar to other lower elevation big cities of the region like Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, residents still managed to take care of themselves. However, in Cedar Valley, the situation was much different, with over 300 inches (762 cm) of snow falling in just the month of January. Inadequate forecasting technology prevented residents and tourists alike from preparing for this, and even though they wanted to evacuate they couldn't due to high winds and whiteout conditions. Things climaxed in the seven day period between January 5th and 11th when multiple potent storms dumped 192 inches (488 cm) of snow on the city, and 55 inches (140 cm) on January 11th alone. This practically buried every single building in Cedar Valley and forced people to sleep in tents on top of the hundreds of inches of fresh power to survive and wait out the storm. During the first week of February, the same time period Seattle and Portland recorded their own new temperature records, Cedar Valley recorded it's new all-time lowest temperature of -36F (-37C) and an eye-popping maximum temperature of .-5F (-21C) the same day. In Late February, when this event finally ended and a heat wave set upon the region, literally every single person in Cedar Valley abandoned the city, even as the heat wave caused rushing flash floods from snowmelt. The city became a ghost town, and the 1950 national census released the next year even listed the city's population as "0", and the 1955 population estimates coming in at just 121, a far cry from its peak in 1949. Luckily, the death toll wasn't as high as it could've been, although 112 is still a very high number.


    The event, as well as the numerous flash floods caused by heat waves in the following months that swelled rivers in the region and washed away dozens of structures in Cedar Valley and thousands across the state, scared everyone away from coming anywhere near Cedar Valley for decades. All of its snow resorts and two-thirds of its tourist attractions either went bankrupt or were closed down and the city's population rose to but then flatlined around the 1,000 mark until the 1990s. Even today, its population of 26,105 isn't above its old peak population and the city isn't even close to being as busy as it was in its glory days, and having Henderson Inc. set up shop in the city and host multiple tech-related events (including its annual HFO Developer's Conference) that bring tens of thousands of visitors still isn't enough to make the city look like it formerly was. Voters have long prevented new snow resorts from being built, which only aids to Cedar Valley's problem of not tapping into its potential snow culture. However, as the bustling tech scene of Greater Kellan, a.k.a the "Silicon Forest", pulls in younger voters as time moves on, many have predicted that Cedar Valley may soon get it's own snow resorts again, which would finally allow the city to relive the glory days of days past...


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    The area we will be focusing on this entry.



    (Click to enlarge the panorama and view it in full resolution). Mt. Jacket towers over Cedar Valley, offering views of the city on its south face, moderate views of Peak on its west face, and heavenly views of the Kellan Valley on its north face. On very clear days, something that isn't too common in the Pacific Northwest, one can see the skyscrapers of Downtown Kellan and nearby business districts which are some 19+ miles away.



    A view of Downtown Cedar Valley on a snowless July day. The long, tall, and narrow building in the center left formerly known as the John Cedar Resort was built in 1946 by the Cedar Brothers, who served as the namesake for both the hotel, the city, and the famous local ski resort they founded, Cedar Meadows. This was the first of a chain of prestigious winter hotels that specialized in quality over quantity, earning it the nickname "Winter Ritz-Carlton". It has locations all across winter resorts all over the United States and Canada, with its Lake Tahoe, Whistler Blackcomb, Big Bear, Aspen, and Flagstaff locations being some of its most prestigious in the chain.



    A section of Henderson Inc.'s global headquarters, which is located within the city on an elevated plateau two miles west of downtown, on a very snowy fall day. Since the picture was taken in the fall and not winter, the snow is not as deep as it can truly get, but conditions like this are still considered to be normal from Late Fall all the way to Mid Spring (April), with colder years bringing blizzards all the way into June.



    (Click to enlarge the panorama and view it in full resolution). Mt. Jacket towers over Cedar Valley, offering views of the city on its south face, moderate views of Peak on its west face, and heavenly views of the Kellan Valley on its north face. On very clear days, something that isn't too common in the Pacific Northwest, one can see the skyscrapers of Downtown Kellan and nearby business districts which are some 19+ miles away. Another panorama of Mt. Jacket, this time looking over its west face that towers over the west part of Cedar Valley, since the valley's shape curves around the western and southern sides of the mountain in an L-shape, although some of the city extends to the eastern base of the mountain as well. This neighborhood is less dense than the center part of the city and originally served as a summer home for "snow sports celebrities" and other affluent people from all over North America when Cedar Valley was still a resort town. In this picture you can also see a non-accumulating snow flurry rushing over the city one July morning, which isn't considered a bizarre occurrence in the city.



    More of Cedar Valley's downtown area, which used to be a bustling regional shopping district neighborhood in the 1940s that is now simply a local commercial neighborhood with mixed-used buildings and basic-tier shopping opportunities.



    A close-up alternative of the panorama earlier in the entry that shows Downtown, as well as Quinnston Lake, in much better detail. In a normal year, the lake starts to freeze over around late November in its shallower areas, and by February 90% of the lake becomes completely frozen. The lake's ability to support activities like ice-skating is a surprising toss up, as in warmer years the lake will either be frozen over by a very thin and weak layer of ice or filled with large and unstable ice chunks floating around it, while in colder years the entire lake sometimes has the ability to freeze over with very thick ice, allowing for fun ice-skating and winter-themed activities as well as daredevils driving their lifted trucks over the ice to impress the trees sitting on the lake's shores. It is believed that the lake is left from a former glacier that used to occupy the same valley the city is built in, and it also used to serve as the headwaters for a 14 mile seasonal river that flowed down into the Kellan Valley and into the Strait of Georgia before snow resort developers terraformed parts of the valley and removed the river completely.



    A small four-block apartment "district" on the northwestern shores of Quinnston Lake, which usually enjoys great views of Downtown as well as the mountains east and south of the city. These apartments are part of the Cedar Valley's new young mayor (young when he was elected) to jumpstart the city's economy and were built very recently with the oldest only being eleven years old, in contrast to the fact that nearly all of the single-family homes in the city were built in the 1940s. 



    A typical residential neighborhood in the northwestern portion of the city.



    Another typical residential neighborhood, this one in the East-Central portion of the city. You can see two mansions in the picture (with another off-screen at the end of the block). The larger one with the blue tennis court serves as the mayor's mansion, and was originally made to impress tourists and political visitors coming into the city when it was still a famous snow resort, but since it was finished only a couple of months before the winter of 1949-1950 it went completely unnoticed for quite a while and basically just served as eye candy for locals.



    A panorama of an unnamed plateau west of Downtown that is home to Henderson Inc., a company best known for Original Media as well as it's phone brand that has made it the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world and also earned the company a #4 spot on the Fortune 500. It is worth noting though that while Henderson Inc. owns all real estate on that small plateau, it doesn't actually need or use all of it and instead rents it out to other companies, like the tall blue tower to the left of the image. Original Media is known for its numerous TV shows that have been compared to the likes of HBO and Showtime, as well as some of its very successful movies. The company's presence since it was founded in 2011 (meaning it became the fourth largest company in the world in just seven years) has had a profound effect on Cedar Valley's culture and economy. While the city's population has never really been considered "old", Henderson Inc. has brought quite a lot of young workers to the city (however, since the company employs over 78,000 people at it's main campus most of its employees reside down in the valley in bigger cities like Sapien). Even though this has revitalized the city's commercial scene, it has simultaneously caused strain on the city's traffic infrastructure during rush hour and during events being hosted by the company since public transit in a town of 26,000 people obviously isn't world class. 



    The Madison Gallery, pictured in the center, was a joint project between Henderson Inc. and the Madison Sisters Theater Collective. In addition to hosting most of Henderson Inc's own personal events (like its annual developer conference), the theater draws in crowds in the tens of thousands from all over Greater Kellan as it hosts concerts, plays, conferences, and more. Cedar Valley only has one direct freeway connection to the Kellan Valley and it's 3.9+ million residents through the Vancouver Island Freeway as well as an indirect connection through Peak via the Valley Connector that takes much longer. This means that when people from the Kellan Valley, most from Arlington County (which is the same county Cedar Valley is in) travel to the Madison Gallery for events the city's single direct freeway connection and it's mere four lanes gets bottlenecked, sometimes for up to seven miles. Also, in this picture you can see some low-level clouds rolling through the area.



    The main building of Henderson Inc. that houses it's most central operations.



    More July snow flurries fall in Cedar Valley.



    The Cedar Valley Municipal Airport which, as most have guessed, is closed for large portions of the year due to too much snow. Obviously, there are ways to keep it in operation year round but its low traffic has made year-round operations seem pretty pointless. The airport is located on the "Eastside", which residents use to refer to the portion of the city east of the Vancouver Island Freeway.



    A residential neighborhood slightly north of the airport.



    A screenshot of Cedar Meadows during a snowstorm in April 1946 when it still existed. When it was operating it was the largest ski resort in Cedar Valley and one of the largest on the West Coast of North America at the time.



    The same location today during a July snow flurry, with the mountains winter snowpack almost fully melted. In 1950, a ridiculously deep snowpack, as well as avalanches and flash floods triggered by heat waves later in the year completed destroyed the resort. Residents and emergency personnel finally returned to the city in Septemeber after the snowpack became low enough (it never fully melted that year even after multiple heat waves, the only time Cedar Valley's snowpack ever failed to melt before the start of the next snow season).  They came back to find Cedar Meadows completely destroyed, as well as every other ski resort in the area, like it was never even there with only some scattered debris and fallen trees remaining.



    In an interview for a local news station regarding Cedar Valley's history, Joey Palmer recovered an old postcard that his grandmother sent to her uncle in 1943 after moving to Cedar Valley and visiting it's many ski resorts.



    Google search results for Cedar Valley (for those of you wondering how I did this, all I did was use Chrome's inspect element tool).



    Climate averages for Cedar Valley. Note how even though it is not as cold as other places in Canada (something it has in common with most of Canada's West Coast), high precipitation due to its location in the Pacific Northwest, its elevation, and orographic lift create very high snowfall accumulations, with the amount of snowfall the city receives in one month alone matching what many places see in an entire year. It isn't that surprising though, as most of the snowiest places in the world are located in mountainous areas of the Northern Pacific (Japan, Alaska, Pacific Northwest, California) simply due to their high precipitation, with many mountain peaks like Mt. Rainer in Washington being known for receiving a record of over 1000 inches (2540 cm) of snow in one year.



    Climate averages for Kellan included for comparison.




    SIMplemente | Thanks! Numerous downtown areas with towering skyscrapers to love throughout Kellan.

    prtsc5 | Sadly SimCity 4 isn't really the type of game that allows region sharing; in order to share my region I would also have to post my plugins folder as well which is nearly 5GB large, not too mention potential compatibility issues as well. If I could I definitely would.

    nRVOUS | The coastline is the way it is because I originally planned to have a bunch of docks/marinas/harbors lining the coast, but then abandoned the idea due to the lack of available plugins online. I might decide to change it sometime in the future.

    The British Sausage | Glad you like it, I was aiming for each of the city tiles on flat land to not look like they were copy and pasted.

    Kingkhufu | That would be a great idea if I made Kellan with cities skylines, which would make region sharing for collabs much easier.


    Links for articles about the winter of 1949-1950 in the Pacific Northwest for those who are interested (as well as an Imgur gallery with screenshots of climate data from selected cities).

    Just how bad was the winter of 1949-1950? (KOMO Seattle)

    A look back at the epic blizzards of 1950 (KOMO Seattle)

    Why was January 1950 so warm in Washington, D.C.[...]?

    Portland, Oregon Longest and Coldest Winters

    PDF From Washington State About December 2011 (pages 3-6 are about 1950)


    Well, that's it for Update 2. Hope I didn't bore you too much, this update was over informative but I'll try to keep all of the exposition down in future updates. Look out for Update 3!

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    Santa Vegas has an average estimated population of 225,000. Geographically, it is composed of steep, mountainous terrain intersected by a river, flowing from northwest to southeast. Between the source of the river and its mouth, it widens, forming Lake Vegas. It then drains into the (Unnamed) Ocean. In the southeast, the scenic coastline dominates.

    The river is crossed only 4 times:

    1. The northernmost crossing consists of a pair of road bridges. The main road connection is 4 lanes each direction and the secondary connection is 1 lane each direction with tram tracks;
    2. The second crossing connects the island in Lake Vegas with the commercial zone via a pair of one-way 2 lane highways;
    3. The third and most vital crossing is a pair of highway bridges at the base of the lake carrying north-south traffic across;
    4. The final crossing is a 1 lane (in each direction) road at the mouth of the river connecting two monuments on each side.

    The remainder of the map consists of mainly mountainous terrain bounded by low-lying coastal plains. The easternmost dense development (Washington region) is particularly vulnerable to flooding due to the low elevation and immediately coastal location. Across the Bay--in the area of the southernmost river crossing--the industrial region here is prone to flooding despite the seawalls. Drainage is generally quick and the region rebuilds with ease. Finally, the most vulnerable region for tsunami impact is just north of the Washington region where there is a small lagoon. When a tsunami impacts the region--no matter its direction--the shape of the lagoon creates ripples and rebounds the energy of the water, often pushing water back into areas just affected by water. Further north, east of the International Airport, a recent major tsunami inundated the airport and surrounding developments; something that had not previously occurred. Fortunately, tsunamis will not flow any further than about the middle of Forrest Park due to a waterfall in the river; the elevation change is (luckily) too great for even the most extreme tsunamis.


    Apologies, these screenshots were taken during a tsunami event.






    Please, comment with any questions you might have!

  15. Welcome back, traveller!


    Haven't you heard?

    New jobs will be available in the West, with the wealthy Osalis wanting to found their own manor. Lots of business is already underway with Noman stone mine just opened North West of Cronio:



    And even more opportunities with the advancement in uncharted territory, West, at Dostin forestry:



    Oh, you also might have heard those... unpleasent... monster stories...

    What? You haven't?



    I'll tell you what they say:

    Wild animals they say...

    He who led the woodcutting monitored the shadowed treeline where the sunshine was filtered out to a
    darkened everlasting cave. Branches were like arms and leaves were like scales of a dragon's skin. The
    men giggled and grinned with an insecure sense of sarcasm and scorn at each other's fear, the only
    honest emotion permeating around. In the meantime the forest chirped and screamed uninterrupted in an
    orchestra of liveliness. The skeleton of a growing stone wall only hinted at a future sense of

    Suddenly, a beastly roar. Far away - yet close enough to freeze everybody in place. Birds also reacted
    to the call of the wild. A flock took the sky chaotically, scared away. Friendly faces looked at each
    other in confusion and the fear only grew stronger. The men in uniform armed with rifles formed up
    hastily and reported to the commanding officer. He instructed a team to investigate the area past the

    So they left... And work started again.

    The foreman felt unease. He consulted with the Captain of the military company stationed there. 

    "Mister Mai. What's troubling you?"

    "Captain. I might just be tired and stressed..."

    "You scared some big lizard is goin' come out of the jungle and munch on y'mans?"

    The foreman could summon a smirk. But it faded.

    "The thought has crossed my mind. I would have to be honest..."

    The Captain sighed with a benevolent smile on his bearded face and patted his round belly over the
    loose uniform.

    "Now. Don't you tell you believe all the stories..."

    "No, sir. I know they like to... 'embellish'?"

    The Captain laughed out loud holding his belly. 


    When he finished laughing - and he took his time - he dried the tears and together with the foreman
    walked in one of the two wooden huts - his 'office'. He grabbed a butt of bread and bit it, showing his
    back to the foreman, who looked at it anxiously.

    "Two weeks ago B platoon was on patrol on the southern perimeter after reports of 'disturbance' to
    work. Y'friend was on shift. Romaro. Great guy. But a tad retarded, if I can be honest..."

    The Captain turned to face Mr Mai with raised eyebrows, awating his response. Mr Mai sighed

    "I know. He's not the brightest. But he gets the job done"

    "Exactly my point."

    The Captain sat down behind his tiny desk. He barely fit. His tone took a sharp turn into the dark and

    "They'd heard weird animal noise and chirps and saw movement in the trees that was a tad too close to
    the work. So I sent my men in to investigate...

    "Forty soldiers walked into the forest. Fully armed with rifles an'revolvers...

    "Eleven terrified and wounded men came out, screamin'... You could tell the shock in their eyes. As
    if... they had seen hell, and it only just missed them. They probably couldn't believe they were still
    alive afterall...

    "When we asked them what they'd seen... They couldn't tell."

    The Captain shrugged the darkness off his shoulder and bit the bread once more. Mr Mai was intrigued.

    "How's that possible, Captain? Weren't they questioned properly?"

    The Captain took a slight bit of offence and raised his tone with aggression.

    "You think I can't handle my men?"

    Mr Mai immediately withdrew and the Captain disengaged. He felt compelled to explain, though.

    "I don't know... My guess is that... What got'em... must've scared the shit out'o'em!"


    The Captain observed Mr Mai's perplexed face for a while as he chewed the bread. Then he leaned
    forwards and produced a bunch of papers out of the desk drawer. 

    "Here. Have a read through these"

    He handed them to Mr Mai.

    "What are they?"

    The Captain smirked.

    "Bunch o'papers you might find..."

    Mr Mai reluctantly grabbed the papers as the Captain gleefully finished his sentence.


    The foreman retreated to his hut next door to read through the documents. They were military reports.
    He got comfortable enough and started reading in the privacy of his small office.
    He shuffled the papers around, and as he got engrossed in the stuff and started reading aloud without


    District 4-4. Onesa Valley. approx 2km south-west of Cronio city walls. 

    Bla bla bla...

    Sighting of at least 12 strong pack of bipedal man-size creature, with long tails

    He shuffled to another paper



    ...man-size creature, with long tails...

    And another paper.



    ...11 strong pack of bipedal... with long tails...

    He started blank in the air and papers slipped off his hand. He grunted as he recovered them from the
    dampy wooden floor and cross-checked them. He found something of utmost interest:

    ...pack of bipedal man-sized creature with long tails, now nicknamed "the Forest Raider"...
    ...also known as: "Kinoraptor". This species is to be considered extremely dangerous and of a hostile
    nature. Maximum caution is to be observed in the areas where this animal is known to have been spotted
    or suspected of inhabiting.

    Mr Mai relaxed on the chair and dipped into the darkness of his thoughts.

    The sun slipped behind the tree tops and it became darker very quickly. Mr Mai looked at the working
    area with apprehension and sighed anxiously. Then he breathed in and tensed.

    "Alright! That's enough for today, peeps!"

    He called the supervisors who in turn mustered the woodsmen for the walk back to camp, where they will
    be behind the safety of stone walls and armed guards.

    But: gunfire!

    The rifles thundering echoed back to the woodscutting opening and more birds flocked away. Once again
    the men froze in place looking in the direction of the sounds.
    The gunfire persisted until it was upon the woodscutting area. It was then that the roar became a clear
    and present danger. Horrified grown men started to scream their heart out in high pitched voice and
    turned their back to scuttle initially in random directions, until mostly everybody was running in the
    same direction: towards civilization. The foreman challenged the stream of fellow terrified workers to
    get eyes on the danger and saw a massive shadow chasing the soldiers in the forest. It strode on two
    muscular legs, its upper body sprang forward and counterbalanced by a long tail. Its entire body served
    as support for prodigious jaws packed with teeth. 
    The last of the sunrays that filtered through the forest contrasted with the fuzzy skin of the mammoth
    beast. A bloodied face soldier pushed the foreman out of the way, but he regained his posture still
    admiring in awe the approaching monster.

    He couldn't believe his eyes. 









  16. Aerinia City

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    When we left off last time the city it was still getting established.
    It's been a few months since then, and a lot has happened.


    As the title might suggest, the city has now grown to a size that warrants the establishment of a permanent government. A town hall was built to house the government, consisting of the mayor and his inner circle, and just across the street from that a group of volunteers built a medical clinic. This has led to a small increase in quality of life across the growing city.
    The overall living conditions still aren't great, but they're improving daily.

    Highlighted: The first city hall


    Some empty spaces in the city have been filled in with a random mess of flowers to add some more color to the city.

    And just south of that, on the beach, people often gather on hot days to swim, relax, and otherwise have a good time. This public beach would be the first of Ardent Plaza's many recreational opportunities.


    After the establishment of the city government, the city started growing faster than ever before. Not pictured is an expansion to the farms that would allow for more food, and more people who came to buy the food. Now you need people to make the food, and keep track of the sales, and now you need houses for people to live in and people to make the houses, and now there's more people, and they make things which make things better, and more people come, there's more farming and more people to make things for more people and now there's business, money, writing, laws, power,society.png?dl=0
    Image credit: Bill Wurtz
    Coming soon to a dank river valley near you.

  17. This is the second entry in a series of entries covering Aeroes City. The previous entry covered the dirty roots of the city region that was initially discovered by industrialists. As industry boomed in the city, the population flooded in. Setting up tent, and dropping their anchors, the population needed something a little more permanent. So forth Aeroes City became a city. Suburbs were built, and before long, towering apartment blocks appeared. The township of Aeroes was officially awarded city status with the deceleration of its first downtown district.

    Part II: Downtown

    Initially, the heart of Aeroes City followed a narrow corridor branching from the Athena Straight Industrial District, through what is today the Northern District. Even today, remnants of the past remain along the busy avenue, that remains skirted by towers to this day. The downtown location in the Northern District had little space to grow, however, and quickly became quite long. With so much population relying on one major artery in and out of town, traffic built up. Commutes became long. Too many buildings relied on the avenue. It couldn't become a highway. The nearby suburbs also opposed the idea of a highway cutting them in half. Eventually, a railway was built through the district, alleviating some traffic issues, and creating others in the process. Level crossings were the only space saving option.The Northern District had outgrown its shoes.


    Old, rotting residential towers in the old downtown in the Northern District are a reminder of the undesirable location.


    Despite the rot, sims still choose to live here. This intersection is the heart of Northern, with this train station one of the busiest in Aeroes City.


    A new addition to the old downtown - a row of commercial offices border the high-tech industry and a suburb of the Northern District. The avenue is a now major transport route with the decision to build a traffic tunnel under the river from Northern to Central.


    An overview of the east-west downtown of old.  The downtown area followed the avenue from Athena Straight in the west to the diagonal avenue in the east. It was largely a residential downtown, with the population boom from Athena Straight.


    Aeroes City was at breaking point, and needed room to grow when the floodgates were opened. From here came the birth of the Central District on the opposite banks of the Aeroes River. By now, the commercial business was paying close attention to the city. A north-south highway was built connecting the banks, and exits placed in prime location for commercial industry. Close to the first exit, the public radio station AM-FM (Aeroes Metropolitan-FM), promoted the initial growth of downtown. Grew it did, the peninsular quickly became a sea of high rise apartments and office space. Boasting all the modern amenities needed to host a growing office population, the Central Region of Aeroes City will go down in history as Downtown.


    A snapshot of Central, bounded by Aeroes River, the railway in the West, and the avenues in the South and East. Unofficially, the South and East stretches to the nearby roads.


    AM-FM in amongst the eastern commercial offices of Central, at the foot of the first of 3 highway off ramps feeding into Central. The city zoo overlooks the oldest highway bridge in the region.


    The heart of Central is home to the Stock Exchange and the Bureau of Bureaucracy. A stones throw away is the minor-league soccer/football stadium, and the major-league baseball stadium. The city wharf is home to high class retail and office space.


    At the northernmost tip of the Central District is the convention center. A high-value commercial district has sprawled countless boutique offices at its doorstep.


    The civic center of town in the late afternoon. Home to city hall, the courthouse, the central library, and the central firehouse.


    As the sun goes down on another busy day in Aeroes City, many sims, region wide, are tuning into AM-TV-9: one of the national TV stations of the Flatlands.

    I hope part II of Welcome to Aeroes City has been as entertaining to see as it was to build. The city is still a work in progress, and someday I may have to revisit the downtown area(s). Lookout for part III, coming soon.

  18. Miyagi Industries Factory and Car Export Terminal - in this universe Miyagi Industries owns Ford and it's part of General Motors.


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    Entry 24 -- First Steps in Cindersville

    Thank you for all the likes in the previous entry. In this entry I want to introduce a new city I'm working on now that I'm done with Pololomia.




    This will be a hilly city with quite a few diagonal areas...




    I got tired of building constantly on the flat...




    Though the city centre is flat of course!







    But several of the suburbs in Cindersville are built on the hills.







    The centrepiece of Cindersville is the 3-lane highway which runs right through the centre.




    Squeezing out every drop of grid-busting...




    Filling in the fractionally-angled areas left by the highway will be fun to fill in!




    This highway will have three entry points: one in the west, one in the city centre and one in the east.




    And of course the slopes bring the area to life.




    What I'm working on is a tight, enclosed valley feel which eventually opens up.


    Next Thursday/Friday it's back to Pololomia.


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    WELCOME to the first town of this great region. North Qwerty is the beginning farm/small town plot. It consists of thousands of farm jobs and a portion dedicated to medium manufacturer jobs. To the north-central along the rive is the starter town. Development then spread out in all directions. Now has 3 main townships and 2 major manufacturing centers. The transportation consists of rail for both passenger and cargo,  and the starting stretch of the rhw system. Along with subway connecting the townships together. 

    I created a pic vid using in-game screenshots and the windows pic-to-video editor.


    WILL be adding a couple of ferry terminals to connect to the rest of the region. This will be a huge undertaking due to the fact that the land has to be expanded in order to place them in, without wiping out existing city building.

  21. Hudston Bay - the modern gem of Treien
    Hudston Bay was a sprawling industrial area, however by 1960 all of the dockyard moved from HB to Jervis, Neutral Bay and Etusk. Today the dockyards are now fully outside of Treien in Etusk (a 55 minute drive from the city).

    During the 1960s to the late 70s, Hudston Bay was stagnated with poverty and crime. Most of the houses and flats are in a poor state at this time and most of the city's rich has moved down south to South Treien and even outside the city in places in New North Wales, Maine and Northern Ostrobia. However after the 70s, a massive push to revitalise Hudston Bay as Ostrobia has yet to have a proper financial and buisness hub at the time. The Government put billions and billions of dollars to put Hudston Bay in to good use and it meant that a lot of flats and apartments was knocked down to make way for tall skyscrapers and only 25% of original architecture still remains.

    Also shown is Forbes Park, one of the major city park of Treien, located in Hudston Bay.

    Forbes Park with ICE Studios complex at the other side of the canal.

    Hudston Bay viewed on top of a helicopter

    Jervis, Haswell & Airport and City Metrolink tracks towards Forbes Park

    Hudston Bay riverside


    Left - Hudston Bay station served by the City, Haswell, Airport and City and Grustanaberg lines (C,H,A&C building shown), Right - Drecht Canal and bridge leading up to Treien Hudston Bay main station.

    Victor Road junction.

    Treien Hudston Bay station (top) serves Northern Ostrobia and Maine.

    Victoria - Jewel of South Treien
    Victoria is one of the most luxourious LGA's of Treien and Ostrobia. Victoria is the place of shopping however Hamlewood is also regarded as that place as well. Victoria also has Ostrobia Park, one of the major parks of Treien. It also hosts the Treien Zoo and the Treien Nature Reserve.

    Ostrobia Park

    Treien City University

    Pernstraat leading to Grectheinstraat, off the Treien Victoria station

    Treien Zoo and Treien Nature Reserve

    Albertkeithen Statue and Victoria Square. The station is served by the River, City and Airport and City lines

    Complex junction towards Treien Victoria. Treien Victoria serves the states of south-eastern New North Wales, Prethenia, South Central, Hyenia, Holboken. Both high speed and regional services service the station.

    Roundabout of the Tower of Light. It is the main entrance to Victoria from Hudston Bay's New Bridge, which is the furthest west bridge of the River Oereomond.


    Canals, canals, canals

    Grustanasberg - Cultural Capital of Ostrobia
    Grustansberg is the Cultural Capital of Ostrobia? Why? There is a lot of history behind Grustansberg and lots of things to see and do there as well. Grustansberg is home to the Tower of Liberty, a world landmark built in 1860 to comemerate the Ostrobian revolution of 1848. The Riverside Park shows a glimpse of Hudston Bay from the south side. Notorious places of interest include New Edinbrugh Musuem, Uktlespreken Musuem, Treien Opera House, Treien Art and Portrait Gallery, Mirabel Fountain, Nieuw Alkmaarplein, Monument of the Fallen Ostrobians, Colonial Gardens, German Market and the Grustansberg Market.

    Grustansberg viewed from a helicopter

    Hudston Bay viewed from the Riverside Park

    Colonial Gardens. The Colonial House was the residence of the Governor of North West Ostrobia during the British colonial era.

    Treien Musuem Plaza. Shown is the Treien Art and Portrait Gallery

    Nieuw Alkmaarplein. Notice Hudston Bay in the distance. Right of it is the Treien Opera House.

    Left - New Edinburgh Musuem, focuses on the History of Treien and its Cultural History. The Nieuw Alkamaarplein station is also shown served by Ostrobia, Northern and River Lines. The Nieuw Alkmaarplein station is also served by NNW Rail.

    Monument of the Fallen Ostrobians

    Uktlespreken Musuem. Showcases Natural History and also Cultural and Technological History

    The Cathedral and the Tower of Liberty dominate South Treien until the new flats at Neutral Bay were constructed

    Grustanberg Station. The overground section serves City and Airport and City lines. The underground section serves the Grustansberg and Jervis lines. Left - Hamlewood Clock Tower. Centre - Hamlewood Station. Right - Grustanberg Market and Cathedral

    Grustanasberg Market and Cathedral

    Hamlewood Clock Tower with the Treien Hamlewood Station

    German Market with Hudston Bay at the background

    Treien Hamlewood Station. It is served by the City, Airport and City and Northern lines. It services Ostrobia's main cities in the west which are Seblo and Aranley. It also serves the Western and South Western Coast areas of Ostrobia.

    Inside German Market

    Tollsbury - Government's Area
    Tollsbury is the area in which the Federal Government is located. It also hosts a number of embassies. Tollsbury is generally not regarded as Central Treien but in fact Central South East Treien due to a number of flats and little major retail areas. Most of Tollsbury is either housing or office administration.

    The Tollsbury Circus island is owned by the federal government. It is surrounded by 15 story high stone walls built in the 1910s to deter any foreign invading power. The perimeter of the walls have been used to station machine and anti aircraft guns during World War II. Today they are an icon of Treien.

    Tollsbury Circus Complex. Top right: Federal Police Headquaters, across the road from the HQ: House of the Prime Minister, 10 Mirabell Road. Right of 10 Mirabell: Federal Court, right of the court: Federal Government Offices of various departments. Office block: Federal Security and Intelligance Organisation (FISO). Bottom right: Parliament of Ostrobia.

  22. first I have to say this entry basically a repost of the Update 46a from SC4 Devotion since it show similar situation but in different time so expect some pictures are similar with from that update. If you wonder yes this is the annual update I make about the holiday homecoming traffics in Karasem which I made annually since 2012 (although I skipped 2013 and 2015).

    Update 45c: 2018 Holiday Traffic Report

    Introduction: As it's 1 days before Idul Fitri in Karasem, many people go to their hometown to celebrate ied with their big families. most of the travelers come from major cities like Meriah, Cibebek and Kota Baru toward hometown. as for 2017 data from both Cibebek Metropolitan Area and Meriah Metropolitan Area, about 32% of travelers go to Central Cikulon Province (Capital Purwasari), 27% to South Cikulon Province (Capital: Tanjung Bambu), 20% go to Kasemetapang Province and other places in Northern Islands 18% toward various places in North Cikulon Province (Capital: Meriah) and the rest go to other provinces. The tradition also occurs in other places in Karasem but mostly in Western Karasem which is much more populated than eastern part. 

    Map of western Karasem in case of wondering.

    This year prediction, the peak of the hometown bound traffic happened in Day-3 (12/6 Tuesday) as for today (Day-1) the traffic has decreased but not significant enough to compare it with the normal non holiday season intercity traffics in Karasem.  For the anticipation beforehand, National government from Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Public Works launch additional services such as extra train trip from Major cities stations, ticket discounts, advanced traffic management planning, until the the launching of the functional-only-serviceless-highways. Big Trucks except for fuel, food trucks as well as the minor trucks are banned from the main road and Expressways in 1 week (10/6-17/6) during the eid holiday season in order to avoid additional congestion in roads.

    First report came from the Air Transportation. As seen in Kota Meriah International Airport (KMIA) the passenger traffic increased by 19% compared to yesterday despite its only 1 day before the eid. According to several passengers, they decide to come back closer to eid using air transportation because of their workplaces tight schedule where they didn't get additional holiday for eid. Some other also prefers to travel in the last day before eid to avoid the peak back in their hometown

    From Kota Meriah International Airport

    Next, we go to the Cibebek Raya Station to check the rail transport from the main station of Cibebek Metropolitan Area. Passengers come with their family few hours before the trains departing, some of them waiting in the front of station as well as the intercity train platform. Today its predicted to be 21,728 passengers to depart from this station to their hometown, lower than yesterday which is 23,493. Earlier this morning, Karasem President Widjojo Raharjo alongside with officials from Minister of Transportation visited the station to monitor the situation as well as greet the people who are going back to their hometown. This year is the first year that full double track between Meriah to Kota Baru operating during holiday season which hope to increase the number of trips of intercity trains as well as reducing the number of delays on the trip. As for station itself, platform allocation for the Intercity Trains increased by disabling the Kota Baru-Cibebek Line Feeder during the Eid season. However, Cibebek Railway stated that the commuter/local train service will remains normally operates only with reduced feeder line.

    Situation in Cibebek Raya Station

    Now the report of road transportation which dominated by the personal motor vehicles like Sedans and SUVs. 
    First toward the Report from Sumber Rejo Toll Gate of Meriah-Kota Baru Expressway in Kemayoran, North Cikulon Province. Congestion reported about 4km from the toll gate in Meriah direction as well as 3km in Kota Baru direction, which is better than yesterday up to 10km queue length. in order to relief the congestion, toll road operators, add aditional gate instead of 12 normally available into 15 in single direction as well as the "pay before toll gate" services. Currently its been advised that the travelers from Cibebek-Kota Baru area who want to go toward Purwasari to use the eastern coast route which is less used than west coast route of Cikulon in order to relief the traffic in Sumberrejo and later Kedawung in Malang Bawah. Meriah-Kota Baru Expressway itself is rather special than other highway/expressway around Karasem where they been used heavily in both direction in every holiday season because its connect 2 major metropolitan area in Karasem which is Kota Baru-Cibebek Metropolitan Area with Meriah Metropolitan Area.

    Traffic in the Meriah-Kota Baru Expressway on Sumber Rejo IC about 2km west of Sumber Rejo Toll Gate.

    Meanwhile from the non-expressway Karasem National Main Route 1, traffic reported in moderate condition. however when entering Kemayoran City center, heavy traffic reported.

    Situation in Karasem National Route 1 in Sumberrejo, Kemayoran.

    Meanwhile from the East Coast Route (Karasem National Route 5) of Cikulon in Trimurjo, south of Kemayoran situation reported with light but rather dense traffic for south bound direction. Travelers using this route as an alternative to the western coast route (Karasem National Route 1) to go to Purwasari or other areas in eastern coast of Cikulon

    Situation in Eastern Cikulon Coast Route 

    Next we go to Kedawung area which become the worst nuisance on last 2 year holiday season traffic where last year happened to be the worst happened. Kedawung is a town in south of Malang Bawah City, North Cikulon which currently the end of West Cikulon Expressway (currently Meriah-Malang Bawah Expressway) where its used mostly from every traveler from Meriah or even Cibebek who want to travel toward Central and South Cikulon Province. Currently the traffic jam at 6km long toward Malang Bawah JCT, intersection of the partially finished Malang Bawah-Purwasari Expressway which is much better than during the peak this year (14km) or the worst last year (23km). The operation of Malang Bawah-Purwasari Expressway and functionally-opened unfinished section of this expressway help to distribute the traffic toward Purwasari. Main problem of this traffic is the meeting with the national route traffic which is rather congested, the existence of "pasar tumpah" in Kedawung town center as well as the railway crossing nearby the exit. Currently local officers manage the traffic by diverting the traffic from Central Cikulon toward Malang Bawah into the Kedawung Bypass in the west of the city although this solution just temporary until the completion of Malang Bawah-Purwasari Expressway in late 2019.

    Traffic Jam in the Kedawung exit of Meriah-Malang Bawah Expressway.

    Next are the reports from the recently finished part of Malang Bawah-Purwasari Expressway. The situation much better than last year where the usable unfinished part of this expressway opened for functional only. However since this expressway isn't completely finished yet, people still need to use non-expressway main road after the operating part or choose to use unfinished part of expressway which is rather low in safety and other road aspects including its very dusty condition and bumpy roads.

    The operating part of the Malang Bawah-Purwasari expressway in Pegajuran District, Malang Bawah Regency.

    Another opened section of the expressway near the border of Malang Bawah and Malang Atas Regency.

    Next report is from the Cikopo Area in North Cibebek Regency. Cikopo area previously known as the traffic jam area on every year holiday season for the travelers heading toward Tanjung Pojok port to cross to Ketapang Province. With the completion of Cikopo-Tanjung Pojok section of Cibebek-Tanjung Pojok Expressway in April 2015, the traffic not a major problem in this area except for the toll gate pay in this area.

    Queue of Cikopo Toll Gate featuring National Route 1 (as Cibebek-Tanjung Pojok Main Road)

    Last, we go to the Tanjung Pojok Port where the travelers toward Ketapang crossing from Cibebek Province. Tanjung pojok port operate additional dock for the car ferry which total currently 6 docks operating in this ferry crossing. as for yesterday the peak, the port crossed about 19,340 cars and buses with total passanger is 170,289 people crossed adding the motorcycle and pedestrian users.

    situation in Tanjung Pojok Ferry Port

    Thats all for today hope you all enjoy it! And Happy Eid Al Fitri for those who celebrate it!

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