East Tenne: In The Way Of Progress
The Schulmania Transit Office has gained authorization to build a grand bridge spanning the Tenne River. Creatively dubbed “The Tenne River Bridge” in official documents, the residents of Island Home, the small town on two islands in the river, call it “The City Killer”. Why so dour? Two reasons: Island Home has small bridges connecting the islands to both shores, providing the only non-ferry crossing of the river in Schulmania (and a handy source of tolls which could be jeopardized by the project) and the new bridge (if the plans and road routes are approved by Prince Excalibur) promises to slice the town in two. Interestingly enough, vested interests in Island Home have been organizing a protest… let’s see what’s going on.
Ummm… I think we have the wrong footage here… NM!
The choke point in the transit route is here, at the bridge connecting the two isles of Island Home. This little stone bridge is the key to the only land route across the Tenne River.
And, even worse, a grouchy old troll lives under the bridge. His name is Julian and he comes out to shake his fist and denounce the wagons passing overhead. His toll to cross – an oversize check for 85 purrs per week of delivery transit. If that wasn’t bad enough, his speed limit is so low that pedestrians can often pass wagons… and the honking irritates all, except for Julian. He crouches in his faded green metallic house and awaits his next victim.. or, as he calls them, “customer”.
It’s sorta like this… except Julian is not that tall and wears a fedora and lives in a faded green metallic house not unlike a 1965 Plymouth Valiant.
Now you can see why the Transit Office has been inundated with complaints to find a new route.
The small town has made a good living from its key transit location and the circulation of Julian’s oversize 85 purr checks in the local economy. But, residents from Roane-Anderson and the new capital site all the way down to Schulmanukau and Hestorbia are pressing for improvements. Forward-looking visionaries working on the new capital would like to see some sort of Trans-Schulmania highway linking the whole country. And in their vision, Island Home is the place where two halves of the nation will be joined.
No trolls, lower tolls here at the Twin Rocks Bridge…
Here by Island Home Harbor, the popular seafood chain of Nothing But Net has a large marketplace and fisheteria.
This is the largest NBN emporium outside of the home office of Tellico. Hungry?
It is a nice town and the new bridge project is sure to displace some of it.
Residents have a nice life here, despite the constant wagon traffic through residential streets.
Former mayor Nathan Sundquist bought this statue out of his own pocket to mollify the electorate after having declared the town needed an income tax to fund bridge repairs.
That went over like the proverbial lead balloon. He was booed until the townsfolk got hoarse. He commissioned the statue to say “I’m sorry.” He was still voted out of office, replaced by current mayor Dr. Nicolas Riviera, whose upbeat campaign featured the slogan “Hi everybody… vote for me and bridge repair will come out of the tolls instead of your pockets.” He won with 100% of the vote.
New mayor Dr. Nicolas Riviera
Former mayor Nathan Sundquist
No backups today on the New Milvian Bridge…
Nathan’s Folly Circle and the tranquil town could be fundamentally reshaped if the ambitious plan to remove tolls and trolls is successful
Transit Office estimates are that over 1500 wagons per day would use the new and improved bridge
A delegation from Island Home is on the way to Roane-Anderson to plead their case to Prince Excalibur. Will he determine that the town is standing in the way of progress? We will see… Will Julian be grouchy about whatever is decided? You betcha!