Hello Everyone- I joined simtropolis a long time ago, then left due to a series of unforeseen events. However, I came back after finding a steam copy of SC4, and realized how much I missed simtropolis and Simcity itself. As such, here is my first City Journal since 2008 (I think, I don't quite remember)
As such, I welcome you to My new nation.
The Commonwealth of Ororia
The Flag of the Commonwealth, Symbolizing it as being at the crossroads of the blue atlantic
Aequalitas per libertatem
The national slogan "Equality through Liberty"
The commonwealth is an Island nation roughly located 1200 Miles east of the coast of Massachusetts. First discovered by the British on their conquests of North America, the nation was an important trading point for Ships on their way to North America. As such, the nation was serviced by most ships on their way to North America and Europe, leading to cities with Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, and English names, which explains diversity that has existed in the country since its independence. The island's economy grew as an agricultural island to supply ships on their way between the continents.
The nation was divided between the empires, and largely was unaffected by the American Revolution. However, the revolutionary spirit began to flare up when American shippers began arriving in the Ports, selling better goods at cheaper prices. However, in its desire to low America's growth, the British banned all American goods from its ports, infuriating the people. Dalton, (the largest port city at Independence) ignored the demands of the British (who controlled the Majority of the Country at that time) and began buying goods as they wished. This relatively peaceful revolt was crushed in 1797, when the Brits arrived and shut down the Port of Dalton, and killing merchants who continued their trade.
This authoritative action infuriated the citizens, and a group called "the heroes of the commonwealth" arose. These men and women became national criers, uniting the diverse people of the country in all of the cities and towns, calling for an end of British Rule. After a bloody war, the British were finally driven from the island at the battle of Pawtunket Island, officially granting the nation independence in 1811. Ororia immediately began trading with the Americans again, and refused to grant port to British Warships during the War of 1812. The nation grew fairly slowly until the civil war, when Southerners who opposed slavery found haven on the island.
However, the southern navy was very interested in gaining a port close to the Union, and sent a delegation to gain favor from the nation. When the union heard about this, they immediately sent hundreds of engineers, Architects, and railroad builders to build up the (extremely) undeveloped island. Thus, the commonwealth refused to assist the south, and sent a fair number of troops (unofficially) to assist the north in their war with the south. When the north won the war, Ororia became an effective territory of the United States, but never truly joined in an alliance with them. However, the free trading with the United States helped to build the country from a backward farming island to an industrial powerhouse in the Atlantic. The commonwealth took some of the smaller islands close to the country, but never built a navy for anything larger than defense of the nation. However, the commonwealth was threatened by the rise of imperial Germany, and sent several regiments to aid the allies. Nervous that the Europeans would see this as American intervention, the United States severed its direct ties to the commonwealth, and Ororia was truly independent once again. However, fearing invasion of the island by European powers again, the Americas sent ships to defend its harbors. However, for whatever reason, the Germans never took interest in the island, and the nation never suffered from another invasion.
The commonwealth remained neutral during the Second World War, fearing another massive loss of its population like during the First World War. However, it took aggressive stances against the Axis, including refusing port of ships bound for cities within the axis powers. With the end of the Second World War, ships no longer needed to dock at ports on the way between Europe and the nation needed to reinvent its economy. The nation then touted its plentiful resources, and began the nation began touting its highly educated workforce. Thus, the nation grew to have the highly diverse economy, with agriculture, industry, banking, and high technology that can be seen today.
The nations economy is largely based on Shipping, Banking, and industry, but agriculture is still a major part of the economy.
The nations schools require students to speak English, French, and Spanish, however, a sizable minority of people speak German, Dutch, Portuguese, or Chinese.
The country has two divisions of representation, the federal level, and the town level. There is a regional representation, but has no authority other than taxing citizens of a metropolitan area. The government is fiercely directly democratic, allowing every citizen to represent himself or herself and their personal opinions in the government, without having a representative who they don’t agree with represent opinions they do not believe in.
The Federal Government is largely based on the American government, with three distinct branches of government. The Executive branch is the office of the President, who is elected by a popular vote once every five years and can serve only one term. The second is the Judicial Branch, represented by the Supreme Court of the commonwealth. The Supreme Court of the commonwealth is composed of 9 justices, each one who is appointed by the president and confirmed by a majority of the representatives. They serve until the age of 70, at which point they can retire or have the choice to continue to serve. The legislative branch, compared to the American Legislative branch, only has one hall of representation, the house of the commonwealth. Each town is granted one representative in the hall of the commonwealth, but each representative is granted one vote for every 100 citizens they represent. As such, they do not have to vote 100% for every vote that comes to the house of the commonwealth; citizens can actually send a letter to their representative, informing them that they do approve of a certain bill. Each representative serves for a six-year term, but can be recalled by their people at will. Representatives have rolling elections, which means that only ⅓ of them are up for reelection every two years (similar to the way the U.S. senate works)
However, while the federal government has the ultimate authority on all issues, the majority of power is held by the towns. The country does not have counties, or regional subdivisions outside of names of regions (such as Portuguese Island) and all authority is within the towns (for example, the City of Miller, or the Town of Fairfield). There are no unincorporated areas; every inch of land is held within the incorporated area of a town. Towns under 12,000 people are governed by a town hall meeting, where issues are debated directly between the people of the town. Cities over 12,000 are represented by a representative town hall, where blocks of the city choose a person who represents them directly and can recall them at anytime. A city representative must provide an address where the people can personally talk to them and bring specific issues to light, which they, in turn, must bring to city council meetings.
The location of the commonwealth in the Atlantic
Taken from google
This is the Island that I hope to completely Occupy by the end of this CityJournal.
This is Cape Barren Island by BobDriver from the LEX
A Big thanks to him for his map.