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Welcome to the city of Kobol, located just to the East of Hinton, along the border with Tuva Kala.  The UTR and Tuva Kala have good relations, a treaty signed shortly after the founding of Oceanside requires a border fence to be built, on both sides of the border, with a natural area in between.  Kobol was the first city in which the fence was required, due to the border near Hinton to be further south, in the village of Kor De Vaci.  As a result of the border nature of this city, there are very few connections, keeping the required natural area.  Each roadway connection contains customs going into and out of the natural areas, in order to prevent smuggling of the many creatures that call the natural areas home.



A overhead view of Kobol, with neighbors removed.



I-901 bisects the city and provides the major border crossing into Tuva Kala for all vehicles.  It passes through the Martian mountains via Tunnels.



The Osaka neighborhood, home to many of Kobol's residents.  You may notice F-901, with its truck free border crossing.  Farms are common along both sides of the border as the soil is very fertile, so it is easy to grow large numbers of crops in a small area.



The Orkney neighborhood in Northeast Kobol is home to industry and residents in close quarters.  As a result, there are few traffic issues in the area, aside from freight trucks using the streets to move industrial freight to the railroads to both the North and South.





F-98 and its Orion Bridge travel over Wolf Creek Pass, and connect from the Martian Highlands to Thor's tower.  The spiral effect is used quite well to bring the roadway to a lower elevation without require large amounts of land movements, that would have been much more expensive than the tunnel/bridge system being used. 



Exit 3 off of I-901 shows some of the care used when the freeway was constructed.  The Farm nestled in the Interchange was the farm started by the founders of Kobol, Tobias and Penelope Loqual, a historical monument.



Pike Road travels over F-98, relieving traffic issues that used to occur in this vicinity.  A connector was installed to allieviate the issues, and has prevented many of the backups that occurred on F-98 due to the large signal cycles that used to occur.



Different city, regional, state, and federal projects have drastically changed the Martian Mountains, and when each new government comes to power, they have different ways of dealing with the topography in the local areas.  This is why there are neighborhoods climbing up mountain sides, while Federal Highways tunnel under, and city streets use bridges and connector ramps to bypass Highways.



From the Northwest corner of the city, we see the Farmi neighborhood, with its mainly residential and commercial residents.



The Southwest corner of Kobol is a mix of Residential, Commercial, and Industrial purposes.  The slight jog in the border wall belies the southern extension of UTR to Kor De Vaci.



The Kual Viaduct, over Lake Ne Ke, a seasonal lake, filled mainly in the Spring, after the Winter snow melts, and the spring rains come.

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The topography of the city would be a bit too rough to be realistic I think. But I actually like very much how it gives the city a unique character. Good work on those highways!

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