SimCoug: Yes they are! A little diagonal help is always good for farm fields, it seems.
Welcome back to the tour around Simland. Last week we took the flight to Alpena, a beautiful country where the rural lifestyle still rages strong, even in the bigger cities. Let's take a look at the country's basic information.
Compared to Real World countries, Alpena's GDP would be the 57th, between New Zealand and Irak; while their Income per capita is the 92th, between Dominican Republic and Argelia.
But don't let those numbers make you think this is a poor country, Alpena's enormous territory has never been explored completely, and every now and then, something is accidentally discovered in the wildlands.
More than 90% of the the population concentrates on two huge valleys, the Grand Valley, and the Colton River Valley, on them a prosperous agriculture lives, while on the industrial cities are located in the coasts. These valleys are bordered by mountain ranges, the two most important are the Coastal Fire Range, composed of long inactive volcanos, and Great Northern Mountains, that go all the way through the country, from the north to the southeast.
The flag of Alpena represents the beauty of their nation, which is their greatest pride.
While it's a simple flag, the three colors represent, from left to right, the fertile lands of the valleys, the cold mountain-tops of the Alpena's mountains, and their rich water resources, that wash through the valleys and into the expansive ocean.
Alpena is a relatively young nation, with 200 years of independence from it's mother country next year, 2013. It started as a colony from the Simmeuropean kingdom of Ingerland, it grew over the centuries of colonial occupation, until most the settlers claimed independence upon the oppressive rule of the Ingerish king. Since then, through a sucession of brilliant leaders, they made their way as one of the most important countries in the Simmerican continent.
But enough history lesson for the now, you see, we are landing right now on the East Storm Airport.
East Storm is a small town located along the east side of the Ernst River, near it's estuary. The Ernst River is the main waterway of the Grand Valley, it runs from north to south, and on it's estuary is the industrial port of Storm City, called like this, because of it's unpredictable weather.
After your luggage was inspected and your passport, sealed, we took a car to the nearest ferry terminal to cross the river. We move along the main road, you can see an apple orchard and some houses, as well as the town's police station as we pass through.
Looks like the ferry is not here yet, we will have to wait.
In the next entry we will take the ferry onto Storm City, so don't move from your chairs.
See you next time!
P.S.: Sorry for getting the entry late, I had a busy Friday and could not upload the entry. I will try and get the next one on Friday like I promised.