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Celeste | Encore une fois, Franogei

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ThomasSimpson

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Hellken: Thank you very much, that's very kind of you.

ggamgus: Ah, trying out our French are we? Bonjour is about as far as I can go, but merci beaucoup!

10^13: Thanks mate! That's the same feeling I get with your updates, although they really do deserve it!

westy177: Thank you! The train station is one of the major London terminals.

NMUSpidey: Long time no see friend! It's been a while but Cattala was away for a while too. It's been a productive summer so do go and check out some of the previous updates when you get the time, there's some rural ones I know you'll like.

grstudios: I use his RHW textures and a NAM left hand drive version for standard roads.

Benedict: In the new Cattala region, I'm definitely trying to use more rail to allow me, hopefully, to someday do a rail update.

Kruness, dubaidude303, VMIUJcadet09, urbanconstanta: Thank you all for your comments. :)

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Buonasera from Celeste, for the twenty-third update from our illustrious capital city. That's more than a quarter of this journals updates... probably should start visiting elsewhere a bit more! Thank you all for your comments and for continuing to follow this journal.

We start today in the Castello di Celestica, the ancient heart of the city. Celeste grew up around the town of Celloporto, and was designed in the 12th century to become the grand capital of the House of Celestine's kingdom. Today, little remains of the original city after extensive reconstructions and expansion in the Middle Ages and the Industrial Age, but some landmarks have stood the test of time.

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But we aren't visiting the Castello today. I promised last week that we'd visit Franogei, which was an integral part of the original Celeste that I built in 2010. This time, Alder Hill dominates the core of the city but Franogei is still an important district.

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One of its most obvious roles is as the home of the government and its key ministries. The Ministry of Defence can be found in the eastern fringes of the Franogei area, nestled between some neo-Parisian architecture from the 19th century.

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The divide between Alder Hill and Franogei is regarded as being at the Alder Bridge, which is the main entrance to the centre of the capital from the north. Alongside it are the Imperial University's science research centre and the Imperial History Museum of Cattala, one of the most popular museums in the country.

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Franogei is a prosperous part of Celeste, which in turn is an affluent city. As such, it has one of the highest proportions of public schools in the country per person. Our Lady's Prepatory School is just one of the many dotted across the city and is one of the leading schools in Franogei.

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As well as being an important cultural and educational district, Franogei is home to the devolved Parliament of Amosseri, which has similar powers to the Welsh Assembly in the UK over education, police and transport.

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But of course, like the rest of the kingdom, it's also a very spiritual area. The private school is a partner of the Church of Our Lady, which is one of the oldest buildings in this part of the city and was once part of a monastery.

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Another government department based in Franogei is the Ministry for National Affairs, which has overall responsibility for policing, fire services and prisons. Their base is in one of the more modern buildings, built in the 20th century to house both the Ministry and a bureaucratic arm of Celeste's Metropolitan Police force.

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A defining piece of architecture in the capital is the AIN Commission, which took over a former museum and school combination and is now the centre of the union's European offices. It also acts as an embassy and consulate for many AIN nations without specific ambassadors for Cattala.

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Alongside the AIN Commission are the Ministry of Academia, which organises education on a national scale and the Treasury, which is in control of the country's finances and spending. In recent years that's been a very hard job, especially with countries around Cattala on the brink of bankruptcy.

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Thank you for visiting Franogei today, and I hope you like the surprise we've got coming up later in the week...

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Such beautiful sights. I was just looking at a Japanese castle scene elsewhere, then to come here and see a breathtaking European city is pretty amazing. I like the editing you do to bring out the colors in the shots. 'Tis a lovely journal, for sure!

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