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Emerald Basin Introduction and Summary




My name is Timothy Simm and I am a journalism major at the University of Alaska - Anchorage. The purpose of this project is to study and document the growth and development of Emerald Basin, a region of northern Alaska from the year 2013 to the present. The current year is 2213, and technology has advanced to the stage where time travel allows students to observe and study past civilizations, including the construction of 21st century cities and their surrounding areas. Emerald Basin was chosen because construction on the region did not begin until after the year 2000, a rarity in the United States at the time. The area is unique geographically in that it has ocean and river access, as well as mountains and a volcano that make the basin region temperate in comparison to other Alaskan regions. The basin is rich in alleuvial sedimen, making farmland a premium in the area and providing crops such as sugar cane, corn, wheat, and tobacco. While the entire area is currently uninhabited, three interstates are planned as well as several state highways and rail. In political geographic terms, three counties are in the region: Jefferson, Franklin, and Cedar. The county seats are, respectively, Fairview, St. Matthew, and Mountain Home. Fairview and St. Matthew will make up the basin's major metropolitan area, while Mountain Home will be a small town of about two to three thousand. I-5 by way of I-39 will connect the western town of Port Hudson to the eastern port town of Stormy Bay. Rail also connect both of these industrial ports to each other, with the city of Fairview/St. Matthew located in between. Initial construction will begin on the county seats starting with Fairview, St. Matthew, and then Mountain Home after the skeleton road/rail system is built. All future journal entries will include aerial photos and detailed accounts of the basin's growth. The following is a list of consutrction priroties:

1. Interstate/highway system

2. Railway

3. Fairview/St. Matthew basic infrastructure (power, water, trash, etc.)


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