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St. Wilhelm: Part 3 (Wait, there is a third Island?)



This entry would cover the last and final Island of the trio that makes up the Principality of St. Wilhelm. Welcome to St. Henrick:


Settled around 200 years after the founding of the principality, the island was named after Prince (and later Saint) Henrick, who reclaimed the throne after his traitorous uncle usurped it. To fend off enemy forces from the sea, he built a massive fortress in the center of the island as the headquarters for his troops. There it remained in use as a fortress and later as a monastery until the 13th century, when the Prince's Fortress was built on the main island. In the remaining centuries, the castle grounds remained the property of the Princely family, which uses it as their hunting retreat while a town was founded on the former ramparts of the fortress. Visitors can still enjoy the centuries-old village green in downtown St. Henrick, now featuring a modernist sculpture from a popular local artist.


Being the small principality surrounded by water, one of the major problems facing St. Wilhelm's government is the lack of build-able land. With a burgeoning population and massive influx of new citizens seeking fresh opportunities, St. Wilhelm must seek the most value out of every scrap of solid ground without overbuilding and sacrificing the standard of living of its citizens.

With the consent of Princess Charlotte as one of her first acts on the throne, the old Fortress and Royal hunting grounds were converted to residential use. The ruins of the keep and the castle towers were retained, and roads were built around them to create a pleasant suburban environment. High-rises were built along the repaved access road to the fortress, and the old Rampart Road was widened to create a causeway around it.


The view from a drone shows the engineers' effort to preserve history while maximizing land utilization by building roundabouts around each of the ten ruined towers. The ancient town of St. Henrick is located in the upper right hand corner.


The ruins of the keep lies in the middle, a memorial to history surrounded by upscale, modern homes.


Citizens are connected to the other two islands through the Ft. Henrick Parkway, one of the newest legs of the Slingshot project described in the last entry. Here is the terminus on the Island connected from Nordinsel. Of course, there is also a ferry service to the other islands to serve commuters and tourists.


The ruins of the coal power plant and former ammunition factory, built during the last World War, lies on the coast. It served as the main source of power to the island until wind and wave power became the sole (and green) sources of energy. 


In addition to the re-purposing of the old Fortress and Hunting Grounds, the government also created one of the most scenic green spaces in all of Nordreich: the St. Henrick Imperial Park and Nature Reserve, located in what was the Royal forest on the Eastern part of the Island, just beyond the hamlet of Bachdorf


It is a massively popular attraction, and citizens across Nordreich and beyond came to visit the expansive park, featuring nature trails, camping areas and other recreational amenities. At night, campfires lit up the night sky.



On the other side of St. Henrick Park sits the Summer Palace, a working residence for the Princely family. Built in the 1800s over the ruins of the royal hunting lodge. A covered botanical gardens was added in the 1900s. Today the palace grounds offer breathtaking views of the other islands, and is open to the public when the Princess and her family are not in residence.


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