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(Still) Building a New Capital!

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Retep Molinari


Last time, you saw that Taraville was selected as the new seat of government for Balboa and Syldav Island. Let's see how the construction is going.

(Some photos of the finished product can be found here)

I hope you like it

The House of Government, which holds the offices of the President and the unicameral congress. Beside it are the departments of Housing, Health, Education, and Social Services. To the south is the Department of Defense and Internal Security. You can see below the transit layouts and that the buildings are not all finished yet.


The train station (as well as the departments of Communication and Commerce) is complete. The light rail connects commuters and visitors from all over the island around the government complex.


The government wanted new light rail vehicles for the island. First, the famous blue trams were too closely identified with most light rail systems in Balboa; a new Federal government needed to be more neutral-feeling.


VC-202 Trams for Bordav were perfect. First, the longer cars had three doors rather than one-- a major security upgrade. Second, they looked clearly different and wouldn't be confused with general mass transit in Taraville. Third, this was one of many steps to include the new territories (i.e. Bordav) in the new government.


Trams in front of the recently finished grounds.


The National Center for the Arts was built as the new nations center piece for the arts. Like the Ballpark, it was also a way to bring people to the government complex. President Swift strongly felt that brining people close to democracy in different ways was a key to success. The building is the "greenest" building on Syldav Island (living roof! what what!).


Grounds in front of the House of Government. Each solider and civilian who died during the struggle for reunification is buried here. Though few died overall, it is a dramatic monument to the long effort.


A view of the complex.


Dome detail


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ROFLyoshi: Ah, I should have explained that better. The President isn't riding the tran . The Security upgrade is because of the following:
  1. More doors mean smaller crowds (because you get out faster). Smaller crowds are easier to watch and contain
  2. If there is an attack, 3 dorrs helps you get out faster (or, should one door be blocked, you have other options)
See? Logic!

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