Bordav discovered in the 1880s it sat on large tracks of oil--the largest reserves on Syldav Island. This discovery literally fueled Bordav's economic expansion and dominate on the island for nearly a century.
With heavy investment from the United States, Bordav greatly expanded its oil resources and exploration in the 20th century. This support came at a steep cost. The US was in high demand for near-by oil because of the drastically lower transit costs.
This photo of downtown Shozhod shows how auto centric Bordav became. The three towers of the Oil Ministry--a public-private corporation with heavy influence from the United States stand in the background. The large building in front of the Oil Ministry is the Central Post office
Mass transit is limited in Bordav. This is Shozhod's central train station, located across the river from downtown. The central hub of the slight subway system (at intersection with curved roof) is also shown. (Damn UDI!) Buses, which of course use oil, were considered an acceptable form of public transit, but rail service was discouraged.
But oil isn't without cost... sometimes you learn the hard way.
To be continued...