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Hogenson Mining Corp: Totally diggin' it! (A Watkin Springs Tale)

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Watking Springs Region

Watkin Springs, a serene silent little place. Untill now, because geologists discovered an enormous bauxite reserve just beneath the surface. Lightning fast Hogensen Mining Corp. had clamed the site and began construction off a road and railway to the site to provide the building materials and construction equipment. Three months later the Watkin Springs Extraction Site was up and running.

Watking Springs Extraction Site

The site had a power generator, water tower, some factories, a railstation, the local Hogenson Corp. Office and some houses of the permanent employees. 

Watkin Springs Extraction Site Mining Pit

Without any major problems the mining of the land started. The woods were cut and the scraping pit were dug. Normally such a major project would have found a lot of enemies, as it would pollute the Mirage river, leave a giant scar in the earth amongst other things. Because of the crisis anything that stimulated the economy was a gift from heaven!

Abandonned

What did just happen? Where did the trucks go, the people, the pollution?

MASS MEDIA HYSTERIA!

Off course there were people opposed to this mine. Jack Smith from Middleville, who likes to fish in the Mirage River, contacted his nephew who is a scientist associated with the Metroville University. So he came to Watkin Springs to do some researce. After a few days he discovered: An Albino Squirrel which lived at Watkin Springs. And it wasn't just one mutated version, but an entire species wich might disappear if the cutting of the local forests continued. But more important than the extinction of the species was the fact that the little albino squirrels were disgustingly cute. And before you could say "News item of the year," every radio and television station of simnation had a newsvan on the site. There were protests, petitions, facebook groups, and it was even twittered!

Hogenson Mining Corp. was forced to leave the site under tremendous public pressure.

But what to do with the abandonned site? It started to decay, to rot away, as did the media attention.

Emeryville needed to do something with the site, there even was a local power generator, a water pump and some other things. A little later the mayor was contacted by a giant building consortium from Metroville with an attractive proposal...

Demolishing

This is what the site looked like two months after that phone call.

Former Hogensen Mining Corp. Extraction Site

This is what the site looks like two years after that phone call, more precisely today.

That unnamed consortium turned this quiet little place into a trendy, wealthy town. 

New buildings

The consortium used the media buzz in a very smart way. This place was portrayed as heaven on earth being raped by a corporate machine. So the consortium build a town wich attracted exclusive shops, filthy rich people, socialites and even some big time stars. (Its even rumored that George Spooney, JBO and Natalie Vortman have a house up on the hills.) Till today the town is expanding with new exclusive, rediculously overpriced housing, shops and five star hotels!

Last shot

But for those prices you can get a little peace of heaven... And you might see a albino squirrel!

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I like where this is going - looking forward to seeing more.
Also, my full compliments to your farm layout against the river - very interesting idea... what happens when suburbia starts to displace the farms though?  Do they simply get built over and dissapear, or do new ones crop up further upstream out of your region, or away from the river inland on newly cleared land...?

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