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Equalizing happiness

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People have been moved around in order to make the differences in happiness a bit smaller. The first picture of this update shows a satellite view of the city with the wealth overlay active. The brown areas in the middle show where the unqualified workers live. The dark blue area is the qualified workers area. The light blue homes are where the executives live, and the white area is the elite area. Finally the bright green buildings are businesses and services. You can clearly see how these are built alongside the avenues.


The satisfaction of the elites was very bad compared to that of the unqualified workers, so the elite have been moved out of the center of the city, where there is much pollution, because the oil extraction fields are situated around it. Their new location has much better air. The satisfaction of the elite with the environment has risen from 19% to 44%, causing their overall satisfaction to rise from 74% to 77%. The unqualified workers were enjoying relatively clean air in the corner of the map, so they have been moved to the central area of the city, causing their appreciation of the environment to drop from 46% to 26%, and their overall satisfaction from 87% to 83%. Overall satisfaction of the qualified workers and the executives is stable. Average satisfaction of all citizens is stable as well, at about 81%.

The advantage of all this moving around is that I anticipate fewer problems in the future, as happiness is now more equally divided among the population. The next picture shows an executive taking a stroll through the new unqualified workers area in Widening downtown.


As all this moving around had caused that some elites had moved too far away from the services the city offers, these have also been moved a bit. They’re located close to the new football pitch, as shown in the next picture. The football pitch is a leisure facility, increasing satisfaction with leisure facilities by about 3%, but it also increases health satisfaction by 5%. Overall satisfaction with services has dropped a bit, but is still good. Satisfaction with traffic flow is stable at 92%.


Let me introduce you to a lady who lives in the executives area. In the next picture you can see her going for a little walk. She’s one of the 254,006 people that now live in Widening. The composition of the population is stable, with 46% qualified workers, 41% executives, 8% unqualified workers and 3% elites. When it comes to businesses there still are only offices and high tech factories in the city, but these are all 100% satisfied with their stay. The city’s trade balance has dropped to +14,400, which is still very good, seeing as how many shortages the city has to compensate for by buying stuff.


But city hall keeps the city in a permanent state of want. It purposefully maximizes shortages to a point where people just don’t get annoyed. Because of this, income for the city has risen to 81,395 per turn. The vault now holds 168,065,750. But city hall means well. Pollution is kept to a minimum with no industry but the oil industry. And it will soon have to spend this surplus, since the growing city will require two of each service.

The next picture is taken in a Christmas market.


The new elite neighborhood is built on a slope, providing the lucky few with an amazing sight of the city, as you can see in the final picture of this update. The next update will be when Widening has 500,000 inhabitants. It will hopefully show a new landmark.


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