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The Spoclety local area is one of the well-equipped and best funded cities in Britain, and is an example to many the world over.

The city was started over 150 years ago, under the leadership of M. Spoclety. After his death 30 years after the start of the city, the place was renamed after him. However, by this time, high-rises, the University, and much of the city's infrastructure was created. Many of the roads, power plants, water pipes, and municipal buildings have not been touched since their building, and only thirty new roads were created or extended since.

The city is a hung council, i.e. there is no overall control of the city council by one party. However, the city, overall voted Labour in the elections. The city also has a swing constituency: Spoclety Aversmith-Waterside, which was coaxed by major political parties. It eventually turned into a LibDem constituency, whereas before it was Labour-controlled.

The city can be split into three constituencies and its containing wards/districts:

SPOCLETY AVERSMITH

- Aversmith

-Waterside

-Bellevue

-West Harney

SPOCLETY HARNEY

-Harney (excl. West Harney & North Harney)

-Old City

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SPOCLETY RIDGETOWN

-Ridgetown

-North Harney

-Southend

-Spoclety Industrial Estate

Demography:

RACE

White: 50%

South Asian: 40%

Black: 14%

Other: 1%

AGE

Under-16: 30%

16-68: 50%

68+: 20%

SEX

Male: 48%

Female: 52%

RELIGION

Christian: 30%

Muslim: 30%

Athiest/Non-Religious: 30%

Other: 10%

POLITCAL AFFILIATION

Labour: 30%

Tory: 20%

Lib Dem: 25%

Other: 25%

The city also has the highest retirement age in the western world: 68 years.

The city is divided mostly by the main dual-carrigeways, which run in a grid-system, along with the roads and some smaller streets.

The city is served by the two motorways that run through it, plus the internal motorway that links the east of the city to the Old City in the south-west, couriering people and goods.

The city has Spoclety International Airport (IATA: SPL), a network hub for many airlines who don't want to re-route through London Heathrow.

The city has an incredible night-life, with many districts being mini-cities in themselves with shops, drive-ins, large department stores, and homes.

The city has a mixture of high-rise luxury apartments and smaller homes and bunglalows, with many buildings reserved for social housing, meaning there is no homeless guy on the streets tonight.

The city is home to Essent Media Group, one of the world's largest film, TV and music producers, and world-famous rock act Automated Smiles.

There also is a well-funded public transport system, run by the council's Network Transport. The city has over fifteen subway lines (called the Underway) and twenty or so bus routes. The city council wanted to have an above-ground rail link, however, this was voted down as the proposal would take up room that could be put to use for homes and businesses.

Nearly all of the council-funded schools have near 100% A* grades, with all students getting a free place at the University of the City of Spoclety, with out-of-towners paying £5,000 a year for accessing the 'common man's Oxbridge'.

The city has excellent health coverage, with nearly every square-kilometre of residental area being served by at least three clinics and one large hospital. An NHS investigation found care in these medical centres to be similar to those in private care.

The city is also the only city in Britain where nobody pays any tax. No money goes from the citizens', businesses', or industry's pockets to the city council. However, the city has one of the most self-sustaining budgets ever. Why? The city's strict zoning laws and traffic reduction schemes means that all owners of cars, trucks and other transport pay a £2 tax per month per twenty kilometres on every vehicle, with bus and subway fares at 70 pence.

The city also has notorious measurment laws, with all measurments of distance, volume, area, depth only being measured in SI units (e.g. metres, milliletres, hectares, kilometres).

However, the city is not all fun-and-games.

Although the city has one of the best-funded healthcare systems in the world, many clinics shut down for strikes, even though much of the council budget is spent on healthcare.

The city has a worsening air pollution problem, with dirty and manufacturing industries commiting the most to overall air polltution. Many laws have been passed in City Hall limiting the effect of emissions of cars (all vehicles and buildings in the city are powered by hydrogen, thanks to work at the University), and a Cleaner Air Act passed, industry has yet not cleared up its act. The council is deciding whether to introduce a tax on industry for the first time since the inception of the city.

The city has a traffic problem too. Although very few roads are congested, most roads in the city are operating at nearly 300% of capacity, especially on dual-carrigeways and roads, leading to many accidents. Plans have been drawn out by road planners to re-route traffic by building new roads, however, this is still in limbo in City Hall.

That's all there is to the city of Spoclety. It may not be the oldest. It may not be the coolest. But it damn well is pretty good.

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Yes, more britian on Simtroplis! I hope Spolcety dosen't have to suffer the wrath of Cross Country's fleet of terrible Voyager units. Or is it on the West Coast Main Line?

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