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The breakaway states from Syldav island.

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Retep Molinari

Peotav Bay was a sad, sad city. Isolated, underpopulated, poor, and polluted, the City was in major need of a rebirth. Under the new government of the Syldav Union based out of Taraville, Peotav bay would finally get the help it so clearly needed.

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Here is downtown Peotav Bay, just as the reconstruction began.


There were several major goals of the redevelopment:

  • Rebuild the civic core (City Hall, Federal Building, Emergency Response, main Library, etc)
  • Strengthen public transit, including a new light rail system.
  • Provide higher-density housing and commercial paced
  • Dramatically lower pollution and blight.
Downtown Peotav Bay at the midpoint through redevelopment.


The train station was converted from a cargo-heavy facility to a passenger station, though service was dependent upon Peotav City building a rail station as well. The new City Hall (yellow building with tall tower) was designed, as all new buildings, by local architects. to the right is the new farmer's market. Below City Hall is the new Main Library.


To the south, we see the new combined HQ for the Fire and Police departments. To the right is the main campus of the new city College, the first public higher education campus in Peotav City.


To the right of these new buildings is the keystone: the new Federal building. In fact, only half of the building is for the Federal government, with the other half being leased to private commercial enterprise to raise revenue for the expanded public sector.


Next: enviormental improvements!

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The transit improvements in Shozhod brought other changers. Where most of 65,000 fans would once drive, the Sports complex was now served by 5 Metro lines and numerous bus connections. The need for expansive surface parking was minimized.


The new mass-transit based neighborhood, combined with the near-by university, was a major boon to the neighborhood. With sporting events taking place 160 days of the year, new businesses flourished here.

To the east of the complex, an new multi-story parking lot was built to accommodated those who instead on driving.


Not every improvement was done on the public sector's dime.

The excess land was sold to a private entertainment developer for a new  fairground. Not only did this bring needed revenue to the city and provide new entertainment opportunities, it also leveraged  the heavy investment in pubic transit made in the area.


Until next time!

Retep Molinari

Shozhod Metro


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The RSR1 was chosen to serve the Shozhod area.


Here, the F Line passes in front of the former seat of government in Bordav. Now, the building had been converted into City Hall.


Whenever possible, Shozhod Metro was built on dedicated right-of-ways. In this case, an avenue was turned into a 2-lane street with light rail on the side. The wider sidewalks proved very popular with local residents and shoppers, though one didn't like it if a station was built in front of your store.


A major terminal was built at the sports complex. The A and C lines have surface stops, with the C line continuing east. Underground, one can catch the D, F, and H lines.


At the newly-completed Shozhod Public University, you can catch the C line right on campus. A few other lines also have stops near by.


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Welcome back! I hope you are enjoying these entries as much as I enjoy making them. Please leave a comment and I am certain to get back to you!

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Per the Reconstruction Plan (point 3), improving the the educational opportunities in Peotav and Bordav were major priorities.

Politically, Peotav was important. The region had always operated under both the benefit and the mercy of Bordav. It was imperative that the new Balboa-based government showed Peotav that its best interests were truly at heart.

Four city blocks- a totally abandoned - were chosen as the site for a new high school for 3,000 students. The facility includes athletic fields, a pool, a community garden, advanced science labs, and these things.

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Under recommended administrative guidelines, all athletic facilities were to be managed by the city's park and recreation system. This meant that the entire community could benefit from the project, justifying a significant investment.


New city-sponsored adult athletic leagues also sprung up, with a double benefit:

  • Better health and quality-of-life for the citizens
  • Economic growth from added spending (Players spend about $300 per season on gear and uniforms: 300x 20 players/team x 20 teams per league x # of sports and leagues = major spending.

This is one of the many K-8 and K-6 schools to spring up around Peotav City. Not every school could find an abandoned block to build on; this school is perched on a hillside.

Note the new light rail system being built.


Again, the parkland around schools was shared during non-school hours by the entire community. The grassy hillside here became a popular sunbathing spot! (go ice cream man, go!)


More from Peotav City soon.....


Thanks for reading, and please leave a comment!

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Sponztav Light Rial

Sponztav- impoverished, polluted, and depressed.

Once a core of Bordav's industry, the city has been in steep decline since the 1980s. As of 2000, unemployment stood at 18% , and underemployment at 39%. Pollution grips the city that hasn't grown in decades.

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Sponztav was targeted for immediate transportation improvised because of the following factors:

  • It lacked any mass transit besides busses.
  • Pollution in the City could be lessened with mass transit.
  • A massive project (including the building of rail and the rolling stock) would jump-start the economy.

Under the Syldav Union reconstruction plan, local factories were put to work building new rolling stock for a future light rail system. This public showing of a prototype drew 10,000 onlookers.


In 2001, the massive light rail system was outlined. the core of the system was to be operating in mid-2005, and fully finished by 2007.


The northern tip of the Orange Line runs through a very poor district. The government was dead-set on securing transportation equity. This line runs through to the University. The tram line took a right of way from a local street. Though some residents complained, others cheered the traffic calming and the new transit opportunities.


The end of the Orange Line. Note how no houses are denied road access, while the light rail still maintains most right-of-ways. Efficient transit would be the key to maintaining a large system for a city of Sponztav's modest size.


The central hub is a subway station in Civic Center. Five of the city's 7 lines run through the hub's 3 levels. Timed transfers make almost any trip in the city feel line a one-train ride.


A close-up of the hub. You can see that two entrances to the station are up the street. 14,000 people work between the those stops, and an easy entrance was a nice addition.


This light rail segment, shared by the Red and Pink Lines, runs along an old highway corridor. As previous posts have show, underused and unsafe highways all along Bordav are being replaced by new transit options.

You can see how the new light-rail line (along with repainted storefronts) makes this old industrial sector much more pleasing. Perfect? no, but a step in a brighter direction.


Like the Orange Line, the Green Line ends in a dense, poor neighborhood. Note how the trains have their own right of way at the end stop so traffic can continue.


In addition to a regular stop, an additional station was build to handle event crowds. Shuttles will run to the central hub and university before and after games.


The Orange and Pink Lines end find tier western terminal at the University. Though all the trains are double-ended, the loop allows trains to layover.


Obtiav Circle is in the western part of town. Here, four lines dip underground where they can meet for timed transfers.  Three of the lines continue underground to Downtown.


This is the first of many light rail systems to be build on Bordav and Peotav, and one of many projects happening in Sponztav!

Until next time!

Retep Molinari

Shozhod Public University

This is one of my favorite all-time entries. Hope you feel the same and leave a comment!

And never has the following been more true:

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Per the third of the redevelopment goals, the entire university system in the Syldav Union was getting a major upgrade. Shozhod, which lacked a major public university, was chosen as the site of the new flagship campus of the new national public system.

The location chosen was a mix of removed freeways and underused industrial sites. This industrial sector of Shozhod had a 47% vacancy rate. The government sponsored the moving of active facilities to underused lots and bulldozed the rest.

This photo shows the redevelopment area.


The center of the campus is marked by a 35-story tower, making it one of the tallest university buildings in the word. President Alexander Swift called the tower "A representation of the new urban reality; a testiment to the growth, inclusion, and improvement of the Syldav Union."


Alexander Swift at the groundbreaking of Shozhod Public University.


The university's center plaza, with the library to the right.


Shozhod Public University is graced by a natural stream. Dozens of these streams existed in Shozhod 100 years ago. But most of these streams were buried as the city grow. 

The university is the first of many daylighting projects planned for Shozhod.


The student center (right) includes eateries, an entertainment center, and spaces for student government and clubs. It also houses the auditorium and administrative functions. Note the natural stream feeding the new fountain in the center of the roundabout.

Students from all over the Syldav Union have access to the university: this is not by mistake. Unifying 4 nations after decades of war and mistrust is no small task. It was felt that education the nation's best a brightest from all corners under one roof could ease the transition long-term.


The university is highly transit friendly. You may have noticed the tram stop in the center of the university's plaza.

A block away, an existing, dilapidated train station was renovated for the university. The ram line bends under the road and train tracks to an underground station. Students can also enjoy the historical and now-renovated Metro Theater and the newly build Stantine Media Center, which boasts arcades, bowling allies, restaurants, and a theater.


Across from the Stantine Media Center, at the foot of the campus, stand five eateries. These are actually old buildings from about 3 blocks down. They had to be moved for the redevelopment, but were moved, in full, to the foot of the campus.

Business is good. All those late nights at the library (right) create some hungry students.


The Shozhod Public University Redevelopment Area, in full. You can see some construction is still ongoing, and the tram lines have a way to go before completion.

But what was once a forgotten corner of town is now a major hub.


Retep Molinari

Welcome back!

Having outlined the plans for reconstruction, the hard work of rebuilding can begin!

First on the list was Shozhod, the former capital of Bordav (which, if you're not up todate, is nor a part of the Syldav Union, led by the government in Taraville.)

With 1.2 million people in the metro area, Shozhod was targeted for major improvements in transportation. The city was built as a car-based city. Miles of highways were built in the 1950s, when Bordav's economy was booming. But the depression has left little need for cars. Shifting Shozhod to a greener, mass-transit-based city was imperative.

Some of the work that has been underway:

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This freeway connects the southern sector of Shozhod (right) to Downtown. Both the freeway and bridge were known to be seismically unsafe.


As stated above, the highways were build during the booming 1950s. But between economic depression and fuel shortages, there was little need for highways cris-crossing the cities. Therefore, the freeway was turned into

The bridge, however, was rebuilt. But the government wanted to do more than rebuilt: it wanted to enrich communities. The new stonemason bridge was carved by artisans depicting the history of Shozhod. Not only did this provide artisans with much needed work, it showed that the new government cared about the history and culture of the newly unified people.


Land freed from the demolition of the freeways was a boon to the local community. A new light rail line--part of a massive expansion of mass transit it Shozhod--along a bike path provide both open space and ease traffic congestion.

Overall transit capacity through this corridor actually increased, given that light rail can have 8 times the capacity of a single lane of freeway. (See? It's true!)


The light rail line mentioned above was built along an abandoned freight rail corridor. Two of the new lines end at the Shozhod Sports Complex. A new subway terminal is also being built, but more on Shozhod's mass transit at a later time.


So much land cleared up from taking down the freeways. Along with thinning out old industrial buildings, this neighborhood is primed for redevelopment. Among other options being considered is a major university.


That's all for today. Hope to see you here soon! And remember to leave me a comment!

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Outlining the Reconstruction

With a new political entity--the Syldav Union-- the government set to work. The new Union faced, among other problems, long-broken economies. Getting people back to work and building a new national infrastructure would be a massive challenge.

The new government, based in Taraville, Balboa, developed four overall goals to guide the reconstruction and economic recovery.

Future updates will highlight the individual projects all over the Syldav Union. For now, here are some samples and the governing outline.

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1. Energy Independence

And Bordav's demise showed, Syldav Islands reliance on oil was perilous at best. With limited domestic reserves, it was clear that more sustainable alternatives were necessary.

  • Investing in multiple sources of renewable energy
  • Replacing national vehicle fleets to electric powered models by 2015.
  • 30% renewable energy by 2015; 75% by 2010, 99% by 2020.
  • Align transportation and other investments to support energy management.
The building of a solar field in Morbtav, powering Peotav City and Peotav Bay.


2. Transportation Modernization

Two major transportation challenges faced the new Syldav Union. First, the transportation infrastructure on Syldav Island was that four separate nations rather than that of a single nation. Second, vast improvements to mass transportation for both efficiency and sustainability reasons were necessary.

  • Develop a national transportation network, including high speed rail and new highways.
  • Expand mass transportation in urban areas, keystoned by intra- and inter-urban light rail systems.
  • Seismically upgrade existing networks.
  • Incorporate fuel efficiency and beautifying streetscapes when possible.
The replacement of a highway bridge in Shozhod (left) and a renovated ferry & light rail terminal in Peotav Bay.


3. Health and Education

While Balboa and Syldav had long stressed education and universal health care, neither were core societal components in Peotav and Bordav. Under the Syldav Union, expanding educational and medical services was essential.

While the massive construction projects were the first step in national economic recovery, these were short-term jobs. Workers were strongly encouraged to attend school while working in construction. These workers would become the teachers, doctors, police officers, and the high skilled workers of the institutions they were building.

  • Provide universal healthcare and K-12 education by 2007.
  • Universal higher education opportunity by 2015.
  • Align public sector workforce to University outputs.
  • Sustain economic recovery by training construction workers in high-skill fields.
A brand new high school in Peotav City for 3,000 students, with athletic/recreational fields (left) as well as a new high-rise community college downtown (right)


4. Agricultural and Communal Sustainability

Like most industrialized countries, all of Syldav Island used petroleum-based fertilizers--fuel that was in dramatically short supply. Likewise, other industries greatly detracted from national health and well being. The Syldav Union adopted national standards for sustainable agriculture and other industrial activities. Industrial pollution controls were also dramatically increased.

Quality of life was to also improve in reconstruction. Through the expansion of parks and sustainable civic improvements (in waste treatment, storm water, etc.) communities were to be greener, healthier, and overall more enjoyable. Many public works projects, like park-lined bike paths, coincided with the transportation improvements described above.

  • End all use of petroleum-based fertilizers by 2010.
  • Develop nation-wide recycling + compost systems. reach 75% landfill diversion by 2007 and 100% by 2015.
  • Develop green space in urban areas; each house within walking distance from recreational facilities by 2015.
  • Support small, local businesses through zoning and streescaping.
New greenspace in Peotav City  (left) and a farmer's market in Sultav. (right)


More to come on all this work soon! Hope you enjoyed reading this updated as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Retep Molinari

The aftermath

Following the 10-Year War, Bordav and Peotav were devstated, and Syldav wasn't far behind. Balboa was clearly the leader on Syldav Island, and its fate was in her hands.

What follows is the politcal background to the reunification of Syldav Island.

This orignally appared in my Eastern Balboa City Journal. Part one is less relevent, but here is a link. if you really like knowing your history.

Part 1

Part 2, however, is key, and follows---now!

In this section, we will go all the way to the reunification of Syldav Island (Woah, hotness! Where are we going? Wooo!) I dare any other CJer to get into this level of detail! 2.gif

1995-1997... In 1995, President Samuel McColley appointed his cousin Ted McColley to serve as Balboa's interim President. A competent leader, Ted was never much of a political "leader." Samuel McColley hoped that within a couple of years, a general election would be held to elect a new leader. For now, Ted was a caretaker President.

Having never run a national election, the general public took the government's repeated pushing back of the election date in stride.

Ted McColley, touring the networks after his appointment


By 1997, the election still had not occurred. Former President Samuel McColley began voicing displeasure with the situation, though held back from directly attacking his appointment.

Meanwhile, Ted McColley was finding his role of "caretaker" different than most had anticipated. He allowed old laws to fall off the books when they expired; social safety nets and commercial regulations began falling to the wayside. Samuel McColley had enough, and announced that he would give a speech on June 28, 1997. It was an open secret that he was going to call on Ted to call an election or resign.

Then, on June 21, 1997, Samuel McColley was assassinated. A radical right wing organization with ties to Bordav claimed responsibility.

News of the assassination of Samuel McColley spreads throughout Balboa


1997... On June 22, 1997, Ted McColley ceased being a caretaker president and addressed the nation. In this speech, the President blamed the assassination on the bitterness between the nations on Syldav Island. "Together, we can prosper and live in joy," he stated. "But to insist on these divisions is to ask for an end to our way of life."

Ted McColley Presidential Address on June 22, 1997


The call for unity was soon seen as an open door for a full scale rolling back of social and economic policies that had created the greatest income parity in the Americas. Free trade was established between all four nations on Syldav Island. But with Peotav, and Bordav weak from years of fighting and military expenses, those nations became pools of cheap labor. Tax cuts on the wealthiest 10% of the population and lesser restrictions on corporate profits created wider divisions amongst Balboans as well.

A new leader emerges... Alexander Swift rose to fame as an eighteen-year-old football standout. He was a star player for Taraville Public University, the flagship football program in the nation. An orphan whose parents were killed in a Bordavian air raid in 1982, he was also class  valedictorian with degrees in History and Political Science.

Taraville Public University, 1992


In 1992, Swift was given his own thrice-weekly radio program where he played music and talked with callers about everything from sports, pop culture, history, food, politics, and so forth. He quickly became Balboa's most popular personality and trend setter.

Banking on Swift's celebrity and intellect,  he was recruited by Samuel McColley in 1994 to serve in the new position of Secretary of Youth & Cultural Affairs. At 24 years old, he was the youngest cabinet secretary in history--by 12 years! Swift was allowed to keep his radio show and, by his account, was never asked to  censor himself. Indeed, he often criticized the government and once called a political speech of McColley's "mundane... why reasonable people take to smoking over politics."

Behind the scenes, however, Swift was the president's protege. A full cabinet member, he was expected to voice his opinion on all matters of state. When other secretive actively dismissed is presence, the President would offer private meeting time with Swift to discuss his ideas further. In his unfinished and recently published memoirs, Samuel McColley wrote "At some point, her will have no choice but to use his intellect and personal skill to lead this nation, one way or another."

Alexander Swift, 1998


Swift chose not to stay in government after his mentor was replaced by Ted McColley, and moved his program to 6 days a week. Hugely popular (and rapidly becoming wealthy), Swift became more and more political. In one memorable moment in Spring 1997, Swift stated "I listen to more people every day than anyone here. I am heard by more people everyday. And I like to be told I'm wrong and to see things new ways. These are three truths I'd rather grant the President than a disk jockey like myself.

Following the assassination of Samuel McColley, Swift dedicated much of his programming to remembering the changes that took place in Balboa during Samuel's 20-year rule. During this period, Swift gained listeners in older demographics; despite his youth, Swifts accurate and fair understanding of issues that took place before his birth impressed more people then ever. Throughout this period, Swift only seemed to criticize the government by giving examples of the past.



This changed in 1999. Swift, like others in the nation and around the Island, felt that Ted McColley's policies were too reminiscent of the failed experiment in capitalism from the 1960s and 1970s. In a dramatic speech at the Balboan Press Club on February 16, 1999, Swift called for elections the following year. "No one asked for a lifetime of Ted," Swift said to laughter. "But no one," Swift added somberly, "did anyone grant him any atrocity to tear down the politics that built this nation.

Swift's speech at the Balboan Press Club


President Ted McColley didn't back down--in fact, he trenched in deeper than ever before. While his policies became more and more right-wing, the President openly stated  reunification Through all this, the President pulled closer and closer within his inner circle, while Swift's audience and popularity only grew and grew. Then in November 2, 1999, Swift drew a line in the sand.

In what became the most widely watched political speech in Balboan history, Alexander Swift announced that he was forming the first political party in Balboa's history: the Social Democratic Party. (Political parties hadn't existed before because there was little democracy to fight around. Most interaction was through interest groups--not a dirty word in Balboa--where representatives organized for attention in law making and governance.)

"We are forming a party because there will be an election come November 2000, and there will be an opposition to the status quo that ignores both its people and its duty to the Island!"

Swift announcing the creation of the Social Democratic Party


For a year, Swift campaigned across the country against no opposition for an election that was not planned. In August 2000, President McColley backed off the latest suggestion of an election--he was polled to have an approval rating of 23%. Then the bombshell came that the President was trading for Bordav's spy's information Swift's operations.

On October 1, 2000, Swift gave a speech: "We promised an election next month; this promise will be kept if we have to take over the government to do so." The speech landed Swift in jail, on trial for treason, and the public into a general panic. Riots broke out across the nation and the government split in two and stopped functioning.

President McColley rails against  Swift


On October 20, 2000, Chief of Security Max Stance--a veteran of Samuel McColley's Presidency and friend of Swift's--ordered his personal security staff to free Alexander Swift and to apprehend President Ted McColley. The President learned of the betrayal and felt, but security forces caught up with his helicopter and forced it to land.

Chief of Security Max Stance--think Secretary of Defense and Homeland Security--in official dress


Only 30 years old, Swift was sworn in as Interim president on October 23 and ordered a nation-wide election for President and local offices for November 30. Swift and his party won the elections in a total landslide.

"Today, we take pride in our social policies; to protect all those in need and to secure our future! And we take pride that this island was born to be one rather than four.

Reunification! Even before election day, Swift was planning to move on Bordav. Both Bordav and Peotav and wouldn't be able to put up much of a fight. In fact, polls showed most citizens of Bordav and Peotav were in favor of reunification. It was decided that Bordav would be attacked first. War was declared by Congress on December 17.

Swift in a November Cabinet meeting


Within 4 days, Balboa' forces moved all the way through Bordav to the capital. With little resistance, the government fell. At once, Balboa declared war on Peotav who surrender only hours later--choosing to not bother with a fight after the loss of its stronger allies. Within less than a week, Balboa tripled its land holdings on the island.

On December 28 2000, as Balboa's troops were beginning spread out to control its new holdings, Syldav's King Muskav gave a short speech:

"This year has seen many transformations in Syldav. After over 100 years, our province of Balboa has satisfied it's founding charge to reunify the island. Having accomplished its lawful purpose, the Kingdom of Syldav will retake the souther region. let us begin new millennium as a united island--together. Our forces are already reroute to Balboa City to begin this peaceful transition. Thank you, and may the Kingdom continue to live in peace."

Swift and his government were caught by surprise. This was not their--or anyone's-understanding of the law and not at all what they had in mind. Besides, they did not want to see the entire island fall away from democracy after the years of struggle. A poll taken the following day showed that virtually no one in Balboa, Bordav, or Peotav was interested in abandoning democracy before it was truly born.

It was decided that Balboa would invade Syldav.

Chief of Security Max Stance developed the plan. First, since Balboa was under attack, no Congressional action was needed. Second, Balboa's forces in Bordav would fake a move south back to Balboa City. Once Syldav bought the bluff and mobilized more of its forces, Balboa moved sharpy north-west to Klov--Syldav's capital. With stronger air forces and mobility, Syldav was caught flat footed. On January 11, 2001, Klov fell to Balboa.

While many decried Balboa's move against Syldav as incompatible with Swift's stated politics, most supported the action as a defensive and likely beneficial matter.

Building a new nation... This was more than Swift had bargained on: in less than four months, he had staged a coup, won national election, overtook 3 nations, and increased the country's population by 421 percent. Now, building a nation which had been divided for over 150 years was the task at hand.

Head trip!

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The 10-Year War

On July 15, 1985, Bordav and Peotav attacked the allied nations of Balboa and Syldav with the intent of commanding more of the resources found on Syldav Island.

This was not the first conflict on the Island. Peotav and Bordav had struggled against Syldav after the three split. Balboa itself was created to aid Syldav, as stated in the history of Balboa:

Syldav allowed Balboa to split because in needed more support to fight off Bordav and Peotav--both economically and militarily. Unwilling to change much with the times, Syldav granted Balboa an "independent charter." This allowed Balboa to operate as a separate nation, but tied by law to protect Syldav and reunify the island under Syldav's leadership.

Bordav and Peotav had no intent to overtake Syldav and Balboa, but rather pressure them into better trade deals and encroach upon their territory. While full-out war was never undertaken by either side, each tried to lower their opponents' ability to grown and maintain the war effort.

Syldav was by no means strong enough to respond to the attacks. Balboa, on the other hand, could and did respond. Here are photos from the Bordavian and Peotavan war fronts (photos from Syldav and Balboa will follow another day.)

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While avoiding civilian casualties, Balboa was not shy about reminding the government of what war meant. This is an image of the bombing of the Bordav house of government in Shozhod in early 1986.


Industry was regularly targeted by Balboan forces.


Bordav's massive ports were also the targets of Balboan air raids.


A scene in Sponztav, 1989.


Balboan forces attempeted to cut off the center island in Peotav City--effectively isolating the top of the government from the rest of the capital. This in a Balboan image from the first attempeted: the bomb slightly missed the target, and caused severe damage to the south-west portion of the palace.


Farms were also attacked in Peotav. Not only did this hurt the war effort, but caused famine and severe economic challenges that Peotav would not recover from before the end of the 20th century.


The war lasted until 1995, when Bourdav announced an end to the offenses, followed by Peotav. Both nations were economically devastated after the conflict.

More to come.

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The build-up

The build-up

But before you can get to the post, you have to listen to this music while reading. Makes it all much more enjoyable.

Bordav was in bad shape after the oil disaster. Not only were its oil reserves in short supply, but the spill destroyed the entire ecosystem of the eastern side of Syldav Island, killing off the seaborne food source Bordav depended on.

Bordav has always been a militaristic nation. With north enough resources within its own territory, Bordav's leaders are gathering to decide how to address the biggest crisis in the nation's history'

Needing fuel and food, Bordav began taking steps. But what were they all leading to?

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Where was this freeway, located to the north of Shozhod, leading to? Expansion began in June and lasted all summer.


There were no known plans for housing developments or a new industrial region, as far as the governments in Syldav and Balboa knew.


What could they be building?


Oh no....


In Sponztav, reports of  military activity are up. Here, a pair of tanks are positioned outside of City Hall.


And another pair, these located near a church.


A vocational school for deviant boys has been converted into a military school. Its students are forced by the state to attend and train.... but for what?


A large military encampment near the Syldav border.


July 15, 1985, 2:57 am.

"Red alert! There is an attack on the Peotav/Balboan border in Hoptav. Bordav aircraft have been identified nearby."


To be continued...

Retep Molinari

Oil, part 2

CJer's note about not ripping off current events:

I wrote this story line way back last winter, as shown by this early entry. But now the BP Gulf Crisis makes it look like I'm just ripping off real world events. I'm not. So there.

As stated before in this CJ, 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.

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Bordav make great efforts to organize its entire economy around oil. Buses were favored over rail, oil power plants over everything else. Moreover, Bordav shaped Peotav into a co-dependant oil trading partner, further supporting Bordav's economy.


Bordav In 1983, however, disaster struck. A gas leak lead to a fire. Bordav's military, at the time running exercises along the Syldav border, was unable to respond in a timely matter. The rig didn't sink, but 72 bodies were found on the charred rig once rescue workers arrived the following morning.


The rig had been located near the Delta Port of Shozhod--an area already in environmental chaos from the shipping. Ecologically, the oil right was a massive disaster...



The impact was massive. First, Bordav's population depended on fish from the delta region for much of its food. Second, Bordav's oil production was dramatically hurt leaving higher oil prices and damaged trade with the co-dependant Peotav.

Not the makings of a peaceful neighborhood.

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Sponztav grew into a large city of over 500,000 by the 1940s. This was because of the wealth generated by its close proximity to Bordav's natural resources (see a region-wide map here).

However, as the natural resources were depleted, Sponztav lost much of its wealth, and by the 1980s the city was suffering from out migration. By the close of the 20th century, only 350,000 residents remained, many in poverty.

The dilapidated Civic Center is evidence of Sponztav's decline. The hard times have also pushed local politics to the right.


Industry is everywhere. Here, you can seem some warehouses and storage takes located very close to a local park and the City's hospital.


Sports are still very popular. This field houses Sponztav's football, soccer, and baseball teams (though the baseball dimensions are a bit odd: left 360, left-center 455, center 380, right center 360, right 221).


Here is Sponztav from above.


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At last, we have a region view of Central Bordav!

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As you can see, it's not all filled in, but I have waited a LONG time to show a region pic, so enjoy!

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Return to North Shozhod

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We've been in Peotav a lot lately; how about we check back in with Bordav?

Remeber North Shozhod? This is the weathy suburb north of Bordav's capital.


Lots of fun, rich people things to do in North Shozhod.


All of that wealthy comes from Bordav's strong indutsry, powered by its oil resources.

But now the cost of dirty bisness is hitting home for the ownership class.  Printakl Lake, which divides the suburb from the urban core, has become increasing poputed from the sludge seeping into the water sources from all around.


So, did the weathy build their own water treatment plant?

Of course not. They sued the city of Bordav--rather than the companies they own--to required the building of a series iof water treatment plants. Several, like this one, became the new, unwelcome neighbors of the poor.


But all is good in North Shozhod once again. Let's go for a boat ride.


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Petoav has little in the way of fuel supplies. Because of this, Bordav leverages it's right oil supply to maintain superiority over Peotav through trade and foreign aid.

Many of the more technical infrastructure in Peotav are funded or even built directly by Bordavian firms. Bordav tends to build such projects (such as bus-dependant transit systems, oil power plants) to be as energy-intensive as possible to increase demand  and maintain control.

This oil port was built in 1986 in Peotav Bay.


Sultav is located directly north of the capital, essentially forming a single urban area.


Throughout Peotav, few historical buildings are left. This neighborhood in the city of Sultav is one of few in an urban environment. This neighborhood has seen better days...


Peotav is dependant on its natural resources. This is a newly-built logging camp built to the east of Sultav, near the border of Balboa.


Desperate for raw goods, Peotav's logging companies can devastate entire areas. This patch of forest has only recently begun to recover from logging that took place in the 1940s.


That's all for now. Hope you all enjoyed this update!

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Peotav Bay

Peotav Bay

Peotav Bay is Peotav's second largest city, located down the river from the capital. Not situated on a true bay, the city has been the nation's major trading port for nearly 200 years.

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The port is key to Peotav's economy. Dependant on Bordav and blocked by land by rivals Balboa and Syldav, shipping is the primary means of trade.

Peotav is by all definitions, a developing country. Rich in natural resources but low in education and industry, it needs Bordav as a market for its goods. However, resources are scares. The port "containerized" in the 1980s only after Bordav footed the bill.


Public infrastructure is not well maintained in Peotav Bay. This neighborhood pettioned for years for a public park, and the best the city could do was place one next to a waste treatment plan. Ew.


A multi-use stadium was built in the 1960s. Primarily used for baseball, other sporting events (mostly soccer and football) and political rallies also frequent the venue.


To the left, we see Slantu Prep School, followed by the public hosp[ital. The hospital's building was built in 1919, and is badly needing repairs after 90 years of use and several earthquakes.


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Peotav Metro

Peotav Metro

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Peotav, as said before, has held very close ties with Bordav over the years. Bordav has taken advantage of Peotav through forign aid, making Peotav dependant on Bordavian oil. In the 1960s, a diplomatic crisis erupted between the two states when Bordav sharply rose oil rates For a moment, it appeared their alliance may snap.

Balboa sought to capitalize on the situation. Having built its first elevated rail system in Balboa City just a few years before, Balboa offered unconditional aid in the form of a new mass transit network for Peotav City. 

Only two lines run on just one half of the city and major upgrades are needed to handle more population centers around the city.

The aim, from Balboa's perspective, was to win the hearts and minds of the Peotav people while cutting off Bordav's oil-based revenue stream.

The is the system as it stood from 1963-2002.


The high-desity neightborhoords now over crowd the trains. Running longer trains (still using the original rolling stock) passangrs must move to the right cars or they won't get let off at the right stop!


Though the system helped, Peotav and Bordav rebuilt their ties and the aid from Balboa stopped. There has since been no major upgrading of the system through the rest of the 20th century.


If you're lucky enough to live in the right part of town, the Metro can bring you to the hospital when needed.


A few cheap shops workers pick up goods from on the way home.


Neighborhoods without the trains must still reply on expensive Bordavian oil. The lack of mobility is one root cause of the pockets of poverty that blanket the city.


Across the river from the government complex is Peotav National Field. A sporting and concert venue, it is built to showcase both baseball and football as are most stadiums in Peotav and Bourdav. Without the Metro, the City would suffocate during sporting events.


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Seat of Government in Peotav City

The government of Peotav is located on the center island in Peotav City. This island was the location of the city's founding. As the city expanded and the farms moved northward, the island was redeveloped.

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The government complex, built in 1863, sits on the northern tip of the island. It includes three major facilities.


The palace sits at the head of the island. The residences sit in the north-west quarter of the facility, with major departments filling the rest of the buildings.


Just to the north of the  palace is the lighthouse, built to keep ships from brining unneeded complications to the work of government (i.e. crashing).


The Legislature sits just to the south of the palace. Not--at first--a representation of the general public, the Legislature was the gathering place of industry leaders seeking to protect their interests.


The architectural centerpiece of the complex is the national archives. The only building partially open to the public, the building holds Peotav's foundational documents and other artifacts.


Tomorrow: more from Peotav City!

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Introduction to Peotav


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If you've read your history, you know that the entire population was under the control of the government in Klov. This lasted until 1850, when the eastern and western costal regions broke to form Bordav and Peotav.

Peotav and Bordav broke away from the central Syldav government over a changing economic context. Wanting to industrialize, the costal regions--Bordav in particular--wanted one immigration and new transportation systems to develop goods cheaply, move goods quickly, and have a large consumer population-base.

Peotav was significantly less developed than Bordav and had less to gain from separating from Syldav. But Bordav needed Peotav's resources if its separation were to be successful.

Bordav saw Peotav as its personal collection of consumers, cheap labor, and farmers. Bordav promised Peotav that it would military defend the region and provide unparalleled economic support. After being convinced of her own well-begin, Peotav agreed so break from Syldav.

Peotavan farmers at rest in 1871.


But all Bordav promised was not to come. Bordav was intent on keeping Peotav as its submissive state.

With the discovery of oil in Bordav, Peotav became all the more dependant on Bordav.  Needing developmental support, Peotav appealed to Bordav. Bordav, in turn, provided Peotav with oil power plants, highways, diesel trains, and petroleum-based fertilizers. In short, Peotav's entire economy was dependant on Bordav's oil.

Poor neighborhoods in Peotav City.


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Through this power, Bordav held it's grip of Peotav. Though relief would come in 2000 with the Balboa-led reunification of Syldav island, Peotav suffered for 150 years as an independent nation.

More to come soon!

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