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Kersanova / Newport / North Cross

These three towns saw the first true suburban development of the Reyesville metro area (and indeed the whole nation of Pacific Columbia generally). The cities were planned with the intent of providing a labor force to the (previously yet to be established) city of Newport.

North Cross was established as a ferry landing and fishing village on the North Bank of the Lydian River where the [Green Fork] river joined the estuary. It served to connect the north of the country to Reyesville and the inland areas served via Lydian. The small coastal town has since been eclipsed by its industrial presence on the hills to the west and the suburban residential neighborhoods to the north. It is also the site of the new naval docks after the closure of the SoEaDo Naval Station and two others just north of Reyesville.

Kersanova is originally a Russian settlement, but little history remains except in the name. Originally 'New Kursk' or Kursknovask, current city signage reflects the contemporary name; though, colloquially it is also known as Kersey. It is characterized by it's high bridges (and tolls) and the bluff overlooking the Lower Green Canyon. Today, the town is mostly a wealthy suburb with most residents commuting by car over the new Lariette Bridge over the Lydian river to Reyesville.

Newport is, unsurprisingly, the new port in the region. With the consolidation of port operations and larger ships, the small disparate ports of the Lydian Estuary coast (including Reyseville / SoEaDo) have become obsolete. Furthermore, the advent of the container ship made construction of a new port area a necessity. Rather than improve the ultimately inadequate facilities existing in the region, the national government opted to construct an entirely new port. The port includes a pleasure marina in the far north of the area, and (working down the coast), the first container births (which could accommodate 3 large vesels or up to 5 smaller ones), refined oil storage (which had been exported from the resource rich north, refined, and returned as fuel and other oil products), various break/bulk docks, the auto delivery docks, two births that had been planned a break/bulk but were ultimately abandoned, navy oil dock, and finally the navy docks themselves (the last two actually within the city of North Cross). A very suburban town had developed to the immediate northwest of the port.

A new landfill island (shown in the map below) will be used to increase container and inter modal capacity with 5 additional berths.



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As the (real) years went on, the airport has taken a central importance to the region and it's story. As such, I wanted a unique terminal building as something of a signature to the region. Therefore, I revisited my c. 1961 airport pictures (originally posted nearly 5 years ago), and updated them with the new terminals.

The South Terminal (double clam shell) was designed to give a grand welcome to arriving passengers and to take advantage of the low-angle northern sun. The building has only a very small ventilation system as the building mostly maintains its temperature by design. The concrete clam shells are also designed to effectively handle the common heavy rains and occasional snow storm.

As transpacific stopover traffic grew at the airport, so to did other traffic. The North Terminal building was built in 1961 to accommodate growing passenger numbers. Its design welcomes passengers to interact with aircraft with unobstructed views of most of the airport's operation from it's main (second) floor. Passengers descend stairs to doors to the tarmac to board flights.





Bridgetown Stoddard & Long Beach Rock Shores

(and Kingston and St. George Cliff, also)

The Reyesville metro area's southeast side contains a number of small sea side communities. Like most of the metro area, they have not been spared growing pains with large population jumps. Traffic is particularly severe through Bridgetown and along Long Beach.

The four commonwealth towns of Bridgetown, Stoddard, Long Beach, and Rock Shores are in a bid to form as a statutory city with borders coextensive with the unincorporated portion of the federal district (border visible in black below) with Reyesmount National Park to the North. Their hope is to blunt the planning influence of the city of Reyesville and national government requirements to link it (with road and rail) to surrounding areas.

Of concern was a highway to connect (dashed maroon line) the to be constructed outer ring highway of Reyesville (teal and maroon below). The highway was designed to be 4-6 lanes and connect the Lariette crossing (towards North Cross and Newport) around to the Lydian road (also to be upgraded), and around to the airport and southern stretch of Broadway—the coastal thoroughfare.

The town was ultimately formed and named Bridgetown Stoddard and Long Beach Rock Shores. While mostly united in planning desires, largely due to their collective ability to avoid cleaving their downtowns in half by a major east-west highway, the bridge and tunnel of Bridgetown proved a stumbling block. Bridgetown did not want to lose either the customer base nor the tolls the traffic brought; however, the highways were viewed as an inevitability, and Bridgetown voted overwhelmingly to join the other three towns to protect local planning.


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Long Beach Pier

The Long Beach Pier and Riviera Square is the center of life for the locals of the town.





The Beachside area of Long Beach is a luxury resort area, catering to the second homes of Pacific Columbia's elite.



Town of Long Beach

Still further west is the Town of Long Beach. This is the original built-up area of the city, dense with homes, vacation homes, boarding houses, and boutique hotels. This is the place to be seen in summer.




Kingston and St George Cliff

Across the inlet the commonwealth towns of Kingston and St. George Cliff were able to avoid annexation—the boundaries set as the extent of Reyesville form the de facto boundaries of the twin towns. Originally fishing villages, today the two towns are bedroom communities of Reyesville with vibrant town centers along the wharfs. Steep hills drive very dense development. The towns biggest struggle currently is handling the volume of commuter traffic to Reyesville. They also struggle with a lack of transportation options—two bus lines, one from each town, head to Reyesville daily.





The town of Stoddard predates much of the SoEaDo (South Eastern Docks) neighborhood across the river. The bustling city on a hill supports a large fishing community. A modest business district connects the church on the hill to the wharf below. It's known locally as the city on the hill. The town has been a strong proponent of the connecting highways as it stands to gain useful access to the airport, Lydian, and find relief from the substantial burden of traffic of the other towns.



Lydian is the both the cultural and transportation hub of the Nation of Pacific Columbia. By virtue of it's location, the nation's rails and roads are pushed through it's center. By virtue of it's planning, Lydian has become very rich off the traffic.

An overview of the neighborhoods of Lydian. It is divided into North, South, East, and West sides plus the Island on which they center. The north and East Sides are much larger than their South and West counterparts, each of which are just slivers between the mountain and river.


Detail pictures shown on a map of the city:


The East Side

The city is centered around Columbia Station and the Inner East side. Columbia station is an 11 platform (6 terminating passenger tracks, 4 through passenger tracks, and 1 bypass / freight track with no platform). This is where the nation's 4 major branches of railroad meet and the junction for rail traffic bound for Reyesville. The station is easily the nation's busiest.

The East side is divided into three sub districts--not officially recognized neighborhoods, but nevertheless distinct from each other.

The upper east side is largely undeveloped as can be seen in the map above. This is a product of the strong zoning laws and enforcement that Lydian is allowed as a Statutory City (more on this latter).

The Inner East Side is the essentially the transportation hub for the nation. Roads to north and south coastal regions, and north, central and southern interior merge here. Furthermore it's a major commercial hub for the city. As such, nearly every road is a thoroughfare and fairly consistently bogged down with traffic.


02 Closeup of Columbia Station:


03 The Lower East Side and South Side

The Lower East Side is a heavily industrial area. Some of the through roads continue into the area from the Inner East Side. The small South Side is visible South of the Island. This section of Island is targeted by the city to link the Inner East Side and the South Side over two bridges and develop a large commercial presence on the currently blighted industrial blocks.


04 The Lower East Side

The Lower East Side to the right of the river:


05 The Island

The Island is a major cultural destination. It's chock-full of bars, comedy clubs, dance clubs, night clubs, theaters, casinos, and even boasts a few (upscale, according to the chamber of commerce) brothels. It was the sole access point by road to Reyesville prior to the opening of the Lariette Crossing and is choked with traffic because of this:


06 & 07 The North Side and Port of Lydian Building

The port of Lydian and navigation therein was controlled by the city of Lydian. The fees and duties collected by the authority were about 80% of the nation's total revenue, so during the 1960s the Port of Lydian Authority was simply transferred under the national government as the Office of the Treasury. Today, the the Treasury operates out of the Port of Lydian Building.

The vast wealth travelling through the city has also contributed to the city's great wealth. The city's Sovereign Wealth Fund Bank of Lydian (SWBL) headquarters is visible with the dome, immediately to the right of the Port of Lydian Building. The Soverign Wealth Bank finances projects to aid in the growth of the city--including mortgages--as well as funding capital projects. The entity is responsible for much of the managed growth of the city:



08 The University of Lydian

The city financed a large university on the campus. It is the nation's foremost institution of learning, and includes prestigious schools of engineering, medicine, and law. The campus educates well over half of the nation's college graduates and is the sole graduate school in the nation--though Reyesville looks to open a second such institutions:


09 The North Side

The city of Lydian is surrounded by a "Federally Mandated Right of Way" (FMR). The national government mandated it as part of the stagnating situation between Lydian and Reyesville in their political rivalry. Here is where it is likely to bypass the North Side:


This was a particularly contentious move by the national government. As it became apparent that the 1974 census would dramatically alter the balance of power within the nation to urban cores, so too was the regional transportation battle heating up between Lydian and Reyesville. While most commentators had expected Lydian to win the bid for the airport, Reyesville interest maneuvered to keep the airport within the federal city. Lydian supported most rural initiatives in exchange for support to suppress vital improvements to Reyesville, including expansion to the airport, and upgrades to rails and roads into the city from the east--accounting for most traffic of the city. The fighting became particularly bitter through the 60s, and Lydian was on the verge of breaking the deadlock in their favor and winning multiple concessions--including the airport and the Reyesville link through the congested Island neighborhood of Lydian. A demographics report from the University of Lydian made clear that Reyesville would have the political clout to easily implement a unilateral agenda and pushed Lydian back to the negotiating table. Reyesville pressed hard to keep the airport, and traded a large section of landfill for the land to build the bypass outside of Lydian. The bypass was intended to be a 6-lane highway connecting the bridge to Pericourt in the south with the junction in the North Side via the Upper East Side.

A list of planned projects in Lydian and map showing these projects:

  1. 5-10 Year Consolidated Zoning and Local Traffic Plan

    1. Lydian 1-way conversion
    2. Lydian South Side Terrace
    3. Upper East Side

[*]Lydian North Side Expansion and Traffic Relief Project

  1. Lydian North Side Landfill Island
  2. Lydian By-pass (Nat'l Gov't)
  3. South / Inner East Side connection via Island (Nat'l Gov't).



I've actually kept this city up for over 5 real years now--it's something of my baby (and growing approximately in real time!). I've pretty much built out the entire region to 12-years beyond the first post, if the growth is a little unrealistic (about 35-40% per year).

We come to the region in 1972, the nation of Pacific Columbia, and it's two key cities, Reyesville and Lydian, are wealthy burgeoning metropolises. The greater Reyesville region, which includes Lydian has exceed 1.25 million in population (About 900k more than where we last left it). Needless to say, we see a very different city today.

Reyesville is experiencing growing pains as a new federal city, boom town and darling of the nation's economy, and aggravating hurdles to city-planning. These are exacerbated by an ongoing rivalry with Lydian, the nation's cultural center and transportation hub, played out in the national political scene. Liberal immigration policies and booming economy are driving a demographic shift in Pacific Columbia towards urban cities. The Lydian political block largely backs rural policies while advancing it's own agenda regarding it's status, manifesting itself in issues such as transportation and economy. Lydian is a natural hub for the nation's road, rail, and shipping networks and it desires the nation's main airport. Reyesville supported an urban agenda with itself at the center of the nation's economy.

Nearly every infrastructure planning decision from WWII until c.1975 was colored by this debate. And so begins the story of the region mapped below:


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EDIT: Please disregard the 2009 shown on the pictures.  These are actually 2010--*sigh* only three days into the year and I'm already making mistakes.

The nation of Pacific Columbia lies between Alaska and Canada on the Northern Pacific Coast.  It's boarders resulted from the unsettled boarders between Russia's claim to Alaska and the UK's claim to Canada.  It is a commonwealth nation with a republican form of government.  As an ally of the British and Americans during World War II, the nation quickly industrialized to meet the needs of the war.  This effort was aided by increasing mineral & fossil fuel discoveries in the nation's North.

The nation's current capital, New Dover, is located deep within the mountains for defense--a relic of 19th century diplomacy.  As a result, the capital has proven ineffective, with government seeking warmer quarters in their home districts during winter.  The capital is occupied by government only during the summer months.  During winter the organs of government disperse with the various cabinet ministers to what became satirically called "home offices"--an ineffective web of poorly marked offices and frequently misdirected correspondence.  The citizens thought it normal for their business to be lost at least one time at take 2-3 years to resolve.  While May 1st was an official state holiday of May Day, the 2nd was a defacto holiday when the citizens left work to submit (or resubmit) government business (while New Dover was easily accessible during most of April most years, May was considered the first month when the government was reliably "in session").  

During the Summer of 1955 the government met in New Dover to address the growing calls from the public (and elected an appointed government officials) to move the capital to a more effective location.  Three cities were nominated to candidacy, one was Kearney, the northern boom city who's population had expanded to over 100,000 after the discovery of it's rich resources.  The other two cities were located in the only other truly urban center of the nation--the rest of the nation being far too mountainous for any large contiguous urban area.  Lydian, with a population of about 40,000, is located at the mouth of the Lydian River and is already the defacto transportation hub of the nation.  Finally, Reyesville (with about 80,000 people), just 20 miles from Lydian, was the larger of the two southern urban areas.  The debate continued, and on October 1, 1955 the government passed the act to establish a new capital within 10 years.  The act additionally created the first permanent offices outside of New Dover--the Office of the New Capitol (ONC) was established in Lydian, charged with organizing, facilitating, and overseeing the transfer of the capital.

Little was accomplished in the immediate years following act mandating the move of government.  The delegates with the large population of Kearney were digging in, and no 50% could decide on the new capital location.  The boom population of Kearney was relatively unfamiliar with the locale when compared to the residents of the longer established southern cities, and many had in fact moved from the south.  After two of the worst winters on record consecutively that blanketed Kearney and shut down access for nearly a month each year, the government held an "emergency meeting" in Lydian and after establishing quorum by just 1 member of parliament, voted to dissolve itself.  During the new elections, the population of Kearney voted out most of their members of parliament who had been blocking the move to the south, in what became known as the February Revolt (of 1960).  Finally, on May 1, 1960, the government eliminated Kearney from candidacy.  Within weeks it became clear that the larger city of Reyesville would win the vote.  In the last act of Parliament in the 1960 session, the government was to move to Reyesville.  The final hurdle to moving the government would be accepting the annex of a federal district by the local populations of Reyesville and the surrounding cities who would be affected by the move.

A brief overview of the capital inherited by the government of Pacific Columbia (circa 1961):

Overview - Reyesville in 1961


Transit View - Reyesville in 196101-03_00-Transit.jpg

Pictures overview - a guide showing where the pictures below are located:01-03_00-PicMap.jpg

01 - Downtown Reyesville - Central Reyesville - the Columbia State Bank building can bee seen to the right:01-03_01-ReyesDowntown.jpg

02 - Reyesville Waterfron - The city of Reyesville has since grown up from its beginings as a fishing village, but Fishermans Village is still a busy neighborhood01-03_02-ReyesWaterfront.jpg

03 - The "Old" Waterfront - The "Old" Waterfront has some of the city's oldest mid-rise buildings.  Though riverboats never served Reyesville, an old riverboat now serves as a restaurant and club on the oldest stretch.01-03_03-ReyesWaterfrontCloseS.jpg

04 - Fishermans Warf - a small stretch of waterfront that offers some housing and the last remaining fisherman's slips01-03_04-ReyesWaterfrontCloseN.jpg

05 - The Upper Waterfront - The original settlers in Reyesville just moved up the Reyes River as the peninsula filled with people.  The riverfront is was always a thoroughfare and provides prime land for both residents and businesses01-03_05-UpperWaterfront.jpg

06 - The Upper Waterfront - Another view--slightly downriver-- showing the most commercial stretch of the upper water front.  East Reyes can be seen where the grid turns 45 degrees01-03_06-UpperWaterfront-2.jpg

07 - East Reyes & "The Commons" -  "The commons", as they are referred to, is an area of land in the center of town owned by two philanthropists who allowed for common use of the land.  The city has expressed interest in purchasing this land to turn into a permanent park.East Reyes is the neighborhood that sprung up between "The commons" and the Riverfront after both Downtown & Uptown were built in.  01-03_07-EastReyes.jpg

08 - Station - Station is the newest neighborhood in Reyesville.  It is built up around the terminus station that was built on the edge of town.  While the track continues on into Uptown and even Downtown on Broadway, it was deemed to costly to demolish an area to build a station in the center of town.  Station is one of the primary industrial districts in town01-03_08-Station.jpg

09 - North Broadway and The Commons - A small neighborhood is found nestled between "The Commons", Downtown, Uptown, and the Pacific.  Broadway is a very busy street01-03_09-NBroadway.jpg

10 - North Broadway - A Closeup01-03_10-NBroadwayClose.jpg

11 - Gateshead Heights - Gateshead is a small fort that protected the two passes between Reyesville and Lydian.  Gateshead Heights is a small weigh-station that was built between them.  The rail junction connects to Reyesville Station to the West, the port of So'Eado to the south, and Lydian to the East.  No passenger service goes south, and all traffic shares a single rail between Lydian and Gateshead Heights01-03_11-GatesheadHts.jpg

12 - Gateshead Ranches - As the terrain becomes too dry and rocky to be farmed, sheep ranchers take over.  A number of paths traverse Gateshead Ridge eventually leading to the historic fort01-03_12-GatesheadRanches.jpg

13 - The Gateshead - The Gateshead is the small fort overlooking both passes in and out of Reyesville.  It is still manned daily by the military, but the soldiers on guard do more guide work than look-out.  Flocks of sheep can be seen in the foreground01-03_13-TheGateshead.jpg

14 - Corlottine River - The Corlottine River flows to the Southeast of town01-03_14-CorlottineRiverCrossing.jpg

15 - So'Eado Overview - The area of So'Eado (a contraction of South Eastern Docks) is seen below.  Reyesville-So'Eado International Aiport uses most of the land currently, though part of the historic port is still present on the southern side. The Port is divided into 4 doc areas (From right to left): Navy Docs, Old So'Eado, Point Docs, and Victory Docs.  The Victory Docs are the newest having just been completed during WWII01-03_15-SoEaDoOverview.jpg

16 - Reyesville-So'Eado International Terminal - The terminal serves mostly prop aircraft to Montreal, Chicago, New York, LA, San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, and Seattle.  The brand new jetbridge can be seen hosing a 70701-03_16-AptTerminal.jpg

17 - Navy Docs - The Navy Docs are the "flagship" docs for the nation's Navy.  It is where the formal offices of the Admiral are located--Cruisers are the largest vessels in the fleet.  The Navy's pride and joy, a fleet of brand new submarines can often be seen in port01-03_17-NavyDocs.jpg


By 1961, the ONC had a new mandate to begin overseeing the planning of the capital.  They were charged with representing the federal government to the cities and towns and creating an omnibus resolution to bring on the nation, as well as the cities of Reyesville and its neighbors.  


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