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The Realm of Inishmore is a cold northern archipelago, founded in 1680 by German and Irish settlers, and which has kept on challenging even world cities. The region is my latest, and most...

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District of Sarah

 

 

 

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The District of Sarah or Royal Harbor District is a 102'210 inhabitants district, bordered northwards by Rathlin City and westwards by farmlands and the Rural District of Quon. It is an industrial-typed area, and in fact, the place with the most factories and businesses. Typically it is polluted and smog covers much of the city, though luckily, north winds push the gases away.

Sarah was founded in 1854 as part of the industrial expansion of Rathlin, and since the very beginning was centered around the much older Irish Sarah Harbor. A grid plan was devised in 1862. It has almost always been totally industrial, yet in 1952 with Millionnaire Programmes, the construction of tenements in Preston Ward led to a demographic boom. Tarnsburg was built in 1875 around Tarns' Fort, an Irish fort from around 1690. The cities developed symbiotically ever since then.

The District is led by Worker's Party activist Brandon Schmertz. Alan Goodfields (PDO) leads Tarnsburg, while PDO politician Anna Dramer leads Sarah.

 

Demographics and Economy

 

 

 

Sarah and Tarnsburg are overally poor-dwelt cities, given the quality of life there; in Sarah, more than half the overall households are below the poverty level. For monoparental families this rises to 65%. Tarnsburg is somewhat better, with respectively 20% and 32% as of 2006. The overall population was 102'210 (Sarah : 85'540 [?40'733, ?44'807]; Tarnsburg : 16'670 [?7'247, ?9'423]. Crime is significantly on the rise since 2005, and Sarah boosts the highest number of violent muggings, car theft, and murders : in 2009, 1240, 1458, and 210 respectively. Overally crime has therefore risen 140% since the rates seen until 2005.

 

 

The economy of both cities is focused around the four piers making the Harbor. Most industries here directly export through the port. Sarah and Tarnsburg do not have a high GDP, but they stand out enough to be the main exporters in the island.

 

 

Neighborhoods

 

 

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Preston Ward, in Sarah. Not the prettiest place to live, that's for sure.

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Towards the Harbor - a view of the southern area of Sarah. Development is still ongoing.

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Sarah Harbor Station, the city's main hub. Three water clearing stations were needed to purify the water supply of a whole city. North, the Southern Interstate braches off in what could very easily be the only green haven in the city.

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Northern Ward, with some oil raffineries.

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Tarnsburg Central - middle rise buildings from the 1940s are mixed with high-rise buildings. The city's road system is still far from efficient.

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A typical industrial block.

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This is perhaps the city's only true high-rise building, right by the District Seat (which should be in Sarah).

 

Transportation

 

 

 

 

Transportation is assured through bus, subway, and S-Bahn services. Buses link the cities together, and connect to the major railroad stations. Two branches of line U61 serve the city of Sarah, mainly the areas around Preston and the Harbor. On the other side, lines S5 and S51 also link both Sarah and Tarnsburg to Rathlin and Hajira.

 

 

The Southern Highway crosses Sarah and Tarnsburg, heading for Quon, with four exits in the whole district, and a branch spurring off to serve the harbor.

 

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Generalities

The Southern Arm, or District of Midgar, comprises all land on the Irish land east of Rathlin itself. Most notably, it is a mixed district; the towns bordering Sedona and Hajira are heavily developed, with the outskirts still being wholly rural. It is home to 485'000 inhabitants, 300'000 of which live in Midgar proper. The district is led by Workers' Party MP Babben Sinnas.

The heart of the District is obviously the city of Midgar, but each township or group of township has developed their own grid plan; at such, cities are rather heterogenous and transit between them can become a pain. Luckily, the Sedona – Rathlin Interstate crosses through the district, linking Inisheer, Wutai, and Midgar – but not Dollet and the cities under. It is a rainy district, albeit more towards Sedona than Rathlin, and its shores almost seamlessly fit the northern Hajira coastline.

The district has its own daily newspaper, the Everyday Mail, and receives the national newspaper The Weekly Sim, the Bun, and the Boring Boring News Newspaper.

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Overview of the District. Dark blue marks the Sedona - Rathlin Interstate, Black is for S-Bahn (does not include the S6 expansion, which heads deep in Dollet territory), Red is for the Transcity network (connects in Rathlin), and light blue for the U1 line of the Sedoner U-Bahn.

 

Township of Inisheer

 

Inisheer is a small 85'000 inhabitants sleeper town at the direct east of Rathlin. Founded around the eponymous settlement in 1742, it has long remained a fort surrounded by farmlands. In 1954, sprawling from Rathlin reached the borders of Inisheer, and a whole grid was built. However, promoters in the 1960s tried to encourage high-rise housing. Nowadays, Inisheer is an heteroclite, run-down city; its major Lynn Baston being the object of claims concerning her independence.

Inisheer is served by the Transcity network, consisting of lines U64 and U68. In addition, S-Bahn lines S2 and S7, as well as the RE1 and RB8 lines, have stops in Inisheer.

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Overlooking the CBD of Inisheer, axed around the horizontal Dolletstraße. Of note is the only access point to the Interstate to and from Inisheer.

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North-central Inisheer. The Museum of Cinema is on the top.

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Since there is no access to the Interstate from the Western side, a road has been converted into a grade-separated, high-speed toll avenue (here overpassing several other avenues). It provides quick road transit to and from Rathlin, and is now known as the Rapid Rathlin Roadway.

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North-eastern part of the city. Many of the outlying areas have recently been converted in low-density suburbs. The Tower of Radiocommunications is halfly visible.

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Maple Street General Theater and its basin. It is known in Inishmore for being a central piece of cinema and theater; many awards are given there, and the Annual Film Festival of Inishmore, spread on two weeks, brings joy and reputation to the city.

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Closer view, on a busy awards night.

Township of Dollet

 

The Township of Dollet is by far the largest township, but also the least populated one, with 15'000 inhabitants spread over a town the size of Sedona. Mostly, it is a rural group of cities, the largest being Lindblum, Elden, and Dollet. The township is led by Major Georges McDonalds (PDO), though each cityship has an elected sub-Major who is given power upon his territory. Interestingly enough, a 5x2 block from the bordering cities of Wutai and Midgar belongs to the township, though in practice has the ZIP of Wutai and is being maintained by Midgar. Taxes there also go to Midgar.

The township of Dollet is exclusively served by line S6.

 

>Dollet

The town of Dollet is a quaint 3'000 inhabitants village. It was built around Dollet Priory, and has been remaining small since then. There has never been any pushes to expand the city since then. Dollet is the major local vegetable producer, though it is mainly known for its impressive stables. Most Dollet steeds have been recently bought off by wealthy people from Dubai.

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Overview of the northern Township of Dollet. A suburban, rural piece of farmlands amidst a urban jungle.

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Downtown Kellersdorf. The area is getting richer by the day.

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Amidst the farmlands, many stables make the pride of Dollet. Here also of note is a modern-day granary.

>Elden

Elden is the most populated village in the area, with 4'500 inhabitants. Noted for its more modern grid system, it was built in 1857 around the McBrawley Farm, which at this time was a major agricultural industry. When the farm closed in 1929, Elden focused upon the new power plant that had been erected in its place. Elden is, also, one of the richest towns in the district, and many manors have spruced up in the area since Marylin McRoe, in 1961, decided to built her own mansion in the heart of the city.

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The former company town retained much of its classical architecture. Alas, Elden is a rich, yet monotonous village.

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The Western part of Elden. The roundabout streets are a particularity of Dollet neighboorhoods. To the Northeast, one can briefly see the Hospital and part of the commercial main plaza.

 

>Lindblum

Lindblum, finally, is the third most populated village at 2'500 inhabitants. The farms around Lindblum are usually more busy than in Elden, and the city itself is also much poorer. However, Lindblum has a small industrial area, where food is processed and stored before being sent.

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The village of Lindblum. It is much more quaint and calmer, and also of somewhat less wealth. Lindblum is well-known for its food processing industries.

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Downtown Lindblum.

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The peaceful community of Brühl, west of Lindblum.

 

Township of Midgar

 

Midgar is the most populated settlement, with almost 300'000; this makes it the 4th biggest settlement (debated with Eshtar). Midgar was built in 1785 around the lost Castle of Alexandra, and has grown from this center since then. It has the largest economy of any other city in the Arm; tourism and finances make the bulk of its wealth. Affluent people live there, though mostly middle-class people cater in its nest. Midgar is covered by the National Health and Welfare services, with six hospitals filling the needs of the city.

 

Midgar has four distinct neighborhoods : the southern, middle-rise Farmlands, the great CBD Area; the East Side and the North Side. The East Side is predominantly high-ride; the North Side is poorer, and typically more diverse, mainly inhabited by people of Hispanic origins.

Midgar is crossed by the Midgar – Sedona Interstate. Transportation is extremely extensive in Midgar, with an impressive bus network. S-Bahn S2 and S7 serve the city, as well as RB8 and RB9. In addition, Sedona U-Bahn line U1 provides part-time service deep in the city.

Most importantly, part of the Hajiran airport is located in Midgar : Roughgarden Terminal handles some international traffic, though it mainly serves as a general aviation airport.

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Western access to Midgar, with certainly the latest low-rise buildings in the city.

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Downtown Midgar at night. Many condos have been erected in this area, bringing increased land value and people from abroad. Most people in this neighborhood are German and French.

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The City Hall, on Wutaistraße. The subway is a real means of linking people - by road it takes thirty minutes to get to Sedona, plus extra charges, while for $50 a month, a couple can travel every day to anywhere in Sedona in twenty minutes using the U1. S-Bahn fees are around $70 a month, but link both cities in ten minutes.

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The dark side of Midgar : the East Side, with its derelict buildings, and neighborhoods that threaten to become guettos.

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Southern Midgar : condos, flower parks, and no traffic jams.

 

Township of Wutai

 

Wutai is the easternmost settlement in the Arm. Mainly a sleeper town for both Sedona and Midgar, it is dwelt by about 100'000 people. Wutai in most of its territory is low-rise, and only its eastern shores (closest to Sedona) are mildly higher. Wutai is not a genuinely rich city, but major Georges A. Sanders (WP) claims he tries his best at raising the reputation of his township. Wutai is not a very commercial city, but a few of its arteries, mainly the main streets of its original three neighborhoods (West Ward, Kuppe, and East Ward) are more lively.

Wutai is crossed by the Interstate, too; the great Lynn Conway Bridge is located in its territory. S-Bahn lines S2 and S7 provide a direct link from Wutai to Rathlin and Hajira; lines S1 serves the southern side of the city; while S6 crosses it. All S-Bahn lines connect to various districts of Hajira. In addition, two branches of subway line U1 serve most of the higher-rise districts and connect to Midgar and Sedona.

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The low-rise neighborhood of Belladore, in the West Ward of Wutai.

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The Cathedral neighborhood in the West Ward : a small commercial area, a church, and some middle-rise buildings. Expansion of the U1 line should very soon link this area to the rest of the city.

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Kuppe district in Wutai : a mix of commercial and residential buildings. The dark tower on the left was burnt in the 2009 Great Fire, that swallowed two blocks, but legal battles concerning its rehabilitation (as opposed to demolishing) are still ungoing where the rest of the blocks are already rebuilt.

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North East Ward in Wutai : a high-density area, plagued by conjestion.

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Wutai East station, the busiest hub in the city. However, most buses tend to terminate at Wutai - Northern Road station.

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The three-bridged Lynn Conway Bridge, linking Wutai to the isle of Sedona.

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Rathlin (or Rathlin City) is the second or third largest city in the Inishmore Island (2nd in 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2010; 3rd in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008). Built in 1695 after the sack of Inishmore a few years earlier, it was dubbed Rechea for the Island of Rechea, now Rathlin, site of the first Viking raid on Ireland. Within current boundaries, several other settlements sprung up : Fort Charon, Hacqueville, and Engelsdorf. In 1780, Hacqueville and Engelsdorf were incorporated in the growing city; in 1855, the current city boundaries were reached. Rathlin grew much separately from Hajira; but with the Inception Bridge built in 1975, both cities quickly developed together and formed a sort of synergy. Nowadays, Rathlin is a bustling hub of commerce - it brasses more capitals than Sedona, and half all financial moves are decided there. The Finance Regulation Center is also built there. Rathlin threatens to undergo a demographic boom, though most of its working force lives in the nearby cities.

 

Geography

 

 

 

Rathlin is built on an isthmus, linking the outreaches of Quon to the small Wutai Peninsula. The land is mainly flat land; the Bays of Inisheer (bordering the city) and Granville (within the city limits) and the Atlantic Ocean limit its cities, usually on smooth sand beaches. Nonetheless, two old volcanoes scar the land – one in the old city, and a much bigger one on the northern reaches. Several small craters also dot the city; the Hacqueville Lake in the north is a prized destination for tourists.

Rathlin experiences the same climate as the rest of the island. It is not too rainy there, with an average of 75% sunny days a year.

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Hacqueville Lake, as well as an edge of the Northern Volcano. The Lake was totally rebuilt into a canalized basin, and nowadays is a piece of awesomeness for modelers and RCers alike.

 

 

Cityscape

 

 

 

Urban planning in Rathlin is marked by an emphasis on high-rise buildings; 60% of all city blocks are skyscrapers or buildings more than 50 meters high. Rathlin is marked as a green city, with many parks dotting the landscape; and is considered the liveliest city in the islands.

Population in the Rathlin metro area (including Tyria, Bruma, Sarah, Tarnsburg, Inisheer, and Midgar, but not Hajira) is estimated at 900'000. The city proper is home to 528'500 people; this is 1'200 people more than Hajira. The city is of mixed origins; mainly Scottish and Irish people were originally settling in the area, but nowadays, people of various descent have arrived and now dwell the area. German population is considerable, though they are mainly people from the higher cities (Hajira and Sedona). Nowadays, Irish and German people make up for 85% of the whole population; the remainder is mainly French, Spanish, with a few people from Turkey. Chinese people are unwelcome, according to quota policies. Though this was controversial in the 1990s, the recent rise of the country and subsequent isolationism leads to exodus for Chinese folk.

 

 

Government & Economy

 

 

 

Thanks to its harbor and financial district, Rathlin is the second-largest industrial center, though most of its factories are located in the nearby city of Sarah. A high-tech district in the northeastern part of the city provides 6'600 extremely skilled jobs, mainly in experimental facilities. A spaceport, in the Airport, employs 2'500 people. Hugh inflows of capital from the European Union and internal fluxes finance most of the city's new development and investments, and much of the city population is extremely affluent. Many luxury cars roam the streets, and the price of housing is extremely high.

 

Rathlin is governed by two entities; the District Seat and the Municipality. In practice, both exercise the same powers; under the to-be-signed 2011 Rathlin Incorporation Act, the District will exercise its power in the fields of infrastructure, transportation, justice; the Municipality will be greatly enhanced, with the possibility to pass its own laws and holding most legislative power. This project was, too, greatly compromised, but is to be signed in the next months.

 

 

 

 

The current District Sheriff is US World War II veteran Harley McKinston (WP). His vice-sheriff is Rosa Lockham (WP). On the municipality level, the major Belinda Herrenschmidt (WP) has been re-elected for a second time in 2006 for a six-year mandate.

 

 

 

 

Neighborhoods

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Overall map of Rathlin's neighboorhoods.

 

 

 

 

>Altstadt

The Old City is the initial settlement named Rathlin. The base of the grid, it is nowadays a middle-rise residential district. It is marked by the University of Rathlin and the Holy Art Gallery.

 

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Northern Old City. The main train station can be seen; old buildings dating from the 1900s are also featured. The old city walls were mostly destroyed, but some were left intact, as seen here.

 

>Regent's Folly

The Regent's Folly used to be a folly, built in the 19th century, and around which the first skyscrapers were erected. In 1956, the first such tower was built, and soon enough revolutionized the skyline of the city. To its extreme west, the main railroads were built on what used to be the city walls. A few are still visible in the southern part of the district. Regent's Folly is well-known for the Regent's Festival, a Carnival-like fest that happens mid-February.

 

 

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A train on the U62 line passes above the Regent's Folly Main Platz. The Stadium can be seen to the right. The Shin-Ra Nuclear Station is also located in the Folly.

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The water purifying station in Regent's Folly.

 

>CBD

 

The CBD is the main commercial center, with financial buildings built on most of its length. Most of the city's capitals are generated from there. Alongside Idlewood Avenue, the famous Film Studios are surrounded with tourist attractions. The CBD is served by the ring-way around Rathlin, and most of its buildings are famous landmarks island-wide.

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Hajirerstraße in the CBD. The Filmstudios are clearly visible - in 2010 they shot famous movies, such as Lord of the Sims, Deception, as well as the world's second full-3D movie, AVA-tards, about the notorious rebel group AVA that threatened to secede Dollet in the mid-70s. The City Hall is the tall building on the right.

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More of the CBD. The towers with the heliports are the work of Architectural Artist B. D. Simmonds, who designed them all the same "to give Rathlin a more Orwellian feel".

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CBD / Primavera / Hacqueville junction. The Ringbahn (horizontal) crosses the Southern Interstate. About two miles north, an offbranch of Southern Interstate diverts traffic south to the Ringway, as a cloverleaf intersection was impossible here.

>Hacqueville

Formerly a priestly settlement, Hacqueville is nowadays a middle-rise area. Much affluent, there are many architectural wonders there. It is also a tourist's nest : many upper-class restaurants line the avenues, strands are smooth and sandy; the Volcano of Rathlin and the Hacqueville Crater Lake are also attractions. Amazingly enough, it is the only district not served by any subway line – though the S5 and S51 link the district with the rest of the city, and Hajira.

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An affluent place in Hacqueville : the Volcano Country Club, located between the Lake and the Volcano. Most wealthy citizens have tried golfing there at least once, and it is the only haven of crime in the whole Hacqueville area. It doesn't prevent Japanese tourists from taking photographs.

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The Ringbahn Interchange. The Southern-Tyrian Interchange branches off in a three-mile branch, which connects to the Ringway.

>Primavera District

Primavera District is a high-rise commercial district that occupies most central Rathlin. Through it the initial grid breaks into the new grid canvas. Primavera is known for its bustling night life; many eminent nightclubs clog the district. The Small Simball Stadium lights the inhabitants' life.

 

 

 

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Primaverastraße. Many commercial and residential buildings alike dot the district.

 

 

 

North Side

Northern Rathlin is a complete change. Across the Western Canal, rich, middle-rise buildings sprawl. The area is well forested, and is home to many VIPs of the island. The Win-O-Matic Magic Casino is nested in the North Side.

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The North Side in all its suburban splendor. The Casino is visible north of the picture.

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Lack of space has halted the sprawling; North Side is currently being expanded and transformed into another residential high-rise district.

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West is the Capital Canal, a waterway that used to separate suburban and more dense lands, but which is now only decorating. Primavera is to the right.

>Edelvilla

Southerly is Edelvilla, named after Lady Edel's mansion, the first in the gridded district. Edelvilla is somewhat less rich, with many middle-class people living there. It is also a popular nightlife hangout; there is also an opera and a few theaters.

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A little bit of suburban life in the bustling nest. Edel's Villa was rased when the Ringway was built. It would have been where the interstate exit is nowadays.

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The City Festival Fairs is used for most festivals in the city. Most usually, the Regent's Festival begins here before moving towards the Folly.

>Gilmore District

Gilmore District, the biggest in Rathlin, encompasses many parks and greenland. A high-rise residential district, it is noted for its high quality hospitals. Gilmore schools are also amongst the best in the island. A zoo and many entertainment facilities can be found; a small stadium is sporadically used for lesser Simball matches.

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Allston and Hestlerplatz, a recent high-rise development area on the edge of Gilmore. Like the North Side, this section is experiencing massive, fast upwards growth.

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Southern Gilmore. The buildings there are all recent. In 2010, the small strip of low rise building were replaced by new pencil towers.

 

>Charon District

Charon District is a commercial district. Since 2005, it is linked via the Kamikawa Interstate Bridge to the CBD, where beforehand one needed to drive up to Hacqueville and back south. Charon is a place of more service-themed buildings, and many phone, taxi, alimentary, etc. companies have their headquarters there. Around Sternenplatz, the Richards Tennis Club is the greatest such facility in the island, and annually hosts the Island Tennis Open.

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Night view of northern Charon.

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The Heart of Charon. Many commercial and residential skyscrapers are mixed together here. The Concert Field, built in 2004 for the Island Rock'n'Roll Tour, was left in place and is nowadays used for local concerts.

   

>Engelsdorf District

Engelsdorf is the most decorated district in the city. It contains Engelsdorf Palace, which acts as City Hall and District Seat. Built in the 18th century, it stands proud as a testimony of former rulers.

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President's Platz, a massive intersection in northern Engelsdorf. The horizontal double avenue is Primaverastraße, and the vertical avenue Inishweg. Both used to play a major road in city transit, before the construction of the Ring Way and Southern-Tyrian Interstate. Traditionally, when a president is elected a massive parade is held from the top of Inishweg, and stops at  this place, where the President enters her (or more rarely his) private limo which drives into the Palace.

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The gardens of Engelsdorf Palace. It used to hold Irish rulers, and later on served as city hall and District Seat. The white building on the left is the High Court of Rathlin; that on the bottom, the District Seat. Opposite buildings are the Minister of Economy and Finances, that of Education, Health and Sports (in the same building), and the Minister of Justice.

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Engelsdorf Palace, along with the Empire Building. The train station at Vindavenstraße is on the bottom-right.

 

>Industrial Side

The Industrial Side was converted in 1945 from prior farmlands. At this time, the objective was to create a high-tech center that could help in the event Inishmore was to be caught in a war. Few fundings were made, and until the 80s, the zone remained stagnant. After 1980 however, the city ended up investing about ten times more a year, and blossomed soon after.

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Solar Plants in Rathlin - Industrial.

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The Southern Emethal Research Center is on the south. Many high tech industries have moved into this area of the city. The freight station sends its trains to Bloodmoon, Sedona, where goods are exported.

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Overall view of the area. The former Space Launch Area (Area 58) can be seen; the shuttle should be soon dismantled. The National Hospital of Experimental Treatments is located just nearby.

Culture

 

 

Culture in Rathlin is mainly focused on sports. Apart from the upper-class nightclubs, nightlife in Rathlin is the most intense in the Regent's Folly district. Around the University many clubs have formed, mostly students hangouts.

The Theater of Rathlin, known island wide, is based in Gilmore; the Philharmonic Company of Rathlin and Hajira has its main opera right by the Palace.

Sports involve Simball at the main stadium; the Rathlin Foxtrot have won the 2006 and 2007 Simball Finales, but have been eliminated on first round since then. The R. Richards Tennis Courts host the Island Tennis Open every year since 1974.

 

Transportation

 

 

 

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Rathliner City Subway map.

Transportation in Rathlin is operated by the Hajira-Rathlin Stadtbahn (HRS GmbH). It was created in 1997 as both Hajiran and Rathliner subways opened, in order to coordinate transit between the two cities. Lines U62 and U64 are operated by the Inisheer Transcity Company, which is nowadays a subsidiary of the HRS. Rathlin is serviced by buses, subways, and S-Bahn.

The bus network is extensive and is based on the grid system; while buses have numbers, they will be more known under the name of the street they operate. For instance SB57 is more known as Warenerstr. Line. In addition, seven BRT lines exist in the city; four end in Hacqueville, three in Rathlin Hbf, and three in Ninostr. (Three lines have the same terminals, but different routes).

The train network in Rathlin is made of the U-Bahn and S-Bahn, though in practice those two networks are complementary. Subway trains are in blue, red and white livery, and were once used on the Paris S-Bahn system. They are organized along three main axis : the Primavera Line (which is served by U61, U65 and U67); the Regent's Folly lines (U62 and U63), and northerly, by the Transcity Lines (U64 and U68). In addition, the monorail U69 line links Karen Ulane Airport, the main domestic airport.

S-Bahn lines are extensive and serve most of Rathlin's surroundings. Tarnsburg, Tyria, Bruma, Hajira, Midgar, Wutai, up to Sedona, are directly available to commuters. Most lines end in Rathlin, but S51 and S7 only pass through, without stopping at Rathlin CBD or Hbf stations.

Air Transport : Karen Ulane Airport

Karen Ulane Airport, named after K. Ulane, a pilot who crashed at the commands of her DC-3 near DeKalb, Illinois, is the 3rd most important airport in the islands. Though nowhere as busy as Lili Elbe Airport (Sedona) nor as expensive (and extensive) as the Roughgarden-Riveira Airport in Midgar/Hajira, its three terminals host about 1'000'000 visitors annually. It mainly serves the nearby destinations, both on the island (Quon-Rathlin in 20 minutes), and worldwide. The U69 monorail, operated by Transcity, circles around the airport free of charge.

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Overview of the Airport. Here is terminal T3. Terminals A2 and A1 are on the mainland. T3 is, by far, the most used terminal.

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A monorail on the U69 line.

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ATC Tower 1, the brains of the airport.

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Longterm and shortterm parkings accomodate visitors and travelers alike.

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The new Spaceport (Area 187) sits at the edge of the Airport. Maybe one day, when interstellar travels are common sights...

This concludes the City of Rathlin! I'm working on the more industrial side - Sarah and Tarnsburg. Then we'll get sprawling Wutai, bursting Midgar, and at the southern edge the tiny farmlands of Dollet. ^^.

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The District of Eshtar (also known as the Northern Arm and Windy Shorelines), seated in the eponymous town, comprises the parts north of Sedona on the isle. It is indeed an arm of land in the sea, as well as a very important hub. For years it has remained the only interstate link between Sedona and the rest of the island. The District is well served by the subways of Sedona (notably line U2, though lines U3 and U7 are planned to expand beyond Laguna), and the S-Bahn line S8. While Caruvel and Laguna are turned towards the southern city, Eshtar itself is a bustling hub for commerce, and turns its capitals to the nearer and better connected City of Hajira.

The Township of Laguna (pop. 3350) is the smallest city, both in population and size, in the District. It has been built in 1920 only; beforehand, it was rural farmlands. Served by a branch of the Interstate, as well as subway U2, it is a much richer suburban city. Mansions and villas cover most of the land, and there is few traffic in the sleepy city. Notably, there is a Simball stadium in the village, and a reckoned opera – from where hail the Transcending Sonata series from Lagunan composer Georges J. Orwell. Its shores are home to various yacht clubs, and there are projects to build a sailboat harbor on its western side (along with the planned expansion of U3, which would disconnect from Veronaville). In the country's only involvement in World War II, the merchant oil carrier ISS Derpen was sunk on November 28th, 1942 on its eastern strands. While the identity of the attacker is not known, it is rumored a British attack is responsible for the tragedy. In the following weeks, a black tide soiled much of the coast. Three people died, and five were rescued by the coast guard service.

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Laguna is a rich, modern, and active little town. It is known for its tremendious education.

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Southern Laguna. Mansions and villas take over most of the space, despite undeveloped land still laying about.

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Downtown Laguna. The highway heads south to Sedona.

The Township of Caruvel is a middle-sized city, with 102'520 people. Formerly called Little Wutai for the analogies between both cities – both feeder towns for Hajira, with as much population and similar demographics – the term fell in disuse after the 70s, when Wutai grew to challenge Midgar and Cropsford, while Caruvel never experienced such a growth. It was built in 1802 around the Priory of Lannuon, founded by people from Brittany, France. It remained mostly rural until 1940, when fleeing Jews and Jehova's Witnesses fled in the nation, and settled there. In 1970, a program known as Millionaire Garnishment aimed in building cheap, massive residential tenements in the city; however, all buildings from this period were abolished in the late 2000's. Caruvel is notable for having been the first city to ever conceive a subway on the islands – line A opened in 1954, and line B in 1956 as a subset. It was incorporated in 2002 in the Sedoner Subway system as lines U12 and U13, later on U2. Line U13 closed in 2007. Caruvel is home to the Museum of Contemplative Arts, and to the Video Game National Monument, a huge stadium where video game fans come to compete in nationally-endorsed events.

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Southern Caruvel in 2008. In the corner, the Museum of Comptemplative Arts, at this time still in construction. Train stations in Caruvel were the first to be refurbished - prior to 2008, few suburban stations even had platforms.

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South-east downtown Caruvel, with the Lawrence & Huston General Hospital, first of its kind in virology. The Inishmore National Institute of Virology and Anti-Terrorism Science is located in its basement.

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A RegioBahn approaches the main station in Caruvel (which is not the Hauptbahnhof), on the northwestern side of downtown. Mediamarkt, on the left-hand side, is the biggest electronic store in the island.

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Uptown Caruvel. This area is undergoung heavy development and more residences are planned to bloom in a late demographic upwards trend.

The City of Eshtar, named by the original German settlers in 1680 after the Ishtar Gate – New Babylon was at this time a common name for nowadays Hajira – is the fourth most populous city on the islands, with a population of 2754021 inhabitants as of 2009. Historically, the CBD and most of the city's old development was concentrated on a 10x5 grid just off the Bornstein Bridge linking Hajira to Eshtar – in the 1800s, both cities' grids contrasted, as Hajira was built much more chaotically despite a central grid system. Up to 1945, it was, much like the rest of the island, mostly overrun with farmlands; however, following the intensive number of refugees from Europe, it quickly expanded southwards. In 1953, Caruvel's and Eshtar's grids were officially merged at Towers Point, on the isthmus between both cities' borders. Eshtar arbors many features : the Inishmore Nuclear committee is housed in the tallest building at 534 Gallastraße; and a subset of the Hajiran Stock Market is also located at Tower Point. Eshtar's economy is a financial, capitalist one; many companies choose to move over there. J. K. Richmond, owner of the prosperous SimBank of Inishmore, declared : “Eshtar is much greener, cleaner, and overally lighter than those dark crowded nests. We enjoy good transportation and we can go everywhere we can. It's a better choice for any self respecting company.” Eshtar is a high-rise city, and looks nowhere like its suburban southern sisters, and is perhaps the most successful city in the island beyond the Greater Three, with a a net income of over $53'241'000 a year, most due to local taxes and returns of investment.

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Towers Point, in southern Eshtar. The former plaza and train station were demolished and rebuilt as part of the U2 northwards expansion.

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The busy intersection of Löwenstraße and Ted-Flanders-straße. The lit building on top is the Sim Commerce Bank.

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The District Seat and Courthouse of Eshtar. It houses over 400 years of recorded archives in its National Archive wing.

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Northern Eshtar is more middle-rise than Southern Eshtar, though the trend seems to vanish with more and more taller buildings being erected every day.

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Downtown Eshtar. The City Hall is visible up north. Each year on October, 8th, former Eshtar major Amy Grünewald is revered locally during Founder's Day - though Mrs. Grünewald was major from 1987 to 1992.

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Alongside Blumenweg, the Nuclear Committee made its HQ in a secured building. A raid shelter, able to host 7'000 people undefinitely, is under construction there.

That's it! We're done with the first island! I hope you enjoyed it so far, next pictures and stories will come from the southern island of Rathlin! (Sorry, we'll still have to bother with the Sedona mass transit system..what an invading city, huh?) I'll certainly put a few 'interlude' entries from now on. :]

Let's finish with these two (rather unrelated) pictures :

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This is the new intersection of Poststraße, Günsbergstraße (vertically) and West Bielefeldallee (Horizontally), on the public

plaza and major interchange at Bocklemünd. Note the rail-to-subway connections (here with S2 and S7), the highway bus hub (enabling intercity bus lines), and the various decoration that make this place extremely quaint yet bustling and teeming with life. This is an answer to people suggesting I should put a bit more mods in my cities. This was taken in Sedona.

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The Ishtar Gate Bridge, officially the Müller/Bornstein Bridge, linking the cities of Eshtar and Hajira. Train lines were built underneath the shallow sea (right hand side). The impressive skyline of Hajira is projected on the water by the dawning sun.

So, (belated) happy new year and we'll see next year for the next part...wait...We're already in 2011. I really need to fire some of my advisors.

-Amy

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On the southernmost shores of the Island, right before entering the rural outlands below, the district of Lauberg stands, sleepy and mellow. Its population nears the 75'000 - the equivalent of a single downtown block in Sedona.

 

A city by the name of Roughgarden existed in 1750 at the emplacement of modern-day Vessenplatz, Lauberg. Founded by Irish priests in an attempt to gain a new foothold on an island, it was home to a botanist who helped shape rural landscapes in all of the modern-day district. In 1774, a great fire burnt the city to the ground, and this marks all notable settlement for the next 35 years, though many small villages remained.

In 1808, German pioneer Ernst Linden decided to set up a new group of factories in a city he named Georgestown. The factories failed in 1874, though the first instances of sleeper towns already appeared : Lauberg and Mülheim, feeders to the industrial complex.

With Sedona booming in the early 50s, the district expanded considerably southwards. The original settlements remained, but the area took a much more suburban feeling, to become the sleepy massive complex it is nowadays. The cities are remarkably known for a total lack of entertainment (Georgestown and Lauberg have no stadiums, few parks, only one cinema, three museums, to cite a few). Current majors Holsten (WP of Georgestown) and Brandon (PDO of Lauberg) expressed few concerns about raising the concern, pointing at the higher average age (50% of the population is aged 65 and older). This earned, over the years, the suburban district as the "1st World Producer of Boredom", former Sedoner (and short-lived) major Robert Masala claimed.

 

 

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Georgestown is the easternmost town in the Outskirts. A healthy 25'500 inhabitants community, it is mainly prized by the richer suburban people, and about 60% of the population earn more than $200'000 a month. Needless to say, most VIPs in the islands emigrate there, certainly because of its “no local tax” policy. It is, however, mainly known for its southern hillside – many people love to trek in the ruins there – and its famed hot dogs. It was known as the Ambassador's Square until year 1986, as many embassies had taken residence there. Following the Capital and Foreign Policy Act in 1986, most scattered around Sedona. Nowadays, only the French, Australian, and Canadian embassies remain in Georgestown.

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General view of Georgestown, with the Chillad Range on the southern side.

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The Eastern side and Ubierring district. The Solar Plant, though a standard power plant, is considered the pride of Georgestown.

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Northern entrance to Georgestown and the District. Georgestown's Major's Hall lay on the roundabout, and serves as a model for many such halls in the island.

Mülheim is a small seaside town south of Georgestown, behind the Southern Chillad Range. Most people there are middle-class. Mülheim was built in 1850 as an answer to growing suburbs, around a small German fort (which collapsed from the cliff into the sea in 1967 with the Great South Storm). Many yacht clubs were organized in the area, and there is a marina facility for all residents to park their boats. Rather known for its famous people – Simball player Tony Tarter, astronauts John Armstrong and Billy Jung, and controversial politician Sarah Simlin are natives off the settlement.

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Downtown Mülheim. A few higher buildings were built in the 1940s. The Nuclear Power Plant powers a good part of the island.

Lauberg is the seat of the District. It keeps a modest population of 45'000 people, most being lower to middle class. Lauberg is westernmost, and is often referred to “The Last Stop before Peasantland”, an expression popularized by SimNEWS animator Winsley Winston in 2004 as she described the south side of the country. It is a hilly town with few notable landmarks, and most of its population works in Sedona through the Regional Railroads. Since 1925, its population has not grown in size. There is quite a bit of crime in the city - mostly thefts.

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The downtown area and district prison around Vessenplatz.

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The Promontory is a plateau to the west of the mainland. A few mansions have sprung up since its development from farmlands.

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The North Side of the city. It has recently been constructed, but a negative migration rate in other parts of the city only equilibrated the city. The Lucky Girl Casino stands on the shoreline, though only addicts and white collars can truly 'afford' its expensive prices.

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Western side. Gentrification is gradually kicking lower-class people further in the rural districts.

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    The District of Inishmore is a group of two islands, and two peninsulas. Ever since they were created, they served as sleeper towns for the greater Sedona – and at such, their infrastructure is well developed. It is made of four localities : Eden Bay, Crescent Island, Cronstadt (Venloa Isle), and the peninsula of Cropsford.

    Low crime and a higher-than-average education and literacy rate are what characterizes, nowadays, the district – it has the lowest number of petty crimes (with a mere 740 crimes), the second-lowest number of grave offends (an average of 40 homicides a year). It is seldom in the spotlights, though its reputation as a safe haven has been somewhat soiled by the 2007 Garringer stalkings, which led to sixteen women being abused, and a police agent – as well as Garringer himself – were killed during his arrest.

    Being so close to the city of Sedona, this district is very much urbanized. Asphalt abounds, and all four islands face a growing lack of free space, while at the same time own few funds to grow further higher. Cropsford and Crescent Island are middle-rise buildings, while Eden Bay and Venloa Island have low-density housing.

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The northern city of Cropsford, clearly transitioning from low-rise housing to high-peak skyscrapers.

    The suburbs that sprawled around Sedona have many interesting sides and points of interest. The first township is Eden Bay, built in 1901 and named after the Church of New Eden, a short-lived Order of Knights that attempted a return to medieval life in an ever industrializing world. Their parish soon died down, but the village remained. It grew rather remotely, until in 1975, a ferry service connected Bloodmoon Harbor to the island. Since then, it has grown into a middle-class and quaint community. In 2009, extension of the SRT Elbe Airport line brought the village at fifteen minutes of Sedona. Eden Bay is since 2004 home to the Military Garden, which supposedly trains elite soldiers for the Land Army of Inishmore. It is populated by 5000 people, twice more than in 1975.

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Welcome to Eden Bay! (Just so you know, the subway is up, for just $5 more a ride!)

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The military facilities overlook most of the island.

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Downtown Eden Bay, with its Major's Hall, its power plant, its fire casern, and Hotel Delta (in the center), that saw many high-profile rulers in its rich, luxurious rooms.

    The closest isle is Crescent Island, dubbed so because of a French baker who set his shop there. It is linked by a bridge to the mainland. It is a low-rise, low-density town based around Rudolfstraße. The northern island was a rural farmland, until 1945, when it was integrated in the City of Sedona proper, and remade into the Airport. The SRT Elbe Airport connected both islands in 1960.

    On the other side, we can see the township of Cronstadt. Located on Venloa Island, it is another low-density village. Built around an Irish fort as Venloa Priory in 1740, the town remained stagnant for a long while, though it developed a healthy fishing community. In 1987, a road bridge was built, and since then it became a nest for upper-class people. It was finally linked in 2009 by suburban transit, as the IBL Bocklemünd was built, along with two stations on each side of the isle.

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Lower Venloa (along with Venloa Hbf station), off the coast of Sedona.

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A closer view of the train station. S-Bahn trains now bring the villagers 30 minutes away from Rathlin, and 35 from Hajira.

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Upper Venloa (township of Cronstadt). The General Breslauer Hospital pioneers since its opening in 2001 in curing cancer, though its main speciality is cardiology.

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A train leaves the island through the new Arezzo Rail Transit Bridge. Aside is the older East Side Bridge.

    Finally, the district seat of Cropsford lies north of Sedona. It is MUCH bigger, though until 1980 it remained a small cozy town, established in 1685 by the initial Irish settlers around Crossford Priory.  Under the lead of an ambitious rail baron, Lady Winsfeld, large fields were torn up and new housing was built, as both the IBL Sedona and SRT Altstadt & Venloerstr were expended, bringing both cities much closer. In 1995, the population was 54'000; in 1997 it was made District Seat at the expanse of Crescent Island. In 2008, it surpassed the much bigger town of Wutai and now stands 7th biggest town in the whole island with 115'000 inhabitants. It remains nonetheless a sleepy suburban city, with low, medium and a few high-rise density.

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Southern Cropsford, off Grüne Weide. The place is home to many gaming industries. An asylum was destroyed and replaced with Tenpenny Park in the late 2000s, though vegetation has yet to grow and no embellishment facilities were built.

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Western Downtown. Cropsford Central Park lays uncleaned due to lack of funds. The former National Transgenderism Institute, closed in 2007, is slowly crumbling left of the main station.

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Cropsford peaked in the 1960s, with a brand new downtown area being built. Nowadays, it has lost much of its glory.

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A blurry close-up on the District Seat.

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Aside from Chiuu Avenue, the SRT Venloerstraße (Line U3) has brought a sudden boom of prosperity to many classy, high-rise homes. The Nord Lindenthal area has already resplenished...

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...while the area north of Venloerstraße, at the heart of Lindenthal proper, is being invaded with new businesses fleeing clogged Sedona or Hajira cityscapes.

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Elevated U-Bahn tracks passing across Galway Isle through a brillant piece of architecture and engineering - the water there is 40 meters deep and constant dredging is needed across the small channel leading in the bay.

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Two trains crossing themselves on the land part of the bridge.

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Sedona

(also known as Hajra, New Heimersdorf, and formerly Inishmore City), is by far the largest city in the Inishmorian Archipelago. With over 800.500 residents, it is the county seat of Donau County, which includes the nearby municipalities of Caruvel and Eshtar, but not Wutai nor Midgar.

Sedona, then named Inishmore was founded in 1680, as a small harbor providing access to the Archipelago. Located on a major hub between the then separated cities of Hajira and Rathlin, along with smaller towns such as Heimersdorf or Cropsford, it was integrated as Overseas German Territory in 1684 with a population of 300. It exponentially grew and spread over the former village of New Sedona (to the west of Sedona-Inishmore), it is now reckoned both for industry and infrastructure, with Lili Elbe International Airport being the second busiest airport in the country. In 2008, the city hosted 49.3 million domestic and overseas visitors.

History

Pre-Modern Era (1680-1898)

Prior to German settlement, the area was totally devoid of human traces. The archipelago, charted south of Greenland, was the site of many sinkings. The first settlements were built by enthusiastic Prussian explorers Kirsten Nightfire and John Cooker in 1654 on the other sides of the S-shaped island as the City of Hajira; two years later, Irish protestants landed and founded the village of Inishmore and that of Rathlin. A small war broke, and the former city of Inishmore, located on modern-day Sedona, was razed.

In 1680, unnamed German explorers landed on the southern shores of Sedona, and founded the township of Heimersdorf. They built their fort about five kilometers north, on the site of the former city's ruins. Through cunning negotiations, the Irish folk in Rathlin sighed the 1681 Peace Act, which would later prove a key piece of independence. In 1683, Lord Heimer named the city Sedona, and one month later it was integrated as a Free City on behalf of the Holy Roman Empire.

The city boldly grew, attracting prospectors looking for the rich ore mountains of the island as well as navigators. By 1698, it was inhabited by 4500 persons. Following a freezing winter in 1703 and 1704, connections were cut almost continuously between Europe and the island. The Irish township of Rathlin rebelled soon enough and established their own kingdom, the short-lived Kingdom of New Ireland. Lord Heimer and Lord Nightfire signed in consequence the Establishment Act in 1706, which effectively rendered the island autonomous. The Irish rallied to the idea, and by December, 1706, the Empire of Royal Inishmore (Königliches Reich Inishmores), named after the first Irish settlement, was created; Sedona was chosen as the capital, being at the center of the twisting road linking the extremities of the island.

With trouble brewing in Europe, many settlers seeking a close asylum arrived in Inishmore. Hajira was at the time much more attractive, yet Sedona grew to reach a population of 25'000 and a quarter of its current size by 1754. The population in the city progressively turned more English and Irish. In the year 1765, the Inishmore Reenactment Act was published, and reorganized much in the country. Sedona's legal language became English, and most states institutions, formerly in Hajira and Rathlin, were moved in the heart of the city.

Rapid industrialization in the 1800's brought Sedona much more power and wealth; the island's first railway, the Southern Coast Railroad, linked Rathlin and Sedona by 1841. The islands of Crescent and the Lauberg Peninsula became predominantly industrial, and the city limits of Sedona were expanded to their current borders; however undeveloped the heartlands of the small plateau were. Under the lead of Mr. Lindman, a landowner from Cologne, Sedona specialized in iron and coal shipping. In 1887, it was Northern Europe's first iron producer. At its highest peak, industry in Sedona employed more than 75'000 people, and the city was dwelt by well over 200'000.

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The remains of Inishmore City. Note the S2 railroads crossing through.

Island Revolution (1898)

However developed the city and small empire were, criticism was drawn during a political speech on June 14th, 1898, as Emperor Duncan III decided to raise more taxes and suppress most civil rights that existed. A small group of Marxist marginals attempted a coup three days later, leading the city in a three-month chaos, later known as the Bloody Summer. Riots spread through the empire, and on September 25th, more than 3'500 people, mainly upper-class citizens and politically influence people, had been murdered in the battle for the city.

On September, 27th, forces from England and France landed on Heimersdorf, seeking to suppress the Marxist rebels holding the city. Covertly, they attempted to seize power in the area. In three days, they held much of the inner city under their power, until Emperor Duncan III abdicated and abolished the realm, on the condition European troops would withdraw. A symbolical sum was paid off, but the city was left in ruins, and most of the populace had fled.

With the Nation of Inishmore established a few days later by Duncan's son, Andre Rudolf Geldern, Sedona saw a new calm beginning.

Modern Era (1899-present)

The early years of Geldern's reign focused on improving workers' conditions. Following rather unknowingly the example of New Zealand, many social rights were granted - including female equality, legalization of trade unions, and a free basic health system - and signed by the President himself in Rostond, then a suburban town nexting Sedona. The city saw a new prosperous era, and by 1907 more than 350'000 people lived in the city. Hajira's declining population was bested one year later with 369'200 people in one of the most amazing demographic booms in the city's history.

The 20's were marked, however, by increases in poverty and crime. Famous lawbreakers, such as L.A. Billy, formed gangs that battled each other, as well as law enforcers. In 1927 however, the first true Major of the City (since most functions were held by the President himself beforehand), Mr. Harry Douglas, launched a new economic program  - prefiguring the Great Deal in the US after the 29 crisis - focusing on education, improving further workers' conditions, and launching a new expansion program. Mobilizing important capitals, Sedona grew westwards as the city hired most work-less people in the city, following a stricter grid plan. Many old villages were incorporated and dissolved in the building; by 1931, the city had grown twice in size. Following Major Anderson's styles and wishes for a clean, lively city, a smaller-scale replica of the Kölner Dom was erected in the Rostond suburbs, and strips of lands were left empty, emulating New York's or San Francisco's parks to some extend. The city (and island)'s first skyscraper was erected in 1932; and in 1934, one of the inner parks became the new royal residence.

From 1929 to 1945, a period known as the Northerly Migration Times occurred; the city council enacted quotas to limit the flow of residents. In 1945, the size of the bustling city had grown to 564'210, and attracted ever more capitals and businesses in an otherwise ruined world. However, with industrial trends declining, the city entered by the 1950's a deep recession, and the old center of the city became darker. To cope with the situation, Major Jonas, along with then-president Sechet, began promoting and shifting the city's industrial trade towards business and commercial markets.

Since 1970, Sedona has achieved major status in most stocks. Under the lead of Major Linda Nightfire - a descendant of an initial founder - the city grew more and more skyscrapers. By 1981, the million inhabitants milestone was broken; the old airstrip in old Sedona was replaced by the new Lili Elbe International Airport, at its time greatly modern and vastly underused, on an island south of Sedona. 1987 saw the first subway as a response to the increasingly congested city; at this time, avenues were raised to complete the island wide interstate system.

By 1992, concerns concerning the progressive encirclement of northern harbors led the City Council to separate the city in half. A path, roughly between avenues 15 and 17, which had been underdeveloped due to lateral floodings, was dug out and a 7 meters deep, 60 meters wide canal was opened, splitting the land in half, freeing the congested harbors. The subway system was completed in 2003, and further improved in 2009. Lydia Dinnerson, current Major, has very recently began a suburbanization program; the city is now declining with a population just over 800000, with many people moving to the cheaper suburbs with completion of the rail and road systems across islands.

Geography

Topography

Sedona is located on the central branch of the Inishmore Archipelago, on a low rise plateau. At its center is a rise, up to 123m on Chillad Point, that stretches to the Cropsford Peninsula; Great River streams from there onto the 16th Avenue Canal, and Trinity River runs a few kilometers before ending in the Heimersdorf Bay. Most of the eastern side is more hilly and higher, with a mean altitude of 31 m; the whole southeastern coast features high eroded cliffs. West of the Canal, the city is flat and rises seldom upon 15 meters; northwestern shores are mainly sandy, smooth beaches.

From the plateau several landmasses stretch out; the Cropsford Peninsula is hilly and high-grade; while to the south, from Heimersdorf Bay, the Lauberg Peninsula extends southwards. North is a string of lagoons separated by the Caruvel Mass; separated by a short channel, westwards are the Plains of Wutai.

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Grüne Weide, on the far North side.

Climate

The city lies within the north oceanic climate zone, and experiences four distinct seasons. Summers are warm and humid with average daytime high temperatures of 25°C in a normal summer ; winters are cold, snowy, and windy, with some sunny days, and with temperatures below freezing. Spring and fall are mild seasons with low humidity.

Cityscape

Architecture

Sedona's architecture is densely varied, though in the latest 40 years an homogenization has been noted. The old city has kept most buildings in an early industrial side, with many buildings lasting from 1800 onwards. The Altstadt itself has been mostly preserved, on the initial site of the Heimersdorf Fort.

In the newest areas, steel-framed buildings were erected and high-rise buildings make up most of the city architecture. Many old landmarks were kept however; such as the Dom replica in Rostond. The Presidential Palace, informally known as the White House, and its surrounding buildings, are perfect examples of an heteroclite euro-comtemporan style.

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A typical interchange - this one on Geldernstraße North.

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Western CBD around Cheystraße. The Big Ben clocks were ordered in 1954 as part of the Inishmore Tribute year, which saw many mock-ups of well-known landmarks erected.

Neighborhoods

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The city is roughly separated in 13 districts, and informally in further sections. The main sections are the Altstadt (Old City), Heimersdorf, the less-developed Central Side, the Royal, CBD and West Side, with Bloodmoon forming a district.

Altstadt and Heimersdorf were the original districts of the city. It is home to the University of Sedona. It also hosts one of the city's largest parades, the annual Oktoberfest parade, as well as the February Inishmore Fairday. Chillad rises border the districts and stretches towards Cropsford. Some facilities of the Harbor of Sedona are here, as well as the original City of Sedona. The main stadium is located on its eastern shores.

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The Hajiran Cowboys playing the Elonan Thunderforce in the 2009 Simball Finale.

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Typical shores around Heimersdorf. The Lighthouse is the last manned beacon in the island.

Downtown and Royal Districts are the center of Sedona's commercial and financial institutions, and home to the Great Park and many of the city's skyscrapers. Many of the city's financial institutions are located in Rostond. The central commercial area often is featured on the southern shores. These areas contribute famous skyscrapers, shopping, museums, as well as a stadium and convention facilities on Aachenerstr.

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Eastern Neumarkt during daytime - the buildings are the Stock Exchange (Börse) and the Ministers' Assembly building.

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At the heart of the city - the Plaza, or Royal Park, along with the ruler's residence.

In between lies the Central Zone. Largely less developed, it features mid-rise habitations, universities, and the Museum of Science and Technics. The Burning Man Fair is hosted on 18th Avenue. North is Bocklemünd, a major park in the hills near Cropsford, and a main automotive hub; southerly low-rise habitations make up most of the district. The Chillad Range is gentrificating, with villas popping on the hills and golf yards growing on the former airport.

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The Chillad Range in 2006. Most high rise buildings were demolished to make place for rich villas.

Off-side areas include Bloodmoon Harbor, the main industrial district of the city, though most of the industries were since long dismantled and moved towards Rathlin. Most of the port facilities are located on its long southern shore, and more and more high-rise residential buildings are forming there. Crescent Island used to be a rural area, until a bridge connected the small group of isles. Right now, they feature rich, low-rise houses, as well as the international airport.

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The subway station, and the eastern terminal of Lili Elbe Flughafen.

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The Quietlands, south of Laguna : cosy life in the suburbs make middle-class people even more middle-class.

Street Grid

Sedona's eastern streets were laid out in a grid that grew from the city's original area. Streets following the Reenactment Survey System section lines later became arterial streets (horizontally) or avenues (vertically), though all are 2x2 streets. As new additions to the city were platted, city ordinance required them to be laid out with 6 streets/avenues a km. The grid's regularity would provide an efficient means to develop new real estate property. There exist few discontinuities, apart from around the Chillad Range, and in the oldest settlements.

Western streets emulate the eastern grid system to some extent, mainly prolonging beyond the Canal the horizontal lines. Vertical streets are more spaced out, allowing larger buildings and easting real estate selling. Few discontinuities exist there too, though no streets from the western side actually emerge in the eastern one; mainly, one needs to use the interstate system, itself formed off major arteries of the city in a grid fashion. Bloodmoon streets are laid according to the Western grid.

Since the late 1950s, most of the streets were embellished; the building of the subway system recreated small parks within the already quite green city.

Culture and Entertainment

The city's nightlife has attracted residents and tourists alike. Most businesses concentrate along Geldernstr., or in the Heimersdorf or Rostond areas. Chorrolstr. in particular houses a huge number of nightclubs and other amenities. The city has many upscale dining establishments, including ethnic diversified villages : These include the Puerto Rican enclave in the Bocklemünd neighborhood, Greektown on Summerset, "Little Italy" on Loreleistr., or Irish pubs by Khourystr.

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Zoo in Khoury, in the Irish district of the city.

Rostond and Opera subdistricts are home to many LGBT organizations; the area around the Cheystr./Chorrolstr. is a lesbian hangout, notoriously known around the island, and infamously renowned for its strip clubs, nearing the red light district around Neumarkt.

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Many LGBT nightclubs light the nights of Rostond.

Performing Arts

Sedona is known for its music settings. Classical music facilities include the Royal Sedoner Orchestra, recognized as one of the finest in the world, and performing at the J.S. Bach Inishmoran Opera. Also performing regularly there, is the Hajiran Sinfonietta, a more diverse and multicultural counterpart to the BIO. In the summer, many outdoor concerts are given in Rostond Park. The German Opera Company founded by German Sedoners in 1987 and presents classical operas in German.

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The City Hall and Opera - glorious prides of classical Sedona.

The Balamb Ballet and Sedona Midgar Ballet perform in various venues, including the Chillad Theater in C15 Park. Sedona is home to several other modern and jazz dance troupes, such as the 12th Avenue Dancing Company.

Other live music genre which are a strong part of the city's cultural heritage include Sedoner soul, jazz, and gospel. This influence continued into the alternative rock of the 1990s. A flourishing independent rock and punk music culture brought forth Sedona indie. Annual festivals feature various acts such as GraziaPalza, the Entubation Music Festival and Pitchfork Music Festival.

Tourism

In 2009, Sedona attracted over 2.3 million overseas visitors. These visitors contributed more than LS$25.6 billion to Sedona's economy. Upscale shopping along the 12th, 13th Avenues, Chorrol-, Lorelei-, and Neumarktstraße, thousands of classy and ethnic restaurants, as well as Sedona's eminent architecture, continue to draw tourists. Most conventions are held at the Tagungszentrum, or Aachenerstr. Convention Center, just south of the Chorweiler neighboorhood. Rostond Park holds the Art Institute of Sedona.

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The Major's Delicacies : a three-star classy restaurant on Neumarkt Basin.

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Stonewall Castle was built in 1820 and nowadays draws thousands of tourists per day.

South Pier, located just south of Bloodmoon, is 570 meters long and houses restaurants, retail stores, exhibition halls and auditoriums. Its 69m tall Llama Trap is one of the most visited landmarks in the Island.

In 1994, the city officially opened the Museum Campus, a 5.0 ha lakefront park, surrounding the University and major museums. The Palace Fountain anchors the downtown park along the southern waterfront. Other museums and galleries in Sedona include the Sedona Museum of History, the Germanic Art and Culture Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary, Weird, and over-simplistic Arts, the Peggy Piggy Nature Museum, the Museum of Broadcast Communications and the Old Museum of Science and Industry.

The top activity while visitors tour Sedona for leisure is entertainment, approximately 23% of all leisure travelers.

Sports

The Sedoner Snakes of the Island Simball League are one of the most recognized Simball teams in the world. During the 1990s with Michael Blackson leading them, the Snakes took six ISL championships in eight seasons (only failing to do so in the two years of Blackson's absence). The Sedoner Blackkawks of the National Hockey League (NHL), who began play in 1896, have won four Doreley Cups.  Both the Bulls and Blackhawks play home at the Heimersdorf Stadium (Heineman Stadion) on the Eastern Shore Side.

The Marathon of Sedona has been held each year since 1987, at first to promote the new Interstate system, though since 1996 it is held on street-level roads.

Starting just off South Pier is Rathlin Yacht Club's Elite Cup , a 360 km offshore sailboat race held each June around the whole Islands, 2010 marking its 70th anniversary.

Economy

Sedona has the largest gross metropolitan product in the island — approximately $206 billion according to 2006 estimates. The city has also been rated as having the most balanced economy in northern Europa due to its high level of diversification.

Sedona is a minor financial center, though it has the tenth largest central business district in Northern Europa. The city is also home to major financial and futures exchanges, including the Sedona Stock Exchange, the Sedona Board Options Exchange (SBOE), and the Mercantile Exchange of Hajira - (the "Merc"), which is owned, along with the Hajiran Board of Trade (HBOT) by Sedona's SME Group.

The city and its surrounding metropolitan area are home to the largest labor pool in the Islands with approximately 1.25 million workers.

Most of the GMP is brought in by tourism however; industry and shipping still play a minor role in the city's economy.

Demographics

During its first 100 years as a city, Sedona grew at a rate that ranked among the fastest growing in the world. Within the following years, the city's population grew from slightly under 30,000 to over 200'000 by 1887. It kept on increasing, besting Hajira with 369'200 in 1908. In 1945, 564'210 people were recorded to live in the city; it passed the million bar in 1981 with 1'450'214 people, before recessing. As of 2009, 1'210'012 people were recorded to dwell in the city.

As of the 2000 census, there were 1,216,012 people, 461,128 households, and 352,557 families residing within Sedona. The density, the fourth highest in the world, is of 18 906.4375 inhabitants / km². 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 34.5% were married couples living together, 25.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.4% were non-families. The median income for a household in the city was Ls$58,625, and the median income for a family was $69,457. Males had a median income of $56672 versus $61541 for females. About 8.6% of families and 9.1% of the population lived below the poverty line.

Transportation

Subway and Public Transportation

Intracity public transportation is ruled by the Sedona Transportation Authority (STA) through its four services : Bus, Subway, S-Bahn, and Metraferries.

The city subway, known as Sedona Stadtbahn or Sedona City Subway, was built in 1987 and originally consisted of three lines an east-west, an inner loop, and a north-south line. Upon favorable feedback, a more extensive system opened in 1995. Criticism was drawn as most of the system only served the CBD, the West Side, and the Central Side; the complexity of the routes, which forced much interchanging, and engendered much delays in cases of incidents was also involved. In 1996, following a three-month closure after the U2 Bocklemünd Fire, a small test line was built in Heimersdorf to try the newer, safer trains , and in 1997 the first suburban rail lines were built. In 2003 most of the network was completed; the final north-south line joined Lauberg in 2006, and in 2010 a major reassignment program was engaged, solving most problems.

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Map of the subway system, including regional railway. Many important locations are indicated along with station names.

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University Station, on lines U3, U7, U8 (the right-most track), and S1. The tracks running underground used to lead RB7 to its terminus, but the line was extended since then.

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Right by the Kölner Dom : Sedona Hauptbahnhof, the subway, regional, and island-wide railway hub.

Nowadays the subway runs on eight lines totalizing over 300 kms of tracks, mostly underground, though a long portion of U1 and U2 runs at grade level outside the city. Four major lines, U1, 2, 3, and 6 totalize 85% of all daily ridership (U1 and U6 running 24/7). Five lines serve the city itself, while U1 links Wutai, Midgar, and soon Inisheer, and U2 goes as far as Eshtar and Mülheim. Connections with the local rail services are assured in many points of the network. About 850'000 people daily use the subway network.

Buses are efficiently connecting subway stations and hubs to the outer parts of the city, and are operated by the STA. A few ferries exist, most carrying people from Crescent Island and Lauberg to the mainland; since the opening of the southern half of U2 and U6 however, their ridership is lowering, and there are plans to discontinue them. The city also owns an island-wide bus system through Bluehound Bus Transit - its hubs in Böcklemund and Rostond link Sedona to the outer places, such as Elona, Tyria, Dyuti, up to Cornelia and Quon.

Regional Rail

Sedona is a major rail hub (as most train lines developed on the North and West sides) and hosts the highest number of commuters per day. Congestion has become a problem as eight lines out of eighteen meet in a bottleneck starting in Wutai and ending by the Higher Central Station (Überhauptbahnhof).

Services to Rathlin and Hajira exist, though few services head beyond : the cities of Lauberg, Midgar are served; though any city behind Hajira or Rathlin requires a change. There have been plans to solve this problem - including laying tracks from Eshtar to Sedona, or through the S-Bahn Circle Project; both projects however struggle with right of way and congestion which is massive already on the central tracks.

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An S-Bahn running on the S1 line, colored in a similar fashion as 1980s Paris S-Bahn regional trains.

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Sedona Süd, terminus of the busiest regional line. The tracks left of the station have been removed in 2005 with the U5 expansion towards Willestraße.

Highways

An efficient interstate system links Sedona to the rest of the island, though once again, the inner highways were only recently built. Four interstate cross the city - two north-south ones and two east-west ones. I-43 links Sedona to Hajira through Eshtar; I-12 connects to the southern east-west highway (I-24) and links Cornelia up to Lauberg, through the Lauberg-Sedona River Bridge; in 2009, the island's first toll highway I-13 links Midgar to Sedona, prolongating the northern east-west interstate (I-42) through the Lynn Conway Bridge and being extended to Rathlin.

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Leaving Sedona by the north side (towards Hajira and the rest of the network).

Most highways are free; the city's only toll booth lies on LC Bridge, as the highways are paid through taxes. Sedona's system is usually not congested, unlike Rathlin's Loopway or Hajira's terribly clogged spinal highway.

Airports

Sedona is served by the newly built Lili Elbe International Airport, in Crescent Island. It is owned and operated by the City of Sedona. Midgar International Airport, located in nearby Midgar, serves as a secondary airport. Sedona is the world headquarters for Sedoner Airlines. Midgar is a hub for low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines.

Harbors

The Port of Sedona consists of several port facilities within the city operated by the Hajiran  International Port District . The central element of the Port District, Bloodmoon Harbor, is maintained by the Inishmore Army Corps of Engineers. Dismantled in 1987, the following still remains in use:

    * Bloodmoon Landing Terminal: located in southern Sedona, it includes 100 acres (0.40 km2) of warehouses and facilities on the waterfront with over 780,000 square meters of storage.

       * Grain (19 million bushels) and bulk liquid (200,000 barrels) storage facilities along Bloodmoon Shoreline

    * The Heimersdorf International Port district also operates Foreign Trade Zone #12b, which is located in nearby Heimersdorf Bay.

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Since the 1970s, Bloodmoon has seen much improvements and nowadays residential buildings occupy the former industrial wastelands. The four piers are still in activity, though much reduced compared to 1985 levels.

Infrastructure

Water

Water is provided by the Sedoner City Waterworks. Pumped and desalted in major facilities located in Elona, far north, it is brought in the Sedona-Laguna-Caruvel water network through the use of pipelines that stretch as far as northern Hajira.

A program was test-launched in 2007, pumping water directly in the streams of Mount Chillad; it only received mitigated results, due to low output and lack of space for desalinizing water directly in the limits of the city. A terraformed island is being built 6 km off the eastern shores, planning to double Elona's capacities by 2016. Public water in Sedona is one of the costliest in the world.

Electricity and Waste

Electricity is provided by Commonwealth Babbleson. Reports indicate that Sedona receives about 75% of its electricity from hydrogen power. Recently, the city started the installation of wind turbines on government buildings with the aim to promote the use of renewable energy; the main plant remains Sedona Higher Nuclear and Hydrogen Power Plant, located above the Quietlands.

Domestic and industrial waste was once incinerated but it is now landfilled, in a small patch of land above the Quietlands, below the township of Laguna. It maintains and encourages recycling through the use of color bins.

Linoa06

Generalities

Yes! I have been far too busy with other matters to care about the city journal. Anyways! Let's get this rolling!

I am speaking in LORE terms. I will obviously include in-game comments, but I decided to present my city as an actual one. It's fancier, isn't it? At least I think so. I am not too fond of people only bothering about the population count, to be honest.

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Basic Generalities

So let's start with the basics! The realm of Inishmore is a democratic republic, in which about 3'900'000 people live. Built around the city of Hajira, its capital and (by far) largest city is Sedona. (Though to some point, the whole conurbation has no defined rural/urban boundaries in its center arms, save maybe Dollet.)

People in the realm are known as Sedoners, no matter their actual city. The official language is English, though a sizable population is German-speaking, and German heritage is found in every level of the people's lives. Traditionally, both languages are taught and are in adulthood, commonly spoken.

The Government is democratically, universally elected - though the people in each County vote for their deputies, which number is fixed each election, and for their local dirigents - Majors and County Sheriffs. In the three main cities, the function is cumulated. The deputies and Sheriffs vote for the president. There are several parties in Inishmore, though two are prevalent : the right-wing Party for Democratisation and Order (PDO) and the left-wing Worker's Party (WP).

As of 2011, the Government is led by President Linoa Lacombe (WP), with the Parliament (Assembly of Deputies) led by the left-wing, independant Rydia Bradford. James Krieger (PDO) is the Prime Minister since the 2008 Deputy Election, which saw a resurgence in right-winged votes. It is divided in 3 Urban Districts (Sedona, Hajira, and Rathlin); 9 Suburban Districts, and 5 Outer Districts (which remain the only rural areas). There is actually no difference, besides nomination, between a suburban and outer district; outers are simply more rural. (One is actually 'represented' as nameless districts, the four others are not actually built in game, but are very small and would not take more than three M-sized squares.)

The realm was founded in the 16th century by Irish and German settlers - and despite the introduction, broke free about 40 years later, forming the then-rural Realm of Inishmore that subsists today.

Population nowadays is of 3.900.814 (54% female, 46% male), with an average age range of 35. Male life expectancy at birth is of 78 years, while female expectancy towers at 89 years, likely the world's highest, thanks to an effective health insurance program and pionnier hospitals.

As of 2009, the nominal GDP is of $3.241 trillions. Inishmore was not so affected by the crisis, thanks to an aggressive isolationnist general policy, both followed by the PDO and the WP; though worklessness has risen to 4%,. Its HDI is of 0.884, which ranks it eleventh worldwide.

It is marked by a cold oceanic climate (longer winters, cooler summers, though temperatures do not rise or lower to extremes), and remains mostly humid (with 30% rainy days in average).

Inishmore is known for its medicine excellence, its extensive and capital railroad network (twice as dense as Germany's), and its efforts in protecting the environment. It is widely known for its bretzels (the country's national food), its oysters, and its Elonan beer. Culturally, Inishmore has not provided much, instead taking and improving on European concepts through its universities.

Half the adult population of Inishmore (about 1'480'000 people) is interested in sports. A small-scale football league plays, though the national sport is Simball, a ground-based version of Quiddich (and which existed long before Harry Potter).

Its national anthem is Seamless Oceans by Turas Lurilli, and its flag is a blueish, white and reddish tricolore, known as the Wutaian after it was proposed in 1978 by then-president, Wutai-born Amy Lindman. Its meaning was kept secret, though many speculations have been made - from the Irish/German feud (white symbolizing peace between both nations) to an equilibrium between blood-driven Earth and water-driven Sea, passing by a subliminal support to gender-deviant people (Mrs. Lindman was often thought to be born a male, according to the well-known tabloid The Bun). Prior to 1978, Inishmore had no flag, but an official coat of arms.

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Coat of Arms (nowadays the City Coat of Sedona)

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Quick Overview

The following entries will all be dedicated to one district in particular. Later on, or based on feedback, I will develop on paraprojects - the railroads, bretzels, or famous people and what they've done in the SimWorld. Or anything.

Island of Inishmore

> City of Sedona

Densest, most populous district. Its economy drives the nation, though most producing is done elsewhere, and Hajira and Rathlin are direct competitors. Home to many landmarks, and capital of the islands.

>Suburbs of Sedona (District of Inishmore)

Includes all of the islands surrounding Sedona - Eden Bay, Crescent Island, and Galway Isle - as well as Lili Elbe Flughafen, and the Cropsford peninsula. Cropsford is the district seat.

>Southern Outskirts (District of Lauberg)

Mainly made of sleeper towns, Georgestown's CBD remains a local power. It is seated in Lauberg.

>Island of Eshtar (District of Eshtar)

Its southern end (Laguna, Caruvel) are sleeper towns, but Eshtar is the fourth largest city, and is as dense as Sedona itself. It is not producing, but many hidden champion companies are hosted in the district.

>Rural District of Elvania

The RDE is made of three sub-counties (Cornelia, Bastok, and Elfheim). It is mostly rural, as the name implies. It accounts for beer production - 85% of all breweries are located there. Not represented in-game, is south of Lauberg.

Island of Rathlin (Southern Island)

>City of Rathlin

The third-largest town, with 520'000 inhabitants. It is a bustling nest for finance, and is catching its delays in terms of infrastructure from the times it receded as a mere sleeper town.

>Wutai Peninsula (District of Midgar)

Midgar is the 5th largest town, and is easily as dense as Sedona. The peninsula is mostly urban, save for the rural Priory of Dollet, which produces agricultural goods. The southern terminal of the Hajiran Airport lies on the island, and is connected by a 2 km long underwater people mover.

>The National Harbor

The traditionnal industrial spot in Inishmore! Sarah and Tarnsburg are beehives for factories and smog, and few people actually live there. Sarah itself is a major harbor in North Europa, though it is not the main shipping port in the island (but imports much more). Crime rates are amazingly high, and many politicians dubbed it "Cyberpunk Town".

>The Three Moons (District of New Waren)

Though not part of the Island of Rathlin, they are traditionally rattached to said mainland, as they are part of a underwater range that almost surrounds the southern tip of Inception Island. They are home to sleeper towns, and are traditionnal middle-class suburban places based on US examples. Ramuh's population is sharply declining as most of the city is sinking into the ocean; in twenty years, it is expected to become unhabitable by current standards.

>Rural District of Quon

A rural district which spans the rises west of Rathlin. (Not in-game)

Island of Hajira (Inception Island)

>City of Hajira

The second-largest town, and longest continous settlement! Built on arable land, it is very sharp and there are many rises in the city. Hajira is considered the richest town in the island, with business premises florishing and its green feeling. It remains the most congestionned city, as it forms the central highway hub in the island, and its road infrastructure is very reminescent of European settings.

>Western Heights of Hajira (District of Longhorn)

The northern suburbs of the city are upper-class green neighboorhoods and until 1985, tax havens. They were gentificated in the 1950s, with most poorer households moving eastwards. Many film companies have taken residence there as well, along with many e-based businesses. Heights of Hajira is also a Stadtviertel in the City of Sedona.

>Eastern Heights (District of Elona)

Separated by the man-made Great Harbor Basin, the Eastern Heights are much more industrial and less desirable. Zanarkand Harbor is the greatest exporting port in the island, and without reaching the unacceptable levels of the National Harbor area, is a major industrial hub.

>The Outskirts (District of Koral)

The Outskirts are made of the cities of Koral and Dyuti. They are rural cores, and usually feeders for the Eastern Heights.

>Rural District of Sandoria

Spanning up to 20 km north of Longhorn, it is a hilly land made of vineyards and potato fields. Much cattle lives in this area. (Not in game)

>Rural District of Leyawiin

A 5540 km² huge group of fragmented isles east of Koral. Main agricultural zone in the realm. (Not in game)

>The Outlands

The fifth Rural District is actually not led by a sheriff, but by a common council : it spans over all the leftover small islands around the main zone. Waren, Providence, Anvil Bay, etc. are grouped in the county, but each has more autonomy over their own territory. Since 1985, the Island of Skingrad has unformally stepped down from council matters, claiming the Outlands to be underrepresented hives of poverty - in 1991, Georges Hulkinson unformally claimed its own independance. Though not formally agreed, it leaves the isle out of the realm's border, forcing higher tolls and custom taxes, and isolating it further. Plans are ungoing to bring the isle back into the Outlands.

(Parts are represented in game)

And to conclude the generalities, three birdviews of the area, along with their informal district names.

(I have not added rural districts nor city names)

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This view is focused on Sedona and Hajira

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View focused eastwards, on Rathlin.

sedona3.jpgA Northwards, focusing on Inception Island

©Amy H.M. (Balth3465), 2010-2011

All Rights Reserved.

Linoa06

A Presentation

The City of Sedona
The Economical Miracle of the 21th Century

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Presentation

The Kingdom of Inishmore is a group of islands belonging to the greater Inishmore Archipelago, way off the coast of Northern Ireland - actually, much closer to a remotely charted coast in southern Greenland - and granted independance in the 1700s. Three main islands make up most of the region - Inception Island, populated by a Germanic population; Southern Island, home to the irish Rathlin; and the Isle of Sedona proper.

It was founded in 1680 separately by German and Irish settlers. The city of Hajira was founded first, and was a Free City of the Holy Roman Empire. Ireland built the cities of Inishmore and Rathlin - but the former was destroyed during a clash with the German group, and replaced with German Sedona.

Ever since then, industrial revolutions helping, the isle has blossomed - nowadays, it stands at 4'000'000 on a small piece of land, challenging world cities and greater powers alike.


Completed District Entries + Flags:

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Overview of the islands of Sedona. Rathlin is the western city district, Hajira the northern, and Sedona the southern (only the airport is visible). Those three hubs are linked by an intricicate road and train system.

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