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A unique Middle Eastern CJ that got nominated for Best Detail in 2010 and 2011

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The end...

I might as well end this CJ on a good note. After giving some thought and consideration, I feel its best for me to end Onubis and leave AIN due to my busy schedule and lack of motivation of SC4 in general. Does this mean I will go back to SC4? Depends if my interest sparks again, then I'll start anew with a different nation. For now, I'll have to end this.

My never released photos in its unedited glory:

Van Holksa





Gurreo: The Latin Wasteland




Onubis in the Arab Spring...



Cya guys!


Well, it has been a while since I have updated this CJ. Although I did had time before to make new updates, I got lazy and wanted a break from SC4. :P At least now I'm back and ready to play some more SC4. Here is something I have in store:


Stay tuned for more! ;)


I feel I should say this now than later.

I will have to put this CJ on hiatus for a while, my school is about to start in about a week. By that time, I will be extremely busy with school work, a college-entrance exam, and extra-curricular activities. I will try to update once in a month, but I highly doubt I will have enough time for that. I hope all of you understand this, and by no means this CJ will be ending.


Ever since the people of the Arab World protested for increased human rights and less corruption, riots broke out in Egypt, Libya, and other nations. Though no outside nations helped the people, they successfully overthrew their leaders. What if foreign nations did help the people? What if it happened in Onubis? In a hypothetical scenario, the United States did intervene in a civil war in Onubis.


With increasing human right abuses and government corruption, the people of Onubis can not handle the current situation any longer. Since this spark, people formed militias across the nation, attacking the military, government officials, etc. As a result, the Onubisan president swiftly acted by ordering the military to hunt down these militias. As the situation grew worse, U.S. President Barrack Obama initially urged the Onubisan president to step down peacefully. Like most leaders, he refused and continued the war. Several months later, President Obama militarily supported the rebels. Day by day, the Onubisan military weaken as they were no match compared to the superior U.S. military.


The battlefield steadily moved towards urban environments. Although the people were urged to evacuate, they decided to support the U.S. military.


The Onubisan president frantically panicked and issued martial law across the nation. He knew this day is coming and will not back down without a fight. Secretly, he arranged meetings with his allies, hoping to garner foreign military support and restore order.


To be continued...



Somewhere in near Tokyo, Japan, resides a small yet bustling city; Ido.


Though most of its residents work near Tokyo, more businesses are steadily alluring its own residents.


In the outskirts of Ido resides the poorer residents, most of them work in either local shops or farms.


Only a few people can afford in these houses as these cost around ten million yen. Despite this pricing, the area's education is ranked the lowest in the prefecture. Therefore, only old citizens live here.




Going west from Rashed lays the most unique town in Onubis, Zain. This small town is known of its grassland and scenic ocean view.


Another notable difference from the rest of Onubis is its unique architecture. Zain's architecture features a shade of white and consists of recycled material, making it a green architecture style.


To accommodate for the large amount of tourists, series of hotels were built such as this one.


For the richer tourists, the dock has a Mediterranean styled beach house. Due to its high desirability, reservations are made in three months in advance.


Last but not least, the regional view...




Welcome to Rashed!


This district alone accounts more than half of Gobar's fish-related products. Mainly, the fish caught are cod or tuna. After the fish is caught, they are stored in these warehouses.


Aside from the fishing industry, Rashed attracts thousands of tourists weekly. The middle-class and lower usually stay at the Faruq Hotel.


On the contrary, the upper-middle class and above would stay at the Rashed Hotel. Due to close proximity of the UNESCO Heritage Site, prices are in the 670 OD range (or $330 USD).


After the beach closes by 9:00PM, most of the nightlife occurs at the local clubs and bars.




Gobar East - 2

Welcome back to Gobar! The international airport has been expanded to accommodate for the recent cargo terminal. Although the terminal is relatively small, it is enough to ship from point A to point B without any difficulties.




Last but not least, the overall progress of my region. I have special plans for the upper left portion.



Another sandbox update from me, this time, showcasing how I build my rural areas of Onubis.

Some useful downloads and links:

http://community.sim...loads&mid=10536 - Frogface's content includes Middle Eastern buildings and other mods.

- Farming kit based on Frogface's Middle Eastern buildings.

- HBS Tropical Flora Pack (Mayor Mode)

- Sphinx Rock Mod

http://sc4devotion.c...88785#msg388785 - Marsh's mods; you'll find his desert terrain mod here.

(Keep in mind, I used the lot editor the create smaller lot sizes of Frogface's MEB sets.)


Since this is not my main region, I created a different region solely for sandbox updates. First, start with a blank canvas.


Terraform the landscape, you should have a part of the land being almost at sea-level. This is so that vegetation can grow as well as crops.


Next, drag a couple of streets and place something unique such as an obelisk.


In order to make this a functional town, I zoned a couple of low-density residential 5x5 zones.


In addition to zoning, add some 1x1, 1x2, and 2x2 residential zones along with a 4x5 low-density commercial zone. Fast forward the game time and buildings should start to grow.


Since the unemployment amounts are significantly high, zone more 4x5 low-density commercial zones along with more streets.


With this empty space, add some filler lots that has the same base texture as the lot.



Zone more 1x1, 1x2, and 2x2 commercial zones and farm zones to fill the empty space.



Then, add some vegetation. Do not add vegetation on any other areas because it would look unrealistic.


Finally, the eye-candy.




Staten City

Sorry for the long delay, I have been pretty busy lately. During that time, I was able to start another project, something more NYC like, except with my flavor.

:)Keep in mind that I'm not able to show that many images because its a VERY WIP project at the moment.


Welcome to Staten City

The district on the bottom, known as Silverstone Village, is a nightlife district. Its residents sleep during the day and work during the nights at exotic clubs and bars.


Even the economic center of Staten City never sleeps, thousands of office workers and executives work long hours.


Like every other city, it has its seedy areas. Similar to Astoria, its ghetto areas are considered unbearable to local citizens.




Away from the dense urban landscapes, Muheed is the largest city in the western Gobar administrative region.


Within this small city, a highway cuts through the city.


As shown below, this piece of parcel was initially developed for connecting both sides of the river. Eventually, farmers and regional businesses found this parcel to be desirable. Therefore, the city Muheed was born.


Only recently that oil has been found in this parcel. Soon, this city's main source of income became oil. This oil is exported to other regions in Onubis and foreign nations. As a result, Muheed rapidly expanded and still continues.



Gobar East

Gobar East

While the downtown of this city is located near the Gobar International Airport, the people suffer from noise and moderate pollution. Compared to the other areas in Gobar, this is considered to be the second most desirable area, behind the main Gobar district.


Unlike most districts of Gobar, this district is the most educated because of high-attendance in local schools and a new outlook on education. For this reason, more wealthier people are moving into this district.


Contributing to this districts high-academic rankings, the airport enables the exchange of ideas and the movement of goods. Therefore, the people are more exposed to technological and educational advances than the other districts. To compensate for the increasing industrial demands, the government is planning to construct a cargo terminal opposite of the passenger terminal.


During nighttime, this district is known for its extensive amount of nightclubs and bars because of its potential economic benefit from the tourism sector. These night venues are nationally known across Onubis because of its strict requirements to enter these venues.



Oahu - 3

After a few years past, Oahu erected its new skyscraper, it being the tallest in the island.



Due to a recent edict enacted by the Oahuian government, natural wildlife must not be disturbed by human interaction. This new law positively impacted the wildlife near the lighthouse.


In the southern area, a park was built to promote a greener future.



Back at Kaihal, the city's oil export revenues have again been used for urban renewal. One of the the government's last actions of their renewal plan is constructing the city's first skyscraper. First, federal contractors planned the new site of Mugal Headquarters.


After tearing the site, construction begun and almost halfway near its completion.


The first skyscraper is finally erected with hundreds flocking to the new building.




While areas of Onubis are receiving federal funding for improvements, most areas still remain in poverty. The small, yet religious town of Tabuk has its streets overcrowded with homeless people and shanties.


Its main source of income is heavily reliant on the tourism department, the town's mosques and ancient structures.





Before the Resource Wars on 2077, Gurreo has been a thriving tourist city in the Caribbean. Unlike most Caribbean city governments, Gurreo is not corrupted nor dictated by the military. However, the Resource Wars changed everything. During 2077, the United States and China were engaged in war such that it involved almost all nations. As situations escalated, the Chinese military launched over one-hundred nuclear bombs on major United States and their allies cities. Unfortunately, Gurreo has been nuked, but not as horrible as Los Angles or New York City. Luckily, the main city center was spared. With this terrible situation, the government suddenly changed into a police state. Those who opposed the new regime was banished from Guerro.


The city, or what remains of it, is mixed with colonial architecture, late twentieth century high-rises, and futuristic buildings. Besides this, electric barbed fences surround Guerro. All together is what the current Gurreo.


Outside the fences lies the ruins. Although the ruins are filled with abandoned and shelled buildings, some outsiders settled here.




Sandbox Tutorial #2

Before I go on hiatus, I took some images while ago and planned to become an update two weeks ago. However, real life complications got in the way and I can not update as regularly. This should be my last update for a while.


Sandbox Tutorial #2 : American Ghetto Edition

Start with a blank canvas, a small tile is decent enough.


BSP Industrial BATs are a must for something like this, download some fillers too.


Add some roads, highly recommended that NAM is installed.


Fill the area with more BSP BATs. Sadly, there are no more high-quality industrial BATs at the moment.


Any high-tension powerline is good for this. I am trying to create something like a Midwestern version of Compton. :P


Added more fillers...


Kinda got overboard with the scene. :P


Finalized images...




Gobar South Pt. II

Gobar South Pt. II

Its nighttime and the city is lively as ever. The shops are usually packed with gullible customers and offices with 2nd shift workers.


The city's port is considered to be one of the busiest ports of its size in Onubis. The port's workers dwell in government blocks or shanties.



Last but not least, old city. Only partial sections survived throughout the centuries. This old city is considered to be one of the remaining in Onubis. Currently, this area is being restored to its former state and being protected by UNESCO.



History of Onubis

An updated version of the history and hopefully, an improved version of the last one.


Onubisain Facts



Coat of Arms:




Red = Parsa

Pink: Gohbar

Green = Kunis

Each color represents a country or state of the Onubis Federation.

Nation's facts:

Nation's Official Name: The Onubis Federation

National Name: Onubis

National Anthem: Oh Onubis!

National Motto: Without knowledge, you'll not be successful in life.

Capital: Gobar ,Gohbar, Onubis Federation

Government: Republic

Prime Minster: Al Muhem

President: Kaflia Riyda

Official Languages: Arabic

Other Languages: English

Population: 14,789,457

Areas: Middle East

Climate: Very arid and hot, but breezy and cool during the night


Currency: OD (Onubis Dilar)

GPD: 538,032,000,000 OD

GPD per capita: $30,316

Stock Market: Onubis Stock Exchange

Debt: 1.2 million

Income per year: 15 million


Human Development Index / HDI: 0.822

Calling Code: +1

Drives on the right side

Internet Code: .ce


1453: Onubis settled on desert land or known as by today; Saudi Arabia and began to form a colony.

1460: The colony very fast, but most of the nation lived in poverty.

1490: Onubis was with the Ottoman Empire.

1504: As Onubis' first military branches: Army and Navy has been established. This gave poorer people hope since the military provides basic living conditions for your time in the armed forces.

1641: Onubis was inspired from the Roman's government system, a Republic. Therefore, Onubis abolished its old system of a group of people ruling the land. Then established a Republic which is known as The Republic of Onubis.

1720: When Onubis started to gain allies from Germany, their economy somewhat boosted from resource trading.

(Onubis was part of the Ottoman Empire back then, so they were allies with Germany.)

1913: Due to being allies with Germany, they were forced to fight for the axis during WW1.(German Empire, Austria - Hungary, etc.)

1917: After WW1, the Ottoman Empire dissappeared, and Onubis later became independent.

1939 - 1947: Onubis helped the US and allied forces after the events of Pearl Harbor because they were afraid that they will do the same on Onubis. Again, Onubis manufactured weapons and went onto the front lines.

1970: Onubis created its first human-like robot allowing numerous of advances in life.

1981: Onubis decided to from a Federation instead of its old system, Republic. Therefore, 3 states or sub countries were formed having its own customs and ways of living. However, the 3 countries will still be intact as one.

2006: Onubis Federation enters to the UN / United Nations.

2007: Onubisain oil exports created enormous amounts of capital


Gobar - Southside

Gobar is not a complete wealthy city like Dubai, this city comprises one of the largest slums in Onubis. Based on the 2010 census, there are over fifty-thousand slum residents living in Gobar. Surprisingly, gleaming skyscrapers were even built in the South-side.


Parisian architecture is somewhat common in Gobar because the city used to be the prime trading port in the Middle East. During the French's time in colonial Onubis, Parisian architecture was built so that the French feel closer to home.


Unfortunately, most of the Parisian architecture was demolished due to expansion. Recently, the Onubisian Historical National Register in order to preserve historical buildings.



Culture of Onubis

Onubis Common Cuisine

Throughout the Middle Eastern world, food has exchanged ideas and culture such as techniques of cooking. For example, an international known food is the Falafel. This meal consists of pita bread with deep fried, breaded balls, and vegetables.


Kebabs are another globally known food. Basically, its a stick with any basic food groups excluding oils.


Possibly the most famous Middle Eastern cuisine is Hummus. Hummus is used as a food dip or spread and made with chickpeas, sesame, lemon, and garlic.




With the extra funds, the Kaihal government decided to transform several local shops into hotels and offices. For now, the area is being cleared and the last buildings are still under demolition.


Construction has begun and the construction layouts will change overtime.






With all buildings completed, tourists and locals flock to the new sites.


Although there is more projects to be completed, at least the city center is mostly reconstructed.



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