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Legend has said it....

It was a stormy night on one evening in 1987... People along the very far outskirts of the young Haikai City noticed a chain of lights that passed through them. The lights were so intense that people though daylight broke in. Trudging across their carpet, they looked out the window and saw army trucks passing through.... One after another, the trucks slowly swarmed past, with unmarked federal vehicles that bore the emblem of the U.S  along their sides. 20 minutes later, the trucks drove past the unpaved Route 31, and then they suddenly took a turn and streamed across the grassland towards the Gaoshan Mountains.

It was now 2034, and the once former grassland was turned into a bustling neighborhood. A little child was happily playing tag with his friends until hours later, when he was sent to the Haikai Regional Hospital after the young boy wa sunable to move or speak to his parents. Doctors diagnosed the boy with radiation poisoning, but where he got it in the first place was unknown...


An independent scientific group arrived at the location where the boy developed the poisoning. Using advanced technology, they found the soil and air containing twice as much radiation as the legal limit...


The source of the radiation was traced along a path of unusual defected grass that were yellow green in color. Upon following the trail, the group spotted an isolated military post that bore the flag of Ludao Island and the United States. Moments later, military trucks and unmarked black cars appeared and warned the group to get out of their premises. As the group's leader was being interviewed in the hot afternoon, a lonely bystander who was next to him noticed a map on the hood of the black car. It showed the roads of Haikai City and Richmond. He saw a great thickened black box centered around the area where they are presently. The name of the box, he recalled was BASE 167A.

The group left the area immediately and returned to the neighborhood. When asked what was happening, they refused to speak....

To be continued...



City of Richmond

Quick Facts:

  • Flag:
  • Nicknames: "Ludao's Melting Pot"
  • Mayor: James Tyler
  • Population: 107,624 People
  • Area: 144 Sq.Km
  • Elevation: 1,598 Meters
  • Highways: Route 71 and 87. National Road 63
  • Approx GDP per person: $15,812
  • Founded: December 1919
  • Website: http://www.cityofrichmond.gov.ir/
Welcome to another entry of the Ludao Island Republic! This is the city of Richmond, home to 108,000 people. It was developed around the same years as when Pegland City existed. Richmond is home to Ludao Island's many scientific research companies such as Intel and Microsoft. However, over the past decade, unemployment began to rise significantly, and once middle class neighborhoods have begun to evolve into slums. As a result of this, the government office in Richmond began a series of educational reforms and more commericial and industrial projects. 

Its latest successfully developed industrial park is located along Parkplace street, where high tech corporations have set up offices and promised jobs for the unemployed. Nevertheless, Richmond has a rich history of mining and lumbering, which fueled its economy and population. Back in the 20th century, people from Pegland City found Richmond to be a quiet city thus it slowly increased their population earlier industrial companies, who were asked to shut their operations in Pegland City, found refuge in Richmond, where restrictions on Air Quality were flexible. This also created a substantial problem where industrial and toxic wastes were dumped along the coastline and lowering land value to an all record low. 

Crime has also ridden the city with terrible names. Some of these include "Ludao's Gangtown" and "All-free city" by al lwalks of life. Over the past few years, more crimes appeared as more slums came about. Ethnic clashes between the chinese and the caucaisans furthur esclate Richmond's crime bubble. The mayor of Richmond proposed a massive crackdown on all gangs and suspects in some of the unsafest neighborhoods in Richmond. However due to Richmond's massive deficit, economic analyists predict that the operation will not happen for at least another decade or two.

With these challenges, Richmond strives to become the most diverse city in Ludao Island.







The largest airport of Ludao Island. Due to congestion and the area where the airport is located, plans are being made by the Port Authority of Pegland City to build a larger international airport around Garden Groove by 2205.


A high-tech park located to the west of Parkplace Street:


An industrial park located in the southern potion of Richmond:


Hope you enjoyed this entry! As always, comments and feedbacks are more than appreciated!




New City Rising

Birth of a new city in Ludao Island

In 2050, the Ludao Island Congress approved a 1 billion USD bill to construct a harbor in northeastern Ludao Island. Along with the harbor, another bill was passed to make room for a port city that is later named ‘Andy City’. 

As the harbor was being built, the government allowed people from neighboring cities to settle in the now large Andy City. People from nearby Fairfield City and Harborville are clamored in and found Andy City to be in a perfect suitable place to be in, with its sub Mediterranean Climate.



More pictures coming soon!


Feedbacks are welcomed


Fairfield City

Fairfield City
Statistical Information:

            Population: 5,695 (2110 Census Estimate) and 7,102 (2115 Population Estimation)
            Founded: August 1921
            Mayor: James Glannon

            Religion: Roman Catholic

            Area: 8 sq. km
                        Population Density: 710 people per sq. km
Unemployment: 6.3%
Crime Rate: 23/1000 people will be affected

            Fairfield City was first settled by settlers from Europeans who wanted a bright new future.  At first, settlers used this area for lumbering and woodcraft designs until the 1920s when gold and other precious metals were found along the edges of the Gaoshan Mountain Range. Later on, more and more Europeans settled into the young city as they rushed to find gold and to earn themselves a profit. Finally in 1930, Henry Fairfield became the first mayor of the newly settled area and it was later on called  "Fairfield City" in honor of him.


            In 1940, when World War II erupted in Europe, there was a significant population boom in Fairfield City. Back in 1920, there were only 500 people, but by 1940, there were approximately 2,000 people. After the war ended, things in Fairfield City did not go too well. Due to the extensive mining along the mountain range, the soil became weaker and it became fatal in 1948 when a mudslide trapped and then killed 100 people. Because of that, many people feared further catastrophes, thus nearly hundreds of people abandoned Fairfield City and sailed across the sea to another island where they founded Bayport.


            From the 1950s to the middle of the 21st century, Fairifeld City remained as an empty quiet town in northern Ludao Island. Then in 2020s when Ludao Island's national highway system was completed, Fairfield City saw itself as a major stop for travelers who drive from Pegland City to Haikai along Route 31 (During that time, the southern potion was not completed). As soon as the rest of Route 31 was completed, drivers began to utilize the shortcut, therefore making Fairfield City as quiet as it was before. For the past decades, Fairfield City has seen a fairly steady population and it enjoyed another population boom in 2080 when the Ludao Island Navy built their first northern most harbors. Industries that have been pushed out of Pegland City also came to Fairfield City since there are no specific regulations in air control for now.

More of Fairfield City:


Old Downtown






Aerial View of Fairfield City


Several farms up on the mountains

Hope you enjoyed this entry!



Welcome back! Lets continue our roadtrip from Pegland City to Haikai City. Before reading this entry, make sure you have seen the last one that was titled "Relaxing Little Roadtrip"

After passing the bridge, Route 71 reaches a major intersection with Route 91.

Next Exit:


Route 71 and Route 91 Interchange:


Going north on Route 91:

Next Exit:


R91 and National Road 1 Exit:


Next Exit:


R91 and Richmond Route 68 Exit:


Next Exit:


R91 and Parkplace Street Exit:


Next Exit:


R91/ R31A/ R31 Interchange:


Note the major traffic issues and because of that, the City of Richmond is proposing to upgrade Route 31 to a 4 lane, RHW standard freeway.

More pictures of the interchange (We will be traveling on Route 31 East):


A mileage sign after the interchange:


Route 31 continues on and passes through the outskirts of Richmond (Note the traffic issues):


Next Exit:


R31 and Redmon Town Main Ave intersection:


Route 31 passes through the dense forests for 25 km:



Another road sign that tells drivers that they have left Richmond:



After another kilometer, the first sign in two languages appear that tells drivers about the coming tunnel:



The tunnel itself:


Entering Haikai City:


Route 31 then proceeds through the tunnel and enters Haikai City Limits. At the end of the tunnel, a sign in chinese greets drivers to Haikai City:


English: Haikai City welcomes you! Be sure to drive safely! From the Haikai City Police Headquarters.

Route 31 follows along the edges of the mountains. Below is a small rural industrial park:


Route 31 proceeds down the mountain:



Next Exit (Note the different sign standards in Haikai City due to a large chinese population):


R31 and National Road 3 Exit:


Next Exit:

Before the interchange:



R31 and R71 interchange:


Exiting Route 31 and Entering Route 31 East and Route 71

Next Exit:



R31E and R71 and Haikai City South Road Exit:


Route 31 East and Route 71 end and continue on as Harborville Avenue:


Hope you liked this entry! Comments and feedback are welcomed!



Here is something that is relaxing to me: A roadtrip from Pegland City to the capital of Haikai City! For part 2/3, the

roadtrip will start at Pegland City and then end at Richmond. Then in 3/3, we will conclude it with a bang at the end.

Anyhow, please enjoy this entry!

Quick Atlas Guide:





Getting onto Route 47 via the Route 47 and Route 71 Major Interchange


Next Exit:


R47 and Rockcliff Street Exit:


Next Exit (Originally for Creamhill Road, but due to lane ownership issues, the 4th exiting route was never completed)


Original R47 and Creamhill Exit:


Next Exit:


R47 and National Route 17 Exit: 


Next Exit:


R47 and Kennedy Road Exit:


Some tunnel pictures:



Next Exit:


Route 47 and Route 87 Major Interchange:


Currently on Route 87:

Next Exit:


North Highway and Route 87 Major Interchange:



Next Exit:


R87 and Xianbao Road Exit:


Next Exit (Note Highway splits in two): 


Richmond Route 112 and Route 87 Major Interchange:


Route 87 ends in the middle of a developing neighborhood. Construction is taking place so Route 87 will be connected with Route 71A. In order to save and preserve houses, engineers are currently designing a 5 kilometer tunnel that will reach the northern terminus of Route 71A. Also the old geothermal power plant is going to be demolished to make room for the tunnel also:


In order for drivers to reach Route 71A, drivers must use Grant Ave and Quincy Ave:



Route 71A Begins here:




R71A and National Route 63 Exit:


Next Exit:


R71A and Jellyhill Street Exit:


Next Exit:


R71A and R71 Major Interchange:


Entering Route 71

The Palm River Bridge Crossing:


The rest of the journey will be posted tomorrow! Until then, have a good night! Oh and here is a quick sneak peek of what is coming tomorrow!




Hey everyone!

Please enjoy this map of the current freeway systems in Ludao Island!

A satellite view of Ludao Island


Road Transportation Map of Ludao Island


Also here are the newest released census numbers for 2110!

Recent Census Report of 2110

Pegland City: 131,652

Richmond (Including East Richmond): 118,912

            Pegland- Richmond Metro: 250,564

North Point: 12,541

Garden Groove: 34,218

Tudi Beach: 1,672

Jackson: 2,579

Beach Lagoon Town: 13,792

Haikai City: 102,921

Johnstown: 10,943

Harborville: 31,481

            Haikai City- Johnstown- Harborville Metro: 145,345   

Beigon Town: 5,427

Cancheng: 5,226

Fairfield City: 5,695

Bayport: 26,894

Total Population: 497,953 People

Other Census Statistics:

Crime (Highest 3)

  1. Harborville (198/1000)
  2. East Richmond (154/1000)
  3. North Point (98/1000)

Unemployment (Highest 3)

  1. Harborville (23.6%)
  2. Cancheng (13.1%)
  3. Richmond (9.2%)

Ethnic Percentages for Pegland City

  1. Caucasians: 48%
  2. Chinese: 32%
  3. French: 13%
  4. Japanese:  

  5. Korean: 2%
  6. Other(s): 1%

Stay tuned for another entry that will be full of pictures!



In this entry, I will be talking about Pegland City. With a population of nearly 240,000 people, Pegland City is the largest city

in Ludao Island. Pegland City’s growth was spawned by industrial and chemical factories, which dates back to the 1900s.

Due to the enormous amounts of iron, lead, zinc, nickel and other precious metals like gold, flocks of settlers came

to Huanjin Town. Huanjin Town was renamed Pegland City, after Jediahet Peguiman was elected as the first mayor of

this place in 1930.

Industry and chemical companies couldn’t have found a better place than Pegland City to set up factories for profit.

Due to the easing restrictions on mining and air pollution, the skies sometimes turned into a yellow haze “that smelled

like rotten eggs with bleach” as one person described in the 1950s.

During the late 1960s, a sharp increase in lung and respiratory disease concerned the Pegland City Council so much

that they hired chemists and environmentalists from other countries to analyze their air. In 1966, the EPA from the US

urged the city to take immediate action after finding significant amounts of Sulfur Dioxide and coal dust in the


Then in 1970, another independent science department, the Ludao Island Republic Atmospheric Research Lab,

also designed experiments that involved an analysis of the polluted skies in Pegland City. After discovering a 33%

increase of pollutants such as Sulfur Dioxide and Nitrogen Oxide when compared with the EPA’s 1966 test,

the LIRARL immediately submitted their paper to the Pegland City Council for review.

Within 2 months, the Pegland City Council accepted the findings of the LIRARL’s report and announced a crackdown

on industrial and chemical plants that are responsible for nearly 90% of the pollution. First, the City Council hired 500

inspectors to check all of the 451 factories and manufacturing centers in the Pegland City Area (Excluding Richmond).

Then they hired 6,000 police officers, in case a factory has a history of problems and refuses to be inspected by an


The crackdown was successful and 390 industrial complexes agreed to shut down and abandon their activities.

Of the 390, only 132 promised to clean up the industrial wastes that they have created.  61 factories gained a special

permit from the city to continue their operation in a strict guideline.  

In 1992, another atmospheric test was done by the LIRARL and improvements in air quality had been detected. In their

1992 report, the LIRARL said that nearly 90% of the pollution had been cut and there was a significant decrease in the

Sulfur Dioxide concentration.  

However, to this day, there are still numerous problems in Pegland City that still needs to be addressed:

Old factories that lay abandoned in the heart of Pegland City. Several companies only suspended operations, but left

the buildings in its original form:


Another cluster of abandoned factories (They have been slowly disappearing as businesses began to grow during

the 1980s. Oh and ignored the Show Toolbar sign please :P):


Several ceased and operating factories in central Pegland City:


Highway 71 and Highway 47 Intersection (forgot to turn off those icons, my bad):


A neighborhood in the heart of Pegland City (Note some old factories in the lower left that are subject to a Superfund project): 


Neighborhoods in Southern Pegland City:


Another view of the neighborhood: 


Stay tuned for another entry sometime tomorrow!




 Hello! And welcome to my first city journal! Without further to do, let me introduce you to my country called the Ludao Island Republic.



Sneak Peaks (More Coming Soon!):

Aerial View of the Island


Freeway Route 71 in the outskirts of Pegland City:


Here are some statistical information about the Ludao Island Republic:

Country Name: Ludao Island Republic

Capital City: Haikai City (Pop. 96,344)

Largest City: Pegland-Richmond Metro Area (Pop. 242,128)

National Anthem: “Prosperity Of Our Nation”
Official Language(s): Simplified Chinese and English
Recognized Language(s): French and Japanese
Land Area: 609,500 Sq. Km
Water Percent: 0.75
Population: 541,552
GDP (Total): $67,988,639,512 IRY ($13,331,105,786 USD)
GDP per capita: $24,616 USD
HDI (Human Development Index): 0.812
Gini: 44.6
Currency: Island Republic Yuan (5.1 IRY = 1 USD)
Internet LTD: .lr
Ethnic Groups: Caucasian and Aboriginal Chinese
Government: Federal Presidential Constitution Republic
Current President: Andrew Liu
Vice President: John Li Wen
Legislative Branch: Island Congress
Judicial Branch: Official Court of the Island Nation

Stay tuned for more entries!


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