Well, it’s been a long time since my last entry in this journal, but now I’m here again and I will try to reanimate it.
First of all I must confess that I lied, when I wrote in my previous entry, that I was going to make a CJ about New York. I was going to do it though, but it all failed when I understood how much work I should do to make it the way I wanted. Moreover, this forum is full of journals about Big Apple of different styles and different ways of presentation, and very often they are just the same, so I gave up this idea.
Now I’m playing SimCity without any special purposes or artistic impulses – just for my own pleasure.
The only principle which I follow is: all the cities must be built in one region. It means that if I get tired of current city or group of cities I just load another plugin folder, go to another side of region and start new cities. So it appears then like one region folder contents many different subregions – and the main region becomes the whole real world divided into several “states” with their own economics, their own problems, their own advantages and at the same time directly connected to each other. I think it should be interesting.
I use – not too small for building citis and not very big for my computer to load, with a quiet wide variety of landscapes in addition.
Here is my current progress.
Our first “state” is based on my homeland Republic of Belarus.
It’s not the recreation though; all the names are taken from real objects which you can find on a map, but they are mixed and spread around without any accordance to the real locations. In a sense, it can be sad that I build my own Belarus in my own world.
However, the capital of this Belarus is the same as of the real one – Minsk. And as it is the biggest city in the whole region for, I think we should start from it.
By the way
(Belarusian: Мінск, pronounced [minsk]; Russian: Минск, [mʲinsk]; Lithuanian:
) is the capital and largest city of Belarus, situated on the Svislač and Niamiha rivers. It is the administrative centre of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). As the national capital, Minsk has a special administrative status in Belarus and is the administrative centre of Minsk Region (voblast) and Minsk raion (district). In 2009, it had a population of 1,836,808.
The Old East Slavic name of the town was Мѣньскъ (i.e.
< Early Proto-Slavic or Late Indo-European
), derived from a river name
). The direct continuation of this name in Belarusian is
(pronounced [mʲɛnsk]). The resulting form of the name,
(spelled either Минскъ or Мѣнскъ), was taken over both in Russian (modern spelling: Минск) and Polish (
), and under the influence especially of Russian it also became official in Belarusian. However, some Belarusian-speakers continue to use
(spelled Менск) as their preferred name for the city.
When Belarus was under Polish rule, the names
'Minsk of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania' and
'Minsk in Belarus' were used to differentiate this place name from Mińsk Mazowiecki 'Minsk in Masovia'. In modern Polish,
without an attribute is Minsk, which is about 50 times bigger than Mińsk Mazowiecki; (cf. Brest-Litovsk and Brześć Kujawski for a similar case).
The earliest historical references to Minsk date to the 11th century (1067), when it was noted as a provincial city within the principality of Polotsk. The settlement developed on the rivers. In 1242, Minsk became a part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It received town privileges in 1499.
From 1569, it was a capital of the Minsk Voivodship in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. It was part of a region annexed by the Russian Empire in 1793, as a consequence of the Second Partition of Poland. From 1919–1991, after the Russian Revolution, Minsk was the capital of the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic within the Soviet Union.
Minsk is located on the southeastern slope of the Minsk Hills, a region of rolling hills running from the southwest (upper reaches of the river Nioman) to the northeast – that is, to Lukomskaye Lake in northwestern [belarus]. The average altitude above sea level is 220 metres (720 ft). The Svislach River, which flows across the city from the northwest to the southeast, is located in the
, an ancient river valley formed by water flowing from melting ice sheets at the end of the last Ice Age.
In my world Minsk is located on the Svislach River near the Lake Narach. It has a historically formed center – Upper City, which is surrounded by suburbs called pradmiescies (belorussian: прадме́сьце – suburb)
Nemiga street is the main street of the city, stretching from West to East of the Upper city.
On the West it meets Babruyskaya Street, which goes from North to Soutn perpendicularly to Nemiga Street.
On the other side of Babruyskaya Street there is a rail station.
Tatarskija Haty – a working-class neighborhood located near the rail station. In real Minsk there was a neighborhood in the past called Tatarskija Aharody – literally Tatar Gardens – a small suburb, inhabited by Tatars, which disappeared after the World War II. Tatarskija Haty (Tatarian Houses in translation) is also inhabited by Tatars and is one of the largest suburbs of the city up to now.
On the North Babruyskaya Street passes into Rakauski Bridge crossing the Svislach River.
To the West of the Rakauskaje Pradmiescie there lies Kamarouskaje Pradmiescie or just Kamarouskaje (Kamarouka). At first it was a remote poor neighborhood, but it has been colonized by middle class recently.
Trojeckaje Pradmiescie lies on the East of Upper City, across the Sviclash River. It is also a real neighborhood located in Minsk. It survived many wars, reconstructions and other troubles and now it’s almost the only historical neighborhood in Minsk.
I hope that here in SimCity it will be a little different.
Paudniovaje Pradmiescie – another working poor neighborhood lying on the South of city.
Besides roads and railroads the transportation system of the city includes also ferry connection with all the cities lying on the shore of Lake Narach, from which the Svislach River flows.
And, I guess, that’s all for now.
Thanks for viewing and I will be glad to see any comments from you!