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The City of Miller

Miller City

Miller City is the largest and Most important financial city in the country. The city has an urban population of 500,000, and with the largest Metropolitan area in the country, with over 2.3 million people. 3 of the 4 largest Banks in the country are located in the City, as well as some of the most important industries and companies on the plant. The city was originally settled as a fishing port, but quickly grew into an important stop over for ships bound for Europe and the US. Miller maintained a british identity until 1845, when Portugese, Dutch, and Irish immigrants began arriving. In 1861, The Northern United States came in and brought the first railroad, transforming the city from a sleepy port into an industrial powerhouse and financial center for the country. Lured by the promise of work, European immigration increased, and distinct neighborhoods within the city began sprouting up. in 1921, in an idiotic attempt to help the city solve its financial problems, the federal government annexed the surrounding towns to the city, then dumped them onto the city of miller, allowing the city to make major changes to traffic and networks. However, this action enraged the local towns that were displaced, as they lost their identity and became residents of Miller. Although this is why the city has a logical grid pattern and functioning metro transit network, it also has led to an extreme amount of anger towards the federal government, which still exists to this day.


Downtown Miller


The Urban Area and its Suburbs around it


The City center is located in between the ocean and a tidal basin. The city erected a series of seawalls to prevent the basin from flooding and washing away the higher parts of the city.


Miller Hall of Justice, built before the city grew so rapidly, its now been eclipsed by the surrounding mega corporations.


The Miller, Fairfield, and Coal Hill RailRoad. In 1903, the city's suburban tram network, simply called the trolly, was merged with the Miller Rapid Transit Company, to form the Transport for Miller Organization. At the time, the Miller, Fairfield, and Coal Hill was going into bankruptcy as a result of de-industrialization, economic problems, and general mismanagement, and so Transport for Miller purchased, and merged it with the Port of Miller in 1912, 20 years before the nationalization of the railroads. As such, it is the only remaining railroad that was not absorbed by the national network, and retains its own name, tracks, and rolling stock. In 1956, Transport for Miller was renamed into the Port Authority of Miller City, and consolidated into a new building directly adjacent to Miller South Station. The Port Authority of Miller also maintains control of the City Heliport and Miller International Airport.


South Miller used to be the second biggest industrial port in the country. However, when the nation fell into the Depression, South Miller got hit particularly hard. The South End never really recovered, as traditional textile, steel, and heavy manufacturing turned to new factories in electronics and other high tech machinery, which is located towards the more technical city of Dalton. However, South Miller remains a proud, and distinct neighborhood.


South Hill, the highest point in the city of Miller, and the heart of the South Miller Neighborhood.


Factories and Artist lofts alongside the South Miller Viaduct.


More Factories


The Hall of the City. in 1774, the British Built Fort Seawell, a large fort strategically located at the north of the settlement of Miller. When the revolution swept the British away, the federal government occupied the former fort, declaring it "Fort Independence" However, after angry citizens demanded that a new capital be built to appease the diverse nation, the federal government left. Fort Seawell sat largely unused until 1860, when the rapidly expanding City outgrew its former home at Independence hall (now the Hall of Justice). Today, it houses most of the cities functions, except for the Port Authority and the City court.


Miller North was built as a beach resort for families wishing to escape from the pollution and overcrowding of the city but didn't have the money to make it to Pawtuknet Island (the traditional Summer Resort). Its the only beach resort in the miller metropolitan area one can get to by subway.


West Shore Station. Across the bay from Downtown miller are the west shore neighborhoods. These neighborhoods were former railroad ports but to solve traffic and financial issues, the city forced these terminals to consolidate into the massive new Miller West Station. From there, passengers would board the ferry and be delivered directly to multiple points in downtown miller. The Volmer Trolly was later added, tunneling under the bay and allowing passengers to hop on the subway directly from their trains


Miller Southwest. When buisnesses started running out of space on the island, they quickly moved West to the area around the Station and Miller Southwest, where land was comparatively cheap compared to downtown.


Chelsea Park. Formerly surrounded by a traditionally Dutch Neighborhood the region has gentrified and now is mostly American Ex-pats and recent college graduates

Now for some random shots of the city










University of Miller, the second oldest university in the country






To leave Miller behind, we leave with a few images of the city at night.



and finally, a region view. Miller City will have lots of suburbs, an airport, and another distinct city within the metro area, so stay tuned


A personal Request...

I am aware that there were vacant lots and other errors in the photographs. Something within my city was causing the save feature to randomly delete objects from the city, and so that is the reason for their existence, I request that you do not bring attention to them, unless you have a suggestion as to how to fix it


Hello Everyone- I joined simtropolis a long time ago, then left due to a series of unforeseen events. However, I came back after finding a steam copy of SC4, and realized how much I missed simtropolis and Simcity itself. As such, here is my first City Journal since 2008 (I think, I don't quite remember)

As such, I welcome you to My new nation.

The Commonwealth of Ororia

Pronounced Or-er-eia


The Flag of the Commonwealth, Symbolizing it as being at the crossroads of the blue atlantic

Aequalitas per libertatem

The national slogan "Equality through Liberty"


The commonwealth is an Island nation roughly located 1200 Miles east of the coast of Massachusetts. First discovered by the British on their conquests of North America, the nation was an important trading point for Ships on their way to North America. As such, the nation was serviced by most ships on their way to North America and Europe, leading to cities with Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, and English names, which explains diversity that has existed in the country since its independence. The island's economy grew as an agricultural island to supply ships on their way between the continents.

The nation was divided between the empires, and largely was unaffected by the American Revolution. However, the revolutionary spirit began to flare up when American shippers began arriving in the Ports, selling better goods at cheaper prices. However, in its desire to low America's growth, the British banned all American goods from its ports, infuriating the people. Dalton, (the largest port city at Independence) ignored the demands of the British (who controlled the Majority of the Country at that time) and began buying goods as they wished. This relatively peaceful revolt was crushed in 1797, when the Brits arrived and shut down the Port of Dalton, and killing merchants who continued their trade.

This authoritative action infuriated the citizens, and a group called "the heroes of the commonwealth" arose. These men and women became national criers, uniting the diverse people of the country in all of the cities and towns, calling for an end of British Rule. After a bloody war, the British were finally driven from the island at the battle of Pawtunket Island, officially granting the nation independence in 1811. Ororia immediately began trading with the Americans again, and refused to grant port to British Warships during the War of 1812. The nation grew fairly slowly until the civil war, when Southerners who opposed slavery found haven on the island.

However, the southern navy was very interested in gaining a port close to the Union, and sent a delegation to gain favor from the nation. When the union heard about this, they immediately sent hundreds of engineers, Architects, and railroad builders to build up the (extremely) undeveloped island. Thus, the commonwealth refused to assist the south, and sent a fair number of troops (unofficially) to assist the north in their war with the south. When the north won the war, Ororia became an effective territory of the United States, but never truly joined in an alliance with them. However, the free trading with the United States helped to build the country from a backward farming island to an industrial powerhouse in the Atlantic. The commonwealth took some of the smaller islands close to the country, but never built a navy for anything larger than defense of the nation. However, the commonwealth was threatened by the rise of imperial Germany, and sent several regiments to aid the allies. Nervous that the Europeans would see this as American intervention, the United States severed its direct ties to the commonwealth, and Ororia was truly independent once again. However, fearing invasion of the island by European powers again, the Americas sent ships to defend its harbors. However, for whatever reason, the Germans never took interest in the island, and the nation never suffered from another invasion.

The commonwealth remained neutral during the Second World War, fearing another massive loss of its population like during the First World War. However, it took aggressive stances against the Axis, including refusing port of ships bound for cities within the axis powers. With the end of the Second World War, ships no longer needed to dock at ports on the way between Europe and the nation needed to reinvent its economy. The nation then touted its plentiful resources, and began the nation began touting its highly educated workforce. Thus, the nation grew to have the highly diverse economy, with agriculture, industry, banking, and high technology that can be seen today.


The nations economy is largely based on Shipping, Banking, and industry, but agriculture is still a major part of the economy.


The nations schools require students to speak English, French, and Spanish, however, a sizable minority of people speak German, Dutch, Portuguese, or Chinese.


The country has two divisions of representation, the federal level, and the town level. There is a regional representation, but has no authority other than taxing citizens of a metropolitan area. The government is fiercely directly democratic, allowing every citizen to represent himself or herself and their personal opinions in the government, without having a representative who they don’t agree with represent opinions they do not believe in.

The Federal Government is largely based on the American government, with three distinct branches of government. The Executive branch is the office of the President, who is elected by a popular vote once every five years and can serve only one term. The second is the Judicial Branch, represented by the Supreme Court of the commonwealth. The Supreme Court of the commonwealth is composed of 9 justices, each one who is appointed by the president and confirmed by a majority of the representatives. They serve until the age of 70, at which point they can retire or have the choice to continue to serve. The legislative branch, compared to the American Legislative branch, only has one hall of representation, the house of the commonwealth. Each town is granted one representative in the hall of the commonwealth, but each representative is granted one vote for every 100 citizens they represent. As such, they do not have to vote 100% for every vote that comes to the house of the commonwealth; citizens can actually send a letter to their representative, informing them that they do approve of a certain bill. Each representative serves for a six-year term, but can be recalled by their people at will. Representatives have rolling elections, which means that only ⅓ of them are up for reelection every two years (similar to the way the U.S. senate works)

However, while the federal government has the ultimate authority on all issues, the majority of power is held by the towns. The country does not have counties, or regional subdivisions outside of names of regions (such as Portuguese Island) and all authority is within the towns (for example, the City of Miller, or the Town of Fairfield). There are no unincorporated areas; every inch of land is held within the incorporated area of a town. Towns under 12,000 people are governed by a town hall meeting, where issues are debated directly between the people of the town. Cities over 12,000 are represented by a representative town hall, where blocks of the city choose a person who represents them directly and can recall them at anytime. A city representative must provide an address where the people can personally talk to them and bring specific issues to light, which they, in turn, must bring to city council meetings.



The location of the commonwealth in the Atlantic

Taken from google


This is the Island that I hope to completely Occupy by the end of this CityJournal.

This is Cape Barren Island by BobDriver from the LEX


A Big thanks to him for his map.

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