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  1. Johannstad: Kuwunderlaner Outpost

    Located on the banks of the Van der Loop River, Johannestad serves as the capital for the Kuwunderlaner culture. The Kuwunderlaners are descendents of the original Dutch settlers and through Kuwundi's turbulant history they have managed to keep their language and culture alive through the establishment of learning programs, festivals and museums. Johannstad was named after the captain of one of the first ships to arrive on the shores of Kuwundi, Johann de Vries. Following the German takeover those who decided to stay in Kuwundi fled inland to establish a settlement where they could maintain their Dutch culture. The settlers aimed to build a town that would model one in the Netherlands as many of the Dutch settlers had become homesick. After years of work Johannstad was established. Over the years through trade, friendships and marriage with local tribes and foreign merchants, the original Dutch culture began to evolve into a new culture that became a mix of Tsuwu, Kuusa, Dutch, German and French influences and as a result the Kuwunderlaans language and culture was born. Below are some common Kuwunderlaans phrases. Hello: Haloot Goodbye: Vaartsoot Good Morning: Goet Matin Good Afternoon: Goet Mittoog Good Night: Goet Nowut Thanks: Danku You're welcome: Ty nim seku How are you: Hoe ir ty? I'm fine, thanks!: Imu goet, danku! How much is...?: Hoeveel ke dis...? My name is...: Minu laangu dis... I speak a little Kuwunderlaans: Ik sprech a biet'jo Kuwunderlaans Where is...?: Wou dis...? Aerial view of Johannstad Typical colonial architecture The majority of the building in Johannstad were built in the Dutch style. Looking out of place in the middle of the Kuwundan jungle, these canal houses were built with materials shipped from the Netherlands. The majority of visitors to Johannstad often say that if it weren't for the sun, humidity and palm trees, one would think they were in Holland. As part of the 100th anniversary of Johannstad this windmill was sent piece by piece from the Netherlands as a gift to the Kuwunderlaner people. Johannstad Sentraal-Polizeistaasie (Johannstad Central Police Station) The ruins of the Sint Elisabeth Monastery. The monastery was one of the first buildings constructed by the Dutch settlers. In 1952, a large fire broke out and left the building in ruin. Sint Willem Cathedral was built in 1920 A small fishing village located across the river from Johannstad.
  2. Kuwundan Passport

    Issued by the Government of Kuwundi, the Kuwundan passport is the sole document accepted for travel outside of Kuwundi. Various Kuwundan passport stamps
  3. Located at the entrance of the Mwasungu River Delta, Frenchport is a quiet town with a laid back, European atmosphere. Originally settled by French colonists, Frenchport is now a major port for ships travelling down the Mwasungu River to the Atlantic. The town's quaint cobblestoned streets and little sidewalk cafe's give Frenchport a very European feel. Place de Guillaume Gnutumi is Frenchport's main shopping area and is a meeting point for the town's citizens. Gare du Frenchport is the town's central train station Colonial style houses by the town's harbour Place du Paix. Considered to be the town centre, Place du Paix also doubles as a roundabout for the town's two major avenues, Boulevard du France and Boulevard Kwabaka Niguma. The statue in the roundabout is of Michel Thierry, a French Kuwundan who played a major role in advocating for free healthcare, education and preventing poverty in Kuwundi. Frenchport City Hall is a beautiful structure built in the late 1800's. Aerial view of Frenchport Cargo ships docked at Frenchport. Shipping is a major source of income and employment for the town.
  4. Located on the Angolan-Kuwundan border, the city of Macaró has long been a place of refuge for refugees coming from war-torn Angola. As a result the town became predominantly Portuguese and has maintained a sense of autonomy from the rest of Kuwundi. During the brief Angola-Kuwundi Conflict in 1992 in which a dispute over the city came to a head, Macaró was controlled by joint United Nations-Kuwundan forces and a number of military bases and installments were constructed throughout the city. Today, Macaró is a rapidly growing city that is well known for its Portuguese architecture and excellent Portuguese cuisine. Macaró from above The Angola-Kuwundi Border Crossing The São Vicente Refugee Camp has drastically decreased in size from when it was constructed by UN forces in 1992 but still houses a number of displaced Angolan refugees The São Domingo Bus Station in the city centre connects Macaró with Angola and the rest of Kuwundi The Museu de Macaró is a prime example of Portuguese architecture and houses a number of artifacts showcasing the city's Portuguese/Angolan heritage Constructed in 1992 by United Nations/Kuwundan Forces, the Regwesumbe Miltary Base was once the centre of peacekeeping operations during the Angola-Kuwundi Conflict and again during the Kuwundan Civil War. It is now one of the largest military bases in Kuwundi and serves as a major training centre for the National Kuwundan Army The Miguel F. Da Silva International Airport is one of the country's newest airports and offers a handful of domestic and short-haul international flights.
  5. Located in the middle of the Swahali Desert, Wombosa is a city that has evaded the influence of the Dutch, German and French colonizers. Inhabited primarily by the Sundé tribe (A mainly Muslim group who live primarily in the Swahali Desert. They are believed to be distant descendants of the Bedouin tribe in North Africa) the city is a prime example of indiginous architecture and culture. However, in 1998 the Kuwundan Liberation Forces (Dictator Marcel Antonbasa's personal army) invaded Wombosa in search of oil and in the process severely damaged the city and killed over a thousand Sundé's. After a short battle between the Sundé's and the KLF, Antonbasa forced the Sundé population to construct an oil pipeline and a refinery. However, as Antonbasa's iron rule over the country began to deteriorate he was forced to return to Malako to deal with other issues where he was later assasinated. Today, Wombosa has been largely rebuilt and a number of laws have been put in place which prevent any modern structures from being built in order to preserve the city's cultural and architectural uniqueness. Wombosa's ancient walled city The Al-Harari Mosque, Almost 80% of Sundé's are Muslim A view of buildings around the city walls. In the upper right is the residence of the Royal Sundé Family. The palace also houses the Musée Swahali (Swahali Museum) which showcases cultural and historical artifacts of the Swahali Region and the Sundé people. Although over 80% of Sundé's are Muslim, a small minority (10%) are Catholic. The Église de Sainte Anne was built in 1802. The now abandoned Fort Kwssundé was built in the 1500's to serve as a defensive fort in case of an invasion. However, its walls were no match for the powerful weaponary and manpower of the Kuwundan Liberation Forces The Sszingawé Oasis was is one of the few sources of fresh water in the Swahali Desert and its existence was the reason why Wombosa was established A legacy of the Antonbasa era, the Nwasumba Oil Refinery and pipeline has left a scar on the city. However, in recent years a fair trade company has turned the refinery into a source of income for Wombosa and much of the oil it produces is sent via pipeline to Frenchport where it is loaded onto freighters and exported. In order to house workers, Antonbasa also ordered the construction of prefab apartments like these as well as a hotel (In back) to house foreign businessmen. There are plans to tear down the apartments in order to rebuild traditional Sundé style buildings.
  6. Masuwu: The Kuwundan Riviera

    Turquoise water, white sand beaches, lush palm trees and lively nightlife give the city of Masuwu nicknames like "The Kuwundan Riviera" and "Africa's Ocean Playground". Masuwu was originally a quiet Kuwundan fishing village and it wasn't until the French arrived that the city began to rapidly develop into a major tourist destination. Today, Masuwu is a popular getaway for both Kuwundans and foreigners alike. The city is also well known for its upscale gambling and shopping scene and five star resorts. A few of Masuwu's many hotels and resorts Masuwu Station has daily train service to Macaró, Malako, Mobano and Frenchport via high speed train. Club Liverpool was founded by a British expat in 2002 and has become Masuwu's most popular nightlife sport and it is common to see crowds of people lining up for blocks trying to get into the club on some nights. A suburb made up of Kuwundan style houses and apartments. During the communist era, President Antonbasa constructed this huge mansion on a private island off Masuwu's coast and named the island Ile de la Révolution to serve as his summer home during a time when most of his people were starving or imprisoned. Falling his death the mansion was ransacked and abandoned. It was recently bought by a French expat who has turned the mansion into a luxury hotel. A small farming village north of Masuwu
  7. Rural Kuwundi

    Thanks, I will!
  8. Rural Kuwundi

  9. Rural Kuwundi

    Although a large majority of Kuwundans live in urban centres, many others live in the country's remote interior. The majority work in agriculture, foresting and mineral extraction and many native Kuwundan tribes such as the Tsuwus and Xolas inhabit rural Kuwundi. A village on the banks of the Sambwasi River. Despite its distance from the coast, European settlers still built settlements far inland due to the presence of natural resources and fertile land. These house are in the small town of Ngounga, not far from the town of St. Pieter. Colonial houses and the St. Jérôme Church in Ngounga. A cargo ship docks at Kiwali Island on the Sambwasi River to deliver supplies to the local villagers. Lac Mardi is a small freshwater lake near the town of Sesangwé. Many locals rely on the lake for fishing. A view of Kiwali Island and the surrounding landscape.
  10. Vistalegre: A tiny little update

    Great looking city
  11. Basic Facts

    Thanks for the suggestions. I don't know if I want to change all that now considering I've already come up with the nation's history. I think my nation is fairly realistic, I can see what you mean about being colonized by one country but there are a number of other African countries which have been colonized by different nations such as South Africa (the Netherlands and Great Britain), and Cameroon (France and Germany). I just wanted to create a unique African nation that combines elements of different colonies and I think I have done this fairly well. I know some of it seems far fetched but it is just a fictional country. Have you read the post about Kuwundi's history? It may make more sense in that context. I see your point about bringing down the population I'll do that. Thanks again for your opinions They're much appreciated.
  12. Malako: The Capital City of Kuwundi

    Originally founded as the town of Poort Nederland by the Dutch, Malako has grown from a small trading town to a bustling metropolis. Malako is an incredible mix of old and new, poor and rich, East and West and has been ranked by many as Africa's most beautiful cities. In recent years, the city invested in a new transit system which includes bus, tram, subway and elevated rail lines. Malako has also seen a growth in foreign investment and as a result new skyscrapers and building are constantly being built around the city. Lets discover the gateway to Kuwundi. The National Parliament of Kuwundi Malako's city centre. Contrasting with the city's modern skyscrapers and wealthy neighbourhoods is the Mswundu Slum. Making up much of Malako's southern districts, Mswundu is home to almost half of Malako's population. he Ssusundé Bus station (upper right) is the country's busiest bus station where buses from all over Kuwundi as well as from neighbouring Namibia and Angola bring passengers to Malako. Unlike the southern part of the city, much of Malako's city centre is made up of beautiful townhouses such as the ones above. When the French made Kuwundi a colony they made it a priority to rebuild the badly damaged city that the Kuwundans had left. Urban planners were brought to Kuwundi to design broad avenues bordered by beautiful townhouses in a way that would mimic the cityscape of Paris. Today the townhouses not only provide housing but also serve as offices and stores. Place de la République is the starting point for Malako's main roads and boulevards. The French originally designed the square to serve as a market but after President Antonbasa came to power he ordered the construction of a massive monument dedicated to the Kuwundan people. After the fall of communist rule many Kuwundans were tempted to destroy the monument since its construction was financed through blood diamonds and slave labour. However, the new Kuwundan government decided to keep the monument and rededicate it to all those who lost their lives at the hands of colonialism, war and communism. The Église Saint-Julien was originally constructed by the Dutch and is one of Kuwundi's oldest buildings. The Université du Kuwundie is one of Africa's most prestigious universities. The university offers programs in Law, Finance, Business, Technology, Social Studies, Math and Science. The original university (behind the large blue tower) was constructed by the Dutch and was called the Universiteit van Nederlands-Afrika and was established in 1861. The large blue tower is known as Tour de la Liberté and was designed to represent Kuwundi's move towards the future. It currently houses offices, university residences, a hotel and private apartments and is one of Africa's tallest buildings. *More pictures to come
  13. Basic Facts

    Yeah I know it means City of Africa, just thought it sounded cool.