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  1. London - Landmarks

    For the final chapter of London, we're taking a look at some more of the city's most iconic landmarks. We begin with a look back in time to the 1200s - to the Old London Bridge. Constructed in 1209 - this bridge stood for over 600 years as the main route across the River Thames. While long gone, various drawings from the era depict a bustling bridge surrounded by medieval houses on both sides. Unfortunately, the design of the bridge led to its ultimate demise, as it impeded river traffic - and was eventually demolished in the 1800s to make way for a more modern bridge. The next stop is one of London's most awe-inspiring buildings - St. Paul's Cathedral. Designed by famed architect Christopher Wren and opened in 1708, it was part of a major rebuilding program after the Great Fire of London in 1666. The cathedral serves as the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London - and is one of the city's most popular attractions as well. The London Eye is one of the city's most popular attractions - located on the banks of the River Thames, it was the world's largest Ferris wheel when completed in 2000. If you can get past the long lines, the views of the city's South Bank from the top are incredible. We continue on with a trip to one of London's most famous bridges - Tower Bridge. Not to be confused with the original London Bridge (as seen in the first picture, since replaced with more modern versions) - this Victorian Gothic landmark has been one of the city's most distinctive sights since its completion in 1894. Close by Tower Bridge is another one of the city's famous landmarks - the Tower of London. This historic structure was built back in the 1190s and has served as a fortress, palace, and prison. Our next stop is one of the city's most famous squares - Trafalgar Square. Its named after the famed Battle of Trafalgar - a key British naval victory in 1805 - and it's been a popular gathering place for people (and pigeons) since 1840. The iconic Nelson's Column in the middle of the square is one of the city's most famous monuments. Our last stop is one of the world's most iconic buildings - Big Ben. This famous clock tower is located on the north end of the Palace of Westminster and has chimed since 1859. Recent maintenance repairs though means you'll have to wait until 2021 to hear it regularly again. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver - - - Previous Update: "London - The City & The Shard" Big thanks to @matias93, @RobertLM78, @The British Sausage, @Angry Mozart, @RandyE, @scotttbarry, @Odainsaker, @CorinaMarie, @tariely, @bobolee, @nos.17, @mrsmartman, @_Michael, @APSMS, @mike_oxlong, @mattb325, @SC4L0ver, @Mr Saturn64, @Dreadnought, @tonyr, @jakis, @Neto Dari, @gigius76, @raynev1, @Toby Ferrian, @Fantozzi, @Tonraq, @Elenphor, & @Pluispixel for all the likes!
  2. Hi all, I wanted to share a new project I've been working on, Piedra Verde. The idea is to try and build up a city organically, over time, with some backstory - hopefully this will result in a neat creation with some realism as well. I've started this in the early 90s - early enough that I have plenty of time to grow the area before reaching the present day, but late enough where I can get away with using most of the vehicles and buildings from the game. (Of course, some vehicles will look a bit too modern, and some buildings a bit older, just go ahead and look the other way ) Piedra Verde (a.k.a. Green Stone) is a set of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Although it was sighted a few times before the 20th century, there was never any settlement. All anybody knew was rumors about a faint green glow coming from an island in the Pacific. (It turns out that glow is due to rare radioactive ores, but more on that later.) The islands somehow remained unknown until around World War II, and then during the Cold War it was agreed to keep the islands as a mostly secret neutral uninhabited area. Once the Cold War ended, the existence of these islands became more widespread. In the new spirit of international cooperation, an organization was formed to settle this area and investigate the glowing rocks... and profit off of the ores if possible. In 1991, the territory of Piedra Verde was born. In the rush to settle it and construct the original facilities, not that many photos exist of its first year. Here you can see the main settlement - a small port, a couple of factories, and some basic housing. They did at least have a nice football/soccer field though. Here's a closer look at the port area, including the main fuel depot for the settlement. Of course, the main reason for this new territory was the mysterious glowing rock. So far the mining operations haven't actually found much of the glowing stone - the reports of glowing were probably quite exaggerated. There was, however, plenty of coal and iron to dig up, so there was plenty of profit to be made in this new land. With all the new hype, the island's infrastructure is being significantly expanded - construction is probably the second biggest industry on the island. So that's a little preview of Piedra Verde, in the future the territory will get some actual government organization, and they'll be sure to take plenty of pictures.
  3. I wanted to finish more of the essential parts of the city before starting the CJ, but as always progress i slow and I can't keep from posting anymore. We will just have to start with some sunset photos and go from there... I give you; the city of Lienne:
  4. I've started a new project: Capilano Islands. I'll be posting videos to my YouTube channel as I progress, along with additional background info on my blog. Here's the first update! Blog post: Capilano Islands - Starting Terraforming
  5. Hello and welcome to my first City Journal! The goal of this city and journal is to create an and experiment with a town located within the mediterranean. I hope you will enjoy! The name of the newly arrived 'old' town is Urbino, named after a town in Italy. This town was once governed by a great man during the Renaissance called Federico da Montefeltro and created one of the centers of wisdom of that time. Even at this day Urbino holds one of the oldest Universities and is a sight to behold. All the pictures below show a portion of what I have already finished. I hope to post some pictures soon of what I m working on now. My mind shifts into many directions thus the amount of projects I m working on simultaneously is tremendous. All feedback is more then welcome! I present to you: Urbino!
  6. "Project X"

    Current project: "Project X" --> Copenhagen Airport Kastrup (go to the last page of this journal for more screenshots) So I decided to start a new project, mainly due to the fact that my last city kept on crashing since the last patch. So anyway here it goes!; We start on small scale with a small village in a tropical mountainous landscape. With such hot climate there quite alot of power demand keeping all those AC's up and running! The railyard with the power plant in the background. One of the highways going through the area. It aint cheap building those bridges!
  7. SANTANA ISLAND - Traditions die hard Chapter 01 - Introduction DEDICATED - OP4 (Onlyplace4 aka Mike) NOTE: This is a conservative City Journal in the style of classic 3RR by Dedgren (David). I will expand this step by step page. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This unit is for my words of gratitude. Sorry if I can't remember them all. But (sites, programs, teams, and people, names and logins): Diktator, Jeronij, Pegasus, SC4 Polska, OP4, NAM Team , VIP Orange, JES, Ilive Reader, SC4PIM, PNG to FSH, Dat Packer 2008, SC4 Model Tweaker, Tool SC4, SC4 Icon Creator, HHarbor Team, DocRorlach, Dedgren, Ionionion with "OMCo Serial", NBVC with "All His Objects" too... etc. New day - new names: 2017-04-25: SimForum BAT Team (SFBT), FANTA, SM2 and ... 2017-04-26: CP 2017-05-06: Krasner The list is very large - sorry - I'm going to continue it ... _______________________________________________________________________________________ The story began in 1949, but more on that later. Today 09-01-1950. This is Gent Region, city - B-07-07. Twenty years ago, someone built a village here. Then she left him. 01-01 Now we come to the island Santana on a light aircraft. 01-02 01-03 This is a map of flight from Gloria state to Santana Island. 01-04 This is Osbourne City 1949. The continuation very soon ... Thank You, Silur ...
  8. London - The City & The Shard

    Our trip to London continues with another look at its incredible skyline. After taking a look at Canary Wharf in the first update, we're taking a look at London's other main financial district - The City of London, also known as The City, along with The Shard today. One of the city's most distinctive skyscrapers is the 591 foot tall 30 St Mary Axe (also referred to as the Gherkin, due its resemblance to a cucumber). Since opening in 2004, it has received many awards for its unique style and ecological footprint. Three of London's tallest buildings (from left to right) - Tower 42 (Completed 1980, 600 feet tall), 99 Bishopsgate (Completed 1976, 341 feet tall), and 122 Leadenhall Street (Completed 2014, 738 feet tall - also known as the cheese grater) Another rainy day in London. A couple various shots of The City. The Shard has become one of London's most recognizable buildings since opening in 2013 - rising 86 floors and 1,016 feet tall, its the tallest building in the United Kingdom and offers breathtaking views from the top. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver Previous Update: "London - Canary Wharf" Big thanks to @kschmidt, @Toby Ferrian, @CorinaMarie, @TekindusT, @RandyE, @Fantozzi, @huzman, @matias93, @_Michael, @Angry Mozart, @tariely. @tonyr, @The British Sausage, @Talla 2XLC, @mike_oxlong, @kingofsimcity, @redfox85, @Oerk, @bobolee, @bladeberkman, @Mr Saturn64, @Cyclone Boom, @scotttbarry, @mrsmartman, @Odainsaker, & @Marushine for all the likes & reactions!
  9. London - Canary Wharf

    London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. It's a city known for its culture, history, and traditions - and is one of the world's most visited cities. Additionally, it's one of the world's greatest commercial, financial, and industrial centers - and is widely known as a truly global city. Over the next three update updates I'll be covering some of the city's most incredible sights and landmarks - starting with Canary Wharf. This major banking district is located on the Isle of Dogs on the banks of the River Thames - and has been home to some of the busiest ports in the world over the years. Today, its best known for its incredible collection of skyscrapers like the 771 ft tall One Canada Square (lower middle below, with the pyramid top), 655 ft tall 8 Canada Square (HSBC Tower, lower left below), and the 655 ft tall 25 Canada Square (middle skyscraper below, citigroup signage) - which are among the tallest in the United Kingdom. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver Previous Update: "Paris (Pt. 3/3)" Big thanks to @jakis, @RobertLM78, @Toby Ferrian, @CorinaMarie, @RandyE, @Silur, @Fantozzi, @mike_oxlong, @redfox85, @_Michael, @Mr Saturn64, @Angry Mozart, @Odainsaker, @kschmidt, @The British Sausage, @SC4L0ver, @bobolee, @mrsmartman, @raynev1, @scotttbarry, @Elenphor, @Marushine, & @huzman for all the likes!
  10. A map outlines the current neighborhoods and suburbs surrounding the city, though the city continues to grow all of the time. (This is the same city I once called Helensburgh. I've revisited an earlier save and have been rebuilding the city with it.) There will likely be a lot of posts at once, because I don't have a lot of time to play and I want to get the ideas out while they're in my head. The format will be posts from people simulating Reddit posts or other forums, asking questions about the city. We'll also feature articles from publications showcasing the various neighborhoods and what makes them unique. It'll be an opportunity for me to explore those sections of town and to discuss (and discover) what makes each of them cool versus others. Those prompts make the conversations a lot easier than when I was trying to do it on my own. Future posts won't be out of character, this is the last one.
  11. Paris (Pt. 2/3)

    Our tour picks back up with a trip to La Madeleine - one of the city's most recognizable churches. Originally designed as a temple to the glory of Napoleon's army - its Greek style sets it apart from the rest. Since its completion in 1842, it's been one of the most popular attractions in the city. The Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe is one of the most beautiful theaters in the city and one of France's six national theaters. The Palais Garnier is one of Paris' most grand opera houses - opened in 1875, it's a true masterpiece. The next stop is one of Paris' most unique landmarks - the Centre Pompidou. Completed in 1977, this enormous colored building is covered in a maze of pipes going in every direction - and has housed a popular art museum ever since. (Animation might take a little bit to completely load) Our last stop today is one of the world's most famous landmarks - the Eiffel Tower. Completed in 1889 for the Universal Exposition to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution - this 986 foot tall tower became the world's tallest freestanding structure for over 40 years. It's remained an icon of Paris and France ever since. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Paris (Pt. 1/3)" Big thanks to @kingofsimcity, @_Michael, @scotttbarry, @RobertLM78, @huzman, @RandyE, @Toby Ferrian, @Manuel-ito, @Talla 2XLC, @CorinaMarie, @Silur, @redfox85, @Tyberius06, @Andrey km, @bobolee, @MushyMushy, @The British Sausage, @mrsmartman, @matias93, @raynev1, @mike_oxlong, @Mr Saturn64, @Angry Mozart, @Girafe, @jakis, @feyss, @martijn.1, @Transport, & @Elenphor for all the likes!
  12. Prague

    Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and one of the most picturesque cities in all of Europe. It's a city steeped in history - once the capital of the kingdom of Bohemia, its been a cultural, political, and economic center for centuries. The first stop in our tour is the Petrín Lookout Tower - located at the top of a small hill, this 62m tall Eiffel Tower lookalike offers stunning views of the city. Not too far away is another one of Prague's famous landmarks - St. Vitus Cathedral. Construction took nearly 600 years, finally completing in 1929 - but this magnificent Gothic cathedral was well worth the wait. Countless religious and coronation ceremonies have been held here - making it one of the most important landmarks in the city. To make it into the old town, you'll have to cross the Charles Bridge, spanning the Vlatva River. Completed in 1402, this stunning Gothic styled bridge is one of Prague's most famous landmarks and one of the world's most famous bridges. We've made it into the famed old town. With the incredible Týn Church and Astronomical Clock close by, this stunning town square is steeped in history. The aforementioned Týn Church (fully known as the Church of Our Lady before Týn) is one of the world's most beautiful Gothic churches - built back in the mid 1400s and completed by the mid 1600s, it towers some 260 feet above the surrounding rooftops of Prague. The cathedral also serves as a gallery of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque works - its a historic site in Prague that anyone visiting here should be sure to visit. Like many other similar cities and towns across Bohemia and Central Europe, Prague enjoys a rich tradition of Christmas markets. Starting in early December and ending by early January, the stalls here have an unbelievable amount of goods on sale - from treats, decorations, handmade goods and more. For those braving the elements - the selection is second to none and its a trip you won't soon forget. No Christmas market is complete though of course without an enormous Christmas tree - and the ones here can get as high as 100 feet tall, making it truly a sight to behold. Once nightfall hits and the snow begins to clear - you can get a clear view of the twinkling lights and all the magic this place has to offer. Another one of Prague's famed traditions is the legendary fireworks display that takes place on New Year's Eve - the entire town gathers in the square and surrounding streets to take in the breathtaking views. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Cephalonia (Countryside & Overviews)" Big thanks to @RobertLM78, @_Michael, @RandyE, @Toby Ferrian, @Talla 2XLC, @CorinaMarie, @Manuel-ito, @matias93, @bladeberkman, @bobolee, @Fantozzi, @Elenphor, @The British Sausage, @Oerk, @gigius76, @raynev1, @Neto Dari, @TekindusT, & @mrsmartman for all the likes!
  13. Paris (Pt. 1/3)

    Paris is the capital and largest city of France and has been one of the world's most important cities for centuries. This timeless city is known for its fashion, food, literature, entertainment, and culture. In addition, it's widely known as being an important international business and commerce center - making it a truly global city. Paris also boasts some of the world's finest architecture and much of the city was renovated in the mid 1800s by architect Georges-Eugène Haussmann. Over the next three updates we'll be taking a look at some of its most iconic sights and landmarks. We'll begin with a trip down one of the city's most famous avenues - the Champs-Élysées. First completed in 1670 and redeveloped many times since, its impressive tree-lined streets are surrounded by many of the city's most luxurious shops, cafes, and theaters. On Bastille Day (July 14th), it's also home to the largest military parade in Europe. The next stop is one of the city's most stunning cathedrals, the famous Notre-Dame de Paris. Opened in 1345, this awe-inspiring building is considered to be one of the world's finest examples of French Gothic architecture. La Défense is Europe's largest purpose built business district and is where you'll find just about all of Paris' skyscrapers. The uniquely shaped Grande Arche in the middle is the centerpiece of the district - opened in 1989, it serves as a monument for the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. The Louvre is another one of Paris' premier destinations - inside you'll find the famous Mona Lisa in its art museum. Our last stop for today is the Gare du Nord - first built back in 1846, this famous train station has been rebuilt time and time again to expand it's capacity. Today, it's the world's busiest train station outside of Japan and connects Paris with a number of other cities across France. Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Prague" Big thanks to @Toby Ferrian, @Fantozzi, @RobertLM78, @mrsmartman, @Oerk, @The British Sausage, @CorinaMarie, @scotttbarry, @bladeberkman, @mike_oxlong, @RandyE, @Odainsaker, @bobolee, @Talla 2XLC, @Manuel-ito, @tariely, @raynev1, @redfox85, @SC4L0ver, @Simmer2, @kingofsimcity, @Jonas_Chaves, & @Nenitosoyyo for all the likes!
  14. Hey - it's been a while. After a long period with too much going on IRL I've just come back to C:S - and I'm so happy with all the new assets and mods. I fired up Red Rock again - but after a tour and adding a few things here and there I rather felt like starting with something new. Welcome to Twin Lakes - a beautiful area based on a slightly scaled down valley around Bridgeport CA - a place I visited for the second time last fall. It's backcountry, behind Yosemite and a bit off the beaten track. I love it there - as a European it feels like the perfect Americana collection. I'm not recreating the real Bridgeport - but I take a lot of inspiration of it. There's lonely gas stations, an airfield, a barren cemetery and behind the first mountain ridge you'll see clear lakes and amazing peaks. But let's not get ahead of ourselves - here's a few first impressions of my first town in the area: Bridgeport - named conveniently after its idol and off the interstate, so there's not much through traffic. I guess there will be more in the near future. There's plenty of land... Enjoy!
  15. Lets start with the traditional fireworks display celebrating a new city in SC4. The Space Needle works well as a geographically central symbol of the actual west coast from the Arctic to Central America, and it expresses futurist positive materialism on the edge of the western world, but the NWCM region is intended to be generic to the terrain-type, and not specific to any real location. The Inland Port City is the engine of the NWCM Region. From here, the region accesses the world for trade and transport, processes materials, and generates power. The primary resource imported is recyclable materials, and the primary energy sources are fusion and microwave. Several other new technologies are also applied such as desalination of seawater and clean coal burning --mostly for research purposes. As yet, nothing much is exported other than a few artistic graphics and technical details. The NWCM administration will not attempt to balance such things as wealth, education, health, or law enforcement. It is assumed that health by definition means minimal incongruities, disparities and conflicts. The objectives here are positive materialist, which means more of a technocratic, direct and free democracy. The NWCM does have police, but they do spend most of the day in the donut shop, looking after kids and talking philosophy and high-energy particle physics. The NWCM is not unlike the world today. That's a jet-engine airliner, and a soccer/football field for competitive sports. Essentially, new material processing and energy systems have enabled stability of natural and cultural dynamics. Advances in aerospace and the physical arts will not necessarily be explored, unless such developments present themselves. Finally, The motto of the NWCM is "Bring us your garbage and with it we will build a better world."
  16. Technopolis

    'Technopolis' 1 of 4 large tiles experimenting with the game and telling somewhat of a sci-fi story along the way. In the Gameplay Demo I started the game in vanilla mode using no cheats or mods and constructed a large city as the game was designed to be played, also enjoying the role-playing of Mayor as a spiritually challenging experience. Megatropolis was an experiment in cramming as many sims as I could into a large tile, resulting in about 6 million with almost all high-density residential and 4 hydrogen fusion reactors. Agricropolis was an experiment in lateral Arcology building, a somewhat self-contained mega-structure with lots of agriculture, high-density residential and high-tech industry. Technopolis integrates elements of the previous 3 tiles, but utilizes a fictional advanced technology somewhat like alchemy and modern physics combined, resulting in virtually unlimited power and material construction. The Energy Data Packaging Plant is the centerpiece of Technopolis. A high-density residential area is surrounded by heavy industry, not usual in the design of SC4 cities as the pollution is extremely dense. In the center of the city the Energy Data Packaging Plants begin to convert pollutants into water and air. Soon the pollution disappears, fresh water is pumped into the city, massive power is available, industry expands, population grows, and a commercial ring develops around the city. In the top-left corner a highly specialized waste management facility is added. The completed city is surrounded by low-density residential and forested areas. Electric highways radiate from the center and a monorail connects each sector of the city. Welcome to Technopolis City Center...
  17. OSL Airport is located at the bottum! Post 1: Since summer is over and school has started, so I finally got into Simtropolis and all it's prettiness, I thought why not make a CJ for you and me to enjoy together. I chose a map which I think is cool and so let's get started. The style i'm going for would be an American style, but a little different. And of course a Strictoaster Fuel supply. Our source will mostly be renewable energy, but a oil field or two will be made in the future.
  18. North Coast

    A new vector of commercial jobs and services is in creation, the North coast. This coast is in a conurbation with the city center and the port zone. We will be talking today about the Neighborhood Nossa Senhora da Paz, the first one of the series This new location give the great demand of Commercial and service a new place where the minor investors and other companies that want to run from the monumental expectations of the city center, or just don't want to build gigantic skyscrapers. This part of the city is fully planned, and include things as a hotel complex Or few things for your comfort, like bigger sidewalks, or a bicycle path and beach bars Do you have a faith? Want a little of fun? We have a big church, side to side to a big park. You can even have a picnic after worship. We recommend you to reach our neighborhood by public transport, with the new station of the line 2 called Nossa Senhora da Paz, named after the park and the avenue. Vision of the whole neighborhood:
  19. Introduction to Suryamadi

    Hello, Welcome to Suryamadi, a 5,200 people city built in silent region called Hydramile and currently led by Mayor Fraunzy. Before colonized by Mycamile, the city is empty. There is no people living there. However, since Mycamile built first airport in the city, the city became filled by people slowly. First, the airport was a landing strip. Then, as the capacity become exhausted, Mycamile upgrades the airport into a municipal airport. After built, several changes were made, including underground parking, bus station, small cargo center, refueling station, additional hangar, airport police, and recently more airport police to secure the city from airport-related crimes. On the right of the airport, there is Statue of Proclamation, which built by the current mayor to remember the proclamation process and the proclamator, Chief ZDN. Currently, the city doesn't have any immigration office. For now, the immigrant or emigrant needs to manage the request in the city hall. Speaking city hall, it's small (technically stage 1) and in the opposite of it, there is Statue of Mayor. The upper shows current mayor, while the bottom shows the former mayor. Some parts of former mayor statues were keep in city museums. In the first era of the city dev, the city only had a small amount of commercials and farms. The farm was used extensively until now because of education and commercial and industrial boom. On the upper side of farm area, there are industrials, open metal processing, truck workshops, and warehouses. And on the right side of the farm area, there is a solar power plant with additional storage. Also, a recycling center located on the left of the plant. Many farmers migrated to vertical farms to sustain their jobs. Speaking garbage processing, there are 2 recycling plants: basic recycling plant and advanced recycling plant with power generator. As I said before, the BRP is on the left side of the power plant while the ARP is in opposite of the military zone. As a new country, the diplomacy is in the risk. So, to prevent this, a military zone has been built. The military vehicles including advanced electric tanks, electric military helicopter, electric propeller fighters, and 'modern' electric fighters. To provide radio, TV, and internet access, the goverment and Surya Group (a non-state owned company) was built 3 facility: radio station, internet center, and TV station. The communication towers will be built as soon as the city goes big. The city was connected by the internet with optical fiber cables. Not only broadcast digital TV and radio, they are also broadcast the series in the internet via services like proprietary TV/radio app and YouTube. Education has been the focus of the gov since the day 1. Many education services placed in the strategic location such as the roadside of Main Rd and Central Ave. Even better, a high school has been placed in the right side of the airport. The result of the education process is growing commercials and high-tech industrials as seen in the image above. Many investors and SOHO businessmen has been built the store and office in the roadside of Main Rd. This is also the product of low commercial and industrial (except dirty one which taxed 12%) taxes. In order to sustain people lives, a small amount of clinics and hospitals has been built. The cemetery also has been built. This cooperation makes the city more healthy and more realistic. As long as the city grow, the wealthies then made their house here. This is also the product of good education and good health services. If you looking the communication infrastructure image, you can see the no jobs zot. This is the result of Suryaworks (member of Surya Group) corruption. The execs corrupted the local officials, resulting halt of jobs growth. This case has been handled by the Supreme Court. The building is in Central Ave right in the between a private school and a commercial building. This is Lolli Forest. The forest is shaped like a square. The forest is medium-sized. This is for preserving the floras and faunas, including rare ones. This is developing CBD. This is called Dzaky District since located in Dzaky Ave. As you can see, there is an industrial area too. Bonus: When Fraunzy wins the election, the cars made the rightside of Central Ave jammed (above). Again, when Mayor Fraunzy officially inaugurated, the traffics made the some jam again (below). Community grid-connected PV power plant. Go green, folks! Community parks. See you in the next chapter! Thank you.
  20. Tour of Africa: Central Africa

    The tour resumes as we look towards one of Africa's most iconic natural wonders - the legendary Mount Kilimanjaro. Standing some 19,341 feet tall - its Africa's tallest mountain and one of its most popular climbing destinations. Despite its height, its a relatively easy climb - its essentially a big trek to the top - but what you do need to watch out for here is the very real risk of altitude sickness. While the top might not be as impressive as it once was with many of its iconic glaciers melting due to climate change - it still offers some of the most incredible views the world has to offer. From Kilimanjaro, we travel north into Kenya to witness some of Africa's most stunning wildlife. Our first stop is the incredible Masai Mara National Reserve - home to some of the best wildlife on the face of the planet. You'll find elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, wildebeest, and countless others roaming these lands - even with declining numbers in recent years, there's still plenty here to observe and stare at in awe. The best way though to view them though is high above in a hot air balloon - despite the cost, its still certainly an experience that you won't want to miss out on. We continue north to another one of Kenya's wildlife gems - the incredible Lake Logipi. This algae-infested rift valley lake is home to countless lesser flamingos each year during migration - they make for a truly stunning sight among the many hot springs and geysers that dot the shoreline. Further north is where you'll find what some call the world's biggest swamp: the Sudd of South Sudan. The very name "Sudd" is Arabic for barrier or obstruction - and that's just what this swamp has been for thousands of years for the locals and outsiders alike. Not even the Roman Empire could get past it - Emperor Nero himself sent his troops up the White Nile, but the Sudd prevented any further colonization. These swamps have also have made the search for the source of the White Nile particularly difficult - its simply that big and difficult to navigate. Despite the nature of the swamps, the locals have lived here for thousands of years, usually setting up small huts on various islands across the swamps. Although seeing wildlife here can be rare - its still possible to see a thundering herd of elephants now and then making their way across the swamp. We begin making our way back down south through the rural landscapes of the Great Rift Valley. For as far as the eye can see, the lands here are crossed by an intricate pattern of huts and farmland, providing the locals just enough to make a living off of. Our final stop in Central Africa is another one of Africa's premier natural wonders - majestic Victoria Falls. The tribes here call it "the smoke that thunders" - which seems quite fitting as you can hear the water cascading down these sheer cliffs from miles away. At 355 feet tall, these might not be the world's tallest waterfalls - but they're certainly one of the most awe-inspiring - and a destination that anyone visiting here won't want to miss. (No photoshop used on the scene below) Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Tour of Africa: East Africa" Big thanks to @RobertLM78, @_Michael, @Toby Ferrian, @Urban Constanta, @Manuel-ito, @Odainsaker, @CorinaMarie, @nRVOUS, @RandyE, @SC4L0ver, @bobolee, @raynev1, @mike_oxlong, @Namiko, @mattb325, @mrsmartman, @kelistmac, @matias93, @Marushine, @Jonas_Chaves, & @Akallan for all the likes!
  21. Tour of Africa: East Africa

    The tour continues on as we make our way to Madagascar and the many unique destinations that dot the shorelines. Our first stop however, will be at one of the many quaint fishing villages along the shore. The friendly locals have been fishing in these waters for centuries, and it remains one of the most vital economic activities in this part of the world. After a couple of days driving through the barren landscapes of rural Madagascar - we finally reach the stunning natural wonder of Isalo Massif. This national park is well known for its unique plant and animal life - and looks like something that came straight out of the Jurassic era. Hiking is popular in these parts, but do be careful - many of the rocks here are crumbling and it can be a long ways down.. On the west coast of Madagascar is where you'll find one of its most famed attractions - the endless forests of baobab trees. These are some of the most unique trees in the world - reaching heights as tall as 100 ft, they're hard to miss - and every trip to Madagascar should include a visit here. However, as with many natural wonders across the world - human activity has had a profound impact here, and could continue to cause bigger issues down the road. The trees originally didn't grow in isolated patches, but were once instead part of a great forest - one that's been cut down to a small fraction of its original size. While the locals have left the baobabs as a sign of respect, it should be noted that this area isn't a national park and could very well be subject to further deforestation and human activity in the years to come. Not too far away from the baobabs is where you'll find another one of Madagascar's wonders - Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. These majestic karst formations have been carved into razor sharp pinnacles by groundwater and the elements, and this dramatic forest of stone is a destination that you won't want to miss. Plenty of unique plants and animals are found here as well, thriving in the unique elements - making for a truly unique trip. We board our boat and make our way back to the mainland, where we'll spend the next couple of days visiting a few more of the stunning villages that dot the shorelines of Mozambique. Between the pristine blue water, unique architecture, and perfect weather - there's few places in Africa that can rival their beauty. We move into the mainland, and the next destination is the wildlife haven of Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania. With plentiful populations of giraffes and other unique animals, its a must-visit destination - and if you're lucky, you might even spot a couple of rare black rhinos along the way as well. Be on the lookout though for giraffe in particular - you never know when they might cross the road, feet away from your car.. The last stop is one of Africa's most beautiful and deadly locations - the stunning crater and lava lake of 11,385 foot tall Mount Nyiragongo. This volcano has a long history of violent eruptions, and with the last eruption coming in 2016 - you never know when it might be set off again. For the particularly adventurous tourist - you can hike up to the steep crater rim and take in stunning views of the world's largest lava lake. (No photoshop used - this goes for the previous one too. The lava lake is a big custom texture & prop I made, along with a couple Maxis smoke animations.) Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Tour of Africa: Southern Africa" Big thanks to @Manuel-ito, @RandyE, @bladeberkman, @Fantozzi, @RobertLM78, @huzman, @Toby Ferrian, @_Michael, @CorinaMarie, @scotttbarry, @TekindusT, @bobolee, @Odainsaker, @mike_oxlong, @nRVOUS, @GoKingsGo, @raynev1, @Marushine, @The British Sausage, @mrsmartman, @SC4L0ver, @matias93, @Neto Dari, @Jonas_Chaves, @Akallan, @Namiko, & @Elenphor for all the likes!
  22. Can't record SimCity 4

    I have a big problem. I want to start video CJ of my Simcity4 but neither D3Dgear nore Fraps can see my game. No frames are shown and also pressing the recording button has no effect.
  23. Tour of Africa: Southern Africa

    The tour of Africa continues on as we visit the rolling hillsides of southern Zimbabwe. For as far as we can see, small villages dot the landscape - and the locals have lived in mud and thatched roof huts like these for thousands of years. Small plots of farmland are seen throughout the countryside - providing the locals just enough for them and their families. As we move west, we venture through a very different kind of landscape: the swampy marshlands of the Okavango Delta. This massive inland delta is unlike any other place on earth - and the wildlife is equally incredible. You can find massive herds of elephants, wildebeest, lions, zebras, and countless other species - so we get on a boat and get as close as we can. Further west is one of Africa's natural wonders - the harsh Namib Desert. You won't find too many settlements here, as the elements are far too inhospitable - but you still might find the occasional mining village, as this region is one of the world's largest diamond exporters. The former diamond mining town of Kolmanskop in southern Namibia had an unfortunate fate - once a rich little village, the entire area was abandoned once larger deposits were found closer to the shoreline. Nature soon took over, and many of the houses here are starting to fill up with sand. While today, the entire city remains a popular tourist attraction - its unknown how long it will last until its completely lost to the Namib. We move back south into South Africa - and we're sure to visit one of the most beautiful destinations in the entire continent - the vineyards of Franschhoek. Centuries old farms complete with Dutch architecture makes this one of the most charming places we visit on our tour - and there's few ways better way to spend a weekend than going out and tasting some of the local wines. Further south is where you'll find the legislative capital of South Africa - Cape Town. With a population of nearly 4 million, this is one of the largest metropolitan areas in all of Africa - and much of the city is surrounded by townships (slums). The locals have to deal with poor housing conditions and poverty - not to mention the polluting factories that dump waste right into the surrounding rivers and streams. The defining feature of Cape Town isn't an office building or any other man made structure - but instead the stunning Table Mountain that serves as one of the world's best backdrops. Its stunning any time of the day - but when the clouds and fog start to roll over the top and into the city, there's few places that are as magical. Travel some 700 miles east along the Drakensberg Mountains and you'll uncover another one of South Africa's incredible natural wonders... Tugela Falls majestically cascades some 2,972 feet down The Amphitheater, a stunning geological feature which contains some of the world's most impressive cliff faces. To get here will require days and days of hiking - but considering its widely regarded as having some of the world's greatest views from the top - its certainly worth it. The world's second tallest waterfall certainly doesn't disappoint - and it serves as the perfect end to our tour of Southern Africa. (No photoshop used - the cliffs are a custom mod of mine which can be found here. The .gif is 12MB - might take a bit to load) Don't forget to comment, like, and follow True Earth if you haven't already! -korver --- Previous Update: "Tour of Africa: Johannesburg" Big thanks to @NielsC007, @TMTS, @sucram17, @Akallan, @BC Canuck, @Elenphor, @mrsmartman, @SC4L0ver, @mattb325, @kschmidt, @Tonraq, @GoKingsGo, @Marushine, @kingofsimcity, @Namiko, @weixc812, @Toby Ferrian, @TekindusT, @Fantozzi, @raynev1, @nRVOUS, @bobolee, @RandyE, @Fargo, @Yarahi, @Jonas_Chaves, @Manuel-ito, @scotttbarry, @mike_oxlong, @CorinaMarie, @RobertLM78, & @_Michael for all the likes!
  24. Video restart episode 1

    After some experiments with mmp and overhanging stuff and plopping residentials (and yes they don't get delapidated , but there's a trick to it) i've decided to finaly start my video CJ, and i'll try to upload stuff every day if possible. @namiko - thank you, it will be rebuild even more good looking @kelistmac - thank you And here it is : Episode 1 :cheers:
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