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7,186 DownloadsAlso known as Federal Plaza, this urban square unifies Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s complex of three buildings of varying scales: the mid-rise Everett McKinley Dirksen Building, the high-rise John C. Kluczynski Building, and the single-story Post Office building. The granite tiles of the plaza continuously flow into the glazed lobbies of these International style, glass curtain-wall edifices, visually and physically connecting the interior and exterior spaces. Low, rectangular granite benches and raised planters define and edge the plaza, while a square planting area with four deciduous trees offers shade for several additional benches. Alexander Calder’s iconic red sculpture, the 53-foot “Flamingo,” adds vibrant color to the black and grey pavement. The piece was commissioned by the Government Services Administration and installed in 1974 to great fanfare, unveiled following a parade celebrating Calder’s work, with the artist sitting atop a circus wagon pulled by 40 horses. Associated architects that have played a role in the complex’s long history from 1959 to 1974 include Schmidt, Garden & Erickson; C.F. Murphy Associates; and A. Epstein & Sons. The plaza is home to a regular farmers market and is a frequent site for political gatherings. This file Includes: Kluczynski Building: Landmark with 4,000 CO$$$ Dirksen Courthouse: Landmark with 4,000 CO$$$ Loop Postal Station: Landmark with 300 CS$$$ To install this Unzip the folder inside and dragg it on C:\Program Files\Maxis\SimCity 4 Deluxe\Plugin
Appeltree posted a City Journal entry in The Federal Kingdom of BelsayWelcome to the Federal Kingdom of Belsay; an existing state southern of Ireland, south-western of the United kingdom and eastern of France. A state sharing the Bay of Biscay with France and Spain and a state bordering one of the most important sea routes on Earth. The Federal Kingdom of Belsay or, as the French speaking minority calls it, Le Royame Fédérale de Belsaux is one of Europes biggest islands. The federation exists out of two federal states, namely the Federal State of Wistelton (Etat Fédéral de Wistelton) in the north with an English speaking population, and the Federal State of Courteville (Etat Fédéral de Courteville) in the south witn a French speaking popluation. HISTORY A brief history: until the First World War the Island of Belsay was occupied by the United Kingdom and a small part (about 10% in the north) was occupied by Ireland. After the First World War France was capable of occupying the eastern part where already most of the population was orientated towards France. Belsay has been a kingdom since 1500 AC, but has been occupied since 1800 AC. The monarch at that time lived in hostile in Sweden and later Canada. At the beginning of the Second World War the Island of Belsay faces an uprising against the occupation by France, Ireland and the United Kingdom. After a smooth revolution the Island receives independance, with the former British and Irish parts forming the Kingdom of Belsay and the southern part forming the State of Courdeville. The monarch returns at this times and becomes monarch of the English part. In 1950 both parts of the Kingdom reunite in a federation with the former and historical monarch as the head of state. STATISTICS In the entire Kingdom there are approximately 50.000.000 civilians. To give you some references, United Kingdom has 63.000.000, France has 65.000.000, Germany has 82.000.000, Italy has 60.000.000 and Spain has 47.000.000. With this population Belsay is currently the sixth European state by population (including Russia). Courteville, the southern state bordering France, has about 15.000.000 civilians. Wistelton, the northern part bordering Ireland and the United Kingdom, has about 35.000.000 civilians. When we look at the size, Courteville occupies about 20% of the island, where Wistelton occupies about 80%. The capital Haydan is almost entirely English and is situated for 85% in Wistelton. Especially the south-eastern part of the capital is part of Courteville and therefor this part has a French orientation. In The Greater Metropolitan Area of Haydan, approximately 12.000.000 people live. This means that about 24% of the population lives in the capital of this state. POLITICS Belsay is a centralized state on almost all political issues, with Queen Dolora of Himmerton as the current head of state. The prime-minister has always been from the English population, because this part of the population is way bigger. The current prime-minister is Silvester Cornwell. CLIMATE Belsay has a climate that is comparable with the climates of London and Paris, although the general temperature in Belsay is warmer, due to its more southern location. Belsay has a sea-climate.
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1,059 DownloadsShelby is a city in Cleveland County, NC, USA. This city is my hometown and I decided to make a series of lots and what-not to honor it. As a result of the more small and rural cities/towns I am beginning to create I felt a thirst for certain civic buildings with more flavor. Looking at the same old courthouse and city hall, I just felt like they were so scrunched in or made for close together areas. So I made this remodeled lot to appeal to the more artsy eye? Basically the lot fills a 6x6 space. Its outer square is line with tiled cement, or pavement. The outer-inner square is a grass texture. The inner most square is the pavement again for the foundation of the building. The lot is covered with flora. The back of the building has a small parking lot. and the front a fountain. I just modified the Maxis Courthouse. ------------NOTICE------------------ This now includes V2 of the Courthouse. V2 has a statue in front of the building. There are two files you can download if you wish, installation has not changed. Includes V3 no trees. (Just random planters XD) --------------Dependencies------------------------ Maxis Buildings As Props Augustus Caesar Statues Sorry no links. I recommend for the best search if you can't immediately find on STEX, is Google or the Lex(registration required) So far there are NO BROWN BOXES. Please notify me if you have this problem in your city, provide a picture. IMPORTANT NOTICE!: Since this may have the same file ID as the Maxis Courthouse you are to "move, but keep both files" for correct installation. This depends though if you want to keep the older one. Since I plan on making a center in my cities made perfectly for large, beautified buildings Ill only be using this one, but the older is key for areas with smaller buildings.
Welcome! Today's short update entails a drive through the beautiful countryside, past a local town and its surrounding farms. The town and its surrounding lands almost seem a world away from the racing daily life of the Republic's metropolis' and the posturing politics that dominate the news... The Edge of Town... Route 103, entering the quaint town of Medrosae Driving out of town, past the quiet farms The town of Medrosae As always, please rate and comment, and I welcome any feedback or improvements! Have a wonderful day!
Welcome to the small village of Levington (Lev-een-tun) located in the center of Moorwhich National Forest. The town has its origins as a French outpost and favorite spot of Napoleon. As previously mentioned, the northern portion of the country was under the control of the French Holy Empire, after it ceded from the Holy Roman Empire. This was the only town that survived with a substantial population as it was closest to the modern day border with France. The rest of the republic's territory that was formerly under French control remained abandoned until the reunification. The church of our Lady Saint Bernadette was commissioned by Napoleon's governor left in charge of the city. It was to be a small replica of the famous Notre Dame, to add French influence architecturally to the city as well as a dominant structure to be seen for miles around. The original theater district, now restored is always hopping with the latest shows that travel the world. Tourists can enjoy a spectacular show and then a cup of coffee in the evening after. Many residents of France and the coastal regions of the Republic have quaint vacation condos here in this secluded city The city is located by a nearby ski resort in as well as numerous camp sites and trails through the mountains and by the rivers in the National Forest that completely surrounds the city You can also visit the market, where you can leisurely browse through a wonderful mix of both local and international designers while enjoying a local pastery Besides highway, there is only one real way in and out, and that is by scenic railway. As this secluded village receives numerous European tourists each year, the Grand station has become the gateway to the city Here are some general images from around the city So remember, if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, want to avoid the crowds at the beach, or even just be at peace with nature, book a train to Levington today. As always, please comment, rate, and provide any information for improvement! Thanks for viewing!
Federal Republic of Valencia La République Fédérale de Valence Flag Coat of Arms Motto: We Will Be Location PLEASE NOTE: The Nations in Green are AIN Member Nations. The Republic has recently join the Alliance of Independent Nations Thank you to AIN Statistics Capital: San Corbevailles Government: Federal Constitutional Republic Heads of State: High Chancellor Philippe Rousseau; Commander in Arms Michel Laurent Independence: May 6th, 1947 (From Spain, France) Currency: Republic Dollar $RV 1RV = .878 USD EU Admission: 2001 EU Exit: 2006 UN Admission: January 18th, 1950 AIN Admission: June 15th, 2012 Official Languages: Catalan, French, English Population (2012 Estimate): 50,841,400 (24th, ahead of South Africa, behind Italy) Population Density (2012 Estimate): 492/sq mi (68th) GDP (nominal): $2.097 trillion (9th, ahead of Russia, behind Italy) GDP Per Capita (PPP): $33,780 (25th, ahead of South Korea, behind Japan) HDI: .864 (28th, ahead of United Kingdom, behind Czech Republic) Drives on the: Right International TLD: . rv Telephone Code: +384 National Colors: Blue, White, Gold, Red History Early History Valencia has a long history of being a part of major empires. The Roman Empire established the first developed city in the area near the end of the Punic Wars, around 145-148 B.C.E., which would now be located on the coast in the center of Valencia on the European Continent. It had prosperous trade relations with port cities all along the Mediterranean, including North African cities and Rome itself. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the region was split into two, almost congruent with the current borders of France and Spain. Southern Half By AD 850, the southern half of the country came under the rule of the Muslim empire whose capital lay in the distant Damascus and Baghdad. Although expansion was not rapid, the cities in this southern half remained prosperous and dealt heavily in trade of natural resources. In 1492, the southern half of what is now Valencia (on the European Continent) came under the rule of the newly formed kingdom of Spain. It remained under Spanish rule until the middle of the Spanish Civil War in 1937, when it was released into commonwealth status. Northern Half The northern half was not as lucky as the southern after the fall of Rome. It fell victim to the dark ages along with the rest of Europe, and all major cities and towns were abandoned within a hundred years after the collapse of the Roman Empire. However, the region slowly repopulated after it came loosely under the control of Charlemagne and the early Holy Roman Empire in 817 AD. Unlike the southern half, the north did not remain stable. It grew and retracted sporadically, and was in constant conflict with the Holy Roman Empire. However, since it was not a strong state militarily, it was more like a thorn against the empire, and was never really paid much attention to until the split of France from the empire and the rule of Napoleon. During the time of Napoleon, seeds of rebellion were beginning in the south against Spanish rule, more advanced weaponry reached the cities to the North. The North began to organize its military more effectively and carry out more destructive, although still small, campaigns against Napoleonic strongholds in southern France. Napoleon responded by leveling the city of Les Corbevais (now San Courbevailles) and killing over 300,000 civilians. Reunification In 1936, with the Spanish Civil War raging on, the South began covert preparations for separation from Spain. Due to the deep divisions within Spain and the constant switching of the “official” seat of Spanish power between Nationalist and Republican control, the territory was eventually released in 1938. The released territory established itself as the Protectorate of Valencia. With the fall of Paris, and the establishment of Vichy France, the North seceded successfully from France by 1940. However, it came under the territorial rule of the axis power Italy. From 1940 to the end of the war in Europe, Valencia played only a small side part. On the 6th of May, in 1947, the Federal Republic of Valencia was formed, and a constitution, created with the help of U.S. and British diplomats, was adopted in June of that same year. The north and south had finally been reunited. Initial Expansion At the conclusion of WWII, France, Italy, and Spain began to give up the majority of their colonies due to financial and economic trouble in the aftermath of the war. Several islands in the Mediterranean were under minor protectorate status of Italy and Spain at the time. These islands (then) were not very populated nor were they very economically successful. Valencia, was looking for more deep water ports as well as more land in the immediate area. Therefore, it was agreed upon for joint protectorate status with the islands in 1950, at the time of the Republic's entrance into the UN. Eventually, with popular opposition in the home countries of Spain and Italy, the islands were completely released, and in 1953 the islands moved from protectorate status and entered into full statehood with the country. Postwar Growth & Development After WWII, Valencia received aid from The Marshall Plan, or the European Recovery Program, which gave vasts amounts of money to Valencia and the rest of western Europe in order to help it stave off communism and begin to rebuild after World War II. This ultimately gave the Republic the ability to pursue an aggressive industrial initiative to ramp up its economy. Combined with large spending on an education system structured similar to Germany's, tax breaks on manufacturer's that produce within the country, free-port zones, and a dollar that was weak at the time compared to that of the US dollar (1RD = .798 USD 1975) the country was relatively industrialized by 1975 (~30 years after WWII). Beginning in 1964, the country began to modernize it military. It sought to become a competitor in producing military technology, not only so it can benefit militarily, but so it can also be a valuable export. Currently, about 17% of all industrial exports are arms to countries like, but not limited to - China, Japan, Australia, India, Brazil, Russia, Argentina, and some to the United States. United Nations & European Union Participation The Republic joined the United Nations, on the 18th of January in 1950. The bid was troubled by initial opposition from France, although the French leadership eventually were pressured to vote yes. It has served as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council twice, in 1977 and again in 1995. It began petitioning for entrance as a non-monetary member of European Union in 1990, but was not accepted until March 2001, due mainly to, again, initial French objection. In June of 2002, the Federal Republic of Valencia submitted a formal application to join the common currency within the union. However, due to political opposition at home, Valencia withdrew its application by December of that year. This ended up becoming a gift of fortune. With the debt crisis hitting in 2008, the country, although hit hard, was able to recover more quickly than its neighbors due to the fact that it had no responsibility to bail out any EU members, and was not directly linked to their massive debt since they were never part of the Eurozone currency. With both growing tension between France and the Republic in early years of the 21st century, by 2004 it seemed very likely that Valencia would leave the political union altogether. This still has not happened however, as there has not been enough support to actually withdraw from the country's political leaders. Relations Relations with most countries remained favorable, but cautious. Those with France are not so Rosy. The very existence of Valencia was a smack to the face as it cut off France from several deep water ports in the Mediterranean. They had only agreed to its acceptance to the general assembly of the UN and its entrance to the EU due to arms concessions by the Republic. Military The Republic of Valencia boasts a pretty advanced military due to having its own arms industry. It operates 2 nuclear ‘super’ aircraft carriers, 10 nuclear or conventional “SilentRS39V” model submarines, various advanced aircraft of American and Republic design, and a military personnel force of about 2.9 million. Currently, one of the super carriers is on loan to NATO, engages in the Persian Gulf, and the Republic is also in the process of building a 3rd carrier (so it will operate 2 for itself, 1 for NATO) The military has never been deployed in any military operations abroad, other than the limited border scuffle with French forces from time to time. However, U.S. intelligence satellites have noted that 1 of the super-carriers, several aircraft, and 5 of its submarines have been spotted in international waters around the globe, sometimes unannounced. Officially, the Republic either claims training exercises or denies reports of a breach of water borders with its Navy. French Intelligence agencies have warned the UN security council and NATO that the Republic is using American SilentR118 Reversed Magnetic Polarity Technology. This standard military tech developed by the American Navy during the later years of the Cold War combines magnetization of the hull of any vessel or craft with an efficient and quite engine configuration, which can make the vessels slightly hard to detect from time to time. It is believed that the republic has deployed these forces across the globe to gather intelligence specifically from the US or the Chinese. Since the country has never been at war, the majority of the money in the military budget can be spent on R&D, as well as upgrades, and buying technology like the SR118 from the Americans. Economy The economy was in no shape to compete with the world, let alone the U.S. by the 1950. Realizing that the only way to avoid future invasion was through the presence of a strong economy, the government launched an extremely aggressive industrial initiative (IGI1 - Industrial Growth Initiative 1) to expand the economy, aided by funding from the Marshall Plan. By 1975, the country had become one the major industrial exporters within Europe, and had a significantly well educated population. The UN raised its status from developing to developed. Although the original initiative grew the economy substantially, between 1975 and 1995, the country began experiencing a dramatic decline in industry through outsourcing and a rise in a service industry that could not replace the tax revenue that the industry previously provided. A second industrial initiative (IGI2) was launched. With a series of tax breaks and incentives, this effectively created a national manufacturing and industry policy that allowed industry to flourish. The economy, by jobs, is listed as 39% industry, 42% Commercial services, 9% agricultural & government employment, and 10% tourism. Civics The nation is a constitutional republic which contains a three tiered government: a judicial branch, which highest court contains 13 justices; a legislative branch, which is made up of the High Senate and the Palace of Assembly; and finally by a very powerful executive branch headed by the High Chancellor. The constitution contains a bill of rights. Among the most noticeable differences are that 1) all persons, including immigrants, wishing to become fully fledged citizens with the right to vote must complete a full service term within the military in some fashion (active duty, R&D, administration, etc.) 2) Immigration status is dependent on an educational attainment and job skill evaluation 3) Illegal crossing of the border is strictly forbidden, punishable by death for 2nd and 3rd time violators. (Currently Capital punishment is looking to be eliminated, so this may change). Demographics The nation is primarily Roman Catholic at 67% of the population, followed by 27% protestant, 4% Muslim, and 2% other (including Buddhism, Hinduism, and other indigenous religious sects). The racial makeup of the country is 53% Caucasian, 20% Mid Eastern (including Arab and North African), 17% Asian, 5% African, and 5% other.