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1 Grand Duchy of Royale on Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:26 pm

Coming (very) soon!

(on a side note, can an admin please sticky this? thanks in advance Smile)

No problem. - Jon

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2 Update 3: Francistown on Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:40 pm

Francistown is the capital of the nation, and is home to the Imperial Senate, the various Imperial Ministries, the Imperial Guards' headquarters, and several other important structures. Today, we'll be touring the South District of the capital.



Here is the main access route to the district, which crosses the south branch of the Garble River. On the left you can see a recently-built modern apartment facing the Ring Canal, which already is a good deal occupied, thanks to the government's progam to eliminate homelessness in the nation, and on the right you can see one of two buildings that compose the Royal Archives, in which all information that the goverment is gathering, has gathered, or will gather, is stored, in both electronic and paper form.




Going a little further upstream, we pass the imposing Tashin House, which forms the headquarters, and primary barracks, of the Imperial Guard, the national police force. It seems most of the guards are in the barracks at the moment...




Feeling a little blue? A concert at Andrews Square might just be what you want. This large square, mostly surrounded by old Trentannian-style merchant houses, was once a marketplace, but after the Great Adonian War, it was temporarily converted into a refugee camp. By the time the camp was dissolved in the mid-1950s, there was no further need for a marketplace in the area, so the square was spruced up and converted into an open-air concert hall. Grandian star singers and groups such as jonDYman, Paulo & the Kinsmen, and Soyleena, regularly make apperances here. If you wish to attend one of these concerts, it would be best to make a reservation, as the place is often packed, and it is not uncommon for the crowds to extend onto the street.




If you want to go shopping here, the best place in the area is none other then Walea Row, often simply known as the Row. The Row, with its authentic Trentannian storefronts, goods largely manufactured in the Trenntannian factories or grown on rural Grandian farms, and a great deal too many old folks who still remember the GAW, almost makes you feel like you're back with the soldiers and resistance fighters, although many of the old buildings are falling victim nowdays to modern apartments and supermarkets.




If you want to just stroll through a quiet park and enjoy the view, or take a ride down one of Francistown's remaining Old Canals, why don't you go to the Sental Theater, which has a gorgeous segment of canal and parkland behind it, although the parkland is under threat from development, hints of which can already be seen. If you really want to see a classic play in Khwint, the Sental Theater is currently playing Te Kont tee-Montakween (The Count of Mondegreen), based on the novel by Devin Charles.




Before we close the update, take a look at this teaser for the next update.

Khot hap ee ko!



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3 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:00 pm

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hmmmm, I like it except i'd get the cul-de-sac mod to replace the yellow thing at the end of the road in the first pic, would look better Smile

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4 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:27 pm

VERY well done daniel! i love it!

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5 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:59 pm

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You've got a little more repetition than you probably could have, but it looks really good! Nice work!

Where did you get that stage in the third picture?

6 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:46 am

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Looks really good, Daniel! I'm quite used to repetition so it doesn't bother me that much and it's well implemented. Just blocks of houses that were all built at the same time by the same person. I would indeed get a cul-de-sac mod. I know I would if I could.

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7 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:45 pm

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Will: Ok, I'll do that for the future updates Wink Thanks for the advice! Smile
Matt: Thanks a lot!
K50 Dude: I think the repetition is realistic imo Razz also, remember 95% of the city's RCI is grown Wink Oh, and here's the stage you requested: http://www.simtropolis.com/forum/files/file/2818-shmails-symphony-space/
Qorten: Thanks! Smile Now to work on my next update, which commemorates one of the biggest events in modern Grandian history, taking place almost exactly 60 years ago... hint hint hint Wink

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8 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:58 pm

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Thanks daniel, I'ma use it too, now if only to save it I didn't accidently open Itunes Razz hmmm, can I guess on the event?

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9 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:08 pm

Will wrote:can I guess on the event?
Guess away! Razz

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10 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:11 pm

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Independence of Grand?

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11 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:39 pm

No... Razz (hint: think destructively :twisted: )

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12 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:40 pm

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That little conflict ya'll had that got me my independence Razz

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13 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:05 pm

What little conflict? Razz

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14 Update 4: Remember! on Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:03 am

Ok, so for those who were wondering, the event I'm referring to is the 60th anniversary of Trentannia (& Belluterra) invading Grand, which was one of the major events occuring during the build-up to the Great Adonian War.




UPDATE IV: REMEMBER!


As some of you may know, today is the 60th anniversary of Trentannia's invasion of Grand, which began on the 3rd of September, 1941, and was one of the major events in the years building up to the Great Adonian War. For this special update, we will be touring different areas of the capital that played an important role in the invasion and subsequent 10-year occupation, and will also take a look at some other areas of Grand that were central to the invasion.


A memorial service is currently being held in Saint Josephine's Cathedral for the approximately 70,000 Grandians who died in the war. For the first time, this service also is being held in memory of the 6,000 Belluterrans who died invading Grand.


Soon, this area will be crowded with people coming to pay their respects to the "Francistown Thirteen", who were leaders of one of the most notable resistance groups in the country, and were one of the main reasons that the Trentannian military in the area never got much farther north than Grand. They had all been captured by 1948, and were subsequently executed without trial, on this very spot. The large triumphal arch in the background, completed in 1956, was commissioned by King Francis V upon his return to Grand after the liberation, to commemorate the victory over Trentannia, and to remember those who gave their lives for freedom.


When Mousford, which was the national capital back then, fell to the Trentannians, Francis V, his wife Queen Jennifer of Puget, the rest of his immediate family, and the most prominent members of his Cabinet and the Senate, fled to Grenylzia, a small fortress in the south part of the country, where they successfully fought off Trentannian besiegers for 66 days—from 28 September to 2 December 1941—until a small fleet of Grandian vessels that had managed to break past the blockade arrived and escorted them to Athanos, the capital of Posillipo, where the they remained in exile until the liberation of Grand in 1951. In their absence, the Trentannians established a puppet government known as the Grand Republic, which in all but name functioned as a province of the Trentannian Empire.


During the enemy bombardments of the city, and later during the liberation by the Posilliponians, many of the old Posilliponian-style buildings were either destroyed or heavily damaged, resulting in numerous places thorought the city today where a wall-to-wall building suddenly drops off without another wall-to-wall building to continue the sequence, and often instead, a younger, more modern building taking its place. To this day, about 18% of Francistown's residents either have a parent who could remember the Great Adonian War, or could remember the war himself or herself.


Once the Trentannians had complete control of Grand, they built a large defensive wall around much of the Grandian coast, as well as a secondary system consisting of large walls and embankments around every major or strategic Grandian settlement within 5 km of the coastline. This is an exceptionally-well preserved section of the primary wall, located in Francistown.


During the house-to-house fighting that followed the initial attack on Francistown, some of the fiercest fighting took place in and around Andrews' Market (now serving as an open-air concert hall, and renamed Andrews Square), shown here in a photo taken from a Trentannian aerial reconnaissance flight over the district.


The large building in the center of the image is especially notable for the fact that its defenders were able to hold off enemy assaults for over five weeks, long after the rest of the city had fallen. It was heavily damaged during the war, but has since been restored and returned to its original purpose of housing residents.

Khot hap ee ko!



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15 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:11 pm

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It's a very nice update, Daniel!

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16 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:12 pm

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Agreed Smile

17 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:35 am

Just fixed the pics so that they're viewable again Smile

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18 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:25 am

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AWESOME UPDATE!

19 Update 5: Among the rich on Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:31 pm

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Qorten: Thanks a lot!
K50: Thanks! Smile
Huston: Whoa, thanks!!!




UPDATE V: AMONG THE RICH


Today we'll be taking a look at part of the Mansion District of Francistown. After this, I'm considering where to go next, and I'd like your input before we commence the update Smile

Option 1: Take a look at the oil fields of northern Malo
Option 2: Visit the rainforests of the Duchy of Rania
Option 3: An update on Francistown's Old Town
Option 4: Experience our military might, centered in Grenylzia
Option 5: Go west, and see the glory of the largest palace in Grand

Please post below with your choice Smile Now, that said, on with the update!


Before the liberation of the Grandian Ensuñans (Grandians of Insulonian descent) in August of 2011, very few were able to leave La-mer Province, where they have historically been concentrated. The few that did manage to legally live elsewhere generally moved to Francistown, as it offered unique opportunities for work. This church, located near the boundary of the Mansion District, was built in 1978 for the local Ensuñan community, which is already growing considerably due to the Edict of Liberation.


Here is one of the first mansions you'll come across when turning onto Palace Street, located at a busy intersection with one of the four avenues that run directly to the Imperial Senate. Local development, hints of which can already be seen, have their eyes on this choice piece of property, currently up for sale for 1,900,000 Enieo ($950,000).


Just across the street is a smaller mansion, also up for sale at a bargain price of 1,500,000 Enieo ($750,000), considering how close it is to the beach.


Now beginning Palace Street proper, we pass this magnificent mansion, property of a mysterious New Friscian going only by the name of "Matt". There's a lot of rumors circulating as to who this "Matt" could be, ranging from a multimillionare computer guy to a wealthy miser. One thing all the rumors have in common though - whoever the owner is, he's fabulously wealthy.


After that, we pass the famous Skarr House, the summer palace of the Grandian Petersroys (the branch of the House of Petersroy that rules in Grand). Its magnificent tiled central plaza has seen much wear, but nevertheless still conveys much beauty.


Passing Skarr House, we come to this large mansion, which is for sale at a price of 10 million Enieo. It is the newest mansion on the street, having been completed earlier this year.


The Consul of the Imperial Senate resides in this fine building, the style of which evokes the fine Posilliponian buildings of times past. Behind it you can see work progressing on a new section of the Francistown Metro.


This massive building was originally intended to replace Skarr House, which King-Emperor Daniel IV deemed to be too old-fashioned, but after his death earlier this year, and Charles I was subsequently crowned as the new King-Emperor, he cancelled the plans to make this a royal residence, instead preferring Skarr House, which he had grown up in. He had this house put up for sale at an asking price of 50 million Enieo, or $100 million. There are several conditions to purchasing the place however, one of which is that the buyer must be from a noble or formerly noble family.


For now, the sequence of mansions ends with this mansion, which is the only surviving mansion, besides Skarr House, to have parts that predate the Great Adonian War. The building is currently inhabited by the richest private businessman in the nation, Jack Nielsoen, the CEO of Gemstones International.


Finally, to close this update, here's a glimpse of the private beach sectioned off for the use of the mansion's inhabitants, including those inhabiting Skarr House.

Khot hap ee ko!

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20 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:39 pm

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Nice showcase, though I don't think a concrete field looks like a development... I thought it was a place to park my helicopter for that house I was going to buy Razz

Where did you get the house in the second and fourth pictures? I haven't seen them before...

21 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:28 am

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Option 2

Also, I wants to buy the newly finished mansion. Me likey Grand a lot. At least what I've seen of it so far.



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22 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:59 pm

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I'd be up for the oil... GET MONEY!!!! Razz

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23 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:56 pm


K50 Dude: You didn't notice that those concrete paths led to a construction site (barely visible)? Razz Anyways, here is one of the houses you requested: http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=516
The other one I couldn't find unfortunately, but I know it's on the LEX. Btw, which mansion were you gonna buy? Razz
Qorten: Too bad Option 1 won the vote Razz Name your price, and the mansion could be yours!
Will: Oil's a-coming! Razz

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24 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:24 am

Update 1: Welcome to Fordmouth!




On the first leg of our trans-national trek, our plane lands at King Daniel International Airport, one of the first international airports built in Grand. Despite its heavy usage, it only has one runway - and due to the city having expanded greatly in the decades since it was built, adding more is no longer an option. Thus, plans are being made for a new, larger airport to be built elsewhere sometime in the near future.




After exiting from the airport terminal, we're greeted by an array of Shaydian-made Pegadyne Artificial Trees, a revolutionary new technology designed to clear the air of pollutants in much the same way as a tree does - supposedly, one Artificial Tree is enough to do the work of fifty natural ones.

Heading down the avenue...




Welcome to Fordmouth!




Until the early 1950s, this gap in the walls was filled by a grandiose gateway dating back to the late eighteenth century. It, along with several other historic buildings (including a 16th-century chapel) was demolished in 1952 to make way for the Fordmouth segment of the planned Trans-Grand Highway. Fortunately for the Old Town, the demolitions never got much further than that, as the project was cancelled due to budgetary constraints the following year.




Right into the early twentieth century, the Old Town was still a major commercial and residential hub for the city. Now serving as a living museum, remarkably fewer people live or work here, but a sizeable number yet remains within the walls.




As night falls across the city, we'll be spending the night in this hotel - a refurbished 18th-century pub - before setting out to explore more of the city tomorrow.




Coming up next: Exploring Fordmouth, Part One

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25 Re: Grand Duchy of Royale on Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:27 am

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Dat first picture, you need a slope mod. Razz

Nice way of using european content Dan.

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