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« on: June 17, 2011, 06:39:22 am »
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I think it would be helpful for individuals or groups to 'design' each region. Build it up to show what people live there, what industries are prevailant, what issues are important, cities, population, transport etc. This can also influence politics in the area. List companies based there, list unions and so on.

This way a national picture can be created. It doesn't really matter if the regions share similarities.

I have a draft outline for Pitfarris.
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2011, 07:19:07 am »
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I'd love to see that outline, i put some facts together about Bronseland but they were pretty brief. It would be great to have a template to follow
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2011, 07:21:30 am »
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Note: This is to be added to later; it's just to get a feel for things

Pitfarris Pitforaois


Population - 410,000
Capital City - Auldburgh

Administration- Auldburgh City Council (Pop: 140,200)
                      Cadzowshire (Pop: 54,600) Main Town: Cadzow
                      Banffshire (Pop: 73,100) Main Town, Banff
                      Magnusshire (Pop:102,300) Main Town, St Andrew's
                      Bergenshire (Pop: 39,800) Main Town, Bergen


Auldburgh City Council (Based on Aberdeen and Edinburgh)

Left 65%, Right 35%. Authoritarian 40%, Permissive 60%

Cadzowshire (Based on West Lothian/Lanarkshire)

Left 60%, Right 40%. Authoritarian 50%, Permissive 50%

Banffshire (Based on North East Fife/Banffshire/Buchan)

Left 55% Right 45%. Authoritatian 65%, Permissive 35%

Magnusshire (Based on Renfrewshire, East Dumbartonshire and the university town of St Andrews)

Left 40% Right 60%. Authoritatian 35%, Permissive 65%

Bergenshire (Based on Perthshire/Galloway)

Left 30% Right 70%. Authoritarian 70%, Permissive 30%

National

Left 52.9 Right 47.1. Authoritarian 47.4 Permissive 52.6

Auldburgh

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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2011, 08:21:04 am »
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can you shed some light on what this means:
"Left 65%, Right 35%. Authoritarian 40%, Permissive 60%" seems a very english way of describing them Smiley

- maybe include party standings in those counties/cities as well?
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2011, 12:57:37 pm »
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Peterford (pronounced 'Peterfud')

Population: 351,029
Ceremonial Capital: Fellsands (98,384 within city limits, 149,381 metropolitan area including Gatesfell)
Major Towns: Donsett (31,938), Bishop Dalton (19,259), Askworth (18,038 - with Ardthorpe), Blackhaven (15,594), Grimsborough (14,393), Scrobbesbury (10,028).



Administrative Structure

Peterford is divided between the City of Fellsands (based at the Town Hall in Fellsands) and the Administrative Region of Peterford (currently based at Shipwrights Hall, also in Fellsands). The Administrative Region is further divided into numerous district councils, four of which have borough status. Each district is made up of individual parishes, although these do not have a serious administrative role. The entire region is divided into five Hundreds (Adland, Rummelly, Fretchit, Ognel and Middling - or Midding) territorial divisions which date back to the first Plantation and which have no administrative function.



Part II later.
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2011, 03:20:00 pm »
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Part I (some re-posts)

Bronseland
Population: 458,253
Capital – Kristiana
Flag –Is red with and forest green Scandinavian cross outlined in white that extends to the edges of the flag (same as Norway just Green in place of blue)

One of the first regions of Antilla to be settled, first by Norse Vikings who were primarily escaping the strong-man rule of Harald; Due to its more favorable climate and location than Iceland, within the North Sea, Bronseland grew rapidly. The Danish Vikings in what would become Marksland, traded and worked collectively with the Norse rather than war to the benefit of both settlements. Greater mixing of the Viking clans through the ages lead to the eventual development of the Nordansk language (to this day 22% of Bronslanders still speak Nordansk as their mother tongue) and a unique Antillan Scandinavian identity. This led to Bronseland along with Fiskby and Marksland, to be the first regions to unify under the flag of Antilla, after seeking greater independence from Denmark-Norway, and the first King of Antilla, Rorik the Wise in 1699.

Bronseland has long been a region of strength for the left, The Socialist Peoples Party (SPP)have been the dominant party but Bronseland was also one of the only region to have strong smaller leftwing parties win seats such as the Agrarian Party, Workers Party, Socialist & Radical and the Green Party. Recently the Cooperative Party (merger of the Green, Agrarians and dissident Leftist SD’s many of whom were former Worker or S&R members) has rivaled the SPP for superiority (the SPP's receiving just over 30% and the Cooperatives over 20% at last National election. While the SPP has consistent strength across the region, Cooperative strength lies primarily in Kristiana and the Northern counties of Vanaheimr and to a lesser extent Sorland. Pockets of strength for the Liberals and the Popular Movement remain in the northern wealthy suburbs of Kristiana and counties of Ashirhammer and Vikindown, the coastal county of Kystenland and the far west heavily English county of Hvite Dalen are also strong for the right.

Counties and Governing Parties:
Vanaheimr - Cooperative Majority
Sorland -    SPP-Cooperative Majority
Kystenland - Liberal-Popular Movement Majority
Vikindown - SPP Minority
Ashirhammer - SPP Minority
Hvite Dalen/White Valley - Popular Movement-Liberal Majority
Kristiana - Cooperative-SPP



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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2011, 08:08:03 am »
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Cities/Counties:

Vanaheimr (Far North, 50,485)
Main Town – Freyjasby:

The Far north County is mountainous, where most communities are along the winding coast. Dominated by the Thorsheim Mountain range to the south and a slim coastal area, the main industries were mining, forestry and fishing. The economy is slowly diversifying thanks to Oil and Gas production and Wind, Hydro and Tidal energy. Ethnically Vanaheimr is heavily Nordan, with almost half the population speaking Nordansk. Vanaheimr is becoming a tourist destination as the county contains the country’s oldest Norse settlements, many remain active archeologically digs and a new Museum of Viking History opened in Feyjasby. Politically, with strong roots in the minimg, fisherman and recently the energy unions, Vanaheimr has long been the home of the other Left. Before the Cooperatives emerged, the Workers Party and the Socialist & Radical Party were staples. The Cooperatives now dominate but the Social Democrats remain strong, mostly in the Hammer valley along the coast. The Popular Movement has strength in the wealthy coastal enclaves of Okolmso and Sindrilund.

Sorland (North, 50,756)
Main Town – Fairhairfjord:

The North Central county is similar to its northern neighbour but more diverse with mountains in the north and west, lush coastal lands and valleys to the south and east. This literal dividing line is apparent in the county, the North and west dominated by mining and Forestry while the south and east is where sheep herding and cereal farming prospered, fishing became the uniting industry. Like Vanaheimr, North sea Oil and Gas and Renewable enegry development as re-energized the economy the local economy. Sorland is a strong hold of the Social Democrats, they dominate the central councils and the Igrasi Valley in the south; The Cooperatives (like Vanaheimr’s old left base) are strong only in the north and west, councils of Koppershire, Vannby and Kap Enn, surprisingly also taking Gefionshire; while Popular Movement finds support along the coast, mostly in the wealthy council of Ranham and the retirement community of Hesey.

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Kystenland (South Coastal east metro, 38,345)
Main Town – Copangham:

The south eastern county dominates the coast from Kristiana in the South, around Cape Heimdall north to Sorland. With no mountains; fishing and fruit farming dominate the economy, a small but vibrant wine industry has also taken hold here so has the fast growing services sector. The rolling hills and pristine beaches have made Kystenland popular among wealthy Krisitanians who’ve made the south a growing commuter area and retirees who have bought up cottage and farm land all along the coast. Surfing and small beach communities dominate the county. Farmers have been fighting to have some lands declared farming only, or conservation areas to stop the suburbanization. Kystenland is one of three counties (Hvite Dalen and Ashirhammer the other) where the Right dominates politically. The Social Democrats have a base in the north councils of Idunlandsby and Dalenfield, the farmer heavy Stilleshire council and suburban Almstad; The only county where the Liberals are a force especially along the coast; Popular Movement is strong throughout the county. The Cooperatives have just recently won the Eplehaven council, their first council victory in Kystenland

Ashirhammer (West, west metro, 30,681)
Main Town – Godfridham:

North West of Kristiana, the border county of Ashirhammer, is similar to Vikindown in almost being landlocked but has a very small coast wedged between Kristiana and Marksland. Ashirhammer is Bronselands main dairy farming and cheese making area. This is a county of varied differences; heavily suburban with light manufacturing in the south by Kristiana but generally the rest of the county is very rural. Bronselands largest National Park, Juontheim, is located in the north, which spreads into Sorland Hvite Dalen). Ashirhammer is one of the politically unique counties in Bronseland; the Liberals are stronger than Popular Movement and control Godfidham and Juontshire, Popular Movement controls Margarethaslund and Forestham. The Social Democrats are strong in the suburban south council of Honningby (borders Kristiana) and the mixed rural/suburban Mapleshire. Like Vikindown and Kystenland, the Cooperatives have only recently gained a foothold, winning control of the north eastern council of Hoylandshire.

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Vikindown (Metro, 25,349)
Maint Town – Halfdanberg:

North of Kristiana, this fast suburbanizing county has long been the center of Bronselands grain and vegetable farming in the south, where most of the suburbanization is happening, as well as sheep herding in the north. Vikindown is unique as being one of two landlocked counties in Bronseland, the other being Hvite Dalen. One of the only true battlegrounds between the Social Democrats and Popular Movement, both parties dominate making this the closest county to have a two party system; The Social Democrats in the West and North (Skogenshire and Halfdanberg) and Popular Movement in the South and East (Rorikmount and Farshire); the Cooperatives having only recently won control of Igrasishire Council in the north.

Hvite Dalen (Far West, 11,773)
Main Town – St. Olaf:

In the Far West of Bronseland, surrounded almost entirely by Mountains, the other land locked county, the valley has long been a secluded, rural and sparsely populated area. Hvite Dalen is the home to cattle ranching, horse breeding and the older vineyards of the Region. The county stands out as the only heavily English county in Bronseland, this isolation and ethnic mix has bread a fiercely unique culture. Long a stronghold of Popular Movement, their control has waned recently (they hold St. Olaf and Whitefields) the Liberals now control Valleysend; and the Social Democrats St. Gummarus.
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Part II

Geography

Peterford is conventionally divided into five distinct regions; the rugged Adland peninsular, the windswept (some would claim 'bleak') lowlands on the coast of Fellsands Bay, the fertile Blackwath Valley on the border with Lindsay, the Fretchit Plain on the west coast and the Forest of Nead which covers Peterford's share of the Millack massif. Most of the population live in the two regions that were heavily industrialised at the end of the nineteenth century; the coast of Fellsands Bay (a traditional centre of heavy industry - notably copper smelting, steel, shipbuilding and coal mining - as well as an important centre of the deep sea fishing industry. The area now has one of the most serious pollution problems on Antillia) and the Forest of Nead, an area that developed as a result of its coal and iron industries. A secondary centre of population can be found on the coasts of the Adland, where proximity to Pitfarris has led to an important transport and shipping industry, where a small coalfield led to significant nineteenth century industrial development and which was sufficiently remote to become the home of Antillia's largest nuclear power station (at Calderhall).

History

Early Centuries

During the early history of Antillia, Peterford was almost desolate; too far from Scotland to develop in the way that Pitfarris did, and of little interest to the Norse communities on the east coast. Early attempts at English colonisation failed on account of its remoteness and poor land, and a stable population was only established after the second Plantation in 1693. Almost all of these settlers came from just five counties (Durham, Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Shropshire) giving Peterford a very different culture to that of the burgeoning and relatively cosmopolitan colony of Lindsay to its south. The economy of Peterford was dominated during this period by fishing and subsistence farming and emigration (at first to other parts of Antillia, but then to Britain and America) became a serious problem during the late eighteenth century. Physical isolation, economic insecurity and a pronounced cultural difference with the rest of the Colony created a potent mixture of long-term discontent with both Britain and to the colonial and economic elites on Antillia, a situation greatly increased by two radical changes in the structure of society in Peterford; its mass conversion away from Anglicanism in the late eighteenth century and its rapid industrialisation towards the end of the nineteenth.

Religious Change and the New Radicalism

The Established Church never made any serious attempt to organise itself in Peterford, which left the region open to the appeal of Nonconformity; after a visit from John Wesley in 1763 the bulk of the population converted to Methodism. When the Methodist Church split between Wesleyans and Primitives, the bulk of Peterfords Methodists joined the Primitives. Religious change led, eventually, to political radicalisation as the struggle for religious equality soon morphed into the struggle for political change. Peterford became a notorious centre for radicalism and sedition, and a violent uprising in the Forest of Nead in 1848 was brutally repressed by the colonial authorities.

Industrial Peterford

The second great change occurred in 1875 when coal was discovered just west of the small village of Donsett on the northern edge of the Forest. Rapid industrial expansion followed as the size and commercial potential of the Donsett Coalfield became apparent. This process was further intensified when the St Marks industrialist George Andersson gambled on combining the coal and copper resources of Antillia and established a massive copper smelting works in the old fishing town of Fellsands. The gamble paid off Fellsands ('the Swansea of the North') soon became one of the great industrial boom towns of the late nineteenth century, and a centre for a wide range of heavy industry, from steel and copper to shipbuilding and (eventually) chemicals. The industrialisation of Peterford caused a massive influx of migrant workers (mostly from Wales, Northern England and Norway) and the development of both a fiercely proletarian political culture and Antillia's first serious Labour movement. The Federation of Antillian Workers (uniting Unions from across the colony) was established in 1891 and Antillia's first socialist party, the Antillian Socialist Democratic Party (ASDP) was formed a year later at a meeting in Fellsands. In 1910 it merged with the pro-independence Antillian People's Party (APP) to form the Socialist People's Party (SPP), the most influential political party in Antillia's history and the one that eventually led it to independence.

Depression, Independence and the Present Day

Peterford was hit hard by the Depression and in many ways its economy has never really recovered. Mines, factories and shipyards all fell silent and, in a blow as catastrophic as it was significant, the Andersson Smelting Complex closed forever in 1937. The perceived neglect of Antillia by the National Government in Britain led to a hardening of attitudes in all parts of Antillia, but nowhere was this more apparent than Peterford where an increasingly hard-line SPP began to dominate electorally from the 1933 municipal elections onwards. Despite the bitterness of the interwar years, the SPP and other nationalist organisations loyally supported the British government during the Second World War and were rewarded for their pains when the Colony of Antillia was granted independence in 1947 (the Attlee government having decided that Antillia was to expensive to hold onto and that, anyway, the SPP would form a friendly government). The decades after independence were good to Peterford with the Hammveld government investing a massive amount of money and attention in the region, and as the new welfare state and the post-war economic boom resulted in a dramatic rise in living standards, a process intensified by massive slum clearance programmes in Fellsands during the late 1960s. Yet in recent decades Peterford has been beset by a long list of problems and crises as the basis for the post-independence settlement has been undermined by global political change and global economic forces. Its industrial base collapsed during the early 1980s (there are now just three active collieries in the region, one steelworks, only the remains of a shipbuilding industry and nothing left of the once mighty copper-smelting industry) and most of its state support was withdrawn by the De Soute government during the same period. Unemployment is now stubbornly high (as are emigration rates) and attempts to attract new industries have been unsuccessful. The very foundations of its political culture were rocked in the 1970s (and again in the 1990s) by a series of sordid corruption scandals involving local SPP administrations, something that has also undermined the influence of the region over national politics. As the Pitfarris Question returned to dominate the affairs of state in the late 1980s, even the SPP-led administrations of MacDougal and Houtsman did relatively little to aid Peterfords flailing economy, while the free-market agenda of the right-wing Wanbeck administration resulted in riots in the streets of Fellsands, Donsett and Blackhaven. Peterfords journey from the periphery to the core and back to the periphery is tragic and has left a legacy of considerable bitterness amongst both its inhabitants and its political establishment.
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I will eventually post more detailed written information, but it's not absolutely necessary at the moment. The map explains quite a lot on its own, of course.

Anyway, most of the city is working class to one degree or other, with the main exception being the western coastal wards.
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Short introductions to Lindsay's hundreds:

Stagfordshire – (120 563)

Stagfordshire is located around the river Greenstream. The fertile and rich soil around the river is ideal for agriculture and for centuries English settlers have used the area for farming. Next to farming, the military and the military industry is the most important part of the hundred’s economy, and several military bases are located all over the area. Stagfordshire is also famed for its horse breeding, and horse related sports are very popular among the inhabitants, even if polo especially holds a special place in the heart of many of the residents. Fox-hunting is also popular, and the question over its legality is an important political issue. Inheritance- and property-tax are other important issues as Stagfordshire has a lot of grand old houses and estates and family farms. The population is concentrated to the suburbs and exurbs of Lindsay-on-Sea, as well as the area around the Greenstream.

The largest and oldest city is Stagford. Historically it’s been an important military city. The weapon industry is the most prominent one of the city, and the city’s military base employ a lot of people. The city unfortunately was heavily bombed by the Germans during WW2, but most of the city’s old historical buildings have been restored. Stagford is beautifully situated right at the shore of the Greenstream.       
     
Summerton – (102 506)

Summerton is the second most populous hundred in the region, and the fastest growing one. The beaches and coastal areas of Southern Summerton are considered very beautiful, and have proved to be a popular place to go on vacation, and for rich Antillians to buy summer and retirement houses. This has caused the once small coastal towns to grow at a huge speed and caused property taxes to sky-rocketed. Tourism is understandably the main industry. The Northern parts of the hundred are much more rural, and similar to the rest of the region, being dominated by agriculture. Strawberries are the most popular crop, but a lot of the island’s vegetable production comes from here.   
 
Aurora is the largest settlement. The old seaside resort is home of 24 340 people and like most of Southern Summerton it is quickly growing. It was named after Aurora Montgomery-Blackwood, the beloved wife of the city’s founder, Charles Montgomery-Blackwood, the 6th Baron of Lindsay.     
 
Barleyshire – (89 385)

Barleyshire is often called the little brother of Stagfordshire, and the two hundreds share a lot of similarities. Barleyshire is however much more rural than Stagfordshire, and agriculture is an even more dominating part of the economy. The shire also lacks the military history of its neighbor. Outside of its own boarders it’s mostly famous for the roses which are grown in huge numbers, especially the Lindsay Blue Rose.

The city of Rafesbury was once Lindsay’s largest city, and the capital. In the late 18th century however it was overtaken by Lindsay-on-Sea (and then later also by Stagford) something Rafesbury has never been able to accept, and until this day they still have a rivalry with Lindsay-on-Sea. The city is surprisingly industrial for Lindsay and it’s one of the left’s few strong-holds in the entire region. The city centre is dominated by a huge castle which is rumored to be haunted, and many ghost hunters visit yearly.         
 
Casterly – (52 366)

Casterly is located in the Northern part of Lindsay. It has by far the most religious and conservative population of the region, and probably the whole country. It’s a PMP and PNP strong-hold and social-conservative and Christian values are important. The economy is almost entirely based on agriculture, and as in much of the region farm-subsides is an important issue.

The major settlement is Eldon, which is the only place in the hundred where you can find some sort of industry not based on agriculture. According to the latest census it has 16 202 inhabitants.     

New Cumberland – (50 132)

New Cumberland is the hilly and forest covered northern parts of Lindsay. Although farming is an important part of the area, especially the breeding of highland cattle and sheep, the dominant industry has been forestry, and the area export lots of timber the United Kingdom and Southern Europe. The forest industry has made the area more left-wing than the rest of the region, and forest unions were once very strong. Hunting is by far the most popular hobby thanks to the rich wild-life  and gun and environmental issues are very important to the population. 

The largest settlement is Dinhill with 15 607 inhabitants. The city’s church is very old, and is located at the very top of the hill, and the tower can been seen from a very far distance. The main employer in town is a pulp and paper factory, Walton’s Paper INC. But there is also a factory which produces wheels to trains, and a screwdriver factory.         

Wychingshore – (25 214)

Wychingshore differs from most of Lindsay in that the area isn’t very good for farming due to the very salt-rich soil. Historically the main industries of Wychingshore have instead been salt and limestone mining, as well as fishing. The importance of salt and limestone has however decreased greatly in the last hundred years, and few mines still remain open. Instead tourism has become a growing percentage of the hundred’s economy. The area is thought to have some very beautiful nature, and one of the country’s largest national parks can be found in the Northern part of the hundred.

Most of the population lives in small towns along the coastline. The biggest settlement is Saltcliffe, which only has 9361 inhabitants.

Vale of Arn – (18 912)

The Vale of Arn has a bit of a bad reputation. A majority of the hundred’s inhabitants lives in Arnhall, which has little to offer in itself, and is mostly considered a big, boring commuter town to the nearly located Eldon. Arnhall also has the region’s largest unemployment.

Outside of the city, the hundred contains mostly small villages, which has a reputation for being very inbreed, isolated and intolerant.     
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Part I

Kristiana City (250,864) – Antilla’s oldest established city, founded sometime after 900AD by Norse Settlers and traders. Antillas second largest after St.Mark’s, is split in two by the great Magnus River; the older part of the city subdivided by the Pink Canal. The city is mostly coastal and flat with rolling hills to the west. It prospered as a trading port/port of call due to its sheltered location facing Harald’s Bay, away from the Viking pirates that would raid the scattered north coast settlements of Bronseland.

Kristiana was selected as the Royal Capital soon after the First Unification in 1699; it served as the home of the Assembly of Commoners and the Noble Estates until 1802 when St Mark’s was chosen the new capital in a move to reduce Royal influence over the new, more English colonial government. Kristiana grew as a city of two solitudes after Unificatioin; the Nobles and Royals growing wealthy at the expense of most of the citizenry who grew poorer as English aristocratic society started to replace the Norse communalism. Kristiana was the centre of a revolt against the noble rule in 1792, the Bread Revolt was an uprising against the mostly English new nobles who were pushing the European feudal system onto a people who had never known one. After the bloody French example, and with British consent, Antillan nobles compromised and created the Assembly of Commoners giving the new body new powers even if they were limited.

The city became a heaven for those fleeing the Nazis in Europe, Antilla as an island and with a large English navy helped attract many refugees, particularly Dutch and Slavic. The city escaped much of the worst bombing, suffering only 6 attacks from the Germans, but the Port was still damaged and after decades of neglect the city began to push for redevelopment in what would become Portlandston.

The City has been a hot spot for political unrest ever since the 1792 Bread Revolt; in 1966 a massive left-wing student protest precipitated a wildcat general strike on May Day, the occupation of government offices, burning of a number of homes in Rosebush (famously wealthy and elite area) and eventual shutting down of the city was not only against the policies of the Hollis government but against the capitalist and aristocratic nature of the city in particular. The infamous French riots of 1968 were said to have been inspired by the May Day Riots. In the late 1990’s-2000’s the city again saw a number of Street protests and general strikes against the Wanbeck government.

The city today is one of the most equitable in the country but its past as a city segregated by wealth still is apparent in its neighbourhoods. After becoming the Royal City, Kristiana soon became the centre for the burgeoning Antillan literary, art, theatrical and musical scenes, and continues to be the Cultural and Educational centre for the country.  Kristiana is also one of the country’s largest ports, serving a small shipbuilding, ferry and fishing fleet. The Port of Kristiana has dwindled as a commercial trading centre, losing ground to the larger Port of St. Marks, but has grown as the preferred port for tourist and cruise ships.

Kristiana is a bilingual city, with 18% of the population speaking Nordan as their first language and 40% of the population listed as bilingual in English and Nordan. It’s also home to the largest Dutch, Slavic, Arab, Jewish and Indochinese groups in the country; a city of strong held neighbourhood and council loyalties. The City is divided into four Councils (all named after past Antillan Queens); Agnesham, Ameliaham, Martheham, Elsaham. The councils have very little authority on their own, with the exception of planning and Waste removal/Recycling (less authority then other councils in Bronseland) but the councils are used to elects members (by preferential balloting, ten councilors per council) to serve in the Kristiana City Council, while the Governor is elected at large across the city.

A long held stronghold of the left, the city has been governed almost continuously by the SPP (majority or in coalition) from the 1900’s till 2002, with only one break from 1929-1937 where the Workers Party/Socialist & Radical/Agrarian Party governed forming the first Marxist government. In 2002 the Greens won a majority, subsequently they were reelected under the Cooperative party banner three years ago and have been the government ever since.

Kristiana City Council (40): Governor – Ingrid Merrymen (Cooperative)
Cooperative - 21
SPP – 10
Liberal - 5
Popular Movement - 4

Kristiana - Looking towards the Exchange District CBD


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Lindsay-on-Sea – (141 270)

The Administrative City of Lindsay-on-Sea is politically independent from the rest of the Lindsay region, and the City Council of Lindsay-on-Sea governs the area without any influence from the Region Council. Besides the actual city of Lindsay-on-Sea the administrative area also includes the southern parts of the suburban commuter town of Netherfield. The population of southern Netherfield has in two local referendums voted No to altering the boarders to allow them administrative reunification with their northern half.

Lindsay-on-Sea was originally founded during the first wave of English colonization. However it wasn’t until the 18th century that it began to grow in population and importance. During the Napoleon wars it became an important military port, and the city’s first Naval Base was built in these years. The city has maintained its military importance ever since. During WW2 it was seen as a constant threat by the Nazi regime, due to how near it was to the German occupied Norway, and most of the city was destroyed by bomb raids during the war and had to be restored after 1945.   
   
The headquarters of the nation’s military fleet are to this day located in Lindsay-on-Sea, and the Naval Base does not only remain the country’s largest, but one of the largest in Northern Europe overall. Antillia’s only military academy is also located in the city, as well as a national military museum. The military is a very big part of the city’s identity, and military political issues are therefore understandably very important to the population.

Tourism is the city’s other big industry, and already in the early 19th century it began to earn a reputation as a fashionable health resort. The city has some very beautiful beaches, several world famous spas and an amusement park and zoo. It also has many gardens and parks.
 The city is strongly middleclass, but there are working-class areas in northeast parts of the city, as well as some industrial factories.

The city is divided into eleven separate districts as well as the borough of Southern Netherfield. They are 1) City Centre, 2) St. George’s Town, 3) Newport, 4) Lindsay Beach 5) Old Town, 6) Lindsay Naval Base, 7) Fellington, 8/ Wigby, 9) Redvalley, 10) Hartpool, 11) Deslington

The city is currently governed by a PMP-Liberal coalition. The council has 45 seats.

PMP – 15
SPP/SDP - 12
LIB – 8
COP – 7
LFA* – 2
PNP – 1

*LFA= Lindsay First Alliance, a local party
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« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2011, 10:48:42 am »
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Part II
Districts of Agnesham Council

The Exchange District - The central business area, mostly 19th and early 20th century buildings, contains the famous Diamond Exchange which is home to the cities stock exchange and the Metals Market which is home of many of the large mining, energy and resource corporations. In the south is home of the country's first high-rises build in the 1910’s-40’s, farther north mixed into the fold are more than a dozen modern buildings built between  the 1970’s to today, The new Telan Stadium (home to Kristiana FC, one of the cities football teams) was built in the south partially located in New Port. The area has been very mixed with modest apartment rentals to the south and west, recently becoming the centre of the condo conversion and tower movement which prompted the city to impose new mixed housing regulations to promote its “a city without gates or ghettos” policy.
This district is the only area in the city where all four national parties are competitive, but the Liberals and SPP tend to be the dominant two.


The Metals Market - The Exchange District - Kristiana

New Port - Home of the city's active port and industrial complex; in the east the docks house the historic Kristiana Ferry Terminal and the cruise line docks, this area borders the redeveloped Portlandston to the east, while the western portion serves the commercial shipping and ship building industries. Highly industrial, the area is home to some old industries the city has been pushing to preserve such as the cotton and textile mills, distilleries and garment factories as well as new green manufacturing industries such as solar panels and windmills. In the far north of the district lies the high density, mostly low income and working class neighbourhoods of Bomullham and Millhaven, these communities are fiercely proud and have fought any attempt at redevelopment, the city has thus focused on preserving and retrofitting the area. Militantly supportive of the left and the unions, some of the country's most prominent leftist politicians and union organizers grew up here (some to this day still live here).
New Port was one of the only areas in the city to be a strong hold of “other left”, the SPP are still around but this was the first area of the city to overwhelmingly support the Cooperatives, to this day their strongest base

Millhaven - New Port - Kristiana

Lygst Haug - In the west end, stretching up from the coast, this hilly area, downwind from the Port, was the ideal area for the cities first set of Nordan nobles to build modest mansions and garden estates. Home to Kings University, This lush hilly area has become the desired community for the city's middle and upper class intelligencial, doctors, professors, senior public servants and even many senior union executives. South along the coast, Sewynsea is the oldest and most wealthy area of Lygst Haug, where the larger estates are located. The first nobles built what would become Junger Park as a hunting ground for hare and deer. As the city grew, they fought to preserve this as a woodland nature park. To the north lies Norhills, with Kings University straddling Junger Park, this area is where recent developments of higher density mixed income housing is slowly making this a mixed district. To the far west lies the seaside beach and resort community of Strandhaven, while most of the city's middle class and poor ventured to Three Beaches in the east, the elites traveled west where they build up the famous Strand Pier and the St. Eys Hotel and Spa.
A SPP stronghold, no other party really can complete with their organization.

Sewynsea - Lygst Haug - Kristiana
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« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2011, 12:24:09 pm »
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Districts Of Matheham

Portlandston - East of New Port, the area has redeveloped into a pedestrian centered zone, mixed retail and commercial, mixed housing, mostly tourist oriented shops & restaurants; also the new home to the National Theatre Company. Most of the old factories and wharfs have been converted to condos and studios, with preserved historic buildings such as the Customs house being maintained with new modern building throughout. Much of the lands along the river and shore have been reclaimed as park land. Another new building is the Overgaard Arena (home to the city’s hockey team, Kristiana Vikings). The Kristiana Historic Society criticized the development for allowing too much modern redevelopment as well as five glass modern high-rise towers (two office, three condo) to be built; the society is one of the most powerful lobby’s in the city.
Generally more SPP friendly, but the Liberals and Cooperatives are both represented and have strong bases.


The Villages - Southeast and across the river from the Exchange District, East of Portlandston, The Villages is the oldest part of Kristiana, with the richest density of old European buildings, mixed Scandinavian, Dutch and French architecture makes this a major tourist destination; Containing the historic Dutch Quarter, Rus Lansbyen, Latin Quarter and Jodisk Kvarter. The new pedestrian promenade in Portlandston runs right into the old cobblestone alleys of the Markedet Familier, the popular market of fresh meats, fish, vegetables, cheeses and bread. The district is also home of the Nissen MacAdams National Art Gallery. Between Markedet and Settlers University located in the very east end along the Pink canal (also were the Jorman Aquatic Centre is located, home to the city’s water polo team, Kristiana Krash), is the young, eclectic and artist enclave of Maler Road which is chalk full of studios, pubs, cafés and old family owned shops and galleries. The city and the Council have fought very hard to keep The Villages a mixed income area through planning and development rules.
In The Villages district three parties remain competitive, the Cooperatives, SPP and the Liberals who have supplanted Popular Movement as the preferred rightist option.

Markedet Familier - The Villages - Kristiana

Three Beaches - East of the Villages, across the Pink Canal, Three beaches was the first suburb built up in the 1800 from farmland and cottages. The popular area is home to the city’s main beaches, east-to-west: Soster Point, Ild beach and Virgin’s beach. Just east of the Pink Canal is Elvforton, a working class Nordan neighbourhood made up of row townhouses, with tight but small yards or gardens. Since the 1960s the area has been gentrified by a continued influx of gay and lesbians; west of Valkyrie Avenue is heavily student, young with medium density apartment’s common and is renowned for its popular gay village. East of the Avenue locals have fought hard to keep the area popular for families, independent businesses and the middle class. Soster beach is popular among young locals, home of the gay beach and clothing optional area, Also home to the St. Francis Baths.
A battleground between the Cooperative and SPPs.
Solenby is the quintessential beach community, mostly filled with small cottages densely filled with woodlands. Locals have pushed, successfully, for Solenby to have all lots set at a minimum of half and acre large and homes to be no larger than 2000sqt to preserve the rural cottage feel. Ild Beach is family friendly, with a large off leash Dog Park.
Traditionally an SPP strong hold but one of the areas that has recently swung Cooperative.
Virginham in the far east, is a much wealthier English area of the city, with large homes, a very garden community, resembling England’s Surrey. Virgin beach is more reserved; locals have fought to try and preserve the quiet beach and close it off to tourists with little success. Surprisingly a very strong area for the SPP, due mostly to its proximity to Elvforton and Solenby who attract a more progressive crowd from all walks.

Elvforton - Three Beaches - Kristiana


Solenby - Three Beaches - Kristiana

Hageheim - North of The Villages, is another highly popular tourist area, being home to the Royal Palace (Gull Vendene), the Hage Museum of History which includes Clasett (castle) Kristiana, The National Library, Thorfinn Katedral and several of the municipal buildings including the Radhause (city hall) and Fourtenhause (Court house). Tree lined wide boulevards, flush with gardens and parklands that stretch all along the Pink Canal, the area is home to the Antik Market which attracts just as many locals as it does tourists. Home of luxury hotels, large spacious apartments and three story row mansions, Hageheim is one of the most expensive areas in the city and desired location for dignitaries and much of the old moneyed Nordan elite.
A typical battleground district for the right, predominantly between Popular Movement and the Liberals with the SPP being a steady third party choice.
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« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2011, 10:06:48 am »
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Districts of Elsaham

Lavereby - North across the Pink canal lies this old high density, low income, working class and ethnically diverse heavy immigrant neighbourhood, known for the flavourful and aromatic areas of Little Vietnam, Little Persia and Spice Road. Lying in stark contrast to the wide open squares and grandiose buildings of Hageheim, Lavereby is cramped with tight streets and modest yet historically significant apartments, the area was beautifully coloured by locals again to offset Hageheim’s clean greys, beiges and browns. The district is slowly gentrifying and one way the city has moved to preserve the areas working and middle class nature has been to convert one of the worst slums into the city’s new Red Light district, called Raud Lygst. Another old base of the Left, the district is heavily supportive of the Cooperatives but the SPPs maintain a competitive presence.

Spice Road - Lavereby - Kristiana

Rosebush - North of Lavereby, a wealthy district of large old mansions and ultra-modern architectural gems, home to most of the city’s business elite and old English money (preferred by the noble English over Lygst Haug) and new money, the wealthiest address in the city this primarily residential area is unique in being the only gated community in the city. The community started to gate the borders in the 1900s with the development of Vei Park, which encloses the district along the south and east. Its home to the city’s first Private country club which lies in Vei Park, only recently was it forced to end its policy of accepting only White Nordan and English (only accepting Kristianians of Nordan decent in the 1980’s). The district is in constant battle with the city as residents push for zero development, making this a major base of support for the city’s Liberals and Popular Movement parties.


Broerheim - Across the Magnus from both Thorsgate and Farland, and like Farland this is a fast growing, mostly middle class area of the city. Unlike Farland though, this area has built around the existing small town of Broerheim, and as such still has a small village feel along the roads that border the river, with vibrant small shops many selling handmade crafts, quaint family restaurants and generational homes. It grew commercially thanks to Thorsgatians crossing over for the unique homemade flavours and handcrafts. Broerheim  lives up to its name, as this area has the highest concentration of bridges spanning the Magnus river, both roads and trails, each having their own distinctive features such as Knights Crossing; an old medieval, heavily detailed drawbridge. Or Garden Gate; a 19th century bridge with hanging vines criss-crossing overhead and shrubs and flower bushes all along the sides. Broerheim has a suburban conurbation around the old village; In the North, Fargate National Park occupies much of the land along the river, while the rest of the land north of the B5 motorway has been set to preserved farm land a zooming move pushed by the Cooperative City government in 2004.


Eikham - Northeast of Lavereby, Eikham a highly diverse middle class district home to detached suburban homes in the north, low density war widow homes and cottages in the south and high density row housing and high rise apartments in the west. Eikham is home to the newest university, the University of Bronseland, built around the old Olympic village which now is primarily student housing. Eikham is the sporting centre of the city, as the area was where many of the facilities were built for the 2002 Winter Olympics. The city’s most historic sports field, recently named Pela Stadium is home to the second football team Kristiana Stad, located in the far west, close to Lavereby (hosted the opening ceremonies). Also, in the south near the University, is NorVindene Field where the Kristiana Norsemen Rugby team is based. Traditionally a SPP and Popular Movement battleground, both parties have suffered to losses to the Cooperatives and Liberals; a true four-way battle as the area has a reputation for large and sudden swings, many city governments have been won or lost thanks to Eikham.

NorVindene Field - Eikham - Kristiana
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« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2011, 10:45:46 am »
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Districts of Ameliaham

Thorsgate - North of the exchange district, Across the Magnus River from Rosebush, this relatively wealthy enclave is much more diverse then is eastern neighbour. In the south of the District we find many condo conversions and some corporate spill over from the Exchange District, with many of the city’s major fashion houses clustered around Brunswold Square, in the Becklade District; here Kristiana’s Alfrida Road runs north, this haute couture shopping district is full of designer label shops and expensive restaurants. The road ends in the Northwest near the city’s first mega mall built in the 1980’s, resembling London’s Wesfield which straddles Thorsgate, Farland and Forat Park. The central, riverside areas of Thorsgate is where the wealthiest, largest estates are located. In the north, heading towards Farland the mix of upper middle class-to-middle class homes becomes more prominent. Generally a strong district for the city’s Liberals and Popular Movement but the SPP is ever present; the Cooperatives have grown electing one member to council, but remain uncompetitive.

Alfrida Road - Thorsgate - Kristiana

Farland - The far north suburbs, traditional sheep herding land up until the 1980s when the city began building new detached suburban housing. The district is a fast growing middle class area, becoming popular with young families. In an attempt to end the suburban expanse the new Green (later Cooperative) government moved quickly in 2002 to designate almost half the land as Zero development parkland, later to become Fargate National Park. Still one of the fastest growing areas of the city, the development has shifted towards higher density Row housing. Generally strong for the SPPs, but the Cooperatives have a base dating back to the days of the Agrarians; there is some strength for the Popular Movement and Liberals mostly in the south.

Fargate National Park

Forat Park - – In the far northwest of the city, above Lygst Haug, this community was built as a social housing project from the 1950 through 1990s. mostly dense high and medium rise housing; poor and working class with the city’s highest crime rate; It contains a large immigrant community, many commercials strips running throughout and light industry along the city limits. Parkere Hill was the oldest project that now has been completely redeveloped and is used as a model for the continued push to eliminate ghettos. The city is heavily focusing on mixed redevelopment to improve the situation; one success was the decision to locate the city’s second Rugby Stadium, in the border lands near Farland, Foratham Park will be home to the Bronseland Bruisers. A very competitive district between the Cooperatives and SPP, neither the Liberals or Popular Movement have a presence.
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