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The Imperial Republic of Elytheria (Updated: 14/04/2007)

Started by M4346, January 27, 2007, 10:23:44 AM

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M4346

First and foremost, welcome!  :thumbsup:

I initially started The Imperial Republic of Elytheria over at ST in October last year, but recent developments which include the acquisition of new territories demands a new CJ (or MD rather). My decision to start my MD here was greatly influenced by my experience of this site over the last few weeks and I have found SC4D a welcoming, friendly and interactive community where I truly feel at home (and am able to at times speak Afrikaans  :P). Therefore I would also like to take the time to congratulate Jeronij, the admins and members of this site who have worked together, sweat together and cried together to create "the most advanced and pleasant SC4 gaming experience!!!&apls

Now, on to my MD here at SC4D!   :satisfied: (By the way, THANK YOU for having a smoking smiley! :P)

Due to the fact that I only recently started the next chapter in Elytherian history I am unable to provide you with in-game shots as yet, but rest assured that you will see the area develop before my 60 day time limit is reached and the MD shut down.  %$payas)(

The Imperial Republic of Elytheria: Elytheria Novo


The enclave of Elytheria Novo was granted to the Imperial Republic on 19 January 2007 after the signing of the Mozelli Treaty between the Imperial Republic (hereafter Elytheria) and The Republic of Mozambique (hereafter Mozambique). The conditions of the treaty, amongst others, grants Elytheria an enclave of just over 2 000 km2 on the southeastern African coast at the mouth of the Zambesi river, to govern as an independent and sovereign nation. (Read more about the Mozelli Treaty here).

Location of Elytheria Novo


Map from the CIA World Factbook.

With the signing of the treaty the Emperor of Elytheria, Jean-Jacques Sangrael announced that Elytheria will be an African nation as of 20 January 2007, and has committed himself and the nation to the African renaissance.

Elytheria Novo is Portugese (one of the official languages of Mozambique) for "New Elytheria" and aims to build up the Civil War (1977 - 1992) torn country of Mozambique. It will deal with many of the problems that sub-saharan African countries are faced with, including widespread poverty, illiteracy, vast unemployment, HIV/AIDS infection and other health problems. Due to this Ankara has also committed themselves to rebuilding the area alongside the Imperial Republic (For more info see T.E.A.C.H.E.D.)

==Custom Content Used==

Off the top of my head:

  • The NAM (January 2007 version) with Left-Hand Drive Mode
  • Euro road textures
  • Virtually all PEG, BSC, CSX, SG, SFBT, JRJ, Erdmoebel, Haarlemmergold and NDEX content - amongst others. I will highlight specific LOTs and BATs.
  • The Grasslands Terrain Mod (on the STEX) - I am however considering switching to the Columbus terrain mod soon.
  • Cycledogg Trees (not sure how to reference it correctly :P)
  • SFBT streetside mod
  • Road and Rail side texture mods (I think NOB's rail textures, not sure though and I can't remember the roadside texture mod now.  :'( ).
  • PEG's Brigantine Water Mod.
  • PEG's Rock Mod II Mossy Granite

I'm sure there are MANY more to mention, but I can't remember them all off the top of my head. I will highlight them as I go on. :)

==Conclusion==

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll find Elytheria Novo of some interest as we go along. I do apologise for the lack of in-game shots at the moment, but will see to it that you get some idea of what's going down in Elytheria Novo a.s.a.p.  ;D

Regards,

-M-

==Disclaimer==

  • Although Elytheria Novo is located in Africa it is not an African-themed MD. It aims to illustrate the development of an essentially Western nation in the heart of Africa in a non-colonialist way, whilst being faced with the typical problems of sub-saharan Africa.
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Great start !!! Very instructive...and so....but...what about some nice pics  ;D ?¿

Sorry, I couldn't resist...$%Grinno$% . Seriously now, great to see a fresh new start. I wish you the best luck with this one  ;)
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dedgren

Hey, M-

A nice start.  I'll be waiting with jeroni for the first pics, but you know me...

...I just love that additional content!  Elytheria Novo looks like one more great addition to what is becoming a world-class showcase of SC4 talent.

Good luck!


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sebes

Very interesting start! Looking forward to see how Elytheria develops  :satisfied:
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bat

Great start and looking forward to more!

nedalezz

Nice, looking forward to this! I actually lived in Mozambique (Maputo) and still own quite a few businesses there.

NikNik

Interesting location of Elytheria Novo.

I will be hopping in once in a while here.

Looking forward to pics.

Nik-Nik

M4346

Elytheria Responds

Thanks for stopping by everyone, regardless of the fact that I am still lacking in-game shots (i.e. "some nice pics!" :P) Thank you too for wishing me luck with this endeavour, I appreciate your support.  :thumbsup:

Quote from: dedgren on January 27, 2007, 02:11:47 PM
A nice start.  I'll be waiting with jeroni for the first pics, but you know me...

...I just love that additional content!  Elytheria Novo looks like one more great addition to what is becoming a world-class showcase of SC4 talent.

I sincerly hope that I'll be able to contribute to the "world-class showcase," but my skills are far from the level of yours. And, as I said in your MD (-> click!) I also love the additional content, as this endeavour is more than just playing the game to me (-> click!)

I hope I will not disappoint anyone, and in the process learn from the MD greats!  ;D

Quote from: nedalezz on January 28, 2007, 03:35:58 AM
Nice, looking forward to this! I actually lived in Mozambique (Maputo) and still own quite a few businesses there.

Oooh! That is very interesting! I myself of course being a South African.  :P Mozambique is a great country, and a great holiday destination with its tropical beaches and all that, but it is still severely suffering from poverty, the effects of the war, HIV / AIDS and the other ills of African nations, which is truly tragic.  :-[

==Update to previous post==

I am actually using the SMP sandstone sidewalk mod (LEX), I realised that last night. I have also now installed the Columbus Terrain Mod (ST) (I am busy rendering the new map but it's taking FOREVER! I forgot to move the unnecessary plugins out of the folder.  &mmm).

I am going to have to disappoint you with yet another lack of pics today, as I have been running around getting registered at the University (-> click!) for my second year of study. That was after I had done three loads of washing and watched two-thirds of King Kong with Steve, and left the house at 13:00 / 1 PM (SAST or GMT / UTC +2 ) to go to campus. I spent two hours there doing the admin and sorting out all the registration details and paperwork. After that I went to the mall to pick up a little gift for Steve, and I just spent the last hour finalising and working out my timetable for this year (more about that later though).


Like I said, today I registered for my second year of doing BA Languages (Journalism) with specialisation in Political Science and International Political Relations and I am really excited about it all. Thus for today I'll leave you with my timetable and details of the subjects I'm taking this year. For those of you interested in it, of course. If not, just skip it.

A worrying little thorn in the side though is that my tuition fees for this year is $3 500 / R25 000 compared to the $1 000 / R7000 last year (because I had a bursary for my first year). So I called up my mother and told her about the sharp (4x) rise in fees, because let's face it, R25 000 is a lot of money. I feel bad about it because I'm not paying a cent, and it's really not an issue, per se, for my parents, but like I said, I feel bad about it. And in my mother's typical fashion she said: "If it becomes an issue, don't worry, God will provide." I love my mother, (despite our occasional "disagreements.").


So, without further delay and for those interested, here's my timetables for this year, which I will start following on Wednesday (31 January). Explanation and module descriptions follow below.






The Lime Green column indicates the time and module, whereas the White column indicates the location of the class.

Buildings with faculty colour:

HSB / H - Human Science Building
Theol / T - Theology Building
Law - Law Building
IT - Information Technology Building
EBM - Economic and Business Management Building

The numbering indicates the floor and the room, i.e. HSB 4-1 indicates that it is in the Human Science Building, floor 4, room 1.

Module Descriptions


<ul><li> DTS 113 - German: Cultural - Professional (S 1)</li><li>DTS 123 - German: Cultural - Professional (S 2)</li><li>ENG 252 - English Language Studies (Q 2)</li><li>ENG 253 - English Literature: Modernism (Q 1)</li><li>ENG 220 - English Literature: 20th Century, Postcolonial and Contemporary (S 2)</li><li>GES 253 - History: Lenin, Stalin and Hitler (Q 3)</li><li>GES 254 - History: Modern USA: 1776 - 1914 (Q 4)</li><li>IPL 210 - International Relations: International Relations Theory and International Organisations (S 1)</li><li>IPL 220 - International Relations: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy, and International Law (S 2)</li><li>JRN 210 - Journalism: Features and Visual Aspects of News Coverage (S 1)</li><li>LCC 210 - Language, Culture and Communication: The Politics of Language and Language Planning (S 1)</li><li>MDR 421 - Media Law (S 2)</li><li>SRG 210 - Constitutional Law (S 1)</li><li>SRG 220 - Constitutional Law (S 2)</li><li>STL 210 - Political Science: Political Behaviour and Policy Studies (S 1)</li><li>STL 220 - Political Science: Political thought and the State and Development in Africa (S 2)</li></ul>
S 1 and S 2 indicate Semester 1 and 2, respectively, whilst Q 1 - 4 indicate Quarter 1 - 4. The academic year is divided into two semesters (each 14 weeks long) and four quarters (each 7 weeks long).

GES 220 on the timetable needs to be removed, and the second semester timetable should include GES 253 + 254. The times of the classes are not yet available.

Now that I've bored you to death, run along and play children! Thank you for taking the time and reading all this, those of you who did. :P

-M-



Photo: The Human Science Building (HSB) with its 22 stories and it houses my faculty.


First "pic" update about 60% complete.  ;D
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Slann

Hey! -M-

*grin* Glad I found the active Elytheria thread...
BTW, congrats on the impending membership in the SCJU!!!

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thundercrack83

Looking forward to the first "pic" update! Good luck with school, too!

NikNik

M4346,

I wonder how you find the time at all between studying, hanging out with friends and other students stuff to do some SC4-ing. So take it easy and enjoy your studentship (it's over before you know it (gosh, I am sounding like my father)).

Enjoy live, enjoy SC4.

Nik-Nik

Rayden

It will be quite interesting to follow this MD, as it will be on one of our old colonies, Mozambique. By that you can see I'm Portuguese. I never been on Mozambique, but between Jan 1969 and Nov 1975, I lived in Angola. I was 7 years old by then, but still remember most of the places. I also have been during a weekend in Cape Town with my father. Hardly remember any of it. He was there in business and I stayed most of the time in the hotel (9 years old).
Anyway, I can't wait to see some images of this. Good luck.  ;)

emilin

Background story is excellent... waiting impatiantly for pictures.  ;D

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I am relieved to at last be able to include a some "nice pics!" I've had a rather busy week, which included the start of University for me and other RL "issues," including the death of my mother's cousin last night. He was shot by burglars at his mother's house in Pretoria. And furthermore I've also had some SC4 issues (i.e. rendering a map twice with no result!) but, I have been able to get some pics, make them appear at least semi-decent and am able to present them to you.

In this update I have experimented with ploppable water, rocks and flora for the first time and ask you to forgive my amateurish attempts. :P If you are a bit bugged by the over-dose of trees, I can assure you its "natural," at least in this part of the world and more specifically in Mozambique (where the MD "takes place.") Even though SC4 lacks some "African" trees, I have done my best with what I have at my disposal and a HUGE kudos goes out to Jeronij, Dusktrooper, SFBT and Cycledogg for some excellent custom content that I have used almost ad nauseum.  :thumbsup:

Before I get to the update, I would like to respond to your comments. I haven't had much time at my disposal, so excuse my lack of response and the rather tacky banner.  :D


Quote from: Slann on January 29, 2007, 03:52:59 PM
Hey! -M-

*grin* Glad I found the active Elytheria thread...
BTW, congrats on the impending membership in the SCJU!!!

&apls

Hey Slann! ;) I wouldn't exactly call this thread "active," but hey, I'm trying. :P Glad you found your way here and welcome to my MD!  #stsfd·

Thank you for the congratulations too, however, Elytheria is as of 31 January 2007, a full member of the SCJU!  ;D (-> Click!

Quote from: thundercrack83 on January 31, 2007, 11:45:28 PM
Looking forward to the first "pic" update! Good luck with school, too!

Thank you very much! Varsity is a bit hectic this semester, but it's turning out to be a wad of fun! :P (Just have to read, amongst other things, E M Forster's "A Passage to India and I can assure you it's a tad bit boring for my taste, although I love Modernist Literature. *sigh*)

Anyway, I'm boring you now! :P The "pic update" is on its way.  :thumbsup:

Thanks for stopping by! ;)

Quote from: NikNik on February 01, 2007, 04:56:20 AM
M4346,

I wonder how you find the time at all between studying, hanging out with friends and other students stuff to do some SC4-ing. So take it easy and enjoy your studentship (it's over before you know it (gosh, I am sounding like my father)).

Enjoy live, enjoy SC4.

Nik-Nik

Well I'm rather skilled at multi-tasking and proudly claim that not only women can do that... I'm a living testament to it! :P It's hard work to balance my time, but I usually manage pretty well, and if I don't I just drop my SC4 time (the natural choice, even though it saddens me.  &mmm)

And don't worry, I do heed your words and appreciate your concern. But rest assured that my studies and social life do come first and second respectively. :P

Quote from: Rayden on February 01, 2007, 01:06:22 PM
It will be quite interesting to follow this MD, as it will be on one of our old colonies, Mozambique. By that you can see I'm Portuguese. I never been on Mozambique, but between Jan 1969 and Nov 1975, I lived in Angola. I was 7 years old by then, but still remember most of the places. I also have been during a weekend in Cape Town with my father. Hardly remember any of it. He was there in business and I stayed most of the time in the hotel (9 years old).
Anyway, I can't wait to see some images of this. Good luck.  ;)

Wow, Angola of all places! Beautiful country but suffered immensely during the war years. Sad, very sad.  /sad¬¬

Welcome to my MD and I hope I don't disappoint you. But I have to add that I'm not trying to recreate anything specifically Mozambican (as I've stated above).

Thanks!  :thumbsup:

Quote from: emilin on February 02, 2007, 02:37:59 AM
Background story is excellent... waiting impatiantly for pictures.  ;D

Thank you! ;D The long wait is over! ;)

So without further ado, I present you with:



I chose Thabazimbi, Tswana (-> Click!) for "Iron Mountain," or "Mountain of Iron" and a small iron mining town close to my previous hometown Brits because the mountain reminded me (although not completely) of the mountains at Thabazimbi.  :)

Reconstruction of the Zambesi delta is going according to plan and Emperor Jean-Jacques Sangrael has been overseeing the construction of low-cost housing in Thabazimbi East - in his favourite Architectural style - Art Deco.











A more posh suburb, "Die Heuwel," was also recently completed. The name of the suburb, Afrikaans for "The Hill" successfully and quite fittingly describes its location. (The name is derived from the suburb we once lived in in another South African city - Witbank).







"Die Heuwel" Proper is a small commercial district that serves and employs inhabitants of "Die Heuwel."





Most of the small town of about 800 inhabitants educational and health needs are met by the facilities in Aldeburgh street. The clinic there also specialises in treating Tuberculosis and is one of the Government endorsed facilities that distribute Anti-retrovirals to the community affected by HIV / AIDS.

Aldeburgh street is named after the library, which used to be the residence of Governor Aldeburgh who passed away in 2000.




Thabazimbi also boasts some manufacturing industries which contribute to the growing economy of Elytheria Novo.



Despite the growing economy and general increase in health and education levels in Elytheria Novo, Thabazimbi (much like the rest of the Imperial Republic and more so Mozambique) is not without its problems.

Here are a few images that recently made the Elytherian headlines.




An unidentified man was found shot dead in Thabazimbi East earlier this week. No suspects have been apprehended as yet. If anyone with information about the man would contact the Elytherian authorities it would be appreciated.


The second motorist fell victim to thieves this week as the man, who wishes to remain anonymous, found his car stripped of all its parts and severly vandalised as he exited a friend's house where he had been visiting.


Even though lion scares aren't as common in Southern Africa as most Westerners believe or think, lions, other large cats and mammals, are sometimes spotted in urban areas. The area where the lion was spotted in Thabazimbi East was evacuated and the National Parks Board was telephoned to deal with the 'intruder.' Citizens and tourists are advised to at all times keep a safe distance between themselves and any larger mammals and call the authorities as soon as possible.

But at last, on to my favourite part of Thabazimbi:



















Thabazimbi Creek is one of the tourist magnets of the otherwise sleepy hollow of Thabazimbi and features beautiful trees, picnic spots and hiking trails. Thabazimbi Creek is a municipally managed Nature Reserve and is protected by the town council. Littering, vandalism and indecent public behaviour is strictly prohibited, but the town council for some reason turns a blind eye to the occasional skinny dippers.  $%Grinno$%

I think that is all for tonight (or this morning), I hope you enjoyed the update as much as I did creating it. :P Any comments, tips and suggestions are welcome, especially on the flora, ploppable water and rocks.  ;D

Have a great weekend (or what's left of it), I'm having lunch with my grandmother, aunt, uncle, father, mother, sisters and boyfriend tomorrow.  &mmm

Regards,

-M-



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Hi, Marius...

Please call me David (responding to your gracious post over at 3RR), I wouldn't have it any other way with a friend.

As someone whose dabbled with ploppable water, Thabazimbi Creek looks excellent, IMHO.

That's the great thing about that particular niche- It is possible to learn a new and useful technique every time you see someone's take on it.  PW isn't perfect, but I think it's well nigh on indispensible.

Great to see some pics.  Every time I see a friend from the great land that is South Africa, I think of my daughter Liz, who is serving there in the U.S. Peace Corps as a teacher-mentor in a rural school system.  I'd love to visit her and your country.

So sorry about the death of a relative.  Our family has suffered from loss and violence over the past year or so, and my thoughts are with you.


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Shadow Assassin

Very nice start on Elytheria. The town's quiet and sleepy, and I do quite like that.

Quotebut the town council for some reason turns a blind eye to the occasional skinny dippers.

Probably because they do it. ;)
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thundercrack83

Very beautiful work! The small town looks excellent, as someone above pointed out, looks like a very quiet place. While not making this about a typical Mozambican city, the African names cohabitating with the European names give it a colonial feeling (much like "Leopoldville" in pre-Mobutu Congo). Anyway, great update and I can't wait to see more!

bat

Beautiful rural area! Great city! Fantastic work! :thumbsup:

Slann

Looking good *grin*

The housing areas looks very interesting... and I like it!

Cheers!
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mjig_dudy

Excellent!  &apls I love it, keep up the great work