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Introducing Canan-Yar, Capital of Al-Kaza

Posted by louis_walker on 10 March 2019 in English (English)

Canan-Yar

From Blank Slate to Metropolis in 28 Days

It already feels like it's been months since the City Sprint, but no—just a week and a half has passed! In that time I've continued working on Al-Kaza's capital city, Canan-Yar. Rather than writing a bliki post, I decided to introduce the city to the wider community in the diaries, since...well, no one comments on bliki posts anymore. 😅

The gif above is actually from right after the sprint ended, so it only shows the progress that was made during the 28 days of February. Since then I've continued to build out detailed building cover in the downtown area, and have now finished the Esas Borsa (the CBD) and the Istasyon Semt (Station District) and am about two-thirds of the way through the Sivil Daire (Civic Circle), which is the main center of operations for both the city and the federal governments.

I'm also about 80% of the way through mapping out the city's retail landscape. Working off of data from the City Observatory's Storefront Index I was able to estimate the number of each type of retail establishment that would be in a city of Canan-Yar's size with a healthy economy. The major stuff is in, and now I'm working on the specialty stores. My eyes are starting to cross after all of this detail work, so I'm taking the rest of the night off!

I hope you will enjoy exploring!

Calling All Diplomats

One other thing, before you go: there are almost a hundred embassy plots laid out on the eastern slopes of the Elçilik Tepesi (Embassy Hill). I would like to invite the OGF community to establish diplomatic relations with Al-Kaza by building a villa-style embassy and landscaped gardens overlooking the city and the Hesperic. I created a case study in the Embassy of Gobrassanya to set a high standard. 😉

If you would like to establish diplomatic ties, please shoot me a DM and I will assign you a site post-haste!

Location: 29.185, 25.461

Comment from chazeltine on 11 March 2019 at 03:18

Nice mapping! I'm amazed that you were able to do this on top of work. How were you able to complete a city of this size so quickly, even with detailed buildings? It takes me a lot longer to map just the streets for cities half the size of Canan.

Also, do all embassies need to be on the hill? Some countries might want an embassy closer to the city center where all the action is ;)

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Comment from whateversusan on 11 March 2019 at 04:49

This is incredibly well done! Beautiful mapping. The detail work you put into your buildings is impressive. Bravo!

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Comment from zhenkang on 11 March 2019 at 07:48

Antigo will like to build an embassy in your capital; let's improve diplomatic ties. (let the diplomats carry out their spying missions in northern Tarephia).

Anyway, is it possible for Kontroga and Canan-Yar to be sibling cities?

Since the sprint, I have worked on Kontroga's outer areas, and I have created a few more mines northeast. Added a steel plant as well.

Progress of the city (with a few snapshots I took):

JOSM screesnhot

One of my JOSM screenshots of the old Kontroga. You can see there was a motorway through the city. I have rerouted it since then.

old central

My first attempts (before the city sprint). However, I don't find the lanes realistic and made massive changes to the central area.

current

The current map of Kontroga. Around the 'official' city centre.

current south

South of the city centre, where you can find the 'old town', a university (opened in commemoration of Sasuke Volkman's (Belphenia's dictator then) visit to Antigo in 1989), the infamous breeding camp typical of Antigo's regime, and an incomplete neighbourhood east of it.

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Comment from louis_walker on 12 March 2019 at 02:01

@chazeltine Thank you! I just got into a really focused mindset for the sprint, and the weather in my part of the world is shite in Feb so I just mapped like a fiend. The building work is nice because I can do it kind of absentmindedly as I chat on the phone or watch something on Netflix

As for embassies, they are officially limited to the hill since the Kazari government provides full extraterritorial status for embassy sites, and thus consolidates them all in a designated zone. But: a country is welcome to set up offices in the city center and just use the official embassy as a residence for the ambassador. Plus, the trip from the hill to the capital is a straight shot down the Axe Elçilik (not labeled yet, but it's the double-wide boulevard running horizontally across the middle of the city), which is just a 10-15 minute drive! :)

@whateversusan Thank you, I'm glad that you like it! I originally though I would hate doing building footprints, since it seemed so repetitive. Adding all of the detail is actually what makes it fun for me. It feels less tedious, somehow, then just drawing 2d outlines. Plus, I love how it looks when it's rendered.

@zhenkang Antigo is welcome to build an embassy -- I will get you set up with a site soon! Due to the country's politics, however, a sibling city partnership wouldn't be approved by the Kazari government I'm afraid.

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Comment from zhenkang on 12 March 2019 at 02:08

The purpose of sibling cities relationships shouldnt be politically motivare though. I mean North Korean cities have sibling cities as well I believe.

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Comment from Infrarrojo on 12 March 2019 at 23:04

Zhenkang is right, even Japan has a sibling city in North Korea: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_twin_towns_and_sister_cities_in_Asia

Anyways, I would like to establish an embassy as well. It will probably not be large and ornate, just a simple building but I can do contour details if you'd like. (Altavia is a fairly small country).

Best Wishes, Infrarrojo

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Comment from zhenkang on 12 March 2019 at 23:38

Anyway I also wanted such relationships because I hope both our cities can work together and develop. I may allow a few Al-Kazan companies (mining preferred) in Kontroga.

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