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Introducing Seniqe

Posted by louis_walker on 26 August 2019 in English (English)

Central Seniqe

I've been working on Seniqe, one of the two major cities along the Strait of Abren in Dematisna, for the past month. While there is still a huge amount of work to be done, much of the city's historic center has been mapped now (along with the outline for the metro region), so I thought it was time for a proper introduction.

Seniqe is a mélange of influences from Istanbul, Izmir, Barcelona, Seville, Athens, and Algiers. It has a fairly hilly terrain, but the central city is located on a broad, flat plain around Al-Hilal Aleulawi, the Crescent Haven, the body of water that connects the city's historic port to the Strait of Abren. The ancient walled city was founded around 1600 BCE, and reached its current extent around 500 CE. The city greatly expanded following the arrival of the Castellanese in the 1450s. It continued to grow under colonial control for centuries, and through the strait's status as an international territory (the Zona Internacional Abreniqe, or ZIA) from 1902-69.

Following a change to immigration laws after Dematisna became an independent country in '69, the city became a magnet for international migration. Its population first cracked one million in the first Dematisnan census in 1975, and today the metropolitan region is home to more than seven million people from around the world. You can read a more detailed history of the city on its wiki page here.

So far the detailed mapping reflects about 80% of what would have existed ca. 1900 CE, while the road and rail network for the metro region is mapped up to the present. I'm filling in the city as I go, and am hoping to get up to the 1960s by the end of the summer.

I would love to hear any initial thoughts people have on how things are shaping up! I want to give a special shout-out to @Moskva, who is mapping the motorway interchanges (which I have no talent for, whatsoever). Dematisna is a collaborative territory, so if there are projects you would be interested in helping out with in Seniqe, please propose them here or on the talk page for Dematisna

Location: 29.452, 28.398

Comment from Megacity2005Creator on 26 August 2019 at 19:28

Amazing, beautiful work. What city is the photo of?

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Comment from louis_walker on 26 August 2019 at 21:20

Thank you! That photo is from good 'ole Istanbul. Or I guess good new Istanbul, good 'ole Constantinople. ;) I pulled it from Wikimedia Commons.

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Comment from Megacity2005Creator on 27 August 2019 at 23:28

Lol. I think the location is also really strategic too- from the looks of it it has easy accessibility to pretty much all of Uletha and Tarephia. There should probably be remnants of previously dissolved city-states lying around. Additionally, the geography will probably play such a big role in its history that you will probably get some lenience in the overwikification war.

Good luck!

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Comment from zhenkang on 29 August 2019 at 04:04

At the same time, I am developing Vang Ngat, which will be something like a Singapore within the Vietnamese state. Given its location, it could have been the cultural bridge between Uletha and Kuehong. It will be quite similar to Senique.

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