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Post by elizabethmetro on Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:23 pm

The Elizabeth State Government has finally given the green light for an Olympic bid to be registered. Planning has been fast tracked, with all major Olympic proposals taken out of local council hands and given Major Development Status.

Major works are underway; a major cross-region subway system has been established, and the massively underutilised, decommissioned heavy rail service has been put back in service with major station upgrades.

Three major International Airports are under construction, with cross-city non-tolled Freeway links to Olympic facilities. A major resort, casino and beach precinct is being constructed in what used to be the regions rust belt Oceanside heavy industry precinct. Freight rail links have been converted to elevated rail with massive subway connections.

Industry was once the regions chief employer, yet today, the tourism, recreation and commercial employment areas are up and coming.

Once a Soviet bloc country, it is evident that the region has been under heavy Western Influence over the past 10 years. Nuclear Power has been decommissioned across the region, and Geothermal and Solar Power has been established. Massive Fusion Power Plants are being built to ensure that there are no power outages during the Simlympics, if won. Massive schemes are underway to improve water and air quality; public transport is being heavily promoted. With a Simoleon rich treasury, this region is ready to roll. Still not a 100% democratic state, pictures of the region have somehow not yet been able to make their way onto this site, yet within days, there should be an official state media release. Elizabeth. It's time.



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Transport

Post by elizabethmetro on Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:13 pm

First pictures to be leaked! I don't think these have state approval, so they may be withdrawn, but from the heart of this ex-Soviet, pro-Western state has come pictures of Infrastructure! There is no way camera crews can get to the Major sites yet - the ones who have tried have..... disappeared.....



The above is a picture of the new Elizabeth Lower Lakes Regions Domestic Airport; believe it or not, this airport has been built especially just to bring in cheap labour from other locer-socio economic states!



New country land estates are springing up along new freeway routes; this one, we are led to believe, is a state housing project, to help relocate existing slums out of the cities and into outreaching areas where Simlympic officials will not visit.



Above is what will soon be a common sight in all areas of the state; massive new rail stations, bringing in people from all areas. Oh, by the way - the state has decided by 25-2 vote (the two opposing have not been seen since the meeting) that all rail and road lines to "dead zones" will be closed.... we're not quite sure what this means, but we assume that the Government does not wish for Simlympic officials or tourists to visit "bad/negative area" of the state. Stay tuned!

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Re: OFFICIAL BID Elizabeth - It's Time

Post by Melbourne on Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:27 pm

Nice logo. Look forward to seeing where this goes and if the state changes it attitude to less well-off people
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Re: OFFICIAL BID Elizabeth - It's Time

Post by LeLeOne on Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:24 pm

Wow you introduced the concept of 'green Simlympics' Smile
And nice story, can't wait to see more about the city.....and I love that logo
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State Announcement

Post by elizabethmetro on Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:28 am

This is an official State Announcement.

Press Conference, 14th August 2008, 10.35 Central Elizabeth Time

TRANSLATED FROM ELORISHEN to ENGLISH

Some errors may be present.

"I, the President of the State of Elizabeth, officially declare that we, as a state, and as a nation, will be bidding for the Simlympics. My cabinet and I pledge 85.7 Billion Elizas for re-development, construction and rehabilitation of the state's capital, Chernobyl, and the surrounding regions. Whether or not we win the right to hold this event, we promise to spend this money to upgrade infrastructure, public housing, water, garbage disposal, electricity supply and major recreational facilities. We will shortly we announcing a short-list of cities in the region that could possibly hold the games. All cities, however, will participate. This is a national bid, on behalf of the Government, on behalf of the community. This is a chance for us to show to the world that we, as a state and nation, are forthright within the 20th century, embracing democratic principle. We will accept criticism where it is due. There are no "dead zones" as to what has been leaked. We have a class system - upper, middle and lower. All three will be working together, in peace and harmony, to bring SimNation the best Simlympics possible. Be pledge to build the world's largest Olympic Park; a multi-billion mass environmentally friendly mass transit system. High taxes for Heavy industry in "Metro Zones" and lower taxes in the surrounding "Trade Zones". Are there any questions?"

CNN News

"Sir, is it true that you are planning to re-locate hundreds of thousands of lower-socio economic workers and 'gypsies' to outlying regions? Is it true you have concentration camps located in strategic country areas?"

President

whispers to secret service "Find the leak" response to CNN "These reports are absolute nonsense. Neighbourhoods will be cleaned up, yet there will be no forced re-location, except in the case of where new infrastructure needs to be built, in which case Sims will be compensated"

SimState News Agency

"Mr President, was it the case that you are indeed going to built almost 8,500 km of new road and rail in the region, to cope with demand?"

President

"You have heard correct. Also, at least three new International Airports will be built"

Channel Seven, Australia

"Where on earth are you going to get the funds for this? You'll have to raise the revenue!"

President

"Years of proper financial management and a growing finance and commercial sector has resulted in surplus across the region"

CNN News

"What about hospitals? Schools?"

President

"In due course, all state infrastructure will be redeveloped. The benefits will be enormous. One more?"

BBC News

"Have you any sponsors lined up?"

President

"Yes. Elizabeth National Airlines as our chief holiday sponsor; Mercure for accommodation; Land Management Corporation for development; ElizLink for Transport and Infrastructure; ElizNational TV for Television coverage. New sponsors will be considered by the cabinet in due course. The three city finalists will be announced tomorrow night. Good Day"

whispers to Secret Service - "make sure you find that leak. I want it GONE"

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Official Games Video

Post by elizabethmetro on Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:22 pm

The Elizabeth State Government has released an official games video, showing off its proposed host city! Check it out!


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Re: OFFICIAL BID Elizabeth - It's Time

Post by canuck3360 on Fri Aug 15, 2008 3:49 pm

I meant to comment earlier I like the start of this bid so far it's building it'sself up nicely now to the meat of the bid Venue shots would be awesome

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Post by Melbourne on Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:16 pm

look forward to more
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Convention Centre Conversion and Softball / Baseball Facility Upgrades

Post by elizabethmetro on Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:19 pm

Quick Real Life Note : Having difficulty keeping up with this, I'm in my final year of secondary school and got exams coming up, so I'll updating only when I can. If I don't make this Simlympics, I'll be well and truly ready for the next one. And my downloads have been thottled; I'm downloading as many plugins as I can to build a truly realistic Simlympic Park; you'll have to wait a few weeks for this one.

Seven News, 21st Augurst 2008

International Pressure is mounting on Elizabeth to ease concerns that censorship will not be an issue throughout the games if won. Photography at major construction sites across the city has been prohibited; satellite images, however, have been released showing the progress of what seems to be an upgrade and conversion of some existing facilities. The world famous Elizabeth Softball Stadium has been upgraded, and the city convention centre converted to an Simlympic Aquatic Training Centre. A construction worker has stated on conditions of anonymity that this is the 'smallest stage of the total bid' and has cost 'approximately 65,000,000.' 'We have been working like slaves, the officials have stated that if the total bid is not ready in two months, they (will) take our families away from us including my dog which I (am) very upset about.' Meanwhile, bordering nation of Simpoland has released increasing refugee figures, with approximately 35,000 Sims entering the country each day. Government official John Wilkinson has stated that "these people seem depressed and financially depleted." The Elizabeth state agency has said that these people 'are moving on their own accord and are not being forced out of the country, politically, socially or economically.' The USN (The United Sim Nations) has said that they will be applying for permits for their officials to enter the country and inspect 'some official sites.'

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The above image shows the park as it existed.

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Oh my, seems that there are some power problems. Lets hope these are fixed soon!

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The overall plan for Guagaghhhrfty Softball and Aquatic Training Park

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The finished park

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Re: OFFICIAL BID Elizabeth - It's Time

Post by Slacker on Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:49 am

Awesome, this bid is really looking great so far. Love the video too!
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Planning Stages

Post by elizabethmetro on Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:17 am

An overall regional plan has been drawn up and released exclusively to CNN News; also, a few local plans have been released, including that for a lakeside aquatic park and a hotel / commerical centre at an existing International Airport.

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Above are the preliminary plans for a commerical and accomodation centre at the Kolsch International Airport (Note - Yes, It is a Maxis Airport, yet I have tried to place it in a semi-realistic manner, I am spending a lot of time designing from a scratch another International Airport and Commerical Centre on the southside of the city, as you will soon see).

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Above is an example of planning for a Golf Course and a mixed housing - commerical development; this will be a draft example as to what can be soon used throughout the region.

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The planned starting point for the bike races; the bike races will not go through city areas, as we feel it is best that the riders and the tourists alike get a chance to breath in clean, country air.

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The planned location for the aquatic and water sports centre; major commerical and residential development will soon follow.

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And finally, the Elizabeth regional plan. The sea is situated to the South, with the soon to be re-developed rustbelt Industry regions.

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Post by Slacker on Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:32 am

Woah, plans look amazing. I love the idea of the Simlympics being the start of huge urban growth in the city.

Looking forward to more!
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Paranoid Stance by Elizabeth

Post by elizabethmetro on Wed Aug 27, 2008 5:53 pm

The Elizabeth Government has decided that they will only be releasing the plans and construction images of the Simlympic Park once a short-list of four cities has been decided by the Simlympic Committee. 'This ensures that rogue states such as our neighbour, Simoland, are unable to make a corresponding bid that could resemble ours in anyway. We have the world's best architects and urban planners working to build a world class park, and we do not want their designs ripped off by those in other countries' stated the President's Official spokesman - 'however, we will be releasing the draft plans for the park, and images of progress in other areas of the state, as is shown is the previously posted Eliz08 Draft Regional Plan' This announcement has brought criticism from neighbouring countries, some of whom believe that this censorship will carry into the games if won. 'So, if another team other than the Elizabeth team wins a metal, does this mean that pictures and information will not be released? Because it would be seen as damaging to the states's reputation?' came from the Minister of Sport and Recreation for the country of SimRussia. CNN is asking for people to comment on what they feel about this stance being taken by the People's Republic of Elizabeth.

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Post by canuck3360 on Thu Aug 28, 2008 1:51 am

one problem with that Idea we don't release a short list of canditie cities whenyou bid for a certain games it's all in

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Post by LeLeOne on Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:03 am

I think it's difficult for someone to make a bid that somehow does not resemble your.... in the end the venues you can download are not so many, and the ability to manage a bid is not only in creating a Simlympic park and fill it whit stadiums, but is also in the city' potential, place of interest, infrastructure, connection etc. ...
I believe too that with 12 applicant cities all seems to be a bit dispersive, but if you look a few of them are candidates for 2009, some have stated that it may not be able to prepare everything for November,
then the list will shrink.
The advice I can give you is to create your bid doing the best job possible, without worring about what the other do, also because your bid started really well.
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Re: OFFICIAL BID Elizabeth - It's Time

Post by elizabethmetro on Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:37 am

Point taken, will continue in that manner then Very Happy

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Construction on Portland Begins

Post by elizabethmetro on Sun Aug 31, 2008 12:46 am

The Elizabeth State Government has begun construction on the satellite city of Portland. This city will eventually be home to 150,000 people. Foreign Investment has been permitted, with Delfin Lend Lease, a major Simstralian Land Development Company working on urban design and construction. A Dual Airport is being constructed, with Domestic and International Terminals. Subway and Heavy Rail links will connect with all areas of the city and the capital. Major Freeway's are under construction and more are further proposed across the region. This new satellite city is essential for the upgrading of infrastructure across the region for the Simlympics. Construction has also begun on Simlympic Park; pictures will be released soon. Portland will be a model city that all further residential and commercial developments across the region will be based upon. Neither Manufacturing nor Heavy Industry is permitted; with special "UltraTech Zones" set up in strategic areas. Corridors are being preserved for future road and rail expansion (see regional plan).

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Above, the M16 Richmond Interchange has been temporarily placed on hold pending completion of new city and judgment of traffic volumes.

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Construction begins on Stage One of the Four Stage PortlandZone Project

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New Airport and Industry / Commerical Zones

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Terminal Two (International) Transportation Centre

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Plenty of Parking

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The Airport Centre at night. Power problems are sometimes evident, as the new Southside Power Scheme has not yet been completed (being built by foregin company, TruEnergy, and the Northside Power Scheme has reached a funding deadlock (International Investor CleaNergy has collapsed and funding dropped by administrators).

SNEAK PREVIEW, LEAKED IMAGE:

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Aquatic Centre and RiverSide Commerical Centre has begun. More coming soon!

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Re: OFFICIAL BID Elizabeth - It's Time

Post by Slacker on Sun Aug 31, 2008 8:57 am

Ya know, I like the idea of planning for the Simlympics. I find it far more realistic than seeing all the Stadiums built before the host is selected. Of course, existing venues would have to be shown and extensive plans would have to be showcased. You could also show architectural designs of the stadiums, which would show us what stadiums you intend to use. Lots of possibilities, but it's up to you.

Portland is looking fantastic too, the futuristic stations by the terminal are really funky. I'd suggest maybe using custom airports though, as they look a bit nicer. Looking forward to watching the city develop Very Happy.
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Post by elizabethmetro on Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:00 am

Hey Slacker, thanks for your comments. I'd love to do Custom airports, but that was kind of my last priority - I know this is all about realism, but the airports are functional, and I have tried to add little extras like signs, billboards, the transport hubs etc. I am never going to finish Simlympic Park otherwise - I plan everything I do in an art binder before I place it on screen, so I can see how things will pan out. And you probably won't like Portland that much, it is primarily low density residential with a few medium density residential zones around transit zones. I don't believe in a whole bloody city planned and built to the max with skyscrapers, it doesn't happen here in Australia, and it won't happen on the game Razz also, thank you for liking how I'm designing things. I'm completing Year Twelve at the moment, and next year will be going to university to study Urban and Regional Planning. This city is also a dual project - I'm bidding for the Simlympics, but in a subject called 'Extension Studies' I have to do a major study on my home town's public transportation system (the student picks a study of his/her choice and writes a major thesis/report on it). I'm showcasing some real life ideas on a game to show how they'd work in sim city life (or as good as Maxis, EA Games and mods let it work!) This is the only reason I can find anytime to complete this thing, mainly cause it HAS to be done! Haha

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Post by Slacker on Mon Sep 01, 2008 11:42 am

Fair enough, can't say I blame you - it takes ages to make a custom airport. I'd much rather see Simlympic stuff anyway Smile.

I'm not that bothered about skyscrapers, so chances are I'll like Portland. The only cities in the UK which have skyscrapers are the huge ones, like London or Manchester, and even they don't have that many.

The study in public transportation sounds really interesting, it's something which I like too. Whenever I go to a new city I love to find out about it's transport system Very Happy. Good luck!
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Post by LeLeOne on Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:23 am

I really like the plan for the infrastructure so far, It's a really good start
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Post by elizabethmetro on Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:27 am

Thanks LeLeOne! I'm working on it Very Happy

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Post by Melbourne on Sun Sep 07, 2008 1:57 pm

looking good
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Post by elizabethmetro on Wed Sep 24, 2008 1:24 am

Just while I am finishing Year Twelve and completing my Complete Final Bid, I thought I'd show off some of my planning skills. Below is a picture of a new suburb in my city, which will be home to the National Sport of Horse Racing; this facility has not yet been constructed though:

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Below is the neighbouring village of Tea Tree Gully:

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Below is the start of major new sporting facilities. The state has decided to redevelop old city areas rather than building a new site from scratch on greenfield sites:

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And Below is overhead:

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I know what you see at the moment isn't great, but I'm planning and working on it!

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Post by Slacker on Sun Sep 28, 2008 9:21 am

I really like the tree lined road in the first picture, the way it intersects the town and then splits creates a great effect.

I also like Elizabeth's plan to redevelop old sites rather than just build new ones, it'd be cool to watch those develop.

Great update Smile.
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