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Post by Guest on Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:43 am

K50 and Bruce preseason soccer means nothing :p Obviously both Portland and Seattle haven't proved themselves yet seeing both haven't won. But for Jon great paper!

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Post by 2b2gbi on Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:46 pm



I felt like starting up a little story in my CJ, centering around an event and using the news to communicate the story, along with a bit of description by me of course. Hope you like it. This first section won't have much commentary because it's essentially an introduction, plus a picture is worth a thousand words.




This Afternoon Insulonians were watching their favorite TV shows when this popped on the screen.



For Clarification Purposes, Andalusia is a country south of a group of Islands owned by Insulo, and a former possession of Insulo.

Then just minutes later President Clarke, clearly enraged by the "attack" held an impromptu press conference about the incident.



Then about half an hour later they were stunned when this news broke.



To be continued.....

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Re: Insulo and Kaskaskia (USNW)

Post by emperordaniel on Thu Mar 24, 2011 3:44 pm

If it's any help, the Republican Kingdom offers 500 of our special forces to help in this terrible time.
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Post by Birchbark on Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:06 pm

We are very sorry that this incident happened. I humbly offer 1000 of our troops to help with all the damage. Also we can give medical services to the wounded.
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Post by 2b2gbi on Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:35 am

Insulo will not currently accept any assistance, we believe all survivors have been accounted for and have been taken to the military hospital in San Sebastian. More information on the number of casualties will be announced in a press conference at the hospital later today.
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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:00 am

Escambia condemns the attacks on Insulo, as a ally we offer any services needed in the near future, all you need to do is ask and will be there.

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Post by 2b2gbi on Sat Mar 26, 2011 2:25 pm



No nonsense update this time:



This morning the doctors at the military hospital in San Sebastian held a press conference to discuss the dead and injured in the attack on the BNI Hidalgo.



Later in the day more stunning news surfaced, and people began to think they were at war...



...then they finally had someone to blame...





...And now they are truly at war.


More Coming Soon...

Hoped you liked this, and again the minimal text is on purpose, you'll get a huge debrief later in case you missed anything. Also I hope to keep up the rapid updates (compared to my normal posting patterns. We'll also explore Paxí as a normal cj update eventually.

Yes there is a typo in the last image, sorry, but it occasionally happens in the real news sometimes, so I guess I'll just leave it.

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Post by 2b2gbi on Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:08 pm



Well we're taking a break from the media barrage for an update on the town of Paxí on a small island in the far south of Maresa near the Andalusian sea border. I worked really hard on this relatively small town, so I hope you like it.

Although it is in prime location for a tourist mecca, Paxí has managed to retain it's small town charm through extremely restrictive zoning laws that essentially prohibit all new growth, which has kept the town true to the form of the town that have occupied these islands for as long as anyone can remember.

We start with a glimpse of Paxí pristine beaches, rarely traversed by the sandal-clad feet of tourists.



More of the beaches glistening in the warm sun.



You can only wish you lived here, most of the towns residents wouldn't sell these homes for their lives.



The town center with the mission built in 1298 to convert the citizens of these islands to Christianity. Services are no longer held inside the building, and are instead held outside in the square until the parish can gather enough funds to build a new church.



Another square and the town football pitch, where citizens enjoy their favorite pastime, other than sitting on the beach and watching the sunset of course.



A winery just outside of town, with a villa building that was built in 1566. The land has been in use for wine making for longer than any other parcel of land in Insulo.



Now here's something I've never done before, but I think it turned out quite well. Mosaic!



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Post by canuck3360 on Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:22 pm

Love the Mosaic very nice looking town is that sheep in those farm fields?

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Post by 2b2gbi on Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:37 pm

Cancuck: Thanks! In the mosaic it's sheep, then there's pigs in cows in the image before the mosaic.
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Post by 2b2gbi on Wed Apr 20, 2011 7:14 am

Update Eight: Introduction to San Sebastian and More

This is a short update but with something else attached at the end. We're visiting a new locale, the city of San Sebastian in Maresa. It is on the bottom left of this map:



The Villate Manor was constructed as local merchant Hugo Villate's personal palace in the year 1734, and is now a public park and bed and breakfast. The site is a extremely popular location for weddings, and provides a leafy oasis in the middle of the urban jungle.



The Playa Calmante completely surrounds the main city of San Sebastian. When the wall surrounding the city were constructed in 1971 to prevent the city from sliding down into the ocean there were many protests against the destruction of the beach. Faced with riots, the local government made an unusually friendly gesture for the time and compromised by building the walls back away from the water, preserving the beach below the walls. The beach is one of the major attractions of the city.



The old town is another major attraction, filled to the brim with street vendors and quaint boutiques, this area has become extremely trendy lately, even though it was recently on the brink of abandonment during the Federation years because people could not afford to maintain the structures.



And now I have two large mosaics, they are wider than most forums will permit so I have provided links.

Mosaic of the Old Town:



Mosaic of the new CBD:



Hope you enjoyed the update, scroll down for something extra. Smile

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Recently Insulo bid to host the XIV Simlympiad, this is part of the reason it's been a while since I posted an update. To see all the bids and for more information on the Simlympics visit [url=http://www.simsports.darkbb.com]SimSports{/url]. The host will be selected later this month and the games will be held in June. I have some really good competition bidding, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

(You may have noticed I directly used some of the images from the bid in my update, sorry to do this but I lost the originals that)

Here is the full bid, it contains a number of pictures of places we haven't visited yet, so it's kind of a teaser.

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Introduction
Introducción



Welcome to Insulo! I am the official bid presenter, Valentina Castillo. Insulonians are ready with open hearts and world-class venues to accommodate the best athletes the world has to offer along with their many devoted fans. Insulonian hospitality is unrivaled, nowhere else will athletes and spectators feel more welcomed. Our vibrant, unique, diverse, and friendly culture surrounds you, and once you feel it's embrace you may never want to leave again. We have funded and constructed stunning world class venues to play host to the intentional spectacle that is the Simlympics. We bring all this to the table because we want nothing more than to welcome the people of the world into our home, and show them a Simlympics like they have never seen before, an event where you can see the excitement hanging in the air, and can feel the dreams coursing around you. If we are successful in acquiring the privilege of hosting this glorious event, it will be the first time the flame has found it's destination in Insulo, and we hope to show how that flame can thrive in our beautiful nation. Please sit back and enjoy the bid, and good luck to all the bidders aspiring to host these games.


!Bienvenido a Ensuña! Yo soy el presentador oficial de la candidatura, Valentina Castillo. Ensuñanos están listos con el corazón abierto y lugares de clase mundial para dar cabida a los mejores atletas del mundo tiene para ofrecer, junto con sus fans dedicado muchos. Hospitalidad Insulonian no tiene rival, en ningún otro lugar se los atletas y los espectadores se sienten más satisfacción. Nuestra rodea cultura vibrante, único, diverso y amigable usted, y una vez que sienta que el abrazo que nunca quiere dejar de nuevo. Hemos financiado y construido impresionantes salones de clase mundial que acogerá el espectáculo intencional que es el Simlímpios. Traemos todo esto a la mesa, porque no queremos nada más de dar la bienvenida a la gente del mundo en nuestra casa, y mostrarles un Simlímpios como nunca hemos visto antes, un evento donde se puede ver la emoción en el aire, y puede sentir los sueños que cursan su alrededor. Si tenemos éxito en adquirir el privilegio de acoger este evento glorioso, será la primera vez que la llama ha encontrado su destino en Ensuña, y esperamos que para mostrar la forma en que la llama puede prosperar en nuestra hermosa nación. Por favor, siéntese y disfrute de la oferta, y buena suerte a todos los postores que aspiran a acoger estos juegos.


The Bidding Committee has carefully selected four cities fitting to play host to the XIV Simlympiad. The four cities are Erikkson, Scio, San Sebastian, and Alcelago.

Erikkson is the cosmopolitan, political, and economic center of Insulo, boasting numerous international countries, a population over nine million, and the seat of the national government.

Scio, a suburb of Erikkson, is an intellectual center of Insulo, home to two major universities and a unique collaborative and educational environment.

San Sebastian is a center of historical culture and a site of immense natural beauty, contrasted with new ultra modern growth due to an economic boom in its tourist economy.

Alcelago is the center of the Basque culture in Insulo, and is surrounded by picturesque landscapes in every direction. Alcelago provides an interesting contrast to other Insulonian cities.

El Comité de Licitación había seleccionado cuidadosamente cuatro ciudades apropiado para el anfitrión de la XIV Simlympiad. Las cuatro ciudades están Eriksson, Scio, San Sebastián, y Alcelago.

Eriksson es el cosmopolita, político, y el centro económico de Ensuña, jactándose numerosos países del mundo, una población de más de nueve millones de euros, y la sede del gobierno nacional.

Scio, un suburbio de Eriksson, es un centro intelectual de Ensuña, el hogar de dos grandes universidades y un ambiente único de colaboración y de educación.

San Sebastián es un centro de cultura histórica y un lugar de inmensa belleza natural, en contraste con el crecimiento de nuevos ultra moderna debido a un auge económico en la economía turística.

Alcelago es el centro de la cultura vasca en Ensuña, y está rodeado de pintorescos paisajes en todas las direcciones. Alcelago ofrece un interesante contraste con otras ciudades Ensuñan.


About Insulo
Sobre Ensuña

Insulo is a country of many faces, from the snow-capped mountains of Bascla to the sun-baked beaches of Maresa. The nation covers nearly all of the Pontusian Peninsula and a number of islands in the Alcadean Sea. Below is a map of the Republic of Insulo showing all fifteen provinces and their capitals. Erikkson, the main host city, has been national capital of Insulo since January 1st, 2011.



Insulo traces it's history as an organized state back to the year 113 BCE, when the Insola people conquered the various people of the Southern Hogara Peninsula and established the city of Insulo on a site located just outside the modern city of Nueva Valencia. The city's had a short life, shrinking from influence after a fire in 72 BCE, but the country it created went on to combine with the Puertian Federation to create the Insulonian Empire, one of the most powerful nations in the Alcadean. Current-Day Insulo traces it's beginning to the 1985 overthrow of the tyrannical Regime of the Insulonian Nationalist Party, replacing the Federation of Insulo with the Republic of Insulo. Since then the formerly repressed economy has burst into the 21st Century as the nation quickly modernized and the people looked to pave over the generic and reserved culture and architecture of the federation years. The building boom that ensued saw thousands of generic concrete blocks bulldozed to make way for the construction new glimmering ultra-modern cities. In contrast to the ultra-modern new construction, in the long neglected historic cities around the country a massive project to restore the areas to their former glory occurred. Today Insulonians take great pride in their country and it's vibrant culture, and under their beloved blue and white flag they hope to bring this enthusiasm to the world stage, and have started to show interest in hosting a number of international events, including of course this bid for the Simlympics.

Now, here are a few facts about Insulo:

Capital
Erikkson
CJ Union
USNW
Official Languages
Spanish, Portuguese, English
Regional Languages
Basque, Catalan, Galician
Population
66,300,431
GDP
2,839,709,782,135.14 USD
Government Type
Tricameral Republic
National Animal
Puffin
National Dish
Paella
National Sport
Football
Simylympic Appearances
2
Most Popular English Sports Network
IENC Sports
Literacy
99.9%
Percent of Population with Internet Access
98.7%
Largest Internet Service Provider
TeleInsulo
Number of International Airports
17
Percent of Roads Paved
89.3%
National Freeway System
TIE
National Freeway Standard Speed Limit
125 kmh (77.7 mph)
Percent of Population with Access to Public Transportation
78.2%

Ensuña es un país de muchas caras, desde las montañas nevadas de Bascla a las playas soleadas de Maresa. El país cubre casi toda la Península Pontusian y una serie de islas en el Mar Alcadía. A continuación se muestra un mapa de la República de Ensuña que muestra todos los quince provincias y sus capitales. Eriksson, la sede principal, ha sido capital nacional de Ensuña primero de enero de 2011.



Las huellas de la historia de Ensuña sucomo un Estado organizado de nuevo al año 113 AC, cuando el pueblo insolación conquistado las diferentes personas de la península del sur Hogara y estableció la ciudad de Ensuña en un sitio ubicado a las afueras de la moderna ciudad de Nueva Valencia. El de la ciudad tuvo una vida corta, la reducción de la influencia después de un incendio en el 72 AC., pero el país se creó fue el de combinar con la Federación Puertian para crear el Imperio Ensuñan, una de las naciones más poderosas del Alcadíá. Actual en el día rastros Ensuña es principio hasta el 1985 derrocamiento del régimen tiránico de los Ensuñan Partido Nacionalista, en sustitución de la Federación de Ensuña con la República de Ensuña. Desde entonces la economía antes reprimidas ha irrumpido en el siglo 21 como la nación rápidamente modernizado y la gente miraba para pavimentar más de la cultura de genéricos y reservado y la arquitectura de los años de la federación. El auge de la construcción que siguió vio a miles de genéricos bloques de hormigón demolido para dar paso a la construcción de nuevas ciudades brillantes ultra-moderno. En contraste con la construcción del nuevo edificio ultra-moderno, en las ciudades descuidado durante mucho tiempo histórico en todo el país un proyecto masivo para restaurar las áreas a su antigua gloria ocurrido. Ensuñanos Hoy sentimos muy orgullosos de su país y su cultura vibrante, y bajo su amada bandera azul y blanco que esperan llevar ese entusiasmo a la escena mundial, y han comenzado a mostrar interés en la organización de una serie de eventos internacionales, incluyendo por supuesto, esto licitación para la Simlímpicos.

Ahora, aquí están algunos hechos sobre Ensuña:

Capital
Eriksson
Unión de CJ
USNW
Lenguas Oficiales
español, portugués, inglés
Lenguas Regionales
vasco, catalán, gallego
Población
66.300.431
PIB
2.839.709.782.135,14 USD
Tipo de Gobierno
Tricameral República
Animal Nacional
Frailecillo
Plato Nacional
Paella
Deporte Nacional
Fútbol
Apariciones Simylímpicos
2
El Más Popular Canal de Deportes
IENC Deportes
La Alfabetización
99,9%
por ciento de la población con acceso a internet
98,7%
Más Grande Proveedor de Servicios Internet
TeleEnsuña
El Número de Aeropuertos Internacionales
17
El Porcentaje de Carreteras Pavimentadas
89,3%
Sistema Nacional de Autopistas
TIE
Autopista Norma Nacional de Límite de Velocidad
125 kmh (77,7 mph)
Porcentaje de Población con Acceso a Transporte Público
78,2%


Venues
Sitios de Eventos



Planned Events
Opening Ceremony, Athletics, Cultural Events, Football, Atheltics Closing Ceremony
Eventos Planificados
Ceremonia de Apertura, Eventos Culturos, Fútbol, Atletismo, Athletic Ceremonia de Clausura




Planned Events
Sailing, Rowing, Modern Pentathlon, Swimming, Triathlon, Night Events
Eventos Planificados
Navegación a Vela, Remo, Pentatlón Moderno, Natación, Triatlón, Eventos de Noche




Planned Events
Mountain Biking, BMX
Eventos Planificados
Bicicleta de Montaña, BMX




Planned Events
Handball, Badminton, Volleyball
Eventos Planificados
Balonmano, Bádminton




Planned Events
Basketball, Volleyball
Eventos Planificados
Básquetbol, Voleibol




Planned Events
Tennis
Eventos Planificados
Tenis




Planned Events
Football, Field Hockey
Eventos Planificados
Fútbol, Hockey sobre Hierba




Planned Events
Football, Rugby, Field Hockey
Eventos Planificados
Fútbol, Rugby, Hockey sobre Hierba




Planned Events
Beach Volleyball, Night Events
Eventos Planificados
Voleibol Playero, Eventos de Noche


Please Note that not all of the beach is shown, the beach completely wraps around the city of San Sebastian.
Tenga en cuenta que no todos los de la playa se muestra, la playa completamente envuelve alrededor de la ciudad de San Sebastián.


(Not Shown: Erikkson Rowing and Kayaking Complex, Sofia Roja Stadium (San Sebastian - Rugby), Erikkson Baseball Park, and Erikkson Velodrome. All are currently under construction.)

(No se muestra:. Eriksson Remo y Kayak complejo, Sofía Roja Stadium (San Sebastián - Rugby), Erikkson Parque de biesbol, y Eriksson Velódromo Todos están actualmente en construcción.)


Accommodations and Sights
Alojamiento y Atracciónes



The Athlete Residence in Erikkson will be the Heywood Resort at the Simlympic Park. The resort was just completed and is fitted with all the modern amenities you could ever want. The Resort will not open to the public until after the Simlympics, but is expected to receive a five star rating. There are training facilities in every building of the resort.

La Residencia de Deportistas Eriksson será el Resort Heywood en el Parque Simlympic. El complejo se completó justo y está equipado con todas las comodidades que usted podría desear. El complejo no se abrirá al público hasta después de la Simlympics, pero se espera que reciba una calificación de cinco estrellas. Hay centros de formación en todos los edificios del complejo.




The Athlete Residence in San Sebastian will be the Picturesque Las Velas Resort, constructed in 2002, it is a five star resort outfitted with all the amenities Simlympic Athletes could want, with trail access and training facilities on-site.

La Residencia deportista en San Sebastián será el pintoresco Las Velas Resort, construido en 2002, es un resort cinco estrellas equipado con todas las comodidades que pueda desear Simlympic atletas, con posibilidades de acceso en pista y la formación en el lugar.




The Athlete Residence in Alcelago will be the historic five-star Gorri Arrano Hotel, constructed in 1939 after the Great Alcelago Earthquake to show the resilience of the Insulonian Basques. The hotel has been updated with modern amenities and has a training facility on-site.

La Residencia de Deportistas Alcelago será el histórico cinco estrellas Gorri Arrano hotel, construido en 1939 después del Gran Terremoto de Alcelago para mostrar la resistencia de los vascos Ensuñan. El hotel ha sido actualizada con todas las comodidades modernas y cuenta con un centro de formación en el lugar.



The historic old town of San Sebastian, a very interesting place to visit. Just be careful it's extremely easy to get lost in the maze of narrow streets.

El casco histórico de San Sebastián, un lugar muy interesante para visitar. Sólo tenga cuidado de que es muy fácil perderse en el laberinto de calles estrechas.



The Republic Museum, housed fittingly inside a modern building designed to resemble sails with wind behind them, representing the future of Insulo, is an extremely interactive and engaging museum of the History of the Modern Insulonian Republic.

El Museo de la República, ubicado apropiadamente dentro de un moderno edificio diseñado para parecerse a las velas con el viento detrás de ellos, lo que representa el futuro de Ensuña, es un museo muy interactivo y atractivo de la Historia de la República moderna Ensuñan.

There are a number of highly rated hotels in the vicinity of all the venues, many of which will be offering special deals to spectators who show share their ticket identification number when reserving your room. The government plans to reserve a large number of rooms that can only be reserved by persons who possess a Simlympics Ticket. More Information in this aspect of the bid will be presented if the bid is selected, due to time constraints.

Hay una serie de hoteles valorados en las proximidades de todos los lugares, muchos de los cuales se ofrecen ofertas especiales a los espectadores que muestran compartir su número de identificación del billete en el momento de reservar su habitación. El Gobierno tiene previsto reservar un gran número de habitaciones que sólo pueden ser reservadas por personas que posean un billete Simlympics. Más información en este aspecto de la oferta se presentará si la oferta es seleccionada, por falta de tiempo.

Transportation
Transporte







Insulo, especially in the Erikkson Metropolitan Area, has invested a large amount of money and planning into developing a 21st century transportation network utilizing all forms of transportation. Two of the three host cities are served by an International Airport. Erikkson International Airport serves Erikkson and Scio and is the largest and busiest airport in Insulo, with 144 gates. San Sebastian is served by Cecilia Martinez International Airport, a major regional airport in Maresa, with 36 gates. Athletes will reach Alcelago, the only bidding city not served by an International Airport, via government owned aircraft to Alcelago Airfield. Spectators can reach the city by transit helicopter from Casa Barrera International Airport, by automobile via TIE-67, and by rail via the Águila Line. During the games the helicopter route to Alcelago will operate at quintuple normal capacity, and this is expected to be the primary mode of transportation to the events in Alcelago. Within all the cities there are highly modernized light rail networks, both above and below ground. The bid cities are all connected by the Insulonian Transit Helicopter System, and San Sebastian and Erikkson are connected with ferry lines. During the Games Simlympics Tickets will permit you free use of all modes of public transit, including taxis. The Insulonian Government will bear this cost for the convenience of the visitors to the games. The goal of the transportation plan is to provide the smoothest possible transit between venues.

Ensuña, especialmente en el área metropolitana de Eriksson, ha invertido una gran cantidad de dinero y la planificación en el desarrollo de una red de transporte del siglo 21o utilizando todas las formas de transporte. Dos de las tres sedes son atendidas por un aeropuerto internacional. Eriksson aeropuerto internacional sirve Eriksson y Scio y es el aeropuerto más grande y concurrido de Ensuña, con las 144 puertas. San Sebastián es servido por Cecilia Martínez del aeropuerto internacional, un gran aeropuerto regional de Maresa, con 36 puertas. Los atletas llegarán Alcelago, la ciudad de licitación sólo no son atendidas por un aeropuerto internacional, a través de las aeronaves propiedad del gobierno de Alcelago aeródromo. Los espectadores pueden llegar a la ciudad en helicóptero de la Casa Barrera de tránsito del aeropuerto internacional, en automóvil a través de TIE-67, y por ferrocarril a través de la línea Águila. Durante los juegos de la vía helicóptero a Alcelago funcionará a quintuplicar la capacidad normal, y esto se espera que sea el principal modo de transporte para los eventos en Alcelago. En todas las ciudades hay redes de luz altamente modernizado por ferrocarril, tanto por encima como por debajo del suelo. Las ciudades candidatas están todos conectados por el Ensuñan tránsito helicóptero del sistema, y San Sebastián y Eriksson se conectan con líneas de ferry. Durante los Juegos Simlympics Entradas le permitirá el uso gratuito de todos los modos de transporte público, incluidos los taxis. El Gobierno Ensuñan asumirá este coste para la comodidad de los visitantes a los juegos. El objetivo del plan de transporte es proporcionar la más suave posible tránsito entre lugares.


Culture
Cultura



Join in the Celebration

Insulonian Culture is alive and welcoming; when you are immersed in it you can feel the energy around you, and the custom of friendliness and hospitality insures you will be embraced and surrounded by it. Fiery is a fitting adjective in more than one way, Insulonians are fiercely patriotic and independent, and they love nothing more than a good festival celebrating this surrounded by bursting fireworks in the air laden with smoke and the sweet sounds of music. Festivals area major facet of Insulonian Culture, they bring together the different people in a community, whether it’s the farmers in a hamlet in Varmeta or the youth of an urban university. From subdued rural barbecues to the bright and sparkler filled carnival celebrations, Insulonians take their celebrations seriously, to miss a local festival for anything short of an emergency is practically unheard of.

Únete a Ca Celebración

Ensuñan Cultura está vivo y acogedor, cuando se sumergen en él se puede sentir la energía que te rodea, y la costumbre de hospitalidad y servicio asegura que se abrazaron y rodeado por ella. Fuego es un adjetivo adecuado en más de una forma, Ensuñanos son ferozmente patriótico e independiente, y que el amor no es más que un buen festival celebra este rodeado de fuegos artificiales estallan en el aire cargado de humo y los dulces sonidos de la música. Festivales faceta importante área de Ensuñan Cultura, que reunirá a los diferentes personas en una comunidad, ya sea a los agricultores en una aldea en Varmeta o los jóvenes de una universidad urbana. Desde sometido barbacoas rurales a las celebraciones de carnaval brillante y lleno de bengala, Ensuñanos tomar sus celebraciones en serio, a perder un festival local de nada menos que una emergencia es prácticamente desconocida.

Artistic Expression

The arts are not only embraced in Insulo, they are the way of life, community art displays fill city centers and music is frequently heard echoing through the evening air in a kind of perfect melody with sounds of night and the voices of the townspeople mingling around the square. The art of Insulo is distinctively Iberian, as is its music. As such dance is another important art, and the spinning of brightly colored flamenco dresses in squares and on stages almost always signals the beginning of summer.

Expresión Artística

Las artes no son sólo abrazó en Ensuña, son la forma de vida, muestra de arte en centros comunitarios de la ciudad y la música se oye con frecuencia haciendo eco a través del aire de la tarde en una especie de melodía perfecta con los sonidos de la noche y las voces de la gente del pueblo alrededor de mezcla la plaza. El arte de Ensuña es claramente ibérica, como lo es su música. Tales como la danza es otra de arte importante, y el giro de trajes de flamenca de colores brillantes en las plazas y en escenarios casi siempre marca el comienzo del verano.

Religious Harmony

Another important part of Insulonian society is religion, Insulo is primarily Roman Catholic with a significant Islamic minority. Since the beginning of the Republic, the government has strove to create a completely free, equal, and respectful society. For the most part this has succeeded, and all degrees of religious practice from atheism to the most devout exist in harmony. Insulo prides itself in this, and thus in addition to the usual local celebrations, art displays, and markets, religious festivals are a frequent sight in the town squares and streets around the country.

Armonía Religiosa

Otra parte importante de la sociedad Ensuñan es la religión, Ensuña es principalmente católica con una importante minoría islámica. Desde el comienzo de la República, el gobierno ha esforzó por crear una sociedad completamente libre, igual, y respetuosa. En su mayor parte, esto ha tenido éxito, y todos los grados de la práctica religiosa del ateísmo a la mayoría de los devotos conviven en armonía. Ensuña se enorgullece de ello, y por lo tanto, además de las habituales celebraciones locales, exposiciones de arte, y los mercados, fiestas religiosas son un espectáculo frecuente en las plazas y calles de todo el país.

Community Unity

The center of Insulonian cultural life is the city center, whether it’s a small plaza at the junction of two streets in the smallest village to the Plaza Mayor in Nueva Valencia, the meeting place of every community is its square. All the major events in Insulonian culture take place on this local stage, creating an unwavering sense of community and fierce local and national pride. This pride creates some very interesting rivalries in sports and other competitions. In many places the entire community will come out to attend sporting and musical events, from the primary school plays to the most bitter football rivalry.

Unidad de la Comunidad

El centro de la vida Ensuñan cultural es el centro de la ciudad, si se trata de una pequeña plaza en el cruce de dos calles en el pueblo más pequeño de la Plaza Mayor de Nueva Valencia, el lugar de encuentro de toda comunidad es su plaza. Todos los eventos más importantes en la cultura Ensuñan llevará a cabo en esta fase local, creando un sentido firme de la comunidad y fiero orgullo local y nacional. Este orgullo crea algunas rivalidades muy interesante en los deportes y otras competiciones. En muchos lugares de toda la comunidad va a salir para asistir a eventos deportivos y musicales, desde la escuela primaria juega a la rivalidad futbolística más amargo.

This culture with its hospitality, incredible national and community pride, unique harmony of a great diversity of peoples and beliefs, and its insatiable appetite for celebration and friendly interaction is the perfect environment to give birth to a Simlympics no one will ever forget, if they even want to leave.

Esta cultura de la hospitalidad, el orgullo increíble nacional y comunitario, la armonía única de una gran diversidad de pueblos y creencias, y su insaciable apetito por la interacción celebración y amigable es el ambiente perfecto para dar a luz a una Simlympics nadie va a olvidar, si incluso quieren dejar.

Food
Comida



Tradition of Tapas
Insulo has unique and diverse culinary tradition. Food in Insulo is an entire cultural experience in itself. The tradition of tapas makes going out for food at night an exciting adventure that is different every time. At night the streets come alive with people "van de tapas", which literally means going to tapas, expressing it's status above a simple trip to a restaurant.

Tradición de Tapas
Ensuña tiene tradición culinaria única y diversa. Alimentación en Enusña es toda una experiencia cultural en sí mismo. La tradición de tapas hace salir a los alimentos por la noche una aventura apasionante que es diferente cada vez. Por la noche, las calles cobran vida con las personas "van de tapas", que literalmente significa ir a las tapas, expresando su estatus por encima de un simple viaje a un restaurante.


Influence of the Sea
Seafood is an important aspect of Insulonian gastronomy, with plentiful fishing grounds encircling the country. The diet in most coastal regions, such as the Hogara region that contains Erikkson, consists mostly of seafood, served in just about any manner imaginable. The specific seafood served depends heavily on the season and the "Catch of the Day", so you can experience a variety of seafood options and explore new flavors.

Influencia del Mar
El marisco es un aspecto importante de la gastronomía Ensuñano, con abundantes zonas de pesca de cerco del país. La dieta en la mayoría de las regiones costeras, tales como la región que contiene Hogara Eriksson, consiste principalmente en pescados y mariscos que se sirve en casi cualquier forma imaginable. Los mariscos específica servido depende en gran medida de la temporada y la "pesca del día", así que usted puede experimentar una variedad de opciones de productos del mar y explorar nuevos sabores.


The Art of Jamón
Ham is Insulo is not you basic deli meat ham, Insulonians take their ham seriously. A special variety called Jamón Alcadía is prized above all others. To bear this prestigious name the ham must come from an Alcadean Black Pig, raised with free range of a specified amount of area per pig in the traditional manor. The ham is then dried for two weeks, after which it is cured for 12-48 months until it is ready for sale. The ham is traditionally served in very thin slices, sometimes as part of a tapas offering.

El arte de Jamón
El jamón en Ensuñá no es que el jamón de base carnes frías, Ensuñanos tomar su jamón en serio. Una variedad especial llamado Jamón Alcaldía es apreciado por encima de todos los demás. Para soportar este prestigioso nombre del jamón debe provenir de un cerdo Alcaldíano Negro, levantó con aire libre de una cantidad determinada de la superficie por cerdo en la casa tradicional. El jamón se seca durante dos semanas, tras lo cual se cura de 12-48 meses hasta que esté listo para la venta. El jamón se sirve tradicionalmente en rodajas muy finas, a veces como parte de una oferta de tapas.


Conclusion
Conclusión

The Bidding Committee would like to end the bid presentation with a thank you to everyone for taking the time to read through our bid. Thank you all, and especially thank you to the other bidding nations that have given us such great competition. Good Luck to all, we hope we get the opportunity to truly show you what Insulo is all about in June.

¡Hasta Luego!

El Comité de Licitación gustaría terminar la presentación con una oferta gracias a todos por tomarse el tiempo para leer a través de nuestra oferta. Gracias a todos, y especialmente gracias a las naciones de licitación otros que nos han dado la competencia tan grande. Buena suerte a todos, esperamos tener la oportunidad de mostrar lo que realmente le Ensuña se trata en junio.

¡Hasta Luego!

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Post by 2b2gbi on Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:45 pm

This is just a preview of a place we will be visiting soon, a place very different than what you have seen before. The place is the depressing city of Cxefurbo and it's equally depressing surroundings. The city, the former utopian pipe-dream of the Insulonian Nationalist Party, overthrown in 1985. The city now reeks of a past that people want to forget, which further leads to the dilapidation of the city as people flee the collapsing concrete blocks.



This one is a mosaic, on some sites you will need to click the link:



There should be a full update about this place next weekend, if not earlier.

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Here's a map for your Reference:



Today we'll start with a mosaic from San Sebastian, just to set up the contrast:



Now we move to a very different place, the former Capital of Insulo, Cxefurbo. Cxefurbo is a planned city, and the original phase build in 1947 after the Viboras Swamps were drained. The city was designed to be inexpensive and simplistic, the realization of the utopian dreams of the Insulonian National Party. In 1971, the outer levee broke, and now the swamps have reclaimed large tracts of the city.

Welcome to the Swamps:



When man attempts to outdo nature, well you can see who won (Mosaic):



On the other side of the wall we see a typical, gloomy day in Cxefurbo:



So much concrete (mosaic):





Hope you liked this contrast to other parts of Insulo. I really do enjoy doing things that are different, being one dimensional is just so boring, and I want to like the game. It is after all a game, even if I use it more like a canvas.

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Post by 2b2gbi on Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:05 pm

It's been so long since I've done this. Sorry about that by the way, real life has been incredibly busy then we went on a cross-country road trip. I'm back now though, and have been working on a little side project call Jonesboro, an attempt to create a realistic American city, showcasing everything from it's Sunday best to it's dingy nightwear. Then after each picture I'll explain the influence on the picture from various American cities, mostly in the Midwest. I hope you enjoy this break from Insulo, it's been something I've wanted to do for a very long time, and now I have time. So, with no further ado, a little something to wet your whistle.



This particular picture, our unceremonious welcome to Jonesboro, is of the inner-city neighborhood known as Jonesboro. When I made this section of the city I tried to incorporate my experiences with low-class inner-city neighborhoods, and one depressing small town. The wide parkways were inspired by the Parkway system in my hometown, Kansas City. This is a minor parkway, nothing like a major parkway like The Paseo in Kansas City, and thus has fallen into disrepair, though pretty flowers have been proven to do very little to pierce through the crime and poverty anyway. The rest of the general dilapidation is inspired mostly by again the Northeast side of Kansas city, Missouri, and my recent travels through the North Side of St. Louis, Missouri, East St. Louis, Illinois, and Cairo, Illinois.

Well that's all you get for now, sorry! Hope you're looking forward to seeing more though.

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Post by 2b2gbi on Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:08 pm

Hello again everyone, this is the first real update in my side project, Jonesboro. I've tweaked the formula to have a lot less text, so without further ado:

The first Image is of Liberty Boulevard cutting through the heart of Edenderry. The wide parkway in this picture is based on the Parkways in Kansas City, Missouri. The rest of the scene is influenced primarily by urban areas in the states of Missouri and Illinois.



Here we see some rowhouses in Edenberry. This area was influenced my many larger American cities with rowhouses, though most of the actual models used are typical of Baltimore.



This image shows a wealthier area of Edenderry, Millionaire Row along Washington Avenue, which is the street seen horizontally. This is based rather specifically off of Millionaire Row in Cairo, Illinois, with some additional influence from areas in Kansas City.



The next picture depicts another scene with rowhouses, as well as some small commercial, along Liberty Boulevard. This image has the same influences as the other picture of rowhouses



The last picture is of Thames Street crossing I-257 with the interchange built to give Edenderry better access to the freeway system. This is influenced by urban freeways in Kansas City and other cities in the Midwest.



I hope you enjoyed this, I put a lot of work into it. Next update may be of Edenderry or another area of Jonesboro, or possibly even a jump back to Insulo. You'll have to wait to know, as I haven't made up my mind yet.

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Post by 2b2gbi on Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:06 pm

Now for a quick preview of the next place we'll visit in the Jonesboro Project: Jonesboro West, Missouri. That also bring another teaser, I've decided on a real world location for Jonesboro, which I will detail in the next update.



Hopefully that got you interested. I'd really like your opinions of this before the next update, so feel free to share any opinion positive or negative. I may even include your suggestions in the next update if I like them.

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Post by K50 on Sat Jul 23, 2011 5:24 pm

I like how nobody comments here Razz

BTW it's great!
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Post by Liberater444 on Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:24 am

Looks fantastic Jon!
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Post by canuck3360 on Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:24 am

2 things
1-in the last pic of the update before this one I love the custom Fire engine in all white there looks great
2- I'm loving that tunnel under the bridge

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Post by 2b2gbi on Sun Aug 07, 2011 4:53 pm

Hello everyone, today we're going to go back to Insulo! The city we'll visit is one that has hardly got any mention before now, Purto Maculo in the far-eastern Basque-speaking region of Insulo.

Here is a map of Insulo, Purto Masculo is on the far right in white:



First we'll see some anchovy fishing boats out at sea near the city. The waters here are plentiful in seafood that plays a big role in the diet of the city.



Now we go to the border between the city and the beach. The beach here, called Hondartza Harrigarri, goes very far inland and is one of the most famous beaches in Insulo.



A picture of the Lehoikumek neighborhood showing a canal that brings water to the city from a nearby river. The canal was once an important shipping route to inland towns, but with the advent of roads and railroads became largely recreational.



A wide boulevard near the main plaza of the city featuring numerous sculptures from a variety of time periods. Purto Masculo has long been a favorite location of artists of all kinds. Also shown are two cannons that once guarded Purto Masculo's strategic position between the Insulonian and Posillipan Kingdoms.



Finally we go even further back in the history of Insulo, here you see an ancient Insulonian temple. The temple itself is in ruin, but an urn inside that will soon be extracted to the national history museum is remarkably intact.



Hope you enjoyed this city, I put a lot of hard work into this and you can expect to visit it again.

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Post by emperordaniel on Sun Aug 07, 2011 11:26 pm

I sure did! Very Happy Where'd you get the cannons? They look impressive Smile
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Post by canuck3360 on Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:44 am

Very Nice I like the BLVD. very realistic with that traffic!

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Post by 2b2gbi on Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:13 pm

Hello everyone, we are again visiting the picturesque seaside, and mountainside, town of Purto Masculo.

Here is the map just for your reference, the city is on the far right in white:



To start this time we see the beginnings of a beautiful sunrise in the mountains outside the city as a sheepherder tends to his flock.



Now as the sun reaches it's full brightness we arrive in the small hamlet called Dedí along the winding road into the mountains.



Now we find our selves in the jumbled narrow streets where car traffic is banned for the safety of everyone, drivers and pedestrians alike. This particular neighborhood is called Lehoikumek, or Lion Cubs in the Basque language native to the region.



Finally we see St. Peter's Cathedral flanked by two massive columns from ancient Insulonian times that have be made into decorative pieces adorned with christian sculptures.



Hope you liked this update, I very much like working with this city and have put a lot of extra work into it with all the lotting. I very much appreciate comments, both complimenting and critiquing, so feel free to respond.

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Post by canuck3360 on Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:55 am

now with traffic banned is there outer roadways to get around or mass transit? or is it just that section of town with no cars? anyway looks great!

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