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Francistown 2011 | A Paradise of Wonder

Post by emperordaniel on Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:59 am


FRANCISTOWN 2011 | A PARADISE OF WONDER

Table of Contents:

Introduction
Acommodations
Venue
Transportation
Sights
Closing statement


Note: The table of contents contains links to the different parts of the bid.


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Introduction

Post by emperordaniel on Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:07 am

Today, our new King-Emperor, Charles I, made a speech in which he officially opened the bid for the 18th ISC Session by our national capital of Francistown.


King-Emperor Charles I wrote:"I'd like to make a statement about our grand and wonderful capital of Francistown. Francistown's history goes back to the early 19th century, when our King Francis III sent out scouts to find a good location for a new city to help relieve the capital city of Mousford, which was suffering from overcrowding. The newly-founded city quickly grew, and by the year 1900, had become a showcase of all the best that Grand had to offer, with magnificent Posilliponian buildings on every corner, buildings in authentic Grandian style in many other places, and parkland and tree-lined canals everywhere. This would all change with the invasion of Grand by Trentannia in 1941.

During the war, much of Francistown was devastated by the bombing. When the Trentannians took over Grand, they made Francistown the new capital of the 'Republic of Grand', and intended to make it a showcase of how Trentannia could improve even devastated countries. Their mark can still be seen in the numerous Trentannian buildings to be found all over the city.

In 1952, after over a decade of being a puppet state of Trentannia, a combined force of Free Grandians and Posilliponians finally liberated Francistown from the Trentannian Empire, though at a heavy price: over 65% of the city was destroyed in the especially fierce battle, with an especially heavy toll taken on the historic Posilliponian structures. In many cases, 'gaps' in places in the Posilliponian areas of the city where it seems like there was once a large building there were created when the remains of the destroyed buildings were cleared after the war, with new, smaller buildings going up in their place.

The 1960s were a period of turmoil for Grand, with the death of King Francis V, who had guided the Free Grandians through the war, and his wife Queen Jennifer, the former Crown Princess of Puget, as well as an invasion of the nation by the communist People's Republic of Belluterra. During this time, Francistown's population grew substantially as scores of Belluterran refugees immigrated to Grand, many of them choosing to stay in Francistown. Also, during this time, construction began on one of the most famous landmarks of the city today, Saint Josephine's Cathedral.


Saint Josephine's Cathedral under construction


In the '70s, King Daniel III, the Grandian King at the time, drew up plans for making Francistown his new capital, replacing Mousford, which had been the capital since the 17th century. The plans called for a complete rejuvenation of the East Side of town, which had been a primarily industrial area since the turn of the century, but was becoming abandoned as many industries relocated farther west, or even in other countries. However, the half-completed Project Rejuvenation was indefinitely postponed when King Daniel III died in 1997, leaving the throne to his second son, who became King Daniel IV.

The new King continued to postpone Project Rejuvenation for the time being, focusing instead on completing his lifetime goal of uniting Grand and Belluterra, which had so fatefully seperated in 1790. However, after the reunion took place in 1998, with himself being crowned as Emperor Daniel I of Belluterra, he re-embarked on Project Rejuvenation. The project was finally completed in 2010, over 34 years after it began.

In 2005, Francistown celebrated its bicentennial, with great celebration. A monumental statue of King Francis III, who was the original founder of Francistown, was unveiled in King Francis Plaza as part of the celebrations. It would also be on this square, six years later, that one of King-Emperor Daniel IV's personal bodyguards attempted to assassinate the Imperial Family. In this, he was only partially successful, killing Princess Royal May's husband, as well as fatally wounding my father, King-Emperor Daniel IV & I, who died a few weeks later.


King Francis Plaza


Not too long ago, Francistown submitted a bid for the 17th ISC Session; however, we lost to Barnanova. This time, we hope to win this bid, as the next step in our goal of hosting the Summer Simlympics in this magnificent city of ours. In ten days, bidding for the ISC Session will close. In these ten days, we shall present more of our city, in the hopes that we will win this bid. All that said, I now officially open Francistown's bid for the 18th ISC Session! Now, until we present the accommodations, farewell! Khot hap ee ko!"


An ethnically Posilliponian area of town


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Re: Francistown 2011 | A Paradise of Wonder

Post by K50 on Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:39 pm

Nice, but I'm not a big fan of the transition to Mediterranean to French that quick....

Rest looks great though, I love the first picture!

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Acommodations

Post by emperordaniel on Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:21 am

Now, we will go over some of the best acommodations in the city, all of which have opened their doors to house the ISC members for the session.

Over here is the largest, most modern, and newest of the hotels in Francistown, the Wave Hotel, with a rating of five stars, notable for its distinctive wave-like shape and ultra-modern sleek interior. Some of the advantages of staying in this hotel are that it is situated on an avenue that leads directly to the Imperial Senate, where the session will take place, and that it is next to the Francistown beach, considered to be one of the finest in the nation, and also that it is not too far from several coastal landmarks in Francistown.


The Wave Hotel


When going over the list of good hotels in the city, you musn't omit the Imperial, an older hotel dating to the late '60s, but still in good shape. Although not as highly rated in comparison to the Wave, it still is also rated 5 stars because of excellent service. This state-run hotel is usually the place of acommodations for conferences held in Francistown, as the service and acommodations are consistently superb, despite being over 40 years old. When first built, it was the tallest building in Grand; however, it has been superseeded by several other structures since. Some advantages of this hotel are its location, not far from several historic Francistown structures, plus the fact that it is right next to a large station on the Blue Line of the Francistown Metro, and the fact that it commands excellent views of the city due to its height.


The Imperial


Last, but certainly not least, we have the Hotelle tee Palmé, a hotel complex built in the Tropical Grandian style in the Old Town part of town. The tower in the upper left corner of the smaller hotel building at the lower right is one of the oldest structures in Francistown, having survived nearly two centuries of wars, fires, demolitions, earthquakes, floods, you name it. It was slated for demolition in the 1970s, but architectural preservationists started a large campaign to save the historic building, with complete success. The top floor, formerly the belfry of a now long-gone-and-forgotten church, now serves as a restaurant. Some advantages of being in this hotel are that it, like the above, is also near to a metro station, as well as the fact that it is situated in the oldest, most historic part of the city, and that staying here allows you to live like much of the Grandian populace.


The Hotelle tee Palmé


That's all for now! Khot hap ee ko, until we present the venue!

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Venue

Post by emperordaniel on Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:44 am

Today, we are presenting the venue for the ISC bid, so, without any further ado, enjoy!

The venue where the session would take place should we win is the Imperial Senate House, located very near to the geographic center of the city. The meeting where the city is decided will take place in one of the many meeting chambers in the right wing (left of picture), and the announcement of the winning city will take place in the Senatorial Hall in the left wing (right of picture), capable of taking up to 900 viewers in the gallery, in addition to the 400 Imperial Senators.


Imperial Senate House


Plans for an Imperial Senate House were originally drawn up in the 1960s; it was planned to replace as Senate House the old Gubernatorial Palace in Mousford, which was the Grandian capital at the time. Had it been built, it would have become the largest and most ornate building in Grand, with a height of over 600 meters, a length of 400 meters, and a width of 100 meters. It was canceled upon the death of King Francis V, when only part of the foundation, as well as some of the surrounding parkland, had been done.

Upon the initiation of Project Rejuvenation in 1971, construction began on a scaled-down version of the building which had been planned for Mousford, to be constructed in the heart of the East Side, with the main roads of the capital radiating in four directions from it. Construction on the main part of the Parliament was completed in 1995, but the massive gold-plated dome was not finished until 2009. The Senate held its first session there the following year. The large column in front of the Senate depicts the Angel of Victory, and serves as a memorial to all the conflicts that Grand has been involved in from the beginning of the 17th century to the end of the 20th century, when the monument was completed. Behind the Senate is a large metro station that serves as the junction of the Gold and Red lines.

Khot hap ee ko, until the presentation of the transportation!

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Transportation

Post by emperordaniel on Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:17 am

Absolutely nessecary for hosting any high-profile event, and especially something as important as an ISC Session, is having good transport in your city. Today we'll be going over some of the transportation options available here.

First, we have the Francistown Metro, a subway system founded in the 1950s by King Francis V that spans much of the city, and is currently being expanded. Here is a map of the routes it takes, with labels:


Map of the Francistown Metro


Now we'll go over some of the stations from the different lines. First, we have Queen Jennifer Station, named after Queen Jennifer, the Crown Princess of Puget, who married King Francis V. Located just behind the venue, the station forms the junction of the Red Line and the Gold Line. It is designed to blend in with the surrounding parkland, and the interior is decorated with lavish greenery. Just outside the station is a taxi stand, which always has plenty of taxis available to take you anywhere you wish.


Queen Jennifer Station


Next, we have Pitt Station, a small station located on the Red Line next to the Ministry of Culture, Arts, and Sports building. This is the newest station on the Francistown Metro, only being inagurated last month.


Pitt Station


Over here we have Liberty Station on the Green Line, in the heart of one of two downtowns in the city, seperated by the Imperial Senate and the surrounding parks.


Liberty Station


Finally, to complete our brief overview of the Francistown Metro, we have Crystal Station, the largest station in Francistown, capable of taking up to 30,000 commuters. The interior, which was designed by the architect Patrick Ealason, rivals in magnificence many of the stations on the Moscow Metro, and is a tourist stop in its own right.


Crystal Station


Although we've finished looking at the metro system, we still have a few more points to cover. Here is a central bus station for this district of the city, capable of taking over 10,000 people at a time. Francistown has an excellent bus network, which, despite its young age, covers much of the city.


Beachend District Bus Station


Finally, to end the coverage of Francistown's transportation systems, we present the airport, the largest civillian airfield in Grand, which has a capacity of over 500,000 passengers per year, with its capacity being upgraded to a goal of 1,000,000 annually. It is capable of taking most civillian aircraft, has its own private Learjet air taxi service, and also has an ordinary taxi service which may take you as far as Kingston, over 40 kilometers to the north.


Francistown International Airport


That's all for now folks! Khot hap ee ko, and do come back for the showing of some of Francistown's major tourist stops, coming soon!


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Re: Francistown 2011 | A Paradise of Wonder

Post by K50 on Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:21 pm

Your map isn't working for me

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Re: Francistown 2011 | A Paradise of Wonder

Post by canuck3360 on Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:39 am

me either it appears that the image has been deleted

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Sights

Post by emperordaniel on Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:31 am

K50, Canuck: I haven't uploaded the map yet Razz Dabu is currently working on it, so it should be up real soon though Smile
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Now we shall present a few of the most popular tourist sights in Francistown. There are many places to visit, but because of time constraints, as well as other factors, we'll only be presenting the most popular ones.

First, let's start off with Beachside Lane, about the only area of Francistown where Trentannian-style structures still survive in large numbers. The lane is famous for its quaint old shops and rowhouses, as well as for the boardwalk that runs along the entire beach, equipped at regular intervals with snack stands and drinking fountains.


Old Trentannian buildings are the norm around Beachside


Aaah, soft white sand, the pounding of the surf, the cry of seagulls in the distance... what could be better than a trip to the beach? And Francistown's beach isn't any old beach either. It is fully supplied with every modern convenience that would make a trip here fully enjoyable for everyone. There are also deck chairs, sunloungers, and sun-umbrellas available free of rent. Besides that, there are also many beachside bars, snack stands, boat rentals, jetski rentals, and even a large marina.


A relatively quiet portion of the beach


If going to the beach isn't really your thing, you can visit the waterfall situated at the entrance to the city, situated in the woods surrounding Francistown. The waterfall is situated on the Garble River, which once flowed into the ocean, but is now used to supply the extensive decorative canals that crisscross much of the city. The river is well-stocked with fish, and is very popular among sport fishermen from all over the nation. It should not be too difficult to locate the falls, as the sound of its roar can be heard for kilometers.


White Falls


Speaking of canals, how about a trip to St. Francis Park? This enormous city park covers over 4 square kilometers, and is crisscrossed everywhere by the many canals fed by the Garble River. The locals often come here to feed the ducks, relax in the shade, or just for a stroll. You might also meet some prominent politicians here, as the main government buildings, including the Imperial Parliament, are located in the central area of the park.


An outer corner of one district of the park


If you're a fan of classical architecture, then we recommend a visit to Saint Josephine's Cathedral, the largest church in the city. Built in classical Posilliponian style, the completion of the cathedral is generally considered to be the end of the Grandian Rennisance, which had gone into rapid decline after the Trentannian invasion.


Saint Josephine's Cathedral


Finally, we have King Francis Plaza, situated next to the only remaining open-air section of what used to be part of the original Francistown canal system, excavated in the 1820s, now serving as a drainage system for the overflow from the canals fed by the Garble. At the far end you can see a massive bronze statue of the King who was in power when this city was founded, King Francis III. There are also bus and metro stations nearby for easy access.


King Francis Plaza


This is all for now. Khot hap ee ko, and please come back for the final part of the bid, coming soon!

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Closing statement

Post by emperordaniel on Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:38 am

Earlier today, His Royal & Imperial Majesty, Charles the First, King of Grand, Emperor of Belluterra, King of Malo, Grand Duke of Royale, Duke of Long Island, Count of Creek, Count of Skarr, and Count of Tranquil, made a televised speech from Kingston Castle, in Kingston, where he is staying at the moment.


Kingston Castle


King-Emperor Charles I wrote:
Charles I


To all those in Grand, Belluterra, Malo, or wherever else you may be, greetings. The last 18 days have been filled with many bids for the 18th ISC session. We give our sincerest congratulations to all those who have bidded. In our bid, from our lovely national capital of Francistown, you have seen many wonders. It's no wonder, therefore, that the Grandian, Belluterran, and Malonese National Simlympic Committee has chosen the motto of the bid to be "A Paradise of Wonder", for a paradise it truly is. We are fully ready to welcome the ISC to Francistown this September, and we promise that we will give them our best hospitality, so that they will always remember their time spent in Francistown as a happy, enjoyable time, perhaps even the best time they ever had. Now, we await the announcement of the winning bid, which will take place in a few days. So, until the winning bid is decided, Khot hap ee ko! Goodbye!

Now that Charles has made his closing speech, the bid is now 99% complete. Only one thing remains- the metro map, which will come within about 24 hours.

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Re: Francistown 2011 | A Paradise of Wonder

Post by emperordaniel on Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:38 pm

Just added the metro map. Smile The bid is now 100% complete. cheers

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