Ideas for AR120-54, Seneppi.
Seneppi, officially the State of Seneppi or the Great State of Seneppi, is a state in the Grand Lakes region of the Federal States. Seneppi borders (Grand Lake 1), (Grand Lake 2), Walkegan to the north, AR-120-53 to the south, and Velena to the south, and is across (Grand Lake 2) from Makaska.
" Promoveo, proficio, progredior
English: Advance, Advance, Advance"
| Official Name:|
The Great State of Seneppi
| Other Names:|
The Mallard State, The Two Waters State, The Great State
Promoveo, proficio, progredior
English: Advance, Advance, Advance
|Status||State of Federal States|
|Largest city||Wallawaukee (1,182,000)|
|Airports||Wallawaukee Foley-Fillmore International Airport, Gramercy Metropolitan Airport|
|Passenger Rail||SERTA Commuter Rail|
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History/Development
- 3 Really Major Cities (500,000-1.25 million people)
- 4 Other Major Cities (250,000-500,000 people)
- 5 Smaller Cities (40,000-250,000 people)
- 6 Wallawaukee thoughts
- 7 Trenchent/Lake Glen thoughts
- 8 Gramercy thoughts
- 9 Franklinsburgh thoughts
- 10 Personsboro and Leonard thoughts
- 11 Annagawi thoughts
- 12 Miraun thoughts
- 13 Alkete thoughts
- 14 Transportation
- 15 Highway sketches (subject to change)
- 16 Rural
- 17 Rising tide lifts almost all boats- Gramercy left behind
- 18 Brands to be used (open to use by other users)
Seneppi comes from the native _____ word "Isinepi", meaning two waters, likely from the state's location between two of the great lakes, ______ & ______. However the name is also similar to the word for mustard in many languages, causing some confusion.
"I kind of imagine Seneppi as initially being mostly indigenous people with the largest indigenous settlements south of modern day Wallawaukee and still existing in some forms, but then with settlements by colonists/settlers, Wallawaukee and Gramercy began to grow, with Gramercy becoming the larger industry and manufacturing hub due to the comparative lesser indigenous population and equally optimal water access to Wallawaukee. Wallawaukee would have been more of a trading/transport hub. Northern Seneppi is largely farming and other agriculture, with Wallawaukee originally acting as the main export hub, especially when the railroads were improved. The railroads would also eventually connect Gramercy to Wallawaukee for transport of manufactured goods, helping create the cities in between like Personsboro and Leonard. Eventually, Gramercy would end up facing steep decline as FSA manufacturing declined. So I suppose in a broader sense, Seneppi probably would have been part of some larger claimed territory that was settled by various groups over time, maybe at the promise of some sort of land ownership. Some groups would probably have been more understanding of indigenous settlements than others. " -Forum, 8/27/18
- From @TheMayor: "I've been working under the general assumption that the Lakes region generally developed east to west, with the demand for Lakes Region agriculture and later manufacturing increasing as the Stanton area and the rest of the East Coast grew in population. So I see Wallawaukee getting a headstart on Lake City by 10-20 years as the westernmost port on the navigable lakes until your canal opens and really opens up Lake 4 for speculation and development.
- Lake City itself was primarily founded as the eastern terminus of the Ondassagam Waterway, which is a waterway network that links Lakes 3 and 4 as well as the tributary to River 1. However, by the time the waterway opens, we're into the age of railroads so Lake City explodes in population since it's the nexus point between the Lakes Region and a (not yet mapped) railroad up the western border/coast to Jundah. By the late 1800s/early 1900s I see Lake City and Wallawaukee becoming more connected with railroad connections that allow agriculture/materials to be sent from the northwest through Lake City and to port at Wallawaukee via rail, but I also see more tension between our cities since the direct rail connection from Lake City towards the east coast goes north of Lake Glen and bypasses Seneppi entirely. I see it as a Chicago/St. Louis or Chicago/Milwaukee dynamic but with less of a population differential." -Forum, 6/19/19
"I think that also works with the way the railroads are set up in Seneppi- besides the intra-state lines connecting cities like Gramercy to Lake 1 and the connection through Miller to Lake City, they really direct most of the main traffic up through Wallawaukee to the northeast (hopefully through the tip of Walkegan and most likely through Nordseehaven and around the top of Lake 1), which I imagined being the direct rail connection towards the east coast for Seneppi- so kind of Wallawaukee's answer to being bypassed by Lake City's rail line, I suppose.
Might also work well for explaining a bit of Miller's growth since it's the one city in the area that presumably would have had/will have easy direct access to both Lake City's rail connection northwestward and Wallawaukee's water and rail connections portward and eastward." -Forum, 6/19/19
Really Major Cities (500,000-1.25 million people)
- Wallawaukee- (1,182,000) (a vague attempt at "water land") the largest city in the state. A lot of inspiration from Chicago with a tint of Milwaukee. A thriving city with a robust (but American style) transit system, architectural heritage, etc that successfully reinvented itself as a financial and technological hub. While a couple areas were hit hard, Wallawaukee would be sort of the poster child for the industrial city that "made it". Located in the NE part of the state alongside the great lake to the east.
- Gramercy (and Clinton)- (524,000) Sort of a Graham City 2.0, Gramercy would be a Detroit style manufacturing city with several New York-like attributes as well as a car manufacturing history like Detroit. As a stark contrast to Wallawaukee, Gramercy got hit extremely hard by the economic downturn and is extremely rundown and near-bankrupt. Remnants of a once thriving New York-ish city abound (a large but now largely dysfunctional subway, grand but abandoned buildings, massive parks that have devolved into brownfield, etc) but in its current state it's in poor shape. It's in the far western part of the state along the great lake to the west.
Other Major Cities (250,000-500,000 people)
- Franklinsburgh (330,000?)
- Personsboro and Leonard metropolitan area combined (includes cities along the river)
Smaller Cities (40,000-250,000 people)
- Annagawi- State capital, population ~180,000
- Miraun (eastern coastal city) population ~47,000
- Alkelte Near the peninsula facing Makaska. Sort of a secondary city to Franklinsburgh
- Governor Laura Sutter- [state centrist] party Governor in the 90s that helped make Seneppi's transit focus possible.
- WUTA- Wallawaukee Urban Transit Authority-
- Serves Wallawaukee by bus
- Serves much of the Wallawaukee metropolitan area (including Brighston and Ellenwood) with a subway network, the Wallawaukee Subway
- The "Ellie"- the nickname for the mostly elevated Wallawaukee Subway/Wallawaukee Rapid Transit (including the BeeLine Light Rail in Brighston), run by WUTA. Maybe a woman mascot named Ellie for the subway as well? This can be figured out much later
- CETA- City of Ellenwood Transit Authority
- GlenTran- Trenchent/Lake Glen's transit system
- NEStran- NorthEast Seneppi Transit Regional Authority, a regional system serving Wallawaukee/Brighston/Ellenwood/Trenchent and suburbs with regional commuter rail and bus service.
Statewide Intercity Transit
- ConnectSeneppi- ConnectSeneppi's CL, CB, and SW lines connect Wallawaukee/Brighston/Lake Glen to Gramercy, Personsboro-Leonard, Annagawi and Franklinsburgh.
- ? The University of Seneppi at Wallawaukee?
- University of Wallawaukee (UWallawaukee)
- Wallawaukee Central City University (WCCU)- a small historic university located in downtown Wallawaukee. Partially known as a liberal arts school, but partners with neighboring Caroline Webb Medical Center to offer really good medical and public health programs.
- Kelling University- a small historic college near Waterfront Strip
- Brighston State University- A major state university technically in downtown Brighston (duh). See other info about Brighston below.
Smaller Suburbs and Secondary Cities
Brighston would flourish partially as Wallawaukee's "business park", being home to many major headquarters.
Ellenwood is more of a secondary city known partially as a quieter residential suburban-style city, the largest of its kind in the Wallawaukee metro. The city is still connected to the WUTA subway system via the Ellenwood Express (Silver Line).
Trenchent/Lake Glen thoughts
Trenchent and Lake Glen are secondary cities to Wallawaukee, but operate with some autonomy. Lake Glen could also be argued to be a secondary city to Pike.
- GlenTran- Trenchent/Lake Glen's transit system. Probably mostly local bus, with NEStran operating the commuter rail through the area.
- Joseph Gramercy II- The original founder of the Gramercy Motor Company, today Gramercy-Clinton Motors.
- GraMetro- Gramercy Metropolitan Transit
- A few elevated subway lines still in operation, but service can unreliable
- Several deactivated elevated subway lines, shut down after cost of operation was too high for the bankrupt city
- Somewhat unreliable infrequent bus service, with indirect routes attempting to cover too much area
Statewide Intercity Transit
- ConnectSeneppi- State funded commuter rail is largely the city's lifeline with many residents actually working in Personsboro or Leonard.
- Gramercy Metro International Airport
- Gramercy-Clinton Motors (GCM)- one of the largest auto manufacturers in the FSA
- Crystalline Motors- A smaller luxury car manufacturer also based out of Gramercy
- Seneppi Steel- akin to US Steel in Gary Indiana
- GoFAST- Franklinsburgh Area System of Transportation
- A few light rail lines, fairly good bus service
Personsboro and Leonard thoughts
- PLATA- Personsboro-Leonard Area Transit Authority
- PLATA is very strongly based around bus service. A basic BRT system known as PLATAbus serves much of the metropolitan area. Other than inter-city commuter rail and an (Arctrak?) station, there's no rail service (no LRT, no streetcar) in the city. The city prides itself on its bus service.
Status as State Capital
Annagawi is slightly oddly placed for a state capital. I'm imagining that a lot of it has to do with political dominance- Gramercy dominated manufacturing, Wallawaukee dominated shipping through Lake 1 and other industry, Franklinsburgh would also partially gain from shipping through Lake 1, and Personsboro-Leonard and Miraun would be additional shipping hubs due to the Seneppi Canal and east-west railroad line to Miraun. Annagawi would have been the only city of significant size (due to its lakeside position) that wouldn't have much of an advantage in any other area and wouldn't gain unfair sway over the others if granted capital status. Annagawi is located on the other side of the state from dominating Wallawaukee and Gramercy, and other than Franklinsburgh, all major cities have to go some distance to reach it. It likely would have been a compromise reached after all of the other dominant cities feared conflict of interest with other cities having it. Franklinsburgh was likely considered first, but with Franklinsburgh trying to compete with Wallawaukee in shipping Wallawaukee probably would have objected.
- ACT- Annagawi-Capital Transit
Growth due to the Seneppi Canal and railroads as a secondary port
- MITA- MIraun Transit Authority
Growth coming with the opening of FS 12 and the Seneppi-Makaska Grand Bridge
- Peninsula Transit- a smaller transit network serving the town and others nearby at the tip of the Alkete Peninsula.
ConnectSeneppi, sometimes listed as ConnectSN, is a statewide intercity transit network primarily specializing in intercity commuter rail. Formerly known as the Seneppi Intercity Railroad, the system went through a recent rebranding (partially due to replacing the Alkete line with a bus and adding the Wallawaukee-Miraun Connector). ConnectSeneppi's network is often a lifeline for certain cities like Gramercy that have struggled to maintain jobs, allowing people to commute to other cities for work.
Funding (and transit-friendly political climate)
Considering Seneppi is a Federal State, it would likely have taken a specific set of unique circumstances to allow transit to somewhat flourish statewide. As such, here is a proposed explanation:
The rise and success of transit in Seneppi partially has to do with its unique in-state political climate. Seneppi is fairly moderate, but solidly not-right-wing. As such, the collapse of the state [center-right] party would lead to the rise of the [state centrist] party in the 60s-90s, a group more supportive of public transportation than even the often "Not-in-my-backyard"-minded [center-left] party. With state politics dominated by the [centrist] and [center-left] parties, a lot of transit-friendly shifts made it through that wouldn't have in other states.
Seneppi also has benefitted by having a road network mostly completed by the mid 90s (with the exception of the Wallawaukee-Gramercy Toll Turnpike which was under construction at the time), with no real need for any new motorways or interstates. As such, the late 90s saw a set of laws and budgets spearheaded by [centrist] then-governor Laura Sutter that prioritized road safety and road maintenance funding first, but transit funding and funding for complete streets and sidewalks over any new major road construction projects. Along with this, the majority of money from tolls and the gas tax initiated by Governor Sutter goes towards transit funding.
Highway sketches (subject to change)
Besides the contrast in success and vitality between Wallawaukee and Gramercy, there's also a large chunk of Seneppi, especially in the northwest bordering Walkegan, that is more rural and agricultural.
Rising tide lifts almost all boats- Gramercy left behind
The success of areas other than failing Gramercy has allowed the state of Seneppi overall to be fairly well off, allowing for reasonable investment in healthcare, infrastructure, and transit, such as the ConnectSeneppi commuter rail and extensive ArchRail service. Unfortunately, revitalizing Gramercy has at many times been out of reach, with support for better off communities and only piecemeal solutions for Gramercy residents, like reliable commuter rail to employment in Personsboro, Leonard, and Wallawaukee and a toll turnpike between Gramercy and Wallawaukee, being favored (too often) over addressing the roots of the issues in Gramercy.
Brands to be used (open to use by other users)
- Burgiie's- A fast food burger place located across the entire FSA based out of Seneppi. Locations allowed and encouraged across the entire FSA and Archanta.
- CluckyClover- A fried chicken restaurant located across the entire FSA but mostly concentrated in Grand Lakes states. Locations encouraged in Grand Lakes states, allowed sparingly in other parts of the FSA
- (Potentially based out of Seneppi, but HQ could be placed elsewhere- contact Ernestpcosby if interested in having your state be home to the CluckyClover headquarters)
- Fandwiches, a fast food burger/sandwich/wing place with a sports theme based out of Seneppi. Locations allowed and encouraged across the entire FSA. Special locations encouraged in and near sports stadiums.
- Bread and Butter, a fancier sandwich and soup fast food place. Open for use across the FSA
- Squareburgers, a growing local burger chain that became famous for their stuffed square burgers.
- Lakewood Bank and Trust- based out of Wallawaukee, Seneppi and prevalent across the south of the FSA (Grand Lakes area). (intended market, but can be used sparingly outside this area)
- Econa Financial- based out of Wallawaukee, Seneppi and can be used anywhere in the FSA
- Pinpoint- A hypermarket/superstore chain with more of a fancy vibe based out of Seneppi. Locations allowed and encouraged across the entire FSA and potentially in other nearby parts of Archanta
- RJmart- Sort of a no-frills, older superstore. Locations across the FSA.
- Orson's- A regional mid-range supermarket based out of Wallawaukee, Seneppi and with locations mostly in Grand Lake states.
- (Locations can be placed further out sparingly, but the primary market should be the Grand Lakes. Contact Ernestpcosby about locations further away from the target market.)
- Saverfoods- A regional no-frills supermarket based out of Seneppi and with locations mostly in Grand Lake states.
- (Locations primarily in poorer areas. Locations can be placed further out sparingly, but the primary market should be the Grand Lakes. Contact Ernestpcosby about locations further away from the target market.)
- PaperClips - Office supply box store. Locations encouraged around the entire FSA
- Bookworm's - big box bookstore, frequent locations most concentrated around the Great Lakes area but locations in major cities and large malls nationwide
- Electric Alley- appliance and electronics store
- Home and Hardware- do it yourself store
- Healthrite a pharmacy chain, locations encouraged around the entire FSA
- On-D-Road, a convenience chain specializing in major locations along major highways with food and travel goods.
- Junior's, a department store mostly focusing in clothes for kids and teens, with a small selection of adults clothes based on kids' cartoons. Based in Seneppi.
Insurance, Health, etc
- AutoAssure, an auto insurance company
- Vitalia Healthcare, a health insurance company
- AdventHealth, a healthcare system serving the Wallawaukee area and with services across Seneppi
- TelFone, a phone carrier parent company specializing in discount talk-and-text services. Based out of Wallawaukee, Seneppi
- FilmStar Cinemas, a large cinema chain