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 Lake Sauganash to the west, (Grand Lake 1) to the east, Walkegan to the north, and Velena and neighboring country Naexma 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||ConnectSeneppi, state funded ArchRail|
|Metro||Heavy Rail in Wallawaukee and Gramercy, Light Rail in Franklinsburgh|
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History/Development
- 3 Really Major Cities (500,000-1.25 million people)
- 4 Smaller Cities (40,000-200,000 people)
- 5 Big Towns (25,000-30,000 people)
- 6 State Government
- 7 Wallawaukee thoughts
- 8 Trenchent/Lake Glen thoughts
- 9 Gramercy thoughts
- 10 Franklinsburgh thoughts
- 11 Personsboro and Leonard thoughts
- 12 Annagawi thoughts
- 13 Miraun thoughts
- 14 Alkete thoughts
- 15 Transportation
- 16 Highway sketches (subject to change)
- 17 Rural
- 18 Rising tide lifts almost all boats- Gramercy left behind
- 19 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 grand lakes, Lake Sauganash & ______. 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.
Smaller Cities (40,000-200,000 people)
- Franklinsburgh (180,000)
- Personsboro and Leonard metropolitan area combined (includes cities along the river). (103,000 combined)
- Personsboro- New State Capital 1900-present
- Leonard- ?
- Brighston secondary city to Wallawaukee, ~95,000
- Trenchent secondary city to Wallawaukee, ~86,000
- Annagawi- Old state capital 1827-1899, population ~50,000
- Miraun (eastern coastal city) population ~47,000
- Rachelle, suburb of Trenchent and Wallawaukee
Big Towns (25,000-30,000 people)
- Alkelte Near the peninsula facing Makaska.
Due to its high urban and suburban population, Seneppi is a slightly-liberal leaning but mostly moderate state with some more conservative pockets in rural areas. As a whole, Seneppi is moderate but not conservative. The resulting collapse of the state [center-right] party in the 60s led to the rise of the Centrist Independent Party (CIP) in the 60s-90s. As such, state politics are generally dominated by the Centrist Independent Party and [center-left] parties, with the [center-right] party only really being competitive in Gramercy and rural areas. Seneppi is somewhat unique in that the moderate Centrist Independent Party usually has the most influence in state politics, being competitive in both major cities and rural areas due to their non-ideological problem solving focus and balance between providing services like green energy, housing and public transit, and emphasis on business-friendly policies and public-private partnerships.
Most Seneppi political races are more or less two-way races, either between the Centrist Independent Party and the [center-left] Party in major cities like Wallawaukee and Franklinsburgh and their suburbs, or between the [center-right] Party and the Centrist Independent Party in rural areas. The Gramercy area is unique in that its status as a declining manufacturing city tends to make it competitive among all three major parties. Seneppi also frequently sends Centrist Independent Party members and independents to Parliament/Congress. Seneppi also recognizes minor parties such as the [libertarian] party, [socialist] party, and [environmental] party, but to date none have held any major state or statewide offices, though the [libertarian] party has picked up a couple local offices in rural areas.
Seneppi also frequently acts as a swing state in presidential elections, usually going for the more moderate candidate.
Major State Parties
- Seneppi Centrist Independent Party (CIP)- competitive statewide, largest number of seats in legislature, most members
- [center left] Party of Seneppi- competitive in large cities, college towns, and some towns and suburbs
- Seneppi [center right] Party- mainly just competitive in rural areas and Gramercy
Minor State Parties
- [libertarian] Party of Seneppi- sometimes competitive as an alternative to the [center-right] party in rural areas and small towns
- Seneppi [environmental] Party- seen as a one issue party and largely ignored with Centrist Independents and [center-left]s also focusing on environmental issues
- Seneppi Socialism and Democracy Party- generally unpopular and seen as too extreme due to moderate leaning of most of the state
The Seneppi State Legislature is a bicameral legislature with an Upper House and a Lower House. The Upper House is elected based on 3 regions made of smaller legislative districts voting at-large for seven legislators each, adding up to 21 total, while the Lower House is based on 14 legislative districts each electing five legislators, adding up to 70 total. The Upper House allows rural areas to have a bit more power while the Lower House is region by region.
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|• County||Chester County|
|• Mayor||Andrew Hernanden|
|• Estimate (2017)||1,182,000|
|Metro||Wallawaukee Subway, the "Ellie" (WUTA)|
- Governor Laura Sutter- Centrist Independent governor in the 90s that helped make Seneppi's transit focus possible.
- WUTA- Wallawaukee Urban Transit Authority-
- Serves Wallawaukee and major corridors in Brighston 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 and BeeBus BRT in Brighston), run by WUTA.
- The Wallawaukee Subway (and somewhat WUTA as a whole) has official mascots Ellie and Elliot, a cartoon woman and man that are used in ads and some service announcements. First appeared in 1950s subway maps and ads as a spoof on the elevated subway's nickname, and were revived in the early 1980s for notices about major expansions and changes to the subway system.
- Serves Wallawaukee/Brighston/Ellenwood/Trenchent and suburbs with regional commuter rail and bus services as WUTAregional
- BCTransit- Brighhurst County Transit
- Serves Brighston, Itygweyya, and Hurston with local bus service, supplementing WUTA's services. Shares a fare system with the WUTA system.
- Originally was going to operate the BeeLine Light Rail but WUTA was in a better position to manage it and tie it into the WUTA network.
- CETA- City of Ellenwood Transit Authority
- GlenTran- Trenchent/Lake Glen's transit system
Statewide Intercity Transit
- ConnectSeneppi- Connects Wallawaukee/Brighston/Lake Glen to Gramercy, Personsboro-Leonard, Annagawi, Franklinsburgh, Pike (WA) and Nordseehaven (OT).
- Wallawaukee acts as a hub for several regional routes (though not as big of a hub as Lake City, MN)
- Foley-Fillmore International Airport, a hub for flySmart and main international airport for Wallawaukee
- ? 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 semi-wealthy 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).
Hurston is sort of one of those extra fancy wealthy small towns, with shopping in downtown. Outer parts are more typical wealthy suburb, though more dense than some other further out suburbs like Ellenwood.
Migiskan as it exists today is a planned suburb expanding out of a formerly small village/town.
Mashkode, near Foley-Fillmore Airport, is one of the few lower income suburbs of Wallawaukee. However it does still have some business aspects from airport conference centers and hotels that help its economy do well.
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 WUTARegional operating the commuter rail through the area. However, there is a two line light rail (GlenLink?) that runs entirely alongside freight/commuter tracks.
- 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 and maintenance 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
Early Franquese settlement
"Transferred use of the surname, from frankeleyn, denoting a man not of noble birth but a free landowner, usually a prosperous farmer. The word is derived from Old French franc, meaning "free" and "Frankish". Freemen and Franks are related via Latin francâlia, which originally referred to lands held by Franks, and were not subject to taxes."
Based on Franklinsburgh's location it would have been one of the first larger lake area cities to be settled by the Franquese from AR045 as they moved northward into the Grand Lakes and beyond. This would also make Franklinsburgh one of the more historic cities in Seneppi. Its protected location also probably would be part of why it would grow as a harbor as well.
The most historic major city in Seneppi
- 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 ArchRail 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 1827-1899
Annagawi is slightly oddly placed for a state capital. The decision for capital placement was based largely on political dominance- at the time of its choosing, 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 was the only city of significant size (due to its lakeside position) that didn'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 acted as a compromise reached after all of the other dominant cities feared conflict of interest with other cities being the capital. Personsboro was in line to be the most reasonable choice due to its smaller size compared to Wallawaukee and Gramercy and its central location. However, fatigue from the back and forth fighting between Wallawaukee and Gramercy would lead to Annagawi being chosen out of spite- the furthest possible location from Wallawaukee and Gramercy.
However, this would prove to be a logistical nightmare. Annagawi is in the absolute corner of the state, making travel to and from the capital for business extremely difficult. Eventually, the decision would be made, much to Annagawi's dismay and protest, to move the capital to Personsboro at the turn of the century as part of the celebration of the year 1900, using the milestone as an excuse to spend the money to move the capitol. Annagawians are still somewhat bitter about the change, and considers itself the rightful unofficial capital of Seneppi.
- ACT- Annagawi County 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.
Rail- all routes but TAC and TRLinx run through Eastside Station in downtown Wallawaukee
- BIF- Brighston, Itygweyya, Forson/Prosonee (serving downtown Wallawaukee)
- TEW- Trenchent, Ellenwood, Downtown Wallawaukee
- REW- Rachelle/Amassey, Ellenwood, Downtown Wallawaukee
- TAC- Trenchent & Airport Connector (serving Foley-Fillmore Transfer and Vernon Transfer)
- Only train that doesn't serve Eastside Station in downtown Wallawaukee
- SEW- Seneca, Downtown Wallawaukeee
- SPW- Shannonaw, Pertersweld, Downtown Wallawaukee (serving Foley-Fillmore Transfer)
- TRLinx- Lake Glen, Trenchent, Rachelle, Amassey
- TRLinx runs more like a long-distance metro train, serving more stops and running local
Bus- all routes but ACN run through Sutter Station and stop at Eastside Station, both in downtown Wallawaukee
- CRX- Crobert and Ralita County Express (Meadowside, Sistead Fork, also serving Rachelle and Migiskan)
- RMX- Rachelle and Migiskan Express- the shortened version of the CRX
- BTX- Bookerton Expresss
- TSX- Trenchent-Sadiina Express (transfer to CRX and RMX?)
- SCX- Seneca County Express (Seneca, Halliday, Covenshaw)
- EBX- Ellenwood-Brighston Express (serving Brighston Business Park)
- ACN- Abstead Connector (Abstead to Ellenwood)
- transfer at Ellenwood to WUTARegional trains TED, RED, and TAC, WUTARegional bus EBX)
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 Independent 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 Independent Party 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 CIP 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.
- VeganTeagan, a vegan fast-food chain known for fried tofu, veggie burgers, and non-chicken. Open for use across the FSA and internationally, though locations largely in wealthier or more hip neighborhoods.
- SubLime, a make it your way sandwich shop. Open for use across the entire FSA.
- 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
Superstores and Supermarkets
- 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 Brighston, 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.)
- UrbanFresh- a small high-end supermarket usually located in downtowns and urban centers.
- 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
- 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.
- Quickers, a convenience chain at everyday locations
- 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
- Sodalightful, a soda shop known for specialty sodas and an old fashioned soda fountain based out of Seneppi. Tag as shop=beverages