User:ParAvion/Bliki/2017/07/03

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Politics is a fun game, especially when you're ahead in the polls and the other guys wish people would remember they exist. But there is a time and a place for politics, and that place is the Parliament of Vodeo. The Vodean Parliament is operates in a very similar manner to its Ingerish counterpart (from which it derives almost everything from the proceedings in the Chamber to the colour of the seats (very important)), with a lower house (the Commons) and an upper house (the Legislative Council), both of which are elected. Members of the Commons are elected to represent electorates (also known as seats, constituencies, or ridings), while those in the Legislative Council represent their province. It all runs tickety-boo and is in pretty good shape considering it's had to run Vodeo since 1860, and St Austell and Cambria before that.

Having been spying looking at the parliaments in Dunwic and Kingsbury, I came to the conclusion that Vodeo's Parliamentary buildings needed a bit of attention. Since they were first mapped, the buildings comprising Parliament were three nondescript rectangles sitting in a park, isolated from Aslington and the rest of the country. This would never do, and there was much harrumphing and hear-hears in the chambers. Thus it was decreed that Parliament should be tidied up and expanded somewhat, and that all the members should take the rest of the day off because they had worked very hard for the people and deserved a rest, by jove.

The new buildings of Parliament (known as the Parliament Buildings with two wings conveniently named North and South) sit in roughly the same positions as the old ones, but have been re-shaped and given a little more detail. They now conform to a roadway leading up to the buildings from Parliament Street, the latter of which has had a kink put in it to accommodate a park where people can rest, eat lunch, or protest like the savages they are, as is their democratic right. I'll have to come back and properly shape the buildings someday, but for now I'd say the grounds of Parliament are looking quite spiffy.

But what good are nice Parliamentary grounds if there's nothing around them? Aslington is the legislative centre of Vodeo, and as a result it's got a number of buildings related to law and politics scattered around, including the Treasury Building, the National Archives, the Supreme Court, a few embassies (you know, yours would look swell here), and some other assorted government buildings (Adelaide House, Elgin House, and the Sunde Building). Even the Federal Party has its headquarters here (it's in safe territory too - Federal's held the Saviso electorate for the last 147 years and counting), and you can bet the unions won't be too far away. For the busy legislator or lawyer, there is an Empire Coffee on Hamilton Place, as well as a few restaurants (Culver's, Blue Mountain Khaiwoonese, Hansard, and Bellamy's - the last of which is the Parliamentary restaurant inside the Beehive in Wellington, New Zealand. I've not dined there, but the bar nextdoor wasn't too bad when I stopped by for a drink.

Aslington looks respectable now, and it should do, considering that it's the highest level of detail I've mapped so far. I know it's not quite on par with Troie, Gobras City, or Khaiwoon yet, but we're working on it.

Oh, and happy birthday to Canada and the US. We'll send Victoria over to run things for you when she's done here.

By order of the Lands Survey Department,
ParAvion (talk) 13:48, 3 July 2017 (CEST)

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The inspiration (and appearance) for the New Ingerish parliament building is the Custom House, Dublin. The outbuildings were inspired by the East and West Blocks of Old Parliament House, Canberra, as well as my designs for when I seize power here and remake CBR in my benevolent image. The history of building is also based on Custom House, so the different colour of the dome can be explained thanks to a nasty fire in the 1920s. I've also done a parliament building for Astrasiápolis, but it's looking all sad and lonely at the moment. Turnsole80 (talk) 14:00, 3 July 2017 (CEST)

The grounds and buildings of Parliament, as well as Aslington itself, are based off the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. I thought a nice spot by the river would be suitable, and Ottawa had the ideal layout. With that said, I'm still not too sure how I want the buildings to look - the Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Dunedin Railway Station are the best ones I've found so far, perhaps even something like the Auckland Ferry Building would be nice. Whatever I settle on, it has to be grand and beautiful to befit such a nation as Vodeo. ParAvion (talk) 05:50, 4 July 2017 (CEST)

I'm always amused by the tone and jargon in your bliki posts. They're fantastic. The work you've done in Aslington really brings some life to the place. The businesses make it stand out. I should say that I've been watching Saviso for a while, since the coastline is probably one of my favorites in all of OGF. I'll send you a PM about embassies, if that's okay with you. :) — Alessa (talk) 02:25, 4 July 2017 (CEST)

I figure that I might as well liven up my bliki entries, otherwise nobody will be bothered to see what I've been doing. Aslington has been quite the mission - I had been somewhat intimidated by the idea of mapping individual buildings (You people that map individual trees and seats are out of control), but it's actually been quite a lot of fun. Don't expect it to become a habit just yet though, there's a lot of stuff I still need to map, and the thought of putting in each individual building in central Saviso, Holme, or Gerrise doesn't bear thinking about. Instead, let's all go and look at the coastline, designed with Auckland and Sydney in mind, to say nothing of the equator - if the city sits at less than 2° south of the equator, we're going to need quite a few beaches to cope with the heat. Whose fool idea was it to build a city there anyway? (Oh yeah, mine.) ParAvion (talk) 05:50, 4 July 2017 (CEST)

Looks really great, very parliamentarianishesque! (One small thing - your buildings in the neighborhood across the way look good, but there should probably be either alleys or some kind of courtyard that the backs all open onto, they wouldn't likely be built up against each other like that.) --Demuth (talk) 09:59, 4 July 2017 (CEST)

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