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Diplomatic Insanity

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"Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions." - Winston Churchill

Isn't it amazing what a little dialogue between leaders can achieve? It can end wars, bring greater understanding between peoples, and give the internet its daily meme fuel. In this case, it led to the mapping of four suburbs, and the creation of a fifth.

In last week's episode of this thrilling series, I introduced you all to Aslington, where the honourable Members of Parliament work hard each day I must not tell lies, and part-way in I mentioned how nice your embassies would look in Aslington. Either you took it as a compliment, incentive, or challenge, but either way I did not expect such a massive response. I got messages from quite a few of you enquiring about embassies and relations (none of the latter until you buy me dinner, thank you), and with others I sent out messages myself. I had refrained from sending messages in the past for fear of bothering people, but what the hell. So, cheers to you all, and here's to happy relationships between our nations and peoples in the future! And don't worry, despite the building boom, there are still plenty of spots for your embassy here, simply call the number on the inside of your shoe for details.

But where does this all tie into the map? Well, those of you who remember back past last week may remember Aslington as a bland grid (much like Durey and Harborough still are at this time), but that's all changed. With the building boom, new embassies began popping up all over the place, and new houses, shops, and offices were built to fill in the gaps - partly to make the map look nicer and more detailed, and partly to provide address numbers; the shorter streets like Rathbone and Broad Streets will be easier to finish than the longer Gore, Canning, and Provost Streets will (although I did finish Parliament Street, so there's that). The grid has also been broken up in quite a few places, and work is still underway on fixing Harborough, Durey, and Godley. It'll look swell in no time.

In short, Aslington now has the highest level of detail I have ever done on this site thus far. I took on board your suggestions and comments and merged them with how I saw Aslington (more on that below), and now it's looking fantastic. Soon I'll have to start work on doing the same across the river in the Central Business District, but I'll cool my heels on the western side first.

Special mention has to go to the amazing users who have built some fine-looking embassies around the place. These are:

Not bad, eh? Alessa, Histor, Eklas, and Myrcia also included some more pieces of their countries, with various shops, clubs, and other facilities popping up close to their embassies. I've followed suit by adding some social organisations, churches, and whatnot to the map, to make our foreign friends feel more at home (and again, more on that below).

A Word on Aslington

Aslington is one of the oldest parts of Saviso (and by extension, St Austell and southern Vodeo). Dating from the 1630s, it was one of the first places the then-town of Saviso expanded to in its early years. Sadly, there's not much of 17th and 18th century Aslington left, most of its heritage having been progressively knocked down and replaced over the centuries. Modern-day Aslington, like a lot of central Saviso, is generally a mixture of old Adelaidean-era terraced buildings and more modern offices and apartments. If you've gone down to zoom level 19 and wondered why the suburb is full of incredibly narrow buildings and laneways, it's because the suburb is almost entirely modelled after those surrounding central Melbourne, Australia. Have a look at some examples below (all from Wikimedia Commons):

An added extra

I forgot to add this bit in because it was 3am and I was tired.

Saviso, like many other large cities worldwide, is quite multicultural, with a number of foreign communities making their home here. In talking with Alessa, I had the idea of Aslington being the city's largest multicultural suburb. The International Center for Mauroi Culture would quite likely have drawn a number of Mauroi immigrants, and a Myrcian community seems to have sprung up around Thurston Street and Provost Square, to say nothing of the Ardispheric and Latinian Societies. I hadn't planned on this, but it's nice to see that what is put down on the map can lead to ideas about how a given place works and what its community is like. I imagine that soon a walk down Elgin, Canning, Gore, Rathbone, or Dent Streets will become an assault on the senses with all the various international restaurants and cafes, just like Lygon Street in Melbourne. Anyone for Khaiwoonese?

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ParAvion (talk) 17:01, 8 July 2017 (CEST)

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I really enjoyed looking at these embassies and it booted me into gear to get my own down as you asked. I had to re-arrange the streets a little as I got the scale wrong and had to re-scale the building. Hope you don't mind! Here's the Embassy of Myrcia for you. Myrcia (talk) 18:48, 8 July 2017 (CEST)

No, I don't mind the alterations at all, they work quite well. I like the way it's all come together, I imagine the embassy being a couple of buildings joined together years ago. Those little shops you added are a nice touch, and now it looks like there's a small Myrcian ex-pat community around Thurston Street.. probably a Liberal-voting area :P ParAvion (talk) 03:38, 9 July 2017 (CEST)

Aslington has turned into quite the fun experience. I can imagine that this is likely the most culturally diverse place on the map right now. It would be so much fun to visit. Thanks for opening it up for us to place some of our culture there! Now, a word of advice: if you hang out long enough in Provost Street, you'll probably need ear plugs. People from Mauretia equate loud and vibrant with friendship, love, and enthusiasm. Then, I'm sure some random woman outside YemYem will flag you down and shout Manšiamta ati es-ebonilargirei graditadei! If that happens, just taste the free pastry sampling, say ʒukraha (thank you), and quickly run into the little Oli! market on that strip to buy some antacids. Don't worry about that laughing sound you hear in the distance. — Alessa (talk) 17:53, 10 July 2017 (CEST)

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2018 January 26: Do These Suburbs Make My City Look Big? February 7: Carry On Doctor March 15: Bordering on Madness May 1: Putting On the Pounds June 1: Further Adventures in Finance June 30: We'll Have a Gay Old Time July 20: Aving Fun in Avington August 15: The Country Members September 26: RADern October 3: Living History October 10: The Hauntings of Holme October 17: Is There Anybody Out There? October 24: If You Go Down to the Woods Today... October 31: The Evil That Men Do November 16: Crawl Out Through the Fallout December 22: There's No Place Like Holme for the Holidays December 31: Looking Backward, Moving Forward
2019 January 30: The South Tonight February 20: Jeez Gerrise March 31: The Angles of Aslington April 30: All the Rivers Run June 23: Consolidation and Crafers July 22: The Pirate Kingdom September 9: Every Which Way but Loose October 3: Tender Loving Care October 10: Mystery in the Mountains October 17: Blood, Sweat, and Tears October 24: Highway to Hell October 31: Supernatural Saviso December 31: 2020 Vision
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