Putting On the Pounds
Today is the first of May, a day traditionally reserved for workers and stupid NSYNC memes (seriously, guys). As in other nations, there are traditional proceedings that take place in Vodeo on this day. Around the country, red flags are hoisted high upon flagpoles, and are given 21-gun salutes - with live ammunition and the guns pointed at the flag. Relations with Myrcia are always bad at this time of year, but we're not sure why.
Today's entry differs from usual in that there is no grand mapping project to boast about and a wall of text to accompany it. There's a wall of text alright, but April wasn't a big mapping month for me - just little bits here and there, but nothing too big. Indeed, the biggest mapping project of the month was Wellesley and the Trig Bay area, seen here to the right. The Wellesley-Trig Bay area is based on the area of the Hibiscus Coast and the Whangaparaoa Peninsula north of Auckland, with Wellesley as Orewa's duplicate. The Hibiscus Coast is particularly nice, with broad beaches and wall-to-wall subdivisions, and it's been replicated in maps of Saviso since almost the very beginning. Back then, Wellesley went by the name Monterey, and then by Tesco of all things (I was young and stupid, shush), before emerging as Wellesley about seven or eight years ago. Other parts of the Hibiscus Coast are on the map, too - Hatfields Beach as Oatley, Millwater as Aicend Waters and Galleon Heights, and some of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula suburbs are appearing as Gulf Coast suburbs - namely Couldrey and Fairhaven Bays at this stage.
Saviso's also been having some renovations done. The M7 and M1 have both been torn out around the city centre pending a redesign, since I've never really been satisfied with their layout. The railway system is being re-examined thanks to suggestions from our own Eklas, and hopefully soon the trains will actually have some idea where they're going. I've also started on redesigning the area between Harborough, Kilden, and Godley - Aslington's grid isn't perfectly aligned and it's pretty much too late to rip the streets out and lay them out properly, since there's so many buildings that would have to be re-mapped, so we'll just put it down to the town planners being drunk on rum when they took out their blueprints. Nevertheless, Durey Road has been realigned and some delightful new parks and roundabouts have been put in. The area between Aslington and Harborough is now known as St Quentin, with the old creeks and streets gone. Poof. Unfortunately the redesigns have meant that some embassies have been torn down and others moved, but I promise that they'll all be given new addresses and slightly stronger air conditioning units.
And now for the really good stuff
The meatier projects I've been working on haven't been related to the mapping side at all, more the under-the-hood stuff. One of these has been to look at Vodeo's currency and how to make it work since, as some of you may know, it uses the old British-style £sd system rather than a decimal one. What does this mean? Simply that in Vodeo, a pound isn't made up of 100 pence, but rather 20 shillings, each of which is divided further into 12 pence. It's a confusing system but I've always been fascinated by it, and when I got the chance to use it here I leapt at it. Turnsole80 of Australian fame gave me a hand with this, and now I can happily say that Vodeo has got a currency to be proud of. One thing to know when you fly here is not to expect many pounds for your korunas or tallers or what have you - the pound is worth a lot of money, roughly 22 USD to the pound, so most conversions are instead based on the shilling, which is worth about 1.13 USD. A £100,000 lottery prize might not sound like much, but that still equates to about $2.26 million. This is why Vodeo's banknotes only go up to £50, and even then it's rare to see one.
But that's not all that we've been up to. You may have seen an increase in activity in the Ingerish Commonwealth lately, and for good reason. For so long it was just a thing mentioned on a wiki page with nothing else to go with it. We've been fleshing this out because in our opinion, it would be far more interesting to see what the world would be like with an Ingerish counterweight to AR120, which we expect will be quite the global player. So what is this, just some sort of trade bloc with token military alliances? No, it's far more than that. We're organising our respective industrial and commercial machines to throw everything they've got into building a strong Commonwealth, from planes and trucks right up to spacecraft and nuclear weapons (fuelled with Vodean uranium, naturally). Karvaland and New Ingerland are already preparing their mines, and Vodeo's getting its factories ready to go with Ingerish funding. It's all very exciting
This project is more an experiment in seeing what our world may have been like had the British Empire retained at least some strength after World War II, rather than vanishing completely. Rather than having one behemoth of a country (AR120) producing everything, we're planning on having a lot of smaller countries pooling their resources together to not exactly compete per se, but rather complement our ally's developments. If you're part of the Commonwealth and this sounds like a project you'd be interested in having your country contribute to, you're more than welcome to join us.
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