Salisbury

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Salisbury
The City of Salisbury
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View of the Capital from Portsmouth
Sovereign stateGrand Duchy of Varkonia
Constituent countryChancellery of Gabon
RegionSalisbury
Administrative HQSalisbury Town Hall
City AuthorityBritishWanderer (Lord High Chancellor) Gobblin (Vice Chancellor)
CouncillorsTvman999 OstenVonStolz
Location-3000 , -2300

This article is about the Gabon borough & capital city

Salisbury is the largest metropolitan area and the provincial capital of Gabon, it is the largest city by area and second by population within the Grand Duchy of Varkonia. Salisbury is commonly referred to the Duchy's second city. It was founded as a settlement town in June 2018 and formally became the capital city of the Chancellery of Gabon [Formally the Principality of Gabon] in July 2018.

Located in the fertile temperate forests of Gabon on the western side of the Elizabeth bay, approximately 1.9km (1900m) from the city of Varkonia, Salisbury is considered to be the cultural, social and economic centre of the eastern lands of the Grand Duchy of Varkonia. Salisbury is encompassed by the Elizabeth bay to the east and Salisbury canal to the south which leads out into the bay of Biscay via the port district.

Salisbury's economy is dominated by the service industry owing much success to tourism from across the globe. The local and provincial authority is The Lord's Council, which resides in Salisbury proper and meets in Salisbury's historical town hall or the government-owned palace of Balmoral. The Capital boasts a varied array of builds, from grand to homely.

Timeline of Notable Events and Documentation of the History of Salisbury

Founding & Development of Salisbury Proper

June 2018

Queen Jamietech's letters patentof 2018 announced the foundation of the land claims of Gabon and thus the settlement of Salisbury. Within its first period, Salisbury had excavated a large area in the centre of the forest, this set off the beginning of the quarry industry with reasonable sized mineral deposits located under the topsoil. The sizable quarry was the first large scale project of its kind in the mainland of Gabon, with the goals that the plentiful amount of stone and minerals would be utilised to jump start the construction industry.

This picture was taken of Her Majesty The Queen, Jamietech at the opening of Her Majesty's hole. This was attended by the Prime Minister of Bloom, Aleh56 and members of the Gabonese Government. Circa June 25th 2018

Originally the citizenry was small-scale, with most notable citizens being Jamietech as the Queen, BritishWanderer as Chancellor {Appointed in June 2018} and Tvman999 as the discoverer of the lands that would become Gabon. Soon after the founding of the state however, the prospect of grand new lands, the potential for wealth and influence in an upcoming nation attracted citizens from across the server, most notably Gobblin, who travelled from MTA to assist in the digging of the quarry and was crucial in planning the initial constructions of Salisbury. ComradeNick from the HJE was also a noteworthy figure who visited Salisbury in its early days and gifted the government diamond tools which greatly aided in the excavation of the quarry and in bringing Salisbury off the ground.

One of the earliest photos taken of Salisbury, containing the original Storehouse and Bakery with Mckinley gardens sitting in between. Circa June 16th 2018

One of the earliest structures to be built was the factory building, with the first factory, a compactor being donated by Mount Augusta, created by Mayor Ahrimanne in particular. Following this, Salisbury's train station was slowly dug underground around 20 metres from the quarry itself with the first completed rails to Bloom and Varkonia within this time period. This underground rail construction was overseen by Chancellor BritishWanderer who is also credited with the construction of the original Bakery, Storehouse and Mckinley gardens which were the projects built around the quarry and were the start of what we now know as Salisbury. The Bakery built at this time is the oldest building within the Chancellery of Gabon.

In late June, with vast construction underway to the southeast and within the capital of Salisbury, council concern was placed on the damage that local labourers were committing on the native flora and fauna. This opened a fierce debate within the Salisbury council, some councillors stating that protecting the native habitat from any further construction would hamper any economic growth and throw Salisbury and it's surrounding area into turmoil while others believing it necessary to protect the wildlife on a land that was not always theirs to begin with and could not be recreated in the future. This led Her Majesty to make a tough decision, ultimately siding with the native wildlife and by letters patent created defensive measures to protect the natural wildlife from any further destruction. The Queen later conceded a compromise to quell a minority of the councillors by allowing members of the privy council of Salisbury from time to time to authorise the destruction of any particular instance of flora so long as saplings of the respective fauna was planted elsewhere. This patent is generally regarded as saving the once rapid decline of the natural trees around the capital and set a track for development that is still followed to the present day.

July 2018

Remarking on the quantities of resources and minerals being extracted from the central quarry, Her Majesty The Queen Jamietech informed her then Privy Council {BritishWanderer, Gobblin & Tvman999} of her desire to construct a palace fit to house the royal family and council meetings, later to be known as Balmoral Castle. There were numerous debates on the placement of Balmoral, with its initial construction site being moved and adjusted at her Majesty's request, settling on a stretch of land located 100 metres west of the quarry. In July, construction officially began with the approval and the laying of the first stones by Gabon's government. The original designs of Balmoral were drawn up by Councillor Gobblin who envisioned a stunning castle on a grand scale, containing nearly fifty rooms, wide corridors and boasting a sizeable courtyard. It was planned to have the capacity to hold not only the Queen's residential quarters but the internal and external government gatherings, with three large meeting halls. In order to meet the demands of such an ambition project, a glass factory and concretery were constructed on Worchester road, these two buildings would mark the foundation of what would later become the suburb of Winchester within the Capital.

This picture was taken of an overhead view of the original foundation of Balmoral Castle laid down by Chancellor BritishWanderer and Councillor Gobblin at the behest of her Majesty The Queen. Circa July 2018

However due to budget constraints and a skilled labour shortage as of an outbreak of dysentery, only a brief foundation of the castle and a small meeting room was ever laid down and as such construction was ceased in late July at the dismay of the Queen.

As Queen Jamietech enriched the lives of her and the royal family, the privy council {Made up of BritishWanderer, Gobblin & Tvman999 at this time} was appointed by Jamietech to better the life of much of the citizenry. The council followed through excellently with the construction and renovation of the Grand Station and Royal Factory, positioned on Balmoral avenue and Worchester road these buildings provided ambitious entrepreneurs the foundations needed to improve the quality and quantity of their goods while providing a transport network from with to export and import to the international stage. Rail connections to Salisbury were expanded to include Alpoko in the south, Westmore in the north and the excavation of a rail line to MTA.

The construction of these two buildings set the tone and direction from which Salisbury would take while under the Monarchy, following to improve architecture and infrastructure under the policy of productivity for the local economy while the concerns of the local citizens were brushed aside. The roads during this time were constructed as medium sized 5 block wide, straight plain passages out of stone slabs built for the sole reason of passing wagons and large amount of citizenry, leaving no room for greenery or public spaces. These roads would make up the three main avenues of Salisbury as, Worchester Road, Balmoral Avenue and Warwick Drive.

July 20th 2018 marked the moment that Her Majesty alongside the Privy Council declared that Salisbury would from here on out be the Capital City of Gabon.

In late July, the Principality of Gabon formally joined governments with the Grand Duchy of Varkonia and while not explicitly having an immediate effect upon the city of Salisbury due to its size, the economical and social benefits that have come since the signing of the treaty cannot be understated. The treaty bought with it the investments of great sums of wealth internally and abroad, funding large scale public projects such as the construction of Salisbury's second international station, upgrading the total number of rail lines from three to eight.

This picture was taken of central Salisbury, pictured is {left to right} Storehouse, Bakery, Train-station & Factory building. This was taken post-renovation and is the current style upon which all buildings in Salisbury are based on. Circa August 2018

During this time, Salisbury's leading government ministers and monarchy had been playing an instrumental role in drafting the original Charter for the United Northern Congress, which reflected upon the capital of Salisbury with the document being signed by each contracting party at the location of Balmoral Castle. This was displayed at the bottom of the Charter alongside the date.

The Gabonese Lord High Chancellor, BritishWanderer served the United Northern Congress for 118 days as the Alliance Spokesperson and was the last serving Spokesperson at it's disbandment on 13th July 2019


Period of Economic & Political Stagnation

August 2018

Around this time, Salisbury's leading government ministers and monarchy especially that of Jamietech and BritishWanderer had been playing an instrumental role in drafting the original Charter for the United Northern Congress, which reflected upon the capital of Salisbury with the document being signed by each contracting party at the location of Balmoral Castle. This was displayed at the bottom of the Charter alongside the date. The Gabonese Lord High Chancellor, BritishWanderer served the United Northern Congress for 118 days as the Alliance Spokesperson and was the last serving Spokesperson at the alliance's disbandment on 13th July 2019.

During August the initial productivity slowed down in Salisbury, with much of the Council taking up residence in neighbouring Varkonia to assist in policy due to their appointment as Varkonian Senators representing the Province of Gabon. This left Salisbury somewhat stagnant, with no buildings being constructed during this time. Although Councillor Gobblin was hard at work making blueprints of the suburb of Winchester, continuing on the construction of the surrounding areas of the concretery.

September 2018

The most pressing issue during this period was that the capital government was currently in debt to Varkonia and other neighbouring countries and was struggling to find the payment even after implementing measures to cut all unnecessary expenditure, all construction projects had been halted the previous month due to the lack of resources and lack of active councillors. In order to assist in the payments, the council implemented the royal tax which was a strict diamond tax levied on all Gabonese citizens and their wealth every month. Out of all the laws passed to remedy the situation, the royal tax would end up being the most controversial of these. These unfavourable factors in Salisbury led to many citizens leaving to spend this duration in Varkonia or other provinces.

Of those who stayed, their taxes were used to fund projects such as Balmoral Castle and the surrounding area, foreign trips and material imports on behalf of the royal family. Very little was left to the council to pay off the outstanding debts that were owed by Salisbury. Understandably the citizenry were beginning to become discontent with the royal family's practices and their apparent apathy towards Salisbury's situation, although republicanism was not uncommon within Salisbury, it was especially heightened during this time.

This picture was released from the Government via a freedom of information request. Displays the defensive structure designed by MrLlamma for the Government of Salisbury to defend against petty outlaws. Circa October 2018

October 2018

Perhaps one of the least active periods in Salisbury's history, the streets were said to be desolate and streets became overrun with brigands with looting and griefing becoming common place during this time. In response to this, the Privy Council reached out to MrLlamma, Leader of Coventhia for assistance in constructing a defensive structure to store valuables and act as a noticeable repellent to any bandits who would see fit to attempt to strike Salisbury.

This defensive structure was funded in part by Coventhia and Varkonia who both had a vested interest in protecting the base of quadrant from looters entering and stopping them from coming any further north.


Period of Political Turmoil

November 2018

After being settled in and becoming an integral part of the Varkonian Senate, BritishWanderer, still Chancellor of Gabon returned home to Salisbury to continue to work on the city alongside Councillor Gobblin. It did not take long for numerous issues to arise, internally Salisbury was suffering deep neglect with royal duties being off-loaded onto the already over-encumbered Council of which half were inactive at the time. The peaceful green flag protests occurred during November, where much of the citizenry held up green banners on their person and blocked roadways and other crucial infrastructure, the protestors demanded an end to the royal tax and an overview of the current system of governance.

Chancellor BritishWanderer swiftly put an end to the royal tax by pushing through a successful council vote to abolish the controversial levy. The Queen, Jamietech, was insulted by the fact she had not been consulted over this matter due to the fact that royal taxes directly kept the royal estates afloat, although Her Majesty did not push it further than publicly voicing her displeasure.

This picture was taken of the rebel forces and the assisting Varkonian legion after securing the Capital city of Gabon during the Civil War period. Circa November 9th

After the quelling of the citizenry, Gobblin & BritishWanderer set about constructing and renovating current building projects within the centre of Salisbury. The underground portion of the train station was updated to a modern standard and granted the title of `International` by the Government of Varkonia. Homes were planned and built up around the central fountain in Salisbury with priority given to house councillors and active citizenry. Councillor Gobblin encouraged excavation of nearby areas in search of minerals, namely diamonds to fund the purchase of resources for Salisbury, while Chancellor BritishWanderer sought out those without a home from far and away to come to Salisbury and assist in construction and the start of a new era, most notably of all those who came as a result of this is ChrisFa99.

Her Majesty, Jamietech, unhappy with the current state of affairs, demanded that the royal tax be readministered to the local citizenry in order to fund the construction of Balmoral. The Council rejected her proposals in favour of supporting the growth of Salisbury rather than the monarchy. Tensions between The Queen and her councillors had reached its boiling point, when the council rejected numerous independence votes put forward by Her Majesty who felt that Varkonia was being too controlling and dictating internal policy away from the Monarch.

On the 9th of November The Queen branded her Chancellor and the fellow Councillors as traitors and declared a civil war in order to restore the absolute power of the monarchy and declared independence from Varkonia. Citizenry within Salisbury were split down the middle with regards to political support of either side, most of those residing in poorer sections of Salisbury supported the rebels led by BritishWanderer supported by Varkonia & Hjaltland, while those living closest to Balmoral felt a deeper connection and inevitably supported the Monarchy. Her Majesty allowed the military forces of Gabon to commit what they must for a victory, who committed brash violence in small skirmishes throughout the city in alleyways and parks. Many sympathisers tried to hide from the loyalists however most were found, arrested or murdered in cold blood. Gabonese rebel forces led by BritishWanderer and a Varkonian Legion led by S4NTA entered Salisbury from the west in order to take back the city and put a swift end to the civil war.

Following the orders of the Red Duke, Mickale, of Varkonia to show no mercy, many loyalists suffered brutality at the hands of the Varkonian Legions. The devastation and the horrific scenes that they witnessed was said to have put the rebel forces into a shock upon their entrance to the city.

With the capital being seized by the rebels and the royal family surrendering, peace was officially announced by BritishWanderer on November 14th. The citizenry, although disgusted in the actions that the rebel forces and BritishWanderer took to achieve victory, mostly accepted the new government, with others emigrating to neighbouring nations. The abolishment of the monarchy and the establishment of an executive lord's council freed up a decent amount of wealth that was held by the royal family, which the council swiftly used for the betterment of Salisbury.

Period of Internal Recovery

December 2018

The end of the Civil War in Gabon brought about a much-needed period of growth to the nation. The Government was reformed into the entirely democratic as the Grand Mercantile Republic of the Autonomous Free Sovereign State of Gabon, the Abode of Peace. The Head of State from this point onwards was the High Lord Chancellor, BritishWanderer accompanied by his Vice Chancellor of Gobblin. The elected Council during this time was made up of the Chancellors, Tvman999 & ChrisFa99.

This picture was taken of an overhead view of the Capital city, Salisbury. Winchester is located just east of Balmoral with Melbourne to the north. Also pictured is a faint outline of the wall which would eventually encompass the Capital. Circa December 2018

The construction industry was given the go ahead once again with Vice Chancellor Gobblin leading the efforts on constructing new districts and setting up new resource trade routes with foreign countries and individuals. The impoverished housing district of Melbourne was built to house those left homeless by the Civil war, the messy-style apartment buildings were built in a close knit fashion to allow as many citizens to inhabit as humanly possible. The apartments are homely and are purely funded by the Gabonese treasury allowing residents to forego any worry about housing payments. Foreign labourers were brought in from the neighbouring Republic of Bloom to construct the buildings at a low cost as much of Salisbury's citizenry were busy cleaning up damages dealt by the previous month's conflict. Those in Melbourne tend to live an impoverished lifestyle with the only available work at the butchers or the local bed & breakfast. Grants were also provided to the district of Winchester to provide more environmental benefits to the local housing and businesses. Winchester is widely regarded as one of the prettier parts of Salisbury, earning the name as the jewel of Salisbury mainly thanks to the additions of the BnB and the Gloriana Cafe, both constructions overseen by the Vice Chancellor, Gobblin.

While the rebuilding efforts were continuing, Chancellor BritishWanderer took it upon himself to revisit the policies of Salisbury and restructure them from the ground up, cutting taxes and establishing the Sovereign Fund which would be used as a safety net for the capital government and its citizenry. The Sovereign Fund was vital in keeping the economy afloat and allowing citizens to benefit themselves in periods when the Council were on diplomatic missions or otherwise outside of the Capital.

In late December, the Council came together to formalise and negotiate the funding and construction of a sturdy wall, 12 metres in height and 6 metres in width, surrounding Salisbury. The negotiations took 13 hours and ended with a fully funded wall, slight changes were made to the design which made it overall more defensible, in line with the policy set out by the government. The wall has the main goal of outlining the city boundary of Salisbury while providing a defensive benefit to all of Salisbury's citizenry. Around the same time, plans were drawn up by the Chancellor and his Vice counterpart to further increase the security of Salisbury alongside the wall and as such, 30% of the Sovereign was used to fund snitch and bastion coverage across the entire borough of Salisbury.

This picture was taken by the Vice-Chancellor of the Capital, displaying Balmoral under construction in the distance with the neighbouring Winchester and Melbourne and the central portion of Salisbury prior to the filling in of the hole. Circa January 9th 2019

During this period, the council of Gabon was approached by Cincius wishing to construction Venice in the northern territory of Gabon, after some intense discussions among the Councillors it was decided that Salisbury would cede a portion of the Salisbury borough to create a new Venice borough under the overseeing view of Councillor Cincius. Although Cincius mainly kept to himself, he was able to construct a vast town in a short period of time and handily dug rails to Salisbury's International Station and Varkonia. Cincius became an integral part of the Council from this point forward, contributing to automated rail systems while continuing to build up Venice.

Throughout December post civil war, Books and art were heavily encouraged by the Chancellor, of which such works of 'Tender Night in Gabon' & 'Gabon in Spring' were written by ChrisFa99 during this time. 'Tender Night In Gabon' especially proved as a popular book internationally and was sold out twice during the height of publication.

January 2019

While construction projects were well underway with the near completion of both the Winchester and Melbourne suburbs, Vice Chancellor Gobblin commissioned a nature walk lined with natural flora and fauna to lead north from Salisbury towards to the international with the Republic of Bloom, this culminated in the construction of the friendship bridge by both nations. Encouraging visitors and diplomatic ties was an important direction taken by the Chancellor BritishWanderer, aiding in Vice Chancellor Gobblin's vision of a strong economical city. Camp Willywhacker was also built during this time, a military complex tasked with the goal of training, equipping and housing those who would defend Salisbury and the country of Varkonia.

The Boroughs of the Chancellery of Gabon.
No. Borough
1 Salisbury {Capital Province}
2 Bakerswood
3 Highgrove
4 Venice
5 Baile bán

On the 10th of January, the Government of Gabon reformed away from the "Grand Mercantile Republic of the Autonomous Free Sovereign State of Gabon, the Abode of Peace" into "The Chancellery of Gabon" while not having any major consequences for the day to day of Salisbury, it did make the position of Lord High Chancellor and Vice Chancellor permanent only open for election upon death or retirement. This change would cement BritishWanderer and Gobblin as permanent figures to represent Gabon for the foreseeable future. This change also came with a shift in the Council which was made up of {BritishWanderer, Gobblin, Tvman999, ChrisFa99 and Cincius}.

With the expansion of Salisbury, surrounding towns and the ceded borough territory to Venice, local governance slowly ceased to exist as the Capital was no longer the only settlement on the mainland and the Councillors of Salisbury merged into the same position of Councillors of Gabon with a borough representation system taking its place. The borough of Salisbury would remain the largest and most populated borough, with the neighbouring boroughs of Bakerswood {Southeast}, Venice {North} and Highgrove {South}.

As the city became sizable yet compact with tight streets, confusing alleyways and a myriad of houses in a unorganised fashion, it was decreed by the Chancellery to set up a rigorous street naming scheme, with each alleyway and street named and every house given a number and the resident names printed on all doors. This scheme aided greatly in keeping organisation inside of the suburb of Melbourne which was becoming a complex maze of apartments haphazardly built on top of one another in different shapes and sizes.

This picture was taken on the northern road to Bloom of St Varkanos Cathedral peering over the Capital walls. Circa January 15th 2019

Under official Chancellery decree in mid January, one of the larger envisioned projects was allowed to go ahead which involved promptly filling in Salisbury's defensive structure and the surrounding hole with incredible amounts of stone, sand and topsoil. This refill of the hole paved the way for a grand square to be set up in the centre of the Capital, with the now infamous Great Mickale Oak tree as the centrepiece of the square. This was later joined on January 15th by the St Varkanos Cathedral which involved all government members in its construction, the cathedral became the tallest building in Gabon at its completion.

Period of Peaceful Hibernation

February 2019

After the fervent display of unprecedented growth, with the Capital expanding to nearly three times its size in November 2018, most of the Council decided that a break was in their best interests, with Chancellor BritishWanderer heading off to Varkonia to carry out duties as Spokesperson of the UNC and Vice Chancellor Gobblin heading to Highgrove to continue construction of the St Marcus Headquarters. Unfortunately it was at this time that ChrisFa99 penned his resignation from the Lord's Council, deciding that his time with Salisbury while well spent had run its course. Councillor Cincius also went missing around this time and lost his position in the Council due to the unsure whereabouts of his persons.

The citizenry of Salisbury carried on business as usual, the sovereign fund allowed for the absence of both Chancellors and gave the citizenry the ability to fund their businesses or personal projects during this quiet period. The streets were relatively peaceful with no reports of crime during this time due to the security measures in place by both Gabon and Varkonia.

March 2019

This hibernation period continued throughout the majority of March until the 28th when the Lord High Chancellor returned, it was decreed that the train station should have the available rail-lines expanded from 8 to 12 slots in order to accompany future diplomatic projects where Salisbury desired to expand international rail connections. Apart from this construction, it was quiet on most fronts and business as usual for all citizens of Salisbury.

Period of Homecoming & Growth

April 2019

This picture was taken of an overhead view of the Capital city, Salisbury. Pictured are the new districts of Portsmouth, the beginnings of Hackney in the south and Central Salisbury. Circa April 2018

Fortunately the period of hibernation was not lengthy and with the return of The Vice Chancellor, it was decided to reboot the government and continue to build on previous progress, OstenVonStolz, a model citizen who had been hard at work constructing the Capital walls was promptly elected to the position of Lord's Councillor in place of the late ChrisFa99. The government wasted no time and immediately set itself three enormous tasks, namely the Capital Depository, the shoreline district of Portsmouth, with a heavy focus on shopping in the harbour. and a renovation of Salisbury International Station, these were due a chancellery decree to expand the diplomatic outreach of Salisbury via rail connections and economical growth.

The Capital Depository was the first project to be attempted, a behemoth of a building with the intent of storing all of Salisbury's building materials and supplies. It was not only the construction of the building itself that was time consuming but transporting almost 30 double chests of resources into the depository itself, reportedly three fully-loaded donkeys died in the transportation process. The Capital Depository would become a vital part of every future building project planned from then on, making the distribution of building supplies much more efficient throughout the entire borough.

This picture was taken of Salisbury International prior to the vital renovations that took place. Circa March 2019
This picture was taken of Salisbury International Station after the extensive renovation efforts put in by Gobblin, OstenVonStolz and BritishWanderer. Circa 13th April 2019

Portsmouth's blueprints were gradually laid out as foundations across the eastern bay of Salisbury by Vice Chancellor Gobblin, who had the vision of creating an modest economic community within the Capital to hopefully attract business from across the quadrant. Initial progress was slow as on April 11th it was leaked that allegedly the Gabonian Government had poorly budgeted the cities stone supplies and overstated the amount of stone in storage, while started as gossip, the government did later confirm the rumour and city-wide projects including the Salisbury wall were halted as a new source to make up for the lack of stone was sought.


While construction materials were being ordered, Chancellor BritishWanderer and Vice Chancellor Gobblin took part in public events and set out to better the daily life of the average citizen, this included the popular bill to provide adequate public lighting across Salisbury especially to those who resided in impoverished areas of the Capital such as Melbourne. Both Chancellors also took the time to repave certain roads and enhance the local beauty by adding in bunting strewn across streets, planting flora and fauna that lined major roads and creating public gardens for citizenry to benefit from.

Once the aptly named stone crisis was declared over by the Council, labour immediately began on the renovations of Salisbury International Station, the scale comparatively to the station at the time was colossal, stationed underground at nearly 100 metres tall, it was a tremendous upgrade and became a grand entrance for any tourists or travellers passing through. The construction was the most efficient project of its size in the history of Salisbury, being designed, collected resources for and built all in the same working day. The days following, old rail lines were re-linked up to the new international station and holes were dug out in anticipation for future rail line extensions to Nyasaland, Gensokyo & Tvtopia. On the 14th of April, a direct rail line was dug between Icenia and Salisbury, linking the two major cities in the minus, minus quadrant.

The April renovations brought with it vast commercialisation to Portsmouth thanks to immense government investment which brought international corporations and countries to open up stores selling foreign goods. This economic growth in turn created a steady supply of visitors, shoppers and tourism for Salisbury which in turn boosted the number of citizenship applications and property purchases.

Around the same time, Councillor OstenVonStolz, undaunted by the Capital wall project took it upon himself to finish the remainder of the wall, this was no small feat as the wall only covered the north side of the city at the time. For his efforts in completing the entirety of the wall of his own volition, a small ceremony was held in a meeting of Lord's Council where Councillor OstenVonStolz was awarded a sizable portion of forested land south of the Capital, within the borough of Salisbury.

It was this parcel of land that Councillor OstenVonStolz would transform into the quaint town of South Shields, boasting a pub, church, and blacksmith. This settlement was the first to be constructed outside of the capital, making it the second oldest settlement in the borough of Salisbury.

May 2019

June 2019

Manmade islands/theatre/



anniversary party

Period of Dormancy


July 2019

August 2019


September 2019

Wartime Period

October 2019


November 2019

Administrative Districts

Districts, Suburbs and Divisions are used interchangeably when referring to the Capital boundaries between neighbouring areas.

An independent assessment survey was conducted on the seven marked suburbs and districts within the capital city boundaries during the period of April to November 2019. This survey assessed the quality of education, housing and service facilities, additionally touching on the economical benefits and social aspects of individual residents.

The marked boundaries of the administrative suburbs & districts within the Capital of Salisbury. This map was last updated on the 13th of November 2019

Melbourne

'Good Hope'. The administrative division of Melbourne is 83 metres crosswise with the highest point of the district standing at 17 metres above local ground level (70). There is a clear display of a lack of safety regulations with rampant violations on the residential buildings, overhanging structures are not sufficiently supported, stairs to reach other stories act more as a climbing frame than a reasonable flight of stairs. Vines and vast stretches of leaves have overrun the walls and roofs of Melbourne, the district is in a dilapidated state with no form of active education, sports or other service facilities besides an inn, the 'coughing swine'.

Quality of Life

The QoL within Melbourne is nowhere near acceptable levels, the residents of this particular area can expect to be at the lowest rung on the social ladder, with a majority of inhabitants being unemployed with little to no wealth to their name.

Most residents shall be born and die in this suburb, unable to be buried in the grounds of St Varkanos Cathedral, many residents will be buried in the unmaintained graveyard in the centre of Melbourne. There is a single public toilet within the district of Melbourne, in close proximity to the graveyard however in no better shape, the potential for diseases and festering bacteria leaves the toilet a mockery of the more advance toilets seen in other parts of Salisbury. No educational facility exists within Melbourne, with most parents taking to home schooling their children or allowing them to learn on the streets.

The culture of Melbourne is that of a very close knit community, almost all residents know each other and gossip spreads like wildfire through the tight alleys and over balconies. Happiness is surprisingly above average, many remarking on the hard working and community collective of the district in contrast to the more individualistic styles of the other districts. There is a real sense of family within the close knit streets which is compounded further by the government's unnatural desire to construct tall and externally pretty looking buildings to effectively wall in the impoverished area of the district, blocking the view from anyone outside. In addition to the boundary constructions, higher quality streets and numerous gardens have been laid down though at no adverse benefit to the residents and more serving a facade for residents in neighbouring suburbs. Because of this, residents of Melbourne hold strong opinions about not only the government however on their neighbouring districts as well, with many residents hurling abuse at anyone seen to act 'above' the inhabitants of Melbourne.

This picture was taken just outside the 'coughing swine' inn, Melbourne, with a view of the graveyard and compact housing off to the right. Balmoral tower can be seen in the distance. Circa January 2019

Notable Buildings

Serving the residents of Melbourne with drink, food and a place to sleep is the aforementioned inn, the 'coughing swine'. A butchers, 'Paps Meat' is also within the vicinity, serving fresh cuts of meat from various animals for affordable prices. Although lacking in major industry, Melbourne is home to the Gabon Florist which produces 80% of Salisbury's output of grass and various flowers.


Winchester

'Jewel of Salisbury'. The administrative division of Winchester is approximately 122 metres crosswise with the highest point of the housing district standing at 20 metres above local ground level (70). There is a clear eye for detail within the suburb, with adequately wide inner pathways and sizable open spaces littered throughout. Great care has been taken to ensure the beauty of Winchester and it's boundary zone by the local district administrators, flora and fauna has been carefully manicured into a structured yet messy style which compliments the suburb nicely. Every building with exception of the central residence is detached from those around it with at least 3 metres of pathway or green spaces being the most common divider. Winchester is clearly the recipient of extra government funding compared to suburbs around it, boasting an Inn, a BnB, Cafe and an Academy as amenities.

Quality of Life

The QoL within Winchester is well above the average for the Capital as a whole, the residents within this suburb tend to be upper class with a majority of inhabitants being highly educated and holding government or white collar jobs.

Most locals received a comprehensive education at the Winchester Academy which borders Balmoral, most employers including that of the government tend to have a bias towards those educated in Winchester, perhaps due to the increased tax income and generous donations towards government projects by residents within Winchester. This self repeating cycle has had vast benefits for those who reside in Winchester while causing a noticeable detriment to neighbouring suburbs. Contrary to the northern district of Melbourne, Winchester does not contain a graveyard however with a much higher wealth per person, most inhabitants of Winchester can afford to be buried in the grounds of St. Varkanos Cathedral. Every building within this district has more than adequate plumbing, with sewage and other disposable materials being dumped outside of district boundaries.

The community within Winchester is remarked to be snobbish, with residents carrying a 'holier than thou' attitude. It is notable to mention that a majority of residents (56%) support the restoration of the Monarchy. Inhabitants tend to avoid each other outside of organised gatherings such as street parties or national holidays, most families keep to themselves imposing strict schedules and curfews on their children which carries on to shape much of the adult residents of Winchester. Winchester boys are usually expected to follow in their father's footsteps, this is evidenced by nearly 55% of government employees being part of this generational work ethic. This however is not without criticism, many outside Winchester feel that it is improper to allow one such district to practically dictate Capital policy, efforts to combat this have been weak-willed at best with seemingly no change coming in the near future.

Expansion has been slow within the suburb, inhabitants are adamant that no further development should take place. The housing development of Pillypaddle lane took 4 months to debate and plan, with the plans eventually being taken to the highest court of Varkonia by residents in order to dispute the project, the courts ruled in favour of the development and as such it was constructed in late May 2019. This is not the only foray into development projects by the residents of Winchester, with inhabitants protesting and taking the government to court over the neighbouring suburb of Melbourne in order to have portions of it demolitioned due to the claim that it was 'unsightly'. The court case was settled outside of the courtroom with the government agreeing to construct unnatural tall and externally pretty looking buildings to effectively wall in the impoverished area of Melbourne, this solution pleased residents on the mainroad of Winchester and as such the situation has been left alone since.

This picture was taken from the Worchester street outside the Gabon Concretery, Winchester, with a view of Pillypaddle lane to the left. You can see the impressive flora and fauna which Winchester is known for. Circa May 2019

Notable Buildings

The residents of Winchester have a varied selection of food & drink establishments with the immensely popular and posh Cafe Glorina, and the two alcohol serving businesses of The Red Lion Pub and the Royal Bed & Breakfast. However the most recognised Winchester building would have to be that of Winchester Academy, responsible for the education of almost every single inhabitant of the suburb. The Academy is also the host of the Winchester Wolves, the hugely celebrated resident football team for the suburb with a current W-D-L ratio of 17-5-2 and a current win streak against the Hackey Hogs of 6. Although the district of which the vital Gabon Concretery resides, most employees come from the neighbouring suburb of Hackney.

Hackney

'Industrial Heart'. The administrative division of Hackney is approximately 100 metres crosswise with the highest point of the southern hub standing at 32 metres above local ground level (68). The overall structure of Hackney has been planned out and precisely constructed with the main roads encompassing the district being wide enough to service wagons to the industrial sites. There is a distinct lack of any green spaces or notable flora and fauna, with focus being on outfitting Hackney with well-paved streets. The buildings are well built and quite pleasing to the eye, with adequate space between neighbouring structures although there are usually multiple families per building. The industry is concentrated on the western boundary of Hackney, anchoring to the Capital Depository which too resides in Hackney.

Quality of Life

The QoL within Hackney is considered to be the capital average upon which all other districts base their ratings off of. Residents in Hackney tend to be lower - average middle class with a majority of inhabitants having received a decent local education and working in blue-collar industries within the district.

Hackney locals are proud of their subculture, seeing themselves as highly self sufficient, owing to the centralised industry and the impressive depository in the district. Hackney acts as the city's entrance for 95% of goods that travel by land, imports are then stored in the depository where workers take care to attentively organise goods into their designated storage. Exports from the local fletchery, smithy and copperwares are of excellent quality and highly regarded among labourers.

Governance of Salisbury

Salisbury has been under a myriad of government systems throughout it's growing history. Every government up to the present has maintained the importance of a council whether advisory to the head of state or having a more direct role in the day to the day governance.

Monarchy Era

5th June 2018 - 9th November 2018 (158 days)

The system under which Salisbury was founded and awarded Capital status. Curial laws were enacted under this era, most notably the Code of Laws and Judicial Act which were both later adopted by Varkonia. Although originally necessary due to the small population and the lack of laws within the settlement territories, the growth of the population and the transition of Government between Varkonia and Gabon, saw the monarchy eventually lose favour with a majority of citizens of Salisbury and the greater area.

Constitutional Monarchy Head of State Privy Council
Jamietech

(Queen)

BritishWanderer
Tvman999
Gobblin

Civil War

9th November 2018 - 14th November 2018 (5 days)

This short-lived system was a result of the Monarch branding her government as traitors and installing herself as an absolute monarch, starting the Gabonese civil war. This would be the last time that Jamietech would hold a government position in Gabon.

Absolute Monarchy Head of State
Jamietech

(Queen)


Post-Civil War Era

14th November 2018 - 10th January 2019 (58 days)

This system presided over the recovery from the previous conflict, putting funding into expansion and construction projects across Salisbury. Being a Mercantile Republic was seen as a complex and complicated system by many of the citizens and government members alike leading to the reforms that would result in the creation of the Chancellery Act.

Mercantile Republic Head of State Executive Council
BritishWanderer

(The Lord High Chancellor)

Tvman999
Gobblin (VC)
ChrisFa99

Reform Era

10th January 2019 - Present (308 days as of November 13th 2019)

This system has governed over the largest expansion and growth period to occur to the Capital and the greater borough of Salisbury. Economic and population growth has rewarded this system of government and its citizens with an unprecedented era of stability, making this the longest unchanged government in Gabonese history.

Chancellery Head of State The Lord's Council
BritishWanderer

(The Lord High Chancellor)

Tvman999
Gobblin (VC)
OstenVonStolz
ChrisFa99 (Resigned February 2019)
Cincius (Missing Since February 2019)