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Map of Terra Nostra

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Tom Henshaw

on 9 April 2014

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Portlandia
Hogwarts
Hilltop
Coastal
Lakeside
Pachamama
Tres Lagos
Highlanders
The Shire
Emerald City
Disturbia
Pompeii
Verdeville
Ninjas
Muddy Waters
Bear Claw Creek
Buckeye Creek
Horizon Valley
Reefer Island
Minas Tirith
Located off the western coast of Terra Nostra, Reefer Island is a lush and scenic island with much to offer. With high amounts of biodiversity, a humid climate, and nutrient rich soils, the island appears to be a real paradise. Originally populated by a small indigenous community, a long ago storm brought some mainlanders to settle on Reefer Island’s shores. When confronted with the island’s vast beauty, the new inhabitants and their descendants began work on developing eco-tourist resorts. These new facilities brought much financial success to the island, but new agricultural practices to supplement the growing population began to take their toll on the natural ecosystem. While a council of representatives of various stakeholders help to manage the island, there is also a mounting tension between the native Reefers and the perceived newcomers. While Reefer Island has a bright future in tourism and the potential to become an example of sustainable development, there are a few hurdles to overcome to get there.
Reefer Island
A traditional fishing community on the coast of Terra Nostra, Portlandia enjoys the beauty of the ocean and its surrounding mountains and forests. Due to its rich natural resources, Portlandia has been overtaken by the Chu, an international financier that turned the village into an industrial and tourist-based boomtown. Weak social ties and a lack of community identity prevented anyone from resisting. There have been recent efforts, however, to unite the town against the Chu. Through the creation of Portlandia Coastal, a leadership organization, the local industries have begun to unionize and to improve their communal ties. While there have been great strides made, the Chu’s immense power makes this an uphill battle that the community is ready fight.
Portlandia
Nestled between two volcanoes in the state’s national park, the Highlanders are an indigenous community with a long history and a elaborate mythology. Dedicated to the omnipotent Dragon that protects the town from on high, the villagers maintain a traditional hunting and gathering lifestyle utilizing the abundance of natural resources. Despite their contented simplicity, the Highlanders suffer from malnutrition and limited modern education opportunities for their children. Efforts by the village elders and the brilliant resident nurse, Dre-amy, have resulted in some agricultural reform and the development of an adequate school. However the Highlanders are still very much isolated from the rest of the state, which fuels their unique heritage while limiting significant progress. With predictions of apocalypse on the horizon, the future of the Highlanders is very much unknown.
Highlanders
Coastal is a beautiful seaside town nestled between the Western Ocean and the Razorback mountain range. While traditionally a fishing and shipping town, in recent years Coastal has reimagined itself as a prime tourist destination. Thanks to its openness with its neighbors Coastal is already well on its way toward this goal. There is a major highway finishing construction connecting Coastal with Emerald City, the capital of Terra Nostra, as well as a building boom following the ravaging effects of Typhoon Thomas. It is clear that Coastal will have to grapple with the effects of such rapid growth in the following years.
Coastal
Bear Claw Creek is a small timber community located next to a beautiful bioreserve. The community strives to stay small and local in order to make the community members a top priority. Bear Claw Creek has many recreation facilities and cabins right on the river that cater to locals and tourists alike. The community has a quaint town center where many local businesses are all within walking distances of each other. The Bear Claw Creek Farmers Market, located right in the middle of the town center, is open 7 days a week and is accompanied by live music and art shows which boost community relations and morale. Each year, the town holds and festival and concert to celebrate the community and its accomplishments, which is always a great time. Overall, Bear Claw Creek is a small community focused on its residents and businesses surrounded by breathtaking scenery and plenty of green spaces.
Bear Claw Creek
Muddy Waters is agricultural community with a strong focus on scientific advancement and education. The focus of the community has been the Muddy Waters Science Center, better known as MWSC. With a COSI-like feel the community has been able to attract many tourists and locals, both bringing good business to the area. The Muddy Waters Leadership Council meetings are open to the public, which has increased communication and improved relationships within the community. Thanks to an increased education and investment in the community’s future, a move toward more sustainable agriculture practices has proven successful with both farmers along with scholars and scientists working together. The local agriculture sector, Wholesome Creek, has a focus on dairy products and comes out with a new product every year at Muddy Water’s “Dairy Days”; a fair to celebrate each years achievements.
Muddy Waters
The village of Pompeii is a small and relatively isolated community located high in the mountains of the northeastern section of the state, alongside a volcano. Having originally existed as a blacksmith and mining town, Pompeii’s main industries had dwindled slightly in recent years until prospect of geothermal energy revitalized the town. Throughout the development of the geothermal project challenges were presented to the community of Pompeii in the forms of public opinion, outside influence, and industry incidents, but the community persevered and the project was completed. Now Pompeii is set up as one of the state’s leading producers of alternative energy.
Pompeii
Disturbia is a quaint rural town where farming is the main source of income. Old and new generations come together to put on farmers markets where many “foodies” from the nearby Emerald City and surrounding communities come and buy sustainably farmed goods. In addition, to boost intra-community relationships Disturbia also puts on a “hoedown” a few times a year where everyone can get together, relax, and have a great time. Disturbia is also home to the Chateau de Disturbed Winery where wine and cheese are artfully crafted every day. While Disturbia is small-town it keeps in touch with all the other communities and even has its own social media app available for free on Apple and Android devices. This community is considered to be the best of both worlds, small-town rural feel with a big city only 20 miles away.
Disturbia
The village of Verdeville is a beautiful timber town located in the mountains of northeast Terra Nostra. Verdeville has a strong timber history, providing the state with the highly valued Purple Pine for generations. The village came on hard times when the invasive Purple Pine Muncher Beetle devastated the forest stand of Verdeville. The community responded by creating three commissions the “Community Relations”, “Discovery”, and “Verde Folk Fellowship” team. By using these teams to pool community resources and attract outside help Verdeville successfully eradicated the pine beetle. Now Verdeville is poised to take full advantage of its plentiful natural resources.
Verdeville
Lakeside is a community that is surrounded by beautiful forests and a majestic lake. Over the years the town has attracted a number of visitors and residents due to the natural beauty of the area, as well as the employment opportunities of the timber industry. As more people settled in the community, different ethnic festivals developed which contributed to the close social bonds within the town. Although very diverse, Lakeside has a strong sense of identity, and a large interactive base. The decline in the logging industry, however, has led to a stagnant economy. To mitigate these effects, Lakeside has focused on becoming a cultural and ecotourism destination. The utilization of a website and positive media attention has brought much recognition to Lakeside, and it is on the path to becoming a viable vacation destination. With the potential for environmental and social conflict over future development, however, this is only the beginning of Lakeside’s story.
Lakeside
Nestled between a mountain range and a river, the grassy plateau that became Ninjas was settled primarily due to its nutrient rich soils and beautiful landscapes. While rich in natural resources, the community has struggled to maintain a firm identity, becoming a bit of a ghost town as residents commute to nearby towns for employment. An influx of new residents and community organization efforts have helped established stronger relationships, and a series of reforms has placed the town back on track for economic advancement. While there are still challenges to overcome, the Ninjas community has made huge leaps forward, and continues to create a more diversified and connected town to truly call home.
Ninjas
Pachamama is an enterprising town placed on the bank of the scenic Pachamama River. Formerly a timber-town, Pachamama has reinvented itself into an intellectual and sustainability hub. Through unprecedented cooperation with Emerald City the town had attracted a branch campus of Emerald City University and a famed Artisan Market. The new highway passing through Pachamama has turned the town into a household name. The question is will Pachamama take advantage of its great opportunity or be consumed by its dynamic change.
Pachamama
Horizon Valley is a traditional blue collar manufacturing town reinventing itself for the new global economy. While the community thrived in the past based on strong infrastructure and central location, recent competition has led to the loss of manufacturing jobs. Horizon Valley was presented with the opportunity to fill this void with textile manufacturing, but declined and instead chose to attempt to attract service sector and design jobs. Using the organizational power of the Emergency Management Board and city council the community has finished construction of the Horizon Valley Plaza Shopping Center and begun attracting textile design jobs.
Horizon Valley
The community of Minas Tirith is a small rural town steeped in agricultural history. The founders of this charming town brought with them agricultural practices which damaged the land. The repercussions of less productive land have led the community to become fragmented.
Minas Tirith is now pushing to modernize agriculture to protect the land that serves as both the financial livelihood and social backbone of the community. To do this Minas Tirith has implemented a skill sharing event which has produced a core group of community leaders determined to make Minas Tirith whole.
Minas Tirith
Originally established as an alternative living community with a focus on nature and sustainability located in the hills south of the capital, The Shire has faced growing conflicts in recent decades as more people from neighboring cities began moving into the community. In the past few years the community has begun to bridge the divide between the old traditional population and the new commuter residents. Slowly but surely, and with the constant help and perseverance of a town pillar, Mr. B. Baggins, the village has begun to reconcile its two parts and move towards a better Shire.
The Shire
Emerald City is centrally located and is the capital city of Terra Nostra. It is a vibrant, urban center and is home to a prestigious university that attracts a variety of people. However, during early development of the university and other infrastructure, Emerald City had neglected to consider the environment and, as a consequence, has depleted natural resources. They are a very intelligent and social people whom are diligently trying to right this wrong. After a large influx of people into the city, following Typhoon Thomas, they find themselves with an overpopulation problem. Together, the strong minds of the community see this as a challenge that they can incorporate into their natural resource problem by utilizing methods of smart growth.
Emerald City
Buckeye Creek is a small rural community in the northeastern foothills of Terra Nostra, and has been known for years as a ranching and mining town. At one point it was considered the “Nation’s Power Source.” However, with the mining industry leaving the town, there have been some financial setbacks, but the town has been fighting very hard to offset this loss of jobs and economic resources. The community’s main project has been convincing a textile company to set up a branch plant in Buckeye Creek, in hopes of supplying unemployed miners with local jobs. What the town lacks in natural and economic resources is made up for in social and political ties.
Buckeye Creek
The village of Tres Lagos is a remote, but picturesque, community nestled between three lakes at the foothills of the Terra Nostra Mountains. Having survived for generations on fishing and subsistence agriculture, Tres Lagos is financially poor but culturally and socially strong. There are emergent efforts in Tres Lagos to move towards greater sustainability in agricultural practices. These efforts are aided by a community development organization known as the Tres Lagos People Centered Development Project (TLPCDP). This organization has established a monthly festival and educational event helping farmers and community members understand both the benefits of sustainable agriculture and the strength of community.
Tres Lagos
Hilltop is a very modest settlement of natives in the northern, forested hills of Terra Nostra. It has few natural or economic resources, but is full of an immense sense of culture and community. For generations they have been marginalized and cast aside, but they have decided that this will no longer continue. They have been working very hard to become recognized as a well-established community of Terra Nostra. Some of their efforts include getting funding and breaking ground on a solar farm project that will power their whole community and has great potential for economic gains. They have also organized a community development organization known as SPECto help assist with the solar farm, managing the forest, and any other developmental projects that the community decides to initiate that will help the village grow and thrive economically, physically, and socially.
Hilltop
The town of Hogwarts is located just slightly off the beaten path in the northwestern section of the Terra Nostra. Like most communities in our land the past year has been tumultuous. Home to Hogwarts Liberal Arts College and Gemeinschaft Brewing Company a strong sense of community commitment has emerged in local businesses and enterprises as well as in the citizenry. Building on this commitment Hogwarts has positioned itself to be a leader in the rebirth and development of Terra Nostra.
Hogwarts
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