City of Shenghua

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RepublicOfEpsilonFlag.png This city is a proud member of the Epsilonian Republic RepublicOfEpsilonFlag.png
Flag of Shenghua.png Shenghua
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The famous Bamboo River as it winds through the city.
Town officials
Mayor mi_aquamarine
Deputy Mayor i____7d
Transit
Airport(s) Shenghua Seaplane Terminal
Rail FLR Corporation
Other transit Shenghua Transit:
FLR Shenghua, Shenghua Bus (coming soon)
Facts and figures
Population 12,287 (RP)
2 (Actual)
Founded February 29, 2020
Town rank [Mayor]
State Epsilonian Republic
Official language(s) Chinese (Mandarin, Simplified characters) (Official)
English (Official)
Japanese (Recognized)
Spanish (Recognized)
World New
Post codes  SN6 
Political Party Progressive Party
Ward(s) 6

The prefecture-level city of Shenghua (盛华地级市), or simply Shenghua (盛华) is an island city in the Zeta expansion. It is located in the Epsilonian Republic in the region of Nansei-Gunto. As of October 28, 2020, it and neighboring Kazeshima are the highest ranked cities in the region, both holding the rank of [Mayor]. The city is known for its warm climate and rich culture, making it a popular destination for foreigners and Nansei-Gunto residents alike.

History

Lore History

Pre-1800s

The earliest roots of Shenghuanian civilization can be traced back to the year 230 A.D., with the two settlements of Shengnan (盛南), in the present-day location of the Shenghua Ferry Terminal, and Huabei (华北), present-day Central District. In addition to the Chinese-speaking populace, Shengnan was mainly made up of Japanese-speaking Kazeshimans, while Huabei was mainly made up of Wenyangans, who mainly spoke Afrikaans, with some speaking Zulu. The two settlements started trading goods and resources, and to make it easier to cross the desert between them, the Shenghua Path (盛华大马路) (present-day North South Boulevard) was built between Shengnan and Huabei. The famous Peace Gate (和平门) was constructed at the border, and has stood ever since. The settlements grew together, both by trade between the two cities, and from trade with neighboring kingdoms, such as Kazeshima and Wenyanga. Eventually, the two settlements merged into Shenghua (盛华), a name which is retained to this day.

1800s

In the year 1835, a mysterious area of the world known as Zeta was discovered. People from the cities of Kevtropolis and Osaka rushed to colonize this mysterious land for business opportunities. The island, with its sandy beaches and warm climate, became a popular living area for workers in Kazeshima. Thus, a ferry was set up between the two cities for easy transportation between them. Several years later, in 1843, several Bahians arrived on the shore, sent by their government to understand their culture and start trade. The locals and the Bahians were friendly with each other. Many Bahians liked the tropical atmosphere, and decided to permanently migrate to the city. Thus, Spanish became a commonly spoken language in Shenghua. In 1893, Shenghua, along with neighboring cities such as Wenyanga, Shahai, New Singapore, and St. Helena were invaded by Kazeshima and placed under a brutal dictatorship. This was one of the darkest times in Shenghua's history, where many citizens were forced to give up their culture. Japanese replaced Chinese and Spanish in the education system. Chinese and Spanish text were erased from public signs, replaced by Japanese text. Many names were changed, with many babies born and renamed to Japanese names, and all streets rewritten in Japanese, notably the Shenghua Path renamed to Kazemori-ōdōri (風盛大通り). After liberation, it was renamed to its present day name, North South Boulevard (北南大道) to erase painful memories of the occupation.

1900s

The city-state of Itokani noticed these atrocities, and eventually liberated the empire in 1945, after a bloody war that lasted for five years. Shenghua thrived independently as the Autonomous Republic of Shenghua for ten years, and joined the Republic of Epsilon during that time. In 1955, the cities that were formerly part of the Kazeshiman Empire decided to form the Region of Nansei-Gunto. English was established as a common official language throughout the region to facilitate easy trade and cultural exchange. Like the rest of Nansei-Gunto, post war Shenghua was battered and destroyed by frequent airstrikes by Kazeshiman and Itokanian forces in the years before. Famines and disease were rampant, with as much as eight families crammed in one apartment. Food was hard to find, as Shenghua was located on a barren desert, with most barely surviving on cacti and dead bushes. The education system was next to non-existent, with no public schools in the city, and the elite sending their children to prestigious schools, such as the Flarian Academy in Gemstride. Many of the local populace could not read or write. Shenghua remained in this sorry state for nearly six decades, until reforms in the turn of the century restored its glory.

2000s

In 2001, the Republic of Kevtropolis government, whose peoples settled in Shenghua long ago, poured billions of dollars into the city to improve it. Around this time, a mysterious individual named mi_aquamarine came to power, and the city experienced many reforms. Several departments were quickly set up, such as the Housing and Development Board, and soon after many families had their own home. Many schools were built, along with a mandatory education system, boosted literacy rates from 47% in 1949 to 98% in 2005. Shenghua experienced a massive boom in development in the 21st century, with several malls and skyscrapers opening. The Youli Park was also constructed in the center of the city as a place for citizens to unwind and relax. In 2012, the city started planning a metro system to serve the city in cooperation with FLR Corporation. The first line, Line S1, opened with limited service between City Hall and Shenghua South in 2020. Meanwhile in 2020, the People's Republic of Totem Beach fell under the rule of a mysterious individual named Crimson Fox, who immediately set up an authfuritarian regime in the city. The cities of Haversham, Keriyowna, and Shenghua became popular destinations for refugees. Thus, the city government constructed a rehabilitation center specifically for Totem Beach refugees, many of them brainwashed by Totem Beach's authfuritarian regime. In addition, the city government established special policies for refugees, such as free housing and free public transportation. Thus, it is widely known as one of the most refugee-friendly cities on the MRT.

Units

Shenghua's city government has enacted a set of standardized units to facilitate easy communication.

  • Date: MM/DD/YYYY is the official format used by city government, but YYYY/MM/DD and DD/MM/YYYY are also accepted due to the city's use of Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish. MM/DD/YYYY or the full date spelt out (e.g. January 1, 2020/1月1日 2020年/1 de enero, 2020) are used in all interracial affairs. Calendar weeks start on Sunday, and weekends take place from Saturday to Sunday.
  • Weights and Measures: Metric units (e.g. meters, centimeters, kilometers, etc.) are the official standard used in city government and education. US Customary units are also taught in schools.
  • Spelling: The official standard used in city government is American spellings (e.g. center, color, etc.). British spellings are accepted on exams and standardized tests.
  • Chinese Characters: Simplified characters are the official standard used by city government, education, and are on all public signs in Chinese. Traditional characters are permitted on brand names/logos, and both character sets are accepted on exams and standardized tests. Traditional publications are permitted to be imported and distributed within the city.
  • Spanish Terminology: Officially, Uds. and vosotros/vosotras are used interchangeably in government and education, for formal and informal uses respectively.

Geography

Rivers

Bamboo River

The Bamboo River (竹河) is the city's main freshwater river, running through Central and East Lake districts. It is named after the bamboo growing along the side of the river. It is one of Shenghua's most recognizable features.

Administrative divisions

Shenghua has three districts (区). Districts control local infrastructure such as local roads, as well has public services not controlled by the city government such as waste management.

SN6 4BT Beitou District 北头区

SN6 1ZY Central District 中央区

Central District is located on the central island of Shenghua and it is the financial and government center of the city.

SN6 3XL New Lansing District 新兰辛区

New Lansing is a district where high-income residents live.

SN6 2DH East Lake District 东湖区

East Lake district is a residential and commercial district, with many malls and apartments in the areas. The ferry terminal is also located here.

Tourist information

Lodging

ForesInn Shenghua

The first and currently only hotel in the city, ForesInn Shenghua (林原酒店盛华) was constructed by i____7d as part of the ForesInn hotel chain. It is one of two locations in Nansei-Gunto, the other being in Kazeshima. Its rooms feature spacious private bathrooms, comfortable beds with a nice view of the city, cable TV, and free internet. The hotel also has a pool on the roof. It is located next to the Downtown Crossing shopping mall, as well as the Peace Gate and May 11th Monument.
Transit access: FLR Shenghua City Hall Station (Line S1)

Attractions

Bark Memorial

The Bark Memorial (狐狸纪念馆) was constructed in August 2020 in memory of the Murder of Mac McDonald and Frank Reynolds in Keriyowna. It features a paw print in the ground, constructed by crimsonf0x, to symbolize furry acceptance, as it is believed that the murder was a hate crime against Frank Reynolds being a furry, along with a prismarine canopy and two lecterns about the murder constructed by mi_aquamarine. Unfortunately, the memorial has become a popular target by Totem Beach extremists, with many stealing the books from the lecterns in the memorial. Thus, the memorial gained the "Free Book Dispenser" nickname against the extremists.
Transit access: FLR Shenghua City Hall Station (Line S1)

Francesca Shrine

One of the two Francesca shrines in Nansei-Gunto, the other and original one located in New Singapore, the Francesca Shrine (弗朗西斯卡神社) is where anyone can make a sacrifice to the Waypoint goddess and airport attendant Francesca. The shrine is located beside the Villa Playa shopping street and the Shenghua Seaplane Terminal. Potion and fishing rod use is prohibited on shrine grounds.
Transit access: FLR Shenghua City Hall Station (Line S1)

How to make a sacrifice to the Francesca Shrine
  • 1. Obtain a stack of your player head using the /skull (supporters only) and /more commands.
  • 2. Throw the stack of heads into the pit.
  • 3. Walk into the pit.

May 11th Monument

The May 11th Monument (5月11日纪念碑) is a prismarine gate constructed on May 12, 2020, to honor the removal of the Ucar plugin the day before. The gate goes over North South Boulevard, the principal artery of the city, and has two beacons next to each column.
Transit Access: FLR Shenghua Shenghua East Station (Line S1)

Peace Gate

One of the first things to be constructed in the city, the Peace Gate (和平门) is a gate on North South Boulevard constructed by mi_aquamarine, shortly after founding the city. It is one of the main identifying features of Shenghua, and it is based off a traditional paifang, a Chinese gate style found in eastern Asia, and at Chinatowns all over the world.
Transit access: FLR Shenghua Shenghua East Station (Line S1)

Shopping

Shenghua is a popular destination for shopping, with an abundance of malls and shopping streets.

Downtown Crossing

Downtown Crossing (中央城) was the first mall to be constructed in the city. It is in a convenient location for travelers, located next to the city's ForesInn, and nearby several tourist attractions.

Downtown Crossing


Stores include:

  • Owomart
  • Cocoa & Bean
  • Gifts from Michigan
  • Buwubbles
  • Instant Ribbits
  • 芝士ZONE

Neo City

Neo City (世纪城) was the second mall to be constructed in the city. It is the first mall in the city with multiple stories, and its architecture was based off the architecture in the Estify Region.

Neo City


Stores include:

  • Instant Ribbits
  • TeleNansei
  • Ben's Vibe Café
  • Owomart
  • Buwubbles

Villa Playa

Villa Playa (海滩城) is a pedestrian shopping street in Central District next to City Hall, and is several meters away from the City Hall FLR station. The stores are located in blocks, which are small towers with a store on each floor. Villa Playa also has the Francesca Shrine, along with the Shenghua Seaplane Terminal, which has daily flights to Kazeshima with carrier FlyLumeva Turbula.

Villa Playa


Stores include:

  • Instant Ribbits
  • Grape
  • Bookstore of Truth
  • Buwubbles
  • Owomart
  • Cat Café
  • BankNGF
  • Tropico

Little Nymphalia

Little Nymphalia (小南非亚) is a pedestrian shopping street next to the Neo City shopping mall. It is a mixed use development with stores on the first level and apartments on the second level. It is known for a large population of Nymphic immigrants who brought their culture and architecture with them.

Little Nymphalia


Stores include:

  • Owosmart
  • ShiokShakes

Seaside City

Seaside City (海边成) is a mall across the street from Neo City and next to the ferry terminal. It is known for its warm color palette and mushroom-like sculptures.
Stores include:

  • Owotech
  • Clothing store
  • San He Kitchen
  • TeleNansei
  • Buwubbles

Transportation

Roads

Shenghua is known for one of the most well-developed road infrastructure in Nansei-Gunto, but it is also known for its extremely motorist-unfriendly policies to promote the use of public transportation. Car owners will need to have a valid Car Ownership Permit (COP). which costs 25% of their monthly income and must be renewed every year. Drivers travelling to and from Central District will need to pay a congestion charge collected via Electronic Road Payment (ERP). All roads are closed to motor vehicle traffic from 6am-2pm on Sundays, and on the first full weekend of every month. The only exceptions to this policy are persons with disabilities carrying a special license, public transit, delivery vehicles, and emergency vehicles. Shenghua drives on the right hand side, unlike Kazeshima, Wenyanga, and New Singapore, but like Shahai.

Parking

At most, Shenghua will have 1 underground public parking lot per district, limited to a maximum of 50 spaces in compliance with local laws. All public parking lots will be managed by the local government, with citywide standard parking rates.
Public Parking Rates (Maximum Stay: 5 hours)

Time Passed Rate
First Hour ¥500 (MRT$5)
Every Additional Hour ¥10000 (MRT$10) per hour


Public Holidays

  • January 1: New Year's Day
  • Jan-Feb: Lunar New Year
  • Feb 29: National Day/Zeta Day
  • May 11: Ucar Removal Day
  • August 15: Furry and Homosexual Acceptance Day
  • First week of October: Mid-Autumn Festival
  • November 6: Refugee Day
  • November 7: Freedom Day
  • December 24: Christmas Eve
  • December 25: Christmas
  • December 31: New Year's Eve

Culture

Cuisine

Shenghua is known for its highly diverse cuisine, mainly a combination of Oriental and Western dishes. A popular and well known signature dish is Shenghuanian Rice (盛华米饭), which consists of white rice with cheese, seaweed, and a meat or seafood (usually rib, chicken, or salmon).

Languages

Shenghua has a diverse linguistic culture, with Chinese, English, Japanese, and Spanish being the most spoken. The former two are official, while the latter two are recognized. Thus, most public signs are bilingual in Chinese and English, with some signs containing Japanese and Spanish as well.

Quality of Life

Like other cities in Nansei-Gunto, Shenghua is notable for having a very high quality of life.

Education

Shenghua has a compulsory education system from grades 1-12, with elementary school running from grades 1-4 (age 6-10), middle school running from grades 5-8 (age 10-14), and high school running from grades 9-12 (age 14-18). The medium of education from grades 1-6 is Chinese with English as a secondary language, and the medium of education from grades 7-12 is English with Chinese as a secondary language. In addition, students in grades 9-12 are required to take a class in either Japanese in Spanish, the city's recognized languages. Students are encouraged to bike, walk, or take transit to school, with free bike parking for students at each school, Infinity cards pre-loaded with free transit passes, easy pedestrian access, and schools are not built with car facilities.

Existing schools include:

  • Reynolds Elementary School

Demographics

Shenghua is known for its diverse population, mainly consisting of whites and Asians.

Ethnicity

  • Chinese (91%)
    • Native (41%)
    • from Kevtropolis (27%)
    • from Shahai (20%)
    • Other (3%)
  • Japanese (5%)
    • Native (3%)
    • from Kazeshima (0.5%)
    • from Osaka (0.5%)
    • Other (1%)
  • White (3%)
    • Native (2%)
    • from Bahia (0.5%)
    • Other (0.5%)
  • Other (1%)

Language

Due to foreign influence in much of the city's history, Shenghua has a diverse linguistic environment, with Chinese and English as the official languages, and Japanese and Spanish as recognized languages.

Language
As Primary Language
As Fluent Language
Compatible Language
No Capability
Chinese
82%
20%
49%
10%
English
14%
71%
31%
36%
Japanese
10%
4%
7%
85%
Spanish
6%
2%
5%
88%
Other
2%
3%
8%
92%

Credits

Trivia

  • The name Shenghua was originally used in one of mi_aquamarine's singleplayer worlds.
  • When claiming land on Zeta's opening day, Shenghua's island was mi_aquamarine's third choice. The first choice was where Santa Abeja lies, and the second choice was where Kazeshima lies.
  • Several of the city's streets (e.g. Sand Street, Eumi Drive, Kazeshima Street) were named after various places on the MRT.
  • The city has 3 Instant Ribbits locations, all on the same street.
  • The H a u s in Jimbo was constructed using a similar design from a building in Shenghua.
  • supykun accidentally started a conversation about toilet habits while visiting Shenghua.
  • The city is known for having a high density of malls, described as "too much" by some.