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Hockey » Torland Hockey League: THL 2.0 » 3/01/2024 6:21 am

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Steelman wrote:

I appreciate all the feedback on Port Alrene! Next we head to Portarra for a double scoop.

Portarra Pioneers

About the Team: The Pioneers joined the league in 1972 as part of the THL's four-team expansion with an emphasis on adding even more hockey to the city of Portarra, making it the second city in THL to house two teams. The Pios were quickly contenders which helped establish their brand in Portarra and the league as hardworking upstarts. Runs to the Cup in '80 and '84 cemented their status even further. Building a fan base in a city occupied by the Whales has been tough business but the Pioneers fans are loyal and passionate and the team has done well on carefully pushing their own brand without stepping too much on the Whales' toes. Three seasons of Hall of Fame center Geno Pasternak brought the star power to the Northside even if the squad has been in a rebuild since then. The Pioneers play in the Willard Division.

Ownership and Management: The Pioneers are owned by Lewis Vail, a Galapetran businessman who grew up in Podangrad, Tamokeva before attending Gavas College in Portarra. He spearheaded funding the stadium project in Pohelem Landing to bring a second franchise to Portarra. He has been a steady owner with plenty of pull behind the scenes, often involved in the finances and investments of the league. Vail prefers to allow his GM to run the team autonomously, only adding input as necessary.

The Pioneers are managed by Scott Hauser, considered one of the elite GM's in the league, having won Best GM in 1973. He helped push the expansion Pioneers into immediate contention, with Finals appearances in 1980 and 1984. The squad is coached by Burt Wentz, former THL goalie and brother to Hall of Famer Von Wentz. Burt was hired as assistant coach in 1978 by Hauser along with head coach Ted Gooden. When Gooden retired after the '90 season, Burt wa

Writing Workshop » State of Aurun: Land of Amethysts and Gold » 2/28/2024 6:22 am

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Steelman wrote:

Hey Goose, I fixed your image for ya! You've got to copy the "image address" and hit the inset image button in the post and paste the link into it for it to work.

Map looking good! Reminds me a bit of Bergonia, which is a good thing! Can't wait to see it fleshed out.

Hi Steelman, yes, I know how to paste images here, but I don't know why the image does not show when I try to post it, it has worked with the first image I posted here.

Thanks for the feedback! I was a little bit inspired by Torland's map to make the shape of Aurun, I don't know what Bergonia is and I'd like to know more of that country, more content about Aurun will arrive soon.

Writing Workshop » State of Aurun: Land of Amethysts and Gold » 2/27/2024 4:48 am

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The map of Aurun

Sorry for not posting yesterday, I now made a map of Aurun and it's provinces, I will talk about the provinces later however I will make occasional stops to talk about other things from this country, here is the map of the country of Aurun.

Aurun consists of 40 provinces with their own different cultures, it's capital is situated in the province of Berriane on the French side, I will talk about the cities in the provinces when I talk about each province, more updates later.

Writing Workshop » State of Aurun: Land of Amethysts and Gold » 2/25/2024 12:27 pm

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Present day Aurun

After the economic miracle, Aurun still is a country that is growing strong, Aurun has hosted the Winter Olympics in 2006 in Des Dames and the Copa América in 2007, and they have presented a bid to host the 2038 World Cup, the 2028 Copa América, and the 2036 Olympics in San Ramón.

Aurun has had some snap elections and many presidents became unpopular after the new millennium, having about 2 snap elections, so there is a political divide between different parties.

Aurun is still an economic powerhouse, it is an important WTO and Mercosur member and Aurun still has strong diplomatic ties to the US and Latin America, as well as their former owners, they are still doing well in terms of economy, tourism is paying off.

A huge amount of progress has been made as more landmarks are being built, like the tallest tower in Aurun (Grenouille Tower in Capet), the new Aurunese History Museum and other expensive projects.

Military conscription has ended since 2006, parties like the PA and the PCA were opposed to that decision, it had to be approved by the Senate, more than half of the senators voted against conscription, winning by just 2 votes.

Gaitero plans to take Aurun to the bridge of progress, attempting to modernize the country and start making more business streets in other cities, he is staying as president of the Liberal Party until 2029, so he has a chance he could be re-elected if he wins the next election.

Next up, the provinces of Aurun.

Writing Workshop » State of Aurun: Land of Amethysts and Gold » 2/25/2024 5:48 am

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Marcel "Marcie" Estrosbure

In the 1938 elections, the leader of the Aurunese Action Party, Marcie Estrosbure was elected as president of Aurun, this would result in a dictatorship that lasted until 1955.

Marcie Estrosbure declared neutrality during WW2, due to various reasons and he would side with the US during the Cold War.

He was against communism, he banned other political parties so he could remain as president, he increased the time of military conscription to 1 year and 8 months and he started a nuclear program.

During 1949 to 1954, he started the Aurunese economic miracle and started modernizing Aurun, opening the country to tourists, Estrosbure brought television to Aurun and established three channels in three different languages.

In 1955, Estrosbure was having health problems and he decided to resign as president, fleeing to France and being exiled there, he stayed in Alsace until his death in 1963.

Post-Estrosburist Aurun

Aurun began having elections again, reinstating democracy, Gerardo Mauricio Soles, from the National Party, became the first president elected after Estrosbure's reign, Aurun would later join NATO.

Aurun was finally modernizing, hosting the 1960 Summer Olympics in Apóstoles, opening the Olympic Stadium, the 1974 Expo in Gauthierville, the 1983 Copa América and the 1986 World Cup in Aurun, giving Aurun the spotlight.

Aurun would experience a second economic miracle during this era, becoming one of the richest and most visited countries in the world, and having new companies that focused on electricity, such as Elsum, Globe Electric, and Faro Electronics. Aurun became a country that attracted immigrants from around the world, from Francophone Africa to India, having an increase in population and having more inhabitants.

This economic miracle would last until 1987.

Writing Workshop » State of Aurun: Land of Amethysts and Gold » 2/24/2024 9:29 am

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Military coup

On June 27th, 1911, General Rubian Mechero and hundreds of soldiers marched torwards the Henri Palace, he got enough military support to take over the palace, leading to a military dictatorship, which was controlled by Mechero, Aurunese Solidarity (A political party formed by frustrated soldiers) and the military handled other issues. The reason why Mechero couped Meleiro's government was due to unfair military treatment, unemployment and low salary, leading citizens to support Mechero's political party and his coup. Mechero also introduced military conscription, something that would last until 1999.

Aurun and WWI

Aurun was part of the Entente, Mechero himself supported the Entente, giving them weapons and sending Aurunese soldiers to European frontlines, they declared war on Imperial Germany, as Mechero advocated from the return of Alsace and Lorraine to France. Many Aurunese soldiers had to fight alongside the British and French, some of them fought on Battle of Somme. When the war ended, thousands of Aurunese soldiers returned to Aurun, they built Veteran Plaza in Gauthierville shortly after Mechero's death, then they would reinstate democracy in Aurun, hosting the 1918 elections, with Juan Domingo Marqués getting elected as president.

Writing Workshop » State of Aurun: Land of Amethysts and Gold » 2/23/2024 5:13 pm

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Things that I may or may not have forgotten about Aurun

(Inspired by Torland's wiki entry)

ISO Codes: AA, AUR, 697
Domain name: .aa
Calling code: +425
National mammal: Magacanny (A canine that is the size of a fox, has the face similar to that of a wolf, and has a sand like color)
National bird: Aurunese white eagle
National marine animal: Atlantic marlin
National flower: Magnolia
Motto: Honor virtutis praemium
Currency: Aurunese Sierra (AUS)
National sport: Football (soccer)
Legislature: National Courts
Government: Federal parliamentary constitutional country
Timezone: UTC-03:00
Recognizes DST?: No

Writing Workshop » State of Aurun: Land of Amethysts and Gold » 2/23/2024 3:16 pm

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Aurunese presidents

I'm gonna pause the history for a bit just to put the list of Aurunese presidents:

Narcisse Bucard *(PDA) (1865-1873)
Matías Lucerna *(PUA) (1873-1877)
Martin Rochegris *(PUA) (1877-1881)
Miguel Bermeo *(PRA) (1881-1889)
Francisco Silva Perales *(PUA) (1889-1893)
Pierre Gardien (PL) (1893-1901)
Benito Estanques *(PUA) (1901-1905)
Dante Meleiro (PL) (1905-1911)
------------ MILITARY COUP ----------------------------
Rubian Mechero *(SA) (1911-1918)
------------ Mechero dies in office -------------------
Juan Domingo Marqués (PN) (1918-1926)
Henri Lebateau (PL) (1926-1934)
Guilherme Camponês (PL) (1934-1938)
------------- ESTROSBURE ELECTED ---------------
Marcel "Marcie" Estrosbure *(PAA) (1938-1955)
---- Estrosbure resigned, exiled to France ----
Gerardo Mauricio Soles (PN) (1955-1961)
Roland Provence `(PL) (1961-1965)
Armando Herrero (PN) (1965-1969)
Bernard Finisterre (PA) (1969-1973)
José Pablo Torres ^(PL) (1973)
Philippe Forêtier (PL) (1973-1979)
Fernando Brisa (CD) `(1979-1983)
Cláudio Aveiro (PN) (1983-1987)
Pedro Serrano (PN) (1987-1990)
Samuel Narbona `(PA) (1990-1994)
Paul Germaine (PL) (1994-1998)
Nano Castanheiro (ADC) (1998-2002)
Lambert Arnault ^(PL) (2002)
Adolfo Domingo (PL) (2002-2005)
Carlos Milano `(PN) (2005-2009)
Teresa Moras (PN) (2009-2013)
Albert Jacques Toulouse (PS) (2013-2015)
Ricardo Ramos `(PL) (2015-2019)
Moisés Almendra (PN) (2019-2023)
Juan Roman Gaitero (PL) (2023-Pres)

* | Defunct party
^ | Resign
` | Snap election

Defunct parties:
Democratic Party of Aurun (PDA)
Aurunese Unity Party (PUA)
Aurunese Revolutionary Party (PRA)
Aurunese Solidarity (SA)
Aurunese Action Party (PAA)

Parties that had a leader as president:
National Party (PN)
Liberal Party (PL)
Socialist Party (PS)
Christian Democratic Alliance (ADC)
Aurunese Party (PA)
Democratic Centre (CD)

Writing Workshop » State of Aurun: Land of Amethysts and Gold » 2/23/2024 9:03 am

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The foundation of Aurun

The president of Berriane, Narcisse Bucard, was elected in 1862, he was from the Democratic Party of Berriane and Aurun, he advocated for a unified Aurun, a country that united the six republics into one, many political leaders from the republics agreed with his thoughts on Aurunuse unification.

He wanted a country that was democratic, an economic powerhouse, that had equal rights and that wanted to push forward in development.

In 1865, Narcisse Bucard invited the other 5 leaders, their generals and ministers to a meeting in Gauthierville, they discussed on how would they unify, they decided on laws and they wrote a constitution, on June 5th, 1865, Narcisse Bucard declared the Republic of Aurun, elected himself as President, and chose Gauthierville as the capital, many politicians have announced the creation of the Aurunese state, the flag drawn up by Martin Rochegris was flown in Henri Palace and people celebrated the unification, although people still missed their old republics.

Narcisse Bucard would make the Democratic Party of Aurun, which lasted only 10 years after they merged, and he would select Emilio Fogueira Aquino as the vicepresident of Aurun.

Instead of choosing or creating 1 language to unify Aurun, they chose Spanish, Portuguese and French as official languages, even though some presidents didn't know all three languages, they chose to make the three languages mandatory in education and government.

Writing Workshop » State of Aurun: Land of Amethysts and Gold » 2/23/2024 8:23 am

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Steelman wrote:

Good stuff so far, man! Very rich history and backdrop.

Thanks man! More content related to Aurun is on the way.

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