Regional Population: 467,050 ● Treasury balance: §604,717
The Origin Superhighway may have cleared up, but the only entrance to PCG County, the North America West 1, remains partially submerged. The flooding is so bad it's causing temporal anomalies and industrial disasters, including a factory explosion which spilled 10 tons of Reddit threads into nearby streams. Nevertheless, the county office has exciting news: Notch , Veronica Belmont , Brian Brushwood , and Jordan Yin, Ph.D. have now founded cities!
The best artists suffer for their work, and as County Administrator, I'm proud to say that suffering is now the region's largest export, with 467,050 residents who are always a little bit sick. Is it a cold? No, that's just creative monoxide in your blood.
To highlight the region's burgeoning art scene, we dispatched an urban photographer equipped with the county's entire supply of color filters—browse by page or use the directory above to navigate, and have a look at yesterday's update if you missed it.
Population: 519 ● Treasury: §1,240
Notch only just arrived in the county on a suborbital jet from Sweden, but he's already started designing a three-sided paradise that's greener than the water in Robert Bowling's Hepatitis Seas. There's little to see at this early stage, but the county office will send inspectors to Notchtopia regularly—or just as soon as the 20 minute long red light at the region's border finally turns green, too.
Population: 23,225 ● Treasury: §10,502
The gorgeous Belmonte Carlo began with a bug infestation and problematic servers (terrible restaurants, that is), but it's grown into a successful medium-sized city and bastion of higher education. Mayor Belmont is currently investing the city's great minds in a research project that would allow the production of concentrated solar arrays to make clean energy a viable option for the entire region.
Until then, Belomte Carlo is buying power from Whitta Vista, while students from Jordan Ying's nearby town commute to its schools.
Current Population: 41,000 ● Treasury: §118,088
Expectations are high for Jordan Yin, the only actual urban planning expert among the regional mayors. Blue Lake is currently stable with a population of 41,000, with roundabouts successfully routing traffic to its distinct regions.
With over 10,000 unfilled jobs, however, the city is in need of a population boom, though Jordan may instead plan to keep the town profitable at medium density. In response to questioning, the Blue Lake mayor's office released the following statement today:
"The monster ate my garbage and died. Hahahaha."
County administration will publish additional comments soon, including Jordan's thoughts on the city planning tools provided by the Department of EA.
Population: 155,990 ● Treasury: §23,792
Herpes has flared up, growing into one of the region's most populous cities. Like others in the region, Herpes supplements its power supply with energy from Whitta Vista, but it needs little more help than that to fuel its growth. There's something for everyone in Herpes: shopping, education, high-tech industry, cultural landmarks, and ports on the shore of Hepatitis Seas. What it lacks in overall good-looks, Herpes makes up for with robustness. It isn't going anywhere, ever.
[Update] Well, it wasn't . In response to Federal Department of EA, the Herpes mayor's office released a statement via Twitter which cannot be republished by the county due to profanity.
Population: 16,733 ● Treasury: §3,299
The glitz! The glamour! Hepatitis Seas relies on nobody for its service, providing its happy small-town residents with all the power, water, and seedy gambling houses it needs, as well as insubstantial sewage treatment facilities. Recently, Mayor Bowling approved mining operations, a decision he explains in a county-wide memo:
There's a budget itch that needs to be scratched in the sweaty bowels of Hepatitis Seas. Our early investment in Low End Casinos and Low Rent housing has backfired as we've been forced to take Bond after Bond to stay afloat. Relying entirely on the dirty money flowing in from our casinos and cheap rooms, which we in turn poured back into casino construction, building out Nickel Slots to literally nickel and dime our low wealth population.
Things turned rotten quick for Hepatitians as the city, much like its impoverished citizens, lived paycheck to paycheck and refused to introduce any form of law enforcement into the city. Fires engulfed the abandoned residential areas and ultimately we were forced take out further loans to invest in an honest industry of mining.
With our export business beginning to boom, pollution on the rise, and sewage backing up, Hepatitis Seas is well on its way to living up to it's reputation as the metaphoric anchor of regional prosperity! — Robert Bowling
Could we be witnessing the beginnings of a metal and alloy superpower? Only time and an abdominal ultrasound will tell.
Actual wizard ● Population: 21,437 ● Treasury: §99,446
Brushwoodistanzibar may be mostly plotted with dirt roads, but they say you can see his signature mirrored "B"s from space. Down on the ground, low-tech industries such as Low Tech Industry are booming in this young city. Expect big in Brushwoodistanzibar's future, as its mayor has been known to hide cards up his sleeves, then set them on fire, eat them, and regurgitate ROI zoning.
Population: 10,670 ● Treasury: §63,574
It may be dwarfed by the nearby New Tyblurg, but Whitta Vista is a profitable, no-nonsense grid with happy residents and room to grow. It's on the up-and-up, so why hasn't Mayor Whitta cracked a smile since he took office at city hall? Sources inside local government claim Whitta is fuming over disarray in the federal government, which has denied him reliable access to city management tools, calling the whole thing "catastrophically mismanaged."
County Administrator ● Twitter: @tyler_wilde
Population: 168,549 ● Treasury: §122,995
What started as a one-road city continues to see surprising success, though New Tyblurg is not without problems. Income fluctuates from red to green, and with little more room to expand, the city is in danger of stagnating. As mayor and county administrator, I may soon pass a rezoning order, tearing up New Tyblurg's existing blocks in favor of a superior design.
Still, it's looking pretty good, especially with film noir inspired photography.