European City of Culture June 10th 2014
The European City of Culture is awarded to the Nation with:
The Most Cultural Building
The Most Cultural Community
And the Most Cultural Food and Drink
Each nation will submit a short about their building/community/food and drink which will be voted on by the other Countries taking part. The award ceremony will be held in the Country that previously won. The Country that previously won cannot be voted in twice in a row. It doesn't even have to be your Capital. The first European City of Culture will be on the 10th June 2014 and the host City has not been decided... Yet, but if you're interested please PM Icholasen. The deadline for your articles will be the 5th of June which leaves a 5 day voting period. Once again PM Icholasen for more Information, or if you'd like to host the European City of Culture. Please note that if you chose to be the host you'll have to write the Winner's Presentation. Thanks, Icholasen.
The Barony of Rimroth would like to nominate Rimroth-City.
Rimroth-City is the capital of Rimroth. It was founded in 1245 AD by Lyandrus Farindar, the first Baron of Rimroth. Rimroth-City is known throughout the nation for its many sights, and it attracts a quite large number of tourists. Some of those sights is Rimroth-Castle, also known as the Tugurium on which building started in 1245 AD.
Visitors can walk a tour here with a guide, and if they're finished, they can picknick in the Castle-Gardens.
Another famous sight in Rimroth-City are the Channels which run right trough the historical centre of the city.
Rimroth-University is the highest rated university in Rimroth, and it is situated along one of the Channels.
At the moment there are 11000 students in the University.
In weekends the students can go to the numerous pubs dotted around the centre of the city. Tourists also like to go shopping in Rimroth-City, for it has a nice high street with lots of shops on either side.
Every year, the Battle for Rimroth-City is being reenacted just outside the City. The Battle took place in 1810 during the Rimrothian Rebellion. The Rebels attacked the Capital. The Rimrothian Army gained glory, and a place in the History books with it.
Typical Rimrothian food is the wienerschnitzel, which you can get in all kinds of variations. Troughout the world, Rimrothian schnitzels are the best of their kind, according to independent evaluators. Most of the time it is served with a piece of lemon and chips.
We hope this summary of Rimroth-City will be interesting enough for the European City of Culture award, and we wish other competitors the best.
The Empire of Terra Mortem would like to submit the city of Mordecai for consideration for this prize. Mordecai is an incredibly multicultural city with over 20 million inhabitants, and acts as the legislative and judicial capital of Terra Mortem.
Founded in 883 c.e. as a Celtic settlement under the name Cathair Na n-Aibhneacha (which loosely translates to "City Of Rivers"), Mordecai grew to become a center of trade and education in the Terra Mortem region. Mordecai was annexed by the ancient Republic of Terra Mortem in 902. In 1683, Beckett Wesley, president of the republic of Terra Mortem declared himself emperor, and attempted to abolish the Legiferi (an early parliament), igniting a civil war. Choosing Mordecai as his home base, Wesley defeated parliament forces in 1685 at the battle of Ville de Capitale. Beckett chose to move the capital to Mordecai after winning the war, and Mordecai has always been a very pro-monarchy city because of this. Parliament was reestablished in Mordecai in 1836 by Phillip II "The Kind", the founder of the Thora dynasty that rules over Terra Mortem to this day.
Terra Mortem fought on the side of Protestantism during the wars of reformation, and established its own form of Protestantism in 1703, naming the church the Church of Caelum after the bishop responsible for its foundation. The Church is different from other Protestant sects due to its construction of large and extravagant cathedrals. The adherents of the Church of Caelum are known as Calites, and Terra Mortem boasts the world's largest population of Calites. Although Terra Mortem is a very secular nation, the Church of Caelum remains a powerful influence in the nation, and the original Cathedral of Calitism remains a famous and culturally important landmark in the city.
The Cathedral of Mordecai, an important cultural landmark
Mordecai is a very multicultural city, and was declared the "Multicultural Capital of Terra Mortem" in 2011 by Parliament, but the dominant culture in Mordecai (and in Terra Mortem) is French Anglo Saxon, a culture made up of elements of French and English culture. French Anglo Saxons speak Mortemian English, which is identical to English, but borrows more words from the French language. Many English speakers unfamiliar with Mortemian English often claim that French Anglo Saxons have slight French accents. French Anglo Saxons are mostly non religious, although those that are religious tend to be Calites, making Calitism the most practiced religion in Mordecai (and in Terra Mortem as a whole)
A group of people dine on delicious Beef and Carrot stew, a local delicacy
Mordecai is notable for its delicious food, and tourists are treated to authentic French Anglo Saxon cuisine. The local cuisine has a wide range of foods, from Pastas with delicious Tomato or Cream sauces and beef, to stews such as Beef and Carrot or Pork and Bean, to delicious meat dishes such as duck with raspberry sauce.
We sincerely hope that our presentation has been entertaining and informative, and that the judges will be motivated to select Mordecai for this most prestigious award.
Saint Dominico, Inquista
Saint Dominico is the capital and only city situated in Inquista. It was founded in 476 AD following the fall of the Roman Empire. The city is named after its founder, the martyr Saint Dominico, who sacrificed himself in order to save the city, which was at the time nothing more than a small refugee camp for Roman Christians that were fleeing persecution. The city has evolved much since then, and is now home to almost a billion people, making it by far the most populated city in the European Union.
The city's population didn't boom so immensely without the help of of mass immigration, which has continued until this day. Saint Dominico is a melting pot of many different ethnicities, cultures and lifestyles. Inquistans have many different skin colours, traditions and appearances that set them apart from one another. Inquista's massive Memorial Port had been the official immigration port of Inquista until 1982, and had welcomed over 80 million immigrants by sea (click). Despite being so different, Inquistans remain so united through their common faith of Christianity. Inquistan Orthodoxy is the national religion of Inquista, head by the Archbishop of Inquista himself.
The Archbishop's Palace (click) is a perfect example of Inquistan architecture, which draws inspiration from Baroque architecture and other similar styles. Naturally, Saint Dominico also contains dozens of stunning basilicas such as Saint Damien's Basilica (click) or Saint Paul's Basilica (click). However, it's not just the churches or monuments like the Delphine Fountain (click) that makes Inqusitan architecture so stunning, but also the architecture of the housing in Saint Dominico's Old City Residental Quarter (click) or even Downtown Saint Dominico (click), which is a sprawling city centre.
The most historic and notable building however is the Saint Dominico Cathedral (click), also known by various names such as "The Remains", "The Burnt Cathedral" or "The Black Cathedral". It was the first cathedral built in Saint Dominico following it's founding. It's construction was completed in approximately 492. The Cathedral symbolises Inquista's religious founding, and is often referenced as a symbol of the earliest Inquistan state. The Cathedral was badly burned and damaged by extremists in May 2010, and it sparked the beginning of the Inquistan Civil War. When peace was drawn up, the Inquistan Archbishop and Pope of the Catholic Church proclaimed peace at the remains of the Cathedral. The Cathedral has since become an official European Heritage Site, the first ever in the history of the European Union.
Apart from Saint Dominico's own unique mixed culture and breath taking architecure, Saint Dominico has inspired and contributed to the culture of the Euopean Union, by hosting many international events and competitions. Saint Dominico has hosted 4 Eurovoice song contests, two Europe's Got Talent contests and even hosted the last UEFA soccer competition (click), where Inquista placed second.
Perhaps what has attracted so much foreign interest in Saint Dominco is it's reputation for delicious pastries, such as it's famous cream horns (click) and it's custard puffs (click). That's probably why Saint Dominico has by far the largest rate of obesity in the EU. If Saint Dominican pastries won't provide enough carbs for you, then maybe Saint Dominico's splendid erray of pastas (click) or it's signature Mediterranean Pizza (click) might do the trick. Saint Dominico's pizza are so notoriously delicious that they were even featured at the 2013 European Food Festival, hosted in Zadar, Red Croatia.
These words and images don't even cover a fraction of what Saint Dominico has to offer, nor do they provide justice as to how great the city is. We hope that this presentation hasn't reduced you to perpetual tears.
Saint Dominico is also noted for it's bribery, so that will definitely be an available option if you want to score well with our critics.
Dublin, United Republic
Baile Atha Cliath
Top of the morning! Or, in the Irish language: Dea-maidin! The capital of the province of Ireland has a rich history, full of arts, culture, tradition, and a little flair for debauchery. Dublin is the sixth largest city in the United Republic, with a population of 3 million in its metropolitan area, and like many of the cities in Britain, there is an old sector and a new sector. Pictured above is historic and scenic old Dublin on the River Liffey, home of many historical sites. Take, for example, the Christ Church Cathedral, the seat of the Church of Ireland in Dublin. Its beauty in architecture and special representation as the head of the Church of Ireland make this an important site, built in 1030 as a Catholic cathedral. Need time to relax? Try St. Stephen's Green. Would you like to sample the world famous Guinness beer in a local pub? Try the Brazen Head pub, the oldest pub in the nation, built in 1198. Old Dublin still maintains the old world charm, laid back attitudes, and ancient traditions that put Dublin on the map.
Next to Old Dublin is New Dublin, the business hub of Dublin and second only to London in the United Republic. The semi-autonomy that Dublin maintains, more than the provinces of Scotland and Wales and England, has allowed Dublin to trade with businesses throughout northern Europe (with oversight from the Union Parliament). The result is New Dublin, also nicknamed the Celt's Revenge, implying that New Dublin may be more impressive and eventually more important than Canary Wharf in London.
By far the most famous food commodity that Dublin has is Guinness beer. The Guinness Storehouse still makes fresh Guinness beer with slightly modernized machines, however the recipe has still been the same since 1725. The dry stout gets its characteristic taste from the mixing of aged brew and freshly brewed beer, and its signature head by mixing nitrogen with the beer when it is poured. Coupled with a hearty stew, this dry stout beer is the perfect way to unwind or celebrate with good friends. Guinness has become a symbol of Irish tradition, and has influenced the view of many within and beyond the United Republic.
Dubliners are highly in touch with their cultural heritage and are fiercely proud of being Irish, none more obvious than the many monuments around the city of their cultural heroes: James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Constance Markievicz, and the live music scene in Dublin at many pubs and venues has never been better for local, distinctly Irish music. Literally any night of the week, one is bound to find at least five concerts being given by Irish acts. Street performers, artisans, and even some poets can be found on the commercial center of Old Dublin, Grafton Street.
Dublin has entranced many foreign visitors with good reason, maybe the judges can walk into one of the pubs of Old Dublin, have a pint of Guinness, and listen to the history of this ancient province as told by our Dublin family.
I'm extending the submitting period. You could still vote now, but submitting closes 9th June.
Haladon Province, Os Corelia
Where the music plays to the Sky's Design
Os Corelia has been a land of song, dance, theatre and artistic design & architecture for years so much that the artistic identity is something found in the heart of every Corelian be it someone bore in our shores or coming to find refuge in it. Haladon Province is the city where culture is alive and dashes through the streets with such a vibrant force that one might be knocked over by the passing muses. It is said a poem whispered at one end of the central boulevard can be heard at the other end within seconds and that the poem will become etched on the hearts of those who truly listen.
But where does this all to but the wonderful cultural energy head to? The epicentre of the city is the culture ministry's national arts house where many of the seminal compositions, operas, theatre and dance production have been premi?red. The joy of the house is that it is free to attend performances at so everyone can access culture in the city. The House also plays a lot of European performances including various concerts from EuroVoice winners past and present.
Some say there is a certain spice behind all culture in Haladon Province and many believe this spice to be our beloved Paprika. Paprika goes with just about everything in Os Corelia! Haladon Province first started selling th eimportant spice shortly after its founding as a way to begin localise trade and today everyone is Paprika crazy. The City's dish is Chicken Paprikas which creates a melody of flavour in the mouth sure to leave a smile!
Haladon Province has always been a cultural community with over 79% of residents being employed in the creative sector. There are several designated cultural quarters in the city for music, art, theatre, cultural design, cultural history and digital innovation. We hope by participating in this competition we can attract more creative investment laying down the foundations for more national cultural investment and increasing our creative sector with an ambition to make it as strong as our fishing sector.