Location, Culture and Society sharing thread.

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  1. Animefan162a

    Animefan162a Naval Officer and Shipwright
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    Right, it's probably bad luck that my very first forum posts were replying to a player who thought I had abused my staff powers, so I want to start my forum experiences off properly.

    I am an American (Yes I admit it, I'm a bloody Yank that tries to talk like a Brit >_>), however I've noticed that the vast majority of SGC clan members are from different parts of Europe (particularly the United Kingdom).
    I was hoping by starting this thread I could gain insight into the "little worlds" everyone lives in in their different areas of our big world.

    I'll start:
    I live in Mooresville, North Carolina, United States of America. Our town is often referred to as
    "Race City, U.S.A." because we have the NASCAR Hall of Fame and many museums to racing here. In fact, the old liveries for our police vehicles were inspired by such: http://images14.fotki.com/v380/photos/3/49373/8486038/cnpca13615-vi.jpg

    Mooresville is also connected to Lake Norman, which unfortunately is the only sizable body of water we have around here because we're located in the Piedmont part of N.C. (in between the Coast and the Mountains). We're in between Statesville to the North, which is where Iredell County has most of it's government buildings, and Charlotte to the South, which is the largest urban center (city) for both of the Carolinas.

    In "Downtown" (as it's called) Mooresville we have "Main Street" which houses a lot of different buildings, mostly new but some still enduring from the 1930s and 40s. We also have a number of industrial areas, and our town is surrounded by farms on the outskirts (something I distinctly remember as our family was driving down here from New York, the other thing being the sheer amount of churches around).

    We've been actively expanding since the 1960s, with the continuous influx of people from different states hoping to find a cheaper place to live (as was the case for my family) and companies hoping to achieve financial success in fresh environment.

    We're a fairly stereotypical "Southern" town with a like for sweet tea and biscuits (mostly the Bojangles kind) and have a number of diners/restaurants littered about that serve various dishes from North Carolina and other Southern states.

    This is just "scratching the surface" of our town's information, I hope to learn much from the others here about life across the sea.
     
  2. Captain Barry

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    England is separated into Shires. One of these shires, called Northamptonshire is where I spend my days. I live in a town that's split in two. My half is called Higham Ferrers, and the other half is called Rushden. In modern times, Higham shares a lot of things with Mooresville. People moving here from the cities in search of cheaper living, factories and warehouses springing up in the fields and even a new retail park on the way on the outskirts of town, created by companies who are looking for new opportunities.

    During the second world war, Higham and Rushden were production centres for vehicle parts and clothing. Sadly, more history of the town(s) is hard to come by.

    The typical two story brick house that most people call home in the UK is almost half the size of a typical two story American wood and plaster home. Houses also cost three times more on average here compared to the US, making a mortgage a necessity for any home owner.

    As an island nation, we have to import many of the things we need. This means we pay much more than other countries, as we pay for the shipping that the product needed to get here. The figures may say that the UK is the 4-5th richest country, but we certainly don't feel it. Other than a economic issues, England is a nice place to live. Which would explain the surge in migrants.

    I did have more things to say, but my PC decided to crash after I had wrote down at least 150 words. So you have the 'short' version.
     
  3. Animefan162a

    Animefan162a Naval Officer and Shipwright
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    Thank you for your entry, I actually didn't know how much more expensive your houses were vs size compared to ours, is paying the mortgages also expensive compared to renting a house or do the mortgages make owning the house cheaper?
     
  4. Captain Barry

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    I haven't moved out of my parents house yet so I don't know if renting is cheaper. But I suppose with the benefits of maintenance it might be cheaper in the long term to rent a home.
     
  5. Tzatziki

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    In Greece, cities and towns are split into municipalities called δήμοι(pronounced dimi[d is soft]) and I live in Kallithea(Καλλιθέα), Athens(Αθήνα).
    About 60% of Greece's population lives in Athens(six out of ten million).Kallithea existed as a municipality since the ancient times and Kallithea actually means "Best scenery" or "Best view" and that's because of Kallithea's hills and until the 60's there was a beach.Now, Most of Athens is full of flats that block the view of the sea and the beach was removed in favor of a harbor as the sea became more and more polluted near Athens.That's what Athens looks like nowadays:
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    Ok, so I like going for a walk on the harbor where you can see the Armored Cruiser Georgios Averof(Γεώργιος Αβέρωφ), which is many times called a battleship because she was the best ship of her time and was never defeated in battle:
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    By the way, she is the only surviving armored cruiser in the world.
     
  6. Locko1997

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    Well i'm from argentina, which is actually one of the biggest country's of the world, and as it's a really long country from north to south, which makes the country have big diference's between the ecosystems, ranging from jungle ( on the north ) to desert, from hot to cold. As the rest of south america argentina is one of those countrys marked by several dictatorships and shameless corruption in much cases.
    Where i live, Tucuman, it's the smallest province ( Argentina is divided in 21 provinces, then each has it's own municipes ) and it's often called the garden of the republic ( "El jardin de la republica" in spanish ) and it's quite pretty. Right now we are getting into winter, and i'ts really cold out there, but it doesnt get as cold like on Europe countrys, at least not in my latitude. Nevertheless, it's common having +35° degrees on summer, so it's also really hot, and it rains a lot since we are located in the jungas forest, which extends from tucuman to bolivia.
     
  7. Tzatziki

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    The southern hemisphere tends to have large differences in temperature when it comes to winter and summer, as the earth is closer to the sun during the south hemisphere summer and away from it during the south hemisphere winter.
     
  8. LethalDuffman12

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    Well just to start off I am also an American just like anime however where we live differs greatly. I come from Reedley a small town located in the Golden State of California. Reedley is a small farm town of around 25k people located in the San Joaquin Valley of California. California is a very sizable state ( think it has about twice as much area then the UK ) and a drive to the largest southern city of California ( San Diego ) is about 5 hours ( 320 miles / 514 km ) and a drive to the largest northern city ( Crescent City ) is around 9 hours. ( 560 miles/ 900 km ) One of the bad things about the region I live in is the fact that it's a valley so all the the pollution from larger cities leaves though the opening around the San Fransisco Bay meaning that the air quality in the valley region is around the worst around leading to some high cases of Asthma and Lung Diseases in this region. The same affect that traps all the smog and pollution also keeps all the heat trapped leading to very constant high temperatures here ( around 100-110*F/37-43*C ) during the summer months and a decent winter temperatures ( 40-60*F/4-15*C ) also it snows very rarely here in Reedley. ( hasn't snowed in my lifetime here yet ) Now for the final con of this region is the extreme lack of rain due to the drought that's been going on here for the longest while causing some aquifers to dry up completely which means that anyone not connected to the city's water supply needs to have trucks bring in tanks of water for anyone living in the country otherwise there is no water for your home.

    Time for the good things of my town xD. About 10 minutes from where I live we have the San Joaquin River a decently sized river which gives us a decent supply of water. ( recently has a decent amount of water flowing due to them opening up the dams ) We also export most of the grapes, raisins, oranges, and milk from this region. My town contains 1 college, and 2 high schools. ( one is a church school ) The variety of religions and people are not the best but there is some. Some major religion's here are between the three Lutheran, Catholic, and Christian. The major ethnicity here seem to be Hispanic, White, and Asian. ( and yes I fit into the Hispanic majority :p ) Around 150 miles/ 240 km east from here you will hit Mt.Whitney one of the tallest mountains in the US, along with the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and the Sequoia national forest. In the other direction around 170 miles/ 270 km you reach the coastal city of Monterey, Monterey Bay, and the grand old Pacific Ocean. Though in reality my town offers very little compared to what's scattered around the state of California. ( which helps explain why I have been to every part and region of this state :p ) Also as i have stated before California has a wide variety of climates from southern desert's, eastern mountain's, central valley, coastal west, to the northern forest's.

    This is just a little brief description of the state and town I live in :3
     
  9. Tzatziki

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    Holmes, do you even religion?
     
  10. LethalDuffman12

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    Nope xD
     
  11. Animefan162a

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    Kinda the same in my smallish town (even though the South isn't known for it's diversity), it's almost entirely some denomination of Christian. I've only seen one Muslim in our town, let alone any Jews. So while Duffman does live in a state known for it's diversity, because he lives in a more rural town compared to melting pots like San Diego or San Fransisco, he also doesn't get a lot of it. It's pretty unfortunate.
     
  12. Olof Palme Reloaded

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    I live in a Swedish town called Växjö in a county called Kronoberg which is a part of the province "Småland" (small countries). Småland is also called "glasriket"(the kingdom of glass), because of its long history of producing glass both for use and as an artform. The glass production first started in the 18th century when the large woods of Småland become the perfect fuel for the glass owens. The Swedish glass became famous and world leading for many years, and a lot of ground breaking techniques and new ways of using glass was inventedhere. Not until a few years ago the glass industries of Småland started to fade.

    Växjö has about 65,345 citizens. The majority votes for the Swedish liberal capitalist party "Moderaterna". I myself is a proud member of Vänsterpartiet Växjö, a socialist party furthest to the left in the swedish government. In 2007 bbc crowned Växjö "the greenest city in europé" which was a big misconception, but that wont stop the governors of Växjö to use the false reputation to the fullest. Växjö and sweden as a whole is very multicultural. Sweden is also a very secular nation and let no religion shine through politics, school or in the workplace. Carl von Linne the man who named all flowers and plants came from around here, and IKEA was first started from a neighbor's town of Växjö.

    The architecture of sweden is largely influenced by the Bauhaus movement in Germany, but the Swedish variant is called Functionalism or funkis. The core of funkis is that function is beautiful, therefore there is no need for details only function. Two of the schools i went to is considered iconic masterpieces of funkis and is not allowed to be demolished. during the 60s a time called "välfärdstiden" big house block where built all over Sweden. The idea was that everyone was going to live in modern households with the highest of standards. The houses where cheap and in some places they even payed the residents for living in thier houses.

    For those of you who seen my drawing of a fort in discord for a upcoming map, is heavily based on a ruin close to where i live. The ruin served as a fortress in the times when Kronoberg was the southwest parts of sweden at the border of Denmark. When the border moved south the fortress was used as a place where kings could stay the night and party when on travel. In 1542 a man called Dacke conquered the fort during a peasant uprising called "Dackeupproret". The rebellion was crushed a year later but Småland came close to become its own country in the middle of Sweden.

    Well i could go on for ages but there you have some brief facts of my hometown
     
  13. Animefan162a

    Animefan162a Naval Officer and Shipwright
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    Thank you Olof, for that fascinating post. I had never thought about Swedish architecture until I read your piece. The "Funkis" concept is very interesting.
     
  14. FPSRUSSIA70

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    Am i the only Australian guy on the website lol


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  15. Raptorblade

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    I know right.
     
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    There is one Aussie missing...
     
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    The 3 Aussie musketeers.
     
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    Well, i live in this weird place called "Finland", some of you have heard of it and some of you haven't. Some people say the whole place is just a myth because it has the best education system, best healthcare and has one of the least corrupt governments in the world!

    (Our prime minister is shit.)

    Anyways i live in this city called Kotka, located in southern Finland near the russian border in a province called Kymenlaakso. Kotka has around 55,000 inhabitants. Kotka is also a fairly significant city to Finlands economy because of the shipping traffic.

    I hate Finland. The place is just as dark as the mind of the people who live here.
     
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    When i
    Well when I read this I am getting flashbacks when i watch documentaries about world war 2 lol
     
  20. Animefan162a

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    You know, it's interesting that FPSRussia and Raptorblade mentioned "Aussies" as I just so happen to know three guys from New South Wales. They all live in the same town, and I talk to them regularly over Skype. I always enjoy hearing about their homeland. The strange thing about Australia is, even though it was founded by the British, today a lot of Australians look and act much closer to Americans than Britons. I guess that makes sense considering they're geographically much closer to the United States than the United Kingdom.
     

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