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Blocktropolis Updated: The Big 1-Year Bash . "Starry nights, city lights shining down over me, skyscrapers, stargazers in my head..." . No, not the 1-year celebration of Blocktropolis, that comes in October, and may or may not be celebrated. It's the first year of my joining MOCpages, and for it, my greatist creation is throwing a huge party along with another expansion. So along with the usual you can expect from a Blocktropolis expansion, I'll be throwing something else as well. So sit back, relax and enjoy. I really hate having to crop these images, the city's getting too big and I don't have a wide-angle lens. Same problem here. I like these random, close-up city shots though. Imagination Inc. has expanded their headquarters along with the city, and now has a crown added to the top of the building, along with the addition of several more stories, and a full museum on the history of the city of Blocktropolis, complete with a scale model of the city. I'm trying to go about replacing old buildings in the old part of town, most of them date back to the original Blocktropolis, and looked pretty boring. So here, an old blay office block was torn down to make way for the new Blacktron Nightclub. Other new stuff, My good friend Tim Cliffe gave me this idea for a lego train, and he's been on me for awhile now to add it. Well I finnaly did, after taking some creative liberties with the design. I give you the Blay Lines commuter train. Serving the heart of downtown Blocktropolis. And here's the new expansion! Then first thing you probably noticed was the big complex of gray buildings. This is Blocktropolis State University. Now who in the heck could have thought to call a college BSU. And here we have the student storage facility, I mean Dorms. And a statue of the college founder. This is the World Embassy, where leaders of many countries came to have the experts of Blocktropolis solve their problems. The Blocktropolis Cell Phone Company. If all else fails, name your business after the city, we'll give you a tax break! The Euro, Blocktropolis' premiere European themed hotel. Monica's Department store and beauty salon, because you can never look as good as Monica. The Blue Pyramid Resort Hotel and Casino. The next best thing to Vegas. The Happy Party Fun Time Tower, because everyone needs a place to unwind where your therapist and/or wife can't find you. The Boxheads hockey team moved to this new ice themed stadium, and left their old one to the new basketball team, The Blockers. Big Bob's Barn. Enormous furniture store, whatever era or theme, Big Bob is bound to have it at low prices. Not liable for injuries caused by collapsing or exploding furniture. The Towering Flame Hotel, because what else do you call a tall red hotel with orange windows. Mario and Luigi's video game palace, for those of us who are just a little bit too obsessed. The Cheesehead club, where Packerheads like me and Dylan B can get together and share the good times, and the bad, with our people. The Street Racing Headquarters of Blocktropolis, it's stupid that they make this illegal in other places, here it's our nuber one spectator sport. Crowds line our abnormally thick sidewalks to watch the racers weave their course, and then come to a dramatic end when they go off a ramp over the bay and try to land on the decks of ships. The temple of the spider, one of the many strange religions here in Blocktropolis. It's a Pacific Island thing. Don't get it, you'll understand later. Freeze, the ice dance club. They insist that ice dancing is nothing like figure skating. Yeah, I don't buy it either. The hotel California. "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave..." The plaza, ounce the city's premiere apartment complex, now just full of artists who won't sell a painting until they die, where they try to avoid taxes. Imperial Suites Hotel, and because I know some geek will ask the question, I'll answer it now. No, just because it says Imperial does not mean it has anything to do with Star Wars. The Awesome Dome, monster trucks, rock concerts, women's beach volleyball, everything that's awesome to watch, happens in the dome. Rowdy Rudy's Roadhouse, Rowdy Rudy was ounce a biker, but now he's 75 and has no money and a failing restaurant. The red light district, so what if it's stereotypical, it's the neighborhood down by the docks, what do you expect? The spirit of the Sky Rotating Restaurant, where if you need to see the bill to know how much you're paying, you don't belong there. The beautiful Blocktropolis Bluffs National Park, situated between two expanses of city. The ranger station of the beautiful Blocktropolis Bluffs National Park. Well, I believe I said I'd give you guys a surprise for the big bash, so here it goes, get ready for the back story of Blocktropolis! Block Island, a small island in the middle of the Pacific, inhabited for thousands of years only by natives. Until a major shipping lane was plotted right past the island in the 1700's. Britain was quick to claim the island as their territory, but the natives fought hard, and the British pulled out after several years of being attacked. The island went on in peace until the 1930's when the Japanese claimed the island as part of their plan for domination of the Pacific. When WWII broke out, they used it as a prisoner of war camp. When it was finally liberated by United States troops, the natives, who had been forced to work by the Japanese, pledged their home to the U.S. In the 50's after the war, the U.S. handed control of the island to a private entrepreneur. Then in the 70's the aging man was approached by a young shrewd business owner. He proposed that if he could move his businesses to the ill-used and nearly forgotten island, he could get it to be a big city in twenty years, if so, he would be given the treaty to the island. The owner knew this was absurd, and agreed on the grounds that the man would give him his business if he failed. The business man ,who will from now on be known as "The Mayor", and his businessmen friends, all moved the headquarters of the companies and other assets to Block Island, and set to work. They advertised the beauty of the island, and hotels and resorts were started, tourists started flocking to the island, and people began wanting to live there, other necessities of civilization came next, like stores and more hotels and apartments. more businesses either moved in or were started, and a central government was set up. The now wealthy men behind the city then built and airport ad seaport, and as airlines and shipping companies began making stops, trade increased and even more people came. Then, in 1994, a very special visitor came. It was the original owner of the island, and after stepping off the plane, he was greeted by the mayor, and after a tour of the bustling metropolis, the documents were exchanged, and the businessmen who had gone out on such a limb twenty years ago finally reaped their rewards. One year later, the City State of Blocktropolis seceded from U.S. control, and having given ownership to the private entrepreneur so many years ago, the government could do nothing about it. Now, by 2009, it has become one of the worlds leading economies in the new era. I hope you all liked the story I spun for my fair city. I certainly had fun writing it, as much fun as I had building the city. Now please leave a comment before you leave!

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