Transport in the Culldrome Isles
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There are many forms of transport in the Culldrome Isles. There are many extensive transport systems and infrastructure in Culldrome that transport millions of passengers and tons of cargo each year. The transportation sector receives a healthy amount of funding, from both government and private sources. For a country of its size, the Culldrome transportation system is renowned, punctual and favorable. The Culldrome Isles also has a large partnership with the Land Transport Ministry of Antarctica, providing travel between Culldrome and Antarctica, as well as the other nations with partnerships.
Air travel is very prominent, especially international travel. Airlines provide Culldrome with a very quick, reliable and easy mode of transportation. Although somewhat expensive, thousands of travelers utilize airlines for their needs, as the only other alternative is traveling via sea, which is very slow. Air travel also forms the backbone of the tourism, allowing travel to and from many far countries.
- Culldrome City International Airport
- King Alexander International Airport
- Shadow City International Airport
- Cirrus Regional Airstrip (Menap Island)
- Pirate City Regional Airport
- Civ Island Airstrip
- Daire Isle Airstrip
- Toxic Island Air Force Base
- John Clarkson Memorial Airport
Since Culldrome is an archipelago and consists of many islands, water travel is prominent and vital. Ships cater for most of the inter-island travel and covers an 80% share of it. Ships also account for a lot of international travel. Raw minerals, oil and goods are commonly transported in large volumes on international cargo ships, a vital part of the economy. In addition, passengers are also carried by many ships, although sea travel is not as prominent as air travel.
For traveling small distances on water small boats, such as yachts and ferries, are used. These small ships carry from a dozen to a hundred passengers. For traveling larger distances, a larger ship is obviously used. These larger ships can carry several hundred passengers and also transport a lot of cargo.
Buses, taxis and trains are the most prominent forms of public transport in Culldrome. Public transport is responsible for the movement of hundreds of thousands of passengers each day, helping both the economy and environment.
Trains are the largest form of public transport in Culldrome. These trains are usually isolated to one island, although plans for underwater rail links are in the works. The largest railway management company is the Inter-Rail Company (or IRC). The IRC operates exclusively on Culldrome Island and has a monopoly on passenger and freight transportation. Due to the geography of the Culldrome Isles, rail systems are isolated on main islands, although there are plans to link them all together in the future, via long undersea tunnels.
Large amounts of passengers ride on electric-powered trains, primarily in the busy urban city areas. Diesel powered locomotives transport freight and bulk cargo, usually minerals, oil or goods.
Cars and trucks are very common in urban areas of Culldrome. There are only a few local manufacturers, as 90% of the market comes from overseas. These imported cars usually come from Japaland, Shops Island or the USA.
Both cars and trucks make use of Culldrome's extensive highways, simply named the Culldrome Highway System. There are several highways wrapped around Culldrome, linking many far away cities together. Tens of thousands of travelers use the highway system each day which, like the trains, are isolated to one island.
Four of Culldrome's major highways meet up at the Mossroam Interchange, a major stack interchange. Built in 2007, the interchange was subject to much criticism due to deforestation to build it and local pollution issues. It is considered to be the most important piece of infrastructure in the Culldrom highway system as thousands of commuters pass through it daily. Since its construction the small town of Freeway was established and home to 5000 citizens. The town is entirely composed of workers who maintain the highway system. A dedicated police and highway patrol service operates the Interchange and makes sure that everything runs smoothly. The headquarters building of the Culldrome Highway System is also located at Freeway.
Thanks to the Culldrome Scientific Research Agency and scientific programs of the Axle Powers, space travel has become a form of transport in Culldrome. At first, conventional chemical rockets were used to place satellites and small payloads into orbit. However, after breakthroughs in science and technology, these have been replaced in favor of Porcyal-electric and matter engines which are much more efficient and cheaper. This technology was only used on the Culldrome Space Division's A-Wings and Exclamator-Class Space Cruisers. However, it was soon utilized in commercial and civilian technologies.
Culldrome has started to produce commercial spacecraft and has also sold some to other nations. These spacecraft are often used for transport between Earth and the Culldrome Extraterrestrial Colonies. The transports are range from small single-seater 'scout craft' to large hundred-seater passenger liners and raw ore freighters. Special, expensive licenses are needed to operate commercial spacecraft so there are currently few operators.
Culldrome has 10 major highway systems.
- - Links Mossroam-Culldrome HighwayCulldrome City to Bluetower Castle and the Mossroam Forest, passing near the Mossy River and occasionally traveling alongside it. Traverses dense forest landscape and Culldrom countryside, providing links to several small settlements and towns along the route.
- - Goes south from Culldrome City towards the Collwall Mountain region and then back north to the Mossroam Interchange. Passes through mostly green pastures and agricultural land as well as more snowy terrain to the south. Culldrome Highway 2
- - Travels northeast from Culldrome City to the Mossroam Interchange, providing links to the capital and the large coastal cities on the east. It is one of the most heavily used highways of the country. Culldrome Highway 3
- - Travels northwest from Coastal HighwaySeacast, straddling the coastline and the Seacast Metropolitan Area.
- - Links Seacast to the Mossroam Interchange. A sub-highway, called the Seacast Super Freeway, links the southern portion of the highway to the Clarkson Highway, cutting off several hours of travel time for those traveling between Seacast and Clarkson. Seacast Super Highway
- - Links Clarkson HighwayClarkson and Mt. Charlamander to the Mossroam Interchange. Passes through Culldrome's southeastern flat plains.
- - Travels east from Pirate City along several townships all the way to the eastern coast of Northfort Island. The long, countryside portion of the highway only has two lanes, one in each direction due to the little amount of traffic that travels on it. Most of the highway is paved, although there are several dirt portions especially in the undeveloped eastern portion. Treshurr Highway
- - Heads north of Cirrus City, through the mountainous and forest regions of the island. Caster Highway
- - Heads south of Cirrus City towards New Port then eastward to several mines and factories. Potter Highway
- - Winds its way around Skulldrome Island, though its rough hill landscape. Acts as a large orbital highway around the island, it links up the large capital to numerous other smaller settlements. Skulldrome Orbital Highway
Due to the geography of the Culldrome Isles, rail systems are isolated on main islands. Only three states have large scale rail systems.
- Inter-Rail Company (IRC)- A privately owned, government funded company which operates all railroad systems on the Culldrome mainland. It offers a variety of train services, such as express and freight. The IRC provides transport links between the major population centers of Culldrome City, Bluetower Castle, Seacast and Clarkson.
- West Treshurr Link (WTL)-The WTL connects three of the Treshurr Isles' main islands: Northfort, Icefrost and Southsland. The rail link passes by its main settlements and goes through unspoilt countryside. The rail line is primarily used for carrying freight and cargo to the state's many ports, although passenger services also operate.
- Menap Rail Link (MeRLin)- The Menap Rail Link travels though the island's mountainous and wooded terrain. Freight trains operate on the busy lines, carrying rocks and minerals from the mines in the north to the seaports and factories in the south. The MeRLin is an invaluable economic asset due to this.
As an archipelago nation, Culldrome relies heavily on sea transportation. Passengers and cargo travel on several large sea routes, both locally and internationally.
- - The Capital Route links Seacast, Mt. Charlamander and Clarkson with the rest of the sea routes of Culldrome. It ends just outside Pirate City, with links to two other sea routes. Capital Route
- - The Snelten Route is one of two transport routes in and out of Snelten RouteSnelten Island (the other being via air). Supply ships travel on this route, bringing food as well as scientific and military equipment for its research outposts.
- - The Skulldrome Route stretches out west from Shadow City. It is a direct sea route which does not pass through Skulldrome's many islands. Both cargo and passenger ships pass through regularly. Skulldrome Route
- - One of the most traversed sea routes in Culldrome, the Freighter's Route is so named due to the prevalence of freighter ships. These ships carry minerals from the mines of Menap Island to the large trading ports of the Treshurr Isles. Although minimal, passenger ships also travel on the route. Freighter's Route