xx, 2003 - by Bimbo NL
about famous Sims or historical happenings.
overview - Sim Nation
of today's hoods were empty or resided only by one Duke or Baron, etc.
Way back the wealthiest families owned large areas of land, and during
the many battles 300-400 it was normal to award the most heroic Knights
and other loyal men with land. This is how some of today's hoods got their
there was the historic meeting initiated by farmers and supported by some
kind Landlords, including all 5 counties. This was part of a communical
revolution that also took place in most other counties at this time. The
reason for this was the lack of land, and the growing population had resulted
in more poor sims because the wealthiest sims produced the more and there
was no market for the poor ones. This far the land lords had decided the
rent when they let land to farmers and others. Because at this time it
was harder to find free land many Land lords were able to charge the farmers
meeting set some new rules to the community:
household was allowed to produce more than §1000 per day.
land lord could charge more than 75% from the tenant farmer.
households have voting rights according to their net savings and no matter
how much land they owned. The 4 social groups were formalized; Status 1
had one vote per adult household member, Status 2 had 1 vote, Status 3
had 1/2 vote and Status 4 could not vote at all.
might seem like a bad deal to the poorest sims, but it was actually a great
improvement because earlier only the wealthiest landlords voted without
involving anyone in their discussions and decissions. Now there was a communical
vote, meaning any case had to be made public in advance. Although the poor
sims were not protected by Law, they would pray to be protected by their
see that while before 200 families split their land between nearly all
their children, after 200 it was common to let only the oldest son inheir
the entire family goods in order to keep a strong status position. The
younger children could inheirate personal rights such as harvesting some
of the crops at the family farm or even to live there. Such personal rights
were normally ended when the child died or married.
far a family's status was mainly determinded by how much land they owned.
There had been 3 classes: Those owning land, those renting land to less
than 50% of produce, and the rest. The higher rent they paid the lower
status. From about 210 the families owning more than 1 lot were rather
few, and the status was more likely valued by their produce or other income.
At this time SimCity really expanded, the Simoleon currency became more
common, and the pattern of trading gradually changed.
was a system splitting the families in 4 classes; depending on how much
their daily savings. Daily savings was daily income - daily costs. Daily
costs were estimated to the total of:
of daily income for maintaining a home/house.
the first 10 years if they need to build a new house
1: land owner + income >1000
2: income 501-1000
3: income 251-500
4: income 0- 250
Frampton family is 2 adults and 4 kids.
income: 10 cabbage = 500, 1/2 pig = 50, 4 herbs = 100 = total §650
cost: 6x§20 + §65 = 185
savings are §465 = status group 3
General von Hix family is 2 adults and 2 kids.
income: rent lot A = §450, rent lot B = 200, rent lot C = §320,
4 garden gnomes = §400 = total §1370
cost: 4x§20 + §137 = §217
savings are §1153 = status group 1
one household can not have a daily produce of more than §1000. This
means that unless the family also let land to farmers, they can never reach
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This far it was normally the husband's family name that was brought on
to the next generation. From 200 it was more and more common that the name
was from the parent who had land. This was a clear consequence of the 210
meeting and the new social system. If both parents were heirs to land,
the family normally used the family name of the one who was heir to the
land where they resided. This is why the boys kept their advantage of inheirating
land at the age of 20, while girls needed to be 30 years old to inheir
anything. In this way a farm was normally handed over to the oldest son,
meaning the family name lived on. All families were interested in keeping
their name alive.
period between 150-200 years ago is often complicated to genealogists because
the familyname tradition could be either the old or new system. It seems
like the new system (family name from the parent with land) was established
sooner in hoods where all 10 (or more) lots were taken. If there was free
land the land value was low, and owning land didn't give much rights compared
to doing good business i.e. downtown. 150 years ago there were still many
hoods with free land, and not until 1-2 generations later we know that
the land value was raising all over Mazaloom county.
150 years ago there was the Census which gives us some information
on land values and land occupation. A total of 148 adult sims and 71 children
were registered. Half of these lived in Betterville or Slemmon Heights.
In Simmerville only 4 of today's 41 lots were resided by 10 adults and
4 children. In Betterville 10 of 10 lots were taken, in Summerset 9 of
10, Slemmon Heights 12 of 16(?), Windmill Heights 3 of 10, in Testville
there lived nobody but there were 5 lots for let, Goodhill 9 of 10. Based
on this it's obvious that land value of Simmerville and Testville was very
low, while the other hoods were about to get filled up. The land not yet
resided was the property of sims, and some of it was even for let (like
in Testville), but not in use and we all know how land that once was cleared
will fall back to nature after just a few years, lowering the value i.e.
if the goal is to use the land for farming.
The 150 ya census also gives us information about the general networth.
This was when the networth was introduced as a way to decide taxes and
wealth, and about 150 years ago (+/-) all families were registered and
their networth per adult was calculated. It doesn't show a completely accurate
picture compared to how we know the networth today, but it helps us to
see what hoods were paying the most taxes, something we can also use to
decide the land value.
Mazaloom county the networth per adult was ranged like this:
(§16092), Summerset (§7500), Windmill Heights (§6521), Goodhill
(§3964), Slemmon Heights (§3895), Betterville (§3223), Testville
(§0). The reason Simmerville is on top of this list is that all 4
households did own the land they used, so their networth is registered
on Simmerville. For example Slemmon Heights and Betterville had several
households who rented land, so the land value is on the hood where the
interesting that already 150 years a lot of land was owned by sims living
in a completely different neighbourhood. Much land was let but there was
not enough settlers, and it was very difficult to get renters. And it did
not become easier after 150. The communical laws also changed the rules
for letting land:
far it was common to pay a certain per cent of a household's local produce.
The was a bit risky because i.e. a single sim household would not need
to produce much to survive, and then the rent would be pretty low, too.
Besides, the 210 meeting decided that no lot could produce for more than
§1000 a day. After 150 ya the rent was no longer set in per cent of
produce, but in pure simoleons; 5% of the previous household's net income
but minimum §3000 a year. This rule was fine as long as the renters
kept their networth low, because if they earned a lot of simoleons the
next renting household would suffer from that by paying a higher rent.
Knowing that the next renters was often their child's family, this was
a problem to many sims. Shortly after the new rule was imlimented some
lots had a rent higher than §15000 a year that hardly anyone could
live with (except the land owner of course), and there was a debate on
how to solve it, limiting the rent charge or limiting a renting family's
income. The union chose to go for both as they decided that a renting household
should never earn more than §25000 a year and the annual rent should
never be higher than §10000, but still based on the previous household's
heavy was actually the rent on the renters? It was all a rather complex
system, but to simplify it; on top of the rent the renting household had
to pay annual costs including taxes of §2000 per adult. An average
household would include 3 adults as the grand parents normally lived their
last 10-15 years with the next generation. So the annual costs would be
§6000. Adding annual rent of §3000-10000 the household would
need an income of §9000-§16000. One adult could bring in §20000-§10000
a year, and the income would be depending on a sim's start capital (what
he or she inherited when leaving home). Income was estimated to 10% of
start capital. Less start capital normally meant less skills or less education.
This would mean that if a wealthy sim married a poor sim, it was always
the wealthiest who brought in money while the other was a stay at home.
It's been estimated that housekeeping would require 50% of the time an
adult could work, meaning it was possible to still work 50% out of the
Around 150 there was not
unlimited work, so to secure a fair share to each household there was restrictions
to how many years a sim could work. Between the ages of 20 and 50 a sim
could work 100%. Between the age of 50 an 60 a sim could work 50%. Many
sims chose to retire at the age of 50, but it depended of course on the
It was not right to say that
owners made a better living than renters, because a renter could still
let land elsewhere and doing well, or even without letting other land the
renting household could increase their fortune. It was often the number
of children that decided how much they would work, because the more start
capital the children had when leaving home, the easier for them to get
married to the same class or better, and they would earn better too. A
renting couple with just one child could make a good fortune without really
working after 50 years old, while a family with 4 or more children would
need to work really hard and still nitbe able to pass on §100000 or
more to their children. These numbers are esimated for simplifying it all,
the sims back then did not count §100000 per child, but the concequencies
and the system was still the same.
150 years ago SimCity got
its constitution, regarding formal city boardship and various regulations
and laws that also affected the many neighbourhoods in the near by area.
One thing was the household taxes now to be paid to SimCity and not only
to local landlords and market managements. This is also partly why the
Household Networth was the new way of calculating private fortune and wealth.
100-150 years ago the hoods
became even closer organized as there was now restrictions not only to
how much each hood could produce of each product, but it was also decided
some laws to secure that each hood had a minimum of skilled sims representing
different professions. In case of emergencies far from SimCity, it was
wise to avoid i.e. all doctors to live in the same area. It was also good
for the regional economy to make sure there were a priest, a baker, a farmer,
a police man, a fire fighter, a teacher, a nurse, and a sales man in each
hood. This rule was not effectuated 100% everywhere, it seems like the
new system was more important to the most populated hoods.
What do surprse us is that
there wasn't any regional or local hood council until less than 50-60 years