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Sven Hornsby (30)
...is 3rd generation Hornsby to live in 9 Simmerville (Simmer Lane). Recently he founded Axaloon Historical Society.
 
The Counties:
This is the complete list of the counties and hoods of our district:

Axaloon County
Simmerville, Betterville, Summerset, Slemmon Heights, Windmill Heights, Testville, Goodhill

Rolley County
Lobsterville, Bloomdale, Frostydale, Otherville, Bluedale, Golden Pond, Northdale

Cave County
Mountain Falls, Rosewood, Sunville, Hope Cave, Sunny Heights, Muggerville, Waterwood, Gothan Forest

Appleton County
Springdale, Bestonville, Rusterwood, Hitch Heights, Frogdale
 

Your local history:
We will publish a series of articles related to local history, starting `this December. By following these lectures you can write your own local history book!

Coming articles will focus on:

  • General developments over the past 300 years. The old dukes, revolutions, laws, the farmers.
  • The traditions for naming and inheritating, 
  • Each lot has its history! How many generations can you trace?
  • Axaast!
    December xx, 2003 - by Bimbo NL

    HLearn about famous Sims or historical happenings.
     

    A historical overview - Sim Nation
     

    300: 
    Most 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 first resident.

    210: 
    210 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 nearly 100%. 
    The meeting set some new rules to the community:
    No household was allowed to produce more than §1000 per day.
    No land lord could charge more than 75% from the tenant farmer.
    All 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.
    This 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 Landlord.
    We 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.

    Status:
    This 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.
    There 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:
    10% of daily income for maintaining a home/house.
    §20 per individ
    §100 the first 10 years if they need to build a new house

    Daily savings of 
    Status 1: land owner + income >1000 
    Status 2: income 501-1000
    Status 3: income 251-500
    Status 4: income 0- 250

    Example:
    The Frampton family is 2 adults and 4 kids.
    Daily income: 10 cabbage = 500, 1/2 pig = 50, 4 herbs = 100 = total §650
    Daily cost: 6x§20 + §65 = 185
    Daily savings are §465 = status group 3

    The General von Hix family is 2 adults and 2 kids.
    Daily income: rent lot A = §450, rent lot B = 200, rent lot C = §320, 4 garden gnomes = §400 = total §1370
    Daily cost: 4x§20 + §137 = §217
    Daily savings are §1153 = status group 1

    Whatsoever; 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 status 1.
     
    Very old Careers Market Sell Buy (qu)
    Forest dragon (hunt) §20 §100 §80
    Dry dragonskin (5 days) §100
    Guinea Pig (hunt) §20 §70 §50
    Wild Chicken (hunt) §10 §40 §30
    Cabbage (farm) §10 §60 §50
    Green Beans (farm) §18 §7 §24
    New careers 350 Market Sell Buy (qu)
    Pigs (farm) §30 §130 §100
    Chicken (farm) §10 §85 §75
    Herbs (farm) §5 §30 §25
    Golden thread §14 §180 §166
    Butter §34 §20 §166 (10)
    Nectar (farm) §500 (5)
    Thimber §20 §120 §100
    Careers new 250 Market Sell Buy (qu)
    Carrots §20 §9 §70 (10)
    Lettuce §20 §8 §60 (10)
    Tomatoes §18 §7 §24 (6)
    Nectar §50 §550 §500
    Gargoyles §10 §110 §100
    Honey/beeswax §20 §200 §180 (1h + 2b)
    Beeswax M§17 §60
    Careers new 150 Market Sell Buy (qu)
    Garden Gnomes §10 §110 §100
    Preserves §5 §65 §60

    200: 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. 

    The 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 Census
    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.
    For Mazaloom county the networth per adult was ranged like this: 
    Simmerville (§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 owners lived.

    It's 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:

    This 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 net income. 

    How 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 home.

    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 financial situation.

    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 ago.