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The Samantran Pod part of the Blue Project in Royal Seleucid

The Blue project in Royal Seleucid

The Samantran Pod is a building part of the larger Blue project in Royal Seleucid which is a mini world fair for the nations of Midaranye. The Samantran Pod has six floors with the first floors dedicated to business and tourism, the middle ones to culture and top one to Samantra's religion. The Samantran Ministry of External Affairs together with the private sector came together and designed the interior of the pod with a Midaranye audience in mind and especially the Seleucid public. For those reasons it emphasized and exaggerated, where possible, cultural connections with the Midaranye region in general and Royal Seleucid in particular. The Samantran Pod was opened following a Royal Seleucid – Samantra agreement which saw the unused pod reserved for Clysperis and unused by them be given to Samantra.   

The first floors: tourism and business

Visitors of the Samantran Pod were greeted by hostess dressed in Samantran traditional clothing. Great care was taken when hiring the hostesses. Some were Samantran citizens and spoke Latin fluently (ooc: one of the lingua franca of Mundus), others were from ethnic minorities of Tamora (ethnic Rus' from the federated kingdom of Vojvodina) and Clysperis ( from the Rus' minority present there since the Soviet occupation) which spoke Parthian and Rus' fluently and thus could address the visitors from Midaranye in the regional lingua franca (Parthian) or even in the Clysperi language.

Visitors at pod greeted by a hostess and invited to try out traditional Samantran cazonac.

Samantra as a destination for tourism

Several tourist agencies were present at the pod promoting Samantra as a tourist destination. Most tourist agencies focused on promoting cultural tourism emphasizing Samantra’s great landmarks:

Cathedral of the Samantran Armed Forced in Novyy Rim, inaugurated in 2014, (sixty years after the end of the Sacred War) is one of the major landmarks of Samantra, alongside many other churches in the country.

Samantran mountains were also promoted as a tourist destination.

And of course, so were Samantran beaches which often feature vegetation.

All tourist agencies made sure to mention that the country has a family friendly policy according to law and that the Holy Kingdom is also a signatory of the Abrahamic Declaration of rights which was drafted in Midaranye, in the Emirate of Rayyu.

Some of the major Samantran companies with a presence in the pod:

Rus’ International Bank

The largest bank in the Holy Kingdom was one of the major Samantran companies that had a presence on the floor. The bank main selling point for visitors was offering access to the Petrograd Stock Exchange and offering private banking services for high net individuals.

Umarov Real Estate Trust

The largest Real Estate trust in Samantra also had a presence in the pod. They had prepared presentations for visitors showcasing their completed and outgoing real estate projects and were looking for potential partners to invest in real estate in Royal Seleucid and MidAranye.

Samantran Oil and Gas companies:

Several oil and gas companies from Samantra specialized in downstream (gas terminals, gas stations, refineries etc) were present. They were interested in partnerships including expanding in Royal Seleucid and MidAranyre in general.

L&K Auto

L&K Auto, the largest manufacturer of cars in Samantra, had a presence at the pod with visitors able to try all the models in the current lineup of the company. The company made sure to mention that their new electric vehicles had Seleucid manufactured batteries. Since Royal Seleucid and Samantra dropped tariffs for the automobile sector they were looking to increase the brand awareness among the public and increase market share.

The middle floors- restaurants, cinemas, entertainment and museums

The middle floors allowed visitors to try Samantran cuisine at a couple of restaurants while a cinema allowed visitors to see Samantran made movies. There were also listening booths where visitors could listen to songs from some of Samatra’s greatest artists including: Anastasiya Lazarenko and Boris Havasi

There was also a mini fashion show displaying designs from various Samantran fashion designers including Raisa Ignatov:

Present on the floor was also an exhibition showcasing some of the most defining moments of modern Samantra, some of the highlights:

The Great War Era was one of the major events featured and great emphasis was put on the fact that Royal Seleucid and the then Kingdom of Samantra fought on the same side during the war.

A list of Seleucid servicemen who received commendations from the Kingdom of Samantra during the Great War Era. While the two countries didn't necessarily have many joint operations together in the Great War (ooc: the history of the Great War Era is too volatile to enter in details) the exhibition was meant to create that (false) impression.

The nuclear bomb dropped by the Achkaerin Empire on the Ardian Empire was featured as proof of the callousness of the Allied forces with the implication that had the bomb not been dropped the fate of the Great War could have gone either way.

The signing of the Abrahamic Declaration of Rights was also featured in the exhibition as a way to emphasize the connections Samantra had to present day Midaranye.

The top floor - Religion

The top floor was reserved entirely for a Samantran Orthodox church. The Holy Kingdom of Samantra being a theocracy, the Samantran Orthodox Church played a huge role in country and the top floor was meant to reflect that. Visitors will get information about the Christian religion with great emphasis put on the fact that it Christianity is a MidAranye religion originating from Vanora. As per the custom in the Holy Kingdom, when entering the church women were asked to cover their hair.

Replicas of the great mosaics from the Cathedral of the Samantran Armed Forced in Novyy Rim were on display. They featured Ardian, Heyran and Samantran soldiers fighting side by side as allies in the Great War:

An icon of the Saint Parascheva, a native saint of Samantra was also featured in the church. A special mention was made for visitors that she is from Midaranye (Empire of Tamora):