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Mikhailgrad
Михаилгород
Timeline: Colony Crisis Averted

OTL equivalent: Seward's Success
No flag No coa
Flag Coat of Arms
Anchorage-Alaska-Skyline-in-summer
Country Russian Empire
District NA Metropolitan District
Founded 1974
Population 428,610
Time zone Gulf Time (UTC-9)

Mikhailgrad is domed urban community located on Point MacKenzie, north of New Archangel, Alaska. The city dome spans the Knik Arm and enclosing a community of 400,000 residents and ample residential, office and commercial space. It was proposed in 1968 after the discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay and founded in 1972.

First and foremost, it was to have a colossal, glass dome covering it which made it completely climate controlled. The city has the amenities for 400,000 citizens including a sports arena, mall, schools, and petroleum center. Transportation is operated by the Mikhailgrad Transportation Network, which includes an innovative moving sidewalks and an aerial cable car line that would shuttle people around the city and to nearby New Archangel. Skylights and large windows give people the sense of openness but would not compromise the climate-controlling properties of the dome. Cars are nonexistent inside because it was a city “for people, not cars”, and all energy used in the city is provided mostly by natural gas plants. There is also a subway system under the bay that leads to New Archangel.

History

The plan for constructing Mikhailgrad developed after the January 1968 discovery of oil reserves at Prudhoe Bay. The $800 million, four-phase community was to have been developed by Tandy Industries of Tulsa, Oklahoma and designed by Adrian Wilson Associates of New Liverpool. The initial phase was envisioned to provide for a population of 5,000 and contain 600,000 square feet (56,000 m2) of office space, 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2) of retail space and an indoor sports arena for an estimated cost of $170 million. The central feature of the office construction was the proposed 20-story Alaskan Petroleum Center, which was to serve a variety of oil and oil service companies. The development was touted as the world's first totally enclosed, climate-controlled community.

Transportation

Transportation between Mikhailgrad and downtown New Archangel would be accomplished initially by way of a high-speed aerial tramway. Subsequently, a monorail was built as an additional connection between the town and New Archangel International Airport. Automobiles have not been allowed inside the community,and all transportation within Mikhailgrad is provided by way of the aerial tramway, monorail, bicycle paths and moving sidewalks.

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