Sydney

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Sydney Harbour Bridge from the air

Sydney is one of the true global business hubs of the Asia-Pacific, generating the equivalent amount of money for the Australian economy as 3 dirty rocks from a West Australian mine.

Sydney is the only city in Australia and the single place in the known universe with a bridge.

In a little over 200 years, Sydney has pulled its way up from lawless penal colony to modern metropolis, host of the headquarters of a number of multi-billion dollar companies (some of which aren't bottle shops) and center of hundreds of square kilometers of suburbs (some of which aren't bottle shops).

Therefore Sydney has earned the life of lounging by the beach and 24 hour drinking sessions that every Sydneysider enjoys daily, without fail.

edit Geography

Sydmap

An accurate map of Australia.

Sydney is the capital of New South Wales, a state comprised of the stunning Sydney Harbour and a wasteland tended to by a handful of depressed farmers in big hats.

The borders of the Sydney region are first surrounded by a ring of highly venomous snakes, whipped into a frenzy by the daily traffic jams experienced on the highways in the rural–urban fringe. These are followed by ravenous dingos, hungry because no level of government has provided anything for regional areas since the Victorian era. Finally there is a grove of adorable and rustic arts & crafts stores, as you can still find people with taste right up to the Queensland border.

No Sydney-sider ever ventures out to regional New South Wales unless they a truly disturbing masochist or a caravan owner, but that's pretty redundant.

edit Urban structure

The urban planning of the city was obviously done by a bunch of people who lived where they worked, like on a ship or something, or weren't employed at all, like a convict or something. Thus the road system to get one from work to rest to play tends to direct one instead to the nearest psych ward.

Sydwarmem

At this memorial each April, there is a parade of servicemen to pay tribute to those soldiers who died in World War One defending (what else?) a bloody beach.

Absolutely everywhere in Sydney has beach frontage and harbour views. If not, it is referred to as Western Sydney. This forms the primary regional division of the city. Visitors to the city may notice the point of transition, as it is where the holy structures of the devout East Sydney residents — cafes serving coffee with exotic and impractical kinds of milk (eg. soy milk, almond milk, hemp milk) — give way to the elevated platforms holding the most sacred shrines of Western Sydney; these are easy to spot as they look like rusty V8-powered sedans with no wheels, but Westerners will proudly tell you they are there to commemorate St. Brock's many victories over the forces of the heathen Henry. The division between East and West comes up often in real estate ads, with such catchy lines as "You've tried the best, now try the West!" and "Spend the vast majority of your free time commuting and destroy your marriage!" however the difference is, ultimately, academic as no one could afford to buy property in either area of the city without having a name that rhymes with Gill Bates.

The city features abundant park-lands, where adult Sydney-siders organize weekend sporting competitions and then selflessly make schoolkids wake up before dawn to attend them instead. The city also features abundant bushland, where the schoolkids go after being woken up before dawn to attend weekend sporting competitions, usually to drink hemp milk or steal a rusty V8-powered sedan instead.

Two of the more notable areas of parkland in Sydney are;

  • Homebush Bay, once the site of the infamous toxic brick pit, but as site the 2000 Olympics it soon became known as the toxic money pit instead. This title is only reinforced by the nearby IKEA.
  • Randwick Racecourse, the only place in Sydney where you can legally mount a 6 year old. It was also chosen by the Pope as host of the 2008 Catholic Youth Day. We're going to leave that one alone.

edit History

The first people fortunate enough to claim the resplendent maritime Eden that is Sydney Harbour were the Garigal aboriginal people, who adopted it as a traditional homeland that no one would ever, in a billion years, wish to leave for any reason whatsoever.

edit Colony

Sydbeach

Unbelievably the members of the First Fleet believed Botany Bay was too sandy for settlement, probably because they were British and had never seen a proper fucking beach before.

In 1788 the Garigal people spontaneously left this promised land, somewhere around the time of the arrival of the British First Fleet in the environs of Botany Bay, although the two events are obviously unrelated.

In actuality the sheltered haven of Sydney Cove a little further up the coast was where the fleet of convicts set about establishing a functional colony. Little hope was held for the creation of a civilized society in the early years, as the various venomous snakes and spiders made this the place in the British realm with the most spiteful original residents, second only to Ireland.

It was therefore a surprise to the Crown when one report identified a steep decline in assaults with a deadly marsupial within Sydney town limits, from 571 in the first year to only 2 in the third year, and the Crown reasoned that it could only have come as a result of the calming nature of Sydney beachfront life. The first Governor of the colony, Arthur Phillip, noted such in his diaries:

Cquote1 So multitudinous are the beaches in this Sydney, one can't help but stumble upon them. This very morn' I was returning from the privy when in but 20 paces I found myself neck deep in the ocean waves with a starfish in my breast pocket and a seabass in my cod-piece. The beaches may not always be to my taste (as that sea-bass was) but the men seem to indulge in them. Sociopathic killer Jack "The Whipper" even saw fit to give up murder for sunbathing, and braided his titular weapon into dreadlocks.

As punishment for being too derivative, we hit him with pans instead.

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Keen to expand their rehabilitative penal endeavor, Britain committed to further settlement. For a good three decades, boats would wobble their way across the vast ocean and release on the harbour foreshore a cargo pickpockets and rum, both of which had felt the lips of many an Englishman during their voyage.

Over those years the corrective program exceeded all expectations; Mary Reiby, a convict who cooked and ate the whole congregation of Leeds cathedral, became a prosperous entrepreneur and benefactor of many social initiatives; during construction of Hyde Park barracks absolutely no rapes were recorded, despite being next door to the chloroform distillery and a boarding home for orphaned girls; the convicts even planned an end of year meditation holiday to Bali until Governor Macquarie convinced them that the surf at Bronte Beach was superior.

Crickit

An agricultural market.

The Sydney area soon flourished into one of Britain's most important agricultural markets, producing numerous different types of plants that could be turned into alcohol and several kinds of livestock that disappointingly couldn't. The port at Darling Harbour became a vibrant trading hub filled with all manner of people speaking a wide array of non-English, and a very limited array of non-inebriated, dialects. Early Sydney-siders were now an easygoing community, but the British elite remained untrustworthy.

edit Federation

Thankfully Sydney-siders are a passionate bunch, and almost all dedicated themselves to a grassroots movement of complete indifference and non-action that saw the British finally release their iron grip on the sublime territory and allow it to become a nation. Sydney was even kind enough to invite the other five, more disadvantaged, colonies on the continent into this nation, Australia.

Indeed, the miracle of birth on January 1st, 1901, drew every important world leader of the time to the splendid paradise of Sydney.

Yes, all one of them.

Queen Victoria was present in a leafy Sydney park to sign Australia into being. So impressed with the city was the Queen, she decided to protect it by banishing the politicians of the Australian parliament to the most dismal place imaginable. Canberra.

edit 20th century

In the mid 1910s Sydney-siders fought in their first major conflict, with every suburb losing hundreds of young men in the hellish trenches; but Sydney-siders finally succeeded and drove almost all the poisonous snakes and spiders of the Sydney area into Taronga Zoo.

The harsh economic times of the 1920s and 30s left Sydney industry looking like the arse end of a sick wombat at the aforementioned zoo. Thus the idea of returning attention to the city's only positive attribute at the time, the harbour, via a 3,770 ft lump of metal cheered people up immensely. Construction on the Sydney Harbour Bridge began in 1923 and was completed in 1932, setting a (then) record of 1457 days without someone accidentally doing work. The bridge joined lush North Sydney with the bustling South and spurred a wave of development that saw the city expand in all directions and subsume some more land that, bizarrely, wasn't beaches.

Impressed by the outcome of their first augmentation to the harbour, Sydney-siders then agreed to the construction of a second, the Opera House. Upon completion Australians were confused by the convoluted operas where people didn't refer to each other with the word "mate", however the finished structure itself was aesthetically impressive and has deprived kangaroos of space on camera memory cards ever since.

To celebrate the resounding success of the bridge and opera house, every New Year Sydney-siders attempt to blow them up with fireworks.

edit Demographics

Bogue

As illustrated by these doyen of Sydney residents, the city has become a global center for high fashion.

As Sydney is now a major center of of the global financial, mining and tramp-stamp industries, there are many non-citizen residents in the city, who have come for the chance of work and getting punched at Cronulla Beach. The population as of the last census was;

76% Australian born people, who display pride for their heritage by wearing the tank tops of an Indonesian beer brand, Bintang.
8% Englishmen, who have invaded Bondi and killed all the locals. Again.
6% Hong-Kong Chinese, who enjoy tight black jeans and laughing at mainlanders.
5% Mainland Chinese, who enjoy tight black jeans and laughing at Hong Kong-ers.
4% Melanoma growths.
*1% Margin of error, who have done something really wrong and become a member of parliament.

edit Diversity

Residents of and visitors to Sydney can safely and easily move between Lebanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, Greek and Pacific Islander neighborhoods to try the cuisine, buy the clothing, and sample various kinds of ethnic music being played at an offensive volume on car stereos.

From the grand mosque at Lakemba, to the Baha'i temple on the North Shore, and the Asian-owned bubble tea stalls seemingly everywhere, migrants have left their cultural impression on Sydney suburbia. In turn most, if not all, migrants have gladly adopted the great Australian suburban tradition of constructing houses large enough to have their own currency and then complaining about the cost of living.

The spirit of diversity even continues in the inner suburbs of Redfern, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst, where people of all races and creeds have come together to act like insufferable wankers.

edit Events

Soufs

This Sydney team just beat the one 100m down the road, proving they are obviously the best team in the universe.

Sydney is home to every major Australian sporting event that isn't the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam, or the Australian F1 Grand Prix, or the most attended football series in the country, or the most watched horse race in the nation. Sydney is also home to the City 2 Surf half-marathon, in which the participants take most of the day off work to wear lycra shorts and sprint from the city to the ocean as though the shorts are rapidly cutting blood supply to their loins. This is held annually, every day of the week.

During Autumn there is a fantastic march through the city commemorating the bloody military conflict fought over the word "poofter", followed by a massive party at the annual gay & lesbian Mardi Gras. The same kind of thing is repeated come Chinese New Year, as the drag queens are replaced with dragons and everyone wakes up with their bowels in a similar state by virtue of the restaurants around Chinatown.

edit Culture

Sydney-siders didn't like the idea and swapped it for another beach.

Tinybeach

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