City of Havana
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|City of Havana|
|Founded||2nd September, 2017|
|Transport||SRN Grand Central Station|
Havana was a prominent city in the Survival 2 world. It was founded on September 2nd 2017, the same day the Survival 2 world was launched. It is located ~1500 blocks south of Spawn and can be easily reached via the railway track departing from Spawn Station. In Havana players would arrive at Grand Central Station which was the centre of the SRN and the NTN. Havana also provided the basic needs for the starting player: food, wood, stone, maps (Great Survival Map project), enchanting, etc.
The stylistic objective of Havana was to create a urban, dense and 'lived-in' city with a summery and welcoming atmosphere. There was no intention to replicate real life Havana, but several aspects have been used as inspiration.
Building topography regulations are in place to achieve this:
- Buildings must be built without gaps between them, unless otherwise discussed. Frequently, blind walls are required.
- Buildings must consider their surroundings before themselves.
- Multi-story buildings are recommended.
- Green-space should be limited and deliberate - 'spare' space should be occupied by urban features.
Aesthetic ideas are suggested to achieve this:
- Modern era - 19th and 20th century architecture.
- 21st century, Art Deco, or Neo-Gothic elements may fit.
- Bright colours! Usually, through terracotta or concrete.
- Warm and summery palette/elements. Eg. Sandstone, parrots, palm trees, etc..
Havana had a unique management style and citizenship process. The city was founded on being holistic and inclusive. These principles manifested in many ways.
Decisions were made considering as many opinions as possible, which meant that discussions were usually long and extensive. This ensured that the city was created cohesively, but discussion often became exhaustive and left members temporarily demotivated. Havana was occasionally criticized for being too slow to react or too bureaucratic.
The citizenship process involved creating a public build and making sure it fit the city. This often involved discussion on the build itself, then a design process in creative, before the build was made in Survival 2. The process was a heavy ask for new citizens compared to the processes of other cities. No fee was in place to start building, which meant that there was a low barrier to entry to start an application, but a high barrier to finish that application. The result was many unfinished or slightly unsatisfactory builds throughout the city, which would take extra effort from the council to fix retrospectively.
Ultimately, the management practices of the city meant a lot of extra work for citizens and council/mayors, but it is unlikely that the unique feel of the city would be present without them.
Havana was conceptualized in June 2017 primarily by _edo, with Brianetta and darparniox. The city was born as a response to the wider Spawn area, after the trio held frustrations during the building of Spawn Station as a SRN delegation. Havana was intended to be a much more practical and cohesive settlement than Spawn.
Plans for the city centre were refined and building styles experimented with in the following month. Skelleton123 and then Aeghu were recruited during this process and the city centre was almost entirely finalized by mid-August and ready for Survival 2 launch.
Early Days and the New Year
Survival 2 launched on the 2nd of September 2017 and construction of the city began immediately. The central plaza, Noob Square, and a temporary base underneath were the first to be built. The iconic 'Ren Mountain' statue, Grand Central Station, and Havana City Hall were all complete or close to it nearing the end of September. Activity had begun in the desert industrial area of the city. Two iron farms were built by marbou9, who became the first citizen of the city and would join the city council soon after.
Before the end of the year, the recognizable Havana Promenade was built, as well as the beginnings of the city block alongside it, with many urban builds, such the El Floridita cafe. Three brothers, herocreep221, heroblaze224 and ScaryMJDiamcreep built an awkward cookie factory in the north which was later remedied somewhat by a design overhaul. A zoo further west had been laid out with some inhabitants, bathhouses were built in the east, and the first embassy of another city was built by the Akkaran mayors.
Building activity was steady but slowly declined in the following four months. Large builds included botanical gardens that were built next to the zoo, the SRN's Headquarters in the city centre, Havana Library opened, as well as the Art Museum with all Minecraft paintings.
Post Base-tour Rush
The first server base tours for Survival 2 with ReNDoG were recorded on the 21ˢᵗ of April, with Skelleton123, darparniox and marbou9 as tour guides. The Havana base tour was the first video to be released onto Youtube on the 24ᵗʰ and created one of the biggest new player rushes in server history. Much of the attention of was on Havana itself and the city became a hive of activity from new and existing players, and buildings under construction at any one time exceeded five for weeks. The resulting months builds included significant expansion to the western roadside and police, hospital and fire buildings, the addition of the slums, two Roman builds in the east, the Great Survival Map building, a large hotel at the northern end of the city, the Havana map art gallery, phantom shelter (believed the be the first on the server), and water treatment facility, among other builds. During this time, a writing competition was also run through the Havana Library, by Sam_Argos.
Through June, July and August, activity steadied but was still constant, as newer citizens grew into the city community. During this period, much of city activity was catch-up work and tying up loose ends from the previous busy period.
Later Stages and Survival 3
The later stages of the Survival 2 world saw a revival of activity from the older members of the city, adding to and generally finishing up old projects. The Havana Castle was expanded and walls were starting to be built, and the Department Store was finally furnished. A long-planned Post Office was built, and several city blocks received buildings with the intention of completing them. The large Minecraft version museum building was constructed as well as most of the cathedral, west the fortress. A long time after the other two had been banned, the final Cookie Company brother resurfaced and caused angst among the city council, which was partially resolved with trust arrangements. A treasure hunt was held to mark the 1ˢᵗ anniversary of the city, with good attendance and reception.
Activity in the city continued until the final day of Survival 2. The Hydropolian embassy was completed only 12 hours before the closure of the world. Final goodbyes were sent and citizen pictures were made on impromptu seating in the final week.
List of Builds
|Grand Central Station||Downtown Havana||_edo||Center of Survival 2's SRN|
|City Hall||Downtown Havana||Aeghu_edo||Information hub for Havana|
|Starter Farms + Tree Farm||Downtown Havana (stretching North)||_edo
|Free-to-use starter farms, including cobblestone, wood, food (wheat) and enchantments. The wood farm was designed by _edo, built in sur2 by Fredraket.|
|Harbour||Downtown Havana|| Skelleton123
|Unfinished, planned for 1.13.2|
|SRN HQ||Main Road (Southern half)||darparniox||Information hub, donation center and
storage for the SRN
|SRN Secondary Line Offices||Main Road (Southern half)||darparniox|
|Grand Survival Map Building||Main Road (Southern half)||Skelleton123||Grand Map positioned vertical,
planned to be horizontal in 1.13.2
|Quasi's Embassy||Main Road (Southern half)||Mr_Quasi|
|Akkara Embassy||Main Road (Southern half)|| LAK3RS
|LilMonster's Hell Shop||Main Road (Northern half)||LilMonsterGaming|
|Havana Cookie Company (HCC) Shop||Main Road (Northern half)|| herocreep221
|Original build by the first two,
renovations by the other two
|Havana Cookie Company Factory||East of HCC Shop||herocreep221
|Original build by the first two,
renovations by the other two
|Havana Water||North of HCC Factory||Xman404|
|Phantom Shelter||Between Akkara Embassy and Slums||Bubblewingss||Never used for actually Phantom protection since the Survival 2 world never upgraded to Minceraft version 1.13|
|Havana Slums||Between Tree Farm and HCC Factory||SamanthaArgos||Group of buildings. Has its own Wiki page.|
|Havana Castle||North Entrance of Havana||Skelleton123
|North Gate||West of Havana Castle||Skelleton123
|Features flags representing all Havana citizens|
|Cathedral||Between North Gate and Spawn Road Gate||Aeghu||Unfinished|
|Spawn Road Gate||West of the Cathedral||Skelleton123
|Gate to the road to Survival 2 Spawn|
|_gewoon_iemand_'s village||North of Spawn Road Gate||_gewoon_iemand_|
|Havana Graveyard||North of City Walls||Meetmycat|
|MC Versions Museum||Museum Road||Arkhangellsk||Exterior finished, interior unfinished|
|Mob Head Museum||Museum Road||marbou9||Houses one of the two largest
Mob Head collections on Survival 2
|Hydropolis Embassy||Museum Road||DragonFire441||Not part of all world downloads, built on
the last few days of Survival 2
|MC Art Museum||Museum Road
|RY44||Houses all Minecraft paintings|
|Map Art Museum||Museum Road
|heatjr||Houses map arts made by players|
|Shrine of the Endergod||Library Square|| Dragonranger35
|Building(s) by Dragonranger35, terraforming
by Skelleton123 & marbou9
|Havana Hotel||North of Art Museum||RetroSquirrel|
|Cookies' Clothing Boutique||East of Hotel||Cookies58_|
|The Space Bar||East of Cookies' Clothing Boutique||Taqukaq77||Eatery and club|
|Northern NTN Portal||Between Cathedral and Hotel||_edo|
|Havana Promenade||Street connecting Library Square
to Grand Central Station
|Aeghu||Inspired by Paseo del Prado in real life Havana|
|Havana Library||Library Square
|Houses many books written by players. Designed by SamanthaArgos, built in sur2 by _edo.|
|Havana Clothing Store||Havana Promenade||Aeghu
|Havana Flower Shop||Havana Promenade||Aeghu
|Havana Gift Shop||Havana Promenade||Aeghu
|El Floridita Café||Havana Promenade
|Restaurante & Bar, considered to be the
heart of Havana. A total of 16,384 netherrack
was placed to give it a nice red counter
|Havana Department Store||West of Grand Central Station
|Place for citizens to create chest shops or
exchange cheap building blocks
|Construction Site||Westgate Road||_edo||Meant to represent a potential expansion
for the Havana Department Store
|Quasi's Discs||Westgate Road||Mr_Quasi|
|Tienda de Pintura Extraordinaire||Westgate Road||SamanthaArgos||Dye shop|
|Chesire Cat Office Supplies||Westgate Road||SamanthaArgos||Paper/book shop|
|Redstone Shop & Consulting||Westgate Road|| Jarb0ss
|Botanical Gardens||Westgate Road||Jake_Fabulous||Gardens featuring various Minecraft flora|
|Pet Shop||East of Botanical Gardens||SamanthaArgos|
|Cyberdog Newsletter||East of Botanical Gardens||SamanthaArgos||Newsletters written by William278|
|Boxing & Fitness Gym||East of Botanical Gardens||SamanthaArgos|
|Courtyard + Food Trucks||Enclosed by buildings on:
Road running East of Botanical Gardens
|Includes statue of "The Havanian"
and graffiti from diorite gangs
|Havana Zoo||Westgate Road|| Dinosaur_Rider
|Started by Dinosaur_Rider, renovated partially
by marbou9 & Aeghu. Remained unfinished
|Dino's Minor Goods||Westgate Road||Dinosaur_Rider|
|Havana Hospital||Westgate Road||Taqukaq77|
|Chicken Restaurant||North of Havana Hospital||WaterCreeper500|
|Carnival||North of Havana Hospital||EllenNL|
|Havana Antiquities||Westgate Road||darparniox|
|Landscape Company||Westgate Road||Pilotcrafted42|
|Havana Vet Services & Supplies||Westgate Road||JohJanCal|
|Mexican Restaurant||Westgate Road|| zsmate2014
|Started by zsmate2014, finished by ArrowsTheHunter|
|Micromesa Tourism Bureau||Westgate Road||Mrs_Diss|
|BLP's Chicken & Melon||Westgate Road||badlittlepig|
|Arrows' Havana Home||Westgate Road||ArrowsTheHunter|
|Books Galore||Westgate Road||DogLover_Rose||Incomplete|
|Havana Police Department||Westgate Road|| Sergeant_Sparta
|Havana Fire Department||Westgate Road||minu_06|
|DrobotBeast's Hotel||Westgate Road||BrainSmasher_|
|Stationary Shop||North of Fire Department||endorwitch||Built in the last few days of Survival 2|
|Archbucks Coffee||South of Havana Antiquities
West of Construction Site
|Arkhangellsk||Based on Starbucks|
|Havana Post Office||Riverview Road
South of Havana Department Store
South of Construction Site
|Serverwide Post Office to leave other people items.
Survival 3's Post Office, also built by _edo, features a similar build pallette.
|Yellow House||Riverview Road||xX_DaddyUnicorn_Xx||Oldest house along Riverview Road|
|Green House||Riverview Road||DivineIngenuity|
|Burger Bar & BBQ||Riverview Road||bricksburger|
|Xander's Biological Juices||Riverview Road||xandermuis|
|Fresh Fish Shop||Riverview Road||Ma1war3|
|Slime Farm||Door in Harbour (South of GCS)||Skelleton123|
|Sewer System||Under most roads in Havana||_edo & many others|
|Brianetta's House||East of Tree Farm||Brianetta|
|Skeleton Grinder||North of Brianetta's House||Brianetta|
|Beach Resort||East of Brianetta's House||Taeolas|
|Wither Temple||Roman District||Brianetta|
|Domus Brianettae||Roman District||Brianetta||Features a realistic Roman floorplan of a domus. Inspired by Brianetta's real life vacation to Rome.|
|Temple/Church/Shrine||Roman District||Domino_1||Interior unfinished|
|Havana Bath House & Spa||Roman District||AtollaBell||Several levels underground, featuring pools,
saunas and a bar
|Rendog Statue||Ren Mountain
Between Downtown Havana &
|Designed & built by Skelleton123, three stacks of
diamond blocks delivered by marbou9
|Villager Breeder & Trading Hall||Industrial District (South of Havana)||marbou9
|Melon/Pumpkin Farm||Industrial District||Skelleton123|
|Farming Tower + Citizen Storage||Industrial District||marbou9
|Automatic farms for melons, pumpkins,
carrots, potatoes, wheat, seeds and sugarcane
|Iron Farms||Industrial District||marbou9
|Chorus Fruit Farm||Industrial District|| ChrisTheWalrus
|Old General Mob Farm||Industrial District (before removed)||OPwrecker||Broken mobfarm that was removed.
Used to be between Trading Hall & Chorus Farm
|Havana Stables||Industrial District||marbou9
|Builder's Storage||Industrial District||Mayors/Builders||Main storage for Havana Builders/Mayors, featuring various minifarms|
|Cave Spider + Skeleton Farm||Industrial District||AtollaBell|
|Sapling Farm||Industrial District||KilluaChoun|
|Slime Farm||Industrial District|| Kevinstop
|Cow Farm||Industrial District|| Camjacko321
Salty Dog Pub
(Between Downtown Havana &
|Quasi's Bed & Breakfast||Citizen District||Mr_Quasi|
|Cyber Dog Arcade||Citizen District||ArrowsTheHunter|
Ice Cream Shop
|Dark Grey House||Citizen District||Jarb0ss|
|Pilotcrafted42's Home||Citizen District||Pilotcrafted42|
|Kevinstop's House||Citizen District||Kevinstop|
|Skelly's General Goods
|Citizen District||Skelleton123||One of multiple Skelly's General Goods
stores across Survival 2
|Dionysus Dance Pad
_edo's and Anthony's House
|Bear Bakery 1F||Citizen District||???||[Please add owner if known]|
|Cookies' Residence||Citizen District||Cookies58_|
|Aeghu's Tea & Gifts
|Riverside Seating Area||Riverside Road||Pilotcrafted42|
|Paddle Steamer||Water at Citizen District||WaterCreeper500|
|Bridge||South of Noob Square||Aeghu
|Designed by Aeghu in creative. Placed, modified and built by darparniox in Survival 2|
|Bridge||Between Post Office and Citizen District||_edo|
|Bridge||South of Riverview Road||Bricksburger|
|Bridge||Between slums and Bath House||Glowlee|