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Now that you are briefed on our great country, it is time to make a difference here in Semyonovia. The government is planning a massive public works project that will invigorate the Semyonovian workforce with an overhaul of infrastructure. Doing so will require a huge fleet of versatile work trucks. Trucks that can be used as regular pickups, gooseneck trailer haulers, fuel tankers, combination buses, crane platforms, logging trucks, you name it, this truck should do it. An while we’re creating jobs and infrastructure for our great nation, it would look silly putting so many patriotic Semyonovians behind the wheel of imported trucks in the process. Why not create even more jobs building a a governmeent-owned, domestically designed and produced fleet of trucks?
Our needs aren’t too complicated. We need a large truck with immense load capacity and towing capacity. It needs to be inexpensive to build and inexpensive to run. It needs to be reliable and should not contain fancy tech that cannot be easily fixed. Fuel economy will obviously be poor, but shouldn’t be agregious.
Due to the limitations of the bodies in Automation, let’s assume that any pickup, Van, SUV, or People Carrier body can be converted to a chassis-cab variant to be upfitted for the various roles the truck will eventually play.
1980 Trim and Variant Years
Minimum 2.8m wheelbase
Ladder or Light Truck Monocoque chassis
RWD or 4x4
NO Fuel Injection
92 RON Leaded Fuel
Maximum Loudness 45
Interior must be 2 seats, basic, no entertainment.
Safety must be Basic 70s
Must have power steering
Minimum comfort 2
70 km/h and 90 km/h fuel economy cruise tests cannot exceed 18.5L.
+/- 6 maximum/minimum quality sliders
Engine PU/ET: max 35/100
Trim PU/ET: max 85/105
Per the King, must have a respectful reference to the Semyonovian communist monarchy somewhere in the car, i.e. calling your car the “Whatever-bit-here Persktokt Special”, after the capital, or something about the design, colors, ads, etc.
Top priorities are low price, high payload and towing capacities, high reliability, low service costs, and Utility. These are of paramount importance to creating and running a fleet of government-supplied commercial trucks.
Medium priorities are Offroad, Environmental Resistance, fuel economy, and styling. By the nature of their tasks, these trucks are likely going to find themselves offroad sometimes. We aren’t expecting it to be a rock-crawler or mud bogger, but having some offroad capabilities will be very beneficial. Environmental resistance is a plus as well; once again, due to the nature of these trucks, they will be used hard and won’t be cleaned frequently, so a propensity to rust quickly will be frowned upon. While a truck of this nature is inherently a gas guzzler, the less money to be spent on fuel, the better. Finally, the styling. As you will see in some of the example trucks, styling doesn’t need to be perfectly contemporary for 1980. Many trucks of the time had dated styling cues. But the truck should look realistic and attractive enough to look appealing in Semyonivia’s propaganda media sources.
Other stats will be taken into account, but will only sway decision-making in otherwise close calls.
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