Challenge created by @Crash77
v READ THIS FIRST for lore v
His Highness Demands is an ongoing (for a while) challenge, that will follow the Communist monarchy Semyonovia (the only of its kind!) through 2 rulers, 5 decades, 3 wars and 1 rebellion.
His Highness Demands 4: A Car Worthy of a King
KING’S REACH, PERSKTOT, SEMYONOVIA
A sole MiG flew overhead as the King of Semyonovia, the honorable Gevketovt II, stood outside his mansion. He was waiting for his limo, which had served him faithfully for the last twenty years - a humble servant from a humble place that no longer exists, thanks to the Capitalist West’s interjections into the Eastern Bloc. The King sighed, reflecting back on the past - how many years had it been? - but was quickly interrupted, as if on que, by his young attendant.
“My King, I’m very sorry - the limo’s not starting again, and the spare’s still broken. Should we call and try to have someone find a vehicle for you?”
“No, it’s quite alright. Just bring one of the CMTs around.”
The King wasted no time in drifting back off to dreamland - remembering the first time he’d put on a contest, looking for a People’s Car. He chuckled as he remembered it. That was great fun. It’d been a little while since the King’d had a good laugh, now, with tensions rising across the globe and his small nation smack-dab in the middle of them all.
Getting into the CMT and pulling out of the gate, the King looked out the window to see all the happy people he’d been taking care of for so many years. The King broke out into another smile, waving to his citizens. Semyonovia, in a stroke of luck, had happened to be on top of quite a large oil deposit, as he’d found last year. The new flow of funding from across the Soviet Bloc - and, in turn, the rest of the world, as oil was quite desirable - had certainly helped his nation - the once insignificant third-world country was now on the map, with the cities’ streets bustling now more than ever and more modern attractions popping up across the island.
Driving past all of the now modern cars parked on the side of the road, King Gevketovt saw progress. He’d brought his nation from the bottom of the pack, and quite impressively shaped it into what it was now, a growing and maturing economic, industrial, strategic and cultural destination in the middle of the ocean. He still remembered how the average family got around on horseback or in a cart just thirty years ago.
Bringing his attention back to the task at hand, King Gevketovt settled into the seats of the humble CMT as he reminded himself of what was to come. Meeting with the ambassadors from nations, both Eastern and Western, to decide the future of the world - but he, the King of a newly-wealthy, strategically important nation was showing up in a poorly maintained and quite abused family sedan!
King Gevketovt turned to his driver. “Isn’t it about time we find a new limo?”
The Chairman of Automotive Relations steps into a well-lit conference room, walks up to the stage, and claps his hands. Chatter dies down as the forty or fifty well-dressed men seated in front of him turn their attention to the middle-aged and quite obviously Semyonovian man.
“Gentlemen, you’ve been gathered today for a rather important matter.”
“As you should now know, our previous political limousine - the rather unreliable and, dare I say, outdated bus that it is no longer fittingly represents our upstanding nation. And, so, as is due course, we have contacted you, representatives from well-respected manufacturers worldwide, to solve this problem.”
"This vehicle should be:
Performance, too, is required - we cannot have an important person put into a difficult situation because their vehicle was too slow to escape pursuit, in the case, unfortunate as it would be, of any such thing. Handling, while not expressly required, would be a benefit in any amount. If the car is impossible to drive, this would be a problem. Some importance is levied on this because of the recent… tensions, which I’m sure you all know of.
But most importantly, the car must look the part both inside and outside. The King is used to less-than-comfortable cars seeing as he rules over an island nation that, until just a year ago, was off the map and out of sight, but he can’t drive around in his limo from 1950 anymore. Gentlemen, we need a modern car for a modern kingdom, and I hope you can provide.
Ideally, we’d have the first models on the road by 1974. We’d be looking to purchase at least fifty, probably more, and, of course, we’re willing to pay top dollar. Again, gentlemen, this is a car that has to be fit for a king. Thank you for your time."
- Trim Year: 1974
- Variant Year: 1974
- Engine ET: 120
- Engine PU: 65
- Trim ET: 150
- Trim PU: 150
- Minimum Comfort: 40
- Minimum Prestige: 40
- Minimum Safety: 40
- Minimum Fuel Economy: 5 mpg (anything lower is just silly)
- Fuel: Super, Regular Leaded or Regular Unleaded (preferred but not required - Semyonovia carries leaded at every gas station and likely will for the future due to the Petrov SEM’s popularity, even after the rise of the ever so popular CMT.
- Exhaust: Cat not required, 2 mufflers or 30 loudness
- Minimum Sportiness: No
- Maximum Capitalism: 0
- Maximum Trim Material Cost: 2900 Dakotz
Your car 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.
THINK REALISTIC. Unrealistic choices (like a 4 cylinder in a King’s limo, or -15 quality brakes) will get a . Larger cars are preferred, as it’s not exactly supposed to be a city car - but don’t worry about stretching it, someone else will handle that.
YOU SHOULD USE QUALITY POINTS FOR THIS CHALLENGE. The car in question is not an everyday street car, it’s an exclusive limo destined for the most powerful people in Semyonovia. Don’t let your ‘never use quality’ sense kick in; ET and PU are high for a reason.
To calculate Dakotz, take Trim Material Cost (from side panel) and divide it by 7.
No wheelbase tax will apply as these vehicles are not intended for purchase by the general public.
Submissions close July 9!
Be sure to name your car with the following scheme or I may miss it:
For the model and trim: HHD4 - Username | Car Name
For the engine and variant: HHD4 - Username | Engine Name
Resubmissions allowed as of submission date extension.