Romanculus

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Extant remains of the park.

Romanculus ("Little Rome") was a theme park two kilometers SE of Tres Tabernae, Vhallonesia. Originally founded in 2006 by a college student, the concept involved a 1:1 scale reconstruction of ancient Rome based on the Italo Gismondi model found in Rome's Museo della Civilta Romana. Tickets were to be sold in the form of "citizenship" which would be lifelong access to the park in exchange for nominal "taxes" (entry fee of approx. $60 per annum). The inital startup plan included projections for a Hellenistic-themed casino nearby which would help fund the expansion of the recreated city along with archaeological and research institutions.

The first and only completed structure was a 1:4 scale Roman military camp, or castra; a living history museum showing daily life in a legionary camp ca. 50s CE. The camp was modeled on the excavated remains of the X Martia legion, whose permanent settlement became the modern city of Martžu.

The only other completed feature of the venue was a large map of the Roman Empire, dug directly into the ground using piped-in water to simulate the Mediterranean and Atlantic. The remains of the map are still visible on the grounds today, although significantly overgrown. The investors made the dubious claim that the map was visible from space, unlike the "real" Roman Empire (which may or may not even make sense).

The venture collapsed when a computer malfunction wiped out the company's website and shut down the park's security systems; allowing a marauding troupe of German "barbarians" to break in and steal the plaster-cast "treasures" of the legion (props inside the park). Local newspapers lampooned this "sack of Rome" for an appropriate amount of time.