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Teams of the Fluvannian Hockey League

Appleton Bears: Modeled after the real-world Boston Bruins -- including the black/gold/white color scheme -- the Bears play at Plexus Garden in Appleton, about a 30-45 minute drive north of the national capital, Oshkosh. The fact that Appleton happened to clinch the regular-season championship in the same season their real-world counterparts have the NHL's best record is icing on a very bittersweet cake. :(

Charlottesville Chargers: The Charlottesville Chargers represent the capital city of the Duchy of Piedmont, playing at John Paul Jones Arena. While not modeled on a real-life hockey team, their color scheme (orange/navy blue/cream) and logo (mounted knight, charging with lance) are inspired by Charlottesville's own University of Virginia Cavaliers.

Palmyra Cannons: The Palmyra Cannons represent the city that is the ancestral seat of the Crown Prince's house and the seat of the County of Fluvanna. In real life, Fluvanna County lacks any sports teams save the county high school (go Flucos?), but in this case, the Cannons are a nod to real-life Fluvanna County's seal and flag, which feature the Point of Fork Arsenal, site of a Revolutionary War battle. The Cannons primary color is red, accented by black and white. In his younger years, wintering at Lake Monticello's royal palace, the reigning Crown Prince would pick the Cannons as his team of choice, though this may no longer be the case.

Manitowoc Admirals: The Manitowoc Admirals represent one of two main shipbuilding port cities in the nation, the seat of the County of Kewaunee, and the home of the Fluvannia Royal Naval Academy. Their logo and uniform are suspiciously similar to what the real-life Norfolk Admirals wore while they were in the AHL:

Rochester Tigers: The Rochester Tigers are one of two teams to represent the nation's largest city, and the seat of the County of Monroe. For those of you keeping tabs on the RP map, that's the little blue chunk of Fluvannia way out in the middle of nowhere, to the east of New Waldensia. The Tigers play their games at the Ritter Colosseum in the southern suburb of Henrietta. Their name, logo, color scheme, jerseys, and even location are all nods to real-life Division 1 college hockey's Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers.

Oshkosh Lakers: The Lakers are the team of Oshkosh, the capital city of Fluvannia, as well as of the Duchy of Winnebago. Their name is a nod to their location on Lake Winnebago's shores, where the Fox River enters the lake. Their color scheme of gold/royal blue/white and their logo (an anchor) are actually a nod to the real-world Lake Superior State University Lakers, a D1 college team. LSSU has one of my favorite college jerseys:

Rochester Royals: The other of Rochester's two teams, the Royals play their game at War Memorial Arena downtown. Royal happens to be their primary color -- royal blue, that is -- which coupled with white as an accent gives them a uniform similar to the blues of the Tampa Bay Lightning, with a white crown as a logo. While their arena is used in the real world by the AHL's Rochester Americans, the Royals name is actually a nod to Rochester's real-life basketball team, the Rochester Royals, who played at War Memorial Arena when it was new in the 1950s and won the NBA title in 1955. Nowadays that team is known as the Sacramento Kings, and that 1955 championship is still the only one the franchise has ever won. These Royals hope to avoid a similar drought.

Harrisonburg Highlanders: The Harrisonburg Highlanders are not based on any real team, though the name comes from the real-world Radford University Highlanders, several hours from Harrisonburg on I-81. Their forest green and blue color scheme is best approximated by the jerseys of the real-life Mercyhurst University Lakers. Harrisonburg is home to one of Fluvannia's two major automobile manufacturers, Sudatsuyo, which manufactures models we would recognize in real life as being Japanese; fans of the JDM scene may wish to support the Highlanders for that reason alone.

Green Bay Tundra: Named for the real world's "Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field" (home of the Green Bay Packers), the Tundra are one of two teams already eliminated from the 2020 Union Cup Playoffs. However, if you like a white/ice blue/charcoal color scheme and a hockey stick-wielding Yeti as a logo, you may want to choose the Tundra as your team for next year and hop on someone else's bandwagon in the meantime.

Scottsville Pistons: The Pistons, also eliminated from the playoffs, are named for their hometown's role as the cradle of the Fluvannian automotive industry. Home to the other of the nation's two major automakers, Windmotor, Scottsville plays host to one of the most rivalry-beset teams in the league -- the three-way Chargers/Cannons/Pistons rivalry, fueled by geographic proximity, and the Pistons/Highlanders rivalry, fueled by the rivalry between their respective city's largest employers. Those who prefer German engineering -- namely the models offered by Volkswagen -- would like Windmotor, and may wish to don the gray/red/yellow of Scottsville as a result.