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"Stop making highways easier for new players" - Team Sexy

Highway Workers Union
Screen Shot 2020-10-02 at 3.54.29 PM.png
The HWUs current banner.
StatusActive
Approx. Founded14/09/2020
Notable Members
~100
Notable Bases
~3
Events
making the Nether Highway System easier to navigate and traverse


The Highway Workers Union or HWU is a group dedicated to constructing and repairing infrastructural buildings (i.e. nether highways), all whilst making them easier to navigate and traverse. The group is one of the most active nether highway groups on 2b2t.

Usually, highway paving was done by hand and scaffold hacks back in the days when Independent Interstate Society (IIS) made every highway to 50k nether (project finished on January 30, 2020). The HWU started to work with baritone as it was a huge step towards automation and made the whole process easier and faster. Getting every highway to 125k nether (pursued IIS project and the first main project of the HWU) was actually a possible goal now, so the HWU started to work on it and finished it on October 21, 2020, which was something that years before seems impossible and got the HWU a large amount of attention on the server.

The highways the HWU build are made using automation in walking, mining, and block placing. They are made out of obsidian so that it is very difficult to grief them. They are meant to be spacious and unobstructed. The group worked on multiple nether highway projects but the project scope is not limited to the nether dimension.

History

The group was founded on September 10, 2020 by the users Save_G and Anni H.S. They created the group because they wanted to have a better highway group that learned from the mistakes that the IIS made, and came to the conclusion that it is better to have more than one group leader. The group is lead by The Workers Politburo, which function is to decide together what will be done next and also vote the suggestions of the other highway workers, aiming to listen to every single one of them. They have created a new Discord server and even a website.

On November 18, 2020 IIS merged with the HWU.

Relations

The HWU has strong ties with the Motorway Extension Gurus (MEG). They maintain a decent (or at least, neutral) relation with as many groups as possible, their focus is solemnly to do highway work.

Projects

Diagonals Highways to 125k

The project intent was to have all diagonal highways safer and easier to navigate for new and old players. The way of doing it is to have an obsidian highway all the way to 1m overworld or 125k nether. The highways are made of 4 obsidian flat for the main axes and 2-3 on the diagonals with rails on both sides.

Map of the Nether Highway System at Feb. 13, 2021, created by CorruptedSeal. Purple: Completed Obsidian Highway, Orange: Ready for Paving, Green: (3x3)/(6x4) Netherrack Tunnel
One of the HWU workers expanding a diagonal obsidian highway.

This project was initially created/executed by the IIS but was eventually forwarded to the HWU and executed in a good team effort. The HWU was responsible for the completion of the Southeast and the Northeast highway sections, as well as some miscellaneous paving and infrastructure corrections on some areas along these axes.

The HWU used more than 800k obsidian to finish this project which requires a lot of resupply (in form of ender chests that can be mined for obsidian). On October 21, 2020, the HWU completed the southwest highway (-X +Z) and by this finished the whole project after more than one month and a lot of time put into it.[1]

Several members of the HWU at the end of the X- Z+ highway at 125K

Workers involved:

  • AnniHeartbreak
  • apheroine
  • Bluoe
  • charlesathon
  • Constructor
  • Enderlover3
  • Fuzzy_Russian
  • GATECRASH
  • gubbygub
  • Horatio_Gamer
  • Isolatism
  • jedao
  • Natan515
  • Promptt
  • Sarya
  • Save_G
  • Spider
  • Yesnik

(This doesn't include IIS members)

-X, -Z

  • Start: 52.804 (September 18, 2020)
  • Finish: 125.000 (October 14, 2020)
  • Finished in 27 days

-X, +Z

  • Start: 84.900 (October 18, 2020)
  • Finish: 125.000 (October 21, 2020)
  • Finished in 4 days
One of the HWU workers use the new KAMI Blue custom modules : HighwayTools.

Main axis Highways to 1m

The main goal of this project is to expand the obsidian nether highways (x+, x-, z+, z-) to 1 million. This is the first project where automation on a new level is used. The HWU started using special custom modules in KAMI Blue so that it is almost possible to build completely afk. These modules cover the automatic mining of ender chests and placing the blocks in the correct way. Currently, the modules are tested by the HWU and not yet released publicly in KAMI Blue. The project to extend all the straight highways to 1 million has been completed the 09 February 2021[2]. Further extension of the highways is planned.

Workers involved:

  • apcaus
  • Baseballhitter
  • Benji/OCdt
  • Dzintars
  • Enderlover3
  • EnigmA_008
  • Flabberflib
  • Fuzzy_Russian
  • Horatio_Gamer
  • HowlHatesDemons
  • GayCutie
  • HopityHop123
  • Mr_Tilly_831
  • Natan515
  • Reava_/Jaen_
  • Sand Turtle
  • Sarya
  • Save_G (Leading)
  • smcheeto
  • Timmy Boi
  • Tullybob

X+

The project started on November 1, 2020, at 178k nether, it has been complete on December 14, 2020.

Milestones:

  • 178k (Start, November 1, 2020)
  • 250k (November 10, 2020)
  • 500k (November 24, 2020)
  • 750k (December 6, 2020)
  • 1m (December 14, 2020)

Z+

The project started on December 10, 2020, at 125k nether.

Milestones:

  • 125k (Start, December 10, 2020)
  • 250k (December 16, 2020)
  • 500k (December 29, 2020)
  • 750k (January 14, 2021)
  • 1m (January 22, 2021)

X-

The project started on December 25, 2020, at 125k nether,

Milestones:

  • 125k (Start, December 25, 2020)
  • 250k (January 31, 2021)
  • 500k (February 05, 2021)
  • 750k (February 10, 2021)
  • 1m (February 13, 2021)

Z-

The project started on December 22, 2020, at 125k nether,

Milestones:

  • 125k (Start, December 22, 2020)
  • 250k (January 15, 2021)
  • 500k (January 29, 2021)
  • 750k (February 04, 2021)
  • 1m (February 09, 2021)
The map of the Diamond Highway in Red

The Diamond Highway

The Nether Diamond Highway is another ringroad that connects all straight highways at 50k from spawn (crossing the diagonals at 25k), but it is rotated by 45 degrees compared to the regular ringroads. Its purpose is to reduce travelling time if killing back to spawn is not an option. This reduces the distance to be traveled from one straight highway to another by about 30% (71k blocks instead of 100k blocks distance). The Diamond Highway has been completely dug and paved with obsidian by the HWU. Other diamond highways are planned as well (closer to spawn and further away)

This project started at end of December 2020 and has been finished on 7th of February 2021 [3]

HWU building contest area and spawn base for the 10th years anniversary of the server

Workers involved:

  • CrossedUpByJJ
  • Sand_Turtle
  • Baker
  • ZipBagLockGuy
  • Autismo224
  • taltz
  • EnigmA_008 / schwarzerfalke2
  • AnniHeartbreak
  • ZincoDrone
  • PhoneticFailure
  • Axandil
  • Avanatiker
  • Horatio_Gamer
  • Charlesathon

All diagonals Highways to 1 million

The project intent was to have all diagonal highways safer and easier to navigate for players that want to go very far in the nether. The way of doing it is to have an obsidian highway all the way to 8 million overworld or 1 million nether. The highways are made of 4 obsidian flat for the main axes and 2-3 on the diagonals with rails on both sides.

Workers involved:

  • Kuse_Shin
  • GayCutie
  • NetherHighways
  • Tilly_831
  • Avanatiker
  • Sicky2000
  • Sand_Turtle
  • DehydratedMax
  • HopityHop123
  • xX12master
  • GayCutie
  • Hiiva
  • Hotpoint
  • saintcorvus

X+ Z+

The project started on February 15, 2021, at 125k nether.

Milestones:

  • 125k (Start, February 15, 2021)
  • 250k (February 22, 2021)
  • 500k (February 28, 2021)
  • 750k (Soon)
  • 1m (Soon)

X- Z-

Milestones:

  • 125k (Soon)
  • 250k (Soon)
  • 500k (Soon)
  • 750k (Soon)
  • 1m (Soon)

X- Z+

Milestones:

  • 125k (Soon)
  • 250k (Soon)
  • 500k (Soon)
  • 750k (Soon)
  • 1m (Soon)

X+ Z-

Milestones:

  • 125k (Soon)
  • 250k (Soon)
  • 500k (Soon)
  • 750k (Soon)
  • 1m (Soon)

Ranks

HWU Discord Ranks
Rank Explanation
The Workers Politburo Responsible for management, bringing suggestions of workers on meetings, voting projects, and discussing the future of the union.

Members can be changed through justified voting.

The Central Committee Those who made a considerable contribution to the union and the highways or were previously in such position on the old IIS ranks.
The Krai Committee Active workers, who made a contribution to the union and the highways.
The Raion Committee The workers of the union.
The Soviet Comrades Friends/supporters of the union, not directly related to the ranks.
The Neznakomets Visitors of the server.

References