Transport in Taigh a Bata

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Being a micronation, transport in the Republic of Taigh a Bata was limited. However, Taigh a Bata tried to make use of its own transport as much as it could.

Primo Strato, the main road into Outer Alltgobhlach

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Air Transport

Surprisingly, Taigh a Bata had a colourful history when it came to air transport. On the 16th of January 2010, the hill of Torr nam Mue, above Pirnmill on the Isle of Arran, was annexed for a short time by Taigh a Bata in order to launch the hot-air balloon Arachnid 1. An Arachnid 2 balloon was launched later that year from the pier in the nearby village of Corrie, but it burst into flames shortly after lauch. The Arachnid programme was then scrapped.

Land Transport

Roads and Paths

Taigh a Bata had a very restricted road network. Taigh a Bata had approximately 1.8 kilometres of motorable road, of which 0 kilometres were paved. Vehicle registration, when it was permitted by the Government, was limited to the State of Outer Alltgobhlach and the Colony of Cara. No vehicles with internal combustion engines, a length of more than 3.2 metres and a width of more than 1.5 metres could be registered in Outer Alltgobhlach, and each potential household was only entitled to one car. In addition, Taigh a Batan-registered vehicles could only be obtained if the household has a permit. Government-registered vehicles were exempt from some of these restrictions.

The format of vehicle registration plates in Taigh a Bata was similar to that of the United Kingdom, and could be black font on a white background (front), black font on a yellow background (rear) or white/silver on a black background (front and rear). Registration plates beginning with 'TB' denoted a private vehicle, whilst plates beginning with 'TAB' denoted a Government vehicle. Numbers represented the number of the vehicle.

A Government number plate. Note the Taigh a Batan translation of 'Republic of Taigh a Bata'.

Compared to the roads, Taigh a Bata had an extensive path network. All paths and roads in the Second Capital State of Taigh a Bata, Outer Alltgobhlach and the State of Abergolach were maintained by the Government-associated Taigh a Bata Roads Branch (TaBaRBra).

Road Signs

Taigh a Bata's road signs were based on those of the Community of Landashir and the United Kingdom. By law, all road signs manufactured in 2011 or later (except street names) must have been fully in English, at least partially in Taigh a Batan (wherever possible) and at least partially in Caran (in some areas, wherever possible).

A Taigh a Bata border sign (namely for the United Kingdom/État se Centro-Nordo Alltgobhlach border), in the 'Landashir'n' format.

Railways

There were no railways in Taigh a Bata. A freight only funicular railway was planned, which was set to link The Bedroom with McMillan - however when Taigh a Bata was abolished the plans were scrapped.

Transport Companies

Taigh a Bata was set to be in control of a proposed national transport company - Taigh a Bata Transport. It planned to operate transportation services for passengers and freight for very little money.

Water Transport

Taigh a Bata had one ship - a rowing boat named the TBM (Taigh a Bata Mermilitario) Brennan, named after the first Prime Minister of Taigh a Bata. It is currently awaiting restoration.