Vertical global navigation in SharePoint 2010

I have designed a site that requires the global navigation to be vertical, but this appears to be more problematic than I thought.

At first I monkeyed with the navigation settings to use only quick launch navigation, but this is not an ideal situation and not very intuitive to manage for other content managers.

I then moved the top nav control to the quick launch area within the masterpage:

<PublishingNavigation:PortalSiteMapDataSource
			ID="topSiteMap"
			runat="server"
			EnableViewState="false"
			SiteMapProvider="GlobalNavigation"
			StartFromCurrentNode="true"
			StartingNodeOffset="0"
			ShowStartingNode="false"
			TrimNonCurrentTypes="Heading"/>

		<!-- top navigation menu (set to use the new Simple Rendering) -->
		<SharePoint:AspMenu
			ID="TopNavigationMenuV4"
			EncodeTitle="false"
			Runat="server"
			EnableViewState="false"
			DataSourceID="topSiteMap"
			AccessKey="<%$Resources:wss,navigation_accesskey%>"
			UseSimpleRendering="true"
			UseSeparateCss="false"
			Orientation="vertical"
			StaticDisplayLevels="1"
			MaximumDynamicDisplayLevels="1" 
			SkipLinkText=""
			CssClass="s4-tn">
		</SharePoint:AspMenu>	

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At that point there was duplication within the menus (obviously). So I then removed the <PublishingNavigation:PortalSiteMapDataSource / CurrentNav, which then caused issues with ribbon loading (continuously loads).

I have included a mock of what I'm trying to accomplish.

  asic-mock.pdf

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated!
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abhitrigCommented:
Why can't you set the quicklaunch correctly on the root and set the "Display the same navigation items as the parent site" for all the children? I believe that should give you the same behavior.
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