Faeland City

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Faeland City

Faeland City is a city on the west coast of Faeland (amalgamated with the eponymous crown vassal), on the Atlantic seaboard. It is famous, or perhaps infamous, for being the least progressive of the island's cities, corrupt and dirty. The River Edward (locally called "The Eddie") flows from the southeast to the northwest into the Atlantic. There is extensive sea trade and rail termini, with much freight moving through. The foothills of the Rhomine Mountains ring the city, compressing much outward growth. It is part of the metropolis which includes Astoria.

History

Hessian mercenaries were settled at the mouth of the Edward River as a reward for service under the British during the American Revolution. Later, Great Britain took direct control of the town when Faelish locals and the German immigrants became embroiled in ethnic disputes. Originally called simply "Hessian Town", it was renamed Faele Land City in 1818.

In the 19th century Faeland City was rife with rival gangs, which were often in league with politicians, businessmen, police and even religious institutions.

Neighborhoods

A lone tenement in the Industrial Sector.
An old picture of the town hall.
Project housing along the Edward River.
  • The Docks, a collection of wharfs and warehouses that are local to the Projects. They run along the Atlantic coast and extend up the Edward River.
  • Hessian Town, a quaint, semi-gentrified central district where the original Hessian soldiers founded a town.
  • Little Oslo or Oz, a section in the southwest of the city which separates it from the more idyllic Astoria, with many Swedish immigrant residents.
  • The Bolts,
  • The Hill, a projects-filled region to the northeast, built in the 1950's to house a burgeoning population of longshoremen, porters, and other marine workers. By the 1960's it had become something of a bohemian commune, degenerating rapidly in the 70's into an illicit drug trafficking area.
  • Green Ranches, affluent neighborhood to the north of the city, along the coast. Known for lavish housing along the shore, many belonging to crime lords.
  • Counts, a commercial area opposite The Hill, across the Edward River. It contains many restaurants and shops, many owned locally and family run (most likely as fronts) and subject to the local protection rackets.
  • Candyland, a small section of downtown, famed for its posh nightclubs and social scene, catering to the rich of the city, from which it got its name. The #1 commodity here is officially in the stock market, but gangsters know it to be cocaine.
  • "Migs Town" (Chinatown, Little Italy, Little India), just east of CandyLand, before Counts, is Migs Town, an amalgamation of immigrant neighborhoods, all jockeying to become strong enough to fight the local crime bosses, to which end they'll unify, if only briefly.