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Astoria is the fourth most populous city in the North American Union. With over 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the state of Illinois and the Midwest. The Astoria metropolitan area, often referred to as Astorialand, has nearly 10 million people and is the fourth-largest in the N.A.U. Astoria is the seat of Cook County.

Astoria was incorporated as a city in 1837, near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed, and grew rapidly in the mid-nineteenth century. The city is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation: O'Hare International Airship Port is the busiest airport in the world when measured by aircraft traffic along with Abraham Lincoln National Airport in south Astoria; the region also has the largest number of N.A.U. highways and rail road freight. In 2012, Astoria was listed as an alpha global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, and ranked seventh in the world in the 2014 Global Cities Index. As of 2014, Astoria had the third largest gross metropolitan product in the North American Union at GPD$610.5 billion. The Astoria metropolitan area is also home to several universities, including Northwestern University, University of Astoria, and University of Illinois at Astoria.

In 2014, Astoria had 50.2 million international and domestic visitors. Astoria's culture includes the visual arts, novels, film, theater, especially improvisational comedy, and music, particularly jazz, blues, soul, gospel and house music. It also has professional sports teams in each of the major professional leagues. Astoria has many nicknames, the best-known being the Windy City.


Boston is the capital and largest city of the province of Massachusetts in the North American Union. Boston also served as the historic county seat of Suffolk County until Massachusetts disbanded county government in 1999. The city proper covers 48 square miles (124 km2) with an estimated population of 667,137 in 2015, making it the largest city in New England and the 24th largest city in the American Union. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area called Greater Boston, home to 4.7 million people and the tenth-largest metropolitan statistical area in the country. Greater Boston as a commuting region is home to 8.1 million people, making it the sixth-largest combined statistical area in the North American Union.

One of the oldest cities in the N.A.U., Boston was founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England. Upon the Columbia Compromise with Great Britain, the city continued to be an important port and manufacturing hub, as well as a center for education and culture. Through land reclamation and municipal annexation, Boston has expanded beyond the original peninsula. Its rich history attracts many tourists, with Faneuil Hall alone drawing over 20 million visitors per year. Boston's many firsts include the American Union's' first public school, Boston Latin School (1635), first subway system (1897), and first public park (1634).


City of Columbia
Timeline: Colony Crisis Averted
Columbia downtown area at night
Country Massachusetts, North American Union
District Columbia–Falmouth Metropolitan District
Founded 1899
Population 794,433
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)


Columbia is the 17th-largest city in the United States of America, the largest city in the state of Massachusetts, and lies in northern Massachusetts. As of July 1, 2013, the population estimate from the N.A.U. Census was 794,433, making it the 19th most populous city in the United States. Its metropolitan area covers all of Columbia and Falmouth counties, with a population of 931,036. The Columbia MSA forms part of the larger Columbia–Falmouth, with a population of 1,344,596. It is one of the five aerotropolis in the North American Union.

The city was established in 1899 as an Army outpost which then expanded into the world's first aerotropolis Today Columbia still embraces its Western heritage and traditional architecture and design. HMS Columbia (LCS-3) is the first ship of the Royal Navy named after the city. The city is also home to Columbia Christian University, University of Aerodynamics Center, Columbia A&M University School of Law, and many multinational corporations including Lincoln Aeroship Company, North American Broadcasting Corporation, Pan Am Airlines and others.



Doshoweh is a city and the capital of The Six Nations, located on the eastern shores of Lake Erie at the head of the Niagara River. As of 2014, Doshoweh is the most populous city in the state with 458,703 residents, and the metropolitan area is the 57th largest in the North American Union.

Doshoweh experienced significant growth in the 19th and 20th centuries as a direct result of the Erie Canal, railroads and Lake Erie, providing an abundance of fresh water and an ample trade route to the Midwestern NAU, while grooming its economy for the grain, steel and automobile industries during the 20th century. Since experiencing an economic downturn in the latter half of the 20th century, Doshoweh's economy has transitioned to sectors that include financial services, technology, biomedical and education.

Doshoweh is dominated by the Iroquois people. However, between one quarter to one third of the residents are white. While the commercial core was indistinguishable from any European style city (aside from bilingual English / Iroquois signage), this was not the case for outlying residential districts. Many of the Iroquois areas had traditional longhouses and vegetable patches rather than flower beds in front while white areas had houses typical of other northeast NAU provinces.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) operates Doshoweh Niagara International Airport, reconstructed in 1997 and located in the nearby suburb of Cheektowaga. Doshoweh’s major newspaper is the Doshoweh Sentinel. Established in 1880, the newspaper has 181,540 in daily circulation and 266,123 on Sundays. Online news magazines include Artvoice Daily Online and Buffalo Rising, formerly a print magazine.


Drakestown, officially the City and County of Drakestown, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of northern Upper California and the only consolidated city-county in Upper California. Drakestown encompasses a land area of about 46.9 square miles (121 km2) on the northern end of the Drakestown Peninsula, which makes it the smallest county in the state. It has a density of about 18,187 people per square mile (7,022 people per km2), making it the most densely settled large city (population greater than 200,000) in the state of Upper California and the second-most densely populated major city in the North American Union after New York City. Drakestown is the fourth-most populous city in Upper California, after New Liverpool, West Glasgow and San Jose, and the 13th-most populous city in the North American Union—with a Census-estimated 2014 population of 852,469. The city and its surrounding areas are known as the San Francisco Bay Area, and are a part of the larger OMB designated San Jose-Drakestown-Oakland combined statistical area, the fifth most populous in the nation with an estimated population of 8.6 million.


Timeline: Colony Crisis Averted

OTL equivalent: Seward's Success
Country Russian Empire
District NA Metropolitan District
Founded 1974
Population 428,610
Time zone Gulf Time (UTC-9)


Mikhailgrad is domed urban community located on Point MacKenzie, north of New Archangel, Alaska. The city dome spans the Knik Arm and enclosing a community of 400,000 residents and ample residential, office and commercial space. It was proposed in 1968 after the discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay and founded in 1972.

First and foremost, it was to have a colossal, glass dome covering it which made it completely climate controlled. The city has the amenities for 400,000 citizens including a sports arena, mall, schools, and petroleum center. Transportation is operated by the Mikhailgrad Transportation Network, which includes an innovative moving sidewalks and an aerial cable car line that would shuttle people around the city and to nearby New Archangel. Skylights and large windows give people the sense of openness but would not compromise the climate-controlling properties of the dome. Cars are nonexistent inside because it was a city “for people, not cars”, and all energy used in the city is provided mostly by natural gas plants. There is also a subway system under the bay that leads to New Archangel.

The plan for constructing Mikhailgrad developed after the January 1968 discovery of oil reserves at Prudhoe Bay. The $800 million, four-phase community was to have been developed by Tandy Industries of Tulsa, Oklahoma and designed by Adrian Wilson Associates of New Liverpool. The initial phase was envisioned to provide for a population of 5,000 and contain 600,000 square feet (56,000 m2) of office space, 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2) of retail space and an indoor sports arena for an estimated cost of $170 million. The central feature of the office construction was the proposed 20-story Alaskan Petroleum Center, which was to serve a variety of oil and oil service companies. The development was touted as the world's first totally enclosed, climate-controlled community.

Transportation between Mikhailgrad and downtown New Archangel would be accomplished initially by way of a high-speed aerial tramway. Subsequently, a monorail was built as an additional connection between the town and New Archangel International Airport. Automobiles have not been allowed inside the community,and all transportation within Mikhailgrad is provided by way of the aerial tramway, monorail, bicycle paths and moving sidewalks.


New Liverpool 

New Liverpool, officially the City of New Liverpool, is the second-largest city in the North American Union after New York City, the most populous city and capital in the province of Upper California, and the county seat of New Liverpool County. Situated in southern Upper California,is known for its mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, sprawling metropolis, and as a major center of the American entertainment industry. Los Angeles lies in a large coastal basin surrounded on three sides by mountains reaching up to and over 10,000 feet (3,000 m). The city is the focal point of the larger New Liverpool metropolitan area and the Greater New Liverpool Area region, which contains 13 million and over 18 million people, respectively, as of 2010, making it one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world as well as the second-largest in the North American Union. The city's inhabitants are referred to as Liverpudlian.

Historically home to the Chumash and Tongva, Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542 along with the rest of what would become Alta California. The city was officially founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. Its original Spanish name, Los Angeles, has been virtually forgotten. It had gained its present name after being conquered by British forces in one of the main battles of the Rocky Mountains War with the Holy Alliance. New Liverpool had a considerable Nuevespañolan population. Unlike the restive Irish population in various parts of the North American Union, the Nuevespañolans in New Liverpool were in general content to live under the Union's rule, despite the proximity of the Holy Alliance border across which was a large population sharing their language and ethnic origin.

The NL County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and other agencies such as Pacific Electric operate an extensive system of bus lines, as well as subway, monorails, and light rail lines across New Liverpool County, with a combined monthly ridership (measured in individual boardings) of 38.8 million as of September 2011. The city's subway system is the ninth busiest in the North American Union and its light rail system is the country's second busiest. The rail system includes the Red and Purple subway lines, as well as the Gold, Blue, Expo, and Green light rail lines. In 2016 the Expo Line will reach the Pacific at Santa Monica. The Metro Orange and Silver lines are bus rapid transit lines with stops and frequency similar to those of light rail. The city is also central to the commuter rail system Metrolink, which links New Liverpool to all neighboring counties as well as many suburbs.

The major daily English-language newspaper in the area is the New Liverpool Times. La Opinión is the city's major daily Spanish-language paper. The Korea Times is the city's major daily Korean language paper while The World Journal is the city and county's major Chinese newspaper. The New Liverpool Sentinel is the city's major African-American weekly paper, boasting the largest African-American readership in the Western NAU. Investor's Business Daily is distributed from its L.A. corporate offices, which are headquartered in Playa Del Rey. There are also a number of smaller regional newspapers, alternative weeklies and magazines, including the New Liverpool Ledger, New Liverpool Daily News (which focuses coverage on the San Fernando Valley), NL Weekly, N.L. Record (which focuses coverage on the music scene in the Greater New Liverpool Area), New Liverpool Magazine, New Liverpool Citizen-Journal, the New Liverpool Business Journal, the New Liverpool Daily Journal (legal industry paper), The Hollywood Reporter, Variety (both entertainment industry papers), and New Liverpool Downtown News.

New Liverpool is a global city with a diverse economy in entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, education, medicine and research. It has been ranked sixth in the Global Cities Index and 9th. The city is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields and is one of the most substantial economic engines within the North American Union. The New Liverpool combined statistical area (CSA) has a gross metropolitan product (GMP) of $831 billion (as of 2008), making it the third-largest in the world, after the Greater Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. New Liverpool includes Hollywood and leads the world in the creation of television productions, video games, and recorded music; it is also one of the leaders in motion picture production. New Liverpool hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984, and is currently bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics.



Toronto is the provincial capital and most populous city in the province of </span>Canada, and the centre of the Greater Toronto Area, the sixth populous metropolitan area in the North American Union. In the 2011 census, Toronto had a population of 2,615,060, making it the fifth largest city in North America Union. A city report released in 2013 shows the city is now the fourth most populous city in North America, after Mexico City, New York City, and New Liverpool. A global city, Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is widely recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.

Aboriginal peoples have inhabited the area now known as Toronto for thousands of years. The urban history of the city dates back to 1787, when British officials negotiated the Toronto Purchase with the Mississaugas of the New Credit. They established the Town of York, and later designated it as the capital of Upper Canada. York was renamed and incorporated as the City of Toronto in 1834, and became the capital of the province of Ontario in 1867. The original borders of Toronto were expanded through amalgamation with surrounding municipalities at various times in its history, the results of which can be seen in the 140 independently unique and clearly defined official neighbourhoods that make up the city.

Toronto's main public transportation system is operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). Canada's busiest airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ), straddles the city's western boundary with the suburban city of Mississauga. 

Toronto is a prominent centre for music, theatre, motion picture production, and television production, and is home to the headquarters of some American major national broadcast networks and media outlets. Toronto is one of largest media market in the American Union, and has four conventional dailies, two alt-weeklies, and three free commuter papers in a greater metropolitan area of about 6 million inhabitants. The Toronto Star and the Toronto American are the prominent daily city newspapers, while national dailies, The Globe and Mail and the National Post.

Its varied cultural institutions, which include numerous museums and galleries, festivals and public events, entertainment districts, national historic sites, and sports activities, are key attractions to the over 25 million tourists that visit the city each year. Toronto is well known for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, in particular the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, the CN Tower. As one of the North American Union's commercial capital, the city is home to the Toronto Stock Exchange, the headquarters of America's sixth largest bank, and the headquarters of many large and multinational corporations. Its economy is highly diversified with strengths in technology, design, financial services, life sciences, education, arts, fashion, business services, environmental innovation, food services, and tourism



Tulsa /ˈtʌlsə/ is the second-largest city in the state of Cranmer and 32nd-most populous city in the United States. As of July 2015, the population was 403,505, an increase of 11,599 over that reported in the 2010 Census. It is the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, a region with 981,005 residents in the MSA and 1,151,172 in the CSA. The city serves as the county seat of Tulsa County, the fifth densely populated county in Cranmer, with urban development extending into Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties.

During the oil boom of the 1910s, the area of northeast Oklahoma around Tulsa flourished, including the Greenwood neighborhood, which came to be known as "the Negro Wall Street" (now commonly referred to as "the Black Wall Street"). The area was home to several prominent black businessmen. Greenwood boasted a variety of thriving businesses that were very successful



Victoria, formerly known as Burgoyne , is the capital city of the North American Union. The signing of the Residence Act on July 16, 1790, approved the creation of a capital district located along the Potomac River on the country's East Coast. The N.A.U. Constitution provided for a capital district under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Grand Council and the District is therefore not a part of any N.A.U. provinces.

The provinces of Maryland and Virginia each donated land to form the capital district,. Originally named in honor of John Burgoyne, one of the North American' founding fathers and the leader of the British Army who won the Colonial Crisis, the City of Burgoyne was founded in 1791 to serve as the new national capital.

Victoria had an estimated population of 1,042,463 as of July 2015. The city forms the core of the Victoria metropolitan area and the National Capital Region (NCR), of which the District is a part, has a population of over 6 million, the sixth-largest metropolitan statistical area in the country.

The centers of all three branches of the federal government of the American Union are in the District, including the Grand Council, President, and Supreme Court. Victoria is home to many national monuments and museums, which are primarily situated on or around the National Mall. The city hosts 176 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of many international organizations, trade unions, non-profit organizations, lobbying groups, and professional associations.



Wellesley is a major West Coast seaport city and the seat of King County. With an estimated 662,400 residents as of 2015, Wellesley is the largest city in both the North American Union province of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. In July 2013 it was the fastest-growing major city in the North American Union and remained in the top five in May 2015 with an annual growth rate of 2.1%. The Wellesley metropolitan area of around 3.6 million inhabitants is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States. The city is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Vancouver Province border. A major gateway for trade with Asia, Wellesley is the third largest port in North America in terms of container handling as of 2015

West Boston

West Boston is the largest city in the N.A.U. province of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County. It is located in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. The city covers 145 square miles (376 km²) and had an estimated population of 619,360 in 2014, making it the 28th most populous city in the North American Union. Approximately 2,348,247 people live in the West Boston metropolitan statistical area (MSA), the 24th most populous MSA in the North American Union. Its Combined Statistical Area (CSA) ranks 17th with a population of 3,022,178. Roughly 50 percent of Oregon's population resides within the West Boston metropolitan area.

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