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the Shining City
Timeline : Superpowers
Location of Constantinople
Location of Constantinopolis
Country Roman Empire
Province Numidia
Area 5,132 km2
Population 15,240,850
Population Density 2,969.7 hab/sq km
Representation 11 Senators
Demonym Carthaginian
Settled 1250 BCE
OTL equivalent Tunis

Carthage (Phoenician: Qart-Hadast) is the second most populous settlement in Africa. The largest harbor in the world, Carthage houses over half the Mediterranean navy and sees more merchant ships than any other metropolis.

The military high command of Rome, the Ministry of War, has its primary headquarters in Carthage. A villa and military base for the Generalissimus lies near the forum and the Admirallis has his office for the Ministry of the Navy nearby.

The military might of a nation is controlled here. Commands are constantly issued to the field through Carthage's vast communication network that directly links with satellites in geostationary orbit.

Carthage's Grand Harbour has more navigational area than the natural harbours of Kallipolis, Halorium and Moriconium combined, an unbelievable 109 km2. The infrastructure was last rebuilt in 1589 according to designs of the architect and engineer Aulus Tesla. Its drydocks still use the most advanced handling machinery in the world as Tesla's devices have yet to be outperformed by modern technology.

The area rightfully ranks among the oldest settlements in the Empire, beating out Rome itself by 500 years. The populace is proud of their Phoenician heritage, using the language in civil affairs and celebrating classic Punic festivals in non-religious contexts. Carthage is notoriously the hometown of the Phoenician crime families, who run many of the shipyards of the city. Their power here makes them the largest crime syndicate after the Greek organization known only as the Sanguini.


the Golden City
Timeline : Superpowers
Location of Constantinople
Location of Constantinopolis
Country Roman Empire
Province Thracia
Area 6,304 km2
Population 18,725,000
Population Density 2,970 hab/sq km
Representation 14 Senators
Demonym Constantinopolitan
Settled 335 CE
OTL equivalent Istanbul

Constantinople (Greek: Κωνσταντινούπολις) is the Imperium Romanum's second largest city, the third most populous settlement in the world. Economic policies on a national level are managed from the banks, treasuries and offices of the Golden City. In terms of municipal economic activity and per capita wealth, Constantinopolis is the richest city on the planet.

The imperial Mensarius Superbus runs all federal finances from the Aerarium (Eng: National Treasury) and so most tax revenue passes through the city, contributing to its enormous measurable wealth. High economic activity is no coincidence as the Golden City was designated the nexus of the imperial economy in 771 CE.

Strategically positioned on the Bosporus, Constantinople is the only passage from the Black Sea to the Mare Nostrum and a link between Europe and the East. 52% of international trade in the Mediterranean docks there as it is the primary mercantile port for trade with the Ottomans and Mongols and boasts one of the largest ports in Europe (2nd). One of the three dams that isolate the Mediterranean lies on the south-western end of the strait, restricting entry to a tunnel running beneath the dam.

Since its founding, Constantinople served as a cornerstone of the Empire. It is honored in the Imperial Flag as the leftmost head of the Eagle, representing the title of "Rome's right hand". The Praetor of Thracia, seated in Constantinople, is the most highly respected provincial governor, holding other titles than mere praetorship. These include "Guardian of the Faithful" and "Protector of the Treasury".

The city's skyline is dominated by the symbolic Cathedral of St. George, dedicated to the most famous of the Christian martyrs. As the site of the first major Christian city, the Cathedral's archdiocese has great influence in the Catholic Church - nearly a tenth of Popes elected prior to the Civil War were Archbishops there. The church is situated in the Augustaeum, a great forum that is home to the headquarters for many of the most prominent Roman guilds and a most bustling marketplace as you'll find in the Roman world.


Chichen Itza


Timeline : Superpowers
Location of Chumash
Country Mayan Conglomerate
State Chumahech
Metropolitan Area 2,585 km²
Population 11,245,000
Population Density 4,350 hab/sq km
Representation 1 Councilor
Demonym Chumackian
Settled 896 CE
OTL equivalent Los Angeles

Chumahech (Nahuatl: Chumahech; Latin: Chumacus) is the largest Mayan city along the Pacific Coast, as well as one of its primary trading ports with Japan. The city is also a center of Mayan culture and economic development given its position as the fifth largest city on the continent. Its location on the Chumash Basin gives the city access to fertile land for parks and solid ground for construction. Additionally, the enormous oil deposits under the city has brought it municipal funding for centuries. As one of the most self-sufficient cities in the Conglomerate, Chumash has an influential position in the Mayan Grand Council.

The city has historically served as the primary access point for the Mayans to the Pacific. It possesses the largest dockyards on the coastline as well as the largest port by a magnitude of six. Immigration to the area from the central states was slow at first, with very little interest to the region expressed by the Mayans for several centuries after its acquisition. It was in 1184 that gold was discovered in the streams far north of the city. Government mining guilds had their interest picked and so a year later thousands of miners and their families were moving up to live in Chumash and work in the mines. Others were brought by the government to provide goods and services to the miners and within a few decades the city's population had passed 1 million people.

Chumash's growth stagnated once the gold started to run out and from the 1400's to the Great War its populaton went into decline. However, when Japan opened itself up to the world in 1704 it eventually started trading with the Conglomerate. When it did, most exchanges of goods occurred in the ports of Chumash. Today, the city has a strong Japanese presence, even featuring the only regular Mayan kabuki theater.

Tectonic activity in the region has always been the city's only fault. A recent quake on January 17, 1994 has pushed the Mayan government to start working with Roman terraformers to permanently silence Chumash's many geologic lines of displacement. Current earthquake prediction measures rely on combinations of seismographs and radon detectors, together government officials are able to let out a warning at least a day in advance of the major tremors. By mid-2005 Roman terraforming equipment is expected to be fully functional in the area. These measures increase the frequency but substantially decrease the severity of earthquakes, to the point that they are no longer a threat to even brick houses.


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