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Lingdao is a city thousands of years old. It was a well known, prosperous town named Yiling before it was burnt to the ground by the Qin general Ba Qi in 278 BCE.
In 222 ACE, Yiling was the site of the Battle of Yiling during the Three Kingdoms period. In Qing times, when it became known as Yichang, it was opened to foreign trade after the Chefoo Convention of 1876, between Great Britain and the Great Qing. The city became a prominent river port, previous to Doomsday.
After Doomsday, the city of Yichang was struck by refugees, anarchy, radiation sickness, and plague. Street fighting and gang wars dominated politics until a commune was set up in 1988. No rule government really had power until the city was taken over by Wuwei Lingdao, of Xianning.
He transformed the decrepit ruin into a blossoming city, but it had come no closer to pre-Doomsday levels. That changed after his death in 1995, when civil war nearly destroyed all progress he made.
On February 13th, 1996, the Tujia Massacre shocked the people, where 13'000 supposed political dissidents, mostly Tujia, were publicly executed for treason. The next day was Saint Valentine's Revolution, where the citizens of newly renamed Xinjing seized the government and military headquarters and got even.
The newly liberated people gave power to the Renminzhenxian, or Popular Front, which held elections in 2000. The first election in the National People's Republic's history.
The Minjindang, the Social Democratic Party, prevailed, and Guofu Liu was elected Chairman. Considerable reform has since brought the city to prosperity, and is currently reaccepting immigrants from other nations, most notably the Dragon State.
The city of Lingdao inhabits an area of 828km2, and straddles the Yangtze river. Within the city, the Yangtze is joined by many other tributaries, including the Qiangjiang River and Huangbo River.
The central urban area of Lingdao is split between several districts. On the right (northeastern) bank of the Yangtze are located Xiling District (where the city center is located), Yiling District (neighborhoods north of the center) and Wujiagang District (southern area). The city area on the opposite (southeastern) bank of the river is included into Dianjun District. All these districts, with the exception of the central Xiling, also include a fair amount of suburban/rural area outside of the city urban core.
Lingdao has a four-season, monsoon-influenced, humid subtropical climate, with cool, damp and generally overcast winters, and hot, humid summers. Monthly mean temperatures range from 4.9 °C (40.8 °F) in January to 27.7 °C (81.9 °F) in July, with an annual mean of 16.9 °C (62.4 °F). Sunshine is a bit on the low end, with winter being the cloudiest season, yet rainfall is concentrated from May to September.
Lingdao is quite a wealthy city post-doomsday. It is the centre of manufacturing and shipbuilding for the NPRC, and controls its rice, cotton, and tea production. Electricity and clothing are also important cash crops.
Lingdao also is overseeing the construction of an airport, the Wuwei International, and a medical centre, the Wuwei-Guofu Medical Centre.
The Three Gorges University, completed in 1998, is one of the best providing campuses in post-Doomsday China. It was built on the decrepit remains of the University of Hydraulic & Electric Engineering, Yichang and Hubei Sanxia University. During the 2011-2012 school year, 20'400 full-time students were enrolled.
The major religions present in Lingdao are Buddhism, Chinese Folk Religion, Islam, and Wuweism. As such, there are a number of festivities celebrated, and some have been modified or grouped together to suit the modern age.
The first major festival of Lingdao is the Chinese New Year. Celebrated on February 1st, it celebrates the beginning of new life, the enlightenment of Buddha, and mercy. Lanterns are floated down the Yangtze, and a major lion-parade is held.
The second major festival is Qingrenqiyi, which celebrates freedom, love, charity, death. It's celebrated on February 14th, the day of the popular uprising that brought about democracy. It is also a time of mourning for those who died during the uprising and the Tujia Massacre, and a time to pay respects to the ancestors. Also the time of year for spring cleaning.
The third major festival is Fudansheng, the birth of Buddha. It's also a celebration of the stars, and knowledge. Lanterns are lifted into the nights sky, and people make offerings of fruit, tea, and clean, Yangtze water. It is celebrated on May 1st.
The fourth festival is the Xiazhi, the Summer Solstice, celebrated on July 1st. People ate banquets of their favourite foods, had boat races, make offerings of incense, fruit, tea, rice, and gold, and have a fireworks shows in the evening.
One of the most important festivals of the year was the Gongheguori, the Day of the Republic, on August 8th. It It celebrates the NPRC, and Chairman Wuwei. People make offerings small to large, of anything really, to the deceased Chairman, and play the modified version of the anthem, "Ode to the Motherland". It consists of military parades, banquets, fireworks, and further mourning for those who have passed preserving the NPRC since its inception.
The last festival is Dongzhi, the Winter Solstice. Celebrated on December 1st, it celebrates family and thankfulness. It is filled with banquets, family outings, and ancestor worship. Some people prefer to fast during this time, to show thanks.
These festivals merely reflect simplicity: the government merely grouped the different religious celebrations together to form new ones, and set dates in stone, purely because it was simpler and easier.
Currently, there are no official sports teams in Lingdao, let alone the rest of the country. The Three Gorges University is trying to form teams for ping pong, volleyball, curling, Weiqi (Chinese Checkers), Tai Chi, and badminton.
Currently, the only media providers are the newspaper Changjiang Shibao (Yangtze Times), the TV network QGC (Quanguo Guangbo Gongsi), the National Broadcasting Corporation, which has a radio division, as well. These media networks are also nationwide.
Most transportation is done by ship, but now that the NPRC is beginning to establish relations with other powers, new road networks are scheduled to begin construction in October 2012.