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|National and provincial capital city|
|L'Ancien Cité de Mélitine|
Clockwise from top left: New Port Mélitine, Downtown, the Old Fort, and the Convention of Citizens
|Nickname(s): The Ancient Capital|
|Motto: Le Soleil s'Estend Oncques|
(The Sun Never Sets)
|Founded||circa 2000 BCE|
|• Superintendent||Tancrède-Déimose Vandelisle|
|• Council||City Council of Mélitine|
|• National and provincial capital city||1,260.40 km2 (486.64 sq mi)|
|• Land||1,164.25 km2 (449.52 sq mi)|
|• Water||96.15 km2 (37.12 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,886.48/km2 (4,886.0/sq mi)|
|Postal code range||MTA01 - MTA16|
Mélitine (/melitjn/) is the traditional capital of the Second Çyrine Republic and one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. While for most of its history it was the largest city on the isles, it now ranks third with under 2.4 million citizens in the city proper and almost 4.5 million in the greater metropolitan area. In the present, its role as capital is shared with Artagne. Despite its reduced importance as an administrative centre, the city remains an important historical and cultural centre in the country.
The city's history dates back to the second millennium BCE where it was the centre of one of the island's first kingdoms. It became the sole capital of the isles sometime in the first century CE and subsequently through the Islamic occupation under the Oduniyyad Caliphate. It was only under the colonial administration in 1791 that its role as capital was usurped though with independence in 1815 it became the home of the national assembly due to its status as the most populous city at the time.
Mélitine's economy is more traditional than many other cities on the isles and agriculture in the city's outskirts still plays a large role. The city is home to several national museums and the oldest university on the isles.