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"Deo Non Fortuna" (Latin)
"By God, Not By Luck"
A map of the Boroughs of Urceopolis and notable sites; the extensive Royal Green is also depicted.
|Hold||Archduchy of Urceopolis|
|Founded||ca. 887 BC|
|• Body||Archduchy of Urceopolis|
|• Mayor||Michael Aedanicus Corwyn (NP)|
|• Total||1,226.3 km2 (473.49 sq mi)|
|• Density||12,112/km2 (31,370/sq mi)|
|• City Limits||14,854,010|
|Time zone||Urceopolitan Mean Time (UTC+0)|
Urceopolis is the cathedral city of the Apostolic Kingdom of Urcea, giving it the title of Archcathedral City, and the largest city in the country as well as the largest city in Levantia. It is additionally the cathedral city of the Archduchy of Urceopolis. Located on the banks of the River Urce in the northeastern portion of the Archduchy of Urceopolis, it is among the densest populated cities in the world and additionally among the most active ports in Levantia despite its location hundreds of miles inland.
The city was established by Adonerii settlers at approximately 887 BC, though scholars dispute the exact date. The city's central location on the River Urce gave it access to much of the interior of Levantia and quadrupled in population every decade for its second century in existence. The city became the center of Great Levantia, a Latinic-based empire that came to dominate much of central and northern Levantia. Following the collapse of Great Levantia, the city declined in population and prominence until the middle of the 8th century and the establishment of the Duchy of Urceopolis, which eventually became the basis for the Archduchy of Urceopolis and, later, the Apostolic Kingdom of Urcea. Rapid geographic and population growth occurred following the 10th century, and Urceopolis became a global city as well as a global trading hub by the dawn of the 17th century.
Urceopolis has become the cultural heart of Urcea, partly due to the presence of both the Royal Court as well as the Holy See, which makes the city the religious center of not only Urcea but the Catholic world as well.
- 1 History
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Climate
- 4 Boroughs
- 5 Economy
- 6 Education and scholarly activity
- 7 Human resources
- 8 Culture and contemporary life
- 9 Sports
- 10 Transportation
- 11 Government
- 12 Notable people
- 13 Global outreach
Prior to the discovery of the area that would be known as Urceopolis by the Adonerii in the 800s BC, a number of Gaelic fishing villages dotted the island presently known as the Pale. Scholars have estimated that human settlement has existed in some form or other of the area of the city since the 6000s BC, though permanent Gaelic settlement began probably no earlier than the 1200s BC.
|Climate data for Urceopolis, Archduchy of Urceopolis (Downtown), 2001–2020 normals, extremes 1893–present|
|Record high °F (°C)||82
|Average high °F (°C)||56.7
|Average low °F (°C)||42.8
|Record low °F (°C)||10
|Precipitation inches (mm)||2.94
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in)||9.0||8.0||7.8||6.9||6.6||10.0||11.3||11.3||8.9||6.6||6.3||8.6||101.3|
Urceopolis is divided into six boroughs, not including the independent Papal State. Each borough is represented by a borough chancellor. Nuvtown, Mannacht, Ardriville, and Kingswood, collectively referred to as "the outer boroughs", each have a Borough Hall with limited administrative functions. The borough presidents have minimal executive powers, and there is no legislative function within a borough. Executive functions in Urceopolis are the responsibility of the Mayor of Urceopolis, while legislative functions reside with the Urceopolitan City Council. The borough presidents primarily act as spokesmen, advocates, and ceremonial leaders for their boroughs, have budgets from which they can allocate relatively modest sums of money to community organizations and projects, and appoint the members of the 60 largely advisory community boards in the city's various neighborhoods.
The boroughs represent different portions of the city, both in terms of their cultural and political history. For much of the city's existence, the legal City of Urceopolis was confined to today's boroughs of The Pale and Oldtown. During the 19th century, various adjoining lands and cities were added to the municipal boundaries, finishing during the Regency of Gréagóir FitzRex, who added the Kingswood to the city. Things and people relating to the outer boroughs are sometimes said to be from "ectrebile" - Ábciwidar for "outside the walls".
The borough of the Pale, is the longest-settled part of the city, is considered to be the "first borough" and is the smallest borough. Much of the space in the Pale is occupied by government buildings, the Royal Green, ancient streets, or ruins from Great Levantia and later. The Government of Urcea is mostly headquartered within the Pale, and the Julian Palace sits on the eastern side of the island. Consequently, a very large portion of the island is occupied by the various headquarters of the ministries of the Concilium Purpaidá, many of which were once palaces for lesser members of the Royal family.
The borough of Oldtown is considered to be the "second borough", and, unlike much of the other parts of the city, has a mostly residential and small commercial focus. Oldtown was the outer portion of the ancient city of Urceopolis and contains many historic buildings and ruins, but additionally it contains many old buildings still in use. A 2030 study indicated the average age of a building in Oldtown is 1841. There is a strict height enforcement in place in the borough, leading to many scholars referring to Urceopolis to as "the most breathable megacity". Consequently, Oldtown retains an atmosphere that has been described as "urban continuity", as many of the old homes, businesses, theaters, and Churches are as they were for centuries. The lack of high rise buildings and the affluence of the area has given Oldtown a reputation of being among the most picturesque places in Urcea.
The center of city nightlife, many of Urcea's leading restaurants are situated in Oldtown.
Oldtown contains the Caroline Arch and its plaza as well as the main campus of the Collegium Scientificum, which occupies a sizable portion of the borough. It also is the home of the Praetorium, the home of the city government and the parliament of the Archduchy of Urceopolis.
The borough of Mannacht, sometimes called "Gaelstown" due to the high concentration of Gaelic culture in the area since the 300s AD, is the most middle class portion of the city, both economically and in social outlook.
The borough of Kingswood is the newest borough, added to the city in 1892. It is the home of the Hippodrome.
Education and scholarly activity
Primary and secondary education
Higher education and research
Urceopolis is home to the most prestigious and influential university in the nation, the Collegium Scientificum, which includes the Imperial War College. The Collegium serves as a vital economic backbone of Oldtown and sits on a very large campus. With more than 75,000 undergraduate students at its Urceopolis Campus, it is one of the largest universities in the world.