Citadel Free City

The citadel

Citadel Free City

Population: 7.5 Million (Search +3)

Environment

Terrain: Semi-arid Hills, Mountains
Appearance: Unattractive
Hygiene: 0

Culture And Economy

Language: English, Spanish
Literacy: Native
TL: 9
Wealth: Average
Status: -2 to 6

Political Environment

Government: Representaive Democracy, Free City
CR: 2 (Corruption -1)
Military Resources: $4.5 Billion
Defense Bonus: +15 from East, +7 from West


History

The massive joined conurbation that had grown up to join Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs in pre-Collapse days, known then as the Front Range Corridor, was in the front line as the plagues of the first half of the 2020s hit North America, and as the federal government collapsed the mayors of the cities in that conurbation took decisive action. Amalgamating their coucils under one mayor, their resources and every bit of federal resource they could grab under emergency powers legislation, in 2025 they renamed the nascent megacity “Citadel” and declared free city status, the very first place to do so. The new free city managed to absorb some 13 million refugees, although over that half decade almost seven and half million inhabitants and refugees would die despite the city’s best efforts. Another two million were to die in the Great Fire of 2028, a windstorm of biblical proportions whipped up by dust storms on the great plains to the east, which descended on sections of the city – including vulnerable refugee shantytowns which went up like tinder.

Then came the suprising pushback from the rump United Sates, which after several rounds of negotiations failed to bring the Cities back to the fold launched a military offensive to force them back. The city saw some of the heaviest urban fighting of the war and for one winter became the “Western Stalingrad” as the libertarian separatist forces of the City fought against US forces who were literally on the last roll of the dice – the once-great nation couldn’t afford to keep an army in the field much longer. As suddenly as the war began, it was over – the US stupidly nuked Omaha and in the shocked aftermath sued for peace, then retreated to lick its wounds.

Eventually, by the mid 2030s, the pandemics had subsided to merely localized outbreaks and endemic pockets, the civil war was over, and the city began to reorganise for the future. The city Council began work on a wall, one of the most massive engineering projects ever envisaged. The wall was intended to eventually enclose all of the city and stand at least 20 feet high at all points, built of earth filling between reincorced concrete retaining walls. Work began on the Eastern walls first, the direction that was seen as the greatest threat, and continues to this day with around 60% of the city enclosed.

At the same time, the Council passed new ordinances that gave the city some of the lowest corporate and personal tax rates anywhere, to encourage investment – but stipulated that all commercial operations within the city must be at least 50/50 joint ventures with locally-registered companies and employ 75% local workers. Citadel also “nationalized” all federal armed forces bases and units inside the city limits – including NORAD, Fort Carson, two Air Force bases and the Air Force Academy – thus gaining an effective and well-equipped defense force while the federal government of the contracting USA was too weak and hamstrung to do more than feebly object.


Today

The city has continued a long road to recovery since the 2030s, based largely upon a strong mining industry and it’s location at the mid-point of the continent which makes it an ideal point for trade or freight stopovers. It’s still not a pretty place – duststorms and wildfires from the badlands sees to that – and sometimes still sees plague outbreaks, but it’s on the right track. It’s growth has attracted the attentions of the state of Deseret, which would love to expand east, but the city is simply too strong to confront directly. The Council’s policy of partnering corporations with local firms has paid off, and most Citadel workers are often unaware of the corporate backers they work for, usually for lower wages than those megacorporations have to pay workers in on the Coasts.

There is one very noticable exception to the corporate partnership rule. Fifteen years ago, worried about Deseret’s future plans, the Council passed a law giving the law enforcement contract for the entire city to Whirlwind Security, on condition it brought in at least a third of the personnel needed from other places. The city thus freed up local, trained and seasoned manpower for it’s self-defense forces, strengthening them considerably. The City continues to operate a “war budget” for its military, believing threats from both East and West demand it, and the armed forces remain the largest employer in Citadel, with around 10% of all manpower devoted to the Citadel Defense Force – around 275,000 all told.


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