The city of Gadur is the capital of the Federal Union of Gaduridos, as well as the largest city in the nation, both in terms of population, as well as geographical size. Though the original foundations of the city were built along the northern coast of the Federal State of Marligantos, Gadur has since grown to cover nearly half the island.
The Historical City of Gadur was founded in 12 BC by Indralan-native Gemu-Erka Kingdom, on their way to discovering Vintalli. The Gemu-Erka was the first people on Marligantos island. The city was mostly used as a pit-stop to the much larger island of Vintalli, but amassed plenty of persecuted exiles, that set up tribes outside of the city. After the demise of the Indralan Gemu-Erkas, Gadur remained intact and bustled to a great tribe of their own, where they had tremendous relations with the Vintallianos in Vintalli. The outsiders, though, now calling themselves the Marligan people after the great Chief Marligant the Warrior, started waging war with the Gaduridans, that ended up in the great defeat of the Marligan people to the Gaduridans and Vintallianos in 412 AD.
The island was de-facto partitioned and the Gaduridans kept control of the now-called Marligantos-territories. Gadur, who by 600 AD became a de-facto primitive city-state nation, remained neutral during the Embarrassing Attempt at War conflict-period of 616 - 666 between the factions of Bentaraiola and Vintallicano.
In 722 AD, Governor Ido Kesar Cano-Iola launched a surprise invasion of Vintalli, conquering the southern half of the island, in combination with General Capito Cora of Bentara who conquered the northern part.
Gadur has the highest average income in the nation, with the average Gadur citizen earning 515,600 GAD per year. To put this in perspective, a person is considered wealthy (in the top 20% of earners) nationwide if they earn 500,000 GAD per year.
Many of the largest businesses in the Federal Union are headquartered in the city of Gadur - most notably, Tam Holdings, which has been the largest private conglomerate in the nation by asset value for the past several centuries, has headquartered themselves there.
Gadur's economy is run primarily by the finance, technology, and trade industries. The Gadur Stock Exchange is the largest stock exchange in the Federal Union, and has a market cap of over 1 trillion GAD. Gadur is also home to the Central Bank of the Federal Union of Gaduridos, as well as 4 out of the 5 largest private banks in the Federal Union.
Gadur's booming technology sector has largely been driven by software innovations, particularly as they pertain to the fields of network security and artificial intelligence. There is a great deal of symbiosis between the financial and technological sectors of Gadur, as software innovations are generally directed towards advanced automation in the financial sector, as well as towards network security for Gadur's many companies.
Gadur is home to the Gadur Dockyards, which handles a large volume of both internal and external trade. Due to the geographical positioning of the Gadur Dockyards - in-between the continental parts of the Federal Union and the open ocean, Gadur's Dockyards handle many Gaduri exports and foreign imports. The natural positioning of Gadur has made it one of the largest trading hubs in the country, though Gadur still lags behind the Dockyards of South Vintalli in terms of sheer export/import volume.
Gadur has a population of 10,320,932 (according to the official 4713 census), meaning that over half of the population of the Federal State of Marligantos resides within Gadur. Gadur, being the economic and political hub of the Federal Union, has led to the city becoming the go-to destination for immigrants to the Federal Union. Though the government does not record the ethnicity of Gaduri citizens by law, independent research suggests that the ethnic breakdown of Gadur to be the following:
- 47% Gaduri (24% Vintalliano, 23% Bentariola)
- 20% Indralan
- 14% Tukaralese
- 7% Voronan
- 4% Baltusian
- 3% Kalistani
- 3% Pontesi
- 2% Others (Seleya, Macon, Artania, Majatran)
Another major demographic feature of Gadur is that of a massive youth population - as of the 4713 census, the largest age groups by population are all under the age of 30. As such, unlike some other cities, social welfare spending is very low, particularly in the medical field.
Gadur hosts the headquarters of the NLP, and has long been a NLP "vote farm", due to the party's enormous base of support in the city. Gadur politics has traditionally been Libertarian and secular in nature, and has one of the most lassiez-faire economic policies in the nation. The Gadur mayoral government levies no income nor capital gains taxes, and inheritance tax has been declared illegal locally due to the Gadur Courts ruling that inheritance tax counts as double taxation. Instead, the mayoral government of Gadur relies solely on consumption taxes, such as sales tax and taxes on second homes. While Gadur has traditionally opposed the national minimum wage on principle, this is a non-issue in practice due to the massive salaries of the average citizen.
Gadur's politics are similarly Libertarian when it comes to social issues - particularly in the arena of drug policy, where the restrictions and enforcement of Federal Laws are weak. Regarding abortion, private abortion clinics are legal in the city, and law enforcement is generally quite lax when it comes to regulation of abortion. Abortion is, however, largely funded by the individual rather than the state, even when Federal Law mandated that the state pay for the procedure.
Being the home of the political and economic elite of the nation, Gadur citizens have been subjected to sustained media campaigns calling for more centralized control of the country in the nation's capital rather than Federalist measures. While the population of Gadur still strongly supports the Federalist NLP in national politics, a phenomenon known as "the Gadur Way" has led to vigorous debates within the city regarding the issue of Federalism.
Owing to the ongoing pollution problem in the city, Gadur has become relatively environmentalist in policy - at least, when it concerns Gadur directly. In the city itself, cars that run purely on Petroleum are subject to a tax, and can only be driven in roughly a third of the city. On the national stage, however, the citizens of Gadur are less militant on environmental issues, due to the importance of continental heavy industry, which still uses fossil fuels, to the economy of the city.
Being a political and economic hub in the country, the citizens of Gadur are relatively nationalistic and interventionist in philosophy. One of the major issues in Gadur's politics is that of national pride - while not a population that would jump into war, the citizens of Gadur are very militant regarding the defense of national honor, and believe in the philosophy of "peace through strength". As such, the citizens of Gadur frequently advocate for more militarization in the nation, not so much for expansion, but more as a way to ensure that Gaduri interests are not encroached upon by foreign powers. Another major issue in the city is that of immigration - the citizens of Gadur are very proud of their unique culture, and have therefore limited immigration into the city to those who are willing to assimilate into the local culture - and to those who can afford the city's cost of living.
One of the unique aspects of politics in Gadur is that of the petition - first popularized by NLP founder Lon Zola in the 4120s, citizen petitions that reach a certain number of signatures can be sent to the Mayor in a form of direct democracy. While City Law does not expand on the extent to which the Mayor of Gadur has to respond to such citizen petitions, the unspoken expectation is that the issue being addressed by the citizen petition will be remedied by the Gadur government. Mayors who have violated this unspoken rule have generally not lasted very long - many times facing a recall election, or another referendum proposal.
Citizens of Gadur are known stereotypically to be hardworking and independent. In Gadur society, using government aid without first attempting an initiative of your own is frowned upon, and social welfare is rarely used, even when available. Gadur also has an environment friendly to small businesses and teenage initiatives, as taking initiative in a situation is seen very positively in the Gadur culture. Gadur's private education demonstrates this part of Gadur culture in its assignments as well - tasks for students are generally very open-ended, and students are expected to find assistance, if needed, on their own. This focus on problem solving in Gadur private education has led to Gadur society highly valuing private education - public schools are frequently seen as a poor alternative by the culture. This focus on initiative and problem solving has led to the creation of many small businesses in the city, which generally then partner with the larger corporations of the nation. Many private scholarships for entrepreneurship are available, generally with no age nor donation limit. This has led to Gadur having a 20-30% self-employed population - one of the highest in the nation.
The infamous "Gadur Way" perhaps shows the more ugly side of Gadur culture. Citizens of Gadur frequently attribute their economic and social success to the Gadur Way of Life, leading to a degree of arrogance when dealing with other citizens and foreigners who lack these traits. The "Gadur Way" is very culturally intolerant, with those not exhibiting ideal Gadur traits being deemed to be lazy and decadent. This cultural arrogance is also a likely reason as to why immigrants of Gadur are forced to assimilate in order to enter Gadur society as a respectable individual - the common belief is that if one does not follow the "Gadur Way", then they shouldn't be in Gadur. The wealth of the average Gadur citizen, and the amount of shelter that they get from the rest of the country also leads to ignorance regarding the difficulties that working class people, particularly on the continent, face - to put it simply, the citizens of Gadur, in general, live in their cultural and economic bubble.