Capital City of Nowogard
|Nickname(s): The City|
|Motto: Sepmer Fidelis|
|County||City with County Status|
|Founded by||King Vladimir The Great|
(45 City Councilpersons)
|• President||Rafał Bergman|
|• Total||2.459.500 (Metro) 2.807/km2|
4.652.000 (M.Ar.) 1.168/km2
|• Density||Template:Infobox settlement/densdisp|
Nowogard is Valruzia's most dynamic metropolitan city. It is the economic and social center of the country and an important financial center for the whole country and the Seleyan continent. Nowogard is a major international tourist destination and a significant cultural, political and economic hub.
Nowogard is a world city of culture, politics, media, and science. Its economy is based on high-tech firms and the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, research facilities, media corporations, and convention venues. Nowogard serves as a continental hub for air and rail traffic and has a highly complex public transportation network. The metropolis is a popular tourist destination. Significant industries also include IT, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering, clean tech, biotechnology, construction and electronics.
Nowogard is the seat of numerous international and domestic organizations, most notable are Council of Seleya and Gloria Iustitia, Valruzian Academy of Science, State Facility for Nuclear Research, University of Nowogard, National Medical University. Despite the secular character of Valruzia, Nowogard is listed amongst the cities with the highest number of churches and other places of cult.
In 4370 the city was chosen by the Terran Olympic Association to host the 4380 Terran Olympics. Nowogard is the first city in Valruzia to successfully place a bid to host the Olympic Games and will be the first city on the continent of Seleya to host the Games. The Olympics will take place at specially built Olympic Park named House of Peace in the south-eastern part of the city. Due to the nomination, the city's authorities with cooperation with the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure agreed to dedicate funds for the new airport for the city in order to increase the accessibility of the city, especially as the city's largest airport Nowogard Ignanski Airport is yet due to undergo expansion.
The city is divided into several parts by the Libard River and its tributaries rivers Nowogardian River (Nowogardczynka) and Rusalka River (Rusałka). The average elevation of the city is 32 meters above the sea level. The highest point in the city is the Ignansk Mound at 97.5 meters above the sea level. The lowest point is the Libard River.
Nowogard is located in humid subtropical climate, and according to some geographers, the city climate's can be also described as oceanic., with moderately humid and very hot summers, with temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius, and moderate winters sporadic rainfall. The temperatures in winter do not fall below minus 10 degrees Celsius
According to the newest census, Nowogard has 2.46 million registered inhabitants in an area of 876 square kilometers which makes the Nowogard city the densest populated in Valruzia with 2.807 inhabitants per square kilometer. The Nowogard Metropolitan Area which is also called the Nowogard Agglomeration has 4.65 million inhabitants living on 3.980 square kilometers making it one of the largest and most populated agglomerations in Seleya and Terra. Nowogard registers the highest surplus of migrating inhabitants, with approximately 35.000 people moving to Nowogard every year.
Currently, more than 400,000 registered foreigners live and work in Nowogard or Nowogard Agglomeration. Another 145,000 Valruzian citizens with foreign backgrounds live in the city making it the most nationally diverse city in Valruzia. Foreign residents of Nowogard originate from more than 52 different countries. General Headquarters of the Police in Nowogard reports that there are approximately 200,000 unregistered individuals of foreign origin living in Nowogard.
Nowogard is divided into 12 boroughs and citizens of each elect members to the Borough Council and the City Council as well as the President (Mayor) of the City of Nowogard. Nowogard is practically independent of the authorities of the Valusian Voivodeship and only the Voivode of the Voivodeship may revoke the decision of the City's authorities and may recommend (to the national government) installing a special commissar to temporarily replace the City Council and the President of Nowogard.
Public transport by rail, bus and ship are organized by the Metropolitan Union of Public Transport (Miejski Związek Transportu Pubilcznego or MZTP). MZTP upkeeps 705 daytime and 155 nighttime mass transit lines across the city. The city is one of five metropolitan areas in the country to have its own metro system, known simply as Metro. The name is the same for all five cities. Currently, Nowogard has 6 metro lines with plans to build 2 additional and to extend 2 existing ones at both ends. Nowogard's metro has 490 kilometers in length and 299 stations. The City also has a metropolitan heavy railway system that currently serves 5 lines: 2 in a north-south direction and 3 in an east-west direction. Nowogard has no trams or trolleybuses. The MZTP also offers ferry lines along the river Libard.
Highways and expresswaysEdit
Nowogard is a major transportation hub and an important center of trade for both Valruzia and the entire continent of Seleya. The city itself is connected to 4 highways (Autostrada) and the greater metropolitan area is well communicated with a series of expressways.
Nowogard has an extensive road network, in fact, one of the densest in the country. Valruzia's capital is the only city in Valruzia to have a designated highway to serve as a bypass road that instead of the letter "A" in the road callsign has "R" for Ring.
Nowogard Ignanski Airport is the largest and oldest airport in Valruzia still in operation. The airport has 6 runways and 5 terminals. It services around 80 million passengers annually.