|Seongtaek Federal City|
Seongtaek (Kyomal: 성택), officially the Seongtaek Federal City, is legislative capital and largest city of Dankuk. The city is the largest and busiest port in the nation and most international shipping goes through Seongtaek.
The city was founded as a fishing port during Egelian colonial rule and was named Santa Sharika. After independence was gained and Dranland formed, the city underwent rapid development. In 2500, its population exceeded 1 million in the first time of its history. Due to the population growth, the city council launched a vast modernization project, which included the demolition of the old fishing huts, who still made up around half of the city's buildings, and their replacement with modern apartment blocks. Additionally, vast infrastructure projects were conducted, such as the construction of a new highway throughout the city and several hotels located at the beachfront. These measures caused an extraordinary boom, with average growth rates of 12% a year. By the year 3000, the city had a population of 3 million, and it had become one of the nation's touristic hotspots.
After the Great Kyo Revolution of 3608 the city was renamed to Seongtaek, the name of the ancient Kyo village that resided in the area before it was destroyed by Egelian settlers. Over time, Seongtaek would vastly expand its port, becoming the largest in Dankuk and acting as a hub for international commerce and trade. Population growth exploded and Seongtaek was on course to surpass Gongmangdo as largest city in Dankuk. This was then expedited by two wars which decimated Gongmangdo and set the traditional Dranian hub on a path of decline. By the 46th Century, most major corporations that were once headquartered in Gongmangdo had relocated to Seongtaek or elsewhere in Dankuk. Similarly, there was major population flight from Gongmangdo, with many resettling to newly developed outer districts of sprawling Seongtaek.
Seongtaek is located in the southern region of Valdoria along the coast of the Anantonese Ocean. Much of Seongtaek is flat and heavily urbanized but further inland can be more hilly with denser patches of forestation.
Seongtaek has one of the more favorable climates on the Dranian Peninsula as a result of warmer winds that come off the Anantonese Ocean from the south. The warmer months can be quite rainy, particularly during monsoon season in mid-August to late-September. The winters can still be very cold but snow is not necessarily common in Seongtaek.
Seongtaek has been at the center of much of Dankuk's modern economic development and this central role became even more defined after Gongmangdo was twice destroyed in two different foreign conflicts. Older districts of Seongtaek still boast the historic Egelian architecture that defined Santa Sharika, whereas the sprawling newer districts are highly modern and scattered with numerous skyscrapers.
Due to its beneficial coastal location and status as Dankuk's main port, Seongtaek is an economic powerhouse in the Valdorian region. Many international corporations have branches in the city and it boasts numerous shopping centres and luxury hotels. The port of Seongtaek also has a role as a cruise line hub, adding to the touristic attraction of the city.
A commuter rail service, the Seongtaek Metro, services much of the city and reaches most of its districts. This rail service is interconnected with the national Danrail high-speed railway, which has a headquarters in Seongtaek.
Public transport in the city also includes buses and an old-styled tram in the Santa Sharika Historic Quarter.
The Port of Seongtaek is the primary container and passenger port in Dankuk. Much of the nation's international shipping goes through this port.
Government & Politics Edit
The Seongtaek Federal City is led by the directly-elected mayor and a unicameral legislature, the 93-member Seongtaek Metropolitan Council, that is composed of elected representatives from districts throughout the city. There are four political parties currently represented in the municipal government of Seongtaek.
Seongtaek has historically supported economically liberal and libertarian political parties. During the Dranish Republic, when Seongtaek was still known as Santa Sharika, the right-libertarian Grand National Party (GNP) would often win all constituencies representing Santa Sharika in the national parliament, despite the overall left-leaning politics of Valdoria. Former Prime Minister Larissa LeCoultre, who was born in Santa Sharika, represented the southern districts of the city for many decades, while the northern area was long represented by Alina Delarosa, also a former Prime Minister. Former Prime Minister Marina LeCoultre and her sister Janice both served as MPs for Santa Sharika. The Mayor of Santa Sharika, Elaine Duvalle, defected from the GNP to found the Conservative National Party (CNP). Following the 3393 elections, the city swung from supporting the GNP to massively endorsing Duvalle's party, which won three out of five constituencies in the election. In a later by-election for the South Beach district, the CNP also managed to pick up the former seat of President John Westwood, delivering a major blow to the GNP as it had lost that seat for the first time in its history.
In modern times, Seongtaek continues to lean towards economically liberal political parties while also following the national trend toward strong support of environmentally-oriented policies.
Seongtaek is a very diverse city due to its position as an international hub.
- College of Santa Sharika (private)
- National University of Law & Government (public)
- New Haejo University (private)
- Seongtaek National University (public)
International Relations Edit
Sister Cities Edit
Port Rhynach (council capital)
Iglesia Mayor (judicial capital)
Seongtaek (legislative capital)
|Geography • History • Culture • Economy • Government|
|History||Baekgu Dynasty • Beonyeongsalm Palace • Dranland • Egelian Drania • Flag of Dankuk • Great Kyo Revolution of 3608 • Great Sekowian War • Kyobando Manifesto of 3597 • Northern Dovani|
|Subdivisions||Provinces: Elbiana • Lorena • Magadonia • Ulbraca • Valdoria|
Federal Cities: Gongmangdo • Iglesia Mayor • Port Rhynach • Seongtaek
|Politics||Chairman of the Federal Council for Unity • Premier of the Federal Cabinet • Federal Senate|
Political Parties: Federalist Party • Innovative Dankuk
|Demographics||Religion: Aurorian Patriarchal Church • Daenism • Seodongyo • Sindo • Zenshō|
Ethnicity: Draddwyr • Dranianos • Kazulian • Kyo