Ataraxie-Ville

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Ataraxia City
Ataraxie-Ville
Provincial-level city
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CountryAtaraxia
 • RegionCentre
Ethnic GroupsAtaraxians (59%), Wiwaxians (6%), Khaiwoonese (3%), Panjandaranians (2%), Other (30%)
DemonymAtaraxian (colloquially: Villageois)
Government
 • MayorClaude Lemoine
Population
 • Census (2010)6,134,967
 • Density2,786/km2
Metro6 lines
Tram2 lines


Ataraxie-Ville or Ataraxia City is the administrative capital and largest city in the Federation of Ataraxia. As a provincial-level city, Ataraxia City is not a part of any province within the Centre region. In addition to Ataraxia City, the metropolitan region includes 5 provinces in the Centre region and 2 provinces in the South region.

Geography

Ataraxia City sits on a natural harbor, where the Cañete and Var rivers and the Sound of Pa meet at the Rade du Var (Roadstead of the Var).

Most of Ataraxia City lies on the Ataraxian mainland, but the Île-Bourbon, site of a notorious former centuries-old prison, is geographically part of the Perseus archipelago near Île-Corsaire and Île-Grande-Persée.

History

As a natural harbor, at the confluence of two river systems and at the western end of the Sound of Pa, Ataraxia City has been a major settlement throughout the history of Ataraxia.

For most of Ataraxia City's history, it was known as Villefranche-sur-Var (Free City on the Var), named not for the Var River (the old city sits on the Cañete River on the other side of the peninsula) but for the Rade du Var.

Throughout most of the history of the Kingdom of the Var, Villefranche-sur-Var operated as an independent, nominally-sovereign trading city, allowing merchants from the interior of the kingdom to engage in trade outside the purview of the king.

The centuries-long independence of Villefranche-sur-Var came to an end with the beginning of the unification of Ataraxia. After the creation of the Kingdom of the Var and Sher in 1699, the new entity declared an end to the autonomy of Villefranche and engaged in a 2-year siege of the city from 1699 to 1701. The two-year seige came to an end when the merchant city surrendered. Terms of the surrender included the creation of a "People's Council" to advise the king on matters of commercial trade and policty to counteract the existing "Lord's Council" (dominated by the noble class) in Port-aux-Princes. This "People's Council", largely composed of the merchant class at the time, would later grow into the current Conseil Populaire d'Ataraxie, the lower house and main legislative body of the Federation of Ataraxia.

Villefranche gained further importance with the Kingdom of the Var and Sher and the Kindom of the Lux collaborating to build the Grand Canal in the 1700's, opening in 1743. This allowed ships on inland waterways to reach the Central Ocean without having to go around the Axian peninsula. The newfound ease of exporting from Villefranche's factories and production houses cemented its position as the largest city in Ataraxia, a position formally held by Oyonnax.

The declaration of the Federation of Ataraxia in 1787, with the unification of the Kingdom of the Var and Sher and the Kingdom of the Lux brought further change to Villefranche. Notably, it was on this occasion that the name of the city was officially changed to "Ataraxie-Ville" or Ataraxia City. A constitution was established, with the monarch relinquishing most of its role in the governing of the country, and the primary capital and government functions were moved to Ataraxia City.

Ataraxia City began its rapid development into one of the largest cities in the world, its importance further cemented with the addition of the Kingdom of the Songe and Marien to the Federation in 1827 and subjugation of the Haut-Var SAR in 1865.

Government

Ataraxia City is the administrative capital of the Federation of Ataraxia. The popularly-elected lower house of Parliament, the Conseil Populaire d'Ataraxie (People's Council of Ataraxia), is located in Ataraxia City, along with the prime minister's residence, government ministries and foreign embassies.

The residence of the head of state head of state (monarch) remains in Port-aux-Princes as well as the appointed upper house of Parliament, the Conseil des Seigneurs (Lord's Council). The judiciary branch is being consolidated in Cartelet, a satellite city 40km south of Ataraxia City and 30km west of Port-aux-Princes.

The municipal government is composed of a Conseil Municipal (Municipal Council) with some 304 members who then elect the mayor. Voting is proportional by district, allowing a large number of small party and unaffiliated candidates to win seats on the Conseil Municipal.

Demographics

Ataraxia City is home to the largest population of foreigners in Ataraxia, 2nd only to Oyonnax in percent of its population.

Large immigrant communities exist from the following countries:

  • Wiwaxia
  • Khaiwoon
  • Belphenia
  • Pretany
  • Mazan

Transportation

Ataraxia City has an extensive metropolitan transportation network.

Urban Transit

The Agence Métropolitaine des Transports d'Ataraxie (AMTRAX) operates most urban transit in Ataraxia City and the metropolitain area.

The Chemins de Fer Métropolitains d'Ataraxie or Ataraxia Métro is composed of lines 1-6 of the rapid transit system. The Métro links Ataraxia City to Diego Garcia and the Rive Sud, as well as a line across the Rade du Var to the province of Perseus and the Perseus Regional Airport.

Two tramway (Ataraxian: tram-train) lines, lines 10 and 11 of the rapid transit system, operate from Ataraxia City's Gare St. Clément to the west, along the Petite Ceinture and a former interurban railway to St. Germain.

Rail Transportation

The Compagnie Ferroviaire d'Ataraxie (COFAX) operates the national rail network as well as a regional rail network (Ataraxian: Réseau Express Régional, RER).

The main station in Ataraxia City is the Gare St. Clément, with high-speed services to Oyonnax and Léopoldville and conventional services to points the interior of the country.

Gare du Nord (Ataraxie-Nord) in St. Denis serves cities north and east of Ataraxia City, including Fenelec, Marbella and UL020.

Gare du Midi (Ataraxie-Sud) on the Rive Sud serves points in the South and Grand-Est regions, including Banningstad, Élisabethville, Saturnay and Stanleyville.

Road Transportation

Ataraxia City lies at the center of Ataraxia's national autoroute network. The A1 through A7 series of autoroutes connect the metropolitan region to other major cities in the Centre region and the country.

Ataraxia City is served by three beltways for transit around the metropolitan region.

The Petite Ceinture or the Inner Ring is composed of parts of the A35 autoroute and a series of non-autoroute voies rapides in the City of Ataraxia.

The A25 Grande Ceinture or Orbital Motorway forms a complete beltway around the City of Ataraxia, providing connections to all of the A1 through A7 series freeways as well as the archipelago of Perseus via the Tunnel and Bridge.

The Grande Boucle or the Outer Ring is a series of disconnected autoroutes to the north, west and south of Ataraxia City. The Boucle Nord connects Marbella to Baudoinville, via the A55, A6 and A65 autoroutes. The Boucle Ouest connects Baudoinville to Rosaville via the A14. The Boucle Sud connects Port-des-Princes to a point approx. 15 km east of St. Maurice via the A45.

Air Transportation

The Ataraxia City metropolitan region is served by three commercial airports, with a total of around 66 million passengers in 2014, along with several airports for general aviation traffic.

Ataraxia International Airport (AIA) is a large, intercontinental airport and serves as the major international gateway for the Federation of Ataraxia. The airport was built to avoid constraints at Perseus Airport and opened in 1980. The airport is well-served by road and rail networks, in close proximity to the A25 (Grande Ceinture) and A1 motorways with a station in the main terminal complex on the TGV line offering high-speed services to Ataraxia City's Gare Centrale and other major cities including Oyonnax, Léopoldville and Fenelec. AIA serves as the hub for Air Ataraxie (AA), as well as hosting a number of foreign flag carriers. The airport served approximately 43.9 million passengers in 2014.

Perseus Regional Airport (PRS) is a mid-sized, international airport on the island of Perseus. When Ataraxia International opened in 1980, traffic was restricted to domestic operations only. However, due to its convenience and AXA's inconvenient location for some, international travel gradually returned to PRS. Traffic is currently restricted to destinations on the Ulethan continent. PRS is the only airport served by AMTRAX transit (metro, bus and ferry services), making it the most convenient for some in Ataraxia City and the eastern metropolitan region. The airport also sports a COFAX rail connection with TGV and RER services to the mainland. The airport served approximately 16.6 million passengers in 2014.

Rive-Sud-Cartelet-Port-des-Princes Airport (RVS) is a small, regional airport in the South region, along the M45 motorway between Port-des-Princes and Cartelet. Traffic is restricted to domestic destinations as well as those in neighboring countries. The airport served approximately 5.4 million passengers in 2014. RVS has experienced rapid growth and development due to the expansion of low-cost Axian Airways. RVS is an auxillary airpot for government functions in Port-des-Princes and Cartelet.

Water Transportation

AMTRAX operates several ferry lines along the Cañete and Var rivers and the Rade du Var, providing connections to the Rive Nord, Rive Sud, Port of Perseus and Perseus Regional Airport.

The Port d'Ataraxie-Marchandises (PAM) is a major container port with several locations on the Peninsula and the Rive Sud along the Var River.

The Port de Persée-Marchandises is a smaller goods port located on the island of Perseus. The port is considered less convenient for shippers, due to fewer road and rail links, but enjoys good access to the Perseus Regional Airport.


Culture

Sports

The Ataraxia capital region has two major football clubs in the Association Ataraxienne de Football (AAF) national league.

Ataraxia City Football Club (ACFC) is the only club located in the city of Ataraxia, with a stadium in the Boisvert district along the Petite Ceinture and A35 motorway. ACFC tends to draw support from the many immigrant communties in the Ataraxia City region, serving as a point of unity among those communities.

Ataraxie-Saint-Germain (ASG) is headquartered in the Saint Germain suburb, with a stadium along the Grande Ceinture/A25 Orbital Motorway. Supporters of ASG are overwhelmingly Ataraxian in origin, with a strong rivalry with both ACFC and the Olympique d'Oyonnax.

The Ataraxia City region hosts the Circuit International de St. Germain in Pré St. Germain, Trois-Rivières, an OGFIA-certified raceway that hosts the Grand Prix d'Ataraxie.

Education

Ataraxia City hosts several nationally and internationally reknowned centers of higher education:

  • École Nationale de l'Instruction des Langues - Repository of all world languages, training for Ataraxian diplomatic corps in world languages
  • École Publique d'Administration - Trains top-level government officials, some of whom go to private sector
  • Université du Var - large general-instruction university with multiple specialty schools including École des Arts (School of Art) and the Institut de Graphisme (Graphic Arts Institute)

Landmarks

The center of Ataraxia City has a few notable squares, Place de la Contrescarpe, Place du Conseil, and the 1st Place de la Fédération, linking the old city of Villefranche with the government district (Quartier de l'Administration) and the CDB around Gare St. Clément.

The Place Vendôme is a major activity center with a 5-star hotel in the former Gare de Vendôme, a major transit center with the RER and 4 metro lines and the Université du Var.

Sibling Cities

In the title of Ataraxia's participation in Sibling Cities of the World, Ataraxia City has reached agreements with the following cities to enhance diplomatic and economic ties and partnerships:


   Neighboring Provinces   
    Diego Garcia    
 La Langue  Brosen windrose.png  Perseus & Sound of Pa 
    Rive-Sud    
Provinces of Ataraxia-Centre
Ardoise · Ataraxia City · Castellac · Cressie du Nord · Delmar · Diego Garcia · Eidon · Feneix · Jorangon · La Langue · Lainière Occidentale · Losace · Maneix · Mérovie · Orléanais · Perseus · Pointault-Combault · Ponthierry · Rive-Sud · Sonne · Tarbeix · Trois-Rivières · Val-de-Travers · Var-et-Lin · Var-et-Sonne · Var-et-Tarbes · Var-et-Thiers
Regions (and Regional Capitals) of Ataraxia
Ataraxia City · Ataraxia-Centre (Ponthierville) · Ataraxia-North (Léopoldville) · Ataraxia-West (Oyonnax) · Ataraxia-South (Banningstad) · Ataraxia-Great East (Stanleyville) · Haut-Var SAR (Ginex)