|12, 27.8077, 121.1730|
|• Region||County Fedomia|
|Wiwaxians (89%), Other (11%)|
|Nationalities||Wiwaxians (93%), Djadjarics (3%), Ataraxians (1%),Other (3%)|
|• Mayor||Augusta Papp|
|• Estimate (2014)||670,599|
Located in south-central Wiwaxia in Fedomia County, Fanshawe is the sixth largest city in the country with a metropolitan area population of 670,000.
Fanshawe started out in 1671 as a stronghold of Seraphina, Countess of Villette, who built Fanshawe Palace and started construction on the city walls, which were finished by her daughter, also named Seraphina. The walls are the most extant of any among the big cities of Wiwaxia, and stand as a testament to Fanshawe’s strong history as a military power, alongside the city’s immense Armory.
Among the more notable cultural institutions are the Fanshawe Grand Opera and Villette Abbey, whose nuns were long a strong influence on the city’s culture; the abbey is still an important, albeit small, publisher of literature, poetry and non-fiction.
Places of Interest
The center of the city is dominated by Fanshawe Palace to the west facing Summer Common and St. Ginevra Cathedral, facing Saddle Road between Summer Common and Fanshawe Market Common. The Cathedral is known for its fortress-like façade of black granite.
Other notable spots are the Fanshawe Spice Market, selling everything from nutmeg to tea in stalls that have changed little since the market building was erected in 1751. Villette Station Park, designed by architect Mary-Laure Wickland who also designed the Grand Esplanade in Wiwaxmouthe and the Cathedral Oval in Barrowby, is also one of Fanshawe’s landmarks, with the ornate Grand Hotel Villette on its south side; both were built in 1872.
Priory College, established by the Sisters of Hebzibah in 1799, is Fanshawe’s primary institution of higher education. It is known for its geography program. The Royal Army College is also located in Grahamwood in suburban Fanshawe. Also of note is the Villette Abbey School, one of Wiwaxia’s most famous secondary schools, known for producing literary talents such as poet Edgar Lyon-Brice and novelist Alice Degray.
Fanshawe Stadium is home to the Armory CFC football club, a powerhouse among Wiwaxia’s A club teams and five-time winner of the All-Wiwax Cup.
Fanshawe is served by the Fanshawe-Lydgate Expressway W401 and the Fanshawe ParkwayW351 highways. Lydgate, Willmore, Wiwaxmouthe and Tilney trains arrive and depart from Villette Station, in the far southwestern section of the city. The Fanshawe Field airport, just outside the city to the south, has flights to and from all airports in Wiwaxia, as well as many cities in Uletha.
The Royal Wiwax Army is headquartered outside Fanshawe at Fort Labassecour. Completed in 1701, Fort Labassecour became the headquarters for the Royal Wiwax Army in 1859 under decree of the newly established Parliament.