Port Emporia

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Duchy of Port Emporia
CountryKingdom of Pretany
 • RegionEast Emporium
Port Emporia Harbour
Ethnic Groups
Pretanics(89%), Other (11%)
NationalitiesPretanic(89%), Dagelandics(6%), Inarans(2%), Other (3%)
DemonymPort Emporians
 • DukeRobin Bratcher
 • Estimate (2014)8,643,000
 • Density5355/km2
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Port Emporia, formally known as the Duchy of Port Emporia, is one of three vestige royal duchy city-states within the Kingdom of Pretany, the other being the Duchy of Raggleneth and the Duchy of St. Richards. It is also the largest city in Pretany with a population of 8.6 Million people and is the nucleus of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. Port Emporia is also the second most densely populated major city in Pretany at 5355/km2 and as many as 500 languages are spoken in the city, making it one of the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

With a founding lost to antiquity, Port Emporia grew to be the largest and most expansive port city in the world several times throughout history. In the 11th century, Port Emporia was the largest city in the western world, a prosperous trading center, the home of the University of Pretany, and one of the most influential centers of learning in Uletha. It has remained the center stage for many of the important events in Pretanic history, including the Pretanic Enlightenment and the rise and fall of the Inaran Empire, and an important center of commerce, fashion, science, and the arts, a position it still holds today. Port Emporia is also patriotically known as the birthplace of Pretany due to the nation's founding after the Raid in 1370. In 2012, Port Emporia is also geographically Pretany's most easterly city, located on the mouth of the Croxton River as it enters the Great Rift Sound. The city hosted 98.37 million international and domestic visitors.

Foundation and History

The first known writings of Port Emporia are of King Albert the VI of the Inaran Nation who wrote the first national constitution in 1039 which gained the conquering monarchy "eternal access" to the Nortian city of Port Emporia on the Great Rift Sound. The origin of the name and its Romantian roots are lost to history. The name suggests the Nortians used the settlement as a trading post along the Great Pretanic trade route, monitoring goods shipped by boat across the Great Sound. Historians and archaeologists are unsure where the tribal people learned Romantian, being the isolated northern nortians had their own language by the time of the first written accounts by the Kalmish missionaries. Little is known of the size, population, or importance of the heavily guarded Nortian tribal settlement prior to 1039, but archaeological evidence suggests continual usage of the site as a fishing harbor since circa 11th century BC.

The once small tribal kingdom of Inara had exploded into one of the most prosperous empires in the world after the fall of the brutal Antigo Tribe and the city of Port Emporia, the new capital, grew to a population of nearly 1 million people, the largest east of the Egyts. The Inarans were said to have an army of nearly 400,000 strong and a fleet of navy ships that would span from horizon to horizon. Port Emporia remained the capital and stronghold of the Inaran Nation until the Egyt war of 1357 when Duke Beglidere from Norad united the working poor in the kingdom and overthrew the monarchy and aristocracy, taking Treston the V's place on the throne after the Raid of Port Emporia in 1370. During the raid the city lost nearly 35% of its population to disease, and another 14% to the war itself. It was thought the city would never recover.

The duchy was established in 1375 out of the former capital of the Inaran Nation by Duke Beglidere and and the capital was transfered to St. Richards in 1378 with the formation of the Kingdom of Pretany. Within the Constitution of Freedom, it is written in Standard Pretanic that, "Eall folde west of Port Emporia ond sūth of the eacen wæter of Sunada, æt the eacen Egyts nu unchungen belimpan æt the cyning of Pretany. þas eard willa ne awendan hands þorh unlukken ond wīcan Pretanic sacu bī wyrre." or modern Ingerish, "All lands west of Port Emporia and south of the large bay of Sunada, to the great Egyts now irrevocably belong to the crown of Pretany. These lands will not change through either blood nor shame, and can only be taken through the misfortuned and weakened Pretanic cause by war."

The new king handed all rights of the duchy to his son, Bredalt, Prince of Pretany, who became the first Duke of Port Emporia.

The Duke spent a large portion of his treasury in rebuilding Pretany's most accessible port city and by 1430 Port Emporia had returned to it's former glory. The city became a cultural landmark in a mainly tribal landscape and in 1600 was ranked as one of the populated in the world as many emigrants arrived to trade and live. The city became an economic powerhouse and exploded during the industrial revolution as it led the northern countries in technology and industry as many textile factories grew around the port. All major rail lines extended from Port Emporia by 1850 as it became a transportation hub for the northeast.

Shake map of the 2005 earthquake.

In 2005, the 8.2 magnitude Port Emporia Rift Earthquake, centered on the Great Rift Sound caused $12 billion USD in damage. Port Emporia was nearly completely destroyed in an ensuing firestorm that burned over 70% of the city and required a massive rebuilding of the city. On 18 March 2006, a Pretanic Royal Police Agency report confirmed 9,800 deaths, 4,012 injured, and 1,100 people missing across twenty suburbs in Port Emporia, as well as 120,163 people living away from their home in either temporary housing or due to permanent relocation. A 11 March 2007 agency report listed 100,150 buildings totally collapsed, with a further 392,450 buildings 'half collapsed', and another 811,019 buildings partially damaged. The earthquake also caused extensive and severe structural damage in north-eastern Pretany, including heavy damage to roads and railways as well as fires in many areas. Pretanic Prime Minister said, "Since the end of the break away with Antigo, this is the toughest and the most difficult crisis for Pretany." Around 5.4 million households in northeastern Pretany were left without electricity and 1.5 million without water. After the earthquake, the city was quickly rebuilt with an eye pleasing grid system. The plans for the modern city of Port Emporia were first displayed for public viewing in a theatre building. The dream was to create a capital that would boost the morale and ego of Pretans in for years. The result was a city with wide, tree-lined boulevards and monumental public buildings with terraced landscaping, mosaics and decorated ceilings. Foreign visitors have described Port Emporia as one of the most beautiful cities they have seen; its modern high rise architecture makes it one of those modern looking cities in northwest Uletha, a part of the world known for it's centuries old walled cities, and In summer, it is notable for its rivers, willow trees, flowers and parkland.

Sibling Cities

Port Emporia has several sibling cities, as per the guidelines of Sibling Cities of the World: