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Rō sur
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City
CountryKojo
DemonymRōnese
Area
 • Total72.8 km2
Population
 • Census (2015)255 000
 • Density3 502.7/km2

Rō (ɽoː) is a historically very relevant city in the Republic of Kojo. Its oldest parts are build on a hill slope, on top of which the Díkwi Nekeze is overlooking the city. This temple is the holiest and most visited site of the ancient Kojolese faith Gitaenhōlyuē, or Symvanism in Ingerish, which today is only being kept alive by about 6% of the total population in Kojo. Of these remaining followers, 110,300 live in Rō, where they make up about 58% of the local population.

History

Rō's history is, more than any other city in Kojo, tied to the Symvanist faith. Due to the geographical nature of the hill, from where one can look across vast distances over the relatively flat surroundings, it is estimated that there has been permanent settlement on the hilltop since sedentariness spread to Kojo in prehistoric ages. The oldest archaeological piece of evidence found has been dated back to around 1,700 b.c., and the oldest remaining, standing structure (a piece of foundation and wall in old town) is a remain from at least 320 A.D.

Despite its long history as a permanent settlement, Rō's legacy as spiritual centre only emerged in the early 6th century. Ignoring the hardships travelling brought during that time, religious leaders and community chiefs were going on pilgrimages to the Láyin hill with the Díkwi Nekeze on top, which back then was already known as the "Naval of Earth". In the early 6th century, in several gatherings many local leaders from the wider surrounding formally agreed to honour the temple on the hill top as the place from where Díkwi created earth. United by this common denominator and now having a spiritual centre, the formerly independent tribal religions and rites slowly merged and aligned with each other. In the year 856 (some historians claim the year 858) the Symvanist church was founded as a head organisation for the local communities. As part of this treaty, the city was granted the right but also the duty to educate all religious clergyman at the city's expense, as a trade off for the considerable income generated by pilgrims and protection against all kind of military aggression.

As the industrialisation drew more and more people into cities however, Rō felt the need to expand just as many other cities in that time. 4 decades after the overthrow of the monarchy in Pyingshum in 1834, plans were drafted for a new town (lit. Chintokkyaen-Pang) to the north-east of the hill, including a railway station. It included a very regular rectangular street pattern, with 6 major roads all meeting in the middle. Most construction was finished between 1875 and 1890.

Geography

Beside the steep hill Láyin that formed the origin of the settlement, the surrounding is relatively flat. The ditch Olfoe runs next to the hill, and drains most of the city.

The areas outside Chintokkyaen-Pang and Láyin-Dengshō in the centre and the social housing district Fīnaruwegu-Pang in the south-east are not built very densely. Despite nearly all of the city's area being built up, it reaches a population density of only about x.xxx inhabitants per square km. One reason for this high level of land usage compared to other Kojolese cities is that Symvanism inspired an elaborate gardening and housing culture, with thoughtfully laid-out gardens, appendixes for the purpose of meditation and other ceremonial rooms. Although of course dependent on the wealth of the concerning individual, this culture has led to a building culture in the city with emphasis on large plots with bungalows and large gardens. The rise of the automobile therefore spurred a very fierce suburbanisation trend compared to the rest of Kojo. Restrictive nationwide building policies however managed to contain the growth within city limits, and minimise the growth of very distant and unconnected exurbs.

Other Notable Buildings and Structures

There are many Buildings, Monuments, historic sites and other notable structures spread across the city.

Temples ("Nekeze")

Díkwi Nekeze

Transportation

Road Network

Railway

Rō is served by one IC and one CC route each.

Number Stops Headway Rolling Stock Notes
IC 8 Pyingshum KDC, Formajiá, Īme Abuchezi, Wenzū, , Arákkanai 30 min 2N -/-
CC 53 Pyingshum ADC, Sújoshí, Kimaéchul, Púlmaerong ZC (Kippa), Kippa ZC, Kippa Akuchezi, , Arákkanai 2 h 1N -/-

Construction is ongoing to link Rō to Arákkanai with a dedicated high-speed and freight rail line. Once the new section enters service, the IC from Pyingshum will continue on to Arákkanai.

Tram and Buses

Airport

Rō and Wenzū share a common regional airport in between the two cities.

Economy

Tourism Industry

Administraton and Demographics

Kojo is divided into regions, the so-called Ikis. The city of Rō Rō-sur is one and the same as the Region of Rō, the Rō-Iki. The city is subdivided into administrative districts, the Dengshōs. These divisions are also congruent to the postal-code and telephone-code areas.Dengshōs are then subdivided into Pangs, which can be compared to wards or city quarters.

List of Dengshōs in Rō

Name of Dengshō & Number English translation area population pop. density Notes
Láyin-Dengshō (1) Name of the hill 6.1 km² 25,010 4,500 inh./km²
Oryukam-Dengshō (2) [Oryukam]-Borough 12.3 km² 63,960 5,200 inh./km²
Zōlyang-Dengshō (3) Name of a flower 13.5km² 49,950 3.700 inh./km²
Túlbaru-Dengshō (4) Unknown 14.7 km² 34,545 2,350 inh./km²
Kajjo-dyul-Dengshō (5) [Name of a Person]-Borough 10.0 km² 27,500 2,750 inh./km²
Dyongda-Dengshō (6) Eastfield 16.4 km² 54,120 3,300 inh./km²

List of Pangs in Dengshō 1 - Láyin

Name of Pang English translation area in km² population pop. density Notes
Hori-Pang 0.677 km²
Kenzami-Pang Park view 0.815km²
Juēlīran-Pang-Pang 1.083km²
Kalúmbachue-Pang Sandspilpath 0.483km²
Fóssa-Pang 0,792km²
Dáchaē-Myenin-Pang 0,791km²

List of Pangs in Dengshō 2 - Oryukam

Name of Pang English translation area in km² population pop. density Notes
Chintokkyaen-Pang Newtown 1.89km² inh./km² Densely built up area with promoterism-style architecture. Main shopping area, and contains the Rō Tōchuekyana Ōnagara Uni.
Autā-Pang 2.50 km² inh./km² Mostly commercial use
Ōnō-Pang unknown 2.39 km² inh./km²
Talmoekkal-Pang unknown 3.15 km² inh./km²
Újifoēzan-Pang hind nut 2.34 km² inh./km²

List of Pangs in Dengshō 3 - Zōlyang

Name of Pang English translation area in km² population pop. density Notes
Madorokeze-Pang Windowfactory 2.56 km²
Yashiperudau-Pang name of a person 3.3 km² inh./km²
Iryuezen-Pang flow water 1.91 km² inh./km²
Ryóng'yeda-Pang honour field 2.67 km² inh./km²
Eddo-Chilyuessa-Pang aspic 3.02 km² inh./km²

List of Pangs in Dengshō 4 - Túlbaru

Name of Pang English translation area in km² population pop. density Notes
Fōgelsang-Pang Cras play 6.65km²
Fīnaruwegu-Pang Corctree 1.61km² Some high density tower blocks, industrial and commercial areas
Tūjji-Pang unknown 4.46km²
Aku so Chintokkyaen-Pang Southern Newtown 3.91km²

List of Pangs in Dengshō 5 - Kajjo-dyul

Name of Pang English translation area in km² population pop. density Notes
Tyanha-Pang Canal 3.61km²
Wakán'nai-Pang Jumpy snake 2.10km²
Tóndyufil-Pang name of a person 2.52km²
Hyengshō-Pang railway 1.73km²

List of Pangs in Dengshō 6 - Dyongda

Name of Pang English translation area in km² population pop. density Notes
Yetetokkyaen-Pang Backtown 1.63km² Got it name from it's position behind the railway tracks.
Anzalmyuryo-Pang 4.75km²
Zaddam-Manchurai-Pang Name of a person 3.24km²
Uttso dosim-Pang Eighth city 3.11km²
Chízyu Chilzu-Pang Map maker 2.16km²
Hituelaempyung-Pang unknown 1.59km²

Education

Rō Tōchuekyana Ōnagara is the city's main university. It is situated in the newer city centre Chintokkyaen-Pang. Along with an array of common subjects, the university is most renown for its courses in classical Kojolese literature and philosophy, which puts it in second place in the national BMS University Field Ranking for "Pedagogy, literature and philosophy", and for its BMS Elite Cluster "Kojolese Classical and Theological Studies Research Assoziation".

Leisure

Nightlife

On one hand, relative to its size Rō is a very touristy city, which allows it to sustain a considerable amount of bars and other nightlife venue. On the other hand, the unique social structures caused by the predominance of Symvanism as well as the slightly higher average-age, the demographics of the incoming tourist and last but not least the vicinity to the slightly larger neighbouring city of Wenzū lead to the situation, that dance venues and youth nightlife in general mostly takes place in aforementioned city, which is only about 25 km away. The well renown club Henkya takyoe ("under the tracks") right next to the train station is a notable exception.

Sports and Culture

Museums

Sport and event venues