Seattle

Places of Note

The Space Needle
Seattle Center
The Seattle Center Monorail
Westlake Center
Pike Place Market
Smith Tower
Columbia Center
Washington Mutual Tower
Fremont Troll
Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
Seattle Central Library
The Seattle Great Wheel

Population

The Seattle region is home to over 400,000 inhabitants and is the largest metropolitan area in the Pacific Northwest.

Economy

The only gateway for trade with Asia on the west coast, Seattle is a fully functional port, handling a variety of commodities. While the local Boeing company facilities are intact and slowly producing aircraft, flights to the interior of North America are illegal and the ban is strictly enforced. The city developed as a technology center in the 1980s. The stream of new software, biotechnology, and Internet companies led to an economic boom by the year 2000. Prior to the Outbreak, Seattle had become a hub for “green” industry and a model for sustainable development. This old technology has been carefully recovered, studied, restored, and upgraded for the last two decades.

Culture

Seattle has a noteworthy musical history. From 1918 to 1951, there were nearly two dozen jazz nightclubs along Jackson Street from the current Chinatown/International District to the Central District. Music still plays a large role in daily life in Seattle. From carefully restored vintage recordings to live performances, music is a frequent part of Seattle daily life. Bumbershoot, Folklife, Rumble Day, and the Bite of Seattle are just a few of the annual holidays celebrated with the blessing of the Overlord.

Holidays

Hat and Soup Day: January 6. The first new Seattle holiday, it was created as a very inexpensive celebration, as most people will wear hats in inclement weather anyway and soup was both cheap and a staple of early city food handouts.
Mansday: February 18. A day on which men may build a drinking cart and tour the city getting drunk.
Seattle Day: March 1. A day to celebrate Seattle with many organized and disorganized events throughout the city.
Rocketopolis: April 20. A day dedicated to shooting targets with fireworks. Takes place in temporary forts built at the Seattle Center.
Folk Life Day: Last May weekend. An annual festival of pre-outbreak ethnic, folk, and traditional art, crafts, and music that takes place at the Seattle Center.
The Bite: Mid-July weekend. An annual food festival that takes place at the Seattle Center.
Animal Brunch: July 27. A huge array of food is set out for pets and wild animals alike. The day was established to celebrate the self-sufficiency and bounty of Seattle.
Rumble Day: August 24. A day of publicly-sponsored fist-fighting. People of all ages enter the ring, from young children to the elderly, and participation is open to women and men alike. The purpose of Rumbleday is to settle grievances built up over the year — be they civil disputes or personal ones — in a public forum to resolve conflict, strengthen community bonds and hopefully, arrive at a greater peace.
Labor Day: September 1. A day off with bonus pay for low-ranking city workers and a day to show your appreciation for hard-working family, friends, and neighbors.
Bumbershoot: Weekend nearest Labor Day. An annual festival of post-outbreak experimental, developing, and modern art, crafts, and music that takes place at the Seattle Center.
Fire Night: December 20. A feast and celebration of light in the darkest time of the year. Originally celebrated only with bonfires and torches, lights of all kinds are now used.

Seattle Radio

There are numerous and varied radio stations in Seattle.

Politics

Often described as a “city of neighborhoods”, Seattle has a significantly fragmented political system. Local issues are brought before the city council for decisions. If the city council refuses to decide the issue, it is remanded back to the neighborhood to be resolved. Each neighborhood has it’s own decision-making systems, including elder councils, combat, games of skill challenge, and voting by various systems. Should an issue remain undecided or a source of strife, it returns to the city council for review. At any time, the Overlord may decide to step in and make a Declaration on the subject. This system means laws may change from one block to the next. The Overlord’s lawmen are not subject to the law in making decisions. But, this is not often a problem as local constables are most commonly called on to enforce neighborhood laws. Declarations by the Overlord are few and broad in scope. Decisions by the city council are plentiful but, as they often deal in taxes, zoning and similar matters, only a few impact a majority of the population in their daily lives. All laws are posted in neighborhood “Little City Halls”, as well as at city hall.

Weather

The city is situated on a narrow isthmus between Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canada–United States border. Seattle’s climate is usually described as oceanic, dry summer oceanic, or temperate marine, with mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. Like much of the Pacific Northwest, according to the Köppen climate classification it falls within a cool/mild wet winter, and dry-summer subtropical zone, with “cool”-summer Mediterranean characteristics. Seattle experiences moderate rain and heavy rain during the months of November, December, and January. The city receives roughly half of its annual rainfall (by volume) during these three months. It gets the least amount of annual sunlight of all major cities in the lower-48 states.

Government

Department of Police (Defense)
Department of Justice
Department of Energy, Development, and City Works
Municipal Science & Technology Commission (Tech research)
Department of Health, Sanitation, Water, and Land
Department of Finance, Commerce, and Labor (Treasury)
Department of Education, Entertainment, and Arts
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


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