Fusion City is supposedly the crowning jewel of our civilization. A hundred million people, packed into a giant, multi-leveled monstrosity, shielded from the wastelands by a dome. A monument to our prosperity as a civilisation. Our salvation from the great wastelands. Bull-fucking-shit! It's a trash heap ruled by gimmies, busy stepping on the heads of everyone else who's just trying to make a fucking living. The police is owned by the corporations and care nothing for us "normal people". Don't expect any justice here. Fight for your own freedom and success!Fusion City is the gigantic, multi-leveled megacity housed in the western wastelands in the area known as the Akelan Wastes. It is one of several megacities built, but the first to run solely on fusion power. It is the only known megacity to have survived The Cataclysm intact, thanks to its fusion reactors not relying on shadow power. The society of Fusion City has shifted towards authoritarianism and has become a strict surveillance society following the events of the Cataclysm.
The city built upon the existing metropolis of D'jatlha in the western peninsula of the world, then known as the Fields of Irdar, taking 25 years to complete the two additional levels. It has three levels and stretches for miles in every direction. The huge dome that covers the city was initially meant to protect the city from the elements and contain the city's heavily regulated atmosphere, but now it also protects the city from the toxic atmosphere of the Shadowmark.
The city had significant marketing the world over and was described as "a paradise". Millions of people moved to the city even as construction was underway. Overcrowding, unemployment, poverty and rising crime levels ran rampant, but despite this people saw it as the city of dreams, where you could achieve anything if you worked hard enough. The people kept coming.
The only survivors
87 years after the dome was completed the Cataclysm destroyed most of the world outside of the city. The world outside burned in infernal flame and became an irradiated, toxic wasteland over the course of one cataclysmic hour. As far as the inhabitants of Fusion City knows, Fusion City is the only city to have survived the Cataclysm. Since Fusion City had no shadow plants to weaken the Veil and channel shadow energy, the city was safe from the destruction. In the weeks following the Cataclysm, the government sent out several expeditions to determine the fate of other megacities, but they have found nothing but blasted ruins.
The modern day Fusion City is a metropolis of staggering proportions and house around a hundred million people on its two habitable levels. The subterranean level hold the fusion power plants, massive atmosphere processors, sewage and hydroponics plants to support the vast population.
It is a degenerate pile of corruption, corporate oppression and poverty. The corporations rule the populace and what little government there is have to rely on corporations to run basic services such as fire protection, police force and medical services. The corporations own everything and everyone. Poverty and drug use is rampant among the poorer population and some areas of the city are run entirely by criminal gangs.
Corporate police forces supplement the government police force in certain areas of the city, providing more security and keeping the gangs at bay. Outside of these "safe havens" the governmental police force don't have adequate resources to combat the criminal elements. While they are well equipped, efficient and brutal, their meager numbers and low salary make the police officers far too easily swayed by bribes and prone to brutal violence over proper protocol.
The dome is a controlled environment with several absolutely staggeringly large atmosphere processors that purify the air and make it breathable. Despite this, the vast amount of smog generated by the city's tens of thousands of industries and millions of cars mean that while the air is breathable, the vision distance isn't long before it all gets consumed in a perpetual smog.
The city is divided into functional districts (Districts List), with each district fulfilling one vital function or another.
More than half of the city districts are residential districts. They are built between industrial districts and commercial districts, allowing citizens easy access to both work and leisure. Residential districts are mostly resiblocks but there are some commercial establishments such as bars, restaurants, virtual cinemas and distribution units such as grocery stores.
Production districts are industrial regions of the city where everything the city needs is made. Clothes, electronics, food, robots, cars, furniture; everything you can imagine is made in the production districts. The production districts are spread throughout the city and each district is usually specialised in one way or another. One may focus heavily on electronics and cybernetics, while others are agricultural districts with huge greenhouses and agripods. The meat industry grow synthetic meat in huge vats. Production districts are commonly dark, polluted and have low security, but there is little to do but work in them, so crime tends to be relatively low as well.
Goods are transported out of the production districts to the commercial districts via automated self-driving transports, maglev rails or in the case of delicate or expensive goods: armed escort.
Office districts are administrative sections of the city that house offices for corporations and government. There are quite a few of these in Central, but the larger corporations have their offices up in Vault of Heaven.These districts are high security, frequently requiring citizens to have a permit to enter. They house services like education, medical services and most police offices. Office districts are busy ant-hives of effectivity, cleanliness and stress.
Commercial districts are neon-ridden sections of the city where you can find every pleasure known to exist. These districts are the heart of the city and are bustling commercial centers, draped in advertisements and corporate propaganda. There are tens of thousands of stores, malls, sensomats, virtual cinemas, night clubs, restaurants, discos, gambling houses and brothels in these districts. When a citizen isn't working, they most likely spend their time in one of these districts. These districts have huge distribution centrals that process, package and distribute goods from the production districts. There are also plenty of service buildings in these districts; Everything from vehicle repair shops to cybernetic clinics.
It is the part of the city held firmly in the grasp of organized crime. While the ordinary citizen might not know much about the proliferation of crime, it has its unmistakable presence in these districts. Shady deals between gangs, turf wars and drug-running are ever present. The Brotherhood of Zanga in particular have their slimy paws on most of the commercial districts.
There are over 100 million registered citizens of Fusion City and likely another 5 to 10 million non-registered ones. It is an absolute melting pot of people, social classes and species. Every citizen of Fusion City is a member of one of five species: The Dru'un, the Hessak, the Illim, the Kuna or the Vindral.
These species have lived intermingled with one another for a millennium, and some of them even longer than that. None even remembers a time where the species lived separately. When civilisation was still in the early stages of feudalism, hundreds if not thousands of years before the Cataclysm, when the world was still green and alive, the species all lived separate. Somewhere along the way, they found comfort and safety in each other and forged a civilisation together.
There is little outright racism and no institutional discrimination of species in Fusion City, but some species fare better than others. The Dru'un and Hessak are not intelligent enough to succeed in this cutthroat society and they often hold low-wage jobs or even more commonly end up in gangs as goons. Any citizen is as respected and worth as any other. Well, at least as far as species is concerned. Social status is a whole other can of worms.
PoliticsThe government, what little there is, have barely any real power in Fusion City. Although taxation pays for parts of the city, a conglomerate of corporations own the city and its systems. Corporations run most public services like transportation, healthcare, police force, security, fire protection, etc. The government is in deep debt to these corporations and is little more than a puppet government working for the corporations. While the corporations are interested in profits above all, they are not beyond performing the occasional philanthropic deed for some free marketing and providing good services improve profits. There is one area where both the corporations and the governments have decided on a standoff position. Goons. There is a delicate balance in Fusion City between the government, the megacorporations and the gangs of the city. The gangs cause problems for most citizens, including the corpies who hold important positions within corporations, but while the crime levels are at an all-time high, the goon gangs cause most issues for other goons.
- Alternative Name(s)
- SEMAH-12 (Self-Sustained Environment Metropolitan Arched Habitat 12)
- Approx. 100 million registered citizens
- Inhabitant Demonym
- Location under
- Akelan Wastes
- Owning Organization
- Communal Authority
- Related Materials
Level 1 (Vault of Life): Subterranean. Maintenance.
Level 2 (Central): Ground level. Sprawling metropolis.
Level 3 (Vault of Heaven): Luxury districts, commercial hub.
Vault of Life
Level 0, better known as "The Vault of Life", is the subterranean level of Fusion City, housing all the maintenance systems to keep the city running.
Level 1 is what used to be the metropolis of D'jathla before the dome was built and as such it is very reminiscent of the cities of old.
Vault of Heaven
Vault of Heaven, also known as Level 2, is the skyloft level built on top of the ground level in Fusion City. It's a corporate-run paradise with sky high security.
The Perimeter wall surrounds Fusion City, a 60 meter high wall of solid, armored concrete upon which the dome is built.
The corporations are an unavoidable presence in Fusion City. They own everything and everyone. They have the money, the resources and the organizations required to run everything. A corporation is a large part of a citizen's life. The corporation provides his health care, his education and his living space and even sometimes what they do in their spare time. There are no "public schools". If you don't have a job, your children most likely will not have an education. Corporations can be divided into two categories: Major corporation (or mega-corps) and private firms.
Mega-corpsThe major corporations are huge conglomerates of hundreds of subsidiaries and sister companies. There are no multinational corporations in a world where nations no longer exist and the only known civilisation is in one city. The corporations therefore exist solely inside the city. There are between 30 and 50 megacorporations in the city and they all control up to 5 000 smaller corporations each. The corporate structure is a huge, convoluted mess that is difficult to get any kind of grasp of. A citizen likely doesn't know what mega-corp he is really employed by, as the mega-corps are these huge, nebulous entities that "run everything", but have no detectable influence over people's day-to-day life. But don't be fooled: If you work for a corporation, you can be sure that it's owned by a mega-corp.
Corporate SecurityThe security firms were initially just providing security for corporate installations, but with the lacking police force of the government, these security firms now function as actual police forces for corporations. They have the mandate to carry lethal weapons, perform arrests and investigations. In all accounts they are as much the police as the actual police, with one significant difference: These firms only work for the corporation's interests. The corporate security forces combat industrial espionage, sabotage, theft or embezzling. If you as an employee require protection against street gangs in your resiblock, corporate security is there for you. If you believe that your shipments are being hijacked on the way, corporate security is there for you.
Private firmsPrivate firms are small companies commonly run by a single person or a family business. These companies are businesses that either refuse to get bought up and incorporated into a larger company, or those that have yet to have the opportunity to do so.
Every day life in Fusion CityFusion City has been described as the "City where dreams come true" and it's not far from the truth. Corporate oppression is ever present, crime and poverty is rampant, but a person with the proper motivation and drive can really build a life of their dreams in the city. There are few limits on what you can achieve if you put your mind to it.
LeisureIn such a stressful environment, the citizens of Fusion City value their downtime and the city reflects this. There are thousands of establishments devoted to fulfilling every need imaginable, both legal and illegal. Some examples of popular pass-times:
- Night clubs
- Price fighting
- Street races
- Virtual cinema
EmploymentThere are hundreds of thousands of different jobs to hold in Fusion City, even some that require you to leave the safety of the world dome and travel to The Abyss. Here's a list of common professions and their salaries:
- City Police Officer (1500 credits / month)
- Cleaner (~500 credits / month)
- Corporate Security (2500-4000 credits / month)
- Cybertech surgeon (2600 credits / month)
- Journalist (500-1500 credits / month)
- Mechanic (1000-3000 credits / month)
- Mining worker (1600 credits / month)
- Off world worker (5000-7500 credits / month)
- Office clerk (1100-2000 credits / month)
- Physician (1800 credits / month)
- School teacher (~1100 credits / month)
- Shadowmark installation worker (3000 credits / month)
- Store clerk (~900 credits / month)
- Technician (1400 credits / month)
- University teacher (~3000 credits / month)
- Waiter (~900 credits / month)
UnemployementThere is no social security net for the unemployed. At best, there is a short coverage by your corporation after you have been let go. Living as unemployed in Fusion City is a tough life. You have to make your living on criminal activities, day-to-day employment, mercenary work or as a beggar. Worst case scenario you are both homeless and unemployed, in which case you have to sleep in abandoned buildings, on the streets or wherever you can find comfort for the night and live off of the trash littering the streets.
Communication and The WebThe whole city is interconnected via The Web which is an insanely complex network with lightning fast transfer speeds. Almost everything is connected to the Web in one way or another. Some people even connect their appliances and individual lights in their homes to the Web so that they can be remotely controlled. Nothing says comfort like sitting in your sofa and dimming the lights without even having to reach a lightswitch, and then ordering your servodroid to make you a sandwich.