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Polaris Capitol District
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Outline of the district
Key details
Type Capitol
Location City of Polaris
Inhabitants See below


Polaris Capitol District is a district within Polaris City located western tip of Polaris Island, composed of both Governor's Island and the Southern District on the mainland. The district is home to a significant portion of the Polarian federal government, in addition to various museums, historical buildings, and foreign embassies, notably the famous Gateway Institute. In total, the district covers an area of 22.5 square miles, and is home to nearly 300,000 commuters daily, and welcomes over 14 million visitors annually.

Notable buildings within the district include the Polaris Harborfront Center, the largest office building in Antarctica, and the seat of the Legislative Congress of Polaris, Federation House, the official residence of the President of the Executive Administrative Council, and Governor's Hall, which presently acts as the seat of the Supreme Court of the Polarian Republic.

The Polaris Capitol District is overseen by the joint federal-state Capitol District Commission (CDC), that maintains greenspace, preserves historical buildings, coordinates security and defense, and plans development within the district. The CDC is comprised of eleven commissioners, and operates on a budget of $275 million annually from the state and federal governments.

Security for the District is markedly strict, with multiple security checkpoints dispersed throughout the precinct. Security efforts led by the specially designated Capitol Detachment of the Polaris National Guard, based in the J.M. Dellas Annex Building, which is made up of about 7,150 officers who protect the District from potential threats.

The District is transit accessible through the Polaris Metro system and the Polaris Amalgamated Rail Transit Authority's Metrex commuter train system, with service from four stations--Harborfront, Governor's Island, East Capitol, and Gateway, and eight transit lines--providing over 190,000 people with transit access to the district every day.

History[edit]

In the years following the toppling and disposal of the tyrant Kingfish, the Polaris City Council ordained a resolution stating that Connery Square Hall was becoming increasingly crowded, and solely one building for use by City government was exceedingly minuscule. Countless desks were lined up against hallways due to lack of space in Connery Square Hall, posing a great risk for fire damage. The Art-Deco, 721-foot building, however, was architecturally renowned, and remains a symbol of Polaris today. The City of Polaris began construction of the Polaris City Services Building, now the home of the Polarian Times, which would transfer all City service departments, Committees and Policing departments to the adjacent building. The City Services Building relieved the Connery Square Hall from high traffic and cramped space.

As the capital of the Water Kingdom District, the Governor of the district in 1956, Wilssen Alistair Wells, the construction of the Governor's Island complex on the Barron River. The island was oblong, located 2 miles north of the main island of Polaris City. Located at the site of Fort Hacherbhury, a historically significant military garrison decommissioned in 1941, the architecture of the complex indeed reflected the social conventions of Polarian society--with the introduction of a Beaux-Arts Revival movement. The complex comprised of seven medium-rise buildings, the Governor's Hall, standing as the centerpiece of the newly formed Polarian district, serving as the meeting place for the district's legislature. The grounds were adorned with exquisite gardens, maintained still to this day with the highest attention. After the dissolution of Older Antarctica, usage of the Governor's Island complex had shifted between hands, serving primarily as the provisional capital for occupying Puffish military forces.

While the Governor's Island has served as the provisional capital of the newly founded Polarian capital, the Governor's Hall serves as the Supreme Court of the Polarian Republic. The Federation house, located 0.65 miles directly opposite from the Governor's Hall, serves as the home of the current President of the Federal Republic of Polaris, as well as his office.

In 2011, the newly found Republic had outgrown the hallowed halls on Governor's Island, and had moved to construct what would be the largest construction project in Polarian history, before the Polarian Federal Highway System. The Polaris Capitol District was constructed on what was once the Puffish quarter of Polaris, and had built a customs house, Mercantile Manor, where the Polaris Harborfront Center currently stands. Over 57 billion Polarian Dollars had been placed into the project, the cost of which was scrutinized by some members of the public. The first project to be completed was the Polaris Harborfront Center, arguably the largest office building in all of the continent. Soon to follow were offices of other agencies, including the Polaris National Intelligence Bureau, which is located off-site. On the inauguration of the buildings in 2006, then-Mayor of Polaris Sancho Monte Captio had proclaimed the complex as "one for, and by the people,". The complex is interconnected by a series of pedestrian tunnels, and a closed-circuit subway system as well.

Map Guide[edit]

Governor's Island[edit]

  • 1: Federation House
  • 2: Federation House Visitors Center
  • 3: Old Council Building
  • 4: Embassy of Snowzerland
  • 5: Embassy of Castilla
  • 6: Embassy of the United States of Antarctica
  • 7: Polarian Museum of Contemporary Art
  • 8: Embassy of the United Terra
  • 9: Central Post Office of the Polarian Republic
  • 10: Embassy of Frankterre
  • 11: Embassy of Zhou
  • 12: Embassy of Calada
  • 13: Embassy of Liguria
  • 14: Embassy of Dorkugal
  • 15: Embassy of Shops Island
  • 16: Embassy of Freezeland
  • 17: Embassy of Batavia
  • 18: Embassy of the Culldrome Isles
  • 19: Embassy of Margate
  • 20: Polarian Museum of Natural History
  • 21: Polarian Museum of Science & Technology
  • 22: Polarian Museum of History
  • 23: Polarian Museum of Architecture
  • 24: Antarctic Criminal Courts Building/K.M. Steadley Justice Department Building
  • 25: Supreme Court of the Polarian Republic
  • 26: City of Polaris Municipal Hall & Polaris City Council Chambers
  • 27: International Trade and Commerce Building

Southern District[edit]

  • 28: Thurrmann Tower (Continental Health and Medicine Organization)
  • 29: Polaris Harborfront Center
  • 30: Library and Archives of the Polarian Republic
  • 31: Hotel Polarianas
  • 32: Polaris Harborfront Center/J.M. Dellas Annex Building
  • 33: Continental Commission Building (Commission on Fundamental Rights, Commission on Peace and Conflict Resolution)
  • 34: United Antarctic Nations Central Office in Polaris
  • 35: Latitude Plaza
  • 36: Antarctic Center (Antarctic Economic Development Commission)
  • 37: Baker-Hutt Plaza (Antarctic Trade Union)
  • 38 Polaris Police and Fire Headquarters
  • 39 Galto Building (Antarctic Internet and Telecommunications Council)
  • 40: Quartz Tower
  • 41: Flint Tower
  • 42: Eastshield Trade Center
  • 43: Continental Circle

Buildings in the Southern District[edit]

Polaris Harborfront Center[edit]

Main article:Polaris Harborfront Center

The Polaris Harborfront Center is the most prominent structure of all forty-three buildings in the PCD. The Harborfront Center is the current seat of the Polarian federal government, housing the offices of the Executive Council, legislators, and the central operations of the federal bureaucracy. The PHC is the largest office building in Antarctica, with 21 million sq. feet of office space for nearly 66,000 workers, and reaches a height of 1,595 ft.

The Polaris Harborfront Center was built at the cost of $42 billion in 2004 ($51.8 billion in 2017 dollars), and underwent renovations in 2016 at a cost of $100 million to upgrade wiring and repair structural damage.

Gateway Institute South[edit]

The Gateway Institute South is a 37 floor, 777 ft. skyscraper completed in 2001 housing several composite museums of the federally-funded Gateway Institute. Prior to its conversion to the Gateway Institute South in 2012, the museum was known as the Monte Capito Museums & Art Galleries, namesake of the prominent Polarian family that helped to shape Polaris' history. The tower is home to the administrative offices of the Gateway Institute, in addition to a 20,000 sq. ft Preservation and Restoration Laboratory in the Tower's basement, which also serves as a secure storage facility for various artifacts, documents, and manuscripts.

It is split into the Burkehall Children's Museum which occupy 3 floors, the Polaris City History Museum, which occupies 5 floors, the National Music Museum, which occupies 4 floors, the Polaris Modern Art Gallery, which occupies 8 floors, the Polaris Civilization Museum, occupying 7 floors, the Antarctic Linguistics and Literature Museum, occupying 2 floors and the Observation Deck, 3 1/2 floor Department Store and Gift Shop and finally the Polaris Skyscraper Informational Gallery on the two topmost floors.

National Press Building[edit]

The National Press Building is used by Antarctic media covering Polarian political affairs.Eighty percent of the Polarian offices for all the press in Antarctica are located in this building. There are three magazines based at the National Press Building, all of whom have more than 1,200,000 subscribers per annum. The building has 61 floors, 55 tenants, most notably CBN News, which occupies 10 floors, Penguin TV, which possesses 5 1/2 floors.The National Press Building was constructed in 2003, as a part of the PCD project, and has 2,562,141 sq. feet of total floor space and is 755 feet in height.

The National Press Building, also features fourteen news television bureaus from news agencies from around the continent. The Press Building does not have any printing facilities for newspapers, but rather only offices. This is one of the reasons why countless newspapers in Polaris occupy other buildings in Polaris, as printers are not accessible from the offices. The tower is home to international newspapers, like La Tierra, Snoss newspapers, the South Pole Times, the Fishwow Comrade, the Maverick Messenger, the Continent and Post of Calada as well. The city of Polaris surely embraces the addition of foreign newspapers to the city's National Press Building, in an attempt to increase immigration to the city itself.

Polaris Central Library and Archives[edit]

The Polaris Central Library and Archives is a 68-storey high-rise building housing the primary archives of the Government of Polaris, the Government of New Westshield, and City of Polaris. The building was completed in 1984 as one of the first structures within the Polaris Capitol District. The building's first six floors function as the Wick Central Library for the City of Polaris, the only portion of the building that is completely open to the public. The next eleven stories above that are the New Westshield State Archives, containing copies of government records and historical documents. The rest of the forty-eight stories are reserved for the Museums and Archives Administration of Polaris, containing various historical, government and literary records. Under Polarian law, a copy of all works published in Polaris and the United States of Antarctica are deposited in the facility's collection, with more than 11 million items catalogued.

Polarcom Congress Center[edit]

The Polarcom Congress Center is a multi-purpose convention center, which has 87 floors, 17 of them used as the Polarcom Congress Center, while the skyscraper, known as the Polarcom Complex is the national headquarters of the internet and communications conglomerate Polarcom. The Polarcom Congress Center is the home of many ethnic gatherings, world-class military and financial summits. The City of Polaris allowed the creation of the building, after the planned Capitol Archives West Building was cancelled. The building was built in 2006, and has a height of 998 feet, and 87 floors in total, and 3,177,900 sq. feet of total floor space.

The TelePolar Congress Center has 3 auditoriums, which both house 1,000 penguins, 2 large trade-show floors with an area of 19,000 sq. feet each. There are also numerous meeting rooms and smaller congregation rooms within the TelePolar Congress Center, making it one of the largest convention center in the Antarctic. Every year, the Polaris Fashion Week Show is held in the Congress Center, as well as the Polaris Antarctic Automobile show is also located in the Congress Center. The building also is home to the Polaris Capitol District's main internet and communication servers, located 340 feet below ground. The Congress Center is also the host of many political rallies, including Polaris' own Polaris Democratic Party rally, which lasts over 2 weeks. The meeting of many inter-government organizations, along with NATO were held in the Congress Center countless times.

Quartz Tower[edit]

The Quartz Tower, the smaller of the two Mason Towers, the supplementary one being the Flint Tower is the headquarters for the Continental Hotel Union, which occupies over half of the building. The Continental Hotel Union is presently a federation of hotel chains and independent hotels that set standards for the quality and rating for hotels across the continent. The National Food and Nutrition Authority, which is a private firm that is currently hired by the city of Polaris to conduct health inspections is based in the building as well. The Quartz Tower has a total height of 670 feet, and has 59 floors. It also has a total square area of 2,340,530 sq. feet.

The Quartz Tower is also the sight of an alleged plot to hack into the Polaris City Council's servers, during the construction and refurbishment of the TelePolar Congress Center. The old servers were infiltrated by a force of hackers known as the "Libby Party". However, in 2003, the entire electronic systems of the Polaris City Council went down as a result, costing the Council more than 23.1 million Fish in damage. To this day, the perpetrators have not been found yet, as the case regarding the attack was closed in 2005.

Flint Tower[edit]

The Flint Tower is the more expansive of the two Mason Towers, and is currently the main headquarters of the Antarctic Cities and Municipalities Association, that conducts bi-weekly sessions in the Flint Tower year-round. The Flint Tower is occupied by 155 different representatives from various cities across Antarctica.The tower has 70 stories, and has a total area of 2,985,710 sq. ft, and has a large central courtyard, a green-roof and a subterranean concourse food court and shopping mall located beneath the building itself.

The ACMA purchased the Flint Tower from it's former proprietor, the City of Polaris, as a large enough headquarters could not be found in any other city in Antarctica. The ACMA's Assembly Chambers are located at the center occupies 3 stories worth of ceiling space and floor space, having 34.5 ft high ceilings. The ACMA Chambers are manifested in the same configuration and design as that of the Polaris City Council's Municipal Assembly chamber. The Flint Tower additionally has an observation deck on the 69th floor, and two gift shops open for visiting tourists and the local public.

Police and Fire Headquarters[edit]

The Police and Fire Headquarters serve as the main base of operations for the municipal Polaris Department of Police and Polaris Fire Services, inclusive of the Polaris Department of Security, the Emergency Call Center and numerous other departments. The Polaris Department of Police also has a police car garage, housing 205 police cruisers, 40 tanks, 77 SWAT team Enforcers, 19 Police Surveillance Vehicles and many other vehicles. The Forensics, Dispatch, Investigation, Reconnaissance and Administrative Divisions are based inside the building as well.Fire Dispatching and the Fire Marshall's Office is located on the 1st through 17th floors. The tower was completed in 2001, and was one of the first buildings in the entirety of the Complex to be built. The Police and Fire Headquarters, has three heliports on the rooftop, and two anti-aircraft guns and 1 anti-aircraft missile launcher. The height of the building is 73 floors, with a total height of 965 ft. and a floor space of 3,333,910 sq. feet.

The Polaris Police and Fire Headquarters is noted as one of the most defended buildings in the entirety of all Polaris, as many secret files, documents and manuscripts belonging to the police forces are kept here. The Police Headquarters occupies the majority of the building, while the Fire Department only encompasses 17 floors. Five floors separate the two departments and is used for emergency calls, radio dispatching and air traffic monitoring. The Polaris Police and Fire Headquarters is also very exquisite, according to many architectural authorities. However, the

Eastshield Trade Tower[edit]

The Eastshield Trade Tower possesses the Polaris Economic Development Council headquarters, which oversees Polarian investment within Antarctica. The Eastshield Trade Tower also has offices for numerous stock brokers and Eastshieldan banks which operate independent of Polarian banking laws. Countless penguins utilize Eastshieldan banks over Polarian banks, over financial woes. The Antarctic Trade and Commerce Directorate, a federal agency which governs trade tariffs and taxes is also based here, The building is 605 feet high and has 51 stories.There is 1,967,231 sq. feet of space in the tower, and also has many vaults in its basement additionally.

International Trade and Commerce Tower[edit]

The International Trade and Commerce Tower is a federal-owned banking and trade center, offering services such as international stock brokering, and access to international banking institutions, which have regional banking branches and facilities in the International Commerce and Trade Tower. The ITCT also houses countless auxiliary funds for many politicians and loans to many penguins as well. The ICTC's main tenants are the Snoss Imperial Bank, the Castillan Royal Bank, National Bank of the MAI, Bank of the Islands, TC Calada, Southern Ocean Fund, Alamagnated Investors and Polaribank. The ITCT was built in 2004, and has 2,721,738 sq. feet of floor space, 66 floors and is 735 feet high.

Buildings on Governor's Island[edit]

Federation House[edit]

Federation House is a High Victorian Gothic building situated at the western edge of Governor's Island, and the Promenade of the Republic, and serves as the official residence of the President of the Executive Administrative Council. The home comprises of four floors, 135 rooms, including eight bedrooms, a grand Ballroom, three drawing rooms, two sitting rooms, a 36-seat formal dining room, a library, a conservatory, and swimming pool. Federation House is a common venue for various public events, state dinners, and political functions.

Federation House was constructed in 1926 as Cartwright Manor by the Water Kingdom Government, as the seat of the Governor of the Polar Islands at the cost of $200,000. Conceived by renowned Gothic architect K.L. Lowell, the building was meant to act both as the official residence of the Governor and his family, while also acting as a meeting space for the Executive Council. Federation House, was adorned with exquisite decor, equipped with stunning marble flooring, ornate wood paneling and furniture. The grounds of Cartwright Manor boasted a conservatory, with an array of exotic flora under the guidance of then-First Lady Dorothy Frysallant. Later governors would add features such as a veranda and pool.

With the eventual collapse of the Water Kingdom in 1990, the Colonial government began to utilize Federation House as a working government building, with the gilded East Ballroom having been used as the meeting room of the Legislative Assembly until 2000.

Since 2000, concerted efforts have been undertaken to restore the building to its former glory. Under the sponsorship of the fledgling Antarctic government, many of the friezes and murals within the manor were restored, particularly in the building's Great Hall, where renowned High Penguin artist Graeme Derry's work "Ad astra infiniti" on the arched ceiling was restored. Structural repairs to the building, especially in replacing the dilapidated wooden beams supporting the building with steel beams, were completed in 2010.

Polarian independence provided Federation House with renewed focus, with the first Polarian president Nathaniel B. Kratz moving into the house in December 2012. The House has since been the private residence of the President and their spouse, but has also been the venue of numerous state dinners. The front portico of the House is known to many Polarians as the site of the inauguration of incoming members of the Executive Administrative Council, with thousands of Polarians gathering on the expansive lawn of the House every Inauguration Day.

Governor's Hall (Supreme Court of the Polarian Republic)[edit]

Governor's Hall is a Neoclassical-style building directly opposite to Federation House, and at the eastern end of the Promenade of the Republic. Governor's Hall comprises of seven stories, and is home to the Supreme Court of the Polarian Republic, the highest court of appeal within Polaris.

Governor's Hall was constructed in 1910 as a Telenacle, that was seized in 1927 by the Khanzem government, and put to use as a prison for political prisoners until 1935. Until 2000, the building sat derelict and unused, and was often the target of vandals and arsonists until then. When the Antarctic government was persuaded to renovate the building by various community advocacy groups in Polaris, the building was gutted and restructured in order to be viable enough to be used. By 2008, following seven years of renovation, Governor's Hall was fully restored, and served as the West Eastshield Office for Cultural Affairs until 2011, when Polaris gained independence from the USA.

Governor's Hall today is an important fixture within Polarian political and civic life. Renowned for its alluring murals, friezes, and imposing columns in its Great Hall, the building is a point of pride for many Polarians. The building has two hearing chambers situated at the North and South Wings of the building, the North wing decorated by marble and granite as a nod to the mountainous terrain within northern Polaris, and the South chamber encased in firwood paneling in reference to the vast forests that cover much of southern Polaris. Typically, the Court alters between both chambers depending on the yearly session. Governor's Hall also contains the offices of each of the nine justices and their staff, as well as an auxiliary office for the Attorney General and Solicitor General in the South wing.

The Gateway Institute[edit]