Rio de Vatica
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|Neighbourhoods||Valora, Del Campo, Josephstine|
|– rank by 2009||N/A|
|Inhabited species||Penguins, puffles|
|– Founder||Mark Vaticano|
The city Rio de Vatica is Munijoch's largest city, boasting 10,000,000 residents both within and around its suburbs. The main portion of the city is divided into three sections, each with their own purpose. Due to the age of the surroundings, the city is very cultural, sporting native touches and deeply historical landmarks, both from pre-founding and post-Frosian War. Rio de Vatica has over 50 historical landmarks or buildings that have significance to the country, including unearthed ruins, reconstructed wooden huts, and ancient trade routes that passed through the city. Due to its large size and room for expansion, in contrast to its capital, the City of Progress, Rio de Vatica is often Munijoch's designated city to accept refugees from foreign wars.
For possibly thousands of years, the natives of Munijoch used the area as a fishing village to gather food from the sea. Their huts littered the coast line, as well as professions for fishing skyrocketing in popularity at the time. The managed to make 1 big temple, now known as the Dome, in the center of the city for mass-housing of their population. The Dome has since been deconstructed, but the surrounding shops and native roots still live on. Evidence suggests that coffee beans were also planted further outside the village, with wagons being used to transport the coffee beans from the fields to the city, which were then unloaded by hand into a shop that sold them as a dying and scent product. The natives maintained the belief that the coffee beans were toxic to the body due to the jitters they would get once consuming them, hence why they strayed away from using them for consumption.
Around the early 1800's, the natives began to further practice their stonemason crafts, and honed their skill by creating elaborate building blocks made out of solid stone brick. Each building was meant to be a way for the stonemason to display their craft, and often featured their own personal touches, such as arches, primitive "vents" for convection airflow within the building, and even carefully engineered holes for water to flow up to a second story through pressure. For their time, the buildings were incredibly advanced, and many of them still stand to this day toward the center of each neighborhood of the city, despite being mostly uninhabitable due the danger associated with their age.
Later, in 1855, Mark Vaticano came upon the growing city and decided to try and convince the natives to allow Munijoch, then a brand new nation, access to their fishing ports and city. After promising resources in return for their usage, he named the city Rio de Vatica, after what the natives thought the ocean to be, a giant river. To improve the city's organization, he immediately divided the city into separate areas, designating the middle area "Del Campo" for the country, the left "Valora" for the valor of the city, and the right "Loyala" after the loyalty of the natives for the country. Aside from renaming the right side to Josephstine, the layout of the city still stands to this day, in fact.
A mayor is elected every 4 years and can run again only once, for a maximum of 8 years. A board is also selected to govern the economic, public, social, and safety side of the city, elected every 2 years, with an unlimited amount of serving time. As with all cities, the public is chosen to choose the officials brought into power every March 21st.
Discussions were placed to have Rio de Vatica be the capital due to it's size and defining heritage, but it was scrapped due to the modern and southernly City of Progress, which has a better port access site than Rio de Vatica.
Most government offices are located in "Josephstine" towards the back of the city, overlooking the country outwards of it. Tourism allows taxes to be kept low.
Del Campo is usually regarded as the extravagant area of the city. Many parties and celebrations are held there, and as a result, many live there to see them. Housing here can easily go through the roof. Shops and luxury malls are common in this area, where valuable goods such as gold, quartz, and copper are sold here year-round.
Valora is the military area of the city. People live here, however, not as much as other areas of the city. In turn, shops and housing go for slightly less than other areas of the city. Fresh produce and pets are commonly sold here, as well, making a lively community to live in, with military marches occurring frequently.
Being slightly smaller than the other areas, as well as more populous, Josephstine is full of parks and landmarks. About 40% of the area is comprised of museums and restaurants for tourist of civilian use. Because of this, housing can be very expensive to own. In addition, towards the back, is the government areas of the town, including housing for the officials to own if need be.
Citizens commonly play soccer in the parks or on the streets whenever possible, seeing as soccer is a hugely popular sport in Munijoch. In addition, baseball diamonds are available for the Rio de Vatica Super Slams, the city's baseball team, mainly situated in the Rio de Vatica Stadium of Lights.
Every May 6th, the city celebrates Seis de Mayo, the founding of the city back in 2000 with huge celebrations and festivities, school and work is out, with the ocean commonly filled with boats and inner tubes. In addition, they have a 5 day labor day holiday to honor the builders of the city, and a festival for the new year, characterized with the Yellow Star, Munijoch's symbol, being shadowed by the Moon, symbolizing the cycle of a new year, reemerging and, according to legend, being "reborn."
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