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Plovdiv City (Ursa Madeum-Plovdiv)

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Plovdiv

The current capital city of the House of Plovdiv, this city of incredible importance to it's people, and to it's house. It also has numerous ore reserves in and around the city, thus making it the production heartland of the House, and it's Oblast is responsible for nearly 60% of all output.

With a population of around 120,000 people, and steadily growing, the city continues to thrive with a very luxurious lifestyle for it's inhabitants, and almost all of the nobility resides here.

 

Geography

The city is landlocked, though it has it's water reserves and has a mixture of buildings and nature, in a perfect balance. Situated on top of a hill, it has very sturdy walls and is a very strong defensive location. Infact, the one thing that will be seen from far away is the massive Baldwin's Tower that watches over the city and acts as a very powerful observation post, almost impossible to damage reliably from far away. 

Actually, the city being situated on a hill provides quite the scenic landscape when combined with the nearby woods and roads, and all kinds of ordinary flowers can be found in and out of the city.

Furthermore, it features a unique kind of flower, called Smurtflower (or deathflower). These kinds of plants are amazing collection trophies, and for a reason. They are incredibly dangerous, with it's entire body being highly poisonous, and deadly to practically anyone, young or old, healthy or sick. They also seem to have gained a will of their own, and occasionally take action themselves, releasing spores which are poisonous if approached. 

There is also a myth of an ancient giant-protector of the city who would awaken from a hidden slumber when the people need him the most, and help fend off invaders.

 

Culture

As the capital city, Plovdiv is an embodiment of the patriarchial and traditional way of life, alongside emphasizing unity in it's inhabitants. Here, gender equality is a rare sight, and forced marriages based on family connections are not uncommon. Also, status matters, and the upper class are treated with respect.

Economy

The economy here is focused on the production of goods, thanks to the relative safety for work, as there is no fear of bandits or rogues to interrupt and scare the populace in Fortress Plovdiv. This ensures high production quality and quantity, as there is no need to fear all of your work being wiped away by a robbery or a murder any attempt will get quickly halted by the garrison force, and the walls themselves act as a strong deterrent; the Krum Laws are incredibly strict, based on a 'you get punished in accordance with what you did' style, and body parts regularly get cut off thanks to the severity of the law system in Plovdiv, as the highest standards must be enforced in the most important areas.

Education

Education is provided either by a central academy (Philippolis-Plovdiv State Academy) or a number of different other lesser entities and schools. Education is fairly universal, and mandatory before joining the armed forces, with little in student debts and tuition fees. Many of these entities, including Philippolis-Plovdiv, also teach trades to their students.

 

Government

The government is split between the nobility (mostly the King's family, along with the lesser bolyars), and the Advisory Council, where the nobility holds the majority of the power, being responsible for the making and enforcing of laws and bills, as well as construction and just general government stuff. The Council, however, which is elected from the populace of the House, acts as an advisory body, and has guaranteed right to propose new stuff with a high degree of influence. This has often resulted in ideological splits and political violence, but has also ensured the people got what they needed, and no money was spent on lavish, unnecessary shiny towers while the populace was needing basic infrastructure and more housing.

Also, Plovdiv, being the capital city of it's own province..or Oblast, also holds the governor, a middleman noble who is tasked with the day-to-day administration of the Oblast on behalf of the Family whenever possible.

Military

There is no concrete army the city possesses. Rather, most of it's protection comes from the fairly large Plovdiv Liberation Army. However, it is worth noting that there is still a garrison force, consisting of the following Veteran formations:

900 Home Guard

500 Cavalry 

200 Strike Force

an undisclosed number of irregular formations, such as mages, minutemen, haiduti/guerilla fighters, and various support, though an estimate is that they are also in the several hundreds total.

 

Landmarks

Royal Parliamentary Palace- This is the place where the family ruling Plovdiv lives. Heavily guarded, and visits to the area where the palace lay is highly restricted. It is also one of the only legal place where laws, bills and treaties may be signed that are legally binding for the House. The palace also holds Baldwin's Tower, a giant tower that also acts as an observation post and, at least in rumour, a prison.

Plovdiv Oblast House- This is the place where the Governor lives. Also heavily guarded, and with restricted visits. It is another legal location for the signing of documents. A noticeable feature is the statue of the tri-colour flag positioned in front of the area the house is located.

People's Parliament District- This is the area where the Council, Governor, and the Royals get together to govern. This district also contains the housing for all the council members from all three factions of the council. Another heavily guarded area, but not restricted for visitors. A legal location for the signing of documents. There is always an honour guard with a tri-colour present indoors and outdoors.

Nevsky's Cathedral of the Fallen: This is the main place of religious worship for the official religion the House follows (closely tied to Orthodox Christianity), and is also the legal burial place for any deceased Tsar. It is the last place where documentation can be signed. There is no guard, nor restrictions, aside from the days in which important religious ceremonies are being run, and there is an honour guard present at all times, but rather than a tri-colour, they wear religious symbols. 

People's Square: This is the central area of Plovdiv, and, per government decree, exempt from construction in the area and it's vicinity, thus giving a stark contrast to the rest of Plovdiv, which has buildings. There are also small gardens with trees and flowers planted there, and is where many festivals are held because of how open it is. Also, all government buildings are on the edges of the Square, and within the Square itself, there are many monuments; some are for leaders; some are for brave men; some are for poets; and some are for the house's culture itself. Access to this area is completely unrestricted, though that obviously changes when you approach the important buildings. Also, it is not uncommon for several areas being designed for Trade, where exchange of goods is legally possible, and encouraged. That does not mean trade outside of the Square is illegal, but it's the only place where the trade is truly regulated by the government, and offers the most reliable prices and deals in the city, as well as where the fairness-of-trade policies are most enforced throughout the city, and the area where Traders are the most reliable, thanks to strict requirements to operate there, most notably, a license and government permission.

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