In the looming, sprawling city, money determines your place--whether it's in the orderly, peaceful Centrifuge, or the vast, risk-wrought Radius. Families work hard to earn enough to pay past the Gate, an impenetrable wall of white stone that divides these incredibly different worlds; most, however, have resigned themselves to their place in the system.
The city is located in an alternate reality of our own world, but with a hint of a supernatural and cyberpunkish theme. Technology and society is generally the same, with minimal differences. The city itself is a representation of a typical, busy metropolis.
Climate: seasonal; extreme winters and summers, with spring and autumn being the most temperature-bearable times of the year
Geography: relatively flat, with a river cutting from north to south through the Centrifuge
Government: oligarchy and democracy, led by the elected 102-member Assembly and 5-member Conclave.
Commerce: credits (denoted by a ° in lieu of a decimal point) that come in increments of 1, 5, 10, 25, and 100, as well as quarter credit coins [5° and 5°00 are both acceptable]. Currency is issued and stamped by District Branches of the Centrifuge Treasury. The conversion factor to USD is approximately 3 USD to 1 Credit.
Population: 1 million
Area: 150 square miles (388.5 square kilometers)
The Centrifuge rises from the center of the city, bisected by a river and overlooking the area that surrounds it. Home of the government and municipal headquarters, it is a placid, orderly, and increasingly expensive place to live. The most notable features of the Centrifuge are the Imperial Towers, twin white skyscrapers that reach the heavens.
The Gate has four entry points, one in every district of the radius, each at the end of a long road. Guarded 24/7, only those with permits and proof of invitation may pass through the white wall and into the Centrifuge.
Population: 6 million
Districts: 4 (divided into 3 sectors each)
Area: 426 square miles (1,103.3 square kilometers)
Split into the North, West, East, and South districts, the Radius completely surrounds the Centrifuge in a ring of various downtowns, businesses, and hundreds of neighborhoods. By day, the life of the middle and lower class progresses as it does normally, with adults going to work and children and teens going to school. Nighttime, however, is a different story.
The most urban areas of the Radius are generally concentrated around the Centrifuge, steadily becoming less populated and more suburban as distance from the center increases.
NORTH DISTRICT: the most populated district, with the busiest level of city life and the lowest level of gang activity. The closest many residents of the Radius get to Centrifuge life. High-rise apartment buildings and glistening glass office buildings tower over the citizens below, who bustle with purpose through the traffic-congested streets.
WEST DISTRICT: Fringe turf. Recent slowdown of Fringe activity makes the West District the second safest place to live in the Radius. Though the nightlife downtown is measurable to that of the North District, the suburbs of the West District are perhaps the most tranquil place to live, with considerable-sized neighborhoods in the typical grid-like layout, and shopping malls every few streets down.
EAST DISTRICT: Network turf. The Network seems to have a strange obsession with graffiti; as a result, municipal workers are often seen trying to scrub everything clean, with little success. Industry has made its mark everywhere--old, rusted railroad tracks crisscross through abandoned platforms, and factories spew smoke and steam on either sides of the road. The towns throughout the suburbs are small and worn, but the urban district is the largest mini-city within the Radius.
SOUTH DISTRICT: Guild turf. The cheapest and most dangerous place to live, with the highest level of poverty in certain areas. Abandoned warehouses, apartment buildings, and office buildings dot the outskirts of the city, mixed in with newer, half-constructed high-rise buildings as the South District mayor attempts to revitalize the area. There are a series of wharves along the river, with storage warehouses; many of them have been abandoned as various ventures failed. Shops in both the urban and suburban districts often have their windows and doors barred, and houses are small and crowded together against streets full of potholes.
TENANTS OF LAW
Within the Radius, there are only six tenants of law, but many ways to break them.
1) Thou shall not Harm
2) Thou shall not Steal
3) Thou shall not Violate
4) Thou shall not Sow Fear
5) Thou shall not Commit Treason
6) Thou shall not Use a Power Unauthorized*
*Breaking this tenant is always accompanied by breaking one of the other five and can lead to dual convictions.
Includes Murder, Manslaughter, Murder for Hire, Attempted Murder, Physical Assault, various forms of Abuse, and the like. If convicted, the criminal may serve a minimum sentence of six (6) months to a maximum sentence of life without parole. The attached fine could be a minimum of 500 credits to a maximum of 1,000,000°.
Includes Auto Theft, Mugging, Shoplifting, Break and Entering, Hacking, Espionage, and the like. If convicted, the criminal may serve a minimum sentence of three (3) months to a maximum sentence of fifteen (15) years. The attached fine could be a minimum of 250° to a maximum of 500,000°.
Includes Rape, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Prostitution, Stalking, Kidnapping, Physical Trespass, Mental Trespass, and the like. If convicted, the criminal may serve a minimum sentence of six months to a maximum sentence of life without parole. The attached fine could be a minimum of 750° to a maximum of 750,000°.
Includes Terrorism in all its forms. If convicted, the criminal may serve a minimum sentence of one (1) year to a maximum sentence of twenty-five (25) years. The attached fine could be a minimum of 100° to a maximum of 500,000°.
If convicted, the criminal may serve a minimum sentence of five (5) years to a maximum sentence of life without parole. The attached fine could be a minimum of 10,000° to a maximum of 1,000,000°.
Use a Power Unauthorized
Includes use of power on a non-harbinger and use of power in a restricted area. If convicted, the criminal may serve a minimum sentence of six (6) months to a maximum sentence of life without parole. The attached fine could be a minimum of 1000° to a maximum of 1,000,000°.
If an individual is found guilty, they will either serve their time at the jail in the convicting district or, depending on severity of crime and the number of offenses, at Tartarus Prison (located in the Centrifuge). Inmates at the Prison are not allowed visitors or contact with anyone outside. It is common for inmates to die while incarcerated within and very few return.