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Luminaire
Federal City of Luminaire
Nickname(s): "The City of Lights"
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Location of Luminaire in Atlion
Country Atlion
Federal district National Capital Region
Settled by French colonists 1586
City hall Government House
Government
 - Mayor Henry Colville
 - Luminaire Council
 - Regional Government Delegates
Area
 - City 518 km2 (200 sq mi)
Elevation 130 m (427 ft)
Population (2012)
 - City 2,686,440
 - Density 5,186.17/km2 (13,432.2/sq mi)
 - Urban 1
 - Metro 1
 - Demonym Luminary
Time zone EAST (UTC-3)
 - Summer (DST) EADT (UTC-2)
Postal code
Area code(s) Area code
Website luminaire.gov.ab


Luminaire, formally the Federal City of Luminaire, is the capital of the Republic of Atlion. It was first settled by French settlers exploring the Dentele River[1] in June 1586. It was formally designated the national capital by the National Capital Act of the Senate in 1800, as a compromise between Port James[1] and Northridge[1].

The independent city, composed of six inhabited islands, is a component of the roughly square-shaped National Capital Region, a state-level independent administrative region governed by the National Capital Regional Government. The city, along with the rest of the National Capital Region, is made of land donated by the adjacent states of Intima, Sagesse and Broker.

Luminaire had an estimated population of 2,686,440[1] in 2012, the twelfth-largest city in Atlion. The Greater Luminaire Area, the metropolitan area including the federal district, is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country.

The offices of all three branches of the government of Atlion are in Luminaire, including the Senate, President, and Supreme Court[1]. Many government functions were relocated to Luminaire as a result of the National Capital Act, and it is now the location of the vast majority of national government functions.

Luminaire is governed by a popularly-elected mayor and fifteen-member Luminaire Council. Thirteen members of the city council are elected by residents and two are appointed by the national government. On the regional level, the district itself is represented in the Regional Government by five delegates, appointed by and responsible to the city council and mayor.

Etymology

The name "Luminaire" is believed to have its roots in the French word for light, lumière. The Cathedral of Saint Michel's iconic bell tower played host to a navigation torch in its early days, to help guide boats travelling up the Dentele River. While the torch is no longer present in the bell tower, several lighthouses have been built in the area, which frequently suffers from dense fogs in early morning hours. The city is often called the City of Lights, or Ville-Lumière because of its history in helping vessels travel the river.

History

Pre-revolution

Luminaire was settled by wayward French settlers travelling by boat along the Dentele River in 1586. Deep fogs prevented further travel upstream, so the explorers disembarked and established a few houses made of logs.

Revolution and Designation as National Capital

Modern era

Government

Luminaire is an independent city, and is not part of any of the surrounding counties. In the National Capital Region charter, Luminaire City is on the same level as the five counties, and is therefore treated as a county-level entity by the Regional Government.

Municipal government

The city government of Luminaire is composed of two branches, executive and legislative. The city's executive branch is headed by a popularly elected mayor, who runs and manages the city government. The executive office is the largest part of the city government, comprising several elected offices and the 15 departments that make up the civil service. 78,000 people are employed by the city government. The current mayor is Henry Colville.

The legislative body of Luminaire is the Luminaire Council, a 15-member city council. The council is responsible for setting tax levels, creating civil laws, and appropriating annual budgets. Ten members of the council are elected as representatives of specific districts in the city, three members are elected as citywide at-large representatives, and two members are appointed by the national government, one by the Senate, and one by the President's Commission on the National Capital. The current chair of the council is Tom Mendelson.

At the neighborhood level, each city district is composed of several hyper-local Neighborhood Commissions, which advise city councilmembers on neighborhood issues. Neighborhood Commissions are elected by members of each census-defined neighborhood.

Regional government

Luminaire is the seat of the National Capital Region's government. It is home to the majority of the state government's offices and all of its courts. The National Capital Regional Government meets at Luminaire Hall, also the seat of city government. Luminaire is represented in the National Capital Regional Government by five representatives, appointed jointly by the mayor and the Luminaire Council. The Mayor of Luminaire has a vote on the National Capital Region Executive Council, which consists of the county executives of the five counties in the National Capital Region and exists in lieu of the traditional state executive position of Governor.

Federal government

Geography

Luminaire is located in southeastern Atlion, in the eastern National Capital Region. The city's total area is 200 square miles, of which 7.2 square miles is water. It is bordered by Davis County to the west, Portland County to the north, Broker County to the south, and Kings County to the east.

Luminaire's geography is defined by the South Sagessic Hill range. Rolling hills dot the metropolitan area, and prominent government buildings occupy hilltops in the center city area. Downriver, the Dentele Valley is home to hundreds of thousands of suburban homes, a popular location for residences due to both the river itself and the deciduous treecover. The majority of the urban area exists on Luminaire Island, separated from the mainland by the St. Michel and Dentele Rivers. The remaining land area of the city consists of Peatree Island, to the west of Luminaire Island.

Luminaire has three major natural flowing streams. The Dentele River is the primary stream in the city, flowing north to southwest through the area. The St. Michel River separates Luminaire and Peatree Islands. The Paragon River forms the city's western border with Davis County, and separates Peatree Island with the mainland. The St. Michel River and the Paragon River are parallel branches of the Dentele, both passing to the north of Luminaire Island. The Dentele River pools into Lake Atlion immediately downstream of the Victoire Bridge.

The highest natural elevation in the city is 409 feet above sea level at the historic Fort Kimball National Monument. The lowest natural elevation is sea level, at the mid-north shore of Lake Atlion.

Climate

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Luminaire's climate is generally characteristic of the Mediterranean climate found in southern-central Atlion. It features cool, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Rising hot air travelling downwind from the Interior Mountain range causes the city's characteristic cool winds and thick fog. Snow is rare, happening only 15 times in the past 100 years.

Cityscape

The Luminaire Fire of 1815 destroyed much of the city. Thad Elliot, the government-appointed architect tasked with rebuilding the city, designed a city plan with a street system composed of a square grid. North-south streets are named avenues, east-west streets named simply streets. Major arterials are named after important historical figures, as deigned by the Senate Committee on the National Capital. Exceptions include Luminaire Boulevard, the main east-west arterial in the city, Peatree Avenue, the main north-south arterial on Peatree Island, and West Tonway Road, another east-west arterial.

Many of the thoroughfares named after historical figures are from pre-Republic history; some examples include Christopher McFarlane Boulevard and Pere Jean de Laurent Avenue.

Neighborhoods

Luminaire is a vibrant city, with many neighborhoods, each with a different culture and history. Neighborhood map of Luminaire

The city can be divided into eight distinct geographical regions across its five islands: North Peatree, South Peatree, Up-Island, Mid-Island, Down-Island, Crawford Lakeside, Rossieu Island, and Breaux Island.

Mid-Island is the central portion of Luminaire Island and includes Downtown Luminaire, and is the core of the city, including its main commercial areas and the heart of the Atlionese federal government. Home to nearly all of the city's major sporting and event venues, including the Luminiare Stadium and Defense Field, the City Museum, National Aquarium, and many nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and shopping centers. The Luminaire University campus is located here, along with the Luminaire University Medical System's main and Parc de Laurent campuses. Residential areas here are generally limited to Chinatown, but Mid-Island is easily accessible from suburban residences across the Dentele River.

Down-Island consists of the southern parts of Luminaire Island downstream from Mid-Island. Down-Island is primary residential, containing the major neighborhoods of Branch (for which Branch Avenue is named) and Broker Heights, located in the area near the southern confluence of the three rivers. The Moten Tech Park, established as a result of an initiative by the city government is located here, along Moten Avenue along the St. Michel River.

Crawford Lakeside refers to the areas adjacent to Crawford International Airport. The airport has long anchored a thriving commercial district, which in recent years has catered to foreign multi-nationals seeking to locate offices near the international gateway for ease of access. The intersection of Aviation Boulevard and Victoire Boulevard is the heart of this area, and is a major intersection for commuters travelling to the airport or to other parts of the city from the suburbs.

Rossieu Island is the third largest of the six core islands that make up the City of Luminaire. Rossieu Island's proximity to Port Island has made it a popular location for light and heavy industry, including manufacturing and warehousing for goods shipped in and out of the Port of Luminaire.

Breaux Island is a major business district housed on the island of the same name. Located to the east of downtown in the Dentele River, the Breaux Island region typically also includes neighboring Timothy Island to the south. The islands are home to most of Luminaire's tallest buildings, and is the National Capital Region's largest purpose-built business district. The headquarters of General Defense is located on Breaux Island.


Architecture

Parks

The Luminaire Commons is the largest urban park in the country. Designed to be the "common grounds for every Atlionese citizen". The 1,000 acre park features flower gardens, shade groves, an ampitheatre, several playgrounds, and the Capitol Building at its northern end.

Wonderland Park Resort, an entertainment and resort hotel complex located on Wonderland Island, is partially owned by the Federal Government, and was established as a retreat for vacationing government employees. It consists of a large theme park as the centerpiece attraction, a water park, two golf courses, and four resort hotels, each with a different theme.

Demographics

Ethnicities

Religion

Crime and Public Safety

Crime in Luminaire is generally concentrated in areas stricken with poverty and gang violence. The majority of the city's core residential neighborhoods on Luminaire Island itself are generally safe from crime, with poorer areas on Peatree Island contributing 40% of the city's crime.

The city's Metropolitan Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency in the city. It patrols the city, engages in crime-deterrence efforts, and enforces court orders and traffic enforcement. It also provides campus security for city public and charter schools.

The Mass Transit Administration Police (MTAp) is responsible for law enforcement on the city's public transit system. The Transit Police agency shares jurisdictional authority over the transit system with the Metropolitan Police.

Several federal police services, such as the Atlion National Capital Police Service and the Atlion Parks Police also have jurisdiction over wide areas of the city.

The Luminaire Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services oversees the city's response to fire, medical, and mass casualty emergencies. It oversees the Luminaire City Fire Department, and Luminaire Emergency Medical Services System.

Economy

Luminaire's economy is service-centric. The federal government is the city's largest employer, accounting for about 40% of the city's jobs. The city's unemployment rate is 6.8% as of Q2 2012. The region's largest non-federal employers are National University, Mass Transit Administration, General Defense, West Commons Medical System, and University System of Luminaire.

Tourism

Transport

Luminaire is the last port before the head of navigation on the Dentele River and is an important port in South Central Atlion. Luminaire, as national capital, is also a major road, rail, and air hub.

The Luminaire Orbital, Interstate 901, circles the city, and travels for a short distance inside the city near Broker Heights. Interstate 1, the Christopher McFarlane Freeway, connects the Orbital with Statesport, Broker to the southwest. Local traffic into the city from Interstate 1 directed onto Christopher McFarlane Boulevard inside of the Orbital. The lack of interstate highways within city limits has caused severe congestion on several bridges across the Dentele River, particularly the Victoire Bridge, Queen's Bridge, and West Tonway Connector. Despite a near-total absence of high-capacity interstate highways, Luminaire is home to some local controlled-access expressways, notably the Lakeland Toll Road and the Branch Avenue Expressway.

Luminaire's main intercity rail station is Union Station, serving National Rail trains and commuter rail services to nearby suburbs. Union Station is the third-busiest National Rail station and the hub of Metrolink commuter service. Metrolink connects regional commuters with Luminaire and Statesport, in neighboring Broker, and is operated by CapTrans in conjunction with the Broker State Department of Transportation[1]

The city is served by two major airports offering daily scheduled service, Sidney Crawford International, the city's main airport to the southwest of the city, and Capital, directly across the Dentele River from the Commons. Tonway Field, a small airport to the east of the city, offers chartered and unscheduled service.

The city's subway system, Metro, was opened in 1965. Metro and the city's local bus network are operated by the Mass Transit Administration. An extensive network of streets, avenues, and boulevards make up the core of Luminaire's surface transport network. Cyclists, carpooling, and other alternative methods of transport are also important in the city. LightBike, the city's bicycle sharing program, is the largest in the country.

Education

Primary and secondary education

The city's public education system, the Luminaire Public Schools, is overseen by the National Capital Region Department of Education, CapEd. Luminaire Public Schools is led by the Schools Chancellor, appointed by the Mayor. The current Chancellor is Christine Davies.

Higher education

National University is the premier public university in the city, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It is perennially ranked highly among public universities in the country. The University System of Luminaire operates several public universities inside of the city and in the five suburban counties. The City College of Luminaire provides associate's-level degrees and transfer opportunities to higher institutions.

Culture

Museums

The City Museum of Luminaire is a free, city-owned and operated museum detailing Luminaire's history and culture. It was opened through an endowment of the federal government in 1862. The National Museum of Atlion is comprised of several museums in Luminaire and the National Zoo and National Aquarium. Admission to the National Museum member museums is free, and is a great source of tourism to Luminaire.

Sports

Luminaire is home to teams from all major professional men's sports played in Atlion. The Luminaire Lightning (Atlion Basketball Association) and Luminaire Capitals (Atlion Hockey Federation) play at the Alliance Center in Parc de Laurent. The Luminaire Senators (Atlion Baseball League) play at Defense Field in Queen's Park. F.C. Luminaire (Atlion Football League) play at Luminaire Stadium in Chinatown.

Media

The Luminaire Times is the Luminaire Metropolitan Area's widest circulating newspaper. It was founded in 1825 by local owners.

References

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