Viridian City is a city situated in the south-east of Oregon between and around the Snake and Treasure rivers.
Administration and Politics
Viridian City is controlled by a City council made up of 70 councillors from 35 wards. All of the councillors stand as independants, and are elected from various things e.g. representatives of the local mililtia, national government, directly elected members, community fora, public servicemen, religious groups, the Ecotopic Party etc. The council is rather large, and there is no one mayor, although the speaker of the council performs some of those functions. Consequently the city has a (somewhat unfair) reputation of being bureaucratic and a little too conservative.
Like a lot of Oregon, Viridian City is built around direct democracy and grassroots-ism. It is divided into six somewhat self-governing wards;
- Merioneth (Meridian plus Boise city west of the river here)
- Gaul (Eagle and Star)
- Number (Nampa)
- Colchester (Boise east of the river, plus Morrison park and Boise depot here)
It is worth pointing out at this point that Viridian City is home to the headquarters of the Ecotopic league, which meet in a much grander building than the council do, originally built between 1906 and 1920 for regional development offices of the HBC but it was not until the takeoff of Oregonian Ecotopism that the EL moved in.
Viridian City was co-founded in 1863 by Russian fur-trappers and the HBC who named the city after its wooded nature. Its nickname comes from this founding - it's called "The City of Trees". In the first half of the twentieth century, the Hudson Bay company encouraged imports and regional growth by grants, fuelled by the Pioneer Spirit. Many buildings in the city, such as its Art Deco railway station built in the thirties, and confusing City hall, pay testimony to this.
Later in the second half of the twentieth century the city was given its freedom, in 1958 by the Ecotopists. The city was a pioneer of Oregon's now successful hydro-electric schemes.
During the California-Tejas war, there were huge influxes of Californio refugees from over the southern border. There was also a high input of people escaping Lago Grande but now the fighting has thankfully subsided more the Oregonian national and local governments are helping sort out who is and is not an illegal immegrant.
Viridian City is home to a set of metro-frequency high-acceleration high-braking speed tram systems, as well as a longer-distance commuter railroad. Its tram system pioneered the use of flywheel energy storage in transportation vehicles with its new people-movers on the tram network.
The tram network was hit by a series of bombs on the fifth of May 2006. Responsibility was claimed by a Neo-snorist Moesul Thomlinson in letters to police but this is thought to be a pseudonym and many consider the letters to be forgeries, perhaps by anti-snorists.