3rd June, 2240
The ministries of state are located on the Capitoline hill, along with the Senate House. The ministries of state are vast buildings which stretch many kilometres into the air. The Senate House, by contrast, is wide, as it must accommodate many thousands of senators, each of which possesses their own private apartment, office, and staff. The Capitoline is protected by the Imperial Police Force, while the ministries of state and the Senate House are protected by the Imperial Guard. The final hill, the Aventine, is a closed military area. The offices of the Aletian armed forces are located here. The hills are connected by a processional roadway, known as Palace Street. Use of this roadway is restricted to the Aletian armed forces. Public transportation is available in the form of moving walkways, buses, and a subway system. A second subway system, Metro 2, exists alongside the public system, but is reserved for government use only.
The second district is the Business District. As the Business District surrounds the Palace District, a cordon exists between the two, which is manned by the Imperial Guard. The Imperial Forum is situated in the Business District. The Imperial Forum is the commercial heart of Alexandria and the Empire. Millions arrive on Laurentia every day to visit the Imperial Forum. Everything is sold there, from food, to clothes, to furniture, to weapons, to vehicles. Cars are permitted in the Business District, unlike in the Palace District. Public transportation exists in the form of buses, trams, and a public subway system. To handle the vast amount of merchandise which is shipped to and from the district daily, several star ports are located close by. These feature multiple landing pads for shuttles and large cargo ships, and are connected to space elevators, which use electromagnetic rails to transport goods to and from freighters in orbit.
The final district is the Outer District. This is the main residential area of the city. Although the Palace District and the Business District feature residential areas, these are nearly all reserved for government employees. The Outer District features large areas of public parkland and woodland separating urban areas. The main campuses of the University of Alexandria and the Imperial Military College are both located in the Outer District. Several large military bases belonging to the Imperial Guard are also located in the Outer District. Imperial gendarmes equipped with heavy vehicles are stationed within these bases, and guard the approaches to the city. These work in conjunction with grenadier and police units stationed within Alexandria itself. The city's public subway system does not extend as far as the Outer District, although bus and tram services are available, and cars are common. The district features multiple star ports.
Per Aspera Ad Astra
Driven by the need for natural resources, Alexandria began to expand. This naturally brought the Alexandrians into conflict with the other colonists. Seeking to avoid a war, which would only serve to reduce the colonists already low populations, the Alexandrians came to an agreement with their neighbours. The Treaty of Alexandria, signed in 2308, led to the foundation of the Aletian Republic. Alexandria, as the largest city in the Republic and instigator of the treaty, was designated the capital. Although, as a compromise, the power of the Alexandrians over the Republic's other cities was restrained, the Republic prospered. The population of Laurentia grew rapidly over the next few decades due to a mix of high birth rates and state-mandated cloning, leading to the founding of countless more cities. To cope with this rapid growth, Alexandria was expanded, leading to the integration of neighbouring settlements into the city.
By 2500, the population of Laurentia had risen to over four billion people. To relieve pressure, cloning was ended and an interstellar colonisation programme was launched. With the expansion of the Aletian Republic into the stars, Alexandria became the capital of an interstellar state, and was further developed. The houses on the Palatine were demolished to make way for the Presidential Palace. The ministries of state were relocated to the Capitoline, which became the government district. The Aventine became a closed military area with the establishment of the Republic Guard. A processional roadway, Republic Street, was constructed to link the three areas together. The Business District formally came into its own. The suburbs were reorganised, and pollution was drastically reduced. The Aletians were acutely aware of the legacy of pollution and climate change from Terra, and wished to avoid making the same mistakes.
This arrangement remained the same until the end of the Republic. A grand funeral for Theodora Nicolaides was planned to take place in the city after her death, but Alexander Nicolaides assaulted Laurentia before it could take place, recovering the body of his wife. Although much of Laurentia's garrison joined Alexander, the Republic Guard continued to resist. The fighting was so intense that the Presidential Palace and much of the city centre was destroyed. Both would be rebuilt following the establishment of the Aletian Empire. As part of the reconstruction plan, the ruins of the Presidential Palace were demolished to make way for the Imperial Palace. The ministries of state on the Capitoline were rebuilt and the Senate House was relocated to the site. The Aventine was redeveloped and designated as the headquarters of the Aletian armed forces. Lastly, Republic Street was redeveloped and enclosed, becoming Palace Street.