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Chernograd - The Black City

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The following documents encompass a series of dossiers, factsheets and infopackets relating to the cities and settlements of the Federal Bureaucracy. More documentation will be added as it is written, declassified or discovered.


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Pictured above, from left to right: View over Blackwater Bay, with visible artificial islet. Nighttime snapshot of the riverside district. Gray Wing of the CGC - rooftops.





NW Kryell


17th December, 2005

Total Land Area


78,796 km2


55,899 km2


22,897 km2

Chernograd (alternatively known as Czernograd or «ernograd) is the currently-extant capitol of the Federal Bureaucracy of Yegla Islands, as well as its second largest city by population. Located on the North-Western coast of Kryell, it was purpose-built shortly after the founding of the Bureaucracy over the estuary of the Krasva river, and from there onto the lower slopes of mount Zgiebrzeg - a long-dormant volcano denoting the geographical center of the Yeglan archipelago. Its name, when translated, equates to "Black City", in deference to the distinctive volcanic soil that may be found in the surrounding area. This naming also extends to Blackwater Bay - a sizable gulf which hems the coastal side of the city and its environs.

Chernograd is not easily defined by any one trait of architectural intent or structure, but is rather distinct for its fequent alternation between such. Various districts of the city are constructed according to varying schools of thought with regards to design and appearance, though all conform to a purpose-constructed, pre-planned infrastructural layout when viewed internally. Notably, despite its theoretically dense habitation statistics, the city is famed for its highly spacious and comfortable housing arrangements throughout practically all district strata, rated among the highest on both a national and global level. This is because a not-insignificant portion of Chernograd's inhabited zones is rather vertically expansive - towering skyscrapers, connected by bridge-esque frameworks and suspended plazas, provide additional housing and social space, while a large portion of the city's infrastructural and industrial network is sequestered away in subterranean (and submarine) chambers, and thus does not intrude on the city's vibrant atmosphere or spatial bounds. Even the dockyards and harbor facilities are largely situated on semi-mobile offshore platforms, or simply located on the seafloor for submersible access (though it must be noted that Chernograd is not, on the whole, a particularly active port for the purposes of maritime trade - most naval traffic in and out of its harbor tends to be passenger-bearing or military in nature).

A highly developed public transit system envelops the city, and is centered around an expansive high-speed maglev monorail network that remains easily accessible from practically any point within municipal bounds. Personal vehicles are not uncommon, but the overwhelming majority of owners typically utilize them for travel outside of city bounds, and will generally refrain from intra-municipal usage. Among such vehicles, most are either electric or fuel-cell-operated in nature. Charging stations for the former and hydrogen refuelling points for the latter are scattered liberally throughout Chernograd's road system.

One defining feature which persists through practically all districts and sectors of the Yeglan capital is the presence of vegetative zones - typically taking the form of parks and public gardens, they may be found in abundance throughout the city. Large buildings will often have rooftop gardens, and even subterranean sectors will typically feature hydroponic chambers in which various (often non-native or climate-dependent) botanical environments are maintained, both for the purposes of food supply and public entry.

Due to its capitol status, Chernograd is also considered the official seat of the Yeglan government, and the upper echelons of its Central Military Command branch. Military outposts and bases are dotted around the city's outskirts and coast, and the harbor districts are often privy to the arrival and departure of military vessels of practically every provenance. The presence of the governmental apparatus is also outlined and exemplified by the so-called Chernograd Governmental Complex.

The Complex is perhaps the most iconic architectural landmark of the Yeglan archipelago, and an object of considerable foreign interest. To call it a building is in fact somewhat misleading - the Complex is a sprawling, multi-kilometer-spanning, arcology-esque structure covering a substantial chunk of the city. It could be considered a city within a city - featuring integral housing blocks for government workers, its own monorail-based transit network, entertainment and shopping centers and even several parks, it reflects perfectly the incomprehensibly-expansive, nigh-impossibly-bureaucratic governmental structure which it serves as the seat of. Extending from the coast to the very center of the city, it is divided into a number of primary Wings - effectively pseudo-districts, distinct in their architectural styling and intended purpose.

The White Wing houses most residential and entertainment areas, and is rather reminiscent of an ultramodern, indoor city (albeit a relatively small one). The Gray Wing, angular in its construction, its majestic halls bedecked with acres of slate-grey pseudomarble, forms the core of the Complex's primary governmental functionalities, and serves as the de-facto seat of power for most of the Yeglan central government. The Azure Wing, touting rather utilitarian and angular constriction, comprises most of the seaside sections of the Complex, and serves as a hybrid military base, academy and shipyard. The Green Wings, of which there are multiple, house the Complex's parks and gardens, alongside providing the hydroponic farm blocks and infrastructural nodes that allow it to function with practically absolute self-sufficiency from the remainder of Chernograd. Finally, the Black Wing is located within the very heart of the Complex. Access is severely restricted, as this Wing houses the Vozhd's personal residence, alongside various clandestine structures relating to the government's upper echelons and military high command.

Despite the Islands' relative isolation, Chernograd is known to be a tourism hotspot for both citizens of the Bureaucracy and all manner of foreign visitors - though the vast quantities of red tape required for visa applications put something of a damper on the latter. Typical comments on the city laud its clean, airy atmosphere, the exemplary state of the local environment and the pleasant all-year-round climate. The latter two have ensured the popularity of local beaches, of which there is a great quantity (though they are typically situated some distance away from the city itself).