Terranova City evolved from its corporate roots to become something of a democratic wonder and Central America’s high-tech hub.
Terranova Corporation was - and remains -one of the world’s leading aerospace and weapons firms. In 2060, the corporation began fortifying its already massive facilities in the Yucatan, expecting to be targeted as war spread. Terranova also began assembling a substantial security force, recruiting military and ex-military personnel from around the world to build and train a private army. As war came and went, the Yucatan remained relatively untouched, and Terranova’s facilities began attracting thousands hoping to find work and a home. The corporation recognised the need to bring others into the fold and began inviting partner corporations to the Yucatan, establishing what has become something of a Silicon Valley South.
Over the last few decades, the sprawl around Terranova’s original facilities has become enormous, and the city has attracted millions of people. However, for all its high-tech splendour and wealth, the city is the region’s greatest polluter, and its manufacturing centres have become increasingly dangerous. There is currently political tension between the corporation and a network of environmental activists. The green opponents of Terranova Council are worried that uncontrolled pollution will create the same kind of conditions that caused Mother Nature’s Revenge, and are calling for formal environmental protections to be enacted. Accusations of political interference, beatings, and corporate break-ins have all sides worried that environmental politics could flare into escalating violence.
Terranova City is home to between 28 and 30 million, with some estimates even higher. The population is diverse and well-educated; a significant portion is actually quite wealthy as a result of the region’s focus on technology development, engineering, and sophisticated manufacturing facilities.
Citizenship in the city is attained only through review by the Citizenship Control Board. Applications often take years before they are reviewed, during which time a special T-Pass is issued. The Board requires all applicants to live in the city for at least one year without a security incident and to pass a medical examination.
Government and Travel Controls
Terranova is composed of several urban districts, each of which elects a representative council. The council then elects a primary representative to sit on the Terranova Representative Council, which governs all aspects of the city’s administration. Only citizens can vote for these representatives.
Terranova City enjoys one of the world’s finest and largest security forces. It is also one of the few cities with significant air support for its military, provided through the Terranova Corporation’s aerospace initiatives (4.2.6).