Old City (Shivrashan)

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Old City
Division Urban District
Area 27.42 km²
Population (as of 965) 517,743
Population Density 19,611/km²
Council seats 10
Constituencies 2

The Old City is the heart of Shivrashan Proper, and contains the seat of the City-State government and the government of the City of Shivrashan Proper. It is also the wealthiest of the Districts.

History

The Old City is the location of what was originally the entirety of the City of Shivrashan. At the time of Navesh's conquest, there were several small villages and one small town in the area, known as Shivrashan. Shivrashan quickly grew to absorb surrounding villages and became the seat of both the Trans-Fantasta and of the Shivrashan Province, which included not just the modern City-State, but a significantly larger area. In the area that would later become the City-State, a number of larger towns were granted City Status, while much of the remaining area was divided into Districts. The City achieved borders close to those of the current District by the mid-4th century, after which point only a few small adjustments were made to the City of Shivrashan. The name Old City was adopted after the creation of the expanded city of "Greater Shivrashan" in the mid-5th century, when several surrounding Districts were annexed, and a new name was needed to distinguish the central district.

Before the Shivrashan Revolution, the Old City had the second-highest enfranchisement rate (62.2%), and had the most disproportionate representation in terms of numbers of any District. When the Universal Suffrage Act was passed, its representation dropped from 43 seats to just 14. The Old City was one of the strongest supporters of the status quo, having the most to lose from a reform of the franchise.

Economics

The Old City has the highest per capita income of all Districts. Unlike many other Districts, the Old City has no rent controls and no laws in place to increase the supply of housing. It consists largely of luxury apartments and high-rise office buildings. The population has been in decline since its peak in 918, when it was at 695,473, and as a consequence, the District has lost 4 seats since the Revolution

Administration

The District is governed by a District Council consisting of 120 seats, and a District Chief, elected popularly for a 3-year term. District Council members are divided into 4 groups of 30 members each, elected to staggered 4-year terms. They are elected from 5 constituencies whose borders are fixed, but whose membership is reapportioned every year