Freedom City: Freedom Watch
Welcome to Freedom City
Welcome to Freedom City!
Freedom City is a thriving metropolis of modern buildings and architecture. It is home to millions, and more move into the area each day, drawn by the promise of a new life in a city filled with new jobs and
new challenges. Freedom is one of the largest cities in the United States, and one with a promising future.
Freedom City Facts At A Glance
Population: 3.5 million
Area: 250 square miles
Tallest Building: Pyramid Plaza (100 stories)
Professional Football Team: Freedom City Heroes
Professional Baseball Team: Freedom City Flags
Mayor: Michael O’Conner, Jr. (Dem.)
Newspaper (Largest Circulation): Freedom City Ledger
Nickname: “The City of Tomorrow”
A Brief History of Freedom City
Freedom City began with the quest for independence, when Puritan colonists from England and the Netherlands arrived in the New World in 1630. They founded a small, walled town at the confluence of two rivers on a great bay and named it Freedom.
By the mid-1700s, Freedom had grown considerably, the original settlement expanding along with additional settlements in the area like Bayview, Hanover, Kingston, and Port Regal. The area became a focus for anti-British sentiment among the colonists. Following the war, Freedom and the outlying settlements formally incorporated as Freedom City in 1789.
The nineteenth century saw continued growth and development for the city. Freedom City University was established in 1825 and the city became a bustling port as well as a center for learning and the arts. That same year Henry Beaumont began publishing the Freedom Ledger, the city’s longest running daily newspaper. The outlying districts of the city were largely defined and the new West End and Southside neighborhoods began to grow with the influx of immigrants from Europe.
The start of the twentieth century saw Freedom City as a modern metropolis, but the gay abandon of the 1920s quickly gave way to the violence of gangsters and Prohibition. After that, the Great Depression saw fortunes ruined and the city sank into economic and social despair. The city and federal governments instituted work programs for the legions of Freedom City’s unemployed, including a number of construction and beautification projects.
The Second World War signaled the end of the Great Depression and ushered in a new era of prosperity in Freedom City. Tens of thousands went back to work as area factories did booming business to fill wartime orders for guns, tanks, and munitions. Freedom City has been riding this wave of optimism and success ever since.
The 1960’s find Freedom City on the threshold of a new age – the Space Age. Inspired by Freedom City’s world-class academic institutions and cutting edge technology firms, NASA recently chose nearby Star Island as the site of its new Space Control Center, guaranteeing that Freedom City will continue to be at the forefront of American progress for years to come.
Freedom City Districts
Downtown is the heart of Freedom City. It combines modern skyscrapers with colonial charm.
The Waterfront: The city’s waterfront is located along the tip of the peninsula and is lined with piers that handle Freedom City’s shipping traffic, along with warehouses storing goods being shipped in and out of the city.
Riverside: Riverside is famous for its bohemian, Old World charm. The area features small parks, tree-lined streets, and brickwork buildings. The neighborhood is popular with young people and artists.
Wading Way: Located along the north side of Downtown, Wading Way is Freedom City’s business district. The street is lined with brokerage houses, banks, and investment companies.
Midtown: The area between Liberty Park and City Center is called Midtown. It is downtown’s largest residential area and features many high-rise apartment buildings.
The North End: The area north of Liberty Park is home to Freedom City University.
Parkside: The residential area west of Liberty Park. Like Midtown, it has many high-rise apartment buildings.
Theater District: The area south of Parkside is known for its vibrant theater and art community.
The Fens: A sleazy red light district of porn theaters, dive bars, and low rent housing.
The area north of the Wading River.
Hanover: A college town dominated by the campus of the prestigious Hanover Institute of Technology.
Kingston: A growing upper middle class suburb.
North Bay: A wealthy community of expensive waterfront homes and historic mansions. Freedom City’s wealthiest families live here.
The area west of the newly built Wallace Expressway.
Lantern Hill: Freedom City’s most historic neighborhood. Has a distinctly colonial feel with narrow, tree-lined streets and row houses.
Greenbank: This neighborhood is a grubby area of warehouses and railroad yards.
West End: A collection of lower middle class ethnic neighborhoods.
Ashton: A growing middle class bedroom city.
Greenville: Another growing middle class bedroom city.
The area south of the South River.
The Boardwalk: The Boardwalk is lined with hotels and casinos. Gambling is legal here, but not in other parts of Freedom City. While many of the hotels and casinos were built in the 1920’s and are starting to show their age, new casinos, like the magnificent Atlantis Casino, are starting to be built.
Southside: A middle and lower middle class neighborhood, with growing pockets of poverty and high crime.
Lincoln: The Lincoln neighborhood is largely African-American and growing steadily.
Bayview: A middle to upper middle class suburb.
Port Regal: A community similar to wealthy North Bay, but less affluent. Home to Ocean Heights Amusement Park.
Freedom City’s premier superhero team was the Liberty League, a dynamic group of heroes founded in the years before the Second World War. With its ever-evolving roster of costumed heroes, the Liberty League protected the city and the country until 1955, when the final members retired amidst a swirl of allegations that ultimately led to hearings by the House Un-American Activities Committee.
The most famous members of the Liberty League were:
Majestic: Paragon of strength and endurance.
Bowman and Arrow: Expert archer and his boy ward who used arsenals of trick arrows to fight crime.
Freedom Eagle: Engineer who designed a winged flight suit to fight crime.
Johnny Rocket: Fastest man alive.
Doctor Tomorrow: Time traveler from an alternate future where the Nazis won World War 2.
Lady Liberty: Super-strong wielder of the “Light of Liberty.”
Currently there are no costumed superheroes active in Freedom City.