Built upon the shattered remains of Freeport on Grand Bahama, an island in northwestern Bahamas less than 70 miles from the Florida coast, Free City is a marvel of modern engineering and human perseverance. After Hurricane Willhelm swept through the Caribbean chain of islands and smashed into the coast of Florida, many cities were left in drowned ruins.
But Freeport had been founded upon the concept of free trade and its position on international trade routes meant that as rebuilding began, it was an ideal place for trade to happen unimpeded by restrictions such as tariffs, taxes, and customs controls. Thus when British multi-billionaire Howard Cornwall chose to rebuild Freeport into Free City, his efforts were applauded and supported by major corporations worldwide.
Cornwall used the best technology at his companies’ disposal to build a massive storm wall. He then expanded living and industrial areas through the construction of massive artificial islands in the bay north of what was to become the Old Freeport district. Entertainment districts soon followed.
Free City received a massive influx of immigrants. First, many corporations established offices, industry, and bases of operations to Free City and sent their people. Secondly, the massive destruction of Hurricane Willhelm left millions of people without homes. These refugees found new homes in Cornwall’s Free City and work in the new industries built there.
The original population of the Bahamas went from some 300,000 to millions in only a few years. Now the political power of the municipal government of Free City greatly overshadows that of the capital in Nassau. Informally, it is practically a nation unto itself. However, it retains a careful respect for its host country. Free City now has the greatest diversity of people in the whole of the Caribbean due to the variety of ethic groups now present. Due to the welcoming nature of Free City, and the open immigration laws specifically designed for Free City, immigration continues to be quite high.
Ultras attempting to escape suspicious governments, prejudiced neighbors, or the law of their homelands find Free City a tempting destination. With loose immigration laws and extradition treaties no longer in effect within the bounds of Free City, Grand Bahama Island and her nearby waters, Ultras who may have been persecuted can find respite here.
This has created tension with many powerful countries. However, powerful and influential corporations who do not wish to see their free trade zone taken away continue to lobby politicians to look the other way. It helps that while Free City has no extradition treaties that would force them to turn over criminals caught within the political bounds of Free City, it also is not capable of granting political asylum, a fact some nations take advantage of by sending teams to forcibly retrieve wanted criminals.
Even so, it is not surprising to find a higher number of Ultras inhabiting Free City, per capita, than any major city in the world.
The Industrial district has a variety of medium and heavy industries, but also an area that serves as a location for a wide variety of retail outlets and restaurants. It also hosts hotels and a couple hotel casinos.
Docks were moves further out into the bay and rebuilt as Dockside. This is where shipping stops and cargo often transferred. It also maintains docks specifically to meet the needs of cruise ships which also frequently stop at Free City along their Caribbean tour.
The original town was “restored” to look older than it was and given a colonial flare to match tourist expectations. It’s now filled to the gills with fish marts, tourist traps, and a variety of West Indian-themed restaurants, hotels, and clubs.
Residential – Cornwall
This is the high-priced neighborhood that Howard Cornwall built for himself. It was greatly expanded as more of the obscenely wealthy settled in Free City.
Residential – Farmham
A middle-class neighborhood of tightly packed but well appointed and well-made apartments make up this region of Free City.
Residential – Bricks
A lower-class and poor neighborhood was constructed perhaps too quickly out of the necessity to find more room for a massive influx of refugees and immigrants. This neighborhood is the largest by far in terms of population.
Designed to meet the needs of the new corporate settlers, the Entertainment district relies upon vast variety of entertainments designed to meet the varied and occasionally exotic tastes of Free City’s upper and middle classes.
Free City History Built upon the shattered remains of Freeport on Grand Bahama, an island in northwestern Bahamas less than 70 miles from the Florida coast, Free City is a marvel of modern engineering and human perseverance. After Hurricane Willhelm swept through the Caribbean chain of islands and smashed into the coast of Florida, many cities were left ...