Terran's Ponderous Campaign
The City of Riverhills
Riverhills is a small-ish city in the Republic of Kalifaa, with a population of about 9,000 individuals. Officially founded about 140 years ago (year 130 after the foundation of Kalifaa) Riverhills sits roughly 40 miles north of Kalifaa’s Capital city, Pecs (pronounced “Paych), and about 20 miles north of the northwestern edge of Aurelian Bay, Kalifaa’s most important asset. The city itself is small, numbering around 9,000 inhabitants.
In the years immediately preceding the founding of the town, the area and its loose community were dominated by one man; General Allejos. The General (as he is most usually called) owned and lived on the largest ranch in the region. Being one of the leaders of the informal yet growing community, the General was instrumental in the foundation of the town itself.
Riverhills is dominated by three natural features; the hills which straddle the town, the valley in between, and the river which more or less winds through the middle. It lies partially in the valley between the line of hills to the east, and mostly on the smaller slopes of the broad range of hills in the west. The western hills continue more or less unbroken all the way to the coast, some 23 miles away. They are filled with many more small valleys and, thus, are dotted with small farms and villages. The valley and foothills consist of fertile, rolling grasslands spotted here and there by oak groves. The river, fed by the many brooks and seasonal streams of the hills, winds south, connecting the town to Aurelian Bay. This river is the key to the location and presence of Riverhills. All manner of traffic makes it’s way up and down the river, much to the aggrandizement of the town.
Trade to the north, east and west (coast) was and is by road. Trade to the south is conducted mainly on the river and partially by road. Increases in population, wealth and trade in the south have resulted in an increase in traffic to the towns north of Riverhills. Thus, with river traffic increased and with the new highway running through, Riverhills being at the center of things has been reaping its own reward.
The center of town consists of government and commercial buildings, such as the docks, warehouses, the City Council buildings, Inns, and so on. Originally, the town was situated on the west bank of the river. This allowed travelers to avoid the need to cross the river whilst traveling north or south until they reached the northernmost tip of town where the river was at its narrowest and shallowest. Here can be found the towns’ oldest and smallest bridge, Stone Bridge. The immediate area (partially outside town limits) is usually considered to be a unique mini community of its own and is generally known as “Stonebridge” There are four main bridges in the town and several quite small ones. Stone-Bridge is at the north end of town. The two middle bridges are the same age. The northern one is known as Old Bridge, despite being younger than Stone Bridge. The other is a drawbridge and predictably, is called “the drawbridge”. The newest is called the Grand (or Great) Bridge. It was built 65-70 years ago as part of the Great Highway project. Between Old Bridge and the drawbridge is the Basin. This is the docks district, where the river-trade begins and ends. A bit south, on the Spit, are the boatyards. The rest of the city is informally divided into three sections; Old-Town, Middle-Town , and New-Town.
*Old Town: Because of the nature of the founding of Riverhills, the homes on the west side tend to be rich, large, and sit on even larger plots of land. A few could even be considered miniature farms in their own right. Thus, while utilizing about the same area as Middle-Town or New-Town, the population is less than half of either. The residents tend to be old families with old money.
(Depending on whom you ask, Old-Town can be further divided into north and south sections. Indeed, for festivals etc. they wear different “neighborhood” colors. To the north tend to be those families that have retained their land, ranches, farms and orchards. The southern families are usually those who transitioned from landed gentry into the owners of the trading houses, shipping companies, and so forth. Many have kept small parcels and live on estates. They think of themselves as “landowners” though the northern families raise their eyebrows at this notion. The southern families are a bit more numerous, though both are represented evenly in town government.)
*Middle-Town: The working class portion, and, originally the first “new town”. At first, the “line of demarcation” was simply, “east bank of the river”. However, since construction of the Great Highway, the boundaries are considered to be between the river and the Highway (hence “Middle-Town”) with some “slop” into New-Town. The residents generally work the boats, the docks, and other service-oriented labor.
*New-Town: New-Town is populated with a sort of middle-class and a few nouveau-riche. They tend to be supervisors at the docks, warehouses, orchards and so-on. Most merchants and small business owners live here. Some boat-masters and mates also make their homes here. Employees of higher-end businesses are to be found here as well. The old hippodrome which predates expansion, was absorbed by New-Town.
Town government consists of a standard elected mayor and twelve-person council. There is a regular Constabulary/Town Watch responsible for order within city-limits. A conscript-Militia exists for emergencies and, on a rotational basis provides personnel to man the two watchtowers at either end of town. The militia is also (in times of need) responsible for security outside the city-limits proper. For convenience, militia units are constructed from each distinct neighborhood, which provides its own commanders and uniforms. Overall operational command rests with the Constable who, in the event of a call up of the militia coordinates interior and exterior security and operation. The Mayor exercises (in theory) total command. In the event of a total call-up (potentially numbering about 2250 eligible persons), the Mayor and the Constable hold the military equivalent ranks of Colonel and Major respectively.